Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Embrace the party season in Voodoo Vixen

While we may be staring down the barrel of winter down under, spring is quickly coming its way for all my northern hemisphere readers and after the posts I saw about your winter, it seems many of you are welcoming the warmer weather with open arms. Spring of course is party season. The warmer weather seems to almost creep into our homes and clasp our hands lovingly to pull us outside into the very bosom of nature. It’s a celebration of warmer weather allowing us to entertain outdoors and catch up with friends and loved ones without being driven inside to hide where it’s warm. Party season of course is also a chance for dressing up and I wanted to share a dress that I cannot wait to wear to as many parties as I can, even if it means adding a big jacket to get to my destination!

Flowers ~ Black rose double from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Medium heathers tears in red glitter from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Black bead necklace from Debstar Designs
Dress ~ Scarlett Red Embroidered Dress from Voodoo Vixen
Shoes ~ Nita Heels from Royal Vintage Shoes

As I said last week, for me Voodoo Vixen has completely blown it out of the water with their latest release. I love the designs. The designs are so varied that there really is something for everyone and I find myself compelled to keep adding some of their newest goodies to my wardrobe. The Scarlett Red Embroidery dress I couldn’t help snap up within the first few weeks of the collections release. I love the colour red. When I started this blog my hair was Jessica Rabbit red. But now days I rock a less bold blonde shade….but my wardrobe has definitely picked up the slack as I wear more red than ever before! 

The Scarlett dress truly is a show stopper. With a bright red base colour and a stunning black floral embroidery. It was this detailing which really drew me to the Scarlett as for me it truly made the dress. I was so excited for it to arrive and it got to me super quickly considering it was coming from the UK (just over 1 business week!). I was delighted to find theScarlett is zipless. This dress is a pull over the head dress which has elastic sheering in the back. This detail for me means this dress is going to be very figure friendly for a variety of different shaped ladies! The straps are also adjustable which is also great, as we have different busts and shoulder sizes too!

For me, the styling of this dress is also incredibly versatile. I’ve worn it to work with a bolero to make it office appropriate (because thin straps in my workplace are a no no) and got a lot of compliments on it. I’ve also worn it out in the evening without covering up and it was equally as popular. For me this makes this dress a versatile one as I can wear it not just as a party dress, but also as a work dress too! The Scarlett dress is also 100% cotton which means it breaths (though some ladies may find the fabric to be a bit on the thinner side...its not sheer or see through) ! Which living in the humid mess that is Sydney (at least in the warmer seasons) means this dress would be perfect for warm outdoor events as well as more high glam for the evenings (just remember your sunscreen and a cute parasol if you are outdoors as it offers no shoulder protection!). A show stopper no matter the occasion!

The stunning embroidery design also runs the entire bottom half of this dress, which is great for helping to streamline and smooth the waist. The dress is also pleated at the waist which helps smooth the hips and tummy. This dress does have a lining layer sewing into it, so no need to wear a slip as it stops the dress being see through. For reference I’m wearing the size Large which is a very comfortable fit due to the elastic back of the bodice. I’m absolutely smitten with this dress and at the moment it’s a high contender as my birthday party outfit for next month (unless the weather jumps to COLD really quick).

For more of a glam look I wore my Nita heels from RoyalVintage Shoes and finishing touches from Daisy Jean and Debstar Designs to help complete this look. I had such a great time shooting this dress in a stunning Japanese garden. I feel like the colours of the green and the stones really helped make the red tones just POP!

The Scarlett Red Embroidery Dress retails for £47.00/$80AU and Voodoo Vixen postage to Australia is only $14.50AU too!

I hope you've all loved this review! I'm so excited for whats coming to the blog in May!

Friday, 21 April 2017

Pretty in Primrose with Voodoo Vixen

I’ve talked before about the oh so important little black dress….and how I struggle with the concept of one. On its own, I find black quite bland and boring. I like bright colours most days and I find when I wear black, I often feel rather boring…. unless I’m rocking a style swap in which I wear all the black! But while I find block black pieces a struggle, I do have a soft spot for black dresses with subtle patterns of embroided detailing. So when I saw the Primrose dress from the newest VoodooVixen release, I knew she needed to be added to my wardrobe. 

