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Where to Shop for a Mother of the Bride Dress

I love weddings. There is something about the event that gets me feeling all excited. The last wedding I attended was over a year ago in Ireland, and I still remember what I wore. It was my younger brother getting married, so I had to show up looking proper glam. It was a small intimate wedding, and I still enjoy looking at the pictures. The wedding season is almost here with spring finally making an appearance. So new wedding dresses and accessories are hitting the stores shortly. We have a friend’s wedding in the summer so I have started thinking of what to wear. The mother of the bride (Kathy) is a good friend of mine, and she has asked me to look around for a mother of the bride dress for her.

Kathy is quite conservative, so she would ideally prefer a knee-length dress or above the knee. She would also need her outfit to come with a matching bolero. With these information in mind, I went shopping online. I have found some amazing ideas for a mother of the bride dress. Here are a few of them that caught my eye.

 

John Charles Mother of the Bride Dress

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This dress and bolero jacket is an amazing dress idea for a mother of the bride. I adore the subtle sparkle Jacquard fabric. It comes in such a beautiful shade and design.

The fact that this piece comes with a matching bolero and will sit below the knee would make it a hit with many conservative mothers.

 

Condici Cobalt Dress

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This stunning Cobalt dress by Condici is such a lovely idea for a mother of the bride. I adore the shade of blue, it is one of my favourite colours. The design is also great. It is a sleeveless dress with a V neckline and sequin applique under the bustline.

The piece is knee-length which means it would be quite popular with many bride’s mothers. I like the matching silk bolero and elegant fascinator the model has on.

 

Ian Stuart Jardin Taffeta Tea Dress

 

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I really like this Jardin Taffeta Tea Dress by Ian Stuart. The crossover V neckline is a great design. The beaded metallic lace detailing to the waist looks so beautiful.

Kathy would love this dress for sure. I think it would suit her fair skin tone and her figure beautifully.

 

Ispirato Printed Dress with Matching Jacket in Shard/Musk

 

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This Printed Dress with Matching Jacket in Shard/Musk by Ispirato would be a popular piece for sure this wedding season. It is such a beautiful piece with a rounded neckline with beaded detailing and semi-capped sleeves.

I see Kathy loving this outfit as well. It will sit below the knee, and the bolero jacket has a high collar and 3/4 length sleeves, which I know she would love.

 

Ronald Joyce 50’s Style Tea Dress and Jacket

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I saved the best for last with this 50’s Style Tea Dress and Jacket by Ronald Joyce. This is hands down my favourite dress from this list. I wonder if Kathy would agree with me.

The shade of blue is beautiful, and so is the print and the fitted bodice. The length will sit below the knee, which is great. The matching jacket has a shawl collar and 3/4 length sleeves. I think it would make a stylish mother of the day dress.

 

What do you think of these mother of the bride/groom dresses? Which is your favourite look? Do you have any weddings this summer? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. Also, share this post on your social media platforms if you enjoyed reading it.

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3 Comfy Shoes for Holidays

Walking and holidays go hand in hand. While on holiday, the last thing you want to bother about are your shoes. So it makes sense to ensure you only take comfy shoes for holidays. I have a holiday booked for next month and I am seriously looking forward to it. It is our first trip for the year and it is long overdue.

We like to explore cities we visit, so naturally there would be a lot of walking. I usually stay away from heels on holiday, except there is an event that requires it. If there isn’t, flats work perfectly for me.

 

Here are some comfy shoes for holidays.

 

ECCO Womens Casual Boots £110

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This beauty right here is a new addition to my shoe collection hence the many photos. I am so in love with this ECCO Womens Casual Boots and I want you all to be able to see this beauty from all angles.

They are super comfy; it feels like I am walking on foam, and it looks so good. I am seriously looking forward to taking this away on holiday with me next month. Walking around in this would be a dream.

 

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The design of this ECCO Womens Casual Boots is amazing. You can also grab a pair in black or red.

