Tag: retro style

…..Squirrel!

….. Squirrel!

 

I have been waiting all summer for the opportunity to get my hands on the Squirrel Netti Print and was getting worries the opportunity may miss me by as the warm weather season in my area is quickly changing and snow is fast approaching here for us.

I really was enamoured by the print and the super cute Squirrels when I first saw a picture of this dress on the PUG site. As I am a reformed all black wearer I do still lean to and favour anything that has black on it so the combination of pink and black in this dress print was really up my alley.

This would be my first pink dress and all of my previous dresses have been in darker colour pallets so I was keen to see how a lighter dress would look on me and off set the look of my dark tattoos and hair colour.

At the time I purchased this Netti to be sent to me was on the cusp of a holiday and my luck I had to wait a little longer so when I made it to the post box I was really beside myself to get into the parcel.

I am not sure where this thought got into my mind yet I was under the impression this Netti was made of a Sateen type shiny fabric and I was relived to discover it was not.

All the same I would love her regardless.

As mentioned before I always want to pull more black items into an outfit so I was inclined to grab my black cardigan as our temps are a bit chilly here and yet I wanted to do something a bit different.  For my eye it was a bit of a jump and I went full into it pairing a taupe cardigan with the dress and was quite pleased with the results.

I even happened to have a lighter coloured flower that seemed to do the trick and so I rolled with it.

I am not sure I can play too much with this dress in swapping out crinoline and shoe colours as much as swapping shoe styles.  I am pleased with the pink and would like more of these “girly” colours for sure.

 

Sitting Pretty in Netti..

Sitting pretty in Netti

After my introduction to Heidi by my husband and a long string of PUG Heidi dress purchases.  My eye started to wander towards the fun and cheeky prints of the PUG Netti dress.

As I purchase all my dresses through the mail I swore I would never buy a dress other than the Heidi because I am not a fussy person.  I have worked retail and would not want to bother a store and their staff trying to return and exchange dresses in order to find one that fits.

One day I just could no longer resist the temptation.

I went with the size I buy my Heidi’s 2XL as the Netti has the same circle skirt I knew I would be ok on the bottom it was my bosom I wondered about.  My first Netti would be the Black Cowboy Print as it was most fitting that we have horses.

I waited on baited breath for the mail and the day she arrived I kept my fingers crossed as I drove home from the post box.

As this dress has straps I would not be able to wear my only piece of shape wear as the shape wear is a tank top style so I literally held my breath putting the dress on because I was on my own.  No extra little bit of smoothing this zipper would have to pass my behemoth mounds and slowly the zipper went up.

It was nothing short of a GRAND celebration when the zipper met the top and the straps of the dress adjusted.  I fell in love all over again. I audibly squealed in delight that not only do I have a different dress style to choose from this style fit me just as lovely and I was so happy.

The Netti is a bit more playful and the neck-line which gives the dress a completely different look than the plunging cleavage bearing Heidi. I also prefer the look of this style on me with a crinoline.

Swapping out belt styles and colours as well as sweaters, shrugs and crinolines makes for different looks of the dresses.

After purchasing the cowboy print I went on to buy the anchor print, the green and white polka dot and now I wait on the squirrel print, cat print and the tiki..!

 

 

My NEW friend Heidi..

My NEW friend Heidi..

There was a long stretch of time since I had the privilege of owning a dress.

A few years back I did have a decent collection of casual skirts that were the colour infusion in my closet full of black tops, cardigans and sweaters. The only accessory I would be found wearing were my brilliantly coloured hair flowers and that was me.

My mental space had not yet crossed the threshold, from being in a cute way to being more of a sophisticated or elegant styling. Dresses that were assessable to me were not appealing and so I eventually stopped looking.

After a trip to our nearest city I was spotted wearing my hair flower and it was suggested to me to check out a retail shop that specialized in Pin-Up clothing. Although I had been dressing with a pin-up essence, I was not really conscious of how I was styling myself.

My sub-conscious styling at that time came from the influence of magazines that my husband purchased to keep up to speed with his passion of rods. As we live in the country on a farm my daily attire is anything but cute and going to our closest town did not offer any help.

