(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!
1) Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Email Subject: Berlei Dig Free Goodness
3) Include your preferred email address so we can contact you if you win!
4) Answer this question: What is your favourite go-to outfit to turn “bad day” into a “good day”?
Answers must be no longer than 150 words.
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!