Curvissa Occasion Wear - The Grace Made in England Floral Dress

I've often said that the reason I love fashion so much is that you can have fun with it. You can play around and mix colours, textures, patterns and even mix the trends from over the decades. This is one of those outfits that I had real fun putting together.

This is the gorgeous Grace Made in England Floral Dress from Curvissa and I just adore it's sexy yet modest styling. It features a blue and white flower print very reminiscent of lovely old china plates and while a pattern like this can sometimes look a little old fashioned if you accessorize this classic style up right you'll always have a killer outfit. I decided to find accessories in lime green, a colour that you can't fail to have spotted in pretty much every SS15 collection this year; but knew that I wanted to keep the styling elegant and so I went for a classic pointed court, a crepe blazer and a hair flower as a final little accent. I really love how this all worked and how each piece has little contemporary details - the courts having an asymmetrical shape over the toes, the jacket having exposed zip pockets and the flower having a little shot of turquoise to add depth. I thought a lime lip would be a little too much (and also très hard to find) and so I went for a beautifully bold purple.

And so more information on this gorgeous dress. As you can see it's a fitted style but not one that is too clingy, I found it to be true to size and the stretchy fabric is lovely quality - you don't lose colour in the print when it stretches as you would with cheap fabrics. It's also fully lined which always scores big points with me and I really like the three quarter sleeves and round, fairly high neckline as it adds that touch of modesty one should always employ when being a guest at a wedding. There's also a nice bit of ruching over the tummy area which I just like as a design detail but also helps flatter a larger tummy if that's something that bothers you. The length is also wonderful, sitting at my knee (FYI - I'm 5'7'' and wearing a size 24).

I'd give this beautiful dress 4 out of 5 stars, the only improvement I can think of would have been to have a more rigid lining akin to shapewear to give more of a smoothing appearance - other than that it's just perfect!
Grace Made in England Floral Dress - Curvissa - £55.00*
Lime Textured Crepe Blazer - George at Asda - Old
Asymmetrical Lime Pointed Court Shoes (Wide Fit) - New Look - £8.00 (on sale!)
Textured Lime Hair Flower - Claire's Accessories - £4.00

This post is part of a five way review of Curvissa's occasion wear range! Make sure you check out these blogs to see the pieces they've styled up too!

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The Sweet Romance Collection by Yours Clothing - Part One

Well I have to say I am really not happy with the weather at the moment. It's July and it's been grey and rainy for three days straight, and to rub it in the doctor has told me I have a severe vitamin D deficiency - well how is one meant to get any sun with our rubbishy Summers? As a nice long holiday isn't on the cards until next year I've got myself some supplement pills in the hope that they'll do the trick. 

Anyway, the main reason I mention the greyness is in apology as it means that my next few outfit posts are a little duller than usual due to the lack of light, but I don't think it takes away from the loveliness of this blush little number! This is the Pink Chiffon Swing Dress With Black Panels And Lace Trim (£30.00*) which is part of a lovely new collection from Yours Clothing entitled 'Sweet Romance'. I've always been a sucker for baby pink and black, it reminds me of old Chanel suits and elegant lady's dressing rooms and I think the gorgeous lace detail on this dress fits that theme wonderfully. The dress is lined with a white under layer which helps the pink chiffon be less see through and it has a nice keyhole detail to the back.

There's no stretch to this dress and so it isn't as generously sized as other Yours pieces bit it still fits nicely, my wider hips just gave it a more A line look than a swing dress look. If I lift my arms right up it's a wee bit snug on the shoulders too but as I said, I usually wear a 24 and this is a 22 which would normally be my 'Yours size' if it was a stretchy fabric so I'd recommend getting your true size in this style. It sits just above my knee on my 5'7'' frame.

This is a really pretty dress that doesn't need much styling due to the darling lace and contrast black shoulders - all you really need are some pretty heels and a bag and you're set as I think jewellery would be a bit much. Maybe some cute little pearl earrings?

Shoes are old New Look and bag is old Simply Be, leggings are my trusty Viscose Elastane Cropped Leggings (£8.00) from Yours which I have about a million pairs of as they're so soft and comfy and lovely!

