Outfit: unicorn dogs

You may have noticed that I’ve been posting a little bit less frequently around here lately – or you didn’t, in which case, consider me offended πŸ˜‰ – and that’s because life is pretty busy right now. I bought and moved into a new house a week ago and I’ve moved house before, but never into my own. I just didn’t know how much STUFF that would require and how much of my time and energy would go into acquiring said stuff. On the plus, I’m getting some great fodder for homeware posts, should I ever find the time to write them πŸ˜€ Throw into that still doing bits and pieces of arranging for the wedding and an all-new even longer commute to work and there just isn’t much left of me to go round. The good news is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Things are beginning to sort themselves out and normal service will be resumed soon.
Now that I’ve explained myself, onto the outfit (which has come from my stockpile of photos, which I thankfully had prepped in advance of said move)! Before anyone gets too excited, there are no actual unicorn-dogs in this outfit post, because that would be weird. I’m, instead, of course referring to the hunt for a no-longer-sold item that is so elusive on eBay et al that it’s as rare as a unicorn. It will surprise no followers of this blog to know that said item, for me, has dogs all over it.
I’ve loved this Bernie dress for a long time. I love that it’s red (my favourite colour) and that the print features so many varieties of dogs and not just pugs. (Seriously, I like pugs and everything, but why are they the main source of dog novelty items right now?) I’ve been keeping an eye out for it for a long time, but to no avail. It really is a rare one. Then I bought the Paris dress I wore for my 30th birthday and I became even more desperate to find it, as now I knew that Bernie Dexter dresses are a good fit for my frame too and it wasn’t such a risk anymore. Then, lo and behold, a week or so after my birthday, there it was. But, alas, it was an XS and I am an S! Something told me to contact the seller just in case and it turned out the XS ran a whole size large. Hurrah! When does that ever happen in life? Me and this dress were meant to be.
With such a busy print, I kept my accessories to a minimum. I usually never ever wear my hair without my usual roll at the front (see every other photo of me on this blog ever), but on a lazy hair day I got it to look nice with a headscarf and some volume behind it, courtesy of my cheat hair sponges. So no, I haven’t suddenly worked out the secrets of volumising, it’s a total cheat. I may share it some day, in another of my vintage style life hacks type posts (although no one seemed to read that, and I was really darn pleased with it). Oh and my ‘curls’ are a cheat too, created with the only heat styler I’ve ever managed to get to grips with. Again, perhaps for another post one day, if you’re up for that?
Hopefully you can forgive me for being such a phoney when I’m wearing a dress this cute…
Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


50s headscarf and dog print sundress


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look
Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look


Bernie Dexter Chelsea dog print dress for a 50s summer look
Headscarf: eBay (similar)
Dress: Bernie Dexter (no longer available)
Bag: vintage via Goody Goody Berlin


  1. July 31, 2016 / 7:31 am

    That dress was made for you to wear, so glad that it finally landed in your wardrobe πŸ˜› You look so gorgeous, I love your curls – curling irons are a real pain to master so you have done very well. Do you have any hacks for how to not burn your fingers? Love the purse and the shoes too, such a gorgeous summer look!

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      I'm glad it did too πŸ˜€ Are my tip is don't use a regular iron with the clamp bit, just use one you can spiral around the iron and hold yourself. It's fiddling with the clamp that always makes me burn myself! The iron I used here is basically foolproof because it is 'wave' shaped so you just wind your hair around a template and it's dead easy!

  2. Helen Mae
    July 31, 2016 / 9:14 am

    Ooh, I love Bernie Dexter clothing. This dress looks great πŸ™‚

  3. Porcelina
    July 31, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Just so adorable! It was indeed made for you. I think sausage dogs are underrated, great to see a more inclusive dog print! It looks like you had a warm day to wear this frock, more of those please. I am just impressed you're blogging at all with so much going on in your life. Calmer seas ahead let's hope. Have a super Sunday! Xxx

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      They definitely are! I don't really like small dogs all that much, but I make an exception for sausage dogs which seem to, on the whole, have such nice temperaments πŸ™‚ It was not that warm a day actually as this was from my stockpile when the weather was NOT so good. The irony is that I've missed taking outfit photos the WHOLE TIME we've had actual summer here. So unfair!! xx

  4. Camilla P
    July 31, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Such a cute dress on you, I love the dog print on the red background! All the best with your new house as well! xo

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ We're slowly getting there with it… now that most of the clothes storage is in place things are feeling more under control!

  5. Mim
    July 31, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    Congrats on finding your unicorn dogs!

  6. Jessica
    July 31, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    I'm a bit disappointed that they weren't dogs with unicorn horns (:P), but I see why this dress was your unicorn – it's insanely cute! I don't always love Bernie Dexter's prints the way a lot of other people in the community seem to, but this one is really sweet and fun. I would swear this was a 50s dress if I didn't know better. Love the red on you, and I'm really digging the hair.
    Also, when we find an easier way to doing a difficult thing, we just consider that our special technique that's obviously better than the complicated thing other people insist on doing.

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      Yeah I don't tend to love a lot of the prints, but I love how authentically 50s this one looks and that it's loads of different dogs – I just can't resist it and nor do I want to try πŸ˜€

  7. July 31, 2016 / 3:36 pm

    I failed to see a pug on that dress, otherwise I might be tempted to own it. There is a Boston Terrier. I think people often confuse French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers with pugs.

    I am also a bit disappointed they weren't dog unicorns! LOL I would have loved that.

    The dress is lovely on you.

