22.8.11

New Dress

I tried this dress on at Topshop the other day on a whim and accidentally fell in love with it. I thought it would be all wrong for me. A slight empire line usually means saggy boobs. Cream coloured material is asking to become a stain fest. But actually, it is amazing. Sheer sleeves flatter my quirky corned beef print arms, with the right underwear (the nude version of this c/o Wonderbra, if you're wondering!) the boobs aren't too 'there' and the floaty skirt flatters the tum. Oh, and as an added bonus I noticed yesterday, the underskirt is straight rather than floaty, preventing spontaneous pant flashing in windy conditions. Not bad for £20, the price I paid with my 60% uniform discount! 





(Dress - Topshop, Necklace - c/o Lou Makes, Boots - charity shop)

I wore this outfit to a family party on Saturday night and loved it so much I wore it to work yesterday! I was undeterred by my brother's hilarious quip "I didn't know you were coming to the party in your nightie"... 

I'm gonna get my coffee on now. Twitter followers may have seen me freaking out about a gigantic spider I saw on the landing last night. Well, the post traumatic stress of this meant I slept top and tail with Alex so my head wasn't against the wall and more vulnerable to being crawled on by bugs, then - despite these 'safety measures' - I proceeded to lay awake rigid with paranoia until 3am. Not cool. 5 hours sleep is not enough to get me through a day at work! Anyway, my Twitter helpers suggested putting conkers in the corners of every room (spiders hate the smell apparently... do they have noses then?) so I will be testing this out at the earliest opportunity! 

So yeah. Coffee is much needed right now. Have a lovely Monday, people!! <3

59 comments:

  1. I can verify that Gem looked great in this dress at work yesterday! :-)

    I wonder if conker room spray exists.... If not, it should. And conker plug ins.

    x

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  2. Ooh pretty dress! Looks lovely on you, I love how you've worn it with black boots!

    Also will hopefully be trying this conker tip out (are they around this time of year!?) as our house is riddled with those horrible see-through spiders... yuck!

    - Charlotte xx

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  3. That looks gorgeous :). I love your necklace as well.

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  4. the dress looks beautiful on you! x

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  5. that dress is beautiful! Looks awesome with the boots. Might have to try out the conkers tip, I always seem to get the 8 legged scaries scuttling around my room! x

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  6. That dress looks gorgeous, really suits you & such a bargain too with your staff discount :)

    I've heard about the conker thing too, no harm in trying! I've not seen any spiders for a while in my flat we've got the other evil plague of dopey wasps :( I think theres a nest under our floorboards! Eurgh its giving me the heebiejeebies just thinking about it...

    Good luck on your spider repelling mission and i hope you get more sleep tonight!
    Rachelle xxx
    inspiredbytheretired.blogspot.com

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  7. Very pretty dress!

    Hope you manage to sort out the spider problem! Everytime I even think about spiders i get all itchy and freaked out!!

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  8. love this dress, it looks fab on you!! Omg them same happened last night to me and my boyfriend - the biggest spider crawled out from no where, we spent an hour looking for it so we could go bed :S I hate spiders! xx

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  9. That's a lovely dress, I really like the detailing on it. I'm terrified of spiders too, they always seem to appear just as I get into bed, then I can't sleep till they're gone! x

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  10. Man that dress is lovely! It looks great with your dark hair and boots!xx

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  11. Oooh that dress is absolutely stunning on you! Massively jealous you get to buy it for only £20 haha! Amazing look lovely (:

    xx

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  12. Ahh, it is so cute! It really does suit you, I like how you dress it down slightly with the boots.

    Caz x
    www.mystylisms.blogspot.com

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  13. You look like a modern day fairy tale in that dress! The boots add a nice touch of edginess.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  14. I love this dress! And your brother's comment is exactly the kinda thing my brother would say, just before I leave the house... brothers ey? (:

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  15. I love the dress, its really flattering and pretty (and not nighty-like at all!).

    I'm the same with spiders, if one is in my room I refuse to sleep in it. Never heard the conker 'trick' though so will have to give that a go. They're everywhere right now :(

    www.bethscircus.blogspot.com
    xx

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  16. Awwwww this is such a GORGEOUS dress. You really suit it. I also love the boots. Hope you aren't too tired, get the coffee down you :) xxx

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  17. love those boots, what a great find! x

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  18. That dress is gorgeoussss, looks lovely on you!

