Monday, July 8, 2013

FD Avenue: THE Perfect Birthday Dress! :)

Happy Monday!

My mini birthday break is over... it's now time to get back to work and get things moving on le blog. ;)

Every year I try to wear something red, white, and blue for the Fourth of July, but since it's also my birthday, I always end up wearing a dress of some sort. Last week, I was having a hard time picking a dress to wear... and then this package came in the mail:

A package from FD Avenue!!!

FD Avenue is an online fashion company which aims to bring to its customers the latest trends at affordable prices. Since our launch in early 2011 we have gone from strength to strength, becoming increasingly popular for our stylish cheap affordable fashion not only in the UK but also with our EU and International customers.


FD Avenue sent me a gorgeous dress to wear and review for you guys, so let's go? ;)

At first, I was a little hesitant to go for a maxi dress because as a petite girl (5'2''), I always used to think that I can't pull off long dresses... but, this dress proved me wrong!

My birthday outfit! :)

FD Avenue provides a really good and easy-to-understand size guide.
They provided an approximate length, I followed it, and I'm glad I did. :)

I got a size 10 (Medium) -- the approximate length from shoulder to hem is 139 cm.
I stand at 5'2'' and it's just the perfect length! I can wear the dress with both sandals and heels -- no problem!


Details: Sleeveless maxi dress with elasticated waist, pleated skirt with deep side splits and detachable belt.
Material: 100% Polyester

It features a scoop neckline -- it's just right, it's neither too low nor too high.


I am kind of old-fashioned in the sense that I'm not comfortable wearing anything too revealing, but I am slowly coming out of my shell, haha! And that is why I love the dress' sheer back! ;)

There is only one button -- no zippers or anything -- and putting the dress on may be quite a challenge, you just have to navigate it properly and maybe have someone on hand to help you with it.

I also love the pleated skirt!
I don't know if you can see it here, but it sort of flares down towards the hem (you can see it on the full-length photo above).

The skirt is flowy and I love it!
It moves along with you as you walk. It was actually a bit windy when we were out watching fireworks -- the skirt billowed in the air as I walked and it looked lovely! :)

The dress also features deep side slits -- it adds a little sexy element to the dress = again, LOVE! :)

And now, let's take a look at the accessories:

The dress comes with a belt, but I decided to use one of my own belts.
I wanted to use a brown belt to really make it stand out against the black color of the dress. I think it worked perfectly! :D

Oh, and you can see my Fourth of July nails in the picture above!
It's just a simple alternate red and blue. :)

Here is a picture of the belt included with the dress:

I actually really like the belt -- the clasp is really cool and I like the metal element!
I just wish it was a different color because it gets lost in the dress.

There also weren't enough holes in the belt, so I wasn't able to adjust it past the last hole.
The belt is loose, as you can see in the picture above (I was holding it in place in the first photo of the belt).

I think I'm gonna add a few more holes to the belt -- I really like it and I definitely want to use it. :)

Besides that and the button thing I mentioned above, I think this dress is perfection!
It is now one of my absolute favorites!

On to the other parts of my birthday outfit:

I used my Celine bag -- something that's been in my closet for quite some time now.
It's just the right size for everyday errands -- it's a good alternative to my Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. :)

I rarely share photos of my shoes because I get really shy about my feet (haha!), but here it is... I used my brown Michael Kors sandals -- these are my favorite sandals! It was a gift from my Mom when I turned 17 (6 years ago!!!).

I wanted to keep things simple, so I just went for these gold earrings -- these earrings are super heavy, but for the sake of my outfit, I endured it, haha! ;)

I was very happy with this dress and with my birthday outfit as a whole.
I think it brings out the newly-turned 23-year-old in me, while still keeping things fun and young. :)

The dress is super awesome, I really love it!
It totally changed my whole outlook on maxi dresses -- shout out to my sister for convincing me to go for this dress!!!

At £31.99, or $51.18 for us over here in America, this dress is a really good investment.
It's versatile and it can be dressed up or down -- wear sandals during the day and switch to sexy heels at night.
And lastly, I can guarantee that it will make you feel and look amazing because that's exactly how I felt when I wore this dress.
I definitely had a happy birthday! ;)

By the way, the dress is also available in green and pink.

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So there we have it, my little fashion post to kick off the new week. ;)

What do you guys think of the dress? Do you like it?
Have you shopped at FD Avenue before?

