Thursday, 22 October 2015

Outfit: green, gold and a lot of luck (winter wedding outfit b)

Contrary to how it looks (I know how it looks!!) I don't actually go around buying loads of occassionwear so that I end up with multiple choices every time a surprise wedding comes along. Although, now I'm wondering if I should... Anyway, sometimes these days I end up with pretty dresses that are a bit too much for daywear because I'm given them to feature here (amazing), but actually that wasn't how I ended up with this particular one - this dress's story is even better than that; I won it. 

In fact, I won a £100 voucher from Black Amore as part of the British Belles Pinup Picnic charity raffle in the summer. Let me be clear about something: I never win anything. Not since the time when I was about seven when I won a Duck Tales cuddly toy from a radio phone-in - but note I didn't make that call, or even give the answer on the phone (too terrified); really we could say my dad won that prize rather than me. So winning that voucher was the best kind of totally unexpected surprise! I immediately began puzzling over what I should spend it on, naturally - a prize voucher is only as good as the prizes it buys. Originally, I'd picked out a bunch of practical separates that I could wear any day. But I saw this dress. And I couldn't stop thinking about this dress. And then I thought this is essentially a windfall I wasn't planning for, so why don't I buy something truly frivolous and special so I'll have something to keep forever and remind me of my random good luck every time I wear it? (And also some separates, as I had money left over ;) Hard to break a habit of a lifetime...)

So here we are. I adore this dress. It makes me feel like a total vixen. It hugs in all the right places, the ruching helps cover my not-flat-even-with-cincher tummy and the neckline is sensational. I didn't even get it altered - it fit like a glove from the word go. Such a stunning dress needed some dramatic accessories and once I'd seen this gorgeous clutch by Vendula London I couldn't get the idea of gold with green out of my mind. So then came my second piece of luck when Vendula offered to send one my way! Having already added one Vendula bag to my collection recently, I was pleased to find this one is also great quality and has that dose of quirk I can't resist. And the velvet on it perfectly matches the flocked polka dots on this dress.

If that wasn't all enough, we found the most amazing golden-green leaves in a secluded part of a university college grounds with not a single other soul around (aka fashion blogger jackpot) and really by this point I'm just the luckiest girl in the world, right?!

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in mint green review, with Vendula London New York Lights clutch bag

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in green with fluffy black shrug and fascinator

Vendula London New York Lights evening clutch bag

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in mint green review, with Vendula London New York Lights clutch bag

Burlesque style fascinator hat with feather

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress + Vendula London New York Lights evening clutch bag

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in green with fluffy black shrug and fascinator

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in mint green review, with Vendula London New York Lights clutch bag

Burlesque style fascinator hat with feather

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in green with fluffy black shrug and fascinator

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress + Vendula London New York Lights evening clutch bag

Voodoo Vixen Selena wiggle dress in mint green review, with Vendula London New York Lights clutch bag
Fascinator: eBay
Necklace: RosieMays @ Etsy
Shrug (above): Monsoon (old)
Dress: Voodoo Vixen via Black Amore
Shoes: Next (similar)


I could, in fact be even luckier still, as I may get to go to New York soon. I've never been, but this skyline clutch was almost like an omen of this amazing opportunity... 2015 has been a pretty good year for me so far and wouldn't that just be the icing on the cake?? 

Ok, I'm sure you'd all like me to stop at this point, so the only thing left to say is, which should it be - outfit a (here) or b? And could they be more different!


