Colour is the Fruit of Life

What happens when the thing you have the biggest aversion to is combined with something you have a serious weak spot for? Throw caution to the wind and be a little reckless right?!? That is exactly what I did when I decided to take the leap with the Jade Fruity Swing Dress by Collectif. If anyone looks into my closet, they would be hard pressed to find anything in black but instantly see a rainbow of vibrant colours with lots of delicious fruity prints.

Available in sizes 6-22UK ~ MSRP £75.00

Lately with my waistline fluctuating, I wanted to be certain the Jade Fruity Swing Dress would fit comfortably therefore I ordered a size 10UK. To my surprise, it fit quite generously and I could have likely sized down even with my 28″ waist. Luckily the matching wide belt allows you to cinch in the waist for a perfect fit.  The Jade Fruity Swing Dress features lovely sweetheart bodice with princess seams, double adjustable straps with bow detail, a full skirt with pockets and back zippered closure. The skirt is adorned with delightful pineapple, banana and strawberry trims. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just below the knees.

Collectif really got me to see past my strong aversion to the colour black when they designed the Jade Fruity Swing Dress. For some reason I expected a lightweight cotton summer dress but was really pleasantly surprised by the substantial weight and structure of the design. The fabulous stretch cotton sateen makes this dress superior in quality and very figure flattering I must add. The subtle sweetheart neckline is quite modest for us bustier ladies and of course the adjustable straps are a huge win for us petite ladies too.  It is the perfect mix of classic with a little pizazz; I simply adore their unique twist with the  fruity rick rack trim detail. Needless to say, it was a huge hit while on vacation in the Caribbean too…the staff complimented everywhere I went and a couple said I looked like island girl.

Of course my natural instinct was to play up the bold tropical colours in the fruity print when accessorizing Jade Fruity Swing Dress. Pairing the ensemble with a 1940s inspired red turban by Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos, Vintage Bakelite jewelry in yellow, red, green,  and black along with the fabulous Lulu Hun Simona Wedges in yellow. These wedges are super comfortable and versatile to pair with any ensemble. I comfortably fit in a UK4, which converts to a size 37 and I typically wear a 6.5-7US. (Available in sizes 3-8UK ~ MSRP £35.75)

Sometimes we can really surprise ourselves by the simple joy of trying a new style that turns out to really boost your inner confidence. The Jade Fruity Swing Dress made me feel fabulous again after suffering from major winter blues. I have a funny feeling the Simona Wedges are going to quickly become a staple in my colourful summer wardrobe.

Pin Up Persuasion 5th Anniversary Giveaway Bash…WINNERS!!!

bannerfinalAnother exciting Anniversary Giveaway has come to a close and I want to thank you all for participating. It warms my heart to share such fabulous prizes from all of our sponsors with the readers of Pin Up Persuasion. You are the reason why the blog continues and I would not be here five years later without your continued support.

Without further adieu, let’s find out who are winners are…

theoblongboxshop1The Oblong Box Shop $100 Gift Certificate: Kimberley Mersman

lolavonrose1Lola Von Rose Vintage-Inspired Handbag of Your Choice: Chelle Busch

atomicswag1TWO Atomic Swag Sweaters: Nikki Slifka

cecipunch1Ceci Punch Lucite Drops Trio: Mandy Calaway

retroglam1Rowena/Retroglam $75 Gift Card: Marisa Simpson

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nicoleelainevintage1Nicole Elaine Vintage $50 Gift Card: Ellie DeMilt

milushka1Milushka Hot Red Chili Peppers Charm Necklace: Jasmine Clark

heartofhaute1Heart of Haute Dress of Your Choice: Kelly Pollock-Clemett

theambrosiabowl1The Ambrosia Bowl Not Your Babe Brooch Collection: Melissa Cilliers

missfortune1Miss Fortune £35 Voucher: Andrea W.

niccoco1NicCoco Creations Lorelei Fascinator: Melissa

collectif1Collectif £75 Voucher: Vybuian Bui

punkupbettie1Punk Up Bettie Flamingo Sparkly Delight Mini Dots Hair Bow & Flamingo Hearts Delight Earrings: Carlyn Parker

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