Sunday, 24 July 2016

On living and blogging in Cambridge

While I'm in the middle of house move hell (although yay for finally home owning!), here's one I made earlier... I was recently interviewed for Modcloth's blog about what it's like to live and blog in the beautiful city of Cambridge where I live. (This is slightly ironic as this post will go up as I've literally just moved out of the city proper to a nearby village.) It occurred to me this might be interesting to my readers, most of whom are many miles away from me, so I'm sharing them here too :)

Punting on the river Cam, Cambridge

We know that Cambridge is home to one of the most prestigious Universities in the world, does being surrounded by such a history of education and academia influence the culture of the town? How has it influenced you? 

One of the main things you'll notice about the city, particularly at this time of year, is that there are tourists everywhere! So actually, during the summer months especially, a lot of how the city influences my life and more specifically my blog is the constant battle to avoid the places they're congregating, so they don't keep walking in front of my camera! The unfortunate thing is that the really beautiful architecture of the colleges that Cambridge is famous for tends to be quite central and the city itself is fairly small, so it's not as simple as rocking up to King's College and taking some photos. The example I often give when I explain how tricky it can be to be a blogger shooting around Cambridge is the time my partner and I researched a quiet side street (with nearby parking - bonus!) and how seconds into the shoot a huge group of tourists appeared out of nowhere right next to us - which is when I noticed the blue plaque on the building that declared the house we were in front of was a place Darwin had occupied...! It's a beautiful city to live in for the amazing architecture and places of interest to visit, but it's not ideally sized for the amount of attention it gets... and it's an absolute nightmare for parking! Really though, I think one of the biggest impacts it's had is to thoroughly spoil me - and when we go to other places in the UK I realise how lucky I am to have it all on my doorstep.


A pretty side street in Cambridge, UK
The 'quiet' side street with the Darwin plaque

King's College, Cambridge
Tourists everywhere at King's College!

Walk us through a quintessential day in Cambridge.  

Well, you'd probably do well to start with a hearty brunch in one of the many independent cafes on the outskirts of the city centre, so you can spend the afternoon exploring the sights. If you're in Cambridge you have to see King's College, so I'd head over there via the market square, where there's loads of permanent stalls offering everything from street food to retro video games. Perhaps pick up a homemade brownie while you're there, then take in the sights of King's College and try to leave some time for walking round 'The Backs', which are the grounds behind it running alongside the river. Speaking of the river, your next stop has to be a punt on the Cam! If it's your first time, have a guide do all the work and tell you all the university's secrets (they're usually students so they know their stuff), but if you're feeling brave it's a lot of fun to punt yourself (or be punted by a hapless friend - I have been in punts where said friend has fallen off the boat, which can provide a hilarious turn to your day!). Fit in a look at some of the other nearby colleges (and more on that below) if you can and then have a big dinner at one of Cambridge's excellent restaurants, which I'll elaborate on next! If you're lucky, you might be able to finish your day with a good gig at the Corn Exchange or the Junction, where I've seen a couple of great comedy nights.

The permanent market in Cambridge, UK
The stalls on market square in the city centre

The Backs, Cambridge
View of a college from The Backs

CiCi Marie near the river Cam
With the river Cam behind me

As always, we're interested in food! Tell us more about the greatest eats Cambridge has to offer! What must we try when we're visiting? 

You're spoilt for choice really as there's a lot of great restaurants and a range of cuisines on offer in a city as diverse as Cambridge. One of my personal favourites is The Cambridge Chop House, who do a mouthwatering steak (for cheap on the pre-theatre menu), along with many other dishes, often quite British in flavour and all done incredibly well. Fun fact: it was also on the way to this restaurant that my partner tripped over a paving slab and gave himself hiccups... so you never know your luck! Other than that, one of my favourites was a tiny little restaurant down the road from me in a converted house called Backstreet Bistro, but unfortunately it closed in May this year (I'm awaiting its reopening under new management with baited breath!).

The Cambridge Chop House
At The Cambridge Chop House

You're a vintage loving lady living in a very vintage city! Which of these places are at the top of your list for visitors and where is fave place to shoot outfit photos?

