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Friday, 14 July 2017

All Black Everything | John Smedley

Cotton and Silk Black Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are perfect for summer.  Period.  However the challenge is finding those that work outside of gorgeous sunshine and dry skies, and instead can be worn at any time of day and under most weather conditions.  As much as I love eye-catching floral prints, I can't help but still find myself drawn to elegant, dark maxi dresses.  The type to put all the fun back into accessorising!
Ideal of Sweden Monstera Leaf Phone Case
(use the code summermadness at iDeal of Sweden for 30% off in the next 24 hours!)
John Smedley Black Benton Dress
John Smedley Blogger Collaboration 2017Having long been smitten with John Smedley's knitwear, I'm not at all surprised to find this Benton maxi dress quickly becoming one of my favourites to slip into.  Completely adoring the luxurious feel of the cotton and silk duo, and combine that with the flattering waist-tie, and I'm already thinking of the many ways in which to style it later in the year when the temperature drops!  
Black Victoria Beckham Clutch Pouch
UK Luxury Fashion Blogger 2017
Mii Cosmetics Natural Full Face Makeup

Bag - Victoria Beckham Clutch c/o Farfetch

Shoes - Office  |  Sunglasses - Bally  |  Necklace - Astley Clarke Lightning Bolt Pendant

Phone Case - Monstera Jungle c/o iDeal of Sweden 

Victoria Beckham Black Clutch Farfetch Blog Collaboration
John Smedley Benton in Black Maxi Dress
As I mentioned before, classic and elegant maxi dresses tend to put the fun back into accessorising!  In this case, a couple of my regular faves (block-heeled sandals and wide-framed sunglasses), found themselves mixing with the most gorgeous new clutch from Victoria Beckham, courtesy of Farfetch.  If you follow along with my Insta-Stories, you'll know how happy I was with the gift.  This girl was seriously lacking the perfect clutch; you know, the one that stays by your side on evenings out and never threatens to ruin your outfit!   
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this outfit - feeling the black maxi, or preferring prints?  Having heart palpitations over the Victoria Beckham clutch? ...or is that just me?!

Have a fabulous weekend! 

With love,

Gabrielle x



  1. Looking chic in all black hunny! Also, loving that gorgeous palm phone case xx

  2. Yes girl, this dress looks absolutely stunning on you <3 Ugh, loveee !


  3. That dress is gorgeous! Also love your phone case x

    Nev | Miss Nev

  4. love this dress on you Gabrielle!You look so elegant!

  5. No palpitations about a cluth, no matter how pretty. But this elegant dress really excites me. Picture it with red accessories and a bold red lip! Such a power look.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  6. This is such a great look on you! I don't normally go for maxi dresses because I feel like they make me look quite short but I have never actually tried one in a dark colour. Love your phone case too! xo

  7. I'm a huge fan of black so I love everything in the outfit, the maxi dress, the amazing shoes, the small bag and the golden details with the jewellery !

    Kenza from

  8. You always look so elegant but this black dress takes it to the next level, you look incredible girl!
    Amy xx

  9. yes! that clutch is gorgeous! Definitely heart palpitation status for sure!

  10. I love a plain black maxi, they are so useful! Also love the minimalism of the clutch x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  11. What a gorgeous dress, and the clutch is just as beautiful! Black dresses are such a classic, you look really sassy in this outfit :D

    Julia x
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  12. You are simply stunning Gabrielle! Love this long dress on you :)

    Jessica |

  13. I love to wear prints in summer but I am also wearing my black dresses and adding some colourful accessories, like a statement necklace or my favourite pair of bright pink tassel earrings!! You can never go wrong with a black maxi dress!! Happy Sunday Gabrielle!!


  14. Oh yeah, heart palpitations over the clutch for sure! You can't beat an all black outfit. This one looks so chic on you!

  15. An all-black outfit is always my go to when I need to look great but have no idea what to wear. It always looks really put together! And no, you're not the only one obsessing with that clutch, it's gorgeous!

    Ellen x | thatsellen

  16. You look beautiful in this outfit! :) xx

  17. Look at you in all black everything! You look stunning like always. I love your accessories and your nails are adorable. I love Victoria Beckham, this clutch is adorable.

  18. You are wearing this all black outfit so effortlessly chic! I love the case too!

  19. Hello,

    Amazing look !


  20. The dress look fab! Great pairing with the heels. Also love the phone case!


  21. I think 75% of my dresses are black, so this one is completely down my alley. I really like how it accentuates the waistline. The clutch is very stylish too.

  22. You look beautiful, Gabrielle! Love this maxi on you!

    xo, Jennifer

  23. Your Victoria Beckham clutch is so dreamy Gabrielle and I love your maxi dress too. Come to think of it, I don't think I've worn any maxi-dresses this season yet so I definitely need to rectify that although I do wish the sun would come out to play! xx

  24. I'm in love with the Victoria Beckham clutch too! It could be matched with almost every outfit and make them look super chic and classy! Also you look great in that dress!

    yanrula x

  25. Ooh this is really classy. Black pieces never fails and it really suits you Gabrielle! <3

    Homed: Life in Sugar & Spice

  26. You can never really go wrong with a black dress in any length! This maxi is just fabulous Gabrielle and you look so statuesque and elegant!

