British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

It may not be cool to admit it in today’s politically correct culture, but I’m a huge fan of Carry On films. I love the innuendos and slapstick humour, so when I saw this British Retro saucy postcard dress on sale I had to have it. I bought it during the depths of Winter and have been itching to wear it ever since.

The fabric is a lightweight cotton, so it will keep me cool on hot days. It would be ideal for taking on holiday as it would take up hardly any room in a case. Falling just below the knee, the length is just right for me. The V neck is deep enough to avoid looking boxy, while the collar helps to create an elongating effect. I like that it has a belt in matching fabric to cinch in the waist. Just one small gripe…I really wish it had pockets, then it would be perfect.

Shoe clips are such an easy way to embellish a pair of plain mules or court shoes…

As the dress makes quite a statement I kept my accessories fairly simple with some retro style sunglasses, red bag and shoes. For jewellery, I added a chunky stretch bracelet, enamel ring and my Paris necklace (just to add a little diversity to the very British theme!). I blinged up the plain suede court shoes with some clips I bought on eBay. Shoe clips are such an easy way to embellish a pair of plain mules or court shoes – a trick I picked up from Joi and Cherie.

British Retro only produces small quantities of each design, so there’s little chance of bumping into someone else wearing the same dress.

British Retro is a relatively new company, specialising in vintage style clothing. All of the garments are made in one of the oldest established factories in the East End of London.  With a passion for utilising local industry, the company also sources the fabrics and trimmings from the UK. British Retro only produces small quantities of each design, so there’s little chance of bumping into someone else wearing the same dress. Sadly, it also means that this dress is no longer available, but there are plenty of other stunning designs to choose from.

If you really want to make a statement, British Retro have full skirt petticoats in a rainbow of colours to wear under a swing dress. There’s also a range of stunning, figure-hugging pencil dresses in the most amazing prints. I quite fancy this ‘Seize the Night’ pencil dress. I’ve got a wedding to go to next month so I might treat myself 😉

Do you like vintage style dresses? What’s your favourite era for fashion? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up!

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

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British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

red suede shoes with shoe clips

British Retro Saucy Postcard dress

British Retro dress | Moschino sunglasses (similar) | shoes (old) from TKMaxx (similar) | bag and shoe clips from eBay | Les Nereides necklace


 

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Nine by Savannah Miller black rose print dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Last week we went to see a Bob Dylan concert in Liverpool and decided to make the most of it by staying overnight. Rather than book one of the big hotel chains we chose the modern and luxurious Titanic Hotel in the Stanley Dock complex. We were not disappointed. The superior room was very spacious with a high ceiling and full length window that was perfect for outfit shots.

If you’re unsure about pattern mixing this dress is a great way to dip your toe in the water as the work is done for you.

Wearing this black rose print dress at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool seemed appropriate, given that Rose was the main character in the film about the ill-fated ship. The mix of modern and traditional surroundings is reflected in the dress, with the classic floral print used in a modern cut. If you’re unsure about pattern mixing this dress is a great way to dip your toe in the water as the work is done for you.

The assymetric crossover style with the different prints was the thing that really drew me to this dress. I also love the high neckline with the cut out section at the back. It manages to be sexy without flashing the flesh. I considered pairing it with blush pink shoes, but decided on the black cage sandals to add to the air of mystery that pervades the dark and moody corridors of the hotel.

Rum and tobacco imported from exotic locations were stored here in the great brick buildings…

The Titanic Hotel is located in what was the North Warehouse, part of which was damaged in a World War II air raid. The area is undergoing redevelopment, with apartments, bars and shops planned to breathe new life into this historic location. Stanley Dock is one of the six sites in Liverpool making up its UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City listing. Rum and tobacco imported from exotic locations were stored here in the great brick buildings while Liverpool hummed with emigrants from all over Europe preparing to set sail for the New World. It quickly became the Second City of the Empire, and trading through its docks and canals was key to its prosperity.

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool Moda in Pelle cage sandals

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

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Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Black Rose Print Dress at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams dress | Moda in Pelle sandals (old) | handmade rose quartz bracelet

The hotel is a 20 minute walk to Albert Dock so we took a stroll in the sunshine on both the day we arrived and the day after the concert. Sitting by the dock sipping prosecco was a real treat. Despite living within easy reach of the city it was only my second visit to Liverpool; the previous time was almost two years ago when I went to the NW Bloggers meet up. This recent trip has certainly whetted my appetite – I’ve yet to set foot in Liverpool One shopping centre! Forgoing the retail therapy (I was with my husband after all) we paid a brief visit to the Tate. There’s no admission fee but a donation of £4 is recommended, which is fantastic value.



