The Model and Me: Bella Lido spring-summer-2016

The Model and Me: Bella Lido spring-summer 2016

Nikki ParkinsonFashion, The Model and Me 8 Comments

This time 20 years ago (depending on when you’re reading this post) I was in quite a deal of pain.

Miss SY had taken her sweet time to decide when she was coming into the world. It was hot, damn hot, and I had spent the previous two weeks doing laps of the air-conditioned local shopping centre.

Despite being four centimetres dilated, labour just wasn’t happening. My gyno offered an induction, I heartily accepted and within a hour of that gel going on, she was out. 

Today she officially says goodbye to her teenage years. We got off extremely lightly in the teenage angst department.

Her teenage years were a walk in the park compared with her first five. From reflux through to tantrums that went WAY beyond the terrible twos, Miss SY tested us at every turn.

Then it was as if someone had flicked a switch. She hit high school and each year found something within herself, something that saw her get into her course of choice at uni and continue to succeed in that course.

Beyond any academic success, she’s a decent human. For that I’m most proud.

That heat I experienced 20 years ago is very much with us now. For the pregnant – and non-preggers – women in the Styling You community, this Model and Me post is for you.

This maxi dress from the Bella Lido spring-summer 2016 collection, ticks all my high-summer style boxes.

The model

Bella Lido Beach maxi dress

Bella Lido Beach maxi dress

and me


Bella Lido maxi dress | FRANKiE4 Footwear NiKKi heels in tan

Bella Lido maxi dress* (I’m in M/L – I’m 166cm) | FRANKiE4 Footwear NiKKi heels in tan

I’ve been a fan and supporter of Bella Lido from the beginning. The designs very much suit my summer, the prints are fun but not overwhelming and the rayon used in most pieces is soft and lovely to wear.

The Beach maxi dress is a new design in the Bella Lido collection and it comes in three shades of this floral print. I’m in the blue but it also comes in aqua and navy.

The straps on this dress are adjustable. I like to wear them higher so that there isn’t an armhole gape situation.

From the neckline, the dress flows beautifully. It doesn’t feel tent-like to wear at all. A trick I do with most of my maxi dresses is that I knot one side of the hem.

The effect of doing this (and showing a bit of leg) is that the proportions of the outfit are better balanced and the dress doesn’t overwhelm.

This is especially important if you are my height or shorter.

I’m wearing a strapless bra with this – the full underwire variety – but I would also wear a soft bandeau-style boob tube if wearing the dress for a more casual look at home.

I’ve worked the dress back with heels – specifically my signature FRANKiE4 Footwear heel – but this dress works equally as well with flat sandals.

So tell me, do you love a maxi dress for keeping cool in style in summer?

PS. If you live on the Sunshine Coast – or are visiting across the summer break – pop into the Bella Lido shop at Shop 16/13 The Esplanade, Mooloolaba.

The Model and Me: Bella Lido spring-summer-2016

* This garment gifted to me for editorial consideration. Full disclosure policy here. Full disclosure policy here

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Comments 8

  1. You look gorgeous in this dress Nikki! Happy Birthday to your daughter. You and your family should be proud as punch for the person she has grown into! 🙂 xxx

  2. Loving this dress. Perfect for a Perth summer. I too was 9 months pregnant during a heat wave in Perth (19 years ago). I had no aircon in the house and one day went to the movies to escape a 43 degree day. It saw a movie called Ice Storm that still stays with me. How I longed to be that cold. I laughed and cried throughout. Went to the loo afterwards only to see my swollen face dripping with mascara. When I looked down with embarrassment my extremely swollen feet encased in masseur sandals gave me no comfort. The horror, the horror. I am glad those days are over! Similarly my little minx gave me the horrors until she was seven, then the switch went on and she became a truly lovely person. When people tell me how lucky I am with such a pleasant teenager, I tell them I paid a VERY high price in the early years!

  3. looks like a very comfortable dress nikki!
    the colour is beautiful on you too!
    happy birthday to miss sy!
    I didn’t realize she was a such a little minx when she was a small child!
    she looks like an angel to me now!
    enjoy your day of remembering or forgetting!
    I think the mother should have the birthday really!!!
    much love m:)X

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