I’ve got a bit of a thing for yellow at the moment. I like to colour scheme my Instagram just for fun and a few weeks ago I decided to have a little yellow theme for a few days. But a few weeks on it’s kinda stuck and I’m absolutely loving it. I see is it a bit like a daily treasure hunt, I’m always on the look out for a pretty yellow building, flower or door. I’ve also been raiding my wardrobe for lovely yellow additions to my outfits. It’s definitely a colour that makes me feel cheerful, positive and even in the recent awful weather – summery! So when Dolly and Dotty asked if I’d like to review one of their dresses this lovely yellow Anna dress was the obvious choice.

The dress is in a classic simple shape with a simple high cut bodice and full skirt. I love the stripes which add a little interest to an otherwise basic dress. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip. I always prefer side zips as they are far more common on original vintage dresses, I also think they give you a better fit. I do find the zips on Dolly and Dotty dresses a little stiff sometimes, so it can be a bit of a struggle to get them done up, but once I’m in I love them.

I chose a size 14 in this dress and it was just right on me. It’s always worth checking the size guide and reading reviews of dresses before you buy them, just to check that you’re getting the best size for you. I was very happy with the length of the dress as well, it sits on the knee on me. I’m 5’6″ tall and normally wear a size 14 for comparison.

The dress would be perfect as an everyday summer dress, if like me you wear pretty dresses whatever the occasion. I think it would work really well for a special event too. For a normal day I’m pair it with a pair of flat sandals and a cardigan, but for a special occasion I’d wear it more like this with a pair of heels and a statement necklace.

I wore mine with my Miss L Fire shoes, which I absolutely adore, I think they were made to wear with this dress! My necklace is an old one from Coast that I got a few years ago. My bangles are modern bamboo and a very old vintage celluloid bangle.

Do you find yourself focussing on a specific colour? Do you have a colour that makes you feel happy? I love anything bright and colourful and green is my actual favourite colour. But I can see my obsession with sunshine yellow lasting a little bit longer for sure!

For this and the pretty vintage style dresses, check out the Dolly and Dotty website.

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

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It can be hard incorporating vintage and retro looks into everyday and work outfits. This year I thought it would be fun to create some looks using both vintage and high street clothes. Todays outfit is from Simply Be and was sent to me to feature on the blog. Rather than going for my usual dress option I thought it would be fun to create an outfit with one of their range of skirts. I was inspired by the 70s and think this would be a great option for work or as an everyday smart look.

I chose this pretty grey ruffle skirt, which is made from a lovely smooth jersey material. It is available in sizes 12-26. I love how versatile this is, it could be worn with a nice sweater or a simple white cami in the summer. It’s definitely a great staple that I will be mixing and matching a lot. The skirt has a lovely drape to it and is quite full. I really like that it falls just below the knee.

I paired it with a navy pussy bow blouse. This is another versatile option, available in sizes 10-32. I like the idea of pairing this with my jeans for a casual daytime look, which could be dressed top with heels for the evening. For another work look this would look fabulous with some high waisted trousers.

To complete the retro 70s inspired look, I added an original vintage belt and my Orla Kiely shoes. I’m really looking forward to trying other combinations with both pieces. Adding a vintage accessory can completely change up an outfit and the belt I’ve used was only a couple of pounds in a charity shop.

Fit wise, I went for a size 14 in both items which is my usual size. I found both to come up pretty true to size. The skirt has an elasticated waist, making it quite easy to get a good fit. The blouse has no stretch, but is pretty roomy and easy to get on.

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So we’re already a few days into February and so far this year has been pretty good. I wanted to take a bit of time at the end or beginning of each month to see how I’m getting on with my goals and to catch up a bit. I also want to photograph more of my vintage dresses, so thought this was a good opportunity to show you another dress from my collection.

At the beginning of January I talked about my goals for 2018. A month into the year and on the whole I’m doing pretty well with them. My first goal was to look after myself more. I’ve still been getting reasonably early nights. There were a few where I stayed up a bit too late watching TV with Rob, but I’m back to getting 8 hours now and it makes such a big difference.

I’ve also been going to the gym as much as possible and have been to Yoga, Pilates and Spin as well as swimming and working out. I’ve also been for plenty of lovely long walks and I’ve especially enjoyed these. I’ve been looking up interesting walking routes and have really enjoyed getting away from it all and exploring new places. Fresh air and exercise really do work wonders. I didn’t feel that great this week and going for a long walk with Rob really made me feel better.

I’ve also been better at pacing myself and haven’t done more work than I can manage. This is the thing I’ve found the hardest. By nature I’m a workaholic, but only doing what I can manage and reining in my goals a bit has been very good for me. I do want to do a bit more blogging though and I have just bought a lot of new stock for my Etsy and I can’t wait to get that listed very soon.

I’ve done quite a few nice things in my home over the last month, especially in Lila’s room. I still have a bit of finishing off to do, but expect a blog post on that pretty soon. I also have a few DIY posts planned, so watch this space (you may be watching for a while)!

And thats about it for my goals so far this year. Have you set yourself any goals? How are you getting on with them? How has 2018 been for you so far?

The dress I’m wearing in this post is another vintage Swirl dress. You can read about one of my other ones and find out a bit more about Swirl dresses in my post from last year. I’m wearing it with a flower garland from H&M, some vintage bangles and shoes from Hotter. The dress is a little small on me, but I’ve kept it for a while as I like it so much. This is one I’ll eventually part with, as I don’t like keeping things that don’t get worn and appreciated enough.

