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! ūüėČ

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
Petticoat: Lindy 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

Lindy Bop Wiggle Dress!

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If you’re a modern pin up girl or a lover of vintage and retro style, you definitely know Lindy Bop, the affordable vintage style clothing site. If you don’t then you should better visit their site, especially during sales! That’s what I did, several times this year, and in one of those hauls I got this beautiful wiggle dress, which so far is my favorite purchase.¬†

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I love the figure hugging shape of the dress and the white details and the draping at¬†the chest. I got a size 8 and I’m glad I did because I want this dress to be tight. Not “cannot breathe and move” tight, but enough to accentuate the curves! I must admit that sizing is a bit hit and miss with Lindy Bop. I’m still experimenting and trying to figure out in which clothes I’m an 8 and in which I’m a 10. But so far I’ve only had a couple of disappointments (size wise).¬†

By the way, the photoshoot was at the old harbour of Chania, Crete. I adore the old beacon and it’s so characteristic of Chania!

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Dress: Lindy Bop (out of stock, but you can find similar wiggle dresses here)

Shoes: Zara (old)

Gloves: Vintage

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Did you buy anything from the Lindy Bop sale? Let me know in the comments, what are your favorite purchases from them…

xxx

Arietta

PS: The copyright of these pics belongs to the Photographer and this site, please link back to my site if you’d like to use them!

Wardrobe essentials – Vivien of Holloway Black Circle Skirt

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You don’t have to be a pin up girl or even into vintage style, to have this essential garment in your wardrobe. I think it’s one of those things every woman should own, like a¬†black dress and a pencil skirt etc. This particular skirt from Vivien of Holloway, has the perfect length, which on me falls about mid calf and even though I’m not the tallest person (putting it nicely lol), it looks good even with¬†flat shoes. But is even more stunning when I’m in heels!

The fabric is a medium weight cotton sateen, with a lovely flare and a nice sheen to it, which makes it appropriate for everyday and also for the evening. It is high waisted and has a good size waistband, not too big, not too small. When I went to the store, one of the lovely girls measured my waist and told me I was 26″, which I think means 12 in vintage size (sizes were different back then, so probably an 8 or 10 in todays UK sizing). Here I’m not wearing a crinoline underneath and it still looks nice and full. I tried it with the crinoline and it looks just fabulous and oh so 1950’s!!!

I also got a lovely black belt to cinch the waist even more, which I couldn’t find on the site, but I’m sure you’ll find something similar at the store.¬†

I’m sure I will get a lot of wear out of this skirt and I’ll keep it for a long long time…So, I’m loving it and I’d like to get more in other colors!

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Skirt: Vivien of Holloway Black Circle Skirt

Shirt and Shoes (old from Zara)

Clutch: Vintage 

Gloves: vintage lace gloves

 

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What are your wardrobe essentials? 

xxx

Arietta

Photography by Constantinos Theodorou. Copyright belongs to the photographer and this site, please link back if you repost!

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