  27. You really cannot go wrong with a black dress, especially a great looking maxi! I adore maxi style dresses because they are so versatile. You look beautiful, Gabrielle. Smart styling with the VB clutch as well! I wish you a lovely new week, lovely. xx/Madison

  28. Black is really a classic. So elegant and timeless. Love your accessories too. Especially your phone protector.

  29. I'm loving that phone case you have. It somehow shines in the all black ensemble! You look gorgeous as always!

  30. That's a beautiful maxi dress! I think in any colour a maxi dress is a classic piece you can wear so many different ways, but you can really do that even more with a black one, goes with everything! :)

    Hope you have had a great weekend and are having a nice start to the week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  31. You are SUCH a stunning girl and these photos are beautiful. I'm always in awe at your posts!

    Much Love,

    i m o g e n //

  32. I love the maxi dress on you! I agree, floral prints can be overwhelming is there's too much going on, and you can only wear them at the height of summer really. I was looking at getting my first maxi dress the other day (a denim-esque version), but the fit was off xx

    Velvet Blush

  33. Gabrielle you look so chic! Love the dress so much.

    Gemma x

  34. Great post and beautiful photographs!
    You look beautiful as always my dear :D
    Wish you a wonderful week

  35. I'm a big fan of wearing black year round also Gabrielle! Love that dress and your Victoria Beckham clutch. Looks great together.

  36. Love the black maxi dress!! You look super chic and elegant on it!!

    Have a great week Gabrielle!!


    Seize your Style

  37. I love that clutch for sure!! (I also love the pop of green of your phone case). I'm always a year-round fan of black... maybe I have NYC to blame for that haha.

    xx Pia

  38. Loving the all black, looks so stylish!

  39. I can't get enough of your gorge look!!!! So classy yet with an edge! The manicure is perefect too!
    Kira Is Wearing

  40. Seriously you look so incredibly chic all in black (and in general anyhow) along with your sophisticated sunglasses. Beautiful imagery!

    The phone case is absolutely gorgeous and I spied it on your instagram actually, it's lovely and really like the colour.

    Wonderful post and beautiful you!

    Laura xo

  41. Your maxi dress looks very comfortable! And I love your smile, I think you suit the black dress a lot!

  42. So gorgeous!

  43. I'm getting serious breakfast at tiffany's vibes here Gabrielle, you are rocking it! My instinct would usually be to add a few pops of colour but I'm actually loving the all-black combo - so chic!

    Musings & More

  44. so incredibly gorgeous babe!! Love the all black look and a fun pop of print with the palm print, love this! Have a lovely week, Xx

  45. You look just wonderful sweetie! So beautiful and elegant!
    Love your dress and accessories, amazing photos! :D

  46. This look is so pretty and you're right, with a black dress you can totally have fun with your accessories. I like going for bright pieces!

  47. That dress is gorgeous on you, Gabrielle, and looks very nice to slip into regardless of the season. A silk cotton blend must make it especially comfortable.
    xo, janea

  48. I have a phone case that's very similar and I love it! It's perfect for those summer vibes, or in this case, adding a pop of print to an all black outfit. Lovely look lady!


  49. This dress is absolutely gorgeous! You styled this elegant look so wonderfully!

  50. You are so right, a maxi dress is PERFECT for summer and the best thing to wear when it is super hot out. This one is lovely I can see why you like it. And that phone case, love!

    Allie of

  51. Obsessed with the palm print on your phone case!! SOOO pretty, and perfect for summer time.
    Lyndi xo

  52. Love the sleek all black look! And the palm print phone case provides such a fun pop of color!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  53. That dress is the PERFECT cut for you! Kind of reminds of Morticia Adams (but I mean that in the best way possible of course)

  54. You look stunning in all black, Gabrielle! Especially with your long blonde hair. So so pretty!


  55. Such a cute maxi dress! I guess here in Dubai we live and breathe in them, great find dear xx Also loving your cute little phone case.

    Naya //

  56. Oh my goodness, those rings are beautiful! They're so dainty and elegant :)xx

  57. You can't go wrong with a black dress! What a pretty phone case too - so fun!!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  58. I'm loving that Victoria Beckham clutch (off to check it out now) and I love you in an all black outfit, though I'm probably bias because I think all black looks especially awesome with fair skin :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  59. How lovely you look! I love the Victoria Beckham clutch in fact I have a very similar just in pastel from Alexander McQueen but now that I've seen this one it's so much more elegant and classy. Great post:)

  60. So chic, lady- and I just love that phone case!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  61. That's a beautiful clutch! I never really buy them just because I'm the kind of person who likes to have a big bag so I can fit in everything I need, but actually having a clutch is great for just going to dinner because I don't really need to bring much with me.

  62. Love your outfit! All black can be so chic and always classic and lovely. Really love your accessories as well to add colour :)

  63. Looking like an absolute stunner Gabrielle! I do love a floral print, but then I love my accessories too and like you say, a black dress lets you really go to town with them! x

    Kate Louise Blogs

  64. my dear your are fabulous in this look
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  65. You look absolutely gorgeous! I love your phone case too!

    Simply Lovebirds

  66. You look so happy and so pretty on this photos Gabrielle! I love maxi dresses too. Usually I go with floral ones but your black one is also so cool! xoxo

  67. Yup, maxi dresses are a bliss during the Summer, I just love them!

    Lovely photos dear, you look lovely as always :D

  68. i still love wearing black in the summer, this is so cute!

    danielle | avec danielle


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