Reviewed – Tribal Print Maxi Dress from Mark Heyes at Marisota

April 23rd, 2014

Do you have a summer staple in your wardrobe? Maybe you have a few choice pieces that you turn to, time and time again when the weather gets warm. If you’re anything like me, one of your fail-safe pieces will be a maxi dress. For me, the maxi dress has become a hero product, perfect for casual daytime wear, a great piece to pack for beach holidays and city breaks. But a maxi can also be dressed up with strappy sandals and court shoes, and worn with a blazer for a summer wedding, or even to become a part of your working wardrobe. To put it simply, there aren’t many occasions that a maxi wouldn’t be perfect for.

Marisota is a great place to enhance your summer wardrobe, and it currently has a superb range of maxi dresses that cater for sizes from 12 – 32. I was recently offered the chance to review a piece from the latest Marisota look-book, which is literally full of gorgeous, wearable pieces. It took me an age to choose just one with so much choice, but there was one design I just kept heading back to. This was from the Tribal Print Maxi Dress from the Ava range from TVs Mark Heyes.

I am a huge fan of Mark Heyes from his styling on the Lorraine show, and have now twice had the opportunity to meet him, and been unable to go. (Boo!)  The maxi dress from his Ava collection appealed for the pattern, the fact that it was lined, and the design, which indicated this could be a really versatile, wear anywhere dress.

Tribal Print Maxi Dress Product Code: XV144EF £55.00 click to visit Marisota

Tribal Print Maxi Dress
Product Code: XV144EF
£55.00 click to visit Marisota

The dress was a pull on style, always great if you prone to bloating. (no zips or buttons to pop!) I liked the v front detail, flattering on a larger bust, and the tie across the shoulders was a lovely, dressy detail. I was also pleased to see that this dress was lined. The elastic band directly under the bustline, gives this an empire feel on a larger bust, a look I personally love and feel comfortable in.

I styled this dress two ways.

Look 1 – Formal – Summer wedding or Special occasion

This dress, as I mentioned before, is versatile. I think the striking pattern, with elements of animal print, can easily be dressed up for special occasions, including a summer wedding. The lining ensures the dress isn’t see-thru, therefore respectable enough for even formal occasions. I added a blazer, a pair of vintage Bally heels in pewter, a statement necklace, and a clutch bag in another animal print for this look.

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Blazer Curvissa
Necklace Wallis (similar here)
Bag Aldo (past season, but similar here)
Shoes Vintage (but similar here at Debenhams)
Dress Marisota

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Look 2 – Summer Hols

This dress will be so lovely for a sunny day or sun soaked holiday. The fabric is light and floaty, and the tribal pattern definitely has a holiday feel.  For holiday wear I simply added a colour pop with a pair of toe post sandals.

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sandals TK Maxx

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DSCN7021I love this dress and how comfortable and stylish it is. I have a summer holiday planned for June and will most definitely be taking this with me.

With thanks to Marisota and Stephanie Churchill PR for the dress for review purposes.

Surgery PR Press Day

April 22nd, 2014

Another day in Spring seems to mean another press day, and a couple of weeks ago it was the turn of Surgery PR. After first of all storming their offices (sorry ladies – oops!), I then found the bright and cheerful venue on Wells Street, a great place to showcase some fabulous Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections.

Amongst the things that caught my eye were some fabulous metallic Birkenstocks, a Summer staple for many, and these certainly fitted the bill as the perfect Summer sandal – dressy enough to move from the beach to the bar – just add denim cutoffs and a kimono jacket.

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Loving these.

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The pink is my fave!

Another brand that had me totally rethinking was Pauls Boutique. I have never been the biggest fan of this brand, mainly because I felt the designs were just too young for me, and, if I’m honest, veering towards ‘Chav’ territory. But boy, does the latest collection turn all these thoughts on their head! Sophisticated, grown up styles, in a range of shapes and fabric, a real look towards heritage shapes like the 2.55 and ladylike, top handled grab bags of the variety made popular by Grace Kelly, Pauls Boutique has grown up and grown gorgeous, and is sure to become a bag brand that is coveted by more than just trendy teenagers. (You can check out some of the gorgeous pastel coloured Pauls Boutique bags from the current range by clicking here)

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Cute Holdall from Pauls Boutique

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So pleasantly surprised by Pauls Boutique’s new range.

It would be hard to pick a favourite, but the blue water colour effect bags were simply beautiful, and made me think of a Monet painting. These were gorgeous and springlike, and I liked the barrel shapes. You can also get matching accessories to go with this bag, perfect for those who like the totally put together look.

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Totally my faves!

More great looks from the Surgery PR press day

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Wallis introduce W Crimson Collection

April 22nd, 2014

The second drop from the Wallis W collection for Spring 2014 is now available in store and online. Called the Crimson collection, this one still has an emphasis on neutrals and nude shades, but is now jazzed up with the introduction of orange and tonal pinks. As before the collection has elements of tailoring, with structured jackets and cigarette pants, and this time there is the addition of smart shorts that can be worn with a blazer for a twist on office chic.

For me, it is again the dresses that I admire most. Thinking towards holiday packing there are maxi dresses that explode in print, and soft silk shifts that will become multi purpose when Summer comes. The pink layered shift dress is a particular favourite, cool enough for the office in Summer, you can add heels and a clutch bag to wear this for a summer wedding, or pack it carefully in your suitcase to wear with a colour clash sandal for sightseeing in Europe. Clearly a dress that will work hard and earn its keep in your wardrobe.

The other piece designed to be labelled ‘hero’ is the gorgeously soft, nude pencil skirt. I love the knee-length and the pencil shape, which again allows this to be worn smartly with a silk shirt, or more casually with a simple white or black (actually any colour would work with this.) t-shirt. Currently on promotion for £76, a saving of £19 – this is a brilliant buy that will work all year-long.

Here are my faves from the new collection – what are your thoughts?

Pink Printed Maxi Dress     Was £85.00     Now £59.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Printed Maxi Dress
Was £85.00
Now £59.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Layered Shift Dress     Was £55.00     Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Layered Shift Dress
Was £55.00
Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Chain Strap Camisole     Was £35.00     Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Chain Strap Camisole
Was £35.00
Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Nude Leather Pencil Skirt     Was £95.00     Now £76.00 click to visit Wallis

Nude Leather Pencil Skirt
Was £95.00
Now £76.00 click to visit Wallis

Pink Tailored Trousers     Was £45.00     Now £40.50 click to visit Wallis

Pink Tailored Trousers
Was £45.00
Now £40.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Jacket     Was £75.00     Now £67.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Jacket
Was £75.00
Now £67.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Shorts     Was £35.00     Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Tailored Shorts
Was £35.00
Now £31.50 click to visit Wallis

Coral Stripe Knitted Top     Was £26.00     Now £23.40 click to visit Wallis

Coral Stripe Knitted Top
Was £26.00
Now £23.40 click to visit Wallis

Floral V Back Dress     Was £60.00     Now £54.00 click to visit Wallis

Floral V Back Dress
Was £60.00
Now £54.00 click to visit Wallis

White Metallic Shell Top     Was £55.00     Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

White Metallic Shell Top
Was £55.00
Now £49.50 click to visit Wallis

To view the complete W collection at Wallis, click here.

To look at previous collections, click here.