Reviewed Patricia O’ Toole Breda dress

The Breda dress from Patricia O’Toole may just be the sexiest dress I have ever worn. Again utilising built in shapewear that ensures the dress has smooth lines not ruined by underwear, the Breda is the epitome of what we think of when we say ‘Little black dress’. I’m totally in love with this frock and could easily wear it every single day. It’s that good!

Breda €139 click to visit Patricia O' Toole

Breda €139

The Breda dress has a classic shape. In black jersey (you can also go for the black jacquard or coloured options), this is a stretchy dress with no zips, buttons or fastenings. It has capped sleeves and a really unusual asymetrical neckline which you could have a bit of bra peeping out from. The side panel of the dress has a ruched detail, and the length is just below the knee, which I think adds to the sophistication of this look.

Black jersey swatch

Black jersey swatch

One of the main selling points of this dress is the built in shapewear. I am a huge fan of shapewear. I love the way it can pull a look together, can iron out the creases of a look caused by underwater, tights etc, not to mention in my case my ‘jelly belly.’ But it has to be said that some shapewear can be uncomfortable to wear, very tight fitting to the point of not being able to breathe, and woe betide if you try to eat anything, or go to the toilet (*Shudders). The shapewear in the Patricia O’ Toole dresses is designed with comfort in mind and this makes the dresses a joy to wear – they look good and feel good too.

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I wore my dress last week for that very special, Duran Duran fueled night at Malmaison, and it elicited lots of compliments. I teamed it with animal print heels and a silver bracelet and kept all other accessories to a minimum. It was an amazing night and due to events that night the dress is now christened ‘the one I wore when I met Roger Taylor’. If I had a dress archive, this one would definitely be taking pride of place.

Fashion-mommy meets Roger Taylor.

Fashion-mommy meets Roger Taylor.

To read my other Patricia O’ Toole review, click here.

*I was sent this stunning dress from Patricia O’ Toole for the purpose of a review.

Reviewed – Tribal Print Maxi Dress from Mark Heyes at Marisota

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.

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Happy Birthday Scarlett & Jo

One of my favourite brands is celebrating its first birthday this month. Scarlett & Jo, which is stocked exclusively in Evans, has had a very successful first year, establishing itself as one of the leading stylish brands for plus size ladies. With an emphasis first and foremost on creating beautiful dresses, Scarlett & Jo has very quickly become a place to find the perfect dress, either for work, the weekend, or that very special occasion. And, with its signature power fit dress, it has created an iconic piece of fashion.

To celebrate this very special anniversary, Scarlett & Jo have launched their new collection. The hero pieces in this collection are a range of 1940s inspired tea dresses entitled ‘Spring Romance’. They have drawn on archive prints to produce beautiful retro designs with faux wrap and front button styles that are ultra flattering and romantic.

Spring Romance

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Daisy Print Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Daisy Print Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Floral Bouquet Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Floral Bouquet Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Ditsy Floral Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Button Front Ditsy Floral Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Midi Dress     Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Retro Wrap Front Midi Dress
Price: £45.00 click to visit Evans

If tea dresses are not your thing, or you are looking to add some colour to your wardrobe, there are some lovely tunics in purple and red, as well as some great colour blocked fit and flare dresses.

Scarlett & Jo Purple Dipped Hem Tunic     Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Purple Dipped Hem Tunic
Price: £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarleet & Jo Red Panel Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarleet & Jo Red Panel Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Panel Fit and Flare Dress     Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Blue Panel Fit and Flare Dress
Price: £40.00 click to visit Evans

I love Scarlett & Jo, and will be sharing a review of another dress from the new range next week.

To view all the current collection, and a few sales offers, click here.