Pretty As A Picnic [The Pretty Dress Company Priscilla]

I’ve been aware of The Pretty Dress Company for a while and you recently will have seen me review their gorgeous Femme Fatale Gingham prom dress, but that wasn’t actually my first TPDC piece. Back in August, they offered a Bank Holiday 20% off discount code that I could ill resist. It was a tough call what I wanted to get because there were just so many beautiful pieces, but I followed my heart to the Priscilla dress in lemon gingham.

A classic midi sundress with wide, flat pleats making up the full skirt and spaghetti straps, the shape of this dress is one of those classic, quintessential summer style sundresses that I love so much. It’s lined, closes with a back zipper, and has pockets, my forever favourite. Just as the weather was getting ready to welcome autumn I took this dress with me to my September modelling job for Deadly Is The Female, a long time stockist of The Pretty Dress Company. There, Deadly team members photographer Gayle/Porcelain Photography and hair stylist Lauren/Lolita Noir indulged me in shooting this beauty as we wandered around the gorgeous Somerset town of Frome, Deadly’s home.
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Sporting Cornfields [Chicwish Skirts]

I think I’ve been pretty late to the game in discovering Chicwish. I only stumbled across them on Instagram a few weeks ago, but once I had I recognised several of their midi skirts as skirts I have seen on–and then coveted–several ladies online. The pricing is really budget friendly for a retro-style midi skirt, so I decided to order one to see what they were like.

Choosing just one skirt, first of all, was really hard because there were just so many prints I loved. I’m not a massive novelty print person but I do like bold prints in general, so their wide range of patterns, florals, cityscape skylines and nature prints really appeal to me. After narrowing it down, I had to decide on sizing. The sizing is asian, so checking the size chart is super important in general but even more so on a piece by piece basis as the general size chart can conflict with the charts on the individual product page, depending upon style and fabric used for the piece. I erred on the side of caution by sizing generously rather than sizing down and following the chart for the particular skirt I wanted, the Golden Wheat Field Pleated Midi. I opted for an XXL which was listed for 33 inch waists, my measurement. I hoped it wouldn’t end up too small, as reviews on the site seemed to vary between stating the items were true to size or way too small.

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Twirling in Tulle

lam.uk8 eBay seller tulle petticoat skirt

I’ve wanted a tulle skirt for a long time. It’s easy to get a super cheap one on eBay for £10 or less delivered to England from China or Hong Kong, but despite the perfectly puffy volume evident in the seller photos for such pieces, whenever I’ve bought one the real life item has always been decidedly limper and less fluffy in person. They’re two or three layers of soft tulle that can’t hold one another up or out, and they just don’t create the fairy princess ballerina shape of tulle joy that I imagine when I get the urge to track down a skirt that will work for me.

 

I’ve seen pieces from Space46boutique and other online brands that look promising, but I tend to find they often don’t run into plus sizes, which means not only is it hard for me to track down skirts that will fit me but that also leaves me distrustful of whether the few that do go up to my size will actually be comfortable to wear. I tend to suspect I would end up squeezed in to a skirt whose elastic just barely stretches to encompass my girth and thus punishes me with pinches all day as a result. Continue reading

Vendula London Funky Bags

Typically I’m not one for statement accessories beyond a big crystal necklace. I tend to play it safe and classic with my style choices, even though that sometimes means I fall in love with a lemon wedge shaped clutch bag or a handbag shaped like a house and talk myself out of buying it because I’m not sure how to wear it. Every once in a while I realise how silly that is, since my motto in general is to wear whatever you want because life is too short not to indulge in even the smallest of things that make you happy. Which is why today I’m writing about Vendula London.

Vendula London is, in case you couldn’t guess, a UK based brand, who are 100% animal friendly. They offer a range of unique, funky and quirky bags, from clutch bags to handbags, totes to cosmetic bags, luggage tags, tablet cases, you name it. They’re stocked globally, and when I saw some of their book style clutch bags and quaint traditional English building inspired bags I fell in love.

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Anchors Away – Two Ways With Papow & Flo [Guest Bloggers]

Today’s guest post is brought to you by British blogging duo Papow & Flo. You can find them both on said mentioned fabulous blog, where they cover everything about their vintage style, including how to make it work for different body types and skin tones, and on their Papow & Flo Facebook page. Today they’re showing you how easy it is to take one dress and style it multiple ways to be either casual or dressier for any occasion. Over to you, girls!

