Me and My Sun Jellies

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I’ve never been one for a flip-flop so beach and pool footwear has always been an unhappy compromise… until I lucked upon Sun Jellies.

As a child of the 90’s I was gutted not to have been the owner of a clear, glittered pair of Sun Jellies. Whilst regularly getting snapped in a stripy pair of shorts, glitter and hairclips galore, it’s a wonder that this was the trend that passed my Mum by. As a grown up I cannot choose between all the gorgeous colours including raspberry, peach and ice mint. Hmmm is it just me or are Sun Jellies colours as lush as ice cream?

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If you follow me on Instagram you will know that I recently went backpacking around Kerala, India. Unfortunately this meant packing practically, so I opted for a black pair of Sun Jellies that could match every outfit. They proved themselves to be the best no fuss shoe for travelling, allowing my feet to breathe whilst also (and not so glamorously) giving me the option to shower in my shoes so that I could literally blast all dust, sand and general travel dirt off of them each evening. This is not something that could be said for the Converse that also accompanied me! I am looking forward to wearing Sun Jellies at festivals this summer; I think they will prove the ultimate companion.

But Sun Jellies haven’t stopped at their famous footwear. They also do totally cute bags. I was already the owner of a coral Retro Basket bag; however the Atomic Totes are my favourite! It’s perfect for the beach as you can literally shake the sand out at the end of the day. It’s size is also very practical as it is deceptively large. (Fitting two travel towels, two books, two pairs of sunglasses, a litre bottle of water, sun cream, snacks and collected shells with ease.)

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Despite all these practicalities, realistically it’s the kitsch 60’s vibe and cute colours it comes in, that make the biggest impression. The bright mint colour of my Atomic Tote Sun Jellies bag suited India perfectly, as vibrant colours are the most used colours there.

Now I am back from my travels I am looking forward to swinging my Sun Jellies bag around the supermarket, as the ultimate whimsical shopper. Whilst Sun Jellies is rocking the pastels… All I can say is bring on summer.

What’s your favourite Sun Jellies colour?

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Dolly & Dotty: Darlene Review

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Off to the ball I go…

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Honestly, this gorgeous Dolly & Dotty cape and dress combination had me swooning!

I seem to have a serious crush on all things green at the moment and this splash of emerald teamed with the luxurious champagne colouring wasn’t going to curtail that addiction!

I was impressed with the quality of the Darlene dress, although it needed a good iron when I received it, the fabric felt great and I loved the colour combinations.

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My favourite thing about this dress though, is its style and cut. I asked Dolly & Dotty about my sizing and they were spot on to suggest a 10 in the dresses (advising a 12 in the skirts). One of the most important things with online shopping for me is being able to message someone about fit, so I am glad that Dolly & Dotty have an honest and helpful support system. It really does fit me like a vintage glove, making my waist look amazing! I liked how the curved under bust panel emphasises my curves. Whilst the off the shoulder neck line, teamed with the folded detail, made me feel like Grace Kelly. (In my dreams!) The skirt was also the perfect length for twirling. It maintains a fairly full skirt shape, without any need for a petticoat, which makes a great change.

One thing I must say is that the zip needed a bit of a tug to go over the seams. However once on, there is no chance of complaint… just lots of compliments 😉

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The cape is also beautiful and I know I will be wearing it all winter! It makes any outfit easily glamorous but is also practical with slits to allow you to move your arms and a light but warm material to actually keep the cold at bay. Beautiful items with a purpose are the best! The little bow detail to disguise the fastening is also very cute. This cape also comes in red and beige, for a more Christmassy look.

Thanks for the dress and cape Dolly & Dotty, I am really pleased with the items and can’t wait to show them off at my works Christmas party.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you to the hugely talented Bee Jackson who kindly took my photograph in these Dolly & Dotty garments. I am really pleased with the glamorous shots she captured :) Old Hollywood class.

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Shoot details:

Model: Amy Bliss
Photographer: Bee Jackson
MUAH: Amy Bliss
Clothing: Dolly & Dotty
Hair Flower: Sink or Swim Bowtique

Vintage Victory Rollers Vintage Hair Workshop

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Whether a seasoned vintage hair ‘doer’ or a total newbie, Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop is here to help you!

I have to be honest; I’ve always been slightly hesitant to attend a hair workshop. I can whip up some victory rolls and on a good day I can usually pull off a Gibson roll without any frustrated screams; although this may be down to luck more than skill! I’ve watched YouTube tutorials and adapted styling tricks from books and magazines, plus let’s face it persistence and practise is a big factor in creating any hair masterpiece! So what made me want to attend Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop? VVR owner Raye Leonard of course!

I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Raye’s business grow as I befriended her through a vintage meet up group on Facebook, at around the same time that I started blogging. She is such an inspiring boss lady to follow, as she just keeps going! I wanted to get behind VVR, so attending Raye’s vintage hair workshop made the most sense. Not to mention the gorgeous hair inspiration photos she regularly uploads onto social media.

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She hasn’t been in her current salon space for long but it’s already had a major overhaul and been totally made over in the Vintage Victory Rollers style. The first thing you will probably notice is that it has flamingo everything! It’s really been VVR’d and looks very cute with bunting outside (much to the amusement of locals), flamingo wallpaper inside and wonderful vintage dressers for workstations. Raye also knows how to make a good cup of tea, a very important factor when choosing a vintage hair workshop. 😉

Raye’s enthusiasm and easy going nature made for a comfortable environment to work in. I didn’t mind asking questions and wasn’t embarrassed (too much) when I went to pick up the hot tongs by the wrong end. Throughout the day, that ran from 10am-3pm, the VVR tutorials demonstrated pin curling, a vintage brush out, victory rolls, poodle hair and a quick vintage festival up do.

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I really enjoyed the pampering feel to the day. It was really fun to meet other vintage lovers who were at the tutorial, visiting the saloon for a trim as well as the hair models themselves. I received an impromptu lindy hop lesson right in the middle of the salon! It was equally lovely to finish the day, having had my hair styled by Raye into a messy poodle doo that lasted 3 days.

All in all if you are totally new to hair Raye can help you and I think it would be a great and totally not scary place to start. She has such a friendly charisma that you will instantly feel included and comfortable to make mistakes. Personally I have been creating basic vintage inspired hairstyles for a couple of years now. What I liked about the workshop was the reassurance that I have been doing things the right way. I also enjoyed the creative aspect and have come away with a fearlessness to try out new things and in some cases to adopt better practises to create more professional looks. Oh and I came away armed with a much better brush!

At the end of the Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop, not only will you have a fabulous vintage hairstyle in place but you will also be armed with lots of styling and product tips, as well as a cheat sheet for each style covered. Despite this, I think the most important thing that I learnt was to be more patient with my styling. My own personal VVR goal is to try and spend a little bit more time on my hair as it can go a long way in making a better vintage do.

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Thanks for all the support Vintage Victory Rollers, I look forward to my next styling session!

My Retro Closet

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Looking for something flirty and playful for sleepwear? Let me recommend My Retro Closet! Having been sent a couple of baby dolls for a shoot with the wonderful John, from Portraits and Pinups, I now have the luxury to wear them to lounge around the house and wind up my Boyfriend in 😉

First off I was struck by the quality. The items feel slinky and there was not a stitch out of place. Abi the Boss Lady who currently makes each item herself, cannot be faulted. Not only does this hand made method guarantee quality but it also makes each item highly personable! I loved the blue and pink colourway of my custom ‘Bettie’ Babydoll as I think the pastels complement each other excellently. However as My Retro Closet has become more popular; it’s lead to opportunities for more colours to be added to the range. So why not be daring and go for a striking red and black option or go green and pink!

The ribbon ties are pretty and although they give off the impression of being easily undone, once they are tied they don’t feel flimsy at all making the Bettie Babydoll highly wearable; without looking one bit practical. I also like that My Retro Closet enable’s the option to change the length of the straps so you can play around with the look a bit.

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The ‘Dixie’ Open Babydoll is super cute, coming in pink, black, red and blue. I was really excited for this item to arrive, not only because it is one of the newest items to the ever growing range but I liked the 60’s feel to it. The sheer fabric feels silky to touch and I can confirm doesn’t crease easy (result)! I also like the slightly see-through aspect to the material, which can make for a very risqué look or a pretty and cute one when teamed with satin underwear. I also think the flirty ruffles are a great detail, as well as the no-fuss ribbon tie up.

