boho bird Amalfi maxi dress

Escape to Italy with the boho bird La Dolce Vita collection

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 53 Comments

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If I close my eyes really tight – or go scrolling through the #amalficoast hashtag on Instagram – I really and truly can imagine myself back in Italy, sitting on our Praiano balcony, sipping Limoncello, while staring out over the deep blue sea to the cliffs of Positano.

Or maybe there was an Aperol Spritz in my hand, a bowl of red, juicy cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, burrata cheese and drizzled olive oil in front of me.

Perhaps, I’m jumping off the side of the boat, swimming in the crystal clear Mediterranean, before climbing back on board and tucking into a Prosecco and fresh figs.

There is something so captivating about this part of the world. Every turn is a (good) assault on every one of your senses. If you’ve visited before, you’re scheming to go back. If you’ve never been, it’s most probably on your wish list. 

This spring-summer you can ramp up your dreaming and scheming because one lucky person (and their super lucky plus one) will escape to Italy thanks to birdsnest’s boho bird La Dolce Vita collection. Read on for how you could be in with a chance at this amazing prize.

In the meantime, embrace the Positano, Capri or Sorrento vibe with stunning pieces from this new collection. If you’re new to boho bird, this label is one of the stable of labels designed and produced by the birdsnest team. 

Think Nina Proudman, Stevie Nicks and Nicole Richie having a tea party in the bush.

With that description, you will know and understand just how much I love it. boho bird offers up the kind of pieces that provide the show pony action to my classic basics. 

And this season, I cannot get enough of those show ponies.

Maxi dresses

boho bird Amalfi maxi dress

boho bird Amalfi maxi dress in Patch (I’m in size 14)

I love a maxi dress for a little dramatic dressing in summer and this one above had me at this incredible print that just seems to encompass everything fabulously colourful about the Amalfi Coast. It was also a surprise winner for my shape when I popped it on. It fully buttons through, giving you plenty of options to show a little more leg and/or chest for balancing out proportions. The shirred high-waist detailing creates a beautiful line, from which the skirt flows. 

boho bird Dance with Me maxi dress

boho bird Dance with Me maxi dress (I’m in size 14)

My love of off-the-shoulder anything continues to run very deep and this maxi option makes me want to settle in at a beachside restaurant for a long afternoon of seafood and caprese salads. The elasticated waist and jersey fabric will accommodate that too! I love how the frill falls in such a way to subtly create shape around the waist.

Midi dresses

boho bird Freedom faux wrap dress

boho bird Freedom faux wrap dress (I’m in size 14)

Do you find a maxi dress can overwhelm you but you’d still like a hint of that look? Look for a midi style like this one with its tulip hem and faux-wrap, waist-loving shape. It’s a jersey fabric, so ideal for packing for travel. Cool at night? Simply add a denim jacket.

Knee-length dresses

boho bird You Have My Heart dress

boho bird You Have My Heart dress (I’m in size 12)

Embrace the Pantone colour of the year with this gorgeous, digital floral print. I’ve sized down in this style for a more streamlined shift look. It comes with a tie but I prefer this style without. The bell sleeves create a flattering line and it’s the type of dress that would work just as well worn with flat sandals as heels or wedges.

boho bird For the Frill dress

boho bird For the Frill dress (I’m in size 12)

This is such a fun style in a colour that almost mimics the deeper teal/blues of the Mediterranean. I can’t help thinking how nicely it would contrast with the orange glow of a Spritz in hand! The tie under the bust is adjustable, so you can create as much or as little shape here as you’d like. The hem and sleeve frills and the v-neck work together to balance out proportions beautifully. It’s a shorter style (166cm), so will best suit those my height or shorter.

Statement pants

boho bird Runaway cami | boho bird To the Beat of the Drum pant

boho bird Runaway cami (I’m in size 14) | boho bird To the Beat of the Drum pant (I’m in size 14)

The printed wide-legged pant is such a trend piece this season and these will turn heads – for good reasons. The landscape/nature print brings with it so many colours, contrasting with the black background. I’m wearing my regular size here but the next size up would be a better fit for me as my lower torso is deep (between my belly button and top of my thighs). I need a little extra depth in any pants or jumpsuits with a higher waist. The cami is a new colour in boho bird’s best-selling style.

boho bird Secret Garden blouse | boho bird Relax with Me pant

boho bird Secret Garden blouse (I’m in size 14) | boho bird Relax with Me pant (I’m in size 14)

Now, I know that droppie pants are polarising. People either love or hate them. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground! If you are a droppie fan, you’ll LOVE these. They are a stretch, mid-weight fabric, so perfect for now. The wide waistband is fabulous for creating a flat front to your outfit – perfect for a half or full tuck! As for the top, I love a little embroidery on a white/ivory summer piece. It’s classic boho, just the way I like it. I featured a similar style last summer and still absolutely love it.

