Monochrome Me: Reformation Wisteria Dress

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Reformation_wisteria_dressThe collection of dresses at Reformation is fast becoming my go-to when it comes to summer basics, for day or for night.  This Wisteria dress is a very well made gown with a beautiful neckline and dramatic low back, a great all-rounder for a capsule wardrobe.  This will work for weddings, garden parties, evening meals and brunches – despite the ‘dark drama’ of the style I’ve not been afraid to wear it at different times of the day.

Reformation have a beautiful series of ethically made dresses, gowns and separates.  Get familiar, Blog Reader.

Wearing: Dress by Reformation. Photos: Beth Morton Photography.

Lace & Flowers: Lover The Label

LoverTheLabel-dressWork, holiday planning and the inevitable pre-holiday fitness regime has kept me busy and away from blogging this week. American husband and I spent hours looking at some of our favourite European locations yesterday, and I think we’ve found the perfect getaway for some rest and relaxation in September (!!).

There is so much I want to write about the area around my new home and I could pen an entire (other) thesis on my summer sale finds… but for the moment, whilst I gather myself this weekend for a lot of (late) blogging ahead, I’m returning to a much written about brand, Australian label Lover.

I’ve come to understand there is both a ‘look’ and a ‘feel’ to wearing Lover the Label.  If you own a piece from Lover, I am sure you will agree with me.  Synonymous with Sydney chic, Lover staples are tailored jackets, high waisted shorts and of course, my favourite, their lace dresses. Never in doubt of choosing Lover for my wedding dress (Part III of White Magick is now available) I found this little number on Ebay some time ago.  A bargain bid won me this beautiful style and that bargain factor makes me smile even more when I wear it.

Since there are a lot of posts in the pipeline, Blog Reader – here is a little snapshot of what is to come.  Some truly stunning bag designs from Stacy Chan (one of the only designers I want to wear pink for), beautiful bodysuits from Bradamant and the perfect tuxedo shirt from J Crew. Stay tuned!

Photos: Beth Morton Photography.  Wearing: Dress from Lover. Heels: Zara.

 

Fleet Ilya Corset Belt: Still The Dark Side Of The Force

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FleetIlya-leatherbelt-4I love a mix of hard and soft textures within an outfit.  A crisp white shirt and a soft, flowing leather jacket; a fluffy cropped Angora sweater and a sharp cashmere blend A line skirt (and so on, and so forth.)  If you haven’t got the right mixture of fabrics and textures to complete this type of look, I suggest turning to your accessories to mix things up a little.

I have several Fleet Ilya pieces in my wardrobe, with this large point cut out corset belt being my newest accessory from the brand.  A wonderfully webbed show piece – reminiscent of the armour of Batman with a modern Spiderman aesthetic – it’s a very slim fitting, waist nipping style I’ve worn in many different ways.  In summer, when wearing black, navy, or entirely ‘dark’ colours is typically frowned upon (for more of my thoughts on this topic, see here) I’ll still be aligned with the dark side of the force, but I will roll out the lighter fabrics.  Here I thought the combination of the corset belt and this flowing summer dress was a great dichotomy between textures.

Wearing: Heels, Zara. Belt: Fleet Ilya.  Dress: Bought in NYC (unknown Soho boutique, if I ever find it again I will tell you!). Nude slip: Flexees.

Photos: Beth Morton Photography