Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Roses, spiders and lovebirds - oh my!

Earlier this week we packed the car full of clothing, shoes and a Liz (photographer) and headed to my favourite location to shoot and play.

With a varied collection of new Hell Bunny Stock I wanted to share the stunning new styles in the on the streets of Melbourne. From florals to unexpected colours, some things spooky and some that you'd never expect! This post is very photo filled and detailed so be sure to get your self a cuppa and settle in a little while.
 
 
 

For years I've been a huge fan of braces skirts but I've never been game enough to rock a Pini. I don't know if it's a throwback to my primary school years where I was wearing one paired with a blue skivvy each day, or if it's the chest to fabric ratio.
 
 

But as soon as Hell Bunny released the Dakota Pinafore Dress in their new denim range I gave in and ordered. All my fears were put to rest as soon as I tried this adorable denim number on as it's so figure flattering as the design works perfectly with your curves.




The skirt cinches in at the waist and then flares over the hips. The bib or front has just the right amount for fabric to sit perfectly on my torso and pair so cutely with tops of every shade and print. This is a funky grown up pinafore and I love it. I'm wearing the 2XL in HB's denim range and it's super stretchy so it will really mold to your curves and will be comfortable all day love.





From the release of the Black, Red and Pink versions of this cardigan last year I've been hunting high and low for one and luckily I snapped one up finally in green. For spider or web styles I usually stick with the classic black and white but as a redhead I could not say no to this stunning emerald shade of green.

 

The fabric amazing and the details - perfection! Super soft, stretchy and really a joy to wear but I strongly advise you to size down. I'm wearing the 2XL and I'm usually an XL in knitwear. The stretch and fabric mean you can easily size down and I found the arms to be super long in the 2XL.

The bright emerald shade really pairs perfectly with my skin tone and I can't wait to style this all winter!


 


Next the dress that I broke my blog photoshoot rule for again and again! I try not to wear garments I've not shot for my blog yet just incase I rip or ruin the fabric as I'm a complete cluts. But after falling in love with the Strawberry Sunday dress last year I knew that I'd be 100% in love with the same style in a Love Bird print.

 
The Love Bird Mini is perfection! It's the kind of dress you feel amazing in as it really shows off your curves and flatters your shape. The gypsy/peasant style bust means it can accommodate any bust size and looks amazing if your rather busty like me. The sleeves can be worn up or down and when paired with a cardigan the look is even cuter.

 

I think some improvements have been made on this style as I've compared both this season. It seems to be a little less roomy under the bust (I could stretch my strawberry version out to fit another half a person) and the sleeves a little less puffy. The length is perfection as it's no a token 'Mini' it hits my knees and there are no issues like I'd usually have with a mini style. It's almost bordering on a Midi style. I'm wearing the 2XL and I just adore the fit and fabric.
 
 

The name of the dress gives you a giant hint to what the print might be as it's covered with kissing birds, polka dots and hearts. So sweet and so very cute! I'm so excited my favourite style has been released in this print and I can't wait to see what else Hell Bunny create in this shape for the future.

 
 

Evenora Dress -  £43.99

Now for something a little more gothic. Now this dress was one I loved initially but I had no idea how well it would work on me until the moment it arrived. A stunning flowing little witchy number that makes any hour glass shape POP!



Full of chiffon, ruffles and long flowing sleeves the Evenora Dress is a modern take on a very Stevie Nicks style look. With an off the shoulder sleeve design and two straps thick enough to hide any bra that you'll be pairing with it this dress is so comfortable, cute and effortless while still remaining stunning.



The fabric has limited stretch but in the 2XL it's fine and perfectly fitted. The light, flowing fabric is perfect for the warmer months and any summer gothic looks you are planning. I'd love to see this in a print or oxblood or dark green shade next season. 


 

 
Is it obvious that I've been watching the 2nd season of Sabrina with this look. I had do perfect this post and pair it with the Evenora Dress.

 

Violetta Dress -  £43.99

The dress that I would never usually purchase or even think could work on me that I just had to try - the Violetta! This style is absolutely stunning but I usually steer very clear of such bright shades or blue and purple.
 
 

But there was something about this dress that made me throw my rulebook out the window. The sweetheart neckline and contrasting straps and bows offset the stunning floral fabric and the fit is utterly amazing. Busty hour glass shapes usually have issues with swings but the bust to waist ratio in this style is absolutely dreamy. I'm wearing this in a 2XL and I'd stick with this size as it perfectly accommodates all my curves without hiding or covering up too much. I've paired this with Dangerfield mustard cardigan as I love this colour combination.



Abigail Rose Dress (stocked at Unique Vintage) - $110.00

Last but never least is the Abigail Rose Dress. A flirty 40's sleeve always makes me swoon so when I noticed the Abigail dress in the new arrivals I wanted to add it to my collection. There is nothing more flattering and comfortable for me than this style sleeve. It hides the part of my arm I dislike and gently flows over the shoulder. The perfect sleeve for hot summer days and paired with a equally as flowing swing skirt and cinched in waist.
 

