Every once in a while I like to mix it up – you can’t wear pink EVERYDAY (well you can and I aspire to). BUT this week’s OOTD I wanted to do bit of a style swap and add a touch of darkness to my usual candyfloss demeanor and aesthetic. Stepping outside of your comfort zone is a necessary evil sometimes and with it being a new year #2018 I wanted to spice things up a bit – I don’t want y’all to get sick of me 😉 –
Although in saying that – I have absolutely no idea why I picked a long sleeve dress when we currently have 80-90% humidity on a regular basis; am I crazy? Yes, yes I am – anything in the name of fashion!
What season is it where you’re living? In New Zealand we’re pretty much at the end of our Summer and boy has it been a HOT one!! I’ve never felt humidity like it – I think myself and a lot of people are very excited for some cooler temps in Autumn.
Hair scarf: Carmen Wrap Turban – Who’s that Girl
Dress: Katniss Dress in Green – Voodoo Vixen
Belt: Retro Belt – Black – Hell Bunny
The Carmen Wrap Turban – Black & White – Who’s that Girl?
As many of you know (if you’re plugged into the ‘pin-up girl’ world) you would have seen turbans/knotted hair scarves are very “in” at the moment. It’s like the trend exploded from nowhere and next thing I know everyone is wearing them! I originally fell in love with the Sarahsdoowopdos creations but whenever she would restock I’d miss out; I tried for 3 months (sometimes timezone differences can be the worst)! Then I started to notice Miss Ruby Rabbit was wearing a collection of different hairscarves/turbans and had them down as Who’s that Girl. And of course I thought; Who’s that girl?? I followed on Instagram immediately – before there was even a shop! And on the night of the release I bought two (because shipping is hella expensive). I don’t get to wear this one as much as I would like to but I absolutely love it; I feel like it gives an extra oomph to an outfit and it really is a statement piece.
Katniss Dress in Green – Voodoo Vixen
Oh this dress, you either love it or hate it. I personally love it(which is why I own it)! I’m obsessed with cats so finding a dress with cats on it is amazing and finding a swing dress with cats on it is spectacular! I’ve had this dress for a very long time; since I was a baby pinup and before I even shared my outfits online – what a crazy time. The quality of the fabric is nice – it’s a little heavy for summer #90%humidity but it’s definitely the right dress for winter. I knew when I purchased this dress awhile back I looked at reviews and I knew a lot of customers had issues with the sleeves of the dress particularly the armpits. I purchased the medium and had absolutely no issues with the arms at the time however I’m more of a medium/large (12-14 NZ) and have felt a little tightness so that’s something you should definitely look in to if you’re thinking about purchasing.
Retro Belt – Black – Hell Bunny
Well, if you read my previous post ‘Holy Grail Items’ you’ll know that I am obsessed with these belts! To reiterate..
- They cinch you waist and make it look iddy biddy!
- Are stomach friendly (if you have issues with stomach health)
- Sizes small, medium and large – but they do have a lot of stretch!
- In colours: red, pink, black, white, sky blue, lavender, mint, aqua, silver, gold, green & burgundy.
- Affordable! $15.00 NZD for a belt that will last you years!
I hope y’all liked this little twist on my usual OOTD! Do you dress in darker colours? Do you hate pink? Your weekly challenge is to wear something outside your comfort zone for a day and see how you feel! Let me know how you get on in the comments or @missflossypots on Instagram.
Look… I’m first one to tell you that I’m not a fan of salads in fact I kind of despise most of them. This is as close as I get to salad and I don’t even know if most people would class this as a salad but I do and that’s why you’re here. I made this recipe up a couple of years ago and it’s one of my favourite lighter dishes; the creaminess of the feta, the spice & crunch from the chickpeas and the freshness of carrot make this dish sing! Oh and it’s super easy – which is all you can ask for in a recipe.
2 medium carrots grated finely
100g feta (I use Bouton d’or – it’s so creamy!)
1 can chickpeas
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
1 1/2 tsp siracha
Plenty of pepper!
A small handful of basil
Juice of 1 lemon
Plenty of pepper & salt
1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tsp cumin
Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
Drain the chickpeas and dry them in between two paper towels – this helps with the crunch!
