Holy Cowl

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: Scarlet & Jo via Evans

Shoes: Naturalizer

After nearly nine years, honestly, the hardest thing about writing a blog is coming up with fresh titles! I’m pretty proud that I haven’t used “Holy Cowl” before, so let’s all just give me a small round of applause for my terrible pun (seriously, I haven’t been this pleased since “Back to the Fuschia“, which – ironically – was another hot pink dress review!)

I spotted this dress over a month ago on the Evans website and fell immediately for the pleated shoulders and elegant draped neckline. It was originally available in navy, black, red and pink; and despite being a steal at twenty pounds (and still gainfully employed!) I couldn’t quite rationalise buying more than the one, so I put the options out to the Frocks and Frou Frou community on Facebook and you guys said to go the pink.

Well done you! It’s such a great colour, and a great style too. It’s made of quite a heavy matte jersey that doesn’t cling to lumps and bumps, and the waist has ties at the back so you can make the absolute most of a curvy figure.

The bodice front is self-faced – meaning that it has a double thickness of fabric. This is great for cowl-neck pieces (and is the same with my Myrtle dresses) as you don’t ever risk the cowl going inside out or showing a seam. It falls from pleated shoulders that have dainty little shoulder pads to give the dress a bit of structure.

Frocks and Frou FrouI’m quite narrow-of-shoulder to go with my prosperous-of-bust, and I think the dress might better suit someone more proportional, but I do think it’s wonderfully elegant with its three-quarter length sleeves and midi-length hemline.

Meanwhile, following my review I got an email from Belinda Esler of Foxers offering Frocks and Frou Frou readers a great 30% discount on everything using the code Frocks30, so if you were in the market for some cute new knickers now could be the time to go shopping!

Wool-lovers

 Frocks and Frou FrouFrocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouTop: Dorothy Perkins

Cardigan: Woolovers

Skirt: Asos

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Comfortview Regina

Belt: Closet Confessions Boutique

 

It’s been a really cold start to winter in Melbourne – the coldest in 65 years, apparently – and my staple range of stretchy cotton cardigans really isn’t cutting the mustard in the keeping-me-warm stakes.

After shivering through the last days of autumn, I thought I’d take advantage of the free world-wide delivery, and multi-buy discounts at Woolovers and get a few merino/cashmere blend cardigans to wear this winter. I’m so glad I did because they’re snuggly warm and great quality for the price.

I’ve been wearing this russetty-orange number for a couple of weeks now, and it’s still in great condition. It hasn’t lost its shape, or become hilariously pilly, and while it’s not as butter-soft as my pure cashmere cardigans, it’s still soft enough to wear against the skin without feeling like I’ve been attacked by a swarm of bees.

I’ve been so impressed with the range of colours that I have to tell you that they’re probably going to be my go-to shop whenever I’m looking for cardigans from now on. They’ve got cotton cardigans and cotton-silk blend cardigans which will be nice as the weather warms up. And they’ve got some pieces with stripes or polkadots too – yay! I like the way they’ve got actual measurements for width, length, and sleeve length. I bought L’s, and they fit my F-cups fine. You can shop by colour, which means that (just letting you know) there’s an entire section for mustard yellow cardigans.

If you’re interested in snapping up a couple then I’ll let you know that when I placed my order with Woolovers they sent me a 10% discount offer to share with other first-time customers. Just click here for the code.

Frocks and Frou FrouBelt: Closet Confessions Boutique

Meanwhile, in other news, I’ve discovered my dream belt! This classy little piece is from blogger Caitlin Bradley’s online shop Closet Confessions Boutique. Caitlin’s started the shop towards the end of last year, and has cherry picked some really cute rockabilly-styled pieces including dresses, skirts, accessories, handbags, and these OMGCUTE bow belts that I spotted on Instagram and knew I’d have to add to my wardrobe. They’re a steal at just $12, come in six different colours, and fit up to a 50″ waist, so win-win-win as far as I’m concerned.