Sunday, 28 December 2014

My New Favourite Outfit!

This may sound crazy to some, but I've never worn or owned a pencil skirt. Ever. With the wiggle cut being a big part of rockabilly fashion my avoidance of it has made some looks difficult to achieve.

The main reason I avoided it was confidence, I just thought I could never pull one off so I stuck to anything and everything A line. But suddenly in the last few weeks I just had the urge to buy one, so I found a gorgeous houndstooth skirt from Very (£24), the next day I was ready to face the fear.

It even fit, no idea why I thought it wouldn't...but I loved it. I teamed it with a lace Bardot top also from Very (£8) and I finally had the look I never thought I'd give a go. The skirt has zero stretch so it took a little bit of adjustment to figure out how big steps I could take in it without ripping the split. Turns out my thighs can push some power through it's strides so it split on it's first outing! I soon solved this with strengthening the seam and not walking like a lumberjack, it's been great ever since.

I just love the pattern and the fit so I'm definitely going to wearing it a lot more. Since buying it I have now 6 pencil skirts in my outfit, one of which is on it's way from Collectif. I will of course be showing you them all. 

I wore this outfit on a recent night out with my friends and I teamed it with a red glitter heart brooch I got in the Christmas box from Lucky Dip Club. I'm becoming a little obsessed with brooches does anyone have any good recommendations? 

The hair turned out pretty good this night too with the victory roll on point. I love my red hair but have been thinking about going to something different, maybe blue or turquoise - thoughts?

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Super Big Double Victory Rolls!

Last weekend I went down to Southampton for my step grandads 70th birthday, it was great to catch up with my family, have a great party and make some cake! I haven't had the chance to bake a lot recently so it was nice to whip something up. I don't have an evening to bake it and a morning to decorate so it's not my most detailed work but he loved it so that's all that mattered. If you can't tell...he might have some Canadian roots.

And any occasion of course is the perfect opportunity for me to go to town on my hair. While I try to do something nice with it every day it's the weekends when I can really have a play and try new stuff.

I've always wanted to try the double victory rolls right at the front, I often do them on the side and my hair line can be a little difficult at the front so I decided to get out the teasing brush and go to town.

They may have gotten a little out of control, but I don't care. I wish I'd taken pictures of my progress so I could show you how it went so maybe I'll do another video next time. 

I also thought I'd debut my sewing machine brooch from Jubly-Umph bought from Vintage Pip.  I wore it with my black lace Bardot top from Very and couldn't resist adding my H&M cherry pearl necklace. I have this necklace in black and red, I hear they do other colours too so I'm going to check that out this weekend.
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Friday, 14 November 2014

Goodies from Vintage Pip! - Review

Instagram accounts a lot of my purchases over the last few months, one of the great accounts it led me to was that of Vintage Pip's, a great online store selling all the best of Aussie rockabilly accessories. Which I love as there's so much I want to buy but if I did it all separately it would be so expensive with postage so this way I can do it all in one go. I have a few more bits on the way but for now have a lot at some of these beauties I bought about a month ago.

I've always lusted after Erstwilder resin brooches, they're so cute and pretty and I've drooled over many a picture online on all of my IG friends' accounts. I just had to have one. There's SO many that I wanted but in the end I chose this Flying With Fifi brooch, I love the bird ones and I definitely want a sparrow one next. It comes in a cute box so you can keep it safe when not wearing it. It looks great on everything and I wear it pretty much whenever I can. 

Dress by Voodoo Vixen

 Top and cardigan by Collectif

My next items came from Kenzie Accessories, I love how colourful and bold their prints are. I just couldn't resist these two, the Kissable Lips brooch and Flick the Flamingo brooch in black. I haven't worn the flamingo yet as almost all of my clothes are it needs the right outfit. I've worn the lips quite a bit teamed with red lipstick and it pops on almost everything that I own.

