Style It Project – Frocktober Mix White Dress

I’m a big fan of dresses – particularly in the warmer weather. What isn’t to love? They are easy to slip on, cool to wear, they often cost less then buying an outfit with multiple layers (although of course layering dresses is fun too!) and most importantly, I find that dresses are flattering. Another little bonus is that dresses are uniquely feminine and I find that my husband and sons, even at this young age just love it when I wear a dress. I will often get comments like, “You look pretty Mummy” or “You look like a ballerina” and if they will point out something in the cupboard for me to wear, (yes my boys are interested at times in styling!), it will always be a dress.

It makes sense that in Frocktober the Style It Project with Kimba Likes and Redcliffe Style would feature a dress. I bought the dress on sale for $29 from my local Coles Mix section. (Yay for sales!) The dress isn’t a perfect fit for me, it’s snug on the waist and it’s better suited for bigger busts, although the ties at the front can help pull it in and are helpful for those of us sporting a flat pack. I decided to keep it because for that price, I can afford to be forgiving and it’s still looks nice, it’s easy to launder and will be a great frock to wear casually throughout the summer.

The white easily leaves it open to being styled with colour, but except for a bit of colour in my sun hat, I kept it simple wearing this dress to the beach at Bargara recently teaming it with my Rare Rabbit chunky white geo beads. (My little splurge prior to going to ProBlogger, but I am finding so many occasions to wear them. You will keep seeing them on me this season, and probably beyond!)

 And best of all, for trips to the beach with the family – you can climb trees with your sons wearing this dress (the little bit of length helps there!)

Are you a fan of dresses? Why/Why Not?

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Style It Project – Peter Morrisey Zebra Cami

There’s nothing like a little bit of animal print to bring a bit of pizazz to one’s wardrobe. I wasn’t sure whether I was going to like this little cami on me when I saw it for the Style It Project, (even though I liked it on others!) but oh my, the moment I slipped it on in the Big W change rooms, I knew it was a keeper. Plus it was 30% off – score! $13 for a little top I’ve already worn several times. (But keep forgetting to photograph – Sorrrreeee!)

I went with hubby to one of his mate’s 40th birthday in Brisbane recently and wore my zebra cami.  It was already happy I was wearing it as we glided to our venue in the city cat.

Perfect for picnic lunch on the banks of the Brisbane river and then onto a bar then Turkish for dinner later in the evening. Surprisingly for Brisbane I didn’t need to take my jacket off the whole time as the sky was overcast and there was a bit of a nip in the air. My white Sussan linen jacket (current season) was a perfect accompaniment along with my (current season) Rare Rabbit wooden beads.

I have also worn the cami with a jacket to playgroups and shopping. It will be a lovely cool option on its own when the weather warms up too. It’s great with a little white bolero cardi that I picked up at a sample sale at Kaffe Boutique. (Locals: I can’t believe it’s in Cliffo! It’s like a little corner of European class. Who knows it might inspire some of the locals to ditch the uggies and leggings(with short shirts) and dress up a little!)

Today I’m dressed in it ready to take the kids to a concert. We’re seeing Colin Buchanan, we saw him last year when he was in town and the kids were delighted when Daddy brought home tickets last night for them to see him today!

And you know, because it is a concert, I thought I’d look like the cool Mum (Ha!) in my pink biker jacket. Although one look at the five kids I have in tow, nobody will be fooled that I would be riding a motorbike. Yep, it’s a mini-van for me the whole way there.

What was the last concert you went to? I think I see more kids concerts and theatre productions these days then I see the grown up variety. But that’s still cultured, isn’t it? Right? RIGHT???

Linking with Kimba Likes and Redcliffe Style.

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How to Wear Stripes Stylishly

This week I am joining Style and Shenanigan’s Print Challenge. I like wearing prints, they are versatile, flattering and stylish. My wardrobe has a lot of prints in it, so I shall enjoy finding things to wear for the next six days. Stay tuned to my Instagram (See link on this page, or find me as Happyheart75)

I also thought it might be fun to do some fashion posts throughout the week.

Today’s print is stripes. I do like a stripe over here and and a stripe over there. (To quote Playschool.)

I could see myself wearing this first outfit as I strolled along a beach boardwalk. It’s Autumn here in Australia. This set is bright and cheerful, yet also functional. It’s got the marine feeling with the stripes and brilliant blues, a colour that is very much in vogue right now.

Bright and Casual

Bright and Casual by c-happyheart featuring blue patent leather flats

If I were still teaching, I could see myself standing in front of a classroom in this next outfit. Since I’m not, I could also see myself trotting off to a picnic with the shady pink hat that matches the lovely pink stripe detail on the skirt. I love prettiness, and pink always gives that pretty feeling.

Pretty in Pink

For a more preppy look, a stretchy striped jacket teamed with a stylish pair of brown boots would be a comfortable and stylish option. I’m loving wearing coral right now, not altogether pink, and not altogether orange, but certainly altogether chic. A pretty little clip to tuck the hair back and an infinity scarf finishes the look. (I do not personally own an infinity scarf yet. But I do so want to.)

Preppy and Comfortable

This sweet vintage style dress in a lovely cool mint colour would be a delightful outfit to go to church in. The diagonal stripes are a lovely option adding interest to the detailing in the dress.  
Cool Mint

Cool Mint by c-happyheart featuring sterling silver jewellery

I think the most classic striped combination is black and white. You don’t need to look like a zebra at all, although zebra’s are 100% cool. I love the chevron skirt on this little number. The shoes are also a bold option and absolutely swoon worthy. Every woman’s dream really. There are so many combinations of black and white, thank you Chanel for bringing the black and white stripe to our attention! It’s a truly enduring print.

Classic Black and White

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