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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Why It's Time To Let Yourself Shine!

Black Embellished Floor Length Dress
Let's face it, opportunities to dress up in full-length embellished dresses are pretty few and far between.  Which means we tend to go all out when the occasion arises, right?  Above all else, this means the need to find the most perfect, flattering dress for our shape that leaves no room for regret once photos start emerging the next day.  We've all heard of the quote ''don't let anyone dull your sparkle'' and truer words have never been spoken when its comes to dressing for special occasions.  They're a chance to release all of your inner-child's fantasies of ball gowns and everything else Cinderella related.  Nope, I won't be letting you blend into the shadows.  It's time to shine and it always has been.   
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The fabulous thing about dressing up for special occasions, is how you get out what you put in; you choose the most gorgeous and flattering dress you can find and style it in a way that turns you into the human form of a heart-eyed emoji.  You check out your reflection and ta-dah!  You feel fabulous.  You were hesitant to go all out and yet there you are, shining.  So often we dress down in fear of misreading a dress code and standing out like a sore thumb, but believe me when I say you'll regret not taking the opportunity to get your glow on and dress head-to-toe in sparkles come Monday morning...
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Dress - Embellished Maxi Dress c/o River Island

Heels - Lost Ink

Bag - Zara

Psst!  Take a peek at some more options from River Island, including other gorgeous embellished maxi dresses nestled in their latest collection right now, to help you get your sparkle onnnn....
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So, why did I choose this black sequin embellished maxi dress from River Island?  Because it was one of their most flamboyant and eye-catching designs of late.  The kind of dress you hesitate wearing in fear of looking OTT... and the kind of dress you end up adoring to wear.  I can promise you i'll be looking for any and every opportunity to whisk out this beauty from my wardrobe from now on!  Roll on the Christmas parties.  I adore the Bond-girl-leaning-over-a-poker-table vibe that comes with high-rise necklines, and don't even get me started on the frilled sleeves trailing down both sides of the dress!
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The reasons to full embrace formal occasions are endless, though above all else, it's the boost in confidence allowing yourself to shine gives you!  My advice?  Buy the flamboyant dress.  Wear it.  Flaunt it.  Enjoy every second.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the topic; do you think you embrace special occasions and formal dress codes, or play it safe?  Let me know in the comments below!

Like this post?  You might also enjoy >> How To Look Like A Bond Girl

With love,

Gabrielle x


Thanks to River Island for working with me on this post!

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72 comments

  1. Your pink framing on photos is so quirky and cute. So get you on finding an event to get super dressed up. I just received the most amazing designer dress last week and eventho I'm so excited to shoot in it, I'm literally dying to wear it for real. It's just much too 'red carpet' and impractical for every day wear. I'm just going to beg my boyfriend to take me to somewhere super glam and overpriced so I can wear it haha. I also love that you touched on people fearing dressing down because of being judged, I think it's so important to wear what you want regardless. You look stunning!

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  2. Lovely post and words.. you're rocking in that sequin dress! ❤

    xoxo,
    Jessica
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  3. Yes, I embrace it, no special ocassion needed. This dress is absolutely beautiful, red carpet worthy here. Sometimes my friends and I will get dressed up just for the cinema or most recently, when a friend had a bad day, I suggested we dress up for a day shopping trip.
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  4. What a hyper outfit - I love it! I can totally picture you wearing it on some kind of red carpet. It does boost your confidence to wear such beautiful dresses and make yourself feel special. We all need occasions like these!

    Julia x
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  5. Love this dress, it is stunning on you!!!no occasions are necessary beautiful!!!

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  6. Yay!! Love this encouragement of dressing up and embrace the sparkles. So true we could do more of that. Gorgeous photos as always and clothes. That dress suits your body really well, so flattering and enhancing. Hope you're having a lovely week babe! Xx

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  7. This dress is absolutely stunning! I love embracing special occasions, and definitely agree that it boosts confidence!

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  8. Woow girl! That dress is truly amazing. I think you look so so stunning! I love it. <3
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  9. I loved your positive vibe and how beautiful you look in this post! You look fantastic in that dress! Made to shine, no doubt!

    Natalia | Lindifique

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  10. That is such a stunning maxi dress! I love the embellishment and you look great in it! As you said, perfect for parties! :)

    Hope that you are having a great week so far! I have today off today which is so relaxing :)

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  11. Looove this look, Gabrielle! And totally agree with you, we should let ourselves shine more :)
    xx Elisa
    Francine's Place | DIY & Lifestyle Blog

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  12. Hello Gabrielle
    I also love when I have a chance to wear a long dress, and I invest everything in the look, I like to feel special and all the glamor that look of these gives us. I feel like a powerful woman with all that sparkle.
    This dress of yours is wonderful, I love the detail of the ruffles and the embroidery of the fabric. You are perfect and divine!

    xoxo

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  13. Love embracing formal occasions - it is so much fun to wear nice dresses. You look absolutely gorgeous in the black dress - just stunning!

