Head to toe in Zara.

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This week I had some time off work (at last) and I finally got around to taking some “ootd” pictures. To tell you the truth, I’m really nervous about publishing this post!

I thought that it was going to be really awkward having Hubby take pictures of me, but after a few minutes I felt surprisingly comfortable in front of the camera. Except for those few times when I saw someone walk by, I just felt a bit weird standing there and posing haha ;) . I would stop what I was doing and ask to see the camera, just to make sure that the photos were coming out okay, lol. I know that these pictures are not of best quality, but it was my first time taking pictures this early in the day and the Sun was way too bright, so please keep that in mind.

zara studded sandal made with swarovski elements

I already showed you the dress and the flower crown that I’m wearing right here. It’s a stunning dress and I wore it a few times, but I have to say that it looked a lot better on the model than it does on me. I think it has a bit of an awkward fit around the chest-other than that it’s beautiful. As you might have guessed from the title, I’m wearing Zara head to toe. My sandals (which, I now noticed you can’t even see on me, so I’m attaching a stock picture) are these gorgeous Zara sandals with Swarovski crystals that I bought two years a go (or one year a go, can’t remember). They are so beautiful and perfect to wear when you want to dress up, but feel that heels would be a bit much.

zara dress

Out of the 413 (!!) pictures that we took I only liked about a handful. I have to say that I have A LOT of respect for all the fashion bloggers out there (as well as their partners, who usually happen to their photographers as well ;) ). Preparing a post like this one is really time-consuming, but I do have to say that I enjoyed it!

Would you like to see more posts like this one in the future?

zara flower crown

  • Aww Paula I couldn’t be prouder of you my love! I always knew an OOTD post of yours would be absolutely incredible because I’ve always adored it when you’ve talked fashion or shown us one of your fashion purchases on your wonderful blog! Then I met you and just knew what a flawless fashionista you were from the off ;) I literally can’t tell you how excited I was when you mentioned this post on Twitter, I was literally screeching at my phone in awe and Graham thought something was wrong haha :D I quickly showed him your post (he was half asleep haha) but he said how lovely you looked too! <3 <3

    You look breathtakingly beautiful, you really do! The whole look is just magical, enchanting. The crown is so pretty, and the gorgeous colours contrast against the mint shade of your dress in perfect harmony ;)
    How pretty are your tattoos? Wow! I had forgotten you had tattoos, and I love how they work so well with your dress (true styling, down to a T that), I love the dress being mint and maxi, two of my favourite things haha :D It just fits you like a glove, I don't believe in a million years that the model looked better than you did Paula, I think if she came across this post she'd NO LIE probably turn green ;) :D So natural as well, in your first OOTD post. It's so hard, people walking by really puts me off, but for your first attempt you are so composed and calm! Mark did a wonderful job too, the photos really have come out perfectly :) I also do the same thing, beckon Graham over and check the photos to see how they're going (he hates it when I do that hehe). The sandals are just dazzling; I love Zara sandals, always made so beautifully and your pair are no exception! I'm so sorry for the constant essays Paula… I hate swamping your blog with them but what can I say? It's impossible not to write so much about a post as special as this one! Wow, I think you know my answer to your question, a big YES from me to more fashion OOTD posts like this! :D SO proud of you my beautiful, talented friend! Love you more! <3 <3

    Sophie xo

    • Yay!! So, so happy that you liked it Sophie, your approval means the world to me! This would never have happened if it wasn’t for you! You really “pushed” me to do this, and now that I received such a lovely feedback, I’m so glad I did! Hahha aww poor Graham!! That’s so, so sweet of you!

      I thought that the crown was a bit much, but I thought that it went so well with the dress, glad you think so too! ;) Ahh trust me, on most pictures the dress didn’t look that good on me, I don’t think that it was made for someone with my figure (read-someone with boobs and ass haha) but I love it and wore it a few times anyway hehe ;) Zara definitely has the most beautiful sandals. I got these a while a go, it was a total impulse buy, but I’m so glad I did because they sold out shortly after. I purposely woke Mark up at 7 am so that we could leave as early as possible, to avoid people haha. It’s so silly, but it felt a bit awkward having people walk by and look at us. I was really surprised that the nervousness went away only after a few minutes and Mark and I actually had a few laughs (at one point I tried to climb a tree wearing that dress haha). It’s so nice to hear that you think I come off as natural, next time I need to smile a bit more, I look like such a bitch on those photos haha ;)

      Trust me, I love reading your “essays” they always, always make my day <3 <3 <3. Your support and words of encouragement really mean the world to me. Can't ever thank you enough Sophie, really! Love you!! :*:* <3 <3 <3

  • Whoaaaa!!! You look beautiful!!! How have you not done an OOTD post yet?? This really is a great post! I love the outfit, and you’re modeling it perfectly!! That dress looks like it belongs on a goddess it’s so pretty! And the flower headband is gorgeous!
    You should for sure do more posts like this!! <3 <3 Great job! Super proud of you!! Stepping out of your comfort zone isn't easy, but it's usually worth it!! :D

    xoxo
    Christina

    • Aww thank you so much Christina, that’s so sweet of you to say! Your outfit posts are always so fab so it’s very nice to know that you liked this post! <3

      It really is great to step out of your comfort zone. I remember how scary it was to post a first picture of myself here on the blog (even though back then I hardly had any readers). It was so scary pushing that "publish" button, but I woke up to so many wonderful comments (like yours!) and it made it all worth it! Thanks again Love! <3

  • You are absolutely gorgeous! I thought it was a picture off a magazine that you have got, but it’s you – and it’s AMAZING <3

    I love the outfit, the shoes are stunning and the floral headband is just gorgeous!
    I would LOVE to see more of these, and yes, I agree: Kudos to the fashion bloggers (and their partners) :D
    xoxo,

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    • Thank you so, so much Puja! That’s so nice of you to say that, it means a lot!

