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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Anchors, whips and polkda dots

Swing or wiggle, swing or wiggle....I still can't decide which of these two styles captures my style and heart more. So to save me from  hours upon hours of turmoil I've come to the conclusion that both are awesome and suit me equally and because of this I'll fill my wardrobe all of the pinup girl frocks and skirts that fit into this category. 

Now that we are fully into the groove of 2015 I wanted to style and snap a few of my current must have styles from Pinup Girl Clothing and my current lust list for the first half of the year. As you already know PUG are my go to brand for all clothing and accessories and I'm forever checking into all of their social media and the 'coming soon' section to see what beautiful garments I can snap up next order! In this post I've reviewed 3 loves of 2014 and at the end you'll find a few newer styles tha have snuck their way onto my MUST HAVES list for 2015.



Now this is the second Renee dress I own and it won't be the last! I first wore/reviewed the tipsy elephant version of this dress in the 5th issue of Adore Pinup and since then I've been an absolute convert. This stunning style is everything a girl could want in a summer frock and fits like a dream. 


In a size XL I'm completely comfortable, supported and have zero spilling. I have GG cup breasts and I'm 100% supported and covered in this built in bra area. Don't only does this style support a large chest  but it makes them look amazing, I wore this on Christmas day and had many boobie related compliments. I find that most of the bust areas if not all in both the Pinup Couture and Deadly Dames range are that well constructed and lined that you can go with out a bra. From the Vamp top and dresses to the Voodoo Vixen styles you don't have to worry about finding a strapless bra anymore and can wear all of these tops and dresses with confidence. 


The Renee also features a full swing style skirt, hidden pockets and a rich blue print covered in anchors. Now that I have two beautiful prints in style I will be needed both the black and red versions as soon as they hit the website. I'd love to style the plain fabrics over the cooler months and play with boleros and cardigans. 


I've paired this with my  favourite petticoat which is hidden beneath the swing skirt and I get my petticoats at Kat Frankes. For this dress I opted for the Lindy B: Long Petticoat Red which is a steal at $49.00. I've been looking for the perfect red petticoat for a while now and I'm loving this style from Lindy B. So light but still adds the right amount of volume to skirts and dresses. 



Lorelei Dress in Gray with polka dots - $130.00

Now I have been lusting after the Lorelei for a while now but I've never been too sure if it would suit my curves. But after seeing the bombshell that is Natalie Alvarado wearing it I knew I could rock the figure hugging wiggle dress as well. So I ordered the gray and black polka dot print and eagerly awaited the high collared beauty. 


Again in a size XL this dress is amazing fit wise. It slips on like a second skin and holds you in tightly. That tight that I should have opted for a bodysuit version of shapewear and not a corset. As you can see the top and bottom of my underbust show through as the fabric is stretchy and made to hug you in all the right places. Fashion and shapewear can be trail and error so next time I wear this I'll be sure to not wear the corset. 


The style is absolutely stunning though and I'm in love with both the style and colour of this dress. Whoever said gray is a drab colour was crazy as I think it works wonderfully on my pale skin, paired with my red locks. The Lorelei is such a great fit around every inch of my body and I'd love to see this high collard style become a top as it's a more modest version in my opinion of the Lauren top and I know a few girls out there have some issues with the deep plunge of the Lauren. 


 

Deadly Dames Tie Me Up dress in black and red fetish print - $136.00

I've been impatiently waiting for the Tie Me Up dress to be restocked so I could add a 3rd item to my Fetish Print collection. I saw a sneaky preview of this fabric years ago and have been crazy about it ever since. Covered in bullet bras, boots, whips, corsets and masks this is the most daring and most stunning print in my collection. The bold black print on the rouge red really pops and the styling possibilities are endless. You can be inspired by the print itself and pair this dress with leather or go a little softer and pair this with angora. 


With adjustable straps that tie up on your shoulders this dress can work for a huge amount of bust sizes and can be tightened or loosened when needed. I'm wearing these straps rather high as I've chosen a more full coverage bra and as you can see it pops through ever so slightly. If I chose say a balconette bra or a love plunge it might have a different effect. I was also not able to tie the straps correctly at the time so I'm wearing this style hanging down my back. When I wear this next I'll be sure to practice more and get a perfect pair of bows. 


