Wednesday, March 09, 2016
BERNIE DEXTER DRESS* // NEW LOOK CARDIGAN // SHELLYS SHOES // SUZY SMITH BAG // CHEAP FRILLS RINGS // LUCKYDIPCLUB BROOCH
I wore this outfit when Carl & I went to get ice cream the other day. It's still not really the weather for it here in the UK, despite it being March, I was bloody freezing! The dress is a recent addition to my wardrobe, I was very kindly sent it by Unique Vintage, & it is this Bernie Dexter one. I've always wanted to try out a Bernie Dexter dress, as I've always admired the prints, so it's nice to finally own one! I got it in the 4x & it fits perfectly.
♥ ♥ ♥Unique Vintage have quite a wide selection of cute plus size clothes, stocking brands like Hell Bunny, as well as their own designs. They have an individual size chart for each items they stock, which makes it easy to see what would fit you, although it means sizing is not consistent across the site, but this is more down to all the brands they stock having varying sizes/measurements.
This post is also the first ones with my new glasses! I had worn my other ones for over 4 years, almost the entirety of this blog, so it was about time for a change, I think. I got given the opportunity to get a free eye test and glasses from Specsavers, and these are the pair I chose. A different shape for me, but I loved the colours, they are a very pretty purple and turquoise, with pink arms, so they remind me of mermaid glasses.
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This was my first time trying a new opticians, I've only ever been to my local one, which doesn't have any of the fancy equipment that Specsavers had, it was rather interesting to have all these weird tests done that I've never had before, haha!
Wearing my personalised brooch I got in the biscuit box from Luckydipclub, how cute is it?
Friday, February 26, 2016
Earlier this year I was sent some custom made loungewear & lingerie from independent New York based designer Impish Lee, run by sisters Kali & Noelle. I was invited to create my own designs on their customizer, picking out which base design I wanted, then choosing which fabrics I wanted and finishing details. This type of customisation is new to me, especially for lingerie. I chose pieces made with white velvet, pink mesh & pink lace.
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I opted for their tap short, high waisted panty, and flutter top, since I was sized out of their bras, unfortunately. I would have loved to try one, but I wear a 40J, and the biggest size on the site is a UK 40GG. Shame! Impish Lee go up to a size 24 US, although based on measurements on their site, this is actually equivalent to somewhere between a size 22-24 UK. Since my hips run a bit wider than this, the shorts don't fit me *well*, obviously everything has lots of stretch, but it's still a bit small for me. The top & the panties fit me nicely though.
The top retails for $78, the shorts are $68 and the panties are also $78, which in the UK ranges from £49 - £56. This is a luxury product though, and handmade in New York, not at a factory in China as so many clothes are made nowadays. I do like to support independent designers, because as one myself I understand the struggles of people thinking your product is overpriced when in fact costs have been carefully worked out and you are only paying yourself a fair wage.
One thing I would really like to see though, aside from the size range being extended, is a small detail, custom labels inside the garments! This is a weird request, I know, since labels are often annoying to most, but I like to see some sort of branding, especially in independently designed things, as sometimes I forget where exactly I got something, and if I want to recommend something it's hard when I have no idea where it's from!
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Have a play around on their customizer, since it's really fun, and if you decide to place an order, use the code Cupcakes10 to get 10% off!
♥ Georgina ♥
P.S. I was really nervous to include the wearing shots, since I've never done that before on my blog, so please be nice :P
Monday, February 08, 2016
HANDMADE SKIRT // SKINNYDIP BAG // H&M CARDIGAN // WELOVECOLORS TIGHTS // TOPSHOP SHOES // TOPSHOP BOWS
Recently I haven't really been buying clothes a lot, all the available stuff seems uninspiring to me, so I've preferred to opt for making my own designs, because then I can get exactly what I want. I made this skirt recently, after seeing these cute patches by Jenni's Prints, and feeling inspired. I bought 2 patches, and made them into pockets for this pink wool skirt. I added fur trim for extra cuteness and warmth. I love the end result, & wore it out for the first time here!
I wore it with this cute bag by Skinny Dip London, which is shaped like a milk carton. I love it so much, although it doesn't really fit much in, just the essentials.
I finished my outfit off with white t bar flats, lilac tights & my favourite white fluffy cardigan. I also wore my new lipstick, which is Unicorn Tears by Too Faced, which is the prettiest blue sheened glittery lilac colour. My new fave!
Saturday, December 26, 2015
I've been subscribed to Lucky Dip Club for 10 months now, so I thought it was about time I reviewed it on the blog. This is the December box, themed Cats & Cocktails, which arrived before Christmas, as Leona, the brains behind the box, worked extra hard to make sure they would arrive in time.
Every month there are 5-6 indie/handmade items in the box, usually including stationery and a diy kit. This month I got a cross stitch kit, a weekly planner pad, a cat brooch, a cat themed Play Purse, a Christmas card, and the final charm of the month.
One of the things I love about Lucky Dip Club, and that makes it so unique, is that Leona often collaborates with other indie handmade small businesses. This time it's Karen Mabon, who designed the brooch, Play Purse, who made the cat purse, Tea & Crafting who designed the cross stitch kit, and Tiny Grey Cat who designed the Christmas card, who I followed on instagram for ages before this box. In previous months there have been collabs with brands like I Love Crafty, and Crown and Glory.
Everything is always super cute, and each month is themed. I think the themes I've had were Birds of Paradise, Raining Cats and Dogs, Vintage Village Fete, Dinosaur Disco, Under the Sea, A Geek Girl's Guide to Travel, Slumber Party, Biscuits, Space Girl, & Cat's & Cocktails. Even though there have been themes I've enjoyed less than others (Dinosaur Disco and Space Girl), I've never wanted to unsub, because I am genuinely excited at the end of the month when I know they are due to be popping through the door.
The box costs £18, and you can get a subscription only on the first of each month, usually super early, because they sell out quick! Or you can buy a one off version for £20 to sample the box before you commit. Lucky Dip Club was UK only this year, but I believe it will be available worldwide next year, & cost £5 for shipping (free if you live in the UK). Definitely would recommend giving this box a try if you like supporting indie businesses and getting surprises in the mail each month.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
This year I made my family members little gift bags full of homemade jam, chutney, and fudge. I wrapped everything in this pretty wrapping, and put them in Christmas drawstring pouches I made from leftover material and felt. I stitched the felt designs on some red fabric, and them glued pom poms on for an extra festive look.
These are great if you are on a budget, because everything is homemade. A tip to save even more money - get free fruit by raiding the hedges in August/September for blackberries, I got 2kg of them for free by doing this on a walk home one day. Also if you know anyone who has an apple tree in their garden, ask if you can have any they don't want! I made blackberry jam with the blackberries, and chutney with apples from my Granny & Grandad's garden, most of the expense of these was the jars!
I think they turned out super cute, what do you think? Would you like to get one of these for Christmas?