    Eurgh I'd be the same, I have such a phobia of spiders. Although after a trip to America I can say that they aren't as bad as cockroaches.

    Chloe... x
    chloehford.blogspot.com

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  19. ohh how i love uniform! i've still got one bit to get and considering buying this dress its gorgeous! looks great with the boots :)

    bellsfashion.blogspot.com

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  20. Love this dress, I saw it a few days ago and fell in love with the detailing!!
    DEFO going to try that conker trick, there was a massive spider just casually sitting in the middle of my room yesterday, not cool!!!!!

    xxxx

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  21. Love the dress! I think it suits you really well! x

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  22. this is so cute! I love the colour too x

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  23. This dress is so lovely:) the top part especially is really cute. Also the boots are just mwah. I read that book when I was a kid about a gilr whose best friend was a wee witch. And those were the kinda boots she wore (mean it in a good way:)) I always wanted a similar pair! x

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  24. i love this dress, i actually think its nice enough to married in! haha i have simple tastes xx

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  25. i have theses shoes and they are the most amazing pair ever!

    they look awesome and the outfit! x

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  26. Daww, you look lovely! And I had a similar experience with a daddy-long-legs last night, shudder! x

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  27. It's a gorgeous dress! ah yes, spiders really are awful...
    Let us know if the conkers work! xx
    Sirens and Bells

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  28. That sounds like something my mum would say too haha! Its a lovely dress tho :)

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  29. Looks like you had such a fun time - thanks for sharing darling

    Eda ♥

    www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.blogspot.com

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  30. Spiders can smell? And hate conkers? MAN alive. Who knew!

    Loving that wee dress doll xx

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  31. I've had the same comment from a stranger in the street when I was wearing my stripy Topshop tshirt dress. "Haha, you forgot to take your nighty off!"

    Hilarious. x

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  32. Amazing actually going to get this if its still there when i finish this comment!! Sorry to be a copycat but its sooo pretty!!!! Looks gorgeous on you! x

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  33. Owww they dont have my size online so upset

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  34. Wow, gorgeous! Love the necklace too :)

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  35. I nearly bought that dress on my uniform as well. But for some reason I can't lift my arms up without being scared it's going to rip. I went up another size and it was too big and still had the problem with the arms. Weird huh! But beautiful dress :)

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  36. I can never pull off those empire line dresses


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  37. Wow, the dress is beautiful! So lucky with your discount :( and oh you poor thing with the spider! Definitely give the conker thing a try if it means more sleepy time :)

    Rosie x

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  38. Apparently you eat something like four spiders a year in your sleep.

    Nice dress, by the way.

    K xx

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  39. Bought this today, paid like double though you cheeky kitten! Hope Alex manages to catch the beast for you. Or sent your puss on a mission! Don't they like eating spiders? xx

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  40. You look lovley Gem! The dress really suits you.
    I hope the conkers work for you!

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  41. Wow looking so nice all the dresses.A dress (also frock, gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice . In Western culture, dresses are usually considered to be items of women's and girls' apparel.

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  42. This dress suits you very well! :)
    I hope there will be no spider in your room tonight ;)
    xx

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  43. Lovely dress, and I totally get it about the spider drama. Do you cry when you find an abnormally large one? I do. Also, I've lived in Australia for a year. You have to learn to TRY to forget about them :/

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  44. dress is gorgeous! very victorian looking - but your hair and shoes add a bit of grunge glam (is that a phrase..?)

    anyway, all i know is that it works!
    xxxxxxx
    ps. love the garden

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  45. Naw the dress looks gorgeous on you! it really contrasts against your hair so i really like it

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  46. Never heard of the conker trick before but will definitely try it!!
    The dress looks lovely on you :)

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  47. love your new dress gem, i looks so rich for topshop too! x

    www.dontevenbotherwearingthat.blogspot.com

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  48. Ahh, you look pretty, but best of all I love your stripy bin lid!

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  49. I love this dress, it's beautiful! :) xx

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  50. I love this outfit! xxx
    Peaches peachessmith.blogspot.com

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  51. White is a great colour on you! Looks great against your dark hair and make up, loove it! What a hottie!

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