The waist tie means you can adjust how much you'd like to cinch in that waist and can accommodate many sizes as it's soft and stretchy. The V neckline also offers the right amount of skin and really balances out my upper body when paired with the sleeves.
 
 

The deep blue and red roses of this floral print are a new floral to add to my collection and I'm now inspired to pair more shoes and accessories with each flower. This is the 2XL and the fit is brilliant. I just slip this over my head and I'm ready to rock. This piece can also be styled perfectly for winter when paired with a cardigan, stockings and boots.






Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Irregularly Brilliant

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of attending the Irregular Choice Melbourne Store Launch Party. I've been in love with this brand for a while now but I've not had a chance to wear or purchase any of their amazing items.
But the week earlier I made sure that I rectified this and purchased the most me shoes on planet earth from a local stockiest Shoe Fun who I've reviewed earlier this year. I wanted to purchase my first pair of heels but with the amazing selection I could not choose until I found the amazing Batty For You Heels.
The event was AMAZING! As soon as we entered the Swanston Street store we were blown away with the bold colours, glittering, shimmering walls and all the amazing stock. Amazing tunes were pumping away and I met Denver who handed me some fairy floss. Now after a full day at work this was perfection. We chatted, met new amazing humans and drools over all the amazing shoes for sale.
While we could not party all night long with the IC crew and guests we had an amazing time and left with the cutest gift bags and I might have scored a new pair of flats!
 
These amazing spooky Halloween themed heels were the inspiration for my full look. Featuring a 10cm glitter covered heel,  gemstone embellishments, huge spider and black bat wings these shoes inspired me to purchase a stunning gothic pinup Dress from Vixen by Micheline Pitt and wear a bold black bat belt.
 

 
Each little detail on these super comfortable heels is bold, shimmery and whimsical. From the glittered spider webs to the posable bat wings they are more than just a shoe they are wearable art.
While I have  a size 10AU sized foot I was advised that these were a small fit so I ordered the 42 and they fit like a dream.
What I love most about Irregular Choice is the attention to detail with each and every pair of shoes and accessories. Each shoe is a work of art and absolutely mesmerizing on closer inspection. From every angle their amazing creations are magical and you'll be 100% addicted, much like myself, once you buy your first pair.
So what did I snap up from the Launch. While I wanted to bundle up every high and low pair of heels there, some booties and wedges I was actually gifted an amazing pair of flats.
 
 
Hooting About Flats - No longer in stock
Yes you read that right the queen of epic high heels loves flats! I'm forever struggling to find a pair of flat shoes that fit both comfortably yet don't look odd. I've owed many pairs but I find they loose their shape and can be super boring.
But now that I have the Hooting About shoes in my world I'll not have to worry about that again. These stunning slip on's have it all - glitter, scales, test, embossed base and the sweetest and very detailed owl.

These shoes are so comfortable and I swear it was a fight between my husband and I on who will be wearing these as we are the same size in shoes. The perfect style for work if you want to add a little sparkle to your wardrobe, for weekend brunch dates or any casual outfit.
I'm wearing these in the 42 as well and they have a tiny bit of room but I find that is the case with most of my flats. This is easily fixed with the addition of IC inserts which as cute and detailed as the shoes.

I can't wait to add more and more of these stunning creations to my collection as nothing makes me happier than bright and brilliant shoes.
 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Hollywood Glamour

Are you a fan of the classic styling of the golden age? Art Deco shapes and all things Silver Screen themed? Then the latest release from Erstwilder will be your must have collection of 2019.
 
Erswilder's Hollywood Glamour Collection features all of those classic cinema visuals and silver screen sirens. From bold Art Deco signage to all those quintessential vintage cinema items. This release is one that you'll be saving you'll fine it very hard to just purchase one or two pieces from as everything is pure magic (hellllloooo Afterpay!). While in all honesty I wanted every single piece from this release these are my top 3 creations from the vintage Hollywood range.

 
 
Lights, Camera, Action Brooch Set - $
 
When it comes to badges or brooches I'm a grouper. I cover my leather jackets with bold pieces and luckily for me this release features a 3 piece movie making set. All I'm missing is my own directors chair to top off this film making kit!

 
Featuring a camera, clap board and a retro megaphone this set brings back the very vintage feel of the silent film makers of yesteryear. 


All the little details are covered, and I love the extra addition of the silver sparkles and the Erstwilder Studios text. It's the little features like these that make Erstwilder's creations so magical.


The set can be worn in any way you fancy. Be it grouped on a bold tee as I've shown here or wearing one piece at a time. I think I'll be adding the clap board to one of my leather jackets soon as it's too cute not to wear all the time All the little details are covered, and I love the extra addition of the silver sparkles and the Erstwilder Studios text. It's the little features like these that make Erstwilder's creations so magical.

 
Tincel Town Necklace - $
 
There is always one piece I fall hard for with every Erstwilder release, a piece that I wear to death and become one with. This time the Tinsel Town necklace is that piece! 

100% glitz and glamour this necklace features bold black and white Hollywood text placed perfectly on a glittering gold plaque. The retro shape, added white starburst sparkles and all of the glitter make this piece absolutely iconic.

