Thursday, 12 December 2013

Soiree of the Beginning of my Memories by Baby the Stars Shine Bright

Today I am looking at Soiree of the Beginning of my Memories by BABY. This series includes 3 dresses, a skirt, 2 blouses, 5 hair accessories, wrist cuffs and tights.

This is JSK I. The bodice is an interesting shape. The bodice material looked a little loose in a few of the stock photos, but it is not that noticeable. The straps are a bit thin and a bit flimsy looking. The lace used along the outer edge of the straps is beautiful and soft looking though. The waist bow is a bit on the big side and I would have liked it to have been a bit smaller. The shape is basic, but the lace along the bow edges helps to liven it up a bit. It looks quite perky and doesn't droop much, although it looks a little wonky in the stock photos (hopefully this wont be the case in reality). The ribbon bows on the bodice are a good size and shape, although I would have just had the one ribbon bow on the neckline. The ribbon looks of a good quality and doesn't look too shiny. However, I am not a fan of the ribbon colour used. For example, on the ivory version pictured above, I think the ribbon colour is a bit too dark and dull. I know it is meant to match the gold lace used, but the bows really stick out in my opinion. The wide lace on the neckline matches up well with the strap lace. The back has a panel of shirring which is concealed well by a ribbon corset. The stock photos show the skirt has a very good amount of volume. The shape is very full and rounded. The front of the skirt has a chiffon bustle. The bustle tiers are spaced neatly and layered well. The material looks lovely and soft. The edges of the bustle are concealed with gold lace, which keeps things neat. The bottom hem is finished off with some good quality lace.

This is JSK II. The bodice looks fairly well fitted. I think the scoop neckline goes a bit too low down for my liking though. The straps are a decent width. I love the gold lace and use of wide lace along the straps and neckline. The lace is gathered nicely and it sit wells on the dress. The lace is soft and pretty looking. However, I am not a fan of the ribbon bow on the neckline. The ribbon used is nice, but I think a smaller, solid coloured bow would have worked better when teamed with the waist bow. As for the waist bow, it is maybe a little bit on the big side. The lace used on the bow edges is pretty, but adds to the bow's bulk. The shape is simple, but doesn't look too bad and it sits well on the dress. At the time of writing, I didn't have any pictures of the back. However, the measurements would suggest there was a little bit of shirring, presumably covered by a ribbon corset. The stock photos show the potential to create a very rounded, bell shape. It looks very pretty and flares out well. The skirt is kept clutter free and the print is displayed beautifully. The bottom hem is then finished off with a simple chiffon ruffle.

This is the OP. The bodice is well fitted. I like the wide neckline, as sometimes I feel OPs can look a bit stuffy and uncomfortable looking. The wider neckline looks a bit more relaxed. The gathered ruffle neckline topped with gold braid is heavy detailed, but doesn't look too OTT. However, I would get rid of the large bow that tops the neckline because I think it is too much. The dress would look much better without it. It's a shame because I love the gold crown charm on the bow.

Every part of the dress is rich with detail, even the sleeves. I like the princess style of the sleeves and the sizing is good. They flare out well, but are not as massive as some other examples of this type of sleeve. I love the use of ruffles and lace. The gold braid adds a touch of class. I would lose the ribbon bow though.

The back has no shirring. The bodice opens up on the front and reveals a chiffon bustle, which goes down the whole length of the dress. The bustle size and shape is good. The bustle tiers are spaced out nicely and layered well. The use of chiffon keeps things soft looking. However, I am not a fan of all those ribbon bows on top the bustle. It pushes the OTT element of this dress a bit too far for me. I would have maybe kept the two top ones that are on the bodice, but made them a bit smaller and spaced just slightly further apart. I would also keep the 2 bows, that are at the bottom, to the sides. I would not bother with the 3 other bows that BABY have put on the dress. The stock photos show the skirt has a lovely, subtle bell shape to it. The length is good and it flares out well. All of the detail on this dress maybe takes away a bit of focus from the print. The bottom of the dress is a continuation of the bustle and it fits well with the rest of the dress.

And finally, we have the print close-up. This print is available in ivory, pink, green and black. I think all 4 colours work very well with the print but my favourite is probably the ivory. As for the print, I really love all the ladies and their heavily detailed dresses. There is something going on in every corner of the border print. It is quite attention grabbing and luxurious. I love the stair case and the chandeliers. The floral and drapes create a pretty border for the main part of the print. The non-border part of the print is also nicely detailed with the stripes and smaller floral arrangements.

So overall, I think this is a very beautiful series. The OP offers a more OTT option and the JSKs suit the more subtle fan. The print is gorgeous. Would I buy this series? Yes, I would! I would go for one of the JSKs in ivory, possibly JSK I once I removed the ribbon bows on the bodice. It wont be going on my wishlist, but I really like it. I think this is a very strong offering from BABY.


  1. That's like my favourite series I've seen this year. I love the print and the first JSK.


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