My Retro Closet make beautiful Babydolls. I love that they can most definitely be used to seduce but are girlie enough just to keep as your own piece of luxury, to make yourself feel pampered. The pastel colours in particular would look great at a pinup’s sleepover! Ahem… Rhythm Riot anyone? The My Retro Closet website also stocks some items from other brands like Kiss Me Deadly and Playful Promises too, so you can get your lingerie shopping done all in one online order.

Sneaky tip: make sure to follow My Retro Closet on social media as the photos are cute and discount codes are regularly added to Instagram – win win 😉

Thanks again to John, behind Portraits and Pinups who never fails to work miracles 😉 Also thanks to Victoria Garcia who stepped in last minute to work wonders with make up for us.

Lady V London Madison Dress

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If pastels and pretty prints are your thing, then you need to take a look at Lady V London’s latest dress range! They were kind enough to send me their new Vintage Summer Rose dress, which is in the beautiful Madison style.

I’d already been eyeing up the Lady V London Madison dresses, especially because they are made from an original 1950’s pattern. However the ruched chest area had me in a quandary. I thought I wasn’t ‘blessed’ enough, ahem, to carry the dress off. I can now confirm for women everywhere, that my B/C cup was given a real helping with this Lady V London dress as the design emphasised my assets with ease! Having boosted my confidence in my chest area (thank you Lady V London) the next area to tackle was my waist.

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The nipped in waist on the Madison dress only goes to accentuate a vintage hourglass figure; something I am a huge lover of despite my inability to pursue corsetry (I just don’t have the persistence). Something else that endears me to Lady V London is that they appear to be true to size. I’m usually firmly between a size 10 and 12 so I was a bit apprehensive (and excited) when my measurements matched a size 10 perfectly. Sure enough my new dress fits well, so my advice for Lady V London fit is not to be wary of going by your measurements – in my experience they are true to the dress size.

Style and size aside, the floral pattern is gorgeous and makes for a great spring treat to help welcome in a (hopefully) sunny British summer.

This dress is comfy enough to be worn as a day dress but I think with a pair of heels and some seamed stockings it would also look amazing as a wedding or evening outfit, as the ruched detail and pleats makes it look rather fancy.

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So the dress is fab but what about the company? Lady V London have an extensive ‘About Us’ that really outlines exactly who they are and their journey. I won’t bore you by regurgitating their story but they really appear to pride themselves on keeping their designs completely British, something not many reproduction brands can boast. I always think supporting small businesses wherever possible is great but it feels just as nice to purchase from a bigger company that upholds morals that are normally associated with smaller businesses.

So if you are looking for a ‘British born’ dress then Lady V London could be the company you are after. Postage was speedy and I was relieved to open my parcel to a non creased dress! That sounds like a ridiculous thing to make a note of but bear with me. Recently some of the items I have received from other companies couldn’t have looked less inviting once I’d seen them all crumpled up.

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Other prints for this fab Lady V London Madison dress includes clocks, roses and a stunning green birds of paradise number that I am hoping to purchase soon. Like the sound of Madison? Then why not take a closer look here.

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Dollydripp: Kitty Cat!

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Dollydripp is a vintage inspired clothing label, which incorporates a modern twist to create quirky but cute items. I personally have a sweet spot for their sleepwear, favouring the Kitten Playsuit and the Tartan Babydoll Nightdress. Having been kindly sent the Dollydrip kitsch Pink Lucky Cat Boxer Shorts set I thought I’d give the fashion designer Sally Louise Richards a quiz to find out more about the brand!

With a love for the 1950’s look, what do you like best?

The shapes and silhouettes! It’s such a wonderful, feminine look that I feel suits most body shapes. I also love the glamour of it and how everyone looks amazing in old photographs.

Is it easy capturing the vintage look with a modern twist?

I haven’t found it too difficult as I’m always conscious that the brand looks modern. I find that choosing modern fabrics and prints can really help make a vintage style look fresh. I like to use prints and colours that you wouldn’t always associate with 1950’s fashion.

