Summer’s Little White Dress

It’s no secret that even with care, white garments can get a little stained in the sweatier regions after a while. And there is nothing more exasperating than to lose a much-loved item in your wardrobe simply because its appearances are beyond repair; those sweat stains can really age an item!

So when it comes to buying white garments, I only choose pieces that are in natural, breathable materials such as cotton, silk, and linen.  They must also have plenty of breathing space (such as dolman sleeves) or be as far from the underarm region as much as possible (sleeveless, and not right up in the armpits).

Sure, bleach may fix the problem –though it may not add to a garment’s longevity, but why not try and avoid it entirely?

This cute little number which I fondly call my LWD fits my criteria perfectly.  I also appreciate the fact that it isn’t one’s typical strapless summer dress.  Those are cute in their own way, but for less sunburns and to be able to wear this in more settings that may require a bit more covering, this Juicy Couture dress is just what is called for.
Summer Breeze

Dress:  Juicy Couture eyelet dress (2013)

Shoes:  GAP classic ballet flats, Cognac (2015)

This picture was taken during a jaunt by the Rideau Canal with a friend.  With her help, and Nature blowing gently through the trees, the shot turned out to be a bucolic portrait.  I felt like Anne of Green Gables skipping down Lovers Lane, and my dress was dancing with the wind.

My New Summer Kicks {Melissa Shoes x Disney}…

It’s been a crummy day for me but I have decided that a healthy dose of positivity and shoe admiration is the right antidote to better one’s condition and put an end to feeling sorry for oneself.

When Due West had a summer sale last month, I decided to spend my pennies on a pair of Melissa shoes.  I don’t know what it is about Brazilians and shoes/sandals, but they do make the comfiest and stylish footwear.  I find the concept of ‘rubbery soft’ plastic shoes to be… novel, so was unsure of what to expect although I liked the fact that they are very eco-conscious and driven to give all their employees a great environment to work and thrive in.

The shoes came yesterday, and oh my word.  The prettiness.

Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - Box
One expects nothing less than a colourful box from Brazil!

And being a Disney girl forever, I couldn’t resist the stylish Minnie gracing the soles. Plus, polka dots!!
Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - ShoesThe shoes are definitely very comfortable.  Like stepping on soft, quiet little clouds.  They aren’t heavy, but they’re a tad weightier than… say, my Bloch leather flats.  It isn’t a bother though.  What is to be expected is that the shoes are slightly less breathable than what natural materials are able to offer.  This should come as no surprise of course, and depending on how aware you are of these things… you may or may not notice at all.  They do get warm quite quickly on very warm days, and perhaps that might make some people feel uncomfortable.  It wasn’t ideal, but it didn’t particularly bother me.  These shoes will also be very easy to clean –definitely can prance in them to garden parties!  I am not sure how the plastic will wear after some use, and I’m trying to get past the mental block that it’s too pretty to wear.  Must wear pretty things, and not have them sit uselessly in closet!!

I’m pretty excited to have these.  I originally bought them to use for gardening, because hey, they’re easy to clean and are way more stylish than those infamous Crocs.  But now, I can definitely see them being party shoes, a glamourous everyday pair, or even a go-to in casual situations where a touch of pretty is always sweet.
Melissa Ultragirl + Minnie II - Modelling

I’ll try not to baby these and dance in them… pinky promise.  🙂

xoxo,

Cathie

A Royal Giveaway…

Dear readers,

As you know, there has been much talk lately of the ‘Kate effect’, and how to ‘copy-Kate’.  I am excited to announce that if you are one of the many girls smitten by the Duchess of Cambridge’s style sense, you now have a chance to own a bit of her wardrobe.  Now what girl doesn’t like shoes?  I thought not!  The amazing What Kate Wore blog is having a giveaway!  If you would like to win a pair of London Sole ballet flats, head right on over through this link!  If you’re a Duchess fan, like I am… I doubt you will leave that site anytime soon!  I know the first time I found her blog, I read through all the entries in one sitting! 😛

Kate in French Sole

[Photo via: The Daily Mail]

For my dear readers, here is a little note — something I am always keen to explain, whenever it pops up.  A few months ago, some of the Kate watchers were told that there was a French Sole sale at a private sale site.  However, when I went over to the page, the soles of the shoes were clearly marked ‘french sole ny’.  Please be aware, that French Sole is the brand’s identity in the UK, but it is known as London Sole in the US exactly because there is already a French Sole Shoes company, stateside.   So if you see that the ballet flats are sporting ‘french sole ny’, know that it is not by Jane Winkleworth.  (French Sole shoes by Jane Winkleworth will simply say ‘french sole’.)  I realise that both companies use similar fonts for their logos, but I have contacted both to verify that neither have any affiliation with the other.  I hope this will help those of you who want to get your own pair, but are confused by all the different names! 🙂

Now go enter that giveaway, and enjoy! ♥ xoxo