That's a tricky question as there's so many great places to visit! I actually tend to love the green spaces that belong to some of the colleges as I'm not a fan of busy areas. There's a particular spot near Darwin College which is essentially a patch of grass near the main punting area, which in good weather is great for picnics because you can do some really fab people watching! Recently, we sat and watched a bride being punted down the river by her new husband. I also really love wandering around the grounds of the colleges that are freely accessible to the public and aren't guarded, but fewer people know about. I may be giving my secrets away, but one of my favourite blog photo locations in Cambridge is Magdalene College's grounds. I only found out we could easily access them because one of my closest friends studied there and it's always virtually deserted every time we're there, yet it has the prettiest view of the river and tonnes of different picturesque spots for photos.

Magdalene College, Cambridge, entrance
The subtle entrance to Magdalene College (I swear it looks more subtle in real life!)

CiCi Marie at Magdalene College, Cambridge, entrance
At Magdalene College

Hope you enjoyed this insight into my beautiful (now, sort of) home!


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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Outfit: radio days

You know, I'm never unhappy about being born in these times, despite my love for the fashions of the past. To me, the internet is one of the most incredible inventions there has ever been and I do love that I remember life before it - and that I didn't have to live too long without it! So no, I have no lust for the real life radio days, but I do, however, absolutely love radio and pretty much every day in my house is a radio day in terms of how regularly I listen to it.

I feel like fewer and fewer people listen to a good old fashioned radio these days, but having several of them in my home is an absolute must (although I admit I prefer the more modern DAB iterations for the huge range of stations). I listen every morning as I get ready for work and I particularly listen at the weekend - especially when B and I are pottering around in the kitchen. I'm addicted to BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the 60s show that comes on Saturdays between 8-10am - it's absolutely worth being up early for (not that this is early by my body clock's standards!). I highly recommend this show - it's impeccably well curated, full of amazing facts and plays the best music from what I think is the best era for music so far.

Anyway, all this is leading me to say that I equally love this charming radio brooch by Erstwilder. I love it even more because it was a surprise gift from them - an extra they put in my review package as a 30th birthday gift. So it will always be extra special to me and a nice reminder of a very happy day in my life - I can only thank them for that. What a cool company, seriously. It's a lovely coincidence that it's a similar colour to one of my own actual radios, so of course it had to feature in this little photoshoot. It's one of my two beloved DAB radios (other colours currently selling for £30 which is a bargain by the way - link below) and I won't be happy until every room in my house has a cute little retro DAB to fill the air with the sounds of good music!

Cute 50s inspired casual jeans outfit with Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Banned Winnie top and Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

John Lewis DAB retro radio in light blue

Cute 50s inspired casual jeans outfit with Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Banned Winnie top and Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Banned Winnie top with Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Cute 50s inspired casual jeans outfit with Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Banned Winnie top and Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch

Bamboo saddle shoes from Zulily

Cute 50s inspired casual jeans outfit with Radio Shack Erstwilder brooch
Belt: free from a skirt
Radio: John Lewis (available colours)


If you've read this far, bonus fact for you: B and I waded through weeds that were up to well above my knees to get these shots...


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Sunday, 10 July 2016

15 fabulous short vintage 40s/50s style wedding dresses for £350 or less

I'm going to let you into a little secret - I've already chosen my wedding dress! And I'm going to tell you one more... I completely blew my budget. It's a long story and one that I can't tell until after the wedding next year, but before I did that I was genuinely sure I was going to have a dress that cost less than £500. And you know why? Because there are some amazing bridal dresses out there that don't cost a fortune.

If you opt for a shorter length dress, you're particularly spoilt for choice. I found so many amazing dresses that I couldn't keep them to myself and had to share them in what is my first wedding themed post. If you're already married or have no intention of tying the knot, I hope you'll indulge these pretties anyway...

I've stuck specifically to new rather than vintage for this post, but not because there aren't some amazing bargain vintage wedding dresses out there because there definitely are! Etsy is a goldmine for them. However, I'm just sticking to what I know and I think the benefit with buying new is that you don't have to fix the colour (a real concern if a dress is meant to be white and it isn't!) or any bust seams, torn lace etc. 

