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.

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Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress – Bright & Beautiful

If you didn’t already know, I am an absolute SUCKER for some gorgeous gingham. The beauty that is the Pauline Oversized Gingham Dress by Bright & Beautiful was the first addition of purple gingham to my wardrobe and I am very much a fan.

Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is influenced by the 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist. The Pauline dress is a 70s inspired swing dress that will have you swirling and twirling to show off her beauty.

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A 50s gal at heart, I styled this with a 50s look in mind. It’s a gorgeous dress for spring and summer weather and a perfect partner for a picnic. The skirt was much fuller than I anticipated after viewing the product photos, but this was a welcomed discovery. I enjoyed the modest boat neckline and the somewhat cheeky scooping shape of the back. I also loved how much it tapered in at the waist.

This beauty is made from a textured linen blend (70% Cotton 30% Linen ) and only required a quick steam before she was ready for her first outing. The blend means this garment can be machine washed at 30 degrees which is handy too.

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I’m wearing an XXS or a (UK 6) and it fit my measurements (32”-24”-32”) absolutely perfectly! Check out the Bright & Beautiful size chart to see what would best suit you. There isn’t any give/stretch in the fabric so do definitely use the chart as a guide when selecting your size The sizes range from UK 4 through to UK 18.

International shipping is available and you can make this gorgeous garment all yours right here.

 

Jane Plain Shorts – Bright & Beautiful

I’m not normally much of a shorts kinda gal, but the Jane Plain Shorts by Bright & Beautiful were game changers!

I think what sets these beauties apart is the girly flare and fit that made me question “Wait, am I wearing a skirt?” The best kind of question when it comes to shorts, as far as I’m concerned.

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Bright & Beautiful by Collectif is very much influenced by the swinging 60s and 70s, aiming to bring you all of the fun and colour but mixed with a modern twist.

This particular style ticks all of those boxes. The shade of green is simply gorgeous and complimentary to the vast array of skin tones out there. On the topic of green, it’s really doing things for me this season and is a big leap away from the usual pinks that fill my wardrobe. Change is as good as a holiday right?

The Jane shorts are high waisted allowing you to showcase that nipped waist before they flow out in all the right places. I’m shot sporting these in the (albeit, mild) Brisbane winter and their floaty nature meant a nice little breeze: I can imagine this would be welcomed ventilation come summer!

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The shorts do up at the front with both a button and zip and here comes the part you’ve all been waiting for….JANE. HAS. POCKETS! The fabric is 100% polyester and a quick steam was all that was needed to get this pair of pretties ready for an outing. I’m lazy and couldn’t tell you the last time I actually ironed so if it can be steamed, I’m on board.

Dress Jane casual with a plain tee or knit as I have here, or doll her right up with heels and a strapless top for a night out. The options are endless.

Bright & Beautiful sizing is the same as Collectif ranging from XXS through to 4XL. I’m wearing an XXS (UK 6) here and found the measurements to be bang on for my 24” waist. There’s no give in the fabric, so you want to use the size chart as a guide to ensure a good fit.

Bright & Beautiful offers International shipping so no matter where you are in the world, their beautiful threads can be yours.

Check out all the shorts Collectif has on offer here. 

Veronica Heels – Lulu Hun

I feel everyone needs a staple, sleek and shiny silver shoe (all of the alliteration) in their wardrobe and I think I’ve found her!

The Veronica by Lulu Hun by Collectif is a traditional t-bar style with a heel that’s cute but comfortable in terms of height!

Given I’m currently recovering from a broken sesamoid bone in my foot, I’m on the hunt for more foot friendly shoes with a reasonable incline and these are great in that regard. The heel is 8cm high, so much kinder to my feet than some of the shoes in my wardrobe. The Veronica fastens with a little gold buckle that has elastic for further comfort.

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I love the unique triangular cut out detailing and the open toe design to show off my classic red pedicure. I also feel the shoe is very versatile and could be worn with a day wear style outfit but also out on the town during the evening.

The Veronica is available in a UK 3 to UK 8. I’m wearing a UK 6 and am normally a EU size 39 or an Australian ladies 8. Initially, I was concerned they were a touch big, but I think the size below may have been too snug for me. My feet are on the wider size of things so I’d advise checking the Lulu Hun size chart to ensure the best fit for you!

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If you need these on your tootsies immediately, you can get yours here.

Lulu Hun offers international shipping so put these puppies in your cart right now! A woman can never have too many shoes!

Worn here, with the gorgeous Collectif Mainline Jace Ice Cream Swing dress which you can purchase here. 

You can also see a short video of it below:

 

Cakes by Judy C – Ashgrove, Brisbane

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Looking for a cake for your next big event or just looking for a place to get your sugar fix on the weekend? Look no further than Cakes by Judy C.

Just out of Brisbane CBD in Ashgrove, Judy C runs a specialty cake store and coffee bar that will satisfy all your sweet cravings.

With over 25 years of cake making experience, you’re in safe hands with Judy. She’s an absolute sweetheart…and DAMN can she make a good cake!

Check out my video review and I can guarantee you’ll be itching to get yourself to Judy’s.

In the meantime, you can peruse her Instagram feed (@cakesbyjudyc)
Though, this comes with the warning that you may need to mop up the drool off your phone screen!

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Mint Rose Slip – Jools Couture

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Polkadots and pastel pink detailing? I’m in!

Check out the video to see my review of Australian designer Jools Couture and the gorgeous Mint Rose Slip I’m sporting here!

This piece is a Powder Room, Vault Boudoir Piece but if it’s your style, jump on the JC website to see the other gorgeous styles available.

There’s a wide array of intimates, day and evening wear and even swimwear available.
The thing they have in common is their excellent craftsmanship and appeal to customer comfort. Jools selects fabrics with those who have sensitive skin in mind. No itchy and uncomfortable fabrics to be found here!

Jools Couture pieces are available via their website in Australian sizes 6-16 and shipping is offered worldwide.

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Polka Dot Perfection – Red Dolly Swimwear

Things are heating up…Actually who am I kidding, they have been stinking hot for a while now!

The Aussie summer is here, which means it’s time for a dip down by the seaside and the dilemma faced when hitting the beach is of course: What ever will I have wear?!

Lucky I’ve got Red Dolly Swimwear to save the day!

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Behind the label is talented California based designer Heather Stepanik. Heather has a background as a bridal seamstress which she worked as for four years before she decided sweet Swimwear was where her heart really was. Red Dolly doesn’t just cater to grown up ladies either: there’s suits for both girl and babies too!

Heather says she wants women to feel beautiful, comfortable and confident in her suits and I certainly felt all of the above when wearing the light blue polka dot two piece.

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The Light Blue Polka Dot Bikini will ensure you feel super cute when you show up on the sand this summer. I found the classic lines were really complimentary on my figure.

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This original Red Dolly design features a halter neck tie and a gathered centre which is fully lined and you can opt to have option padding sewn in for a small additional fee. My suit pictured here is padding free and given I’m content with my itty bitty, but beautiful titties, it suits me just fine!

My favourite part about the bottoms is that they are full coverage (something sometimes hard to come by when swimmer shopping) and I loved that the high-waisted style accentuates my waist and highlights my curves in all the right places.

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Red dolly stocks sizes Small through to Extra large. Check out their size chart here.

My measurements are 32”-24”-32” so on the smaller side of a small but they are designed to give and stretch so I felt they still fit me really well.

I’ll be getting LOTS of wear out of these pretties this season!