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!

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With love,

Gabrielle x

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