Purple Pieces – A Collaboration with Will Hutt

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I’m always looking for new people to work with and, in Easter, I was lucky enough to shoot with amateur photographer Will Hutt!

We decided to go all over the place for this shoot so, with that in mind, I put together an outfit of layers so I didn’t have to change awkwardly behind a tree. Purple is one of my favourite colours so I took three key items: a purple, polka-dot Frock and Roll dress, a vintage purple dirndl skirt and a cropped black Collectif jumper.

I don’t normally layer skirts over dresses but the combination of the three worked really well together.

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I decided to keep the hair and make-up for this shoot relatively simple. I just had a simple ponytail with bumper bangs, then I did simple winged eyeliner with purple liquid lipstick.

Part way through the shoot, I peeled off a layer to show off my dress from Frock and Roll and added my favourite leather jacket.

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The colour of this dress is so vibrant and it’s just really easy to wear – a perfect vintage piece.

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It was wonderful to work with a new photographer and I think we got some pretty fantastic results. I’m definitely going to put these pieces together again – black, white and purple work so well together. What are your favourite colour combinations?

Note: These images were taken by Will Hutt but edited by my better half.

Down by the River with Dolores

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The Dolores Doll dress by Collectif Clothing has become a pin-up wardrobe essential over the years. I had to get my hands on one but there were so many prints and colours to choose from! I ended up going for the Atomic Flamingo print – there are so many colours in this print that you can accessorise in lots of different ways.

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This dress is such a popular style for so many reasons. It’s very east to wear, just pull it on over your head and you’re done! If you want to jazz it up, you can add a belt, a petticoat and any mix of tops, cardigans or jackets. I also love that you can wear the sleeves on or off your shoulders. A dress that makes you look effortlessly gorgeous is always great to have to hand. In terms of sizing, I’d definitely size down. I’m usually a 14 in Collectif but I take a 12 in the Dolores dress.

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I love how this dress fits and feels! I already have my eye on several other prints to my growing wardrobe!

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A huge thank you to my better half for creating these images – you never fail to do a wonderful job!

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Have any of you got a Dolores dress? How do you style it? We’d love to see!

We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday – A Collaboration with Sue Phelps Photography

Back in April I shot with Sue Phelps of Sue Phelps Photography. Sue came up with the fantastic idea of re-creating a vintage lady embarking on her travels for the shoot. As I try to pack for my own summer vacation (and am currently struggling to cram my clothes into a much larger suitcase than the vintage one shown here) I found myself thinking back to this wonderful shoot. I am sure many of you vintage ladies are also planning summer trips so I thought it would be a nice time to share some of these beautiful shots with you all.

For the shoot I teamed my Vivien of Holloway navy sateen circle skirt with my Collectif red and white polka dot dolores top. I accessorised the outfit with the Collectif white and navy skipper belt, navy patent court shoes from New Look, blue and white nautical hoop earings from George at Asda and an anchor brooch I picked up at a vintage market. To accompany the look I wacked my hair up in some victory rolls on the top of my head and swept the rest of my pin curled hair to one side with bobby pins.

I am so pleased with the images. At one point in the shoot the sun came out and really illuminated the greenery alongside the river and the graffiti artwork underneath the bridge. The bright and bold colours perfectly match my summer holiday outfit!

So, here are the images…I hope you all enjoy!

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Once again, a massive thank you to Sue for such a wonderful day and these beautiful images. Papow and I look forward to working with you again in the future!

Pin-Up On The High Street: Hobbs

20160507-IMG_2828.jpgWhen you’re brand new to pin-up style, it can be a little tricky to source clothing. There are tons of brands online but, if you like to check fittings before you buy, you usually have to head in to London (not always a cheap or quick trip). This series of posts is about finding easily accessible pin-up style items on most  high streets. Today, we focus on Hobbs.

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I found out about Hobbs through my mother. She loves classic cuts and quality garments. Most of the dresses I wear for job interviews come from Hobbs mainly because I think that they look smart without being too bold or costumey.

You can get a wide variety of more subtle pin-up style pieces in stores now. Here’s a few current pieces I picked out:

The outfit for this blog post is made up of a mustard, cat-print jumper and a mustard A-line skirt – both of which are old season Hobbs pieces. I love the colour of these two pieces. I can wear both pieces together or separately, if I so wish. I broke up the colour using a burgundy belt from Hell Bunny. This outfit will definitely be worn again!

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A big thanks to my better half for taking these gorgeous images in beautiful bluebells.

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Which high street stores do you head to for pin-up inspired style? We’re always on the look out so drop us a line!