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10 Mar 2013

The Clean Textured White Dress

I got the white dress from Topshop. I mentioned it in a post a while back, saw it in the branch in Dubai Mall and snatched it from the rail.

I love this dress. The material feel durable and thick - you could even be daring and wear black underwear with this and not even give it a second thought - the sleeves have a nice volume to them and the shape is straight. It's a little sack-esque when worn because it doesn't cling to the body but this hasn't been done in a hideously unflattering way. It just makes it comfortable.

I wore this yesterday with big glasses, my new bag and flats.

I aways feel guilty about wearing flats for some reason - I almost feel an obligation to vamp it up in heels for photo purposes but that's just not my daily life. So here's to feeling stumpy, embracing the flat shoe and keeping it real!




























Dress: Topshop - Link!
Sunglasses: House of Harlow - Link! Probably my favourite sunglasses ever! Even though they dwarf my pinhead I still adore them!
Bag: 3.1 Philip Lim Pashli in Ink - Link! (Barney's Global seem to the only ones with a decent stock selection at the moment)

Confession time!

Now let's discuss the Pashli. I have admired this bag for some time and when the Shopbop sale was announced I decided that 20% off would be the incentive needed to commit. I swear to God this is the last time I will buy a bag this year.

It arrived in 2 days and my initial reactions were as follows:

1) Blimey, it's big
2) I love the durability of the textured leather
3) The shoulder strap is stupidly long and the bag looks ridiculous worn on my shoulder.
4) The closure is nice and easy to open but damn hard to close
5) The fact that there is no external branding is a huge plus
6) There are nice details on the bag that make it stand out and get attention

The most important reaction though was the overall impression - and that was "I love it".

This is the perfect bag - modern but classic. I have worn it to work (it holds a laptop with ease and with acres of space to spare) and worn it casually. Like the Celine Mini Luggage, it suits every occasion. It's fashionable but not trendy and price wise it rests in expensive but not ridiculous (ie, Hermes/Chanel/Celine). I really hope Philip Lim doesn't raise the price this year.

If you are in the market for a new bag and a high-end one at that I would definitely put the Pashli forward!

PS. Book-wise I have just finished reading White Girl Problems - Link! It was an taxing as you would expect but a seriously fun read. I may have LOL'd at parts whilst reading this in bed.

Now I am onto The Fault in our Stars by John Green - Link! - as recommended by a reader of this blog. I predict laughter and many tears by the time I am through.

PPS. Happy Mother's Day, Mary :) xxx

143 comments

  1. That's such a pretty dress and bag! Looks so beautiful :D

    Great post!

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  2. the dress is lovely, and i always love big bags although i can never fill them up completely xxx

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    1. i have the opposite problem - the bigger the bag the more crap i seem to be able to fit into it :)

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    2. Laura you have chosen amazing matching accessories.. hand bag look awesome.. its nice and smart look..
      http://www.apparelnbags.com/harriton/index.htm

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  3. the dress and that bag are gorgeous!! Love the details on this bag :)
    I loved The Fault in our Stars so so good and if after that you need another book I would highly recommend The Shadow of the Wind
    xo

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    1. Ooh i will make a note of that one - love getting book recommendations so thank you!

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  4. I'll have to do this outfit in opposite. I have the bag in white :) Love the simplicity of the look though!!

    It's such a great bag, maybe I could get a navy one too.....

    You tempt me too much Laura!!

    Hope you've had a fab weekend.

    Amelia @ Ducklingtoswan.com! :) xxx

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    1. Oh, and yes the strap is not brill. I'm pretty tall but it's still down past my bum. Glad it's not only me that finds it ridiculous.

      Does it make the bag hang off you at a weird angle too??

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  5. I can imagine this looking strange on the hanger, but this is so lovely! it's big but really flattering at the same time, such a lovely summer dress!

    http://jodie-melissa.blogspot.co.uk/

    xx

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    1. it is a sack but a nice sack :) haha it's perfect for summer! heavy enough to not be transparent but light enough to keep you cool. highly recommend!

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  6. That dress is such a good pick, something I'd have just walked past, but it's actually a perfect little piece - I love it xx

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    1. I definitely recommend this one...it's a bit weird to look at initially but it works nicely for a casual but smart-ish day dress :)

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  7. Loving how fresh and spring-like you look, makes me happy! (and totally not jealous looking at the snow outside my window... honestly :P) xx

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    1. :) you know I would be very happy to swop places with you though don't you? :)

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    2. Haha I get you, I lived in Bahrain for a few months and as much as I loved it there's nothing like a good English winter! Still, I am craving white clothes, light layers and shisha outdoors!

