Thursday 31 March 2016

Judy dress

2016 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the 1940s for me. After a few years of fluffing around the 1950’s, more and more 1940s pieces have recently been sneaking into my wardrobe. The Judy dress is one 1940s style dress from Hell Bunny I’ve been eyeing off for quite some time…however only being able to find it overseas (with ridiculous exchange rates/postage costs attached) really meant it stayed on my wishlist, always feeling slightly unobtainable. Then one night I was browsing the Natasha Marie Clothing website and saw she had it in stock at a steal price so instantly snapped it up to add to my wardrobe.

Flowers ~ Daphne's Daffodils from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Beads ~ White bead necklace from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Spellbound Rose Brooch from Deer Arrow
Dress ~ Judy dress in Tobacco by Hell Bunny from Natasha Marie Clothing
Shoes ~ Betty heels in brown from Royal Vintage Shoes
I can honestly say, this dress blew me away on all levels. The cut, the fit, the comfort, the look. Its just a truly incredible dress. The dress features sleeves that go to the elbow that feature a cuff and 3 button detailing as well as pleating/ruffling along the bust along with buttons under the V neck. It also features a pleated skirt, which is great for wear without a petticoat for an authentic 1940's look.

The first time I wore this dress I got so many compliments from people to and from work. Despite being repro it does have quite an authentic 1940s look. I bought the medium, which is my normal size for Hell Bunny swing styles. I was a little worries about the arms being to tight when I first got it home but found that they had a surprising amount of stretch which was awesome. Made of polyester its incredibly comfortable and can give a little. I have worn this dress with and without shapewear and both are super flattering thanks to this amazing cut.

I love this dress in the tobacco colour. For some reason, for me it just gives it a more authentic look. Since going blonde I've found my interest in wanting to dress in a more authentic look, as it just feels more doable with blonde hair as oppose to fire engine red. Plus, I also feel like the block colour allows for a broader range when it comes to accessorising. For this shoot I decided to brighten it up with a yellow daffodil hair flower, white beads for a classic look and a pretty brooch.

I truly love this brooch from Deer Arrow. The spellbound rose brooch is a layered resin brooch that gives it a 3D effect. Reminiscent of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, this brooch is such a gorgeous finishing touch to any outfit. I love how the pink pops against the brown on this dress. They work so beautifully together. 

The price of this dress is an absolute steal! I snapped mine up from Natasha Marie for $34.95AUD + postage. Natasha had it in the post to me the next day and I was so excited when it arrived. I can highly recommend Natasha Marie for Australian pinup gals!

I hope you've all enjoyed this blog post and I'm loving being back!

More reviews coming this week and next so keep your eyes peeled! As always, happy to answer any questions left in the comments!

Til next time

Tuesday 29 March 2016

Karina Dress

Foreword: Firstly darlings, I apologise for my absence. I recently had some bad family news so took a week or so break from this blog space, but it feels good to be back.

You don’t know comfort darlings until you’ve worn a Karina dress. I mean this in the most sincere way. I had the pleasure of receiving my first Karina dress late last year (click here to read my review) and it was honestly amazing. It’s become a staple in my everyday wardrobe for its comfort, versatility and quality. I must say, I was incredible excited to receive my second Karina dress in the post!

Flowers ~ Red Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Necklace ~ White Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Margo Rita Brooch from Miss Lady A Broad
Dress ~ Trudy Dress from Karina Dresses
Shoes ~ Loraine Sandals by B.A.I.T from Royal Vintage Shoes (review coming soon!!)

The Trudy dress in the Crimson Branches is truly a work of art. I was so excited when this parcel arrived, the silky goodness of the fabric reminding me of seeing Harry Potter unwrap his invisibility cloak in his first year. The blue and red of this fabric is truly SO vibrant and you feel the comfort of this dress before its even on. As I recently parted ways with my only navy dress that I really had in my wardrobe, I figured it was time to welcome a new one into the fold.

So the fit darlings? I went with the M/L size, which is more than ample to allow me to pull this style over my head. As with my Megan dress, the Trudy doesn’t feature a zip or buttons. The fabric is stretchy enough to simply open it up and pull it over my head. I did find that due to the bust line in the Trudy, I could have sized down to the S/M, as I did find the bust to be quite roomy. But with the right bra it isn’t overly noticeable. The bust detailing of this dress combined with the sleeves for me really gives it a 1940s/1950s style which I truly adore!

