Carmella Polka Dot Mesh Swing Dress

Every vintage loving lady needs herself a little black dress (or two) and the Collectif Carmella Polka Dot Mesh Swing Dress is definitely going to be my go to, black baby this season.

I’m often drawn to bright colours and pastels, so I was excited to try out this number, given she’s something a little different for me.

Upon arrival I was excited, having not realised that the Carmella actually comprises of two dresses: A spaghetti strap black swing under dress in stretch bengaline and a shirt-dress overlay in soft, black, polka dot mesh. So she’s really a two in one: Oh the possibilities!

I’m already plotting how I could wear the two separately and think the under dress will make a great plain black staple dress and the over dress could be worn with lingerie in a boudoir style shoot.

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As always with Collectif, the Carmella doesn’t disappoint when it comes to cute details: The main over dress features a cute rounded collar, a cheeky keyhole neckline and fastens with dainty buttons down to the waist where the mesh parts to reveal the under dress. The slim, black belt works to cinch you in at the waist and showcase your curves.

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It’s recommended you hand wash this pretty, due to the delicate nature of the mesh overlay. A light steam is all she needs to be ready for wear.

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I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 and I decided to style with an under bust corset because I wanted a little more cinch than usual. The under dress fits snug in the bust and waist (my measurements: 32-24-32”) and isn’t a full swing skirt, so sits a little closer to the body than a full or half circle would. The mesh over dress was a perfect fit for my frame.

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You can purchase your very own Carmella right here.

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Sardinia Shoes – Charlie Stone

Though my social media may lead you to believe I am some sort of vintage glamazon, truth be told, I will always choose comfort where possible! Heck, I was wearing black bonds underwear under my gorgeous vintage wedding dress which I feel speaks for itself.

But, good news: Comfort doesn’t have to come at the cost of style. Charlie Stone shoes are walking proof!

I was excited when I discovered Australian brand Charlie Stone shoes, especially given my fun foot troubles in 2018.

As a runner and a dancer, my feet aren’t the biggest fan of me and the treatment I put them through. I’ve spent the better part of 2018 nursing a stress fracture and other ongoing podiatry issues. Heels haven’t been my best friend during this time, so cute flats have become essential.

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Charlie Stone’s mission is to “make elegance effortless, every single day” and the brand was born when owner and designer Samantha Szetu wanted to create a shoe that would accommodate the physical stress placed on the feet and knees of dancers.

The brand aims to arm women with a “balance of vintage class and modern design” so they are set to conquer the world in style, all while still feel comfy.

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As a woman who was guilty of buying pair after pair of $8 Kmart flats, I now appreciate the design features in a shoe which though may come with a larger price tag, will ensure my feet feel fab.

Charlie Stone has done the leg work and built in the following design features to ensure your tootsies always feel terrific:

*Unique flat design with hidden elevation for better arch, ankle and knee support
*Custom cushioned insole
*Soft genuine leather upper and lining
*Flexible and durable bottom soles for prolonged wear
*Comfortably positioned low ankle strap

I was super excited when my pair of white Sardinia’s arrived. I tried to choose something a little different for me and a pair of white flats was on my need list. The shoes were beautifully packed in a cute canvas draw string bag and I was blown away by the quality craftsmanship from the moment I opened the box and was greeted with the aroma of luscious leather.

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The Sardinia style features:

*Genuine leather upper (‘snakeskin’ style texture) and lining
*Smooth man made sole
*Soft cushioned insole
*25mm internal heel elevation, 10mm external heel.

The Sardinia style retails for $169.00 AUD and can be purchased here.

I am an Australian ladies size 8 or European size 39 and the 39 in this style fit me like a glove…or a shoe rather! I was a little concerned as I think my foot is ever so slightly on the wider side but these couldn’t have been a better fit.

Check out the Charlie Stone size chart to asses what size would be best suited to your soles.

These shoes were comfortable from the very second I put them on. I wore them for over an hour while shooting and experienced zero rubbing and came out unscathed and completely blister free (which is often rare when breaking in a new pair of beauties!) I was actually blown away!

I have failed to mention at this point just how flipping adorable these are too! I’m picky with flats (I hate when you can see your toe webbing and look somewhat like an aquatic creature of sorts) but looking down at these on my feet I just couldn’t help but grin. Charlie Stone is definitely hitting their mission bang on.

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I am so happy with both the impeccable quality and style of my first pair of Charlie Stone shoes, I deeply suspect this will most certainly not be my last pair! I may need every style and colour at this rate.

Do yourself (and your feet) a favour & check out the rest of the Charlie Stone range on their website!

Wilhelmina Buttercup – Collectif

I bought the plain black Collectif Wilhelmina dress months ago because I knew it would be super versatile. I’d been looking for a plain black wrap because I knew it would be handy to wear to burlesque gigs as a stylish costume cover up that wouldn’t mess up my hair and makeup when taken on and off!

I loved the plain black so much that when I saw it in this cute buttercup print I needed it too!

I love wrap dress styles and this one I find particularly flattering. The cross over v neckline compliments the bust area and can be adjusted depending on how much you’d like to show off and the tie nips you in at the waist. You can tie a bow at the back or front….Have I mentioned versatility yet?! I adore the cute little puff sleeves too.

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The navy base works so well with the yellow floral detail of the print. Navy is my husband’s favourite colour on me, so he was a big fan. This number seems to really suit those like myself who are a Winter season in terms of skin tone and what colours best suit.

