Dress For Success Every Day

It feels like winter has been here forever and it is not even at the half way point yet. We are now into the treacherous days of deep cold so my dresses are safely hibernating in the closet. The only things that are getting me through are fabulous jumpers and tops paired with trousers for my daily workday attire. I take a lot of pride to look polished and professional, dressing for success every day…with the exception of casual Fridays. Here are two of my favorite staples this season, the Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest and Kitty Batwing Top in Purple by Miss Fortune UK.

Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest ~ Β£37.99

Available in sizes XS-2X

bobbiejumper2It is no secret that I absolutely adore everything about Autumn, it is the most beautiful time of year. What you may not know is that I have a real soft spot for vintage Harlequin prints, so to me…this is a match made in heaven! Initially I was unsure what size to order as my measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″) were right in between the Small and Medium, but I decided to stay with my usual size Small in hopes for a more fitted look. My decision was the right one as the Bobbie Jumper fit perfectly with enough stretch in the knit to accommodate my bust comfortably. For those of you wondering, it is made from a lovely soft acrylic knit and is not scratchy or irritating on sensitive skin (often seen with knit sweaters). The Bobbie Jumper is intentionally designed as a crop high waist; meant to be paired with high waisted skirts, trousers, shorts or jeans. The rich autumn harlequin print is extremely versatile, ideal to be worn dressy or casual with endless pairing options. Today I wanted to showcase a business casual ensemble, matching the Bobbie Jumper in Harlequin Harvest with the PUG Doris Trousers in Chocolate Brown Crepe accented by a vintage Bakelite bangles.

bobbiejumperKitty Batwing Top in Purple ~ Β£29.00

Available in sizes XS-2X

kittybatwingSomehow Miss Fortune UK has found a way to convert me from disliking purple to loving it! It all started a year ago with the Carrie Swing Dress in Black/Purple Tartan, since then the colour purple has magically started to appear in my wardrobe more and more. Luckily for all of you, the Kitty Batwing Tops are available in an array of additional colours…and trust me when I say you will want to buy them all! On a quick note, these tops are made to order therefore make sure to allow a little additional processing time when placing an order for these beauties. Once again, I opted to order mine in a size Small based on my measurements (bust 36″, waist 28″). The Kitty Batwing Tops are made from a super comfy jersey knit and feature a classic subtle batwing 3/4 length sleeves, with a high slash neck. They make a terrific wardrobe staple, perfect to mix and match with any bottoms. To switch up my looks, I wanted to showcase a more casual yet still professional ensemble by pairing the Kitty Batwing Top in Purple with cigarette capri pants accented by the Erstwilder Tulips brooch.

kittybatwing2Although we are all dreaming of dress season, aka Spring…we can find solitude in finding fantastic alternatives to help us weather the storm during the cold winter months. Versatile separates like the Bobbie Jumper and Kitty Batwing Top are sure to brighten your wardrobe year round. Also, do not miss out on a chance to win a Β£35.00 Gift Voucher from Miss Fortune UK in our 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash! CLICK HERE to enter now. πŸ˜€

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Atomic ~ The Age of Radiance

The greatest facet about Spring now upon us, is all the delightful new designs that are being released by our favorite clothing brands. Some of them spoil us with sneak peeks months in advance but others keep us on the edge of our computers waiting for the new pretties to pop up for sale online. When Voodoo Vixen began releasing their latest collection, I was anxiously stalking their website to see each new addition and instantly fell for the Atomic blue harlequin Nikki Dress and matching Megan Cardigan.

Available in sizes S-XL ~ MSRP Nikki Β£49.99/Megan Β£31.99

IMG_5008 IMG_4979Since I am still fairly new to the Voodoo Vixen brand, I was really unsure on sizing since my measurements (bust 36” waist 27”) fall in between their size Small and Medium. The last dress I ordered in a size Medium was much too big in the waist since it’s designed for up to a 29”. Not wanting to invest in more alterations, I took a risk in sizing down to the Small since the bust has some pleating. The gamble truly paid off as the Nikki Dress fits like a glove and there is more than enough space to accommodate a 36” bust despite the size chart saying up to 34”. I also nabbed the Megan Cardigan in the same size as I prefer my sweaters to be quite fitted and have very narrow shoulders. Both pieces have the most beautiful Atomic print motif in combination with the rich blue harlequin print. The Nikki features a full skirt with gathered scooped bust detail with wide waist panel for a very elegant fitted bodice and 1 inch wide straps which allows you to wear any type of bra (bonus!). At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees. The Megan has lovely embroidered atomic starburst on the shoulders with matching harlequin print and solid black long sleeves.

IMG_4995 IMG_4993Voodoo Vixen really wowed me with the Nikki Dress; the quality and fit are far superior in comparison to my previous purchases. Made from beautiful soft stretch cotton, which is super comfortable and wearable for every day. It’s quite rare that I wear blues but the print and motifs are so rich and truly make the design a complete package. Although I am huge fan of circle dresses normally, I truly love the full skirt on the Nikki as it makes for a great basic dress for any occasion and…it has POCKETS!!! The Megan Cardigan will be a wonderful winter staple as well; the knit is incredibly soft and comfy.

IMG_5001 IMG_4985The options for accessorizing basic dresses and cardigans like these are endless. If I wanted to tone down the print for work, I would pair the Nikki with a solid black cropped cardigan, add a cute coordinating brooch and my Remix black Vogue wedges. Since it is not a full circle skirt, I personally would choose to not wear any type of petticoat. In the colder months, I will pair the Megan Cardigan with either black slacks for work or my favorite skinny jeans for a casual look.

IMG_5004 IMG_4983Not only does Spring bring new life after a long dreary winter, but the promise of fresh creativity in the world of fashion. I am elated to see the progress companies like Voodoo Vixen make, bringing enhanced quality and designs for their customers. The Nikki Dress has become a personal favorite from the moment I tried it on and not surprisingly, received endless compliments the first time I wore my new fabulous outfit to work.