Hello readers! We are Cacao Papow and Florence Flounce (Papow and Flo) – this week’s guest bloggers for Miss Amy May. If you’d like to find out more about us, you can follow our blog or find us on Facebook.

Being birds of a feather, we have quite similar tastes. This can end up with both of us owning the same outfit…tricky – if both of us fancy whipping out a similar look. With popular vintage reproduction brands, this problem can crop up quite often (especially at big events). To help remedy this issue, we took the same dress and styled it in different ways. Hopefully, this can give inspiration for individualising a certain piece of clothing or more options for what to do with pieces in your wardrobe. Continue reading

September Outfits Round Up

Autumn is here! And I have mostly been ignoring that fact! I keep meaning to bust out the mustard yellows and the plummy purples and the moody reds, but so far I’ve been wearing a lot of white after Labor Day like a bad bitch–Labor Day isn’t a thing here in the UK, so it doesn’t matter, but even if I was I still would not give up my white cardigans for anyone. Y’all can eat your fashion rules.

It’s been an awesome month. With my recent trip back to Frome to model again for Deadly Is The Female and a Very Potter Weekend spent with some of my darling pinup buddies touring the Harry Potter Studio Tour in pinup versions of our favourite Potter characters, there’s been some fun playtime in my wardrobe choices this month.

Click on the pictures for a closer look! You can find links in the description to any item that is still available to buy. Anything not linked is from a past season and cannot be found for purchase any longer and/or is not available to buy online.

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Lemon gingham Priscilla dress from The Pretty Dress Company, New Look cropped white cardigan, PUG Red slide belt, hand bedazzled flats (tutorial here)

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Most Wanted: AW15 Previews

Now that we’re mid-way through September that means one thing: the Autumn/Winter lines are dropping soon, with some pieces popping up for purchase already. There’s lots of gorgeous pieces coming from all of our favourite repro brands, so I thought I’d compile a post of my Most Wanted pieces already previewed from this season’s upcoming lines.

Pinup Girl Clothing

With only some of the fall line officially previewed in their Coming Soon section and yet more teased recently on their Instagram from their AW shoots, there’s a real mixture of styles due from PUG this season. Expect to see some 80s girl band inspired bright prints offered side by side with classic cut workwear appropriate pieces, floor length decadent gowns, 40s and 30s inspired tea dresses and prints, the Monica dress in two new colourways, and a touch of vampish glamour from Deadly Dames with faux leather.

Lillith skirt

Lillith Skirt

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Viva La Rosa [Chi Chi Clothing] 

It’s not often I find a new non-pinup clothing brand these days that I actually like, you know, on account of them being non-pinup. Finding Chi Chi London recently, therefore, was awesome.

A UK clothing brand, they produce clothing with lots of feminine design details: lace, floral prints, embroidery, off the shoulder necklines, sheer overlays, satin finishes, and cinched waists. Most of their dresses are midi length or at least knee length, passably retro to my delight, and they also offer petite and plus size ranges, another bonus. There’s a lot of very pretty dresses on their site currently that I like, but when I saw the Rosa dress I fell in love. A day after discovering Chi Chi, Rosa was on her way to me thanks to the help of a 20% off discount code, one of the many discount codes and sales I’ve seen Chi Chi offer just over the past month alone that I’ve been aware of them.

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June Outfits Round Up

We learnt last month that I was wearing the same couple of pairs of shoes almost on repeat, as well as the same set of wooden bangles (but I love them so!) So this month I set myself the challenge to show a little more love to the other items in my shoe racks. Let’s see if I succeeded!

Click on the pictures for a closer look. You can find links in the description to any item that is still available to buy. Anything not linked is from a past season and cannot be found for purchase any longer and/or is not available to buy online.

Voodoo Vixen Juicy Lucy dress, everything5pounds.com heels

Voodoo Vixen Juicy Lucy dress, everything5pounds.com heels

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Give It Some Juice [Voodoo Vixen ‘Juicy Lucy’]

Another dress I got recently from Voodoo Vixen is the Juicy Lucy dress. With a bowling pin/polka dot print and a contrast collar, this dress makes me think of diners and bowling alleys all at once. It fastens with a back zipper, has contrast button detailing and matching belt, and a contrast kick pleat panel located in front rather than back, which I love.

I misplaced my matching belt almost immediately among a whirlwind of picnic prep for the upcoming Pinup Picnic In The Park, so for these pictures I used a red belt I already had from another dress I own.

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