Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year! Festive Maxi Dress Outfits With a Sequin Scarf and Quilted Bags

Happy new year!

I can't believe this post marks 4 years of blogging! 863 posts, countless outfits... thank you all for following along and supporting me. Thank you to everyone who reads what I write, who leaves a sweet comment, and who adds value to my blog. It's readers like you that have encouraged me to keep this blog going each year. I truly value your friendship and thoughtful comments.

I've enjoyed being able to share my real everyday style with you over the years. In a world of perfectly posed, professionally shot and photoshopped pictures, I've enjoyed sharing my quick little snaps taken before I leave the house each day, puppy and toddler photobombs sometimes included! It's been wonderful reading along with all my blog friends too. I highly recommend you check them out.


While trying to wear more of my wardrobe and think more about what I buy, I hope I've inspired you to try to wear more of your wardrobe and to re-wear and remix what you already own. Through my numerous outfit fails, I've shown that not every outfit is perfect. Not everything is or has to be perfect, despite appearances on social media. Fashion is all about fun - or we wouldn't have so many pretty things stuffed in our wardrobes! So enjoy what you own, have fun with what you wear, and remember that at the end of the day clothes are only clothes. We get to take them off each night and start fresh every morning.

Here are your favourite OOTD shots from 2015 too, my #2015bestnine:

Outfit posts:
purple maxi dress: still to be blogged | pink and burgundy | maternity shorts and maxi cardi


2015 has been a big year, here's hoping 2016 is bigger and better and full of everything you wish for!



Figured now was a good time to share my Christmas outfits - I added some sparkle to them with my sequin scarf worn as a belt. A great accessory for a maxi dress, and anything with sequins seems so perfectly festive for Christmas and New Years.

What I wore:

Away From Blue | Second Trimester Christmas Maxi dress outfit RM Love bag MEV Havana

AwayFromTheBlue | Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey silver tiffany charm bracelet stack
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace layered with Tiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
DressMEV Havana maxi dress C/O Zibibo
Belt: white and silver sequin scarf worn as a belt
Shoes: Asos 'five star' leather sandals
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey (get an extra 40% off at Rebecca Minkoff with code 'BYE2015'!)

Why I wore it:

We were lucky enough to celebrate Christmas twice this year! For previous years we've visited both sides of the family on the same day, but this year was just like last year and more relaxed with each family celebrating on a different day. This is what I wore to celebrate early with hubby's side of the family. I wore this maxi dress last year on Christmas day, without the baby bump, but as we didn't visit hubby's family that day I figured I could re-wear it for this year. I made it a little different by swapping the belt for my sequin scarf. Accessories are so great for making 'new' outfits out of old favourites!


Last worn: purple maxi dress, sequin scarf, Asos leather sandals, Rebecca Minkoff love bag.

Other ways to wearmaxi dress layered up for winter, sequin scarf as a headband, Asos leather sandals and skinny jeans, Rebecca Minkoff love bag and skinny jeans.



Where to buy pretty sequin scarves:



And pretty sequin snoods:






What I wore:

AwayFromBlue | Second Trimester Pregnancy Christmas Day Maternity Outfit black embellished maxi dress

AwayFromTheBlue | Chanel vintage quilted lambskin flap mixed metal bracelet stack
NecklaceTai gold alphabet necklace layered with Tiffany diamonds by the yard necklace
DressJeanswest 'Sierra' embellished black maxi dress (on sale!)
Belt: white and silver sequin scarf worn as a belt
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs silver tuxedo flats (new purchase)
Bracelets: the usual plus silver charm bracelet and Disney Couture Winnie the Pooh bangle
BagChanel vintage quilted lambskin flap

Why I wore it:

This was what I wore for Christmas day. I had really liked wearing the sequin scarf as a belt previously, so thought I'd add it to this dress too. It already has a pretty embellished neckline, but Christmas is a time for sequins and shimmer and glitter! I gave it a go and was pleased that it didn't feel like too much sparkle. We spent the morning at home together and then headed over to my parents for lunch and more present opening.


Last worn: embellished maxi dresssequin scarf, vintage Chanel bag. First time I've worn the flats as they are a recent purchase.

Other ways to wearembellished maxi dress and a denim jacketsequin scarf with a printed tankvintage Chanel bag and jeans.




The Asos sale continues, and with further reductions it's now up to 70% off!




Linking up with Fabulous Friday, Fab Favourites, Passion for Fashion, Labour of Fashion, Shoe and Tell, Hello Monday, Let It Shine, Modest Monday.



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41 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you and your family, Mica!

    Thank you for 4 fabulous years of fashion. I love today's looks.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Happy new year to you and yours SSG :) Thank you.

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  2. You look fabulous, all slammed up for Christmas. I choose a wrap dress to fir my bump, but still be a little put together.

    And four years of blogging? Wow, that is quite some time! Congrats, and to many more years to come.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Wrap dresses are great in pregnancy! I just bought another one in the post-Christmas sales, ha!

