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!

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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.

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. 

Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress – The Pretty Dress Company

Want to feel like a princess? I’ve got just the dress!

Introducing to you the gorgeous Fatale Embroidered Prom Dress in the black colourway by The Pretty Dress Company.

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Who am I kidding, this dress needs no introduction! This signature design is iconic to the Pretty Dress Company and is available in both a wiggle and swing version and in a variety of colourways including black, white and navy.

The dress is made from beautiful rose embroidered tulle over a stretch sateen and features an off the shoulder bodice that is both boned and lined. I love the little details on this number, like the shoulder gathering and of course, the beautiful rose embroidery. The full prom skirt promises the perfect vintage silhouette. I’m 168cm tall and love where this dress sits a little below the knee on me.

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I’ve accessorised the dress with patent black ankle strap shoes and black earrings, as well as a red rose for the hair to team with the theme. I wanted to keep it fairly simply, as I feel the dress really speaks for itself and steals the show.

The Pretty Dress Company recommend you check their size chart to ensure you order the correct size, as their sizes tend to run a little on the smaller side.

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I’m wearing an 8 and my measurements are 32”-24”-32”. I found I had wiggle room in this style in both the bust and waist. This dress runs in sizes 8-20. The Pretty Dress Company offer worldwide shipping.

Lucy Luxe does Viva Las Vegas! Part 4: A Special Surprise Gift

There are now only SIX Mondays left until I’ll be boarding a big jet plane and crossing the seas to arrive on the shores of the United States ahead of Viva Las Vegas 20. I can’t believe it! If time could just slow town a tad, that would be great.

Although I’m feeling a wee bit nervous about it all, on Friday evening I was gifted something very special that I can bring along on my trip that I want to tell you about.

On Friday, the wonderful Bombshell Burlesque Academy I attend had its annual Bombshells Ball. This regular event showcases the routines each different group and individual soloists have been funneling their energies and efforts into throughout the six week term.

Funnily enough, it was actually pinup that brought burlesque into my life. After being lucky enough to take part in the Garterbelts and Gasoline Pinup Contest and then being even luckier to call myself Miss Garterbelts and Gasoline 2014, I received a term voucher to the Bombshell Burlesque Academy in my winning prize pack.

I headed along to my first ever burlesque class a few months later in late 2014. Despite being somewhat skeptical and scared at the realisation that burlesque would involve removing articles of clothing on a stage in front of a bunch of people I didn’t know, I came back for more. I finally took to the stage in early 2015 and now burlesque is very much a part of my life and one that I am proud of.

Burlesque has brought a whole lot of sparkle into my life. But rhinestones aside, the best part of burlesque has been the wonderful bunch of truly inspiring and encouraging women I have become surrounded by. It’s wonderful to be in the company of women who are creative, motivated and determined and I feel truly privileged to call these women my friends.

Recently, I had the pleasure of spending lots of time with a select group of these lovelies as we prepared the Premiere Season of our show A Brief History of Burlesque. Headed by our director Lila Luxx, it was something I felt very honoured to be a part of.

So on Friday as the show drew to a close, I was surprised to hear my name called and be beckoned to the front of the stage by our lovely MC CeCe Shabam. What followed was a complete surprise announcement about my upcoming trip to take part in the Viva Las Vegas 20 Pinup Contest and if that wasn’t enough, a surprise gift too! It completely caught me by surprise and I was very aware of how awkwardly I was standing there not knowing what to say as a result. As the show ended and everyone began filing back to the change rooms, Evelyn, Diamond and Kira all told me that I simply had to open this mystery gift there and then on the spot.

Opening the box led to me immediately losing it and bawling/babbling like a baby at the gorgeous and incredibly thoughtful contents inside. Lila had organised for the amazing Coppelia Jane to hand make me my very own personalised signature Glamour Gown to take to Viva to which all of these beautiful women (Lila, Ella, Evangelene, Jacqueline, Kira, Evelyn, Diamond Cello, and Evie) had contributed too. David had even been in on the action because Lila managed to get a copy of my logo so it could be embroidered on the gown. This is hands down, the most beautiful and thoughtful gesture that I have ever been on the receiving end of and still now, I cannot find words to adequately express how much this means to me.

Upon thanking Lila for initiating such a beautiful plan, she said it was “a little bit of us to take with you”. I feel so blessed to have such a supportive posse of women behind me and I’m so chuffed to have this beautiful gown to bring with me on my travels and remind me of you all! In all honesty, I owe the level of confidence I have today to doing classes with the Bombshells and being constantly supported and encouraged by these beauties. I can see the growth and changes in myself and to these women I say thank you. Thank you for constantly having faith in my abilities and assisting me to have faith in them too! Special mention to Lila Luxx who is my Beyonce: A fierce and intelligent woman who knows what she wants and just goes out and gets it.

Now I leave you with some shots of this beautiful gown I speak of. Also, 10 points to all of these people for managing to keep this a secret for several weeks! Yet another thing about you all that impresses me! ❤

 

 

 

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