Holiday Lace Elegance
Dress: Portmans, also love this, this and this | Necklace: Thomas Sabo | Earrings: Fresh Water Pearls | Clutch: Witchery, also love this, this and this | Shoes: Badgley Mischka, also here and here | Lips: Mac Lipstick in ‘Crème Cup’ Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette, (AUS) and (US) | Foundation: Too Faced 'Born this Way Foundation', (AUS) and (US) | Nails: Butter London in ‘Diamond Geezer', (AUS) and (US)
As soon as I saw this dress online, I had to have it to wear during the Christmas season! I used to love Portmans when I was younger, they were affordable and good quality clothes plus made sizes small enough for my skinniness. But over the years I didn’t really like their stuff, they seemed to be in a fashion rut big time! I’d go into the store and didn’t like the design or quality of the clothes and the store layout was pretty average. Store layouts are a huge factor and most people don’t realise how important it is, so honestly I wasn’t a fan for a while. Then a few short years ago, I would walk past my local store and they changed the layout completely with a whole new fit out and must have changed their designer and direction too, because I was liking what I was seeing. Last year I signed up online and got 15% off for a whole month and they often have great online/in store sales too.
I'm also obsessed with bright colours and lace, but very fussy, and they are on point with affordable lace options that look quality at the moment, because you can get some cheap and nasty lace options around. I have bought quite a few of these pieces that haven’t broken the bank, also bought with some kind of discount and have become repeat options!
I decided to wear this dress on Christmas Eve, as Matt’s birthday is on Christmas Day his family go out to a nice dinner the night before. Last year I happened to wear another Portmans lace dress too lol. This one is is quite heavy but I will be able to wear it for quite a few seasons to come. I kept the accessories neutral and you can easily wear this from day to night with a simple change of shoes and bag. I also saw that this dress comes in a black option now too!