LBD with Igigi

I’ve just arrived back from my last interstate trip of the year; this time to Perth to visit my WA sales team, and spend some time with my beautiful little sister.

Waiting for me when I got home were two lovely new dresses from Igigi’s range of party frocks: a glam, sequinned version of their classic “Francesca” dress, and a chiffon polkadot adaptation of the “Adelle”.

We’re deep into Party Season now, and it’s great to have a couple of pretty new LBDs up my sleeve for the celebrations.

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The Francesca’s a lovely cut that I’ve had my eye on for a while, so when this sparkly version hit the store I leapt at the chance to try it. It’s heavily embroidered with a swirly sequinned pattern that’s also available in the super glamorous, floor length Angelica gown. With elbow length sleeves this fully lined frock is perfect for cooler climes, and the striking fabric can play up the elegance factor without needing accessories.

I teamed it with black pumps and basic jewellery, and just let the fabric sing. The sweetheart neckline and crossover bodice can be worn wide on the shoulders bardot-style, or pulled up to frame collar bones.

The sequinned version is definitely a nighttime dress, but it also comes in a range of other colours and patterns including an absolutely killer red, and a smashing leopard-print which is no-doubt on the wish list of more than a few fashionistas out there.

If you’re looking for something a little less OTT (or if your Christmas Party season is shaping up to be a hot one!) you might like to check out the Adelle Dress.

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The Adelle dress has the same crossover bodice as the Francesca, but with cunning little cap sleeves, and a little elastic inserted into the edges of the neckline, so that it follows the contours of your bust without revealing more than you want it to. It’s a really clever design feature, and something I’d love to see in more wrap/crossover bodices.

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The effect is good-golly-miss-molly excellent cleavage that didn’t need to be pinned or double-sided sticky taped into place.

The dress is a lot lighter than the Francesca, the bodice a double-lined jersey, and the skirt featuring a polkadot chiffon overlay.

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The empire cut elongates my legs and works with my short-waisted figure. It’s fun and flirty, and ultra comfortable to wear.

I played up the vintage-retro vibe, and teamed it with pearls and nude shoes, but it’s one of those dresses that could go classic or contemporary, depending on the accessories you teamed it with.

The fit was a little smaller too, which was good. Often the Igigi dresses are just a smidgen too big for me, but this one was perfect, so if you’re an inbetweenie who’s never been able to wear Igigi before this could be the style for you. There’s a gorgeously decadent version heavily embroidered in gold, and the floral and sheer geometric versions are currently included in the 40% off sale.

Annie Get Your Gum (Leaf)

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Top: Michy Lou

Cardigan: Gorman

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Chie Mihara

Boy oh boy, where did the last fortnight go? I’m sorry to be so absent – not even replying to comments or anything. All cylinders in my Real Life™ are firing at the moment, and the blog’s falling a little behind as a result. It’s a good thing – it’s a happy-making thing – but it does mean that I have less time for writing!

It’s been a whirlwind of a month so far; I’ve been jetting all over the country doing staff appraisals, my parents have been to stay, and I’ve had a lot on over the weekends too. It’s been a good end to the year, if an abrupt one. We’re – oh God – just over a month from Christmas, and I’m feeling spectacularly unprepared. Gone are my carefully planned present-buying spreadsheets. my tree, my stash of wrapping paper. I’m flying by the seat of my pants this year. I’ve been to a few of the pre-Christmas markets (and true to form have managed to find more for myself than for other people)

I was in Canberra for a wedding a month or so ago, and while I was my sister and I visited the (outstanding!) Canberra Handmade market. While we were browsing I spotted this lovely brooch taken from a cast of a gum leaf and a pair of gumnuts, and I loved it so much Mae bought it for me as an early Christmas present. I’m preeeetty sure it came from Ricardo Pewter.

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When I was a kid I used to think that the Australian wildlife was so desperate looking. I craved rolling green hills, hedgerows, fields of bluebells, and I couldn’t understand my Mum’s affinity for our straggly, dry, native flora. As an adult though I love it. I love the scent of eucalyptus, the particular olives and golds of the Australian landscape, trees with resilient leaves, secretive blossoms, and rugged seed pods and nuts that need the kiss of bushfire just to fruit.