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Monday, 25 February 2013

A Bold Dress & DIY Red Carpet Heels

Red hair and red & blue dress
Red and blue dress

Red and blue dress
Red and nude heels
Red hair and red & blue dress
Red and blue dress
DIY nude heels with Swarovski crystals
DIY nude courts
DIY nude heels with Swarovski crystals
I am loving my new dress from ASOS - I wore it to dinner with my newly DIYed heels at The Llawnroc Hotel in Cornwall this weekend* where we had the most amazing stay... It was the perfect excuse to get dressed up because I was invited to take part in a shoes DIY challenge and I had to show them off too! 

Thanks to Ladbrokes I was sent a pack of bling crafting items including Swarovski crystals to turn a simple pair of shoes into an award ceremony worthy pair. I had this pair of completely plain nude courts that were just screaming out for a makeover – we've had the Golden Globes and BAFTA awards and of course the Oscars were last night, so it was the perfect time of year to treat my feet!

I decided to go easy on the crystals, but I think that the simple design I used sets off the the two-tone effect beautifully with the plum coloured trim. I'm really pleased with the colours I used - nude courts are exceptionally flattering but can be a bit dull, so that pop of red at the toe and heel adds some much needed colour. If you wanted to see how I gave them a makeover I will show the shoes DIY in full in my next post.

Happy post-Oscars Monday everyone!
Catherine x
Dress: ASOS, Magenta clutch: American Apparel, Heels: DIY nude courts (old), Spike bracelet: ASOS, Mixed metal bracelet: Debenhams, Gold ring: ASOS, Nails: Models Own Purple Grey

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*I'll be writing a little review of our stay on Facebook this week if you want to read more about The Llawnroc Hotel.
**Please gamble responsibly.


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I have been compensated for this feature by Ladbrokes.

79 comments:

  1. Fantastic shoes!! I can't believe that's an American Apparel clutch...I must go find one!

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  2. That dress with your hair looks ah-ma-zing.

    Visiting you from Monday Mingle.

    -Jenny
    http://www.babblingsofamommy.com/2013/02/oscars-2013-best-of-best.html

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  3. I can't believe those shoes are DIY! I'm so impressed! Can't wait to see the tutorial. That dress is STUNNING! It looks gorgeous with your skin tone and hair color.

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    1. Awww thanks Stacey my lovely!! The shoes tutorial should be up on Wednesday this week :))

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  4. Oh, yes .. please do a blog on the shoes!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. This outfit looks amazing ... its fit great, and love this fabric....you have choose this accessories so beautiful specially i love heels....http://www.apparelnbags.com/next-level/6240-nl-mens-cvc-v-neck-tee.htm

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  5. you look DROP DEAD GORGEOUS in this dress......and the shoes really are the perfect touch!!!!
    brooke @ what2wear

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  6. You look amazing! The dress and shoes are so gorgeous! This is a very striking look :)

    Sylvia
    www.sylvialovespink.com

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  7. You look gorgeous!!
    I can't believe these shoes are DIY. Even I love nude shoes, they would be boring with this dress. Your outfit is all about colours including your beautiful hair.

    Annette
    Lady of Style

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  8. Wonderful dress. Looks do good on you! Shoes - DIY great.

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  9. Catherine you look beautiful!!! Ah your dress my dear, the print is gorgeous and I lovee your shoes, they look perfect with the dress. Stunning photos as always :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  10. that dress looks gorgeous on you !

    www.not-going-out-like-that.com

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  11. The dress is divine and, you bedazzled those pumps yourself? smashing! xoxoxo

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    1. I did! I did!! (I surprised myself, heehee) Thank you Patti x

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  12. How lovely, Catherine! I'm so glad you're taking advantage of your beautiful surroundings at the hotel. It gives your photos the feel of a magazine editorial spread. I love the pattern and colors of the dress, and I adore the way that the pumps turned out. Gorgeous look, Lovely!!! ~Sarah of Sarah Hulbert Style

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    1. It's a shame I can't do all my photos at the hotel, Sarah... it was so beautiful!!! Thanks my sweet xo

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  13. Love, love, love the dress! I will share this post with my DD who appreciates shoes more than I ever could.

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  14. awesome love it! You are looking uber hot as always x

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  15. That dress is perfect on you and the shoes are awesome!

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  16. Those red-capped shoes are incredible! And they go perfectly with that vibrant dress (and your hair)!

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  17. A "less is more" approach was definitely the way to go with the shoes. It works beautifully.

    I also love the old mirror in the background.

    I wore an almost identical belt to yours on Valentine's Day. I actually had to go searching for it second hand as my dress came with a boring black one. Here it is: http://www.sublimemercies.com/2013/02/valentines-day-in-which-charlotte.html

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    1. This belt actually came with the dress - I'm glad it was a red one! Thank you Issy xo

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  18. Perfect dress! Great colors. I like the story book quality of the lovely photos!

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  19. Wow. smashing Catherine. Love this dress on you. And love the shoes too both with and without the crystals.

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  20. That nicest pictures, you look beautiful. The dress and shoes are fantastic.

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  21. You look wonderful in those bright colours.

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  22. Animal print, either literally or referentially, is everywhere. Stunning dress - and those shoes are so perfect!

    Spashionista (Alicia)

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  23. My husband just walked past and commented 'I quite like what that ladies got on!' - hilarious!!! The purse is almost magenta :) Thanks for linking up with WW xo

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    1. Haha that is funny, Kelly... I think we're always amused when our other halfs (halves?!) actually comment on blog pictures and outfits. Thank him for me! :))

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  24. WOW that is an awesome dress!!!! great outfit
    found you via Wardrobe wednesday.
    im from 40plusbeauty.wordpress.com

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  25. uhm, I'm speechless.
    That dress is perfect and those shoes are awesome.
    i love the whole thing.
    you look beautiful.

    visiting you from www.roothless-xo.blogspot.ca

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  26. The shoes are fab! And the dress is a winner too. Thanks so much for showing off your style on Monday Mingle!

    xoxo Nicole

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  27. Hi Catherine,

    You look stunning!!! and i can't believe you DIY'd the shoes! It's beautiful! definitely following your blog:)

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  28. Always fabulous and inspiring, Catherine.
    Love you in dresses and skirts so much.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  29. What an amazing dress!! So nice with the shoes and your haircolour.


    http://ecoonheels.blogspot.nl/

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  30. That dress is so pretty and compliments your hair beautifully!

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  31. I love your dress AND your shoes look gorgeous!

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  32. Lovely dress. You look so great! Thanks for linking up to My Style Monday!

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    1. Thank you, Kayla - and for inviting me to the link party! x

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  33. I love this look. I think the clutch goes great with everything, it is my favorite part!

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  34. That dress is gorgeous! I've had my eye on a dress that looks exactly like this one (vintage and on Etsy), so when I saw your dress I did a double take. It's beautiful and you look great. I'm here by way of The Pleated Poppy's link up!

    Chandra
    More Modern Modesty

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  35. Wow! Looks great. The shoes are fabulous and the dress makes an amazing statement with the bag and your hair. I love a bold use of colour and this is certainly one! Excellent.

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  36. so pretty and I love your hair!

    Visiting from WIWW... visit me back?

    http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com/2013/02/thrift-finds-what-i-wore-wednesday-week.html

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  37. This outfit looks amazing! Very vibrant. :)

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  38. That dress....those shoes...the clutch....amazing!
    You rocked the DIY challenge, BTW!

    -Karen
    www.yourstylistkaren.com

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  39. that dress is gorgeous girl! red and blue are one of my favorite combos :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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    1. They ARE good together, aren't they, Chioma?!! Not a combo I'd normally think of...! xo

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  40. I love that dress and those shoes!!
    I would love for you to stop by my Style Link Up, I'm hosting on my blog.

    Kenye
    www.glowkouture.blogspot.com

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  41. That's a beautiful dress - fabulous look! Found you via The Pleated Poppy.

    Dhruvi
    Stilettos & Sequins

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  42. gorgeous! the dress cut and colors, the contrast clutch, the cap toe shoes! love it all. your hair makes me want to switch back to red.. i think brown has had its time.

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  43. whoa! i can't believe you made those shoes. gorgeous! i was hopping around this morning and am visiting you and newly following from wardrobe wednesday-come by and visit me when you have a chance www.kendrakaypahukoa.blogspot.com.
    by the way, the color of your hair is so vibrant and pretty with your blue eyes, i'm sure you get that alot. :)
    have a wonderful rest of the week, it's almost friday! yaya!!

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  44. This is so pretty. You look fabulous. Perfect dress, perfect shoes.

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  45. that dress on you is to die for! and your hair color! I lOVE!

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  46. No way you are in your 40s?!?! Cool blog, great to stumble upon when my wardrobe needs perking up!

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  47. The shoes look so great with the dress. What an awesome DIY!

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  49. Hi Catherine,

    I am 35 and started blogging December last year. Your post inspired me to blog more. That blogging is not actually for the young ones but for women who can draw an inspiration like you do. I am a fan and I am following you. I added your link on my Daily Reads.

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  51. OMG! you are truly stunning that dress and shoes combo really brings out your hair colour. And the blue in the dress brings out the blue in your eyes (don't know if you have blue eyes but they look it in this picture)
    I just came accross you blog from the poppy loves linky party. One of the reasons i love love love blogger.

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  52. Hello - I just discovered your fab blog via Poppy's Linky Party! I would never have put all those items together but you obviously have a talent for it - beautifully simple. I've just started a blog on my website www.origamigirl.co.uk and will look at yours as a great role model! Thank you! Vicki

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