My Birthday Fish Dress

Tuesday 20 December 2016

The perfect dress for the seaside!

Dolly Dress in "Big Fish Little Fish" Print - c/o Hearts and Found
Hat - c/o Unique Vintage
Sunglasses - Pared Eyewear
Dahlia Tote Bag - c/o Sun Jellies
Shoes - Target

It was my 25th birthday yesterday, all I wanted was a relaxed birthday spent with my family so we went to one of our favourite beaches with the dogs for a walk followed by lunch. In the morning there was a bit of rain and it was very cloudy, by midday it was hot and sunny, I should have packed my bikini but dipping my feet in the water and watching the dogs swim was good enough! Later in the evening we had a BBQ which is another favourite thing of mine, my mum and brother cooked lots of yummy food and my mum also made me a beautiful baked cheesecake with fresh blueberries and raspberries. 

Now onto the dress, I've been following Hearts and Found on Instagram for quite a while and have seen lots of gorgeous ladies wearing their designs so I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to try a couple of styles by this brand.

I have been after a dress with a cut-out bodice for ages and this one ticks all of my boxes. First of all it is so beautifully made, the quality is amazing, it is lined and has elastic panels - I can't get over how well constructed it is. Hearts and Found offer the option to have all garments custom made, I ended up going with size small though and choose my desired length (Midi/tea - Regular). I also love that you can pick a fabric of your choice, there is so much to choose from but when I saw this fish fabric I knew that it was perfect choice, it's so cute!!  After my order was placed it was dispatched four days later and was delivered to my door two weeks later, I was impressed. This is such a great summer dress, be sure to check out this amazing brand, there is something for everyone!

I decided to pair all black accessories with this dress, I wear this Unique Vintage hat all the time and usually always carry a Sun Jellies bag... You've probably already noticed that! I love how this outfit came together and it was the perfect for my birthday by the beach. I was ready to rush out the door and forgot to put on sunblock and I got a bit sunburnt... Whoops! 

The birthday celebrations continued today when my bestie took me to a cat cafe in the city, it was soooo awesome and I will be blogging about that in the new year so stay tuned for cats. 

Hopefully my next blog post will be the Christmas dress I have been making... We'll see!

Kayla - GracefullyVintage xo


  1. That is a stunning print! I love all these summery photos (we have winter now, so I dreamed a bit about summer).

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  2. That's a beautiful dress, just the thing a birthday girl needs to feel special. Tara Starlet had something a bit similar, but it was very pricey. I actually picked up a '70s dress pattern with a peekaboo top section, so maybe I'll get to make my own one day! I hope you get to finish the dress you're making before Christmas, I can't wait to see the pictures. I have another project I want to finish before Christmas too, may the sewing gods be with us!!

    Wishing you a lovely week in the run up to Christmas - I hope you're enjoying the festive season xx

  3. What a gorgeous dress! I love a good peekaboo front! The black accessories are an unusual choice and they work so incredibly well. I would have never thought of that! Happy birthday love!

  4. What a wonderful dress! Perfect for the beach.
    I wish you a happy belated birthday!!

    Many hugs
    Sandra <3

  5. I'm so happy you gave Hearts and Found a go,as they're are such gorgeous dresses/skirts to choose from. Love the style of this dress and the fabric choice! :)
    Happy Birthday again and Merry Christmas to you Kayla! xo

  6. Oh I agree it's the perfect dress for seaside. Wish you happy Birthday girl <3

  7. Belated happy birthday! This dress is so lovely - I've seen this brand popping up too and agree their prints are something else. And I love how you can choose whatever pattern you want to go with them - very clever and clearly very well executed! x

  8. Happy birthday! You look so cute here, what a perfect way to spend your day. This is such a perfect summer look, I'm in love with that print!
    Zella Maybe

  9. Super happy belated birthday to you Kayla! <3 Sounds like it was a wonderful birthday spent doing the things you most love! Love your new birthday dress and love the black paired with it and really loving all these gorgeous photos! <3


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