The Red and the Black

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Coat: Hell Bunny from Top Vintage
Dress: Vive Maria
Gloves: Revival Retro
Retro seamed tights: What Katie did
Shoes: Zara (old)

Apart from a well known novel by Stendhal, Red and Black is a popular (and favorite) colour combination, that makes a statement. Especially if we’re talking about these two beautiful garments: the black Hell Bunny coat from Top Vintage and the red Vive Maria dress!

The coat, I fell in love with, as soon as I saw it at the Top Vintage site (although admittedly I had a very hard time deciding between all those beautiful coats). It is quite warm and quite heavy, but it’s perfect for London weather. I got a size 10, and even though it fits perfectly on my shoulders, it’s rather big on the waist. But I chose not to return it because I think the 8 might be too tight on the sleeves and back. So I’ll make sure I get the waist tailored to accentuate the hourglass figure. Other than that, it’s just perfect. I felt very glam prancing around in the cold and I really appreciated the fur lined hood, that protects you from the rain and the horrible wind! I also like that it’s long enough to cover my circle skirts or swing dresses and actually has the shape of a full skirt. 

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As for the dress, I love the lace detail on the heartshaped cleavage and the fabric is soft and high quality. This shade of red is my favorite and goes perfectly with my Feels so Grand retromatte liquidlipstick from MAC. I would like the dress to be a tad longer, to cover my knees, but even as is I think it’s a very elegant, timeless dress! 

Needless to say, I froze when posing with just the dress! Ahhh, the life of a blogger… 😉

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Btw, do you like my new hair?

xxx

We can do it! Inspired by Rosie the Riveter!

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Who doesn’t know the famous image of Rosie the Riveter?! This poster, produced by Westinghouse during World War II for the War Production Co-Ordinating Committee, was part of the national campaign in the United States to enlist women in the workforce. In the face of acute wartime labor shortages, women were needed in the defense industries, the civilian service, and even the armed forces. Publicity campaigns were aimed at encouraging those women who had never before held jobs to join the workforce. Poster and film images glorified and glamorized the roles of working women and suggested that a woman’s femininity need not be sacrificed. Women were portrayed as attractive, confident, and resolved to do their part to win the war. Of all the images of working women during World War II, the image of women in factories predominates. Rosie the Riveter–the strong, competent woman dressed in overalls and bandanna–was introduced as a symbol of patriotic womanhood. The accoutrements of war work–uniforms, tools, and lunch pails–were incorporated into the revised image of the feminine ideal. (Source, World Digital Library)

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I was inspired by Rosie to do this photoshoot, wearing my Collectif dungarees, which are the most feminine dungarees I’ve ever had! A bit of an oxymoron maybe? Not at all, I think women can be very feminine in terms of how they look and behave and they can be strong and in touch with their masculine side at the same time. I’ve never been a tom boy, I was always quite girly, but on the other hand I love cars and I know how to change a tyre or even fix a leaking toilet flush (weird I know, lol). And like Rosie, I know “We [women] can do it”!

Women are actually very strong, stronger than men in many cases. Not in physical strength, but in their ability to get through difficult times. But life is not nice when you constantly have to rely only on yourself. There’s nothing more precious than having someone in your life that wants to be there for you. And that doesn’t make us weak, it just makes us feel loved and appreciated!

Now back to the fashion bit of this post, these dungarees are my favorite ever. They have the perfect shape and I love the sweetheart neckline, as well as the cinched waist. They have a good stretch, but the waist can feel a bit tight if you go smaller than your size (or if you eat too much!). They also have front and back pockets, which are always very useful, and the straps are adjustable. 

Dungarees: Collectif
Shirt: Zara (old)
Shoes: old from random store

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Photography by John at Portraits and Pinups

Hope you liked this post as Rosie inspired me to be a bit more philosophical! 

See you at the next one!

xxx

Vivien of Holloway tartan circle skirt!

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This is my second skirt from Vivien of Holloway and it certainly will not be my last! I just love the cut and shape of these circle skirts, the abundance of fabric and in this case the colors of the tartan. It’s not your usual school uniform tartan, but it’s definitely a classic and it will never go out of fashion (contemporary or vintage). If you’re looking for a place to stock up on basics like a circle skirt, a pencil skirt, high waisted trousers etc, Vivien of Holloway is the perfect place to visit (or their site) and you will also be mesmerized by the beautiful evening dresses!

So I took my new tartan circle skirt for a spin around Green Park, St James park and right in front of Buckingham palace. I was quite lucky because it wasn’t super cold, so I could pose without a coat. Don’t think I could do that now…brrrr!!!