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    1. Thanks Charli - i think thats exactly why I like it too!

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  9. I'm diggin' the billow-y sleeves! You're hair looks great! xx

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    1. thanks for saying so because i didn't style it yesterday and did a lazy pin back of little front pieces of each side :)

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  10. Great outfit ... Lol and I don't believe this is your last bag this year ! :) but it's a noble aspiration :)

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    1. haha i just remembered that there is one more bag that I haven't yet shared on the blog...all in good time. after that, seriously I am DONE! Unless I bully someone into buying something else :)

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  11. Is the bag ridiculously heavy?

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    1. Hi Blair, it has got a weight to it but nothing like the Rocco so it's definitely possible to carry around with breaking your arm!

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  12. Hi Laura!

    I love that white dress, it looks really nice on you! I love your style, very feminine and elegant...
    Thank you so much for following me on Instagram yesterday! i litterally screamed with excitement (not in a creepy way, LOL) when I saw it on my phone! My hubby looked at me like I was a weirdo!
    I love your blog so much, I'm always excited when you post!
    Gros bisou! ❤

    Anne.

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    1. :) no problem Anne! I look forward to seeing your picture updated :) x

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  13. Sigh - for a minute I thought that was me - 15 years ago! I love white dresses on brunettes, instant beauty pick me up.

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    1. :) white is always a good colour. so fresh and lifting!

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  14. You look lovely as always! xx
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  16. Stunning! Adore the dress & the bag is fab! I've rediscovered my 31 Hour bag this past week. I forgot how huge it is, but it has been a faithful work companion :) x

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    1. how do you find it? I like the colour combinations they do in that bag and it's nicely slouchy! Good taste! :)

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  17. You look fab Laura, love the outfit! ♥
    xx

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  18. Love the dress and the bag! The pictures are stunning :) xx

    Lifestyle blog by Ang

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  19. Such a beautiful dress :) It looks lovely on you! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  20. nice dress, suits you well.
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  21. But...but... where are the flat shoes, then?

    You will cry by the end of this book, I'm afraid it's guaranteed (but it was so good!)

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    1. :) They were my maroon Tory Burch :) A bit scuffed but still going strong!

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  22. i like your dress:) classy and chic! and i think you could wear it 3 seasons straight, obviously with different accessories:)

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  23. Such a great outfit! I absolutely adore those sunglasses and the fact that you're keepin' it real with the flats :)

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  24. that dress is so pretty and it suits you perfectly.

    paandoraa.blogspot.com

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  25. Been a fan of you for years! Love your style. LOVE the bag! <3

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  26. Pretty! Topshop have such a great rip of of the P Lim for £45! Also have a good rip of the new Givenchy! Want them all! GL x

    www.thatbelfastgirl.blogspot.com

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  27. Looking very pretty and spring like missy :-) hair so healthy! I downloaded the fault in our stars this morning after hearing some good reviews so fingers crossed! :-) x

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  28. Such a pretty and clean look! Your style is always so amazing! :)

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  29. you look stunning! I want summer and wear all the dresses:)
    kisses from milano
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  30. I love your dress and the bag! Great style and lovely photos.
    Holly xx

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  31. Gorgeous dress and bag, you look so stylish!
    Holly xo

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  32. Lovely dress and that bag...YES Laura!

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  33. Laura, your blog is the best! Always such great content and photos. Thanks so much for the work you put into keeping it high quality.

    Now, I have thought about that delish bag in ink for myself, but (as others have mentioned), I am a bit concerned about the weight - already have terrible posture! Hmm..

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  34. That dress is gorgeouuuuus! Ive been looking for a nice white dress for S/S might have to go and give it a try!

    bethloux.blogspot.co.uk

    xo

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  36. What a gorgeous dress, will have to pop into Topshop to try it on! And the bag...there are no words! :) Love your blog x

    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  37. love this bag!! didn't see the ink on shopbop, is yours the medium or regular size? ugh I love your blog, but I don't think my wallet does very much lol. I bought the oyster rockie after seeing your pics and now I'm reaally liking the Pashli.

