Occasion: Gorgeous Weather, March 31, 2011
dress - c/o shabby apple (the marseilles dress)
sandals - dansko
earrings - hand me down
Since I follow so many other fashion and style blogs, I've heard the hype about Shabby Apple for quite awhile now. This made me thrilled and excited that I'd be receiving a dress to review, and at the same time set me up with some pretty steep expectations. This turned out to be a-okay, though, since I fell in love with this dress right away, though there were a few details that weren't exactly perfect. I'll go with bad news first so we can end on a happy note :)
There were two minor issues that I had with the dress as I wore it all day at work, running around. One was the wrinkle-factor. The dress arrived in a bag and was pretty wrinkled, so I ironed it with steam in the morning. By the time I got to work, however, the back had wrinkled up again from my commute, and then from sitting at my desk. The wrinkling wasn't horrendous or anything, but I did worry about it a bit. The second issue was where the wrap of the top part and the skirt connected. While sitting, I worried that it would open too much to expose a sliver of skin, so I fussed with it constantly. This minor detail was definitely not a deal-breaker though, since next time I plan to use fashion tape to secure it in place. All in all these two tiny issues paled in comparison for my love of the dress...
Okay so first, how perfect and gorgeous is the print? I love the colors, and especially the coral micro-pinstripes mixed with that lovely blue. Second, the overall shape was just perfect... fitted top, full skirt... my favorite. Third, the details. I love how the wrap at the top allowed me to conform the dress exactly to my shape, and the little pockets and collar are just fabulous. Also, I was really happy that the sleeves fit my arms, especially since I ordered a size down (Medium - I'm usually a Large) at the recommendation of the website and the salesperson who helped me out. It drives me nuts when a gorgeous short-sleeve dress or top fits perfectly except around my upper-arms... not a self esteem booster, let me tell you!
I'm sure I could go on for my love of this dress... but I think I hit all the main points I wanted to. As for Shabby Apple overall, they were fabulous to work with, even though this review post is much later than I intended. Also, when I was poking around the website I noticed that they donate a percentage of sales to help women in India, which definitely impressed me.
On another note, I took these pics in the outdoor area behind our apartment complex. Our neighbors have a ridiculously amazing garden that is displayed behind me, and where I'm standing is where we hope to create a nice outdoor space for Summer. I'll keep you posted on the developments!
Hope you're having a great weekend!