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Sacha Drake Convertible Grecian Maxi Dress & Deco Knot Belt
This dress is like a dream! I absolutely adore wearing it. Rave-rave-rave.
I was introduced to Australian designer Sacha Drake back in 2011 by fellow bloggers Louisa Claire (she looks smashing in this striped dress) and Nikki from Styling You (who is looks gorgeous in the same dress). The Sacha Drake brand was established in my home town Brisbane in 2002, and I love discovering and talking about amazing Aussie talent. Sacha is a genius, GENIUS, when it comes to dressing woman’s bodies of all shapes and sizes. I’m a huge fan, and today I’m talking about the convertible Sacha Drake dresses, and you can win one, just in time for Mother’s Day, YAY!
At the recent Digital Parents Conference on the Carnival Spirit Cruise Ship, I wore the dress (different ways) to the dinner functions (picture here). It doesn’t really need ironing so it’s the perfect dress to throw in a bag when travelling. Each time I wear this dress, people comment at how gorgeous it is. When I was at the conference, I even had someone stop me in the lift to ask me about it.
It’s how the dress falls in waves around your body; it makes you feel feminine, elegant and strong. When I wear it, I find myself celebrating the joy of being a woman; the way the dress moves and fits my body embodies the beautiful balance between sensitivity and strength. I feel a dreamy smile appear on my face and a softness come to my step like I can walk on the clouds. Ah, what a wonderful dress can do, yes?
Below is some of the ways I wear the Grecian dress, and there are still, many-many-many other ways to explore (check out the video further below for more ways to wear the dress). You can twist and wrap the pleated straps to create different looks that contour your body without the clinging factor. Another great convertible dress to look at is the Sacha Drake Ultimate Black Dress which is even more versatile and can be worn more than 20 ways.
L to R:
1. Cross over front/back with belt (thin straps), silver drop earrings, silver bracket
2. Strapless, twist feature over bust – with Kellie Christie Button Necklace (another Brissy designer)
3. One shoulder – long emerald green dangly earrings
4. V neck cross over – single jewel on circle wire necklace, drop earrings
5. Strapless casual style – with a heap of silver bangles
6. Cross over front/back (thick straps) – with nothing by my wedding ring
You can adjust and wear this dress for the occasion (dress it up or down), your mood, and for your body shape. Below is one of my favourite way to wear the dress, either with thick cross over straps (as shown below) or with thin straps and a belt (as the first image). I have broad shoulders and more of a column body shape so this style works well.
Front / Back
The Sacha Drake website has a body types guide to use then when you shop, each garment displays the relevant shape icons so you know if it will flatter your type of body. As you can see on the icon guide below, this particular dress is suitable for all body shapes (including pregnancy) .
How it works
The dress is all one piece and made from luxurious pleated polyester jersey that feels delicious on your skin (designed and made in Australia). There’s the strapless dress section, with perfect soft falling pleats, and two attached straps to tie and shape around your body.
If you’re looking for a something special to wear, have a look at the Sacha Drake webiste because there are many incredible dresses, stretch solutions, convertible dresses and other gorgeous pieces (like this pencil skirt that is on my wish list).
I’ll finish with this inspiring quote from Sacha Drake, declaring the heart behind the brand. I can see this value reflected in the clothes she makes and the smile on my face.
“I use my talent to make women happy.
I like to design clothes that boost women’s confidence.
This is my contribution to the world!”
— Sacha Drake
Giveaway now ended. Congratulations Corinne Jones!
I’m thrilled to be giving Be A Fun Mum readers a chance to win a Sacha Drake Grecian Convertible Maxi Dress.
When I was thinking about a question to ask here, I could have gone for something like, “What do you enjoy most about wearing a dress?”. However, I feel so challenged by Sacha’s approach and I am going to ask a question inspired by the Sacha Drake brand. I look forward to reading the responses.
1. Like Sacha Drake on Facebook
2. Leave a comment below to answer this question: How do you use your talent, passions or resources to make others happy?
