Pink Stripes and Black Bows

8 Jun 2017


My hometown of Ballarat has been growing and changes so much in the past few years. Not only have we seen a boom the food scene here, there have also been a number of shops that make leisure time here so much more enjoyable. One of those shops is Blanc Boutique. So naturally, I was a bit excited when Larna asked me to help her showcase some of the surprising brands that she brings to her small, regional boutique. Surprising because stores like MYER don't bring higher end brands to their regional store, yet the Blanc Boutique customers are clamouring to get their hands on the limited numbers that Larna will put on her racks.


I fell in love with this dress the moment it came in the store. It's not the first time I've worn a By Johnny dress, and the style is darling! The black bows on the sleeves...oh my heart! The fit is interpretive, as seems to be a trend with By Johnny, so I was really glad to have the opportunity to try it on at Blanc. The last time I wore a By Johnny, I wore a size 10. This time, smaller than I was previously, I am wearing a size 12. Lovers of the brand all say the same thing: try before you buy so you can get the best fit. The number on the By Johnny label doesn't always indicate what size the clothes are. What it does indicate, is a well-made dress in a high-quality material. 



By Johnny is one of many awesome brands that Banc Boutique stock. They also stock Thurley, P.E. Nation gym gear and a gorgeous selection of really affordable accessories. The detail that the staff in the shop know is brilliant too. Larna can tell you intimate details of any item in her store. For example, the beautiful mink eyelash extensions, which are weightless, glamourous and made with shed mink fur from an ethical farm. The attention to detail in every item in the store shows. It shows in the range of clothes and shoes and with the staff knowledge and in how quickly everything moves off the shelf. She briefly had a selection of light grey suede leather style jackets. I went back to look at one again a week later and they were all gone.


So if you're near to Blanc, instead of looking wistfully in the window, go in for a visit and a look around. And do it often. The beautiful stock changes so quickly there's always something new to admire.


Dress: By Johnny c/o Blanc Boutique
Earrings: Jolie & Eden c/o Blanc Boutique
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