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!

New Year Resolutions

How many people write New Years Resolutions, and stick to them….for like a week? Maybe a month? But not the whole year? Me too.
With 2016 just around the corner, I thought this would be the perfect start to this blog, in putting forward my New Years Resolutions and trying to hardest to actually stick to them. I’ve actually given myself a massive challenge by having quite a few, however some pretty basic, resolutions. I know that I probably won’t stick to all of them, but I am determined to get through at least two…
  • The first resolution has to be….I NEED TO BLOG MORE. I used to blog everyday and ever since I decided to transfer over to WordPress I’ve done nothing! I might get into the swing of things by transferring old blog posts over, editing and looking back! Additionally I need to complete my Breakfast At Tiffanys Challenge. This will happen. I’ve got an orange coat. Game on.
  • Stop procrastinating (ironic, as I am writing this while avoiding the thousands of essays I need to write. However it’s not January yet – I need to take advantage of my numbered procrastinating days)
  • This next one sounds a little geeky. I am determined to enter the Countryfile calendar. I miss photography and want to get back into it. Also I am a country girl. However the biggest reason for this is that I adore the cute hedgehog which is on the calendar this year. I want my own version of a happy hedgehog!
  • In keeping in theme of this blog, I also want to enter the Vintage Life Magazine photography of the month. Just to enter would be fun and it gives me an excuse to get all vintaged up! All of the entries are absolutely beautiful and it’s fun to get involved!
  • I need to get more involved with extra curricular university things. I’m going to make an effort to go to the Swing Dance Society classes. And learn the Charlston.
  • And finally….the ‘showstopper.’…I spend too much money in high street shops, and have loads of clothes. If I don’t go in highstreet shops, I won’t buy as much. You see my point? ……..I’m going on a Topshop BAN. FOR. A. YEAR. No offence to you Topshop, you are beautiful but….money. This will probably be an ongoing future blog discussion, linking in with resolution number one…to blog more!!!
Wish me luck ( especially with the last one)
And Merry Christmas everyone! xxx