Violetta Darling [Hell Bunny]

I am not often drawn to any shade of purple, nor to mid-blues. This dress, though–my, my, has it won me over. Ensnared me! Mesmerized me in earnest.

…I really like it basically, okay? So much so that while I’ve been enjoying this winter for the opportunity to dress seasonally in dark and rich colours, to rock winter-only prints like tartans, the one spring dress hanging in my wardrobe that I’ve been dying to wear, even though I’m kind of not really ready for spring yet on the whole, is this Violetta. She has been calling to me for weeks and finally, thankfully, it’s time to let her do her thing.

Hell Bunny Violetta 50s floral dress size fit review plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Handy Little Ivy [Hotter]

When it comes to handbags, I’m a mostly practical woman. As much as I adore sporting chic little box bags or impossibly small oddly shaped clutches for dinners out socialising, on a day-to-day basis I don’t want to have to edit down my payment cards, ID and assorted change into a tiny coin purse in order to be able to fit the necessities into a pretty bag that will elevate my outfit. Realistically, I’d much rather find a lovely bag that fits my actual, whole purse, because that is what adulthood requires. Thankfully, adulthood doesn’t also require that one’s sensible day bag be boring, because this little Ivy number certainly isn’t that.

Blood Orange/Beige Ivy leather satchel handbag gifted by Hotter Shoes Miss Amy May casual vintage style

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Galentine’s with Joanie Clothing

Up until recent years I think it was pretty widely accepted that most people are one of two things: Valentine’s Day enthusiasts, or completely apathetic to the entire thing.

Now, though, there’s a third approach to Valentine’s Day, and I must say, it’s my favourite: Galentine’s Day! As a woman who doesn’t care about the day in a romantic sense but loves to use it as an excuse to get together with my best friend, wear something sexy and luxuriant while consuming a truly indulgent three course meal together, Galentine’s Day is definitely my thing.

Typically I wear all black, not as some sort of anti-romance protest against the idea that I should want to spend the day with a man, but more as the opposite. All black slinky outfits make me feel the most sexy and sassy, and what better way to feel when living it up with one of your most loved companions? Thanks to Joanie Clothing, this year I’ve dreamt up another All Black Ensemble that ticks all my Galentine’s boxes, and would even work for those of you who do want to spend it with your Significant Other.

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Antonia All Year Long [Hell Bunny]

When it comes to prints, there’s not many that work year round. Anything nautical suits only good weather, which here in England certainly means it’s meant for only spring and summer, at best. Tropical florals work the same way, feeling odd in the cold, darker parts of the year. Tartan and checks suit cold months best, while pretty pastel florals will always look best in spring. But a rose print? Oh a rose print can work all year round. And this Antonia print by Hell Bunny is ready to represent.

Hell Bunny Antonia Mid dress rose print SS19 discount code hellbunny.com AMYMAY20!% Miss Amy May pinup fit plus size review

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January Outfits Round Up

People often complain about how long and difficult January is, but I mostly just enjoyed slowly plodding my way through the sweets from my Christmas stocking and making the most of the downtime before the SS19 releases begin. It’s been really nice to have the time to balance relaxation and productivity that isn’t blog-centric, so I’ve enjoyed January on the whole.

Update: The UK government has recently updated their rules concerning the transparency of gifted items/paid for promotions for social media influencers. I don’t accept paid promotions/ads, but I do accept gifted items in exchange for providing honest blog review features. In the interest of extending that new added transparency to this blog as well, I’ll be marking any previously gifted items within these outfit round ups as such. I’ve changed the format of the outfit breakdowns in an attempt to make such details and disclaimers easy for you to read.

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A Hepburn For Winter [Lady V London]

We’re definitely in that dreary, awkward time of year–Christmas is over but winter has barely begun in earnest, so it feels a lot like there’s not much to look forward to except cold. Eventually, thank goodness, Pancake Day will give us something to be excited about, but in the meantime it’s not uncommon that at this point in January I can often feel uninspired by the notion of creating an outfit suitable for winter.

With this new Lady V dress, however, deciding on a styling was easy. I looked over the fairytale-reminiscent, wintery print, glanced out my window at the chilly, rainy sky outside, and decided in a second–faux leather, and a lot of it. Red roses might remind you of Belle or Aurora, but this queen is happy to take on the cold without a beast or a prince, just a pair of warm boots and some sass.

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Capulet Cape-ulet! [Hell Bunny]

There’s almost no opening pre-amble I can give for this coat, because it is practically too perfect for words. A winter coat that combines my love of faux fur trims, elegant but detachable capes, and genuine winter practicality of providing warmth, having pockets and being able to fit over my full-skirted swing dresses? HELL BUNNY YOU HAVE SLAIN ME.

Hell Bunny Capulet coat and cape faux fur trim Miss Amy May plus size pinup fit size review discount code AMYMAY20!% hellbunny.com

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Soft, Fluffy, Dolly & Dotty + GIVEAWAY

Miss Amy May plus size pinup review Dolly & Dotty soft nylon fluffy petticoat giveaway contest

I remember one of things that made me feel like a ‘proper pinup’ when I was transitioning to my vintage style was finally beginning to add a petticoat under my skirts and dresses. It was something that felt like it needed a small splash of courage because it was just such an unusual under-thing to have in one’s wardrobe as a 20-something in the 2010s, but once I got my first petticoat there was no looking back.  Continue reading

Like Fine Wine [Miss Candyfloss]

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.

Miss Candyfloss Ambre-wine peplum burgundy dress Amour Fou New Look Dior collection Miss Amy May plus size pinup size fit review vintage

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