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Back In Black!😱🤗🥰

July 9, 2020

Saturday Night Black..

It was the first time we’d made it back to our favourite restaurant, Ritzy’s in the sweet beachside town of Merimbula, since C-19 has hit our fair shores and I was very excited because it’s a little place where the food is delicious and the atmosphere is always pleasant.

Since the pandemic has hit I have tended to buy more pretty things online and through people I know and follow on Instagram – which was not my habit in the past – and this outfit is one of the things I’ve welcomed to my wardrobe.

How gorgeous is the shape and style of this skirt? I just love the way it falls and the pocket too!

It’s All Who You Know!!

I’ve mentioned before that I like to support small businesses and that I like to have a personal and comfortable experience when I shop. I’ve also talked ad nauseum about my preference for eclectic style – it fits with my sense of diversity and creativity.

It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, that I thought I would give these garments a try when they happened across my Instagram feed.

I’ve been an avid follower of Claudine of @edgy_50 since I began instagram a couple of years ago, and she and her friend have recently begun fulfilling a lifelong dream to design and make select pieces of clothing here in Australia. I am happy to support her business for such cool and edgy looks as the skirt and top shown here.

Fabric and Fit!

Both the skirt and the top are made from a very heavy, high quality – with some stretch – ponte. There are no zips or buttons and the skirt has a nice, wide waistband that can be worn high in he waist or lower on the hips.

I’ve said before that I’m not the tallest person around so I’m wearing the skirt hitched fairly high on my waist and the boxy top I have cinched in with a medium sized belt – otherwise it would’ve swamped me.

I needed to keep warm so I wore my fishnet bodystocking underneath and gloves, which I usually keep for my steampunk costumes, which you can see more of here Steampunk

The Best Of Intentions and Getting Rid of What No Longer Serves…

The last few years, let alone the last few months, have been quite the challenge for me in a number of areas of my life. My work area, in particular, has caused me much sadness and pain, although it has all been for the best and a wonderful life lesson – but it no longer serves me.

I have put it out to the universe that I want very much to serve – as I always did in my previous work life, which was so rewarding in so many ways, when the ego of others was not involved.

I refuse to lose heart and see a very different path for me and hope that I can manifest a rewarding and positive future where I can help others to empower themselves through their clothing choices which need not be expensive or the latest trend, but true to themselves and their authentic being. I’m putting this out there and we shall see what comes!!

It was a cool winter’s evening when we went out to dinner so I cosied up with my cape – another Australian made garment which was in keeping with the Japanese bent of the outfit, I felt.

I chucked on my gold earrings, bangle, belt and booties and my little bag from the op- shop and I was good to go!!

Thank you so much for joining me in my little corner of the web, I so appreciate each and every one of you and hope that you leave this space a bit better than when you came here as I always do after reading your lovely comments!

Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • isthismutton
    July 9, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    That’s such a chic outfit Donna, the skirt is stunning with its drape and pocket! I love how you accessorized. I also follow Claudine – it’s a small world! Good luck with your next endeavour, the universe will be listening and another window will open for you xx

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 9, 2020 at 9:31 pm

      Oh thank you so much dear Gail – I can see myself in this style more often I think! Yes, Claudine has a truly outstanding style and confidence! I look forward to the next chapter of my life and appreciate your positivity and kindness – thank you, Gail!!
      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Lizzie
    July 9, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Ahhh! You look so great!


    • donnadoesdresses
      July 9, 2020 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you beautiful Lizzie – I hope you are doing ok and wish you a happy end to the week!! 🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Vanity And Me Style
    July 10, 2020 at 9:40 am

    You look so elegant in black Donna. A colour I find hard to wear. I’m envious! xx

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 10, 2020 at 9:45 am

      You are such a darling, Laurie!! Thank you for your kindness and you know I admire your fair beauty so such a comment has made my day!

      Wish you a happy weekend as we continue to power through this crazy year!!

  • tom
    July 10, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Say Yes to the Dress

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 12, 2020 at 9:13 pm

      You’re quick, Tom!!
      Have a great new week in a crazy year!

  • Autumn Zenith
    July 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Be still my heart, dear Donna. What a stunningly chic, elegant and incredibly lovely ensemble. The cape is a stunning finishing note on a look that already made me gasp and swoon so deeply, you might just have heard me all the way to Australia. 🙂

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 12, 2020 at 9:18 pm

      You’re such a delight, Autumn, I absolutely love your heartfelt and sweet comments! How gorgeous is this cape? And it is all handmade by a woman in Melbourne who is completely ethical in her approach as well as so creative!

      Have a great new week, my friend in beautiful Canada!


  • indianeskitchen
    July 13, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Donna you look great in black, such a cute outfit! I love the rooster weather vane!!! I so enjoy your posts because even though life can deal you a bad hand, you stay upbeat and positive! 💗

    • donnadoesdresses
      July 14, 2020 at 12:12 am

      Oh thank you, Diane – I’ve always made the best of things, a positive of my difficult upbringing and I believe that we sign up for the life and challenges we face for a reason to grow and learn lessons .. black definitely works during the colder months here and I’m very happy with this outfit!
      Hope things are going well for you my friend and always love your sweet comments!!
      Donna 🧚‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Omaye Aduku
    July 13, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    You look so regal in black. Especially with your hair do.
    I love the fish net gloves. It gives your outfit an edgy feel.
    You always look amazing by the way. 🙂
    Always wishing you the best.



    • donnadoesdresses
      July 14, 2020 at 2:21 am

      Thank you my beautiful friend – I always appreciate your kind support and comments!

      Hope you have a great week!

      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝

  • Lizzie
    July 24, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Ahhhh! You look stunning!


    • donnadoesdresses
      July 25, 2020 at 8:16 am

      That’s a very lovely thing for you to say – I’d rather wear colour but sometimes black just just that certain something!! Have a great weekend, Lizzie and stay safe over there in California!!
      Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🐝


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