Sunday, 8 October 2017

Collectif Haul with Chic Style Boutique

I am not sure how I feel about Autumn. To be honest, I always think that I like it, but when it comes around, I remember what a pain in the back side it can be. One minute you are wrapping up in your winter coat, ready to face the elements, the next, you are sweating your victory rolls off and wondering who turned the heat up all of a sudden! Getting your outfit right in Autumn is like trying to teach a dog Spanish - impossible! And today was no exception! The Husband and I rushed out of the house at 9:30 to ensure that we got our latest blog shoot completed before either a) the heavens opened) or b) we had an unexpected tropical heatwave! Rucksack and outfit changes at the ready, we headed out to Fritton Woods, where I reviewed my recent haul from Chic Style Boutique. 

The first outfit of the day was the Mara Checked Shirt Dress  by Collectif. 

COLLECTIF MAINLINE MARA CHECKED SHIRT DRESS

What can I say about this dress other than (*insert Janice from Friends voice) "Oh My God"! I love it. The colour pallet of red and black is my jam; I cannot get enough of this colour combination. Everything about this dress is absolutely perfect - the colour, the fit, the style. There is nothing that I don't like about it. Dresses like this are the reason why you pay more for Collectif; they are just downright perfection and made to a superb quality. 

COLLECTIF MAINLINE MARA CHECKED SHIRT DRESS

Starting from the top, this dress features a lovely little collar. I would have liked to have added a collar clip to this dress, or some kind of statement necklace, but I need to shop around for one. If you have one though, it will really look fantastic on this dress. The buttons on the dress start at the collar and go down to just below the waistline. I like this design, as it means that you get a full, uninterrupted skirt, without having to do buttons up all the way to the bottom. The buttons are also hidden, which I really like 

COLLECTIF MAINLINE MARA CHECKED SHIRT DRESS

The dress features a detachable belt, which I really like. There is nothing worse than a belt you cannot remove or adjust, especially if you have a smaller or larger waist than average. The length of this dress (as always #hobbit) is a little longer on me, but you lofty loves will have no issues with the standard length of this skirt, which comes in at 20 inches (45 inches over all length as advertised). 

COLLECTIF MAINLINE MARA CHECKED SHIRT DRESS

As for the other measurements, this dress comes in absolutely true to size. The bust comes in at 34-36 inches (as advertised) and the waist is 26 inches, which is again, spot on with the size chart. The hips are free as you can see. As described, there is limited/zero stretch with this dress, so if you like outfits that have a bit of wiggle room, please do consider sizing up. However, as it stands, the Size 8 fits me perfectly. Well done Collectif, well done! 

COLLECTIF MAINLINE MARA CHECKED SHIRT DRESS

This dress is just the perfect work outfit, casual outfit and could even be worn out to dinner (which I intend on doing tonight!). I just love it. It's comfortable, perfect for Autumn, when, lets face it, no one knows what the weather man will bring, and it just oozes Rockabilly chic. I'm surprised I haven't worn it to bed yet. Have I mentioned how much I love it? No? Well, I do! Oh and I forgot to mention...it has POCKETS. Yah! It just got even better!! 

COLLECTIF VINTAGE JASMINE EVERGREEN CHECK SWING SKIRT

Next on the agenda is the Jasmine Evergreen Check Swing Skirt. The emerald green tones in this skirt have a real Christmassy vibe. Fastened with a side zip, this skirt is perfect for Autumnal layering. I have teamed it with a classic black Dolores top from Collectif, but you could easily bring mustard, red or white pallets into the mix.  

COLLECTIF VINTAGE JASMINE EVERGREEN CHECK SWING SKIRT

Size wise, this Size 8 skirt fit me like a dream. I really hate it when swing skirts are too tight around the waist, so I was delighted when this one arrived with a little wiggle room. The waist on this is 26 inches exactly, as per the size chart, so this is very much true to size. 

