I’ve always been a big fan of gingham. It’s so pretty and classic. I’ve featured some of my red gingham dresses on here before – My sainsburys one, my original vintage horrockses one and my Collectif one. But I’ve never owned a green gingham dress before. When Dolly and Dotty invited me to try another of their dresses, the Janie seemed like a great choice. This pretty shirt dress, has a lovely classic shape that would work well for both 40s and 50s looks.

The Perfect Green Gingham Dress?

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewI wore mine for a windy walk around the Hampton Court gardens with Rob. It was a refreshingly warm but windy early autumn day. The dress is perfect for both summer and autumn. It looks great on it’s own, but it could also be layered up with a chunky knit on a colder day.

Material and Fit:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThe dress is made from 95% and 5% elastane. this gives it that authentic soft cotton feel, with a little extra stretch to help with fit. The material on the dress is really lovely. It’s heavy enough to hang well, but is also very soft and comfortable to wear. I love the V neckline. The little gathers where the sleeve meets the shoulder give the dress a lovely 40s feel. The dress also has fabric covered buttons, which is a detail I always appreciate. The large gingham works well and stops the dress looking like school uniform.

I went for my usual size 14 and the fit is pretty good. Shirt dresses can be a bit tricky as I’m quite busty. This one didn’t gape at all and sat really well across my chest, while still fitting at the waist. I’d say this one is pretty true to size. The length is also just right. It sits at the knees on me and I’m 5’6″.

How I Wore Mine:

Dolly and Dotty Janie Vintage Style Green Gingham Dress ReviewThis dress would be really easy to dress up and accessorise, as I’ve mentioned above it would look great with a knitted cardigan. I wore mine with a luxuriate brooch from Etsy, a vintage belt from Beyond Retro and my beloved Clarks Orla Kiely Abigail shoes. I’ve worn this belt with just about everything recently. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that I’ve put this with a lot of dresses! You just can’t go wrong with a gold belt, it finishes a simple outfit perfectly. Dolly and Dotty dresses do come with matching belts, but I usually add a true vintage one, for my own look.

The dress is currently available in the sale on the Dolly and Dotty website at just £19.99. There aren’t many sizes left in the print. The Janie dress also comes in other prints so it’s well worth a look.

What do you think? Is this the perfect green gingham dress? I absolutely love it and would like to pick up another colour.

*This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all opinions are my own. 

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I discovered Joanie Clothing at some point last year and fell in love with their modern twist on classic styles. The first dress I got from them was a fabulous cherry print shirt dress which you can see on my Instagram. I’ve also featured two outfits from them on the blog. My striped shirt dress review and an outfit featuring their Bonjour sweater and polka dot skirt.

Their new stock recently landed and there are quite a few things that have caught my eye. I love their blouses and sweaters which are perfect for mixing with jeans and vintage skirts. Their dresses are always amazing and I can’t get enough of the blue and red colour palette and poppy prints. The denim blouse would be perfect for under my pinafore dresses and I love the ruffle sleeves and 70s vibes of the polka dot dress.

My Joanie Clothing Autumn Wishlist:

Joanie Clothing Autumn Wishlist

Top Row: Floral Collar Dress – Pussy Bow ShirtPolka Dot Dress

Middle Row: Get off my Cloud Jumper – Poppy Print Wrap DressRed Cable Knit Cardigan

Bottom Row: Floral Collar Dress – Poppy SweaterPoppy Print Midi Dress

What is your favourite piece from my Wishlist? Have you ever bought anything from Joanie Clothing and what did you think? Are there any other brands you love, that you’d like me to create a Wishlist for? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Find the full range on the Joanie Clothing website. If you’re looking for a bargain there are also some great pieces in the sale section.

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It was hard to miss the launch of the new Disney x Cath Kidston collaboration a couple of weeks ago. I have to confess to being a little bit obsessed with their collaborations. As it is I’m a huge Disney fan and also very partial to Cath Kidson dresses. They may be well over my usual budget, but I always find a way! Having picked up two new dresses from the latest collection, I thought it would be fun to take pictures of all the dresses so far and put them all together.

Winnie The Pooh:

Disney x Cath Kidston Winnie the Pooh DressThe first offering from Disney x Cath Kidston was British favourite Winnie the Pooh. This is one of my favourite dresses, I really love the shape and fit of this one. They currently have a few other dresses in this shape including the lovely pets party dress, which I have and love. My only complaint with this dress was the length and I’ve noticed their recent dresses are a but longer. I loved the print from this collaboration, this will always be one of my favourite books, stories and Disney films. See how I styled it in my post from last year.

Mickey in London:

Disney x Cath Kidston Mickey in London DressGetting my hands on the dresses from this collection was so tricky, but eventually I got lucky and got both. I love the print of this dress so much and wore this all summer. Again the length is much shorter than I’d usually wear, but I just don’t care! I really love that Cath Kidston used their London print and kept this collaboration so British.

Minnie Mouse:

Disney x Cath Kidston Minnie Mouse DressThe spot print is such a Cath Kidston classic. I’ve mentioned before that I used to work at CK when it was a much smaller company about 13 years ago now. The spot print was as much a key pattern for them then as it is now. I love the simplicity of this dress design and it’s one I wore a lot last winter and will wear again this winter too. I like to put a top underneath this one and wear it like a pinafore dress, as I did in my post last year.

