Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Approved Black Dress

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What are your thoughts on wearing LBDs in the Summer time?
 I know we often have those conversations about wearing white after Labor day. I personally keep my whites front and center what ever time of year it is and hey, same thing goes for blacks. 

Which is why I veered away from my usual brights and said YES PLEASE to this swoon worthy piece from Anya by Vivian previously introduced here. Even though black gets a major bad rep at this time of the year, and I’m that gal that likes to break out colors, this dress has a lot working for it and is totally Summer approved. The breathable gauze fabric, the button down silhouette, the thigh high lining and breezy skirt all worked in its favor while the bold sequin appliqué detail and the bag not only added interest but made for great contrast. 

Have you ever caught yourself stroking your side or back in search of pockets that don't exist? Me too! Pockets are a gal's best friend and this dress boasts very functional pockets. Big enough to stash a phone and a couple small items, to add some bulk to the hips, Ha! Or heck just to stuff your hands in for an edgy yet effortless vibe as you strut your stuff.  Even though these pictures don't show them, I couldn't resist them. 

Lace up sandals, a skinny Gucci belt / bag completed the look and the morning sun gave the perfect glow. 

Well hello everyone, look who’s back from vacay! 

The teacher hat was off for the summer so I figured I’d take off the blogger hat as well and connect with real life during my time away. Like really be present if you know what I mean cos we bloggers often times get lost in our world and before we know it, everything revolves around our shoots and outfits and posts and in effect we tune out people and things around us or should I say we fail to stay connected to them as much as we should. 
Phew, long sentence!

Aside from sporadic posts on Instagram here, and a couple shoots towards the end of my stay in Paris, I thoroughly enjoyed my month long vacay, touring 7 cities ... London, Manchester, Florence, Milan, Venice, Paris and Montecarlo in 3 countries... England, Italy and France where I enjoyed great views of the Eiffel tower even from my Parisian bathtub, :). 

I’m glad to be back though, sunburn all over and all (thank you Italy)!

I missed you all and I trust you're all doing great!

Thank you for all the love  HERE.

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Deets
Dress - Anya By Vivien (here)
Sandals - Forever 21 (here)
Bag - Gucci (here)
Belt - Gucci (here)


Thank you for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx...



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59 comments:

  1. its been a min., Looks like someone is back, Yasssss!!! been checking for new post updates since last month :) (stalking in a good way :)) hope ur enjoying your holiday dear. You look stunning as always, love the dress.
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  2. this dress fabulous, love so much your style
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    have an happy day
    kisses

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  3. Amazing llook dear! I love everything from your outfit. xoxo

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  4. So elegant as always incredible look

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  5. the LBD looks so gorgeous on you! love the flower details and how breathable the fabric is :)

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  6. I agree Idu, black and white are good all year round!All the pieces you combined with this dress make it all the more stylish. The purse is the icing on the cake! Glad to hear you had a great time, I'm sure it was magical. Wishing you an amazing weekend!

    xx,
    Tania
    http://inspiremyfancy.blogspot.com/

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  7. I say: Yes to LBD in Summer! You have showed to us how good it can look. You look fantastic dear Idu.

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  8. Wow. This one dress looks really perfect and impressive on you and I hope that you will be able to feel much comfort after wearing it.

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  9. I wear black throughout the years and honestly couldn't be arse with fashion or beauty rules. I think the beauty of fashion and beauty is individual creativity and there shouldn't be any rules at all. Looking gorgeous mama!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  10. You could have stopped by the Netherlands too!😜😜😜 and you are absolutely right about everything revolving about blogging! Sometimes we need to step back. You look absolutely amazing in that dress, I love black dresses. Winter and summer!

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  11. You look stunning. I really love this dress so much .
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  12. You are the definition of perfection Idu!
    This dress is fab and I love your super cute Gucci bag!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  13. you're stunning! <3
    black is usually not a choice for summer as it is very very hot. But you've put together a black outfit perfect for summer! really gorgeous! :)

    xoxo, rae
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  14. You look awesome as always, Idu. I love black anything anytime of the year, and the LBD is a year-round item for sure.:)
    And so great to hear you had a fantastic vacay. Take me next time!:D

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  15. Wonderful to have you back, glad you had such a great voyage. Gorgeous, cool dress with an edgy tang to it. Cool texture and beautiful applique work. Your fantastic breasts are shown off very nicely under there as well. Very sexy, dear!

    All Things Bright and Lovely

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  16. You're back in true form Sis. I love to see you strutting your fashionable self. Thanks for the updates on the gram.

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  17. you look so BOMB ! the dress is a total eye-catcher !

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  18. You look fabulous Idu, welcome back.... i love thr gucci mini bag so chic... i need to indulge in some strappy heels

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  19. Dear Idu, sounds like you had wonderful holidays and visited amazing spots! And yes, to your black dress! About this rule no white after labour day: I recognised that I especially like wearing white after that day :) And how cool we own the same bag - my bag is only pink :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  20. You can never go wrong with an LBD any season as far as I'm concerned. This is one head turner of a dress and you look smashing as always. Sounds like you're having quite a summer adventure and you totally deserve it Idu! Have fun and enjoy!

