7.5.11

Getting shirty

*** This is my 500th post! Eeep! ***

I've acquired three new dresses this week, and there's a theme emerging. They're all shirty.

I'm not sure why I'm having such a button-y collar-y moment, as these styles of dress usually gape at the boobs, but I can't resist. I'm even planning to buy my first minimiser bra so I can full embrace the trend! Any recommendations?? 

Ignore my awkward appearance in some. Alex took these pictures and I'm always telling him off between shots so my expression/stance can be odd! (He finds it fun to 'accidentally' take my outfit photos from the neck down'. Nonlolz.)

First up, is the new Primark purchase. It has a Kingfisher print on it and is absolutely the loveliest shape.  It is tight on the waist (well, my waist at least! Probably due to my deadline diet of sugary snacks) and has a full skirt so it balances out my boobs. £9 VERY well spent. Well it was an exchange, so it was free!


Next up was part of a lovely big jiffy bag of goodies from Dorothy Perkins - a thank you for taking part in their Denim challenge. I love the print on it (here, and the lovely coral spotty version here). It is a bit longer than I'd usually wear, but I think without leggings and with some nice sandals, it'll look lovely when the weather's hot again. 


Here's a close up of the dress print and my sweet little name necklace, courtesy of My Name Necklace. The 'font' is really quite small, which I like. You an get a silver one on the site for less than £20 and the gold plated once cost more.


The loafers in these outfits were also in my lovely Dorothy Perkins package. Sold out at the mo, but here are the black ones. Roxy has a bit of a foot fetish, and these shoes definitely got her snuggling seal of approval! 


Now for the wildcard. My local (and FAVE) charity shop has this crazy fancy dress rail out the back, and I saw this fab dress on the rail. Age 9-10. It was in such good condition, I figured I could sell it to some stylish skinny minny on eBay.


When I got home, I realised that due to its batwing cut on the armpits and elasticated waist there was an outside chance I could shoehorn myself into it. I put on my most compacting bra, hoisted my boobs up and apart towards my shoulders (to minimise button gaping).. Rolled the sleeves up a bit... 

And I got in it!!!

(I really look like I'm breathing in here, but it isn't that tight at all!) (Now I sound like I'm lying to you and myself, but I'm not!)

Look at the cute underskirt!



(DM's - c/o Very)

It's a bit of a workout to get in and out of it, involving a lot of flailing and swearing, but it pretty much fits! This dress is what motivated me to look for a minimiser bra, as it is a bit gapey between the buttons. AND the 'waist' is more of an empire line, which always makes me look preggo (as if I need the assistance). But whatever! I love it despite its flaws! 

On another note, let me tell you one good thing and one bad thing about my week. 

Bad: I got accidentally punched in the head in Primark by a grade-A Chatham chav! She was turning around whilst pointing her arm out (apparently with great force) as I was trying to get past her and she accidentally socked me in the head! I have a bruise! It was quite a shock, but we all had a good lol about it. 

Good: I got my dissertation grade back. I got a 75!! Completely unexpected, and utterly heartwarming. But now it seems I'm on course for a first-class degree (what with the 81 I got in my Topshop Marketing project - will show you this soon) which piles the pressure on in an epic way for my FMP! It's going to be a long 10 days...

Oh and an extra bad thing (because it was so funny it comes full circle to being a good thing). Yesterday night, I was rooting around the kitchen cupboard for a snack, and I knocked the tub of gravy granules over. In a freak twist, the lid decided to fall off, and the whole tub fell directly onto me, covering me head to toe in gravy granules. Then I had the ridiculous task of clearing it all up off the floor. How completely absurd?!

I shouldn't tell you this stuff. How am I ever going to seem cool? 

Love love love ♥

64 comments:

  1. Those three dresses are lovelyyy, as are the loafers!
    Well done on your dissertation!
    xo

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  2. I think I may have to purchase the first dress for myself!
    Well done on your dissertation! x

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  3. I really love that first dress!

