“Carnivale”…Adding Colour to My Life…

Recently I attended DRESS ME blogger and super stylist Jasmine Smith’s birthday FIESTA and it was a fantastic opportunity for me to beg my good friend ALL THINGS INDULGENT‘s Vanessa Lawson to make me a custom floral head band.  I have loved Vanessa’s DIY pieces for a long time – the colour, the vibrancy… the sheer sense of fun that exists in her pieces make them irresistible.  I personally do not have the patience or the glue gun skills to make a piece so it was great that she was willing to make me one.  Knowing my aversion to large head pieces, Vanessa totally understood my style and produced a gorgeous vivid red floral head piece.  I fell in love at first sight.  Unfortunately, I just do not know when I will next wear it.  Somehow, I do not believe that the office dress code would let me wear it.

Fortunately for me, I recently worked with the fabulously talented photographer Lauren Engel (model, photographer and researcher into money laundering – a girl of many talents) and inspiration hit me – I could pair said floral head piece with my gorgeous Clover Canyon dress and wear it for the shoot…yes!  (I am a genius…)

Vanessa is a fan of Clover Canyon too so I know she would appreciate such a pairing.

For those who have not heard of the brand before, Clover Canyon is a LA brand who is famous for their vivid prints and vibrant colours.  Their clothes totally encapsulate the eclectic and joyful spirit of California.  Reminiscent of Mary Katrantzou’s gorgeous sprints but with less structure, the Clover Canyon clothing is colourful and with a sleek silhouette.  I love their neoprene dresses but also have recently fallen in love with their beautiful floaty “shirt” dresses.  I don’t usually like floaty dresses as they tend to look tent-like on me but these dresses are cut relatively slim so there is less volume.

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Clover Canyon Floral Fish Dress, All Things Indulgent Custom Head Piece, Beatrix Potter Book Clutch by PS. Besitos, Samantha Wills Ring

I am not sure why but the floral head piece, the floaty dress and the colours remind me of some of the old pictures or statues of Catholic saints.  Think old fashioned Latin saints or something from New Orleans – hence the name “Carnivale” for the title of this outfit post.  The above picture (as you can see I cannot pose) is my attempt at a saintly pose!  I even have a book in hand (well a book clutch).

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That Floral Head Piece

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Trying to Look Saintly

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Light and Dark

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Trying to Pose

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It is all about the Accessories

A word of warning, if you choose to buy this dress, please be careful as it is very transparent.  I definitely think it would be perfect for a beach holiday as a cover up over your bikini or you would need to wear something underneath to spare your blushes.  Thankfully, I was indoors for these pictures and was wearing nude undergarments (thank you Sheer!)

I bought my Clover Canyon dress from Oxygen Boutique which is a fab store based in London.  If you cannot stop in their store, they do offer an online shopping site so do have a look!  They stock some amazing brands such as Clover Canyon (of course), Senso and Alice & Olivia.

Check out Vanessa’s blog ALL THINGS INDULGENT for tutorials on how to make the floral head piece or contact her directly for custom orders.  I bought my Samantha Wills ring online and my PS. Besitos book clutch as mentioned in previous posts is from Etsy.

A big thank you to Lauren Engel for taking the pictures but also to Sheer for generously allowing me to use their beautiful shop space for the location of my photo shoot.  On a rainy, humid day, it was a beautiful oasis of air con!  For readers in HK, Sheer is my favourite place to go for lingerie.  They know how to fit bras properly and offer a wide range of brands and styles!

SHEER
4/F, W Place, 52 Wyndham Street
Central, Hong Kong

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