- Competition begins at 06.00 (AEDT) on Wednesday 30 April 2014 and closes at 22:00 (AEDT) on Friday 9 May 2014
- Open to Australian Residents Only
- Dress valued at $299
- Please read the full terms and conditions here.
Nikki @ Styling YouApril 30, 2014 at 9:51 am
You look absolutely stunning Kel – and I loved how you were able to take the one formal gown on your cruise for two evenings. That’s travel genius at its best!
Kelly Be A Fun MumApril 30, 2014 at 10:44 am
Thanks for introducing me to such a wonderful Aussie brand all those years ago Nikki x
karina LApril 30, 2014 at 10:41 am
I love taking my friends out for a good meal or drink..my shout! That will always put a smile on their face!
Kelly Be A Fun MumApril 30, 2014 at 10:46 am
Love it! Thanks for sharing.
Pam phelpsApril 30, 2014 at 10:51 am
I love to make cards, scrapbook, nappy cake or bake. I use my talents and resources to make presents and homemade personal cards for friends and family, and for their friends and family too. Seeing their faces when they open one of my cards is all the thanks I need.
The dress looks amazing btw, very versatile
Kelly Be A Fun MumApril 30, 2014 at 10:53 am
Homemade stuff is so special. Love that you do that Pam.
Lorna MApril 30, 2014 at 11:31 am
I have been told that I have a good listening ear and am the person my friends come to when they are down with an issue. I did not realized this but am more than happy to be of support when the need arises.
*PS-this dress is simply stunning and versatile, thanks for featuring it 🙂
AnitaApril 30, 2014 at 11:32 am
My passion is teaching and I am doing my best to infuse a love of learning and self respect into the beautiful young minds of my primary school students 🙂
SherylleeApril 30, 2014 at 11:42 am
In my “life before children” I was a teacher and I now get to use my laminating, nursery rhyme singing, finger puppet jiggling and general crazy won’t do it in front of another adult skills to keep two boys 4 and 2 amused (and boy they would give any 25 child class a run for their money in the energy factor).
JenApril 30, 2014 at 12:04 pm
Every day I remind every-day women just how strong, beautiful, feminine, powerful and gorgeous they are by creating for them the best photos of themselves they have ever seen. We often forget that about ourselves in the busy-ness of being mums.
Wendy HoldawayApril 30, 2014 at 12:08 pm
I am passionate about the social and emotional wellbeing of my friends and family and do everything I can to be available and open to them and support them in finding happiness and fulfillment in this busy, hectic life. It might be a listening ear, sharing a glass of wine, looking after their kids to allow some time out, a hug, a reminder about finding gratitude for the little things or a shoulder to cry on.
CindyApril 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm
I’ve started my own blog which has used my passions, interests and resources (www.yourkidsot.com). I’ve had great feedback from people who are happy to read which in turns makes me happy. This blog allows me to spend time with my kids (my real passion).
P.S. This dress is stunning! You look gorgeous in it!
Amanda EastmentApril 30, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I am passionate about shining my light in our local community. Signing on to be a class rep at school is a great way to do this, organizing events to help people feel connected in and cared for. It’s about us keeping our gate/ door open to those around us and being creative with ways to get people together or helping people out. I’d definitely like to help more when I see needs.
ChelseaApril 30, 2014 at 1:11 pm
This is such a FABULOUS dress, thanks for sharing!! I do my best to share my passion for putting character at the heart of the home – by combining my talent (writing and creativity) with my resources (connections and community online). I love seeing how other women are using their unique talents to make the world a more beautiful place for all of us. xx
DebsApril 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm
I commented on this dress at the DP conference as it (and you) were just stunning. I was shocked when you wore it the next night and told me it was the same dress! I find it hard finding dresses that suit my body shape and this one I know I would love.
Other than using my passion and knowledge of how children learn and sharing that with the world freely on my play based learning blog, I think that in my day to day life, I try to make others happy by very simply offering a smile.
