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Dolly and Dotty Dress Review

Hello!

Well, I feel absolved of my negativity after yesterday’s ranty post, and would like to bring you a beautiful dress review today instead!

I got this dress from Lucy Loves at Didi’s Boutique in Altrincham, which I’ve blogged about here and here. I have always loved bright Yellow, and am attracted to items of clothing or accessories that are yellow in a magpie-like manner! it’s harder to rock in such a block colour manner when it’s coming into autumn, but a yellow satchel paired with a dark toned outfit, or a yellow pair of shoes brighten up any dull day!

The Wendy dress is from the Dolly & Dotty range on the Lovedidis.co.uk website, made from 95% cotton and is very soft and versatile. I love how well it fits (this is a size 10) around my waist without being too tight. It has a nice length, coming to just the level of my knee (i’m 5ft7), and has enough flare to the skirt to wear with a peticoat. It comes with a matching belt as well, but I chose not to wear it for the photos, as the dress required no cinching.

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I paired the dress with my red Lotta clogs.

You can order direct from the website in other designs by clicking the links in the top of this post- hope you like it!

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My New Joy Louche Dress!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share my outfit with you today because I am super in love with my new Joy Louche dress! The sale in there at the moment is amazing! This dress cost me £24.00. I’ve been a fan of Joy for ages, and when the opened in Manchester recently I was really excited!

I chose this dress because it flatters my shape and gives me confidence. I really wanted to wear more dresses with summer being here. What do you think?

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You can shop the sale here – I couldn’t find this particular dress though!

This style of dress (fit and flare) is flattering for all body shapes, and I like the way it’s not too short. I can’t stand too short dresses. Calf length is king!

I paired the dress with my new New Look ballet pumps – an absolute steal at £7.99! I opted for Nude pink for maximum co-ords with my current wardrobe, but they have some other lovely colours – at that price you can afford to get a few!

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To accessorise I wore my Aubergine Fox cloud brooch, and my Oh Kuol Druzy necklace. I’m so happy that brooches are making a real come back as an accessory! Aubergine fox are one of my favourite Etsy shops, and their Instagram feed is an absolute dream.

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Oh Kuol Druzy Necklace and Aubergine Fox brooch. The lipstick in Clinique

My Clarks leather handbag also made an appearance!

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It may be raining outside but I am dressing for the weather I want not the weather I have! Thank fully my bag is big enough to hold my brolly!!

Lucy Loves Vintage : Lindy Bop Dress

A while back I reviewed this gorgeous tea dress from Lucy Loves Vintage, a new online venture launched by Marie who had a dream of running her own vintage clothing store.

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Josie Royal blue tea dress in size 10

I’ve since gone to visit her in her new digs based in Altrincham. She has taken over a store called Didi’s boutique from a friend of hers who was too poorly to continue running the store. She now has big aspirations to update the place with a 50’s diner feel, and will stock the beautiful dresses available from the Lucy Loves website.

Lucy is in actual fact Marie’s 10  year old daughter (sorry if I got that wrong Lucy), who helps her mum with the shop and has a bit of a passion for Lionel Richie! I spent an hour with them trying on dresses from the Didi’s range, as Marie is having a massive sale to clear out stock and make way for those gorgeous vintage dresses that we all love.

I had a great time trying things on, and Marie is working really hard to make her dream come true.

She generously gifted me this AMAZING ‘Lindy-Bop’ dress, available on her website. How nautical and 50’s can one dress be!?

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I even had a go at doing victory rolls for the occasion!
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What’s over there, I wonder?

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block heel peep toe shoes from Marks & Spencers £25.00 – click to browse!

Get on down to the store if you’re local, or just visit her website to check out her stock!

For LindyBop visit – Lucylovesvintage

For a scan of the sale visit – Didi’s Boutique in store.

VE Day Outfit : a Night with ClassicFM

I was extremely lucky to be offered tickets to see VE day at 70 live at the Royal Albert Hall this past Sunday. VE day, Victory in Europe, was the official end to the bloodshed and atrocities of the Second World War; freedom from the tyranny of Hitler’s Nazi regime, and an end to a war that claimed 55 million lives, both military personnel and civilians.

