I’d love to introduce you all to a new online boutique, The Dreamery.
It features an amazing collection of carefully-selected Australian labels, such as Arnsdorf, Aurelio Costarella, Ellery, Fernando Frisoni, Gary Bigeni, Jayson Brunsdon, Megan Park, Sara Phillips, and Therese Rawsthorne. And it is just full of gorgeous clothes, accessories, beauty and homewares.
Launched late 2010, the boutique already has 16,000+ fans on Facebook – which is pretty impressive if you ask me. It is run by a lovely and ambitious Sarah, whom I met during Australian Fashion Week. She asked if I’d like to review some items – and I said SURE!
But I had been so busy that I didn’t have time to select items for myself, so I asked her to STYLE ME. She sent me a whole box full of samples to play with (I think 30 items in total) and I was in designer clothes heaven. So much good stuff!
From there I chose several items which I adored the most, and created these outfits below.
Outfit 1: This dress looked like a fluffy, deflated balloon when I pulled it out of the bag!
But when I tried it on, it *fell* in the most amazing way. I usually try to stay away from big shapeless dresses, and I would never have picked it out in a shop… but wearing it has definitely made me think again about “shapeless” dresses.
The subtle leopard print is cool. The fabric is lovely and slightly sheer. I wore it with a belt and some booties and it just looked great as a winter outfit.
Loved it and wished I could have kept it. Five, big gold stars from me.
This dress is called Out-In-The-Wild Fall by Limedrop – a hot, emerging Australian label. I’m wearing a Size Au 0 / 6.
Then I popped on this furry vest and oooh I was on my way to a real winter outfit. Big black wool coat, black leggings and I’d be all set.
The Faux Hair Cropped Vest is by Arnsdorf – another very, very cool Australian / New York label. I’m a big fan of their stuff.
Outfit 2: I’m wearing a little black dress by a label called Harvey. And yes, I know I have a zillion black dresses, but as I stomped around in it in my studio… I realised that it could *actually* be the perfect little black dress.
It has these structured panels that squeezes in at the waist, sits sexily on your hips, and makes your boobs and butt look fantastic. It’s also a mini skirt length so it makes your legs look long. The thick jersey fabric is wonderfully firm and comfortable.
I was *this* close to emailing Sarah to tell her that I’d like to buy it. But sigh, I seriously can’t, as I’m saving up for something else (ha!).
You can see more details about the dress here: Black Print Panelled Structured Dress by Harvey.
It’s also on sale.
The Lace Jacket is by Little Joe.
And how amazing is this clutch by Rachel Ruddick??
Pendant and necklace by Rachael Ruddick
Bracelet by House of Baulch
Lastly, I’m wearing two shirt dresses. Left is a Pin Tuck Dress by Therese Rawsthorne (on sale!) and…
On the right is an Army Green Dress by Little Joe.
I never wear shirt dresses! I always believed they would make me look short, boxy and boyish. And well, I like to look the exact opposite – taller, curvier and more feminine.
But there you go. I love them! They are so, so cute and relaxed.
If I had to chose between them, hmm, I think I’d go for the Therese Rawsthorne one, because I could pop a skirt over it and easily wear the dress as a top. And the pattern makes it just a bit more unique.
I also am holding a pretty Leather Bag, also by Rachel Ruddick.
The shoes are my own, Suede Wedge Booties by Tony Bianco.
Ah… there were many, many other dreamy items that caught my eye.
Enjoy shopping! Or browsing!
Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.