Monday, 27 February 2017

Weekly Outfits ~ 20th February 2017

Hello darlings,

Its crazy to believe that this week see’s the end of February and the start of March. Where is this year going?!? I’ve been super busy with so much already lined up for 2017 and so much already happening. I’m off to New Zealand next month too which I cannot wait for! Just a short week on the blog this week as I have some big things I’m currently working on that are taking up my time.

Plus I'm also in Mardi Gras next weekend for Retro Equality again this year! Now what to wear....

So without further ado, here are my outfits for last week. 


Necklace ~ Blue beads from Debstar Designs 
Brooch ~ Snap Happy Vintage Camera Brooch from Jubly-Umph (use CURVECREATION for 10% off)
Top ~ Priscilla blouse in burgendy from Lady K Loves 
Skirt ~ Boardwalk skirt in Amsterdam print from Miss Fortune
Shoes ~ Brown Peggy heels from Royal Vintage Shoes


Hat ~ vintage
Brooch ~ Retro brooch from Luxulite 
Dress ~ Nell dress from Hell Bunny (old style)
Shoes ~ Nita Heels from Royal Vintage Shoes


Flowers & snood ~ Red Rose double and orange snood from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Brooch ~ Ocean Trotter brooch from Erstwilder 
Dress ~ Megan dress in autmn print from Karina Dresses 
Shoes ~ Brown Dolores heels from Royal Vintage Shoes


Flowers ~ Jean double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs (discontinued)
Brooch ~ Scotty the Stegasaurus brooch from Erstwilder
Blouse ~ 1940's blouse from jacks Daughter
Belt ~ Brown leather belt from kmart
Shoes ~ Black betty heels by Miss L Fire from Royal Vintage Shoes


Skirt ~ Palm springs skirt by Banned Apparel INC from Gwynnies
Shoes ~ Brown T bar sandals from Rubi shoes


Earrings ~ Shell earrings from Revere Folie
Pants ~ Wendy trousers in blue gingham from Lady K Loves

That’s it for this week lovelies!

Keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming this week, including some 1960’s vibes for a change!

Friday, 24 February 2017

A statement little black dress with Stop Staring Clothing

They say ever woman should have a little black dress. A dress for any occasion. That ultimate go to.  A dress to turn heads and feel amazing in. I however, have never been a girl for a little black dress. As a big fan of colour I tend to gravitate more towards bold colour statements. But who says a little black dress only has to be black? When I saw the Arana dress from Stop Staring, I knew it could fill all my little black dress dreams.

Flowers ~ Triple Rose Clip from Daisy Jean 
Earrings ~ Retro Hoops from Retro Resins
Necklace ~ Yellow beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch  ~ Oleandar Bloom brooch from Miss Lady A Broad
Dress ~ Arana Dress from Stop Staring Clothing
Heels ~ Marco Giani

Stop Staring is a reproduction vintage dress company hailing from Los Angeles in the USA. Founded in 1998, their dress designs beautifully give homage to the 1940’s and 1950’s with their sophisticated cuts, attention to detail and impeccable fit. My first ever ‘retro’ styled dress was actually their 30’s bombshell dress in baby pink, which is still a favourite in my wardrobe! So when I had the opportunity to add some more Stop Staring to my wardrobe, I naturally jumped at the opportunity!

The Arana dress caught my eye for is swing skirt design and fun sweetheart bust detailing. This dress is also cotton which meant it was breathable for our humid weather in Sydney. When this dress arrived all the way down under, I noticed straight away how bright the flowers actually are in contrast to the stock photo on the website. They truly do pop and bring a beautiful romantic feel, making me think of wine and roses. The straps are actually 3 straps together, which makes it a perfect date night dress! As a smaller busted gal I simply adore the sweetheart neckline. It truly makes me look much larger in this department with the help of a padded bra (which is never a bad thing) and I adore how teaming it with a red belt cinches my waist as well.

