In the winter I get stuck in a bit of a style rut. It’s just so much harder to get dressed and I often find myself reaching for my comfy jeans and not making so much of an effort. I love colourful clothes and although you can make them work in the colder months, it is harder to find tights and shoes that they work with. Now that the warmer weather is just around the corner, I’m all excited for dressing up and feeling the sun on my skin. Here is my first Spring wishlist of the year and it’s a real celebration of all things colourful.

1. Roses and Stripes Sweater – £32 – Voodoo Vixen

2. Sun Jellies Bag – £10 – Collectif

3. Delores Top – £25.50 – Collectif

4. Peggy Sue Skirt – £22 – Lindy Bop

5. Jasmine Plimsoles – £18 – Cath Kidston

6. Vera Skirt – £25 – Lindy Bop

7. Lulu Hun Ann Heels – £42.75 – Collectif

8. Punky Pins Anchor Necklace – £14.75 – Collectif

9. Cocktail Print Audrey Dress – £30 – Lindy Bop

11. Pink Bead Necklace – £10 – Collectif

12. Catarina Pencil Dress – £57.50 – 



 

Today’s post features a dress that was on the top of my wishlist for a long time, before it finally found its way to my wardrobe. The Cath Kidston and Disney collaboration featuring Mickey and Minnie was long anticipated and as soon as I saw the two dresses that would be in the collection I knew I had to have them!

Cath Kidston Disney Minnie Mouse DressHaving already gone through the drama of buying the Winnie the Pooh dress a few weeks earlier, I knew that getting the dress as far as my basket would be a struggle. So I signed up to the advance preview list and as soon as my email came with the password, I was on the Cath Kidston website. Unfortunately despite my best efforts I only managed to get one of the dresses I wanted, before they all sold out. That was the Mickey in London dress, which I will also feature on here soon.

Cath Kidston Minnie Mouse DressAlmost instantly the dresses started to appear on e Bay at crazy prices. I find it really unfair when people bulk buy limited edition items and then put them on e Bay. So I gave up on ever owning this dress. Until a few days ago when I got an email saying a few more were in stock, so I instantly bought one and two days later, there it was in my hands!

Disney Mini Mouse Cath Kidston DressThe dress will really come into its own in the summer when I can wear it on its own with some sandals, but for now I’ve been wearing it with a long sleeved top underneath, with tights and ankle boots. The dress is made from a lovely thick textured cotton and fastens at the side with an invisible zip. Like all my Cath Kidston dresses the quality is absolutely lovely. I usually try to not spend a fortune on clothes, but Cath Kidston dresses are one thing I like to splurge on because they fit well, wash like a dream and last ages. This one cost £70.

Minnie Mouse Cath Kidston DressMy only qualm with CK dresses is the length, I find them a little short on both the body and the skirt. This is mostly because I’m used to wearing original vintage and reproduction dresses and skirts, which usual sit on or just below the knee. But I guess its nice to have a change and its not really put me off any of the lovely designs so far.

Cath Kidston navy Polka Dot Spots Minnie Mouse DressAmazingly there are still a few of these in stock after the original sell out. They’re not easy to find on the site so use this link to go straight to the dress. You can see the whole Disney collection here.

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I had been looking forward to the Cath Kidston and Disney collaboration, since I first heard about it a few months ago. I knew there would be a dress in the range and I was determined to own it. As the range was a limited edition I knew it would be hard to get my hands on one, so I signed up for the early bird newsletter and luckily managed to get the dress in my basket within ten minutes of it going online.

disney-cath-kidston-winnie-the-pooh-dress-2These sold out so quickly, by later that evening there were none left so I was definitely one of the lucky ones. So is the dress worth the fuss? In some ways I feel I got a little sucked into the hype of this collaboration. I absolutely love Cath Kidston and Winnie the Pooh, so I was always going to love this range. However I very rarely wear polka dots, so this is a bit of an exception for me. I think it’s really cute how the polka dots are incorporated into the print though, but it would have been nice to have had a floral dress option too.

