Got it in the Basket [Ellen and James]

If there’s one thing I probably don’t need more of and yet lately I can’t help but keep buying, it’s handbags. Specifically, beautiful summery-feeling wicker and woven bags. I don’t know whether it’s because the delay in our due spring weather is leaving me feeling frustrated to switch up my wardrobe, or whether I’m just so excited for warmer weather that I’m happy-buying items ready for it, but either way, here we are, my credit card and I, a little click-happy, a little over eager, and proud owners of some very cute new handbags. Today we’ll be looking at this Ellen and James beauty.

Ellen and James Half Moon woven handmade Basket bag ata grass Miss Amy May

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From Rio to Tahiti [Hell Bunny]

I know, I know; English readers will be thinking but we only just had our second bout of snow! But you know what? I don’t care. I’m bored of winter. I am ready for florals and frills and wicker bags and wedges! England might yet to be convinced that it is spring, but I am, and thanks to Hell Bunny I am refusing to back down!

Hell Bunny Tahiti skirt Rio peasant top honey ryder wicker bag Miss Amy May

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A Cardigan by Any Other Name [Voodoo Vixen]

I am all about roses right now. Mostly that has manifested itself in coveting intricate rose embroidery or realistic fabric prints, but I think there’s still room in my overflowing wardrobe for a cuter, simplified form of this noble flower. Answering that call is Voodoo Vixen’s new Rose Applique cardigan.

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Friday, I’m in Love 

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these wishlist style posts! We’re finally transitioning into the SS18 release season, though, after what felt like a very long start to the year, so there’s beautiful items appearing all over our vintage inspired community. Time to look at some of my favourites!

Voodoo Vixen

Voodoo Vixen’s full SS18 Lookbook isn’t out yet, but even from the first items we’re beginning to see making their way onto VV’s own site and to their various stockists it’s clear this is their best season yet. This Dana Tropical Print dress is beyond adorable and making me year for warm weather to have a summery garden party with my besties featuring tropical cocktails, while the Jean border print dress and skirt both feature such an authentic feeling print that it’s giving me grabby hands.

ZARA

Zara have some amazing vintage-inspired handbags for sale right now, and at great prices. Whether you’re looking for something wicker, a feel of lucite or a touch of metallic basket weaving, they’ve got a host of options!

Vixen by Micheline Pitt

I have the black and white striped Dollface dress and I just love it, so I’m a bit moony over the blue striped version that’s just been released. I’m also obsessed with the Frenchie Swing dress, which is everything I could ever hope for in my black-sheer-overlay dreams.

Miss L Fire

I only have one pair of Miss L Fire shoes that I picked up in their winter sale, after swooning over a totally different pair (the Amber heels, sigh) for months. Now their SS18 pre-orders are up and these yellow and blue Loretta heels are making me feel all the things!

Miss Candyfloss

L to R: Augustina tartan swing dress, Lorena sleeveless swing dress, Giustina Roman Holiday swing dress

Y’all know I’m obsessed with Miss Candyfloss, in particular their winter lines always slay me. This SS18 line, though, is really looking to take the cake! So many gorgeous, gorgeous vibrant styles are coming our way, from fun contrasting colourblocked swing dresses to polka dots, fabulous shawl collars and all the mustard I could ever want.

Lucky Lou Shoes

I’ve wanted a pair of Lucky Lou shoes for so long now, and this beautiful green pair of hand carved Souvenir wedges is pure perfection. And in case you aren’t aware, they do some amazing bangles too; I own several of their clear lucite style bangles in red and amber gold, but I definitely need to add some of their green and black styles to my collection as well.

I could go on for an age more, but it’s probably best I don’t reveal quite how much time I spend drooling over pretty things. What have you got your eye on at the moment? Have you bought anything new recently you’re thrilled with? 

