Ask Me Anything

I’m off work this week and wanted to get ahead on blogging, after a manic Spring/summer review season that left me unable to get more than a week ahead at a time in my scheduling. I wanted to do something fun and different with some of the blogs I’m writing, so I asked my followers over on Instagram and Facebook to ask me anything they wanted, whether it was about my style, the blog, or perhaps anything about my life they’re curious about. These are the questions I received.

What is your favourite dress?
The Apple Tart dress by Trashy Diva

How old are you?
Reluctantly 31 >_<

Favourite food?
That’s like asking me to choose my favourite child (which I don’t have, but still.) Um…chips/fries?!! Also Lasagna. Continue reading

International Parcel Forwarding with MyMallBox

Sometimes the postman teases me for how many parcels he delivers to me, and the man at the Royal Mail office I have to go to pay my customs fees likes to comment that I sure do like my customs payments–yeah, because everyone just loves paying extra money for their goods. But in all honesty I don’t shop as much as I used to, and I certainly don’t shop abroad that often anymore. A lot of that is down to trying to be better at saving in general and not buying things just for the sake of it, but in terms of not buying from America as much as I used to it’s simply a case that it just stopped being so practical.

The British Pound took a nosedive (thanks Brexit!) after a long period of slowly weakening against the dollar, and trans-Atlantic shipping has never been cheap anyway. Combining all those things with the saving mentioned above meant quite often I’d put items I wanted into my cart on various US websites, see the shipping rate rocket up the cost of my order, then forlornly close out the window, order abandoned. If the item I was looking at was only small or light, and/or cheap, and something I knew therefore wouldn’t actually cost too much to ship internationally, that was an increasingly frustrating experience.

Enter MyMallBox. Continue reading

A Few of My Favourite Things

There are plenty of things I love that don’t get covered here on the blog because I don’t feel they warrant a full blog post or I just haven’t found any other place to sensibly ‘put’ them, so to speak. But since they’re things I adore and feel others would enjoy, it seems a shame they never get any share time. So, considering that, I’ve decided it might be nice to create a series for them on the blog in which I can occasionally share my favourite things of late, from books and movies to new websites I’ve discovered, music I’m obsessed with, accessories I’ve been wearing to death, maybe even food I can’t stop eating (no, don’t worry, that last one is super unlikely. Or is it?) Continue reading

Shimmer & Shine [Tegen Accessories] 

As a vintage style lover, I’m always drawn to beautiful hair accessories, whether that be vibrant hair flowers or twinkly combs and barrettes, but I realised towards the end of last year that I actually rarely worn any adornments in my hair. The realisation surprised me somewhat, so I made a non-official new year’s resolution (more a goal, than a resolution, really) to make more of an effort to do new things with my hair and to accessorise more, both in my hair and elsewhere on my outfits. It was perfect timing, therefore, when I was contacted for collaboration by Tegen Accessories, a small UK company specalising in handmade and luxury pretty things for, you guessed it, your hair.

I’d been aware of Tegen Accessories before as they have a store in Brighton, a city not very far from where I live. They carry all many different styles of accessories, from hair flowers and crystal barrettes, to bandanas and garlands, beaded headbands, bridal accessories, and straight-up attention-stealing stunning fascinators. They even carry some jewellery, not just for brides.

The selection of products they sent me was varied. The capettes are perfect accessories for a 20s inspired look, the hair comb and barrette are timeless twinkling glamour; the sparkly brooches function two-fold as hair clips as well, and the french pleat comb is handmade in France in a painstaking 10-step process to provide the most flexible and durable comb possible that will stay in place all day without your hair drooping.

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The Perfect Cropped Cardigan

Cropped Cardigans retro vintage pinup

Cardigans from MAK, New Look, and MAK

Cardigans are a wardrobe staple in this day and age, but for a pinup it can be hard to find a cardigan that hits the waist at the right point. With swing skirts and dresses in particular, you don’t want a cardigan that swallows your waist and falls too long, masking part of your skirt and ruining the clean, crisp lines of your carefully selected outfit. That’s why a cropped cardigan in particular is the real staple for your average pinup, but finding them can be difficult. Continue reading

Jenny January 2016

The start of 2016 meant it was time for our second annual #JennyJanuary, a style challenge event I began last year in which I asked my fellow Pinup Girl Clothing fans to wear any Jenny skirts or dresses they owned during the week of January 18th-24th and to share their outfits on social media using the hashtag #JennyJanuary. The aim is for lovers of these pieces to interact with each other online in order to share stories about their Jennies, the life events they have lived in them, and to provide each other with style inspiration for new ways to style and wear their Jennies.

Last year the event was a huge success, with other 300 entries and ladies all over the world taking part. (You can read up on it here.) This year, it was lovely to see women waiting excitedly for #JennyJanuary to start, sharing the preparations they were making in planning out their outfits for this year’s event. Continue reading

Photoshoot Outtakes & Bloopers [Round 2]

I’ve been meaning to do a second bloopers/outtakes/behind the scenes post for, oh, 9 months or so. Taking the time to gather the bloopers from dozens of different folders on my computer and searching through thousands of pictures just kept getting bumped lower and lower on my blog to do list as other post ideas took up time and room. Finally, though, since January is a long month, a bit sad after Christmas and frustratingly far from pay day, I thought it might be fun for us all to take a look at me being utterly ridiculous to perk up those among you who might be feeling the winter chill a little more deeply than below your epidermis layer. The especially good news is there were so many bloopers you’ll be getting more than one new gallery in the next few weeks! So after you’ve enjoyed the hilarity of today’s installment remember to keep an eye out for the second post soon.

Today, I present you the glorious goofiness in such classic categories as That Time I Almost Fell Over, That Is Not A Good Angle Dude, I Didn’t Realise We Had Begun Taking Pictures Yet, Your Feet Look Like They’re On Backwards Like That, Graceful Walking Shots Are Almost Impossible, and You’re Not Supposed To Be Taking Pictures Of This. You’ll also see plenty of I Thought My Face Wasn’t In The Shot, Oh I Got Distracted, Twirling Shots Can Be Tricky, and What The Fuck Am I Doing Though (I Thought Maybe This Might Make An Interesting Shot But I Guess It Didn’t Work.) Finally, expect My Cat Thinks She’s A Model Or Something, I Am Deluded And Think I’m A Disney Princess, I Appear To Have Given Up, and, of course, DAMNIT WIND NO! Feel free to tell me in the comments below which your favourite category of shots is.

You can click on each thumbnail to get a better look at the full sized pictures.

Photoshoot Outtakes & Bloopers

I am no model. You know that, I certainly know that. I like to try my best to take some nice pictures for the clothes reviews I do but there’s no denying that most of the time I’m just a girl in a garden trying to resist the urge to fake eat the leaves or not bust out a few of my dorkiest moves. Usually when my sister is the one shooting me she’ll take pictures when I crack during these moments, but she also enjoys capturing it on film when I sneeze or cough or tell a long story while I think my face is out of shot, resulting in some truly unflattering but classic shots. So here, from me to you, is the gift of my ridiculous blog shoot outtakes. When you’ve finished looking through them, please pretend you still think I’m pretty and glamorous, for both of our sakes, because the illusion is about to be so badly shattered, you guys.

To enjoy it in it’s full glory click on the first picture to view in full size and scroll through the entire series with the navigation arrows.

Giselle, this one’s for you, girl!

You are so welcome, and also I am so sorry.