Saturday, 28 April 2018

Transeasonal Wear - Autumn is here!

First of all, I'd like to give a giant thank you to the beautiful Brooke from Brooke Orchard Photography. I'm so honored to have worked with her again and can't wait to make more magic together this year!

Melbourne has one of the trickiest climates in which to navigate transeasonal wear. There's the constant wind and rain and unpredictable temperatures. You could be shivering at 8am and fanning yourself by 1pm. It's for this reason that I bring you my guide to Autumn fashion, which will double as winter wear in some warmer climates like California.

First of all, let's start with layering. I have a Mak cardigan in just about every colour, and they've done wonders for my wardrobe. There are many places to purchase them, but my favourite is still Le Bomb Shop, which carries them in every colour. You can grab them here. They are very light and provide just enough coverage to keep you warm and help with layering for unpredictable weather. Not to mention they make many outfits office-friendly. 

Secondly, I can't suggest a good leather jacket enough. Being a vegetarian, I always purchase vegan leather. Luckily, this makes my "leather" jackets more inexpensive, so I have quite a collection. 


Here are a few of my favourites that I either own or have my eye on:







Next, capes are working so well for me this season. They are one of those items that give an outfit an instant lift. I particularly love the Sabrina Cape by Dolly and Dotty, as it's light weight and cropped at just the right length. 




Finally, gloves are a must-have for an autumn wardrobe - especially to accompany capes. They add an instant autumnal shift to your wardrobe. Forever new here in Australia has been a favourite glove destination of mine for years, but there are many others.


Asos (just search "gloves" on the Asos website for your country)




What are your favourite transeasonal pieces?

xo Miss Betty Doll
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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Flower Festivals and Cherry Dresses - The Ellad Swing Dress in Cherry Print by Stop Staring

Melbourne never has a shortage of events to attend. From festivals and markets to ballets and art exhibitions, we've never had trouble staying busy here. Which is a good thing, as I love adventure. 

The Festival of Flowers in Victoria was absolutely stunning this year. We ended up going fairly late in the day, but were still able to explore all it had to offer. The festival (which has now ended!) is a couple of hours outside of the CBD. There was a fairy village, food trucks and flowers as far as the eye could see. 

Knowing this would be one of the last sunny weekends Melbourne had to offer before Autumn really kicks in, the girls and I wore matching cherry dresses. Mine is from Stop Staring, and it worked well with the pretty surrounds. 














This is the first time I'd worn this flutter-sleeve style, called the Ellad Dress. It's also available in an all too appropriate Tulip Print

I must say I love this one. I had it taken up as it's a dress I can only see myself wearing on very warm days. The flutter sleeves would prove bulky under a cardigan, I feel, and the gorgeous print alone makes it the perfect Spring/Summer style. I'm glad I did, as the girls and I ended up spending the better part of an hour running up and down the flower fields. 

The sleeves can be worn on or off the shoulder. I switched between both throughout the day, depending on how much literal running around I was doing. 

I am wearing the size small, or UK size 6. The waist is a smidge loose, but I've been wearing a little belt with it and it fits well overall! It proved to be the perfect dress for our family day out. 

The Ellad Dress in Cherry Print can be purchased here

xo, Miss Betty Doll

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Baking with Littles: Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Alright you beautiful American readers: if you have some last minute Easter baking to do, and have some cake mix and marshmallows laying around, I have a recipe for you!

This one has popped up in my pinterest feed so many times I'm not sure who the original poster was, but I just love this idea. Selene and I threw this together a couple of days ago for our Good Friday dessert, and it was so easy. 


Easter Bunny Cupcakes


Ingredients:
  • Boxed cake mix (any kind will do)
  • Buttercream frosting (recipe below)
  • Large white marshmallows
  • pink sugar crystals
  • pink edible beads

Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp milk (add more to desired consistency)
  • 1 tsp real vanilla bean
Instructions:
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package instructions and bake in cupcake tin for 10-12 minutes
  2. While cupcakes are baking, prepare frosting by mixing softened butter for 30 seconds and gradually adding the icing sugar, milk and vanilla. 
  3. Scoop into a pipping bag and use any large star tip to swirl on the frosting
  4. Cut marshmallows in half and dip the exposed insides of the marshmallows in the pink sugar crystals. 
  5. Enjoy your super easy bunny cupcakes!
Make this recipe littles friendly by having your little one dip the marshmallows in the sugar crystals or mix the cake mix with you. 



We spent our Easter weekend at the National Gallery of Victoria, and it was stunning! Today we trialled out V Junior, which is a child-friendly movie experience by Village Cinemas here in Australia. There is a giant slide down the side, legos to play and staff to cater for you throughout. I hadn't expected either experience to go as well as it did, from the free holiday weekend entry at the gallery to the special care at the movies. I'm so thankful I get another day with the girls and my hubby tomorrow. 

Easter outfits are always tricky in Melbourne. I'm used to my Northern Hemisphere seasons from back in the US, with Easter falling in springtime. Easter here in Australia is well into autumn, so it can be nice weather or freezing (like last year). This year it was beautiful, so I threw on my Collectif Clothing dress last minute (see review here) because it matched so well with Selene and Aurora's dresses from Arabella and Rose


 


As a side note... I have to say how incredibly thankful I am for this community of (mostly!) women. I know I'm not alone when I say how uplifting you all are. Social media can be an all-consuming spiral that sucks up your time and leaves you wanting, but the ladies of the pinup community have all been extra special. 

I've had days over the past few weeks where my university assignments have piled up, work has consumed every aspect of my life and I've come home so tired I can barely stand. Like most women, I often doubt myself as a mother and fight the mom guilt that plagues most of us. And then I hop on my instagram account and see words of encouragement from gorgeous women whom I've never even met. Some I've encouraged myself, some whom I hadn't had the pleasure of speaking to until then. In an age where what it means to be a woman, a mother (or not!), a wife (or not!) and where the very meaning of feminism is constantly changed, I'm so thankful to be part of a network of supportive women. 

Bettie Von Sweetz, the maker of the gorgeous aprons Selene and I are wearing, is one of those women. If you are in need of a one-of-a-kind creation with all the glitz and glamour a girl can muster, head over to her Etsy page here! She puts more love into her apron designs than I ever thought possible. I cherish mine every time I pull them out to do some baking, and I know you will too!


Thank you so much for reading!

xo Miss Betty Doll
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