Namesake

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 Shirt: Country Road

Skirt: DIY

Tights: Sonsee

Shoes: Chie Mihara

At the start of last year I was invited to attend the launch of a new hosiery company named Sonsee Woman. I was hugely impressed with the product that the team presented, and have been delighted to watch the fledging brand go from strength to strength since then.

Sonsee just celebrated their first birthday and I’m certainly not the only person singing their praises anymore – almost every day I read another positive review on their Facebook page, or stumble across a blog post rhapsodising about Sonsee’s comfortable fit and extraordinary “ultra stretch” technology. From their decision to use actual plus-size women on their website to the way they interact with their fans and customers on social media Sonsee seems to be a company that are kicking goals at the moment, and I’m proud to have been there right from the beginning.

I couldn’t believe it when the team at Sonsee told me that one of their gorgeous new pairs of limited edition embellished tights was named after me! Behold, the “Lilli”s!

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Aren’t they gorgeous? Oh my God.

Those pretty little bows on my ankles have been embellished with Swarovski crystals, and they sparkle most bewitchingly. The tights are Sonsee’s almost opaque 60 denier tights and also come in the Forest, Shadow and Midnight colours. If you’ve already tried Sonsee’s range I don’t have to tell you how comfortable they are (ridiculously) or how resilient (very). I’m still wearing the first pair of tights I got from Sonsee over a year ago. No sags, no snags. I’ve had less luck with their sheers, but mostly because I have a special skill for walking into every thorny bush/exposed nail/ splintery park bench in a five metre radius to myself, and even Sonsee’s magic ultra-stretch technology is powerless against my clumsiness.

I wore these tights for a full day on my feet at the Reed Gift Fair this week, and I didn’t have to adjust the position of the bows once. They added a bit of discreet glam to my all-black outfit, and were hilariously comfortable to boot.

I honestly can’t say enough positive things about Sonsee - both the product and the team get two enthusiastic thumbs-up from me, and I can’t tell you how honoured I was to be able to lend my name to an ultimate piece of frou-frou. Thanks, Sonsee – you guys are the best

If you’d like a pair of the “Lilli’s” for yourself – or some of the basic pairs of tights – Sonsee are offering free shipping on orders of two or more with the code “BIRTHDAY” until the end of August.

We Have Lift-Off

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Blouse: Michelle Tan

Skirt: Asos

Shoes: Poetic Licence

Belt: Glassons

So how was everyone’s week?

I was absolutely delighted to see the end of mine. It’s been a hard one, both physically and emotionally.

After officially moving last weekend, I said my final goodbyes to the home that’s been the backdrop to so many important moments, including the first kiss I shared with The Sophisticate, and the moment he asked me to be his wife.

I also spent Valentine’s Day solo, which kind of sucked. A nasty work drama capped off my crappy week, so I’m spending today in seclusion; reading, blogging, and trying to convince the cat to come out of the cupboard (she’s still not quite settled in yet)

I’ve just taken my first outfit shots in my new home, but realised before I could post them I would have to put up these, the last “lift” photos for Frocks And Frou Frou.

I didn’t care much for this backdrop when I first moved in with The Sophisticate – too much going on in the background, not enough natural light – but I grew to love it. I became a fixture in the foyer with my tripod and my camera, and all the neighbours got to know me. There’s more than one embarrassed outtake of me laughing self-consciously when I’m sprung mid-pose.

This is another slightly-too-long fit-and-flare skirt. This is the ponti one from Asos that I alluded to earlier. The weight of the fabric means that it doesn’t sit out quite as satisfactorily as the cotton drill version of the same skirt, but it definitely doesn’t crease as readily either, which iron-phobic-I am pretty happy about. It’s a lovely deep plummy colour that I think will be more at home in the cooler months.

I’ve been trying to find more peter-pan collars as the trend appears to be vanishing from the shops (le sigh) and I can’t believe it took me this long to remember that – duh! – my floral button-back blouse from Michelle Tan sports one.

It can be difficult to make out against the floral print, but it’s definitely there. I wonder if she’d custom-make me one in a plain fabric?

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