Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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A girl who just love...

It’s time to think about swing dress this autumn

My obsession with 1950s inspired swing dress is in full force at the moment, like a blazing hurricane to a calming sea. As I mention in my Lindy Bop’s butterfly outfit post, I’m finding swing dress to be the perfect fit for my rather difficult figure. As I mention before I’m short (4ft10) with a bramley apple figure, so wide hips and waist with lot of weight round the stomach area. I can’t wear clothes that cling to figure so instead I tend to opt for dress that has wide big open skirt with plenty of room to move about with narrow waist, giving the illusion you’re thinner then you are.

Another reason for my love of swing dress is that it cater to my inner retro child, I can pretend in my head that I’m some fabulous 16 years old girl going to her first dance. Well it consider by many to replicate a lot of retro styles, with a swing dress I feel you’re already there without trying too hard.

So if like me, you are thinking ahead and wanting to stock up your wardrobe for the cooler months of autumn. My advice would be that everyone should have some fabulous swing dress in their wardrobe, so to help you choose your perfect dress, here are five of my favorite swing dress finds to wear right now.swingdress1This Lady Vintage Cupcake printed dress (£32.00) is one of those design that is haunting my dream right now. The only thing that stopping my buying it, is I do need to pay my credit card bill this month. Another thing that stopping me buying this, I can really see myself going to Sainsbury wearing this. Practical at a vintage fair but for everyday uses, maybe not. This is just staying on my wish list for now.swingdress2

If you’re like me and love combining a little bit of vintage print with garden parties (well let be honest, I very rarely ever go to a garden party) then this Pretty Kitty Fashion Green Pink Vintage Floral Blossom Rockabilly Swing (£34.99) might be for you. It add a little bit of sophistication when paired with white gloves and cardigan. It an elegant high chest Audrey Hepburn styling with shoulder straps.xandra-black-polka-dot-1950s-inspired-dress-p1745-12486_image

Combining my two great loves when it comes to dress design, polka dots and sweetheart neckline, this Lindy Bop ‘Xandra’ Black Polka Dot 1950’s Inspired Dress (£29.99) would definitely make it into my basket if I had an occasion to wear it like perhaps going to a cocktails evening, as I was saying before I can’t really see myself wearing it while doing my food shop. However I do have an idea of how to get around that, maybe perhaps I could team it up a blazer or cardigan.swingdress4

I have a confession to make, I have yet to own a halter neck dress, I’m not really sure why I don’t own one but it seem I have yet have one in my wardrobe. This Lollypop Vintage classic blue & white polka dot dress (£29.99) could very well end up in my basket. Once again it polka dot with a sweetheart neckline, it also show off your amazing shoulder work you been doing at the gym for the past few months.

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If you like to swing but don’t want a big over the top printed design, then a simple Top Vintage Miss Candyfloss – 50s Carol May Sailor Dress in Navy (£64.06) might be the one for you. This could be worn while doing the food shop or even at a cocktails evening. The waist is little clingier then what I like but team it with petticoat and it will still hide your lumpy area. It also might be a good idea to wear a good bra with this.

4 Comments
  • Stephanie Hartley
    August 30, 2015

    I have a similar figure, and find that swing dresses are the one for me too, I love the sweetheart neckline on the polka dot one!

    Steph – http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

  • Bella B @ xoxoBella
    August 30, 2015

    Great dress picks! I would buy so many dresses if my bank account allowed me!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

  • Anna Nuttall
    August 30, 2015

    Hi Belle, haha tell me about it! i would as well but I gotta pay my credit card bill.

  • Paula Schuck
    June 19, 2017

    I love several of these. I am obviously not fashion forward because all this time I had no idea what these were called.

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