Lesson learned

Hello lovelies,

Here is the final installment from my latest shoot with Cat at Kitty Jones Photography

As soon as I saw this Dolores dress was in Collectif’s big Summer Sale, I couldn’t resist buying her. If you’ve ever read my blog or seen my Instagram, you’ll know my feelings about Collectif’s swing dresses and the Dolores is no exception.

Another reason, I was so keen to snap up this dress as it reminded me of the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore alongside Arthur Miller in series of photos by Sam Shaw in 1957.

The images always came across as so pure and innocent, far from the persona that was projected around Hollywood.

Cat was more than happy to help make take this little idea I had and make it a reality. So here is our take…

The light was just right towards the end of the shoot. Perfect for the ethereal glow seen here.

This next shot was so difficult to replicate.

I can imagine, Marilyn just playing around in between shots and Shaw capturing this effortless and flawless image. She is poetry in motion and this image has now become so iconic.

A combination of being a bigger girl, not having a lot of stamina due to chronic fatigue and being clumsy, this shot was hard earned.

Now I know I’m no Marilyn, but I gave it a go. Regardless, we had great fun at this shoot and I learned that even though my body can do amazing things, it doesn’t move and photograph like a smaller person’s body.

But all that means is that I have to work hard to find what works for me. That I have to interpret and adapt things that inspire me to work for me personally. And most importantly to be me and no one else.

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

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The last days of Summer.

Hello my lovelies!

I hope this finds you all well.

Here is the second installment from my latest shoot with Kitty Jones Photography showcasing my favourite looks from this summer.

I’m an autumnal girl at heart… the weather, the festivities and the fashion. Naturally, my shopping tends to pick up around August when the high street starts to flood it’s stores with all the warm, rich colours and soft cwtchy fabrics that are perfect for layering.

In addition to this, the high street has never been particularly kind to women of my size and shape in the summer and until now I have survived even the hottest weather in jeans, vest tops and cardigans. That all changed when I gave in to my vintage dreams.

The wonderfully sunny weather at the start of the summer had me inspired as much as you all have. With this being my first summer on Instagram, I’ve found I’ve bought more summer clothes this year than probably the last few years combined! So without any further ado…

Introducing the glorious Sunflower swing skirt by Aida Zak & Collectif.

I first saw this beauty back in June when I travelled to Frome to take part in Miss Victory Violet’s Hair Workshop.

It was the first time I had seen so many like minded darlings in one place and it was so lovely to see everyone in their finery!

I was in the course in the afternoon and one of the girls from the morning class was wearing it. Instantly, I was in love!

Does anyone else get this? You can see these clothes on models on the websites and really not think anything of it. You think you’ve gotten away unscathed but then you see it on a real person, whether in real life or on social media and then…Bam! You’re hooked!

The skirt is 100% polyester and is easy to care for. Wash on a 30°c setting, hang up to dry and run a cool iron over it when you’re ready to wear. Absolutely ideal!

As always, with Collectif, it is a true circle skirt. There is so much fabric and it’s just the right weight. Its unlikely to get caught by a breeze but I could not help but give myself up to spinning and twirling around, the full skirt flared out in a striking fluttering blur of brilliant colour.

As you can see here, I have paired it with one of Collectif’s Dolores top in white and some mustard suede slip on shoes from Primark. But the colours are so rich, I think I may be able to string this out through autumn but using cooler, darker colours to wear with it. Maybe pulling focus on the dark green leaves or even the brown. What do you think?

Thank you as always for reading!

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty XX

Hello again…

Hello again my lovelies! I know it’s been such a long time but it’s been an unusual few months.

I shan’t bore you with all the unpleasantness but the love and support of my dear friends and family along with sheer grit and determination, well… Let’s just say things are looking up!

So I jumped at the opportunity to shoot with the wonderful Cat from Kitty Jones photography again. I thought I’d do a little summer round up of my favourite pieces along with a little tribute later in the series.

We headed to the picturesque Bryngarw Park, to make use of the beautiful gardens and to start the series with this gorgeous Caterina Dress from Collectif.

I had always scrolled by the Caterina dresses on the Collectif website as buttons and I don’t tend to get along. But the range of options this dress comes in season after season is getting more varied and harder to pass by.

I was lucky enough to come across this dress at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Cardiff last spring. My husband actually spotted it, he insisted I try it on and I have to say I wasn’t sure. But my mind was soon swayed by this beauty.

The Caterina really did fit beautifully, which is true to form for most Collectif items. I can’t speak for anyone else, but their cuts are very empathetic to my body shape and proportions.

There is a slight tugging at the buttons but the Cotton & Spandex mix (97:3%) handled the girls like a champ!

Another thing that Collectif does really well is swishy skirts… You really do get a lot of fabric in the skirts. Perfect for swirling, twirling but not so much for ironing! Hahaha!

The dress was £68 originally but I snapped it up for around £25. Although it is currently selling for just £17! Go check it out!

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx