Have you got anything special planned for Valentines Day this year lovelies?
We haven’t…well we have, but we’re just not doing it on Valentines Day.
Jonny is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan – I, however, am not.
So to show Jonny how much I adore him, I have agreed to go to the concert in Brisbane next week – it’s our Valentines present to each other.
No big deal Bev I hear you say; well it kind of is, because I’ve never ever listened to his music (the only track I know is Born in the USA – and I’m guessing he won’t do that on repeat). Plus there’s nothing worse than being at a concert when you’re the only one not singing your heart out and dancing like no one is watching.
I keep joking with Jonny that I’m taking a good book with me – he is not amused 😉
Now, I must admit that EVERYONE I know that’s ever been to see Bruce (past and present), tell me he is simply fabulous on stage.
I’m secretly expecting to be wowed.
Even though Valentines day is traditionally filled with proposals, engagements and weddings (show me a fancy proposal on You Tube and I’ll blart like a baby) I also believe it’s also about showing the people who matter most in your life, just how much they mean to you.
How much YOU love them.
Children, family or friends – it can be anyone, not just your significant other.
That’s what Valentines day means to me – it’s the day of showing love to everyone important in my life.
I’m all for having a specific day set aside just to show LOVE – because sometimes we forget to tell people how much we care. But just not that fussed about celebrating it the traditional way – hence the concert tickets.
Although red truly is the colour of love, it’s never been one of my favourite colours, plus for some weird reason (not sure why) I have a tiny dislike for red roses too – I know I’m a weirdo. I do love seeing red on other people though, it’s just not for me.
Yes, I’m happy to be smothered with champagne and chocolates (ahem…not literally 😉 ) – but please hold back on the red roses…
Although, don’t let red rose thing put you off giving me flowers. I’m quite partial to a bunch of peonies (when they’re in season of course), a bunch of tulips or a few white lily stems. If you insist on red flowers (just so you know) my favourites are amaryllis (I think they are also seasonal) BUT I would honestly prefer that you didn’t pay the inflated prices for them on February 14th instead, I’m fine with waiting until the 15th! 😉
So as red is not my colour of choice, I shocked myself big time when I saw this dress on the White Haven Emporium website – first thing that came to mind was ‘what a great Valentines Day dress’.
Anything OTS always grabs my attention, but lately I been hunting down OTS dresses offering a wee bit of extra length.
I’m tall (and obsessed by wearing heels) so midi length is the perfect solution to avoid showing too much leg and making me feel self-conscious.
If in doubt, I always air on the side of caution – my legs are not my best feature, so if a dress falls above my knee I prefer to either wear it over denim or with a slide/sneaker.
The fabric is 100% rayon with a drawstring at the waist with pretty fluted sleeves, making this ultra feminine dress more conservative than its shorter sisters, but still super wearable almost anywhere. This dress would work for lunch or dinner by simply mixing up/changing your accessories.
I mentioned on Instagram the other day that belts are not always my friend – the same with drawstrings. For my shape a ‘blouson’ effect works best as it allows the dress to skim and not cling. The softness of the fabric is also a winner when it comes to movement and flow.
There is something so striking about OTS dresses. They make you feel feminine and stylish with only a smidgen of effort required.
Take a look at those sleeves.
I’ve been taken by fancy-schmancy sleeves for as long as I was knee-high to a grass-hopper, the stunning border detail on both the sleeves and hemlines offer a fabulous illusion on the eye too – everything looks in proportion.
But what if you don’t want to wear red?
I like options, so I’m guessing you do too!
Say hello the fabulous new wrap dress from Miss Lilly
Do you remember when I wore this Kimocape in White Lotus? Well that is also from the Miss Lilly range.
How stunning is this print though?
I adore a delicate neutral.
When I find a dress that ticks all the boxes for my style personality – I often let out an internal squeal.
I can already tell this one will be in my wardrobe for years to come (I
NEED would like one of everything on the Miss Lilly website please and thank you – so much to love)
It’s no secret that I have ample boobage – this fact alone makes wrap dresses my bestie.
Wrap dresses work fabulously on lots of body shapes too – they are not just reserved for flattering curves, they also the possess the right amount of illusional trickery with regards to sweeping and skimming in all the right places.
Personally, I’m a lover of the self-tie wrap dress and not the faux-wrap.
I find the ‘faux’ variety never leaves enough room for my boobs – (as a rule of thumb, the faux wrap often works better on smaller busts or a more athletic build)
With the self-tie you can adjust exactly where the dress sits over your assets for maximum impact.
Again just like the OTS dress above, this one is also 100% rayon.
How do you celebrate Valentines? Have you got plans this year?
Is red your colour?
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