Ballerina Blue: ASOS Body Con Midi Dress in Austin, Texas

Greetings from Austin, Blog Reader!  Recent travels have led me to Texas, meaning another wardrobe change and a few (um, major) adjustments to the heat and humidity.  Austin is an amazing city, full of great music, great food and shopping gems like Stag and Goorin Bros. which I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.

Just before I arrived here I bought a few basic dresses from ASOS (ASOS: As Seen On Screen) for my day-to-day being out and about in the city.  Despite it being the end of summer the sun is blazing here and the temperature has been 100F (you’ll be seeing a lot of hats on StyleOnTheCouch, Blog Reader, as I try to find ways to protect my English-near-transculent-skin from the sunshine!)

This body conscious midi dress in blue has been a staple for evenings relaxing on the balcony, mornings over at Jo’s Coffee (picture, below) and my near habitual runs over to Amy’s Ice-creams.

The dress is a very simple fitted style with a ballerina / leotard detail around the neckline.  It comes in black, cream and pale blue.

It’s a simple dress for some simple Austin, Texas living.  And now if you’ll excuse me, Blog Reader, I must return to the pool…. :-)

Wearing: ASOS midi dress; Dorothy Perkins heels; Chain gold plated bracelet, Freddie & Cinnamon.  Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

Looking to Fall: Timo Weiland, J Crew, Graceship & Aldo

Let’s talk about traveling, Blog Reader.  I’ve always wanted to be an organized, efficient traveller, with the perfect capsule wardrobe and perfectly chic luggage…  Yes, Blog Reader, I would arrive at Heathrow airport with my large round sunglasses, skinny jeans and perfect hair a la Posh Spice like that long haul flight never happened.

My status as a Spice Girl as yet unconfirmed* I do have several things that are making traveling across the Atlantic easier this trip.  I was gifted this fabulous laptop bag from Graceship last month and it’s the perfect briefcase for my Apple mac and all my travel essentials.  Graceship have a series of three laptop bags: New York (mine), Chicago and London - New York is my favourite for its sophisticated and boxy shape, shoulder strap (not seen) and multiple interior pockets. London would look at home on Kate Middleton’s arm I’m sure!  New York however feels more me. I also like that it doesn’t appear too business-y for a laptop bag.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

You may remember my trip to Charleston last month and to the wonderful Hampden Clothing where owner Stacey pulled this pleated Timo Weiland skirt out for me from her sale selection.  It’s a proving a lovely transitional piece for the slight chill in the air in London** and I love wearing it with my silk Blythe Blouse from J Crew - a wardrobe staple of mine.  J Crew just introduced a new retro jade colour for the shirt that’s a fabulous aqua colour – on my wish list.

A few words on these shoes – I bought this pair from ALDO in their summer sale just recently at a great price.  ALDO still have some good reductions on high-heeled sandals – check out the site if you’re in the market for a pair.

This week in London has been a whirlwind.  I’ve had a lot of fun though.  I’m flying back to America on Tuesday, heading to Austin via NYC.  I’ll post some of my London trip photos soon – yesterday I had a fun brunch with Anna of South Molton St Style, Dearne of Notting Hill Girl and Briony of A Girl A Style followed by an impromptu photoshoot near Golden Square.  I also met the lovely Milla of Not Just Another Milla for a catch up – she has the best afternoon tea reviews I have ever read so be sure to check these out on her site.  Until next time, London…

Wearing: Blythe Blouse, J Crew; Heels, ALDO; Skirt, Timo Weiland from Hampden Clothing; New York laptop BagGraceship; Belt, COSChain Gold Plated Bracelet, Freddie & Cinnamon.

*OK ok so I did miss the boat on that one but I can do a mean ‘zig a zig ah’ after two large glasses of wine. Watch me.

**Technically still summer, feels like autumn, oh well London I still love you.

Summer Dressing: Arden B. Maxi, Freddie & Cinnamon Bracelet and Lancelot Knight Leather Barrel Bag

This outfit post pretty much sums up all my current obsessions; the things I have been wearing to death this summer.  This Arden B maxi dress is such a pretty style… for starters it seems to make me look 5ft 10 tall (ten points below if anyone knows about optical illusions and can tell me why – is it the way the stripes sit?!) and the back detail with little cascading frills is super cute.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens.

When it comes to handbags, my favourites are classic, structured forms.  My biscuit coloured barrel bag gave up the ghost recently so I was incredibly happy when the lovely folks at Lancelot Knight contacted me about their collection of barrel shapes in pastel and neon shades.  They gifted me this leather baby pink Avon Barrel bag which is a perfect match for my lighter summer outfits.  It also has a longer shoulder strap, detachable and adjustable (not seen here).

I think one of the reasons I love this bag so much is a question of size as well as shape.  I need to fit my life in a bag and whilst my ‘summer life’ is considerably lighter on ‘stuff’ than my winter life – this fits my diary, iPhone and retro headphones, make-up for touching up, wallet / keys, camera and umbrella (yes I carry one everywhere I am well and truly English in this respect) whilst still looking that little bit on the dainty side….

I’m still working on my accessories too, Blog Reader. I came across the delightful contemporary jewelry brand Freddie & Cinnamon not long ago and their styles appealed to me because they are classic pieces at great value.  I’ll be featuring their collection on the blog very soon along with a Q&A with their founder / designer.  Here I am wearing their Chain Gold Plated Bracelet, a delicate and graceful strand of interconnected circles, on my wrist.  It’s one of those pieces I’ve worn over and over.

A summer outfit for a summer’s day, Blog Reader. Hope you are well, I’m currently taking a break back in England and enjoying being in the countryside for a while.  You can see some of my pictures on instagram: @StyleOnTheCouch. Have a lovely weekend, StyleOnTheCouch xo

Wearing: Maxi dress, Arden B.  Chain gold plated bracelet, Freddie & Cinnamon.  Avon Barrel bag, Lancelot Knight. Sandals (just seen), Nine West.