LIFE UPDATE

 

 

Recently, I’ve been a very bad blogger!  You may (or may not) have noticed my posts have been getting rather sporadic of late.  I use be militant about posting on time and I took immense pride in ensuring content was being churned out on regular basis, so I thought I should address this recent change.  Plus, it’s a chance to discuss the future of That New Dress.

 

 

Over the last couple years, I’ve tried to keep this blog as focused on fashion and beauty (with some lifestyle) as much as possible.  For the most part, I have kept my personal life out of it.  I love sharing fashion and styling but I’m less in love with sharing my daily life.  Don’t get me wrong I’m a big fan of the bloggers who do, it’s just not for me.  I think this is a big reason venturing into YouTube has never appealed.

 

 

I am making a small exception here as I want to explain my recent inactivity.  Nine months ago I started my own consultancy business.  It was a terrifying but incredibly exciting step.  To begin with, blogging and running the business coexisted harmoniously.  The joys of working from home and not having to waste time commuting meant I had more time which I could use far more productively.

Fast forward to today and it has been a total blessing the business has taken off in the way it has.  However, it has come at a cost to the blog.  It’s not that I don’t have time to blog.  I’m a firm believer if you really want to do something, you find the time no matter what.  Instead, I began to resent the amount of time it took away from my business.

 

 

As anyone knows who runs their own company you have to be obsessed with it to make it succeed and I felt the blog was holding me back.  Honestly, there were moments I just wanted to shut down That New Dress altogether.   The strict scheduling routine and pressure I put on myself had zapped all the fun out of it.

Happily, I’ve come to my senses and That New Dress is here to stay.  I have put too many years and poured too much love into this blog just to throw it away.  However, I do need to fall back in love with it and stop resenting it.  As a result, there will no longer be a strict schedule, some weeks will have 4 new posts, others may only have 1.

 

 

But what I can promise you is this, I aim to keep the quality of content at it’s absolute best.  I also promise not to take a reader or comment for granted.  I am bloody lucky to have people around the world take time out of their day to read my musings.  This blog has been my savior on many occasions and that’s 100% down to you!  It’s purely down to your lovely words and growing page views that keep me going!

I do ask one favor, if you are a regular reader, I would LOVE to know the type of content you relish the most.  If you could name one previous blogpost you enjoyed the most, it would be incredibly useful, so I can hone in on creating content which is the most enjoyable, helpful and relevant to you.

 

Outfit details: Dunagrees – Topshop (find HERE in black or similar cream ones HERE & HERE on SALE) | Sweater – Pinko (find HERE) | Jacket – Charlotte Simone (similar HERE) | Shoes – Chloe (find HERE & HERE) | Bag – Givenchy (very similar HERE & HERE)

 

Don’t forget you can also keep up with me on Instagram @thatnewdress, Twitter @thatnewdress, Bloglovin That New Dress, Snapchat thatnewdress and Depop @dominiquew.

 

 

 

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    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:19 am

      Aww thank you hun xx

  1. barbiegirl06 February 10, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    I’m in love with your outfit! So, I’ve been reading your blog for a while and the thing that impresses me the most is your photos and blog organization in general. That’s why I don’t have fav type of posts in particar, because the content is always interesting to read. I hope I was still helpful! 🙂
    https://barbiegirl06.wordpress.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:20 am

      Yes, so helpful! Thank you so much, such a lovely thing to hear! xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:21 am

      Thank you, I’m kinda crazy for them too xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:22 am

      Isn’t it great? I couldn’t imagine working in an office now xx

  2. El Bailey February 11, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    The pictures in this are very high quality, love how bright and fresh your blog looks x

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:23 am

      That’s very sweet of you, thanks hun xx

  3. Vika February 11, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    As usual very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing)

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:23 am

      Thank you Vika xx

  4. Emily February 12, 2018 / 3:00 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this update! I totally agree that blogging should be something that you LOVE, and once it stops holding the same amount of joy, adjustments should be made! You’re doing a fabulous job and I’m enjoying following your content!

