The Multi-Way Bridesmaid Dress

Today I’m featuring and road testings a Multi Way Convertible Maxi Dress, in an aqua green.

Multi-way dresses are not a new concept; they’ve been around for a while. The idea is that you can wear one dress in many different ways to create slightly different looks.

This multi-way dress is from FashionJunkee and is one of their best sellers as a bridesmaid dress.

Using it as a bridesmaids dress means you could buy 6 multi-way dresses for your 6 bridesmaids and each can have a slightly different looking dress, but they will all look matchy matchy. It’s a fun idea and it looks really pretty in the wedding photos! Plus it saves you the headache of trying to find a matching dress style that suits all 6 of your bridesmaids.

Anyway, here’s my run down.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I’m wearing it here in a Halter Neck Style and a Cross Neck Style.

These two styles were very comfortable to wear. The dress and straps didn’t feel like they were going to fall off. It sat firm against my body.

The fabric is a jersey made from rayon and spandex. It is soft, strong and has a good stretch to it. It was thick enough so it didn’t cling to my body and show off my panty line. It was also heavy enough to hang off my waist and hips very nicely.

However, when I pulled it out of the box, the skirt fabric had some creases in it, so I did have to iron it… and there was a LOT of fabric to iron! But I found that once I ironed it, as long as I wore it or hung it up, I didn’t have to iron it again.

Because of the large amount of fabric, the dress had a good weight to it, so it felt like a quality garment as I walked around. Plus the weight of the fabric kept the creases away. Obviously this dress was too long for me and I would need to get it altered to fit my height.

 

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And this is the style of the back, for both the halter and cross-neck style. I think I could have been a bit more creative and twisted the fabric at the back to give a more braided look.

As you can see, my back was mostly bare, so I had to wear an adhesive bra.

The left over fabric just ties at the back and becomes a long ribbon type thing that trailed behind me as I walked. It didn’t bother me. It wasn’t heavy or uncomfortable. And it made me a little relieved that IF my panty line was showing, the swishy ribbon thing would block the view of my butt and it wouldn’t be so obvious!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

This was another design looked good that felt very comfortable to wear. I twisted the shoulder straps which gave the dress a very Grecian feel. But again, the back of the dress was completely backless.

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress

I thought this strapless look would look lovely, but I just couldn’t get it to work for me.

I wrapped it up, and then I discovered that I had done it up too tight (I found it hard to breathe!), and the folds didn’t look very nice.

So I loosened it up and did it again, but it still looked a bit messy. I couldn’t seem to make it look nice… so I found this page where you can check out how the pros wrap this Multi Way Dress in 9 ways. Looks much better there!

FashionJunkee Bridesmaids Dress
This cap sleeve design and this one shoulder design looked great too!

In conclusion, it’s a really nice gown for its price.

1) The fabric makes it a more affordable bridesmaids dress. You can get very similar designs made from more luxurious fabrics for $300+. This one is much, much more affordable at US$65. And that is a pretty significant factor especially if you have to buy 6 dresses, which will – potentially – be worn only once.

2) I was a bridesmaid for my sister’s wedding earlier this year and I wore a bridesmaids dress from 7am in the morning till 11pm at night, non-stop. So I have to be honest and say I don’t know if I could go 16 hours STRAIGHT wearing this dress with an adhesive bra. The dress isn’t the issue; it’s the bra. If I wanted to wear this dress all day, I could go 3-4 hours in an adhesive bra. Then I would need a rest and maybe have a shower. Then I could go for another 3-4 hours for the evening. But that’s just me! I’m not sure how it is for you girls with larger boobs :)

Check out the Multi Way dress in other colours, or other pretty maxi dresses (that are super affordable) in pastel colours.

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Enjoy!

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Looking Up

Jacaranda

I’ve been a bit sick this week.

The other day I dropped my kids at school, came home, crawled into bed and slept for 2 hours. I haven’t done that since my kids were newborns!

I feel better today. I took a long, gentle stroll through the park with my family; felt the sunshine on our backs; listened to the squeals of laughter from my kids; enjoyed the movement of my legs; felt the glow and happiness of being alive.

The world is full of things to relish, if we take time to look.

What I Wore: Matches Fashion at Mosmans

The other day I mentioned that I went to a Matches Fashion event at Mosmans Restaurant.

This is what I wore!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

I was itching to wear my new dress from In Good Company, called the SIENNA Draped Back Dress, in Petrol.

It is so simple and elegant, but it also looks modern, sleek and a bit sporty too. I just slipped it on and it was good to go.

The colour is just gorgeous too. It is a deep blue-green, that looks vibrant and quite unique.

The other reason I love the dress is because of the beautiful draping at the back!

Matches Fashion Event - In Good Company

It is called a “butterfly” detail… and it just looks so cool, in an understated kind of way.

The overall drapey-ness of the dress makes it quite forgiving. Which really means I could eat and eat without having to suck and hold my tummy in all day haha!

I’ve paired it with some simple black pumps by Acne (from Forward by Elyse Walker)

Matches Fashion Event - Zac Posen

And a new addition to my clutch family is this Zac Posen clutch from Shopbop. Everyone needs a show stopping clutch!

Thanks to Michelle for taking the photos of me!

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The Slower Lifestyle?

Basketball Feet

My husband and I once made a promise that we were NOT going to become parents who crammed our children’s lives with tonnes of extra curricular activities, soccer, football, cricket, hockey, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, music, languages, and extra tuition.

We enrolled them into ONE thing per year – and that was it.

Our plan was to… um, spend time with our kids instead??

I have to be honest… the ambitious TIGER PARENT in me found this to be very difficult.

I felt an ENORMOUS sense that I was STARVING my kids from new and important experiences. I felt that my children had so much potential and given the right environment (and lessons), they would be able to flourish, grow, and develop so much more. I felt that everyone around me had their kids in 2 or 3 or 4 extra curricular activities, and that my kids were going to be behind their peers and lack the advantage they need to succeed. I had serious FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out!

Yes, yes I know that spending time with my kids is important. But really, how many times do my kids have to follow me to the grocery store to buy apples? How many times do I have to push them on a swing? How many times do I have to explain things about the world to them – mundane things like how traffic lights work, what are the rules for wishing wells, what’s a credit card? Surely they must get bored of me and need some other kind of stimulation?? Surely kids need to be pushed and challenged so they can learn and excel?!

Oh god. For the last 10 years, I have been in a constant internal struggle about whether we were doing the right thing. I felt like I was just stumbling along and making things up as I go. I felt like a very mediocre parent. I felt that this “slower lifestyle” that we chose was just a lazy cop out. Did we take the easy way out?

Do they need more? Do they need less? We’ve made so many boring, long-term, conservative decisions – to live in a city where the rest of our family lives, to live in only one suburb, to not move the kids from school to school, to live within walking distance from our school and parks. No big overseas holidays, no sudden career changes, no over spending, no gaming consoles, no ipods – we are pretty strict. Perhaps too strict?  Life has been quite boring. But in a good way. Stable, safe, secure.

I guess we wanted to keep life at a slow pace, with low stress and low tech.

But my, how things are starting to change.

Both my bigger kids have interests and hobbies now. One is almost in high school too! There are volunteer meetings to attend, excursion payments to arrange, health forms to fill out, sports uniforms to buy, fundraising activities to support, music concerts, presentation assemblies, parent orientations, parent and teacher meetings…

This weekend, I had to ferry my kids to 3 basketball games, and I stayed to watch 3 hours of basketball. (My husband had to work over the weekend). The first game was at 7:45am Saturday morning and the last game finished at 7pm on a Saturday night! All the way through the first game I was thinking – I HAVE SO MUCH WORK AND HOUSEWORK TO CATCH UP ON! WHY AM I DOING THIS? AFTER ALL WE TRIED TO CUT BACK, HOW DID PARENTHOOD END UP LIKE THIS?

So during the second game, I had to consciously put away my frustrations.  I sat back and just tried to chill out and organise my thoughts. Why am I so stressed?

I realised that I’m so glad that we chose a “slower lifestyle” for their early years, because now life seems to be stepping up a notch or two now. And since I spent so much time with them as younger kids, I feel a bit happier to “let them go” and let them start exploring the world for themselves.

For my 11 and 9 year old, we’ve gone past all the intensive care stages with them (the newborn stage, the toddler stage, and the pre-primary stage). We’re at a stage where there’s a lot more guiding, supporting, creating positive environments, discussions, making clear rules and consequences (and sticking with the consequences, even though it hurts me more than it does them) and standing back. They’re learning about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, their peers, their society, the world, and how they fit into it all. It’s a stage that is actually really exciting and rewarding.

So when I look at my kids now, I feel they’re off to a good start.

Even though they can be a pain in the arse most times, my kids are actually pretty great. I’m so pleased and proud of how they are growing up. I really like them! And I feel privileged that I got to be their parent!

I guess we did something right, right??

By the end of the second hour of basketball, as I sat on the bench with basketballs rolling at my feet, with another hour of a basketball game ahead of me, life and parenthood didn’t feel all that bad after all.

If only I could go back 10 years and reassure myself of that we were doing the right thing!

Jewellery Obsessed!

I’m in a bit of a hurry to get some new jewellery for the festive season.

I’m stocking up on some clean, delicate styles for lots of mixing and matching – how gorgeous are these?! I recently just found some gorgeous chokers, I now know that Adina’s Jewels has chokers!

Jewellery Wanderlust + Co

These bangles and rings are from Wanderlust + Co, who offer free worldwide shipping on orders over $50. These styles are priced from $39 and under.

Jewellery - The Iconic

The swallow necklace and matching earrings are just so adorable. I can definitely see myself wearing them all season.

These are from The Iconic (by Grace + Scarper) and they’re gold plated sterling silver. They are priced $99 for the necklace and $65 for the earrings.

Jewellery - The Outnet

And lastly these gorgeous rings are by Spanish designer Monica Vinader, from the Outnet. I really like Monica’s style because her pieces have a very relaxed and organic look to them, and go well with a casual everyday style. I have one silver ring and I seem to wear it every other day!

The Outnet are offering free global shipping, just use the code “HAPPYHOLS” at the checkout!

Hope you all had a great weekend!