Occasion Wear In Self-Portrait

So its finally Spring and the start of wedding season, well for me anyway. If you are wondering what occasion wear to go for. Well ponder no more here is my take on a black maxi Self-Portrait Dress. Two weeks ago it was my brother in-laws wedding. So began the  search for a dress, I started a month earlier browsing on the internet trying to find myself a dress. After several searches I came a cross two dresses one from Self-Portrait and one from Solace London. Both dresses are maxis and in black. So what tipped me to go for the Self-Portrait dress was the fact they had the dress in my size. The Solace London dress was not in my size and I did not want to start faffing around and taking it to the tailor to get re-sized.

 

 

 

Now I found this black Mia Guipure lace and pleated crepe gown on the Outnet. Instantly I knew that this was one of my top picks for this occasion. I am always so thrilled when I manage to find my size on the Outnet, as most of the time they are always sold out. I waited in anticipation for my dress and hoped that it fit me. Normally I find that most of the garments can be a little loose around my waist. When the package arrived I frantically opened the box and immediately tried on the dress. I was so overjoyed that it was the right fit for me and there was no need to make any alterrations Yay!!

On the day of the wedding I got the dress out and steamed it. It was an afternoon wedding so plenty of time to get ready, which is always a bonus. Looking out of the window and seeing the snow fall was not a good sight first thing in the morning. But it was not settling so that was reassuring, I had not thought about what I was going to wear on top. The wedding ceremony and the reception is all in one place so therefore had not given any thoughts on what I was going to wear on top of the dress.

Next I went off to do my hair and make-up. I began with my hair as I knew this could take the longest. I put it in a bun and would you believe it I managed to do it on my first try. Previously when I had done a trial run I couldn’t for the life of me get it too look neat. The hair was just sticking out all over the place and even when I tried to secure it with bobby pins it just didn’t look right. So I was just thrilled and didn’t dare to touch it too much in fear of messing it up.

I then moved onto my make-up. The only thing here I was going to be doing from my normal routine was wearing eyeshadow. I don’t tend to wear eyeshadows on a daily basis and also keep my make-up to a minimum. Firstly I used the Charlotte Tilbury cream eyeshadow ‘Eyes to Mesmerise in Mona Lisa‘ which is a chocolate brown colour. Followed by Copper Craze by Maybeline and then to contour the crease I used Brown Down by M.A.C. As for my lips I wore Tom Ford Crimson Noir lipstick on top of my Brick Lipliner from M.A.C. After finishing off my make-up I went to get the boys ready. They all looked so handsome in their grey suits, they opted for the grey colour. I on the other hand was not too keen on the colour to begin with. However, after seeng it on them I was pleasantly surprised.

After booking the taxi I went and got into my dress, the gorgeous lace on top is just divine. Also the pleats and the thigh high split just brings another dimension to the dress. I needed help with the zipper as I do with most of my dresses so thats nothing new. I styled the dress with my nude shoes from Kurt Geiger, these are in the platform style and I find them very comfortable to walk in and more importantly dance in. As for my finishing touches I wore my gold statement earrings from Bees Jewellery. The gold bag is a vintage one that I bought years ago and I really can’t remember where I bought it from to be exact. Finally before heading out I decided to throw on a black shawl for some added warmth to and from the taxi.

Once we arrived at the Rembrandt Hotel In Kensington we were seated. My husband went off to do his Usher duties myself and the boys chatting amongst the guest before the Civil Ceremony took place. It was a small intimate family and friends only wedding so there was about fifty of us there. My other sister-in-law and I were asked to be witnesses at the wedding. This entailed us signing the marriage certificate.

The ceremony was Short and sweet and we moved onto drinks and family photo time. At this point the boys were getting hungry, up to this point they had done rather well and behaved so well. So when it was time to be seated for dinner they did not need to be asked twice. The food was delicious and we managed to get through the whole meal without any spillage. After the speeches had been done it was time to hit the dance floor.

The boys and their cousins were the first to start off the dancing. I was very surprised that Wyatt managed to stay awake. He is normally asleep by 7.00pm, so for him to be up this late was just rare to see. His uncle had made a deal with him, if he manages not to fall asleep till the first dance he would get a Marvel Lego set. So that motivated him to stay awake and even dance with us all. It was a beautiful wedding with the bride looking absolutely gorgeous. Everyone had a fabulous time and it was great to see all the family together.

