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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Vintage Blossoms

For as long as I have been a part of the pinup community, I uphold deep admiration for the pioneers that started it all. They are the ones who took the risks of doing something “different” and in turn paved the way for what has now become the mainstream lifestyle for women around the globe. One of these incredible pioneers, Lisa Freemont Street was the motivating force to inspiring her lifelong friend from 7th grade Heather to launch a vintage inspired hair accessory line. In 2009, Belle Blossoms was born!

With a wide variety of vintage inspired hair accessories, Belle Blossoms is able to satisfy all your styling needs at very affordable prices. Choose from fascinators, hair flowers of all sorts, fruity accents, and more. Blossom of The Month is a fabulous monthly subscription service limited to 20 customers, with various packages to choose from to suit your budget. Great attention can be found in the smallest details; the end of the clips are covered with a leaf to tie in the entire design and more importantly, prevent your hair from getting caught when repositioning the piece. All the delightful designs I received are incredibly well made, versatile to coordinate with a multitude of ensembles and stay securely for all day wear.

Sophia Citrus Orchid Cluster ~ $17.99

This trio of vibrant citrus orchids is the essence of tiki charm that we love from the tropical islands. Even if you don’t travel to the Caribbean, we can always find plenty of Hawaiian inspiration in vintage fashion. With a budding collection of vintage Hawaiian dresses in my closet, the Sophia Citrus Orchid Cluster was the picture-perfect accessory.

IMG_8402 IMG_8397Gene’s Gin & Tonic ~ $14.99

The delicious lime slices accented with a cluster of little lime blossoms is hands down one of my favorite designs as it’s so easy to pair with any outfit or hairstyle. I have a serious weakness for vintage inspired fruity novelty prints and these little limes are perfect for summer!

IMG_8368 IMG_8370Lilac Side Comb ~ $19.99

These little lilac blossoms are so classic and delicate in comparison to what we normally see in vintage inspired hair accessories. Now I must admit, I had no idea how to fasten the hair comb into my hair as I am always accustomed to the prong or alligator clips. I was completely surprised on how much I loved the placement right off to the side and that the comb really secures the piece firmly in place.

IMG_8461 IMG_8464Fuoco Nelle Vene Passion Flower ~ $14.99

The simple yet bold violet passion flower is very lightweight and lifelike with the lush leaves with spiral sprig that surround the magnificent bloom. Although I don’t wear purples too often, I found this fabulous hue to be in a lot of fabulous novelty prints and a great accent piece.

IMG_8393 IMG_8390Belle Blossoms truly captures the essence of vintage style by creating fabulous hair accessories that compliment rather than overpower your ensemble. With such affordable prices for quality handmade accessories, you can now justify buying more to adorn your look effortlessly and know they will last you for years to come.

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A Dynamic Duo ~ Bright & Cheerful

For the past couple months, I have been impatiently waiting to showcase my favorite ensemble from Collectif’s Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. This dynamic duo coordinate magically together but are also very versatile mix and match separates. Being a complete sucker for bright bold prints, I could not resist the fabulously striking Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and matching Romy Plain Top.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP Top £27.50 Skirt £45.00 

IMG_8405For several seasons now, I have found that Collectif sizing has remained very consistent and typically order the same size in every design. As my waist (27″) is in between two sizes I tend to size down to 8UK(extra small) when it comes to their skirts because I have found they are usually cut more generously. Now here’s where you can all learn from my mistake, the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt appears to be spot on with the size chart therefore do NOT size down if you are in between two sizes. I should have ordered the 10UK but luckily managed to squeeze into the smaller size and hide the portion that cannot be zipped closed with a wide belt. Since I much prefer a little more breathing room in a top, I went with a size 10UK(small) in the Romy Plain Top and it fits impeccably due to the slight stretch in the fabric. The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt is a classic 1950’s gathered full skirt that accentuates the waist and features the most striking colourful print. The Romy Plain Top features an off the shoulder contrast Bardot neckline, a figure flattering bodice and inverted back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls just below the knees and measures 26″ in length.

IMG_8412 IMG_8416The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and Romy Plain Top are such a magnificent ensemble; a classic style mixed with a bold cheerful quality. For the last little while, I find myself collecting more and more swing skirts as they are so very versatile to create a multitude of looks. The Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt is one of those pieces that can coordinate with a variety of tops; whether it be a simple solid t-shirt, the stylish Romy Plain Top or even a lovely knitted sweater for those cooler days…you can’t go wrong. The Romy Plain Top is seriously one of the most beautiful designs, it is utterly flattering and so comfortable. It is the perfect length to wear as is for a more casual look or tucked into your favorite vintage bottoms. The off the shoulder straps have ample room for ease of movement and stay perfectly in place. Simply pair it with a basic strapless bra or a bustier if you prefer more support and control.

IMG_8431 IMG_8427With a such a great mix of bold cheerful colours in the paint pots print, there are endless possibilities to accessorize. Lately, I am obsessed with coordinating plastic bangles with my outfits and they do look quite fabulous with the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirt and Romy Plain Top. I also paired this ensemble with wide white belt to give more waist definition and the Dennise wedges by B.A.I.T. Of course no outfit would be complete without a darling Alice Novelty Brooch by The Ambrosia Bowl.

IMG_8417 IMG_8409As a longtime Collectif fan, I am always thrilled to add more delightful designs like the Jasmine Paint Pots Skirts and Romy Plain Top to my collection. This lovely duo will have us all creating endless outfit combinations and wondering how we ever lived without them. Fortunately for all of you, both styles have recently been restocked and will not last long so grab them now before you miss out!

