Dresses for the New Season (and a Go BIG Sale!)

With March just around the corner, I have a few upcoming celebrations for some special people in my life – a wedding, engagement and a 50th!

So I’m on the lookout for some cute dresses for the new season, and it just so happened that my favourite shop is having a Buy More, Save More Sale!

Enjoy 15% off orders of $200+
20% off orders of $500+
25% off orders of $800+

Use the code “GOBIG19” at the checkout. VIP Access starts today, so sign up to get in quick!

Here are some dresses I wish I could add to my cart!

Shopbop Dresses 2019 Summer Picks

Camellia Dress by RIXO – Love the rainbow colours and wild floral print.

Benita Dress by Ulla Johnson – Ladylike style with mixed polka dots.

Shopbop Dresses 2019 Summer Picks

Ruffle Wrap Dress by Diane von Furstenberg – DVF always has such lovely dresses.

Mira Dress by Faithful The Brand – Sooo many cute dresses from this brand.

Shopbop Dresses 2019 Summer Picks

Devoted Midi Dress by C/Meo – Love this black and white pinafore style. Would wear this to death!

Remy Dress by Re:named – Yellow and polkadots and ruffles are perfect for summer parties.

Shopbop Dresses 2019 Summer Picks

Fleurs Vivienne Dress by Equipment – Dark florals are definitely my jam.

Dot Mesh Dress by GANNI – So much love for this elegant and floaty dress.

Shopbop Dresses 2019 Summer Picks

Virgil Wrap Dress by Alice + Olivia – Is this too short for work? Probably.

Sculpted Sleeve Dress by Tibi – Sleek, minimal, structural and chic.

I’ll let you know how I go with picking something out. Hope you manage to find something you love!

Circe by Madeline Miller

Circe by Madeline Miller

I recently finished reading my second book of the year, Circe by Madeline Miller.

Why did I read this book? I was sucked in by the HYPE!

What is the book about? It’s a modern telling of the goddess (witch) Circe, her childhood, life, drama and struggles, set in Ancient Greek times, tying in myths, gods, mortals, Odysseus, Hermes, the Minotaur and more.

It touches on themes of bullying, rape, revenge, navigating through life with a dysfunctional but powerful family.

What did I think? It’s such a fantastic story!

I knew very little about Greek Mythology, but I still found it easy to read.

I really liked that, while it’s based on an ancient story, Circe is presented as a contemporary character in a modern narrative.

Reading this book has inspired me to read Homer’s The Odyssey next (which I’m actually halfway through and loving!) and now I’m even more impressed with Miller’s creativity and fresh take.

It totally deserves all the hype it’s been getting!

Isabel Marant Nessah Crossbody Bag: My Review

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag

I am a huge fan of Isabel Marant’s aesthetic – I just love her effortless and whimsical elegance, with a French boho edge.

When I think of the brand, I often think of shoes, boots, cool tops and jackets. I don’t usually think of bags.

However, this one got me good!

I’m thrilled to have added this Isabel Marant Nessah Crossbody Bag to my wardrobe this season.

The bag comes from her Spring Summer 2019 bag collection, which features lots of studs, fringes, patchwork leather, contrast stitching, snakeskin prints, suede details and a bohemian “Western” feel.

 

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag

Size

The bag is a crossbody style, in a great size.

It is 25cm x 18cm, a bit bigger than an A5 sheet of paper. It fits all the usual suspects, wallet, keys, phone, lipstick, sunglasses, pack of tissues.

Style

It is really a large clutch with a thick, removable (and adjustable) shoulder strap, which I feel, takes a nod at the recent utility/bumbag trend.

Trend-driven or not, the thick strap is fresh and different look, which I am in desperate need of! I just love the kind of effortless, “throw together” casual vibe it brings to my outfits.

Its simple and minimal style makes it versatile and easy to wear with everything.

There is also a white option and a blue option.

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag

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Leather Durability

It is made from textured cowhide, with a lining. The texture reminds me of the Balenciaga Classic City Bag.

The leather is so lovely and so easy to maintain.

Scuffs and scratches don’t show up. Bumps or pressure points don’t show up. Water spills, greasy finger prints, condensation drips from my takeaway coffee (omg this one gets me all the time!) — nothing shows up. I just wipe it off with a soft cloth and it still looks perfect.

I try not to overfill it, because I don’t want the leather to stretch out of shape. So far so good.

The bag doesn’t seem to have much structure. So if I just carry my phone and keys in it, the bag kind of flops around and “bends” around my body, and it just feels a bit flappy and light.

Pros

Very versatile style. I can use it as a crossbody bag or a clutch. I could swap the strap, put on a gold chain strap to give it a different look.

Exceptional quality.

Easy to clean leather. Doesn’t show any scuffs.

Excellent size for the small handbag category.

Con

A bit expensive for a simple casual bag.

Strap can look a bit too casual.

The leather doesn’t have much structure.

 

Despite the cons, I still adore the bag, given it’s easy leather, great size and gorgeously simple style! If you are considering to buy an Isabel Marant Bag, I hope this helps in some way.

Enjoy!

xxx

What I Wore: Tee + Green Skirt

Green Skirt

These days, my go to look is this: a t-shirt with a simple midi skirt.

Can you believe, I used to make my own midi, A-line or bias cut skirts (just like this green skirt!) when I was in high school?!

When I was a teenager, my mum showed me how to draw my own patterns, make neat hems and sew in my own invisible zip. But that was 20 years ago.

If I were to rate my sewing skills NOW, they would be 6/10.

My level of craftsmanship is just “OK”. And I probably wouldn’t wear my own creations!

I often have bursts of inspiration – to make my own clothes. It would be kind of cool right?

But I always get stuck on: Choosing nice fabric.

I can’t seem to find any nice fabric at a reasonable price. All the fabrics (that I like) are $60 per metre, or something ridiculous. I would be terrified of making a mistake. And I wouldn’t want to buy any more fabric than I have to.

Soooo… it’s more economically sound (and a better use of my time) for me to just buy the clothes haha!

This green skirt is from Petal and Pup, but it’s no longer available.

This one is slightly similar but shorter.

You can get something similar on Showpo called the Space Odysses Skirt in other colours too (love the wine colour!).

Do you make your own clothes? Got any tips on where to buy nice fabrics?

Green Skirt

Also wearing:

Les Boys Les Girls T-shirt (on sale!)

Isabel Marant Nessah Bag (A new addition to my bag family! Will review soon!)

DVF Moretlle Heels (on sale!)

McQ Sunglasses

Daniel Wellington Watch