My Vintage Valentine

NINE DAYS, ladies and gentlemen. Nine short, fateful days until Cupid rides into town.

 

Now I’ll admit, I typically don’t buy into the Valentine’s Day madness. My love and I opt to hang around the house instead of partaking in the pink-and-red free for all because we simply can’t be fussed with overpriced restaurants and cliches. This year, however, is different. This year has me feeling all oozy-gooey about love.

Maybe it was all the weddings. In the past year I was lucky to be apart of not one, not two, but THREE beautiful weddings. Through the madness, I was so thrilled to be apart of these special days. There’s nothing quite like that up-close-and-personal glimpse into the love of those that you hold dear. Whatever the reasons–be it the love that’s in the air or something in the water–my heart is going pitter-pat for Cupid this year! And what better way to celebrate the day than gussied up in some seasonally appropriate pretties?!

Whether it’s casual date-night, a fancy dinner, or a Valentine’s Gala, I’ve put together some of my favorite frocks with some even more sultry lingerie.

(Because the only thing better than a Valentine’s frock is the surprise underneath! 😉 )

Valentine’s Day Brunch:

Maybe you’re keeping it kind of casual this V-Day. You don’t want to spend hours primping and fussing! No! You’re a simple girl with simple desires, and you want to throw on something sweet and carefree, step into your sensible heels and bustle out the door before the brunch-rush hits. Enter the Unique Vintage  1940’s Formosa Swing Dress! There’s something about the sweet red and ivory polka-dot pattern that emanates sweetness, and the full skirt just begs for a good twirl. BUT… don’t let all that sugar fool you! Underneath it all lies sumptuous Italian lace and delicate embroidery. There’s nothing quite like the secret of rouge colored underthings to quicken your heartbeat and put just a little bit of strut in your stuff.

Love it? Need it? Have to have it? Find it here.

(Formosa Swing Dress: Avail. Sizes XS-4X from Uniquevintage.com/Vanessa Bra & Panty Avail. Sizes 32B-38DD & S-2x from Secretsinlace.com)

 

Galentine’s Day Bar Crawl:

So maybe you just don’t give an F about February 14th. Maybe you’re kind of a badass, and instead of buying into some “Hallmark Holiday”, you’re hitting the town with your girls with every intention of painting it red. What says “I am woman, hear me roar!” better than painted-on red (p)leather and a cool-chick cropped moto jacket? (Nothing. The answer is nothing.) The Deadly Dames Deadly Curves Skirt in red faux leather has got your curves covered (and animal-friendly, to boot!) on the outside. And underneath? Slip into the sultry Monique girdle from Secrets In Lace. Lingerie worn for yourself is the most important kind of lingerie, and this sexy little red-and-lace number will have you feeling fine as you make the sidewalk your catwalk!

(Deadly Curves Skirt: Avail. Sizes XS-4x from Pinupgirlclothing.com/Monique Girdle: Avail. Sizes S-3x from Secretsinlace.com)

 

The Luxe Evening Out:

Maybe your sweetie is taking you out for a grand dinner. Perhaps it’s a gala. A fundraiser. A masquerade. Perhaps you’re just getting dressed to the nines for giggles, and you need something extra fabulousOr maybe you’ve hit the lottery and it’s time to (as they say) treat yo’self. Whatever your reasonings, you’ve got money to spare and you want “luxe” oozing out of your pores. WELL.

This dress. That lingerie.

I’m having palpitations.

The Lesley-Ann dress from Pinup Girl Clothing is everything I’ve ever wanted in a dress and more. Red. Tulle. A full swing skirt. Maximum twirlabilty. I want to wear it with diamonds. I want to wear it with pearls. I want to be a god-damned princess! If I could go back to high-school right now, I’d wear this to my prom. And underneath? Deep breaths, ladies, because I’m pretty sure that the Bricolage Collection from Dottie’s Delights is what Heaven looks like. Eyelash lace? Check. Chantilly lace? Check. Black Satin? You bet.

Oh, and it’s handmade to order. 

The two paired together: delicious disparity.

(Lesley-Ann Dress: Avail. Sizes XS-4X from Pinupgirlclothing.com/Bricolage Longline: Avail. Sizes 32B-36DD and custom sizes from Dottiesdelights.com)

 

And For the Bois/Boys:

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Retro-Style Bowling Shirt from Pinup Girl Clothing

Not exactly the “dress” type?

Whether you’re a more masculine-presenting lady, a dude lost in a sea of boring dress shirts or anything in between, you’re sure to look fantastic in this Retro-Style Bowling Shirt from Pinup Girl Clothing!*** Slick back your hair, shine your shoes and coordinate with your pinned-up sweetheart for a night on the town.

