Monday, January 24, 2011

OOTD: Of Peaches & Eggplants

I found a bag of 5 boleros from a Bangkok shopping trip some time ago and I remembered feeling very pleased with the buys. Not only were they cheap but for a person who is insecure about her arms, these are the perfect lightweight throw-ons. Made of mesh, chiffon and tulle, they are the girly frilly type that I like. I also found a similar bolero from ASOS at the original price of £32 but I got mine for only £5. Okay, perhaps they weren't that cheap in retrospect but 5 boleros for slightly less than £25 and a whole bagful of potential looks is a steal in my opinion.

I also thought I wouldn't be able to use much of this Forever 21 gemstone bracelets in rose gold since it is kind of a hard colour to match but I have already found 2 uses for them. I was attracted by the beautiful colour and I just wanted to buy something to bring away from my Kuala Lumpur trip.

Oh and I tried to do the headband thing but a little unsuccessfully since it turned out into the mess as my hair is awfully layered and hard to stay in place but I still kind of like it and would use it on a bad hair day!

Verdict for the ASOS CURVE Frill Sleeve Fitted Waist Dress:

I sort of liked it when I first laid eyes on it. I said sort of because I wasn't sure. I mean I knew I would definitely go for the royal purple instead of the blue. The colour is brilliant and rich and complements any type of skin tone well. It had a tulip shape bottom which I cannot advocate enough how flattering it is for my body type. What I wasn't sure was the sleeves because they were too short for my liking and I wished they would have been longer so that I would not need a cover-up. The material also means that it is easily creased (just look at the pictures). When I sit down, it folds over and creates these multiple creases which are pretty annoying. But at the price of £9, I would still say 'Yes Please'!

Bows for the ASOS CURVE Frill Sleeve Fitted Waist Dress:

I have quite a lot of pictures to show for my Dinner and Dance in which I am supposed to turn up in 80s but as it is, I ended up looking like a 70s hippie flower child. More to come!

Dress: ASOS CURVE Frill Sleeve Fitted Waist Dress (here)
Peach Bolero: Bangkok
Headband: Forever21
Rose Gold Bracelets: Forever21
Patent Bow Belt: Marks & Spencer
Shoes: ?

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Blogger aroselikethis said...

that colour looks stunning on you :) and that bolera looks lovely as well as does your hair.

just a beautiful outfit! xx

January 24, 2011 at 9:05 AM  
Anonymous Bella said...

I really like the tulip shaped bottom of this dress and the bracelets go perfectly with the little bolero. I too am insecure with my arms. I absolutely cannot have them uncovered. I start to worry they are not toned, or look too fat, or that I look like a sumo wrestler. I've found that a shrug, cardi or longer sleeves seem to take away this anxiety! :)

January 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

love the outfit on you so cute! I just ordered a dress from asos, hoping it fits the last two i got where too big because the british clothing sizes are kind of confusing :(.

January 24, 2011 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger mitten paws said...

love the headband. i wish they didn't look dumb on me.

January 24, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

I love that outfit! the bolero is so charming and delicate and looks great paired with the blue in the dress.

And I think the hairband hairstyle looks great on you! It was hard for me to get my hair to stay in place for it too, I ended up using lots of bobby pins and hairspray.

January 24, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Gazel M. said...

Love the colour combinations. You look very cute la!

January 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jeniese said...

Love the rose gold braclets! You look so cute!!! Love boleros, I am going to make a note to add more to my wardrobe!

January 24, 2011 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger alana said...

I'm the same about my arms. It works out well though since I love jackets and cardigans though.

And I hate materials that crease easily. I try to avoid ironing like it's the plague. lol You look lovely though!

January 24, 2011 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Asia said...

Love it! What a great color combo as well. I actually got this dress in the blue and you are so right, it creases easily. I'm going to try and steam it to see if I can get the creases out from it being shipped.

January 24, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger The Merry Traveller said...

Bella: I don't mind cardigans and shrugs but sometimes the weather here is so hot that I wish i don't have to wear so many layers. Singapore has been going into some weird temperature change. We actually got down to 24 degrees which is like winter for us so I've been enjoying the weather!

Alex: I'm pretty comfortable with UK sizing because we have Topshop and Dorothy Perkins here so I kind of know what to buy :) OMG. As I am typing this to you, it suddenly struck me that Forever21+ sizing is in US sizes and not UK!

Rebecca: I did a bun so i can put the elastic under it and not have it slide up!

Alana: Usually I avoid ironing too, i just try to sit on it till it straightens out. Haha but most of the time, I'm not successful.

Asia: I don't have a steamer. I think i meant to get one, will make ironing a breeze. I am not a good iron-er so i feel that I will make a hole out of it.

January 24, 2011 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger heavyaura said...

