What kind of year would it be if I weren’t to collaborate with the lovely team from Lady V London? A terrible one! I started working with Lady V London in November 2016 #throwback – when I was just starting out and since then I have collaborated with them FOUR times!! In that time I have purchased from them and I can honestly say that I still love what they are all about. They’re affordable, good quality, ethically made (in London), size inclusive and they have a huge range of prints and styles suitable for everyone. And now it’s 2019 and I’m back with a Lady V London Outfit of the Day. This time it’s a new twist on the classic tea dress – IT HAS SLEEVES and it’s called The Goldie Dress! Cute little frilly sleeves that cover just the right amount so that your arms don’t get too cold in the fresh spring / autumn air or too hot when we get to summer.
The Goldie Dress in Cupid’s Rose – Who knew a simple sleeve would transform a whole design? I do now and my life is so much better for it. I can’t wait until we hit spring (so far away, I can’t handle it) so I can wear this dress to picnics with white sandals and a big floppy hat. If you have had the standard Tea dress from Lady V London you will know that they hit just at the knee, a little shorter than most traditional reproduction dresses and Goldie is no different, I quite like that as it gives it a modern twist – however, I would love to get my hands on a shorter petticoat that would sit right underneath it (please comment if you know of a good quality short petticoat). If you’re not a fan of petticoats (I know there are people that don’t like petticoats #shock #horror) the Goldie sits nicely without one, it’s a little gathered and sits really well on the hips. The Goldie dress has to be my favourite design now.
The Cupid’s Rose print really stood out to me on their website, it really has a vintage vibe to it – there’s something about bigger prints that I like so much more than smaller print. I feel like you don’t really need to accessorize, it really just speaks for itself. The Goldie dress is made up from 95% Polyester 5% Elastine – which means you don’t have to iron it and there’s a little bit of stretch if you’re between sizes. I went for a size 12 – 36 – bust and 30 inch waist, I’m between sizes so I think I could definitely fit into a size 10 but due to personal reasons I can’t wear anything too tight around my waist so the 12 is perfect for me! Just remember to measure yourself and check the sizing chart when ordering a new dress – this is so important.
A big thank you to the team at Lady V London (and the lovely Bryony) for sending me another gorgeous piece, I’m always delighted to work with Lady V London as I always get a well constructed and unique dress – and it always gets here quickly! I have worked with Lady V but I have also been a customer and I know for a fact that there isn’t any difference in the quality and the shipping times. I am a fan – if ya can’t tell!
Disclaimer: GIFTED Although the Goldie dress from Lady V London was sent to me all my thoughts & opinions are honest and my own. I do not accept products without researching brands beforehand and that aren’t suitable for me or my readers.
Another week, another blog and with that another dress review!! Because dressing pin-up isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. I’m always excited to introduce new pieces to my ever expanding wardrobe especially pieces from Dolly & Dotty! If you’re new here Dolly and Dotty is a fabulous brand from England that specializes in vintage inspired pieces (dresses, tops, skirts – the list goes on!) with a modern fit with sizes ranging from a UK size 6 -24! They have a large catalog of quirky, classic & fun prints at an affordable price and are of a high quality – trust me, I have four of their pieces now!! Continue reading “Tessa Lace Dress – Dolly & Dotty – REVIEW”→
Are you looking for a splash of colour in these dark, dull and wet days? Or something light and easy to wear in a heatwave ? I’m looking at you England! Whether it’s summer or winter I have the perfect dress for you. Love ur Look Clothing recently reached out to me asking if I would like one of their pieces and of course I reached back with open arms and utter delight! I have been a fan of Love ur Look Clothing for awhile with some of my favourite bloggers wearing their pieces (Curve Creation & Miss Hero Holliday) so to have one of their pieces in the flesh is incredibly exciting for me! Continue reading “Tennis Button Back Dress – Love ur Look Clothing – REVIEW”→
As you all know I love dresses so that must mean I’m back with another dress feature! With seasons changing and New Zealand transitioning from Autumn to Winter ( it’s officially winter but I’m still in denial) I’ve been looking at my wardrobe. Do I have much catered for these seasons? No, of course not but I’ll tell you what – don’t underestimate my ability to layer! One thing I have been looking at has to be colour palettes and for awhile now I have had a wee obsession with burgundy reds and forest greens so when Dolly & Dotty reached out to me I knew exactly what would fill the gap in my wardrobe! Continue reading “The Lily Dress – Burgundy Red – Dolly & Dotty”→
Back by popular demand I am here today with a new hair tutorial! After my last hair tutorial being such a success I thought I’d put out to you, the people of the internet, with a poll on my Instagram stories! And I had an overwhelming amount of people after a new tutorial – 99% to 1%. I am absolutely delighted that so many of you enjoyed it and although it was a bit of work I really enjoyed creating something new for my blog space!
If you have any special requests for a tutorial please let me know below whether it’s a hairstyle, make-up look or how I put an outfit together; I want to hear what YOU want!
Anyway, I’ll stop with my mindless chitter-chatter and get started!