I’m wear the XL in this dress and I advise buying the dress closest to your measurements. While it has a small amount of stretch, being cotton as opposed to bengaline means it’s nowhere near as stretchy as their other designs. As those who follow my Instagram will have seen, this dress has been seeing a LOT of wear in my wardrobe recently and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. Its sexy, comfortable and it makes me feel confident as hell. I love the longer hem line too. It really lets the bust line be the hero without having too much else going on.

I kept my accessorizes simple for this shoot. My main statement piece was my 3 red rose clip from Daisy Jean, which feel ties in perfectly with the pattern of the dress. Gold hoops from Retro Resins and a yellow necklace play to the yellow tones amongst the flowers and I popped on my Oleander Bloom brooch from Miss Lady A Broad for a fun addition to the bust line. I love the Miss Lady A Broad collection as they go so well with a range of different outfits and in this case it was no exception!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review and I can promise you’ll be seeing more of this dress on my Instagram in my ootd posts. I really want to experiment more with colours to team it with, especially since we’ve still got a few weeks of hot weather here! The Arana dress is $185US/$240AU + postage and they ship worldwide. I know that may seem a lot for our rather weak Aussie dollar, but the quality of Stop Staring is amazing. I have one of their dresses that I bought second hand on ebay and after 3 years its still going strong! This is a brand that is timeless and will keep in your wardrobe.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review! Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress as part of a sponsorship with Stop Staring Clothing, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Garden musings with Lady V London

In 2017 I wanted to challenge myself to step outside my comfort zone and buy outside the brands I tend to stick to. One brand that’s been on my list for quite a while is Lady V London. When I spotted this gorgeous Taupe floral tea dress of theirs at Tragic Beautiful, I decided to take the plunge and add it to my collection, making it my first ever Lady V London dress.

Flowers ~ Peach double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Earrings ~ Pastel Pink Eclipse studs from Revere Folie
Beads ~ Pastel pink beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Fox brooch from Erstwilder (Discontinued)
Dress ~ Taupe Floral Tea Dress by Lady V London from Tragic Beautiful

I ordered this dress through Tragic Beautiful and as with my past orders it arrived really quickly. This dress caught my eye for its pretty colour scheme of muted greens, pinks and whites. In person, the colours are even more beautiful than I had expected. The computer screen doesn’t do the colours justice. Made of 95% polyester and 5% elastacine its soft to touch and very comfortable to wear. Though this is definitely not one for the super humid days we’ve been having, as the fabric doesn’t breath all that well.

Unsure of sizing I went with what the size chart suggested was my size which was a size 16. Once I had it on though, I could tell that the fabric was a lot stretchier than I expected and realistically in future I should have no issues sizing down to a 14, especially for a better fit around the bust though thankfully I have a sewing whiz mum who can take it in for me so I get a better fit. It does feature an attached back bow, which is a great feature for pulling in the waist to help give a more hourglass look and I find the V back is a nice contrast to the straight front style. The zip does up without any major issues and stayed up all day despite the day I wore it being quite strenuous (movement wise).

The length is a lot shorter than normally wear and I actually think I don’t mind it. Its not so short that its unflattering or to not be able to wear my stockings with it. The length is fun and great for warmer weather days (though not hot days as already mentioned) and I’ve found the length means its versatile enough to be worn with or without a petticoat as well (though if I’m going to be honest, petticoats are more fun). While the dress is a bit big in my bust I find it to be flattering, comfortable and practical: all things I love in a dress.

For accessories I played to the muted pinks and browns in the dress. I wore one of my favorite fox brooches from Erstwilder (she's now been discontinued but these gems do pop up occasionally in recolours and on ebay/buy swap sell pages) and some pastel pink beads from Debstar Designs. Tying into the pink theme I wore eclipse studs in pastel pink from Revere Folie and a peach rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs, all of which are Australian businesses.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review. Overall I’m super happy with my first Lady V London dress and I cannot wait to add more Lady V London to my wardrobe! While this dress is now sold out on the Lady V London website, it is available from Tragic Beautiful for $109AUD + postage!

A massive thank you to photographer Phil Ingram for these gorgeous snaps too.

Til next time darlings!