I try to smile at everyone I come across in my daily life which is something that I found took me time to make myself remember. I know it seems simple, but we often get in a rush (especially at the shops etc) and everyone always seems so busy, it’s easy to put your head down and focus on the task at hand. We often get smiles back and I take joy in each one of those smiles knowing that they came about just because I smiled at them. I like to think it makes the world feel just that little bit more friendly and reminds others out there that sometimes all it takes is a smile to lift your mood. I think it’s good for my children to witness as well. 🙂
NaysieApril 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm
What a stunning dress!!! You always look amazing in your posts.
I find the simple things are the best – lending a hand/ear/heart/just being there when needed, baking/cooking something beautiful you know someone else will love and appreciate, taking some nice shots and sharing them with someone who couldn’t be there or didn’t take their own.
Lisa DApril 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm
I am passionate about science! I studied for many years to become a reproductive biologist and I now work in a laboratory dedicated to researching fertility and infertility. Since becoming a Mum the significance of my work has really hit home. I hope and pray that what I do has a positive impact for families having trouble conceiving, so that everyone who wants to can experience the joy of having a child.
LeisaApril 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm
Due to a chronic illness I am not able to help others out in a physical sense very often, but I have learned my strength is in being an emotional support to others. A listening ear or a word of encouragement. Love this dress on you Kel. Xx
Sandra HetheringtonApril 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm
I just try be there when they need me. I don’t just try to make them happy, I try to let them see the hope all around them. To leave them with a sense of peace. Its good to be able to have junk food days and movie days or just to sit and listen, laughing and crying with them. Its how I love being a friend.
Rebecca StephensApril 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm
What a gorgeous dress! How do I make others happy? I’m passionate about writing and I write at my blog to give Mums and Dads a much needed smile in their hectic days:-)
BonnieApril 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm
I have a passion for teaching under privileged children how to improve at school. I currently teach P3 at a small school west of Ipswich and I love it most days!
Kelly – you look stunning in the dress 🙂
Pauline StewartApril 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm
What an absolutely stunning dress! I work in retail around people all the time…usually when people are shopping they are rushed and stressed so I usually try to make at least one person’s day, every day by giving a stranger a random compliment, whether it’s their shoes, hairstyle or a piece of jewellery. I love seeing their look of surprise
Helga GrenkowitzApril 30, 2014 at 10:10 pm
I love to share competitions with my Facebook friends; and I am very happy for them in case they win.
Kathryn RoddaMay 1, 2014 at 6:10 am
Firstly, love the dress Kelly, looks fabulous!
I make clothing for little ones. I love creating the clothing and matching colours/patterns etc. But I love taking my creations to markets and seeing parents/grandparents/aunts etc pouring over things, trying to decide what to get the special little person in their lives. I love being able to allow people on small budgets or big budgets to do this. Something I also love being able to do through my business, is making special collections that I sell for charities, like last year I was able to donate a good amount to Movember by selling moustache themed items. This month I’m hosting a morning tea for the cancer council. Even though my donations are small, I still love to be able to give to these wonderful causes that are close to my heart, and know that they will make a difference to someone.
Natasha MunnsMay 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
Kelly, you are just stunning – with or without Sacha Drake (but preferable with something else on, if you are ‘without’ Sacha Drake) 😉 I love that you were brave enough to rock up to school pick-up in this gorgeous dress!!
now, talents, passions and resources….I guess I love just helping people out wherever and whenever I can. But at the moment, I am also working as a Speechie – I get to use my training and gifts to help children learn to communicate well. Not much beats the tears of joy from parents when their little one breaks through whatever is holding them back from communicating clearly. And the beaming smiles and hugs from the children are just about all I need to keep coming back! Tash xx
Kathryn McDonaldMay 1, 2014 at 11:57 am
This dress is stunning and you look beautiful in it.
