We Found Wonderland

Every so often, you find yourself staring at an item that you have to have.

Unquestionably, irrevocably, undeniably.

For me, that item was the Jenny Skirt in Queen Of Hearts border print.

You see, waaaaaaay back in the wintertime, Pinup Girl Clothing posted this little sneak peek on their Instagram:

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I spied that wee upturned Queen Of Hearts nose and half of a mischievous Cheshire Cat grin, and I knew that once this baby dropped…I’d be throwing my money at PUG. 

Winter trudged along, dragging it’s snowy boot prints across my impatiently waiting heart. Spring came, and with Spring came hope. Finally, near the beginning of April:

  
Not 30 seconds later, the Order Confirmation email was sitting in my inbox, and I was a happy girl! Seven days and one enraged phone call to Fedex later,  my very first Jenny skirt was finally in my waiting hands. And let me tell you, ladies…

WORTH 

   
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WAIT!

  
New to the land of Jenny’s, I had done my homework prior to ordering. And while some reviews stated that certain color ways ran small (I’m lookin’ at you, cherry print and Italian landscape print!), I stuck to my usual size L when ordering. Thankfully, I found that this particular color way ran true to the size chart. It zipped flawlessly onto my 30″ waist, even leaving a  bit of breathing room (or “big dinner” room)! 

With my sizing concerns calmed, I was able to admire the bright colors and fantastic artwork that had gone into making this skirt a reality. Stephanie Buscema’s rendition of Alice, the Red Queen, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat lend themselves to a fantastic variety of pairings! Featuring lush greens, sunny yellow, bright reds, and even pink, the outfit and accessory possibilities are expansive! 

  
In my most recent shoot with Sarah King Photography, I chose to pair my skirt with the red Peasant Top by Pinup Couture, and a pair of red Ida pumps by Bait Footwear. The result was bright and whimsical pinup attire, perfect for any tea-party. (Mad Hatter’s, or otherwise!)

  
This was also my first foray into the world of the Pinup Couture peasant tops, and I was so pleased! Of all my pinup tops, these are by far my best-fitting (size Medium, measurements 40″-30″!), and most versatile. I find they can be dressed up or down, worn on the shoulder or off, and did I mention–incredibly comfortable! 

  
In all, another fabulous offering from the powers that be at Pinup Girl Clothing! Unfotunately, this beauty has sold out in most sizes. I am not sure if there is a planned restock, but I will update this post as soon as I find out! Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of other fantastic and whimsical items for your perusal as part of PUG’s Fairytale Fantast Collection. Go ahead, dive into these very grown-up interpretations of your favorite childhood storybooks! 

  

Dive In! With Kiss Me Deadly

Anyone who has been following me at the blog knows that I am a HUGE fan of Kiss Me Deadly. A tiny, independent lable out of the UK, Kiss Me Deadly specializes in gorgeous retro-inspired lingerie and swimwear for those of us that are a little more Bettie Page verses Betty Grable. I have purchased and reviewed several of their pieces, all which have received glowing marks. 

Again

And again

That’s right, ladies and germs. My first KMD review went live back in 2013. Since then, my body has changed, but my love for the brand has stayed the same. 

I can’t stress enough how much it matters to me that I support independent labels. Knowing the people my clothes come from, seeing their wit, reading responses to social media straight from the owner’s mouth–that is all viciously important. Knowing my money isn’t supporting sweatshop labor, but instead is making sure that beautiful items that are ethically produced keep coming? Bingo. 

So here I am, gentle readers, waving the “Support” flag for Kiss Me Deadly’s latest venture in business: 

Crowd-funded Swimwear. 

First, the eye-candy. 

  
And this:

  
And THIS:

  
(A playsuit, guys. With FLAMINGOS. )

And my favorite? 

THIS:

  

Now that your heart is all aflutter, here’s the deal. 

KMD usually raises their money the old fashioned way: through selling in stores. This year, they’ve decided to try a different approach, and have launched a Kickstarter campaign! All the designs in the collection are based off of true vintage styles, as detailed in this post on the Kiss Me Deadly blog! 

If you’re as fervently supportive as I am, yet perhaps a little light-of-funds (like this blogger. YIKES, moving is expensive!), you can donate as little as £1, to the most gracious of “Thank You’s”. (The folks over at KMD are ever so grateful.) 

Have a little more to spare? Or perhaps you’re jiving for a new swimmie? Donations of £69 and above land you the pick of the litter–one of the fabulous offerings in your choice of size. If you’ve just struck oil, or perhaps came into some inheritance, £250 lands you with ALL FOUR designs, be still my beating heart.
Have I caught your attention? There are bits and bobs in between, as well as the potential for your very own Shark in A Swimsuit sketch. (It’s as fabulously hilarious as it sounds.)

