Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wishlust Wednesday - Blues, Pinks and Whites

Some of my favorite blog posts have always been wishlists and favorites. In the pinup community, many of us don't have friends who indulge in our same fashion interests. I get dealt a lot of "I love your style but could never pull it off" (I really, truly hope these are actual wistful comments and not "why in God's name is there a puffy thing under her skirt" kinda comments, but anyway). More often than not we also can't pick up the latest magazine and browse for fashion inspiration. Some can, but I generally don't have much luck. So I tend to rely on instagram hashtags and wishlists! Browsing them helps me to discover new clothing that I may not have found through my normal internet browsing. 

I looked at my wardrobe earlier this week and found that half of it is pink or blue, so it should come as no personal surprise that these colors are currently on my radar. There's something so feminine about both of these shades. And white, I find, makes the perfect canvas for a retro look. It's so crisp and clean, making way for attention to the silhouette and deep red lips. Love!

A - Milan Dress in Baby Blue by Heart of Haute - This is such a classic 1950's sillouette. I can imagine walking into a home in the 50's and seeing a perfectly coiffed housewife whipping up dessert in the kitchen in this dress.

B - Diana Swing Dress in White by Unique Vintage - The ties at the elbow were the first detail that caught my eye. Nothing screams feminine like bows.  I also love a good V-shaped neckline. Unique Vintage always delivers on style and quality, and I certainly plan to add this dress to my wardrobe soon. So perfect for spring as well as autumn.

C -  Evelyn Dress in Mary Blair Umbrellas Print by Pinup Couture - The Evelyn isn't normally the dress shape I would go for. The neckline is a litter higher than I would normally do. I generally like one asset highlighted, and having a below-the-knee length dress with no cleavage isn't quite my style. However, part of the draw of the 50's was the ability to feel sexy without highlighting any asset in particular. Celebrating the feminine form instead of skin was generally the norm, and with the little waist this dress would create I feel I really need to expand my horizons. Plus, hello, the print. How could you not?!

D - The Ava Swing Dress in Pink by Pinup Couture - This dress is just everything. The pink satin, albeit a different shade, reminds me so much of Marilyn's dress during her Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend number. I tried the original Ava and found the shape just didn't quite suit me. It looks amazing on other girl's but I wasn't feeling it last time I slipped it on (although the red Ava looked pretty in my Christmas photos!)

E - Grace Swing Dress in Blue by Unique Vintage - Again with the light blue. This one is more of a tiffany blue, and the sillouette is a perfect example of leaving well enough to the imagination. Near off-the-shoulder neckline, pretty swing skirt and nipped in waist.

What's on your current wishlist? Are you as ridiculously excited for the Mary Blair umbrella print dress as I am?! xo, Bethany

Friday, 24 April 2015

Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print by Pinup Girl Clothing

So getting this blog post together has seriously made it the blog post from hell. Taking photos outside made it cloudy, sunny, cloudy and sunny at the same time (yes, Melbourne can do that) and then WINDY! Wind is a pinups worse nightmare. Nothing kills a beautiful hairstyle like wind. Ugh. So I took it inside only to find my camera going in and out of focus in between shots. It was still lots of fun, but I really need to get more familiar with my camera! Ah well, all in time.

Now then, I present to you: the Lydia Dress in Rose Border print by by my beloved Pinup Girl Clothing.

Right after I had my daughter last year, I went on a bit of a shopping spree to purchase all the pretties I couldn't wear when I was, well, bulbous. This was one of those purchases. It made me immediately feel like a princess. Princess Belle, to be precise (the blue and white? the roses? Yeah, I know you see it too ;) )

The color is so vibrant, it's hard to capture in photos! And the color combination makes accessorizing options endless! I've worn this baby with red hair roses, white, pink and blue. I've done blue flats as shown, red heels, pink heels - the list goes on!

The dress features adjustable straps and satin lining along the bust. As with many of Pinup Girl Clothing's clothing over the past couple of years, the quality and construction is even higher than ever before. The fabric is weighty but not heavy, the pattern is beautiful, and this dress receives some of the best compliments out of all my pieces from Pinup Girl! 

Regarding fit, I am 36-35-36 and wear size small. There is extra room in the bust if need be but the fit is still comfortably snug. There is also a little wiggle room in the waist, but it's perfectly disguised by the belt. I do find that the underarm area can dig in a bit after all day wear, but it's a minor nuisance. I think it's just hard to have so much fabric hanging from criss-cross straps the way it is. I also initially found the bust to be far too low cut, but a quick adjustment of the straps fixed it right up!