Lady Amethyst [Lady V London]

If you feel like it’s unusual to see me in purple it’s because it is. It’s one of the few colours I don’t usually wear, to the point that I generally gloss over any purple styles I see whilst shopping, not even registering on my radar. However, the moment I saw this Lady V Amethyst Dirdle dress I was in love, immediately envisioning pairing it with a green cardigan to lift up the purple and put one in mind of rich toned, previous jewels.

Plus, something about purple makes me think of my mum, which is lovely given we just celebrated Mother’s Day yesterday. So let’s look at the dress that almost could have passed me by, but was much too stunning to do so!

Amethyst Rose Border Dirdle dress by Lady V London Miss Amy May plus size

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Why Hello, Ms Darcy [Hell Bunny]

Most pinups find that they often gravitate towards a certain cut of dress. I tend towards strappy swing dresses with a lower neckline because they allow me to stay cool in summer with the option to add layers for warmth in colder months. In winter, though, I do really love a sleeved dress–when I can find one that works for me.

I repeatedly torture myself by seeking out my perfect sleeved specimen; it has to be just the right shape, in the right colour or print, with a skirt that will actually hit me below the knee, and most importantly (and often not the case) with sleeves that will comfortably fit my large upper arms without making me want to cut them off after a couple hours of strained movement or painful digging and pinching. With all that to be considered, sometimes even if I love a sleeved dress I just won’t order it. I’ll feel sure that it won’t live up to my needs, or I’ll be cognizant that at this time of year there’s only so much wear I can get out of a sleeved style before it either A) is so warm it becomes impossible to wear through spring/summer even in England, or B) it looks so wintery in style that it would look silly wearing it in June, even if it is pouring with rain. 

Well, finally I’ve found a dress that ticks all my boxes: it’s the right length, there’s no arm abuse involved in wear, it cinches the waist, has pockets, and it’s in a gorgeous vibrant print that will look good literally all year round. Ladies, I give you Darcy.

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February Outfits Round Up

Here we are again, the end of another month. Man, I just love how short February is! Already pay day and I feel like pancake day was just yesterday. It doesn’t hurt that in addition to being a short month that features pancakes heavily, I also had a week off work on annual leave, had a reunion with a friend I hadn’t seen in approximately a trillion ages, and got to enjoy Galentine’s as per tradition with my best friend. Oh, yeah, and there was also the small matter of finally getting to go see Hamilton on the West End. No Bigs, you know. AHHH!

Blue Jade dress by Collectif, Dark Mustard Get It Girl cardigan from Doll Me Up, Mustard Los Flamingo bangle, Splendette Banoffee & blue carved bangles, Masha hair duo by Alternate Normality, old Primark flats

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Olives in the Snow [Collectif]

I know some of you, like me, have been waiting a long time for this post. This gorgeous olive striped Rosie skirt was part of Collectif’s AW17 line and was much admired in their previews, judging by the many messages and comments I received from ladies telling me they, like I, were in love with this skirt. We were all eager for it to turn up last Autumn, then still excited in winter…and before we knew it, it was 2018. Where was our beautiful Rosie?

The answer is that she, gloriously versatile as she is, was moved to this wonderfully awkward in-between stage of the year as a transition piece between winter and spring lines. And, really, I can’t blame Collectif for that, because it makes a lot of sense; the stripes as a print are season-free, olive as a colour is just as footloose and fancyfree for looking good all year long. And looking at the weather, with snow descending here in the UK for our last few days of February, this skirt truly does work just as well for this cold, white blanket on the horizon as it would on a brighter, more spring-like day. It may be snowy now, but as soon as that sun comes back out and the temperatures start to increase, you can bet I’ll be busting this Rosie skirt back out with these boots replaced by some cute flats, the double layers shed for simple white top, and a cute wicker bag added to finish it all off. For now, though, let’s take a look at how good Rosie looks in the snow, because boy does she.

Collectif Clothing Vintage Rosie olive striped flared swing skirt Miss Amy May

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