Kiss Me Deadly has also put some Stretch Goals into place, the highest of which brings us the potential for THIS breathtaking piece:

  
If you find yourself intrigued and willing to help a fantastically deserving brand, I recommend checking out their Kickstarter page for more details! I can count on one hand the number of brands I know that cater to their customers the way KMD does, which is just one of the many reasons why I’m happy to support their dream. 
…Plus, I mean, did you SEE that leopard print bikini!? 

How Darling!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’m not much of an “accessorizer”.

Sure, I’ll throw some flowers in my hair, or the occasional pearl something or other on my neck/wrist/etc, but for the most part I’m a simple chick. Reason being, I simply prefer spending money on pretties of the clothing persuasion. Whatever my feelings on accessories, I don’t let that stop me from browsing!

I’ve been following Oh Darling Jewelry on Instagram for quite some time. I’ve always enjoyed their wares–subtle and beautiful pop culture and Disney-inspired necklaces, bracelets and keychains. I love the idea of being able to sport something childhood related without looking childish! Timber (the creative mind and driving force behind Oh Darling) puts together pieces that are both fun and sophisticated.

Recently, Oh Darling Jewelry had an Instagram flash sale. A number of her pieces were discounted, and shipping was included in the price! On a whim, I bit the bullet and ordered two pieces that caught my eye. An Alice in Wonderland inspired bangle, and a Mary Poppins inspired bangle.

OBSESSED.

SERIOUSLY, GUYS. OBSESSED. This gets the Nanny Stamp Of Approval.

If I were asked to name my top three favorite Disney movies of all time, Alice and Mary are, respectively, numbers one and two. (Followed shortly by Beauty and The Beast, of course!) Also, my recent shopping binge landed me with two new gorgeous (and appropriately coordinating) Jenny skirts from Pinup Girl Clothing.

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Queen of Hearts and Umbrella Print Jenny Skirts by Pinup Girl Clothing

Between Stephanie Buscema’s beautiful re-imagination of Alice’s journey through Wonderland, and the beautiful Umbrella print directly from the estate of the fabulous Mary Blair, it was like a match made in heaven.

The bangles are fully adjustable, and beautifully made. Forever the Queen of losing things, I double checked the fastenings for the charms, and they are steadfast! They are handmade, and if it tickles your fancy–customizable! In all, I am over the moon about my new purchase–not a lick of buyer’s remorse here! In fact, now that I’ve opened the floodgates, I can’t stop myself from drooling over some of the other offerings.

Here are a few of my favorites:

And did you think I’d forgotten Beauty?!

I can not stress enough how happy I am with my purchase from Oh Darling Jewelry.  It was a fabulous start to my accessory-shopping journey, and I will definitely be adding more pieces to my budding collection!

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Sometimes, ladies, you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a friend, a pair of shoes–sometimes you just don’t see something for what it truly is until it slips from your fingertips. 

In my case, that holy grail item–that Unicorn, if you will–was the Italian Landscape Print Jenny skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing. 

When it first hit the site months ago, I was underwhelmed. I’d never given Jenny a second glance, thinking that it wouldn’t work for me. 

“Long torso!”

“Wide hips!”

“Too bulky!”

You name it, I had the excuse. It wasn’t until long after the Italian Landscape print skirt had gone out of stock that I spotted a picture of some lovely PUG fan in the exact item. Her styling choices were magnificent, she looked fantastic, and from that moment, I was a goner. I. Had. To. Have. It. 

If you’re as much of a PUG fan as I, you are familiar with the PUG Swap/Sell Community on Facebook. It is a place where shoppers from all over the world can list their gently used or sometimes brand new items for sale or swap. Maybe your tastes changed and you want a wardrobe revamp! Maybe your size changed and you want to trade up or down! Maybe you’re moving and need to cull your clothing. No matter your reason, list away!

It was there, in the Looking For section, that I found my unicorn. (My unicorn actually found me. Shout out to that seller, you’re a doll!)

And ladies…. The wait was worth it.  

 

The color popped, the print is divine, and from the moment I zipped her onto my body, I finally understood what the hype was about. 

For those of you unfamiliar with my blog, I measure in at around 40″/29.5-30″/44″ at the moment, which puts me (fairly) consistently into a non-stretch size L in most PUG garments. (That being said, always see the size charts on every item you order, or read customer reviews! They are so helpful.)

