One dress, Two Ways

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As a style blogger I am always looking for ways to take an item and create lots of different looks with it. This is a great way to save money, keep things interesting, and get more bang for your buck! For this post I decided to show you how I’ve styled a Little White Dress (LWD), two different ways. I feel like a LWD is a staple most women have in their closet for spring and summer already so hopefully this gives you a little inspiration. I’ve also focused on how you can turn a shorter dress into a tunic if you are worried about the length of some of the items in your wardrobe. This tip is especially good for us mums who need a little extra coverage when running around after our little ones.

Casual, tunic style.

Teamed with distressed denim, easy slides and a statement necklace this day time casual combo can take you anywhere. However swap out the flats for heels, lose the hat and this look immediately transitions to night.

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Dress: Daily Style Boutique $80, Jeans: Rollas $70, Slides: Marks and Spencer $50, Hat: Cotton On (similar here $69.95)

Cool and edgy

Worn as a mini with a faux fur vest and ankle booties this look is immediately dressier and a little more street-style cool. Ideal for a date or girls night out.

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Dress: Daily Style Boutique $80, Vest: Seed Heritage (similar here $55), Boots: ASOS (similar here $49.95)

 

 

Early Valentines Day and Your Closet Hire

Dress: Nicolas via Your Closet Hire ($150 for 4 day rental), Shoes: Witchery (similar here $107.95)

Who else loves Valentines Day? I know it’s a “Hallmark Holiday” and I will admit that since having kids, it often ends up being pretty low-key but I can’t help it, I still love it. I think because I’m a girlie girl at heart, any excuse to wear a feminine dress, have flowers in the house and be surrounded by everything heart-shaped just makes me happy!

With all that being said, I think hubby will be travelling this Valentines Day (sad face) so this weekend we decided to celebrate a little bit early with a special date night on Sunday. We actually had a day date as well. We woke up early on Sunday morning, got the kids ready, piled into the car (with large coffee’s obviously) and headed up to the Yarra Valley. Our first stop was the Lavender farm which was absolutely stunning and of course smelt amazing.

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The rest of the day was then about the kids until we came home, cleaned up a bit and headed back out to one of our favourite restaurants in Hawthorn. I felt so amazing in that beautiful red dress from Your Closet Hire.

As I mentioned in this post, this past weekend I was lucky enough to be sent a few pieces from the girls at Your Closet Hire to help me out with my busy weekend. From hosting an Australia Day BBQ to a Girls Night Out and then an early Valentines Day dinner, I had the perfect outfits from amazing designers and what’s better; all the items I chose were $150 or under for a 4 day hire. Here is a little bit about them from their website:

“Your Closet is Australia’s premier online luxury dress rental destination. Your Closet allows you access to luxury Australian and International designers collections at a fraction of the retail price.

At Your Closet, we are rethinking the way Australian women have previously approached their closets. We exist because we believe a beautiful product shouldn’t only be experienced through owning it. Our team is prepared to go the extra length to ensure you sparkle in the perfect dress at all of your special events. We have experienced stylists on board to help every step of the way and to assist with your dress decisions.

By giving women access to remarkable luxury experiences, we’re changing the meaning of ownership and revolutionizing retail in the process.

We deliver Australia wide.”

As you know, I have worked with companies who do a similar thing with designer handbag hire and I have had great experiences but I wasn’t quite sure how it would work with clothing. How would I know my size? Surely clothing is much harder to maintain and keep at a high quality? What if I stain it, will I be paranoid all night?

Well first things first, all three pieces I chose arrived in pristine condition, you would never even know that they had been worn before let alone shipped all over the country. I was particularly impressed with the Camilla products as they are so light weight and delicate, you would think they would show signs of wear and tear but no, they were perfect. In terms of getting your size right, each product has a sizing guide online but you can also correspond with the girls via email and they are so helpful. I was undecided on my size for this Nicolas dress and the lovely Briella helped me to decide which size to go for, and in the end it was the perfect fit.

Finally, will you be paranoid to wear a dress that’s not ‘yours’? Personally I found that I wore it the same way I would wear a special or expensive dress whether it was mine or not. As I’m sure many of you can relate, when you wear something new for the first time, or that one item in your closet that you absolutely  love, you instinctively take a little bit more care and are a little bit more aware of your surroundings. With that being said, when you select a dress for hire you will pay a $5 insurance fee and that covers minor stains and damages. All dresses are dry cleaned once they are returned and before they are sent to the next lucky  customer.

If you head to the Your Closet website you will see a whole list of FAQ’s if you have any more questions, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use this service again and recommend it to everyone I know (like all of you :)). Perfect for weddings, hens nights, special events and celebrations, hiring an amazing designer outfit for a fraction of the price will allow you to look and feel a million bucks. Thanks again Your Closet Hire, I’m already scouting dresses for my next events ;). xxx

Camilla With Love

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Dress: Camilla via Your Closet Hire, Shoes: Rubi Shoes

Happy Australia Day 🙂

I hope all my Aussie friends have had a great day and most of you have enjoyed a day off. My daughter and I went to a birthday party this morning and then my husband and I hosted a BBQ this afternoon.

I wanted to pop in quickly with some pictures of this stunning dress that I was lucky enough to wear today. I am partnering up with Your Closet Hire this weekend and this is one of the dresses I picked out to hire. I will be blogging about the whole experience later this weekend, so today I will just leave you will the pictures (and the link so you can hire it for yourself).

For my fashion sisters out there who know their stuff, yes this dress retails at about $600 but the four day rental price is only $99 which means I am still well within my new $150 (per items) price range! This dress can also be worn multiple ways. I went with the Grecian style, one shoulder look but there are so many other options.

Hope you enjoy the pictures, chat soon! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That Floral Feeling

Dress: Market find (similar here for approx $26.40), Shoes: H&M (similar here for $48), Hat: Cotton On (similar here for $29.95), Bag: Market find (similar here for $20) Total cost of linked outfit = $124.35

Hi Friends!

Happy Friday 🌻. I don’t have much time today but I thought I’d just pop in with this look from yesterday. I scored this dress and bag for an absolute steal at some markets recently. I’m not much of a thrifter as I don’t have the time to scourer op shops and thrift stores but I do love to wander weekend markets when I can swing it.

The dress is really baggy and oversized but it’s perfect for a hot day and I love the print and cute little tie at the back. I paired the items with my H&M gold slides and boater hat from Cotton On which means this whole outfit comes in under $150. Total bargain! Obviously because the items are ‘pre loved’ I can’t link the exact items but I have made sure that all the ‘similar’ items I have linked will ensure that you too can get this whole look (or similar) for under $150. Let me know your thoughts.

Have a great weekend everyone xx

White Dresses for Summer

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Dress: Polo by Ralph Lauren (similar here), Slides: Rubi Shoes

Is there anything better than an EASY white dress for summer? I’m not talking about a white hot, figure hugging evening type dress (although they are amazing too), I’m just talking about a throw on, throw over, throw in the wash and go, type of dress. Of course fake tan, small children, spaghetti and make up are all hazards when wearing white so the idea is to be smart when choosing a white dress and think about fabric as well as the fit. Cotton is a great option but of course so is Napisan :).

Today I am going to show you a few great options for a white summer dress but I’m going to also be outlining which styles will best suit certain body shapes to further help you in your shopping. This is part of the next phase for my blog, and I am so excited to share more details  with you over the next few weeks.

Before we get started, just a note on body shapes – what I share with you should be not be taken as blanket rules. Many other factors contribute to what styles will flatter your figure and which style you personally prefer.Today I am just giving some general guidelines based on basic body composition and the tools that we use as Personal Stylists. The terms  I will be using to describe body shapes are: Hourglass, Rectangle, Triangle and Inverted Triangle. Here are some simple definitions:

Hourglass: Waist is defined and noticeably smaller than hips and shoulders. Width of hips and shoulders are relatively equal.

Rectangle: Often referred to as a ‘column’: Shoulders, waist and hips are all similar in size and width.

Triangle: Often known as a ‘Pear’: Shoulders are wider than hips.

Inverted Triangle: Hips are wider than shoulders.

Dresses

This “Dobby Resort Dress” would work on most body shapes. The ‘Cold Shoulder’ trend is a great way to achieve an Off The Shoulder type style, but it is a little bit more practical to wear and lends itself to more body shapes. Due to the thicker straps and longer sleeve length, both triangles and (slightly) inverted triangles can wear this style as well as rectangles. If you have a voluptuous hourglass figure than you might find that adding a belt around your waist will look better and give you a little bit more shape.

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Country Road $59.96 (on sale)

I know that this dress isn’t technically white as it has a light beige stripe running through it but it is just such a great shape for rectangles, inverted triangles and hourglass figures so I had to include it. The lightweight, draped fabric still gives it that easy breezy summer feeling and how could you go wrong with that price? With the right accessories this dress could take you to the office as well as the beach so in my mind it’s a winner!

