Friday, 14 December 2012

Romantic Summer outfit + A fashion GIVE AWAY!!

 Hey everyone!
This is a fabulously fun post for me to write, I was so excited when this opportunity popped up for me, because I love, LOVE being able to give back to my readers...
So please keep reading on for a great competition!!
I was recently given the chance to work with the gorgeous Influence Boutique* online store, they are based on the Gold Coast & stock amazing brands (YAY for them being a local Queensland company). I was given the privilege to be able to select an item from their range that I liked so I could use it in an 'outfit of the day' video/post. I selected a very pretty Shillah collared sleeveless top. 
Images from Influence Boutique. 
These tops are very 'in fashion' right now and similar ones can be found in almost every store. I really love this particular top because of the romantic, girly & classic feel to it. I love the sheer lace on top, it's so feminine & just a little bit sexy... 
The top was shipped over night & arrived beautiful packaged. 
It came in black tissue paper tied with pink & white string...
I couldn't wait to wear it. But I put off wearing it until today (I can be totally useless at times & I didn't want to risk spilling something ridiculous on it, because lets face it 2012 has been a bit shit for me & anything is possible). 
The top is of very high quality & it is a stunning piece that I am now in love with!
I couldn't work out which way I wanted to style this top, I had a few options; shorts, jeans, skirts... But I settled on pairing it with a pair of shorts I've owned for a few years & that my Mother always loves on me (she is a bit bias I know, but she likes them on me & she is the most honest person in my life, so I am fairly confident if they looked horrid she would tell me...)
When styling this 'OOTD' look I planned it around the 'holiday season'. Something that was summer appropriate but still could work for a 'festive get together'...
I thought this outfit was great, I styled it with 2 different shoe options, the heels work great to 'fancy it up' a bit  (tip; nude heels make legs look longer!) And the pretty blingy sandals make it a tad more casual (& comfy) and makes it a great summer outfit that can be worn during the day or to a BBQ or even on Christmas day... To make it a tiny bit festive I added a splash of red with a pretty red watch & red polish on my toes and a hint of green (ok it's more turquoise but it's more of a greeny turquoise) with the very cool but casual tan/green clutch. 
So here is the 'outfit of the day' video, it's a bit different to my usual 'OOTD' videos, but I still hope you all really enjoy it;

The outfit details are;
  • Shillah top; Influence Boutique
  • High-waist denim shorts; Supre
  • Red watch; Guess
  • Nude heels; Rubi Shoes (These shoes I regret buying, they are cute but stupidly painful!)
  • Bronze/bling sandals; Big W
  • Tan/Turquoise clutch; Birthday present from Libbi, but it is from Sportsgirl. 
  • Sunglasses; Guess

After having dealt with Influence Boutique over the past few weeks I feel confident in saying they are a reliable and well run company, as I said above my parcel arrived the next morning after my order was placed... They offer free shipping on all orders over $50 (within Australia) and international shipping is also available! 
And now for the exciting news; COMPETITION TIME!!
If you would like to win a $100 gift voucher to Influence Boutique  (of course you do!) follow these instructions... (This is an Australia wide competition only... Sorry!)
  1. Go Influence Boutique website - click HERE 
  2. Sign up to their mailing list... (You get $5 off just for signing up to their newsletter, they constantly have great deals & discounts so it is worth signing up for!!) 
  3. Select which item you would love for Santa to leave under you tree this Christmas & leave a comment below telling me which item it is & why... Please make sure in the comments you leave your name & email address so if you win I can contact you! 
  4. Winners will be selected at random on Christmas eve and Influence Boutique will be responsible for the $100 gift voucher.  
And as a gift to all my readers the store is offering 15% when you use the coupon code below!! 

It would be fantastic if you could LIKE Influence Boutique on Facebook & follow them on twitter as well they often have great discount codes like the one above & it also helps you stay up to date when they have sales!! :)
Thank you so much for all your support this year & I wish you all the best of luck! 
Love you all.
* & T.Cs; This post is sponsored, but as always I would never promote a company I hadn't personally dealt with, which is why I wanted to see what the delivery was like & the product quality. I have had no issues dealing with Influence Boutique and I trust that they will supply the $100 gift voucher to the selected winner. That being said, once the competition is drawn the prize is out of my hands, I have no responsibilities over the delivery. I like working with companies that offer to also benefit my readers, which is why I jumped at the chance when it was offered to me to run this competition, I enjoy giving back to my subscribers, that was the main reason I opted to work with this brand apart from them having gorgeous clothes & being a local Queensland company. If you want to read more on sponsored posts please click HERE


  1. Hey Belinda,
    First of all, what a great video, so girly and beautiful! I used to work in a clothing store that sold Shilla items and they are just lovely, and better then how feminine they look is the quality. You can spend however much on a lovely shirt only to wash it once and it starts pilling. I have shilla items that are at least 18 months old and still in excellent condition!

    I had a bit of a browse on Influence - nothing like an excuse to online shop haha! and tough decision. To pick something that is really in trend at the moment or to stick to a classic look? I finally decided on All Nighter Dress by Keepsake. This look is so in at the moment but i'm never one to jump on a trend unless i actually like it and know it suits me. The majority of my clothing is black, however this printed dress is blue and white, a fresh look that i know really suits my complexion and eyes. I figure that this little number would be perfect for those christmas bbq's and dressy enough to possibly give it a whirl come new years! I love the high neckline, as im not a fan of plunging dresses that require copious amounts of hollywood tape and constant checking to make sure you are 'all in'. Its a feminine and classy dress, two things that i dont believe ever go out of fashion!

    Enjoy your christmas, and as always love reading your blogs.
    Anna x

  2. thanks for talking about a new clothing store hun. I love having online options and this is one store I hadn't heard of. I love the All Nighter Dress by Keepsake! Keep up the great work Bindy xx

  3. Cute clothes I better win x ♡

  4. Hi Bella, thanks for the great giveaway :)

    I am really loving the "Forever Young Dress" by Finders Keepers The Label. It looks so flowy and feminine and very Grecian! Would be great for daytime or evening, and hides the tummy when you have too much to eat at all the summer parties!

    Effie (

  5. Ok so I checked out the website and I really like the dress called beyond the breakers - three of something...this is a nice looking dress to wear either to dinner or just to the shops you can up style it or down style it...a nice pair of flats or nice heels the choices are a perfect summer dress especially for where I live "mackay!!!" I would like to win this voucher muchly as it would be the start of a perfect Christmas and help me have the outfit I want for new

  6. Great giveaway Bella. So many beautiful items but I especially love the All Night Dress by Keepsake. The colour and cut is just gorgeous, so perfect for summer. Merry Xmas to you!

  7. Hi Bella...just letting you know I'm hosting my last giveaway for the year! It's an ecostore store gift pack valued at $100, hope you enter here:

  8. This video is just simply perfect! After browsing the website I could not go past the "This is Dreaming Dress - Tallula" oh my gosh it's breathtaking and just gorgeous! The perfect date night or party dress! It's completely different which I love and I know that it will be an eye catcher! It's perfect!

  9. I love the jumping/shoe change parts. Its so adorable.


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