Donut worry be happy! Lady Voluptuous has recently released a new line of the amazing Lyra dress and I’m pretty dang excited. I absolutely love the Lyra dress style and I’ve reviewed it previously on my blog so when I saw the print ‘cute confectionery‘ I knew I had to have this dress. As luck would have it, when I commented on one of their stories I was asked if I’d like to collaborate and of course I said yes! If you’ve been following me awhile now you’ll know that I love Lady V London/Lady Voluptuous and have done for probably 3 years now and I feel very comfortable recommending their products to my audience – because they’re great. I own another Lyra dress in summer cherish which I reviewed with my first impressions as it was my first Lyra. All Lyra dresses are created equal – the prints just change and I’ll tell you what, my overly anxious mind really loves knowing that a product is going to have the same fit and it’s going to look just as good but in a different print – I know what works for my body and it gives me confidence in my online shopping!
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.
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.
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.
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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Throwback to late last year when I was having a surreal experience shooting with the lovely Katherine from The Undefined Photography. Once I knew I was shooting with Katherine I just had to splurge and get this amazing Dyann Flower Pot dress from Retrospec’d, I had been eyeing it up for the longest time. There is something incredibly special about this dress not only is it beautifully crafted but the overall appearance of it is breathtaking; I am so glad I nabbed mine before they sold out in my size! I bought the Dyann dress in size 12 which is a little bit bigger than NZ standard size 12 with the waist measuring 31.5 inches which is more of a size 14. Nevertheless I don’t mind having a little bit of wriggle room in a dress and it does come with a super handy red belt which can create more of a cinched waist and it’s detachable. I did have a little issue with the under bust measurements though, the band feels a little too tight and kind of in the wrong position for my body but everybody is different – but I will still wear it!! 😉
The idea was as simple and wholesome as the vintage fashion that inspired it: everyone deserves to have a fabulous dress – no matter their age, size, or the decade in which they’re living.
That philosophy – as well as an exuberant love for the vintage style of years gone by – has informed the hard work of sisters Sharon Hanley and Teena Borg. Retrospec’d is the fruit of their labour of love.
Drawing on their own vast collection of vintage and retro dresses – including 1940s and 50s dresses – Sharon and Teena aim to produce retro fashion and dresses that will make you feel fantastic when you’re wearing them. This means not only a fun style, but also a fantastic fit.
All Retrospec’d garments are made in Australia to the very highest standard. The majority of the fabrics themselves are the product of many months spent finding colours and design elements that are “just right”. The result is fresh, vintage-inspired fashion that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
The Retrospec’d story continues in this spirit, with each new vintage design inspiration marking the start of a new chapter in the retro fashion and dresses we offer. Our loyal customers often tell us how they are frequently stopped on the street to be told how fantastic they look in their Retrospec’d outfit. We can imagine no finer feeling than looking so great that you stop a stranger in their tracks. To be able to deliver this experience is our ongoing honour and pleasure.
Lately I have been striving to support local/ethical businesses and the fact that Retrospec’d is made in Australia is one of the reasons why I bought this dress in the first place and I got it from the lovely Kaye from Kabella Baby (from Christchurch, NZ) – double win! I know it’s not easy and affordable to buy local/ethical but honestly in the long run it’s worth it; the quality is far superior and lasts far longer than things that aren’t made ethically AND if you’re buying local you’re really making an impact in someone else’s life. Again, I totally understand if you’re not in financial position and I do love a good sale but it’s something to work towards – I am definitely not perfect!
Designed and created by Tracey Hocking Lazybones is a alternative homeware/clothing brand made ethically in Bali with the mindset of using natural fibres and earth friendly processes. Lazybones has a huge range of home-wares including quilts, duvets, sheets, glassware, ceramics and even wallpaper! Clothing made for the modern woman including; dresses, shirts, skirts, knits, bottoms, slips and footwear all with a unique twist. Each collection has a quirky design that pays homage to the vintage eras but with a modern and tasteful take. Continue reading “The Lazybones Laura Dress in Watercolour”→
This year was my first time participating in the Black Friday sales – although I didn’t buy a lot I do feel like I truly treated myself. There was SOO much hype around the Pinup Girl Clothing sale and I kind of dismissed it at first then it came to the night of the sales… Dresses, blouses, shoes, skirts were scattered all over my instagram feed. Taunting me, I’m sure of it. So I decided to have a wee peak at the website and came across a deal I couldn’t refuse the Ava Swing Dress in Black Taffeta for $86.00 USD! I compared prices and made sure I wouldn’t be stung by customs fees (I have learned that lesson the hard way!) and their price came out on top. Sometimes you have to treat yourself and a dress like this is definitely worth it.
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!