 

TOMS Shoes £40

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I got this TOMS shoes over a year ago and it is still one of my travel favourites. It is my first TOMS, and I love it. I find it super comfy and stylish. It is one of those pairs I find myself wearing over and over again because it is just too easy to style.

I have taken this TOMS on a few trips already and no regrets so far. It will be in my travel bag for my next trip for sure.

 

Lust Kurt Geiger Denim Bow Shoes £99

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I got this Lust Kurt Geiger Denim Shoes last year, and took it away on my trip to Milan for my 30th Birthday. I am a huge fan of Kurt Geiger shoes and this beauty right is one of the reasons why.

It is super easy to style, and the oversize bow gives it the WOW look. I love it.

 

What do you think of these comfy shoes for holidays? Are you in love with any pair in particular? Can you guess where I am off to next month? I mentioned the city in this post. Please sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Is the Fashion Industry Failing its Models

Behind the glossy images of beautiful models on the pages of magazines, quick confident struts down the runway and alluring poses for billboards is an untold story. A story of endless sexual harassment and abuse, underweight models, underaged models, and horrible working conditions. In the light of recent events with the #MeToo campaign, I have questioned a lot of things about the entertainment and fashion industry.

I can’’t help admiring supermodels. Everything about them, their professionalism, their height, figure and carriage gets a nod of approval each time I spot them. Plus I respect their work, it is far from being easy. Models work very long hours and have to look their best doing their work. That must incredibly hard. I sometimes have the luxury of working in my pyjamas and nerdy glasses all day if I get the chance. They never get the chance.

 

 

 

However, ever since the #MeToo campaign, a darker side to the fashion industry was revealed. Several models have spoken up. They have shared personal stories of sexual abuse and harassment from photographers, managers and designers. And to be honest, I was horrified.

There were also reports of incidents where the dignity of models, both male and female were disrespected leaving them utterly embarrassed. Others, especially models of African descent, shared stories of how the crew did not have makeup artists and hair stylists who were knowledgeable enough to handle their unique skin type and hair texture.

I felt the need to do my own part to put the words out there. To be advocate for a change.

 

Sexual Harassments and Abuse in the Fashion Industry

Let’s face it. Models are beautiful but that’s never a good enough reason for any one to sexually harass or abuse anybody. Sadly these models fall prey to perverted photographers, managers and designers. What’s even worse is that such models are forced to remain silent. And if there is one thing I am grateful for about thus #MeToo campaign, is that the culture of silence is dead!

These models are were usually left helpless and had to remain silent to fulfil their modelling dreams. I am happy to see this is no longer the case and more and more model are speaking up about these sexual harassment and abuse.

 

No Privacy

Runways aren’t as calm and collected as we know them to be. Behind the scenes its very fast, models have to change into the outfits very quickly and be ready to go. In photoshoots where a lot of pictures have to be taken within such a short time, speed of changing into the clothes for the shoot is important.

What people don’t know is that no provision is made for models to change in private. They are often sent to change in front of other models and fashion crew. Which is far from ideal. I am happy to hear this will be changing too, with the private changing rooms being enforced.

 

 

Underage young models

The fashion industry is opening its doors to young talent ranging between the ages of 14 and 16. Usually, such models are subjected to the intense working hours. More often than not they are left exhausted, as expected.

Just like other models, these youngsters are also exposed to sexual harassment, abuse and humiliation.

 

Changes

Kering and LVMH recently joined forces to introduce a new charter aimed at protecting models working with their brands. These brands include Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Alexander McQueen.

The new charter includes a call for private changing areas, and a ban on underage and underweight models. Models must be at least 16 years old to get hired, and female models must be a French size 34 (UK size 6/U.S. size 2) or above. Also, young models between 16 and 18 years old cannot work between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

 

I am happy to see the fashion industry is finally beginning to listen to these models, with this charter, and I hope all brands follow suit. We all need to be advocates of change.

What are your thoughts on the #MeToo campaign? Please sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat.

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