COLLECTIF VINTAGE JASMINE EVERGREEN CHECK SWING SKIRT

COLLECTIF VINTAGE JASMINE EVERGREEN CHECK SWING SKIRT

There really is nothing else to say about this skirt, other than it is, for me, an autumn wardrobe staple. The fit is perfect and it is of the quality that I have come to expect of Collectif. The skirt is not massively full, as it is a more loose hanging fabric, so if you would like a fuller look, you will definitely require a petticoat with this one. However, as it is quite a casual piece, I would opt to wear it without one, unless you are dressing it up. 

COLLECTIF VINTAGE TALIS ROSE EMBROIDERY SWING SKIRT

Last, but by no means least, is the Talis Rose Embroidery Swing Skirt. For a relatively simple design, this skirt certainly packs a punch. It is, what I would consider a 'naturally full' skirt - it sits fully, without the need for a petticoat, which I am all for! 

COLLECTIF VINTAGE TALIS ROSE EMBROIDERY SWING SKIRT

The skirt features 3 beautifully embroidered rose motifs on the front and back and, wait for it...IT HAS POCKETS!!! Fit wise, I would say that the measurements for this skirt are a little bit larger than described. I am wearing a Size 8, which is listed at 26 inches. The skirt does however measure 27 inches. I really don't mind this however, as it means that tops and jumpers can be tucked into the skirt and gives a little bit of breathing space / more room for cake. 

COLLECTIF VINTAGE TALIS ROSE EMBROIDERY SWING SKIRT

If you would like any further information or advice on any of the above outfits, please feel free to drop me a message on Blogger or Instagram and I would be happy to help! 

- x - LMDW - x - 

Monday, 18 September 2017

Last of the Summer...Lemons? - Fruity Novelty Bag from Always Fits

The weather this last week has turned. We have gone from long evenings with beers beside the BBQ, to blankets, winter coats and fluffy slippers in the space of what seems like a few days! I love the autumn; it is one of my favourite times of year, as I just LOVE to be cosy, but I couldn't help but feel a bit sad that summer is now over and the nights are drawing in. As much as I can't wait to embrace an autumnal pallet in  my wardrobe, I thought I would have one last 'summer shoot' before the leaves begin to fall. I donned some uncharacteristic brights and headed into the back garden to savor the last bit of summer!


I was recent contacted by a company called Always Fits, a quirky little shop across the pond that sells all kinds of lovely accessories, gifts, decor and more. They were kind enough to send me one of their items to review, their Lemon Glitter Cross Body Bag. Now, those who know me best, know that I am not usually one for brights. I cannot deal with the way they wash out my already ghost-like complexion. However, once I paired it with the Vera Blue Rose swing skirt from Chic Style Boutique and the Mandarin top in Emerald from Vivien of Holloway, I was pleasantly surprised at the result! I especially love the near to exact colour match of the Mandarin top to the leaves of the lemon.


This bag is right up my street. Why you ask? Well for one, it is completely impractical! The more impractical the handbag, the better I say! It's shaped like a damn lemon! What more could you want?In all seriousness, this bag is gorgeous, but from a practical perspective, it is not for everyday use! Getting into the bag was pretty tricky as it is quite a stiff shape and the zip is super sharp, slightly aggravating my hand! 


This bag does have some lovely details. The photos don't do it justice, at all, but it is VERY sparkly and bright. The bag features a lovely gold logo plate on the front, as well as a detachable gold chain strap. As per usual, the length of the strap (120cm) is a little long for me, as I am basically a hobbit, but for your regular sized folk out there, it will be just right! The bag also features an internal zip pocket. 




The Lemon Glitter Cross Body Bag retails at $45 (£33). Shipping to the UK is $26 (£19) but please be aware that items from the US are often subject to additional customs charges, in the region of £10+. 

- x - LMDW - x -



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Backyard Bella - Navy Swing Dress - Chic Style Boutique

Because I have the body shape of a banana, it is often really difficult to find dresses that fit me on every part of my body. Usually, either the bust is too small or the hips are too big, or it's just too long as I am a hobbit. So when I find dresses that fit like they were made for me, it is very exciting and naturally, they get worn to death. This is the case for the Bella Navy Swing dress from Chic Style Boutique, by Lindy Bop.