I like to help out other families by opening our home to their children to provide the parents with respite, or to give their children experiences they normally wouldn’t have. Some of the ways my family has done this is taking children with us on outings they might not normally be able to go on, and regularly including a child, who has a sibling with high-needs, in our family life. It is very rewarding when a child comes to feel like they are a part of our family.
SalenaMay 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm
I’ve recently made it a quartley goal to give back to the community and have been hosting free workshops for mums to help them start up their businesses. They are so excited and re-energised after the workshop!
CLAIREMay 2, 2014 at 5:45 am
I try and remeber friends birthdays or special anniversaries etc and bring in balloons or cake ot flowers or even make them a meal to say “you are special”
Joanne CardamoneMay 2, 2014 at 8:00 am
I love to be on marketing sample lists because I love to share freebies with everyone at work, it makes tea break much more interesting and fun
Annette HigginsMay 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm
I use my listening and empathy skills to encourage others. I teach piano and make students happy by learning how to play. I have used my experience of losing my parents to help me understand the ageing process for my friends parents.. I have had a breakdown and use this experience to understand other’s stresses.
Kellie MMay 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm
I work in a hotel associated with a hospital. Our hotel accommodates people that are ill and have family that are ill. As you can imagine our guests come from many different backgrounds but they all really want the same thing – a clean, safe bed to sleep in, a friendly face and someone who will listen. I try to do this every day in and out of work. I always try and think what would i need if i was faced with these circumstances. I’ve come to realise its the smallest thought that makes the biggest difference and this has become my passion.
SonyaMay 2, 2014 at 8:32 pm
I love to sew gifts for people when I get the time, and I also love to cook for friends, family, and whoever is around.
JessMay 3, 2014 at 11:36 am
This dress is just beautiful and so clever. One of my passions is music and especially singing. It’s something I am just re-discovering after having my first baby 14 months ago. He is a darling but we have been through the wars – battling post-natal depression, breastfeeding issues, and very very little sleep – but we are coming out the other side now and it is wonderful to feel like I can be myself again. I love singing to my boy and he’s just started to sing along with me which is the best! His chubby little face just lights up when we sing together! I have my first singing performance in about 3 years coming up soon and this dress would be a fabulous confidence booster 🙂
Louise ThomsenMay 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm
I’m passionate about embracing and enjoying life to it’s fullest!! I try to channel this passion into everything I do, but I also try to pass that passion onto everyone I meet. I try to encourage and support my friends to push outside their comfort zones and embrace the joy in the simple things around them :).
Love this dress!
MichelleMay 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm
I love to help out in my children’s school. I help in their classes, in the library, with Mother’s and Father’s Day stalls and with our fete. My kids love that I am there for them. Love the dress!
Nicola TimmersMay 4, 2014 at 10:05 pm
I am passionate about a joyful childhood for my kids! I love running our Playgroup with lots of fun, craft, dress ups, noise, music, exercise, healthy food, friendship and support for children & parents. My youngest has just started school and help out where I can in class. I hope to be an encourager and spread the love in my own as well as families in our community. By the way a fantastic review on such a cool dress. I love how versatile and stylish if is!
Tracey ellisMay 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm
I’m creative and silly!! What a combination when combined with my 3 little kids.. Lots if fun!
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Lauren AMay 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm
I absolutely love the Grecian Dress, and the idea of only needing one dress when travelling.
I don’t know that I have a special talent for motherhood, but I do know that it is my passion. I want my teenagers to look back on their childhood with happy memories of lots of hugs, support and love. I assisted in their classrooms in primary school, act out scenes from history with them to help bring it to life, welcome all their friends to play dates and sleepovers at our home, create wonderlands for birthday parties… I even recently transformed the house into an abandoned, dust-covered haunted house for my 11th Grade son’s film assignment, complete with fake bloodstains everywhere (maple syrup and red colouring is perfect!) And so far, so good… I have 2 teenagers who still seem happy to have me around.
nicola thomsonMay 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm
I always like to be honest and remain positive within my family, community and work colleagues, life is too short not to be.
