Dress Review ~ Penelope Dress from Dolly and Dotty

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When Dolly and Dotty contacted me and asked me to review a dress* for my blog, I have to admit, I’d never heard of the brand and was a little hesitant. But I was pleasantly surprised with not only their large selection, but also that their sizes go up to a UK 24 in most styles.

It was difficult to chose which dress I wanted, but ultimately I chose the Penelope Day Dress in the Light Blue Floral pattern, and I just adore it. With it’s adorable 1950s style and wonderful details, it’s a great cotton day dress for any gal. The only thing that would make it perfect is the addition of pockets.

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Penelope Dress ~ Dolly and Dotty
Hair Flowers ~ Shazam Vintage Hair Flowers
Clip-in Bettie Bangs ~ ProExtensions
Vintage Yellow Earrings ~ Gift from a lovely friend
Vintage Pink Rose Brooch ~ Thrifted
Fuchsia Suede Penny Loafers ~ Natualilzer
Vintage Embroidered Purse ~ Flea Market
Lipstick & Liner ~ Dita Von Tesse lipstick with Cherry liner from MAC Cosmetics

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I love the details like contrasting yellow piping and covered buttons. My dress came with two belts (I’m not sure if they always come with two), one with matching fabric and one yellow to match the piping. I love having options!

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A little bit about the company:
“Created from a love of 1950’s fashion, Dolly and Dotty is about creating the most fabulous vintage inspired fashion with a modern flattering fit. We aim to provide our customers with outstanding service, high quality products and beautiful retro prints, all at an affordable price.
Whether you’re a rockabilly rebel, you have floral fever or you’re a day dress diva, we have something for you! All of our dresses are designed in Brighton, by our wonderful design team.”

Connect with Dolly and Dotty
Website: http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DollyandDotty
Twitter: http://twitter.com/dolly_and_dotty
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dollyanddottyUK/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dollyanddotty/


*Disclaimer:  I received this complimentary dress to review on my blog.  All opinions are my own.

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Voodoo Vixen: Suzanne Poppy Flare Dress

 

I was once again contacted by Voodoo Vixen to review a dress from their FW15 Collection. They have also been kind enough to offer all of my readers a discount code, to receive 20% off any online purchase.

Visit www.voodoovixen.co.uk and use discount code CO20 at checkout to receive your discount

This time I chose the Suzanne Poppy Flare Dress. I’m a sucker for dresses and skirts with pockets, so this was an easy choice for me. Based on their size chart, I chose a 2X. It’s a little tight in the bust, but fits well everywhere else.

I especially love the scalloped detail at the neckline, sleeves and the back of the dress. It has two front pockets which also sport the scalloped detail and a matching notched belt. It’s a nice heavier weight fabric and with elbow length sleeves, it’s a great dress for colder days here in Germany.

The bright red poppies with a hint of purple in the center bring such a beautiful hint of color during the dark and gloomy winter.

I paired this dress with a red turban and Dita Von Teese’s new lipstick color from MAC.

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Disclaimer: I was given the product to review in exchange for featuring this product in my blog. Any opinions or statements given above come only from me, and were not influenced in any way by the sponsor.

Dress Review: Miss Candyfloss – Kassandra-Lou dress

 

This past summer I was contacted by Miss Candyfloss about collaborating with them to review a few dresses. As I have a couple Miss Candyfloss pieces (Sheila Lee Playsuit and Odette Kat Dress), I jumped at the chance to work directly with the company. I sent them my measurements and a list of a few dresses I was interested in and they chose two lovely dresses for me.

The “Kassandra Lou” is the first dress. With accents of black/white/grey tartan, 3/4 sleeves and a mid-weight stretchy fabric, this dress is a perfect addition to my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. The fabric is a great medium weight as it can be worn on warmer days, or you can add a pair of tights or maybe a light petticoat for colder days.

I adore the pleating on the bust and the raised collar gives a nice accent. The detail on the sleeves is a lovely touch as well.

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Coat ~ Colleen Coat by Hell Bunny (purchased from Modern Pinup)
Snood ~ Etsy
Hair Flower ~ Made by me
Brooch ~ Vintage
Purse ~ Vintage found at the Homburg Flea Market
Shoes ~ Naturalizer
Lips ~ Brick lip liner & Russian Red lipstick by MAC Cosmetics
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Review of Voodoo Vixen’s “Faith” dress

A few months ago I was contacted by a representative of Voodoo Vixen and was asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a dress from their retro inspired line. Of course I quickly jumped over to the website to view what fantastic items they had to offer and at first I was disappointed to see that they did not have a plus size selection. I was then directed to the correct section (I think the website was still a bit under construction) that had the plus size offerings. Although I did find a very cute dress, I was very disheartened to see that it is was a very small selection. Since then, I’ve noticed that they have added a few new items to their plus size section, but as they have 110+ different dresses in traditional sizes, they only have 7 dresses in Plus Size and 6 cardigans. However, that shouldn’t deter you from checking them out. I only wish that the plus size selection was larger as there are several really cute dresses that would be wonderful in larger sizes.

I chose the Faith dress to review as it was the only one that seemed to suit my style. I did have a little difficulty in figuring out what size to choose. I typically wear a US 18 or 20 or 1X or 2X depending on the brand. As any plus size gal knows, sizing can range drastically from brand to brand – don’t get me started on the ridiculous sizing from Bettie Page (or Tatyana now, I believe) Clothing!!!!!

After getting the exact measurements of the dress I chose the size 3X, thinking if it was a little large I could take it in. Well it arrived promptly, and it fit great, if not a tiny bit snug. I was pleasently surprised to see that it was a knit dress and the length was perfect. I decided to style it with a tan cinch belt just to break up the pattern a bit. I also added a vintage hat and purse and tan maryjane heels.

What I love about this dress are the shoulders. They poof up a bit and really create a nice silhouette and give a little umph to the décolleté as the scoop neck is a bit unremarkable. I love dresses and tops that have a bit of detail at the shoulders, I adore shoulder pads, but don’t see them much in today’s styling. So this detail was an added surprise. Although this is a knit dress, it’s still lightweight, so I can see myself wearing this more in the Spring or Fall.

 

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Frock ~ Voodoo Vixen “Faith” dress
Hat ~ Vintage 1930’s Fedora purchased on Etsy
Belt ~ Target
Shoes ~ Naturalizer
Purse ~ Thrifted at DuBois Textiles

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Voodoo Vixen is a vintage inspired label, which infuses retro, pin-up and rockabilly styles with classic silhouettes to flatter the modern woman.  Designed to compliment your curves and make you stand out from the crowd, our unique designs are influenced by the glamorous styles of the past, whilst following current trends and fashion movements.

Based in the heart of buzzing East London, Voodoo Vixen is designed between our in-house designers in both L.A and London.  Our custom prints are designed in-house and our garments are always made from quality fabrics. 

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