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I have quite a few shirt dresses because they’re a relaxed yet chic look that works equally well paired with flats as it does heels. Today I’m going with the heels I posted about buying from Vestiaire Collective a while ago. You can catch up on how I bought these molded rubber beauties by Melissa + Pedro Lourenco by clicking the link.

I waited for this particular Nicole Farhi shirt dress to go in the sale last year,

A risky play that paid off, it was half price! A classic self belted shirt dress where the back hangs distinctly lower than the front which incidentally looks equally as good without the belt. It is a rich dark navy blue with wide elbow length cuffed sleeves & two large square pockets at the sides. This dress works just as well with dark shoes as it does with light coloured making it a versatile piece to pack in your capsule wardrobe. More about multi-tasking clothes in my travel post coming soon.
Arguably the most recognisable logo in the world marks my Louis Vuitton monogram Sully bag perfectly sized for day to evening arm candy. I was immediately drawn to this bag because of it’s distinctly 70’s vibe, it looks wicked with my flares or tan suede knee high boots! I decided to go with a very dark purple nail varnish on my toes & contrasted it with a very pale varnish on my finger nails accentuated by this stunning cocktail ring from Isabel Marant.

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For this outfit I wanted my eye make up to be stronger than I usually do it

So I added a little highlight & shading. Clearly the over the top contouring, popular at the moment, is just too severe for us girls over 40 & personally I think it can look quite aging on the younger girls too.

Keeping my base sheer & my powder light allows the skin to glow instead of heavy make up accumulating in lines or looking caked. To achieve a soft smokey eye I reach for Chanel Intensites D’Ombre every time, this palette in whichever colourway you choose will provide a plethora of eye make up options! The perfect quartet of complimentary colours, however for this make up look I only use the light beige & dark taupe as I’m keeping it soft.

After applying the lightest colour over my entire lid up to the brow I sparingly brush the dark taupe in the crease of my lid taking it out slightly at the corner & along the lower lashes. I thinly apply black cake eyeliner with a very fine sable brush along the top lashes to accentuate them.

As I’ve said a million times in my career as a make up artist you MUST always curl your lashes before using mascara. Now here’s a little extra trick of the trade for you to try along with that…make your eyelash curlers hot before using them with a blast from your hairdryer, it’s like tonging your eyelashes & works a treat!

Next I applied Benetint highlighter above my cheek bones & the pink Benetint on the apples of my cheeks as well as on my lips which I then went over with Mac Lipglass for a high shine pout.

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Glossy Lips | Glowing skin

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Cheek Highlight | Smokey Eye

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Soft Smokey Eye | Curled natural lashes

See ya, Mx

  • Comments ( 10 )

  • avatar
    Keit

    You are so stylish here you might as well be a fashion designer straight from the red carpet! I am dead serious, I love this ensemble, it’s upscale, classic, gorgeous! The fabrics and color mix is exceptional, and of course the main event – the shoes are lavishing O_O
    Adore the eye makeup, glossy and pretty!
    Btw, did you use a flash when you took the photos? I love how they turned out! *_*

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Wow your praise is so appreciated thank you Keit, but now the pressure is on hahaha! Yes I use the pop up flash on the camera, nothing extra as I like my photos to be as natural as possible to give an authentic image. Lets see how that goes next month when I’m wearing a cozzie posting from Italy ;-p

  • avatar
    alliebarnicoat

    Yes you look stunning – love the eye make up too. Thank goodness the weather is good so that you can take the photos outside. Told the hairdresser today in Muswell Hill about you – hope the whole salon heard too!

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hahaha Thanks Allie – So do I!
      xxx

  • avatar
    Abby@midlifecrisisnut.com

    Somebody had a little chop too:) I know I just repeat myself, but mini really suits you Michelle. I especially loved the last picture, wow! xx Abby

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Oh Abby you are good for my ego 😉
      Thanks honey x

  • avatar
    The Stylopedia

    This is so pretty and wearable; I love the fabric especially! And are you secretly jetting off to take photos somewhere sunny, or do you just live underneath a hole in the clouds?! Your photos always look amazing and bright! xx

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      Hahaha yep that’s right Lisa, no grey clouds over my head! 😉
      X

  • avatar
    Trudi

    Agree with the other posts. Your hair is fabulous and the dress is such a good colour.

    • avatar
      retrochicmama

      It’s a fab colour alright Trudi, & one I seem naturally drawn to I noticed.
      X

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