 
I don't think I've ever fallen this hard for a necklace but the effortless glamour of this piece has me falling head over heels.



While I'm usually not a fan of gold in any way, the mixture of black, white, gold and silver really make this perfect for my skin tone and hair. I've paired this look with my amazing Hell Bunny Faux Fur coat to add that extra bit of old-world glam. I think I'll actually be wearing this to the launch of Shazam this evening. A little extra appropriate bling for our evening out.

 
Now Showing Brooch - $39.95
 
My last piece from this collection is a brilliant piece of Art Deco signage. Inspired by the classic cinema boards the Now Showing Brooch is a deco dream. Using a very classic red, white and black combination the brooch is striking and really pops when nestled in my faux fur. 


As a fond nerd I'm absolutely in love with the choice used for the word and how perfectly it pairs with the theme and look of the piece. If you look close you might also see a little shimmering of glitter in this brooch as well, just to make it pop even more against the white board.

 
Now this piece will be worn whenever I head to see a film and for upcoming premier events.
 
 
Erswilder you have absolutely blown my mind with this collection and I don't think I'll be able to limit myself to just these three pieces. With iconic Hollywood stars in the mix and some lobby treats I'll be shopping up a storm later today!
 
Many thanks to my amazing husband for being one of my brilliant blog photographers. I love creating such magic with him!  


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

V is for Vivika


Call off the search parties, stop scouring the internet and endlessly walking through shopping centers looking for the best boots for winter! They have been found, tried and tested by me and I can honestly say the Demonia Vivika Boots are hands down the best boot for daily winter wear.


 
I've been hunting high and low for a pair of stunning black boots that will fit like a dream, have a medium sized heel for daily work and play wear and a lace up front in order to fit both my and many different sized legs.


The Vivika Boots feature a 3 Inch (76mm) block heel with a rounded toe for extra comfort. There is nothing worse in winter than trying to squeeze into a pointed toe boot with warm socks on. These are a lace up style boot that hits mid calf so they can accommodate so many different leg shapes due to being adjustable by the laces.


The faux leather is soft and so comfortable and like all Demonia shoes they are very true to size. I wear a 10AU and I always order a 10US in Demonia styles to get my perfect fit.


Styling wise the possibilities are absolutely endless. For these images I styled the boots with my favourite winter stockings, a swing skirt and all the layers I'll be wearing and needing come this winter. But brighter colours, prints and patters look brilliant with these black boots.


Looking to pair your boots with pants or jeans? These look absolutely amazing with skinny jeans and leggings. So bring on winter, all those winter warmers and endless styling opportunities. Luckily in Melbourne this week the weather has been cool enough so I've worn these twice already!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Black Widow

What's this? Another Unique Vintage review/photoset?  Well when the absolutely dreamy  Lamar Swing Dress you have to make the time to create some amazing images of this perfect LBD.

 
 

There is something so effortlessly stylish and sexy about the Lamar Dress. The soft, super stretchy Bengaline fabric that drapes perfectly over your hips yet is fitted over the waist and bust. A pointed waistband paired with a knife pleated swing skirt helps to make your curves pop! With or without a waist belt this dress will make you feel super curvy.


 
What makes this dress shine is the bustline. For girls like myself that love to show off a bit of boobage this style really flatters and shapes your bust. It's very low cut but still workable with even my most full bras. I've opted to wear a plunge Curvy Kate style with this dress and as you can see it works perfectly. An adorable faux button in the shape of a black rose is the center feature of the sweetheart neckline and I love how it completes the look.

Size wise I went with my usual 1XL but this size is way too big due to the fabric. So I strongly suggest going down to a smaller size as there is so much stretchy and give. While this size is super comfortable I think the waist line and structured details will pop more so with a tighter fit, hence why I added an in theme waist belt.

 
Styling wise I've run with the Black Widow theme and paired this stunning dress with all UV accessories with the exception of the waist belt.  The Black Sinamay and Rhinestone Brooch Fascinator paired perfectly with my curls and looks absolutely amazing. I wore it slightly the wrong way but I still love how it looks and tis tis to my photographer for not telling me the bow was meant to be pointing towards the back of my head. But either way the netting, bold brooch and bow detailing really make this piece pop and pair perfectly with the dress.


 
To complete the look I've added these stunning floral mesh gloves. If your new to my blog you might not know of my glove obsession but until now I've not owned mesh or net gloves. So when I saw these floral/lace gloves I needed to try them asap.
 
They are soft and delicate yet really durable and fit my medium sizes hands with ease. The palm is outfitted allow easy grips and a touchscreen pointer finger so you can still use your smart phone while keeping warm. I adore this feature as it mixes vintage with modern needs - brilliant work Unique Vintage!
 
My waist belt and the inspo for the name of the look is the Kreepsville 666 spider waist belt which you can purchase directly from their website or many other resellers. 


 

Many thanks to my husband Jay for taking these images and for working with me to create a little bit of vintage magic. We focused on a few portraits towards the end of this shoot and I love how they turned out.

 
You can pick up all of these pieces right now on Unique Vintage and many more accessories. So be sure to go wild and style the perfect look for you.