Flowers ~ Triple rose clip from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Medium heather's Teardrops in Emerald glitter from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Green beads from Debstar Designs
Dress ~ Primrose Wrap dress from Voodoo Vixen
Shoes ~ Nita Heels from Royal Vintage Shoes
The Primrose dress by Voodoo Vixen is one of many favorites of mine from their latest release, with 3 already having made their way into my wardrobe. For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Voodoo Vixen is a UK based pinup brand that make retro and vintage styled pieces that cater to gals who wear dresses from the 1940s through to the 60s. I’ve been wearing Voodoo Vixen for a number of years now and I love their affordability and uniqueness! The Primrose dress however deserves a special mention as its my first wrap dress from them and I'm absolutely smitten with it!

So what does that mean? That is a ‘wrap dress’? Well basically, instead of featuring a ‘traditional’ zip or button closure, this dress is wrapped around you when worn. Two tie sections are attached to the ends of each side of the dress and one side has a small opening in the seam at the waist. This way you can tuck to opposing cord through the hole and by tying it to the other one to secure the dress on. This makes this dress a great option for ladies who experience things like weight fluctuation and bloating, as the dress “tightness” dictated by tying it closed can be tightened or loosened to accommodate your body. The tie section also situates around the waist, which helps slim the figure and pull you in.

I’ve also found that changing the placement of the tie can change the look of the dress as well. For this shoot I wore it tied at the back, but I’ve also worn it on the side which I found gave it more of a casual feel for when I did grocery shopping in it. I also love the look of this dress without a corset on as well. The only struggles I had with this dress were finding a bra that didn’t show as being smaller busted and needing to size up to accommodate my later hips, it means there is more of a ‘gap’ in the chest section and it being just a bit too short for me to feel comfortable wearing stockings with it. But these are small issues for such a fabulous dress.

The highlight of this dress for me though, is the embroidery! As I’ve fallen more and more in love with the 1940’s, embroidery detailing has becoming something I really love seeing on pieces. For me sadly, most of the true vintage pieces I love are too small (perils of loving the 40’s when you have a pear/spoon shape) but that doesn’t mean I can’t find pieces that share that same feel in repro brands. The bright colours bordered in white on this dress for me really make it. They pop amongst the black so beautifully and not only do they make this dress a statement piece on its own, it gives you a lot of fun colours to play to when you accessorize! 

This dress is strikingly elegant. One I’d happily wear to work (which I have) or out to a dinner. Its elegant and incredibly stylish but also comfortable and practical. I do love that it’s a complete look on its own, which is great for lifting my look on days I’m feeling particularly lazy or for giving you some gorgeous colours to work with to help create a complete look. For my first wrap dress I’m super happy with it and I can definitely see it being a great dress to wear during the transitioning months of autumn and spring.

For this shoot I played to the green leaves and the red flowers. Wearing red roses in my hair and some green earrings and beads. I feel like these simple accessorizes are enough to lift this outfit without taking away from the embroidery detail which is the champion of my outfit.  Accessories don’t always have to be super complicated! Sometimes keeping it simple can be better for an outfit.   

I'm wearing the Primrose dress in a size Large and this gorgeous dress averages around $74AU + postage which is very reasonable. Now Voodoo Vixen only have sizes M and below left in stock. However, if you need a different size and adore this dress, Unique Vintage have the full size range in stock still!

I hope you've all enjoyed this review lovelies and I'm looking forward to some new exciting things coming next week to the blog!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in a collaboration with Voodoo Vixen, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Comfortable glamour in the Liz set from What Katie Did

One of my favorite reasons to wear lingerie, is because of how it makes me feel. Even before I started sharing my foundations with the internet, it still gave me that little smile because it helped me feel good. Lingerie is something I wear for myself and I find that to be so empowering. Now while I do lace myself into a corset more days than not, I also like to match it with pretty sets of lingerie as well, especially since I do wear stockings unless I’m wearing trousers. Comfort for me is a big things when I buy my lingerie (which may be a surprise for ladies who aren’t regular foundations wearers) and for me my most comfortable set of lingerie is without a doubt the Liz set from What Katie Did.

