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Monday 4 August 2014

Sunset in Paris - Magenta Dress and Dinner by The Seine

Belt & Dress; ASOS (the dress was purchased ages ago I'm afraid!) Earrings: J. Crew at Net-a-porter  c/o ASAP. Shoes: Zara (really old again, sorry!)

Hello all!

This post is one that I've been really looking forward to sharing. These photos were taken as we strolled along the Seine at sunset, on our way to have dinner near Notre Dame. Whenever I go to Paris, I seem to always end up eating burgers - not the most sophisticated (or French?) image, I realise. There's just something inexplicably good about burgers in Paris, in my humble, burger-loving opinion. 

Anyway, it also happened to be Bastille Day, so after enjoying the parade (and a little shopping) during the day, we decided upon a late dinner, then a stroll to a nearby bridge to watch the Eiffel Tower fireworks at 11pm. We wondered around enjoying the warm weather, beautiful surroundings and generally glorious atmosphere, until I eventually chose my perfect burger-touting venue (photo included, obviously.) My evening restaurant criteria isn't too unreasonable - it must have cocktails, outside seating & preferably burgers, when I'm in a burger type mood. Essentially that evening I was burger in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Classy gal. 

On to the outfit - I'm afraid I've done that really irritating thing where I parade something in front of you that you (most likely) can't have. I hope if nothing else, it provides some inspiration or even just serves as something nice to look at. I bought this dress from ASOS many, many months ago and decided to save it for a special occasion because it was so elegantly pretty. It's now out of stock, so I've linked the navy version below, which is now in the sale!

You may laugh, but I had to actually psyche myself up to wear this dress due to it's (in my opinion) rather plunging neckline. Call me old fashioned, but when in public I prefer a more demure look. If I'm going to get attention, I'd rather receive it for my outfit, face or personality, not my... assets (not that there's anything wrong with that, if you want to get your assets out, you go for it!) - so for me, this dress is like... flashing the flesh. You know when you're not used to wearing something and so feel self-concious wearing it, like every single person you pass is staring at that area of you? I felt like that. That said - I wanted to push myself to wear it and I'm glad I did. I felt nicely turned out everywhere but that deep V neck. I admit, I'm ridiculous. 

Do you ever feel the same about a piece of clothing? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
and here's what I'm wearing (in this case, the same style of dress is in the sale, in stock, in navy - so I've tried to co-ordinate the accessories with that!)


  1. gorg!

  2. Simply stunning, as per usual X

  3. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous dress and earrings, I am a sucker for large statement jewelry. I always find your blog so beautiful! I just started blogging and I always look to your posts for inspiration.
    Hope you had a lovely time in Paris!

    Marina xx


  4. So beautiful as always Arabella! Love this dress and how you've styled it <3

    Adventures of an Anglophile

  5. i am obsessed with the dress!! soo pretty!! :)

  6. Haha oh this made me laugh, and really reminded me of 'give me your fashion titties' hahaha :')
    You look AMAZING! x

  7. This colour looks gorgeous on you!

  8. You look like you're the main role from a love film. Gorgeous! :)

  9. Beautiful pictures! It looks lovely and so does the dress on you! Xx

  10. Such a beautiful dress! These photos are making me want to be back in Paris so bad!

  11. You look gorgeous!! xx


  12. I feel the same about plunging necklines but i think you're rocking it! it's in keeping with the style of the dress but it's very classy

  13. Absolutely love this dress, the color is beautiful! You're so classy--I love it!



  14. Stunning look- love the dress:-)

  15. This dress is absolutely beautiful Arabella, it sounds like an amazing day. You look amazing :) xxx

  16. your dress is stunning on you, i feel like you were born in the wrong era but at the same time glad your here to recreate these looks in this day and age. very classy :)

  17. beauitful city&dress :)


  18. You look stunning in that dress - I'm so glad you braved wearing it, because it looks amazing :) I have to admit though that I am eyeing up that burger the most in this post! Haha oops! xx

  19. Hi, Arabella! I went to look at the dress on ASOS as soon as I saw this post, and bought one of the last few left with very little hesitation because it looked so beautiful and was an absolute bargain, but mostly because you're my style icon. Anyway, I ordered it in violet, thinking it was the blue one since violet in my head is more blue than pink (like parma violets). The dress arrived today, and when I opened it - surprise! It is the same magenta one you're wearing! Thanks for the recommendation. Now I can wear this dress imagining I'm almost as stylish as you. :D

    P.S. I think the V-neck looks very flattering on you.

  20. Your blog is absolutely amazing, as soon as I found it I followed straight away! Your style is gorgeous and you are so beautiful. I am so happy I found your blog x


  21. You remind me of Blair Waldorf here, so incredibly classy and beautiful.


  22. These pictures are amazing. You look stunning, the colour and style of dress really suits you, so flattering for your shape and skin tone.

  23. Gorgeous! You look phenomenal and I love the addition of these stellar earrings. Perfection.

  24. HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE YOU. I love the dress its gorgeous! xx

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  27. You look stunning Arabella, the dress and earrings are gorgeous! I've just returned from Paris - I'm so sad to be back! Hope you had an amazing time!

    Elizabeth x | www.candyflosscurlscupcakesandcouture.com

  28. You look so beautiful arabella! This makes me miss Paris lots, I used to live there :( x

    Tilly Enn // A Beauty and Fashion Blog

  29. beautiful photos! love your outfit

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