Thursday, 28 September 2017

Outfit: a very pretty pinny

As promised, I'm going to flit about the seasons now and head into autumn... Thanks for all the love on my bikini post by the way - you guys are the best :) I don't get as excited about the autumn/winter ranges as I know a lot of my fellow fashion enthusiasts do - I just can't get enthused about all those dark colours. Or knitwear. Or coats. Just not for me. Pretty much the only thing I look forward to wearing is berets because they are the ultimate lazy-vintage-girl's answer to fast hair in the cold weather. And you all know when the weather turns here because suddenly I'm wearing one in every post :D

Whether I like it or not though, I live in a country that sees a lot more cold than hot weather, so there's nothing for it but to try to get on board and, not gonna lie, this dress is really helping. While I'll always choose cheerful summer colours and prints every time, I do have a firm fondness for plaid. You can pretty much rely on a lot of it being around this time of year and I look forward to seeing the colourways my favourite brands bring out. There seems to be a nice amount of rich green-based plaids around this year and the Slytherin in me is quite ok with that. I particularly like Hell Bunny's new Peebles fabric (code CICIM20!% for 20% off) and knew I had to get my hands on something from the range. Choosing was tricky though - but finally after much deliberation I thought I'd try something a bit different and opted for the pinafore dress.

I'm so glad I did, it's such a cute style! I love the cross-straps (which are adjustable, win), the square neckline at the front and the waistband and most of all I love how full the skirt is. The plaid itself has a stripe of burgundy running through it, so I chose to pick that out in my styling. It feels like such a standout piece, but it's easy to wear and not too 'dressed up' for daytime.

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review

The 40s style green plaid Peebles pinafore dress by Hell Bunny review
Beret: can't remember! 
Top: New Look (old)
Dress: Peebles Pinafore c/o Hell Bunny (get it here)
Shoes: ASOS (old)
Bag: Lulu Guiness (old)


Unusually for me, I'm wearing a berry lip in these pictures, which is thanks to the people at Influenster and Bourjois for sending me the entire range of their new Rouge Velvet The Lipstick collection (complimentary, in exchange for reviews)! I wanted to give this lipstick a special mention because it's really very good - it applies very buttery and then dries down to a matte finish. Bourjois say it has up to 24 hours wear - I wouldn't go that far, but I do put it on in the morning at 5:15am for work (I know) and when I return at 7pm (I know) it's still 90% there with no touching up (I'm too lazy at work). It's also super comfortable to wear and doesn't dry my lips out and the shade range is great, so really, check these out if you get chance. 

I'm wearing shade 11 Berry Formidable here :)


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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Outfit: the 50s style bikini of tropical dreams

I'm back from our magical Mauritian honeymoon! We really needed some time to take it easy after the hard work over the past year for the wedding, so that's exactly what we did. Lots of sunbathing and swimming in a turquoise sea. And lots of eating - superb seafood galore! I'm also a bit of a menace at a well-stocked breakfast buffet - I don't think I had many breakfasts that weren't three courses... Basically, bliss. Mauritius has tourism down to a fine art - which is either a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it, but I have to say it makes things a lot more pleasant when everyone you meet is friendly and hospitable!

Going out to a tropical paradise it was tempting to plan a tonne of outfit shoots for the blog because when would I be somewhere like this again? But, honestly, I just didn't feel like it. So, I stuck to doing two - and this one is extra special because it's in collaboration with For Luna and is my first (and could well be the last!) swimwear look! I'm fortunate that while I know I don't have a model's physique, I've been quite comfortable in my own skin since probably my mid 20s. I feel lucky for the shape I have and that while I watch what I eat, I'm not obsessive about it and still have plenty of treats.

Even so, it wasn't without any trepidation that I signed myself up for a bikini shoot! I'm not toned and I carry weight on my stomach, and I'm bigger than I was when I was younger, naturally. But, I really wanted to do it for myself as a new challenge - and being somewhere this warm and beautiful was a good time to try. The key to this was going to be a darn good bikini, and For Luna's got plenty of those! I knew the range this bikini was from was designed to be flattering and I'm so pleased I've had chance to take this set for a spin because it's fab. 