6 short vintage 50s style wedding dresses under £150

Isn't it incredible what you can get for less than £150? I've always loved Unique Vintage's Garden State dress, and the ivory colour way is bridal perfect. That neckline and those cute sleeves, plus the cute polka dot overlay you can't see here really make it for me. Another favourite of mine for budget but beautiful wedding dresses is Honeypie Boutique. Their styles are made to measure for a low price and you can opt to add sleeves and overlays and even make them long length. I'm not personally a fan of sleeveless dresses, but with how easy they are to customise through the site I could have happily worn the dress above with a bit of tweaking. Of course, no budget vintage style round up is complete without Lindy Bop - the cute flower appliqué on this style is particularly lovely, but another favourite of mine for amazing occassionwear for less is Chi Chi London. In fact, here's another secret - my bridesmaids'  dresses are from this shop! They often pop up on ASOS who discount them now and then, so in fact my bridesmaids dresses were a total bargain even if my wedding dress wasn't!

5 short vintage style wedding dresses for £150-250

Another shop that offers made to measure dresses for bargain prices is Inspiration Bridal. I am hugely impressed by the range this shop has - I love the above dress for the detail on the bodice (it's worth clicking through on the link to see it properly), but I could have included so many of their styles in this round-up. I have no idea what the quality is like and you'd expect it's not amazing, but they sure look good in the pictures. I would have risked it would a good tailor on hand to fix any problems with fit. Two offerings from the UK high street here prove there's some great off the peg bridal ranges - and ok it's the least 'vintage' here but I love the unusual dipped hem and subtle stripes of the Coast dress (and it has my favourite kind of neckline). Trashy Diva's dresses have likely graced many a retro wedding in their time, but I would expect not so many people know about Bettie Page's new bridal range. It only has a few styles, but they're all very pretty and great for those working within a tight budget.

4 vintage style short dresses for £350 or less

I'm going to hold my hands up here and say my favourite dress is in this group - can you guess what it is? It's of course that absolute beauty by The Pretty Dress Company. It wouldn't suit every wedding, but if you wanted something quirky, yet elegant and beautiful, I don't think you can go too far wrong with this dress. I've only heard good things about their quality, despite not having any of their styles myself. Kitty & Dulcie have a great range of more 50s/60s inspired styles while Dig for Victory have some fab 40s dresses - the bust on this dress here is really lovely. Monsoon are always worth keeping an eye on for their bridal range - this dress featured is perhaps the least 'wow' in a 2D image but being made out of silk, I bet it feels lovely and drapes and moves beautifully.

So what do you think? Would you wear a budget wedding dress that's not made by a boutique bridal brand? I honestly would have gone this route if I hadn't found my dress in one (and in fact, I'd pegged this dress years before I knew I was going to get married as the only boutique dress I 100% loved!). I hasten to add I actually bought a sample on knock-down, as even I think £2k+ is mad for a dress you wear for less than a day.


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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Outfit: pink and green

When I put this dress on, I had planned to go all out pink and white matching. It was a bit much, though, even for me. So, I pushed myself to try to be a bit more imaginative and hey, there's lots of accessories I have that I hardly ever or indeed have never worn, like that green headscarf that I bought thinking it was mint green and it turned up being a bit more neon than that (come to think of it, it was born to go with this skirt where the same thing happened)... And pink and green might just look good together...

But how do I make it look like the headscarf isn't just something I threw on so I wasn't in head to toe pink...? Ah yes, that necklace I made of my logo earlier this year! Wait a minute... pink and green... Yep, I've actually dressed like my blog's colour-scheme. I am a walking, talking, advert for cici-marie.com. My own website may have subliminally brainwashed me.

I actually think this is a really cute look, though, once you get past the brazen self-promotion. This is another dress from Collectif's Bright & Beautiful range and the fit isn't quite as good through the shoulders as on my other dress (short girl problems), but the waist is spot on and it still looks good so I think I get away with it. It's a really fun, floaty material that I've attempted to illustrate with some spinning shots below. Not always in focus kinds of attempted, but it'll have to do (in case anyone needs reminding that B and I are amateur photographers!). I do wish it was a bit shorter on me, for that proper 60s mini look, but at least at this length I'm not going to flash anyone. It's also lined, which does seem to help the skirt drape better. All-in-all, a comfy and cute summer dress that wouldn't take up a lot of room in a summer holiday suitcase, so thumbs up for that.

