2014 saw my style evolve from newbie pinup to fully-fledged, fully-confident pinup. I thought that transformation was mostly internal until I looked back at these collages and saw all the small changes I had made throughout the 12 months last passed, from ditching my jeans altogether even for runs to the supermarket to a marked, marked improvement in my hair game. Scroll through below to see my year’s worth of OOTD’s as I posted to Instagram.
I have fairly good luck when it comes to winning social media giveaway contests somehow, something I attribute to the universe balancing out my otherwise terrible luck by on occasion humoring me with a free dress, so I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to win the Oh My Honey Dresses Instagram giveaway of one of their gorgeous candy cane dresses. It arrived a week before Christmas, custom made, and fit flawlessly, a dress so perfect for Christmas that I bumped the dress I had previously ordered for my Christmas day wear to another holiday event so that this confection goodness could take centre stage on the big day. Everyone who has seen this dress has fallen in love with it, so I knew I had to feature it on a blog post to give you a full run down on how I wore it for the most festive Christmas look ever and to let you know a little bit more about the other beautiful pieces this UK company designs and makes here on our fair British shores.
Today on the blog I thought I’d share something a little bit different with you. This isn’t a review or a How To, but more so a glimpse into a particular day in my life, a particular day that was very stylish and fun and resulted in several lovely photos I wanted to share with you because I’m proud of them, for several reasons.
I come from a big family, child 4 of 5. My siblings and I are diversely talented, but my younger sister, Rachel, has the talent that it would perhaps have been more useful that I, the vintage style lover, would have had: she’s a nifty little clothes maker. She’s in her final year of her Costume Design degree and already doing lots of ridiculously impressive work freelance on international stage shows alongside her mentors, which she would be very embarrassed about my mentioning, but hey, a big sister’s gotta brag. Every term for her university degree she undertakes a new design-and-make project, and this unit she designed a Hungarian embroidered retro-inspired peplum waistcoat fitted to the exact measurements of her lucky big sister, Miss Amy May 😉
I’m not quite lucky enough to get to keep it–and God do I wish I could keep it–but I did have a fabulous day shooting this gorgeous piece styled as 3 separate outfits for her portfolio. We took to the streets (and a galleria, and the pier,) with her photographer friend in tow, and these are the shots I’ve been granted special sisterly permission to share with you.
Von50′ is a luxury French clothing brand bringing you haute couture quality goods at prices far more affordable than their designer counterparts. Von50 founder Emilie Bellan-Payrault says ‘VON 50′ has been created to reach three goals: let women reclaim their femininity and curves, reinvent quality so luxury would become affordable, offer all of us a maximum of self-confidence.’ Those are all things I can get on board with, so when I noticed the Von50 Instagram account several months back I keenly followed.
It was in October that Von50′ announced it’s first Instagram competition–submit selfies of yourself looking your most chic under their competition tag and be in with a chance to win 100EUR voucher to their website. This, ladies, was a contest right up my Parisian chic street. I didn’t expect to win, but it was fun to showcase some of my more glamorous retro looks, so I entered aplenty throughout October, enjoying the kindness with which Von50′ founder Emilie herself treated me and my little selfies. Continue reading
A lot of you know I am a Pinup Girl Clothing addict, and when my UK readers/IG followers ask me where they can find our much beloved PUG in the UK I direct them to one site–Deadly Is The Female.
Deadly Is The Female is a brick and mortar store based in Frome, Somerset, here in the UK. But for those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have visited the real life store their online shop stocks plenty of amazing things to keep your typical pinup happy. In addition to stocking PUG they also carry Stop Staring, Trashy Diva and Tatyana, bringing you swing dresses and wiggles, separates and swimwear, makeup and sunglasses and stoles and handbags and…well, all the best of pretty much everything. They even stock some B.A.I.T footwear, something I’ve personally found hard to track down in the UK so that I don’t have to pay hefty international postage fees and additionally hefty import taxes. New stock flows in all the time, and I love keeping up to date with DisF on their Instagram and Facebook feeds, where they post all sorts of cute retro pictures and meme-like lols as well as shots of their gorgeous stock. Continue reading
Being a pinup is a lot of things: glamorous, fun, sassy, exciting, joyous, lipstick-smudged. But come winter it can also be cold. Ask any pinup and she will have a favourite clothing piece she can only wear in summer because there’s just no way of warming it up for winter wear. The average dress can be adapted by the addition of a cardigan, some seamed stockings, better weather-suited shoes and perhaps the occasional vintage accessory such as gloves and a fabulous hat. But for me, personally, it just doesn’t quite…feel the same. I like the dress to be able to do most of the talking, and many dresses I own have prints or details that are shrouded by the addition of even a cropped cardigan.
Which means something must be done. Dresses must be found that are warmer than the usual fair, dresses that–dare I say it? Are, gasp, full of sleeve! Such dresses exist, certainly. It can be surprisingly hard to find real stand out sleeved dresses though. So once winter again I took it upon myself to launch a search that spread far and wide across both continents and budgets to come up with some besleeved pinup options for myself and you other dolls. Number one find on my list was the three quarter sleeve Birdie dress by Pinup Girl Clothing. Continue reading
I recently came across Bitter Root Vintage for the first time, a charming company that offers a selection of dresses, separates and accessories. They stock plenty of lovely repro items as well as some non-repro items which are also incredibly pretty and still classy, able to be styled in a retro fashion should you wish. For my first BRV dress I chose one of their repro style dresses, of course, namely Polly//All The Umbrellas In Paris.
This is a beautiful dress. The print is delicate and pretty, something that’s new for me because the prints I favour are often bold or bright, making this dress a lovely departure for me. I love the piping detail along the waistline and shoulders, and the little buttons on the cinched waist. Also, the name itself is just downright adorable. All The Umbrellas In Paris? Too cute! I couldn’t resist incorporating some of that umbrella whimsy into this blog shoot while I showed you this dress in action. Continue reading
Sarah Forshaw (@Forshawsarah) and Miss Amy May (@miss_amy_may) are southern belle and southern brit pinups, respectively, who found one another on Instagram part way through their pinup transformations in mid 2013, at which point they tentatively, then all of a sudden, become devoted and divine friends. Bonding over their urge to bring full on glamour to their every day lives, their shared opinions on cake, and their fierce nerd hearts, the two quickly began to look upon one another as fabulous sisters–who simply hadn’t met yet outside the confines of the interwebs. Due to finally meet IRL to share many squishy hugs and swing-skirted spins in fall 2015, they’re opening up their friendship and their closets to you in this shared blog post while they eagerly await their meeting.
Sarah: Amy and I have been crazy busy lately, so we’ve been a bit delayed in bringing you this post about accessories maker Little Miss Savage, but finally it’s here!
Little Miss Savage, Emily, hand makes headwraps, necklaces, pins, keyrings and bags/wallets, which she sells on her Etsy store and eBay. When we first came into contact with her we immediately fawned over several of her items, and we were so thrilled when she was kind enough to send us both a selection of cuteness.
If you read my Titilated by Tartan post last week you’ll know I consider Vivien of Holloway the queen of tartan–so I was thrilled to be sent on one of their tartan circle skirts last week! I literally love every single tartan colourway VoH offers in their circle skirts and have wanted one for an age, but I think it was festive fate that the red tartan print I be joined together in Christmas matrimony. For this post I snatched up my new pretty in my pinup paws and headed to one of our good ol’ British cobbled beaches near sunset to snap the pics for this post.