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8 Apr 2016

Dressing for summer


Today I felt like channelling a more summery mood and this is what I came up with.

I kind of love it.

The exposed shoulders on the blue striped dress, the bright orange bag contrast, the delicate necklace and the fact that I had a blow-dry this morning - these are all factors that resulted in the sparking of joy!

The bag is a recent gift from Henri Bendel and you may remember that they also gifted me a deep purple version of their famous Uptown satchel last year.  It proved a very useful work bag, housing a laptop, notepad and all other meeting paraphernalia. When it comes to this orange-hued version though the bright shade elevates it beyond a role as a week day workhouse.

This is the kind of tone that just works for Spring/Summer and I love the fact that the leather is textured - it gives it a durability that I definitely need with a lighter shade and I always find textured leather bags hold their shape better over time.

Although I wouldn't probably pair it with an all black outfit it looks so good clashing with blue - enter this Zara dress, a recent acquisition.

This is my 4th item in the bare shoulder category so it's fair to say that I am LOVING and embracing this trend.



Dress: Zara - Link!
Necklace: Henri Bendel - Link!
Bag: Henri Bendel - Link!
Shoes: Converse - Link!

I think this bag wins an award for being one of the boldest bags in my collection from a shade perspective. It effectively defines the colours of the season - a whole load of brights - which are a nice injection for someone who typically wears such plain and neutral garb.  They actually do a mini version of it which I think would look amazing - mini bags can never do any wrong. International shipping is also available.....tempting :)

So bright bags? Yay or nay?

Thanks for reading as always and thank you to my husband for being bribed with lunch in exchange for taking these photos :)





43 comments

  1. you always look so nice 👌

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  2. Love of the shoulder dress!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. It's so comfy as well. I definitely suggest a purchase :)

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  3. I love everything about this outfit! The dress is stunning and the colour of that bag is SO so pretty, it clashes perfectly with the blue. I can also imagine it being the perfect accessory for a pair of ripped white skinny jeans in the summer!
    Brigitte x

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    1. Thanks so much Brigitte! Good idea on the jeans combo :) x

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    1. Thanks Chantel! Me too! It's very summer!

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  5. The outfit is on point. You look stunning, a real life brunette barbie doll! x

    http://www.twenty-once.com

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    1. This comment made me laugh - I'll take being a Barbie any day :) Thanks Yasmine x

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  6. You look amazing dear! Nice outfit!

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  7. Oh I love how fresh this outfit is. I mean that airy dress plus that pop of orange - fab!!!

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    1. I totally get you! I love it as well for the colour clash - it is, as you say, fresh :) I am officially summer ready :)

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  8. I LOVE it!! I am having an obsession with over the shoulder tops at the moment and I want all of them! haha and I love that you matched it with the orange bag. So jealous you get to wear that right now though because it's snowing here in Toronto :(
    xo
    The Fashionista Bubble

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    1. Soon I will be hating the hot weather - it gets ridiculous here in about a month. I will be envying your snow and cold weather!

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  9. You're selling me on the off-shoulder trend, Laura!

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    1. You have to jump on it! Zara have tons of different tops and dresses. Maybe not a look for the office admittedly but it's perfect for the weekend.

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  10. The dress looks beautiful with the dainty converses and the colour of the HB bag is stunning. Don't know which I want more!

    The Beauty Vow

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  11. This is a great summer look. I haven't purchased any off the shoulder looks yet but you look so amazing in this style I am inspired to try.

    Deedee

    http://madeupgirl-madeupgirl.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks Deedee - I definitely think you need one in your life for summery weekend days :)

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  12. Awe I love this outfit! Recently i've been loving off the shoulder tops x

    Davina at davina-tian.blogspot.ca x

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    1. They are just so perfect for this season. Thanks for reading Davina :) xx

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  13. I've been after an off the shoulder daytime appropriate dress for the summer & you've definitely sold this one to me Laura - you look fabulous, as does your blow dry! Yay to bright bags - your bright yellow Celine must surely be the brightest in your collection - do you still have?!! Keep the Snaps coming - I LOVE them!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

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    1. Thanks Adele! I feel bad that I didn't Snap today now :)))

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  14. Love the boho vibe! Angharad x

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  15. Saw this dress on your snapchat and LOVE THIS OUTFIT!

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    1. Aww thank you Laura! I don't know if I am following you on Snapchat - I must sort this out right away!

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  16. The blue is stunning on you Laura xx Siobhan

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  17. I am following you since your first yt videos and you are for sure in my top 5 favourite bloggers! You are so smart and funny, I love how you style everything so easily without efforts. You always look appropriate in every look you show us... And you really inspire me! Thanks for being like this! Bye from Italy

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    1. Wow thank you so much Mintaka - thank you for following me for so many years :)

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  18. The dress looks beautiful on you and I'm taken by that bag. I love the orange colour. Have a great weekend. Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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    1. Thanks you Gemma! I hope you had a great one as well :) x

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  19. That bag is BEAUTIFUL! I need it in my life. It's definitely your colour! x
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  20. After I saw this post I jumped to Zara mentally ready to get the dress and it just look like a sack on me (even getting the smallest size). I still can't get over how good and fitted looks on you :) have a nice week xx

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  21. I fell in love with your outfit! The necklace, the bag, the dress, the shoes - so, so beautiful on you!

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