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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1940’s Fashion Show at Revival-Retro!

Welcome to our 1940’s fashion show!
A couple of weeks ago I visited Revival Retro and I wanted to make a video that would look like a fashion show from the 1940’s. I had a great time filming and had the chance to wear some beautiful pieces. Of course I didn’t walk away empty handed, it would take great amounts of will power to ignore all those beautiful clothes and accessories, and I’m not one to resist a temptation! (You can see my haul here).

 
I have to say at this point that I’m not sponsored for this video or blog post, I just genuinely love this store and wanted to show it to my friends and followers!

 
So after you watch the video, come back and find the links about everything I wore:
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Swimsuit: Top and Bottom
 
 
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Dress: sold out but similar here
Shoes: Remix vintage
Bag: Kelly inspired
 
 
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Dress: Stop staring  
Shoes: Remix Vintage 
Hairpiece: not on website ‘handmade item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
 
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Earrings: not on website ‘specialist item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
Bag: envelope clutch
 
 
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Dress: instore (will be on the site soon)
Earrings: Deco Revier
Brooch:not on website ‘handmade item available instore only email boutique@revival-retro.com for details
 
 I hope you enjoyed this video and blog post and if you’re in London I urge you to visit the store, because you will have a great time and I guarantee you’ll find something (plenty of things) you will like! And if you’re not in London just visit their site, it’s equally addictive! 😉
 And if you do get something, please let me know what you purchased!
 
xxx
 
Arietta
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Havana nights dress – Pinup Couture

imageA couple of weeks ago I visited my favorite retro boutique, Revival Retro, to film a video which you’ll soon be able to watch on my channel. Spoiler: lots of amazing outfits coming up! 😉 Of course I couldn’t resist buying a few things myself. This dress is one of them and I must say I’m in love with it! It’s by the American brand Pinup Couture (Pinup Girl Clothing) and the specific design is called “Havana nights“! I can definitely see myself in Havana, inside a 50’s convertible, wearing this gorgeous dress, a headscarf and a pair of cat eye sunglasses! (Sigh!) imageWell I may not have gone to Havana, but I think me and my amazing photographer Constantinos chose a really nice background in my home town Chania in Crete to capture the beauty of this dress! image About the dress: it ticks all the boxes! High quality material, and plenty of it I might add. It doesn’t even need a petticoat, but imagine how much more flare the skirt would have if I wore one. imageimage I love the pointyness of the bust, because it’s gives you even more of a 50’s silhouette, along with the cinched waist, which enhances the hourglass figure (or creates one). By the way, I wasn’t wearing a bra, but next time I’ll wear it with my bullet bra so it looks extra pointy! imageAnd last but not least, the pockets! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that this fabulous dress has pockets! What more can you ask, seriously?!

 Dress Pinup Couture from Revival Retro

White pumps from Zara (old, but similar here)

Thanks for visiting my blog and please do come back and leave your lovely comments!

xxx

PS: Copyright for the photos belongs to the Photographer and me. If you use any of them, please link back to my blog. Thanks!

Casual date night

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Let’s say you’re going out on a date or for drinks with the girls, but it’s not a super fancy night out, more like a glass of wine at a nice bar in town.
The eternal question for us girls “what do I wear”?!
I always prefer to be overdressed than underdressed, but sometimes I just want to wear something simple but feminine and timeless! And what could be more feminine than a pencil skirt? It’s definitely a wardrobe staple and can be worn and accessorized in so many ways…
So when Lindy Bop had their big sales on a few weeks ago I just had to buy at least one pencil skirt and because I already have about a hundred black ones (!) I thought I’d go for the uber sexy red!
The specific one I’m wearing here it’s out of stock now (totally understandable since it was only £7 on the sale!), but if you visit Lindy Bop you’ll definitely find other colors or patterns, so give it a go. If you’re between sizes like me, I’d suggest going for the smaller one because I find their clothes to run a bit big.

 

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The rest of my outfit consists of a simple tank top from Zara (old) and a bolero from Boohoo (old too). My shoes are from Zara and I think they are in the style of the classic Louboutin pumps, only way cheaper (they were from Zara).
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My bag is vintage, belonged to my mom and the only thing she remembers is that she bought it from Milan many many years ago and it was very expensive. I’m sure it’s a designer bag, but not sure of the brand. If you guys have any idea of what brand it could be, let me know in the comments!

 

Visit my YouTube channel to watch me get ready(ish) for this casual date night!

Thank you for stopping by and see you next Wednesday with another video and blogpost!

Xxx

 

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Lurex Glam

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 “Lurex is the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. for a type of yarn with a metallic appearance. The yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminium, silver, or gold layer has been vaporised. “Lurex” may also refer to cloth created with the yarn.” (Source Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lurex)
I actually thought that the fabric was called Lurex, but it turns out it’s the name of the company that makes that type of yarn. So I don’t know if my dress was made with their yarn, but I will call it Lurex anyway…
It was quite popular in the 1950’s and the 1960’s not just for evening wear, but also in movies and tv shows (Catwoman’s suit in the 1960’s Batman tv series was made of Lurex). I love it because it is so glamorous and elegant and makes even the simplest dress design look special. It is quite sensitive though, as it’s very easy to accidentally pull one of those metallic threads!
I found this beautiful green Lurex dress at the Midcentury market, which takes place twice a year in London (Camden). I love the fit of the dress, even though it doesn’t leave me a lot of room to eat (or breathe lol), but who cares, I just had to grab this unique piece! I’ve only worn it once so far, at a fancy restaurant in London, where I got a lot of stares and a couple of compliments at the ladies room!
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 My shoes are Sergio Rossi (similar here) and I’ve had them for quite a few years, but this classic shape never really goes out of fashion. My gloves are vintage (similar here) and they were my grandmas and the vintage clutch I bought from the Classic Car Boot Sale in London for £5 or £10 if I recall correctly! The brand is Salisbury’s and I don’t think it exists anymore (just used ones on ebay).

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 Take a look at my YouTube video, where I show this outfit and tell me if you like the song I chose 😉
Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again on my next post!
xxx