 When I saw this dress by Pumpkin Patch, I actually squealed in store. The staff there knows me fairly well by now, as most of Selene's wardrobe is from there. They have seen me in the Lydia Rose Dress and know of my matchy matchy ways, so they understood my excitement when the dress shown below was released. The blue and white theme, the roses in white triangles. Are you even kidding me? Perfection!

Dress- Lydia Dress in Rose Border Print - Pinup Girl Clothing
Bolero - Perfect Bolero - Pinup Girl Clothing
Ballet Flats - Rubi Shoes (old stock, but available on Ebay from time to time)
Hair Flower Dark Pink Hair Rose by Lila Jo
Ring - Pink Rose Ring - Kmart (old stock)

Dress- Spotty Bow Dress - Pumpkin PatchCardigan - Girl's Cardigan by Pumpkin PatchMary Janes - Ebay
Headband - Ebay (similar here)

What is your go to outfit for feeling glam? Do you own a Lydia dress and love it? xo, Bethany


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Hotrod Honey Swing Dress by Pinup Girl Clothing

I used to blog early last year, but with limited funds for pretty dresses to review, and no camera with which to take nice photos, it all faded rather quickly.

Now, I have a shiny new camera and a closet full of pretties to show you! I've had a few requests to start blogging again (which melted my heart. I didn't really think anyone was following my blog before!!) and I am all too happy to oblige. 

I haven't worn skulls in years. I've found since having Selene that my wardrobe has changed quite a bit. Longer hemlines to keep flashing to a minimum whilst crawling after her (though that does nothing against Melbourne's windy weather. Pretty sure my neighbors have seen ALL the booty by now!) and lots of bright colors to go along with our matching wardrobes. However, Deadly Dames by Pinup Girl Clothing recently released the Hotrod Honey Dress in a swing version, and this was my favourite print of the three released. I also recently received my ballerina flats by Jessica Simpson in the mail recently and wanted to put them to use right away. I was going for a sort of gothic ballerina look. Not sure if I came through, but I do love these shoes!!

My measurements are 36-25-36, and I am wearing size small. Due to the stretch in the fabric, I could wear an extra small if I wanted (however, note that there is no need to size down - it will form to your shape regardless. This dress is every bit as comfortable as Pinup Girl promises. I wore this to lunch with a girlfriend but could easily have worn it for a move night in with friends or for an all day adventure where comfort is required! The fabric is thin enough to wear in autumnal weather but thick enough to be high quality and keep its form. What I love about this piece is that it's a flash back to some of the earlier designs by Deadly Dames (the wild barbie sex kitten sister of the other Pinup Girl Clothing brands).

I've been told that if one had to choose a word to describe me, it would be bubbly. Bubbly and skulls don't really fit together. How many poos do I give? Zero. Zero poos. I wear what I want.

Little Miss Selene was in a black and white tutu dress with a red rose to match mommy. She's running around everywhere now so doing the whole tights-with-shoes-sewn-in thing is probably a no no by now... but it was just so cute.

Dress - KMart Australia (not available online)
Tights - ebay (similar here)
Hair Flower - Kmart Australia 

 I call this one... "Can you tell my child is breastfed?". Always diving in there. 

After our little photoshoot session in our backyard, we went inside to do some baking together. Little Miss got an apron for her birthday from a beloved friend of mine, and it just so happened to match one that I already had! Did I get way too excited over it? Duh. You know I did.

I'll make sure to get some accessory close-ups in my next post. Till then, thank you so much for reading! <3<3<3

Do you enjoy baking? What's your favorite recipe?


An Introduction...

Hey good lookin'. My name is Bethany,  also known as Miss Betty Doll. Some of you may know me from my instagram full of selfies of my daughter and I (hey! pinups need outfit inspiration, so selfies for the community are a total necessity! I swear) or from my little facebook page for the modeling I do from time to time.

I grew up in Arizona and then Texas and moved here to Melbourne, Australia when I was 18 to be with my now husband. Together we made our little cupcake, Selene. They are the centre of my universe.

I grew up among a whole lot of southern hospitality and then married into a European family, so needless to say - I love to cook and bake. I also love entertaining, but for the most part I do little outings with my daughter and husband, read alot of books, shop (maybe too much, but don't tell my husband) and watch the likes of Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead. My husband is a game animator, so we also play alot of video games together. I'm what you would get if a 1950's pinup housewife and a nerd made a baby.

In my spare time I also do a little modeling. I've been in quite a few magazines but am definitely not professional. I'm just happy doing my thing :)

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