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Living Doll $89.95

This Living Doll “Maldives Midi Dress” is perfect to give some femininity and shape to those with rectangle figures. It would also work well for a triangle and an hourglass within the size range of 8 to a 12/14ish. The midi length is also very flattering for many figures but especially a triangle.

This fun and flirty ‘Evie Dress’ is a great shape for Inverted Triangles. It will balance out your shoulder line with the wide, scooped neckline and slightly a-lined mini hemline. The drop waist on this dress would also work for a rectangle as would the frilly details.

So there you have it, four great white dresses, all under $150 and something for all body shapes. If you have any specific questions about how to determine your body shape, don’t hesitate to get in touch or if you have any other item you’d like me to focus on in a similar post, I would love to hear it!

Have a great week ahead xx

Affordable Fashion & Great Jumpsuits For Summer

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Jumpsuit: My Boutique (similar here {I have this style in the blue, you can see it here}), Jacket: Calvin Klein (similar here), Shoes: Steve Madden, Clutch: Bebe (similar here)

One year on and my love for jumpsuits continues again this summer! I am equal opportunity when it comes to styles. Short sleeved or long, mini or full length, off the shoulder or any where in between. This jumpsuit I’m wearing actually IS from last year, but below I’ve linked some great options that are available now.

This year I am going to be focusing on affordable fashion that is accessible for everyone. It can be really easy to get swept up in the designer world and feel that unless you have the latest Gucci item you are not ‘on-trend’ but that is just not true. Fashion is really, really fast these days with new trends and ‘must have’ items coming out every month rather than every season. I have always said that if you want to splurge and buy a designer or expensive item then it should be a classic, investment piece. Jumpsuits, strappy sandals, denim shorts, torn jeans etc etc are the items you can save on, but they will be the items that make up your day to day wardrobe so that’s what you will see here at The Mummy Style Files.

But what is AFFORDABLE? Obviously price points are a subjective thing but for me I’ve determined that it will be $150 and under. I’ve based that on what (and where) I know you can get within that price range and it also means that you won’t have to skimp on quality or exceed that for a special occasion piece. Occasionally I will also showcase a FULL OUTFIT  for $150 total. Yes, that will include shoes and accessories. So I hope you are excited to see what I will be doing this year here and that you enjoy the affordable focus :).

So lets get into the jumpsuits! Here are my favourites below.

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Miss Selfridge via The Iconic $99.95

I love the V neck and wide legs on this one. A V neckline is really great at opening up the chest area and is really flattering for those with a larger bust or broad shoulders.

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Leigh Jumpsuit via Billy J Boutique $64

Blush pink is a huge trend for Summer again and this jumpsuit is so light and flowy it almost looks like a dress.

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Mink Pink ‘Wategos’ jumpsuit via The Iconic $99.95

Off the Shoulder and print makes this a great casual jumpsuit option. Perfect for weekends or low key get togethers.

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Boho Bird ‘Jump Around Jumpsuit’ via Birdsnest $109.95

Another one for my print loving gals. This style features a more tapered leg line which looks great with statement heels and elongates the legs.

Have a look here for some more options here, here and here.

I hope you are all having a great weekend, leave me a comment if you have any feedback or suggestions for me :).

x

Summer In The City


Gosh I love this time of year in Melbourne. For one thing it’s almost a relief that all the hoopla of Christmas, New Years and everything in between is over but it also doesn’t quite feel 100% ‘business as usual’ just yet. People slowly drift back into work and the promise of the Australia Day long weekend  helps to dampen the post holiday blues. 

Melbourne starts to have a little bit better (aka more consistent weather) and of course the January sales are always a good thing, but believe it or not, one of my favourite things about January in Melbourne is the tennis!! I’m not a die hard sports fan by any means but there is something about the tennis that I really enjoy. It is one of those rare sports that is equally enjoyable to watch live or on TV, and I love watching the classic traditions start to give way to modern culture without losing any class. 

Fashion is a big player in this as the strict dress codes of all white and long shorts ect are now being replaced by athletic gear that mirrors some high street trends and comes in all colours of the rainbow. I think the tennis subconsciously influenced the above outfit. All items are old favourites from my wardrobe but you can easily replicate this look by simply adding a cool pair of whie sneakers to your favourite dress or skirt. 

What about you? Any fellow tennis fans out there? Xx