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!