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

Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Final installment

It’s that time again folks! I was hoping to release these photos when spring had arrived but low and behold, more snow is on the horizon. It’s almost become a tradition, haha!

So back we go, to that wonderful day at the start of March when I spent the day with Cat from Kitty Jones photography.

We were located in the ‘Old End’ of Llantwit Major town. This side of the town is filled with beautiful buildings which are hundreds of years old. We began near the dovecote set in an open field in the beautiful Welsh countryside with views for miles over to the local beach.

The conclusion of the shoot celebrated one of my Black Friday Sale deals from Lindy Bop – Corinna.

For the shoot, I have paired it with a true vintage cardigan that I purchased as the vintage kilo sale in Cardiff. Goodness knows what era it is, but it does exactly what I wanted; a cream cardi that would not show the pattern of the dress beneath. Not a massive ask, but I’ve spent 2 years searching the high street! Urgh!

Now, red and white polka dot is my all time favourite colour/pattern combination. It’s just makes my heart sing. The added cuteness of the Corinna dress is that instead of dots, you have little white hearts. Sweet!

I wouldn’t normally choose a dress that buttons up over the bust but this dress has an shirred elasticated back that not only gives you comfort and wearablity, but it is generous across the bust so there is no pulling or gaping. It also makes it easy to take on and off, great for days where my dexterity isn’t it’s best and buttons are a no go.

The dress has a generous shoulder strap so it gives us larger busted gals plenty of coverage over unsightly bra straps and is trimmed with a lovely white ric-rac ribbon. This trim is replicated on the pockets situated on the front of the skirt.

Pockets in a skirt or dress make me really happy, is it just me?

The dress is made of a light cotton with a lovely full skirt. It may not come out at this time of year again but already cannot wait to pair it with sunnies, sandals and a hat through the summer.

I can definitely see me buying another Corinna dress from Lindy Bop. I’m always happy with the quality of the dresses, their fit and shape. And this is no different!

Dress – Corinna, Lindy Bop

Cardi – True Vintage

Shoes – Lilley & Skinner

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Part 2

The last 3 weeks have been strange. I don’t know if anyone else had this feeling when the snow hit at the end of Feb. Most of our county was in lock down for days and it hung around for weeks.

This is our street 2 days in and it took the best part of a week to dig all the street out. Our backgarden is at a lower level that the street and filled up like a ball pit. At its worst, it was nearly 5ft deep!

We only had a few little mounds left this week but it has now started again.

In my 20’s I used to see my excitement for snow as a sign that I was still young at heart. I knew that when I could only see the negatives, I would finally be a grown up. Well, ladies and gentlemen, in my 31st year I can say that it has come…

I just want to get back to having a calm and easy life, dressing how I want to dress and feeling how I want to feel.

Until that can happen, let’s relive a day where I felt amazing and looked pretty ok too.

Here’s some of the images for my wonderful shoot with Cat from Kitty Jones Photography.

Not only does she have an amazing eye for a location but she has written a little blurb about the location too.

“Our second location was located in the ‘Old End’ of the town and is locally referred to as the ‘Goldfish Pond’ owing to the large fish within. A false herring has stood in the pond to scare away the fish’s predators for years and many of the surrounding houses are named things along the line of ‘Herring House’. The large stone pond is covered by a stunning weeping willow which looks just as striking in Winter as I’m sure it does in summer.”

I’ve decided I need this lighting with me where ever I go. I even look like I’m researching and plotting a way to make it happen here, haha!

I love the look of this dress in this location. The beautiful Audrey Rose Bush dress by Lindy Bop really stood out in the rustic setting. I adored the contrast between its subtle sheen, gorgeous colour palette and the texture of the bricks and tree bark.

I have a feeling this dress will become a firm favourite as it is comfortable and easy to wear. It can easily be dressed up of down for a variety of different occasions and will prove versitile depending on accessories from Autumn to Spring.

See you soon lovelies.

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Part 1

Myself and Cat over at Kitty Jones Photography have been meaning to catch up for most of 2018 but weather & life kept getting in the way. Who’d have thought the weather in January and February could not be relied on eh?!

So when we both found ourselves with a cheeky midweek afternoon free, we both jumped at the chance

So I packed as many dresses and accessories as I could into the car. Scoured the decor for some prompts and set off. I made the journey down from our town in the valleys down to the Vale to shoot in the beautifully picturesque historical town of Llantwit.

We both had so many ideas and so much inspiration we wanted to put to use but we chose to focus on 3 looks across 3.5 locations. Over the coming weeks I will share all of these with you but for now I am going to focus on just one for now.

A normal person would do these is order of shooting I suppose, but I’ve never let that bother me before…

Lets begin with our third and final location which was an abandoned World War II air hangar located in Llandow near Cowbridge.

RAF Llandow is a former RAF station that was opened in 1940 and closed in 1957. Many aircraft were stored on the Llandow base during the war.

The Leah dress by Hell Bunny was always going to be the best choice for a location as poignant as this. Leah is reminiscent of a 40’s tea dress and wouldn’t have been out of place heading to a dance after hard day’s work or watching for the boys on their way home.

Despite below freezing temperatures and gale force winds, I had a blast with Cat. She creates such a relaxed environment that encouraged me to be myself. And, in amongst all my goofing around, my toddler dances to keep warm and the many flashes she got of my knickers, she managed to capture these gems.

There will be many more gorgeous images shared on instagram no doubt.

John Gillespie Magee Jr wrote his famous poem ‘High Flight’ whilst training at the airfield.

The hangar is a sight to behold and it’s large, red steel door has begun to rust which I personally think adds to the vintage charm of the building.

It’s difficult to understand the magnitude of the history and siginifance to the defence of the realm when you consider the current state of disrepair. It’s easy to disregard this area as an eyesore or just another old industrial estate. This also is on the site of Wales’ worst air disaster in 1950, at the time also the world’s biggest loss of life in an air crash. I can’t even begin to imagine.

So as light as the atmosphere was we were careful to ensure we were respectful of our surroundings.

That’s all from me for now. See you lovelies soon.

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

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Outfit details:

Dress – Leah Hell Bunny

Brogues – Lilley & Skinner

Cardi – Primark

Lindy Bop – Aria

The next dress is the one my husband bought for me for Christmas. He fell for the dress having seen in a Vintage Repro store in our town – A Splash of Vintage.

Now, I’ve never considered myself a huge Alice in Wonderland fan but the more I think about it, I do relate to her. Alice just keeps eating and drinking everything she sees in the hope that it will magically solve all her problems. A girl after my own heart!

However, I chose to trust his instincts as he was so keen on it and boy, was he right!

My main reservation was what the images would be like. I am not a huge fan of literal prints but this dress is beautifully illustrated. There is a sublet layering of the vintage style images which really appeal to my inner crafter/scrapbookers.

There is a great mixture of bright and muted colours in the images to pick out in accessories and I will have a great time experimenting.

I played it safe today with a basic white cardi but it’s because I wanted the dress to be the main feature.

The dress came with a baby pink belt which I don’t feel really enhances the dress, but is a good width and structure and will work well with other pieces I own. Here I have paired it with an red suede plaited belt which picks up on the red in the toad stools.

The dress is shorter than I would have chosen myself. I’ve learned to come to terms with and almost love the body I’m in, but i still really do not like my knees. I may look to extend it with a little lace or esnure I wear it with tights or leggings. But that’s my hang up, not a criticism of the dress. One thing I will say is that’s the shorter length meant it got a bit carried away in the high winds on this beautiful day.

There are a lot of people who feel cheated that Disney gave them unrealistic ideals about happy endings but I gotta admit I’m more miffed that I don’t have a band of woodland creatures at my beck and call. Like, I could really use some Chipmunks here to act as Skirt Assistants here.

But, if you think this is funny, just wait til you see the bloopers at the end of the month!

Lindy Bop was the website that I bought my first repro dress from back in 2014. This bother feels like a moment and forever ago.

As Lindy Bop has the biggest presence in my wardrobe, I think I will do a brand review to go into my impressions in more detail.

On this occasion, hubby chose to size up in the absence of my size and I was very glad he did as I find this one runs a little small. With virtually no stretch it may be something to be mindful of if you too have the crazy boobs!

Lindy Bop have also just released an amazing assortment of pin badges, two of which compliment this dress perfectly.

Dress details:

Aria Alice in Wonderland – Lindy Bop, Size 24 purchased from Splash of Vintage Cardiff

http://www.splashofvintage.co.uk

Pins https//www.lindybop.co.uk/bunny-heart-enamel-pin-by-punky-pins.html

Dress Https://www.lindybop.co.uk/valerie-navy-alice-in-wonderland-print-swing-dress.html

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx