Sunday, December 15, 2013


As you probably know by now, yellow how become one of my absolute favourite colours this year. It's so bright and happy; I can't get enough of it! When Review released this dress a number of months ago I fell in love with it instantly; the combination of lace and yellow is a dream. I admired it endlessly; every time I walked through the shops or browsed online, the temptation to buy it was very strong. But I waited and finally I noticed it on sale. I bought it earlier this weekend for less than 50% of the original price. How exciting. It's a great time of year to wear such a dress (I've have so many work social events for the holiday season lately that I've needed dressy outfits to wear). I'm sure I'll wear this dress on either Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years. I love it so much. I was thinking about what to wear with this dress and I decided to go for an all yellow look. The shoes have made a number of appearances of my blog and I can definitely say that, in the year I've had them (they were a Christmas present from my sister last Christmas), they have been my most popular/most complimented piece. I've certainly had a lot of wear from them. I thought the look provided a somewhat blank canvas for the imposition of my rainbow clutch bag. I'm happy with the way it looks against yellow. 

As the year is drawing to a close, I find myself reflecting on the myriad of changes that occurred in 2013. I'd describe the year as one of both incredible highs and incredible lows. The most life changing experience was, of course, my first six months in the workforce. I've done three different jobs this year and I'm greatful for the skills that I learned at each one of them. It was heartbreaking when I left my previous job which I worte about here. I was devastated and felt like my whole world fell apart and it still somewhat impacts me today. But I'm appreciative of what I learned. It was a stressful demanding job and I proved myself. For the first time in many years I was incredibly motivated to learn. I took the job extremely seriously, stayed back late most days and performed tasks well outside my comfort zone. I made progress with my anxieties and showed myself that I'm capable of much more than I think I am. I used to think my fears were so bad that I'd never handle a job, but, that wasn't the case at all. 

After leaving that job all I wanted to do was lie in bed and cry. It wouldn't have taken much for me to fall back into a deep depression. But somehow I surprised myself and found the strength to start again and dedicate myself to the job I'm currently at now. I learned how unpredictable life can be. I've mentioned before that I love my current job. It provides a better work-life balance, I appreciate the workplace environment and I've met some of the best friends of my life. In a competitive job market I feel especially lucky to have a legal job in a large dynamic wokforce with a fun workplace culture. Who would have thought? I'm actually much better off having left my last job because I enjoy my current job a lot better. I'm happy with the way my professional life turned out this year.

I've overcome some anxities this year which is a significant personal achievement but I still feel like I have a long way to go. Conversely my most difficult battle this year has been my continued struggle with depression which, at many intervals, has become a lot worse. There are a number of personal reasons for this which I shouldn't go into but I've certainly reached some unprecedented lows. I'll continue working on it. That leads me to the topic of overspending. I'm sure it's pretty obvious that I have a huge amount of clothes, shoes and accessories. I seem to be purchasing new items all the time. That's not because I have a lot of money, it's because I'm addicted to spending money in an attempt to make myself feel better. I spend when I'm sad, depressed, lonely or bored etc; sometimes I just want to fill the gaping void in my sole. I'm desperate for some happiness when I feel like a worthless loser so looking good in a new dress provides me with that (even though it's temporary and then the need to spend sparks up again). I've borrowed money to buy clothes and I've prioritised clothes above legitimate expenses. I feel like a terrible person. I can't afford my lifestyle and I'll never get anywhere if I continue down this path. I'm writing about this because I want to be honest- I've identified a problem and it's now time to address it. My main goal for 2014 is to stop spending so much money, to implement a minimal clothing budget and to find healthier ways of dealing with my problems instead of reaching for my visa card whenever I feel sad. 

I can't believe it's only ten days until Christmas. This year will be pretty different for me because I'm working right up until the 24th of December (quite the opposite of being a student with seemingly endless holidays around this time of year). But I'm ok with that. It's better for me to keep busy.









Review Vivie Dress
Zu Shoes
Gloss Hair Flower
Forever New Rainbow Clutch

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Speaking Prada said...

That dress has such a happy and positive color! It really suits you :)
Oh and I'm glad that even though this was a challenging year for you, you were still able to get through the difficult times and get up stronger than before :)

Анна-Алина Гевелюк said...

Lovely shoes. They looks great with this dress.

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing look, darling!
Love your dress!


Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

Wowwww I am totally in love with this yellow dress!!! You look fab!!

daisychain said...

You are so lucky you can pull off yellow,
you look stunning xo

Jackie Harrison said...

How elegant you look and the color its outstanding very pretty outfit.

Charmaine Gapasin said...

You look so lovely and beautiful in that yellow lacey number!:)

This is such an inspiring post and I love reading it. Good luck on completing your goal and implementing a clothing budget and finding healthier ways. You're a wonderful and honest person to open up about it. After all, they say that the first step to overcoming a problem is to first admit it and you've already completed at least 50% of your goal just by doing that:D

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Shybiker said...

So pretty. Yellow really works for you.

I admire your candor in reviewing the year. With introspection, we can understand ourselves better and make desired adjustments. You're on the path of personal growth. Good luck!

Ivana Džidić said...

You look amazing, very elegant but at the same time chic, stylish and modern in this bright and wonderful shade of yellow.

I think it is really brave of you to write about things you're not happy with. It is very mature of you and believe me that many people who are a lot older then you are not as mature. Just identifying these things you want to change is great but writing about them is even better because you can help somebody else in that situation.

We all have flaws but most of us are not ready to asses them as cold headed as we should. I think we all often reach for the quick fix whatever that may be (shopping or something else) when we would be better of thinking about how we could improve our life and why we have the need of that quick fix in the first place...Figuring out what we should do is never easy!

Ivana Džidić said...

and speaking of overspending on clothes, perhaps it would be a good thing for you if you set yourself to some project like trying to find x ways to combine a certain item of clothing...those things can be really fun and make us realize we have more clothes (and options) then we think!

RetroStreetStation said...

This is an awesome dress! Stunning colour!

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Launna said...

The yellow looks great on you and dress is beautiful :)

Manhattan Image and Style said...

You look so beautiful on this color! Love the dress! <3

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Jamie Rose said...

You look so gorgeous in this yellow dress. It really looks awesome on you!

I'm so glad you made it through the struggles with your previous job and now have a new one. I'm sure you'll figure out how to ease your spending habit too. It can be really easy to order a new dress whenever you want, I know. Sometimes going to a thrift store and getting something really cheap helps my urge to get new clothes. I know your spending is depression related so when you're able to tackle that, your spending will probably ease up. You can do it! I really hope this next year is brighter for you.

Janet Taylor said...

Gorgeous yellow!

Emmylou said...

Thank you for being so honest with your posts, Imogen. You are one brave girl to be able to share your ups and downs with us. We're here for you. Good luck on your 2014 resolution. Here's to a better year ahead.

PS Love the yellow dress on you:)

AVY said...

I love the days I find that strength. So happy that you're heading in the right direction somehow, you deserve it.



Amanda Chic said...

amazing dress

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Panty Buns said...

I lovethe yellow colour, lace and design of your Review Vivie Dress! I myself tried hard (and unsuccessfully) to find a blouse in that pretty shade of yellow. Unfortunately it turned when the blouses I'd ordered arrived that none of them were the bright lemon/sunflower yellow I'd been looking for - yellow contrasts and coordinates beautifully with the colours of many of the briefs I'd been intending to review but haven't. I'm the laziest Fblogger I know.
I think a lot of fashionista bloggers, myself included, have that same quandary you do with going over-budget on couture to blog about. I don't have advertisements on my blog or accept free stuff or sell the items I review, but I think most fashion bloggers would probably be better off doing so. Then again I suppose hat creates other pressures. I noticed on the blog "Flock Together" they borrow and style each other's fashions in their own way.
As always you found a hair flower, shoes and clutch that went with with your dress perfectly. That Review Vivie dress is a beauty! I love your outfit.


Sharon said...

You look so pretty in yellow! I envy you! And you always look so classy and stylish :) I just love it. I wish more people would dress like you!

Pooja Mittal said...

The dress is beautiful, ur really lucky that u got it for less than 50 %...
Happy to know that ur happy the way ur professional life is shaping up..
About this depression, I have it too.. I feel so sad and good for nothing.. Try not to buy but that thine I feel I live shopping and if I shop what I want I will be excited and forget about bad things.. :(
I am spending much more than I should and if you find a solution to this problem , please let me know too :)
Have a nice day
Keep in touch,

The Style Maze said...

oh this dress is just amazing! I love the color ;) it looks great on you ;)



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Alex said...

Yellow is one of my favorite colors to wear too (especially in summer when I have a nice tan haha!). That dress looks fabulous on you and goes great with your hair color!

Ann said...

You look absolutely stunning in that outfit.


Julie (Little Pink Rain Boots) said...

You look great in that outfit. You seemed to have persevered through a lot this year and I hope that 2014 is an absolutely magical year for you!


Oksana said...

Very beautiful dress!!!
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Angel Pinkoolaid said...

gorgeous dress! the color is so unique.


Anonymous said...

You are so beautiful, lovely dress and shoes <3

Rupa said...

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Yulia Sidorenko said...

love the shoes, dear! great bright post <3

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Kati said...

Thanks so much for your sweet words, they made my day!
This dress is so stunning, I love the lace and colour so much! It was truly worth the wait!

Have a great day,

Anonymous said...

Although yellow is not one of my favorite colors, this lace is really nice! the total look in yellow suits you and especially illumines you. The clutch is amazing!
Even when I'm sad I use shopping as therapy, how to dress to the nines as if to compensate for the outer beauty to inner sadness.
In addition to the work you should be proud of your blog, which is beautiful and represents your soul.
Sorry for my english... :-)

The Dainty Dolls House said...

You look gorgeous doll!! Am glad you overcame so much these past months and the new year to come will be a bright and happier one for you. I can understand about the shopping, I do that sometimes when I feel down as well. But, knowing you have the problem and will work on a solution is the best step to take & I know you will pull through it. You look radiant!! Love the bright yellow :))) Have a gorgeous week doll xx

Patricia G. said...

So nice the yellow dress!

Antonella C'est moi said...

you're so beautiful, kisses

Anonymous said...

I want this whole outfit!!! It looks great!! :)

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Great dress, you look so beautiful!
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Sharon (Style-Chameleon) said...

Yellow looks so good on you!



Margaret Dallospedale said...

Wonderful outfit.
Kisses and Have a good week.

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Yuli Conversations said...

you look great in yellow! what a gorgeous outfit! xoxo Yuli


Lizzy said...

great yellow lace dress!

Natalia | Fashioned by Love said...

Absolutely gorgeous dress! x

Pip said...

Hi Tia!
I love love love this dress and the cap shoes look amazing with it!
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Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans said...

Yellow is not a color that works on many people; but it looks stunning on you. Gorgeous Imogen!!


Alyssa Marie said...

Omigosh- yellow is my favorite color and I am LOVING this! You look gorgeous :) Such pretty lace!! It looks so warm where you are- I am in snowy territory and can not stay outside long without being freezing, haha. Spectacular post, you look absolutely amazing!

<3 Alyssa

S said...

OMG! You look fab dear!
Love this total yellow outfit, is s fresh and chic, and looks great on you!

Sarah-M. said...

The colour really suits you! looks amazing!

bridechic said...

I'm glad you left the link where I can order this dress! Just beautiful . . .

Miriam Stella said...

you are stunning baby :D fashion blog miriam stella

Sara Gerard said...

I totally understand what it is like to feel anxiety in the work place. I am so glad that you have come so far in one year! This yellow dress is perfect for you, and I adore the little flower that you are wearing with it, Very cute!

Mery Arbi said...

You look amazing in yellow!!! I like it so much!!


Michaela said...

Lookin' good girl!

Always Maylee said...

I love the vibrant yellow on you. Such a beautiful dress!

xo, Yi-chia
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Anngelik Martinez said...

Im drooling over that laced yellow dress! It is gorgeous and you rocked it!


Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, life is always changing and moving, and I'm pleased to hear you are having the strength to tackle these changes. You look so nice in yellow, dear. I love this dress and you're stunning in it. It's so fun spending money, but as you said, it's only a temporary pleasure until we want more and more. It's good that you recognize that, and my wish for you is that all the goodness in life comes your way in the new year.

Have a merry week, Imogen. You, my friend, are such a lovely person, and don't let anyone tell you different.


Anonymous said...

OMG, amazing! Love the purse!


Closet Fashionista said...

Such a pretty color on you! I can't wear yellow, looks horrible, ha ha

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Yellow is stunning on you lady! Would love it if you could join us for Monday Mingle again! :)

Sam said...

You look gorgeous in this dress, the sunshine yellow beautifully mirrors your wonderful personality!

Busola Coutts said...

The lace and in yellow? Stunning! You look like a doll.

Happy to know you are making awesome friends at your new job and things a re falling into place for you. 2014vis looking bright. Great!

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Madame Poupée said...

you look so optimistic!

Mica T said...

That lace dress is absolutely stunning on you! :) Even better that it was on sale! :)

I hope that 2014 has nothing but good things in store for you, as a reward for you from making it through a tough year this year. I'm also trying to slow down my spending a lot more - make use of what I own and stop buying things I don't really need. And the more I wear my way through my current wardrobe, the more I realise there is so little I really need!

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Paola Lauretano said...

I love Yellow!!!
I want your accessories..... wonderful!!!

Sonya Mann said...

I love how open and honest you are in this post, especially since you're talking about things that are usually "kept behind closed doors", so to speak. It's very admirable that you have identified your weaknesses and want to move forward in a positive way! I find that comforting and inspiring for my own continuing mental health journey <3

ALSO, you look darling in yellow!

libys11 said...

wow.. so ravishing in that dress! :D

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Carylee said...

That dress is stunning on you! I am jealous because I bought a yellow one from JCrew Factory over the summer and it was just way too big, and alas, they didn't have any smaller sizes.
Looking at your photos, I would have never guessed you struggled with depression - you are brave for putting this out there, and I honestly feel a bit touched to have read that about you, to feel your vulnerability. Especially with your admitted spending habit. I see parts of myself in what you wrote. I have confidence that you will accomplish what you want with your finances in 2014!

Beautetude said...

This entire outfit is just so amazing.

Linda B said...

Holy bright! I absolutely love this stunning shade of yellow on you <3

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Gail J said...

I think the colour looks so good on you love!

Anonymous said...

Pretty yellow dress! I know this year has been difficult for you... next year will be better! :)

Carolyne O' said...

Awwww your dress is fantastic, I love it my dear!



Syz n Neel said...

You have such funky style! The dress and shoes are superb :)

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Carly said...

You always look so cute and happy! I'm glad everything sort of resolved itself in the end and that you are happier now! xxx

Jessica Mattioli said...

Lovely dress!!

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Margarita M. said...

What an awesome color, so bright and fresh!!!
Those heels are amazing!!


Marija Marovic said...

Love this color on you, and the shoes are so classy! Great look! XO


Glam up your Lifestyle said...

I discovered yellow too for me. A pretty nice color. You look great

Anonymous said...

I love lace dresses and dresses with lace details, so just because of that this one is already a winner for me! And the color is really fun! Very bold :-)

jennie said...

So beautiful! The colour suits you so so well <3

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Miche said...

LOVE the color! So bright and fun!

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Imke Db said...

This shade of yellow looks so beautiful on you! And you shine bright like the sun wearing it! Great pictures dear.

XO Imke

Maddie said...

The dress is very gorgeous indeed and would catch my eye every time if I would see it on the streets!
My resolution could be similar to yours, working in a retail shop definitely makes the matters worse, because almost everyday I am around clothes, shoes, accessories that I eventually end up buying!
Good luck! :)

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Charu Sharma said...

You look like a princess <3 Such an amazing dress. I wish I could get a similar dress..this is drool worthy!! <3


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love it that yellow is so pretty

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Midnight Cowgirl said...

Beautiful outfit! Good luck with your 2014 goals!

Melina said...

Such a beautiful dress and yellow really suits you! So pretty!

Ina R. said...

Wow this is such an amazing shade of yellow on you, it makes you shine! Love the dress and matching shoes! Cute little purse too!

Who is that Girl Mo? said...

Nice lace dress! I love the color. Looks good on you. :-)


Diana S.T. said...

I love your dress design and color... beautiful!"

Dressed with soul said...

Can´t stop watching you in this wonderful dress, you look like the sun in person, really beautiful <3

Thanks a lot for sharing this enlightend post!

xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


LyddieGal said...

Yellow lace! Swoon!
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makeupmirrornme said...