The event was a reminder of the cost of war, the celebration of life, a remembrance of those who has fallen or were interred as POWs, and also a bit of a celebration of our national pride, all though the medium of music.

The night was hosted by the smooth toned John Suchet and the lovely Myleene Klass, with perfomances from Katherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson and Wynne Evans. You can listen to the concert here!

an attempted panoramic shot of the Albert Hall
an attempted panoramic shot of the Albert Hall

I used an entire packet of tissues by the intermission – it’s so easy to go about your daily life without thinking on the sacrifice made by so many to save so few (terrible Churchill paraphrase). There were poetry and diary readings interlaced with wonderful music from the time, or from well known musical scores of films inspired by moments during WWII- A highlight for me was Shindler’s List theme featuring Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (I seem to recall) Violinist, Helen Wood. Such an emotive piece.

I hope you found a moment to pause and reflect- if you didn’t, put 6th June in your diary. D-Day, the single most devastating yet vital victory for the allies forces landing in France that stole the lives of tens of thousands of British, American and Allied troops.

Now, on a lighter note, I wanted to share my outfit for the night. I decided that my Mulberry Dress was due a debut for such a wonderful occasion.

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Mulberry Dress paired with Dune Heels
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Accessorize leather clutch in gold (£25). Nails were Daylight Curing BarryM polish in Fushia Generation

I loved this clutch, paired perfectly with the golden detailing on my dress.

Gold sequins detailing flowers, bees and dragonflies
Gold sequins detailing flowers, bees and dragonflies
Outside 54 Boutique Hotel,Queensgate, in Kensington London
Outside 54 Boutique Hotel,Queensgate, in Kensington London

My friend and I stayed in 54 Boutique Hotel on Queensgate, a short walk to the Albert Hall (Just as well in those heels!!) It also overlooked the famous Natural History Museum which was free to visit. The room was good value I felt, at £139. There were Neal’s Yard goodies in the bathroom, and a nespresso machine in the room too!!

can't beat a good bath in a hotel!
can’t beat a good bath in a hotel!
Neal's Yard Goodies!
Neal’s Yard Goodies!
relaxing after a busy day going around museums and sobbing my eyes out
relaxing after a busy day going around museums and sobbing my eyes out

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Lucy Loves Vintage : Tea Dress Review

I was so excited last week to receive my gorgeous vintage tea dress from Lucy Loves Vintage, an independent vintage e-retailer owned by Marie (the store is named after her daughter, Lucy!)

I was selected to choose a dress from their website so I could show it off to you, my readers! I chose the  Josie Royal Blue Tea Dress by Lindy Bop. Lucy’s have a beautiful range of prom,rockabilly and tea dresses in vintage styles- 40s – 50s mostly. I understand they also have shoes to offer also… I need to bat my lashes at Marie! 

I had great fun shooting this outside by myself using odd household objects to prop my camera and creative use of the timer…

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As you can see the dress fits rather nicely (it’s a size 10) though a little snug on the bust (I’m a 32D). The hips measurements were ample, though.

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I paired this dress with my grandmother’s vintage (and sadly broken) Rotary watch and my vintage RAF sweetheart badge (Psst, this was because I stupidly smudged my lipstick on the dress while pulling it on, too lazy to undo the buttons!!!)

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My lipstick is No7, and my nail polish is Barry M.

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You can follow Lucy Loves on Twitter and on Instagram @Lucylovesv.

The dresses are all very reasonable in price, with this one at £29.99. I quite fancy this flared Jenna Dress for £19.00.

A HUGE thank you to the team at LLV — I’d certainly be interested it working with- and shopping with- them again in the future.

Love xxx

JOY Pinterest Competition – I won!

I am so excited – yesterday I was contacted by JOY to say they loved my pinterest board and that I had won their £250 giveaway! The stuff is on it’s way to me right now, but I thought I would let you peek at my board first, before I post about my new clothes!

They have some amazing dresses in, this one is my absolute favourite though, I cannot wait to wear it!

JOY Stori Dress

What do you think of my board?