      Ahh I know! I have so much more respect for all the lovely fashion bloggers now, it really takes a lot of work!! ;)

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  • You look absolutely gorgeous, Paula! To me it looks like you can pose in a very natural way so dont be shy to post more of these ;). Don’t be too harsh on yourself, I’m sure the big majority of those over 400 pic would have been beautiful too.

    Lovely outfit! What does your tattoo say?

    x Marjaana

    http://addmorecolour.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Aww thank you so much Marjaana, that’s so sweet! I really need to smile more in pictures, my little brother said that those pictures look like from a horror movie and that I look like a zombie, hahaha ;D:D

      The one on my side says “be patient and tough, some day this pain will come useful to you” in Latin. I got it done a few years a go when I was going through some bad stuff. Thanks again!! <3<3

  • anka

    kochanie piękna jesteś piękne zdjęcia JA CHCĘ TE BUTY :) te wcześniejsze tez :P

    • Aww dzieki Anus :*:*:*:* tych butow juz nie ma (sa sprzed 2 lat chyba), ale tamte jeszcze sie znajda ;);)

  • you look stunning and i love those sandals soooo much!!!

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    • Thank you SO MUCH Nataša! They’re pretty fab, aren’t they :D:D <3

  • Wow, this dress is amazing. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa

    • Thank you Vanessa!

  • Your blog is fantastic! i love went on your blog.This dress is amazing :)

    • Thanks so much Dagna!

  • Wow, beauty, nice, wonderful♥ A like this post!
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  • Wooowwww, you look amazing in this dress! So stunning! Such a beautiful look, I love it! :)

    xxx

    • Thank you so much Melissa! <3

  • Rachel

    OMG you look ABSOLUTELY stunning. The outfit itself is so ethereal and you’ve got really striking features so you kind of remind me of a forest fairy or something fantastical :) The last photo is my favourite … your side profile is perfect.
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    • Aww wow, thank you so much Rachel! I think that the last one is my favorite as well! ;)

  • I had to comment on this especially after reading the comments – i’m not a fashionblogger, but the few times i’ve asked someone to take pictures of me for the same reason has been awkward as hell! haha. I guess I stopped doing it very fast and started to use the selftimer on my camera alone in my room, haha! It must be different though to plan a shoot than asking your friend spontaniously on the street… takes more from you and you wont be invisible easily!
    Anyhow you made it very well, doesn’t look awkward at all but really Beautiful and real :).

    • Awww so happy you think so! Thanks so much Isabella!

  • Wow, you look absolutely beautiful and the whole outfit is perfect. The floral crown completes the look :) great blog, I have followed you with Bloglovin and if you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Camille!

      More than happy to check out your blog! ;)

  • Gaby

    Wow, absolutely stunning pictures! Posing for outfit posts still feels weird at the beginning for me too ahah! Love those sandals, gorgeous! x

    • Thank you so much Gaby!! <3

  • Beautiful, you look like a goddess

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  • I love this outfit! You look so pretty :) The flower crown and the sandals are incredible :)

    • Thank you Monique!

  • Eli

    I think you look stunning, the photos are perfect, I really like them. xx
    http://www.todaymyway.com

    • Thanks so much Eli!

  • ~ Wow just discovered your blog and can’t believe this is your first ootd-post. You’re so beautiful and look like you’ve been posing for years. Really nice style! Will save your blog and stop by more often :) ~

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    • Aww thank you so, so MUCH! <3

  • Oh my word Paula, these pictures would not look out of place in the pages of a high fashion magazine. You look absolutely incredible, like seriously incredible – you talk about being nervous, but you have nothing to be nervous about. The post is a triumph and the dress is insane – I would never have the confidence to wear something so delicate and glamorous as that.

    Is this really your first outfit post? Because you are such a natural in front of the camera – I’m still working on looking directly at the camera, I really struggle with that. So anyway in answer to your question, hell yes you should do more outfit posts, I suit the green shade you have turned me by being so envious :)

    Gems x

    • Wow, thank you Gems! You’re so sweet! It definitely was a bit awkward at first and I was so nervous about posting this, but everyone is being so kind and lovely, so happy I did it and now I can’t wait to do more!

      I love your outfits posts! Trust me, I had so many bad and ridiculous pictures these were the only few that I liked, I can’t help it but I just act a bit silly whenever someone takes a photo of me, haha ;)

  • CM

    This outfit reminds me Lana Del Rey! You look gorgeous, dear! ^-^
    Nice blog!

    http://www.caterina-m.blogspot.com

  • This look is AMAZING. Your photos are great too and you look amazing! Super love the dress and overall boho summer vibes.
    xx
    Katie – Miss Adonis

    • Thanks so much Katie!! :)

  • Really a beautiful post, you must often post OOTD’s :)
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  • Love love love this outfit!

    • Thank you SO much!

  • monika

    my fave post you look so prettyyy!

    • Aww thanks sis !! :D :D <3 <3

  • BEAUTY!!! xo

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend! ♥
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  • What kind of bra could you wear with the dress? I have it but I don’t want to go braless because I’ll be somewhere cold. If you know what I mean.

    I tried pasties but they are visible through the fabric

    • I use nipple covers very similar to these. It’s the only thing that works for me, strapless bra is out of the question because of how thin the fabric is. Hope this helped!