    Miriam x

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  14. I grab every opportunity there is, as they are few and even fewer now that I have kids. I don´t have a dress as beautiful as this one though, it is gorgeous.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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  15. I really like the accessory bag from Zara. It looks so sophisticated and cool, in my opinion.😊 Also, absolutely stunning photoshoot. Not only did you look dashing it that embellished,extravagant dress, the angling and backdrops and everything about the photos were A-STAR.😊

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Girl, you've been shining in my feed for the last weeks with this dress and your other outfits. Your body has the perfect fit for this type of dresses and I can see you really feel yourself in it. I haven't worn a long dress as this one probably since I was small girl, as I am a bit to small(1,64) and don't really fit at my best. Also, as you said the occasion hasn't really arrived. But if I will ever feel like I gotta do something crazy, I might as well wear one of these on Monday Morning to work.

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  17. Girl you look like a queen! YESSSS!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  18. You're an absolute stunner Gabrielle, that dress is so beautiful on you! Gorgeousness!

    Serene XO

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  19. So gorgeous! You look amazing in this sequin dress!

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  20. That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you Gabrielle! Though with your lovely and statuesque figure, you make everything you wear look amazing! Yes those formal occasions to dress up don't come often enough and when it's time we should really go all out, dress to impress and savor every minute :)

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  21. You look absolutely beautiful! Stunning photography, location...and what to say about the outfit? Bond girl leaning over the table has to be one of most perfect ways to describe this dress. This black gown definitely has that smoking hot femme fatale feel to it...I love both the elegant design, the fabulous cut and the pretty embellishments. Such a gorgeous gown, it truly captures glamour and feminine allure.

    I love how you described what dressing up for special ocassions feels like...I completely agree, it's the perfect time to shine...and finding the right dress to shine in is always so satisfying.

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  22. You're so gorgeous omg I love your hair! And of course the dress!

    xx Nicole
    www.nicolegramcko.com

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  23. I absolutely love this dress on you. The ruffles really make this dress - so gorgeous as always!
    AMY | LITTLE LUXE LOOKBOOK

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  24. I love this message, lady- SO TRUE! PREACH! And you look absolutely amazing!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  25. I really enjoy reading this post and looking your photos! They are awesome. You look gorgeous, like diva ready for red carpet! The dress is amazing! Wish you beautiful weekend!

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  26. what a stunning dress it is!! never let anyone dull your sparkle indeed! you look gorgeous in it x
    have a wonderful day!

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  27. I absolutely love all embellished / sequined dresses. I wish I had more occasions to wear them. My most fave one if the NYE, this is when I usually go all out with sparkles.

    You look stunning in this dress, what a classy and elegant beauty xx
    Much Love,
    Elegant Duchess xx
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  28. Such a gorgeous dress on you Gabrielle. You look stunning and definitely agree with you. Tired of staying in the dark. Ha!

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  29. Girl, you look INCREDIBLE in this dress. And it's SO TRUE. Honestly, who CARES if you're 'overdressed'?! Life is way too short to blend in. Plus, there's just something magical about rocking a dress that you feel like a million bucks in. YES!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  30. That dress looks like it was made for you. I never would have guessed it was from River Island! I love the point you made about fear of looking OTT so you dress down - I can related to this on many occasion, only to regret not getting more dressed up!

    SHANNON VALLE
    life + style blog

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  31. oh look you are so gorgeous, the dress is very beautiful

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  32. OMG !!! such a pretty dress !! so elegant and stylish !
    Love it!!
    Happy Friday ! :D
    Olivia Poncelet <3
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  33. Talk about red-carpet-ready! If you didn't tell us where the dress was from, I'd think that it is a luxury haute couture piece. You look absolutely flawless! xx

    Naya
    partyparrotblog.com

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  34. Gorgeous pictures and well-spoken words! I need to get a floor-length dress that isn't a beach dress!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  35. You look exquisite in this embellished dress! <3


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  36. Looking every inch classy. It really is a beautiful dress and suites you well! I'm a play it safe kinda girl. I know what I like and I love to feel comfortable...A little black dress is never outdated : ) xo

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  37. That dress is so gorgeous on you Gabrielle! It's been so long since I've had an occasion to dress up for - I miss it!
    Amy xx
    callmeamy.co.uk

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  38. Super sexy dress! You look stunning!
    I always dress up for any occasion, so used to it. I feel like it wouldn't be me if I didn't. hahah

