Category: Fashion

It’s only Lady V Bridal but I like it…

It’s just a little bit too late for my nuptials but I had to share this lovely new bridal range from Lady V.

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Love the 3/4 length of this dress and the lace detail to the sleeves. It’s plus size so starts at a size 16 making it just a little bit too big for me which is a shame as I’d definitely have tried it. image

The same goes for this lovely breast hugging beauty called Marilyn. I think you could definitely have some fun with this one if you were the right shape.

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Charlotte comes with a pretty sash to one side. An unusual design and quite striking.

Do check out the rest of the range – if you’re after vintage inspired dresses on a budget Lady V is a definite contender. Look here: www.ladyvlondon.com/Wedding-and-Bridesmaids-Dresses/

It is with an eye for a lacy sleeve I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Collectif Mermaids but I like it…

The Dolores dress from Collectif is a very popular style and it’s just become available in a new pattern. Must admit to being a big fan of the Maids of Mer so am quite delighted with this print.

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If you’re not so much about the dresses, perhaps you can see yourself getting some wear out of this pale pink, pearly-buttoned cardi? It is pretty cool. I have yet to own a cardi with little details on it. So 1950s. Must remedy that this year…imageIf a whole dress would be a bit much this top might tick your mermaid box without overdoing it? I’m very tempted, but have promised I won’t buy anything other than wedding purchases for the next few months…

It is with a wish for a scaly tail I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only SS16 but I like it…

It’s that time of year when all the clothing companies announce their new ranges. We actually had a quite a nice sunny Sunday this weekend and the Dr and I had a quick walk around the Common. The softly thawing ground smelled of Spring and gave me a little bit of hope for warmer weather and skimpier clothes!

The following is a quick round up of my favourite items from my favourite companies!image

This Caterina Vintage Swing Dress from Collectif (https://www.collectif.co.uk/collectif-vintage-caterina-vintage-swing-dress-p-vss160812-c-navy.html) would be a fab wardrobe staple, perfect for work, or lovely dressed up with heels and a nice bag in the evening. I’d get lots of wear out of it!image

Absolutely adore this range from Lady V, modelled here by gorgeous George (www.fullerfigurefullerbust.com). This bright spring pattern is perfect and I like the nice broad shoulder straps. Looks very comfy – and stylish!image

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a sucker for a fun print and this ticks that box! Fun, fruity and fabulous, I think you could have lots of fun in this! (https://ladyvlondon.com/Tutti-Fruity-Phoebe-Dress/#.VrjzyMSQGrU)

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This Kitty Anemone dress from Vivien of Holloway is lovely in teal. The pattern is soft and works well with its different shades of bluey-green. (http://www.vivienofholloway.com/women-c70/dresses-c10/kitty-anemone-teal-p2081)image

i don’t think you have to know who Milly Molly Mandy is to love this dress – but it helps! Lindy Bop have done us proud again, for just £35 this Bletchley Swing Dress (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/dresses-c1/swing-jive-dresses-c3/bletchley-red-stripe-shirt-swing-dress-p2596) can be yours… imageI’m a big fan of mustard clothes and I don’t own enough of them. I have this dress in a  another colour way and can confirm its lovely soft cotton and a great fit… Lindy Bop’s Ionia Tea Dress at £30 (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/dresses-c1/tea-day-dresses-c2/ionia-mustard-polka-dot-tea-dress-p2647).

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I don’t get on very well with this style of skirt but I might be tempted to try again having spotted this amazingly cute Tippi candy striped skirt from Lindy Bop (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/bottoms-c21/skirts-c5/tippi-ice-cream-stripe-swing-skirt-p2556). It would be so adorable with a just a plain white top and some pastel flats. Really must lose half a stone and try and make this work!

Some very exciting stuff out there, these are just a few of my favourites, and I’d definitely recommend you have a look at the websites of these companies as there are many more delights waiting for you… Happy Spring!

It is with a longing for Spring I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Wedding but I like it…

My wedding for the record. My wedding which is in less than 8 weeks. This weekend my Mum, my little cousin Molly, my sister and my oldest friend came to me for the day. We ate cake and cookies (baked by Molly and I that morning) we had our hair done and our make up done and we tried on dresses, petticoats and jewellery together for the first time.

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It’s a scary moment when all the things you have sat and ordered on wet and windy evenings on your own, suddenly materialise and are put together in the right order. You hope you chose the right colour, the right length, the right material and that it fits and works as a whole.

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And do you know? It did. Almost all of it.

The hardest job I am having is not showing you the photos of all of us, dressed up, made up and grinning together. My bridesmaids are the loveliest, and most perfect ladies ever. They look so good together and even though none of them is that into vintage they have all committed to full circle skirts, petticoats and retro hairstyles.

It is with excitement I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Small Business Saturday but I like it…

In advance of Small Business Saturday tomorrow here are some of my favourite small retailers. I’m really passionate about buying local, buying independent and buying British. If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, please consider these fantastic people and their unique products.

These are very talented people and all of their work has some whimsical, retro element which makes me love it even more. Please visit and enjoy!

www.camilaprada.com

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www.nikkimcwilliams.com

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www.rescueandrevive.co.uk

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www.theresonlyoneamylaws.co.uk

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www.hannahturner.co.uk

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It is with great awe at these talents I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Gilda but I like it…

I was only telling DrP the other day that I wasn’t going to buy a ‘Christmas Dress’. I said I didn’t need one and I hadn’t seen anything I fancied. Someone must have been listening up there because just a few days later I was having a little browse on the Lindy Bop website and this jumped out at me ( www.lindybop.co.uk/dresses-c1/swing-jive-dresses-c3/gilda-green-alpine-print-swing-dress-p2436 ):

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Is that not the most perfect Christmas dress you have ever seen? This lady is called Gilda (presumably after the vixen played by Rita Hayworth I’m the film of the same name).