Well, well, well… I’m back with another Lady V London dress because once again they have kicked it out of the park! If you haven’t been keeping up with me (for the past TWO years) you won’t know that I absolutely love Lady V London. I could go on and on about my love for them (and I will) but to get more of an idea of what Lady V London brings to the table you can check out my previous reviews of the Lyra Dress, Eloise Dress & the Butterfly Border Tea Dress. Lady V London is a brand I love working with but also a brand I actually shop with and wholeheartedly believe in the product, that’s why I get super excited when that dress arrives at my house – I know it’s going to be fantastic.
I’m not going to lie to y’all – I’m very short on time this week so I’m keeping it real simple & sweet! This week I’m bringing to you a cute outfit of the day also known as an OOTD post but with tons of photos and promises of a better post next week. What do you as a reader prefer; photo heavy posts or word heavy posts? Recipes or fashion? Please let me know down below! Continue reading “Outfit Of The Day – Purple & Pink!”→
Pin-up is often just a term thrown around by the new generation of ladies interested in vintage looks (mainly from the 50s). Above is what it used to mean (and still means to some people) but I LOVE the way it has been revolutionized and we have kind of claimed the word back and made it for us rather than for other people. I know there are still modern day “pin-ups” but I feel like this new wave of dress style is something so different and inclusive. An incredible movement mainly showcasing body positivity; that everyone can be beautiful no matter what shape, ethnicity, gender etc – rather than the standardized mainstream beauty. Pinup to me is a style often characterized by red lipstick, winged liner and some kind of curl in the hair.
In this post I’m going to discuss my holy grail items that can help anyone interested in dressing “pin-up” or lovelies that already dress it! Sometimes it’s nice to have some guidance because I know from experience entering this world of vintage inspired stuff can be pretty overwhelming.. Like what brands can you trust? The brands I am talking about in this post are brands I have used for a long time now and I know they work.
If you would like me to do a beginners guide to pin-up please let me know below!
Besame Lipstick – Victory Red This lipstick is my go-to lipstick – I’ve been wearing Victory Red by Besame Cosmetics at least 4 times a week for a year and a half. I wear it to work and I don’t reapply all day and it will usually stay on the whole day. Saying that I highly recommend buying a lip liner. Lining and colouring your entire lips in lip liner before applying lipstick really helps you get the perfect lip shape, it also helps stop your lipstick from bleeding and makes it last a lot longer.
L’oreal Paris – Black Gel Liner I have been applying black liner since I was 14 years old that’s almost 10 years. So I have trialed a lot of products; liquid, pencil and then I finally found gel liner. I tried this liner in 2014 and I have been using it ever since – every photo you would have seen of me I would have been using this L’oreal gel liner. I have hooded eyelids and it doesn’t transfer onto my lids even after a long day – it has also never dried up!! It’s truly amazing.
Hell Bunny Elasticated Belt I LOVE THESE BELTS!! I bought a black one back in 2014 when I first started dressing ‘pinup’ before I was even on social media! And I still have and wear it all the time – I have two more in pink and light blue too. Not a lot of people know that I have been dealing with stomach problems since forever so wearing belts or anything remotely tight or restricting around my stomach can make me very sick so I find wearing an elasticated belt gives me that signatures fifties silhouette without the pain. I’d rather be comfortable and these belts are such a cheap and easy way to cinch your waist! One day I’ll have them in all of the colours!!
Dancing Days – Banned Petticoat For a long time I would wear the same vintage petticoat because I was too scared to spend the money on another petticoat that could potentially be as scratchy as other petticoats I had previously tried. Then about a year and a half ago I bought a banned petticoat and I have not looked back since. Petticoats are one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe – I love the drama they give to an outfit and they really make a circle skirt POP! I never go out without one – sometimes I wear two! Banned Petticoats are 100% my favourite reproduction petticoats – they are an investment piece but you’ll get tons of out wear out of them!
Ballet Flats I know a lot of ladies love ballet flats and I really love them too. They’re relatively cheap, cute and because they’re affordable you can get a few pairs that can go with different coloured outfits. However I would invest in a good pair in black so you’re able to wear them for long periods of time and they’ll go with everything.
What are you holy grail items?? Let me know below. It’s really interesting seeing what people treasure most!
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Well we all know how much I love the brand Lazybones (here’s a link to a previous review of the lazybones Laura dress in watercolour)! Lazybones has been a stand out company for me ever since I first laid my eyes on the Laura dress in Watercolour in a local repro shop (and I bought it that day)! Lazybones isn’t targeted at the pinup community but embraces key components of 1950s dresses with a twist – full circle skirts that are mid length, fitted bodices, capped sleeves AND the prints!! Lazybones prints are by far my favourite they have such a vintage vibe to them without looking kitsch or tacky – I love them!! Can you tell I’m a fangirl?? For this post I am going to keep it as an OOTD as my last post on Lazybones was a review but I will bring up some points from the last post here!
DISCLAIMER: Big hats are going to be a bit of a theme this Summer.
This is the outfit I wore to the tiki night out.
I found the fabric for the circle skirt at spotlight a few weeks earlier so I decided to make that into a circle skirt, it wasn’t easy for me as I’m possibly the worst sewer in the world. The stretch top is from K-mart along with the hat. Hair flowers from Farmers and the shoes from Number One Shoe Warehouse (five dollars I may add..) Glasses again from Modcloth with super cute earrings from Daisy Jean. Not really pictured but the flax bag was my Nanas!