Monday, 25 April 2016

Weekly Outfits Recap ~ 18/4/2016

Hello darlings,

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! I've got last weeks outfit recap up for you all and I'm looking forward to another week this week of awesome looks!

I find myself still dabbling more and more into the 1940s and really enjoying it!


Brooch ~  Woman and the moon brooch from Creep Heart (discontinued)
Top ~ 5 seasons old target blouse
Belt ~ Kmart brown leather belt



Scarf ~ Green true vintage nylon scarf


Scarf ~ Baby pink repro nylon scarf
Yellow Cardigan ~ No Brand
Skirt ~ Baby pink Candy skirt by Hell Bunny (found on ebay 2 years ago)


I've taken the opportunity for this long weekend to recoup from a very busy and stressful few months. Its been very overdue!

I've got some new posts and reviews coming this week darlings!

Til then!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Memorising Merlot ~ Lipstick by Style by Divine

Hello Darlings!

So I've finally got some lighting for my indoor photos sorted which means I can start reviewing smaller things like cosmetics and what not with quality photos! This is something I'm incredibly excited about! 

My first proper make up review is on the Merlot lipstick from Style by Divine

I've been a long time follower of Stephanie on social Media like Instagram and facebook, as she used to work at Australian Pin Up Store Miskonduct and this was how I found her myself.  Located in Newcastle Australia, she has since left Miskonduct to focus on growing her own small business based around vintage hair/make up styling, beauty and now her own cosmetics line. I'd previously bought some McArthur Skin Care products from her, to help better manage my incredibly sensitive skin, which have been amazing. 

 As someone who is forever hunting for new lipstick shades to use in my outfits, I was incredibly excited when I saw she was releasing her own range of cosmetics. I dropped her a message and ordered her new Lipstick in Merlot, as I'd been after a more pinky red for days I didn't want the bold reds of my Besame Cosmetics Shades.

It was shipped the day after ordering and I had it within 3 days of making my purchase, even with regular postage! The colour was gorgeous even within the tube and I've worn it a few times now before this review so I can give my most accurate feedback on this product!

Colour swatch of Merlot by Style By Divine
The colour came through as a very pretty blend of a darker red and a pink. It went on very smooth with ease and I was able to apply it with my usual straight from the stick and then outlining with a lipstick brush afterwards. It texture is quite creamy and while it is a 'matte' lipstick, I found it creamier and with more shine than some of my other matte lipstick products.  I tend to wear my lipsticks without a lip liner most days (I currently only have a red liner so need to expand my colour base there) and still found this lipstick sat well with minimal bleed, which is fantastic as bleeding is something I normally have issues with. It also didn’t dry my lips out throughout the day, which is something I always feel is important (because dry cracked lips are never fun!)

The colour was perfect for some of my more 1940’s style outfits and I found it was also a good option for days when I didn’t want something overly bold but something that wasn’t a light colour or a pastel.  It has a creamy texture which does mean it will transfer if touched, but I found it stayed quite well even after eating with minimal movement outside of my lip area. I took progress photos of its wear throughout a day to demonstrate its wear below (please excuse my somewhat awkward lip positions, my lips are something I've never really photographed before!). As you can see, even though it did come off a but through the middle, I was able to eat 3 meals before it even began to bleed at the edges, which in my opinion is a total win!

I’ve also found it to be an incredibly versatile colour to style! Here are 4 different wasn’t I’ve worn the same lipstick in the past week and a half! Its such a beautiful colour and definitely one I can see myself wearing a lot in the future!

All of Stephanie’s cosmetics are made in Australia and not tested on animals and are a cruelty free product. I paid $20AUD for my lipstick as well as regular postage costs. Its so great to see a local Australian business bringing such lovely products to the Australian Pinup Scene, especially with how expensive buying from overseas can be atm with the poor Australian Dollar. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice basic lipstick that wears well and is well made. I simply love mine and can see it getting a lot of wear in my wardrobe!

I hope you've all enjoyed this review and I look forward to hopefully bringing you more like this in the future! If you have any questions I'm more than happy to answer them, simply leave it on my Instagram post about this review or pop it in the comments below!

You can find Stephanie at the below places!

Til next time darlings!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Weekly Outfits ~ 11th April 2016

Hello darlings!