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48 comments:

  1. This one!! This one!! That dress is SO flattering on you, it really does give you a fabulous pin-up figure (that bust line does amazing things for you), and the colour combination is unusual, we don't get to see much of that colour green with gold. It all just WORKS so well and if you get to go to NY then you'd obviously have to take this entire outfit and pose in the Empire State Building or something? (I once saw a picture of an original Deco compact mirror that was an Empire State one, in green with gold, but I think you'd need a lot of money to get one of those!). You're knocking it out of the park with your outfits lately, I'm not going to gush like they do in magazines about "style crush" and such nonsense phrases, but I will say that you're a very well turned out lady! xxxx

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    1. One enthusiastic vote for B! I agree, that dress is some kind of miracle worker; it's amazing. And naturally, I'd look for any opportunity to pose in this outfit if I get to go to NY ;) Your last comment is so lovely!! Made my day :) I've been putting way more thought into my outfits this year (and money, whoops!) and it's so nice to hear someone's noticed :D xxx

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  2. OH MY GOD! This dress is amazing! The color is perfect and it looks spectacular on you! I never win things either. It's kind of my thing. Meanwhile, my BFF's boyfriend wins EVERYTHING. If I ever want to enter a contest, I am so having him enter for me! It's so funny how that works! I would have LOVED winning a Duck Tales anything as a kid, btw!!

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    1. I'll admit I was pretty pleased about the toy! Thanks for your lovely comments :)

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  3. Oh WOW! This dress is DYNAMITE and looks like dynamite on you. You were right, this IS a really tough choice. However, as much as I love the pale pink and black dress of option a, I am afraid I have to vote for option b as well, just for how AMAZING it looks on you and for the glamour points it scores. (sorry for the whole caps thing, by the way, I know its not proper netiquette, but the pictures of you in this dress are just pulling them out of me...)

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    1. Aww thanks!! They're completely different looks, it's true, but I also feel a pull to the more glamorous one. It's so rare we get chances to be this glamorous in daily life!

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  4. Oh WOW! This one is my favourite! You look like you stepped right out of the pages of a vintage catalogue. It fits you perfectly! Also your little accessories are ideal. #winning!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. With comments like that I certainly am winning :)

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  5. How lucky are you! This dress was just made for you, it was meant to be. You look stunning and your hair looks fabulous here! x

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    1. Very, very lucky! Thanks for the hair love too, I tried those Rockin' Rollers again. They're somewhat fiddly to put in but just so worth it x

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  6. I thought the other one was ideal, but this dress is just fantastic, it suits and fits you perfectly and it is just that bit different. Absolutely beautiful! Another enthusiastic vote! Kx

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    1. Hooray! I think because I'm small fitted things look better because they don't drown me as much!!

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  7. You look gorgeous <3 This dress is so beautiful & you have styled it very well! It is indeed the perfect pencil dress with the right length & fit. The colour combination is also very pretty! Oh and the bag is just amazing <3

    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

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    1. The bag is awesome - I could capture the finish very well but I love the velvet with the metallic shapes; so luxurious!

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  8. Definitely this one, it's gorgeous!

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    1. Yay, I'm secretly pleased it's winning because I just love the glamour ;)

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  9. Wowza! This dress is fantastic and I want one, too! Both dresses are pretty phenomenal, but I\ my vote would depend a little bit on the tone of the wedding. I have some super fun artsy rock n roll type friends whose weddings would have complemented this dress well, But some weddings are a little more conservative, for which the first dress would probably be better suited. But you will look smashing in either one! (And do both lend themselves to dancing? That's the best part of weddings...besides the love part of course.)

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    1. I really think that at £50 it's good value for money; I strongly recommend! You're quite right and I didn't give those details - but it's definitely an artsy rock n roll crowd, so I think I'm onto a winner with this outfit! And to be honest no wiggle is that great for dancing, but this one's very stretchy ;)

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  10. If you don't want wear this it would be criminal, you look absolute perfection. It looks perfect on you and you seem so confident. This is how I wish I would look :)

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    1. I think things have swung massively in this dress' favour :D thank you :)

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  11. What an incredible dress, totally perfect fit! The little hat is very chic and I just love the fluffy shrug! A very va va voom look, but still elegant enough for a wedding. Love, love, love! Vote B from me.

