Friday, 30 October 2015

Dressing for the bump

Hi everyone!!! Time is flying by and I can't believe I am 26 weeks pregnant. It feels like yesterday when I was trying to hide my bump for the traditional first 12 weeks.
  I'll be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the available maternity wear options out there. If I am being honest I have only invested in maternity jeans from Jeanswest, which I have to say are incredibly comfortable! My style strategy has been selecting garments based on the fabric. The critical element here is to ensure they shape the body in the most flattering way possible and of course offer a high level of comfort. 
Below I have styled a H&M maxi dress with a belt I got from our recent trip to Hong Kong (similar here or here). This look is not limited to maternity wear. See some similar looks I've styled below.

Happy shopping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Dressing for Derby Day

Hello lovely people! I am now 25 weeks pregnant and feeling it, so I apologise for not sharing a post in so long.  Racing season is upon us and I am excited! There is something special about the atmosphere in Melbourne during Spring Racing Carnival. The weather is warmer, which appears to make people smile more and we are all being introduced to the very fun festive season to come.

Now as most of my followers are not pregnant I have styled some potential race looks for you.  I have started with my favourite race day of all, Derby Day. However I have broken the black and white tradition in one look for those happy to add a splash of colour. Most of the headpieces I have included are from the amazing brand Danica Erard Millinery. I love the simplicity and structure of these pieces. They seem to suit everyone.

Happy shopping lovely people! Remember to consider comfort as well as style. There is nothing less attractive than watching a lady fidget with her clothes and walk uncomfortably in their heels. We've all been there at some stage.

If you're looking for a spray tan in the comfort of your own home I recommend the mobile tanning service Sun Kissed Suse.
Also if you are interested in making your own headpieces or attending workshops be sure to visit House of Adorn. You'll be in heaven!

I am wearing Free People Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic, Fabi Heels (old), Fascinator House of Adorn

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 28 August 2015

BOOHOO.COM Complete looks on a budget

Hello lovely people!!! I want to apologise for being a phantom. Thank you so much for the many emails I have received, I really appreciate it. For those of you who follow my Instagram you would have heard the news; I am pregnant!!! The first trimester was pretty intense as I suffered from morning sickness or should I say all day sickness! Thankfully as I have entered the second trimester I feel slightly more human.

On my return, I wanted to share the very affordable but chic online store You can put a head to toe look together from for an absolute bargain without substituting style or quality. I am 15 weeks in the photos below and felt so comfortable in the boohoo pieces.

I have styled some affordable looks for you below. Happy Shopping!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Tartan Skirts & Turtlenecks

Hello lovely people. Well the cold weather has certainly hit Melbourne hard and it's time to officially dig out our winter wardrobes. I'm actually quite excited because I love dressing for winter.

I wanted to share the combination of turtleneck sweaters and tartan skirts. I think it creates a fun, 60's retro feel.

I have styled some looks for you below, to help explore this combination for yourself.

Happy shopping.

I'm wearing Ksubi Sunglasses, turtleneck & skirt & Witchery Over The Knee Boots.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Fringe Skirts

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break. I thought what better time to style my cute lace bunny ears than during Easter. I bought them a couple of years back and only recently rediscovered them. I'll have to get them out again during Spring Racing Carnival.

 I have styled my bunny ears with a cute fringe skirt which I am obsessed with.  I have attached some other fun fringe skirts at the bottom of this post. The longer options are a great piece for winter, especially styled with a thick knit sweater.

Happy shopping lovely people!

I am wearing Lace bunny ears (old) similar here,  fringe skirtZara heels.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Hi lovely people. I am so sorry for being a phantom. Unfortunately my beautiful grandmother passed away. It's been a tough time but it's nice to be back on Dusty Petals. Thanks for your patience.

Today I wanted to share with you a Jeanswest look including jeans from their new 'Best Jeans Ever Prima Collection.'  I have to tell you how incredibly comfortable they are! Check out the new collection here.

I have styled some Jeanswest looks for you below including Jo Mercer shoes, because I absolutely love their new range and I also selected some sunglasses from the very affordable and incredibly cool Quay Sunglasses.

Happy shopping!

I am wearing Jeanswest top and jeans, Choies sunglasses & Charles & Keith sandals.

Thanks for reading!