Monday, 12 October 2015

White Lace Top with a Black Maxi in Santorini + #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

White lace top, black maxi | Not Dressed As Lamb #iwillwearwhatilike
I'm back from Santorini and still hosting the #iwillwearwhatilike link up - thank you to everyone who linked up while I was away! This week's optional theme is maxi dresses or skirts, so you can link up a maxi you've worn in an old post, a new post or on Instagram... If not, link up anything to show that you're part of the #iwillwearwhatilike movement!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably seen many of my posts from Santorini, and I also posted two mini Insta round ups while I was away to give you a sneak peek into what I was up to and what I wore on this beautiful Greek island. I have so many outfit posts to share with you that I think it may take me up till December to fit them all in: It's strange to think I'll be posting summer outfits right up till Christmas, so we'll have to see!

This first outfit is actually an embroidered maxi dress under the gorgeous white lace top - both of them bought for a steal in the sales before I left. All it needed was the 70s style pendant necklace plus some strappy sandals, and the striped orange beach bag gave the injection of colour the outfit (and the shoot) needed. As there were photo opportunities everywhere you looked in Santorini I tried to vary the locations somewhat, so expect blue-domed churches, the sea and sunsets in future posts. Here I matched the black and white outfit to the wall just a few yards up from our hotel, and when the sun came out we thought it was only fair to sneak in that beautiful view.

Scroll down for the link up, and I'll be looking forward to interacting with everyone much more than I was able to while I was away...!

Are you a maxi skirt kinda girl? Do you like various skirt lengths or do you have a tried-and-tested one that's your go-to style? Do share in the comments!

White lace top, black maxi | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi dress | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
Black maxi, striped beach bag | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi dress | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi dress | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
White lace top, black maxi | Not Dressed As Lamb summer style
Top: New Look | Dress: Asos | Sandals: Debenhams (I like these) | Bag: Oasis at Asos (I nearly bought this orange one) | Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar) | Necklace: Asos | Bracelets: Various | Nails: Max Factor Forever Strong 'Nude Rose' 135 | Toenails: Max Factor Glossfinity 'Red Passion'

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#iwillwearwhatilike link up | Not Dressed As Lamb

Thank you for joining my new #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist's list of "inappropriate" items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time - it'll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you're wearing whatever you damn well like!

** I'll feature my favourite maxis in next week's post **

** The optional theme for 19th October is [WEAR IT] PINK **

All I ask of you linking up is that you:

1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like - as many as you like!
3. Include a link back to this post if you're linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
4. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike - Monday's the day to join in the IG fun
5. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

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Do share the love and visit as many links as you can (you never know what other lovely like-minded ladies you might meet) - the original Instagram campaign forged some wonderful new relationships so don't miss out!
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50 comments

  1. Such a gorgeous holiday outfit Catherine, in love with your top! Hope you had a fab holiday. Love, Kirsten xx

    www.thelifbissue.com

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    1. Thank you so much Kirsten! I think this top was my fave piece on my holiday :))

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  2. Well, even though I just bought a new maxi dress, I haven't worn it yet, so I am going to link up a super old post that is also one of my most popular posts ever. Love your outfit! That top is gorgeous!

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    1. Aww I'm sorry the timing was just out for you, Amy! Thanks my lovely, so glad you love the top (I do too)!

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  3. ah I hardly own any long dresses, so it's a mini dress from me! Your look is fantastic and definitely "Santorini" appropriate! From what I gather from Instagram you definitely enjoyed your time in the island!

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    1. Anna we had the most fabulous time... You were right about how beautiful it is, has to be seen to be believed! Thank you x

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  4. What a fun holiday look! It's a bit past the maxi dress season for me, so I'm linking up a trench coat today...

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    1. It's definitely trench coat weather now I'm back home Tiina, but I wear maxis all year round (perfect with a denim jacket in autumn)! Thanks sweetie x

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  5. Beautiful photos Catherine! I've enjoyed following your beautiful vacation via IG.

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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    1. Alice thank you so much!! I could have posted soooooo many more on IG, had to reign it in a little...!

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  6. Beautiful Catherine. I love how the pattern of the sandals, fit so well the delicate pattern of the top. And then the orange striped bag for just a pop of colour! I've loved maxi dresses for ages and my collection is growing year on year but for the first time this year, I managed to find a maxi skirt which are rare to find if you're a petite. I love it as I'll be able to wear it even in winter with a chunky knit and biker boots. Glad you had such a good holiday.

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    1. I nearly didn't keep the bag when I ordered it, Jacqueline - the husband persuaded me to keep it, I'm so glad I did!! Thank you sweetie, I'm so glad you found a maxi skirt that's just right for you :))

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    2. You married and wise and wonderful man, then!