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100% polyester, I love that this dress simply needs a light steam to freshen her up and then she’s good to go! If I don’t need to get the iron out, I’m a happy pinup!

I’m wearing an XXS or a UK 6 which suited my 32-24-32” measurements perfectly.

You can purchase your very own buttercup right here.

Milla Mainline Swing Skirt – Collectif

You can’t go wrong with simple but classic design which is highlighted by the gorgeous piece that is Collectif’s Mainline Milla Swing Skirt.

This is actually something I love about all of Collectif’s designs: I find myself acquiring lots of wardrobe staple items thanks to the timeless and versatile vintage-inspired cuts and lines.

I’m a real sucker for symmetry and border style skirts which was why I was immediately drawn to this number.

50’s inspired, the Milla is a very full skirt that cinches you in at the waist before flaring out in a flattering manner around your curves. Milla is made from a beautiful quality heavy cotton-blend (heavier than I expected actually) and is finished off with gorgeous black velvet ribbon detailing for the chevron trim which I adore.

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The heavy fabric meant I found my little steamer wouldn’t cut the mustard with this beast and I had to bust out my actual iron to eliminate creasing. Worth it though!

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This style fits true to size. I’m wearing and XXS or a UK 6 which I found suited my 24″ waist perfectly (as advised by the Collectif size guide.)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping so you too, can have some Milla magnificence in your life. Get yours here.

Scarlett Leopard Print Trench Coat – Collectif

Can one ever have too much leopard print in their lives? The answer to this absurd question is of course, NO! All leopard print, all the time I say!

This was why I simply HAD to get my hot little hands on the Collectif Vintage Scarlett Leopard Print Coat immediately!
She did not disappoint!

I have a few Collectif coats and love their design and quality and always find them quite reasonable in terms of price too. This is a good thing, given I live in the “Sunshine State” of Queensland and have very little need for my vast coat collection.

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I love the double breasted style of this coat and the ability to cinch in the waistline with the sash belt. My favourite feature that regularly features in Collectif coats is the swing skirt design. I just adore the vintage silhouette it creates: Makes me feel like I’ve stepped straight off a 50s Hollywood film set.

The Scarlett coat is beautifully made and fully lined in cotton. Made of 97% cotton, 3% spandex this is actually a lovely coat for warmer climates like mine. I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of this beauty when winter rolls around again.

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I found this number was true to size. I ordered a UK6 or XXS and was really happy with the fit for my measurements (32″-24″-32″)

For all the leopard lovers out there, snap up your Scarlett Trench Coat here. Collectif offers worldwide shipping. Hop to it!

Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress – Collectif

I’m a long time lover of Collectif’s classic colours and cuts and they’ve really brought the goods again with the winner that is the Trixie Velvet Sparkle Dress!

I’m gonna come right out and say still images of this dress truly don’t do her justice: I’ll let the video speak further to this point… LOOK AT HER SHINE ‘N’ SPARKLE!!

This dreamy dress hugs your curves in all the right places and brings a big dose of bling to your life. What’s not to love really?!

Made of 95% polyeseter and 5% spandex, this pretty has plenty of stretch and it’s reccomended you size down if wanting a real pinup, figure hugging look.
I’m wearing an XXS or a UK6 and it suited my measurements (32”-24”-32”) perfectly!

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I personally love the plunging cross over sweetheart neckline: This is my favourite kind of neckline and with the right strapless bra, I actually feel like I have something to show off for a change!

This dress does up with a covered zip at the back so it’s easy to get in and out of (which can sometimes be a struggle with wiggle style dresses!)

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Collectif offers worldwide shipping. If you need a little glitz and glamour in your life, you can make this beauty yours right here.

The Hannah Polka Dot Dress – Voodoo Vixen

Some ladies consider a quality denim jacket, a versatile pant that transfers from day to night or a good pair of jeans to be wardrobe staples. Me, well I consider a good polka dot dress to be a necessity in every closet! The Hannah Pink Polka Dot dress by Voodoo Vixen ticked this item off my must-have checklist!

Voodoo Vixen is a Vintage inspired fashion brand who specialises in 30’s to 60’s style women’s clothing. I bought my first Voodoo Vixen dress back in 2014 and have enjoyed following their gorgeous retro designs ever since.

The Hannah dress features a stylish square neckline, tie straps and POCKETS!!! She sports a swishy swing skirt and does up with an invisible zip closure at the back. I found this shade of pink was perfect on my complexion: David who is my colour police even complemented me on it which is a good sign! He’s the one who prevents me from wearing colours that just make me look ill and as much as I adore pink, the wrong shade can make me look exactly that: wrong!

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I hadn’t read the dress description and for some reason was expecting her to be a plain cotton. I was pleasantly surprised to discover Hannah is actually a 95% polyester, 5% elastane blend giving her this gorgeous silky, soft smooth kind of feel when wearing. A quick steam and she was good to go which is always a bonus as well!

I styled the Hannah dress with this sweet Black Patent Heart Buckle Belt also by Voodoo Vixen. It’s a super cute and versatile belt which is actually available in five colours!

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I’m wearing a S in Hannah which according to the size chart, is designed for 34”-27”-36” and consequently, was a little big on my 32”-24”- 32” frame. I was able to cinch the waist in a little with the belt, but this was also a little big so I’ll need to put an additional hole in it so I can wear it more comfortably on my natural waistline! Check out the Voodoo size chart to see what would best suit you: The sizes in this style range from S through to XXL.

Voodoo Vixen offers International shipping so you can get in on these goods wherever you are in the world! Check out the Hannah Dress here.