Finding Inspiration In Forgotten Beauty

I won’t be the first blogger to admit that on occasion we suffer from “writers block” or feel uninspired to adequately express ourselves. These times usually happen when life gets hectic and we feel the pressure to not disappoint our readers. This week I was definitely experiencing that angst and decided to take the weekend to relax to get back to my happy bloggers place. Late Sunday night as I was searching for a particular photo on my laptop, I stumbled on a set of images we had taken this past fall and had completely forgotten about. From the moment I saw the rich autumn colours of that day, I quickly felt inspired and excited all over again. I am certain you will agree that the Bernie Dexter Scallop Pin Up Dress in Black with Luscious Rose deserves to be revered.

Available in sizes XS-1X ~ MSRP $156USD

IMG_6589When it comes to Bernie Dexter sizing, it is known that each particular style runs very different to the suggested size chart. This means we must rely on online reviews and customer feedback in our fabulous pinup forums to ensure we find the right fit. After consulting with a few seasoned BD experts, I decided to order a size Small despite my measurements (bust 36”, waist 26/27”) exceeding the size chart since this style was known to run more generously. This was indeed very true, the size Small fit me with room to spare in the waist and the bust was quite flattering, not snug whatsoever. The Scallop Pin Up Dress features the most delicate scalloped sweetheart décolletage with matching hem detail, adjustable thin straps, full swing skirt, with back zipper closure and black vinyl belt. Fabricated from a quality printed cotton which features opulent red and pink roses accented by lush green foliage. At 5’-4” tall, the scalloped hemline falls slightly below the knees.

IMG_6578 IMG_6598The Scallop Pin Up Dress was one of those distinct designs that simply resonated with my love of vintage rose prints. They are truly timeless and capture the beauty of an era that is never ending. The scalloped design simply embodies the essence of the delicate nature of a rose. I found that the neckline needed a little extra pressing and proper undergarments to ensure the edges lied flat against the body as it has a tendency to curl outward. A more permanent solution would definitely be to add some spray starch to stiffen the fabric. Although the fabric is lightweight cotton perfect for the hot summer months, the solid black background makes it ideal for all seasons.

IMG_6595The luxury of the Scallop Pin Up Dress is that it can be dressed up or down for any occasion just by changing your accessories and shoes. In addition to being very appropriate to wear to the office, simply by adding a cropped cardigan in any of the accenting colours: pink, red, green or black. To create a quick polished look: tie your hair back in a high bun, throw on your favorite pair of round toe pumps finished off with a pair of red rose cabochon earrings. To show off the delightful scalloped hem, pair it with a contrasting red petticoat and allow it to peek through.

IMG_6582 IMG_6604Sometimes it only takes the beauty of a classic rose to rekindle the creative mind of a writer. Although the Scallop Pin Up Dress is no longer available on Bernie Dexter’s main website, there are still some online shops with stock remaining and most definitely keep an eye on Bernie’s Ebay store for end of line clear outs at incredible prices.

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Tantalizing Rose Sorbet

Do you ever fancy something that you just seem to always seem talk yourself out of buying? Constantly saying to yourself “not right now”, “it is too expensive”, “wait for a really good sale”, “but don’t you want x more?”…the adverse reasons that repeatedly arise give you the feeling that the timing is never quite right. Sometimes that inner struggle can go on for months or even years but no matter, your heart still desires it after all this time. Until one day…all objections go out the window when online retailers like The Sugar Shack Boutique come along, offering fabulous designer clothing at incredibly low prices. Finally…there were no more valid reasons why I should not buy the Bernie Dexter Cheryl in Sorbet Dress any longer.

Available in sizes XS-2X ~ MSRP $156 (Sugar Shack Sale Price $108)

IMG_6461It had been quite some time since I purchased any Bernie Dexter designs but I did recall that sizing was a rather inconsistent with the universal size chart. With feedback from my fellow pinup fashionistas and online reviews, I decided to risk ordering a size small despite my bust (36″) being 2″ larger than the recommended measurements. The medium would have been undoubtedly too big in the waist since I measure 26-27″. Now the moment of truth…did the size gamble pay off? I would have to say yes but admit that the bust is on the snug side but not uncomfortably so. The waist fits perfectly and with the right non push up bra, the small was effectively the right choice. The Cheryl Dress features wide capped sleeves with a well constructed bodice that includes boning, fitted waist with full skirt, a contrasting cherry red vinyl belt and back zipper closure. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a couple inches below the knees.

IMG_6455 IMG_6464The Cheryl Dress in Sorbet caught my eye many moons ago because of my love of bold rose prints. The softness of the colour combinations is absolutely mesmerizing and elegant. I am kicking myself for waiting so long now, it’s truly even more spectacular than I ever imagined. The extra wide straps are a nice design element, a refreshing change to what is currently available when it comes to better shoulder coverage. Even more notable to mention is how well the bust is designed and constructed. The boning is well placed to provide the right shape with firm support and is not likely to warp. Made from a lightweight cotton, ideal for those warmer summer days. To top it off, there’s pockets!

IMG_6478We all love when belts are included with the dress, making it that much easier to complete the ensemble. Taking a cue from the designer, it was a no brainer to accessorize using the bright cherry to make the rose sorbet print pop. I paired the Cheryl Dress with some small red rose cabochon earrings, my go to cherry Madden Girl pumps, finished off with a fluffy petticoat by Hell Bunny. As many of you know, I am not much of a fan of petticoats but in this case, the two go amazingly together.

IMG_6479 IMG_6468If it weren’t for The Sugar Shack Boutique, I would have likely found many more excuses not to take the plunge to buy the Cheryl Dress by Bernie Dexter and sincerely regretted every moment that I waited. Fortunately for all of you, The Sugar Shack Boutique is currently hosting a “Spooktacular Sale” until October 24th! All Bernie Dexter dresses are 20% off the listed price ($135), free domestic shipping and discounted International Shipping as well. Make sure to check them out now, these sales only happen for a very limited time!