Swirly Blue Striped Dress

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This is my first outfit post since my blog makeover yesterday, and I’m beyond excited about its new look – can you tell by the way I’m twirling about…?!! Regular readers may have noticed that my pictures are much bigger (which is the main thing I’m excited about); I’d like to champion older bloggers posting bigger, bolder pictures and not hide the ageing process… I say that now – maybe I’ll change my mind by the time I hit the next milestone birthday!

Right, onto the outfit: I’ve been sporting summer dresses on most of the (very few) hot sunny days we’ve had in Blighty this summer. This stripey blue one is an old favourite, but it does require something worn underneath to make it a little less, er, boobyfied [have I invented a word or does anyone else say that?] as the neckline is cut very low, and I think the panama hat I got for my birthday goes with it perfectly.

Alright Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up πŸ˜‰

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Dress: Very.co.uk (old), Tank: F+F at Tesco, Panama hat: Tumi Crafts @ Amazon, Bag: Next, Wedges: Faith (old), Sunglasses: ASOS, Bracelets: Debenhams / F+F at Tesco, Watch: Gift, Rings: Boots / H&M, Nails: Nails Inc Bluebell, Toenails: Barry M Neon Yellow

Linking up to: Monday MingleVisible MondayWhat I Wore Wednesday


  1. 6 September 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Beautiful dress and hat combination. Very summer vacation-y relaxed feeling.

  2. 6 September 2012 / 12:06 pm

    Super photos and such a great look. Love the new blog design also! I still like to know. Do you take any of these pictures yourself or do you have someone taking them for you?

    • 6 September 2012 / 3:00 pm

      Sorry I didn't reply, Sylvia – I wrote that my husband takes all my pictures in the post… I assumed you saw it! However it is a collaboration as I describe myself as the artistic director πŸ˜‰ He's so good, he takes all pictures in all the angles, camera settings etc. I tell him to take. His photos get better all the time, though it does frustrate me that I'm not behind the lens myself!! xo

  3. 5 September 2012 / 10:14 pm

    Love your dress & your nailpolish, so pretty! Stopping by from WIWW on The Pleated Poppy! Check out my What I Wore post at http://www.yourstrulyblog.com if you have a chance xoxo

  4. 5 September 2012 / 5:30 pm

    I'm not sure what your blog looked like before, but I'm loving the makeover!!! (And loving the dress!)

  5. 5 September 2012 / 3:57 pm

    what a darling dress and i love the way you styled it
    great new blog design

  6. 5 September 2012 / 12:37 pm

    Super cute dress. It's the picture of summer.

    Visiting from The Pleated Poppy…



  7. 5 September 2012 / 11:37 am

    Lovely!! Love the dress. You always look so put together.


  8. 5 September 2012 / 11:20 am

    That dress is so pretty for summer time! And I didn't even notice that the red tank wasn't a part of the dress originally, until I read what you wrote–it goes perfectly!

  9. 5 September 2012 / 3:29 am

    This outfit is cute. I love that you are twirling for your blog makeover, but are sure it wasn't because that dress was so fun?! Either was, cute shoot.

  10. 5 September 2012 / 12:15 am

    What a gorgeous dress! Love it with the bright tank and bag! πŸ˜‰

  11. 4 September 2012 / 7:33 pm

    Yay!!! Congrats on your lovely makeover! It looks so crisp and chic. Though, I have to say, I'm going to miss the cute little schoolgirl Catherine. She was a doll. But this is very sophisticated and I love how clean it looks.

    As for this outfit -the hat, the bag, your hair… I'm afraid I'm coveting it all!!! And your photography, as always, is professional grade.

    More congratulations, Catherine! Keep up the great work!!! ~Sarah

    • 6 September 2012 / 1:42 pm

      Awww it was a bit sad not to have her there anymore, Sarah (it's my favourite picture of me as a nipper πŸ˜‰ But I'm so pleased you like the makeover! xo

  12. 4 September 2012 / 4:38 pm

    Graet new blog layout, Catherine! And this dress is lovely.

    <3 Cambria

    Check out my GIVEAWAY!!!!!!

