Dyann Flower Pot Dress by Retrospec’d with The Undefined Photography

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Throwback to late last year when I was having a surreal experience shooting with the lovely Katherine from The Undefined Photography. Once I knew I was shooting with Katherine I just had to splurge and get this amazing Dyann Flower Pot dress from Retrospec’d, I had been eyeing it up for the longest time. There is something incredibly special about this dress not only is it beautifully crafted but the overall appearance of it is breathtaking; I am so glad I nabbed mine before they sold out in my size! I bought the Dyann dress in size 12 which is a little bit bigger than NZ standard size 12 with the waist measuring 31.5 inches which is more of a size 14. Nevertheless I don’t mind having a little bit of wriggle room in a dress and it does come with a super handy red belt which can create more of a cinched waist and it’s detachable. I did have a little issue with the under bust measurements though, the band feels a little too tight and kind of in the wrong position for my body but everybody is different – but I will still wear it!! 😉

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About Retrospec’d from Retrospecd.com

The idea was as simple and wholesome as the vintage fashion that inspired it: everyone deserves to have a fabulous dress – no matter their age, size, or the decade in which they’re living.

That philosophy – as well as an exuberant love for the vintage style of years gone by – has informed the hard work of sisters Sharon Hanley and Teena Borg. Retrospec’d is the fruit of their labour of love.

Drawing on their own vast collection of vintage and retro dresses – including 1940s and 50s dresses – Sharon and Teena aim to produce retro fashion and dresses that will make you feel fantastic when you’re wearing them. This means not only a fun style, but also a fantastic fit.

All Retrospec’d garments are made in Australia to the very highest standard. The majority of the fabrics themselves are the product of many months spent finding colours and design elements that are “just right”. The result is fresh, vintage-inspired fashion that simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world.

The Retrospec’d story continues in this spirit, with each new vintage design inspiration marking the start of a new chapter in the retro fashion and dresses we offer. Our loyal customers often tell us how they are frequently stopped on the street to be told how fantastic they look in their Retrospec’d outfit. We can imagine no finer feeling than looking so great that you stop a stranger in their tracks. To be able to deliver this experience is our ongoing honour and pleasure.

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Lately I have been striving to support local/ethical businesses and the fact that Retrospec’d is made in Australia is one of the reasons why I bought this dress in the first place and I got it from the lovely Kaye from Kabella Baby (from Christchurch, NZ) – double win! I know it’s not easy and affordable to buy local/ethical but honestly in the long run it’s worth it; the quality is far superior and lasts far longer than things that aren’t made ethically AND if you’re buying local you’re really making an impact in someone else’s life. Again, I totally understand if you’re not in financial position and I do love a good sale but it’s something to work towards – I am definitely not perfect!

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A massive thank you to the lovely Katherine from The Undefined Photography for all of these beautiful photos & for the hair flower. I wish that I could one day obtain a tenth of your talent – you’re a real star! If you would like to hear more about my experience read all about it in my previous review post on the ‘Dolce’ Pink Spray Floral Swing Dress.

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The Lazybones Laura Dress in Watercolour

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Designed and created by Tracey Hocking Lazybones is a alternative homeware/clothing brand made ethically in Bali with the mindset of using natural fibres and earth friendly processes. Lazybones has a  huge range of home-wares including quilts, duvets, sheets, glassware, ceramics and even wallpaper! Clothing made for the modern woman including; dresses, shirts, skirts, knits, bottoms, slips and footwear all with a unique twist. Each collection has a quirky design that pays homage to the vintage eras but with a modern and tasteful take.  Continue reading “The Lazybones Laura Dress in Watercolour”

Pinup Girl Clothing -Ava Swing Dress in Black Taffeta

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This year was my first time participating in the Black Friday sales – although I didn’t buy a lot I do feel like I truly treated myself. There was SOO much hype around the Pinup Girl Clothing sale and I kind of dismissed it at first then it came to the night of the sales… Dresses, blouses, shoes, skirts were scattered all over my instagram feed. Taunting me, I’m sure of it. So I decided to have a wee peak at the website and came across a deal I couldn’t refuse the Ava Swing Dress in Black Taffeta for $86.00 USD! I compared prices and made sure I wouldn’t be stung by customs fees (I have learned that lesson the hard way!) and their price came out on top. Sometimes you have to treat yourself and a dress like this is definitely worth it.

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OOTN – 14/11/2015

DISCLAIMER: Big hats are going to be a bit of a theme this Summer.

This is the outfit I wore to the tiki night out.

I found the fabric for the circle skirt at spotlight a few weeks earlier so I decided to make that into a circle skirt, it wasn’t easy for me as I’m possibly the worst sewer in the world. The stretch top is from K-mart along with the hat. Hair flowers from Farmers and the shoes from Number One Shoe Warehouse (five dollars I may add..) Glasses again from Modcloth with super cute earrings from Daisy Jean. Not really pictured but the flax bag was my Nanas!

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