Flowers ~ Red rose clip from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Heather glitter tears from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Beads from Debstar Designs
Bra ~ Liz Bra from What Katie did
Suspender Belt ~ Liz Suspender Belt from What Katie did
Underwear ~ Liz Brief from What Katie Did
Stockings ~ Red Glamour Seams from What Katie Did
The Liz set from What Katie Did has quickly become one of my most worn sets, simply due to the comfort level. Made from 100% opaque Italian lycra blend fabric, this set fits firmly on the body offering smoothing of your curves without compromising your comfort. If you like the idea of foundations but feel you might find them too restrictive this set really is for you! The lycra fabric means you can bend, stretch, crouch, twist and if you wanted run without hindering your movements. I mean, who doesn’t love being stylishly comfortable. 

Let’s start with the bra. The Liz bra is one of the best retro bras I own and gives a great pointed shape for a more authentic look. TheLiz bra features the same solid lycra in the bottom of the cup. These cups are lightly padded for a bit of lift and have the prettiest shell style pattern stitched in them.  The top of the cup is sheer mesh and there is a slight peak under the cups at the bottom, which I feel adds a bit of a cheeky element to this lingerie by making it both naughty and nice. This is a wire free bra (which now days is my preference) and is reinforced with power mesh and boned sides. I’m wearing my ‘regular’ size bra (the bra size I wear most often) in this bra which is a 38C and have no issues with the fit. The waistband across the front is also elastic, which helps for a closer fit. I love too that I don’t have to wear my bullet bra pads with this, as sometimes one likes to play hide and seek in my room which is always a bit of a game to find. 

Now while I do have a more petite bust in comparison to the rest of my figure, the Liz briefs are the best shaping I have in my lingerie drawer. Currently boasting a hip of 47 inches in comparison to a 32-34 waist (that’s a 13-15 inch difference) it can be tricky to find briefs that accommodate not just my derriere but also my tummy. These briefs do the job. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, the leg holes at the front are almost in a teardrop shape. I personally find this visual trick helps give a smoother appearance to the hips and the brief is firm enough to smooth my tummy without squashing me uncomfortably. I’ve worn these briefs with trousers as well and have loved the look. For reference of size, I’m wearing the size 18 but they are a comfortable fit. If they weren’t’ I wouldn’t wear them nearly as much as I do. 

The Liz suspender belt is also a fabulous belt for ladies who are beginners or who just want a belt that is versatile and comfortable. I shared on my Instagram not long ago a video on why this belt is so great for ladies who are new to foundation wearing. One of my most common questions I get from ladies about vintage foundations is how they can still use the bathroom comfortably with so many layers on. The Liz suspender belt is stretchy enough you can simply pull it down along with your briefs and pull back up without any hassle. The suspender belt is also incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the day. As someone who spends 8 hours, 5 days a week at work and an hour commuting, I need to wear foundations that I can last that long in. The liz suspender belt has become my go to for days I don’t feel like lacing but still want to wear stockings as it still offers smoothing when worn on its own (though you get a smoother finish with it over the brief) and is comfortable enough to wear on days you don’t want anything super restrictive across your tummy.

The Liz suspenders features 6 straps to help keep your stockings in place throughout the day. These straps are adjustable in length and feature metal clips for best hold (I have one set with plastic clips and its such a struggle to get to stay). The Liz suspender belt also has 3 different fastening clip sizes as well, for a more comfortable wear. Being a solid black also makes it a versatile set as well. I love pairing with brightly coloured glamour seams from the What Katie Did Range (I reviewed these seams and how they fit my curvier thighs recently, you can read it by clicking here) or you can keep it simple and elegant by pairing it with some of their fully fashioned seams for a more formal look.

This set is incredibly curve friendly and a set I absolutely adore. The bottoms are also available in a brief with suspenders attached, for an even simpler approach to beginning to wear foundations. I've been wearing this set, especially the suspender belt a lot over the last 4 months and have been enjoying the high quality and continuing good fit. This set also won't break the bank, with the bra and suspenders retailing for $52AUD and the briefs retailing for $36AUD. I get my What Katie Did goodies direct and it generally only takes 7-10 business to arrive down under, which is pretty quick coming from the UK. 

I hope you've all enjoyed this review! I had so much fun treking through the bush to shoot this and I'm excited to be able to bring you more lingerie reviews to the blog over the later part of the year.

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this set in as a brand ambassador for What Katie Did, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.