As stated in the reviews for this particular colorway, the fabric is sturdy, and does not provide stretch. My skirt was purchased BNWT and was from one of the earlier runs of the design, meaning that while I could zip it: it ran small. (The actual waist measurement is 29″ flat to the size chart’s 30″-31″)

 While I can not speak for the newly restocked (!!!) version of this item, I recommend paying close attention to the size chart and reaching out to PUG and even other PUG fans for help! (We’re a friendly, helpful bunch!)

  
Logistics aside, it is plain to see that this skirt is just lush. Yards of fabric and a gathered waist mean that while a petticoat is a fun addition, it is not necessaril required to achieve that full skirted (and tiny waisted!) look! The color positively pops, and the design lends itself to a few different color pairing options. (With my ultimate fave being the Zebra Vamp top/Italian landscape skirt combo.)

  

Reds, whites, blacks, blue. Long sleeves or short, cardigan or bare arms, I think the pairing options alone speak for the versatility of this item. Not to mention the dress up/dress down aspect–heels and lipstick for a night out, flats and dummies for a daytime stroll! I may be biased (this was, after all, one of my unicorns…), but I truly feel that this is yet another offering from PUG that is worth it’s weight in gold!

  
Have I convinced you? If you’ve fallen as truly-madly-deeply as I had, run! don’t walk, over to Pinup Girl Clothing to snag a Jenny of your very own. Retailing at $98.00 and available in sizes XS to 4X, this beauty isn’t guaranteed to hang around long.

  
As always, a great big shout out to the lovely and talented Sarah King Photography for creating consistently beautiful images! Anyone in the tri state area looking for a fabulous photographer, I highly recommend. 

Take Me Downtown (Dames)

I can count on one hand how many times I’ve been reduced to tears over something as simple as a dress. (One. It has happened one time.)

You see, when Pinup Girl Clothing had their sitewide 20% off sale a few months ago I was pinching my pennies, unsure as to whether or not I wanted to finally take the plunge on my long-beloved Downtown Dames dress in pink and white polkadots. True, I had been waiting months for it’s redesign to be restocked. True, I was desperately in love with everything from it’s wing bust to it’s polka-dotted pastel color palate. But did I really need it? I hemmed and I hawwed, and at the very last moment, I decided yes. And you know what happened when I went to place my order?

SOLD OUT.

I sniffled and I wiped sad tears from my soggy face, as my girlfriend gathered me into a slightly-amused-at-my-dramatics hug and assured me that everything would be okay. Of course everything was okay, but you can rest assured that the very MINUTE it was restocked in my size, I placed my order. without hesitation. (Lesson learned.) And guys.

GUYS. It was worth every penny.

Available in sizes XS to 2XL, the Downtown Dames dress by Deadly Dames retails for $148.00

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As with pretty much every single one of my Deadly Dames dresses, the Downtown Dames dress is excellently constructed. The bodice of the dress is fully lined and boned, and the straps are adjustable. The bustline features a contrasting white wing detailing. While the bottom of the dress is not lined, I don’t feel that this compromises the fit or look of the dress at all. The straps are fully adjustable, and, paired with the strong boning of the bodice, allow this dress to (potentially) be worn sans-bra!

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According to the Pinup Girl Clothing size chart for this dress, a large is best fit to 39-40″ bust/30-31″ waist/40-41″ hips. At 40″/30″/44″, my hips were well outside the recommended size chart measurements,  but I took the risk.  (For the most part, I hate having my clothes altered. I want it now and I don’t like to wait!) I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome! While my hips were definitely being squeezed at first, I found that once the dress was on, I was able to move about easily. The fabric, though not particularly stretchy, did a great job of forming to my body. Hell, it was so comfy, I even climbed up in a tree.DSC_9498editnameJust for fun, ya know? We drew the attention of a passing photographer, Q Stern Photography, who snapped a few images and was kind enough to send them my way!

Photo by Q Stern Photography

Photo by Q Stern Photography

The lovely Tulip Noire of The Lingerie Addict fame lives in my city, and joined in on the fun! (What’s better than one pin-up in a tree? Two.)

DSC_9505editnameOnce again, I find myself impressed by the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into PUG’s offerings. This piece very quickly became a favorite, and has been worn several times since it arrived on my doorstep. During our galavanting and photographing around the city, it garnered many a spoken compliment and even more appraising glances. The Downtown Dames dress is a head-turner, there’s no doubt about that! I highly recommend this as a “must have”.

Have you been on the fence about this dress? Go for it! I promise you, you will not regret it.