In a small bowl mix the oil, turmeric, cumin, garlic salt, sriracha & pepper with the chickpeas until evenly coated and spread on to a lined baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Whilst the chickpeas are baking start your dressing.
Place all of the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together – set aside.
Grate the carrots on the finest setting on your grater for a softer bite or on a coarse setting for more crunch. I did mine of the fine setting as you can see!
Place that in a medium sized bowl and start prepping you feta.
Cut the feta in bite size cubes – about 1cm x 1cm and add them to carrots along with the dressing. Coarsely chop the basil and add to the carrot mix.
Once the chickpeas are golden put them in the same bowl as the carrot, mix and toss until everything evenly distributed. Place in a bowl and serve!
Will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.
I hope you enjoyed this recipe – feel free to tag me on Instagram or Facebook using @missflossypots if you decide to make this! What’s your favourite salad? I need to up my game so please share!
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Okay, okay, okay I must say I’ve been in love with pins/brooches lately – I think I’ve been buying them more than dresses and that never happens! I’ve noticed a lot of pin-up inspired gals rocking pins like these and I absolutely adore the whole pink ladies vibe from Grease (pink jackets studded with quirky pins/brooches) and I’m totally getting one of those pink Collectif clothing jackets so I can match y’all. I thought I would share my current favourite brooches/pins which are little different from the usual brooches/pins. As much as I like the typical ‘pin-up’ brooch brands I do prefer pins to have a bit of quirk and humour to them and I love supporting smaller brands!
If you’re looking for a new pin/brooch I highly recommend any of these amazing businesses – I know they are all fantastic quality as I own quite a few of these!
1. Oh You Fox
Oh my gosh, I think I’m a little obsessed with Oh You Fox at the moment every time I have a look at their website I find myself wanting everything?? I currently own ‘Resting Babe Face’ (MY FAVOURITE) & recently found myself buying the cutie pie black cat to help raise funds for Victoria’s(creator & owner of Oh You Fox) wee kitty Skittles (taking a kitty overseas is no easy feat)! And I wanted it, I mean really wanted it.
*Resting Babe Face – Oh You Fox
*Cutie Pie Black Cat – Oh You Fox
*Delicious but Vicious – Oh you Fox
If you have been following me on Instagram (@missflossypots #shamelessplug) you would have seen this super cool pin from Fairytale Collars. I love pins and I absolutely adore my red lipstick so this pin is everything. I know it will appeal to a lot of you pin up ladies so I had to share!
*Red Lipstick Club – Fairytale Collars
3. Pony People
I had a lovely lunch date with my good gal pal Xamia Arc a couple of weeks back and I remember her showing me these ADORABLE pins from Pony People. She bought the cutest pins from them (check out her instagram to see) and I thought I’d have a gander through their Etsy and boy did I not regret it! I fell in love with this kitty as it reminds me of one of my boys back home. I am hoping they will be restocking pins soon as their etsy stock is a little low!
*Fatty Catty – Pony People
4. Bel Air Baby
I absolutely ADORE Bel Air Baby! I bought the best brooch ever from their wee etsy store earlier in the year (pink doughnut with sprinkles!!) and I recently made a second purchase which I will share on my Instagram as soon as they arrive. I love the quality of these brooches, the fact they’re all original drawings by Mira (the creator) and they are all so quirky. The amount of pale pinks in the Bel Air Baby catalog genuinely makes me happy and I’m so excited to see what they do in the future. Those doughnut earrings have my name written all over them!
*Vintage Mixer -Bel Air Baby
*Custom Heart – Bel Air Baby
I originally wanted to bake cinnamon rolls yesterday but unfortunately I had only one tbsp of cinnamon left in the cupboard and it was a pajamas and gross hair kind of day. I wasn’t leaving the house so I had a rummage around in the cupboard and managed to find some sultanas, mixed peel (leftover from my Lemon Fudge Slice) and a bit of powdered ginger. I haven’t baked chelsea buns since my culinary arts course (we had a test on them)! And I remember absolutely loving them when I baked them – they’re just as good as the bakery, maybe even better. I omitted the sugar syrup glaze which creates a shine and a sticky texture because I felt it didn’t need it – if you want to here is a simple recipe that you just pour over the buns when they’re fresh out of the oven.
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