7.29.2016

3 Life Lessons Learned From Our Giveaway

We honestly still cannot believe that 10 days has passed since we launched our first Instagram giveaway, and here we are, having already selected a winner! We're currently waiting for this lucky lady to get back to us and claim her prize, before we announce the results officially on our Instagram account. So exciting! 😍


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers and fans who participated - without you, this giveaway would not have seen such success! For those who didn't win, please don't feel disheartened. Our next Instagram giveaway is already in the works, and we'll be going live very soon before you know it! (Hint: We'll be partnering with a modern day Snow White).

This first successful collaboration/giveaway with the amazing @zulma_berenice has taught us so many things in life. Firstly, there are truly wonderful people in this world. Zulma for one, has been supportive, kind and helpful right from the get-go. Honestly, we would have failed miserably if it wasn't for her working her charm and magic. Some people stick to you for what they can get out of you, but there are those few that are with you all the way, and help you unconditionally. We're so thankful for this new found friendship and truly treasure every bit of it! So, treasure your true friends and count your blessings that your paths crossed!


At times, life can be hard. Challenging and to some extent, a test of patience. While we love the things we do, we're not perfect. Social media is very new to some of us and we have to admit that we do struggle at times. For instance, our Instagram account had only a handful of fans when we first started, and has amazingly surpassed the 500 mark as of today. We still have a lot of work to do, and a lot of room to grow we realize, but sometimes, it helps to take a step back and celebrate small successes like these. It can be very intimidating to see others with thousands or more followers, but always remember that they all had to start at ground zero too. So as I always tell the team, keep at it and never give up!

 

And last but not least, I'll leave you with this quote from James Keller (first seen on Zulma's Instagram account) - "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." I personally find these words so true and it really resonated with me. We can all learn from one another or feel proud helping another person in need. It's not always about what's in it for us - but rather, that sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you get knowing that you've made someone's day.


For example, this morning, we received a very cute note from a customer with the following message, and the team was elated! Sure, it may just be a note but it's true what they say - it's the thought that counts.


So till next time, chin up and stay retro! πŸ’›

7.20.2016

Join Dressific's Giveaway & Win a FREE Dress!

Hello dolls!

This week's post will be short and sweet because I really only need you to do 1 thing for me. Will you? Please say yes... pretty please? :)

As you may already know, we launched our first ever Instagram giveaway last Sat 16-Jul. Some of the girls were huddled together, counting down the minutes as they waited for the giveaway to go live. That's how excited we were!

We'd all love for you to participate in our giveaway. Come join in the fun and who knows, you might even be the lucky winner who'll walk away with a new dress, absolutely FREE. Yes, you don't even need to pay for shipping and handling because we mean it when we say free. Contest is open internationally so everyone can join.


I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Zulma Berenice (@zulma_berenice) for helping the girls organize this giveaway. Zulma has been instrumental in getting the giveaway ready, motivating and supporting the team throughout the entire process. From the bottom of our hearts, we truly adore you Zulma and wish you only the best in life! Thank you so much for all your help.

So, if you haven't already - join our giveaway now simply by clicking here or the image above. Good luck and have fun!

Till next time, stay retro! πŸ’›

7.14.2016

Where You've Seen Us!

Over the past few months or so, we've had the pleasure of working with a few very lovely ladies who all share a love for all things vintage and retro. It's amazing how you can actually "meet" wonderful people online and how a similar passion can bring people together to create beautiful things. I thought it would be nice to round this all up into a blog post for everyone to enjoy.

Our very first collaboration was with the gorgeous Amy, from Miss Hero Holiday. As a modern day pinup girl, Amy enjoys shopping for beautiful dresses and cute prints and occasionally, even makes her own clothing. What a talent indeed! Amy was kind enough to write a review of our Butterfly Print Vintage Style Dress. I've always admired and adored Amy's style and it was such an honour that she actually said yes to one of our dresses! :)

Amy, wearing our Butterfly Print Vintage Style Dress. Image Credit: @cmjsnz@missheroholliday

Next up is none other than the stylish doll herself, Eleanor Rebel from Mid Century Sweetheart. In the photo below, Eleanor is wearing our Striped Retro High Low Swing Dress and might I add, she reminds me so much of Dita von Teese! You can find out more about the dress through Eleanor's review here. I have a lot of respect for Eleanor who is both a social worker and a full time single mom. I honestly have no idea how she does it and still looks refreshingly perfect every single time. πŸ˜