It really is an outstanding dress and the adjustable busts on both the Renee and Tie Me up styles means that you don't necessarily have to have my stats or shape to wear these. You can have a big bust or small and they can still accommodate your curves.




I also wanted to share with you my sparkletastic earrings paired with each outfit during this shoot. I picked up these two stunning pairs of Stardust Confetti earrings at Kat Frankies and they complete each outfit. I'm absolutely head over heels for these stunning earrings and feel fantastic whenever I wear them. Be it dressing up or dressing down I always feel like a million dollars with these babies sparkling in my ear. Be sure to check out all of the range available at Kat Frankies and you can also find Stardust Confetti on Etsy

So now that I've filled 2014 with all of my PUG favourite's it's time to look to the future and plan some new additions to my 2015 wardrobe. 




Obviously this year calls for bright colours and some absolutely stunning gothic formal wear. I can't wait to add more items to my collection and see what my girls at Pinup Girl Clothing create in 2015.

Many thanks to my amazing photographer Brooke Orchard for shooting these for me on a muggy and rainy day, it's amazing what we can create in this unpredictable Melbourne weather. I urge any of my readers based in Victoria or Australia to book in a shoot with Brooke this year. If you want to feel amazing and look perfectly pinup she is the best in the business!!



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

True Diva

For years I've been absolutely smitten with the amazingly designed and tailored styles of Trashy Diva. But until recently I've never had the honour of wearing any of their stunning creations as I was unsure of size and what exact styles would suit me. My fears have been thrown out the door now as I've found my perfect size and fallen for 3 stunning dresses! 



The moment I laid eyes on the Asian-inspired Green Kimono Collection I was totally taken with the green floral fabric. When I fall hard for a fabric, I love to get the perfect style or shape for my curves and with the Obi 4 Dress I've found a great new shape that I've not tried before. A classic 40's style sleeveless dress with bold black accents to create shapes and curves. I'm wearing all of these styles in a size 14US and they are perfect for my waist and bust. My favourite features are the Obi style waist belt that can be worn in many different ways, the cross over bust and cheeky keyhole shoulders.


The rayon crepe is an absolute dream to wear in this super hot summer weather and it feels amazingly light yet hugs my hugs me in all of the right places. But this style can be styled into Autumn and Winter with ease by adding wraps, cardigans, tights and leather knee high boots. There is so much fun to be had with accessories and lots of 40's themed hats, gloves and jewelry. 


I can't explain how much I adore this fabric and this dress is just the tip of the iceberg! There are 4 more designs in this collection and each suit different shapes and sizes. So if your busy or not so busty you will find the perfect style, cut and fit with any of the following dresses. Trashy Diva also has a brilliant size range with styles in available in US 0 to 20!


1. Trashy Diva Day Dress - $159.00



Now let my introduce you to the most amazing halter neck dress I've ever worn. It's taken way to many dresses in many different kinds of fabrics to find the right halter for my large bust but Lena has won me over. With a stunning sweetheart shaped neckline and gathered bust this is not a simple summer dress. Part of the Trashy Diva Bridal Collection this stunning style in Dragonfly Stain is perfect for bridesmaids or even a very non traditional bride (like myself). I adore the fitted and lined bodice as it nips me in and the waist and hugs every curve, giving me that Marilyn Monroe style silhouette. The 14 is perfect for my measurements and I can't wait to wear this again.


As I mentioned previously this style is one of many stunning dresses featured in the Bridal Section of Trashy Diva. While I'm wearing colour on my wedding day I know many pinups have a hard time shopping for the perfect retro inspired wedding dress. Trashy Diva have a brilliant selection of both colour and white options for both you and your bridal party. The Lena style comes in 4 more colours as shown below and you can also find boleros and accessories and jackets in this section. The missing dress was featured at the start of this post as it is a part of the Kimono Collection.






Then lastly the Eva Marie Dress which is another limited edition style. This Olive (almost mustard) shade was chosen to suit my red locks and super pale skin. The construction of the this style is outstanding as it's lined, fitted both in the bust and waist and sits perfectly on your arms with a little cap sleeve. Unlike the previous styles this dress has little to no stretch so if you are unsure of which sizes works best please double check the size chart. The 14 is a very tight fit on my GG bust and I would even be game to wear this without a bra so there is no flattening of the chest area. 