As always, all photography was shot by my lovely and talented best friend Sarah King of Sarah King Photography! Sarah is available for tri-state area bookings, and can be reached by email at sarahrkingphotography@yahoo.com.

Sultry in Samanta: My First Polish Lingerie Review!

When it comes to Polish lingerie, I am a completely clueless. Their sizing is different, they use centimeters instead of inches, and this blogger can not math to save her life. With it’s rise in popularity amongst bloggers and customers alike and attention to the full-bust market, I needed to hop on this train!  Samanta is no stranger to the blogging community, with product reviews from the likes of Two Cakes On A Plate, The Full Figured Chest , and a very informative fit comparison by Miss Underpinnings that details the fit of several different selections from the major Polish brands.

But it’s better late than never, I say! When I was offered the opportunity to give a shiny new Samanta set a try, I jumped at the chance. After a few weeks of back-and-forth emailing, and some surprisingly lightening fast service from the postal service (shock, awe, surprise!), my parcel was on my doorstep.

After a lot of hemming and hawwing, I opted for the Desert A333 bra and B700 high waisted brief in classic black, as they fit both my pin-up persona and blend beautifully with the rest of my lingerie collection. Completely clueless on sizing, I sent the lovely Marzena my measurements, and she suggested a 70G (which, if I’m not mistaken, coincides with my typical UK size of 32G.), and an XL (for my enormous derriere, which gets larger with each passing day at the gym!).

The Desert A333 push – up type bra is directed to women with larger breasts. Raises, rounds and collects the bust promoting cleavage and providing strong support. Cups cover 80 % of the breasts.The cups are mounted on a 3/4 high gore, which encourages the display of cleavage.Ensuring maximum comfort while wearing. This model is especially designed for women with softer, less firm breast.

I was eager to give this bra a try, given how shallow, soft, and high-set my breast tissue is. The description seemed spot-on, as if this particular style was designed with me in mind. I was also apprehensive, as I have much of my success in plunge bras and the thought of trying new things makes me a bit uneasy. Undaunted, I tore open my package almost immediately.

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Sometimes I take my knickers outdoors to photograph them.

The very first thing I noticed was the quality. It was very clear to me that this was a piece of lingerie that had been carefully designed. Soft foam cups, neatly sewn seams, and sumptuous materials made up this beautifully designed and classic bra. The front band is made up of soft (not scratchy!) black lace, but the side wings and back band are smooth and silky. The cups are covered with the same breathable lace as the band, and the tops of the cups are edged with some of the most fantastic lace I’ve ever seen. A satin bow and Samanta’s signature gold “S” charm finish off the bra at the center gore, and the entire effect is quite lovely.

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In the 70G, the band fit comfortably (and could have been a bit more snug, I am accustomed to wearing my bands tight. It’s a matter of personal preference), and the center gore/wires did not poke, prod, or otherwise annoy me throughout a day of wear. The band on this bra seems quite stretchy–I perhaps could have gone with a 65GG! I did, however, run into some issues with the shape. Because of the way my breast tissue is dispersed, I typically run into issues with non-plunge bras. They tend to cut me in half, causing overspill, and sizing up does nothing but  leave me with cups-half-empty. Initially, I had the same issue with this piece–slight quadboob and strange emptiness towards the sides. I consulted with the designer and explained my situation. Thankfully, her advice worked! A few wears, a wash, and a little bit of love, and my new bra fits a whole lot better than it did in the beginning! Sometimes, a bra is like a new pair of shoes: they need their “break in” period. While this particular shape of bra may never be 100% to my liking, I am thrilled to find one that is not only wearable, but completely and utterly gorgeous!

Before and After

Before and After

Now, a bra’s a bra, but one thing I love more than anything in the world is a good pair of big knickers. And these, my friends, are good.

Desert B700 High Waisted Briefs

They smooth, they shape, and they look damn good doing it! Despite falling into the size chart for a size Large, I ended up with these buggers in a size XL and I’m glad I did. What I lack in wide hips I make up for in booty, and I can only imagine the kind of struggle I would have gone through to fit the smaller size. These slip on comfortably, and are not overtly constricting. They come up high enough to smooth my tummy, and are fantastic on–even for all-day wear. They are quite at home amongst the other pin-up knickers in my lingerie drawer, and quickly became a favorite pair.

Behold! My booty!

Behold! My booty!

The XL is perfectly long enough for my oh-so-long torso, and covers my bum appropriately. The front panel is a double-layer knit edged with lace, both pretty and smoothing, while the rest of the panty is the same soft lace as featured on the cups. The silicone lining of the waistband keeps these lovelies from shifting around or rolling down, giving a smooth shape from top to bottom!

