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1Dress: Custom Style For Less


If you’re looking for sophisticated dress styles that are glamourous with a bespoke aesthetic, then you just might want to check out

Since 2007 1dress has been providing elegant dresses for women globally. They even offer dresses for little girls as well. There are dress styles for just about every occasion, including evening and formal events, cocktail hour, and especially wedding celebrations. I recently spoke with the company, and browsed the site to see their offerings, as well as find out what has made the brand so notable for the past seven years.

Firstly, they have an incredible amount of style options in dresses—you simply select your dress to order and choose from a wide range in diverse fabrics and colours. There are more than four-thousand styles all tailored for your preferred needs. There is also online help if needed.
Aside from attending the opera, there are only a handful of events that I go to annually, where I need an elaborate dress or evening gown to wear. And, I am usually quite selective in balancing colour vs. embellishments, so it was nice to see their variety, not only in colours, but dress lengths, and sparkled trimmings. Custom evening gowns like these would typically cost close to a fortune, but I found several styles on that would cost less than half the price of a handmade gown with intricate work. 

Typically, extremely low prices affirms that somewhere in the equation, there will be a lesser quality in product, but is the exact opposite. In fact, prides themselves in providing high quality garments and customer service with excellence. The assurance of making the customer happy whilst dressing them in style is the added bonus that sets apart from many other brands.

Here are some of my favourite styles.
Do you have a special event to attend? If not, then pretend that you do—what style of dress would you wear to an evening gala? is an online shop based in Germany, and ships internationally. To shop, visit *This is a sponsored post, but all opinions expressed are my own. Images: courtesy of 1dress, and edited by Fashion Tales.

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Frightfully Fabulous Edibles


You might already be geared up for Halloween, but just in case you’re not, I wanted to give you several part suggestions. And, just because it’s Halloween doesn't mean that you can’t party in style. There are loads of ways to be festive in a non-traditional way and even have a laugh in-between.

Here are some inspiring Halloween ideas and links that I loved, including fun cocktails to create for your Halloween party. If you’re in the mood for healthier options, you may want to try this!
(Above) A-Strawberry Ghosts, B-Bloody Vodka Cranberry or Vampire Kiss Cocktail, C-Morgue-A-rita cocktail, D-Ghoulish Breadsticks

 (Above) Risotto de potimarron et fourme d’Ambert
 (above) Big Mouths made of marshmallows, peanut butter, and apple slices.
(Above) Taco dip

What are your plans for Halloween?

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Style Files // Layered Leaves


As promised, I wanted to show you a few more goodies that I found from the H&M sale, amongst others. There’s also special pink Monki number coming up somewhere in the other shopping haul.

I bought this dress for seven dollars, as well as the studded belt! Even though the dress was in the summer section, I am making it a garment for all seasons. It’s travel-friendly, and will transform easily from summer to fall with a jacket and Tee layered with tights for colder months. I wore it both ways, and I scored this feather necklace and hunter green tights for three dollars plus an unexpected additional twenty percent discount ... I quickly paid and asked no questions!

My “Big Ticket Item” as I mentioned before will be very useful throughout the season—in this entire outfit, it was the khaki snood. The colour is neutral and it’s an excellent knit piece for me to pile on top of just about everything else for winter.
I am finding that with all of the technology that we have with Smartphones sometimes it's a bit much, but then there are most where it can really save you. Since I am an avid online shopper, I used another new app that I came across called, Price Watch. It works well for price comparing, and it caters to online shoppers, especially if you love Amazon. Although, I am not thinking about holiday shopping quite yet, I scanned barcodes with it as I shopped for other things, and used price comparisons for a variety of items.  
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This outfit was inspired by the unequivocal liveliness of autumn colours particularly found in gourds, the hues of pumpkins and squash, the changing of forest leaves, and the setting sun splashed across the night sky. What do you think of my harvest fashion blend?

Have a wonderful weekend! What are your plans? 
I will likely try to visit a couple of vintage stores, and search for fabric (with a French aesthetic) to make a valance.  
The goods: Nokia Lumia 635-Courtesy of Nokia. Printed dress, Snood, Studded belt, and Jewellery-H&M, Boots-Target, Clutch-last seen here, Jacket-Marshalls. *This post is sponsored by Microsoft, but all opinions expressed are my own. 

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Weekender: Moto-Chic


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This past weekend I felt that I had struck every sale that I could—if only I weren't too meticulous in selecting patterns or styles, then it would have been even better. You may have seen a few items that I scored during my shopping venture here, but I have heaps of other pieces that I bought and cannot wait to wear.

Even before my shopping excursion, I had been in search of another moto-jacket, preferably in hunter green or cobalt with leather panels. Although, I didn't find a hunter green version, I did stumble upon this army green and faux leather jacket at Marshalls. This was actually the only big-ticket item (BTI) that I bought for the entire trip, (I like to have at least one BTI when shopping), considering being budget-friendly. Every BTI that I own is a piece that be carried into multiple seasons. It's always versatile, and for me, these pieces are generally outerwear or footwear.

Each item that I purchased was on sale, and my favourite piece other than the jacket was this Cynthia Rowley Tee for a tenner. Only two items that I bought on the entire shopping venture was just under thirty dollars. I had to double check the quality of the jacket since I am a savvy jacket collector, as it must meet my fashion inspection, as well as my arm length standards. Well, it did!

I also managed to score big at H&M in their organic cotton section as well as a few more autumn pieces, including jewellery, a snood, and a great spring printed dress that I am transforming for the season. All from three to seven dollars. I will share more details about those later, so do check out the updates via Instagram and Twitter.
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Finally, after messing about with the Lumia, I made it custom to my lifestyle, because setting up your favourite fashion layout and other applications takes time, not to mention the music section on any mobile device is a whole other entity. 

I found a couple of great apps that I am enjoying at the moment; one is called Smart Budget. This helps you to keep track of how much you are spending, whether it's at a grocer or local department store—a simple and safe way of budgeting without having to be logged into your bank account. You can even graph out how much you've saved and spent daily and monthly.

Have you tried any new shopping apps? What are your favourites?
The goods: Nokia Lumia 635-c/o Nokia. Faux leather moto-jacket, Marbled Tee-Cynthia Rowley, and Moto-pants-Marshalls, Lace-up boots-Target. *This post is sponsored by Microsoft, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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