Two-Ways Tuesday: Little Tienda

Frocks and Frou FrouI bought this summery little smock dress in the height of summer, thinking it would be a nice breezy number to wear on reeeeaaallllllly hot days. It’s the calico version of Little Tienda’s “Las Flores” midi dress and it’s a really lovely piece. At $139 there are cheaper Mexican-style frocks on the market, but speaking from personal experience they don’t come close to Little Tienda in terms of quality and workmanship.

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Little Tienda

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens via Modcloth

The calico fabric provides a nice natural base for the gorgeous embroidery to stand out against. It’s not as harsh as pure white, and the fabric has a kind of heavy softness to it. The flower motif really glows, it’s impeccably sewn, and hasn’t buckled the fabric the way I’ve found cheaper Mexican dresses do.

I’m wearing the XL, which fits with room to spare though I trimmed a few inches off the hem. I wasn’t sure about the sleeves when it first arrived, so I ended up bringing them in a little with a tucked pleat – it’s helped limit the amount of volume around my bust-line and streamline the silhouette a little.

In summer I wear it bare-legged with clogs or sandals, and minimum jewellery, since the gorgeous embroidery really adds everything you need in terms of frou frou.

But of course, it’s not summer right now…

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: As above

Cardigan: Paper Scissors

Tights: Hue

Shoes: Miz Mooz

 I was surprised by how well this dress worked as a cooler weather frock, when combined with tights and a cardigan.

I’m wearing olive coloured tights that  pick up the green in the embroidery, but aren’t too dark against the pale fabric of the dress. The deep red cardigan is the perfect hue to match with the flowers, and I added a brown belt – worn high – to give a some shape to the layers.

Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou FrouEarrings: Primal Originals

I kept the accessories minimal again – this isn’t the kind of frock that needs a necklace or statement earrings – but I couldn’t resist teaming them with the mother of pearl hoops that I’d bought from Etsy last year. They add the perfect finishing touch to a polished hippie-chic outfit that reminds me of summer on a grey day.

Scribbles

frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frou frocks and frou frouTop: Princess Highway

Cardigan: Katies

Skirt (Remixed): Eliza Parker

Shoes: Comfortview via Onestopplus

I’m a little bit under the weather at the moment, and missed my last tw-ways deadline – sorry everyone!

I made it out today though, and met my lovely friend K for a quick trip to Markit at Fed Square and a nice warming bowl of ramen.

We’re well and truly into the cooler months now, and I’m discovering just how little of last year’s winter wardrobe still fits me comfortably (oops!). As a result I’ve been wearing a lot of old pieces that you probably haven’t seen in a looooong time!

This fifties-style skirt used to be a dress, and the last time you saw it on the blog was at the start of 2013.

I teamed it today with (another!) navy polkadot blouse from Princess Highway. This one’s made of a slightly heavier fabric than my other navy polkadot blouse from Princess Highway, which has a separate collar from my, um, third navy polkadot blouse from Princess Highway (OK, so maybe I have an addiction).

My multiple navy polkadot blouses has reminded me as well of the urgent need I have to do a major wardrobe cull. My lovely boyfriend and I have decided to do the co-habiting thing (Suki, who’s nearly as in love with him as I am, is delighted) which means that my overfull wardrobe situation needs to be addressed rather urgently.

Stay tuned, I’ll be sure to link up my eBay link once the posting is live!