As tempting as it was, I haven't airbrushed my figure and I wasn't holding my stomach in in the below photos. The latter was because I forgot entirely, we were concentrating so hard on the lighting side of things, as usually I would! But the fact is I'm not and I do have a little tummy, but as you'll see from the below side shot you'd hardly know it in these bottoms, they do a great job of holding it in. Honestly, I can't rave about this bikini enough, I felt great in it. Note that I had to size up in the top because I needed the bigger cups, so if you're blessed in that area you might need to do the same.

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna

Tropical orchid hair flowers pin-up ponytail

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review

The Carmen tropical high waist bikini Esther Williams via For Luna review
Hair flowers (x4): Alternate Normality
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
Parasol: Zulily (they come in now and then!)


You'll have to forgive me if I flit around the seasons now, as I have some autumnal collaborations in the works and coming up soon, and one more honeymoon look to share!


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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Outfit: beach belle

The last post from me before the honeymoon, so it felt fitting that it involved a beach... although this beach is very much a British one with not a palm tree in sight! 

I picked this dress up in Collectif's summer sale last year, which is a bit mean of me cos now you all can't get it... But this style seems to have entered Collectif's permanent rotation and has appeared ever since in different colourways, which is great to see. The stripes of this one definitely feel nautical, so it was a good match for my lobster necklace and a seaside scene like this one.

And that's really all I have to say today, there's a lot of packing that doesn't seem to be doing itself... 

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Lobster necklace

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Bonlook Skunkboy sunglasses in glitter posie pink

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe

Collectif Caterina pencil dress in stripe
Headscarf: c/o Dolly & Dotty (old)
Sunglasses: Bonlook (now out of stock)
Necklace: Bow & Crossbones (similar)
Dress: Collectif (shortened) (other colours in this style)
Bag: Ollie & nic (old)
Shoes: Carvela (old)



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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Outfit: biking out of summer

The awkward summer/autumn limbo-land we're in never seems to get any easier for me - it's positively one of my least favourite times of year. I know, I'm meant to call it 'transitional' and be all 'yay, pumpkin spice!', but I'm not going to pretend I like autumn. Or winter (but at least by winter I'm resigned to the cold). Or any time I have to wear 10 layers to leave the house. Add to that I've been feeling out of sorts since the wedding anyway (which is nothing to do with B I hasten to add) and to put it perfectly bluntly I'm kind of down in the dumps right now. That's just how it is, and having read Amber's post recently about how bloggers are always so afraid to be negative online and apologising for it, I thought you know what, I'm just telling it like it is today. I'm wondering if the post-wedding blues is a thing... if it is, I have it.

Low spirits or not, it's good to have this blog as something to focus on and invest my energy into, even when I really don't feel like it. And also to remind me there were happier times and there will be again. Like when these photos were taken, which was admittedly some weeks ago now - I think it was actually pre-wedding in fact. The sun was shining and I was wearing a cute outfit that features my favourite t-shirt. I styled this before in a more autumnal look, but this one is pure summer joy.

Anyone who follows along on Instagram will know the hilarious truth about this bike... It is a children's bike (with a mortifying name). In actual fact, I do think it's a bit small for me, but there wasn't an adult bike in the UK I could reach the ground on. Classic bike manufacturers - sort it out! (There was in fact one brand that I thought did have a frame the right size, but as they're made to order I wasn't willing to risk it for the price.) Anyway, a favourite summer activity is to bike with B along the riverside to a nearby village, although usually I'm not wearing these shoes. I will admit, I didn't go far on the bike the day we took these ;)

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Vintage wicker bag

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Vintage headscarf

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit

Playful 50s inspired high waisted jeans shorts and t-shirt outfit
Scarf: vintage
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
T-shirt: Atomic Swag (available designs)
Shorts: c/o Collectif (no longer on sale)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (no longer on sale)
Bag: Vintage
Bike: Dawes


Oh and if you entered the competition last week, the winner has now been picked! Congratulations Melisa - details on how to claim the prize are in your inbox :)

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