Could you talk me through the design and making process?

My design process always begins with some sort of inspiration. It could be an image, a catwalk outfit or a piece of fabric that I can create a theme around. I research ideas by looking at books, magazines, catwalks, and current trends… then I do lots of sketching. Sketching ideas is probably my favourite part of the process.

Once I’ve chosen my final designs I then move onto pattern making, toile’s (mock up garments) and sample production. Not everything ends up looking like my original designs and I love the creative freedom of changing things up or getting a flash inspiration when making mock ups and samples.

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What makes Dollydripp different from repro brands?

I try not to draw too much inspiration from the past and vintage styles. It sounds a bit crazy as I guess there is that vintage repro element to the brand but I always wanted to create something new. I didn’t just want to make reproductions of vintage styles. I wanted to use those shapes as a starting point then create something new, fun and modern around them, which I think my fashion background has really helped. I’ve always loved Gwen Stefani’s style and Betsey Johnson’s fashion label. They are both great at mixing modern and vintage elements whilst keeping them fun. Fashion should be about self expression and having fun!

What can Dollydripp fans look forward to in the future?

Cherries! I recently found a really sweet cherry print fabric and have gone a little bit crazy with it! There’s also a lovely pair of shorts coming soon and hopefully a new jumpsuit. I’ve decided to have a year off creating specific ranges and it’s given me a chance to update lots of older styles, introduce new prints and larger sizes in some styles. It’s been good to recharge and through it I have a sketchbook full of new ideas for next year!

 

I can appreciate a bit of cherry print and if the Dollydripp pjs I have are anything to go by, they will be as comfy as they are cute – which is a must for any Queen of Slumber 😉 Thank you Sarah for the cutest kitty shorts, I’m looking forward to seeing style updates!

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Voodoo Vixen goes Oriental

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Who goes to China and doesn’t come back with a traditional Chinese silk dress? Me, that’s who! Not only was I concerned that I wouldn’t fit into their modest sizes but are there that many occasions one can wear a dress like that? I know that goes against everything pinup is but I was backpacking. I was on a budget and food and bus journeys were proving far more important after a few days of big spending in Beijing! (Unfortunately)

Cue Voodoo Vixen’s Juliette dress. Don’t be fooled by it’s deceptive British name. Juliette is a silky Chinese influenced dress, which is a perfect mix of the orient meets the west that creates a totally wearable piece. Voodoo Vixen have made a few different styled items with this material but this is my firm favourite.

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I like the cap sleeves, which give it a very cute feel. The length is a couple of inches over my knee (although that may be down to the fact that my legs are my longest point). It creates a tasteful but flirty change to my usual historic skirt lengths! Details wise I love the pattern, but it is the buttons and collar that I like the best. I do have one dress complaint here… the buttons are incredibly fiddly! However they really finish off the dress, so what’s a girl to do?

The dress also fits me like a glove and that mixed with the shiny material creates the most amazing shape – nipping me right in at the waist. For me, the Voodoo Vixen Juliette dress is one of my favourites. Lots of the Voodoo Vixen I own, I wear for my 9-5 as although lots of the patterns are quite loud, the conservative full skirts make their dresses very wearable and smart. I really enjoyed that the Juliette really is a party dress. I can’t wait to take it out.

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Dolly and Dotty

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Dolly and Dotty first caught my eye at London Edge. Their signature bold prints and dress styles that are inspired by the 50’s and 60’s instantly lured me over to their stand. It was great to have the opportunity to browse all of their range and it was certainly one of the most colourful collections at London Edge!

This Brighton born company prides itself on adapting vintage patterns to meet modern body shapes. With the distinct rise in demand for wearable vintage and vintage inspired items (everyone’s got a retro outfit these days I swear?) I think Dolly and Dotty have arrived into the scene at the right time.

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Without further ado, here is my review of the Annie Retro Check Swing Dress. Firstly, look at that colour and pattern combination! I am so glad that Dolly and Dotty approached me for a blog collaboration as it enabled me to choose something a bit different. After a very long consideration period I decided to select the slightly risky combination of a bright green coloured number, teamed with an iconic print. Possibly the loudest choice on the Dolly and Dotty website, it is definitely amongst my favourites!

