Inception

Dress: Marji and Jean

Shoes: Rockport

It’s been a funny kind of hot-cold-hot summer this year, and my whole wardrobe is getting a good workout, but this is the first time I’ve worn the dress that I bought months ago at the last A-plus market.

I’ve been eyeing up the vintage styled dresses from Marji and Jean for a few years now, but each handmade dress is sewn out of different fabric, and I’d never found one in my size that was also in a print that spoke to me… until now!

At the grand old age of thirty*mumble* I’ve been increasingly steering away from my trademark novelty prints, but this navy and white motif of terrace houses is just quirky enough without being too cutesy.

The skirt is full circle, which means that the houses are sideways at certain points, but it just makes me think of that amazing scene in the movie Inception, when the city peels away into the sky.

The dress itself is fully lined and a pleasure to wear, with a fitted bodice, full skirt, and deeply scooped back (which is perfect for hot days).

Do watch out for the sizes though – Marji and Jean use original patterns from the 50s and 60s, so follow the measurements rather than the dress sizes.

Happy New Cheer

Top: Advocado

Skirt: Society Plus

Shoes: Rockport

Necklace: Totally Jewel

Happy New Year! Has it really been a month since I last posted? You’ll have to forgive me – the Mister and I went away over the Christmas holidays and I gave myself full permission just to loll about, and catch up on my reading, and recover from The Great Cold of 2016. Now, I’m back to work, and back into the swing of things!

Which isn’t to say that I spent the last month naked, and in fact – this outfit hit Instagram a couple of weeks ago… it’s just been a long time since I popped the lid on my laptop to write a blog post!

Last year, after being delighted by my first order at Society Plus (the Kate Midington skirt) a friend and I went in on an order together for a pair of Society Plus’ famous ‘Mermaiden’ sequin skirts. Both this friend and I sew (her much more professionally than I), but neither of us relished the thought of putting our machines through the process of sewing sequined fabric, and these just looked so glittery and gorgeous that I didn’t take much convincing to place an order.

As with last time, I followed the size chart to the letter – it meant that I was ordering a size larger than I had in the Kate Midington, but I’m very glad that I did, because as you can see it fits perfectly. The sequins are actually matte, not shiny – but I’m in my late 30’s so this probably a good thing. The sparkle is a bit more subdued, and the result is more ‘elegant’ and a bit less ‘mirror ball’.

I was a bit worried that the elasticised waistband would be miserable to wear – sequins + skin = a world of nope – but it’s actually faced with a smooth lining fabric.

The lining is cream – which is a bit annoying, as the skirt is pull-on which means the waistband fabric shifted around when I pulled it over my head, and I had to do some adjusting to ensure that none of the lining was showing. It’s an issue that could have been minimised with a matching lining fabric, but at least once it was fixed it stayed in place.

I wore it with the Arianna Cape Shoulder Top, which is a really classy piece from Advocado.It’s basically a tank top, with floaty petal-shaped sleeves that are attached at the shoulder. The result is a really lovely top that’s drapey and dramatic, but has upper-arm coverage for those who want it.

Necklace: Totally Jewel

Because the skirt was so muted I felt confident about introducing a bit of OTT sparkle, with this blingy diamante necklace from Totally Jewel. It provides the whole ensemble with just a little bit more drama.