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  39. Love the dress and love you in it, so stunning! Usually I'm not a fan of sequins as they can look too costumey, but the silhouette and color of this dress makes it looks fabulous yet still elegant!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

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  40. I am all heart eyes over that dress! The details of it are amazing and you look absolutely gorgeous. You're 100% right that we shouldn't fear standing out at special occasions and just wear what makes us feel and look amazing. The more glamorous the better!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net/

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  41. Don't let anyone dull your sparkle is absolutely true.
    Plus really loveee this dress on you! The silhouette and details of it look very classy and elegant.
    Sexy but not too much.
    The gold jewelry also on point.
    Black and gold is such a best combo x




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  42. Gabrielle this is one of my favourite outfits you have posted on your blog, you look so incredibly elegant in your embellished dress, it's pure elegance and this dress from River Island fits you like a glove. You look utterly beautiful and what stunning photographs also!

    Love the detail of the dress and the cut especially, it's very classy.

    Thanks for sharing lovely!

    Lots of love and hope to see you soon!

    Laura xo
    #SheHearts www.shehearts.net

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  43. How can you not feel fabulous in a stunning dress like that! I love dressing up for special occasions, it can really get you out of a funk. That dress looks amazing on you, so classy and attention grabbing in all the right ways. Gorgeous photography as always xx

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  44. I love this dress on you!

    Chloe x
    www.softoctobernight.com

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  45. Oh Gabrielle you look utterly divine! What a dress! What a woman!

    You know, I would never have thought of River Island for such a special dress - and it's half price currently too! Who doesn't love sequins eh? Roll on Christmas!

    Musings & More

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  46. You look stunning girl. Love the dress.
    Amazing photo selection.
    xx
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  47. Gabrielle, you are STUNNING and I continue to be so impressed with your editing and layouts. How fun to dress up like that!

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  48. Oh very gorgeous style darling
    xx

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  49. Babe, you're definitely shinning with that gorgeous maxi dress. So beautiful on you!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  50. I loved this post! And you look spectacular on that dress ♥

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  51. I would dig this full sequined frock too, love the details especially the ruffles. You look so alluring!

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  52. You definitely are shining wearing this dress. Love the bag by the way, looks like one of those trendy Bali bags.

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  53. this dress looks AMAZING on you!

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  54. Beautiful gown you’ve got there, babe! xoxo

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  55. I totally agree with you Dress to impress will boost your confidence and self esteem too It is definitely the time to shine when the opportunity to dress like a princess comes up because as you said these opportunities are not something that most of us do all the time. I love your dress you are definitely shining wearing it. You chose a perfect outfit Love it xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/08/hipsiti-your-one-stop-travel-guide.html

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  56. I agree with you that we don't get such opportunity every day. It's really a time to feel your beauty when you got an opportunity to dress like a princess. This black gown is everything. What a beautiful gown, the cut the design and work, totally adore. You are looking just gorgeous and the location is just superb.I must say this is a perfect outfit <3
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  57. What a fabulous dress!
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

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  58. i love your dress!! completely agree with this post! Such a fab read darling!

    Darriyan x | www.darriyancateland.co.uk

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  59. just like you are glowing so sexily

    This is a lovely one
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  60. I love this whole set of photos so much! And what a glamorous dress!

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  61. You such a stylish lady..love the complete look.

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  62. Woow dear! Lovely dress, you look perfect!! Have a great day and a great week!
    xx

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  63. This is gorgeous!! And we should definitely let ourselves shine at any moment. Love these pictures :) x

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  64. I am really glad you let yourself shine! You photographed this dress beautifully in that setting and I agree, you must continue wearing this dress to other parties!
    -PerlaGiselle
    iamperlita.com
    P.S. I will be hosting a giftcard give away on my Instagram page soon! Let’s follow each other!

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  65. OMG your killing me with that dress. Yes not too many opportunities unless your a blogger then you can don it for a photoshoot. Your photos are killer too. Gorgeous!


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  66. While I really don't have that many formal occasions to go to each year, I totally agree that if you absolutely love a dress or outfit and feel like a million dollars in it, then that's the one to go for. I'd rather be over-dressed than under-dressed in most situations, and really we all deserve to live out our Cinderella fantasies from time to time!

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  67. Wow, you look amazing in that dress! You're right, we feel amazing when we look good, so I love the positivity in this post!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  68. WOW ! You look so pretty !
    I'm tottaly in love with that dress.
    I'm a new follower, hope you can check my blog and maybe follow each other. ❤️
    xoxo,

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  69. You look glamorous darling!

    xoxo Shannon

    www.ThatsSOShannon.com

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