Sunday, August 21, 2016

I really only listen to German Death Reggae and Halloween sound effects records from the 1950s.

Greetings, humans! It is Sunday evening and dismal af outside, so I am taking the necessary steps of drinking tea and watching Made In Chelsea. I'd like to say that it's my guilty pleasure but I'm not that guilty about it and I don't actually enjoy it that much ever since all of the best people left (WHERE IS FRANCIS BOULLE). But still, it's comfortingly crappy.

It's been a busy couple of weeks at work and outside of work - helped along by the late summer heatwave that we were enjoying. I took a random Friday off work last week and Nic and I spent a wonderful sunny day in Oxford. Oxford is only 45 minutes away by train but it's been a few years since we were last there. I've never really clicked with the city, but this time round we had a really wonderful day - a long walk and a picnic in the sunshine, a little bit off the beaten track; a ramble in the Botanic Gardens where we found shade on Lyra's bench and, later, cocktails in the Morse Bar at the Randolph.

The Radcliffe Camera, famous for its many MANY appearances in Lewis

A pair of tourists on Lyra's bench in the Botanic Gardens

I can't believe it took me this long to make a pilgrimage to the Morse Bar...

...but it was totally worth the wait.

Awww...the contrast of the beautiful sunshine in the photos there and the completely dismal weather outside is making me a little bit sad. Also, everyone on Made in Chelsea is drinking champagne and it's making me wish that I was also drinking champagne. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL YOU GUYS.

I've been sewing away, as usual, but I am desperately behind in photographing stuff. It's partly because my sewing is pretty much variations on a theme by this stage and...well, it's a little boring to write about, which makes me worry that it's a little bit boring to read about. I suppose I can always jazz it up a little bit by throwing in the odd wee gif here and there, eh?

Tonight I'm sharing a dress that I didn't make. Last year, I featured a dress from the Dublin-based boutique Carousel's own brand, Circus. They got in touch with me again recently and sent me another dress - the Brigitte Tulip dress:

Brigitte Tulip dress by Circus Clothing*, worn with Lola Ramona Angie P shoes

I was drawn to this dress because of the print, which is very Orla Kiely-esque:

The combination of the fabric and the shape of the dress really called to mind an Orla Kiely dress that I desperately wanted a few years ago but couldn't afford at the time, so I was very excited to try it. 

Bow belt

As with the other Circus dresses in my wardrobe, the Brigitte dress is very nicely made. It's made from a good-quality, medium-weight cotton. The dress isn't lined, which is fine for a summer dress, and it fastens with a good-quality lapped size zip. In addition, one of the things that I really like about Circus is that they have an statement on their website about their production process:

We believe that to deliver the best product possible to you, our customer, it is also vital that our product is made in a factory where the employees are treated ethically and with respect. Our Circus range is made in close collaboration with our factory in India that is SEDEX approved.

This means:

  • Working spaces are modern, air conditioned, and not over crowded. 
  • Wages are on average 20% above minimum requirements. 
  • We adhere strictly to minimum working age. 
  • We adhere strictly to maximum working hours per week. 
  • We make regular visits to, and are in regular communication, with our factory to ensure both the products and the work environment are of high quality.
The Brigitte dress is €65, which isn't super cheap for an unlined dress, but I do appreciate the fact that they design their own fabrics and are doing something a little bit different.

I chose a size 8 based on the size chart, which I found to be accurate, and I was happy with the fit of the dress through the waist and bust. Unfortunately, I found the neckline a little high on me and the armholes a little small, especially at the back. This was partly exacerbated by the fabric, which is sturdy and has no give to it, as well as by the way that the neck and armholes are bound. This isn't an issue with my other Brigitte dress, so it could be just this particular dress.

Although I think the dress is really cute, I did find the armholes a little too uncomfortable to wear and after I wore the dress, I gave it to a friend. It's a shame, because this dress is pretty perfect in every other way! Luckily for me, it's a style that I can easily make for myself and I am happy that this pretty dress has found a good home.

This tulip print is not the only lovely print available from Circus at the moment - they have a completely adorable coffee cup print Brigitte dress and a cape-collared beauty in a bracken print. The only thing that will entice me to buy a dress from a shop now is amazing prints, and Circus certainly deliver on that front.

Now, it's all becoming very exciting in Chelsea right now so I am going to sign off. Goodnight!

Disclosure: I was provided this dress for review free of charge. I was not otherwise compensated for this review, the links are not affiliate links and I have given an honest review.