    ~Emily | http://www.East91Blog.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:24 am

      That’s so great to hear Emily! Thankfully I am slowly falling back in love with blogging xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:24 am

      Thank you so much Jane xx

  5. Marisa Cavaleiro February 12, 2018 / 10:39 am

    Hello i wish you good luck on your new business… and keep posting beautiful looks just like that… best luck..
    Xoxo from Portugal

    marisasclosetblog.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:25 am

      So kind of you and I really appreciate it doll xx

  6. Esther February 12, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Congratulations that your business is taking off. You are an established blogger and I think there is nothing wrong when you are late with your posts. I love your Look. The jacket is fabulous.

    Love, Esther
    https://lifestyle-tale.com/staycation-wiesbaden/

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:26 am

      Thank you Ester! I’ve had this jacket a while but I’ve recently fallen back in love with it xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:26 am

      Thank you so much sweetie xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:26 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  7. Freeoversea February 12, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    You should never stop believing in your achievements, and it’s amazing that you’ve followed your intuition, your magic is here to stay 🙂

    Great reading!
    Have a wonderful week,

    xx

    Patricia & Miguel
    http://www.freeoversea.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 1:26 am

      What a lovely comment, thank you xx

  8. Lovely February 12, 2018 / 12:46 pm

    Totally love this whole look and that coat is just fabulous!
    xoxo
    Lovely

    • thatnewd February 24, 2018 / 3:05 am

      Thank you so much lovely Lovely! xx

  9. Didier February 12, 2018 / 2:55 pm

    You are looking gorgeous dear! Congratulations on the business! I’m really glad that its going well for you!

    -Didier
    http://www.didieryhc.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:08 am

      Thank you so much for the kind wishes hun xx

  10. Dina February 12, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    Nice jacket!

    dinamighty.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:08 am

      Thank you xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:09 am

      Awww thank you Lauren xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:09 am

      Thank you, I’ve just written about them in my latest post about Bicester Village xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:10 am

      Thanks hun, hope you had a great weekend too xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:10 am

      Very sweet of you, thanks doll xx

  11. Kasie February 13, 2018 / 4:22 am

    Wow, what an exciting development in your life! Congratulations on launching your own business, that is a huge accomplishment! I can’t even imagine how hard it is to juggle two things that are truly YOURS. I know how hard it is to juggle my job and blog, I can’t even imagine how I’d feel if it was my own business instead! I’m looking forward to continuing following your journey in whatever form it may take! As far as posts go, I’ve always been a sucker for your bag posts because there’s always much more of a story behind your reveals than what a lot of other bloggers do. I also loved your “I Turned 30 & This is What I Learned” post because I could relate to so much of it.

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:11 am

      This is the most helpful comment, thank you so much! It’s great to hear what content you like, the bag posts definitely seem to be popular xx

  12. Rubi February 13, 2018 / 6:58 am

    Obsessed with your outfit, the grey coat is goals! Its tough for sure working full-time/ running a business and trying to blog, keep it up babe!

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:12 am

      Indeed it is but so worth it, I do really enjoy blogging, I just wish there were more hours in the day! xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:12 am

      Thank you Carmelatte

  13. Sadie February 13, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    I recently found that the pressure I put on myself to post regularly and have better content meant that I ended up posting a hell of a lot less and I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. Since I made the decision to post whatever I feel like whenever I feel like I have started to take it less seriously and am enjoying it more again. Sometimes I think it’s good to take a little step back. Good luck with your new business!!

    Also really loving that jacket, it’s insane!! 🙂 xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:13 am

      This is so great to hear! I think I’m the same as you, as soon as the pressure is off I seem to enjoy it a lot more xx

  14. Jessica February 13, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    This has got to be the cozies, fluffiest, and most fun jacket to wear this winter. Love your boots too! When it comes to your posts, I love reading product reviews, and of course, I absolutely love your style too! So keep on wearing gorgeous outfits!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:14 am

      When you say you love my style it means the world because you are my favourite fashionista!! xx

  15. Ankita Bardhan February 13, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    First of all hun, I would like to congratulate you on stating your own consulting business and I am glad it took off well, wish you even more success! I can understand how you’re feeling, I think strict scheduling does take out the fun out of it at times. Take all the time you need for your business and post whenever you feel like. Quality is always better than quantity anyway 🙂
    Hope you’re having a lovely Valentine’s week <3
    xx
    Ankita
    http://realgirltalks.com/

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:14 am

      Yes, you’re so right. I definitely agree quality is better than quantity xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:15 am

      Thank you so much Olivia xx

  16. Ashley February 13, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    I’m so glad you’re going to keep That New Dress open! I love your blog + seeing the outfits you put together. You inspire me, lady!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:15 am

      Awwww best comment ever! Thank you Ashley xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:15 am

      It is very cosy! xx

  17. Florentina February 13, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I have always liked your blog, its content and your posts. One has a life too and often it is hard to manage well both life and blog so there is natural for one to put a little bit in stand by blogging when there are more important things to do.
    Have a fantastic evening.
    Regards,
    Flo

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:16 am

      Thank you for being so supportive and lovely hunny xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:16 am

      I’m so happy to hear that! Honestly, you are TOO LOVELY!! xx

  18. Heather Rowland February 13, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    It’s so hard to pick posts I love as they’re all so brilliant – some of my favourites have to be the one about flowers and your tips about different sales too. And I totally relate to being more relaxed about your posting schedule – I’ve never had a posting schedule and I think that’s perhaps inhibited my growth, but it’s always made actually blogging more fun. Good luck with the future of That New Dress and I hope you find it easy to fall back in love with your blog!

    Heather xoxo
    https://www.hefafa.me.uk

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:17 am

      These comments are very much making me fall in love with blogging again! Your words mean the world! THANK YOU!!! xx

  19. Vika February 13, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the interesting post! Have a nice day)

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:18 am

      Thanks doll xx

  20. Leah February 13, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    This outfit and this jacket… ARE TO DIE FOR!!! Honestly stunning and I love your post. Its so hard to find a balance between the business pressure of blogging and keeping the creativity and enjoyment, but don’t worry your blog is gorgeous!
    xx Leah

    http://www.fashtrav.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:18 am

      That’s wonderful to hear, thank you so much for your kind words hunny xx

  21. Daeyz February 13, 2018 / 11:44 pm

    congrats on your business taking off- that is so exciting! I do love fashion and travel posts!

    xx, Daeyz
    http://www.daeyz.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:43 am

      Interesting that you like travel, I haven’t done a travel post for ages but maybe I will start doing some more soon xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:44 am

      Thank you Gemma xx

  22. Sophie February 14, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    I love your fashion posts. Congrats on the business doing great.It really is understandable that you can’t regularly post but sure your readers will stay with you.
    http://sophieatieno.com

    • thatnewd February 24, 2018 / 4:37 am

      I hope so! I’m still working on creating the best possible content I can, so fingers crossed people will keep reading! xx

  23. Noor (Clothes & Dreams) February 14, 2018 / 6:39 pm

    I only just discovered your blog, but I really love your writing and style! I’m a firm believer of only blogging when you feel like writing something. Once you force yourself to write when you don’t feel like writing, it’s not a good sign. It should always stay fun! 😀 But what I’ve already read from your posts, I would love to keep up with you!

    xo Noor
    clothesanddreams.blogspot.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:44 am

      You’re so right, it needs to be fun and not a chore! xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:44 am

      Thank you so much xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:44 am

      Thanks Vaishali xx

  24. Vivian February 14, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Ahh congrats on starting your own consultancy business! I can imagine how terrifying it was at the beginning! Keep listening to your heart and succes will follow 🙂 I’m quite new to be honest, but I loved reading your bag reviews and I also love your outifts of course! 🙂 Keep it up, I’d say!

    Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

    Vivian x

    http://www.viviantse.net

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:45 am

      It was so scary but worth it and I love working from home. Thank you so much for your feedback on the post you enjoy, it’s so helpful to hear xx

  25. Biki February 15, 2018 / 6:30 am

    First of all I am happy that you came to the decision to stick with your blog as I discovered it this year. Secondly, brava on starting your own consultancy business, that’s a great leap and it looks like you made the right moves. I too have cut back on my blogging, because of work and I had begun to resent it coz it was stressful trying to work out how to balance life and blogging but I came to the conclusion that I just had to scale back if I wanted to keep up the quality and offer value….I blog every 2 weeks now…Anyhoo, have a lovely day ahead hon and thanks for stopping by my blog ( :

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:46 am

      I think people who don’t blog underestimate just how much work it is! Quality is definitely better than quantity xx

  26. Gil Zetbase February 15, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Gorgeous outfit!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:46 am

      Thank you, you too xx

  27. Lorna February 15, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you’re going to keep blogging! I actually really like your blog as we have very similar tastes, so my favourite posts of yours are often reviews on your designer bags, and of course your outfits. I’m very into those! If you did want to go down the personal route, I’m always into finding out more about people too, so that would be fun! Congrats on having such a successful business! As a self employed blogger that works from home, I completely understand your issues with balancing time!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:47 am

      I adore working from home but these days I have so much on, it feels like I never stop working! Great to hear which posts you like. The bag ones definitely seem to be popular! xx

  28. Vika February 15, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Looks really interesting! As usual great post)

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:48 am

      Thank you so much lovely xx

  29. Mercy February 16, 2018 / 1:10 am

    Love reading this babe and knowing a little bit of your personal life. I like your fashion posts, the bag reviews and the designer shopping hauls. I can’t forget your travel diary in Greece, that was a fun post with details of your cute outfits.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:48 am

      A couple of people have mentioned my travel post, so you’re inspiring me to do some more travel content! xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:48 am

      Thank you doll xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:49 am

      Thank you, that’s great to hear xx

  30. Sofia February 16, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    That coat is amazing!!! i definitely need it haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:49 am

      It’s very warm and cosy xx

  31. Desires In Style February 16, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Hi Dominique!
    It doesn’t matter if you can’t post with a strict schedule, you should do it every time you can! We love the most your post that show fashion content, your style is a great inspiration!! 🙂
    kisses
    Agnese & Elisa
    http://desiresinstyle.com/

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:50 am

      You are the sweetest girlies ever, thank you so much for the kind words xx

  32. Liz Breygel February 16, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    We’ve all been bad bloggers 🙂 I love your gray and fluffy outfit !

    Lots of love ♥ Janury Girl

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:50 am

      Haha, yes so true! We all have our moments xx

  33. Katya February 16, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    It’s great to know that you chose to keep this. I agree that you poured out a lot of time, effort and love for this. Give it time and you will do great on both. Good luck!

    StyleSprinter Blog by Katya Bychkova

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:50 am

      Thank you so much, I really appreciate your helpful words xx

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:51 am

      Thank you Enrica xx

  34. l'ambassadrice February 16, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Well first of all, congratulations on your new business! I completely understand why you’ve been absent and I’m sure it was worth it. Sometimes we have to choose where to spend our time, and I believe you did the right choice. That being said, I’m glad your back! 🙂
    xx

    http://www.lambassadrice.com/

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:51 am

      You’re so lovely, thank you! If only there were more hours in the day! xx

  35. Missy May February 16, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    Life can take over and its understanding in my opinion. You’re doing a great job and I’m glad you’re keeping the blog. One of my favourite post from you is ‘I Turned 30 and the lessons you learnt.’
    Great casual outfit you have on.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:57 am

      A couple of people mentioned that post too, I will definitely work on similar posts to that one xx

  36. Radi February 17, 2018 / 7:32 am

    So glad you’re here to stay. Your blog is so wonderful and your style is so inspiring.
    I love this whole outfit! Looking forward to seeing more of your outfits.

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    • thatnewd February 20, 2018 / 2:56 am

      Yay! That’s lovely to hear doll xx

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