My Fair Lady [Dancing Days/Banned]

Another day, another plaid beauty to add to my closet, because I am beyond help. Although, actually, this time I can’t even be blamed for my obsessive collecting of all tartan and plaid pinup pieces because Dancing Days picked out this outfit for me. That’s right, this time my friends can’t even roll their eyes or laugh at me in bemused exasperation, because I was 100% faultlessly enabled in adding yet more plaid to my wardrobe. Thanks Dancing Days for giving me the perfect excuse, in the form of a wonderful dress. Let’s take a gleeful, guilt-free look at it!

Dancing Days Banned Eliza teal dress Candice hat fascinator, Let the Good Times Roll booties black burgundy

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Sheer Glamour [Deadly is the Female]

You know when you really like a thing but you aren’t really aware you especially like that thing until someone points it out to you? Like, you’ve been collecting clothing of a similar style without even realising they’re similar? Yeah, that’s me and black mesh overlay items of clothing, or so I only realised when I sent a picture of this dress to my friend Hope and she said that as soon as she saw it she thought of me. Because apparently I like dresses or accessories with black mesh overlays, which I did not even fully realise until she listed the clothing I had that fell in that category, all of which I had forgotten about.

So, as it turns out I love a sheer black design detail in my vintage inspired clothing, and I also love capelets, so this dress and cape set were, really, basically destined to mine. Still, I held off purchasing it for quite a while because I kept trying to tell myself I need to be an adult. But then, as has happened in the past, I realised Deadly is the Female were stocking this piece, so my resolve dissolved somewhat once the 6000 miles of a Unique Vintage order evaporated as a sensible hurdle. Eh, who needs savings anyway, right? Sure, houses keep you safe and warm and dry, but do they make you look super fabulous for cocktail evenings and dinner party? No, no they do not. The dress won. Meet Luna.

Unique Vintage Black Luna dress capelet cape set Deadly is the Female plus size

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October Outfits Round Up

October was kind of a quiet month, I feel like my friends spent a lot of it being sick or busy so it both dragged and rushed by with the decrease of usual socialising. But the leaves are turning and it’s getting a bit crisp out without being too cold yet, so I’m loving the true arrival of Autumn. Plus, judge me if you must, but I’m already starting to feel festive! So bring it on, November, I’m ready to celebrate the birthdays of some of my favourites and then begin my Christmas gift shopping!

Sabrina top from Deadly is the Female, Jasmine Evergreen check skirt by Collectif, vintage brooch, old everything5pounds.com heels

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Hanging with Zoe & Diana [Collectif + Lulu Hun]

Look, I know you know this about me, because I’ve said it multiple times here on the blog but it’s important and it bears repeating: I love burgundy. I love it all year round but in the colder months it really comes into it’s own. Just think about it–crisp golden leaves beginning to fall from the trees, a slight bite starting to creep into the early mornings, just enough that you wake up wondering if you should have porridge for breakfast even though no one wants to eat porridge over Marmite toast or a cereal that is more cookies than nutrition. And there hanging on the front of your wardrobe, visible from the warm snuggliness of your bed, a perfectly crisp burgundy shirt dress, ready to be layered up and worn out into the world like you’re a dose of festive mulled wine.

Well that’s the Zoe dress from Collectif and I am all about it.

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Pinup Potter Touches

In case you don’t already know, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. Not in a my-bedroom-is-a-shrine kind of way, or even a got-a-Deathly-Hallows-tattoo kind of way. Buuuut definitely in an I-went-to-Leakycon-London-2013 kind of way, an I’ve-read-Deathly-Hallows-probably-20-times kind of way. And thanks to some awesome small businesses who know a thing or two about fandom, I’m now a Potter fan in a Oh-you-didn’t-realise-my-totally-adorable-accessory-is-actually-a-Potter-shout-out?-Well-it-IS kind of way.

