The Staycation & The Dress

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sometimes when all the helpful tips on getting through your revision session fail (such as these and these), you have to find other incentives to get you out bed, alert and motivated and in front of those books. Usually that incentive is a bit of (ahem, a lot of) retail therapy, but this time round, I got to thinking about what my post-exams 'I'm finally freeeee' summer activities would consist of. With a long beachy holiday not an option this year, my thoughts turned instead to the staycation: exploring and making the most of the activities my local area has to offer. It's a shame to say that I'm fairly sure the average tourist has seen more of Belgium than me and I live here. 

So I had this in mind when I got invited to participate in a campaign with British high street brand George at ASDA. I got the chance to peruse through their summer categories and pick one item which stood out to me the most, and despite the lovely array of summer brights and florals amongst their dresses, it was this black Cut-out Shoulder Dress*: it captured my heart upon sight and refused to let it go. I just knew that it would be my go to dress for the summer, and once it was in my possession, all my thoughts were confirmed and more.

While I was terrified that the light-weight stretchy fabric would cling to my pear-shaped curves in all the wrong places, it skimmed over them instead, drawing attention instead to my shoulders - which I have now come to realise are one of my best features and should be accentuated, like, all the time - and coming to a stop at a perfect wind-defying length. Plus, it fit in with all my holiday plans.

JAMMING OUT AT SUMMER FESTIVALS

Dress* | Sandals* | Watch* | Sunglasses*

Belgium may be best known for it's chocolate and waffles, but it also knows how to do music festivals. There are the big ones such as Rock Werchter, Tomorrowland, Pukkelpop and Dour, but after heading to Cover Festival, my local festival and having an absolute blast, any size will do (though next year, someone is coming with me to Dour!). 

This dress is just the right canvas for bright accessories: I can flower crown all I want, and wear these gorgeous bright floral sandals* without fear of anything clashing with anything. Sunglasses are also a must for when the sun decides to be generous and come out to play, and I loved the look of these cat-eye metal-detail pair*. I like how versatile this dress is: I can choose to go for flowy, hippy chic with this dress and wear it nice and loose or cinch it up at the waist with a pastel belt for a more structured look. 

EXPLORING THE CITY

Dress* | Shirt | Plimsolls* | Watch* |

With my final exams over, I will have absolutely no excuse not to explore all that the Belgian cities have to offer: whether it's hitting the capital and checking out an exhibition at the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts or rubbing shoulders with tourists and locals alike at the Grand Place or heading out to the likes of Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges to drool over the beautiful medieval architecture. 

Walking around for hours calls for comfort, and these black and white plimsolls* do just the trick. A red checked shirt acts as the perfect cover up, because when it gets too hot for comfort, you can just take it off, wrap it around your waist and showcase those shoulders all whilst channelling effortless 90s chic (or so I like to think).

NATIONAL DISHES & EVENING DINNER

Dress* | Cardigan* | Flats* | Bag* | Watch

If I've seen little of Belgium, I'm much more familiar with the national cuisine, and there's nothing nicer in the summer than heading out for dinner with friends and family, and enjoying a delicious meal out on a terrasse. Summer in Belgium means moules-frites (mussels and fries), though I'm more inclined to go with something stodgier like boulettes à la sauce Liégoise (meatballs in a delicious, slightly sweet sauce also served with chips) or some chicken or salmon vol-au-vent. I'm also curious about waterzooi and carbonnade flamande, apparently staple dishes that I have yet to try (and I've tried snails).

It's always nice to get a little more dressed up for dinner, and this dress is elegant on its own, especially when cinched at the waist with a simple belt and paired with simple pointed black flats* (which have gorgeous crochet detailing which the pictures don't do any justice). It often gets chillier in the evenings, especially if you're sitting outside, so this jacquard fringe cardigan* is great for that, warm but not too warm, with little details that add a little something to the outfit. You can also add a snood* (as in the top picture) for a pretty and practical look. I'm never without a watch, so I love that this rose lens watch* looks good in every outfit, but looks especially classy when paired with this large tote bag*.

I honestly never understood the true power of a LBD until now: one dress, a couple of cover ups, a few accessories here and there, and my summer staycation wardrobe is sorted. 


What are your summer plans? Vacationing or staycationing? Would you pick this dress from George or would you be more inclined to go for something else



PS: if you're a fellow European, be sure to check out George's International Delivery page and see if they don't deliver to you as well!


*Items marked with an asterix were kindly sent to me as part of the campaign. 

30 comments:

  1. such pretty looks! That dress does make it all possible. Havent bought anything from Asda in a long time but will def look into it now :)

    Pam Scalfi♥

    ps. has the layout of your blog change or is that just me seeing things? hahaha

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    1. Thank you! I am in love with this dress - I'm definitely going to keep George in mind for my staples next time I'm shopping around!

      And ha, it hasn't changed but I'm tweaking it a little here and there. I'm never quite happy with it! x

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  2. I love your outfit picks! :)

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  3. you look pretty on this dress! love it :)

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  4. What a lovely outfit ! I like it ! And I see that you also from Belgium ! So glad to see other Belgians bloggers with a great style like yours ! :) I have just followed you on BlogLovin' !
    Do not hesitate to follow me back on BlogLovin' & on GFC too :)


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    1. Thank you! It's great to meet another Belgian blogger too - you have amazing style! x

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    2. aww thank you Ornella ! :)

      Have you heard about the event about "Afropean bloggers in Belgium" ? It will take place on the 27Th June in Brussels. It is organized by Ethno Tendance Fashion Week.

      If you want to have more information about it : www.facebook.com/events/1626473777590531/

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    3. I hadn't heard about this event! Thank you for letting me know about it :)

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  5. Beautiful outfits!! <3 The second one is my favorite :)
    xoxo,
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    1. Thank you! I think it's my fav too - it's about as cool as I get! x

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  6. that dress looks super gorgeous, definitely great to combine in different ways x3

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

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    1. Thank you - it's the first dress that I've found that when they say versatile, they mean versatile!

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  7. The dress and plaid shirt is everything!
    Jabeen x
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    1. It is, isn't it? It's turning out to be my fav look too! :) x

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  8. LBDs are such versatile pieces, it's actually really amazing, haha! I loved all the looks you went for, especially the one paired with plaid! You look absolutely wonderful, and you're so right when you said that your shoulders are one of your best features! Have a good week!

    May x • http://themayden.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, that's so kind of you to say! Hope you have a lovely week as well :) x

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  9. lovely outfits ! loving the flowers in your head :)

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  10. You looks gorgeous. XO
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  11. That dress is gorgeous! Looks perfect on you! Love how you've combined it with florals!
    xoxo
    Monika | End of tenancy cleaning Fulham

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  12. YOU ARE SO ADORABLE. i have nothing more to add. x

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  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! flawless

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