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  21. She’s baaaccck! Welcome back love. I trust you had an amazing time and much needed rest, reboot. I totally get how we can get so engrossed in this blogging thang... You look stunning in this dress. I love black in the summer...heck even leather, Ha! Someone I know, once said, that fashion rules are meant to be broken..wink. The embroidery and bag amped up the look! I love it!!

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  22. Welcome back, Idu! Your summer adventure sounds like a lot of fun and worth disconnecting from blogging. You are right, it is so much easier to stay in the present if we don't focus on the blog all the time!
    And regarding black: With the right accessories any color can work any season!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  23. You look absolutely stunning, that dress is gorgeous and I need that bag in my life!
    xoxo

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  24. amazing dress! comfy and perfect to summer time.

    kisses dear
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  25. Yoy've really found the perfect black summer dress, Idu!
    Fresh, elegant and very stylish!
    You look absolutely stunning, dear!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it/

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  26. Loving the embroidery on this dress. It's gorgeous!!!

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  27. Wow! You look stunning!
    This dress is precious! Love it
    Kiss
    Maggie Dallospedale
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  28. more glamurous than ever, love your black dress and that little Gucci bag
    got to tell us more about your trip to Europe
    kisses
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  29. Wow, the dress you have worn is extremely pretty! Love your style as always <3
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  30. I think that little black dresses can totally transition into summertime and I LOVE yours! You look so chic and stylish! That embroidery is gorgeous!

    xoxo,
    Vanessa
    www.whatwouldvwear.com

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  31. Hello Idu, welcome back! With a dress like that I could not have said no, I also like that I have pockets because you never know when you will need them, with regard to the vations I agree to disconnect, it is the best to be able to be Concentrate and enjoy the place, I do not understand some bloggers who during their vacations do not abandon their social networks.

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  32. hi dear, i repass
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    have an happy day
    kisses

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  33. You are looking great. A whole month vacation, awesome. Am sure you had lots of fun.

    kisses
    www.glamourzone.org

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  34. I'm glade you got to take some time to relax and enjoy life. I'm like you and wear whatever colors I want to wear all year round, especially black. I like the dress you are wearing.It has cool details and features like the pockets and mesh material, which makes it very breathable for this time of year.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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  35. Welcome back Idu! Your dress is beautiful and I LOVE your shoes! Gorgeous!
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  36. You are so beautiful!I follow you,please follow back? Thanks.♥ http://laurevoir.blogspot.rs/

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  37. Honestly, I couldn't care less about any fashion rules at all. If I want it, I wear it. Whenever I feel to it. Period. You look divine, Idu, and so darn cute. And welcome back, darling. Glad you enjoyed your holiday, sounds like it was a really good one.
    kisses
    Lenya
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  38. The bar staff at this place was professional and their drinks ensured us a fun night in the city. I can't wait to go back. Most of the negative elements of going to a more popular place are avoided here; the staff at venue New York was really mature and respectful.

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  39. Gorgeous dress, like you :)
    xx

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  40. You look very elegant dear, black is a smart colour! Have a great summer! xoxo

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  41. Darling, you look stunning. The dress is so adorable.
    Have a beautiful week.

    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com/my-pink-maxi-dress-in-nice-at-the-place-massena-fountain/

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  42. Idu! Your summer vacation sounded incredible! I hope you didn't come here when it was pouring with rain, or when it was 30+ celcius lol! I hope you managed to have an enjoyable time! LOVE your Gucci bag and your Gucci belt though! So pleased to have you back!

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  43. Your vacations sound like a nice break! I actually like wearing black all year around, so I wouldn't shy away from wearing it in the summer xx

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  44. looool at 'phew long sentence' I'm glad you're back, you were surely missed. I'm all for black errtime, errday. Infact, my dad was the reason I had to chill, and this black dress just made me realise how beautiful black could be summer or no. Love the mesh fabric making it a very breathable and airy fabric to wear. Muaaah

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  45. looool at 'phew long sentence' I'm glad you're back, you were surely missed. I'm all for black errtime, errday. Infact, my dad was the reason I had to chill, and this black dress just made me realise how beautiful black could be summer or no. Love the mesh fabric making it a very breathable and airy fabric to wear. Muaaah

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  46. Sounds like you had a great vacation! Loved to see your photos on Insta. The dress is beautiful. I wear black all year round too.

    Gemma x
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  47. Another sexy rockin' outfit with equally sexy heels! :)

    Sounds like a great trip! And yes.. it's good to disconnect! I feel I spend too much time already behind my PC and my mobile phone. Though it didn't really help that this summer .. the weather in the Netherlands wasn't that nice!

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  48. You look beautiful and your photos are always amazing, Idu. Your bag and shoes are to die for!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a fab weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len
    www.lenparent.com
    XO

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  49. Really love the simplicity of this dress and it's also sophisticated.

    Bernie, xx
    www.thestylefanatic.com

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  50. You really can never go wrong with black and I love how your add colour to your outfits, I adore colour! Very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your holiday! Welcome back!
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  51. I'm rebellious when it comes to fashion rules a trends. I love that dress and it gets my seal of approval too. You look dashing!

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  52. This LBD is simply gorgeous, Idu, and I love that cute bag!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com
    PS I got sunburned in Italy too -must be something about Italian sun x

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  53. Wonderful dress and your bag is stunning ! You are very feminine and elegant ;)

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