Bella Navy Swing dress from Chic Style Boutique, by Lindy Bop

This dress is an absolute dream for me. It fits perfectly, the colour is great and perfect for wearing at work or for a casual night and and above all, it is comfortable! It is made from a really nice stretch cotton material of a medium thickness, so it is probably wearable over multiple seasons, something which you know I am a fan of! 

The details on this dress are plentiful - the sweetheart neckline, the decorative buttons and ruched detailing to the front, the puffy capped sleeves and the ribbon tie at the back. It makes what looks upon first glance to be a pretty standard dress, stand out and take on a slightly more interesting form than your regular swing dress.

Bella Navy Swing dress from Chic Style Boutique, by Lindy Bop

I am wearing a UK Size 8 and in terms of sizing, I would say that the bust is quite generous. I am a 35 inch bust and this dress is described as being 32.3 inches. It is a snug fit for me, but a fit nonetheless, so I would suggest that there is ample stretch in the bust if you are a bit top heavy. I am a 26.5 inch waist and the dress is listed at 26.4, which is a pretty spot on fit for me. 

Bella Navy Swing dress from Chic Style Boutique, by Lindy Bop

The skirt on this dress is pretty full, so it could be worn with a petticoat if desired, but to be honest, it doesn't really need it. 

I have to say, this is probably my favourite dress at the moment, just because it is so incredibly easy to wear. I sit down at a desk all day, so having something comfortable to wear is really crucial for me. If this dress came in more colours, I would definitely stock up as it is the prefect 'everyday' dress, in my opinion!  

Bella Navy Swing dress from Chic Style Boutique, by Lindy Bop

- x - LMDW - x -


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Sloan Mustard Swing Dress - Chic Style Boutique

One of the hardest things about blogging has to be finding new and interesting locations to shoot. I live in Norfolk, which in itself is an area known for its beautiful natural landscape, but I tend to try to keep my shoots local, which includes Gorleston and Great Yarmouth! Having exhausted most of the local hot spots, we took a trip down to the site of the old town wall, which ended up being a beautiful backdrop for the Sloan Dress from Chic Style Boutique by Lindy Bop.

Sloane Mustard Cotton Swing Dress Chic Style Boutique Lindy Bop

Great Yarmouth town has one of the best preserved and most complete Medieval town walls in England, dating from 28 September 1261 when King Henry III granted Yarmouth the right to enclose the town with a wall and a ditch to protect them from pirates and ensure taxes could be collected. As a Scheduled Ancient Monument, large sections of these walls and eleven towers still survive today.

Photo from http://www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/things-to-do/medieval-town-wall.aspx
As I have mentioned so many times before, the colour pallet that I am used to is fairly muted. I stick to black, red, navy, dark green and other such colours. Brights like pink, baby blue, yellow etc do not suit my dark hair and ghostly complexion. So I was not sure how I would get on with Mustard? Turns out, it is probably my new favourite colour!

Sloane Mustard Cotton Swing Dress Chic Style Boutique Lindy Bop

Colour wise, this dress is a dream. The mix of mustard and black is just beautiful and really makes this dress a multi seasonal item, something which I am a massive fan of. However, I have to say that fit wise, I am really disappointed. 

Sloane Mustard Cotton Swing Dress Chic Style Boutique Lindy Bop

I bought this dress in a Size 8, which on the Size chart measures 31.9in in the bust. I am a 35 inch bust and had no issues, so I would suggest that there is a decent amount of give here. The waist comes in at 26.8 and I am a 26.5inch waist. I had no issues here, so the waist measurement seems spot on to me. The issue I had however, was with the fit around the front of the dress. 