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Wearing the CiCi Marie colour-scheme!

Wearing the CiCi Marie colour-scheme!

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham

Bright & Beautiful Lizzy 60s sundress pink oversized gingham
Necklace: me made
Shoes: c/o Sandgrens Clogs (no longer available)






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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Quality over quantity: can a bargain hunter change their ways?

The quality over quantity great clothes debate

A bit more of an introspective post from me today... I mentioned at the start of the year that I was going to try to invest more of my money into experiences over 'things', by which I basically meant 'clothes' - by far my biggest area of spend when it comes to anything outside basic subsistence. Actually, I've gone one step further than that and have also been trying to take a whole new attitude to buying fashion - for the first time ever I'm trying to make a real effort to prioritise quality over quantity. Now, I'm a real bargain hunter and I can't resist a cute thing regardless of how it's made or where it's from, anything under £20 seems a good deal to me.

However, I think I just got to that point where I realised I was buying things primarily because they were cheap -  meaning I had money leftover to buy other cheap things - and not because I really wanted to wear them.  It turned out some of the items just weren't that nice due to poor construction of materials, or actually I just didn't like them that much after all. And after so many years of buying like this I've got nowhere to store anything, in a house that was rather lacking in options to start with. I wasn't wearing some of it because it was quite literally out of sight and out of mind, crammed into the back of a drawer somewhere. I realised that the solution to all this could be to invest more of my limited shopping funds into quality. It would mean less stuff, but maybe that was a good thing!

Irregular Choice Nick of Time shoes in pink

So while I didn't really 'do' resolutions this year, I had already started down this path to change my shopping ways and I'm still at it several months later. But is choosing quality over quantity really worth it? And can I keep it up?

The good

1. I really love the things I buy

Take it from me, there's nothing like dropping £100 on a dress to make you question whether or not you really want it. To even consider that spend of money on one addition to my wardrobe, I have to essentially not be able to live without it... oh ok, maybe I can live without it, but perhaps my life would be of a much poorer quality if I didn't have a dress with an Eiffel Tower print on it for my birthday. The great thing about spending money on quality goods is that it's a much more considered and therefore less impulse purchase and because I feel guilt at buying pretty much anything over £20, it's a process that takes many, many days before I persuade myself it's a good idea. The result is that by the time said item turns up, I've basically spent weeks imagining all the things we'll do and all the fun we'll have together, so by the time it gets here I'm practically considering eloping with it to Vegas. Actually, now that I think about it, that dress would be perfect in Vegas... Anyway, the result is I've got something I love and already know how I'll wear in multiple ways and can't wait to do so - in terms of life enrichment, quality wins.

Bernie Dexter Paris dress in Eiffel Tower print

2. The obvious - it's usually better made

Now, it's no guarantee that if you're dropping £100 on a dress that it will be worth every penny you spend on it, but it usually greatly helps. Admittedly, sometimes you're paying partly for the ethics of how the item was produced too (thinking of brands like Bernie Dexter and Tara Starlet, for example) - i.e. without harsh factory labour in China etc. That also feels good for me the buyer, but actually I don't know enough about where everything I buy is made to make that a deciding factor in my choices (I know, I'm the worst kind of person). The quality though - the living, breathing beauty of some of these more expensive pieces, is definitely something I can appreciate in very real terms. Take my Coast dress from last year; the cut of this dress, the thickness of the material, the lining - it all spoke of a higher standard of production than I'm used to and it showed in how it looked on me. It was what, in fact, got the wheels turning in my head about whether I should really rethinking my spending habits in the first place... These are pieces you buy to treasure because mostly, they're built to last. They're not things that will be crammed down the back of a drawer (in a random room of the house by this point) and forgotten about.