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  4. Your cat is so cute!
    And I love the last dress,
    xxx

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  5. I LOVE YOUR BLOG :)
    I actually enjoy reading it instead of just skimming through the photos haha..all the best with uni stuff xxx Ola

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  6. Haha i love the gravy story, however im concerned if you had some left in your hair and then washed it, did you have a gravy shampoo??
    I really love the dp dress the print is cute!
    also congrats on your grade, well deserved im sure!
    good luck on the last slog, it'll al be worth it in the end!!
    - darwin xx

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  7. absolutely love that kiddie dress! really suits you.
    and i'm sorry but i had to LOL at the primark chav story- things like that always happen to me... though never with bruising.. i hope it's not too bad!
    x

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  8. I'm totally going to prowk primark every day until I find that dress!
    Eek fingers crossed for a great big first for you!! x

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  9. A gravy shower!!! Haha 'how am I ever going to seem cool?'... that made me laugh!! Honestly, I think it made you MORE cool ;) Lovely dresses :) xxxx

    R - hello scrapbook

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  10. that last dress is so stinking darling. I've been thinking about getting a minimizer bra as well, I hear they're quite pricey?

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  11. oooh congratulations for the dissertation grade!! you rock!!

    xoxo

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  12. Congratulations on the dissertation. The blue kids dress is amazing.x

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  13. well done with your excellent dissertation mark, that's completely fantastic and you should be so proud!!! Love all three of these dresses, they are so lovely, especially the first one. total lol-ing at your stories about boobs and gravy granules. you really know how to put a smile on someone's face at midnight on a boring Saturday night lol!!!


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  14. Wow, well done on your dissertation, that is amazing!
    I really love the second dress and the loafers! :)
    x

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  15. Lovely dresses! The last one is such an amazing blue, there's no way you should part with it!

    K xx

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  16. Wow, well done on the dissertation! You've had an amazing year really haven't you? Totally wishing you the rest of the year goes just as well! Well done Gem and wow, gotta congratulate you on getting into that child's dress! Seriously, impressed with ALL of this post haha!!

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  17. Congrats on the 500 ;) and more importantly the dissertation mark!
    I want that Primark dress - it's lovely!
    xx

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  18. So much to comment on!

    Right, first things first - 500 posts?! Wow! Happy 500th post - here's to the next 500 :)

    I love the first dress. I fell in love with the white version in my local Primark, & was devastated they didn't have it in anywhere near my size.. Haven't seen this colourway. Definitely going to have to keep an eye out for this dress, as I really really do like it rather a lot!

    Also liking the daisy print DPs dress. It's nice to have some slightly longer dresses I think. That one looks the perfect length for me for work..
    Check out the shoes! Very nice indeed. & very lucky of you to receive such lovely things! Dorothy Perkins are not in my good books at the moment at all, so I'm glad they are redeeming themselves elsewhere!

    LOVE the last dress - the colour, the print, the fact it's age 9-10, everything, lol!

    Good luck in your hunt for a decent minimizing bra :)

    The gravy granules story is rather hilarious - got this great image in my head of you in the kitchen covered in the stuff!

    Guess what? I have FINALLY attempted leopard-print nails! I am rather pleased with them, for a first attempt. They've gone down rather well with the kids at school too! Will definitely be doing them more often now. Can't believe it's taken me SO long to get round to trying it..

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  19. Er, longest comment ever..!?

    Yet I forgot to say - CONGRATULATIONS on your disseratation mark! You clever girly you :)

    www.heart-shaped-bruise.blogspot.com

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  20. big well done on the first. love the last dress with the dms the best.

    Helen, X

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  21. the last dress is so ridiculously cute! x

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  22. I love the print of that first dress - so cute!

    Argh I live in kent too, and I've been to Canterbury a few times shopping. But never been in that charity shop! Although I usually dont walk thaat far down the high street - it's a pretty long one! :)

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  23. the last dress is so so pretty and looks esp lovely with the docs <3 x

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  24. OH my gosh! i agree you are cute and that style of dresses is SWEET!
    i want to find a dress like those @___@.

    i hope :3 i can find something similar to this style at the mall(america ]:), or online!

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  25. Your three new shirt dresses are absolutely darling on you. Such super cute prints, too. And Roxy is a cutie!

    www.TheFancyTeacup.com
    much love.

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  26. Hi Gem. I'm Lin from the Philippines. Been following your blog, lol. I love your dress and your brown topsiders. It's cute with the black leggings :)

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  27. the dresses are lovely, and the style really looks good on you!
    i so wish we had primark here in sunny south africa :(

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  28. All three dresses are lovely, really like the underskirt on the third one. Congrats on your dissertation result! x

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  29. My cat has a MASSIVE foot fetish.. lol!

    Love all the dresses.. I totally picked up the primark one yesterday and put it back down (cba with queuing) gutted now though!

    Also congrats on your uni marks :)

    http://lowri-youcantputyourarmsaroundamemory.blogspot.com/

    x

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  30. Yet you do stll seem so so cool to me! lol
    Loving the dresses, the last two are gorgeous. Primark have some lovely print shirty dresses. I know what you mean about the gap though, bloody boobies.
    x

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  31. I know exactly what you mean about the boobs, i feel dresses weren't designed for girls with boobs over a C Cup! I love the first dress, may have to pop down to primark ;) x

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  32. I know exactly what you mean about the boobs, i feel dresses weren't designed for girls with boobs over a C Cup! I love the first dress, may have to pop down to primark ;) x

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  33. That photo of you showing the underskirt made me laugh - I love it! Never managed to find a minimiser bra which actually minimises so if you do, please let us know! xx

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  34. I tried that first dress on and it was ridiculous on me; the waist was cutting me off at the most unflattering point and it was simultaneously too small and too big! I'm glad it fits someone though; such a lovely print x

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  35. I have news on the minimiser bra issues. I wear minimiser bras about 50% of the time because I think clothes hang better when im squished in ....lol.I have a great one that I found in...Primark! I got it just before Christmas and after realising what a diamond bra it was I went back and bought two more only to find that they are not the same at all .So I guess I may have been lucky but I still think its worth a try and a good hunt around.
    I have a few from MnS and the sports range is good for compacting and squishing if you’re going to wear something that won’t show the unsightly straps!
    Finally Triumph (I got mine from John Lewis but there quite expensive.)
    Good luck
    Danielle
    xx
    www.ablogfromblackpool.com

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  36. The kids dress is gorgeous! I tried on a 15 year old jumpsuit from M&S yesterday, because it kind of had a huge bum and an elasticated bust area so I thought I'd fit into it, and I did, but it looked so incredibly awful! It was very funny! Jumpsuits are not for me and my huge arse!

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  37. such lovely dresses! will definitely keep an eye out for the primark one :D the gravy granules thing happened to my um but only over her feet ha! xx

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  38. Chatham's my local Primark and i actually cringed when i read what happened to you, lol.

    Love the dresses though :)

    xoxo

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  39. Things are always falling out of my cupboard onto me, I blame it on being short. The latest one was a box of dried rosemary... not impressed.

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  40. LOVE all of these dresses, especially the first one. I really hope my Primark gets it in! How amazing that you managed to squeeze into a size 9-10 dress too, it's so cute! I think a kids dress would be more like a tshirt on me though, boo. Not even properly sized dresses are long enough on me most of the time! xx

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  41. I love the first dress, shirt dresses are awesome. The third one is very cool too.

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  42. Three dresses? Lucky you! There all gorgeous, I'd never have guessed the last dress was a childrens size! Unfortunately, I can't help onthe subject of minimiser bras seeing as I haven't got alot to minimise!;). I am definitely going to look out for the first dress in Primark!
    xoxo

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  43. I love the blue dress aha and my cat has a foot fetish too...weird eh?! x

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  44. I think the first dress (the one with the birds on) looks amazing on you! It really flatters your figure, I bought it too but it doesn't really suit me.
    I just wanted to say I love watching your tips on Channel 4 too; it was quite strange somebody who you think you know (through reading your blog) on the TV! Didn't mean to sound weird there.
    The charity shop find has an amazing colour, and looks great, so I guess the shimmying in is worth it?
    X

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  45. I think the first dress (the one with the birds on) looks amazing on you! It really flatters your figure, I bought it too but it doesn't really suit me.
    I just wanted to say I love watching your tips on Channel 4 too; it was quite strange somebody who you think you know (through reading your blog) on the TV! Didn't mean to sound weird there.
    The charity shop find has an amazing colour, and looks great, so I guess the shimmying in is worth it?
    X

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  46. Very cute dresses. I feel your pain about the gapey button effect. My work shirts all do it, so I'm always wearing a vest under, or trying to weigh down the sticky up bit of fabric with my till-key!