Also you can see two versions: this is the more evening, glam version and below you’ll see some pics where I’m wearing it with a vintage sweater and boots, for a more casual look. So take your pick! 😉

Skirt: Vivien of Holloway
Belt: Vivien of Holloway
Top: Zara (old, but you can find similar at VOH here)
Cardigan: Vintage
Gloves: Vintage
Shoes: Chinese Laundry

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Pics by John at Portraits and Pinups!

Skirt: Vivien of Holloway
Belt: Vivien of Holloway
Top: Vintage
PetticoatLindy Bop
Socks: old, over the knee
Shoes: Voi Noi (Greek shop)

See you on my next post lovelies! xxx

A.

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Atelier of Haute Couture Vassilis Emmanuel Zoulias

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At the end of August, I visited Athens to see my family and I always like to make the most of these trips. So I contacted my friend and fellow vintage blogger, Marianna (from Vintageholic ) and we went to see the amazing Vassilis Zoulias! I always wanted to visit his atelier and have the chance to try on some of his dresses. And I’m so glad I did. I was mesmerized by…everything really!

The store is in Athens and it’s a lovely space, where you just can’t decide which dress is prettier and which accessories are more elegant and…can I have everything…please?!

But the atelier, is where I would actually want to be living! And of course it’s where all the magic happens… From the designs of the uber talented Mr Vassilis Zoulias to the cutting and sewing and stitching by his experienced seamstresses. The flat is so reminiscent of old Athens, with the wooden floors and the big, high ceiling rooms. And the decoration is a perfect reflection of the designer’s -vintage loving- personal style. Who is also a collector of vintage fashion pieces, from that gorgeous vintage Dior gown, to the Balmain gloves and tons of old issues of Vogue! 

As for the dresses we wore, I fell utterly in love with each and every one. Even the ones that I didn’t get to try on! Take a look at the pics and tell me what you think. I’m sure you will all be in awe, like I was was when I saw myself in them! 

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Look at this precious gem! I felt like Grace Kelly wearing this gorgeous emerald green dress and the ultra feminine yet comfortable, grey high heeled pumps! <3

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Me and Marianna wearing the same dress in different colours. I couldn’t decide which colour is more pretty!

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Now look at this beauty! This dress is from Mr Zoulias’ SS16 collection “Women in Myconos through the decades”. I’d say at any island or any coast, I would love to wear this. This dress oozes femininity in the most elegant way!

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Now this little number! I can see myself wearing this while hosting a very posh party and I would definitely be the hostess with the mostest! The black pumps are also designed by Vassilis Zoulias and they are the perfect, all time classic, high heeled pumps!

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Well let’s take a moment to appreciate this fairytale dress! The word “Principessa” comes to mind (means Princess in Italian, from the movie “La vita e bella”), because that’s how this dress made me feel! The gloves were from Mr Zoulias’ atelier and the necklace is from P. Kondylatos, exclusively for Vassilis Zoulias.

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Pink and white gingham? With sweetheart neckline and bows? I am sold already! Even more so if it’s designed by Vassilis Zoulias! And accessorized with the beautiful cameo pearl necklace by P. Kondylatos! I couldn’t stop looking at myself in the mirror with that dress… <3

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Details from the atelier…

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That Chistian Dior vintage dress (looooove!!!).

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Balmain long leather gloves <3

I really enjoyed this photoshoot and I have to say a big thank you to Mr Zoulias for letting us in to his magical world and to my friend Marianna for taking the pics! 

xxx

 

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Collectif gingham pencil dress

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Hello lovelies,

I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I’m currently on holidays in Greece, visiting my family and friends. I managed to do only one photoshoot with my beloved brother Constantinos, but it turned out very nice. We did the photoshoot in Chania, somewhere in Kalathas area. 

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I bought this beautiful dress a month or so ago, from one of my favorite repro brands, Collectif. I usually go to the one in Camden, because it’s closer to where I live and I’m always very happy with the customer service, all the girls are lovely and very helpful (and beautifully dressed!). 

It’s called the Monica Gingham Pencil Dress and it’s a nice stretchy cotton fabric, that hugs the curves and accentuates the figure with a nice white thin belt, that matches the elegant sweetheart bust detail. 

When i bought it it was full price, but now it’s on sale so you’d better grab it before it’s gone!!! 

I really like this dress, it’s super feminine and reminds me of the French Riviera…. Unfortunately I couldn’t fit a lot of things in my tiny suitcase, but if I could, I’d style it with a big white straw hat and straw bag! 

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Dress: Collectif

Shoes: Zara (old)

Clutch: Avon

Sunglasses: Rayban wayfarers 

Did you buy anything from Collectif this summer? 

xxx

Arietta