June Outfits Round Up

This month I’ve really learned how hard it must be to rock the full head-to-toe 50s style in countries that easily break and exceed 30c in summer–let alone in spring and autumn, too. Good lord, our heatwave here in the UK has only been off and on for a few weeks, not often topping 30c, but the humidity is so unbearable that the idea of setting my hair in pincurls for a nice curly brush out is nuts. This month it’s been all about getting as much hair off my neck as possible, despite the fact that I’m not crazy about many updos on myself in general, so it’s been clip-in ponytails and neat buns to the rescue! Do any of you hot-weather pinup babes have good tips for cute vintage hair that doesn’t leave you feeling damp necked and pink faced?

The heat aside, it’s been a busy month, with the season of summer birthdays officially beginning. Most of my family have their birthdays over the next 3 months, so it’ll be a fun whirlwind of celebrations starting now.

Lorena-Sun dress by Miss Candyfloss, Kelly Green Tootsie cardigan from DMU, collapsible bamboo bag from eBay, Green Loretta heels by Miss L Fire

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April Outfits Round Up

April, you glorious bastard! After so much rain it felt like spring might never come, but near the end there you skipped right to summer with our mini heat wave. Always a surprise, mostly a pleasure, always weird. I mean, obviously it then went right back to April showers, but having sun wake up all the blossoms finally has truly made my month. And now onto May, my birthday month! Bring it.

Isidora-Mustard blouse by Miss Candyfloss, Black Jasmine skirt by Collectif, Gold slings by Select, turban made by me, old wooden bangles, Honey blonde faux bangs from eBay cut and dyed by me, visible Ariel strapless longline bra by Dominique

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March Outfits Round Up

March, you dizzying blur of a month! Man, I can’t believe how fast it went. It had some real highs and some lows, from the disappointment of some truly awesome plans being cancelled and getting a sickness bug over the much anticipated long Easter weekend, to the joys of being reunited with my Deadly is the Female friends for a catch up and a spot of modelling. And now, April, in which I intend to catch up on all the chocolate I missed out on over Easter and looking forward to my birthday in early May.

Allegra-Sun dress by Miss Candyfloss, white MAK cardigan, old Matalan flats,

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February Outfits Round Up

Here we are again, the end of another month. Man, I just love how short February is! Already pay day and I feel like pancake day was just yesterday. It doesn’t hurt that in addition to being a short month that features pancakes heavily, I also had a week off work on annual leave, had a reunion with a friend I hadn’t seen in approximately a trillion ages, and got to enjoy Galentine’s as per tradition with my best friend. Oh, yeah, and there was also the small matter of finally getting to go see Hamilton on the West End. No Bigs, you know. AHHH!

Blue Jade dress by Collectif, Dark Mustard Get It Girl cardigan from Doll Me Up, Mustard Los Flamingo bangle, Splendette Banoffee & blue carved bangles, Masha hair duo by Alternate Normality, old Primark flats

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January Outfits Round Up

That’s it, the first month of 2017 done! Everyone keeps saying how long it dragged on for but I feel like it rushed by. I had a bit of a motivational slump coming out of Christmas, but I’m excited for a productive month ahead in February and already a bit eager to leave behind the winter weather for spring dresses and bare legs…not that spring, or even summer, guarantees the latter in England. Did you have a good January?

Black & White Striped Dollface dress by Vixen by Micheline Pitt (bought from DMU), Bow & Crossbones necklace and confetti Grace bangle, Splendette black fakelite bangles, Burgundy Tootsie Crop Cardigan from DMU, old New Look burgundy flats, Classy Rebel Deluxe clip in Bettie Bangs

Black & White Striped Dollface dress by Vixen by Micheline Pitt (bought from DMU), Bow & Crossbones Justine necklace and confetti Grace bangle, Splendette black fakelite bangles, Burgundy Tootsie Crop Cardigan from DMU, old New Look burgundy flats, Classy Rebel Deluxe clip in Bettie Bangs

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July Outfits Round Up

Ah July, you were a mixed bag. Half pleasant summer and half dreary autumn rain, I flip-flopped on dressing brightly or with autumn tones in mind. It felt like a quick month but looking back the first outfit of the month (the leopard dress) feels like an age ago. Let’s see how weird August gets with time and weather, shall we?

Hamilton dress by Unique Vintage, New Look cropped cardigan, Emmy bag by Joanie Clothing, F&F flats, Splendette + Bow & Crossbones bangles

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June Outfits Round Up 

Y’all, I’m sure you know this already because when it happens we Brits can do nothing but complain about it, weak as we are, but it’s been hot here. Like, doesn’t happen in England very often kind of hot. (Aka, around 30°C.) I know that’s nothing compared to what some other countries have to deal with but it’s a rarity for us; some summers it doesn’t reach that heat at all, or perhaps for one day. We are much more used to damp summers, chilly springs, and frosty winters. When it gets hot here, with our humidity levels tending towards the downright rude, we kind of don’t know what to do except stand around moaning while we get all pink and clammy.

As such, it’s been a fairly simple style month. When it’s been hot the pincurls have been ditched in favour of buns, I’ve had little mental effort left to figure out how to tie together an outfit when my standard cropped cardigans haven’t been required, and honestly some days I haven’t felt like putting in any effort at all. Thankfully the heatwave is over and fingers crossed that will be it for this summer. Bring me sunny days with cool breezes.

Havana eShakti dress, Honey Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up, old eBay shoes, Deluxe Clip in Bettie Bangs by Classy Rebel

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November Outfits Round Up

November has been a strange month. The first 6 days of it made up the end of my American trip, the following week an adjustment period of jetlag and playing catch up which saw my motivation to dress prettily bottom out, and then a frantic two week period of busyness and prep as birthdays, blog work and the approaching festive season blended together to make a perfect storm of overwhelming ‘what next, what next?’ feels.

As usual, 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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Discontinued Black Spanish Fan Print Jenny dress by Pinup Girl Clothing, Kelly Green Tootsie Cropped Cardigan from Doll Me Up Darling, old season H&M flats

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October Outfits Round Up

It’s been a crazy month. I’m currently on my long-awaited vacay in America, attending a friend’s wedding in Virginia followed by a long stint in Texas with my friend Sarah. The weeks leading up to my trip were packed full of prep and pre-blogging, and some of the outfits I wore just didn’t get documented because I was so pushed for time. Here, though, are the outfits I did manage to capture for you.

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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Handmade Dita inspired cardigan (tutorial,) Flamenco Mermaid Skirt by PUG, belt from Primark, Funtasma heels

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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