DanielleMay 9, 2014 at 7:28 am
I have just refound my passion for sewing and I love make gifts for my friends and family with my new creations.
Rebecca CornellMay 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm
I love to cook. I’m certainly no master chef – I don’t concern myself with fancy, fiddly dishes or spend ages ‘plating up.’ I prefer fresh, simple yet unique dishes – some recipes are my own, some are from books and online. When I am tired or cranky, my food never tastes quite right. Mostly though, I take care to infuse the love into my food and I’m sure you can taste it. I cook to nourish and comfort my family, my extended family and my friends. I took over Christmas dinner years ago and love spending all day Christmas Eve cooking. Christmas day is my birthday, but I can not think of any better way to spend it than by spreading the love through food. I also love making casseroles and comfort food for friends who are stressed. It’s my way of giving an extended hug.
Our budget is under stress at the moment (though I suppose everyone’s is!), and I haven’t had new clothes since before my daughter was born. I’ve been feeling very frumpy and sick of all my old clothes. I love the idea of this dress – it would be like getting several dresses in one!
RachelMay 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm
I can often be heard singing little made up rhymes and ditties to the children, complete with a little jig. It always creates laughs and giggles, or at least an “Oh Mum” from Mr 10. Our son had been a little cheeky and so I decided to pay him back when his play mate came around. I started to sing the song from the Coles add for their benefit “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,………Sunday, I love you”.. Instead of laughs I receive two agonised faces and his friend responded “You’re Mum’s nuts”. So take that! Well that one didn’t work – maybe I’m losing my touch!!
LisaMay 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm
My passion is that I’m interested in people – I love to hear their stories, what they do, where they’ve come from, what motivates them, what they love in life, where they want to go – things like that personally and professionally. I’ve found the best way to use this passion is through PR where I can help people share their stories or connect them to others that may be able to help them or there’s some sort of mutual interest or benefit.
Monique NMay 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm
Eeeekkkkk that dress is so beautiful, especially with you in it Kelly! I wouldn’t look anywhere so good, but would love to wear it none the less 😉
In answer to your question, I am an exceedingly shy person who is the type to always stick my foot in what I am trying to say, so I have always tried to really listen to people rather than talk myself (which is hard because when I am nervous I rabble), and treat others like I would want to be treated. I guess these are really small things because we all get caught up in our own lives and drama’s, but I try and be someone who people feel they can talk to and be heard.. I’m definitely not perfect but its nice to hep your friends feel better when they are feeling sad 🙂
Jill JacksonMay 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm
I give away things I have won online to random people.
Rebekah Mckittrick aka Bekah BooMay 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm
I am a doctor, a teacher, a chef and a mediator ü I am a mum who puts her childs needs and wants ahead of my own ü
I could not be prouder or love my talent more than what I am and I hope my children are happy with the job I do ü
Joyce NeilsenMay 9, 2014 at 2:29 pm
As a girl guide leader, I hope that I am helping to make girls happy within themselves by helping them to become the best they can be and to feel that they can be anything they want.
SueMay 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm
I’m a people pleaser, I need everyone to be happy, so I’m always trying to cheer people up, even if I’m not happy myself
Alicia SpaldingMay 9, 2014 at 3:08 pm
I’m a full time mum and wife. I put my heart and soul into my family and friends and providing a safe, loving and caring environment for my daughter and husband. I volunteer as Sunday school coordinator at my church.
CindyMay 9, 2014 at 3:20 pm
I creat colour for people’s hair and creat style cuts to make people feel fabulous!!
SarahMay 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm
I am a full time carer for my mother and my grandmother and also help look after my teenage sister, keeping my family healthy and happy is a full time job whether it is simple trip to buy some dvd’s to just going for a coffee and window shopping. I am just a simple person whose creativity is love and caring ( well I’d like to hope so ????)
Liza NeumannMay 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm
I like to capture the moments, my DSLR is at all the events so people can revisit and enjoy the moment again and again.