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    1. Hooray! I am so surprised when dresses fit perfectly, it makes such a difference to how they make you feel!

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  12. I really love outfit A, but then I do like a bit of 60s style. Save the green for New York - you will get there.

    (And gurl, you want a tummy to worry about? Try living with mine! At least you've got hips, I'm just a cylinder with a wobbly front. You look fantastic.)

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    1. I'm pleased there's still some love for A :) my tummy isn't anything to worry about I realise, but it will always show in tight dresses! It used to bother me but these days not so much... It's just the way I am!

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    2. We're doing belly-out at my burlesque class this weekend, and a lovely tall slim girl was worried about revealing her (to me, non-existent) muffin top! I think it's something you care less about as you get older... I'll just jiggle the jello, I'm running out of time to have fun ;-)

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    3. Ha I think that's a great attitude to have! I can't help thinking there's something a bit womanly about a tummy anyway... just part of our curves ;)

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  13. WOW! The colour, the cut and the styling is perfect! Total bombshell!! x

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    1. It's such a beautiful dress :) I'm glad if I could do it justice! x

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  14. Definitely outfit a!! This dress is fabulous on you! I love the colour combination with the gold - to die for!!

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    1. I'm glad the colour combination is getting some love, I was rather pleased with it :D

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  15. You look amazing!

    www.alexiadahl.com

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  16. Easily my favorite outfit of yours!! WOW WOW WOW!!! I loooooveeee that color, I love the style on you, and wow wow wow it really looks babein'!!! I adore the hair accessory too!! I am in love with this outfittttt!!

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    1. One of the most enthusiastic comments I've ever received - love it! Thanks Nora :D x

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  17. Cute clutch :)
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    Maria V.

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  18. This dress really does look gorgeous on you and you look like you are enjoying wearing it. I really like the colour paired with the gold in the clutch. I'm afraid I now can't choose which outfit I like best! Bet you are much the same!

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    1. That's very true, I do love wearing this dress! I love both outfits but they suit slightly different weddings. Outfit a will have its moment, but b probably suits this wedding slightly more as it will be a bit quirky :)

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  19. That's an amazing dress and I really love the ensemble you created with it! That hat... oh my, I don't want to say I'd kill for a hat like that, but never say never. You look marvelous!

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    1. I particularly love that it has two very secure clips to attach to your head - which is a simple thing but so many headpieces are a pain to sit right!

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  20. I really love this dress, especially the way you pair it with that golden details! And that purse is breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you, Josephine! I'm so pleased that the green and gold combo looks as good to everyone else as it did to me; it felt so unusual I wasn't sure it would go that way!

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  21. Such a super gorgeous dress on you! And all the accessories you've paired with it are absolutely amazing! I love your fascinator, shrug, clutch, necklace, and shoes with it! <3 <3 <3 So gorgeous! This one for sure! And congratulations on winning the raffle for the gift certificate! So awesome!

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    1. I think this outfit has won it by a landslide... and I can't say I mind :)

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  22. I saw this on Instragram and couldn't hit the 'like' button fast enough! Such a gorgeous dress - I don't envy you having to choose between the two you've shown us, because they're both gorgeous, but I have a natural bias towards green and polka dots, so... ;)

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    1. Ha - as much as I feel like this dress was made for me, perhaps it was actually made for you..?

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  23. Immensely chic outfit! That purse is such an eye-catching stunner, much like this gorgeous polka dot frock itself. I love the colour palette at work here - it suits fall especially well. You are positively head-turning, my beautiful friend!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm so pleased you like the colour palette - I was probably seeking your colour approval most of all, as the master of mixing :) x

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  24. Goodmorning CiCi, well both outfits are great ...but this one ...Wow what a Charisma...cheers!
    have a beautiful day

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  25. Wow this dress looks amazing on you! I love the polka dots, the color, and how perfectly it fits you. The hat and fun skyline bag are perfect accessories with it too. Such a great look!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com

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