Bangle Lovin’ [Bow & Crossbones]

You surely know by now how much I love vintage-inspired bangles, so I’m happy to spotlight another small business today by featuring Bow & Crossbones, another woman-owned vintage inspired jewellery brand that produces gorgeous pieces I can’t help but collect.

Miss Amy May features vintage inspired rockabilly jewellery small business Bow and Crossbones, carved bangles, bangle stacks

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Leafy Goodness [Belbeina Lee]

I often ruminate that millinery is one of those art forms that people (wrongly) think must be a lot easier than it really is. The skill required to craft a hat, fascinator or cap that looks perfect in its beauty and lasts well is immense, which is why I’m continually grateful for the day that I discovered Belbeina Lee. A one-woman business, it functions solely through the love, skill and craftsmanship of designer and maker Katie, a New Zealander mum who, as far as I’m concerned, is incapable of producing anything other than the most beautiful headpieces of the highest quality. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you one of her more recent pieces, the Ella Leaf Cap.

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Wrist Candy [Splendette]

I go through phases of getting obsessed with certain types of accessories. Sometimes it will be hair accessories, other times brooches, more often than not it can be shoes or handbags. But the one accessory I’m on the look out for pretty much always? Bangles. So it’s a good thing it’s a new season because that means new Splendette!

Mint Sorbet, Parma Violet, Frosty, Coconut, Rose and Sherbet bangles by Splendette

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Willow & Santiago [Ruby Shoo]

There are two types of people; people who love being matchy-matchy with their accessories, and people who dgaf. In a way, I do sort of aspire to be the latter, because in that chaotic pocket of people you have both people who really don’t care about aesthetics and people who know how to take a risk to create something really bold and unusual, and both outcomes are inspiring in their own way. But no, I am a matchy-matchy accessoriser, down to my core, and I don’t think that’s going to change. There’s just something so visually pleasing about finding a necklace that perfectly matches your shoes, or a handbag that matches your cardigan. Or, in the case of Ruby Shoo 100% of the time, a handbag that matches your statement shoes, a perfect, stand-out pair ready to elevate every outfit. And this duo? Oh this duo is something else entirely!

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Darling Miss Daisy [Belbeina Lee]

I have incredibly low patience as a person. When I go shopping I prefer to go alone so that I can walk fast, duck in and out of shops quickly without having to wait for the person I’m shopping with, and leave as soon as I’ve got what I need. It is no surprise, then, that I’ve never got the hang of vintage shopping. I live in a tiny village tucked away in the English countryside, so shopping for vintage in person would mean driving all the way out to larger towns I’m not super familiar with, and thus, journeys that would fill me with anxiety. Add in the fact that my size means finding good quality vintage clothing in my size and within my budget is unlikely and that effort just doesn’t seem worth it.

Vintage accessories, at least, are something I could likely have more success with, but once you consider that low patience level, the potential high travel anxiety level, and my overall lack of true vintage knowledge, once more the trips just don’t seem worth it. Searching out accessories online at least eliminates one of those factors, but still, it takes a lot of time and more than some savvy to find what you need or want in the pages and pages and pages of vaguely related results produced from every search term. This, folks, is why I am so ecstatically pleased that I stumbled upon Belbeina Lee a few months back. Never again do I need to search, research, ponder, wonder or worry–Katie can handmake items just as beautiful and high quality as true vintage, but with no effort required on my part. Literally, take my money!

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Infinity Dreams [Belbeina Lee]

infinity hat by Belbeina Lee leopard print New Zealand vintage hat maker milliner small business Miss Amy May

For a vintage-clothing loving girl, I’m actually woefully ignorant of, well, many aspects of vintage clothing. I don’t know the correct terms for most of the design features of the clothing I so greatly admire from past eras, let alone details of fabric type or authenticity when it comes to inspecting possible true vintage pieces. That means sometimes when I’m watching a period film or TV series I can spot a dress style or accessory piece I desperately covet but I can’t figure out what to search for online to even begin the process of tracking down a repro version I can purchase myself. Continue reading

The Perfect Chilly Duo [Collectif + Lulu Hun]

Look, I know here in the UK we’re currently experiencing a heatwave–again–which might make it seem like this autumn-themed post is a poor idea, but I posit the opposite. Picture this; chilly mornings with a slight crunch to the grass, the browning of the trees, the here-again-wonder of that first time you can see your breath when you exhale out of doors, the first time in so long that you’re reminded of your childhood belief that perhaps, just perhaps, you might be a dragon. Acorns. Chestnuts. Rain.

Now, don’t you feel just a bit cooler? No? Okay well at the very least maybe we can agree on wistful? Because that’s what I’m feeling right now, as I pick uncomfortably at the seams of the lightest dress I own which still isn’t quite cool enough. I want autumn and I want it ASAP, not just because I’m fed up of summer but because I want to get back to wearing outfits like this.

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Claudine on a Picnic [Lindy Bop]

I was thinking the other day about the kinds of prints I love and why, and for some of them it boils down to something surprisingly simple: squares. My winter favourite, plaid, and my summer favourite, gingham, are both prints created by criss-crossing coloured lines to create squares of various sizes. As boring as that sounds, that description can also be applied to picnic blankets, and is there a single person out there who’s willing to say they hate picnics? If there is, there shouldn’t be.

This¬†Lindy Bop Claudine dress makes me think of picnics, and buttercups, and being a bit too excited to be able to bust out one’s sunglasses for the first time this season because the sun, and even some warmth, are finally here. Let’s soak it all in!¬†

Claudine Blue Check shirtdress by Lindy Bop Large Round Straw shoulder bag Miss Amy May plus size pinup fit review

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Delightful Devon [Unique Vintage]

It feels a long way off right now, but for a minute let’s just pretend it’s summer, okay? Close your eyes–picture a blue sky with nary a cloud in sight, the sun warm on your skin. The air smells fresh, clean, pure. The condensation beading on the outside of your ice cold drink slides slowly down the glass…And what are you wearing? Chic, timeless, pure white. Specifically, this Devon dress by Unique Vintage, and damn would it make summer look good.

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