101 Dalmatians:

Disney x Cath Kidston 101 Dalmatians DressThis is one of my favourite Disney films, so I was really excited about this range. Although I love the print they chose for the dress I would have done anything for one in the town houses print, which in my opinion was just nicer. I know this dress was a bit unpopular due to the choice of fabric and although I would have preferred cotton, I didn’t mind it too much. For more detail, check out my blog post on this dress.

Tinker Bell:

Disney x Cath Kidston Tinker Bell Peter Pan DressThe first dress from the new Peter Pan, the Tinker Bell shirt dress collaboration is absolutely perfect for this time of year. I really like the shirt dress style which fastens with the cutest star shaped buttons. The print is so pretty and I love the colour. I’m looking forward to experimenting with this one over the coming months. I like the idea of different coloured tights and working into looks inspired by different eras. Watch this space!

Peter Pan in London:

Disney x Cath Kidston Peter Pan London DressThis dress is such a classic easy to wear piece. The print mixes the classic Disney characters with the popular Cath Kidston London Print. This is such an easy dress to wear and the fabric is a lovely and heavy, so it hangs really well. This is the sort of dress I wear all the time, as they’re so easy to throw on with a card and some flats for everyday.

I am so excited to know which Disney x Cath Kidston collaboration will  come next and how many more there will be. I really hope the next range keeps up with the amazing quality of the Peter Pan range. The great fabrics, lovely details and decent skirt lengths, really made this range stand out.

What did you think of the Disney x Cath Kidston ranges, have you tried any of the dresses? What did you think?

Find the items that are still available in the Peter Pan range here.

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If you’ve been reading a while, you’ll know I’m a bit obsessed with the Disney and Cath Kidston collaborations. I’ve been collecting the dresses since the first Winnie the Pooh one came out last year. Before each new collaboration is announced I get really over excited and try to guess which it will be. So far we’ve had Winnie the Pooh, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, 101 Dalmatians and now Peter Pan. I’m already guessing what will be next, here’s hoping for Lady and The Tramp or Aristocats one day!

The Peter Pan collection launches next Thursday and Cath Kidston have just released their preview, so you can see everything that will be coming in. Realistically I can only choose a couple of things, but I thought I’d put together a Wishlist of all the stuff I love from the collection anyway.

Fashion: I’m starting with the most important one here! This is probably my favourite fashion range yet, I love the longer length on the dresses and the shirt dress is absolutely perfect for this time of year.

Cath kinston Disney Peter Pan Collection

Tea Time: I am completely and utterly addicted to buying nice tea sets and pretty things for my kitchen. The Tinker Bell Posy print, is absolutely perfect for me and I really love the range which includes a tea cup and saucer, cereal bowl and mug. I also really like the apron, perfect for a spot of baking. I also like to take a hot drink out with me, so the travel cup would be super handy.

Cath kinston Disney Peter Pan Range

Accessories: Being Cath Kidston, there are obviously a lot of nice bags and accessories, including some cute make-up bags. It was hard to choose my Wishlist, but for me the tote bag would be really useful as it’s big enough to carry all my things. I always need nice notebooks, as I never stop writing lists and blogging ideas. I also just love the pom pom keyring and phone cover.

Cath kinston Disney Peter Pan Collection

Take a look at the preview and let me know what you’ve got your eye on from the collection. I’d also love to hear people guesses for what the next collection will be.

Find out all the details of the launch and how to shop here.

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Although I’m definitely a summer girl at heart, I am also completely in love with Autumn. Obviously I’m not talking about the wet and dreary days or the longer nights. I have the classic romantic image of Autumn in my head. Fallings leaves, beautiful rich colours, mustard and plum coloured outfits and brand new boots!

I may not like the slightly colder chill in the air. But above all other seasons, Autumn is the one that inspires me the most. I’ve looked back on some of the Autumn photos I’ve shared not he blog over the years and found found lots of Autumn inspiration.

Looking at the colours outside our windows can be the perfect muse for planning your Autumn wardrobe. Seeing all the different colours on the trees can definitely help you pick out the perfect mix and match wardrobe.

I find that during Autumn I wear a lot more 60s and 70s inspired outfits. Vibrant Crimplenes and bold accessories, alongside 70s style maxis work so well for the season.

This retro autumn outfit which appeared on the blog a couple of years ago, is full of Autumn colours. I wore an original vintage dress, with some tights and boots from primark.

One of my most treasured Autumnal accessories is my original Enid collins handbag. I love the design and the colours, it one of the highlights of my bag collection.

When it comes to make-up, I usually go for classic reds or browns at this time of year and definitely wear fewer pink tones. Lady Danger by Mac (pictured) is the perfect orange toned red and works really well for a vintage look.

As for accessories, the world of vintage plastics will always be your friend during Autumn. There are so many beautiful tones of bakelite and celluloid jewellery. Not to mention cheap and cheerful plastic bangles. I love finding treasures at car boot sales and charity shops to accessories my outfits.

Hair flowers are another great accessory for vintage autumn outfits, this is one of my favourite ones. I usually pick these up on Etsy or at vintage fairs. Check out my Autumn Dress Wishlist from last week for another dose of Autumnal ideas.

I have big plans for lots of lovely Autumn posts and have been doing lots of planning, ready for when the kids go back to school. Watch this space for recipes, wish lists, hauls and outfit posts. Also please let me know if you have any requests.

What is your favourite thing about Autumn?

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