Saturday, November 23, 2013


Today my look is all about tartan, and it’s a great time for it since tartan is such a massive trend at the moment (although I wish I’d had the opportunity to take these photos a week ago because I missed out on some super exciting and fun tartan link ups recently). I have always loved tartan and I think I always will. When I was a young girl, I owned a gorgeous tartan dress and it has been one of my favourite prints ever since; how I wish I still had that dress! When I saw the dress pictured below at Alannah Hill (and on sale) I knew I had to add it to my collection because it reminds me of my very first tartan dress all those years ago. Do you have memories like that? I adore the tight pencil style fit of this dress, the pink lining, the low cut neckline and the subtle pink detailing. These girly elements are the perfect contrast with the harsher tartan print.  I love the composition of this dress- the wool feels so beautiful to wear. For more of my opinion on tartan see my post here about my favourite tartan pieces.

I purchased my ‘Love’ necklace from Sportsgirl a few days ago during my lunch break at work. I’m finding this a frequent problem. Despite there being minimal clothes stores where I work (that’s probably a good thing given the absence of any self control on my part), there are a myriad of beauty, accessory, trinket and stationary stores in the area. I always fall into the trap of thinking- that’s only $10, it doesn’t matter if I buy it (of course not thinking how much it will all add up). So I am watching myself! Anyway, I love my 'Love' necklace. It reminds me of the key chain in the Sex and the City movie. Also, I've commented on many blogs recently saying that I'd like to own a necklace of such description. It's great that I now have one! 

It's that time of year again when everyone is crazy busy. In the coming week I have a number of work related social events which will provide a wonderful opportunity for dressing up. Since I'm not a very outgoing person, I'm a little nervous about this, but at the same time, it's very exciting. It's my first six months out in the workforce and the concept of going to a fancy restaurant with important colleagues is still very much a new novelty for me. Work has changed my life in ways I never thought possible. I've been at my current job for two months now and it's one of the best things that's ever happened to me. When I left my last job, it was the most devastating experience and my whole world fell apart. I can't believe I found a job which I like more and provides a healthier work/life balance. This experience made me believe, for the first time, that things happen for a reason. One of the reasons I like my current job is because I'm made three wonderful friends; I value them so much and we get on really well. I also reunited with an old school friend that I hadn't seen for ten years and it's like we'd never been apart. There aren't many people that, in person, I don't feel self conscious around, but it is the case with this one special friend. It means so much to me.




This week I purchased the ‘HOPE’ keychain from the Butterfly Foundation. As many of you know, the Butterfly Foundation represents all people who are affected by negative body image and eating disorders; is all encompassing and recognises the impacts of people with the illness as well as family and friends. It operates a national support line to assist those effected by eating disorders and provides a wide range of recovery programs and support groups, while advocating for additional services from independent sources and the government in seeking treatment for recovery.I have a number of reasons for wishing to show my support to such an organisation; long story short- I've possessed unhealthy views surrounding body image ever since I was very young. However, in recent times it's anxiety and depression that I've struggled with and have completely consumed by life. Objectively I have a good life but underneath the surface (ie. behind the bright and sparkly clothes, excessive spending, pretty decorated apartment, kitty cats and unicorns etc.) I still very much fight 'the black dog' every day. While I'm doing much better these days (work helped me gain  sense of purpose and forcing myself to keep busy takes my mind off various troubles) I wouldn't describe any day as easy. I've learned a lot in recent times but I know I will be susceptible to the above-mentioned issues probably forever. What I'm trying to say is that I bought my 'HOPE' key chain with my own personal struggles in mind. I believe it can be interpreted in a wider context and can remind us all of the light no matter what we are going through. This is why I attach my 'HOPE' keychain to whatever bag I'm using for the day. I tell myself that I'm holding onto hope. While it doesn't fix things, I want it to serve as a constant reminder to maintain hope (no matter how small and even on the bad days when it seems impossible to dismiss my negative thoughts). It's for all of us really. Wow, that was very deep and personal...on a lighter note, it just screams Tiffany & Co. green!





I can't believe another working week is over; this week went so fast. This weekend I should be attending my husband's work Christmas party which is the annual cruise around Sydney harbour (if weather permits- what's with the weather at the moment, I heard it was the wettest November in over 25 years). It's looking like a 50/50 chance that we will attend at the moment. My sister is also moving in for five weeks. What are you doing this weekend? 

 Bowknot Shaped Earrings c/o Romwomen
Alannah Hill 'This Charming Girl' Dress
Kitty Cat Heels 
Kmart Hair Flower
Guess Bag
Sportsgirl 'Love' Necklace
'Hope' Keychain

Linking to: What I Wore Wednesday, Monday Mingle


anoddgirl said...

your dress is so gorgeous!!

Jackie Harrison said...