Skirts

boho bird For The Thrill top | boho bird Bellissimo skirt

boho bird For The Thrill top (I’m in size 14) | boho bird Bellissimo skirt (I’m in size 14)

While my love of stripes will never end, I’ve been known to go dotty over spots. I mean. Look at this skirt (and this jumpsuit!). The shape is high waisted (size up if you’d like it to sit lower on your waist/hips), with a flattering asymmetrical frilled hem. Bring that same asymmetrical line into a top and you have an outfit that begs to spend the afternoon lunching high above Positano beach at La Sirenuse.


WIN a $9000 escape to Italy

Pack your bags for an Italian adventure. Surprise a friend, dust off your suitcase and get set for vespas, gelatos, fashion and all the fun of an Italian escape.

Inspired by the latest boho bird collection, La Dolce Vita, shot on location along the Amalfi Coast, Italy birdsnest is offering you a taste of the “good life”. You and your bestie have the chance to win a dream Italian holiday – with travel, accommodation, spending money and some perfect new outfits.

The total prize value is $9000 ($6000 for travel and accommodation; $2000 spending money; 2 x $500 birdsnest wardrobes).

There are lots of ways to enter; giving you more chances to be packing your bags. And entries are open between until November 30, 2018.

ENTER HERE

Win a trip to Italy with birdsnest and boho bird


So, tell me, is this your dream prize? Which of the eight looks above can you see yourself wearing this spring-summer?

Photography: The Photo Pitch | Hair and makeup: Dale Dorning via Arc Creative

Comments 53

  1. Birdsnest, ‘you have my heart’ (now) in a dress! This is something that can dress up or down and will be a winner either way. Can’t wait to wear it in Italy when i win.

  2. Hello?! Yes, dream holiday – now that I know what to expect!

    I’ve never tried maxi dresses and don’t think they’d suit me as it’d look like a mumu (sp?) so I like the frill dress or the pants (being a trousers kinda gal!).

  3. Amalfi maxi dress for the win because a beautiful place deserves a beautiful dress…also it looks to be kind over the tummy area so you can sample ALL the foodie delights & still look amazing in it.

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  4. Droppie pants and secret garden top all the way, stylish yet comfortable to wear while I eat my way around the boot
    Italy has been my dream destination for as long as I can remember, listening to my mum, aunties and Nonno and Nonna’s stories it feels like a second home which I am yet to step through the door.

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  5. The Dance With Me maxi dress is my favourite – so romantic and a beautiful floral print to take me right through Spring & Summer

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  6. Dance with Me must be my favourite style. I can just imagine dancing with my husband on the Amalfi Coast. He has never been to Italy before and I would absolutely love to take him! Enjoying La dolce vita in true style!

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  7. Boho bird for the Frill and the thrill of all things Italian! From Felini to fettuccine, Botticelli to bocconcini, I dream of walks and talks and coins in fountains, of wine and art and love. So much culture and beauty, this would truly be a dream.

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  8. Is this my dream prize?
    IS THAT A TRICK QUESTION?????

    Italy becones my very soul.
    The smells, the food, the music, the history, the shameless romance on every street corner.

    For me the Boho Bird ‘Dance with me’ gorgeous off the shoulder dress is singing to my very heart. It’s my favourite.

    Italy, Boho and me.
    Nothing tricky about that shamless romantic scenario.
    Oh to dance my story in Italiano. Xxx

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  9. Loving the print and colours in faux wrap midi dress. Perfect for summer days or dressing up at night. As a bonus for a mama with a new bub, it’s breastfeeding friendly and It’s NOT striped! Huzzah!

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  10. You have convinced me – I love love love the first maxi. Nikki, we have some big events coming up and I’m such a dag when it comes to dressing. My partner’s family are really elegant and this dress would be just right. And I wouldn’t look daggy. The amalfi maxi has me convinced I could rock this dress and look gorgeous and pulled together. Thank you for the inspiration

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  11. Love the boho faux wrap dress because the tie is just under the bust and would be stunning either in casual mode or glammed up for sunset drinks on a terrace overlooking the Med.

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  12. boho bird Freedom faux wrap dress looks divine
    wrap dresses are a favourite of mine
    pretty summer style
    the colour and design make me smile

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  13. Boho Bird You have my heart dress was the one I stopped at and went, “ooohhh yes, I can see myself in that!” I love the off the shoulder look and also that colour. It is one of my favourites!

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  14. Oh, such an easy decision! The boho bird Amalfi maxi dress in patch is sooooo beautiful. I can imagine swanning around in Italy in it. Sipping wine, munching pizza, enjoying la dolce vita. It’s the perfect dress for Spring.

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  15. I love the midi dresses – soft fabric, easy to wear, easy to wash.
    Going to Bali at the end of the year and this style would be perfect teamed with a wide brimmed hat ready for sipping cocktails overlooking the water.
    Bliss!

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  16. After many years in “corporate land” my love of boho fashion is now front & centre!! Thank you for showcasing this amazing brand and what it has to offer. The stand outs for me are the For the Frill dress and the Dance with me Maxi dress. I’ve fallen in love!!!

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