Although I didn’t really make any new years resolutions this year, there were definitely things I wanted to work on and improve over the next year. One of those things was to make a bit more time to myself, to do things I enjoy, look after myself and relax more. These included buying new sheets and pillows for my bed to make it extra comfy and cosy, taking more long baths with a cuppa and a good book and being creative with simple things like colouring and sketching.

Illustration School - Lets Draw Plants and Small Creatures Sachiko UmotoOne thing I’ve made the effort to do, is to go to bed an hour early where possible and put on an audio book and getting out my colouring books and sketchbook. Although January was a very busy month for me and I certainly didn’t manage to do this every day, when I did I definitely felt better for it.

Illustration School Little Miss SunflowerI recently picked up a lovely book, with step by step guides to drawing cute little plant characters and flowers. The Illustration school series is a lovely set of adorable books, each showing you how to draw different sketches. So far this year I have whiled away quite a few hours copying all the cute little pictures.

Illustration School SunflowerI love that you can try different poses and expressions on the little characters and once you’ve worked your way through the book you can put all the ideas together and create your own pictures or even make your own characters. The possibilities are endless and I’ve really enjoyed having an easy creative outlet at the end of busy days.

Illustration School Sunflower PictureI’d love to share some more of the things I’ve been doing in my down time this year. So look out for some more posts about things I do to relax. What do you to when you take time out for yourself?

This book is available to buy on Amazon.



 

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.

Did you buy anything from the collaboration? What were your favourite pieces?

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As well as wearing lots of beautiful vintage dresses and skirts, I love practical clothes that I can wear to run around with the kids. I thought it would be nice to share some of my casual everyday outfits on here, because I definitely don’t get dressed up every day! One of my favourite casual outfits is my Collectif Denise dungarees with a comfy jumper and a pair of converse. I wore this outfit for a muddy walk with Rob and Lila and not only was it comfortable it was also nice and warm on a chilly winter afternoon.

Collectif DungareesI love that these are a slightly more glamorous twist on a classic dungaree shape, with their sweetheart neckline and fitted shape. The dungarees fasten with a side zip, which gives them a really nice fit.

Collectif Denise DungareesThey are made from a stretch denim, so they are really comfortable and easy to move around in. They’re absolutely perfect for days spent outdoors, or for a cute casual look. I’m looking forward to wearing them in the summer with a little white tee and a pair of sandals.

Vintage style Dungarees^ When your kid makes you giggle while taking outfit pics!

I went for a size 14 in them and they come up pretty true to size. If in doubt, use the size guide on the Collectif website.

My hair has finally got long enough to wear it up more, so I wore it in a simple bun with pinned up plaits at the front, which only takes about 5 minutes to do and makes a simple style a bit more vintage.

Let me know if you’d like to see more of my everyday casual outfits alongside my usual ones and I’ll see what I can do.

I have a wardrobe absolutely packed with lovely dresses, if in doubt I always wear a dress. However hanging unworn and neglected I also have a lot of vintage separates, mostly skirts and trousers. This year I decided to buy fewer dresses and start thinking about things I need to fill the gaps in my wardrobe and one of the things on my list was to get a few blouses. When Pretty Retro offered me a top of my choice to review on the blog, I took the opportunity to invest in one of their lovely vintage style blouses.

Pretty retro 40s style blouse reviewPretty Retro are the sister brand of House of Foxy and have a great selection of reproduction vintage items, including lots of basics and wardrobe staples. The blouse, is a simple 40s style blouse with an elegant v-neck and large tortoiseshell plastic buttons. It has gathers at the shoulders to give it that perfect vintage detail and darts for a great fit. It is made with viscose, so it hangs beautifully.

Pretty retro White Blouse ReviewIt is designed to be worn tucked in to swing trousers and pencil skirts, but I wanted to go for my own look with this one, so I wore it over a pair of original vintage wool trousers by Pendleton. I like creating a classic look, with both modern and vintage influences, which is what I tried to achieve with this outfit. I really like that the blouse is long enough to be worn tucked in or out of trousers.

Pretty retro 40s Inspired OOTDI paired the blouse and trousers with a vintage handbag, lots of bakelite bangles and a vintage plastic necklace. I also wore my trusty Orla Kiely shoes (which I wear with everything!) I put a pair of warm mustard socks underneath to fight off the winter chill.

I went for my usual size 14 and I think the fit is just right. I was really happy with the fit across the bust as there is no gaping and the darting and gathers help it to fit around the body perfectly. The website mentions that the blouse will shrink by about 3% in the wash, mine shank a little but not enough to alter the overall fit. It should be hand washed or dry cleaned to keep it looking its best.

Pretty Retro 40s Style Blouse ReviewThis is a great addition to any vintage wardrobe as it can be worn with so many different things. I’m already planning to wear it with everything from jeans to my high-waisted shorts in the summer. It would also be perfect for under a vintage suit, something I really want to get my hands on this year.

Price wise the blouse costs £39, which I think is excellent value for something of such lovely quality that I’ll wear a lot. The blouse is also available in black, which I would really like as well.

I am really happy with my new blouse and would definitely recommend it as a fantastic flexible garment. I love the fit and feel of it and that it will work very well with my original vintage garments. I’d really like to show some other looks that could be created with this, so if I can get a willing friend to take some more pics for me, I’ll show you some more outfit ideas soon.

View the full range of tops on the Pretty Retro website.

Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the 1920s. Historically it’s one of my favourite eras to read about and everything from the roles of women to the drastically changing fashions fascinates me. I’ve been longing for a 20s themed outfit for absolutely ages, so when Lindy Bop launched their beautiful new Silver Screen range I was so excited to try one of the gorgeous dresses.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-reproduction-1920s-dress-reviewI chose the stunning Everly gold embellished dress. I absolutely love the colour and the classic sequin and bead details. It’s just so gorgeous and elegant. To go with it I chose a faux fur stole and some lovely t-bar shoes which are also from Lindy Bop. I finished off the outfit with a turban that I picked up recently at a car boot sale.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-everly-1920s-dress-reviewThe dress arrived beautifully packed in a box, because of the fragile glass beads it was carefully packaged with plenty of tissue and bubble wrap to protect it. As soon as I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful quality of the dress. It has a sheer layer over a gold lining and the sequins and glass beads are firmly stitched into the fabric. The dress is quite heavy which makes it hang perfectly.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-1920s-beaded-dress-reviewI opted for my usual size 14 and the fit was absolutely perfect, so I’d say these come up true to size. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip, which really helps with the lovely fit.

lindy-bop-everly-flapper-dress-and-faux-fur-stoleThe fur stole went really well with the dress, it fastens with a hook and eye at the front. It adds a nice extra layer when its cold and wearing the two together was perfect for the season. This would make a great outfit for a Christmas party or winter wedding. If I go to any 20s themed nights or events, I’ll definitely be wearing this dress. 

lindy-bop-gene-shoes-reviewI was also really impressed with the shoes. They were beautifully made with quite a cushioned lining, making them quite comfortable to wear all day.

Overall I am really impressed with all the items I tried and I can’t wait to try more dresses from the Silver screen range.

Outfit Details

‘Everly’ Soft Gold Embellished Dress – £107 (currently on offer at £75)

Faux Fur Stole – £16 (currently on offer at £8)

Gene Round Toe Tap Style Shoes – £22 (currently on offer at £12)

Nude Seamed Hold Ups – £9

*I was gifted this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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