Have a fantastic week, everyone! :D


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  1. You look absolutely perfect in this dress! Great choice! You looked lovely and I love the slit, sexy without being too much. :)

    - B

    1. awww, thank you, bree! you're so sweet! and yes, i agree with you about the slit! :D

  2. ...dear this dress is so pretty
    happy start of week

    1. thank you! i hope you are having a happy start to the week too! :D

  3. The dress look really elegant and beautiful!
    I like how you style it too!

    with love, Cassandra xx

  4. I am really love your dress. The black is so chic and I love the pleats. I really wish I could find more maxi dresses that flatter my body.

    Tracy @

    1. i'm keeping my fingers crossed for you! that dress is out there, i'm sure! :D

  5. You look beautiful in that dress!
    I still think I can't pull off maxi's lol :p
    I'm around the same height as you :D

    1. thank you, peiji! and we're the same height, i'm sure you can pull it off! :D

  6. Ooo, I LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I think it's the perfect birthday outfit. You look lovely. Hope you had a great 4th of July/birthday celebration. :D


  7. I hope you had a great birthday Mimi and this dress is really stunning on you. I love the color and not all maxi dresses are the same so you found a great one


    1. thank you, dale! and yes, i really found a great maxi dress! :D

  8. Swoon! You look absolutely stunning in this dress - I like the use of the brown adds a summery vibe {and such a glam contrast} to the black. Gorgeous, gorgeous! :)

  9. Oh it's gorgeous! Lovely on you! Happy Birthday again. XOXO

  10. Happy belated birthday!!!! Love the dress - perfect for the occasion :)

  11. This is a great dress...especially with that cognac belt! Happy birthday!

  12. Too cute! Love the pleats :) Happy Birthday hun!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  13. Your birthday outfit is beautiful, Mimi! That dress is perfect! :)


  14. glad you got your perfect dress - and it's so pretty!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  16. happy late birthday!!
    this is an amazing dress!!

  17. Happy birthday!!!your dress is so beautiful

  18. Happy Belated Birthday Mimi!! Love the dress! What a nice surprise to find in the post box! I'm short too, so it's good to know that I may be able to wear a maxi dress too!

    p.s. Just to let you know, I'm Having A Super Giveaway - Art Print and Jewelry up for Grabs on my blog!

    Don't miss out! xoxo

    1. hi reese! thank you! and yes, we can wear maxi dresses too! ;)

      p.s. thanks for letting me know! :)

  19. Gorgeous dress and festive mani!
    Hope you had a fab bday!


  20. Beautiful Maxi dress!!!
    Have a good week, dear!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

    1. thank you! have a good week, marcela! :)

  21. That dress looks so beautiful on you, sweetie. I adore it. Happy belated birthday:) xoxo

  22. I think I'll have to get this dress, Mimi, because we're the same height and I can never find a maxi that I can wear with sandals. Love your red, white and blue polish too. Happy belated!

    Oh to Be a Muse
    Shop Layered Muse

    1. thank you, cheryl! and yes, this is THE perfect maxi dress for us petite girls! ;)

  23. Your comment made my day, thanks XOXO

  24. Happy Belated Birthday sweetie, hope you had the most wonderful day. I wish you everything of the best for your year ahead, may it be filled with happiness and success. The dress is gorgeous, really elegant piece

    1. i did, thank you so much for the birthday wishes, sam! :D

  25. happy bday btw!

  26. lovely dress!!! Happy birthday!!!

  27. This dress looks fabulous on you! Hope you had a great bday!

    Jayme & Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  28. I think the dress was beautiful and you looked stunning in it! I hope you had a great birthday! My birthday is the 4th of July and I had a great one!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    1. omg, we have the same birthday!!! i'm happy to hear you had a great one! :D

  29. So pretty! I love the pleated detail and love the the way you dressed it up! Perfect outfit for your 23rd.

    (^з^)-☆ Dizzy

    1. thank you, dizzy! i love the pleated detail as well! :D

  30. My little cousin's bday is also on july 4th! :D And I love maxi dresses!! I like you thought I can't pull them off but when I tried on one I am in love! I am also 5'2" !! I guess I never thought of it as being pretty small since here in asia it is of average height. But then I met my bf and I know I am plenty short lol. But I love being short! :D I love your outfit, the sandal and the bag. I hope you try out some more maxi dresses in the future...And I your feet are cute! :P I dislike midi dresses though I think they are unflattering on me.


    1. ooooh, we have the same birthday, cool! and yeah, i agree, i think i like maxi dresses more than midi dresses. :)
      p.s. thanks! :D

  31. Sooo pretty I love your dress!

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