Tag: White Stuff

It’s only Vivien of Holloway but I like it…

My brother married his lovely fiancée at the beginning of June. They tied the knot in Portmeirion in North Wales, which if you don’t know it, is a stunning location. It was built by eccentric architect Clough Williams Ellis, whose vision for an Italianate village led him to build in this charming valley in North Wales.

It was the setting for 1960s TV series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, which has become something of a cult classic.

The wedding was the first big event we’d been to as a family of three and my first chance to dress up post-baby! It was a lot of driving but we were very excited to stay in the beautiful Portmeirion Hotel (just behind Patrick in the photo above!) and explore the village together.

        

The village is beautiful, quirky, charming and really has to be visited, because every nook and cranny holds a delight.

But enough about that. On to the real reason for my post: the dress. And no, I don’t mean the bride’s dress. Hers was very nice but it wasn’t vintage inspired. I decided to go for a Tiki theme as I’d been asked to play my ukulele in the wedding ceremony. I looked through all my favourite websites but this beauty from Vivien of Holloway (http://www.vivienofholloway.com )caught my eye.

I’m a big fan of Vivien of Holloway (my wedding dress was VofH!) and this dress didn’t disappoint. The only thing I find difficult is the sizing. They don’t marry up to high street sizes and you have to try and order from your measurements – but mine never seem to match a size that works on me so I have a lot of ordering and returning by mail order until I find what fits.

The fabric was great – nice weight cotton mix that hung beautifully. I paired it with a green petticoat (also VofH) and some wedges from White Stuff few years back. I find having a baby on your arm/shoulder/hip makes most jewellery impractical these days, so I decided against the bamboo bangles and silver pendant I’d like to have worn! I did of course, put a flower from Claire at Uptown Curls in my hair!

The fit was great, it nipped me in at the waist and was snug across the bust. The halterneck, although not adjustable, worked perfectly. Best of all, there was yards and yards of lovely full circle skirt to skim out over my petticoat.

Later on in the evening I got to sing a number with the band – that’s a pint of water, I promise!

Lovely sister and me, posing in front of the stunning views.

I think I carried out my hula girl duties satisfactorily and a good time was had by all.

It is with hazy summer memories 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 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…

It’s only a Coat but I like it…

As the nights begin to draw in and it feels like Autumn is definitely creeping up on us, my mind always turns to what I am going to use to keep the chill out in the coming months. Although it is actually my favourite season I am definitely not a fan of the temperature drop that it brings! I grew up in a draughty stone farmhouse on a hilltop in Wales and suffered enough cold in my childhood to last me the rest of my days. I stubbornly refuse to be cold any more than I have to be!

I love choosing my Winter coat and I am seldom seen without a scarf in Winter months too. Luckily my school is in a very new and heat-effective building and, once I’d sorted out the cleaner who opened all my classroom windows at 6am, maintains a nice temperature throughout the day. I do walk to and from work though so I need something substantial to keep me snug on my 15 minute scurry through the frosty air.

I’d like something with a vintage feel, even if it is not actually vintage. Here is my round up so far:

Caterina Monsoon

This Caterina cape coat from Monsoon (http://uk.monsoon.co.uk/view/product/uk_catalog/mon_1,mon_1.5/8481430153) is quite 1940s and reminded me of Call the Midwife! What do you think?

Tilda Monsoon

I love this 1960s style coat also from Monsoon called Tilda. Just look at the detailing, that print and those vintage look buttons – it’s a dream!

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I’ve long been a fan of Scottish clothing company Ness and a few of their beautiful coats have accompanied me through Winters of yore, this year I’d have to choose their Trinity Classic coat (http://www.ness.co.uk/coats-jackets/trinity-classic-coat.html). That thick check looks so warm and I’ve always had a penchant for those toggle buttons! This one’s a definite winner for me…

Harris Tweed Blazer

If you wanted something a little lighter until the chill really sets in, why not go for this Harris Tweed blazer from Next. It ticks two boxes for me – I’d have something made from Harris Tweed which I fell in love with when we visited Edinburgh earlier this year, and a blazer which I always think looks great with jeans for a really preppy look.

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This Mossy Thatch velvet coat is from White Stuff (http://www.whitestuff.com/womens/coats-jackets/purple-mossy-thatch-velvet-coat/) and I just love the jewel tones. I’m not adverse to brightly coloured coats – in fact I think I probably take more risks in my coat colours than anything else! My last two coats were vibrant shades of teal and raspberry. I love thick wintery fabrics like this velvet too.

So all I need to do now is pick one and snuggle into it anticipating frosty sojourns to work. You know what – I’m secretly looking forward to it!

