October Challenge: Bridesmaid Look

24 Oct

Weddingtonway is hosting an October Style Challenge to honor Bridal Fashion Week (see Alexandra’s post here for details on the challenge).

I was invited to participate and now that I have had so much training the past few months preparing for my wedding :) below, am presenting my selected look using the WTOO7521 bridesmaid dress.

Weddington Way Challenge – My best Bridesmaid look

If I was maid of honor to a wedding again, and was given the choice to pick a dress and the whole look, I would go for one dress paired with various accessories between ceremony and reception. To avoid too much of a bridal look, I would clear away from white bouquet.  The looks below could also be used for a bride in my opinion.

The look(s):


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Images courtesy of links provided under details below.

The details:


Look 1 – Ceremony: dress, shoes, topper (love this one too but more “bride” than ‘maid”), flowers, earrings, sash, hair&makeup, bracelet, nails.  The budget would be about $1,000.  Note on the topper: I do not like the sash effect at the back so I would cut the extra material from the topper and instead turn it into a button with very small hole to close it out. And would use the sash on top instead to complete the look :) Oh, if a bride is to choose this look, she may want to add this veil and use this sash instead :) As far as hair, I like the simple low bun with a nice rouge on lips (for bride, maybe nude for ceremony and rouge for reception ;) )

Look 2 – Reception: same as Look 1 minus the topper! If a bride were to pick same dress, then I would advise she changes the earrings to these and remove veil for this accessory instead and add this clutch ;)

Actual Sissi’s Bridesmaid wedding looks

For my wedding, my matron of honor wore the “Award Winner Gown” by Badgley Mischka (obtained via Rent the Runway).  My bridesmaids used the Alfred Sung D530 dress in Daffodil peau de soie (also available at WeddingtonWay here) with silver/diamond earrings and bracelet from Laila Rowe. My singing maids were Dutch wax outfits.

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If you want details on my wedding dress, visit my review post here. I will be reviewing my wedding shoes next week :) Stay tuned!

What do you think of my picks? Please critique!

OI: Greens and Greys

23 Oct

Keeping up with recycling garments from my own closet, this week I went after pencil skirts, blouses and tees. Let me know which outfit you like best!

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top/skirt — skirt(review)/top — skirt/blazer — skirt(review)

A&F: I.Kollection at Africa Fashion Week London 2014

22 Oct

The London Africa Fashion Week event ran from August 7th through August 9th.  Among the various designers, I.Kollection caught my eyes because this is the first time I have personally seen models to wear the “liputa” or loincloth tied the ‘African’ way. In the case of her presentation, they were more tied western African style.  In Congo, we tie the ‘liputa’ on the side, but it was refreshing to see.

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Image courtesy of demotix.com

More looks from the AFW London here, and to get more info on I.Kollection, you can check their facebook page as well as their homepage.

Review: Collection Harper Calf Hair

21 Oct

The  flats were on popback last week on my size so decided to jump in and try them on.  Review below:

Sissi’s Weekly Review – 21st October 2014 2014


What: Collection Harper Calf Hair by J.Crew

Season: Fall 2014

Material: 100% dyed calf hair outer, leather lining and sole

Quality: Very Good.  Craftsmanship is very good as expected for the price, however, the black spots are not consistent between pairs.  The left shoe looks different from the right shoe as you can see on the picture below.

Fit: True to size.  I’d advise to go with your regular size unless your feet are wider. I tried the patent Harper in one size up and my feet were floating inside so true to size should be way to go.

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Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…if you can go with the mismatch pattern.

Review: Toggle coat – part 2

20 Oct

Last year, I had purchased the toggle coat in brilliant frame color from the Crew (a review here).  Unfortunately, I had to size up as J.Crew did not offer a tall size.  Well, this year, the toggle coat is back in four colors: navy, henna red, turquoise, navy and olive green. Also, the wool is Melton this time …which appears to be a medium thick wool used for blankets and old military uniforms per this link.

Now, below is a review and if you are interested into purchasing my vibrant flame toggle coat from last fall, email me ;) Tomorrow, I’ll be reviewing the Collection Harper Calf Hair flats by J.Crew. Stay tuned!

Sissi’s Weekly Review – 20th October 2014 2014


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What: Melton Toggle coat by J.Crew

Season: Fall 2014

Material: 95% wool and 5% poly outer, 100% poly lining

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Quality: Very Good.  The wool is warm and high quality, and slighter thicker than last year’s toggle coat version.  The henna color is a deep orange in my opinion, very autumnal.

Fit: True to size.  The tall size is a much better fit for me, went with my regular tall size and the shoulders are well in place and the hood covers my big head.  The sleeve length is ok, I still feel the sleeves could be longer but this version looks more decent on me than last year’s coat.  Zippers and buttons add to the look.

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Sissi’s Verdict: Keeper…the promo is good but you may want to hold for sale, if it lasts.

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