metallic paws: a vision in velvet

Friday, March 23, 2012

a vision in velvet

It's kind of funny knowing that velvet has traditionally been portrayed to be the fabric of the royalty, symbolising luxury and opulence- when I happened to recently pick up three velvet dresses off Taobao.com for about $5 each (not including shipping and other fees). Kind of feeling a little bit guilty about the degradation of the image of velvet but erm...a bargain is a bargain right? *sheepish grin*

I'll be doing a review of that Taobao.com haul in an upcoming post, but for now, this is just a different velvet dress I picked up from Chicabooti recently. I'm so glad I found it, as I think it's such a wonderful staple dress for both winter or autumn. The dense texture creates an interesting, three-dimensional surface in jewel blue tones, but the design itself is simple and practical enough to be worn for any occasion. It makes a nice change from all the black dresses I've hoarded over my mission to find *that* one-for-all-event LBD (which by the way, does not exist in singularity. I don't believe it.)

Dress: Chicabooti
Stockings: Glassons
Heels: Pinet
Necklace: Taobao.com











Bracelets: Forever21.com, Lovisa
Rings: Diva, House of Harlow


Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Thank you all, for the interesting diversity of opinions in my last, last post in response to the article I linked titled the "Beauty Blogging Effect". I really do love intelligent debates and hearing about other people's thoughts and perspectives (oh gosh I sound so much like my uni lecturers lol).

91 comments:

  1. I love the stockings and the dress together! To be honest, I would have never gone for a velvet dress, but I really want to pick one up now for Winter. Seriously can't wait to see your Taobao haul. I picked up that House of Harlow inspired necklace from eBay once you posted the link to it on your last Taobao haul. Wearing it now too, aha x

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  2. Gosh, can those stocking not look perfect? For ages I hated velvet, but then I saw a girl at uni, with the most gorgeous emerald green velvet skirt. I think I changed my mind after that. I really love how rich the fabric can look, especially in deep colours. I think that your dress is a fine example of that. ^^

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  3. you look so pretty and skinny! love that dress. Great blog! following you now. :D

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  4. Your hair looks amazing! And I know I said this already but AHHH THE DRESSSS!! WHY IS THERE NO CHICABOOTI IN VICTORIA? I googled them and they have stores in practically every state but vic!! I want I want I want.
    I love the location of this shoot, I don't know why but the last couple are so fairytale-esque :O

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  5. There is no doubt that you'd heard people telling you that you're pretty all the time. So I hope it doesn't sound tiresome when I tell you that you're absolutely gorgeous! I've had a quick browse at the outfits and they're all lovely! Can't believe that the dresses were $5! Are you kidding me?!

    Now if only satin was that inexpensive. . .

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  6. Perfectly beautiful outfit. stocking looks super cute on you...

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  7. perfect!! so pretty :)
    thanks for your lovely comment on my blog dear , wanna follow each other ? :)

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  8. Absolutely stunning! You always have the most serene photographs on here :), adore x

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  9. lovely blog,
    ur dress is awesome!
    and u are so pretty:)
    wanna follow each other?

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  10. your blog it's so pretty!lovable post and great pics!!!!
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  11. PRETTYYY as always!
    i really adore your style ♥
    i love your tights and your dress!
    you are the one of the prettiest bloggers ♥

    claireteressa.blogspot.com ♥

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  12. whoaa that dress is really nice!
    i think chicabooti is a little underrated...not many people find good clothes there but you do! :)
    gonna go chicabooti now and rummage around to see if i can find something hehe

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  13. I love
    amazing! ..love that dress)

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  14. You look seriously gorgeous in that dress, I just love how you've styled the whole outfit!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :) Xx

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  15. Izzy you beautiful girl! That is such a nice dress. I want to run out and buy every velvet dress in the world now! And then I want to marry them and have velvet dress babies. YES I AM NORMAL.

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  16. Awesome!! You are so beautiful!!! Love everything!! I'm a new follower! XOXO

    yourlivingmannequin.blogspot.com

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  17. As always, you look gorgeous! The scenery is also beautiful. I'm in love with velvet dresses but I have yet to find -the- perfect red velvet dress!

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  18. Amazing photos, you look so beautiful ! ^^ Nice dress. I've never own a single piece that's made of velvet, except when I was just a little girl I had some party dresses.


    Thank you so much for the comment and for following me via Pinterest - so lovely!
    Have a great weekend gorgeous,

    Satu
    - Indie by Heart

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  19. I have a couple items of velvet :3 They aren't as easy to wear anymore, but they are still keepers ^^
    and all these photos are so pretty! I am in love with the birds eye view one <3

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  20. Yes, you are a vision!!!! This little number looks great on you and I love how you styled it!! You look so pretty! Thank you for your sweet comment!!!
    xoxo

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  21. So beautiful!! I love the dress!

