Happy 2019! Well, almost. I’m not really a New Year’s Eve believer so I’ll be enjoying a quiet evening at home tonight watching movies and going to bed at a reasonable time because even TV fireworks don’t sound exciting to me. If you’re going out tonight please be careful and safe, and look out for your friends as well. Whether you’re a Christmas celebrator or not, I also hope you’ve had a lovely festive season with time spent with loved ones and maybe some chocolates and good crisps. I’ll see you here again on the blog next week, when we’ll be kicking off 2019 with a giveaway.
If I had to choose a favourite vintage brand, it would have to be Miss Candyfloss. Their Autumn/Winter lines especially floor me every year, always producing elegant, stylish, and seasonally-appropriate pieces no matter the theme of their inspiration for the season. This winter the inspiration for their new line was Dior’s iconic New Look, and their resulting releases have been just as extraordinary. So much so that each time I’ve managed to snag a piece it has almost always sold out within hours, let alone by the time the parcel containing my order arrives in my hands. As such, deciding whether to blog sold-out styles has been a conundrum I’ve repeatedly faced, not wanting to torture the ladies who missed out while also feeling these pieces are so beautiful they deserve a spotlight here on the blog.
This week, knowing once again that this latest dress of mine might have sold out by the time this review goes live, I decided it was too lovely a piece not to get its own photoshoot. Folks, let’s all marvel at the Ambre-Wine together.
Obviously there’s a lot of styles within the mid-century fashion realm that ooze elegance. Once you remove poodle skirts from the line up, it’s basically all of them. One of my favourites, yet also probably the style type I own the least of, is the coat dress. They somehow aren’t reproduced as often as I would expect them to be, given they are practically a superlative in sophistication, but when they are, they win me over every time.
You must know by now that I have a thing for velvet. With Christmas coming up fast, it’s the perfect time of year to get a bit plush and lush with some velvet on ya body, whether that’s as luxurious trim on a piece made from another fabric, a little glimpse of a velvet top layered under other items, or a full-on, can’t-be-denied, say-hello-to-my-velvet-dress!
The latter, especially, is my favourite kind to flaunt for some festive fun, and thanks to Collectif I’ve added a truly stunning velvet number to my collection with this Clara dress. But as if the festive perfection ends there; paired with these rose gold beauties from Hotter Shoes–could I be any more ready for Christmas? I think not. Praise be and pass me the candy canes!
CHRISTMAS IS COMING, CHRISTMAS IS COMING! That’s pretty much where my mind is right now, looking forward to time with family and friends, good food and some time off after a busy month. Plus, twinkly lights!
One of the fun things about the vintage inspired world is that the seemingly opposing style types of timeless classic pieces and novelty designs exist side by side. It’s one of the things that confused me a bit when I first became a pinup, and 5 years on I still rarely feel drawn to the novelty elements of vintage fashion. One time of year when I do like to indulge in a little bit of fun in that way is at Christmas. Each year it’s fun to find a new festive dress I can wear in the run up to the big day that will bring joy to the other Christmas lovers I meet.
Whether it’s in the supermarket, running errands, grabbing a drink, or when meeting one of my best friends for dinner, if I can wear an obnoxiously Christmas themed outfit that will make the people I encounter happy, that makes me happy. It’s like the pinup version of a Christmas sweater, I suppose. And this year, just as last year with their Holly print dress, it’s Hell Bunny who’ve brought the Chrimbo joy to vintage dressing with this Nutcracker number!