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21 Oct 2015

The Crochet Midi Dress


Follow my lead and run to Topshop.com right now and get this midi dress. It's half price, supremely flattering, adorned with the prettiest neckline ever and an ideal day/evening transitional item.

You can thank me later!

I first saw this when it was £70 and I slightly scoffed at the price, thinking that it was ambitiously high for a simple midi. Then I saw Marilou had it - who by the way you must follow as she has amazing style - and I decided that I needed to copy suit. The Retail Gods obviously agreed because the day I added this to the basket, Topshop had a sale and £70 became £35. I am usually the mug who paid full price but for once, I get to capitalise on a bargain :)

I wore it today and NO regrets re:purchase. This is an ideal dress for schlepping about during the day but as it's black and fairly classic, you could "dress it up" - add boots/heels/whatever and it will still work.

The neckline, made up of a semi-sheer crochet layer, makes this for me. It's just so feminine. I also like the fact that although midi it doesn't feel frumpy dumpy - it nips in just enough at the waist and keeps a fairly soft silhouette with no dramatic flaring at skirt level.

Oh and one more plus, the zip is concealed so no ugly exposed fastening on the back which as I have mentioned before, is a major pet peeve!



Dress: Topshop - Link!
Bag: Mansur Gavriel - Link!
Sunglasses: Taylor Morris "Invidia" - Link!

Shoes were the only snag here. I wore Miu Miu sneakers but ideally I would have worn chunky sandals….or maybe even black or grey Converse. Ah well. You can't always get it right!

I did get a few other things in my Topshop order - 2 of which were absolute crap and disappointing but one….oh one….the Bardot structured top in the light pink? It's amazing and as soon as I can convince my husband that he wants to take more outfit photos in his free time, I'll share what it looks like on me :)

Before I go, a quick 5 point round up on other things of interest:

1) I booked a mini break to Hong Kong last weekend and I go in a few weeks. Beyond excited! I have zero idea what to do/what to see when I'm there so show me the way if you have any advice.

2) I am also about 3 weeks away from taking part in my first 10K race! I have been training/running a lot as my annoying/boasty Twitter updates will prove. The upside is that I have lost some poundage - the downside is that my hair always looks like crap. You win some, you lose some…

3) I really want to be more experimental with my make up but….sod it. I am in a Double Wear/Laura Mercier powder/Laura Mercier Amethyst shadow stick + MAC Mythology/Eylure 143 lashes rut! I haven't even been remotely tempted to buy anything. What is going on?

4) I'm about to embark on another one of my clear outs. I feel like I am permanently doing this. Does it spark joy? No it bloody doesn't. I'm clearly not ruthless enough in what I choose to bin versus keep during each clear out. I also need to sell a lot of things - Valentino Rockstuds and maybe even the Christian Louboutin So Kate boots that I love…but cannot walk in. Ugh, they will be hard to part with.

5) It's so good to be blogging again! I have been so busy working well…the entire summer. Even when I was on holiday in August I ended up working most evenings. Not. Fun. In theory the workload should ease up for the end of the year and I want to keep it that way if I can. If I have figured anything out this year it's that I need to be more selfish with my time and try and aim for that elusive balance between work and life. It's a bit of a struggle but with a couple of holidays to look forward to in the next 2 months I should be getting back in control again. Bring on Hong Kong and Zanzibar :)

Chat soon
x

46 comments

  1. This looks gorgeous and making the whole resist shopping thing a little bit harder!! Love the back detail too! M xx

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    1. I'm sorry! :) It's such a good bargain….not that I am trying to tempt you or anything heehee :)

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    2. Get yourself to Din Tai Fung for tasty and cheap Michelin star dim sum. We over ordered and our bill still only came to £35 for two people.

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  2. Ordered! I ordered as soon as I saw your Instagram teaser! Bargain! What size did you get may I ask? I am usually a 10 so ordered an 8 and 10 in case it sold out!!! it true to size?
    Oh & your hair......gorgeous! Did you do it with a box or is it a salon job? Looks gorgeous and rich
    Thanks Laura
    Melissa xx

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    1. Yay! I got the 10 I think and it fits perfectly…there's a bit of give to it as well so either will work out.

      I got my hair done at the salon - a boring brown to match my extensions :)

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    2. Fab! Sure the 10 will be perfect then! Your hair is far from boring Laura! You look stunning as usual! Thanks for the great post and the awesome heads up on that dress! Xxx

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  3. Love the dress on you and how exciting that you're doing a 10k! I know you mean about hair looking like crap though... I work out a lot and I have started scheduling my hair washing around workout days. Plus dry shampoo... so much dry shampoo.

    xo, alison*elle

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  4. This dress looks absolutely stunning on you, I love it! And yay for a sale bargain :) Hope you have a good time in Hong Kong, it's somewhere I've always wanted to go! x

    Brigitte | brigittehayley.com

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  5. Stunning dress, it looks superb on you :)

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  6. The dress is really nice and I like the detailed top. Not tempted to buy makeup? Oh, my .. did you really write that ;-)

    Monica.

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  7. Hello from Hong Kong! I love the waist detail on the dress. A few quick tips for your visit here.. Tim Ho Wan at podium level 1 in the IFC; really good dim sum with a menu and service style that's easier to navigate than the traditional restaurant version. On the upscale side, Ping Pong Gintoneria for Gin and Tonics. The space was originally a basement ping pong hall. I have only been once, but the atmosphere was memorable. Enjoy your visit! I am happy to share more tips! Rachel xx

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  8. Wow! Thank you for the mention Laura it's so sweet and also I feel kinda proud because I look up to you, your style and your blog so much :)

    I think I am the only mug that got that dress on full price, haha but it's ok ... Very much worth it! i I also love the miu miu trainers look you paired with it!

    I can't wait for all the Hong Kong and Zanzibar pictures!
    Good luck for the 10k :)

    Marilou

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  9. Laura, you are looking fantastic!!! I love that Bardot top!

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  10. Gorgeous dress! I wish it was still warm enough to justfy buying something so beautiful here in the UK.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  11. What a steal that dress is at half price. You look gorgeous in it Laura!
    It's about 10 years since I last went to Hong Kong so it's probably changed a lot since I went, but Victoria Peak (great at night) & the Star Ferry are two musts.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

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  12. I LOVE this dress! You look beautiful in it.
    Gemma xx
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  13. That dress is gorgeous, I love the length too x

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  14. Love the dress! It looks so good on you :) I went to Zanzibar in the summer for two weeks after four weeks of building in Uganda and it was the perfect treat at the end. It really is paradise!

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  15. Cute dress! Surprising it's topshop as I can never find anything in there that's not designed for 16 year olds...

    As for HK, I think you'd really like afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton Lounge & Bar. It's on floor 103 and has spectacular views of the harbour (in the clouds!). Harbour City for shopping, Aqua for drinks, Sheung Wan for arty cafes and lunch at Upper House.
    I hope you love it!

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  16. Please do a post on Zanzibar when you return, we've been looking at going there recently! Good luck with your 10k, you've inspired me to get my arse back into running and general movement! X

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  17. Looks lovely, I am really into midi dresses lately so right up my alley :)!

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  18. We went to Hong Kong last year. I'd really recommend the birdcage off Kimberley road for some great dim sum, we went twice! Also, ozone bar at the top of the ritz is the highest in the world and does a great dragon fruit martini! Enjoy :-) xx

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