Monday, 24 October 2016

Cocktails with Lady V - Polka Dot Hepburn Dress from Lady V London - Review

Sometimes, I enjoy nothing more than getting dressed up all fancy like and sipping on a nice cocktail! Which is exactly what I did this weekend! After pouring myself a Gin Sling (and then several more), I sat down in the new Black and Teal Polka Dot Hepburn Dress from Lady V London. This dress is pin up perfection and here is why!


Black & Teal Polka Dot Hepburn Dress Lady V London Review

First and foremost, this is my first piece from Lady V London and I am really rather impressed. Delivery was super quick and the Hepburn ticks all of the boxes for me. The main box it ticks, is the fact that it is has a polka dot print. I love polka dots. To be honest, I don't think you can ever go wrong with them! The colour is also perfectly muted for this time of year, so matches well with a black coat and shoes, while adding just the right splash of colour.

Black & Teal Polka Dot Hepburn Dress Lady V London Review

The dress is made of a lovely Cotton Sateen fabric, which is really lightweight and easy to wear. It is a lot thinner than some of my other dresses, which threw me at first, but it was actually rather nice to have a full flared skirt on and not feel bogged down in it. The dress also comes with a little faux suede belt which has sufficient loops for a number of waist sizes.

In terms of fit, I am wearing a UK Size 8 and I have the following measurements: Waist: 26.5in, Bust: 35in, Hips: free. According to the size chart, the bust comes in at 33in and the waist 27in, but I had no problems with fit. I would say that the dresses run true to size as while it did fit, it felt slightly larger on me than some of my other dresses. However, this is never an issue as it just means I can eat more cake.

Black & Teal Polka Dot Hepburn Dress Lady V London Review

The only thing I had an issue with regarding this dress was the length, but at 5ft 2in, this is a recurring theme for me. I could have done with it being a fair few inches shorter, but this is something that can be altered. You lofty girls though have nothing to worry about!

In order to get the full skirt effect as pictured here and on the website, a petticoat is an essential. I am wearing a 27in petticoat here. It can be worn without one, but it just takes the style of the dress to the next level by cinching you in at the waist and maximizing that full skirt.

Black & Teal Polka Dot Hepburn Dress Lady V London Review

The dress is fastened by a hidden zip which runs down the back of the dress which is nice and simple. There are no awkward hooks and eyes to contend with (which, if I'm honest, I leave open half the time, as how many of us have the dexterity or eyes in the back of our heads to do the blasted things up!).

As far as well made, classic, good fitting vintage inspired dresses go, Lady V London have ticked all the boxes with the Hepburn. It is an absolute wardrobe staple in my view and I cannot wait to get my hands on every colourway of this dress! Jolly well done!

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Some kind of Voodoo - Collectif Penny Vegas Dress and Voodoo Betty Review

I love Halloween. There is something about the newfound chill in the air, the falling leaves on the ground and the dark nights closing in that makes everything feel ever so slightly...spooky! Plus, it is a great excuse to play dress up! So with Halloween just around the corner, I have turned to Weekend Doll and Voodoo Betty’s Boutique for a frightening cool Halloween pinup look!


Halloween Pinup Look Collectif Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Review

As soon as Collectif released their new Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, I knew I had to order the PennyVegas Pencil Dress! This dress is only available in a Size 6 on the Collectif website – it has sold out fast! But thankfully, Weekend Doll has your back! It is still available on their website in sizes 8-16!  

Halloween Pinup Look Collectif Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Review

This dress is amazing! Made of a beautifully sparkly PU coated Bengali fabric, it has tones of stretch yet is figure-huggingly snug! I ordered the dress in a UK Size 8 and my measurements are as follows: Waist – 26.5in, Bust: 35in and Hips: 34in. Therefore, based on the Collectif size chart, I would say that they Penny Vegas Pencil Dress fits true to size. However, Collectif do say that if you are between sizes to size down, on account of the amount of stretch the dress has.

Halloween Pinup Look Collectif Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Review

In terms of size, fabric and over all style, I don’t have a bad word to say about the Penny Vegas Pencil Dress. However, with that being said, I am not very keen on the fastening mechanism for the crossover neck straps. Unlike other cross over neck items I have, for instance, the Voodoo Vixen Top from Pinup Girl Clothing, the cross neck on the Penny Vegas clips in place with hooks, as opposed to being one continuous strap that you put over your head.