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  22. I really love that dress! That blue is so pretty and it looks amazing with those stockings. I love the location of these photos too. It's almost like stepping back in time. <3

    toni

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  23. Beautiful photos! I really love the dress and how you paired it up with simple jewelery.

    http://fashionistanygirl.blogspot.com/

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  24. Izzy. you. are. stunning.
    Your photos blow me away every time. (:

    xoxo
    onceuponasprinkle.blogspot.com

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  25. Great outfit Izzy, amazing photos, and LOVE your stockings!!


    Sending love,
    kimberly
    -xoxo-

    http://www.AccordingtoKimberly.com

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  26. Amazing dress and you look so cute in it! x

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  27. i absolutely love how you styled this dress <3 you look stunning!

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  28. Wow!

    Absolutely stunning! This shade of blue is wonderful on you! I love how you did your eye make up and I love the tights you're wearing too!!

    I never really thought about Velvet that way. For the longest time I hated velvet. It just looked/felt so cheap to me (maybe because I've only ever really noticed cheap velvet? lol I don't know).. But I appreciate it more now. I don't really own any though, but I enjoy when others wear it!

    Also, I can't wait for the Taobao review! I have always been so nervous making an order and I just am not fully sure about which shopping services to use either! I hope you include the SS you used :)

    Thanks!

    Please check out my giveaway: $25 gift certifate to ClubCouture.cc! Thanks!
    - Josie :: http://8bitgrayscale.blogspot.com

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  29. Oh I just love velvet. The color is absolutely gorgeous here. Love the look, and love the fabric!

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  30. Beautiful pictures!!! ;) you look gret on that dress!
    xoxo

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  31. i'd actually never consider buying velvet but you may have changed my mind.
    you look great and i love your photos!

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  32. Izzi, you are too gorgeous!! I always love your shots where you have your back facing the camera and turn your head! :)

    Your bf is really good at taking your photographs btw!

    x
    Kim
    accidental encounters

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  33. Beautiful dress! I just got a velvet dress myself, $3 from Etsy.. heh. Came in the mail today :)
    Cannot wait to see the ones you got from Taobao!

    xx maggie
    saltandleather.blogspot.com

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  34. That dress looks awesome on you! Velvet always looks so luxurious to me, and hey - it can still be a luxury fabric, who will know it only cost you $5 unless you tell them?

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  35. Great pictures! I love your outfit and how you've combined it ♥

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  36. You look incredibly beautiful! I love the dress!

    Thank you so much for nominating me for that versatile blogger award, that is so sweet of you! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    xx, Susann
    Fashion in Pepperland

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  37. Nice photos and really cool outfit, you look great, I love your dress, what a great color and those leggings are so nice, the perfect touch to the outfit also you are really beautiful and your accessories rock! You have an awesome blog by the way and I am a new follower on GFC and Bloglovin! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

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  38. woww! absolutely stunning photos! you look so gorgeous!
    xx
    -S
    Ginger and Lace

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  39. The look really suits you!

    http://theas-vintage.blogspot.com/

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  40. you look great in your outfit! your dress is so whimsical!

    Babi
    www.whenbabispeaks.com

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  41. The dress shape is really flattering and lovely, and the colour has a bit of an regal feel to it :)
    What I really love though, are the shoes! I have a terrible weakness for bows and ribbons on shoes <3
    Ooh, the heart ring is pretty too!

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  42. Seriously? $5? No shipping fees??
    I'm checking this site out!
    That velvet dress is just gorgeous, and I love the deep, navy blue color. So dreamy. Your tights are the perfect, detailed touch to it as well!
    You look beautiful :)

    Trendy Teal

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  43. you're so pretty! and you've got amazing photos:) xoxo

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  44. Absolutely adore this outfit - the dress is such a beautiful colour!

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  45. I'm so jelly of how great you look in your ALL the outfits you show on your blog..
    It's like everything looks good on you! :p

    www.esohlee.com

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  46. Love how the texture of the velvet gives the dress depth and makes it more interesting. You look lovely as always!

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  47. the velvet texture is just stunning, also the navy blue color is astoundingly gorgeous, yet mysterious. The stockings are absolutely fabulous.

    www.reinhardtkenneth.blogspot.com

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  48. wow, these set of photos left me speechless. the dress is absolutely pretty, the photos are adorable, you look superb!




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  49. WOW your photos are absolutely lovely and you are stunning!! :)

    I'm your newest follower!

    www.theShopaholic247.com

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  50. lovely dress and tights!! so amazing!!! you look soo pretty!
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  51. sweet look! you look feminine in that dress. it has a great texture!
    That must be a super great price to have a dress for $5! very lucky!
    have a great sunday! :)

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  52. I think you look stunning in that velvet dress. I think velvet can look good, but personally I don't like the texture of it. I mean I like velvet shoes and when I see a pretty velvet dress like yours, I'm tempted to get one, but then I don't like how it feels...haha didn't really make sense, huh?
    I love your tights, too, btw.

