I pretended to be a Princess…

I pretended to be a Princess…

 This post is a replica from my old blog. I was just engaged in the #fbloggers chat on twitter which related to the wonderful style of the Duchess of Cambridge – so I’ve moved it over!
 

 

 

 

 

Houndstooth?! I always thought it was Dogstooth? Oh well…

I’ve somewhat been out of the blogging game for a few weeks now; trying to think up new interesting ideas for myself and readers. I’ve also taken a break from my other blog, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Challenge as I haven’t found the perfect outfits at a suitable budget yet!

Anyway, I thought I would kind of do something on a similar wavelength, and incorporate with something a little different. And after constantly seeing the gorgeous outfits of the Duchess of Cambridge literally everywhere – I thought I would start a segment, ‘How to dress like a modern day princess’. I would also love to dress like a traditional princess, but ballgowns and crowns would be very pricey to wear every single day!

Outfit One

I’ve had a fringe for a few weeks now; and always wear it in the same way it was cut. Short, to the side – inspired by the very Short Audrey Hepburn fringe.

However, as pictures surfaced of the beautiful Duchess Of Cambridge emerged with a new hairstyle – in what people are calling the ‘gringe’ – a ‘grown out fringe’ , which is utterly a horrible portmanteau in my opinion. (Highlighted by the headline, Holly Willoughby shows off her ‘gringe’)
Despite the horrible name, which I hope does not catch on, I was instantly interested in the new style I love Duchess Catherine ‘Kate’ for numerous reasons (which would utterly distract me from the aim of this post) – but whether you are a ‘monarachist’ or not – you can’t really deny the fact she has a beautiful style!
The first photo suggested a change of hairstyle, however I thought it just looked like a general centered parting hairstyle – and I really couldn’t understand the initial social media hype.
Anyway, after seeing the style again days after, I got more of the impression of the fringe – and loved it!  I realised I could wear a similar style but moving my own parting from the side to the centre…
‘My fringe is less flicky and it disguises the roots better!’ – centre fringe = success!
I was also taken in by the beautiful dress the Duchess is wearing. I’ve done my research – It’s a Ralph Lauren product, so then I got sad and decided to not check out the price! (And as I typed that, I did a little tab click onto Twitter and the top of my feed was a tweet dedicated to the dress!)
However, the ‘Houndstooth’ style (I can’t get used it it, I always call it Dogstooth) reminded me I own a dress of the same pattern; so I dug it out and decided to be a Princess for a few hours.
My bodycon Missguided dress is a different shape to the Ralph Lauren version – with the latter being more of a modern teadress with a collar. However the pattern is such a sophisticated and timeless style that I think my £15 version is a very good alternative! I added a separate black belt to enhance the waist line and added plain kitten heels.
Unfortunately, I’ve had this dress for a while so I’m not sure that the same one is still sold on the website! However, I believe that any dress with this pattern would work, and as the ‘Houndstooth’ is making a come back to the fashion world – I don’t think you would have difficulty finding one!
If you’re not a fan of the pattern, then I’ve found another alternative which is a more similar shape to the dress. I was having a flick through twitter and saw this amazing dress – it’s a Primark dress! I love the traditional pussybow collar – team it with a black belt and it’s perfect!
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Vintage combinations…

This post relates to my first post about New Year Resolutions! I’ve always wanted to enter the Vintage Life Magazine competition where a vintage photo reflecting the month in question is chosen to feature in the mag!

When I saw the entry requirements for February via Facebook I got thinking of ways to reflect the month. I automatically thought of the usual themes like valentines day and pancake day. (Pancake day was always going to be my back up plan, just so I could demolish a pancake afterwards)

But I wanted to do something different, so obviously I ‘googled it.’ I found that February was also Chinese New Year – I think I have always known this in the back of my mind but it didn’t really occur to me at the time. So then I thought – a chinese inspired outfit!

I wanted to keep in line with the vintage fashion I am into (which is anything from 1920 – 1960) in a classic, English style. So I thought it would be different to combine the two fashions. As I’m getting quite confident with making circle skirts I thought I would do a 1950’s style in a chinese brocade fabric.

I found the most beautiful fabric from UK Fabric Online, via Amazon. I fell in love with the satin red instantly, despite there being a variety of beautiful colours. I actually went straight back on the website the day the fabric arrived to purchase the turquoise blue – I’m hoping to make a nice pyjama cami set!

The deal was wonderful as it worked out at £3.99 a metre with £4.50 for delivery. I got 4 metres in all and I can honestly say all of it was used! It was like a jigsaw puzzle trying to find the correct way round to duplicate the circle pattern!

Luckily I got a full skirt with just the right amount to make a matching headtie. I teamed the look with a colourful cami, english pearls and a chinese style parasol!

Here is the outcome:

                   I really enjoy making such unique style outfits and had so much fun merging these two themes together!

         I entered the competition – wish me good luck!