The thing I probably love MOST about not just this dress but my Megan dress as well, is how good this dress looks with and without foundations. The last two summers, my skin decided it didn’t like the heat and on very warm days I can’t wear my beloved foundations anymore, due to how they make me sweat. What I love about Karina dresses is the fabric is quite breathable and I can wear them without super firm foundations and still look amazing!
The styling of the Trudy dress I found to be a lot of fun! The red and navy make it a super fun print to play with. You can match your accessorizes to the red or have a lot of fun like I did and use a bold block colour to contrast. Versatile items are something I adore and the Karina dress definitely calls into that category for me.

I opted to wear the gorgeous Margo Rita brooch from Miss Lady A Broad! I love the incredible detail of this brooch and its truly a compliment to the brand. Each piece is incredibly detailed and I always get compliments whenever I wear them. Designed and made in Melbourne.

The Trudy dress retails for $108US + postage which is $145.50AU + postage. For some ladies this might seem a lot to pay for a dress but its honestly the holy grail in terms of versatility and comfort. I’ve worn mine casually to the shops with no make up and flats, to work with my face and hair done as well as to dinner with a nice pair of heels. And I am yet to find a retro dress that is so comfortable and well fitting!

I hope you’ve like this review! I’ll be back tomorrow darlings!

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

Monday 28 March 2016

Weekly outfits ~ 28/3/2016

Hello darlings,

I know I've been quiet here recently, sadly I lost my beautiful grandmother just over a week ago and it hit me very hard. My first loss of someone close as an adult and it was so incredibly unexpected. When it comes to the way I dress, my grandmother was one of my biggest supporters. She loved the way I dressed and knowing that its making me really want to throw myself into my blogging again! So starting this week, Easter Monday with my outfits from last week. 



Scarf ~ Baby blue nylon scarf from Closet Confessions Boutique
Beads ~ Baby Blue beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Lovebirds brooch from Deer Arrow
Top & Skirt ~ Collectif from Gwynnies
Shoes ~ Payless flats (discontinued)

Flowers ~ Peach Rose Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Beads ~ White bead necklace from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Happy Feet brooch by Erstwilder from Coconette Oz
Dress ~ Blue velvet dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing (discontinued)
Shoes ~ Lacy Heels by B.A.I.T from Royal Vintage Shoes (review coming soon)
Flowers ~ White Rose Doubles from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Snood ~ eBay
Beads ~ White Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Love letters brooch from Miss Lady A Broad
Dress ~ Megan Dress from Karina Dresses
Shoes ~ Betty sandals from Royal Vintage Shoes
Scarf ~ Baby blue nylon scarf from Closet Confessions Boutique
Earrings ~ Teardrop Resin Earrings in blue from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Brooch ~ Duck and Drakes brooch from Erstwilder
Dress ~ Gingham Jenny Dress from Pin Up Girl Clothing (Discontinued)
Shoes ~ Payless flats (discontinued)
Flowers ~ Beginners double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Necklace ~ White Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Happy Snap brooch from Jubly Umph
Dress ~ Judy Dress in Tobacco by Hell Bunny from Natasha Marie (review coming soon)
Shoes ~ Brown Betty Sandals from Royal Vintage Shoes
I've got 2 reviews minimum coming this week. It feels good to be back.

Monday 14 March 2016

Weekly Outfits ~ 7 March 2016

Hello darlings!

I don't know about all of you but I've been incredibly busy this past week. Its an amazing feeling to have so many positive things in my life and I feel truly blessed for it. I've caught up on a backlog of blog post photos over the weekend (ontop of a photoshoot for my little photography adventures) and I'm ready to start sharing them all with you!

But for now, last week's outfits!


Dress ~ Trudy dress from Karina Dresses (review this week!)
Shoes ~ Payless



Belt ~ Ebay
Dress ~ Collectif mermaid Dolores from Gwynnies (review coming next week!)


Brooch ~ Erstwilder (discontinued)
Top ~ Rosylen blouse By Hell Bunny from Natasha Marie (review coming next week)
Belt ~ Off the PUG Birdie Dress
Shoes ~ Payless (discontinued)


Scarf ~ Pink repro nylon scarf from Closet Confessions Boutique
Shoes ~ Payless (discontinued)

Looking forward to finally being caught up on my reviews again as of next week! Life is fabulous! Catch you all later!

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Favorite Outfits of February 2016

Hello darlings!

So I kind of skipped January (whoops!) so figured I'd jump on and make sure I got February!

Below are just my favorite outfits for the past month (a little late I know)! Enjoy!

Looking forward to another amazing month of blogging, especially now I'm all moved and settled!

Til tomorrow darlings!

Monday 7 March 2016

Weekly outfits ~ 29th February 2016

Hello darlings!

Sadly I don't have a lot of pretty outfits for you this past week! I was incredibly unwell and in bed for 3 days as well as doing a photoshoot on Sunday which called for comfy sunsmart clothes.

But I am very much on the mend now, with the exception of being rather exhausted from Mardi Gras (post coming later this week about the whole experience!). So here is last week's outfits! Enjoy!


Pants ~ Black Doris Pants from Pin Up Girl Clothing (review coming soon!)


Brooch ~ Seahorse brooch from Erstwilder (discontinued)
Dress ~ Banned Made of Wonder Dress from Gwynnies (review coming this week!)
Shoes ~ Payless (discontinued)


Mardi Gras!

Jewellery ~ Lovisa (discontinued)
Bra ~ No brand soft cup bra
Suspender Belt ~ Black 8 strap suspender belt from Kiss Me Deadly 
Stockings ~ Black nylons from Kiss Me Deadly
Boots ~ Pleaser

I've got my monthly outfit overview tomorrow and then reviews coming later in the week!

Thank you so much for reading!

Til tomorrow!

Wednesday 2 March 2016

The Vintage Collection from Jubly Umph and balcony musings

I've always loved reading. From the time I could read, I read. My mum often talks about me parroting books with my grandfather.  Sadly its a past time I've been seperated from for quite a long time. Adult life seems to take over when you first enter it and suddenly a lot of the free time you enjoyed as a kid seems to be swept out from underneath you. 

Readers Gotta Read Book Brooch
But is a past time I intend to begin to make time to revisit as its one that always bought me happiness and the thing that got me thinking about it was one of my new broochest from Jubly Umph. The "Readers gotta read" brooch is quirky and fun. The first day I wore it, I honestly felt like I was part of a secret club and fellow readers who saw my brooch both in real life and on social media gave me a smile/comment about how true it is.

Play it again brooch
So darlings, you must be wanting me to hurry up and get on with it! As anyone who follows me on social media would know, I'm a bit of a brooch nut addict. As someone with sensitive ears and who works in a job that makes earrings and bangles impractical, I love how easy it is to dress up and finish an outfit with the simple act of adding a brooch. I'm now so known for my brooches at work that on a day I forgot to wear one, I had multiple comments from Co-Workers about the missing pin on my shirt. So, when Jubly Umph contacted me about collaborating on their new collection I naturally said yes.

Blue Butterfly brooch
Jubly Umph is an Australian brooch designer based in Melbourne. Her designs truly caught my eye due to their incredible attention to detail and colour. Their backs are metal, meaning they is an extremely low chance of breaking your brooch and the designs seem to almost jump off their backing. Unique, beautiful and memorable, these brooches are for ladies who love something a little more dramatic to add to their outfits.

"Talk is cheap" telephone brooch
Her newest collection 'The Vintage Collection' is perfect for any retro girl! Busting with designs that include music, reading, telephones, adorable puppies and world globes...there is truly something to suit any brooch loving gal. The Talk is Cheap Brooch for example is one I can wear to work, as I spend a lot of time on the phone. The Snap Happy Brooch can relate to both my desire to work more behind the camera as well as my drive to get back infront of it. There is honestly something for all tastes!

Snap Happy Brooch
And if brooches aren't really your thing, Jubly Umph's designs also come as earrings, necklaces, cardigan clips, prints, handbags, wallets and mugs! Isn't she just an incredibly talented lady! I find the styling of these brooches to be incredibly versatile! The bold colours means they work well against block solids as well as patterned pieces. I've worn mine with both to great success.

These perfect wearable pieces of art also won't break your bank! Brooches from her Vintage Collection are only $24.95AUD plus postage. She also ships internationally!!

So next time you are on the hunt for some incredible Australian made brooches, give Jubly Umph a look! You won't be disappointed!

I hope you've all enjoyed this blog post! I have even more coming this week!

Til later darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received these brooches as part of a sponsorship with Jubly Umph, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.