Dress by Lindy Bop

Now I couldn't visit Vintage Pip without buying something from Jubly-Umph, I love their old tattoo like traditional designs across earring, necklaces, brooches and cardigan clips. I LOVE cardigan clips, they're not just for old ladies you know! And I own a lot of cardigans. I chose the Swooping Swallow design and it's just gorgeous, I think I need a jewellery box to keep all of my lovely things. The other designs of their I love is their sewing machine designs...they might be my next purchase!

Anyway, go check them all out you won't be able to leave empty handed!
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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My Birthday Weekend In Amsterdam

This weekend marked my 27th birthday. I keep forgetting I'm in my 20s and I'm still waiting to feel like a proper 'grown up', does anyone else feel like that? I'll start acting like a grown up soon I promise...maybe!

Excuse the posey pics, this was my hair for the travels!

I decided to spend the weekend in Amsterdam with my best friend Sarah. My birthday was on the Saturday so we left Friday night and came back on Sunday. We landed at in Schiphol and got a private shuttle to our hotel, The Albus. We did a lot of research for hotels and where the best places were to stay in the city. Our lengthy Tripadvisor searches we went for The Albus, and it was brilliant! A 4 star digs in a European city, who could ask for more? A special shout out to Mariska on reception who greeted us and we clicked with straight away, so friendly and helpful and drew up loads of interesting places on our map for us to go to. After hearing it was my birthday the next day she sent up a bottle of fizz for us to enjoy which was a nice touch and really lovely so we downed that straight away. 

As it was late and we'd been traveling we went around the corner for a little Italian, they were so lovely in there and the food was gorgeous. Feed me cannelloni and I like you. We then headed down to the local square for a few drinks and a nose around to see what was about. 

Saturday was my birthday and I was gifted with glorious sunshine! After a lay in we strolled up into the center for some pancakes and took a tip into the Sex Museum, you can't not can you? It was terrifying/hilarious/strange/brilliant all rolled into one. A lot of pictures, art and life sized figures. They had a section with Bettie Paige and Marilin Monroe, I even set the alarm off once when I pointed into the set at a record I owned - it was extremely loud and embarrassing and I pretty much ran away!

We then spent the day strolling up and down the canals, had a peak at Anne Frank's house, the queue was insane so we just had a look. We then did some shopping and more sight-seeing and stopped for some hot chocolate. Suddenly we felt a bit lost and the map wasn't making any sense until Mariska rescued us! She saw us on the street looking puzzled and walked us back! ha. She also showed us some nice places for dinner.


When we got back we realised they'd sent up some another bottle for us! So we got into bed and got smashed watching the rugby players on TV. 


It suddenly got a bit late so decided it was time to get dolled up for my birthday meal. I bought this Lindy Bop dress before I went away (£34), I love the colour and it's nice and heavy so falls really nicely. I've got a big chest so I put a little strap top underneath so the girls weren't completely on show, I don't have enough structure going on under there to keep everything in place! 

 Excuse the filters...I just can't help it!

 I teamed it with the black cherry necklace I bought from H&M earlier that day and my Lindy Bop underskirt. I absolutely loved it and wore it out to the restaurant, which annoying I felt really self consious at. Every kept staring at me, and normally when you catch someone's gaze they look away? Nope! Kept staring, and not in a nice way so it made me feel really weird but I tried to ignore it. 

After the hefty meal we went out to an area called De Pup which had a lot of cool bars in, we drank loads so I have no idea how I didn't have a hangover in the morning. We decided to spend the rest of the day before going home doing some more shopping and seight-seeing. You can't visit Amsterdam without seeing the Red Light District, I'm quite happy we went during the day, half of the people there were the same as us - just curious. The other half were gross men getting their kicks and it did feel a bit awkward going down some of the extremely narrow streets with them behind. 

Then soon again we were back at Schiphol Airport, which by the way - was amazing. All other airports take note! They did it right, it was so easy and quick and the 40 minute plane ride was a dream. 

I just really loved this shop

I did enjoy my birthday weekend away, I loved Amsterdam in the day and the hotel was lovely. By night? It unfortunately didn't do much for me but I still had a great time with my bestie I would still go again but maybe in the summer :)
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