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

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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August Outfits Round Up

As far as Augusts go, this one has kind of failed at the one thing I expect of it: to at least try to be decently warm and sunny. We had so much rain there were floods locally, and if I’m totally honest with you I had a bit of a stressed, low energy month personally that made it hard for me sometimes to summon the motivation to make anything more than a base-level attempt at taming my appearance or styling my outfits. I used that low energy as an excuse to both avoid setting my hair so often and to embrace wearing my hair up more. Thanks to #JennyJuly, July passed without me wearing a wiggle at all, failing my once a month self-imposed Wiggle Dress challenge as part of #LovingMeIn2015, so this month I made up for that multiple times with several body hugging outfits.

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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Black Going Steady dress by Unique Vintage, eBay necklace, bracelets and lace bolero, bedazzled by me (tutorial) clutch and heels. Olive is wearing the Glamour Bunny Marilyn Dress

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Sweet, Fair Isabella [Lady V London]

The Isabella dress by Lady V London isn’t a new design for the company, but as it’s rapidly approaching summer they’ve added a lovely selection of new prints to their SS line of the style. When an email announcing as such hit my inbox last week the pink rose on cream floral colourway immediately caught my eye. A few days later, thanks to the generosity of Lady V, I had it in my happy little hands (and on my body) ready to show you why I fell for it.

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I love this colourway. I know that will surprise some of you as I am nothing if not outspoken about my almost-all-encompassing hatred of the colour pink, but one of the few ways I can not only stand the shade, but indeed like it, is when included in floral prints, especially when balanced out with touches of green or blue. This print, therefore, is perfect. The cream background keeps this print from being ‘too girly’ for a girl like me whose sentiments typically run somewhere between the bold and the classic, and the latter is certainly a perfect word for this print. Continue reading

April Outfits Round Up

Another month passed, time for another outfit wrap up post! I was definitely feeling the arrival of spring and the sun this month, with brighter colours and plenty of florals.

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.

Pinup Girl Clothing Commuter Jenny skirt, Primark scoop neck top, old Primark heels

Pinup Girl Clothing Commuter Jenny skirt, Primark scoop neck top, old Primark heels

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Doll Me Up, Darling, In Vixen Vondetta 

One of my favourite top designs from the 50s is the crossed front strap top. There are lots of brands that have their own version of this top, featuring different fabrics and priced across various budgets. I own two tops featuring this crossed strap neckline and both fall on the more expensive side of the budget spectrum for this kind of piece. I’ve been curious for a while about the Vixen Vondetta tops I’ve seen offered by Doll Me Up Darling, so I recently bought a couple so I could do a review for you ladies.

At last count this top comes in 14 colourways, which is the first thing I really liked about it. The second is that each top only costs $19.99 (around £13ish), which is about $30 cheaper than the next step up I could find in price range for this kind of crossed strap style. For ladies on a budget this means you’ve got an excellent option, in a lot of colours for many a potential outfit, for finding this kind of style.

Each top has a lot of stretch in it due to the fabric it’s made of, so despite Doll Me Up’s owner, Krista, insisting I would fit a M, I decided to buy both a Medium and a Lovely to see if there was a big difference in fit. I ordered the Navy in an Medium and the Burgundy in the Lovely. The only free day I had to get pictures for this post saw me photographer-free and trapped indoors as it rained, so it’s in-studio for basic pics this time!

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March Outfits Round Up

I’ve debated doing a monthly outfit round up post for a while now and after receiving a positive response on Instagram when I offered it, this it’s becoming a thing! So, without further ado, here are my March outfits and all their details.

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Black Vicki dress by Tatyana. Handmade bedazzled ballet flats

Black Vicki dress by Tatyana. Handmade bedazzled ballet flats

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