Sloane Mustard Cotton Swing Dress Chic Style Boutique Lindy Bop

As you can see from the above image, the area around my bra strap gapes massively. The fit here is so poor that it renders the dress pretty much unwearable, as you can constantly see my bra straps. I attempted to wear the dress without a bra, but it made the whole top area of the dress far too exposed and looked pretty daft. The lack of fit on this part of the dress meant that the sleeves just kept falling down. It fits perfectly everywhere else, so this issue around the top is very strange indeed. 

Sloane Mustard Cotton Swing Dress Chic Style Boutique Lindy Bop


On the image from the Lindy Bop model, you can clearly see her armpit on the left hand side, which I am not entirely sure is normal for a dress with sleeves? It doesn't state on the listing that it can be worn 'off the shoulder' (as this would provide a bit more rationale as to the fit?) so I honestly don't know that is going on here? This model is almost wearing it off the shoulder, which is really strange and when you look closely, you can see that it doesn't fit her. 

Needless to say, this is a beautiful dress, let down by a poor fit, which is sadly a trend I am seeing more and more of with Lindy Bop. Of my recent items from Lindy Bop, only 80% of it fit correctly. The other 20% should have fit me, according to the size chart, but for some reason had really strange issues such as the above. This is a huge shame as Lindy Bop provide lovely, affordable styles, but I don't think I am alone in wishing that they would ensure that the fit of their items is spot on, never mind the sizing. 

I don't want to give up on Lindy Bop completely just yet, as some of the items I have received from them recently have been perfect, but I do hope that they sort out these niggles!

- x - LMDW - x - 






Thursday, 22 June 2017

Thursday Twinning - At the Beach with Rosie Leigh

I moved to Great Yarmouth 5 years ago. At the time of moving, I couldn't image living anywhere worse. Having lived in a (almost) city all of my life and then moving to within a 20 minute train ride of London, the quiet coastal villages surrounding Great Yarmouth did not appeal to me, at all. 5 years later, my Husband and I now live in Gorleston-on-Sea in our first home. This means that on a Thursday night, we can pop in the car and within 5 minutes we are on the beach, which I consider makes me a very lucky girl indeed. So. with this in mind, we popped down to the promenade for a stroll and I took the opportunity to take the Rosie Leigh Twin Set by Lindy Bop which I got from Chic Style Boutique for a spin.

Rosie Leigh Twin Set Lindy Bop Chic Style Boutique

I love this twin set and there are multiple reasons for this. My top reason is the fact that it is super comfy. The pedal pushers are made of a lightweight stretch cotton and are a little on the loose side, so they don't suffocate you like some capris. Plus, bending down doesn't require you to have 10 years experience practicing Yoga. The bolero is also really lightweight and stretchy, making for an overall super comfy outfit. 

Rosie Leigh Twin Set Lindy Bop Chic Style Boutique

I love the flower detailing on the bolero, which follows through onto the bottom of the trousers, tying both pieces of the set together really nicely. The embroidered flowers have red and yellow accents in there too, making this outfit quite versatile in terms of other colours to which it could be paired.

Rosie Leigh Twin Set Lindy Bop Chic Style Boutique

In terms of fit, this was spot on for me. I am wearing a UK Size 8. The bust size of the jacket is listed as 35 inches, which is spot on for my measurements. Unlike some other garments from Lindy Bop, there is plenty of room in the bust and the jacket was not restricting at all. The trousers came in at 26.4 inches in the waist. I am 26.5 inches and I would say that the trousers were by no means tight, so there is clearly a bit of give on this measurement. This is welcomed though, as aforementioned, skin tight capris are not always practical!

Rosie Leigh Twin Set Lindy Bop Chic Style Boutique

I paired the twin set with the Rose & Heart Print T-Shirt as the pattern on it was pretty much identical to that on the twin set and went really nicely with it. As you can see from the pictures though, this top comes up quite big!

