Friday, 8 January 2016

Long Tresses and Doll Dresses

Missguided Embroidered Smock DressI think we're all well aware by now that our wardrobes are never going to be 'complete'; there'll always be the need (ahem, want) for more embellished jumpers and pairs of jeans!  However all the same, I've noticed lately my wardrobe is severely lacking in dresses.  I'm talking about above-the-knee casual dresses that you can fling on and pair with dark tights and fierce heels, the type that looks playful and yet chic throughout the winter months.  It's a style I used to visit frequently until I discovered the addictive power of a well-fitting pair of jeans.  Though, I suppose you could say the (albeit brief) break has done some good, as with the start of this New Year I've noticed my love for 'doll dresses' returning and with much, much enthusiasm!

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estella bartlett wishbone necklaceAs much as I adore opting to wear casual smock dresses for daywear, I can't help but give in each time to the feeling of resistance; nearly always, I end up rebelling and choosing fierce-heels to counteract the innocence of the dress. Having said that, there's every chance I'll be caught teaming this embroidered chiffon dress in the warmer months with a pair of fur-trimmed black heels or equally feminine satin stilettos - that's the beauty of casual day-dresses though, they play nicely with most accessories!
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Dress - Missguided Embroidered Chiffon Smock Dress

Necklace - Estella Bartlett Wishbone Necklace

Bag - Ralph Lauren

Boots - Zara


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It's safe to say my appreciation of casual day dresses has well and truly returned - and with great vigour!  It solved my dilemma of what to wear to the Goya: The Portraits exhibition at The National Gallery, London.  Speaking of which, if you haven't managed to visit it by its ending date of 10th January 2016, check back in here as I'll be covering my experience of the exhibition in a few days from now!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. You look gorgeous! Love your hair and that dress is amazing. I've really been loving black lately and it's just perfect <3

    Christina
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  2. Perfect outfit! You're gorgeous, lovely!
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  3. Gorgeous, I love doll dresses too :) Happy weekend x

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  4. Your ankle boots are amazing! Love your outfit!

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  5. The boots are amazing, but I wouldn't survive visiting an exhibition in heels!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  6. Really elegant look lovely, have a nice weekend!

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  7. Such an elegant look! Those boots are to die for.

    Alannah x

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  8. I love this look! Day dresses are my favorite pieces, both maxi and mini, because they can be worn all year. This one is lovely!

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  9. I love this outfit...the dress is gorgeous!

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  10. My closet is lacking in casual dresses too!! I have to take advantage of sales and buy a casual burgundy dress! ^-^
    I love yours! *-*
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  11. Gorgeous dress! Love the heels too! You look amazing Gabrielle !

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  12. When in doubt, I almost always reach for a dress! I think that's largely due to my dislike for jeans but dresses I can wear all day. I'm loving this look, Gabrielle, and those shoes are killer!

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  13. I never wear dresses but I love them on other people. I do sometimes wish I liked dresses on me more because I feel like you can't go wrong with a nice casual dress. Speaking of, that particular dress looks really lovely on you. Those heels are killer as well!

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  14. I loved the Goya exhibition too, we were lucky to have a visit by an art expert who really brought it to life. Have a great weekend

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  15. Even though you call your dress a "casual day dress", you look so very classy and chic. And the accessories are very elegant :-)
    - Wish you a nice weekend!

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  16. Gorgeous dress Gabrielle....and those shoes...gurrrl, they are giving me life! I also have a dilemma on my hands at the moment: A formal charity event to go to next week, and no formal/party dress to wear! Lol!

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  17. Gabrielle you look so gorgeous! And these shoes... they are to die for!
    This style is really great on you!!

    Camy xx
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  18. You look amazing like always, hun! I love the necklace and your boots <3


    Lots of love,
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  19. Can I please own your shoes ? They are so wonderful. I love the dress, and how it looks on you. It is amazing :)
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  20. I'm happy to see that your love for daytime dresses returned because I always loved seeing them worn. I think there is something so chic and girly about them...and when paired with awesome heels (like the ones you have on), they achieve a new level of sophistication. Brilliant outfit and styling. I love how you kept this look all black, it creates a wonderful contrast with your hair...and it makes it so tres chic. You really do look absolutely beautiful!!!!

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  21. I Love this look. Your necklace is such a great detail as well!