You look beautiful love the dress and hope necklace good reason why you got it. Happy Saturday.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That dress is fabulous!

kileen valenzuela said...

wow, this dress is beautiful!! i love the print and the Love necklace pairing is perfect!

cute & little

Beautetude said...

Such a beautiful outfit. Love your dress.

Bisma Rauf said...

Lovely dress :)

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Jamie Rose said...

I love plaid too. The good thing is that it's pretty much always in style! This dress looks amazing on you! Such a perfect outfit for holiday times too - especially with your cute love necklace.

Glam up your Lifestyle said...

You look so pretty in theses dress and it's so much instyle at the moment. I love this look.
Have a nice weekend

Angel Pinkoolaid said...

simply lovely <3


Anonymous said...

You look great in this outfit :) Love the dress!!

Mira said...

You look amazing. Love your tartan printed dress.

xx Mira


Sam said...

Seriously crushing on your tartan dress, its beautiful trendy piece. The necklace is so cute, I want a similar one

Miss Twiggy said...

I love your necklace!!!

Tijana Momcilovic said...

nice dress


Janet Taylor said...

Hihi, today I have a tartan post too. :)

Your look is great as usual!

Marisa Silva said...

Cute dress :)

Marisa Silva

Maddie said...

Tartan clothing is must have item right now! I completely adore your dress, I would love to have something similar to it! Though the only item I have in tartan is my H&M scarf! :D
You look great from head to toe + I like your accessories a lot! :)


Lenusik Velvetrose said...

so fine dress!

Emmylou said...

I think this is one of my fave outfit of yours, Imogen. Tartan agrees with you:D And what a lovely keychain you got from the Butterfly Foundation.

Sofie Han said...

Great photos <3
Check out my latest outfit post :)

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xx Sofie

caffinatedlove said...

Congrats on the job -- I'm sure you'll be absolutely wonderful! :D

This outfit is absolutely wonderful. It has a touch of punk, which is new for you, and I love it a lot. :)



Pooja Mittal said...

I realised this page three times to see your tartan dress and the necklace you bought during lunch hour but pic are just not visible . :(
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RedTagChicLosAngeles said...

Oh my you look so sexy in that tartan dress.....so lucky you found one that really suits your style & figure because I'm still hunting for "the one"......good luck & more power on your future endeavors!


Larissa said...

You look so classy and chic! Wonderful! The shoes are super cute! I wish it was warm here so that I could walk around without woolen sweaters and two pairs of tights :)
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your last comment - they always make me happy!

Urszula Makowska said...

All your outfits are cute <3 You are too perfect!

The Dainty Dolls House said...

You look like perfection my sweet, adore this dress, it looks wonderful on you!! Gorgeous shade of pink. I love it. I hope you have a marvellous weekend!! <3 xxx

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Sherin said...

I love tartan, especially this time of year. The dress looks amazing. Really love the necklace too.

Michaela said...

Cutest shoes!

daisychain said...

I LOVE Tartan, what a gorgeous dress xo

Mouna said...

such an adorable dress :) great outfit!

Jacqueline Stewart said...

gorgeous outfit Imogen, and the necklace was worth the purchase... even though, yeh, it is worrying to randomly buy stuff. I do that too and then get all panicky about it... xox

deborah poh said...

What a lovely tartan dress, you look gorgeous as usual! Such a great trend that I don't have anything in yet, I nearly bought a tartan skirt from Madewell today but I had already bought so many things that I had to think about it twice... :(

xx Debbie


Antonella C'est moi said...

Your dress is marvellous!!kisses

Mica T said...

that is such a beautiful dress on you!

Hope you do make it to the Christmas party - a cruise on the harbour sounds so nice! :)

The keychain is cute too, sportsgirl make great things with the butterfly foundation! :)

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Vita said...

I love the dress and also the meaning behind the necklace and key chain, it really can have a very god "placebo effect" on how you approach things. :)

Beauty said...

Beautiful; I love the reddish tone of the tartan dress..

Katie Frank said...

you look so amazing <3 the tartan dress is so beautiful <3

Laura said...

I love tartan and your dress looks so, so
lovely. And your necklace is so amazing, too
it really looks like the key chain from Sex and the City. ;)


Ivana Džidić said...

Wonderful tartan dress and you do look amazing in it...I'm happy to hear that you're happy with your job:) things do happen for a reason:)

LoveT. said...

Beautiful Dress ,love the Pictures <3

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

What a nice tartan dress!! I LOVE your love necklace!!
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Alicia Mackin said...

What a great way to rock the plaid trend! And LOVE the love necklace!! Nice.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Irfan said...

interested in following each other via GFC?
I will follow you back.

Samantha Nie said...

Love the tartan on you! You look gorgeous!


Marisa Noelle said...