I absolutely adore the super thick fabric and how it keeps it's full skirt shape. The rhinestone and pearl beading are also stunning and I hope this style is released in a darker colour eventually. I'd love to have this in a rich red or emerald green. 


Next on my lust list for Trashy Diva have to be the following two styles for the cooler months ahead. The new Chinese Opera print is stunning and the I absolutely adore the high necked, ruffled polka dot printed race car dress. 




Many thanks to the beautiful Brooke Orchard who as always has wow'd me with her amazing eye and photography skills. It's always the best day of the month or week when I get to shoot with her and I can't wait until April when she photographs my wedding! 


 

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I Want Your Skull

Being a very curvy and busty girl I've found that shirt shopping is an absolute nightmare. If a shirt fits me in the bust it won't fit me in the arms and visa versa - there is never a middle ground! I'm a size 16 so if I try plus size brands they won't fit me in the waist but give me ample room in the bust, a standard store gives me room everywhere else but then I get the button pop.

But after searching for years I went out on a limb and decided to try the latest offering from Wheels and Dollbaby as they have expanded their shirts to a size 16! Now let me gush about this brilliant shirt that is everything I've been looking for in a button up. I knew when reviewed the La Carla Bruni Blouse that I was going to have no issues with fit for this western style.



The Skull Western is a an amazing fit in the 16 and I can button it up over my bust and down to my hips without an issue (any pulls on the shirt are due to my bust being a little large due to a corset). It hugs my curves and is super soft and smooth as it's made from a cotton voile. 

Now lets just go crazy for the skull print please? It's hot!!! I love skulls but rarely do I wear them in such a bold print. This fabric had me smitten from moment one so I had to have it. 

This shirt has limited stretch so if you are unsure be sure to double check with with the size chart prior to purchasing. For non stretch items at Wheels & Dollbaby I tend to go for a 16. In stretch I can do 14 or 16 and for oversized items like the angora sweaters I wear a size 10. 

I've paired this shirt with the amazing Irma La Douce Skirt in red and my all time favourite polka dot Teeze platforms from Shoe Me Gorgeous. I love the mix of prints and one bold, bright solid and mixing up two different prints in the same colours. 


If you are looking for a silky high waisted pencil skirt full of sex appeal and va-va-voom then look no further. The Irma is a stunning creation made from double layered stretch matte deluxe satin and is soft like butter. The stretch satin is hugs your body and stretches that much I could have gone down one size for a tighter fit. I adore the bold black plus velvet buttons which are actually functional, you can open a few for a higher slit or just wear it as shown.

Loving the red, black and white combo here and how well they work together. I'm so very in love with the Irma and need it in ever colour including black, Mary Antoinette and leopard print. They are perfect for all seasons and I would love to style the leopard version next autumn and winter.


Now for a closer look at my amazing fascinator from the amazing Gigi's Retro Closet. When I found this style at Halloween I had to snap it up as it's everything I adore all rolled up into one amazing piece. Packed with red and black roses, glitter, skulls, spiders and more and it's not just for Halloween! Now Gigi's is currently sold out of this style but there are so many more items you can choose from or you can make a custom order for whatever you heart may desire! I think I need to get this amazingly talented designer to create me something unique for my wedding next year. Below are a few styles that are close to this spooky headpiece.






My True Love - $29.00




How amazing are these babies? I think I need to spoil myself once a month so I can shoot them forever.

Many thanks to the always brilliant Julz Photography for shooting these images with me and for making me feel amazing! Can't wait to shoot more with you in the new year!



Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Voodoo Doll

These past few months have been brilliant for finding new brands to go gaga about! From clothing to accessories I've found two brilliant designers that I'm absolutely head over heels for right now.

So who has got me so excited and I have to admit super excited to get dressed for this summer? Voodoo Vixen and Gigi's Retro Closet! Yes I know I'm a little slow to the Voodoo Vixen party but I only discovered the brand midway through last year and fell hard for their latest range.

Based in the UK and distributed throughout the world Voodoo Vixen are a pinup/retro inspired clothing company offering both standard and plus sizing. With stunning unique prints, great fabrics and amazing fits you will definitely love many if not all of their range. I recently had the pleasure of shooting my two favourite dresses from their current range.