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Fan Favorites ~ Mix & Match Staples

When our favorite pinup brands release sneak previews of their new collections, it is nearly impossible to control our excitement over the designs that make us totally swoon. One of this season’s hottest new must have is Pinup Girl Clothing’s Harley Top; inspired by their original fan favorite Harley Dress. With mix and match separates being the key essentials for summer, no pinup wardrobe would be complete without the versatile High Waisted Shorts in Candy Stripe.

Available in sizes XS-4X in a variety of colours & prints ~ MSRP $62

IMG_8351There was much debate when the Harley Tops were released about proper sizing and fit, which was quickly addressed by Laura at PUG, “these tops are designed to be a looser overall fit”. That being said, staying with your normal size is recommended therefore I went with my usual size Small. When it came to the High Waisted Shorts, my measurements (waist 27” hips 39-40”) put me directly in the size Medium range. Needless to say, I was super excited when this duo arrived and couldn’t wait to try them on. The Harley top fit wonderfully, I really enjoy the relaxed fit very much and it works perfectly with my favorite strapless bra. I was very taken back by the fact that the High Waisted Shorts fit like a glove with ample room for comfort and the perfect length in the rise despite my short torso. The Harley Top features a unique high neckline with gathers, side bust darting and inverted back zipper closure. The High Waisted Shorts feature an empire waistline with a slight curve design, an elastic back waistband for flexibility and to prevent that dreaded gaping, side slit pockets, a stitched inseam detail and back zip closure.

IMG_8352 IMG_8364Pinup Girl Clothing is truly unique in the fact that they listen to what their customers want and when their fans begged for tops in the signature Harley design, they delivered! The Harley Tops are extremely versatile due to the modest, yet classic design which can be worn as is or tucked in and pairs perfectly with shorts, skirts, and pants. I personally love the looser fit very much; sometimes we just don’t want to feel constricted all day long in form fitting clothing. The High Waisted Shorts really surprised me the most as I always struggle with off the rack sizing being too long in the rise with my short torso and never designed to accommodate an extreme waist to hip ratio. The back elastic waistband is ideal for those of us who struggle with our waist being one size and our hips another. The candy stripe print is absolutely delightful and coordinates effortlessly with a multitude of options. The Harley Top and High Waisted Shorts paired together are the epitome of summer fabulousness; you will turn heads wherever you go!

IMG_8362 IMG_8370For a simple on the go look, I paired the Harley Top in red with the High Waisted Short in Candy Stripe as my main ensemble and accessorized with Gene’s Gin & Tonic hair candy by Belle Blossoms, lime green mixed with bamboo bangles and Dennise Wedges in red by B.A.I.T. It is easy to play up the colours in the delicious candy stripe print with fun bangle bracelets and a handbag to match. IMG_8358 IMG_8356Mix and match staples like the Harley Top and High Waisted Shorts are the key to making your hard earned dollar go further by creating endless style combinations. Pinup Girl Clothing continues to deliver what their fans love and we are all looking forward to seeing more colourways being released in these two incredibly versatile pinup staples.

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Delectable Fruitiness

With endless fashion inspiration from the 1950’s, we are truly fortunate to see these classic silhouettes being recreated with a modern twist. Little do many of us realize, the fabulous Hawaiian sarong dresses also come from decades past and are one of the most figure flattering styles that suit all shapes and sizes. When Miss Fortune decided to mix the classic sarong design with fruity novelty print, the Allure Dress in Kiwi became the quintessence of summer fun!

Available in sizes XS-2X in a variety of prints ~ MSRP £56.99

IMG_8344Based on my past experience with Miss Fortune sizing, they are cut a little more generously than the size charts. I was very unsure if the size small would accommodate my large hips, therefore I consulted with Laura at Miss Fortune who recommended to keep with my usual size. (On a side note, my measurements have fluctuated up from the norm post surgery and are currently 36-28-40.) The waist and bust fit spot on but as I had suspected, my hips are currently a little too wide for comfort in the size Small Allure Dress. Luckily, there was a very easy fix to slim those extra inches with my trusted Rago 1294 Girdle. The Allure Dress features a sweetheart halter bodice with faux wrap sarong skirt adorned by a bamboo buckle, a black slit and zipper closure. Made from non stretch cotton, the vibrant lime green kiwis pop deliciously against the sky blue background. At 5′-4″ tall, the sarong skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_8334 IMG_8330If you are looking for a fun summertime look, the Allure Dress in Kiwi will feel like a ray of sunshine wherever you go. The vibrant lime green and sky blue are an instant pick me up, I can’t help but feel cheerful in this little number. I enjoy the simplicity of the design and appreciate the wider halter tie straps so that they don’t tug uncomfortably on my neck. The faux sarong front pleating works wonderfully to conceal those trouble areas if you normally shy away from form fitting wiggles. Made from 100% cotton with zero stretch, the Allure Dress is ultra lightweight and perfect for those scorching hot days.

IMG_8341With a huge adoration for fruity motifs and Hawaiian inspired fashions, I knew instantly that I had too many accessories to choose from to pair with the Allure Dress in Kiwi. To keep my look complimentary, I paired the Allure with a mix of bamboo and lime green bangles, white espadrilles and finished off with the Triple Orchid Hair flower in green by Miss Fortune. As mentioned earlier, my foundation garment is the Rago 1294 Girdle which cinches in my hips and creates the illusion of a hourglass silhouette.

IMG_8336 IMG_8342The Allure Dress is a fabulous example of taking inspiration from vintage and adapting it to the needs of the modern day fashionista. For many of us who strive to look put together despite out hectic lifestyles, the Allure Dress will be your fun and easy choice this summer. Also available in lobster print, Hawaiians scenic motifs, sail boats and more!

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