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  22. You look so gorgeous, Gabrielle. Love that dress and the boots are so chic. :)

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  23. You look lovely Gabrielle! I love the detailing on the dress, it's so pretty. I love doll dresses and the boots are so chic too. - Tasha

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  24. Hello lovely!! Beautiful look, so feminine and classy, I do wear dresses once on a while, I thinks this one suits you perfectly.
    Have a happy weekend.
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  25. Those shoes are to die for! So beautiful!!x

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  26. Loving the boots!! Did you get them recently? If so I might have to go to Zara and get them :D
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Love,
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    1. Hey Charlotte, I bought them a little over four months ago!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. Your hair is stunning and love the outfit! xx

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  28. You can never go wrong in an all black look! Wow those boots are to die for.

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  29. Cute dress and those heels are killer! I am a dress gal also.... would much prefer a cute dress over pants any day. Fantastic post Gabrielle, you look absolutely stunning!

    Keisha xo
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  30. Gabrielle, you should definitely wear more dresses! They look fabulous on you. You have a great shape and what a fabulous shoe collection you have. Beautiful!
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  31. I love the dress and the shoes but separately, and I wish you didn't wear those tights! But the dress is amazing, I love the detail of bow up in there!
    Kisses,xx
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  32. You look so beautiful! You've got a great smile, the best accessory for such a gorgeous dress and shoes!

    Via Sora

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  33. This is such a beautiful dress, it looks gorgeous on you ! I love your shoes also <3

    XOXO
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  34. You look absolutely gorgeous! I love that dress on you <3

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  35. love the mix of feminine and edgy with the dress and heels <3 you look fantastic in this outfit!

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  36. This dress looks so beautiful on you! I agree a wardrobe is never complete but this dress looks so effortless and chic you should definitely wear more!

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  37. You look absolutely amazing !! Love these boots !
    Nina
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  38. Love your booties!

    Mischelle
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  39. You look so pretty and I love your dress! I love how you styled it and I agree it could definitely be worn in loads of different ways :) I also really like the location that you used, makes it look extra chic :) xx

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  40. blondes look always fantastic in total black, my dear, and yes, that chifon dress is a wardrobe staple
    kisses
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  41. I LOVE this dress! It's adorable! It looks so great and it looks like it comes alive with movement! I LOVE the shoes as well! Great outfitt!!:)

    Shannon Sage

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  42. Great in this look*

    Kiss kiss.*Jo
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  43. Looking so glamorous and chic! I'm so glad you found this! It's the perfect little black dress that you can dress up in different styles, Amazing location too!

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  44. These photos and that dress are gorgeous. You look so stunning!! I absolutely adore those shoes too <3

    Sarah xxx www.whatsasssays.com

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  45. Girl, we have completely opposite problems :)) My wardrobe is all dresses and no pants. Sure, I've got a few pairs of leggings but they're all super old and barely fit anymore. :D I love those shoes on you and definitely think you should wear more dresses.
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  46. Such a cute dress and I love love love your necklace. How beautiful is that street you took these photos on?! Wow xx

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  47. Yes to a good pair of jeans! Love those booties Gabrielle :) May you have a sunny and productive week ahead. Stay warm x

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  48. Those heels are indeed fierce! You look absolutely gorgeous in this kind of dresses, so go for it without thinking twice! The contrasting details in this outfit make it really special.
    xx

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  49. That necklace is amazing and you look fabulous in those heels :) WERK IT!!
    xo, Jessica || The Petite Diaries

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  50. Ermergerd, this outfit is everything! I wish I could find a black baby doll dress as cute as this! Heels look great with them! Seriously, THOSE SHOES. WOAH.

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  51. I love the head to toe black! You shoes really dresses up the outfit!

    xo,
    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

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  52. No joke, over the Christmas break I actually noted this absence in my own wardrobe while trying to find something to wear to birthday gatherings. I had to go out and buy something because it was so severely lacking. It still is and I'm going away for my birthday and it too has dawned on me that I actually don't have a dress to wear out either! FML! I have to check Missguided. I've brought some drool worthy shoes from there the last few months, I need to peruse their dresses because yours is simply divine!

