New Dresses and a day out!


Last weekend Mr C and I took a little trip Leamington Spa to visit the Taking Shape store. I was really pleased when I found out there was a store there, Leamington is one of my favourite places to visit, quite a few high street stores mixed with lots of lovely small independent shops.


After a quick bit of shopping to warm me up for the main event and a sneaky choc muffin it was time for my style session at the store.

We were greeted by the store manager Tracy who made me feel at ease straight away. Within a few minutes she had offered Mr C a seat for his weary shopped out feet and a glass of bubbly for both of us!

Next we went around the store and picked out some items. I must say that if I had been on my own I wouldn't of picked 2/3 of the items that were in the pile but I'm always happy to try different clothing, you never know what could happen!

On to trying on! It was so nice to be able to try stuff in spacious changing rooms, as I do the majority of shopping online our spare room has been become my changing room.

Here is what I tried on:

Dalmation Dress

I had seen this on line and was unsure about it, I never usually wear clashing prints. As soon as I tried it on and looked in the mirror I knew that this would be coming home with me. It skims across my boobs, clings to the waist in a good way and hits my knees, perfect. The material feel soft and light, I can tell it will be great for the summer but will also make that transition into A/W with leggings and a cardigan.

Hibiscus Maxi Dress*

I always stay away from maxi dresses and skirts. On my 5ft 3in frame I usualy end up dusting the floor whenever I wear one.

This beauty however was the complete opposite, brushing against the top my feet perfect. No more dusting the floor for me and yes, this one came home with me as well!

Paradise Dress

This next dress I tried on with a short sleeve top underneath. A really pretty dress but it would be only something I wore on holiday.

The top underneath the dress  is a great idea. They are lightweight and thin so you can wear them under sleeveless tops. I purchased one of the tops but in black as I tons of sleeveless tops that I want to wear without feeling self conscious about my arms

Collide Dress

This dress was so nice and felt really cool. I never really wear patterns so it was nice to try something out of my comfort zone.

I paired the dress with some leggings underneath. These felt really cooling on my hot legs and they were so comfortable

Borocay Dress

This was another one of my favourites. I had to size down on this one and when I did it fitted perfectly. A lovely cotton material this would work perfectly for summer and then work for A/W with a few layers

Aruba Dress
Skyler Wrap

Another lovely dress! I really wanted to stay away from trousers and tops as I have enough of those already.

Oriental Dream Dress

Of course I had to save the best till last! This got a big thumbs up from everyone so it had to be a keeper!

That little heart eyes emoji, that's me when I look at this dress!

I had a fantastic afternoon at the store, it was refreshing to go to a shop and have fun with a store manger that actually cared.  When I was there Tracy was also helping another woman find dresses for a holiday. She had been everywhere with no luck, came to the store and went away with two dresses!

I also got this jewellery hanger*. There were lots of lovely necklaces I had my eye on, I feel another trip coming on soon!

Thank you to Taking Shape for lovely day.

Much Love

*Denotes gifted item. All other items were purchased by myself. All opinions are my own.


  1. Hi Natalie
    Sounds like you love the shop like me, i have never felt so welcome the Horsham branch is amazing they are so friendly and make me feel great. X suzanne

  2. I love the sash bow band of the Oriental Dress. Looks so lovely on you. You really had a fashion outing! Kudos.


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