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  3. For sure, accessories are key to making any outfit standout! Love how you do that too :)
    Cheers to 2016 being even better and brighter for you Mica!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries
    Win a Longer Lash Serum from Green Esthetics! [International Giveaway]

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    1. Yep, I'm a big fan of accessories! :)

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  4. 4 years is amazing! I've been blogging just over 3 years and I love it :)

    Hope you have a lovely 2016.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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  5. Ooh, I really like the black dress with the sparkle belt, it goes really well together! Also, the printed maxi dress in your first Instagram photo is super cute :)

    Happy New Year!
    Sam | http://mybeautycloud.com

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    1. I am pleased by how well it went with the dress! Glad I tried it :)

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  6. Beautiful jewellery. I love your pink outfit. Wish you a great 2016!
    Holiday Cheer For the New Year

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  7. Congrats on four years of blogging! Here's to many more! Loving the jazzy scarf as a belt, great idea. You can never have too much sparkle at Christmas!!

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    1. Definitely never to much sparkle at Christmas, it is a time for sparkles! :)

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  8. Cheers to 4 years of blogging! You look so gorgeous and cute in that collection! Happy new year.

    I Feel It All ~ Styleccentric Fashion' | BLOGLOVIN

    xo, Alyssa

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  9. What a beautiful post, love your writing and happy birthday to your blog. Both dresses look lovely on you and the belt is the perfect touch- got to have some sparkle for this time of year.

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    1. Sequins are the perfect amount of sparkle I think! :)

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  10. Both dresses are amazing and you look splendid Mica! Thank you so much for linking up! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose fashion blog

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  11. Congratulations on four years of blogging! Love that lavender color on u! Happy 2016!
    Thestyletune.blogspot.com

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  12. Congrats on four years of blogging! What an awesome accomplishment. You are definitely an inspiration. I always appreciate your writing and attitude. Today is no exception. Great looks!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. I'm flattered you'd think of my as an inspiration, thank you! :)

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  13. Four years of blogging? That's crazy! I hope I can say that one day top, as I am just starting out. Great post! :)

    -Andie
    www.andiedutton.com

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    1. It is! I'm surprised I've stuck with it so long, haha!

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  14. Happy New Year!! Congrats on the 4 years of blogging, hopefully the 5th will be the most best yet!!

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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  15. Love the RM and Chanel bags! Percetion!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  16. I do love a good maxi dress! There's always been the debate that I'm supposedly (at 5'1) too short for one but I never let that stop me as they are just so wearable! You look absolutely stunning, such a gorgeous, vivid pink!

    Hope you have the best year with your family!

    Musings & More

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    1. I'm a shortie too (5'2) and I agree, maxi lengths are so wearable! Even if they do have to be hemmed first, ha!

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  17. 4 years of blogging? WOW!
    Happy New Year!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  18. Wow, 4 years - congratulations! Here's to another year!
    Beautiful maxi dresses especially the black one you wore on Christmas day.

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Happy 2016, Mica! And Congratulations to your blog anniversary, dear! Both dresses look magnificent on you, Mica! I really thought the sequin scarf is a part of the dress. Wonderful styling! Love, love this chic black maxi dress on you, wow!

    xoxo Ira
    JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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  20. Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to you, Mica! You always look gorgeous in all of your pics! I love the sparkly scarf-as-belt - so sneakily fab!

    Here's to another year of blogging!

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  21. your belly every time is bigger and bigger. You look adorable!
    x,Abril
    The Color Palette

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  22. Love the 2nd dress - simple but classy. Glad you had a fun time during the holidays. Have a great 2016!

    www.jeannechristinemarie.blogspot.com

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  23. Such gorgeous outfits and maxi dresses. Your puppy is too cute!

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  24. Happy Blogiversary Mica! Four years is awesome! We started at the same time. I'm so happy to call you my friend. You're the sweetest person and I've witnessed your growth throughout the years. Now you're a mom! So beautiful to see. You looked great for the holidays. Both maxis are very becoming to you.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Aww thank you Kim. I've so enjoyed following along with your blog all these years too and getting to know you :)

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  25. Happy 2016 and blog anniversary! That's a lot of outfit posts. I agree, not every outfit works. I'm starting to find that out and accept that as I participate in more and more style challenges. Which I totally owe to you since I'd never heard of them before. I kept it super comfy this Christmas. I cozy sweater and comfy jeans. In the past, I've glammed it up, wore a dress. I just wasn't feeling it this year. (;

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    1. Sometimes cosy and comfy is just what you need! Probably never here as it's not cold enough to want cosy, ha! But certainly comfy! :) Glad I could inspire and encourage you to have fun with your wardrobe through style challenges :)

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  26. Happy 4 years!! I'm so glad to have found your blog this year--I love seeing your fun style and seeing how you strategically shop your closet! I love both of these looks and how you styled that sequin scarf as a belt. So fun!

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    1. I've really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog this year too Shea! :)

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  27. Happy new year everyone! Thank you for your kind comments and congratulations on my blogaversary! :)

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  28. I really thought the sequin scarf was a part of the dress! Love the shade of pink on you. Both dresses are stunning. Congratulations for reaching 4 years of blogging!

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  29. HNY Mica ! I am only beginning to catch up - I like that black maxi dress and how you styled it (you can never go wrong with a Chanel bag) . Hugs.

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