One of the lambananas located at Pier Head outside the Museum of Liverpool features some of the city’s bands.  The original superlambanana was designed by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo with the city specifically in mind, as both the banana and lamb were once common cargo in Liverpool’s bustling docks.

It had been more than 20 years since I last saw Bob Dylan in concert so it was a trip down memory lane.

In case you were wondering how the Bob Dylan gig was, all I can say is I recognised two songs (Don’t Think Twice and Tangled Up in Blues) but I couldn’t see much. We were towards the back of the Echo Arena and there were no screens. Photography was strictly prohibited – anyone caught trying to take a sneaky snap on a phone (yes husband, I’m looking at you!) was given a reprimand. I’m glad I went but to be honest it’s not really my type of music (I’m a rock chick through and through). It had been more than 20 years since I last saw Bob Dylan in concert (and I really did see him that time because it was in a much smaller venue) so it was a trip down memory lane. Oh, and it was lovely to stay in such a fabulous hotel. Liverpool, I’ll be back!

Have you ever been to Liverpool? If you have any tips of where to go and what to do please share them in the comments, and don’t forget to link up what you’ve been wearing!


 

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Pre-loved Luxury Goods at Xupes Cartier watch, green Hermes Birkin bag, Chanel quilted bag, diamond and aquamarine cocktail ring

It’s probably fair to say that we’ve all got one or two luxury items on our wishlists. Maybe it’s that classic Chanel quilted bag or a Cartier watch. For most of us the price means they’re unattainable – unless you consider purchasing a pre-loved item. Buying a pre-owned designer bag or watch from a company like Xupes can turn that dream into a reality.

The team of experienced valuers and experts put all of the items through a series of stringent checks.

Xupes sells both new and second hand designer watches, handbags and jewellery, as well as fine art and antiques. With up to 70% off the RRP it puts owning that much-coveted piece of luxury within reach. The items offered for sale are carefully selected and guaranteed to be 100% authentic. They’re also covered by a warranty of up to two years. The team of experienced valuers and experts put all of the items through a series of stringent checks so that you can be confident you’re buying the real deal.

I’ve picked a few of my favourites from the website (I’m in love with that green Hermès Birkin bag!) but that was no easy feat with over 7000 items in stock. There’s a huge range of high-end second hand watches for both men and women. In the unlikely event that you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, Xupes can also source products.

In 1955 the IWC Ingenieur was released, becoming the most advanced watch of its time.

For the dedicated collector of premium timepieces, Xupes has an impressive range of used IWC watches. Established in 1868, the Swiss watch manufacturers have been creating masterpieces that “combine precision engineering with exclusive design”.  In 1955 the IWC Ingenieur was released, becoming the most advanced watch of its time due to its unique method of protecting against magnetic fields. It was even worn by Edmund Hillary during his part of the 1957 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition. The Ingenieur has since become a classic object of desire for watch collectors.

Pre-loved Luxury Goods at Xupes IWC Ingenieur gents watch

Making an investment purchase is a serious decision, so Xupes has a full refund policy, as long as the item is returned within 14 days and in the same condition at point of sale. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself or buying a special gift for a loved one, it’s definitely worth considering buying from the range of pre-loved luxury goods at Xupes.

What’s on your luxury wishlist? Have you ever bought a pre-loved item? Do share your thoughts in the comments and don’t forget to pop back tomorrow for link up day 🙂

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Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

It’s no secret that red is my favourite colour – it featured prominently in last week’s link up post paired with pink – but this week it’s taking centre stage. As it’s wedding season I decided to wear this Bonmarché red dress styled two ways – albeit very subtly, with two different shoe and handbag options.

The diamante embellishment really sparkles when it catches the sun so these sandals would be ideal for taking on holiday too.

I know from experience that wearing heels to an all day event like a wedding can be uncomfortable, particularly when standing on grass for the photos. These silver diamante sandals have a low wedge heel, which is much more comfortable than either high heels or a completely flat sandal. They are also a wide fit and have an elasticated section at the back, so they don’t pinch at all. The diamante embellishment really sparkles when it catches the sun so these sandals would be ideal for taking on holiday too. At £20 I think they’re a real bargain. I decided to layer on the bling with a sparkly ring, beaded clutch, and a feather and crystal necklace.

It’s one of those versatile dresses that you can either dress up or keep it simple, depending on where you’re going.