Rosie Leigh Twin Set Lindy Bop Chic Style Boutique

The T-Shirt comes in range sizing, so 8-10, 10-12 and so on and so forth. I generally find this unhelpful, unless you are in between sizes. I am a solid Size 8. I am not a Size 10. So when outfits are listed as Size 8-10, you have to be somewhere in the middle I find to ensure a good fit; it's a bit of a gamble. The sizing for this Size 8-10 T-Shirt is listed as 35.8 inches in the bust. I am a 35 inch bust and this was really baggy around my chest, so I would suggest this comes up bigger than the listed size. Also, for some inexplicable reason, the shirt is very long! It was more like wearing a nightie than a T-Shirt? It came past my hips and when tucked into the trousers, it basically reached my crotch! The description says that it is a 'Fitted t-shirt' but I did not find this to be the case, at all. It does however list that the t-shirt is hip length, so there is no deception there, it just doesn't make much sense to me?

Most vintage style fashions require tops to be tucked into either a skirt, shorts or trousers, so I don't think this long line top is particularly suited to that purpose. It would be fine under a skirt, but it is not great for tucking into trousers or shorts.

Overall, I adore this twin set. It is comfortable, lightweight, fun and a lovely outfit for summer. I felt super cute in it and I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something a bit different!

- x - LMDW - x -

Monday, 19 June 2017

Victorian Garden with Vera

This weekend I took a trip with my Husband, Sister and her Boyfriend to possibly the most beautiful garden I have ever been so lucky to visit. We took a picnic to the Plantation Garden in Norwich, a 19th century garden built in 1856 by Henry Trevor. The weather was stunning and the setting was beautiful, so it would have been wrong to not take some photos! Especially as I was wearing the new Lindy Bop Vera Swing skirt, which I got from Chic Style Boutique. 

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

If you are a geek like me, you will care just as much about the details of this beautiful Victorian garden as my outfit, so here is the low-down on this stunning place. The Plantation Garden is a Grade 2 listed English heritage registered garden in the heart of Norwich. The garden covers nearly 3 acres and its features include a Gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, an Italianate terrace, 'Medieval' wall, summer house, woodland walkways and a rustic bridge. It is an idiosyncratic garden, a glimpse into a bygone age and a haven of peace and tranquility...then we turned up with 4 bottles of wine! 

The garden in the 1890s. Source: photograph taken by John Gavin.
The garden on a beautiful summers day in 2017





I was going to wear the Lindy Bop Rosie Leigh twin set which I got in a recent haul from Chic Style Boutique, but I opted for the Vera skirt instead, for two reasons. Reason number one - it was HOT AF. I don't know how hot it was exactly on Saturday, but it was far too hot for trews. Reason number two, was that my Husband said it made me look like a Matador! Vera it was!

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop


Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

Vera Swing Skirt - Lindy Bop

I paired the Vera swing skirt with my Deadly Dames Voodoo Vixen Top from Pinup Girl Clothing and bamboo bangles from Lady Luck's Boutique.

I took a bit of a gamble with this skirt, as the colour pallet is not quite as muted as I am used to! I try to avoid brights if I can, because they tend to wash out my already pale complexion. However, when paired with a black top, this skirt exudes just the right pop of colour, without looking like summer has thrown up all over me! 

In terms of quality (something which is always an unknown with Lindy Bop) it is perfect. The skirt is fully lined and the zip and seams feel secure, which, for £25 is good news! This skirt does zip to the side though, something my Husband kindly pointed out to me after we had taken all the photos with the seam running right down the front of the skirt! 

Fit wise, the skirt is pretty spot on. The skirt is listed as coming in at 25.6 in and I have a 26.5 in waist, so there is clearly a bit of give there. I tend to find that waist measurements from Lindy Bop are generous, while bust measurements can be on the tight side. The length was also perfect for me; something which can be tricky as I am on the short side at 5ft 2". 

Overall, this is a great skirt for a range of purposes - work, play and just general errand running. It is super comfy, good quality, the fit is good and the colour and pattern detailing is really unusual. I would definitely recommend Vera and Chic Style Boutique, who sent the skirt out to me super quickly! 

I have more items from my recent Chic Style Boutique haul to review, so do keep your eyes peeled for those coming soon!! 

- x - LMDW - x -