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Today I was looking back through my Instagram and at some of the outfits I’ve worn this year. Most of the year I’ve done a really good job of recording all my outfits. The last couple of months have been so crazy that I’ve not done it so much. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourites and look back on what I wore this year. Sorry this is a really long post!

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 I love this pink Laura Ashley dress, it has long sleeves and is pretty warm for the colder months. I don’t wear hats very often, but this felt Primark hat is one of my winter favourites. See the full look in my review of the dress.

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Another favourite Laura Ashley dress, this floral pink retro dress, made me fall in love with 70s style flow dresses. I’ve bought quite a few similar things since. I also reviewed this dress on the blog.

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 This lovely cherry print dress from Joanie Clothing, got a lot of wear last winter. I’ll be giving it a lot of wear again this winter, its such a classic easy to wear dress.

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 In recent years I’ve been a bit obsessed with TU Clothing at Sainsburys and have bought A LOT of dresses. This is one of my favourites, I love the vintage inspired print.

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 I wore this green original vintage dress for a day out at Kew Gardens with some friends. I got it from Beyond Retro and I just love the beautiful colour.

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 This beautiful original vintage Horrockses dress dates from 1948. It’s such a beautiful dress and a real treasure to me. See the full outfit post and find out more about Horrockses in my blog post.

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 This lovely vintage dress was an Ebay find, I really love the colours and print. I wore it for a day out in Greenwich with my brother.

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  This green 1950s had been lurking in my repair pile for a very long time. I finally managed to wear it agin this summer.

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 I wore my beautiful fruit print vintage Swirl dress quite a lot this year. It is very fragile and is not in very good shape at the moment, so it’s gone into the repair pile until I can give it some much needed TLC.

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 This wonderful dress from Palava was a new addition to my wardrobe this summer. It is beautifully and ethically made from organic cotton and features beautiful illustrations. See my full review on the blog.

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 I wore this original 1940s dress with my lovely Flair sandals from Hotter. the dress was a bargain £5 car boot find. See the full outfit post on the blog.

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 I wore my Cath Kidston Winnie the Pooh dress for a lovely trip to Margate with friends. I wore this straw hat from Primark a lot over the summer.

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 Another beautiful Cath Kidston dress – the London Parks dress was a gift from Rob. I’m wearing it here with casual Converse for a walk around the lavender fields.

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 My all time favourite 1950s dress got quite a few wears this summer. Here I’ve worn it with my lovely Miss L Fire shoes for a visit to Chartwell.

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 I wore this lovely colourful 50s dress to The Classic Car Boot Sale in Hastings, doesn’t Fay look lovely in her Collectif skirt too.

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 I wore this lovely maxi dress from Peacocks so much this summer. It’s such an easy to wear style, I’m going to pick up some more from there next year. I saw a few at their press day that I’ve got my eye on.

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 These Collectif dungarees are perfect for days out with the kids. I wore them a lot over the summer holidays.

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 I managed to get this lovely dress from Palava for an absolute steal in their last sample sale. Their dresses just can’t be beaten on quality.

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 This embroidered dress from Peacocks is one of my favourites of the year. It looks so much more expensive than it actually was. I wore it for my friend’s birthday in the summer and again for my own birthday last weekend.

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 I took a lovely trip to Bath with Rob at the end of the summer. One of my outfits was this lovely original 1950s dress, worn here with a vintage belt and hotter sandals.

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 This Palava dress got another wear for a trip to Hampstead Heath with my brother and the girls.

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 I wore lots of casual mum outfits over the summer, this was one of my favourites. The t shirt is from Peacocks and the skirt is a very old Primark one that I got for a couple of pounds on eBay.

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 I wore this original 70s dress for a press view at the National Gallery. This is another dress that I wear all the time, but I don’t think I’ve featured at all on the blog. It was a bargain £1 purchase at a car boot sale.

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 I’ve worn all my Disney Cath Kidston dresses a lot this year, but this Peter Pan one has to be one of the best dresses I’ve bought this year. You can see my whole collection in this post.

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 I had a lovely day out at Hampton Court with Rob a few weeks ago. I wore this beautiful gingham dress from Dolly and Dotty. Read my review of the dress and see more pics on the blog.

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This is such a typical outfit for when I’m being a mum not a blogger! I’m wearing my Cath Kidston Pets Party dress, a denim jacket from Peacocks, a vintage belt and Hotter shoes. this was for a fun day in the park with the kids.

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 Lastly another casual outfit from me (unless I’m in gym clothes or an emergency school run leggings outfit, this is as casual as I usually get) I’m wearing a vintage 70s dress and belt, with my Peacocks jacket and converse.

Which outfit do you like best? Is there one you’ve seen me in this year that I’ve not included? I promise to post more of what I’ve been wearing on the blog over the next few months, I’ve just been VERY busy with the kids and looking after myself recently.

You can see more of what I wore in the outfits section of the blog. There are also absolutely loads more outfits on my Instagram.

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For  the last few years I’ve done a big post, featuring all my favourite Black Friday deals, for ladies who love vintage style and just pretty things in general. I keep updating the post over the whole Black Friday weekend as more sales start. So keep checking back to see what new deals I’ve added. I’m not just including vintage and retro brands, but all the shops that I shop at, which includes high street brands.

My Favourite Black Friday Deals:

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