Eleanor, wearing our Striped Retro High Low Swing Dress. Image Credit: @eleanor_rebel, @drazenlazic

And lastly, please say hello to this amazing lady who's enriched our lives with lots of love, hugs and motivation. Zulma, from Vintage Vogue Finds, is a wonderful life coach and consultant, who also shares a love for all things vintage. Zulma is wearing our 1950s Inspired Abstract Print Swing Dress, and wrote a truly inspiring blog post about it here. We're so flattered that we have inspired Zulma to continue doing the things she loves most, through just a humble dress. Join this lovely lady for your daily dose of motivation and inspiration. :)

Zulma, wearing our 1950s Inspired Abstract Print Swing Dress. Image Credit: @zulma_berenice, @lwn1

And just because we love Zulma so much, we've partnered with her to organize our very first Instagram giveaway, which is all happening this week itself! So be sure to follow us on Instagram if you haven't already and don't miss out on this chance to win yourself a free dress! ;)

I love collaborations like these because you really get to meet all these wonderful ladies online who continue to inspire us to become better at what we do. If you are a fashion blogger or just happen to share a love for vintage and retro fashion as much as we do, we'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to us at service(at)dressific.com and a member of our team will be with you shortly!

Until next time, stay retro and always hold your head up high! πŸ’›

7.07.2016

1960s Fashion: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Shows You How to Ace it

The 1960's. I love to think of it as a fun and lighthearted decade. This decade gave rise to a myriad of fashion styles including shapeless shift and mini dresses in psychedelic prints and colours, finished with collars and cuffs in contrasting shades no less. And while the previous decades featured dresses in lengths that fell below or at knee length, the 1960s proved that there was no such thing as "too short".

While the 1960s fashion styles may not be that much sought after compared to its predecessor - the 1950's that is, I thought it was time to give this decade some love it deserves. Especially after seeing this article on US Magazine, featuring Pippa Middleton in a 60's inspired print dress at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. I like the matchy-matchy ensemble with a baby blue square clutch and gray pointed-toe pumps.


Still on the fence about the 1960s fashion styles? I recommend you give the movie, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. a go. You'll fall head over heels in love with the frocks Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki donned in the movie (well, aside from that British heartthrob Henry Cavill I guess, but that's beside the point).

Costume designer, Joanna Johnston was tasked by Guy Ritchie to create costumes that "looked cool, good for today and sexy". Inspired primarily by some of Vogue's issue's from 1966 to 1968 and period films from the 60's decade, the designer crafted some very exquisite pieces which you can feast your eyes on in the show.

1. Here's Alicia Vikander, wearing a mini orange print fit and flare dress with a daring cut out open back. Sexy without a doubt. I've always adored abstract prints and I think this colour looks great on her. I also didn't mind the large white drop earrings - I think that's a clever way to take that retro look one step further!

Image Credit: Fashion Rogue

2. Here's another orange number, a typical shift dress which was a popular dress pattern back in the 60's. I think she looks cute with that hat which appears to be a throwback to the 1920s cloche style hats. And also, check out those lovely red shoes!

Image Credit: FanPop

3. How about formal wear, you ask? I love this evening getup where Alicia wears a shimmering mini dress with a matching double breasted jacket, which she so casually wears over the dress. I love the side swept ponytail which adds a cheeky and playful dimension to her look.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

4. I love green and white - two of my favourite colours indeed! And this dress has perfection written all over it. I love how Alicia nailed the look with a large sunhat and sunnies, and added a pop of vibrant yellow with that cute cross body bag.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

5. And here's a classic mix of white and black for you. I like the idea of how simple sometimes does speak volumes. And that is some serious statement sunglasses, if you will. :)

Image Credit: Classic Forever Blog

5. Not a fan of the mini's? That's alright. You'll probably love Elizabeth Debicki's 60's style dresses then. In the photo below, Elizabeth wears a striped black and white asymmetric top with wide-leg pants, and goes heavy with layers of accessories, for a polished femme fatale look.

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

6. And then there is that white and black color block dress. It was only when she wore this dress that it suddenly dawned on me how tall Elizabeth is! I honestly think the dress did wonders for her, and played to her strengths by accentuating her tall, slim build - she's 190 cm tall!

Image Credit: Geek Tyrant

So, what do you think of the 60's now? Prepared to go for a "shift" in dresses? Alright, that was a lame pun intended, but you know what I mean. ;) Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section below. Till next time, stay retro! 

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