The BEST Cropped Cardigans // Mak Sweater

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You know when you find a piece of clothing you Love that you just wear them until they're falling apart? Well that's me with Mak Sweater cropped cardigans! They're my ultimate favourite cropped cardigan brand by far! 

A few years back I purchased my very first one from Pinup Girl Clothing not knowing it was in fact made by Mak, I literally wore it until it looked rather worse for wear. After realising I couldn't live without it I decided to buy a couple more but this time from a UK based online store - Campbell Crafts. I was SO happy when they started stocking them as it meant I didn't have to worry about fricking custom charges!! WooHoo!!


I decided to put together a few photos that I'd previously taken for my Instagram page showing most of my cropped cardigan collection. I don't have all the colours but I'm getting there! 

Now onto the sizing - I find its pretty much spot on with sizing and order a medium for my 40'' bust. They do have some stretch in them so all depends on your desired fit. I prefer mine to be fitted as I always have mine buttoned up. They also wash really well and don't fall a part like most cardigans you can by from the high street. I found these actually last and like I'd previously said, my first one lasted me over 2 years!


These are perfect for keeping you warm during the cooler months without covering too much of your outfit. The scooped neckline, 3/4 length sleeves plus neat buttons down the front make them simple but effective. They are cut to bring in your waist so you don't lose your shape which is what I'm always on the lookout for. 

If you're like me and don't want to always order from the US, I've put together a few online stores that you can purchase in the UK & Europe. For my US readers I've added a few that aren't just from Pinup Girl Clothing.
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Many thanks to Mak Sweater for gifting a few throughout the year from there Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter range! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for my outfit posts and of course Mak Sweater :)

What are your favourite cardigan brands? I'd love to know!
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Betty & The Artist // Rock & Romance

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This past weekend my husband and I attending the wedding reception of our friends Chloe and Alex. It was a beautiful evening of love, laughter and lots of dancing. A week or so before I had a little freak out when I realised I had nothing to wear! Thankfully I received this gorgeous black Betty dress and knew instantly what I wanted to accessorise it with. I had a few lovely compliments which made my night, aside from the beautiful bride of course! I felt a million dollars thanks to Rock & Romance!


I decided on wearing my stunning Woody Ellen clutch that was gifted to me by Ellen herself at London Edge. Completed the look with a few pastel bangles and hair flower. However my curls didn't want to play ball but I worked with what I had! 

 I ordered my usual UK 14 and the fit/sizing of the dress was just right. I found the bust a little tight in the middle but that was my own fault due to the bra I was wearing. (Silly me) The length was just how I like my dresses. Overall verdict: Perfect!

 Chloe & I (The most stunning bride I've ever seen!!)
Outfit Details
Dress: c/c Rock & Romance // Hair flower: Tara Nashville flowers // Custom Necklace: Bloody Mary Metal // Glasses: Skunkboy frames (no longer available) Bonlook // Bangles: Splendette // Clutch bag: c/c Woody Ellen Bags //  Heels: Bettie Page

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Autumn Bloom // Karina Dresses

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Autumn is here and I'm soaking it all in as it's my favourite time of the year! Beautiful leaves that have fallen, cool crisp mornings, pumpkin spice and all things nice! I'm THAT person who goes all out, especially running up to Halloween.
I was rather excited to receive this dress in the mail a couple of weeks ago from Karina dresses and I'm totally in love!


All the colours in this dress are perfect for this time of year, plus it goes so well with my auburn hair. The fit is so comfortable and flattering against my new found curves. The fabric is breathable and is made from microfibre fabrics so it never loses its shape, which is perfect for me as a new Mama to Winter. The wrap style brings in my waist that I always prefer to wear to show my shape. The length is a little longer than what I normally wear but I kinda like it, especially now its getting much cooler. The cross over neckline is perfect and with being said its great for breastfeeding Mamas too!


Karina dresses are definitely a new favourite of mine and I'm certain I'll be adding more to my closet. I found the sizing pretty much spot on but could of easily sized down from M/L to a S/M due to it having tons of stretch. This Margaret dress is American-made in Hudson, NY along with all their other beautifully made dresses.
Outfit Details
 Margaret dress: c/c Karina Dresses // Flats: Topshop // Necklace: Custom made by BMM // Glasses: Skunkboy frames (no longer available) by Bonlook


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Hawaiian Suzy // Rock & Romance

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I love wearing all the floral prints during the Summer so I was delighted to receive this wonderful 1950s style dress from Rock n Romance. They kindly gifted me this as a birthday present back at the end of July.
The fabric is light with an elasticated waistband and ties up at each shoulder. I could of easily sized down from a size UK 14 to a UK 12 in this plus it's really flattering. The large pockets are ideal for carrying your phone and card wallet if you didn't want to carry a bag. Perfect for during the day or evening with a cropped cardigan, just like how I've styled it for you!


 Being 5ft it is longer than the usual dresses I wear but I kinda like it. I found the belt that came with the dress a bit annoying as it kept loosening throughout the day. Meaning I had to keep adjusting it so I changed it up and opted for a basic white belt instead. This didn't change my mind about the dress itself though. I adore it and it's been a keen favourite this Summer for sure!

Outfit Details
Dress: c/c Suzy dress by Rock & Romance // Cardigan: c/c Mak sweater // Minnetonkas: Campbell Crafts // Hair flower: Tara Nashville Flowers // Earrings: c/c Luxulite // Glasses: Skunkboy frames By Bonlook // Custom necklace: Bloody Mary Metal


Special little guest on todays post, my mini dashchund Pumpkin wanted to be included in the photos! I hope you're all having a great week lovelys :)

Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post all about the cropped cardigans I wear and where to purchase them within the UK!!