(Bowling Shirt Avail. Sizes S-3x from Pinupgirlclothing.com)

No matter your style, you’re sure to find the perfect dress (or shirt!) to heat things up this Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re the lady in red, you’re trying to impress one, or you are one, you’re sure to sizzle when February 14th rolls around.

 

***As always, KUDOS to PUG for their incredible inclusivity! The image featured above is from my absolute favorite Lookbook: Mrs. & Mrs. . It warms my little lesbian-pinup girl heart to see myself represented in advertising, and it’s things like this that keep me coming back! Thank you. ❤

#PinupInIreland

Just days ago, I was in the backseat of a car flying 80 km/h through the winding Irish countryside. My beautiful longtime friend (and photographer!) celebrated her wedding at the incredible Ashford Castle , and I had the honor of standing next to her as she said her vows!

As it were, a destination wedding meant an international vacation for this girl! So off I went, two suitcases filled with PUG in tow.

 

Galway:

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Photo: Sarah King Photography

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Photo:Sarah King Photography

Skirt: Darling Dames Skirt in Fetish Print

Top: H&M Basics Long Sleeved Tee

Coat: Modcloth

Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange

Scarf: Things Remembered

 

Cliffs Of Moher:

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Dress: Jenny Dress in Black 

Cardigan: Cropped Cardigan in Pale Magenta

Belt: Deadly Dames Wide Vinyl Belt

Boots: Chooka Women’s Flora Combat Rainboot (Via: Amazon)

 

Ashford Castle (Wedding Day!):

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Dress: Monica in Red by Laura Byrnes

Heels: Chase and Chloe (Via Amazon)

(A Quick Aside: Those shoes, ladies, are probably some of the best vintage-styled heels I own! Comfortable and affordable, I was able to explore a castle for hours without any pain! I highly recommend for those looking for a pair of simple and comfortable vintage-inspired heels that won’t break the bank!)

 

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Skirt: Queen Of Hearts Jenny Skirt

Top: H&M Long Sleeved Basic Tee

Belt: Sateen Covered Slide Belt

 

Dublin:

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Skirt: Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Umbrella Print

Top: H&M Basic Long Sleeve Top in Stripes

Belt: Wide Sateen Belt in White

Headscarf: Vintage

 

Cong Abbey:

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Photography: Sarah King Photography

Dress: Jenny Dress in Dark Purple

Cardigan: Cropped Cardigan in Black

Belt: Deadly Dames Wide Vinyl Belt

Tights: Via Spiga

Boots: Capelli New York

 

In all, my trip to Ireland was fabulous (and fashionable!). I fell in love with the country immediately, and left a little piece of my heart there when I left. The wedding was absolutely stunning, and I was so proud to be counted amongst the lucky attendees. I can’t wait for my next chance to go, but until that day I’ll have the memories to cherish!

Mix And Match Wardrobe: Round One

Tis the season, ladies. The season of sales.

“SITEWIDE SAVINGS!”

“BLACK FRIDAY STEALS AND DEALS!”

“LOWEST PRICES OF THE SEASON!”

And along with the wheeling and dealing, it is also the season of “Account Balance: Zero”. In laymen’s terms: I’m broke. Between Christmas gifting, personal responsibilities, and an upcoming destination wedding trip to Ireland (Congratulations to my beautiful photographer Sarah King, of Sarah King Photography!), there just isn’t any extra wiggle room in my budget for shopping.

However, despite my dwindling account balances, I find myself thankful. After all, I am one of the lucky ones. I have food in my belly, a roof over my head, (mostly) up-to-date bill balances, and heat to keep me warm this winter. I have a little bit of money to spend on Christmas gifts for my loved ones, I have money for extras like the occasional Starbucks, or my monthly gym membership. As I sit here, I am aware that we live in a world where so many people struggle to acquire even the simplest of necessities. I work hard, I do my part, but I also know how fortunate I am to have all the things I need–and even some of the things I want. So, instead of pouting over sales I missed out on, or pretties that I can’t afford, I launch Mix and Match Wardrobe: Round One.

I have a closet full of beautiful clothes, and in all reality, I don’t need any more. Instead of spending this season lusting over things I can’t have, I am making a conscious effort to love the things I do.

Without further ado, I give you:

Round One: Queen of Hearts Jenny Skirt

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 For styling number one, I kept it simple. Pulling the pink details from the vibrant pattern of the skirt, I paired it with the Pinup Couture Peasant Top in Baton Rouge. A simple black slide belt and cross-strap heels finished the look!

