Over Easter, I took part in the Isabella Oliver Bargain Hunt. I’d been excited about it for days as they promised a number of their usually expensive items of clothing at only Â£1/$1. While I link to their clothing on MilkChic
, I have to confess that I have never had that kind of budget for my maternity wardrobe – for most of my pregnancy I survived with a couple of dresses and the same bump bands that I now use for breastfeeding.
|(c) Isabella Oliver
I was lucky enough to find the Â£1 items quickly and added a couple to my basket before deciding on this gorgeous ruched one-shoulder dress
in scarlet, usually priced at Â£109. I paid in a rush and waited for it to arrive.
As the dress I fell in love with is maternity wear and I’m not actually pregnant… my original plan was to give the dress away on the blog, sell it on Ebay, or, if it was as good as it looked (in my experience maternity and nursing fashion often isn’t), loan it to my pregnant best friend until such time when I might need it myself.
It didn’t take me long to realise there might be a problem with my purchase. Although the dress clearly said “Easter – Â£1” in the description, it had gone through checkout at Â£109. I frantically tweeted, Facebooked and e-mailed customer service to find out whether there had been a mistake, fully expecting to get a short response saying hard luck, the price was correct and a grudging refund.
I was still feeling guilty about the credit card bill when I got an e-mail from Isabella Oliver Customer Services, confirming that a mistake had been made and that if, when the dress arrived, I wished to keep it, a refund of Â£108 would be made to my card. No argument, no problem.
When the dress arrived it completely lived up to expectations. It arrived in a beautiful box wrapped in tissue paper & ribbon.
It felt so lovely that I had to try it on. I now know how people justify spending Â£109 on a dress that may only be worn for 6 months of their life. The quality was pretty much what I would expect of an “occasion dress”, although the addition of a bust shelf that supported my weighty mammaries was impressive. But the fit was spectacular. I have lost most of my baby weight at last and, despite this being a maternity design, the ruching over the stomach made me look curvy, not bulging.
I could wear this dress before, during and after pregnancy and it is the first dress I have worn since giving birth to my daughter that has made me feel really sexy. Not only that, but the super stretchy fabric even allows me feeding access on both sides!
So I’m keeping it for me. And much as I love you all, you can’t have it. Sorry…
This is not a sponsored post. Thanks to Isabella Oliver for a great customer service experience and a lovely dress. Of course, if you do feel like sponsoring a post, or sending any samples, you’ll find me here, twirling around in front of the mirror in a rather hot red dress.