I cannot believe we are already halfway through April. I mean, where the hell is 2016 going?! 

Last week had some good outfits, even though I'd succumbed to the flu by mid week! But a day and a half of bed rest saw me bounce back and kick butt again!

I'm trying to really start pushing my styling and try different looks each week, as I've found I've been becoming 'comfortable' in wearing a few repeat pieces! 


Blouse ~ Sheer blouse from Target (discontinued)
Skirt ~ True Vintage, part of a suit purchased from Word from the Bird


Scarf ~ Green true vintage scarf
Top ~ No brand purple knit top
Shoes ~ Pin Up Couture



Brooch ~ Kraken brooch by Erstwilder (discontinued)
Jumpsuit ~ Ambleside Playsuit by Hell Bunny from Gwynnies (Review coming soon)


Bandana ~ CanTeen for Kids Bandana in red (buy one here. Proceeds go to supporting young people going through Cancer)
Shoes ~ Payless flats


Brooch ~ Marilyn Brooch from Deer Arrow (currently sold out, due to restock soon!)
Frilly Socks ~ Cotton on Body

I've got some fun blog reviews lined up for this week, as well as finally allocating some time to sit down with my camera and do a youtube video for you all!

Its going to be a great week! 

Til later darlings!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Lovely Loraine Sandals ~ The perfect splash of confidence

Happy Saturday darlings!

I hope this sunny weekend is treating you well! Mine certainly is! Now that I’ve had some time to wear these gorgeous shoes properly, I figured it was time to sit down and have a chat with you all about them, especially since they are my first real pair of red heels!

The Lorraine heel by B.A.I.T Footwear first caught me eye on the Royal VintageShoes website due to the double strap detail around the back, the pretty cutout pattern in the front and the 1940's feel it has.  Despite wearing quite a lot of bold colours in my wardrobe, red was a colour that was lacking and with my desire to begin to work more Navy into my ever growing clothing horde, I felt it was time to take the plunge and add red shoes to the mix.

So I ordered these shoes in my usual 7.5. I instantly found they were incredibly tight in the front section, but fit perfectly in the length. The firmness meant ‘normal’ breaking in really wasn’t an option. I know sizing up would have meant they would have been too big, so I broke out a pair of my partners thick socks, got my blow dryer and sat blow drying my feet on hot for 5 minutes straight. I then kept the shoes and socks on for the next 20 or so minutes to allow them to stretch while the fabric cooled. The result, comfortable wearable shoes without the pain (and sometimes blisters ) of having to conventionally break in B.A.I.Ts. This is a technique I’ll definitely be employing with my B.A.I.Ts from now on, with how successful it was with this pair! 

I really do love the double strap detailing on these shoes and found that despite the higher than my normal heel, they were comfortable to wear over an extended. They fastened well and didn’t move around too much which is something I like in a heeled shoe.  

The heel, while being higher than what I normally wear, were still comfortable for a full day of walking…or as much walking as a desk job allows lol. I walk from home to the train station, from the station to work. I always try and get out for a walk on my lunch break to get out of the office and stretch my legs a bit and then do my trip in reverse. With my desk time between walks I was able to wear these shoes without having to change them for flats, which is always an awesome shoe win! Though, my feet were a little bit achy by the end of the day. I’m hoping as I continue to break them in by wearing them, this continues to reduce.

As with all B.A.I.T shoes, they are vegan and made of synthetic materials, which I know for some pin up ladies is a big deal! It also means that the blow drying method is super effective in helping to break them in as well, which is also an incredible plus! These shoes would be a good starter shoe for ladies who like heels but are ‘beginners’ in wearing them regularly, as the strap will make them easier to walk in.

Royal Vintage Shoes has the Lorraine heel in stock in red, retailing for $75US which is around $97 depending on the exchange rate! She also does worldwide shipping for those outside of the US which for me normally takes 1-2 weeks to arrive! Lauren has incredible customer service which is one of the reasons I love working with Royal Vintage Shoes so much! 

I hope you've all enjoyed this blog post! I have some more exciting blog posts coming to the blog next week so stay tuned! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received these shoes as part of a sponsorship with Royal Vintage Shoes, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Dolores does it again ~ More mermaid magic!

