Outfit: countdown to Christmas in matching snowflakes

That’s right, it’s the C word. It’s December now, so it’s pretty much going to be all over blogs for the next few weeks and who am I to resist… I gave you a Christmas jumper with dogs on it last year, but as much as I will always love ridiculous knitwear, I’m quite pleased to bring you something more festively sophisticated this year in the form of matching snowflakes. Because why wear one item covered in snowflakes when you can wear two?
First up is this beautiful Emily & Fin dress. I love a good novelty print and this pattern is both quirky (but not too OTT) and pretty, and of course perfect for Christmas. Not only that, the shade of teal is really lovely and I don’t have enough in this colour, for sure. This is the first piece I’ve owned from this British brand and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. When things have a higher price tag, I get pretty annoyed if I don’t think they warrant it, but not the case with this dress. The way the material on the skirt hangs with all its pleats in particular, the thick cotton and the ruching details around the neckline all point at better quality. The only downside is that because it’s cotton, it sure does crease (I promise that wasn’t just me being lazy). But still, isn’t it lovely? Word of warning: these dresses run on the large side for the waist vs the size guide, but everything else seems spot on (I’m in the smallest size here and have added my own waist belt to pull it in a little).
Second, we’ve got another gorgeous bag from Vendula – another great British brand. I think their AW range is really on form this year – I absolutely love my New York clutch (seen here and here) and couldn’t wait to style this bag, which is a perfect day bag for the colder months. Again, their bags are on the slightly pricier side for vegan designs, but again the quality is worth it. This one is filled with pockets and compartments, again has two choices for straps (there’s a cross-body one not featured here) and is very sturdy. That’s before you even get to the fact it’s covered in snowflakes and is the perfect companion for this dress!
I will never, ever get tired of matching things. I will also never, ever get tired of Christmas – especially not Christmas novelty-wear…
Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag


Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Chronically Vintage earrings + beret


Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag
Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag


Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag
Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Chronically Vintage earrings


Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag
Vendula London Snowflake Grab Bag in black - inside
Vendula London Snowflake Grab Bag in black


Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag
Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Chronically Vintage earrings and beret
Emily & Fin Rose dress in teal falling snowflake + Vendula Snowflake Grab Bag
Beret: eBay
Dress: c/o Emily & Fin
Belt: New Look (similar)
Gloves: eBay
Tights: Primark (last year)
Shoes: Miss L Fire (similar)
The (very) eagle-eyed readers among you might recognise these earrings – they are, of course, one of the many pairs that Jessica gifted me (see if you can spot them!) and this outfit is proof that I’m having a lot of fun adding them as the icing on top of my looks at the moment.



  1. December 6, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    This dress is so lovely on you, and the neckline is beautiful! I love the matching snowflake theme (as you know, I'm a sucker for anything matching!) I hope you have a great holiday season and can't wait to see more of your christmas posts!

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:46 pm

      I am glad there are other matchaholics out there 😀 I hope to see some more of yours too 🙂

  2. December 6, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    Yessss I love Emily & Fin! I already own several of their dresses (three in the same cut!) and am always looking to add more. I definitely agree that their dresses tend to run a bit large in the waist. I've had to get mine tailored, but I don't mind since, like you said, the quality is pretty spot on. This dress looks lovely on you, and I'm a big fan of that color! Matching the dress with that purse is perfection.

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      Ah, so it's not just this one then! I would much rather a waist run too large than the bust… it's so often the other way round. I couldn't believe how well the dress and bag worked together – it probably shouldn't have worked, but oh it did!

  3. December 6, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    So beautiful and so so festive! I love everything about this outfit, and omg those boots! Excited for more holiday outfits 😀

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:50 pm

      I have definitely got one more coming 🙂 I am naughty for not wearing these boots more often, considering they cost me a bloomin' fortune!

  4. December 6, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    A new brand to me and it looks great! I do love a fun print at this time of the year. Of course, those shoes. I am in love with them, for over a year I've been staring at them on line (or their other coloured sisters) but I just don't have the money. Maybe one day….*sighs*

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:51 pm

      They have some really lovely prints – just a bit different from many others you see about, which I appreciate. These boots were one of those purchases I shouldn't have made, but are kinda what owning a credit card is all about… heh.

  5. December 7, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Super elegant holiday outfit. You look stunning. I really love a good snowflake motif!

