Handbag Dreams [Hell Bunny]

Wicker handbags are one of my favourite things. Every summer I find myself buying more, then going to add it to my collection on my shelf and realising, oh, I have much more of these than I thought, I probably shouldn’t have bought another one

And then I do it all over again. Considering that wicker bags are kind of delicate as far as handbags go, unable to handle an accidental bash against a wall or bump by a stranger without the risk of a snapped weave, that makes my compulsion all the worse. You’d think, then, that I would feel guilty about the subject of this post, but on the contrary, that delicate natural of my favourite arm candy is the exact reason I do not. Because sometimes with reproduction items, you miss out a bit on the magic of what the originals offered in the eras gone by, but sometimes reproduction fixes a problem that modern life only highlights, and these Hell Bunny bags do just that; say hello to wicker style handbags that don’t need babying!

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My Kind of Jean [Voodoo Vixen]

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you’ll have read me announcing at least a dozen times that it was love at first sight for me when I saw a certain dress, or skirt, or bag, or pair of shoes…okay, maybe less like a dozen, and more like a hundred. But what can I say? I find men hard work, but falling for pretty things I can twirl in is easy.

In this case, I actually saw the skirt version of this dress first, and thence came the fall. I quickly realised, though, that Voodoo Vixen would not be making the skirt in their plus sizes. Thence came the devastation. Such heartbreak! Why would they forsake me so? However, it was coming in a dress version, I was told, and so returned hope.

I wasn’t fully sold on the dress style when I saw it initially, for reasons I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but after mulling over the reality of missing out on this print entirely, as well as reminding myself honestly that I almost never wear skirts compared to dresses, I came around to the idea of the dress and decided to give this print a second chance. We could make it, this print and I. I just had to be willing to open up my heart again. And boy oh boy, am I glad I did.

Voodoo Vixen Plus Size Curve Jean border print flared dress Miss Amy May

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Tiki Teatime [Pretty Retro]

I’ve been dressing in vintage styles for 5 years now, my love for swishy skirts, perfect curls and a crisp cats-eye wing ever-growing. Dressing in this way has given me an endless boost of confidence and an excitement to get dressed, replacing the common dread many face when having to consider what they should wear when they leave the house. For me, embracing vintage fashion has given more than just my wardrobe a new lease on life.

I tend to dwell in the 1950s, where the cinched waists and full skirts make me feel most at home, but embracing such an unusual style of dressing–by today’s standards–has also taught me that it’s good to shake things up occasionally with something different. For me, that tends to mean either slipping into a form fitting wiggle dress or winding back the clock a further decade to dabble in the styles of the 40s. Today, we’re looking at an example of the latter, by taking a spin in something that is a first for me, shockingly, even after 5 years of vintage dressing–my first ever tea dress.

Pretty Retro Tiki Pretty 40s Tea Time dress

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May Outfits Round Up

May is always a great month; it encapsulates my birthday, which I really do drag out for the entire month. But even that aside, it’s been sunny, I’ve been able to spend a lot of lovely time with friends and family, and even though I’m generally not bothered either way by the Royals, I must admit I ended up being swept away by with the excitement surrounding the big wedding, and rather touched by it. Now we’re looking forward to June, which begins the string of summer birthdays among my loved ones that always makes for lots of laughs and fun. If the weather could settle on being sunny but as a mild 18c with a gentle breeze, that would set us up for perfection!

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My Favourite: Vintage Inspired Accessory Brands

Splendette, Bow and Crossbones, and Luxulite accessories finishing off an outfit to perfection

There’s a lot of small accessory brands out there in our vintage inspired community, but because they’re small companies, often owned and run by one woman doing everything herself, it can be hard to discover them because they don’t have the same advertising budgets as the larger vintage inspired clothing brands/shops we see constantly promoted on our feeds.

In my experience the best way to find new accessory brands is to check the tags and captions of the photos you see in your news feeds or the blogs you follow, so that when you see a fakelite bangle or a reproduction handbag you like the look of you can establish whether it’s a true vintage item or something currently for sale. All of these businesses below are ones I found scrolling through Instagram and spotting them on the arm or in the hair of one of my favourite fellow pinups. Continue reading

Harriet in the Country [Joanie Clothing]

Here’s the thing; my favourite thing about the vintage silhouette of which I’m most enamored is definitely the full, swishy skirt flowing down from a cinched waist, but sometimes in summer the dedication and discomfort it takes to stay committed to that silhouette is just too much. Sometimes you just need an easy, breezy summer dress that reminds you of your favourite vintage features without all the layers and cinching and sweating. Sometimes you just gotta relax. Enter, Harriet.

Harriet bardot stripe sun dress blue Joanie Clothing plus size Miss Amy May

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Thelma & Me [Joanie Clothing]

Who doesn’t love a good shirt dress? They’re timeless, easy to wear, and simple to style. I have a few in my winter wardrobe in plain moody colours, but it occurred to me recently that I don’t have any cute printed shirt dresses that would work for casual, fun summer wear. Well, as it just so happens, Joanie clothing have taken up that call this season with aplomb.

Blue Thelma Check dress Joanie Clothing Miss Amy May plus size

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Spring Mint [Unique Vintage]

Once upon a time, I wasn’t really a fan of plain coloured dresses. Occasionally I would give them a try, but inevitably I’d never end up wearing them enough and I’d pass them on. I was all about prints, often the brighter the better. These days, though, I think I finally see the merit in a solid coloured dress. It’s a blank canvas. There’s nothing, really, to limit your imagination. You can go wild with accessorising, you can create a dozen very different looks. A plain dress is only as plain as your palette. And with as pretty a solid as this Unique Vintage mint Luna, who, really, would dare call it plain?

Unique Vintage 1940s Style Mint Brushed Cotton Luna Swing Dress & Mesh Capelet plus size Miss Amy May

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Blue Skies in Waldorf [Unique Vintage]

One of my favourite things about spring is when our fruit trees begin to blossom. Thanks to the late snow this year I was a little paranoid that they wouldn’t, but eventually the little buds began to show themselves, just a few weeks behind schedule. Now the blossoms are in full swing, making me endlessly happy each time I look at them.

This Waldorf dress from Unique Vintage, while not technically featuring blossoms as part of the floral print, still puts me in mind of those delicate, fluffy flowers that bring me such joy, thanks to the gorgeous colours of the print; the white flowers and their rich green leaves set against a soft blue that feels like sky. It all reminds me of a clear spring day encouraging the growth of the blossoms I love, so on just such a day recently passed I couldn’t help but head out into the garden to introduce it to Waldorf.

Plus Size Unique Vintage 1950s Style Light Blue & White Floral Print Pleated Waldorf Swing Dress Miss amy May

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