Wow, that dress is a beaut! I've been looking high and low for the perfect plaid dress like that, so naturally I am swooning all over this one :-) That Christmas work party harbor cruise sounds lovely. Hope you had a great weekend!
xo Marisa

Anonymous said...

Beautiful dress, it suits you! Love the entire outfit <3

Marta Purriños Hernández said...

Loving this look girl, so cool!!!

Have a nice day


Mrs C said...

Now this is the way to wear plaids! I love this dress and it needs to be in my closet!


Paola Lauretano said...

I love your tartan dress... super trendy!!!
Your necklace is very cool!!!
Have a great start of the week doll!

Sam said...

Hope you have a productive week ahead sweetheart!

getcarriedaway said...

so pretty!
happy new week!


Rachel said...

I love that dress on you! I'm very attracted to tartan, too, I think it's such a lovely pattern to wear! Even though it doesn't automatically look very feminine, it's easy to style it in a feminine way!

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing look, darling!
Love the bias plaid on that dress!


Sadie said...

You look lovely! I'm loving tartan at the moment too but find some of it is a bit schoolgirl-ish and find I look like a 12 year old when I try it on. You've worked the trend really well in this dress, so classy as opposed to schoolgirl :) xx

Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans said...

You look so chic and sophisticated, Imogen. That tartan looks gorgeous on you; but my favorite bit is those pumps...kitty cats!!


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you look great in tartan dress.Love its back!! I also really liked your kitten heels dear
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effiesdress said...

I love your shoes! <3

S said...

That dress is adorable, and looks so good on you!
Very very pretty! :D


Sharon (Style-Chameleon) said...

I love the print of the dress!



Sacramento Amate said...

Soooooooooooooo lovely.
Perfect dress and wonderful accessories, dear Imogen.

Red Rose Alley said...

The Tartan look always reminds me of this time of year. It is such a striking style, and it looks great on you. The kitty cat shoes are darling.

Whenever you are feeling down, please say a little prayer; God always listens. And remember that Sheri at Red Rose Alley cares about you so much.

Happy Thanksgiving, dear.


Johanna said...

Oh my gosh, I love your plaid dress! I need it!

Carly said...

I adore tartan so so much! I think you look super cute <3 xxx


Imogen this dress is my very favourite outfit of yours. What a fantastic necklace too. I've only seen loafers of those cat style shoes. Love the heels! x/Madison

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

Hey pretty lady in tartan! Love how you styled this outfit!

Rowena @ rolala loves

Larissa said...

Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I knew you would like that last outfit of mine :) I am sure the dress would also lool really awesome on you :)!
Have a wonderful start in the week!

Jess said...

So cute this dress and I'm in love with those cat shoes! =D



Launna said...

I love this plaid dress... it looks lovely on you :-)

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog lettersfromlaunna.blogspot.com .

I am following you on GFC and Bloglovin ;-)

Alexandra Zakharova said...

That tartan dress is so sophisticated and chic, looks just great on you and fits you like a glove:)) I've got to say your shoes is the cutest thing I've seen today;) Lovely snapshots as well!
Have a fabulous time!


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Evi said...

Love this outfit! You look pretty stylish once again in this tartan dress! Thank you for stopping by!

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Evi xoxo

Melina said...

That dress is simply perfect, love the tartan and the shape looks amazing on you! Also, stop it, that necklace is too cute!

Audrey Allure said...

Beautiful dress & love the cat heels!


ChatterBlossom said...

Such a chic take on plaid! Love the cut of the neckline too!

littlemissandrea said...

Red is such a beautiful colour on you!

Anonymous said...

I love this dress!!!

Diana S.T. said...

you look great in tartan... have a nice week

Francesca said...

I love that dress, I adore tartan print! Also, that necklace is beautiful!


Am2Pm Chic said...

You look fantastic, such a cute dress.


Naaj Rona said...

Very well said Imogen. I can definitely relate to anxiety, depression and sickness. It is hard and seems impossible most of the times but one thing that makes it bearable is definitely Hope that the situation will improve. Hope that everything will be alright.

I have been off sick for a very long time and finding it so hard to go back. Just feeling weak and tired. Wish you all the best girl. Loads of hugs xx

The Fashion Panda said...

Beautiful dress !


Jenny Moyett said...

Those shoes are too cute!!

Have a great Thanksgiving!


bridechic said...

I really love the tartan trend--you look absolutely fabulous!

Always Maylee said...

You look so pretty in this dress. Love the shoes too.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Carla Sanz said...

hi dear.. follow you on bloglovin and gfc
nice dress!


libys11 said...

great print!!! very in style!! :D

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Patricia G. said...

Love your tartan dress! And the necklace is so cool!

Speaking Prada said...

That plaid dress really suits you :) Oh and I'm really glad that you are enjoying your new job that much!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

What a holiday perfect dress! You look fabulous!

Anna Martin said...

Fantastic dress! Perfect colors and prints!

- Anna