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  47. Well done on that dissertation mark Gem! It's AMAZING! Good luck with your fmp, I'm sure you can get that first.

    I love those loafers! I've been looking for the perfect pair of black loafers for a few weeks actually and I think those may be it.

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  48. LOVE the first two dresses and those loafers <3

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  49. Funny is way better than cool any day!

    I love the last dress... I don't have any recommendations for minimisers because I generally am trying to go the other way, but from this angle at least it looks absolutely fine.

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  50. Congrats on the dissertation! And I love your new dresses, the charity shop one is actually my favourite, looks lovely! x

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  51. love the Primark dress, what a bargain!

    I usually don't have the stamina to vwnture into Primark. Its like the shopping equivalent of 'Saving Private Ryan' :/

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  52. I Love that dress..some of the best things are from charity shops as you can find totaly unique stuff there..! Wish I could pull off shirty dresses..damn boobs & buttons dont mix really :(

    Also I have the exact same Dm's and Primark loafers unfortiantly both myn cut my feet to shreads so not fair..!

    B X

    http://discoverthebeautyinlife.blogspot.com/

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  53. You look extremely fab in all these dresses!
    Unlucky about the Chav and the gravy granules hehe
    xx

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  54. Lovely loafers! and I still can't believe how beautiful your cat is xxx

    http://onethingoreverything.blogspot.com/

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  55. Such cute dresses! I wish we had Primark in Australia, I was overwhelmed when I visited the Oxford st store when I was in London. Eeep!

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  56. Cute outfits... re the bra situ

    I will mail you.. ;) xx

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  57. Ooh cute dresses! Love the DP one, altho the C&A one was an awesome find - I love when kiddie clothes somehow fit me! :)

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  58. Congrats on you dissitation! And lovely dresses, especially the blue one. LOLZ with the gravy granules :P

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  59. Well done on yoor dissertation!I love all three of these dresses, and the loafers are lush!Roxy is so adorable, I would love to have a cat, but sadly the world is saying no.D= As for minimiser bras, I have tiny breasts and had no idea that a minimiser bra existed before this post! Probably because everyone is trying to make their breasts look as large as possible. *sigh* And in response to the end of your post, you're very very cool. gravy granules and all.

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  60. Haha aww dude, please dont ever change. Your funny stories remind me that I'm not as much of a crazy lunatic either as I thought I was! :p Well done on your dissartation mark gem, holy shit that is good! :D Also mega lolz at roxy chilling by your shoes. AAAND the fact that you tell alex off between outfit pics - that is EXACTLY why I dont let david take pictures of me! cant wait to see you soon hopefully wee lassie ;) xx

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  61. Last dress is 100% me favourite, love a good charity shop find :) Well done on your dissertation! I got a 63 and was so bloody chuffed too, hope the next few days fly by for you, handed my FMP in a few weeks ago and feel your pain, R x

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  62. I adore all three of these Gem and I would kill for your boobs, but I can understand that in a shirt dress they can get in the way. I have a primark one, but I swear on one side the sleeve is fucked.
    Anyway how kind of DP, you did do an ace job on the Denim challenge. Well done on your uni work :) you should be proud you worked hard for it ....and OMG I hope your head is feeling better silly chav!
    xx

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  63. Omg jealous much?! We have virtually no decent stores for cute vintage clothes; the only one we did have closed down. Does this mean there are lots of cute little shops in Canterbury then, cause fingers crossed I'll be going to Uni there and will be able to check 'em out.

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