This fit and flare dress is a lovely light cotton with an under layer, ensuring you won’t get hot and bothered. It’s one of those versatile dresses that you can either dress up or keep it simple, depending on where you’re going. I sometimes find the fit and flare style of dress tricky for me because I have a long torso and big rib cage, so I added a skinny belt to accentuate the waistline. Wearing a bib necklace has an elongating effect (one of my favourite styling tricks), preventing my top half from looking too square. It also gives me the opportunity of adorning myself with feathers!

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Accessorize beaded clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals feather bib necklace

Bonmarche dress c/o | Bonmarche sandals c/o | Accessorize beaded clutch (old) | Moschino sunglasses | feather necklace from eBay | ring from charity shop

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Bonmarche diamante sandals

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Just changing the shoes and bag shows how versatile this pretty Bonmarché red dress is…

This second option, with chunky grey peep toe platform shoes and a fringed snakeprint bag, has more of a modern twist.  I’ve had these grey shoes for years…in fact I wore them in my first ever blog post! The thick platform does make them a little wobbly on uneven ground, but on a flat surface they are surprisingly comfortable. The chunkier shoes required a more substantial bag for balance, so I chose this Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch to go with them. I’m a big fan of Angel Jackson and have featured other bags from the label on the blog before here and here. Just changing the shoes and bag shows how versatile this pretty Bonmarché red dress is, and it’s currently reduced from £35 to £25.*

Which shoe/bag combination do you prefer? It’s link up day so scroll down to share what you’ve been wearing!

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarché Red Dress Styled Two Ways feather bib necklace Angel Jackson snakeprint clutch

Bonmarche dress c/o | Carvela shoes (old, similar here, here and here) | Angel Jackson bag (similar here, here and here) | Moschino sunglasses (similar) | feather necklace from eBay | ring from charity shop


 

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*Price correct at time of writing. 

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Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Frankie 35 Zebrawood & Champagne

I spend a great deal of my time clock watching; when I’m getting my daughter ready for school in the morning I’m frequently checking to see if we’re running late (we usually are). My job requires even more attention to the ticking of the clock – working in TV news means constantly working to deadlines. Wearing a beautiful and unique timepiece brings joy to the everyday routines that make up my day, so when Jord offered me one of their stunning wood watches to review I was delighted.

The watch has a very elegant gold face and an ultra slim case which feels incredibly comfortable to wear.

I’ve been a fan of Jord (pronounced Yoad) wood watches for ages, having seen them on other bloggers. I deliberated over which one to choose because they are all stunning, but eventually I decided on the Frankie 35 Zebrawood and Champagne. The watch has a very elegant gold face and an ultra slim case which feels incredibly comfortable to wear. It’s so light that I hardly notice I’m wearing it, and unlike metal straps, it doesn’t feel cold when I first put it on. I gave Jord my wrist measurement and the strap was adjusted prior to dispatch so that it fits perfectly.

The watches come in a beautiful wooden presentation box, along with a tube of finishing oil and polishing cloth to condition the wood.

Jord has a range of watches in different designs and types of wood for both men and women. They also offer an engraving service – perfect if you’re looking to buy a unique Mother’s Day gift, or maybe a birthday or anniversary present. The watches come in a beautiful wooden presentation box, along with a tube of finishing oil and polishing cloth to condition the wood.

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Frankie 35 Zebrawood & Champagne

For my outfit I took my cue from the gorgeous watch, which I teamed with a wooden necklace and Winkwood sunglasses. This chambray shirt is the perfect blank canvas to showcase a statement necklace (I wore it with a feather necklace for the 3040 blogger meet last year). There’s something about a knotted shirt and an A line midi skirt that looks so chic and a little bit retro. I’ve had this bird print skirt for years but I can’t remember ever wearing it before. It was quite breezy when we took these photos so I had to be careful not to have a Marilyn moment!

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Great Plains bird print skirt, chambray shirt, wooden necklace, Winkwood sunglasses

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Frankie 35 Zebrawood & Champagne

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Frankie 35 Zebrawood & Champagne

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway Great Plains bird print skirt wooden necklace

Jord watch c/o | Zara shirt (similar here and here) | Great Plains skirt (old) | Menbur shoes (old) | Alexa bag (old, similar) | Winkwood sunglasses c/0 | H&M necklace (old)

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway wooden necklace

Jord Watch Review and Giveaway

So now for the giveaway…

I’ve teamed up with Jord to offer you the chance to win a $100 e-gift code, which you can put towards one of these unique watches. All you have to do is click on the link here and fill in the very simple form. Everyone who enters will receive a $25 e-gift code. The codes are valid until 06/30/2017. Good luck!

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