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London Edge // Autumn 2017

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Well I did it, I went to London Edge and I was extremely happy with myself. Over the last few years I've always wanted to go but my anxiety got the better of me. But since having Winter I want to push myself forward to get out to events. As this was my first London Edge I thought I'd go all out and wear a full Halloween themed outfit. All the black and orange!



I got the train down pretty early to make sure I had enough time to get to the venue. It ended up being straight forward and I arrived by 10am. I met up with my friend Jamiee to have a mooch around and catch up with a couple of other ladies too including Vintage Doll Laura.


Our first stop was checking out the new collection by Love U Look Clothing and oh my there's so many delightful pieces coming soon! There's definitely a few dresses and a certain jacket I'd like to get and I know they'll be very popular. Ronka allowed to take a couple of photos from an angle of whats to come. Excited for these new pieces to be available.


Jaimee having a browse through the current and Spring/Summer 18 collection.


I've been dying to see these amazing raincoats for ages in person and my gosh it wasn't disappointing! Each one is made using traditional methods to create these 'made to order' coats and there's many styles to choose from. The most popular design is the vintage style 1950s pleated design that has a belt around the middle and a hood to keep you pageboy dry. Perfect!

I didn't get the chance to try one on as it was quite busy but Melissa the lovely lady at the booth was very helpful. I definitely want to get one now its coming into Autumn, as I haven't found any other raincoat that's my kind of style.



Next was checking a new brand called Retuned Style, after engaging with them on social media a few weeks before. I was greeted to a warm smile and hug by Amanda which instantly made me feel at ease. Her lovely co-worker Sonia was just as lovely too. I got a little anxious walking around so I was happy to find them easy enough.

We got chatting about their new creations that are currently in production. Each piece is beautifully made with good quality fabric and fully lined. My top three were definitely the ones I've added below! I can see all these pieces becoming very popular and I'm excited for them, as I know lots of ladies who will love them just as much as me :)



What can I say, Woody Ellen bags are stunning! Jamiee and I got talking to the lovely lady behind Woody Ellen about how she creates them. Belgium artist Ellen started of as a children's book illustrator, before turning her paintings into bags back in 2013. Each piece is vibrant and the attention to detail is incredible. Truly inspirational.


After chatting for a while and talking about her artwork, she very kindly gave Jamiee and I a small clutch bag each! I mean, I was lost for words and truly honoured to meet her in person, let alone be given a bag from her collection! I'll definitely be buying a bag or two to add to my collection in the near future!


These were just a few from her collections including collaborations with Idda Van Muster and Acid Doll. Both were designed with each lady in mind!

We also got to meet her wonderful and charming husband Maarten who wanted a few photos taken with us.
Jamiee with her gifted clutch that went perfectly with her hair flower. Maarten & I. More photos can be found on their facebook page here


The wondeful lady herself Ellen of Woody Ellen Bags, Jamiee & I


Jamiees Outfit
Vixen Dress: Vixen By Micheline Pitt // Necklace, earrings & bangles: All Splendette // Glasses: Keiko frames by Bonlook


My Outfit of The Day
Top: Pinup Girl Clothing // Wiggle skirt: Vixen x Ben Copper limited edition for Vixen by Micheline Pitt // Ballet flats: Primark // Bangles: Splendette // Hair flower: Tara Nashville Flowers // Glasses: Keiko frames by Bonlook // Necklace: Custom W inital necklace by Bloody Mary Metal

Overall I had a lovely afternoon with friends and of course Jamiee, as it was our last meet up before she was making her way back home to New Zealand. She'll be terribly missed and hope she comes back very soon!!

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Pins And Pinups Summer Party // All Star Lanes

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Who doesn't love playing some retro bowling whilst surrounded by beautiful people? If the answer is yes, then this is an event not to be missed! A vintage Summer party being taken place at All Stars Lanes, Baywater. It'll be an evening of retro bowling, nibbles, cocktails and the option to shop till you drop, whilst dancing away to some 50's tunes late into the evening.

Special guests include:

The one stop shop for all things vintage & retro. Best Online store winner at the NVA
The ever so talented vintage hair stylist, blogger & model
Glamorous vintage inspired lingerie
Plus a whole lot more and amazing prizes to be won!!


They'll be two ticket options to choose starting from £30 - (Info below taken from the event page)

Pins & Pinup Ticket (20:00-2:00am)
Includes a welcome cocktail, unlimited bowling, American nibbles, plus all evening party access to explore our vintage style pop-up space of retro cosmetics, hair styling & fashion. 

The Ultimate Pinup Ticket (19:00-2:00am)
Includes all the above plus a VIP retro hair styling workshop before the party (7pm start) with Miss Victory Violet herself. Please be aware spaces for this are very limited.

Get your tickets either via the links provided above or head on over to www.allstarlanes.co.uk/pinsandpinups or email: info@allstarlanes.co.uk for more details!


The event will take place on 15th September starting from 19:00 at the retro bowling alley All Stars Lane, Baywater. Bring along your gal or guy pals for a fun filled evening. Please bare in mind this is strictly over 18s.

I'll be there along side Lins of Campbell Crafts Vintage so please do come over and say Hi! I'd love to meet you and of course take tons of photos too!!

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