Elhoffer Design Serpent Slayer cropped cardigan Fandom Flair Deathly Hallows pin

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Feelin’ Teal [Miss Candyfloss]

I’m gonna state this up front so you don’t get to the end of this blog post and get upset: both of these items are out of stock from Miss Candyfloss directly. But! But but but! I’m not just torturing you with pretty outfits you absolutely cannot find anywhere ever ever. Would I do that to you? Of course not (…as long as I could help it.) I’ll add links to all the places you can still find these items in stock at the end of this post, but for now, let’s just bask in the badassery of these perfectly spy-tastic pieces.

Miss Candyloss Barbora-kat dress Cassandra Kat cat coat

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I Zig, You Zag [Collectif]

Sometimes I go through phases of collecting certain things for my wardrobe. Normally it’s a binge of a specific item, like handbags in colours I’ve realised I don’t have but need for new outfit pairing ideas. So, suddenly, I might begin buying several pairs of summer wedges, or flats, or long sleeved tops, or hair accessories. The focus is always on fulfilling a hole in my closet, an under represented category that would allow me to create more diverse and more interesting outfits once that category has been properly curated. Lately, one such binge has been for patterned cardigans.

I fell for this Collectif chevron piece the very first moment I saw it pop up on their website. It was one of their earliest released items from their AW17 line, but it recently got a restock so I’m thrilled to now be able to add it to my wardrobe. It definitely fills a small but gaping hole that my wardrobe and I were eager to see addressed.

Collectif Vintage Holly Chevron patterned cardigan

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A Diva in Estelle [Heart of Haute]

I don’t own a lot of blouses, possibly because there’s a level of chic formality to them that isn’t often required in my life. I don’t have a job that allows me to wear my pinup clothes to work, so I only own a handful skirt suits and blouses for the rare occasion when I get to channel all my vintage secretary sartorial dreams. Saying that, this mindset of mine does do a great disservice to the humble blouse, which, like most things, can be styled up or down just as easily if only the wearer has a little imagination and style. The Estelle blouse by Heart of Haute definitely benefits from such generosity of styling and wear, because it is doooppppe.

 

Heart of Haute Black Diva Suit Estelle Blouse

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Dashing Through Montana [Hell Bunny]

I think we all do it, buy multiple items of clothing that are similar to items we already own. Without realising it you end up with 5 plain red swing dresses, or 3 red based tartan circle skirts. It’s easy to do because when we love a particular colour or dress cut or pattern or print style all we know when we see a new example of it is that we love it, maybe forgetting that that’s why we already have 4 similar items already hanging in our closet. While I absolutely suffer this, I also do the opposite: sometimes I forget that I’ve grown to love something I didn’t used to.

For me, one such thing is mid-toned blues. It’s not a shade range I’m naturally drawn to for my own wardrobe, but I find people react with ardent appreciation when I wear blues. My best friend Giselle loves me in blues and always praises when I wear them, so much so that I think overtime she unwittingly trained me into loving them as well. Sometimes I forget that I now equally appreciate all blues, not just navy, to the point that when I first saw this Hell Bunny Montana print I almost passed it by, my inactive brain sure that it wasn’t ‘me.’ But wait, a small niggle suggested, quiet there at the back, as if waking up from a sleep. Look at that blue though, it said, reminding me that I now appreciate that tone, and the dashes of yellow and brown that mix together almost like gold. The green of mint peas, the navy and the white and the black. The cross-hatching and smudged quality that makes it feel like midnight. It’s beautiful. 

So I looked at it again, and again, and again. I kept coming to the conclusion that deer dashing across a beshrubbed plain just wasn’t my typical Miss Amy May style of print.

And yet.

Some might say if you can’t decide on something then you probably don’t really want it. Not me. I say if in some way you can think of reasons why you shouldn’t or wouldn’t like it, yet it keeps drawing you in, you should go for it. Sometimes the heart wants what it wants, and so does your closet.

Hell Bunny Montana print skirt plus size

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