    Sxx
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  53. Great all-black look! Absolutely love your dress!
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  54. Lovely outfit and really beautiful photos! The Location is so classy :-)
    Melina
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  55. Really love the look & These photography!
    lena
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  56. This outfit is absolutely lovely - SOOOO crazy about those stunning heels!

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  57. Gabrielle, you look stunning and I'm so in love with your wishbone necklace ♥

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  58. Great street shots and you're so elegant! Every details has been carefully thought of xx

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  59. I wish I wore more dresses, but like you, I find it so easy to just slip into some jeans! It's such a shame as dresses are so much more elegant!

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  60. Love the delicate wishbone necklace <3 You look beautiful!!!
    Kisses <3
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  61. oh wow, gabrielle, you look so gorgeous in that dress :) you look so dreamy and beautiful :)
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  62. Black is always so elegant. As for me, dresses are more comfortable and feminine then jeans, they give us some freedom to move or to be a woman. Great combination with these shoes.

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  63. Beautiful outfit post Gabrielle. The dress looks amazing on you. Gemma xx
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  64. what a beautiful location, and u blend in with ur black dress so effortlessly.
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  65. I absolutely loove the shoes :)))

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  66. You look great! Fantastic hair! ;)

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  67. I really like the light, airy look of that dress.I also used to wear dresses all year round, but lately, I've moved more or less permanently into my black, skinny jeans. Time for a change, and thank you for the inspiration:)

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  68. You look so amazing!!!!
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  69. Lovely outfit. Love everything about this! ♥

    Btw, i followed you on Instagram!

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  70. Wonderful photos! I love babydoll dresses paired with some opaque tights! Very Twiggy.
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  71. You look picture perfect here, Gabrielle! Must say I have never worn a baby doll dress before nor have I even tried one on myself whenever I am out shopping. I adore how feminine it looks on you and how you paired a trendy pair of boots to go with it, very chic!

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  72. lovely. your hair is beautiful

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  73. Very stylish. I love the shoes.=)

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  74. Wow, this is such a smashing outfit, but let's talk about the shoes!! I love buckles, so it's pretty flawless look to me with those Zara boots + the dainty jewellery is also great. Looking forward to reading about the exhibition. Have a lovely new week, Gabrielle. x/Madison
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  75. So gorgeous! I adore those boots and there's always major hair envy going on over here. *wink*

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  76. Those boots are SO gorgeous! Obsessed. I love the casual day dress, too - so easy and comfortable and appropriate for pretty much everything. You look beautiful!

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  77. Nice dress !
    It fits really well on you.
    Xx,
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  78. Darling, it’s such a lovely and beautiful post! Can’t wait to see the new one!

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  79. As always, you look amazing! This dress is so lovely, and those shoes!!!
    I have to buy more dresses too..

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  80. Gorgeous smock dress and lovely shoes! I really like the black on black styling you have gone for here. You look wonderful as always in all of your photographs!

    Very classy indeed :)

    Laura www.shehearts.net x

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  81. Love the shoes in from this outfit! The colour contrast on the bottoms just get me, are they comfortable and easy to walk in? These pictures are superb too brilliant quality and composition.

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  82. You look absolutely stunning, Gabrielle!
    Not only this is such a lovely and playful LBD but also those Zara booties... they are gorgeous. Glad you are enjoying your dresses phase hon :)
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  83. i don't like black clothes but you look pretty

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  84. Super cute! I love everything about this~

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  85. I really like this look perfect in every particular
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  86. Such a darling dress! Happy New Year <3

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  87. I think I am very similar to you, Gabrielle! I hardly can find any above-the-knee kind of dresses like the one you are wearing now, in my closet! Come to think of it, I don't have one... I am such a jeans and blazer jacket sort of a person.

    This dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you (though I most definitely know that I can't pull of this look myself *_^). I love the simple details on the shoulder and that little ribbon around the neckline, and my, to pair with that Zara black boots! They look so edgy! You are rocking it. I love the contrast and how you style the dress!

    Hope you had a great week and it looks like you had, visiting the Goya exhibition! That bag is beautiful too! I love your outfit blog post, not overwhelmed by visuals like most fashion bloggers.

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  88. Oh my goood! I just fell in love with those boots! <3

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  89. Lovely style, Gabrielle! I love long hair, and mine was even longer than yours until I ... became a woman of a certain age! :D Enjoy!

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