Welcome to this tropical edition of Everyday Style coming to you direct from my hotel room in Jimbaran Bay!
Well, as you can imagine, it’s been LOVELY to shake off the Winter layers this past week.
Along with donning my togs for some serious banana lounge time, I’ve been popping on my sun dresses and thongs and enjoying the simplicity of getting dressed when the weather is predictable.
Predictably tropical, that is.
We’ve also made the most of the Seminyak foodie scene – which is, in a nutshell totes awesome, but more of that in another post – and with several dinners out, I had the perfect opportunity to road test a couple of new, summery pieces.
While I’ve mostly worn favourites from previous summers this week, I did lash out and purchase this beautiful jersey dress – the Willa Jersey Dress – from Boden before we left and then I was lucky enough to be gifted these fabulous, super versatile tan NiKKi heels from the lovely peeps at Frankie4Footwear. Even better, they’re a match made in heaven.
I wore this outfit out for dinner at Seminyak newbie Barbacoa …
Nothing like the kids crashing your best Insta shot. Style and shenanigans right here!
I do love a printed jersey dress – UK brand Boden, like local label Leona Edmiston do a great jersey dress – and a navy/pink/red combo is right up there for me. So it made sense, right, for me to pick up this winner? Especially now there is an Australian website for Boden offering local returns and shipping.
The good news is that this dress has now been reduced to $90 from $150.
The not so good news is that it was available in two block colours and two prints but with Boden’s big end of season sale on, only very limited stock remains in the colour way I’m wearing above.
However, it is still available in most sizes in the ivory colourway so do check it out if you like this flattering, faux wrap style dress. There are also limited sizes in a block colour dark pink version.
If you prefer this print though, you might like to know that it is available in a top – the Cecile Jersey Top which has now reduced to $33. It’s basically the top of the dress. I’d wear this top with a pencil or full skirt, pants or shorts.
Loved the entrance to Barbacoa and the waiter was a bit of fun too!
Now, let’s talk shoes.
I wouldn’t normally pack a pair of high heels for a tropical holiday but when they tick both the comfort and versatility boxes, well, I was prepared to re-think my initial views. In fact, they’ve more than earned their suitcase real estate this week – I’ve worn them out to dinner four times already this past week.
Tan shoes are versatile at the best of times but if you’re looking for an all rounder for your shoe-drobe or your next vacay, I’d definitely recommend that you check NiKKi out. The block heel gives height without compromising on stability too. This is always something I look for with higher heels since I fractured my ankle a few years ago.
In terms of sizing, I’m wearing my usual 40/9. They also come in half sizes and two other colours – nude and black.
Paired with a co-ordinating tan snakeskin clutch (picked up on a previous holiday to Bali – details here), I’ve simply been able to change up the dress for a completely different look. For more examples, you can check out my Instagram feed here.
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Are you wearing summer clothes in the forseeable future? Are you a fan of the jersey dress or the tan block heel?