Vamping Out With Queen of Heartz

Queen of Heartz is a retro clothing brand established in 2001 by owner and designer, Letty Tennant, a lover of fine textiles and classic prints that harken back to the authentic silhouettes and stylings of bygone eras as clothes used to be made. All their clothes are handmade in LA and Orange county, offering quality American-made products crafted with care, and the company even offers a custom made atelier section on their site, Letty’s own favourite part of her business.

For a while I owned a Queen of Heartz piece without even realising I did, as I had bought the navy polka dot QoH Olivia dress through Unique Vintage over a year ago, not paying attention at first to which brand made it. This dress is one of my favourites, not merely because the nautical combination of navy and white is one of my favourite colour themes, but because it just fits so well. Every time I wear it people tell me it looks like it was made for me, and I feel so good in it I begin to believe it myself. The entire dress fits me flatteringly on every conceivable body contour and the skirt perfectly encompasses my infamous double petticoats with ease and grace, something which is sure to win me over fast.

Given that I am so smitten with this full skirted QoH piece, I wanted to give one of their gorgeous wiggle dresses a try. Enter, the Vamp dress! This dress is gothic, chic, sexy and classy all at once. Considering that special dark and sultry vibe this dress oozes, I layered on the black lace and tulle to take some vampish shots especially for this post.

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My Fave Beauty Products: Edition 2

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I brought you Edition 1 of my all time and then-current favourite makeup products a couple of months ago, but as a makeup addict it doesn’t take long for me to find and develop new favourites. Which means it’s time for another edition of my makeup favourites! Here are the products I’ve found in the last few months that have won me over. Continue reading

2014 in Outfits

2014 saw my style evolve from newbie pinup to fully-fledged, fully-confident pinup. I thought that transformation was mostly internal until I looked back at these collages and saw all the small changes I had made throughout the 12 months last passed, from ditching my jeans altogether even for runs to the supermarket to a marked, marked improvement in my hair game. Scroll through below to see my year’s worth of OOTD’s as I posted to Instagram.

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Umbrella Pinup

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I recently came across Bitter Root Vintage for the first time, a charming company that offers a selection of dresses, separates and accessories. They stock plenty of lovely repro items as well as some non-repro items which are also incredibly pretty and still classy, able to be styled in a retro fashion should you wish. For my first BRV dress I chose one of their repro style dresses, of course, namely Polly//All The Umbrellas In Paris.

This is a beautiful dress. The print is delicate and pretty, something that’s new for me because the prints I favour are often bold or bright, making this dress a lovely departure for me. I love the piping detail along the waistline and shoulders, and the little buttons on the cinched waist. Also, the name itself is just downright adorable. All The Umbrellas In Paris? Too cute! I couldn’t resist incorporating some of that umbrella whimsy into this blog shoot while I showed you this dress in action. Continue reading

The Brit & The Belle…And Little Miss Savage

Sarah Forshaw (@Forshawsarah) and Miss Amy May  (@miss_amy_may) are southern belle and southern brit pinups, respectively, who found one another on Instagram part way through their pinup transformations in mid 2013, at which point they tentatively, then all of a sudden, become devoted and divine friends. Bonding over their urge to bring full on glamour to their every day lives, their shared opinions on cake, and their fierce nerd hearts, the two quickly began to look upon one another as fabulous sisters–who simply hadn’t met yet outside the confines of the interwebs. Due to finally meet IRL to share many squishy hugs and swing-skirted spins in fall 2015, they’re opening up their friendship and their closets to you in this shared blog post while they eagerly await their meeting.

Sarah: Amy and I have been crazy busy lately, so we’ve been a bit delayed in bringing you this post about accessories maker Little Miss Savage, but finally it’s here!

Little Miss Savage, Emily, hand makes headwraps, necklaces, pins, keyrings and bags/wallets, which she sells on her Etsy store and eBay. When we first came into contact with her we immediately fawned over several of her items, and we were so thrilled when she was kind enough to send us both a selection of cuteness.

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Keeping Warm with Vecchio Vintage

There are parts of being a pinup that can be a bit tricky when you live in the British countryside as I do, in a village so small it has less inhabitants by half than most high schools have students. I live around 30-40minutes away from my two nearest ‘big’ towns that would have decent thrift and vintage stores, but having grown up on a dairy farm tucked away on the outskirts of two parishes I still have that farm girl mentality that I don’t go ‘into town’ but every once in a while when it’s needed. For that reason I’ve never developed good vintage shopping skills, because I just don’t go that often or know where to start, and thus the access to true vintage in my life is pretty limited.

So I was pretty pleased to recently come into contact with Vecchio Vintage, a website offering a curated selection of vintage clothing and accessories, because sites like Vecchio Vintage do all the hard work for you; they scout and discover all the best vintage, and bring it together into one handy dandy online boutique where you can easily filter and sift through the selection without having to physically sift through endless clothing racks just looking for that rare diamond amongst the ruff(les.) See what I did there? 😉

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Lady in Red – Tatyanna.co.uk on Sale

Every woman needs a red dress. This is a truth universally acknowledged–or, at least, it should be. Personally I believe every woman may only need one, but it’s best to have three: one cocktail dress, one casual day dress, and another that’s somewhere in between, simple enough to be dressed up for evening or down for day. I own a sarong wiggle dress in red for evening, a red sailor style dress for day, but somehow I’ve never quite found my in-between. Ah, until now.

I recently discovered that Tatyanna.co.uk is beginning a sale today, Friday 14th November, which is awesome because this is a site that stocks a lot of my favourite high quality reproduction brands, and of course who doesn’t love a sale? One of the items that is in said sale is a dress I have now fallen in love with: the red Milan dress by Heart of Haute.

This dress is sleeveless deep V-neck swing dress, fitted at the waist and coming with it’s own matching fabric covered belt. As I’m a UK 14 Tatyanna.co.uk sent me the size L, and it fits perfectly. I really feel it accentuates my waist well, something not all dresses do and thus require some additional attention of an extra good belt to cinch me in, but the Milan fits me well enough I can leave the belt off if I wish. Another surprising thing is that I, of the petticoat addiction, actually like the way this dress hangs on me even without a petticoat–shocking, truly, as I never leave off my pettiskirt. This is especially good to know for summers that are too hot for extra layers, and for when I want to make this casual enough that a petticoat would nix that intention. It still looks fabulous with a petticoat, of course, and that’s how I photographed it for you, to show it at it’s full glory as per my usual style.

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