Outfit Post: A simple black and white dress…

If you know me…you know I LOVE colour.  So this post is a bit of a different one for me as I am showcasing basically a black and white dress.  It is also a more feminine look than I really go for with a high neckline and an A-line skirt.  The dress was from Marks & Spencer and was paired with a pair of mules also from Marks.  I was lucky that the lovely Sabrina Sikora pushed me into wearing mules (I always looked at them with an eye brow raised) and well they were peep toe too which makes me go EEK even more (I have to keep a decent pedicure on those tootsies).  However, they ARE super comfortable and pretty much went with every outfit I had during the summer of 2015.  Also a heel that you can walk around in in HK?  SOLD.  Thankfully Marks & Spencer have reproduced them this Spring 2016.  They obviously know a good thing when they see it.  Shame though that they did not reproduce the navy version (gutted I didn’t get those last year).  For other options on the mule shape…check out Australian brand SENSO (they ship to HK!) from closed toe, open toe to various shades of animal print (cue heart emojis at this point).

 

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Senso Mules…

The dress I am wearing in this outfit post is from Summer 2015 for Marks & Spencer.  However the shape is classic and super flattering for most silhouettes.  For curvy girls like me, a nipped in waist helps give you a nice shape and though sleeveless, it is easy to cover up your bingo wings with a little cardigan (or just own the said bingo wings like I do).  I have found local brand WHAT THE FROCK?  to be a great affordable option.  No pattern but coming in a multitude of colours which adds personality to your outfit!

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What the Frock ‘French’ Dress in Pink

I have heard from a professional matchmaker that such a dress like this is perfect for a first date.  It is feminine, fashionable (without being too fashion aka scary) and has scope via the colour and the accessories you add to it to make it your own personal style.

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So there you go…dresses that do not have crazy prints can be a good thing…

Thanks as always to Bryant for making me look semi decent in photos, that boy is a miracle worker and super talented.

 

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Why I love Blogger Style Offs…

Don’t get me wrong…there is a gut wrenching disappointment when you realise you came last (or as the boy helpfully pointed out at the end of my first attempt at a blogger style off… “You came fifth…” – I was 5th out of 5 bloggers).  However there are some benefits from taking part…

1) It is great to be asked to participate, I have been lucky that the two brands who asked me to take part are brands I truly love and am passionate about so it was an honour.  You get a glimpse into the new collections and who can say no to dressing up in nice clothes?

2) Working with professional photographers is always a pleasure and you can really get some great advice about how to pose and as Tyra would say “Smize and find your light…”

3) I love seeing how other bloggers view the brand and how they style outfits.  I constantly get inspired by other bloggers and am always in awe at the looks they pull together with seemingly effortless ease.  It really is a “how do they do that?” or “I would never have thought of that but it looks so cool…” sort of moment.

Take the most recent blogger style off I took part in…it was for the gorgeous HK brand What the Frock?… Maria one of the co-founders is a great ambassador for her brand as she is beautiful, vibrant and super stylish just like her dresses.  The brand specializes in gorgeous dresses primarily in silk which are great for HK Summers!   They have just launched an accessories range to accompany the beautiful dresses.  I love the fact that all the bloggers who took part had a different interpretation of the brand….from gorgeous Grecian goddess, elegant city girls to urban grunge chic.  I chose a cute little printed knee length dress and a bright floral necklace to contrast and went for an easy day time look.  Check it out on the brand’s facebook page and like your favourite look…nudge nudge (I won’t say no to a vote!).

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Remember to check out the facebook page and vote for your favourite look!  You might win a nice prize!

Thanks to What the Frock’s Maria and Sabrina from Sabrina Sikora Photography for the photos.  All photos are used courtesy of them.

What’s My Niche?

Just read an article about keeping my blog fresh on IFB…“13 Ways to Keep Your Blog Content Fresh” and I hate to say it, i have blogger’s block.  I guess the dratted kidney infection has not been helping me but I am feeling a slight lethargy with my posting abilities!  May be I need to go to more events (invites please PRs) or may be I need to try and do more outfit posts (EEEK…running a mile at the idea of having to look good in front of a camera….)  Anyway, there is a distinct drop in my blogging creativity levels.

One of the main points of the article is to refresh my enjoyment of my “niche” area in blogging and here lies the question behind the title…WHAT IS MY NICHE?  I am definitely not  a DIY blogger like my fellow HK bloggers A Pair and A Spare or the lovely All Things Indulgent (Vanessa, I still do not have my necklace made…:(  Sorry!!!) I definitely am not like the uber FASHION bloggers in HK like Jasmine Webster, Elle Lee, Zoe Suen, Christing,  Am not one of the bright young things like my lovely Bryant Lee or Emily Cheng.  Definitely not beauty like Carla Layne I am not an outfit post professional like Visala either.  So here it goes…I am having a blogger identity crisis…Gosh I sound like a drama queen!  Apologies.  I feel at this moment I should suddenly be in a room and sit up and announce that I am having said crisis….can picture the scene already!  He he he…yes it is all about me me me.

Hmmm…so before I can progress to the next few steps in the article, I need to identify my niche and then read around the subject….Hmmm…first step…what is my niche?

 

Answers on the back of a postcard please…

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Sorry I could not afford stamps…