Skirt/Top/Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing

Shoes: Charlotte Russe (Similar: Amazon.)

Petticoat: Malco Modes

 

 

Style number two played around with layers and bright pops of color! Once again I tried to play up the pink tones in this skirt, this time with a vibrant pink v-neck cardigan! I layered my cardi over my Pinup Couture Doris top in white, tucked them both in and topped them off with a shiny vinyl belt. To finish it off, I slipped into my black patent flats from Bait Footwear.

Skirt/Top/Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing

Cardigan: Old Navy (Similar: Pinup Girl Clothing)

Shoes: Bait Footwear

Petticoat: Malco Modes

 

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In an effort to winterize my wardrobe, I bring you look number three! Pulling the gorgeous greens from the bright pattern of the skirt, I cozied up in a this dark teal sweater from H&M. It has glitter thread woven throughout, giving it a distinct holiday feel. Jersey knit high-waisted leggings, warm socks, and flat boots from Steve Madden helped me battle the declining East Coast temps while still sitting pretty in my favorite skirt!

Skirt/Belt: Pinup Girl Clothing

Top: H&M

Leggings: American Apparel

Boots: Steve Madden (Similar: Nordstrom)

Petticoat: Malco Modes

 

Just one round into wardrobe mix-and-match, I’m already blown away by how versatile the clothes I already have are. I am most definitely an impulsive and emotional shopper: “new is always better!”. But efforts to become more financially responsible means a spending freeze. As I rifle through my wardrobe in an effort to put together new and creative combinations, it made me realize how much I can do with the pretties that are already mine. This definitely eases the sting of missing out on Black Friday sales, and leaves me feeling contented!

Feeling up to the challenge? I want to see your skills! Use the hashtag #PUGMixAndMatch on Instagram and show off your stuff! Need inspiration before you begin? The beautiful Miss Victory Violet has done a 10 Items Collection that you don’t want to miss!

The Magic Of Mary Blair Part 1: Umbrella Fancy

As a long-time fan of Pinup Girl Clothing, I have seen the debut of many a collection. But no collection was as excitedly awaited as the Magic of Mary Blair! A collaboration with the estate of Mary Blair, of Disney fame, the line featured skirts and dresses in extremely limited edition whimsical prints, some directly from the art of Blair herself. 

I was lucky enough to acquire quite a few pieces from this collection, and will be debuting my stylings in a multi-part series. With fall fast approaching, I want to keep the warmer days alive with bright pastels and fun prints of this summery collection! 

Perhaps one of the most anxiously anticipated pieces was the Jenny skirt in Mary Blair Umbrella Print:

Pinup Couture Jenny Skirt in Mary Blair Umbrella Print

Falling somewhere between salmon and bubblegum pink, this full, gathered skirt featured pops of teal, red and lime green in it’s cheery Umbrella motif. I was immediately smitten by the website photos, and placed my order within minutes of receiving the In Stock notification email!

Once again, PUG did not disappoint! 

Photography: Sarah King

The whimsical print of this skirt lends itself quite well to the “Wonderland” theme of my last photography collaboration with the fantastically talented Sarah King of Sarah King Photography. Undaunted by the 98 degree read of the thermometer, she willingly traipsed through the 100% humidity index of this sweltering Summer day to snap these photos. (And then painstakingly colored every tree branch , because Philadelphia’s Horticultural Center is decidedly lacking in pink trees.) 

Photography: Sarah King

As far as fit and construction,  I found this skirt to be on par with the usual high quality of Pinup Girl’s offerings. Measuring in at a 30″ waist, I stuck to the size chart recommendation of a size Large, and was not disappointed! I found this skirt to run a bit looser than some of my other color ways (here’s looking at you, Cherry and Italian Landscape print!). It definitely still falls within the confines of the size chart, but I am thankful for the little extra stretch the waistband offers, especially after a big meal! 

Perhaps one of my favorite qualities of this particular skirt is all the outfit combinations it lends itself to! I have seen lovely ladies all across the Internet pairing this beauty with every color from teal, to lime, yellow, black, and my personal favorite, red:

Unfortunately, this lovely is sold out in all sizes but 4x on Pinup Girl’s website. (4x ladies, go go go!) Because this was limited edition, Jenny will sadly not be restocked in this color way. However, if you just can’t get enough of this cheery and bright print, fear not! The Evelyn dress by Pinup Couture is also available on this gorgeous design, and is in stock at Pinup Girl Clothing in all sizes! 

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!? 

Bella Italia

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.

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