It is with a longing for a frost I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only White Stuff but I like it…

I’ve been a White Stuff (www.whitestuff.com) fan for years now. Lots of lovely classic pieces that can be dressed up or down. This Autumn’s offerings don’t disappoint!

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I have owned a rather delicious White Stuff Winter coat before and I loved it. Beautiful quality and a lovely vibrant colour. I now only want big thick, bold, gem-hued coats – nothing else will do! Particularly like the stand up collar on this Mossy Thatch Velvet Coat, it looks very cosy.

Corduroy Cha Cha Dress WS

I also own a lovely corduroy pinafore dress from a previous season and can honestly say it’s one of my comfiest work outfits! It’s a cute, kitsch, vintage style and those polka dots just add to it’s charm. You’ll be snug in this teal ‘Cha Cha Dress’ too.

Brook Knit Dress WS

This Brook Knit Dress has a very 80s feel to me – I’d feel like Maria Mckee in the ‘Show me Heaven’ video! Again it looks super comfy and flattering whilst being perfect for the chilly weather I’m sure we’re about to start experiencing!

Chelsea Boots WS

I’ve been giving lots of thought to Autumn footwear lately. It’s that whole Back-to-School thing you see. I have to think about it now! I’ve been considering some Chelsea boots and I am drawn to the burnished finish on these. Tempting! Very tempting…

Flick Lace up Brogues WS

I don’t need to justify these do I? So, so vintage in their styling! They’d be fab with dresses and tights. A real staple. I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with a brogue and the little leather tassels are an adorable addition!

Some lovely ‘new’ things that will blend perfectly with your vintage look. Don’t thank me – it’s all part of the service!

It is with a satisfied smile I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

*I was not paid in any way to review this clothing and the opinions expressed are my own.*

It’s only Nomads but I like it…

You may remember I reviewed a beautiful Nomads (www.nomadsclothing.com ) dress back in the Spring (http://itsonlyvintagebutilikeit.com/fashion/its-only-nomads-clothing-but-i-like-it/)  . Well, I was lucky enough be offered another fab dress from their summer range to review.

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This stunning teal patterned halter neck dress was a joy to wear. I’m a big fan of the colour teal and I think the pink and maroon notes also in the pattern really set each other off. The maroon was a great match for my hair tone incidentally! A halter neck dress always has a vintage feel for me – redolent of those stunning 1950s halter necks teamed with up-dos and killer heels!

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 As you can see it’s a lovely fit on me. I only started wearing halter neck dresses a few years ago when I discovered that, with the right bra, they can work pretty well with a fuller bust. One of my bug bears with them is that sometimes they don’t fit well around the torso, slipping down either at the front or the back and leaving the back of your bra on show. Not so with this one. I wore it all day on a shopping trip into town and kept checking myself – no bra in sight! It was a size 14 and perfect on me.

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The skirt is quite full without being too heavy and the soft cotton is nice and breathable for hot summer days. The fabric had a slight ‘crinkle’ to it, making it perfect for packing in a suitcase. I think it could stand being packed, and then still look fab with nothing more than a quick shake – my kind of holiday wear!

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Nomads kindly included a lovely soft white cotton shrug to complement this dress – this would be perfect to take along to a day at the beach or an evening event. This was made from organic cotton (as is a percentage of Nomads clothing) and it feels divine. It has some gentle shaping at the cuffs and would definitely keep the chill of a summer evening at bay.

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Again, it was a 14 and true to size on me, sitting snugly at the front and back.

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I accessorised the dress with a pair of wedges from White Stuff (www.whitestuff.com) and a flower in my hair made by local hair stylist Claire Byrne (https://www.facebook.com/Uptowncurlsuk ). Claire will get her own post soon! Her flowers are gorgeous and worked so well in this outfit.

I adore the feel and quality of Nomad’s clothing. I have worn the other dress I reviewed lots and had so many comments on it. You definitely need to go and check out there website where they currently have many items on sale. Seriously, what are you still doing here?!

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It’s the first time in a while I’ve used my camera and I seemed to have forgotten everything I learnt, resulting in about 20 minutes of dark, out of focus photographs and me almost in tears with frustration. Eventually it all came flooding back and I enjoyed taking these using my beautiful spare room as a backdrop!

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Temper, Temper!

It is with dreams of teal summer days I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…

*I was given these items to review, but the views expressed, as always, are my own.*

It’s only Pin Up Girl Clothing but I like it…

As mentioned in an earlier post I gave my Mum a mission to bring this Pin Up Girl (http://pinupgirlclothing.com) dress back from America.

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I wore it to my lovely friend Chloe’s wedding. I accessorised it with this wooden Fruit Market necklace from Tatty Devine(http://tattydevine.com). I absolutely adore it! I think I had a fruit jigsaw when I was a little girl and it reminds me of that. My sunnies are Roxy, my specs are Retro Peepers and my lips are Besame Cherry.