From the moment I laid eyes on this amazing cats eye glasses print I was sold! In my mind there is nothing  better than a bold red swing dress but when that dress comes with a brilliant black retro glasses print and a cross over neckline then it's even more of a dream. A full skirted swing style with a unique criss cross neckline and thin black piping around the bustline. 



I paired this with my amazing red floral hair flower from Gigi's Retro Closet. Gigi's is an Australian based handmade hair accessories company and I swear I'll never need another hair accessory shop again. Her work is absolutely amazing and the detail on each clip or fascinator is fabulous. At the Gigi's Retro Closet Etsy shop you will find a hair accessory for any and every occasion. From Christmas, to Halloween, every day and one for every outfit. With a large floral clip priced at $25 and full facinators at $50 plus you can pick up a few stunning hand made items to cover all of your outfits. I adore the pairing of the reds in this clip and the different texture and size of each of the petals.

I'm wearing the Connie Dress in a size XL and I found it to be a perfect on the waist, around the bust and sleeves. The best feature other than the glasses motif has to be the hidden pockets, they always make an already fantastic item into an amazing one. 



Next is my new absolute favourite and the best LBD I've ever owned - the Hazel! This little mod inspired number is an absolute dream to wear with its silky soft stretch fabric and sheer sleeve. Shorter than the previously shown style but still a real showstopper. Now the Connie Dress is more my day time style while this is definitely a date night or cocktail party style. I'm wearing this style in a size XL and I've found it to be a perfect fit with my curves.

Now this style is sold out on Voodoo Vixens website but you can find it via the following online retailers : Eggs n Chips (UK), Beserk (AU) and Rebels Market (UK).


I paired this with my bright and beautiful tropical yellow hair flower and I adore the mix of black with a bright pop of colour. This amazing piece is perfect for my deep red locks and I love the how it works with my outfit. Each hair clip or accessory is fastened with sturdy alligator clips and can be secured with extra pins if you plan to dance, jump or frolic. 


As you can see this dress is rather short but it's the perfect length for my height and my booty. Any one out there with an ample rear knows how shorter skirts can become super mini due to a big booty. This is the perfect length and does not show anything. To top the look off I wore my absolute favourite platforms from Shoe Me Gorgeous. I can't get enough of these polka dot beauties and need another pair asap.

Many thanks to the always amazing and super fun to work with Julz Photography. I absolutely adore working with Julz and it's so nice to get out of the studio and take some full length images. Can't wait to work with her again in the new year!

On a more festive note I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and to thank you for following me for the last few years. It's been an absolute pleasure creating new photo shoots and styling amazing pinup clothing for each and every review. I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for Curves to Kill!



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Office Chic - Pinup Style

I've recently started a new job and I'm back in an office environment. While I love suiting I try to keep to a smart casual look daily and like to sneak in my personality and flair with each outfit.

Recently I've noticed that my go to items are all a mixture of Heart of Haute and ASOS with accessories from Erstwilder. Given that HOH are my go to for smart, pinup styling I wanted to put together a dream list of goodies to get my through a working week. I already own some of these items (but in different colours or prints) and wear them to work already so it's a mixture of lust list and trusted items!




Button ups to suit big or small busts, adorable prints and great for layering or wearing on their own. I wear my Estelle and Ella weekly under my black and red Sweet Sweaters and would love a few more button up tops and bows to work with. I've get to try the Gretta top but I love the classic fit, high neckline and the selection of prints.




Every business wardrobe needs 3 types of skirts and one pair of tailored pants. Heart of Haute have all 3 covered with these amazing items. A solid black Aline skirt to pair with absolutely everything in your wardrobe. A high waisted pencil skirt to wear with sweaters, fitted shirts and more - why not try a bold red color and more subtle tops in black and white. Then finally another flattering shape skirt in a bold print. I've gone for the Twirl Skirt as I love wearing aline/twirl shapes to the office. The gold dot print is absolutely stunning and I need this in my collection.




