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?!
Necklace: RosieMays @ Etsy
Shrug (above): Monsoon (old)
Dress: Voodoo Vixen via Black Amore
Bag: c/o Vendula London
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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