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I decided to bite the bullet and try some wedges with it. I’ve been meaning to try them for ages and I went for quite a high pair from White Stuff(http://whitestuff.com). I bought them on eBay and they arrived just in time. They were a lovely tan colour and, as it turned out, super comfy! I managed quite well in them, navigating lawns and gravel drives without toppling over!

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The dress itself was fab to wear. A nice thick cotton with adjustable straps and that orange print is to die for. It is a very full ‘full circle’ skirt! There is an awful lot of material in that skirt! It was a good fit on my waist, with the the orange belt helping, but not the greatest fit on my torso. It has some boning to the bodice, which didn’t quite sit where I needed it to. My boobs didn’t seem to sit high enough in it. Maybe I need to try it with another bra.

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I added an extra long petticoat from Hell Bunny. On reflection I might have been better off with an ordinary length petticoat. I’m not sure if I like the look of it sticking out from underneath. Is it meant to? Answers on a postcard please…

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I didn’t manage to get many good photos as my phone is malfunctioning at the moment. The Dr took these on his phone and this is a photo of the bride and groom that I knicked from Facebook.

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 It was a beautiful day and I was complimented lots of times on my dress. I had a chat with some ladies in the loo about my necklace. They were amazed I hadn’t bought the dress and necklace from the same place. I felt fab and love the swing photos! I may have made the whole outfit a bit ‘orangey’ but who cares?!

It is with a Kia-Ora reference I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Nomads Clothing but I like it…

I have been a fan of Nomads ever since I discovered a rail of their dresses in a tiny shop in Wales. As soon as I stepped out of the changing room in this beauty, Mum, I and the shopkeeper agreed I had to make a purchase!

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I liked the styling of the dress and felt it had some vintage inspiration even if Nomads don’t necessarily identify as a ‘repro’ company.

Nomads have been trading for over 20 years now and deal in Fairtrade, often organic cotton, ladies clothing. They take inspiration from many styles and cultures and everything of theirs I have experienced has been very vibrant and beautiful quality. They do a great range of smart and casual dresses, trousers, tops and some stunning statement coats for the Winter too.

I was lucky enough to be offered some items to review. The first item I chose from this Spring’s range was this lovely glowing shirt dress.

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I had various ideas on how to style it. Firstly thinking some 60s style t-bar shoes and vintage yellow beret. I also fancied a floppy black hat, with maybe a tan belt. But when the day dawned for me to try and take some half decent shots it was such bright sunny day I slipped on my Roxy sunnies, White Stuff flip flops and a black stretchy belt from eBay to nip me in at the waist, going instead for a more 1950s look.

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A little slick of my favourite cherry lipstick from Besame and I was quite happy with the results! I think it conjures up a 1950s picnic scenario with my basket (a fiver at a recent vintage fair!) and vintage flask (Charity shop – 3 pounds) along for the ride. The sunnies and belt make me look very much the 50s pin-up! Well, I like to think so anyway!

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The dress was a size 14 and a great fit on me. It has a lovely collar and pretty shell buttons running all the way down the front. The pattern is perfect – not too bright, but with a lovely glowing yellow and orange that cuts through the white and grey.

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The buttons at the top mean you can reveal as much or as little cleavage as you desire – I definitely think the length and style of this dress make it a multipurpose item – I could certainly wear it to work on sunnier days without any concerns.

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If you can tell good quality cotton by how it feels, then this fabric passes the fingertip test! It’s beautifully soft and fully lined in a gauzy cotton, making it very comfortable in the warmer times we’re hopefully about to have!

I felt that rare combination of comfortable and sexy in this dress and I think it’s also one that could take you from the day to the evening effortlessly. I will admit that I kept it on after I’d taken these photos and when Dr P got home from work I insisted we buy ice creams and walk around the harbour. In my sunnies and lippy, my boy by my side, I felt glam and relaxed – thanks Nomads for the nice memory!

Whilst I don’t specifically shop for items that are Fairtrade, it does assuage my guilt a little to know no-one has been exploited for me to look good. I’m grateful to companies like Nomads for putting options out there for me, making it easier to choose ethical clothing.

All in all, I felt this dress had a nice vintage feel to it and I know I’m going to get lots of wear out of it. If you head over to the Nomads website you’ll find that they’re offering 20% off some items in the lead up Earth Day, so it’s a great time to make a purchase. (http://www.nomadsclothing.com)

If you liked this post, stop back in a few weeks time as I have another Nomads dress to review and it’s a stunner, seriously!

It is with a glamorous glow I say:

It’s only Vintage but I like it!

*I was lucky enough to be given these items to review, but the views expressed are all my own*