  13. 4 September 2012 / 10:32 am

    The dress is amazing on you! I love how you've added more colour with the vest top πŸ™‚


  14. 4 September 2012 / 7:03 am

    I am in love with that dress, it looks fantastic on you! Your bracelets really remind me of Stella & Dot bracelets. I work as a stylist for them, so let me know if you ever want to make an order πŸ˜‰

    Loving the new look as well πŸ™‚



  15. 4 September 2012 / 3:19 am

    Gorgeous big photos, Catherine – your birthday hat is incredibly becoming, and I love the multi-directional stripes of the dress. In my next post, I also layer a tank to be less … hmm … boobular! I went monochrome, but I like how the pink adds depth to your outfit. xo

  16. 4 September 2012 / 2:59 am

    Hey! I found you through your comment on Sarah Hulbert's blog. I love this blog and this dress! I too have de-boobified dresses with fun, colorful tanks. I think the pop of color really adds to the outfit.

    I made my photos bigger too a few months ago and it was scary at first, but I'm happy with it. Your pix look great!

  17. 4 September 2012 / 2:14 am

    Just found your blog! Super cute! Love the dress!

  18. 4 September 2012 / 12:09 am

    I love this outfit and your blog makeover. Very lovely…all of it.

  19. 3 September 2012 / 11:43 pm

    I love the blog makeover! It looks fabulous. AND the colors in this outfit are just amazing. You look so chic!

    A Southern Drawl

  20. 3 September 2012 / 11:08 pm

    Great layout and gorgeous photos!

  21. 3 September 2012 / 9:52 pm

    Hi! Jumped to you from Monday Mingle. This dress is gorgeous! I love the color!

  22. 3 September 2012 / 7:56 pm

    Both blog and outfit look fantastic – you've done a fantastic job on the design, and as stripes and sundresses are two huge weaknesses of mine, I really love this dress: made for twirling, I think!

    • 4 September 2012 / 4:48 pm

      I thought you'd like the dress, Amber… I know you have the similar one from ASOS (featured in my widgets at the bottom of the post)!!! When I saw yours I was determinded to get at least one wear out of mine this summer – and so far it's been one wear only! Thanks hun xoxo

  23. 3 September 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Your dress is so lovely! It's so feminine without being overly romantic – just the way I like it!

  24. Rebecca
    3 September 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Congratulations on the fab redesign Catherine!! You're gorgeous in that twirly dress!!

  25. 3 September 2012 / 5:41 pm

    You look picture perfect! About those close ups… so… I will only post them if the sun has washed out the fine lines and pores. The ones that show my nagging age spot are discarded. πŸ˜€

  26. 3 September 2012 / 5:16 pm

    Great dress and I love the matching nail polish!

  27. SE
    3 September 2012 / 4:57 pm

    Love this summer dress- gorgeous on you! I've come to think casual resses are the perfect option for warm days… but they're so hard to find!

    Great job on the blog makeover- love the bigger pictures- but did the font get smaller? I'm having a harder time reading. (But it could be my waning eyesight.)

    • 4 September 2012 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks SE – but no, the font isn't smaller! Maybe it seems that way because the pictures are bigger…?!! Heehee πŸ˜‰

  28. 3 September 2012 / 4:52 pm

    You are the picnic poster girl! Love this summery look (and the bigger pictures!)


  29. 3 September 2012 / 3:30 pm

    Aw wow sweetie! Loving the bigger pictures, it's great to an outfit post on your new blog!! Love your striped dress, it has a great length and I love how it looks with the splashes of colours and that of course very chic hat! πŸ™‚

    Take care, Daniella xox

  30. 3 September 2012 / 2:53 pm

    wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww I love, love, love your blog makeover, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    I can see yuo in all your greatness.
    Love your dress too so very much.

  31. 3 September 2012 / 2:13 pm

    Lovely dress and model! Your new layout is marvelous, Catherine, and I really love the big pictures.

  32. 3 September 2012 / 1:57 pm

    You look so beautiful and stunning! These pictures look great! And you changed your header, too, right?

    • 4 September 2012 / 4:45 pm

      Yep – there's nothing the same anymore, April!! Whole lot has changed. Thanks for your lovely comment xo

  33. 3 September 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Love this dress Catherine. I love that you used the touch of pink underneath!
    and again (in case you didn't get it the first time) I LOVE the blog makeover!!!!
    Sheree xxxx

  34. 3 September 2012 / 12:33 pm

    Love the new blog makeover! I'm in the process of giving mine a facelift, just trying to figure if I can do it myself or enlist professional help πŸ™‚ Loving the dress, too!!


    • 4 September 2012 / 4:43 pm

      Thanks Brenna – I did it myself, but it took me a lonnnnnnnnng time. And it was a little stressful to say the least! At least paying someone does take the stress away…! x

  35. 3 September 2012 / 11:20 am

    The blog looks awesome , love the new look!!!! Welcome back ! Love the blue dress such a pretty color on you!

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