Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Valentine's Day - Pinup Style

Oh, Valentine's Day. One of the most commercialised holidays known to the west. And yet, we can't resist you!

My husband and I have a routine when we go out on dates - we get delicious noms at Grill'd, we see a movie, and then we go home. We love that routine, and it works perfectly for us. However, Valentine's Day is normally the day we break out of our mould and do something different. It gives me the chance to don my sexiest dress and be properly wined and dined and romanced, and it gives him a chance to, well, enjoy the fabulous lingerie I pick out to wear for him. Boom. Win win. So, even though we try our best to fight normalcy, Valentine's Day is a holiday that we wholeheartedly embrace.

I managed to get my outfit sorted nice and early this year. I scored an amazing deal on two Wheels and Dollbaby dresses, which has excited me to no end. I can't find this one on their website anymore, but swap and sell groups and ebay always have past collections floating around.

I don't know about you, but wholehearted embrace calls for some fabulous outfits, so here are the brands that I am lusting after at the moment:
There is so much from Micheline Pitt's Vixen line that would go well for Valentine's Day, but if I had to choose just one, it would be the Troublemaker Dress in red. Don't take my word for it though - have a browse yourself! Check it out here. 

What Katie Did is already dedicated to pretty, classic lingerie, so what better place to look for a Valentine's Day after outfit than here? The Ruby set is my favourite, but you can browse several other options. Check it out here.

Pinup Girl Clothing has a whole "Oh La La" section up at the moment, dedicated to naughty things for Valentines Day. The pearl handcuffs are particularly adorable. Check it out here.

They also have a whole range of Valentine's Day inspired outfits in their Coming Soon section, with my personal favourite being the Cherie Dress. So be sure to keep an eye on their Coming Soon section. Check it out here.

If you are in Australia, Bras n Things has whipped up some very sexy lingerie options. I'm actually just going to put a picture of the back of the one I favour (and maybe bought, haha), because I am well aware my parents read my blog from time to time. Just keeping it respectful like only a southern girl can. There's matching panties too, and they are even better. There's a whole section dedicated to Valentine's Day lingerie. Check it out here.

Even naughtier is Honey Birdette - but they always have a vast array of things to spice up. This gorgeous red "dress" is my favourite, but their whole website is full of pretty temptations. Check it out here.

Doll Deluxe has several pretty options for Valentine's Day, including this "Lover" Top that they designed just for the day. Other options include their wiggle dresses in everything from leopard print to black satin. Check it out here. 

 If you had to choose one stop for Valentine's Day accessories, I would make it Unique Vintage. They have a whole section for Valentine's Day outfits too. Check it out here. 

 Whatever your plans are - going all out or keeping it low key at home - make sure you pick something to wear that will astound your partner. And if you're single? For heaven's sake, put on something sexy anyway! Go out with your girlfriends for a Galentine's day or night, and have some champagne. 



Saturday, 14 January 2017

Vixen Swing Dress by Vixen by Micheline Pitt

The Powderpuff Tops from Micheline Pitt's Vixen brand were my first loves from her line. The pretty puff sleeve's and princess vibes are basically everything a pinup would need in life. Or at least in her wardrobe. The Vixen Swing Dress is like a structured, dress version of the Powderpuff Tops. The bustline (save for the tie detail) sleeves and darting details are all the same, but are delivered in a super high quality, thick cotton sateen.

The bust detail is both demure and sexy. When you pop the dress on without the tie done, and then do the tie, you get insta-cleavage. I don't know about you, but insta-cleavage makes me happy. That alone should be enough to tempt you to get this dress. And fret not, bigger-busted ladies - just don't tie it as tightly if you don't want as much va-va-voom!

Now, the size chart states that the bust is 32-34 and waist is 24-25 on the size extra small. I would say they actually run bigger than that, because I am wearing a small here and I feel I could have actually fit into an extra small. Had I worn a belt, however, the waist would have been just fine. There is a facebook group caled The Vixen's Salon, and if you join it, the beautiful ladies there would be happy to help with sizing!

 The inside bust of the dress is satin lined. Micheline Pitt has always been amazing at quality control, and evidence of this is seen in all of her products. This dress will be in my wardrobe for years.. and years... and years. And I know that the quality will remain in tact.
I seriously did not understand the pocket obsession until I actually popped my phone in a dress pocket last week. It was so handy to have there that I started putting a card and lipstick in my pockets and found that, when going out without kids in tow, I can actually do without a purse. It's amazing. WHERE was my head at before with not appreciating the glory of the pocket? I now get sad when I can't find any in a dress.

Micheline has promised deep pockets in several instagram posts, and she delivers. Oh, does she deliver. LOOK at them. They are huge, and the thick nature of the dress fabric means that putting heavy objects in those big pockets does little to affect the silhouette. I have a compact and my large smartphone in the pockets.


(and for those who ask how I do blog photos - this is how. lol. With children in tow)

I will definitely be adding the leopard and makeup  print to my wardrobe soon. Micheline's customer service skills alone are enough to make me go back for more, but she backs it up with the most stunning pieces. She puts her heart and soul into her line and you can feel it in the details. I am actually returning to work next month, and can't wait to add some of Micheline's pencil skirts to my collection. I hear they are to die for.

Thanks for reading!
xo, Miss Betty Doll

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Lindy Bop Corinna Review

Happy New Year all! I hope everyone had a lovely break over the holidays. We had a beautiful new year, with a garden stroll, rides and fun for the kiddos at the local park, and then my husband and I ended the night with lots of champagne and quality time together. Hopefully we set the pace for what this new year has in store.

I'd like to start off by saying I like Lindy Bop. They offer many unique designs, comfortable options, and ridiculously affordable prices. I've been a customer since last year and I have loved most purchases.

The Corrina Dress is one such purchase - to a degree.

First off, the design is completely adorable. The lace-topped pockets (which are deep enough to fit my large smart phone), the gingham print and the pretty buttons make this dress one that I keep reaching for.

There is smocking along the back of the dress to make it a more comfortable fit, and the rest of the dress is non- to minimal stretch. The straps are thick and comfortable.

The fabric is fairly light weight, in a way that is ideal for summer and does not feel cheap. I find myself reaching for dresses from places like Le Bomb Shop and Lindy Bop often during hot weather, because the lightweight fabrics and stretchy materials that they tend to make their clothing from just feels better in summer than more expensive brands.

I did not wear a petticoat for these photos so that you could see the level of puff - and there's a decent amount of it. I have year to wear this with a petticoat and feel that it holds its own without one.

After all of those positives, we come to the one negative of the dress - the bust. I wear a size D, but I have a small-ish frame, so my D is not as full as other size D's may be. In any case, I barely fit in the bust of this dress. At first I thought that it was my bra, so I tried wearing a thinner one - to no avail. I can barely do up the buttons, and when I can, I find that they pop loose during the day (you can actually see that this happened during the shoot haha!). This is not at all ideal when toting a baby on your hips, let me tell you. The fabric is just thin enough that you can't quite go braless, even though I feel it is supportive enough to do so. The only option that I have found is wearing nipple covers, and it does work and helps quite a bit. However, if you are bigger busted than myself, I would suggest either sizing up or perhaps giving this one a miss. I am 36-26-36 and am wearing a size 8 UK.

If you are my size or smaller, this should work for you. It's a gorgeous dress than whispers of picnics and summer breezes, and a worthwhile purchase if it works for you! It comes in several colours, and all but the yellow is currently on sale! Get yours here.

Thank you so much for reading.

xo, Miss Betty Doll
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