You can view the full Sweet Romance collection right here and keep your eye out for my second review from the collection later this week!

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Life's Little Pleasures

Plain and simple, these are some thing that are really making me smile right now!

  • I was lucky enough to win an Instagram giveaway from Looneylolita and so the lovely Anna did this super adorable portrait of me in this outfit! I love how she added touches of glitter!
  • This cutesy little Fifi Lapin cupcake bunny case (£15.00*) from Iconemesis makes me grin every time I look at it - where can I get one of those giant cherry hats?

  • This roasted banana and caramel cheesecake from the dessert counter at Selfridges is pretty darn amazing. I'm a sucker for banoffee so this was bound to be right up my street but I'm really impressed with how creamy and rich but not mega sweet it is, you need real baking talent to create that!

  • I'm on a real spicey smokey scent kick at the moment and so this Patchouli and Clove Room Spray (£5.00) from Marks and Spencer is a regular fixture in our home right now. I know these kind of scents aren't for everyone but they work so well in our cosy little Victorian cottage, they make the leather sofa and curio filled living room even more inviting and luxurious feeling!

  • I've had the Moomins Cookbook for a few years now and although I haven't tried many of the recipes from it I find it so lovely to just leaf through. I have Danish family and so this kind of Scandinavian cooking is very familiar to me, it reminds me so much of my Grandma I find just readings through the recipes is really comforting. I loved noticing that one the salad and dressing recipes in there is the one my little sister and I ask for every time we visit, we just thought it was one that Gran has made up!

  • Last up we have a hair product that I've been eyeing up for a while and recently threw a YOLO and bought this Fudge Hot Hed Violet (£12.95)... and instantly fell in love with it! As my hair is a little thin from lightening it I love to use mousse to boost the volume but this one is really magical - not only does it have great heat protection but it is also a lovely shade of lilac which helps stop my hair going brassy and yellow! 

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Sew Cute It Hurts - Fifties frock fun with Silly Old Sea Dog

Although my make up I always quite pin up inspired with a cat eye and bold lip colour I sometimes forget how much I love putting on a pretty vintage inspired frock and some cute kitten heeled pumps. It instantly makes me feel so much more feminine, I feel like I somehow walk a little differently (most likely with a bit more wiggle!) and a full skirt always seems to put a smile on my face! I think 1950's style fashion was just so fun, after all the rationing was coming to an end and fabric was again becoming luxurious and being printed with sweet patterns. 

Fun is I think the word that sums up Silly Old Sea Dog perfectly, the designs are all based on classic vintage patterns in an array of wonderful prints that add a lovely injection of whimsy! One of the best things about the brand in my opinion is that it caters for such a wide range of sizes, from a UK size 8 to a size 28! I think Alison the creator of SOSD is doing something really fabulous and brave here offering such an inclusive size range from a fairly new company - major props to you Alison! You can read more about Alison and the story behind SOSD on their website right here.

The design I'm wearing here is the beautiful 1950's Style Dressmaking Dress (£109.00*) and I just can't get over what a sweet style it is! Other than the lovely print featuring chic ladies in lovely wiggle dresses and snippets from sewing patterns I think the most wondrous thing about this style is the fullness of the skirt - I'm not wearing a petticoat here but as you can see the skirt still looks lovely and voluptous! It's also the absolute perfect length for my 5'7'' body sitting right at my knee. Alison actually recommended that I go for a size down in this particular style and she was definitely right, I usually wear a UK 24 but this dress is a 22 and fits very comfortably. Another real bonus is the matching large hair bow (£6.00*) that you can see below, isn't that an adorable little extra?

Now I do know that the price may put a few people off but you need to bare in mind that all of these dresses are made here in the UK from 100% cotton fabrics and I personally am always happy to support a growing business. Just think about it, you get a gorgeous new frock and that wonderful feeling that you're supporting the independent business economy - a double win! If you would like to go ahead and bag yourself one of the these gorgeous designs Alison has very kindly offered all Sugar, Darling? readers a treat! 

Until July 31st you can get 15% off your SOSD purchase by using the discount code SUGARDARLING at the checkout!

So what do you think, do you love SOSD as much as moi?

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