Review – Rosie Lace Skater Dress from Celuu

Last week I wrote an introductory post about Celuu, a British brand that provides grown up, sophisticated clothing for women who really don’t want to dress as teenagers. (You can read that post here) I promised in that post that I would soon be reviewing one of their pieces myself, and here it is. The dress I chose was the Rosie Lace Skater Dress, a beautiful piece that I think would be perfect for a late Spring/early Summer wedding. This is a dress that makes me feel graceful and elegant, and that is something I don’t say that often.

Rosie V-Neck Lace Skater Dress £99.00 Click to visit Celuu

This is a skater style dress but with a difference. Skater styles are often short and flirty, but as you can see, this is actually more midi length on me (I’m 5ft7inches). The fabric is heavier than you might expect, giving it shape, and the dress is fully lined, which makes it a great choice if you need something more demure and formal, e.g. a church wedding or a Christening.

Keeping with the demure theme, the dress has a v neckline, but doesn’t reveal any cleavage, and the short sleeves are not tight fitting, making this dress comfortable as well as beautiful. The blue shade is deep and vibrant, making it perfect to team with an equally vibrant primary shade like the red I have chosen, or a sunshine yellow.

The lining is a very soft grey, which contrasts well against the blue of the dress, and the addition of knitted jersey for the lining means that the dress is comfortable and very forgiving if you are planning on having a big meal. The dress is also true to size, I actually sized up and so the dress is slightly big, this is generously cut so you can keep to your size.

Celuu are still running their competition to win a new wardrobe from £1000. You can enter by clicking on the link below.

Reviewed – Primetime Ponte Skater Dress from Great Plains

Great Plains is another fashion brand I have rediscovered recently. The sister brand to French Connection, Great Plains was a brand I wore a lot during the years 2000-2007, but then I had Joe, gained weight that didn’t shift, and could no longer fit into the dresses. But since Joe started school I have been more active, enjoying long walks and swimming each week, and suddenly I have lost some of the stubborn baby weight that had taken up residence. And so, when I was asked if I would like to review a dress from Great Plains, I was able to say a resounding yes, because I knew the dress would actually fit. A great result!

 Primetime Ponte Skater Dress £55.00 click to visit Great Plains

Primetime Ponte Skater Dress
click to visit Great Plains

The dress I chose is definitely pointing towards Autumn, both in terms of fabric, cut and colour. The Primetime Ponte Skater dress is in the fabulous ponte fabric that offers semi stretch and shape, making it ultra flattering (I think it actually helped pull my stomach in, as this is my problem area, I was super pleased with this.) The dress has a cute, flirty shape, but the dark, more sombre colours make this a far more grown up look than usual skater styles. The dress also has black paneling which gives it an illusion look.

DSCN8855I loved the way the dress had been styled on the Great Plains website, with thick opaque tights and black heels, but I am clinging onto Summer for just a while longer, so I went bare-legged and added a pair of vintage Bally heels in pewter, which I think lifted the dress for a more evening look. I also added a vintage necklace that I found in a charity shop for 59p!


I wore this dress to a special Chef’s table event at Birmingham’s Hotel La Tour, and I think it was just formal enough for the occasion, and a nice change from a little black dress. Despite being August, there was a definite chill in the night air, so I added a kimono jacket from F&F just to ward off the evening breeze.


Enjoying an 1889 cocktail at Hotel La Tour.

Enjoying an 1889 cocktail at Hotel La Tour.

I was really impressed with this dress, I love the fit and flare shape, and think the dress could be so versatile – add ballerina flats and a leather jacket for the weekend, heels and a blazer for the office, or a more dressy shoe for evening wear.

*I was sent a dress from Great Plains in return for an honest review, all views are my own.

Fashion World Review – Lace Skater Dress

It’s the final stretch, I have only 7 days left of being in the flirty thirties and then I officially enter the naughty forties. I have to say it’s not something I entirely relish. I loved my thirties far more than my twenties, it’s the decade that saw me get married, become a mom, reach a pinnacle in one career, and then change it for something entirely different. It saw me continue to travel, interview some famous people, achieve many things from the bucket list and basically have a lot of fabulous times that I will never, ever forget. But life supposedly begins at forty, and so I’m ready to embrace the new decade with a lot of lovely fashion reviews. I’m starting with, you’ve guessed it, a dress.

Lace Skater Dress Product Code: QG521CM £40.00 click to visit Fashion World

Lace Skater Dress
Product Code: QG521CM
£40.00 click to visit Fashion World

The dress in question is an absolute beauty. The Lace Skater dress from Fashion World is something that is slightly removed from my dress comfort zone – namely because it is a skater dress, and I usually opt for straight, pencil skirt shapes. I adore pink, but it is not a colour I usually choose – I tend to be less adventurous and stick to less showy shades. But this dress was something that I fell in love with at first glance, and so when Fashion World offered me the chance to review something from their fabulous (and huge) website, this was the dress for me!

DSCN7610[1]I love this dress so much. It is the easiest thing in the world to wear as it is just so comfortable. It has no zips or fastenings, you literally pull it on over your head and voila, you’re ready to go. The lace is so pretty, but not revealing, with a full underskirt style lining and a sweetheart style lining under the bodice. The dress is also super stretchy, with an hidden, elasticated panel on the back of the waistband. I loved that it sat prettily just on the knee, my fave length, and was definitely the sort of dress perfect for swirling and twirling in, which makes it the perfect choice for any summer party.


DSCN7604[1]I think this dress is so pretty, it doesn’t really need much in the way of accessories. I just added Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes and a vintage handbag. I wore this dress to a birthday party on Friday night where a friend was celebrating turning 30 (grrrr!) and I really enjoyed wearing it – that shade of hot pink makes it such a fun dress. I have also wore it for a night at the theatre with a black blazer over it, and that look seemed to work too.


With huge thanks to Jay Tavernor at Fashion World for the wonderful dress.