I was so excited to unwrap the dress and as you’ll hopefully agree the Annie swing dress suits me wickedly.

I love the simple tea dress style, which keeps the pattern a focus point and doesn’t make the dress too overpowering. Although a little tight around my chest I really like the nipped in waist that compliments the full and lined circle skirt. The dress is also a good length to accommodate a petticoat, as demonstrated in the photos, but I can also confirm it looks just as lovely and only slightly less full without!

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Quality really appears to have been a priority for Dolly and Dotty, which is always great, especially as this seems to be compromised with some repro brands. I also liked the matching belt and surprise headscarf that were included in the package. The material feels great and easily survived my trek over the fields, which is a testament to this dress for sure! I can’t wait to take this gorgeous dress out for tea 😉

Voodoo Vixen Suzanne Dress

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Photography: Portraits and Pinups, MUA: Ish Makeup, Model: Amy Bliss

I’ll keep this post short and sweet, I really like the Voodoo Vixen Suzanne Dress. It’s fun and flirty and possibly patriotic, if worn on Remembrance Sunday or then again maybe it’s patriotic even if you wear it on another day. When I wore it to work I was informed I was too late for the poppy appeal… Haa haa.

I’ve always had a thing for houndstooth and I was glad to see that Voodoo Vixen had a lot of this pattern in their Autumn Winter range 2015. What makes the Suzanne dress stand out then, is the poppies that interrupt the black and white print with their startling red. The bright red also means that the dress isn’t limited to the Autumn and Winter seasons, especially as the centre of the flowers looks a bit like purple butterfly wings – cute detail!

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The dress’ skirt lives up to Voodoo Vixen’s typical full bodied approach and I really like the cut of the sleeves and neck line. It appears to play on the idea of petals with the scooped detail, or that’s what my fancy Media degree full of pondering ‘what connotations does that have’ essays have taught me. The material feels great and totally sturdy, ready to do battle with my clumsy self. The matching belt is also a great addition and looks much more long lasting than one of the belts I received with a dress from a previous Voodoo Vixen Collection.

All in all a great dress that I imagine would suit most body types. With the nipped in waist, it gave me a perfect hourglass shaped figure – I can’t wait to wear my new red petticoat under it.

Not into big skirts? The print is also on the Eloise, a fab figure hugging number so that you can wiggle to your hearts content 😉

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Glitter and the Moon

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Looking for something stylish? Oh my, release your inner vixen with Glitter and the Moon! As over the top as that may sound, the soft and silky material of the Burlesque Cocktails Robe really does make me feel sexy.

I embraced my natural paleness and opted for the rich cream robe as it really evoked the feelings of old Hollywood glamour for me – something I am quite happy to try and emulate. Sure enough once it was on, I was posing around my flat; whether I pulled off a sultry siren look or not I’ll leave to your imagination.

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Although I love that the length is great for my tall height (no ankle swingers here) and that the three quarter length sleeve makes it a more practical wear than it looks; it was the embellishments that made me most excited about this robe. I feel like I should name my tipsy embroidered lady, as she is just fabulous. A glittering showgirl for sure; I think she captures the feeling I have when I wear the robe perfectly. I like that the website states ‘unleash your inner Dita von Tease,’ something I definitely went for with this shoot. The robe makes me feel powerful but with a distinctly cheeky edge. The ‘It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails’ stitching, really completes this Glitter and the Moon robe.

One comment I can’t skirt around is the price. At £125.00 this is very much a luxury item. If luxury is something you are looking for, then Glitter and the Moon exceed that brief easily. This special edition robe is glamorous and made my time shooting with it easy. It brings out your inner siren (no matter how hidden away) in a way that a huge fluffy gown couldn’t even dream of.

Glitter and the Moon are a great new brand, who live up to the phrase ‘it’s all in the details.’ From the cheeky pinup embroidery to the hand stitched sequins and beads… do I really need to go on?

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Photo: Portraits and Pinups, MUA: Ish Makeup

In short, Glitter and the Moon are the best if you are looking for luxurious loungewear that can also be personalised. Don’t need a robe? Why not check out the more affordable French Knickers or Bed Jackets, which are equally as gorgeous.

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