Oh, so pretty -- I'm going to try out these colors together when I get the chance!

January 24, 2011 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

You look so lovely!! I love this colour on you, and the headband looks nice as well. :)

January 24, 2011 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

the dress and jacket are beautiful, really nice colours! The scallop short I have on are elasticated and stretch quite a lot so you should definitely try a pair. I go my usual size and think they are too big so it's worth a try =)

Hannah xx

January 24, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Blogger Nancie Mwai said...

am loving the dress and bolero combo! am a frugal fashionista and you got your money's worth! love the blinged up bracelet too!

January 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger Louisa said...

I like the Forever21 headband, I want it!


January 24, 2011 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger JazmineKariss said...

yes! very relaxing, definitely should go for drinks sometime! ;p haha

I love the color combination you have there, this spring for sure be about pastels and sheer fabrics being matched with bold colors!
thumbs wayyyy up!

January 24, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOVE The purple on you!!

xo thefashionguitar

January 24, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger KcomeKarolina said...

you look so cute!

xoxo from rome

January 24, 2011 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Anika said...

darling, you look adorable! I love this whimsical romantic look on you, so beautiful! the colourcomb is one of my faves :) sending you warm hugs love!

January 24, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Ariana said...

such a cute look! I love how you accessorized, the headband is great on you!

January 24, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Kirstin Marie said...

You look beautiful! This dress looks great on you , and I love your shrug. Such a pretty color!! Those bracelets are really sparkly, I'm loving them!!

January 24, 2011 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger Laurelann said...

I love the chiffon-y bolero top. You're right about that color; it does look amazing with your skin tone and I can't imagine a tone that it wouldn't look great on. Your belt is adorable and I want it!

January 24, 2011 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Bethamint said...

So so so so pretty, I love all your outfit posts!

January 24, 2011 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger DaniellaBella said...

The colour of that dress it beautiful on you! And I like the lady-ness of the top!

January 25, 2011 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger Midnight Cowgirl said...

Pretty outfit! I really like the headband.

January 25, 2011 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

i adore your outfit, you look beautiful!
the bolero is amazing - i love the colour!
-Rosie <3

January 25, 2011 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Lovin' Linda said...

very cute! love the headband! so adorbs!

January 25, 2011 at 2:14 AM  
Blogger Beej said...

The best outfit this year!

January 25, 2011 at 3:09 AM  
Blogger Stiletto Siren said...

Beautiful colors on you! Love Love Love! Ooooo and those braclets are to die for!

January 25, 2011 at 3:16 AM  
Anonymous potpie du monde said...

Loving all your accessories! the dress looks fantastic on you!

January 25, 2011 at 3:22 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Lovely as usual! You are so good with accessories! I like the gold braided headband so much. And, I really like how the edges of the chiffon bolero are fraying slightly. it gives it a distressed, boho, relaxed look that I'm completely digging!

January 25, 2011 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Awesome bolero! It doesn't even look like a bolero that I'm used to, and I totally like that. I'm not really pleased with my arms, either, so I like the idea, but the ones I find are always boring knit and kind of ugly. I don't know why 95% of dresses are always sleeveless. It drives me crazy!

Nice bracelets, too. I wish I could find stuff like that at Forever 21. I just never can...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! You're too kind, really! :)

January 25, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger thomessa said...

You look amazing! Your accessories are really cute, I especially love those F21 bracelets because of the color and they just look really glamorous. That dress shapes your body in such a pleasing way and I love the color!

January 25, 2011 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger Brittany said...

You are the cutest, purple looks great on you and the little bow belt is the perfect accessory! So glad I found you blog dear, and thanks for stopping by mine :)

January 25, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Thriftymomma said...

Fantastic color! love the raw edge to your shrug and the color. very pretty!

January 25, 2011 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger CurvyEveryday said...

You look beautiful, You remind me of a shakespearean nymph so lovely.
I'm sad to say i ordered that dress but i'm returning it because of the creasing to hard to manage with kids. You are right the fit is very flattering. I wish it came in another material.

January 25, 2011 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger BBM said...

EEEEKKKK!!!! i am drooling over that dress. such a beautyful color and combined with shrug is perfect! i love ure style d.

January 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM  
Blogger Natalie Mulford said...

So great! That dress is such an amazing colour and just adds to your beauty!

Also, noticed your comment on a recent post at Too Many Cupcakes about the City Chic puff sleeve tops running large, and it's true! I have 3 and 2 of them are Smalls and one, which is slightly different (with lace) is a medium. Think it's the only thing I have in a Small from CC, I'm usually a large to XL!

January 26, 2011 at 7:24 PM  
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January 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Eryn said...

I love this color combo on you! The hair band is so great- I need one!!!

February 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
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