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    3. Haha yes - he's known me long enough to give me an instant decision when I can't decide whether to keep something I've ordered or if I'm trying to choose which shoes to wear with my outfit. He knows it'll get us out of the house quicker if he's honest - it helps my indecisiveness!!

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  7. Gloroius detailing my friend on this romantic lace top!! I love it with the maxi and what better surroundings!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Santorini, and this looks so lovely!!
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Just you wait, Jess - the locations are going to get even better!! Thanks my lovely, I'll be sorry to put the top away for winter...!

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  8. I really enjoyed your beautiful pictures from Santorini. I'm sad it's over, as I'm sure you are too!
    I love your outfit, the top is exquisite.
    My entry is, although it doesn't show in the picture, almost a maxi skirt. It grazes my ankles. It would have been a maxi, if I was shorter ;-)

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    1. Carin thanks for linking up - and for your lovely words! x

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  9. Love these pictures! I envy how your photos look like a glossy magazine shoot. I love maxi dresses, hard for me to find the right length though. Thanks for hosting
    Laurie x

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    1. Aww Laurie that's a lovely compliment, thank you so much!! I'll tell the photographer (husband) xx

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  10. Love your white lace with black maxi! Stunning, as always!

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  11. Love it! The blouse looks great with the maxi dress, and the bag adds just the perfect little pop of color and fun!

    I loved ALL your IG photos from Santorini! You have to go back next year so that I can live vicariously through you again! :-)

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    1. Andrea thank you so much! You never know, we may just be planning to go back next year (I'm not kidding)...!!

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  12. Welcome home dear Catherine. I am so looking forward to each and every post from Santorini. I bet it was just dreamy!

    Catherine, I made it to this link up earlier this time! I was up in the middle of the night. I hide my phone in the drawer, but since I was wide awake, I opened and saw your tweet. I linked up for posts this time. I don't wear maxis much (as you know I like to usually show my legs!), so I re linked the Fab Fringe. I hope that's ok. I also linked up my DIY tee shirt hack. I also hope that's ok.

    Thank you for joining my attempt to start a link up too Catherine. It really means a lot to me as do the tweets you made. You continue to amaze me, AND more importantly, serve as my role model.

    Here's to you!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

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    1. Ann thank you - and yes of course you can link up as many as and whatever you like! I hope your link up goes well, and you're too kind with your compliments =blushes= xx

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  13. Such a beautiful outfit. Loving the sheer lace top more.
    Merci
    www.chic-on-thrift.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Merci - it was an impulse buy but one I'm glad I made! x

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  14. amazing place! you look so summery
    Irene
    www.thedailylace.com

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    1. Aww thank you Irene! It was really beautiful there x

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  15. Very chic - black is something Mediterranean women wear a lot, but us Brits shy away from in heat. I have a black dress I wear in the summer in the sheerest cotton, I love it! Looking forward to catching up on your holiday snaps, I've just joined Instagram xx

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    1. Funnily enough I do wear black now and then in the summer, Kirsten! I think it's because I actively avoid it in the winter...! Glad you liked it, thank you x

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  16. I love this outfit. The lace is so pretty and perfect for Santorini. I absolutely loved following your trip on Instagram. The photos were (as always) beautiful and /made me feel warm just looking at them. I hope you both had a lovely break xxx love Liz xxx www.whatlizzyloves.com

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    1. Oh Liz we did, we did!! Thank you for the lovely comments x

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  17. Love this - I adore an ivory lace top like this, and the whole look is so inviting! xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  18. FIRST TIME HERE ..... I HIT 60 THIS YEAR AND I'M LOVING IT

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    1. yay, good for you Lynn! So nice to e-meet you, hope to see you again soon :))

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  19. Santorini looks gorgeous,and so do you! I love the lace top layered over the black dress. I'm in the midst of digging out holiday clothes ready for a week in the sun soon...that week of sunshine will have to see me through the winter months until Spring so I'm determined to make the most of it!

    Emma xxx
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    1. Oooooooh if you haven't been already I hope you have an amaaaazing time, Emma!! thank you my lovely x

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  20. Gorgeous, Catherine! The white lace top is perfect with your maxi dress! And the scenery is exquisite!

    http://marymurnane.com

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    1. the scenery is something else, isn't it Mary...?! thank you xx

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  21. Oh yes, ever so nice. Feminine and modern. Black and white and still colourful. I love it that you are so skilled you can take pictures in the sunshine. I haven't mastered that yet.
    Greetje

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    1. Most of the praise has to go to photographer-husband, Greetje where the photos are concerned...!! The lower the sun gets, the easier pictures in the sun are as it's much more flattering. And thank you, so glad you liked it! xx

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  22. Catherine, I just wanted to let you know that your #iwillwearwhatilike movement was one inspiration for my most recent blog post. So thank you!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedg.com

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    1. Aww Shelbee that's great - I'm sorry I'm replying so late! Still catching up after two weeks. Glad the movement has inspired you x

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