Tuesday, December 29

- Sparkle with Coast...

This post will mark my last for 2015, and I thought I'd go out with a bang by publishing an outfit post. Outfit posts remain my most read (and my own personal favourite on other blogs), so it seemed the perfect way to end another year of blogging.

I feel my style has changed a lot in 2015. Previously I was drawn to anything cutesy, and whilst I still have my moments, my style is definitely more adult now. Despite loving makeup, experimenting with different hairstyles and constantly painting my nails, I still wouldn't have described myself as a girly girl growing up, but these days the ladylike fashion trends are one I favour.

So I guess that leads us to the showstopper featured in this post: the Desire Maxi dress* from Coast. This is certainly a thing of beauty and possibly the most ladylike piece I've ever owned. You know those pieces where you instantly feel elegant and want to repeatedly swirl around until you feel dizzy? That.

As you can see, these photos were taken in the garden when I visited my family home over Christmas. As much as I've been trying to take outfit photos out and about in London recently, it felt so nice to rewind and take things back to how my blog used to be. Plus, ain't nobody got time to gallivant deeper into the countryside in the cold, misty air and knee-deep mud wearing a glam maxi dress and heels. Also, sorry about the blue hue on the images, but I guess that's Winter sky for you. Let's say it's atmospheric.

I tried my best not to twirl around too much when these photos were taken, but trust me when I say it was hard to resist. How stunning is the colour of this dress?! It's the perfect Winter berry shade for the party season we're now in middle of, plus who doesn't love sequins at this time of year?

The sequins do add a lot of weight and I did have to make sure I was standing upright due to the heaviness of this piece, but I'm so happy it's high quality and not flimsy material that'll easily snag. This also means it's super flattering and hugs all of the right places, with the slight gathering around the midriff adding an extra touch.

The slightly dipped back flaunts an elegant flash of flesh; a lovely balance with the high-neck and length of the dress. I decided to do a fairly neutral make up look, by creating a subtle smoky gold eye and berry lip to compliment the colour of the dress.

Coast really couldn't have done better with this piece and despite the hefty price tag (£350) *gulp*, I really do think it's worth it if you're looking for an occasion piece that has the wow factor.

I'm sat at my desk still wearing this dress as I type, and I really, really don't want to take it off. I'll be back in London for New Year's Eve, so I'm hoping I'll find the perfect occasion to wear this out...

What do you think of this dress? Let me know in the comments below and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!

*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.



  1. What an amazing dress it's so elegant! Looks like it would be perfect for New Year's Eve. Love how you've done your hair as well it looks so nice!
    Amy X
    Call Me Amy

  2. That dress is amazing! I want it for NYE even though I'm not going out anywhere!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

  3. Oh wow Karen! This dress is absolutely gorgeous and looks so perfect on you :) I think my style has also changed this year and I've become a lot more "grown up" in my looks. You look beautiful and I hope you have a wonderful 2016! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  4. Ah it looks gorgeous!! I looove full length dresses for sure. I hope you had an awesome Christmas and we have to catch up in the New Year!!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  5. Such a beautiful dress Karen, you look gorgeous! I hope you get to take it for a spin on NYE :) Have a fab new year and here's to you being awesome in 2016 :D

    Fii | little miss fii | uk fashion & lifestyle

  6. That dress is gorgeous! *heart emoji* You look stunning :)

    Natalie Ann xo | Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

  7. I LOVE this dress! It looks amazing on you, the pictures are really nice too :)

    Velvet Blush

  8. That dress is simply gorgeous. I can see why you don't want to take it off.

    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

  9. Oh wow, what an absolutely beautiful dress!! I love anything with lots of sequins and sparkles so this is just stunning. It looks even better on you too!!! It is expensive... but sometimes it is worth spending a lot on that perfect item.

    Sarah xxx www.whatsasssays.com

  10. The dress looks perfect on you, the color compliments you beautifully. Pinning this great holiday outfit!

    ISA Professional

  11. That is such a lovely elegant dress on you, Karen! Wishing you a very happy new year and hope 2016 will be another brilliant year for you!

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  12. Wow! I wish I was tall enough to pull something like this off. It looks stunning.

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

  13. Oh Karen, this is such a classy, stunning dress and looks beautiful on you! Hope you have a lovely new year

    Corinne x

  14. I've only just come across your blog and it's amazing love it! I wish I was tall enough to rock a dress like this, being 5 ft 1 is not fun at all hahaha

    happy new year!


  15. Wow, you look beautiful <3 The colour and style of the dress really suits you.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Oh wow, this is such a beautiful dress hun. You look absolutely stunning <3 Have an amazing new year!


  17. You look absolutely stunning, Karen! Love the dress, it's just perfect for New Years Eve! Happy New Year, lovely! Talk to you soon! (:

    Ale | http://alemint.blogspot.com.co/

  18. Gorgeous dress!! The fit, colour, style, everything! I hope you got a chance to wear it :-) xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

  19. This dress is so pretty, and it looks beautiful on you! Definitely a great way to end the year :)

    The Makeup Directory

  20. Oh my gosh what a show stopping dress!! Simply beautiful, I do love Coast dresses/tops/skirts they are definitely my go to for Cruise outfits! Happy New year! xxx

  21. What a beautiful dress gorgeous and love the dipped back. Happy new year Lucy x

  22. A really stunning dress. You look stunning :) Laura www.shehearts.net x