Collectif brings out some incredible clothes! Since discovering one of my favorite Australian stores Gwynnies, I've added quite a lot of this incredible brand to my wardrobe! When I saw their new mermaid print Dolores dress, I just KNEW I had to make it mine! Thats right, I now have not just ONE mermaid dress but two! And I am incredible excited about this fact because you can never have too much mermaid in your life!

Flowers ~ Peach Double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Necklace ~ Purple Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Mermaid Make up brooch set from Deer Arrow
Dress ~ Dolores dress in mermaid print by Collectif purchased from Gwynnies
Shoes ~ Lacey heels from Royal Vintage Shoes (read review here!)
This is my first dolores dress and it definitely won't be my last! It is very much like the Dolores top (I have 4 in different patterns). They feature elastic sleeves, a nipped bust in the centre, which also features 2 white pearl buttons along with a full circle skirt. The back zip makes getting it on and off very easy and the full skirt looks amazing with or without the a petticoat. 

I found the fit of this to be quite true to size. I bought the medium. It is a little loose but I would prefer it that way than super tight. The sleeves were a little uncomfortable on the first wear, but I found by the second wear the elastic had already loosened. The pattern of this dress is honestly incredible! The mermaids are so fun and I do actually like that they are a bit more on the modest side (boobies away!) means its work appropriate too, which is always something I look for now days.

The mix of colours always makes it such fun to accessories. For this look I chose my peach rose double from Daisy Jean Floral Designs, my light purple beads from Debstar Designs! The bust detailing on this dress truly is so pretty! It gives such a feminine touch to the dress, but its not so low that its not office appropriate.

The perfect touch to this dress is the Deer Arrow Mermaid Makeup Brooch set! I do absolutely adore how the pink and gold acrylic pops against the blue backdrop of the dress! You can get one for yourself by clicking here!

This dress is for sale from Gwynnies for $99.95AUD + postage but it is definitely worth it! The cut, the quality and the fabric alone are winners for me!

I hope you've enjoyed this post! As always, I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have in the comments!

TIl next time darlings! Just keep swimming!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Beauty post ~ At home half moon nails ~ First try

Hello darlings,

So in 2016 I decided I was going to give my nails a break from having acrylics after 4+ years. There were a few reasons for this but the primary reason was the fact that crafting my flowers and now the resin pieces I'm bringing to the store, my acrylics were just getting trashed all the time as well as not always having the free time to sit for over an hour and get them done. Which means I've been looking at ways to get nails that I like to look of at home. While I do want to find time to get them done professionally every so often, its not always possible but I still want nice nails.

So for my first attempt at half moon nails, I decided to use french tip strips, a dark red quick dry nail polish and a clear top coat. I opted for Rimmel as I know from past experience on my toes, it dries quickly and the colours are nice.

It was quite hard to get them to sit right on my right hand (I'm right handed) but the left hand was a lot easier. They go on really easy and secure easily.

I started by placing the strips on the base of my nail, to help create the half moon. I wrapped them right around the finger to help keep them in place.

I did two coats of the red polish, starting at the strip and working my way out to the tip. Once it was dry to touch, I pulled off the strips so I could paint the clear polish.

The top picture is prior to the top coat, the second is after the top coat. Looking at it, I should have left the red a little longer to dry before doing the top coat as it did run through a little the half moon. But I'm overall happy with them for a first go.

So thats my first attempt at do it yourself half moons. I'm going to keep practising and do another post in a few months or so! Its a great option for ladies who like the look but can't get to or afford a nail appointment. 

I'm hoping to start bringing more 'beauty posts' like this to the blog!

Happy to answer any questions in the comments!

Til next time

Monday, 11 April 2016

Weekly outfits ~ 4th April 2016

Hello darlings!

Another week is over already! How quickly did that go!! I can't believe we are already almost half way through April! Its crazy!

I've got a two new reviews coming to the blog this week so I hope you enjoy them all! Finally getting into my groove with my blogging which is super exciting!

I was extremely lazy with my hair this week as my root length had meant I couldn't get it to cooperate! But excited for a fresh colour this week which means awesome hair!


Top ~ Robin knit top in muted green from Collectif (bought of Ebay)
Belt ~ Ebay


Belt ~ Off a dress from PUG
Shoes ~ Rubi Shoes



Snood ~ Ebay
Blouse ~ Collectif (discontinued)


Belt ~ Off a PUG dress

Til later this week darlings!