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Outfit 9.10.10: primary colour african wax print dress!

9.10.10: primary colours african wax print dress

Another dress I had been saving for last week’s birthday celebrations (not my birthday, but two of my friends). I got it in London, back in August, at a craft market off Brick Lane. I had seen these African Wax print fabric dresses in a few market stall type places, but this primary colour scheme was by far my favourite. I love these african wax fabrics, and I can think of at least a couple of other bloggers who do too, so it’s surprising that they aren’t more widely available (well, none of the three fabric shops in edinburgh stock them anyway). Anyway, pretty dress, non? It’s a bit too large around the top, but my hips are so big these days I needed to get the bigger size. I may be able to persuade dave to alter it for me at some point.

dress – craft market
bag – second hand shop
shoes – clarks

Something else entirely: When you click through to my blog, does the formatting go a bit haywire? When I look at my blog at work, where we have an ancient version internet explorer, the header goes over the edge of the screen, but everything else is fine. I think it has to do with the fact that my header is a fixed width, whereas everything else is percentages. It never really bothered me, because it seemed to work fine on every single other bowser I’ve ever used, but now another blogger told me that my righthandside column goes over the edge for her! Which I really don’t get. Isn’t the point of percentages that the column width changes depending on browser width? Anyway, if anyone understands what’s going on or has dealt with this problem before, I’d be eternally grateful for some advice! Or just let me know if it works for you, so I can gauge how serious a problem it is and how urgently I need to sort out my template! Thank you all!

And finally, in case you missed it yesterday, I’m giving away something from the shop. Enter the cozy woolies giveaway here!

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  • MrsBossa 19 October 2010, 5:15 pm

    You look fabulous in bright colours! Lucky you! 🙂

  • sacramento 19 October 2010, 7:03 pm

    Love the dress, it reminds me of Picasso´s work.
    I love your hips. We are suppose to have them you know…
    About your blog is find in my computer.
    Un abrazo guapa, you are radiant in bright colours.

  • Veshoevius 19 October 2010, 7:14 pm

    Next time you are in London try Brixton London – you can't move for shops stocking the stuff plus one boutique has just opened specialising in "modern" garments made out of this fabric or trimmed with it.

  • jesse.anne.o 19 October 2010, 7:15 pm

    That's a great dress!

    Formatting looks fine to me?

  • Bad Taste Toast 19 October 2010, 7:20 pm

    Woah the dress is amazing! I love the matching accessories too! Great play of the primary colours!
    Oh and there's nothing wrong with your header or so (I use Firefox).

    Check out my current giveaway if you like! 🙂

  • La Historiadora de Moda 19 October 2010, 8:37 pm

    That dress is so fun!

  • Shallow Mallow 19 October 2010, 9:10 pm

    Love the outfit.
    Getting the page width accessible for all resolutions is an impossible task. For instance on a netbook you can't really prevent a horizontal scroll bar when viewing a photo blog. If you have google analytics you can check out the resolutions your blog is viewed at. The people who get to scroll sideways probably make up a point of a percent of your viewers.

    I am quite conservative and cater for resolutions from 1024 px wide (your banner is just barely wider at 1100) although most people have better screens than that nowadays. Any smaller than that it 's got to be either a netbook or a mobile phone visiting.

    As for browser specific oddities you might get an idea here: http://browsershots.org/
    Mind you though, what you're dealing with here is resoluton.

    If someone doesn't like scrolling sideways they can always press CTRL and minus buttons to reduce the size of everything on the page. Then again, netbook users should be used to that trick already 😉

  • Shallow Mallow 19 October 2010, 9:24 pm

    Just thought, if you want a sneak peak at what the screen-challenged see you can amend your own screen resolution downwards:

    (Note: This might mess up your desktop shortcut alignment if you've dragged them into pretty shapes – I keep destroying my husband's efforts testing my pages ugh)

    If you're on a Microsoft machine right click your desktop and select "Screen Resolution" from the menu displayed
    You should then either have a drop down menu with resolutions to choose form or a bar you can drag along.

    Evertything will look ma-husive 😀

  • Veronica Darling... 19 October 2010, 9:26 pm

    Great colours!

    I use firefox, and a smaller macbook screen… and it looks fine and comfy on my screen… there's more space when I look at my screen at work (cause we have larger screens) so it looks good there too!

  • Terri 20 October 2010, 1:07 am

    the header looks fine on IE7.

    I like the BOLD color here and had been unaware of this style of fabric…I'll have to see if it's available in the American midwest.

  • Franca 20 October 2010, 7:37 am

    Thanks everyone!

    Shallow mallow – that's really helpful advice, thanks so much. I'm not that bothered about the header to be honest, it's more the actual writing going off screen (which is why I have percentages). But now that I think back, I think the person saying my right column went over the edge might actually have been talking about someone elses blog – it was a in a 'critique my blog' type thread.

    I shall investigate google analytimatics anyway.

    p.s. Maschen are called stitches in English.

  • Helen 20 October 2010, 9:33 am

    hooray for primary colours! it's a really lovely dress. your blog looks fine to me, i'm using chrome though. i know a few bloggers have had issues in IE6 though, but no-one should still be using IE6 anyway haha! upgrade to firefox or chrome 🙂 i downloaded chrome in work because we still had IE6.

  • Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) 21 October 2010, 5:30 am

    Wao!! This outfit is fabulloous! I love how you went bold with all the colors, you look so chic!


  • Lorena 2 November 2010, 9:28 pm

    THAT IS a beautiful pattern. I had not heard of this African wax print…