A little while ago, I was contacted by FashionVouchers.com, inviting me to take part in their Christmas Party Outfit Blogger Challenge. As a side note, their site is genuinely well worth a look, and a follow on Twitter and/or Facebook, as they sniff out some amazing offers which aren't always publicised in other places.
The challenge was to pick one of their many merchants, then create the perfect Christmas party outfit from amongst its wares for under £100. 3 lucky winners will nab a £100 voucher for their selected merchant - happy days indeed!
After a few hours/days of um-ing, ah-ing and "sampling" various sites, I settled on ASOS, for sheer volume of amazing-ness (trawling through it all is a tough job, but someone's got to do it).
Dress, £33.50 (Previously £45)I was immediately struck by the way in which so many of my favourite things - velvet, lace and sheer "cutaway" panels - had been combined in this beautiful skater style - dark-edged, seductive, sophisticated... but still somehow sweet!
Cat Ear Aliceband, £12; Pearl Collar, £20I decided that my latest lust-have, cat ears, would be a perfect partner for the provocatively playful feel of the dress, whilst a luxe pearl collar would bring out its Baroque qualities, and tie the pearl beads of the ears more tightly into the look, for a modern fairytale feel.
Shoe Boots, £26 (Previously £35)I couldn't have wished for more perfect footwear to complete this look had I had a star to wish upon - either too light or too heavy would have risked breaking its 'spell' - but these shoe boots are just right (Goldilocks would approve) and (magic) mirror the dress to perfection.
Tempted to weave your own fashion fairytale? Check out all the challenge details here.