The day I met Heidi, well she was handed to me by my hubby. This version of her was of a black background and a strong and bright red and green cherry motif. She had red piping on her edges and I had never seen anything like her before.

I was urged into a fitting room where I would try her on. I had to ask for help in order to do up the long zipper on my back. I will never forget the embracing feeling I first had as her fabric caressed me and bound closer to my body as the zipper went up, up up.

I was a casual/comfort dresser with a lot of cute and so her fitted lines were defiantly different and I felt her on me. When I turned and looked in the mirror that first time, I was caught off guard and not really sure who I was looking at. I was glamorous and Heidi fit me in ways that I never saw myself as before, all of a sudden my body made sense.

The Heidi was one of many styles of dresses produced by Pin Up Girl Clothing, I would later discover the world of PUG on-line through their website and FB Page. Although that day I did not leave with Heidi, I did with a Deadly Dames Baby doll in skull print because she suited my foot wear at the time of purchase. The city centre Edmonton is 7 hours away from our home.

That day I declared that every time we come back to the city to check on my husband’s rod build, this Rowena’s on Whyte would be number one on my list.

By the time we got home my husband kept asking about Heidi, he wanted to know when she would be joining my closet and told me over and over again how great she looked on me.

It was the first time he was so eager for me to shop and buy clothing it really got me to thinking. I wonder now if he regrets this as my Heidi collection started with the Cherry Print and now boasts 9 other colours.

I soon discovered the shop (Rowena) that introduced me to Heidi would ship orders to me through mail. This opened a world of opportunity and the refinement of my Pin-Up look was now possible even living many miles away and in the middle of the country where the term Pin-Up is unheard of.

For my body style the best invested companion piece to this dress are crinolines/petti-coats. It is a must have for me under this circle skirt to accentuate my hour glass figure. I am in the market for a fuller crinoline than I currently have, I may even consider layering.

I just feel I don’t get the pay off of the dress unless I get a little oomph under it.

To keep the look of my dresses different and fresh I like playing with different belts, cardigans and shrugs. Swapping out my crinoline colour and my hair accessories . I even took up wearing wedges to commit to my look which was a big step from paddock boots (worn about the farm/horses) to then polish my feminine side.

Best check out Rowena’s for yourself, where they can accommodate your head to toe look..

BmB xx

My measurements are approximately

Bust 46

Waist 36

Hip 46

I do have a short torso yet longer legs and stand about 5’9.
I wear a 2XL and shape wear >.<

I am thrilled with this season’s colours and am excited to have them join me.. ❤

Lux de Ville

If you love your retro and vintage inspired dresses the only way to complete your look is with a handbag that matches..

I first laid eyes on a Lux de Ville bag at my regular tattoo shop, there were a couple of styles for sale and at the time the bags in the shop had more of a tattoo alternative look.

I purchased a red bag with black spades and a chain across the front.. Once I was home with the bag I decided to track LDV down on the computer and I was beside myself with what I had found..

Why did I not know of these sooner..?

Since that time my collection has grown.. I also do not see an end to purchasing either..! With every season a NEW collection is offered with colours and styles this gurl cannot resist..

My second LDV was bought for me by my hubby at a Tattoo Convention.  The 1/2 moon Swallow Print Clutch that is my go to bag.  With Leo fur on the bottom, black bag with white sparrows it is versatile and easy to hold.

My collection would then grow to include the Sin city Motor Tote in Green Sparkle

Black and White Kiss Lock

The Getaway White Sparkle Kiss Lock

The most recent addition to the collection is the Femme Fatal in Black

They are one of a kind type bags and I found the quality fair and the price point is in-line with similar type retro pieces.. I remember receiving my first Pin Up looking LDV in the mail and I swore I would never buy another type of bag again..

I have always been someone that is keen on the details.. I appreciate the small things and my eye is attracted to symmetry which you get when an outfit is completed head to toe with complementary accessories..

I am committed to my Pin Up look when I am in public, I feel I cannot wear just any bag and that my LDV’s are my cherry on top..

I often get allot of comments on the bags and it is handy to have a few to coordinate with my dresses.. They clean up nicely with a quick spray of Vinegar..

I have purchased all but the one bag from Rowena’s in Edmonton..

Check them out.. ❤