Halloween Pinup Look Collectif Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Review


Now, I didn’t wear a bra with this dress as once on, it fits pretty tight, so there was no need, but I was very conscious that at some point, these little clasps (which didn’t feel massively secure when fastened) would pop open and leave me ever so slightly red faced! I would have preferred for this dress to have ‘over the head’ straps, but it is not a deal breaker! The rest of the dress makes up for this! 

Halloween Pinup Look Collectif Penny Vegas Pencil Dress Review

I paired the Penny Vegas Dress with some gorgeous Halloween themed accessories from Voodoo Betty’sBoutique. I styled my hair with their gorgeous handmade pumpkinhead scarf (which made for a perfect fit, with just enough excess left over for a little bow).

Voodoo Betty's Boutique Pinup Halloween Accessory Review

I accessorised with their super cute PumpkinJack-o-Lantern style earrings (which are tunnel friendly!) and their beautiful Pumpkin and skull necklace, which I fashioned into a little belt using some black cotton! 

Voodoo Betty's Boutique Pinup Halloween Accessory Review


Voodoo Betty's Boutique Pinup Halloween Accessory Review

This is the first time I have tried any accessories from Voodoo Betty’s, but I was really pleased with the quality, overall designs and clearly the huge amount of care and attention that goes into each individual piece. My pumpkins went down a storm on a recent night out! I will definitely be buying from them again.

Can we also just take a moment to admire my Halloween fireplace background!! 

Halloween Pinup Look Review

Halloween Pinup Look Review

Halloween Pinup Look Review

Halloween Pinup Look Review

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Pinup Photoshoot - Lessons Learned


Back in September, I had the absolute pleasure of shooting again with the wonderfully talented John Bellingham. However, unlike my very first pinup photo shoot, this time, I came prepared! Today on the blog I am going to take you through my 'Lessons Learned' and the full set of images from my latest shoot. 


I did my first ever Pinup photo shoot back in April 2015; you can read about it here. It was a really enjoyable experience and I loved the images that I received, but, when heading to my fourth pinup shoot (and my second shoot with John) last month, I had a list of things that I knew I needed to change and improve upon. 

The first thing I knew I had to do better was organisation. Now, I am a very organised person by nature and John and I exchanged plenty of emails leading up to our first shoot, chatting about different looks and what we would like to shoot. Having said that, I turned up to the shoot with basically my whole wardrobe, no set outfits and we just kind of started shooting. Everything turned out OK, but I felt I wasted a lot of precious time deciding on what to shoot next and putting outfits together. I travel to John's home for the shoot, which is nearly 3 hours away, so I have to really make the most of what time I have with him. With this in mind, for our recent shoot in September, I devised a shoot schedule. 


I planned this schedule ahead of the shoot. I gathered reference images of the kinds of looks I wanted, then matched them with items of clothing, shoes and accessories that I have in my wardrobe. I then placed the looks in the order they would be shot, so as to avoid the risk of damaging hair and make up etc. For instance, I knew that I wanted my hair up for the bad girl look, so I put this at the end (as once my hair is up, it is not going back down again!). So we did all of the 'Hair Down' looks first, the Cowgirl set second to last (so we didn't have to worry about 'Hat Hair') and the up do for the Bad Girl set last. This may seem obvious to most people, but planning the order or my looks and the outfits that I was shooting in, did not occur to me at all for my first shoot. 

Having the schedule on this shoot meant that John could get his sets prepared ahead of time, I only packed the items I actually needed and we raced through the looks really quickly, maximizing our time together. I also practiced all of the looks in front of a mirror before the shoot. I would highly recommend doing this. This not only ensures that you can do the required poses, but it also shows you what they are going to look like and any areas that need changing / improving. For instance, Pose #2 on the Swimwear set above looked far too revealing in real life for my liking, so we cut it out. Some of the other poses were too difficult, so I modified them. But as I knew this all ahead of the shoot, it saved me wasting my time and John's time. My Sister was also on hand as my glamorous assistant to help get outfits prepared (which was made really easy with the schedule) and sort out my clothes and hair etc whilst posing. It was possibly the most efficient shoot, ever! 

I also decided to do my own hair and make up for this shoot. For my first shoot, I had a lovely MUA do my make up for me. She did a wonderful job, but my face looked....different. There is no other way to explain it. The make up was great, just different, but this difference, if anything, knocked my confidence, as my face didn't look like my face? So I decided for this shoot, to do everything myself. I arrived with my full face on (minus lips) and my hair was ready to go. This saved about 2 hours before the shoot, which again meant our time shooting was maximized. 

