Candy Wonderland Dreams

The sun is shining, it’s hot and summer is in full swing earlier than ever…HOORAY for pretty dress season!!! My official summer kick off was vacationing in Minneapolis while visiting my bestie Amber; I brought all the new additions to my collection that I had been patiently waiting to wear post surgery. There was no doubt in my mind that the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress by The Pretty Dress Company needed to make its striking debut as we took  ‘ole Vera the 1948 Buick Super 8 for a Sunday spin to the Minnetonka Drive in.

Available in sizes 8-18UK ~ MSRP £155.00

IMG_8175 IMG_8173As I steadily add more pieces from The Pretty Dress Company to my collection, I can attest that their sizing is always on par with the size charts. Based on my measurements: bust 36″, waist 27″, their size 10UK(Small) is a perfect match. When the Priscilla Midi Dress arrived, I was instantly taken back by the substantial weight of the gorgeous cotton sateen fabric. This was no flimsy cotton summer dress….the Priscilla was what candy wonderland dreams are made of! Like a child in a candy store, I was so incredibly excited to try it on. The fit was consistent with all my TPDC dresses, perfect in the bust and a little loose in the waist but easily belted in. The straps were a bit too long for my short torso and not adjustable so I had my seamstress shorten them, which was very inexpensive to do. The Priscilla Midi Dress features a classic scoop neckline with spaghetti straps, a lined fitted bodice, a full midi skirt with large pleat detail, hidden pockets and back invisible zipper closure. The element that takes this classic design to the next level is the vibrant candy stripe fabric that evokes one’s inner childhood memories of carnivals, fairs and summertime fun. At 5′-4″ tall, the skirt falls a few inches below the knees.

IMG_8179 IMG_8155Sometimes it is very difficult to put the emotions that a dress makes you feel into words…the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress did exactly that to me. If it weren’t for the heavyweight fabric, I would want to twirl endlessly to showcase the gorgeous rainbow colours as they are so utterly spectacular. I know some of you are sitting there wondering, “is this dress really worth the high pricetag?” and I can say without a shadow of a doubt…YES!!! The quality and craftsmanship is far superior than most vintage reproduction brands; the attention to detail is seen and felt in the Priscilla. Such a classic yet simple design, the vibrant coloured candy stripes really make this a bold statement dress sure to garner compliments where ever you go.  With the fabric being so thick and lush, be sure to follow the care instructions closely when pressing (iron inside out) and washing (dry clean). Being the klutz that I am, I got a little smudge of ketchup on the skirt while at the drive in but luckily able to quickly get it out with a Hand Wipe and avoid a costly dry cleaning bill. Lastly, be ready to get asked where your dress is from and/or if it is true vintage…it really captures the reverence of many.

IMG_8183 IMG_8172Oh my word…I had way too many options to accessorize the Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress!!! The rainbow of bold summery colours were such a delight to showcase from head to toe. Impossible to only accessorize in one colour, I chose to vary all my accessories to capture the whimsy of the marvelous print. From a purple thin belt, to a wrist full of multi-coloured plastic bangles, down to the Demi Mint Wedges by BAIT, finished off with a vintage white wicker handbag. With the pleated skirt being so full, I added a white petticoat for a little extra volume.

IMG_8181 IMG_8161After being cooped up for several weeks while recovering, I could not have asked for a better kick off to summer wearing such a magnificent dress that gave me such warm fuzzy feels inside and dazzled on the outside. The Priscilla Candy Stripe Midi Dress is sure to bring delight to any and all occasions. Don’t forget to sign up for The Pretty Dress Company Newsletter to be the first to nab exclusive 20% off promotional coupons for subscribers.

An extra special thank you to Julie Abnet Photography & The Mark’s.


When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade!

With summer already coming to an end (heartbreaking), that will not stop this gal from milking every last nice day to wear fabulous dresses before the cold swoops in. After having one of the most beautifully warm summers in years, I found myself gravitating to wearing shorts quite regularly which is almost unheard of. This new found inclination made me realize that I was in desperate need of vintage inspired summer-wears but hesitancy quickly took hold. It is nearly impossible to find any styles that fit an extreme hourglass shape and suitable for a short torso. After giving up on making risky online purchases, I saw a pair of the Pinup Girl Clothing High-Waisted Shorts in Blue Lemonade Print on the PUG Swap & Sell Facebook Page and decided to give them a go since they were at a fraction of the retail price.

Available in sizes XS-2X in blue & pink ~ MSRP $62 (On clearance $32)

IMG_5767One of the things I love most about buying from Pinup Girl Clothing is their non generic size charts. Each item has their very own size chart which makes shopping online must less of a gamble. When I decided to take the plunge with the PUG High-Waisted Shorts, I did so because the size Small measurements coincided with mine (waist 27″, hips 38-39″) and the gal I bought them from helped tremendously by providing the inseam length as well. I held my breath when they arrived and quickly went to try them on. It was a sense of shock and amazement, they actually fit…this was a summer miracle! The PUG High-Waisted shorts feature a high empire waist with slight curve, an elastic ruched back panel, cuffed leg design, and back zipper closure. The elastic panel is what makes these shorts magic for those with a small waist and larger hips. No more baggy waist, the elastic keeps the waist snug but does not restrict your movement or comfort level.

IMG_5759 IMG_5778Pinup Girl Clothing has clearly created a classic summer staple with the High-Waisted Shorts. Although I love fun prints, I normally gravitate towards bottoms in solid colours for versatility and personal comfort. The blue lemonade print is simply adorable and much more charming in person. There are enough colours to pull from that also make them pretty versatile to mix and match with tops already in your closet. Since I am on the higher end of the size small measurements, they are quite fitted throughout and find that the firm waistband does cause a little tummy pooch effect since that is one of my trouble areas. It’s nothing that the right undergarments can’t fix, I would recommend some tummy control panties to smooth and hold.

IMG_5776The great thing about versatile separates, you can mix and match with what is already in your closet. With the busy lemonade print, I wanted to keep the accents simple. I paired them with the PUG Peasant Top in white, vintage yellow beaded necklace and white espadrille sandals. This look is ideal for almost any outing, classic mixed with a little cuteness.

IMG_5762Make sure to grab these while you can, the PUG High-Waited Shorts in blue and pink Lemonade Print are currently on clearance now! I am truly hoping to see this style come back next summer in solid colours and more fun prints. Fabulous summer staples like these don’t come along often enough.