Budget-Friendly Custom Eyeshadows [Coastal Scents]

These days there’s only 3 companies I bother buying eye shadows from. Ignoring the fact that I already have way too many and absolutely don’t need any more, the main thing I look for when I inevitably do buy more eyeshadows, whether individual pans or palettes, is good quality for a budget price, which immediately narrows the field right down.

Several years ago I discovered Coastal Scents and their Hot Pots, individual budget-friendly eyeshadow pans that can be slotted into magnetized palettes, and I’ve returned to them again and again. As such I was excited to get the chance to try even more of those Hot Pots and to also test out one of their ready made palettes for the first time, the Revealed Matte palette. The result? Coastal Scents is still part of my favourite 3!

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Monroe’s A Bombshell [Miss Candyfloss]

The fact that Miss Candyfloss release a Lookbook well in advance of each season is both a blessing and a curse; the former because it allows you time to plan out your purchases for the season according to your budget, and the latter because when you spot an item that captures your heart it can feel like an eternity passes waiting for its release. There’s always a dozen items I covet in each lookbook, easily, but this Monroe-Lee was my favourite of them all, which is saying something considering the Marilyn inspired Autumn-Winter line of this season has been my favourite ever of all of Miss Candyfloss’s gorgeous lines. I can imagine it’s hard to live up to such anticipation and praise, but this dress does so easily.

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A Little Frostine My Pinafore [Hell Bunny]

Once upon a time (ie, my whole life up until about a year ago) I thought I couldn’t wear pinafores, but thanks to Hell Bunny I know that’s not true. Because come on, a pinafore that has adjustable straps, a full skirt, comes in cute checks, and it has pockets? That’s a pinafore that will work for anyone!

Hell Bunny Frostine pinafore fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May hellbunny.com discount code 20% off Amymay20!%

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Maeby Baby, Maeby Lou [Miss Candyfloss]

I’ve heard it said that everyone has a base colour they build their wardrobe around, either black, navy, brown or grey. I’ve never felt I had an overwhelming pull towards any of those neutrals but if I look at my wardrobe on the whole I can definitely see that I’ve ended up with black as my neutral base. It might be funny, then, to consider that the past couple months I’ve become a bit obsessed with trying to add greys and browns to my collection, and have become increasingly frustrated with the limited options. Can I find a brown tweed swing skirt anywhere? No. A plain grey one then? No!

Thankfully, though my search for separates has been disappointing, my beloved Miss Candyfloss is happy to lead the charge with beautiful grey dresses that could never disappoint.

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Mabel and Julia [Voodoo Vixen]

Look, I love cardigans. Once upon a time, and maybe even still in some people’s eyes, they were considered prim, a bit wet possibly, certainly not high fashion. Over the last decade, though, the humble cardigan has become a staple in almost every woman’s wardrobe, and in many men’s. Whether you like them oversized and slouchy, crew necked or cropped, there’s a cut, colour and even print for everyone.

Voodoo Vixen Julia 40s knit cardigan plus size pinup fit review Miss Amy May

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Houndstooth Check [Miss Candyfloss]

While I love all checks, plaids and tartans pretty indiscriminately, it’s generally true that within the vintage-inspired world they’re often employed in clothing styles that, by our standards, veer more towards the casual. I do have pieces that can be worn more formally and they are all made by Miss Candyfloss, so it’s no wonder that they’re my go-to favourite brand for autumn and winter styles. What I love about this Norina-Lou dress is that they’ve taken their skill at producing elegant checks and mixed it with the utilisation of another classic winter print which, in my opinion, repro brands don’t use enough–houndstooth.

Behold, a dress that is both check and dogstooth, and both casual and possible to dress up. A winter unicorn!

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Deadly in Every Way [Deadly is the Female x Alexandra King]

Sometimes in the vintage-inspired fashion world you get really lucky that a dress you love gets made in multiple colours or prints. Occasionally the same dress style gets made in both a wiggle cut and a swing. Never before, though, have I found a dress I loved that came not only in different colours or fabrics but also as a gown version. Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female’s Claudia dress floored me in that exact way, and about a hundred others. Ready to look upon some true old Hollywood glamour mixed in with mourning widow, deadly goddess vibes? Let’s walk into the fog.

Navy Velvet Claudia gown by Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female fit size review plus size pinup Miss Amy May Deadly model

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