3. The beautiful designs

Sometimes you get lucky and find a cute novelty-print skirt in a supermarket, but most of the time if you want something extra special you can expect to pay for it. I guess it makes sense; if you're a brand making clothes for a budget, you want to mass produce, cheaply, the kind of things that the majority of people will want to buy. When you apply this logic to clothing, it starts to become clear why particular patterns, styles or finishes might cost a bit more. And while I did find an amazing pattern in a supermarket, the skirt wasn't even close to the fullness of a high-end repro brand's. It feels like for the truly beautiful pieces of clothing, the ones that are as pretty as they are well-made, you need to pay more to a brand that produces higher-quality items. Take my pair of pink glittery Irregular Choice bridesmaid shoes - you'd be unlikely to find such an original and equal equivalent from a cheaper shop; and if you did, you could bet the glitter wouldn't be of the same finish - perhaps it would even fall off. It certainly wouldn't have the same high quality lining on the inside or the suede heel. It's the extra touches that can take an item from everyday to extra special and you're just more likely to find those from a brand that charges for them. Sometimes, owning something that is that bit more extraordinary now feels more worth the price to me.

Irregular Choice Nick of Time shoes in pink

4. The excitement of saving for 'best'

A pattern I've noticed emerge since investing more in quality pieces is that I'm particularly doing so to wear them for special occasions. This just seems to be the way it's working for me so far, although I wouldn't rule out e.g. investing in a winter coat I'd wear every day. What I've realised is that having something really special to wear for a particular event or activity just makes me look forward to it all the more. Perhaps this is something to do with how interconnected my confidence is with my appearance, but hey, us introverts need to take what we can get where we can get it for enjoying leaving the house, right? Along with all the social anxiety and dread is a feeling of looking forward to wearing something really special. I should probably clarify that I'm not buying expensive things just to wear them on one occasion once, more that this is the first time I'm allowing myself to wear them. 

The bad

1. When the price isn't justified

Sometimes when you spend a lot of money on something, it's worth it because you get what you paid for. But there are times when even quality is overpriced and there are times when a price tag isn't justified at all. I don't want to name and shame this particular brand, but there is currently a dress in my closet that thankfully I didn't pay full price for, which would have been £80. It's covered in good quality sequins that don't come loose - great; it's got boning and fits like a mini-corset up top; excellent; it's got an elasticated inside strap so that with the boning as well you can ditch the bra; amazing... or at least it was amazing, until on only the second time I did it up the strap snapped clean in half. Oh, and one of the sides of the dress hasn't been stitched correctly, so there's a weird lump of fabric on the hip (I swear it isn't my body). And you know what else? The hem is wonky. As I say, I didn't pay full price for it so when I complained to the company and they didn't reply (!) I kind of gave up. But it really made me wary. This was a shop that rarely has discounts, so I expect many ladies bought that dress full price. If I had, I would have been even more upset. Unfortunately, it's not the first time I've heard of a brand not living up to its prices, particularly in the repro world. I genuinely think I'd send something back that wasn't worth the money, but what a lot of hassle for all involved! It can be very hard to tell if something is overpriced before it turns up.

Pretties from PUG, Bernie Dexter and Victory Parade

2. When it goes in a sale eventually anyway

It's all well and good spending £100 on a dress, but there's nothing like that feeling of dismay when it turns up on Zulily for £66 a few weeks later (looking at you, Eiffel Tower dress, gah!). I've so far tried to be savvy, and particularly invested in those brands where I know their discounts or sales are few and far between. Case in point for the pieces in the picture above - Pinup Couture, Bernie Dexter and Victory Parade don't usually come down that far in price. Until Bernie decided to partner with Zulily, anyway. PUG will have the odd 15-25% off for special occasions, Bernie Dexter often has 25% off deals but (apart from Zulily clearance - no I can't get over it), that's it and Victory Parade pretty much never. Something I always do with these high-priced brands is put them in my basket, go through checkout until payment and then exit the site. PUG and Bernie Dexter both sent me discount codes when I did this, so it can be a handy tactic. But if things get knocked down I'm gutted. Particularly because I've had to pay custom fees and international shipping rates on top of the item prices in these cases. I just don't think I can accept that I haven't got the best price for something - that part of the bargain hunter in me will never go away, I'm fairly sure.

