Four fresh essentials for Spring

4 fresh essentials for spring

By Andrea Michelle for Dove

Even though I’m hardly a social butterfly, come Spring, invites start arriving thick and fast leading up till Christmas, everyone eager to catch up under sunny blue skies after hibernating in our trackies at home through most of the winter. September seems to be a peak time for birthday parties (New Years has a lot to answer for with our parents!), followed by the Spring Racing Carnival, and the Christmas dinners and drinks and end of school year festivities.

Each year I treat myself to a few new items to see me though this crazy time – usually a classic dress, a fun pair of sunnies, and some fresh cosmetics. I figure if I get sorted early the cost per wear will work itself out, and I’m less likely to make an impulse purchase if I’ve got something new and versatile ready to go.

So, getting in early, I’m calling it: these are the 4 essentials you need for Spring/Summer 2014.

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The lace dress

It may be white, it may be bright yellow, it may be navy, pink or black. Who cares? So long as it’s drenched in lace you’ve got this season covered. Wear it with a tough cuff (because you don’t want to be too prissy, right?!) and on cooler days, drape it with your fave leather jacket. Think of this combo like the salted caramel of fashion. And devour accordingly. Lover Libra Fitted Dress $910.


Gold mirrored sunglasses

Yeah Carrie wore them in Sex and the City 2, and despite how terrible that movie was, her sunnies were epic. Gold gives a warm hue on any skin colour, and mirrors are just cool. Oliver Peoples Shaelie Sunglasses.


A bright, moisture packed lipstick

Red lipstick? Always! But for Spring, sometimes fruity tones are better – think peachy oranges and strawberry pinks. Coloured balms will keep your lips looking mositurised even through the hottest of days, and look for those with an SPF for protection to keep those lips kissable. Try Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Balm 04 Heftiest Hibiscus.


The ‘fashion’ deodorant

When I leave my place there’s inevitably at least 5 discarded outfits left languishing on the bed – these are the ones that didn’t make the grade for whatever reason that day. Thing is, most deodorants will leave pesky stains on those fresh clean clothes after you try them on, meaning you’ve gotta clean them again before wearing them – who’s go time for that?

The serious fashionista has Dove Invisible Dry in their kit – it doesn’t leave marks or stains on garments, whatever the colour – so you can try on as many outfits as you wish, and as is your want. Plus, it’s got the goodness of Dove’s ¼ moisturizing cream which means you’ll stay dry no matter what situation you get yourself into. Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant from $4.24.


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WIN a Dove care pack

WIN Dove invisible dry care pack

We’re giving away 20 Dove 100 Colours care packs to help kick us into Spring in style. 

The first 20 to comment below are gonna have this shipped to their door, stat (but be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you re your prize). 


Entry conditions:
  • There are 20 DOVE care packages valued at $27.79 to be given away.
  • Each package contains: Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care S&C $6.49 each, Dove Invisible Dry Deodorant $5.25 , Dove Invisible Dry Roll-On Deodorant $4.20, Dove Beauty Cream Bar $4.49, Dove Triple Moisturising Body Wash $7.36, 
  • This give away is open to residents of Australia only (but I’d still LOVE to hear from the other Foxes from around the world!)
  • The give away runs from 12th of September, 2014 till 29th of September, 2014.
  • The winners will be chosen on that date and contacted that day. 
  • Entrants must abide by the contest entry conditions listed above. 


What exciting plans have you got coming up this Spring?

And have you made any new season buys yet?


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  • sam

    I’m eying for the Marcs sale at the moment and also planning on visiting many shoe departments.

  • victoria devine

    Love a lace dress, especially white with a denim jacket, so fresh, so spring!

  • Natasha Andrews

    God that dress is divine – it looks incredible on you – but I almost cried at the price! Maybe one day I will have more than one event to wear something that fabulous too – cost per wear doesn’t work if you have nowhere to wear said item too!!

    • Natasha Andrews

      Whoops thought discus would give you my email – it is tarshaa (@) if I’m not too late 🙂

  • Nicole

    Love the dress and hate bo stains on clothes too!

  • Noelene

    Spring just makes you feel a bit brighter just have to stop rain so the dresses can come out

  • Jasmine Nelson

    Spring Racing Carnival

    and No I havent bought a dress yet

  • Leanne

    Oh I love spring fashion! That dress is gorgeous. And yes price per wear is very important!

  • Curly wurly

    I’m looking forward to being able to get outside more and enjoying the weather. I can’t wait to wear brighter colours (especially white) and lighter fabrics like chambray.

  • Alicia Ferrier

    The spring racing carnival!

  • Samantha Beniston

    I love the dress, with my youngest turning one next month I’m only just starting to get daring again with my wardrobe , I’m even attempting the style dare.

    • FoxInFlats

      Go you! Yes it’s a new transition. xA

  • Fifi

    Love the white lace dress!! Going to get me one of those!!

  • Emily

    So excited for spring- the smell of flowers, but mainly the fashion!!

  • Amelia

    I can’t wait to wear sandals again with bright nail polish – am looking out for some new tan sandals that will go with everything. Also looking forward to feeling the warmth from the sun!!!

    • Amelia

      Hi Andrea. I’m not sure if I’ve done this properly. Can you see my email address? I’m a bit new to this!!! Thanks.

      • FoxInFlats

        I cant Amelia – can you type it in?

  • Rosalie

    Perfect timing…am after a new pair of sunnies!

  • Sarah Batters

    My plan is to give birth to my first daughter! So this spring is going to be a bit different… I’ve bought loads of cute dresses for spring but unfortunately they are all 000! [email protected]

    • Lol – when are you due Sarah? I’ve got three weeks to go 🙂

      • Sarah Batters

        In 7 weeks! I wish it was in 3 weeks!!

  • Rw0167

    This sounds great but where do I leave my email address??? Here?

    • FoxInFlats


  • Rw0167

    Now I get it 🙂
    I am lookin forward to breakin out the shorts and getting some sun and feeling the wind in my hair ( that doesn’t feel like it’s coming from across the snow!)

  • Shannon @ Lessons in juggling

    I love the lace dress. Also love that you recommended it in other colours…not sure I could pull off the look with a white one.

  • Dani

    After just having a baby I am excited to get into the outdoors and get my fitness back his spring so that I can fit into sweet dresses and sandals… I love sandals!

  • Lenny

    Bought a lace dress last year. Love it! Will be wearing it again 🙂
    As for a Dove prize – count me in. [email protected]

  • Averil

    I’m eyeing off a white lace dress- and a pair of tan sandals to go with it! Looking so forward to getting out and riding my push bike again.

  • Kathryn

    Spring…even the word is exciting! The promise of warm days, brown legs and shoulders and flowers everywhere. You look beautiful, lovely dress x

  • your white dress is SO beautiful! fits you perfectly!
    I love the freshness of Spring, the most perfect weather…

  • Lauren

    Love that dress and all of your spring tips

  • Gosh, you look divine in that dress. x

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Gorgeous a white dress is a must for spring!

  • Nadia

    I love your dress! Such a timeless piece. I purchased a gorg body con mosaic dress from French connectio. Love the fresh looks Spring brings

  • Love the essentials – I need a nice white dress for sure.