disney-winnie-the-pooh-dressMy other misgiving with this dress is the length. It’s just a little bit too short for me. Although I love wearing shorter 60s dresses, to me this style of dress would look better sitting at knee length. Other than that the dress is wonderful, I love the thick textured fabric and the overall shape and as a collectors item, this was a great addition to my wardrobe.

winnie-the-pooh-cath-kidston-dressI wore mine with some vintage red and yellow jewellery and my favourite yellow Miss L Fire shoes, to bring out the colours in the polka dot balloons. I’m looking forward to trying it out with different accessories and making it work for the winter.

I am really looking forward to the next Disney Collaboration from Cath Kidston. Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and get my hands on the next dress from the range!

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I’ve been thinking a lot about Autumn lately. Although I’m definitely a summer person, I can’t help but love the gorgeous colours the trees go, just before all the leaves fall and the weather gets too wet and miserable. I love shades like green, mustard and deep red and todays wishlist takes inspiration from all those gorgeous autumnal colours.

When the leaves start to fall  Autumn Outfit Ideas  Vintage FrillsI absolutely love the classic mustard coloured dress from La Vie En Swing. It’s such a gorgeous colour and a very classic 1940s style. It’s also a really versatile dress which could be worn with lots of different accessories to change up your look. I’ve paired it with a fun Cath Kidston cardigan with cute little squirrels to pay homage to the changing seasons. The brown accessories are also perfect wardrobe staples. I’m a bit of a fan of over the knee socks at the moment so expect to see a lot of these featuring in my posts over the next few months!

Autumn Outfit

Where to buy this look:

Mia 1940s Style Dress – 99.00€ – La Vie En Swing

Red Check Fringed Scarf – £16 – Miss Selfridge 

Squirrel Pocket Cardigan – £85 – Cath Kidston

Camel Boyfriend Coat – £29.99 – New Look

Brown Over Knee Socks – 56p – Amazon

Brown Satchel Bag – £32 – Accessorize

Little Lockhart Brooch – $34.95 – Erstwilder

Slouchy Hat – £10 – Miss Selfridge

Shipley Shoes – £79 – Hotter

What do you think of my choices? What are you most looking forward to wearing this autumn?

Singing in the rain Vintage Frills

Personally I think there is nothing worse than rain in August. What is up with the weather this year? I don’t mind the odd summer shower where huge drops of rain fall from the sky onto the warm ground and dry as quickly as they fell as the sun comes out again. But the weather we’ve been having here in London is just depressing! On the plus side it did get me thinking about vintage style for Autumn. I’m not great at dressing vintage in the winter, most of my wardrobe consists of pretty floral dresses which work so much better for spring and summer.

The look I’ve created today is perfect for rainy days and long walks. A mix of modern and vintage style which makes me think of country walks with a little hint of the 1940s. I adore the tweed coat which I spotted at the Cath Kidston press day earlier this year. I can see it going with absolutely everything. The Radley handbag may not be typically vintage, but I thought it was so adorable that it’s now top of my wishlist! I absolutely love the dress which I think would see you through the whole year, and as for Hunter wellies they are one of my favourite things. I wore some with a vintage dress and cable knit cardigan in this post last year.

Create the look:

Singing in the Rain Vintage Frills

1. Tweed Printed Lining Coat – £130 – Cath Kidston

2. Bloomsbury Bouquet Wool Shawl – £48 – Cath Kidston

3. Twisted Knit Cardigan – £75 – Cath Kidston

4. Yellow Ditsy Floral Tea Dress – £29.99 – Lindy Bop

5. Archive Print Umbrella – £19 – John Lewis

6. Exhibition Road Leather Grab Bag – £229 – Radley at John Lewis

7. Umbrella Necklace – £25 – Not on the High Street

8. Baby Blue Wellies – £95 – Hunter at John Lewis

9. Knee High Cable Socks – £7 – Monsoon