Thanks for your lovely comment hun. You look lovely in yellow. Wanna follow each other? Let me know.

Urszula Makowska said...

Very classy girl! Yellow suits you well and it is one of my favorite colors as well, but it doesn't look good on me. It looks fabulous on you though! <3

Dee Kay said...

Oh my lord that dress is beyond gorgeous and yellow is such a lovely color it looks great on you. I also love our shoes. You are not alone in your struggles we all struggle with our jobs, our family life, our spending habits, our eating habits. Its a normal human condition and I believe God placed us here to work on our weaknesses and to be a better version of ourselves. Have a happy holiday and to a growth and prosperity in 2014. thanks for visiting my blog!
Ms Dee Kay

Aleena said...

yellow suits u so much xx

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Sophie Sierra said...

What a beautiful dress! <3

Reading this post is very touching & it takes a lot of courage to be so honest and free, so I really admire you! xo

Depression is such an awful thing, and a few of the things you wrote I saw in myself too. I think in the blogosphere it is sometimes nice to know we are not as alone in our feelings as we might think; I know I certainly feel that way! x

Fantastic that your career is going from strength to strength & I wish you a happy & even more successful 2014!

Sophie xo soinspo

bashashhazbaz said...

what a wonderful post! you look beautiful in that dress and i loved what you said. that takes courage for being so open about the things you shared and i thank you for it! you are a wonderful person and i look forward to many more great posts in the future! merry christmas!

Barbara vanessa said...

The dress is soo cute and love your hairstyle too x

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

That yellow dress is perfect on you! I love yellow too :)

Imke Db said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog dear!

XO Imke

Melissa said...

I really love your outfit! The dress looks really good on you! Love the color as well :)

I'm glad that even though this was a challenging year, you still was able to get through the difficult times and became stronger! That's something you should be proud of girl! :)

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Sandra Leiva said...

Cute! Yellow looks great on you <3



Anne said...

I love yellow, you look so beautiful! X Anna


Rusin D said...

Hey I just came across your blog. You look beautiful! Love the dress and i love yellow!! :) xox


Anne Stikvoort said...

cool colour!

Kierra Makayla said...

wow, your dress is beautiful!

Ariane Lasalle said...

Tks for your comment!
Keep wearing bright colors like you now! It's wonderful and real pick me up when hard time hits



Michelle Verpuggi said...

everything is perfect

Alyssa said...

Love the dress and those heels! So cute! Thanks for linking up with me!

Tanya W. said...

Aww, your dress and you so lovely. I love the lil bag too!

Thank you so much for dropping by!


Keys of Anouk said...

You're looking beautiful as always :-) I really love your dress! xo

Vett Vandiver said...

love the dress and heels!!

The Fashann Monster said...

Yellow is such a gorgeous colour. You look fab in it.

Midwest Muse said...

Love the neon on you. The dress is so flattering.

Chelsey Patti said...

Fave color yellow! You are looking fabulous!!! And thank you for stopping by Patti Cake & commenting! It really means so much to me!


Thriftanista in the City said...

Great outfit! Love yellow and you styled it beautifully.

Alicia Mackin said...

Well yellow certainly look great on you and is a very hard color to pull off. Great job with this and yappers Christmas is quickly approaching.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Tanya said...

Your heels are gorgeous!


Sadie said...

Such a great post! I'm so happy for you that you have managed to overcome some of your anxieties, and let's be honest who doesn't enjoy a bit of retail therapy?! You look so lovely here, yellow is such a bright and happy colour and it really suits you :) xx

KatieLouise said...

I wish yellow looked better on me but it looks stunning on you! You remind me of a Disney princess dressed in yellow :D. I'm so happy that you found a job that suits you more than your last! I too worked up till the 24th and it felt weird not having a winter break! I also feel you when it comes to emotional spending. Clothes make me happy so when I'm feeling down I shop... it seems like an everyday occurrence which needs to change. Hopefully I can adopt that same goal for 2014. You should keep us updated! I sometimes find running helps relieve stress and makes you feel a whole lot better... maybe that might help :D

marta gonzalez catalan said...

the heels are so cool!! I own the classic black and gold ones but these are much more original! you have such a cute style-

Happy new year from spain:)! xxx

the chilicool said...

Very elegant and chic!