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  38. I love that white dress! Also, it's funny you should mention that you feel "guilty" about wearing flats - I have the same problem with high heels! I think it's because I'm tall (almost 5.9 ft), so I somehow think I don't "deserve" heels! Also, I feel bad for my boyfriend because I'm so much taller than him when I wear heels, lol.

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  39. You dress so well! What a gorgeous dress and dreamy bag, this is a kind of dress I could never pull off but you look great. I'm also so jealous of your sunny weather!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  40. So simple, so great!

    Daria
    ~ http://soundsofd.blogspot.com/

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  41. Hi,
    I saw this bag on Chelsea wears (youtube).Ahh I'm in love.. now I cant decide Rocco or pashli...Errkk!! Decision!!! Opinion??

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  42. You look so natural and happy ! xoxo

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  43. I am obsessed with the structure of this bag, since seeing the Celine bag. I have been trying to find an extremely affordable alternative. It think it looks chic and professional.

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  44. You look beautiful, love the dress! I've been wondering whether or not to get the Pashli, but after seeing how gorgeous it looks on you I think I just might have to. ;)

    Keep calm and carry lipstick.

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  45. Hello Laura. I also think the dress is great. The modern minimalism trend seems like it would only look good on models and fashion editors- your dress really fits the trend but makes it wearable, chic and feminine. I also really notice your eyelashes in the close-up-nare these extensions or just some killer mascara (do you still like Benefit's They're Real?)? Regardless, your eyelashes look noticeably great.

    Have a good week.

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  46. Such a simple and feminine ensemble, sweetie, you look flawless from head to toe!

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  47. You always look so beautiful Laura. The dress looks absolutely amazing on you and you look so relaxed. I love it in white, but if I wore it, it definitely wouldn't stay white I'm far too clumsy.

    And another gorgeous bag, I'm very envious of your collection ;)
    xx

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  48. this look is wonderful.this dress suits you so very well,lovely :)
    oh and the bag against the dress,perfect

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  49. although the dress isn't fitted, i feel that this dress would just make me look frumpy unfortunately but i think you look amazing! and i love the bag, it's gorgeous! i'm growing seriously jealous of your designer bag collection (it it bad that i'm hoping you treat yourself to another so that you can share it on here? ;))! X

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  50. Love that dress i want it!
    Would you do a handbag collection post? i know we see them all but it would be nice to see which are your faves and the ones you would suggest for someone who wants to buy an expensive bag?

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  51. I feel like I can only dream of a bag that gorgeously expensive! Beautiful outfit <3

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  52. such a lovely outift!
    love the bag x

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  53. Beautiful dress, it's perfect!

    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4164275
    http://beblacknblue.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. We have exactly the same taste in bags!! I have had my eye in this for a while!! x

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  55. It is so cute ! Looks good on you <3
    xoxo bonitiful.wordpress

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  56. HOW DID I MISS THIS POST?! Love that you're keeping it "real" in flats :) most of my posts are that way too haha. This look is so simple but sleek and elegant. The bag really takes center stage and stands out against the white. I adore it. Thanks so much for the review! I think I need to go see one in person.

    xo
    Alyson
    www.crushingonclothes.com

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  57. Can you pleasssseeeeee do a bag collection blog. I know it's dam good.

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  58. Can you pleasssseeeeee do a bag collection blog. I know it's dam good.

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  59. got a pashli too recently and i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee it. now i want more... and the messenger version... in multiple colors. damnit.

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  60. That dress is to die for, i may have to go and try it on just because, wish i had the money to but it, you lucky girl, it makes you look stunning xxx

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  61. LOVE LOVE LOVE that bag!!! And "White Girl Problems" is seriously hilarious!!! Please do a bag collection!!!

    xox- Jamie
    makeuplifelove.com

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  62. tried the medium pashli today..i noticed the strap was really long too. the SA suggested that you could always get more holes put into the strap. don't know why i didn't think of that, but it doesn't look too hard to do. so you could try that, it'll make it more functional and not so long :)

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  63. I love that outfit!!
    Much love,
    Wengie
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  64. You look amazing, I love the dress & the bag -- but damn, I'm blown away by your lashes.

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  117. Hi, i would like to ask what is the size of your Pashli satchel? Is it length (at base) 39cm; Height 32cm; Width 13cm? Thank you very much! I am wondering which size should i get and i am a little confused with the sizes.

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