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Monday, August 4, 2014

On such a winter's day

Every 6 months or so I like to round up a brilliant local photographer and shoot my new favourites at Hell Bunny. So last week I paired up with the lovely Robin Elk Photography, braved the chilly winds and rain and shot some spring styles and winter warmers. 

Deadly Dames Faux Leather Belt 

When I first laid eyes on this fabric I was instantly in love with the rose print. I just adore floral but the moment you mix red, black and green all in one print - it has to be mine. This print is as shown on the 50's Cannes halter dress and can also be found in a skirt and long sleeve dress option. I chose the 50's Cannes dress as I've worn this style before and love the fitted bust, halterneck and the fit. I wear all halter styles from Hell Bunny in a size Large as they seem to have be the same fit throughout this style. I'm in love with this combo and can't wait to mix and match all my other boleros with this stunning dress. 

Inspired by the stock photos of the dress I opted to pair this dress with the new season Bolero - The Natasha! This bolero is the one item every girl needs in her wardrobe. It's soft like angora, super stretchy and feels amazing. There is a slight transference of fluff when you first wear this garment to be sure to wash or have a fabric brush on you. I'm wearing the XL in the bolero but I found this to be way too roomy. This problem is easily fixed as I've already ordered the size down! You can also purchase this bolero in black and white. One of each is needed for my collection I think!  The extra addition of the black petticoat also offers a little more shape to the dress and makes my hour glass figure really pop. 

Belt - Old Stock from Torrid

It's funny to think back a year or two ago and remember how afraid I was of swing style skirts. I've always been in love with wiggle shapes but for some odd reason I thought a simple swing skirt would look horrid on me. Well that's been proven wrong again and again and now my full skirt collection is huge!

I've found that the size Large in this style skirt is perfect for my waist and it fits perfectly with my petticoat beneath. The simple polka dot fabric is welcome addition to my wardrobe and so easy to style.

I've paired this with my Doris top (the boobtastic top) and simple black accessories but the styling options with this print are endless. From bright coloured shirts, cardigans to band tees, crops and jumpers. There is so many ways to wear these great and reasonably priced skirts. 

Now to continue on with my love of florals we have the same skirt with a stunning poppy print! Worn again in a size large which is basically a UK 14. These skirts have no stretch at the waist and have both a back zip and button closure. So be sure to check the max waist measurements with your own because there is little to no give. 

This bright red poppy print made me think instantly of my red Dita cardigan and I think they go together perfectly. The mixture of red and black within each garment makes these two items pair perfectly. I wear the Dita in a size 14 and the stretchy fabric hugs me perfectly. For full reviews on all my Dita cardigans click here.

Then to venture outside of my comfort zone colour-wise I chose the 1950's skirt in a very pale blue, complete with cherries and pockets! My belle blue Dita cardie was my first brave attempt at wearing pastel colours and paired with this gingham printed skirt it works perfectly! 

I adore gingham but I tend to go to the darker prints such as red or black. This baby blue shade is stunning and I feel like a total cowgirl while wearing it. 

The pockets are a really cute feature but don't really add much in terms of function. They are more of an accessory or patch detail. I paired this skirt with my white Hell Bunny petticoat and it works perfectly. This skirt seems to be a little shorter than the other two styles but I did not notice this until I put the extra volume underneath. 

I seem to have many addictions and one I've noticed big time this year - Boleros! When I saw this nautical inspired bolero in the catalog I fell in love with how it fits around the bust and the adorable bow closure. I've wanted a bolero like this for years so I'm so happy that Hell Bunny created it. I'm wearing a size XL and it fits me perfectly. Hugging me in all the right places and giving the right amount of stretch for comfort. 

Because of the adorable design of this top I've gone a little more basically with my styling. A plain white top form Kmart (yes all of $4) the perfect pencil skirt and a think waist belt. With such a strong design you don't have to wear anything but basic's with this bolero. I really hope that other colour ways come out in this bolero such as red and black. This will match perfectly with every sleeveless and halter dress in the current Hell Bunny collection.

While it's a little early for summer wiggle dresses I could not help but order this adorable pencil dress. A few posts ago I wore a polka dot pencil style from Hell Bunny so I knew any style in the same fabric would work wonderfully on curves. The Hibiscus Flower dress is amazing! This dress hugs your curves and fits me perfectly in an XL. My favourite features are the red piping, flower motif and the really unique bust line. As a busty girl I find most dresses either show to much or sit to high. This is a perfect middle ground and it feels and looks great. 

This is a shorter style pencil dress and sits just above my knees. It's perfect for the warmer months of the wear and will be worn to death this summer. You can also style this with cute cardigans, boleros, boots and stockings in the cooler months and it will still look adorable. 

Last year I shared my all time favourite coat with you and it was a part of the stunning winter collection from Hell Bunny. That red plaid and fur jacket has had so much attention and has seen me though hail, snow and super cold Melbourne weather. This year I've chosen two more coats to review/show you, my readers, and trust me you'll want these if you want to be warm all winter. 

First I have the Mika Coat in black and red polkadot. This coat is the bomb!!! From the super cute print, fur trimmings, pom poms and hood (complete with little stand up ears, yes EARS!) this coat is both adorable and amazingly warm to wear.

With any of these super thick faux fur detailed coats you'll never be cold again. It was a freezing cold day when we shot these images and as I slipped into this coat it started to rain. But as soon as I buttoned up I was as snug as a bug in a rug. I wear any Hell Bunny coat in a size XL and there is enough room to layer up underneath and style however you wish. 

Now as I mentioned my first Hell Bunny coat review was of a rocking red plaid jacket which just happened to be the Sarah Jane coat! A few weeks ago I noticed the Teal version pop up in my feed and knew it had to be on my body. Being a redhead I'm attracted to teal like a moth to flame. The teal is actually a little darker in real life but it's just as stunning as these pictures portray. With the same fur features, a double breasting button up front and fur lined hood (sorry no ears on this style) this is my new go to coat for the rest of winter. 

The strong black fur details and piping really stand out on the teal fabric and I now need to purchase a faux fur black muff to wear with this outfit. Again I'm wearing and XL and it's a perfect fit.

I'm really excited to see what's to come with next winters coat designs from HB as they always seem to be perfect for me.

Many thanks to the brilliant Robin Elk Photographer for braving the cold with me and shooting all of these images. I can't wait to to shoot with you again!


  1. I'm in love with everything! You look absolutely stunning in these photos!


  2. Love the nautical bolero - just ordered it and mentioned you as being my source. Also like the hibiscus dress, but suspect my hips might defeat it!

    1. Received the nautical bolero yesterday. Probably could have sized down, but am hoping they will do other colours, and then I can try a smaller size.

  3. You say you ordered a XL. What is your size 10,12, etc. Also your measurements. I'm unsure since its fitted and has a zipper. Height, weight, if you so desire?

    1. Hi!

      My measurements are listed at the top of the page on the right side bar for future reference and my height is listed as well. 42-33-44 are my current stats and I'm a 12US. I'm also 5'8 and I really don't think my weight effects the fit of the garment.

  4. My question was in regard to Hell Bunny Hibiscus Flower Pencil Dress