(This post is sponsored by Berlei)
Berlei have launched a new range of products, called Dig Free Hosiery, which has a seam-free and smoothing waistband, aimed to increase comfort and reduce the lines visible under your clothes.
With the onset of winter, I have thoroughly tested a pair of Dig-Free opaque tights. After wearing them for a few consecutive days, I thought they were really comfortable. The waistband is similar to the top of yoga pants – which is nice. It was not super tight like shapewear, which I find squeezes firmly into my tummy, and after a few hours, I’ve had enough and I want to take them off (especially when I want to eat!).
The seamless waistband felt soft, snug and firm. They looked great and I felt like I could go all day in them.
The Shopping Spree
To celebrate the new range, Berlei is giving away an awesome $1000 Shopping Spree!
They want to know: What is your favourite go-to outfit when you are trying to turn a “bad day” into a “good day”?
For me, a bad day is when I wake up and… my skin is gross, my hair is a disaster, my back aches, I have a headache and well… I just feel like crap. And I haven’t even had breakfast yet.
But a part of me refuses to be defeated. I try to pep myself up. I go through the motions of having a shower and brushing my teeth. I reach for my good moisturizer. I wear my nice undies. I wear my nicest daytime bra. And?
I plan to wear a great outfit.
I reach for the dress that makes me smile. The top that brings the *perfect* amount of sparkle and colour to my complexion. The skirt makes me feel like a million bucks. The pair of jeans hug me in all the right places.
My Go-To Outfit
To explore this idea further, Berlei gave me a bit of spending money ($500!) to put together and style my ideal “go-to outfit”.
I spent about 2 weeks doing “shopping research” – looking endlessly through online shops, lookbooks, catalogues and going instore to little boutiques and big department stores. I like to be very thorough with my shopping and styling… it took me ages, but it was fun!
The biggest question for shopping on a budget… Do I splurge the whole $500 on ONE designer item? Or spend it on 3 or 4 $100 – $150 statement pieces?
I went for the middle ground… and bought 2 fantastic designer items that I could wear and use again and again.
1) Sass & Bide Post No Bills Dress
I adore practically everything that comes from Sass & Bide! I wish I could own everything in their latest and past collections. Not to mention I have serious style envy whenever the designers, Heidi and Sarah, step out dressed head-to-toe in their own clothes. Gah talk about girl style crush!
So when I spotted this dress at $290, down from $490, I knew I found the winner. I *knew* that I would get a huge, fun, fashion buzz whenever I wore that dress. Bad day be gone!
The fabric is gorgeous, flowing silk. The print is bold and quirky. It’s black and white, so it is versatile and I will get a lot of wears out of it. And it has these two petal layers that float and swish around the dress.
But the best thing about it – it can be worn as a dress and a top. Woo hoo!
Paired with leather pants, black heels and statement accessories – wayhey, there you go, I’ve found my perfect go-to outfit :)
2) Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Isabelle Bag
Yup, my second item is a Marc by Marc Jacobs cross body leather bag, in citrus. I’ve been looking for a new, brightly coloured, small bag… just to carry my keys, purse, phone and lippy. And this one was peerfect!!
It is sold at Net-a-Porter, but I bought it from Shopbop, for $184 (down from $230 – because I had a special 20% discount). It pays to shop around!
3) Colette Colour Stone Necklace
And with the spare $26, I also picked up this crazy rainbow bling necklace.
So that was my $500 spent, or as I prefer to think of it, INVESTED, in my wardrobe. But if you win the competition, you get $1000 to spend :)
Enter To Win a $1000 Shopping Spree
The winner will receive a cash prize of $1000 to spend on the wardrobe of their choice.
This competition is open to residents of Australia aged 18 years or over. Sorry everyone else!
*This competition is now closed!*
The winning entry will be selected based on the passion and creativity of the answer provided.
Please read all terms and conditions.
Competition dates: Starts 3rd May 2013 – 24 May 2013, 5:00 pm AEDST.
All the best to everyone!