Wednesday, 10 July 2013

What I Wore Wednesday: Swallow Baby Doll Dress

I'm starting to get into the groove at work and I'm trying my best not to wear the same things over and over again but  I've had to return the past two different shipments of clothes I bought online because they didn't quite fit right. To be fair one dress did fit but it had short sleeves with horizontal stripes going all the way from arm to arm across my chest and I looked like a linebacker!  So I'm doing my best to shop my closet and mix and match what I do have already while shopping the sales for new finds.

This dress is borderline too short for work but since it was still chilly last week I paired it with leggings and a cropped blazer to try and business it up a little bit. I didn't have any external meetings so really I was just at a desk all day so I didn't need to impress anyone. NotBlondeHusband and I have been working opposite shifts so the bathroom selfie makes another appearance! 


Swallow Bird Print Dress

Cropped Blazer-HM
Swallow Baby Doll Dress-HM
Leggings-Marks and Spencer
Black Studded Flats-New Look

I've been experimenting with hot rollers and honestly it's been hit or miss. All I want to do is make it so the ends of my hair flick up and are sort of curled. I'd normally do this with a blow-dryer and round brush but I don't want to wake the boys up in the morning. So I try curling my hair with hot rollers at night and hoping for the best the next morning. It's not foolproof or even slightly predictable! 

In my head I think a really big barrelled, rotation, hot brush tong thingie would work but I have no idea if such a thing exists? I've also heard that sleep-in rollers might give volume and shape. Has anyone tried those? They sound good but I'm having flashbacks to the bright pink foam rollers my Mom put in my hair when I was little that gave me a huge, long Diana Ross-esque fro which is lovely on her but not necessarily so nice on a pale, blonde girl. Anyone who has any over-night styling or quick styling secrets I'd love to hear them!

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60 comments:

Melaina25 said...

Oh I love wearing cute little dresses like this over leggings - it's perfect all year round :) I love how you've styled this, very pretty! Thank you for hosting this link up! :)


Lauren xx
www.stylelixir.com

Melaina25 said...

Glad you've finally got some warm weather! I love the swallow print dress.


As for hair; I've tried the overnight headband curls once but think my hair needed to be longer. Some of the other bloggers that I've seen do tutorials on it have got really pretty results. My only solution is to tie it up all the time - quick and foolproof :)

Melaina25 said...

Thanks so much for hosting!

Melaina25 said...

And I have to say, I'm loving that dress! A dainty and unexpected pattern paired with that blazer is fab!

Melaina25 said...

I like the look of the dress over leggings, I think it's a great office outfit!

Melaina25 said...

Hair suggestions: I know it's not the same as big curls, but you could try braiding damp hair before bed...it'll give just a little bit of wave if you make the braids big. Or you can try a sock bun overnight. I haven't tried sleeping in one yet, but I know after just wearing it for the day I get big, voluminous curls when I take it down. I look forward to seeing whatever solution winds up working for you! :)
xo
Kym
bitty.and.bunny

Melaina25 said...

Love the outfit :) Ive had the sleep-in rollers that are all the rage atm - they do give great volume and curls but I just cannot sleep in them! I found them really uncomfortable. I would borrow some off a friend to try first - wish I had and saved £15! xoxo

Melaina25 said...

Comfortable yet really stylish. This is the kind of thing I would wear. I have a couple of dresses which I used to wear with tights, but I can't now as they are borderline too short so I weat them with leggings. x

Melaina25 said...

I like the baby doll dress with the cropped blazer! Looks comfy yet classy enough for work!! Totally love it!

Melaina25 said...

Just a quick one today as I'm in Malaysia!! Have linked up my crafty vest additions :) Loving your cute dress!

Melaina25 said...

You look so stylish! I just got some hot rollers a few weeks ago. I haven't really used them yet, since I'm kind of nervous about how it will turn out. =) Thanks for the linkup!
~Callie
www.creationsbycallie.com

Melaina25 said...

I am horrible at fixing my hair. Most days - it's just washed and go. I recently discovered sock bun and wear my hair in a bun on days I don't wash my hair. Great job of shopping in your closet - I need to do that a lot more as well!


Alice
www.happinessatmidlife.com

Melaina25 said...

There are so many cute dresses out there that are just too short for me so I just wear them over pants. Think I am bringing back that trend single-handedly. Your dress is super cute. Love the print.

Melaina25 said...

Adding the leggings was a good idea to still be able to wear the dress. :-)

Melaina25 said...

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Melaina25 said...

