OOTD: week 5 – Every open house, every week – combining two of my favourite labels CUE and REVIEW
The West Australian newspaper’s reported that the Perth real estate market has hit a 25-year low. While most real estate agents are still talking themselves up and do not care to honestly admit to this truth to their clients (not to mention most will outright lie to try to get a listing), I on the other hand see myself as someone with some honesty. So you get the idea, the last 4 weeks of our marketing campaign of weekly open house attracting perspective purchasers to the city apartment which our agency is holding the listing for is not going as well as we hoped.
To make matters worse, the blonde bitch at the other real estate agency (i.e. the competitor) across the road who is selling another apartment in the same building as us is driving me insane with her antics to try to beat us to a buyer.
At her open house the first weekend she turned up to her open house in a new $310.00 CUE Dress. I quickly countered her at my open house the following weekend by wearing my iconic and unmistakeable CUE dress (which I recall I also paid about A$300 for the dress when I bought it), matched with a new current season $280 CUE CITY Black Revere Collar Blazer and a new pair of $149.95 NineWest ‘Mailin’ heeled point toe pumps. My outfit alone that you see that weekend adds up to over A$700, and that doesn’t including the cost of the accessories I was wearing, nor price of the nice bra and undies I had put on underneath my dress.
She must have felt she can’t beat me when it comes to who could pull a more expensive outfit, so for the next open house she turned up strutting in a pair of high stilettos. Ok, I can handle heels too. I quickly countered her at my open house the following weekend by pairing my REVIEW outfit with my pair of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps with a 10cm high heel. (And just to make sure I made a point to the her that I can still pull a more expensive outfit, my outfit that day added up to over $1300 – I paid $150 each for my Review blue floral ‘Neptune Bay’ sleeveless top and Review ‘Show Stopper’ skirt and my CUE CITY Black Revere Collar Blazer I paid $280, but it was the Salvatore Ferragamo pumps that cost the most: I paid well over $700 for those pair of Italians heavens).
So what did the competitor do the following week? Well that blonde bitch at the other real estate agency wore a low cut, sleeveless and tight fitting blue dress to her open house (I think she wore this Karen Millen dress). Seriously love? You are gonna catch a cold in the winter chill strutting around like a s**t in this weather showing so much skin. And not to mention that shade of blue is such a hideous colour for workwear. Whenever she bends down her breasts would go on show, and she’s clearly not fussed showing off the black lace bra holding up that cleavage under that dress.
That flick of the hair, the smile, she’s even flirting with her clients. Well love if you think showing a little skin helps in the sales process, don’t think you are the only one who can play this game. I too can play it just as well too. I too can go sleeveless and in a low cut dress, but unlike you I won’t stoop that low to go as far as looking like a s**t, I’ll look classy doing so.
So I went through my wardrobe yesterday night with three criteria in mind: sleeveless, low cut, but not looking like a s**t. The clubbing outfit I wore when I was nineteen quickly went off the shortlist (naturally). Next to go off the shortlist were the clothes I wore in the early years when I first started working – while they were fine they didn’t exactly have the sort of polished look I was after (i.e. not expensive enough). In the end, it came down to two labels from my favourites for the moment: I was either going to wear CUE or REVIEW.
A sudden thought came into my head. Why not BOTH? Of course I can try to combine my two favourite labels. Another 40 minutes or so in front of the mirror later, I think I have nailed it. I set my mind on a white sleeveless CUE button-up blouse with a sweetheart neckline, matched with a Review ‘Show Stopper’ skirt, and my Salvatore Ferragamo pumps. I love the CUE button-up blouse for its distinctive CUE cut which brings a little uniqueness to he ubiquity of a white blouse, and as for my Review ‘Show Stopper’ skirt the lace details on the hem is just to die for.
For top and dresses with a sweetheart neckline, I had to take extra effort in selecting the right bra. While some women don’t consider their bra part of an outfit, for me it is an essential consideration. Not all bras go with all outfit, and some are more suited than others depending on the dress. The right bra to go under a dress with a sweetheart neckline should not only give my breasts the right amount of lift to give it a pert look, but should also look good as flashes are almost always inevitable as I bend down. One should never wear a coloured bra under a white blouse (remember what I said about not looking like a s**t…), so it always has to be white. With this in mind, I wore my white Lepel Fiore Balcony Bra.
Not typically available in Australian clothing stores, I bought this bra from the United Kingdom late last year and it has since been THE favourite go to bra for me. I bought it initially for dressing under my white shirts/ blouses when I wear skirt suits to the office, but I fell in love with the bra so much I found myself putting it in whenever I felt like I needed to wear something nice under any outfit, even if it wasn’t a white shirt/ blouse. The underwire gives me support, the lace cups means it sits flat over my breasts and doesn’t show bumps over clothes, and the cute combination of lace, ribbon and trellis gives me the confidence when inevitable flashes occur when I bend over. Photos above show my now favourite bra unworn, and photos below show how it looks (on a model – not me I am afraid I am not as ‘well endowed’ as the model)
You’ll be surprised how difficult it is to find a decent white coloured bra, in fact it’s almost next to impossible! So for this one the costly overseas postage to get it to me was worth every penny!
Well the blonde bitch competitor at the other real estate agency think showing a little skin helps in the sales process. Don’t think you are the only one who can play this game. I too can play it just as well too. I too can go sleeveless and in a low cut dress, but unlike you I won’t stoop that low to go as far as looking like a s**t, I’ll look classy doing so. What does everyone think of my outfit? Did I pull it off right?
Occasion: work/ office
CUE sleeveless button up white shirt with sweetheart neckline
Review ‘Show Stopper’ skirt with lace hem
Salvatore Ferragamo slingback high heeled pump
Lepel Fiore Balcony Bra (identical available here, similar available here)