We retired early as the boys were finally tired and ready for bed. I can safely say so we were too and I couldn’t wait to hit the bed myself. My feet were ready to get out my shoes and get a nice hot soaking before going to bed. I know most people would be too tired to wash their feet, but I really can’t go to bed until my feet have had a good soak and then a good moisturising. This actually makes me fall asleep faster I find.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my blog post. What do make of this Self-Portrait occasion wear dress? What other Self-Portrait dress do you like? Is black a colour you would wear for occasion wear? Please do let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Dress: Self-Portrait @Outnet Similar here (@Net-A-Porter)

Shoes: Kurt Geiger similar here (@Kurt Geiger)

Bag: Vintage

Lipstick: Tom Ford

Earrings: Bees Jewellery

 

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68 Comments

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 7:12 am

      Thank you so much Sheena.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Thank you so much Ashley.

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      Lovely

  1. April 17, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Thanks for the interesting post! Have a nice day)

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Thanks Vika.

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      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 7:10 am

      Thank you Caramella.

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      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 7:11 am

      Thank you so much hun.

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      Lovely

  2. April 18, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Oh this dress is absolutely gorgeous! I love this lace detail and how the silhouette is so flowy 🙂
    xx, Carmen – https://carmitive.com

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Thank you so much Carmen, so glad to hear that.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  3. April 18, 2018 / 10:43 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous in that dress darling! Very elegant and glamorous. The lace details are so beautiful, I would definitely wear this dress too.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

    • Lovely
      April 18, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Thank you so much Simone, I know the lace detail is beautiful, just adore Self-Portrait dresses.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  4. April 18, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    That dress is stunning and so are you darling. Just fabulous! xx

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:39 am

      Thank you much Addie.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thank you hun, The slit also makes it much easier to walk in too!

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thank Margot, that bun can be hit and miss at times, this time I managed to get it right.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Thank you so much hun.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  5. jane
    April 19, 2018 / 2:33 am

    This is such a pretty chic dress.
    Something very classy to wear in an event.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:42 am

      I totally agree Jane.

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      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 7:42 am

      I think so too Pantene, thank you so much.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  6. April 19, 2018 / 9:53 am

    I like it. It makes you look serious and as someone you don’t want to mess with. Determined. Plus, it reflects someone with high ideals and big dreams.

    • Lovely
      April 19, 2018 / 10:46 am

      Thank you.

      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 6:54 am

      Thank you Christina.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  7. April 19, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Great post as usual! Have a nice weekend)

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 6:56 am

      Thanks Vika, Have a wonderful week ahead.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 7:00 am

      Thank you Lesley-Kim.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 7:00 am

      Thank you so much Juliana.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 7:00 am

      So happy to hear hat Mercy.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  8. April 20, 2018 / 5:11 am

    Love how you’re rocking your outfits! Your gown looks rich and classy! Sounds like you enjoyed your time out in the event. Sleeping early is the best feeling ever – you get the most out of your sleep and have enough energy to conquer the next day!

    exquisitely.me

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Thank you so much Nancy. Have a fabulous week.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much Alyssa.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Aww thank you so much Dominique, I know I couldn’t believe they had it in my size!

      xoxo
      Lovely

  9. April 20, 2018 / 3:31 pm

    Babe you look stunning! I love the gorgeous lace details and that sexy slit! Such a fabulous look.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Aww thank you so much darling, I too love the lace!

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 20, 2018 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much darling, so happy to hear you love the dress.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 21, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Thank you so much.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 21, 2018 / 10:04 am

      Thank you so much Courtney.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  10. April 20, 2018 / 11:03 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

    • Lovely
      April 21, 2018 / 10:04 am

      So happy to hear that Gil, have a fabulous day!

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 21, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Aww Thank you so much Radi.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 21, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Kali, have a wonderful day.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 23, 2018 / 5:41 am

      Thank you so much Nistha.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 24, 2018 / 11:26 am

      So happy to hear you think so, thank you.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      April 30, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Thank you so much Len.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      May 1, 2018 / 9:30 am

      Thank you so much.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      May 4, 2018 / 10:45 am

      Thanks Bea.

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      Lovely

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