Such a cute printed dress! :) thanks for the link up :)

Away From Blue

Melaina25 said...

that little dress is super cute! I love the bird print.
Thanks for hosting, as usual :)

Melaina25 said...

Such a cute dress! It really suits you. Never experimented with the rollers - I think it might end in disaster. While it has been hot, I haven't been blow-drying my hair (just left it to dry naturally) and it looks very shinny and healthy (thank you sunshine!). x

Melaina25 said...

Love the dress---and hot rollers are a mystery to me. :)

Melaina25 said...

I love the sweet bird print on that dress!

Melaina25 said...

I thought it was a tunic, not a dress! But it's cute either way. :)

Melaina25 said...

Such a cute outfit! You would be able to dress this up or down which is perfect! Love it! Thanks for hosting the link-up :)
-Toni
www.tonieveryday.com

Melaina25 said...

I remember having to sleep in those pink foam rollers when I was a kid! They were so uncomfortable, but they got the job done!

Melaina25 said...

What a cute dress! I think it looks great with the blazer and leggings!
I'm excited to join your link up again so thanks for hosting. I have been absent from the blogging world for a while :).
Tiffany
www.stylestealsandstilettos.com

Melaina25 said...

The dress and leggings look really good on you - I love this combo. I think Babyliss may do a big rotating hot-air brush type thingy. I used to have something like that (but not rotating) and it was great for drying my hair with a bit more shape and volume! In fact now that I consider it, I want to buy something like that too!
I hope you're enjoying the wonderful summer weather now present in Glasgow! x

Melaina25 said...

lovely outfit, girl! Gorgeous! :)
xo, Elle

Melaina25 said...

What a great anniversary present to us all.

Melaina25 said...

Love that look x

Melaina25 said...

My hair never holds curl for very long -- even when I use hot rollers immediately before leaving, my hair is basically straight again in 2-3 hours. If you're just wanting the ends to be a bit curled, though, would a curling iron in the morning work? I do think the big-barreled tong thing you're talking about exists, but I am not sure where to get one. I think sleeping in curlers would be a huge pain, though!

Melaina25 said...

Love your baby doll dress. So pretty.

Don't forget to stop by and enter my two giveaways and my weekly Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday Link Up is still open, so join me.

Agi:)

vodkainfusedlemonade.com

Melaina25 said...

Really very lovely dress.,.. and loved the flat shoes for women.. :) XoXo

Melaina25 said...

Thanks Agi! I've got a Big Giveaway running now too!

Melaina25 said...

I'll have to have a look b/c I really just want the ends lol.

Melaina25 said...

Thank you chicatina!

Melaina25 said...

I kinda wish I could enter!

Melaina25 said...

Thanks Elle!

Melaina25 said...

They have a round, hot brush at TK Maxx but it doesn't rotate. I might just have to try it! The weather is awesome right? I took BB to the outdoor pool in Gourock today :)

Melaina25 said...

Welcome back :)

Melaina25 said...

They killed right?

Melaina25 said...

It was a good H&M find :)

Melaina25 said...

It's totally a dress just a short one made shorter by my boobs taking up a ton of fabric lol.

Melaina25 said...

It reminded me of both twitter and tattoos at the same time :)

Melaina25 said...

I've watched so many different tutorials and I still can't get them right!

Melaina25 said...

My hair just looks so weird air-dried; it's not straight and it's not wavy just well weird!

Melaina25 said...

Thanks Katie :)

Melaina25 said...

Thank you :)

Melaina25 said...

Thanks for linking!

Melaina25 said...

Way too short otherwise!

Melaina25 said...

Oooh forgot that 90's classic!

Melaina25 said...

I've got a mesh bun thingie but I haven't worked out how to use it with my new haircut/less hair!

Melaina25 said...

There are TONS of tutorials on YouTube I just am rubbish at following directions I think lol.

Melaina25 said...

Your pictures on IG are making me jealous! Have a great trip!

Melaina25 said...

Thanks! I'm trying to see how far I can push business appropriate lol.

Melaina25 said...

Leggings are so much comfier than tights, right?

Melaina25 said...

Ooh good call--I'll try to see if I know anyone who has them!

Melaina25 said...

Might try sock bun overnight! Braids on me end up with really kinky waves b/c my hair is so fine any braid I make is really small if you know what I mean?

Melaina25 said...

Thanks! Leggings are just comfier than tights!

Melaina25 said...

Thanks! I have the same pattern on a different style H&M dress. I just loved the little birds!

Melaina25 said...

I've done the "No Heat Curls" (and blogged it) and got different results each time lol.

Melaina25 said...

Thanks Lauren!