I am obsessed with chocolate. People tend to look me up and down at this point, as if they expect me to be about five stone heavier than I am, but what you've got to understand is I eat pretty healthily the rest of the time - and I walk a lot. Both of these lifestyle choices are deliberate to allow me to eat all the chocolate. If it wasn't for those things, who knows... So when it came to this Victory Parade fabric and this Vendula London bag, I could no more resist them than I can a 3 for 2 deal in Hotel Chocolat.
The Victory Parade chocolate pattern fabric was love at first sight when I came across it last year at London Edge 2015. I mean, have you ever seen a print like this? If you've been following along recently you'll know that when I visited their stand this year I discovered that they were almost out of the material. There was just enough left to make one more piece - and what a piece it is! Victory Parade are at the top price end of British repro brands - and now that I own something by them I understand why. It is such good quality - you'll see the gorgeous pleating detail below, but what you can't see is the stiff waistband (made out of the same material). It hangs so well - and because it was made to order, I was able to request a slightly roomier size 8 (vs the size guide) and the fit is consequently perfect. I couldn't believe how quickly it arrived either! And while they may not have any more chocolates, they have so many more unique prints to love, from lighthouses to watermelons.
Just like in real life, I couldn't stop at one piece of chocolate, not when there was a whole display of them on a bag. I love Vendula's designs and the shop fronts are particularly amazing. This one is is even more incredible because of all the 3D details like the hanging shop sign (see below)! The pink awning of the chocolatier range was also too pretty to resist. This year I've been wearing a lot of colours outside of my usual favourites (like purple and green) and pink is definitely another one of those I usually avoid. Yet, every time I do wear it someone I know compliments me on how nice it looks. I remember my mum telling me when I was younger and going through my pink-hating phase that I needed to get over myself soon because it suited me so well. About 15 years later I'm finally coming round to the idea (better late than never) and this cute bag is certainly helping. As is the super sparkly pink jewellery from Bow and Crossbones.
However, more than pink and sparkles, I think what I like about this outfit best of all is that I can pretend that my skirt chocolates came from my bag's shop... I think I've reached some sort of novelty print pinnacle with that, right?
Earrings: 'Vivien' Bow and Crossbones
Cardigan: 'Paloma' Hell Bunny
Brooch: 'Matilda' Bow and Crossbones
Skirt: Victory Parade (chocolate fabric out of stock)
Bag: c/o Vendula London
Tights: Pamela Mann
Shoes: Marks & Spencer (very similar)
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