    Signed, proud pug Mom.


    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      That's a fair point, I think you're right! I hadn't looked all that closely as I just saw there were lots of different ones and loved it for that πŸ™‚

  8. July 31, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    This outfit is so cute, glad you finally found the dress! I must admit that I thought the strap to your bag was a dog lead at first and that you were going to have a real dog. The perfect accessory, haha! x

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      That's exactly what my mum said too – and my response to her was along the lines of 'that's awesome' x

  9. Kayla
    August 1, 2016 / 7:32 am

    I love this dress – I would love to track it down too!! The dress looks amazing on you and oh my gosh your hair!! Love the accessories too. I'm glad that things are starting to settle in for you at your new house x

    • ciciadmin
      August 1, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      As nice as I got my hair to look here, I'm glad I took a leaf out of your book and lopped several inches off recently. It wouldn't look as nice like this now, but boy it's stopped driving me quite as crazy! x

  10. Cate
    August 1, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    This dress was definitely meant to be yours, it's suits you so perfectly. I love the print on it, it's really unusual. Who cares if you cheat at looking fabulous? However you got there doesn't matter, your hair looks gorgeous. I just wish I'd managed to do that with my hair when it was long! xx

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:15 pm

      To be honest, my hair has been this length for a number of years now and it's taken me all of them to get to a stage where I could curl it like this… and not for want of trying! It's entirely down to finding the tool that worked for me and giving up on those that didn't (more my fault than theirs I feel)! xx

  11. SaraLily
    August 1, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    SO CUTE! I love your hair this way, too, by the way! The soft waves/curls look fantastic on you! Hang in there with the move/everything getting busy – things will calm down eventually!

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:16 pm

      Yes, I know it – it's just hard to see the end sometimes when you're in the thick of changing utility suppliers and unpacking boxes!!

  12. August 1, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I think this might be your cutest oultfit yet, the hair definatly adds to the cute factor! I will be able to do somehting with mine one day…

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:17 pm

      I sincerely believe that if a tool doesn't work for you, drop it and find one that does. I mean, they all take at least a few goes, but if you still can't do it after that, will you ever?? I'm just not a fan of the long mastering process…

  13. August 1, 2016 / 5:52 pm

    I LOVE this!! What a fabulous dress, and you look so good in it.

  14. Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Hi Cici,

    Really lovely dress and the colour suits you so well!
    My signature colour (as Jessica said in one of her posts) is pink, do you know the film Pretty in Pink? thatΒ΄s right, thatΒ΄s me πŸ˜‰

    And IΒ΄m a bit envious of your hair, it looks fantastic!

    Do not worry about not having time for posts, with the move of home, all the things pending, plus commuting you have quite a lot in your plate lady.

    Anyway, once youΒ΄re 100% settled in your new territory IΒ΄m sure youΒ΄ll surprise us with new ones.

    Have a great August and enjoy your holidays!

    Eva (from Luxembourg/Germany)

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:18 pm

      Ha yes I know that film! Pink is the opposite of my signature colour, but I've come round to it a bit more in recent years πŸ™‚

      I'm so touched that everyone's so supportive of the challenges of keeping this blogging stuff up among everything else, thank you. It makes me feel less bad about neglecting it a little.

  15. August 2, 2016 / 8:27 pm

    I can see why this dress is your unicorn! It's gorgeous! You have styled it perfectly! The whole look is incredibly chic!

  16. Nicole
    August 3, 2016 / 4:27 am

    Gorgeous dress! That is so great that you were able to find it after all πŸ™‚ Also, that basket purse is really great too- it looks like the kind of purse that would go with everything.
    The Artyologist

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      It is – I have to resist the urge to incorporate it into every single summer outfit I ever wear πŸ˜‰ It's not the most comfortable though because it's such a rigid barrel shape, so I will leave it behind on days I'm out and about for a while!

  17. HuggyHare
    August 3, 2016 / 11:25 am

    I'm glad you found your unicorn, it looks perfect on you πŸ™‚ I also love your hair and would love to read tips on how to achieve a similar style. I'm so terrible at doing my hair, I need all the help I can get!

    • ciciadmin
      August 3, 2016 / 12:20 pm

      Noted πŸ™‚ I can feel another tips post brewing, I just like to have a well-rounded about of advice before I go ahead with them…

  18. August 4, 2016 / 7:16 pm

    The title of this post made me beam. I feel such a rush of happiness when I know that a friend, or really any fellow vintage lover, finds one of their wardrobe unicorns. It's nearly as powerful a thrill as when (once in a very, very blue moon) one of mine comes along, too.

    Huge and very happy congrats on landing this uber darling puppy dog print dress. It's incredible sweet, looks sensational, and drives home just how amazing red is on you, darling gal.

    xoxo β™₯ Jessica

  19. August 11, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Congratulations on finding this dress! It looks absolutely perfect on you! Totally meant to be. <3

  20. August 12, 2016 / 4:28 am

    Congrats on the move and your upcoming nuptials….adorable dress on you!

  21. Bonita
    August 12, 2016 / 6:42 am

    Yayyyyy for the unicorn doggy dress! It's soooo awesome when you finally get your hands on that piece you've always wanted, so I am glad that it is as good as you hoped it would be Cici! ❀

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  22. Melanie
    August 25, 2016 / 10:11 am

    Such a pretty dress and a very flattering length on you, it's a beautiful look.

    I saw actual unicorns and rainbows on a dress the other day, I didn't know I wanted such until I saw it!

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