Thursday, January 29, 2015

Outfit: Burberry and a Blogging Tip

Here's my first ever (and probably last) Blogging Tip of the Day:

If you tend to accumulate a backlog of outfit posts, try not to take them in front of seasonal details. Like, say, Christmas trees.

Anyway, better late than never, right?

I took a chance and ordered this dress online as it had been heavily marked down on sale. Luckily, the dress fits almost perfectly. I wore this dress when we went for dinner at Hawksworth in Vancouver. The food was good! We had the tasting menu and my favourite course was the wagyu beef. Yum.

I hesitated for a long time before buying this dress. It's the first "designer" piece that I've ever bought, and even on sale, it was way more than I've ever spent on a single item of clothing. Yes, the quality and the execution are impeccable, but was it really worth the price? I guess the bottom line for me was that I really liked the dress and will wear it often in the future.

Have you ever bought a designer item? Would you rather have one designer piece or multiple middle-of-the-road pieces for the same amount of money?

Outfit details:
Dress: Burberry (similar on sale)
Tights: Target
Booties: Browns', very old (similar but with buckles)
Purse: Sophie Hulme Twin Keyhole Clutch Shoulder Bag, sold out (similar)


  1. I am so glad that I am not the only one with Christmas trees in soon to be February blog posts. But they do make very pretty backdrops, so they are working for me.
    That dress is so pretty. What a great addition to your wardrobe!
    I would rather have many clothing items instead of one designer piece, even though one great Chanel suit, for example, would be something you would most likely wear forever. I'm just too much of a collector.
    I do have one Prada dress that I bought years ago on an amazing Last Call sale from Neiman Marcus. I also have some Tory Burch dresses from about six years ago that I bought from their winter clearance sales.
    I always feel guilty with bigger purchases but the dresses were all amazing deals.

    1. I think that's definitely the best of both worlds... to find a nice designer piece that you love on sale! Would love to see your prada dress in an outfit post someday!

  2. Me too! I also just put up a post this past Wednesday with me in front of a Christmas tree! I've seen a few other bloggers do it too! LOL

    I think it was worth it to spend the money on this dress. It is absolutely beautiful on you, Liana! You will be able to wear it for years and years.

    I bought a pair of designer jeans a few years ago that I felt really guilty about but then I have worn them nonstop for the past few years so I am so glad I bought them. Now I have my eyeballs on a pair of gaucho pants from 3.1 Phillip Lim that are too expensive but I can't stop thinking about them. So instead I ordered a $50 pair from ASOS. I'm hoping I love them so I stop thinking about the Phillip Lim ones.

    Can't wait to see more photos of you in this dress as the years go by!


    1. I'm glad it's not just me!

      Thanks for the nice words, Cynthia. And I'm happy to hear that your designer jeans were worth it. The gaucho pants sound interesting. I never know what kind of shoes to wear with them though... hope to see your ASOS pants in an outfit post soon.

  3. It is spectacular! You look amazing! That dress was made for you! I am so in love with so many designer pieces lately. Of course, I don't love the price tag. I will splurge on a designer piece if I feel like I will wear it for years to come. I am seriously considering that plaid shift that went on sale today from Anthropologie. I just need to crunch the numbers!


    1. Thank you, Jenni! I wonder if you ended up getting the dress?

  4. Gorgeous tree and gorgeous dress! I own one designer piece, a Catherine Malandrino dress I wore once to a wedding and probably don't fit into anymore, but I still keep it because it's lovely and maybe I'll fit into it again one day, when I stop liking food so much (wait, that's never going to happen). But other than that, I'm not really into designer clothes. Labels don't matter that much to me, and I just don't have that "designer" lifestyle.

    1. Ooohh. I'm sure that Catherine Malandrino dress is beautiful.

      I like looking at designer pieces for inspiration but in real life I find a lot of designer clothes too "out there" and crazy.

  5. I also found myself with quite a backlog of outfit photos in front of holiday decor. Whoops! Oh well. You're just extending the holiday cheer!

    This dress is so ladylike and chic. Your wear silhouettes that would never work on my body. You always look so elegant and graceful. I guess I'll stick with my quirkiness and girlishness!

    The priciest pieces I've purchased are from plus size retailer IGIGI. They make incredible special occasion gowns. They're designed and made in the USA, and the tailoring and quality is phenomenal. They're well worth the splurge, mostly because they're gowns that I can see wearing years and years from now. I think your dress is a classic beauty, and the strips along the back are a flirty contemporary touch.

    I struggle a lot with buying fewer expensive pieces or many cheaper items. Anthropologie is "expensive" to me. Forever21+ is where I like to score my bargains. But there's such a difference in quality and closet life. And when I look through my closet, my most loved items are those with the most embellishments, and yes, with the higher price tags.

    <3 Liz