Wednesday, 28 January 2015

It Was Acceptable In The 80s

Blinded by the pink! How bright is this dress?! It's funny, I'm not usually one for pink, but I saw this gorgeous vintage number and couldn't resist snapping it up for a few pennies, while shopping last year. I think it's the lovely delicate feather feature that does it for me as they break up the pink and make this 80s number super cute rather than obscenely garish (as 80s fashion tended to be). 

The dress is has a button detail on the left shoulder and also on the waist, and I really like these touches. The dress is 80s gold, but my only issue is the bust - there isn't much room and I just about managed to squeeze my ample bosom into the top half without cutting off my air supply! 
Dress: Vintage
Cardigan: South (via Very)^
Tights: Boots
Shoes: Simply Be
Button detail on the waist

I haven't been vintage shopping in ages and dresses like this are a reminder that there really are some gems out there for plus size just have to be prepared to search, and that’s what I’ll be doing this weekend. Can’t wait!

‘til next time! 

Love and hugs,

NOTE: Symbol ^ denotes an item no longer available.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Polka Dot Dreams

There are times when an item of clothing comes into your life and you wonder, 'How have I lived without this?!'. This polka dot dream, designed by Nicolette Mason, for Modcloth, makes me wonder....

If you're a regular reader of my blog you already know about my hysteria for polka dots, vintage and dresses - this dress is everything a girl like me could want! Although I feel it has a classic 50's silhouette, there's something so 80's about it too. The dress is made out of Polyester, while the two (yes, two!) petticoats are made out of Polyester and Nylon, respectively. The dress arrives with the bow initially at the front, but it can also be tied at the back. I personally love the affect of the bow at the front and think it gives the dress a bit of a edge, so that's how I chose to wear it for the photos:
Dress: Nicolette Mason, for Modcloth (currently out of stock, but you can check-out items currently available, here)
Heels: Head over Heels, by Dune^
Shrug: eBay
I once had something semi similar with the difference being that it was a red skirt with white polka dots, but it had the same shimmer and the little petticoat underneath. I lived in that skirt and it was my favourite item of clothing, I literally hated taking it off! Of course as I grew, it became too small for me to wear, and I have secretly mourned my little princess skirt ever since; when Nicolette's collection for Modcloth was launched, this dress was the one I knew I needed as it made me instantly reminisce to my princess skirt - so much so that I was more than willing to swallow the customs charge. Luckily, I have amazing friends and the ever lovely, Marie, offered to ship it over to me, and I'm so grateful. I paired the dress with my surprisingly comfy heels from Dune, previously seen in this post. I finished the look off with a simple shrug as I didn't want anything too bulky or heavy to take focus away from the dress. I seriously love this look as you can tell from how much I'm smiling :)
It just goes to show you can never be too old to dress like a princess! 

'til next time!

Love and hugs,

NOTE: Symbol ^ denotes an item no longer available. 

Wednesday, 14 January 2015


Late last year I headed to central London with my dear friend Shel, and our last shop was one I had never ventured. Shel was adamant that I would love KIKO Cosmetics and as she knows me so well, I was looking forward to exploring what they had to offer, particularly seeing how much the store was heaving as we entered. Just from glancing at some of the product price points, I couldn't believe how this brand had slipped me by for so long, but apparently they're relatively new to the UK, originating from Milano, Italy.

I made a beeline for the lipsticks (because I don't have enough!) and fell in love with so many shades, but for my first trip I restricted myself to my favourite four: 

Note: Click on the shades to be forwarded to the full product and all shades available. 

Smart Lipstick
Shade: Amaranth -914 
No. of shades available: 24
It's no wonder this is KIKO's best selling lipstick. I can't get over how much I love this lipstick and shade, and I also can't believe that this gem of a lipstick is a mere £3.90! The lipstick tip is a little wider than usual which makes this ridiculously easy to apply and the application is made even simpler because the texture is so soft and buttery. This is the lipstick I've been using the most and has become a favourite of mine from my obscenely large lipstick collection. My lips always feel fresh and hydrated with little or no reapplication throughout the day. I'll be heading back to buy many more shades! 

Luscious Cream - Creamy Lipstick
No. of shade available: 25
You can tell by the title that this is the fancy range. It claims to do three things:
• Give lips more fullness
• Keep lips looking healthy with an energising agent
• Give lips a younger look
I can't personally comment on whether it does any of these as I have only worn this particular lipstick a few times, but what I can say is that I love the shade and how the texture felt on my lips. It's a silky texture and easy to apply and I can tell out of the four products I tried that this one will last the longest as I literally applied one thin layer with success. It also has the best packaging I have ever had with a lipstick. 

Unlimited Stylo
No. of shades available: 14
This is my new go-to everyday wear lipstick because it really is 'unlimited'. I have worn this numerous times and it hasn't budged. It is the perfect day-wear lipstick when you're working long hours because it has a high pigment formula for a semi-mat finish, to leave you feeling nothing but confident that you can relay on this lipstick to take you through to dinner time. I also adore the shade and think it goes incredibly well with my skin tone. The only gripe I have is the tip. The flat round tip doesn't make it as easy to apply as I would like, but it's a small price to pay for excellent results. 

Creamy Lipgloss
No. of shades available: 13
Never judge a book by its cover. I chose this gloss because I was so surprised to see that it was a crayon claiming to give a lovely shine finish - I bought it with scepticism. As soon as I applied a layer to my lips though, there was instant gloss. It's so smooth and easy to apply, but I did find that I had to apply more than one layer due to my darker complexion. Those with lighter skin probably won't have the same issue as the colour is there but if you're darker, it's less prominent. 

With such great products and a price point to make other related brands look embarrassingly extortionate, KIKO will be my go-to place for affordable high-end makeup. 

'til next time.

Love and hugs,