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:52 pm

      You and me both 🙂 It's a nice way to do 'festive' with a little class (or at least, I think so!)

  6. December 7, 2015 / 9:42 am

    I love this outfit – your dress has such an appropriate design for this time of the year – all we need now is some real snow

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:52 pm

      I will take some real snow… but only if it's in the two weeks I'm off work as when I'm working it makes life a nightmare 😉

  7. December 7, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Such a beautiful outfit! Festive, elegant and fun! x

    • December 7, 2015 / 1:55 pm

      It was a lot of fun to wear 🙂 x

  8. December 7, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    That dress is SWEET! It truly does look like original vintage. I think the creases just add to the "vintage" effect : )


    • December 9, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      I think you're absolutely right 😉

    • December 9, 2015 / 1:04 pm

      😀 I was quite pleased with the styling for this one – reminded me I should wear gloves more often! x

  9. December 8, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Your dress is so cute! And this Miss l fire shoes are to die for!

    • December 9, 2015 / 1:04 pm

      I really, really should wear the boots more often!

  10. December 8, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    Hello gorgeous, how lovely is this matchy-matchy look?! I think the tights and earrings too just make it match-heaven, and I did recognise the earrings as being from the lovely Jessica. I've been looking at Emily and Fin designs lately, but haven't taken the plunge. So many good brands popping up, I think that with the increase in competition, higher priced items are going to have to work even harder to get people to part with the cash – which can only mean good things for us as they'll have to up their game with quality.

    What would have made this outfit even matchier, would have been a nice teal snowflake tattoo on your wrist…!!

    Hope you're having a fab week, I am off to my office Christmas party this afternoon, looking forward to a large meal and perhaps a glass of wine.


    • December 9, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Well, if there's something I like, it's match heaven! Good spot on the earrings 😉 Very true – the higher priced brands really do have to put something special out there to compete, but I've really learned a lesson about the price of quality this year and dresses like this one only reinforce it.

      I was at my office Christmas lunch yesterday afternoon but am missing the party tonight as I'm off to that conference in Wales in a couple of hours! xx

  11. December 8, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    This looks amazing on you! I love the beret you've paired with it as well. Great look for you, girlie! =D

  12. December 8, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    That dress is sure adorable! And I love your beret too!! Eeepp 🙂 So so pretty!

    • December 9, 2015 / 1:07 pm

      Pretty in a kind of ice princess way 😀

  13. December 9, 2015 / 9:41 am

    Lovely, lovely outfit.

    Matching is good. I don't know why so many people seem to think it's a bad thing!

    • December 9, 2015 / 1:08 pm

      I don't know either! Maybe it's because it's not the trendy thing in mainstream fashion circles… but us vintage ladies are quite fond of it 😉

  14. December 9, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Snowflakes!! Your dress has snowflakes on it!! I love, love, love it ~ and no, you can never, ever, ever have too many matching things. All the matchy matchy! Also, can I say, I wish Australia got cold enough to need fur lined boots because I am having fluff envy over yours… 😛 ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

    • December 9, 2015 / 1:09 pm

      It sure does and I agree with you on matching things – and I can't help myself so I'll never change 🙂 I would totally swap weather so that I don't have to wear fur lined boots!! Gladly… x

  15. December 10, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    This is officially as cute and festive as they come! What a charming, elegant dress. I just love teal for winter and with white snowflakes like this, it becomes downright magical. What a dreamy, fabulous cold weather ensemble, sweet CiCi.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I adore those earrings on you! Thank you very much for sporting them with your fab snowy weather inspired attire.

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:38 pm

      Agree teal and white are a perfect wintry match 🙂 and the earrings with a perfect finishing touch, so thank you for sending them! x

  16. December 11, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    Looking lovely! That dress is perfect for winter, love the beret and gloves too z

  17. December 11, 2015 / 10:00 pm

    Fabulous winter outfit, this is such a great print! I love a bit of matchy matchy, can't go wrong in my eyes!

  18. December 13, 2015 / 10:09 am

    such a cute print of the dress! i like how it's wintery (and slightly christmassy) without being obnoxiously so. that colour looks good on you too!

    • December 14, 2015 / 1:43 pm

      Agree, you can wear this any time it's cold, surely! And thank you 🙂

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