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  53. Your tights are so great! Love them!
    Such a nice blog, following you now! :)

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  54. Loveeee this dress Izzy & how you styled it! I have a purple velvet dress except the front cut is abit different and i have yet to wear it out! The weather in Adelaide is heating up slowly again >=[
    I like it how you get a gazillion comments but you still manage to reply to everyones comment its what makes me keep coming back to your blog! You're such a stylish and lovely person hehe wish i could take you on the trip we'd go crazy with shopping! I cannot wait to check out F21 and urban outfitters etc =O
    Take care ox

    www.candypop-lamour.blogspot.com

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  55. i dont think velvet dresses would suit me but i love seeing other people wear them. its so pretty. xx

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  56. love the velvet dress girl, soo pretty

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  57. So pretty! Love your tights.

    xo,
    Angela
    headtotoechic.blogspot.com

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  58. i love velvet, and your dress is so nice

    lovely pics

    kisses

    http://thetrendyfrog.blogspot.com.es/

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  59. I can't believe you got that gorgeous dress for 5 dollars, what a steal! You look amazing and those stockings are to die for :)

    xo

    Ashley

    http://southerncaliforniabelle.blogspot.com

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  60. u look lovely in this outfit sweetie! i have a very similar cuff bangle too :) just read your "controversial" blog entry, the beauty blogging effect, really interesting. the society is constantly telling us what is beautiful (face, body, hair & anything physical), even in the cyberworld. just look at lookbook, the hot page is always dominated my the pretty faces with lean bodies but they do have great dress senses too. 3 "lethal" combo, no wonder these gals/ guys always at the top of the hot page :D

    xoxo
    mochaccinoland.blogspot.com

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  61. I love this outfit! The velet dress and tights look amazingly great together! xx

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  62. oh wow thank you fot the big big compliment!
    hearing something so sweet and flattering from you...
    because you have a pretty face shape, too and you are pretty!
    i love that dress what you're wearing <3

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  63. Amazing pictures, so aesthetic with a mysterious touch! The dress suits you well.

    Love M.

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  64. i've been looking everywhere for an affordable velvet dress! i'm definitely going to check the link to taobao now hahaha

    anyhow, i thought i was the only one who thought the elusive Ultimate LBD didn't exist! I too have about a bajillion black dresses, none of which are the ultimate so im glad I can give up and that i'm not the only one ;)

    WEMAKEPLANS

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  65. So in love with velvet pieces these days. Your stockings are really interesting! And you're gorgeous :) x

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  66. I don't know what I love more -- your dress or your tights. Both are totally adorable and unique.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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  67. Great outfit!! Love the dress and tights lots!! And i love shopping on taobao.com, looking forward to your post on the $5 dresses.

    xoxo
    Lizzo

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  68. wow you look absolutely gorgeous in these photos girl~ =) ! love the velvet dress, i think you accessorized it wonderfully. i cant wait for the taobao review post =D

    -Joyce
    carouselstreet.com

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  69. lovely look!nice pics!
    xoxo
    Bego

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  70. lovely outfit!! you look so super pretty <3

    Xoxo,
    .Le Reveur.

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  71. i really love the material of that dress! cute outfit
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  72. wow love this look!
    u look so adorable <3

    xx,
    http://lalainlaland.blogspot.com/

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  73. Lovely blog.
    http://xtheperfectmess.blogspot.com.au

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  74. Naw, this is so completely adorable hun. Velvet dresses and skirts are very versatile pieces to have ^_^ You look like a complete stunner her.....but you always gosh darn do! No fair ha.

    Eeli xo

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  75. I went thrift shopping today, saw a couple velvet tops and dresses, and though of you! Except they all looked plenty ill-fitting even just hanging on the rack. I've always hated velvet but have grown to appreciate it. It's definitely something that has to be the main focal point of the outfit! The way you styled it is the way I would wear it--- a simple but flattering dress and everything else doesn't take away from it.

    It's always nice to be able to DIY things but I can totally see why people just buy it, saves you the time and trouble of having to make it and try to get the formulation right haha. If you don't have a lot of free time to begin with, it's a lot easier to just buy something tried and true! But I was too lazy to go to the store to buy Fresh's scrub so I settled for just making it lol. And I can't imagine how steep international shipping must be from most US stores! :( But it goes both ways haha, I wish I could nab some things from the UK or Asia but shipping always has to bite me in the butt!

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  76. wonerful eyelashes!!
    you look fabulous as always!! love the velvet simple dress :)and also the necklace!!

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  77. Gorgeous buys. Makes me want to go out and spend all my money...

    http://allyisacat.blogspot.com/

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  78. Love this look! Gorgeous dress and love the tights!

    xo Vivian
    Flightgirl Fashion

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  79. I love the way your outfit photos are taken! You look great and the tights are so cute. You got a great deal on the velvet dress too :)

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  80. You look beautiful, love this dress and the stockings!

    http://nyorkeratheart.blogspot.com

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  81. I love this dress. The colour, the shape, everything. you look amazing in it ^_^ ♥

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  82. Awesome tights; they're great with the shoes!
    The Undercover Dress-Up Lover x

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  83. Oh, your eye-lashes! Are they real?

    And lovely outfit, as always :)

    Yishi x

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