3. Feeling pushed to invest when I can't afford it

If I've got to the point that I love something so much that I'm considering spending a fair amount of money on it, the next thing that will happen is the 'But what if it goes out of stock before I have the cash...?' fear. I have so far found I can only tolerate this for about a week, before I crack and put it on my credit card. Earlier this year, this happened with three separate, pricey things and suddenly my credit card had nearly £250 worth of debt on it. I felt dreadful about this all month and it took me a few pay days to recover from such a hit in one go. I just don't have the kind of disposable income to be able to spend this kind of money on clothes in one month, but in all cases I couldn't bear to let the item go, particularly as I am planning to wear them on my birthday weekend. Often these expensive brands have high prices because their pieces are limited, and knowing this does nothing to help my worry...

PUG and Victory Parade pretties

4. Genuine fear of damage

Seriously, what will I do if I drop something down my Bernie dress?! It's not like something I've spent less on. I've emotionally and financially invested in higher quality pieces and can't stand the idea that I might accidentally ruin one. I mentioned I'm a chocoholic before - you have no idea how many pieces of clothing I've dropped chocolate crumbs on. I don't let myself have Cadbury Flakes anymore because I end up wearing more of it than I eat. Mostly, these wash out just fine. What doesn't help though, is when I panic and try to get the stain off before it goes in the wash and smoosh it into a light fabric. I'm definitely going to panic if I get something on an Eiffel Tower... And that's just chocolate. I don't tend to be a clumsy eater, but if I've got something new, the spillage risk is, for some reason, about 90% higher in the first week of its life vs a year. You can up that to 95% if the item is light coloured - like when I dropped something in my lap while wearing white and black patterned trousers the other week the first time I wore them (yes, on a white bit). I don't like stressing like this about expensive clothes, so I'm less likely to wear them casually over something I don't feel as attached to. Which just seems a shame!

So, all in all, I've definitely changed my shopping habits this year but I don't think I'll ever feel that happy investing in pieces. If I love them I'll get over it, until they go in a sale that is! Then I tend to look at them like they've personally conned me and it takes the happy buyer edge off a bit... So, maybe a few more higher price items will join my wardrobe this year, but with buying a house and a wedding to pay for it's now a bit less of a priority again.

What about you, what are your thoughts on the quality vs quantity debate?


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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Outfit: little navy dress

This is my first post since the results of the EU referendum, but I'm not going to talk about it at length here. This blog has to stay a place of pretty dresses and superficial things, and apart from that I'm not sure I can express myself all that eloquently about it. All I'm going to say is that I'm absolutely gutted about the result and I think we've got scary times ahead.

And back to the pretty dresses. Hopefully, there will always be pretty dresses as a pick-me-up for when times are bad and I'm very glad to add this Emily and Fin beauty to my collection. Emily and Fin are probably best known for the quirky prints of their good quality dresses, but this broderie anglaise style really caught my eye for its simple elegance (and slightly shorter length skirt, which I knew would suit me better). Having added Voodoo Vixen's white dress to my wardrobe (which I still love) last year, I opted for the navy. I was pleased to be able to get this dress in the XXS (size 6), which is not because I usually am a size 6 (ever), but because this brand does come up big and I found the 8 of the snowflake dress I wore last year a bit too big on the waist. The 6 was definitely snug, but being 100% cotton it's now given enough to be comfortable after a day's wear, so I would advise sizing down from your usual UK size for this one if you want it to be properly fitted.

I actually love navy as a colour to wear - it seems to go with pretty much every other colour. I find it much more useful to have classic navy dresses in my wardrobe as a go-to than black, which feels more boring and washes me out anyway. I wasn't sure how I was going to style this dress until I put it on and no surprises that I opted for my favourite red. I am just that predictable. But hey, the classics are classics for a reason. I don't have any more weddings to go to this year (and omg I think the next wedding I go to is my own!!), but if I did this dress would be first choice for one. I'm not wearing any kind of petticoat here, but it would probably be rather lovely with (a not-too-full) one as without.

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

Alternate Normality red hair bow

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

Emily and Fin Emma dress review

BAIT Jenny red kitten heels shoes

Emily and Fin Emma dress review
Dress: c/o Emily & Fin
Bag: Skinnydip London (no longer available)
Shoes: 'Jenny' by BAIT via Zulily


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