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I adore that print – I’m a sucker for a great print, as you know, and the shape and colours are so perfect. It’s like wearing a watercolour!

I think I’d team it up with a nice cardi and some heels. It will be the perfect accessory to my Christmas. I have to say I am a big Lindy Bop fan – their range of affordable dresses are very well made and very wearable… All I need now is some festive weather to go with that lovely alpine scene.

It is with a dream of a white Christmas I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a pair of Winter PJs but I like it…

This time of year always leaves me examining my Pyjama drawer looking for the cost pair that will keep me super toasty and sleeping deeply through these challenging Winter months!

I have a few favourite go-to stores when I’m choosing nightwear but on this hunt I’ve cast my net a little wider with some lovely results. So, sit back, grab your hot drink and get that credit card poised as I show you some of the most adorable night wear available this season.

One of my favourite place to shop for Pyjamas is Cath Kidston. I own these London Christmas trousers and the material is sublime. A lovely soft brushed cotton and a cute Wintery print. I didn’t need any more persuading!

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I make no secret of my Fat Face obsession. Their PJs are incredible quality as is everything else they do. Their pyjamas a have lovely detailing – ribbon ties and lace at the hems.

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This house print is incredibly cute and, given the choice, I’d probably go for a pair of these check shorts too. So cute!

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Of course, White Stuff can always be relied upon to show up with an amaking print when you need one.

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I adore this shade of turquoise and I am finding myself quite partial to the image of deer this festive season. I also love the fact they’re a pyjama set – I always seem to buy separates. Those lapels and contrasting dotty material – they’re too good for bed! I might go all northern and wear them round Sainsbury’s!

Now this is the wild card.

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What Katie Did have just presented us with this gorgeous gown. Warm it may not be, but I think you can guarantee to raise the heat when you grace your boudoir is this number. A touch of 1940s glamour is a winner at any time, let alone this holiday season! Perfect for the Night Before Christmas I think you’ll agree!

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It is with a yearning for a warm Christmas I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

 

It’s only a pair of Dr Marten’s but I like it…

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I have coveted these shoes since I was 13. A girl called Zoe on my school bus had a pair. I don’t know whether she paid for them or her parents did but there was no way my parents were paying for my longed for pair. Rightly so, as they cost close to three figures today, as do much of the Dr Marten range.

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Dr Marten was a doctor in the German army during World War 2. He had a skiing accident whilst on leave and made some amendments to his boots to make them more comfortable to wear. His interest piqued, after the war he and friend began making shoes, and the rest as they say, is history.

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Growing up in the grungy 90s all the cool kids at school had some kind of DM footwear – the trendy girls had the DM shoes in black or brown with yellow stitching and the edgy Manic Street Preacher fans wore the 14 hole boots.

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I had a pair of cherry red boots that took me through my Uni days but I have desired a few different styles over the years.

I walk to work and back and am fed up of wearing my way through several pairs of ballet pumps a term. With this in mind I decided I might be an excuse to channel some mid-90s chic and I bought a pair of burgundy DM shoes.

DM1 DM2They were surprisingly easy to break in and, whilst they may not be the smartest footwear I’ve ever owned, they’re comfy, will last ages and scratch a long held itch!

It is with a contented smile I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…

 

It’s only Powder but I like it…

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I always have a little mooch around the quaint towns surrounding my Mum’s home when I’m there. It’s surprising what you can find. I’ve a had a few charity shop bargains but a few clothing gems too! Last weekend I returned home with these beautiful bags!

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Please let me introduce you to Scottish company Powder. The shop I was in had a lovely range of socks which was the first thing that caught my eye. I could imagine myself snuggled up in my PJs in a pair, or perhaps donning a pair with a denim skirt and heading out in the Winter sunshine… The quality is lovely and I adore the packaging. I bought a pair for a friend’s birthday and she was delighted with them.

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I treated myself to a new scarf. It was a purchase that was on the cards anyway and this lovely chunky mustard and purple beauty feels and looks delicious. I like the little button detail and love these infinity (looped) scarves – they’re just so cosy! As I’m sure I’ve mentioned about a million times, I walk to and from work, so a good winter coat and a thick scarf are essential for me!

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I totally fell in love with (but didn’t buy) this gorgeous hat. However I’ve been sort of haunted by it ever since… Does that mean I should buy it? It’s one of many I would happily be seen out and about in this autumn – go and see the whole range, they’re a delight. More than a little vintage inspired I think you’ll agree!

Anyway, do check out their website www.powder-uk.com  and see if any of their things could make their way onto your Christmas list. I know they’ll be on mine!

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It is with an continually extending Christmas list I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Corduroy but I like it…

I’m currently having a massive love in with corduroy.  I think it’s the changing of the seasons and wanting something warm and cosy to wear. I’m loving the dress, funky tights and shoes combo. It’s a bit mid 90s and I’m not even sure I can pull it off but I love it none the less.

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The High Street has a fair bit of Cord action so I can’t be too far off in the fashion stakes.  Love this Fat Face skirt, great colour and length – it could be worn at work or on your day off…

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I’ve got a cord dress from White Stuff and I love it. It’s the same shape as this and so comfy to wear. It’s a very classic retro item and I think it looks quite smart teamed up with tights and boots. Love this patterned version in wine!

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As usual Nomads offer some great examples of smart casual corduroy dresses. These patterns really make the dresses… I like the fact that, teamed up with tops, tshirts or shirts, these will take you from the Autumn, through the Winter and into the Spring. That’s what I call value for money!

My advice this autumn? Get your corderoy on!

It is with a love of the furrowed fabric I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…