And the attention to detail:

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THE ATTENTION. TO DETAIL.

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All in all, this was a fantastic first foray into the world of Samanta lingerie. I am so impressed by the beautiful design, quality, and attention to detail. When I had questions about sizing, Samanta’s top-rate customer service was there to help. It made my experience all the more pleasant, knowing that there was a team of knowledgeable people willing to aid me in my quest to find the right fit and size for me! If you are on the fence about placing your first Samanta order, I can not stress it enough: DIVE IN! It will absolutely be worth it!

A Fine Folly (Review of the Folly Flair by Deadly Dames Clothing)

Fear not, readers. I am still alive, well, and fully functioning! I realize it’s been quite some time (bad, bad Jessica!), but as life has finally settled into a lovely routine, I’m back. And I’m back in a big way!

You see, recently I had a birthday. 23 was a big year for me–I ended a relationship, found new love, moved my whole life to a new city, and landed an amazing new job. It was a year filled with heartbreak and new beginnings, sadness, love, lust, and transition, and while it ended wonderfully, I’m very happy to bid it adieu. With all of those changes, it makes sense that I wanted to welcome year 24 with a bang. It will come as no surprise that when I found out that our one of our local LGBT bars would play host to a masquerade party on January 17th, that I was over the moon. I set to planning a prize-winning outfit almost immediately. Naturally, I turned to my favorite online retailer: Pinup Girl Clothing.

Enter, the Folly Flair by Deadly Dames.

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Be the center of attention walking into any room in the Folly Flair! Inspired directly from highly sought after 1950s mermaid dresses, the Folly Flair Dress offers up all the delicious details of classic vintage gowns but with modern comfort and wearability. Made of stretch cotton sateen, the dress is fully lined in a soft and silky stretch charmeuse and the bust line is fused for hidden support and structure. The hemline features eight layers of tulle to give you that perfect poof at the mermaid ruffle. The entire body features an overlay of stretch lace that is soft and comfortable to the touch. Finished off with a removable black velvet belt and a back zip.

Designed by the wonderful and talented Micheline Pitt, the Folly Flair dress is part of the Deadly Dames line. These garments are known for their fantastic quality, attention to detail, and incredible fit. This beauty was priced at $200.00 and my expectations for this dress were set high. I was not disappointed.

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Dress: Folly Flair by Deadly Dames RRP $200.00
Photography: Sarah King Photography

HOLY. WOW.

Readers, I wish I could offer you a more intellectual first impression of this piece of clothing. I’m afraid that it’s damn near impossible because LOOK AT IT.

Stretch cotton sateen. Lace overlay. A MERMAID SKIRT. And it comes in red.

ticks. all. the. boxes.

The day that this beauty arrived at my door, I received a text from my former housemate/best friend that stated something along the lines of “You better thank your lucky stars that I love you, I answered the door naked to sign for this package and communicated with the FedEx man through a 2″ sliver of an opening”. Dear friend, you have no idea how thankful I am, not only for that instance. I picked my parcel up immediately (risking a late start at my job), and wiggled myself into my purchase almost immediately upon arrival at work.

Readers, I was blown away.

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For reference, I measure 40″/30″/44″ and I purchased this beauty in a large, despite my hip measurement being two inches outside of PUG’s suggested 42″ measurement. While I definitely felt a bit squeezed in the rear-region, I could not have sized up in this without requiring significant tailoring. The bust and waist fit perfectly–as per the size chart. I measure in at 5’6″ tall, and the bottom of the mermaid skirt hit me just below the mid-calf line.

The dress is fully lined in red stretch satin, and expertly designed to hug every single curve of your body. I found that while it was snug, it was one of those dresses that “molds” to my curves, and was far easier to shimmy around in after a few try-ons.  Even the slightly-snug hips and fitted mermaid cut were amenable after “breaking in” dress. But how did it hold up after an evening of dinner (yum!), drinks and dancing?

Laura is super cool. ;)

Laura is super cool. ;)

A few glasses of champagne, and I kicked off my heels and got grooving. The party was popping, the drinks were flowing, and I was surrounded by people that I love! Midnight came, and the winner of the “Best Dressed” award was announced.

Me!

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Naturally, this was the face that won me the award. ;)

 

I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday, and I definitely couldn’t have asked for a better dress.

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Like what you see? Head on over to Pinup Girl Clothing to snag your very own Folly Flair!

 

Photography by the incredibly-talented and lovely Sarah of Sarah King Photography