A shoot schedule, rehearsed poses, organised outfits, on point hair and make up and a truly fantastic photographer, all made for my best and most enjoyable shoot to date. So, without further adieu, here is the set! I hope you like the images as much as I do. You can check out more of John Bellingham's fantastic work on his Instagram or Purpleport profiles. 

Tiki Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Tiki Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups
Hair Flowers and bangles from Lady Luck's Boutique 
Dress from Pinup Girl Clothing
Swimwear Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Swimwear Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Swimwear Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Swimwear  Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups
Swimsuit by Esther Williams from Bettylicious
Halloween Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Halloween Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups
Dress by Lindy Bop
Necklace by Kreepsville666. Available in the UK from Vivien of Holloway
Cowgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Cowgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Cowgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups
Shirt by Stop Staring Clothing 
Jeans by Collectif 
Badgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Badgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Badgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups

Badgirl Pinup Photoshoot - Little Miss Doo Wop - Portraits & Pinups
Top and Capris from Pinup Girl Clothing
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Monday, 3 October 2016

September Pinup Picks

Today on the blog, I bring you my Pinup Picks for September. I am late in doing this as last month just flew by and I only just realised its October! I know this as there is a distinct chill in the air, my 'big coat' is out, and I am getting increasingly excited about both Halloween and Christmas! 


Vintage Style Winter Boots 2.0


So last month, I talked about vintage style Winter boots. I have spent the last 2 years looking for the perfect pair and I thought I had found them in the form of these Victorian style lace up boots. I decided that I couldn't get past the PVC element of those boots. If they were real leather, I think I would have snapped them up sooner, but I just couldn't abide paying nearly £50 for squeaky plastic boots. So I decided to check in with my old friend eBay. 

My budget for shoes and clothing is minimal, so I often check out eBay for second hand reproduction brands. My search brought up a plethora of old season Irregular Choice, which left me with too much choice if anything! After about a days worth of deliberating, I decided to buy the Irregular Choice Dolly Mixture Boots. They ticked all of the boxes for me - colour, style, heel height, practicality, warmth...(I have a lot of boxes)...and price! These boots cost £49.99 with free P&P. I have taken them for a spin for the first time today and they have not disappointed.  I feel a new collection coming on! Oops! 

IRREGULAR CHOICE DOLLY MIXTURE BLACK WHITE SHOE BOOTS

The Irregular Choice Dolly Mixture Boots cost £49.99 and are available from eBay.

The Pretty Dress Company


Back when I was first getting into Pinup, my Step Mum mentioned the Pretty Dress Company to me, but I didn't really take much notice, as their branding was not really geared towards 'vintage' so I wasn't sure that their dresses would have the right look. Well, I feel a bit silly now. They are KILLING IT! Their new collection (featuring the gorgeous Doris Mayday) is beautiful. They have certainly taken advantage of the growing trend for reproduction vintage and have produced some beautiful, vintage style dresses recently. Here is a run down of my favourite pieces, coming soon:


Fatale Red & Navy Tartan Pencil Dress - The Pretty Dress Company

This dress is just to die for. The colour, the cut, the style, it's all just perfect. Which, to be honest, I would expect for £135. This dress is not in my price range, so again, please feel free to use my blog as a Christmas wish list. Or a 'Happy Wednesday' list, whatevs. 

The Fatale Red & Navy Tartan Pencil Dress retails at £135 and is available from The Pretty Dress Company. 


Fatale Gold Baroque Embroidered Prom Dress - The Pretty Dress Company

The Fatale Gold Baroque Embroidered Prom Dress...I mean, look at it FFS!! She looks like Belle! This dress, again, is only for those who have money to burn. At £315, it is an investment, statement piece, but wow, it sure would turn heads at the Christmas ball!  

The Fatale Gold Baroque Embroidered Prom Dress retails at £315 and is available from The Pretty Dress Company.

Fakelite Bangle Collection - Splendette


Since my accessory awakening of a couple of weeks ago after I bought my Luxulite earrings, I have been checking out more from reproduction vintage jewellery company Splendette. They have a wonderful range of earrings, bangles, necklaces and brooches in all the colours you can imagine (well, not quite, but you get the idea!) They also have sparkly options, which are great for jazzing up an evening outfit. I particularly like these brown and black Fakelite bangles from their new collection; their Autumnal colours are perfect for the coming season. 


Black and Brown Fakelite Bangles - Splendette

These bangles retail at £8 each and are available from Splendette

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