For the warmer months I've got my eye on 3 stunning dresses! I'm a huge fan of the Monte Carlo Dress from Heart of Haute and need to purchase it's summer sister the Milan. The rich Charcoal Teal is perfect for my red hair and pale skin. Then the Hillary which I own in polkadot already but in the Midnight Stripe. The high neckline of these dresses work wonderfully for the office and they all pair perfectly with my collection of Heart of Haute boleros, cardigans and sweaters. Then finally a bronze and black number to make your heart skip a beat. The Aimee Dress in the Medallions print is simply divine and needs to be a core part of my summer and autumn wardrobe. 

Each of these dresses complement an hourglass figure perfectly as they nip you in at the waist and flair out at the hip. 



Then for the colder seasons I've gone with some warmer, thicker fabric choices to keep me toasty as Melbourne cools down. The Super Spy dress was featured in my last HOH blog review and is already a weekly staple so obviously I need the red versions asap. I love to pair my Spy dress with a thick waist belt to define my curves and a bold brooch from my collection. 

Flannel dresses for winter - yes please! The Alisa and Mitzi dresses are a must have for the cooler weather and are super chic. I'm loving the plaid and stripe prints and the brilliant necklines! The Alisa shows a little more skin white the Mitzi has a super high neckline. All 3 styles will be amazing paired with stockings, boots, leather gloves and beret's. 




A few more brilliant items to layer over tops and dresses or just wear on their own. The Sweet Sweater is my latest addiction and has taken no.1 spot in my wardrobe followed closely by the Betty Bolero. I adore the fit, the coverage and need one in every colour and print. The I wanted to go with something a little more man men for the office and the Lily Top stood out above all other cotton tops. With a 3/4 sleeve, stunning neckline and bow feature and teal colour this top will pair with all skirts and tailored pants. Then lastly the Perfect Cardigan in Argyle which I already own and adore. I have both the Argyle and the black and they are perfect for work or play. I hope more prints come out in this style.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Little Critters

Well, well, well... it looks like I have yet another addiction to add to my ever growing list. But this addiction is absolutely adorable, kitschy and heaps of fun! Obviously I've discovered Erstwilder and I'm in love with their quirky designs.



Erstwilder is a Melbourne based accessory company available in selected boutiques across Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA and Japan! They create fun, outrageous, limited edition,  collectible pieces of wearable art that are full of personality and style. For a full range of stockists please click here.

Now I've been a button or brooch girl for years now but this year I'm all about the 'statement brooch' and I wanted to share you with my stand out favourites from the Summer 2014 range. I was way too excited and could not bear to hold onto these any longer without sharing! DIY for the win! I could not wait till my next shoot!


Oscar Wildenfox - $29.00

I'm absolutely mad about foxes and I honestly have no idea why. But for the last few year all I've been wanting are adorable fox related goodies. Lucky for me Erstwilder have a rather large fondness for these stunning creatures and have featured quite a few in their Summer 2014 range. 



Oscar is a super spiffy little red fox with the cutest little spectacles and button nose. He is by far my favourite character in the range and has now gone from my cardigan to my trusty leather jacket.



More foxes! I could not stop at one! Sasha is a little different from Oscar and is a more sweet and feminine character. What I like most about her has to be the mint colouring and polka dot print of her coat.

How sweet is she? The pale mint shade pairs perfectly with all of my spring and summer dresses so I can't wait to work her into heaps of outfits.



Talulah Toucan - $29.00

While I opted for bright shades in the first two brooches I thought I'd choose a black style as well to pair with my red and green cardigan. Talulah works perfectly with my Heart of Haute Sweetie Sweater and really stands out. 


I was careless when changing and sadly lost a little piece of her perch (it feel from a great height) but the brooch still looks amazing minus the 2 missing leaves. Usually such an accident would make a design unwearable but Talulah is that brilliant she only needs a little foliage. 



Finally I have my 2nd favourite creature from the animal kingdom, a deer! Little Lockheart the deer is absolutely delightful! A prancing adorable little lady with a tiny little heart on her toosh. 


Her shape and style reminds me of Bambi which I was obsessed with in my youth! Now if only I could get a bunny brooch as cute as Thumper! 

So there you have it, my top 4 choices from the brilliant new summer range. Be sure to check out your local stockists both online and in store. You can also contact them directly via the website or Facebook. If you're not a fan of brooches but still love these adorable designs then you are in luck. Erstwilder also creates fantastic necklaces and earrings. So be sure to check out the range and start your collection!