Flossy’s Pin & Brooch Favourites

Okay, okay, okay I must say I’ve been in love with pins/brooches lately – I think I’ve been buying them more than dresses and that never happens! I’ve noticed a lot of pin-up inspired gals rocking pins like these and I absolutely adore the whole pink ladies vibe from Grease (pink jackets studded with quirky pins/brooches) and I’m totally getting one of those pink Collectif clothing jackets so I can match y’all. I thought I would share my current favourite brooches/pins which are little different from the usual brooches/pins. As much as I like the typical ‘pin-up’ brooch brands I do prefer pins to have a bit of quirk and humour to them and I love supporting smaller brands!
If you’re looking for a new pin/brooch I highly recommend any of these amazing businesses – I know they are all fantastic quality as I own quite a few of these!
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1. Oh You Fox
Oh my gosh, I think I’m a little obsessed with Oh You Fox at the moment every time I have a look at their website I find myself wanting everything?? I currently own ‘Resting Babe Face’ (MY FAVOURITE) & recently found myself buying the cutie pie black cat to help raise funds for Victoria’s(creator & owner of Oh You Fox) wee kitty Skittles (taking a kitty overseas is no easy feat)! And I wanted it, I mean really wanted it.
*Resting Babe Face – Oh You Fox
*Cutie Pie Black Cat – Oh You Fox
*Delicious but Vicious – Oh you Fox

2. FairytaleCollars
If you have been following me on Instagram (@missflossypots #shamelessplug) you would have seen this super cool pin from Fairytale Collars. I love pins and I absolutely adore my red lipstick so this pin is everything. I know it will appeal to a lot of you pin up ladies so I had to share!
*Red Lipstick Club – Fairytale Collars

3. Pony People
I had a lovely lunch date with my good gal pal Xamia Arc a couple of weeks back and I remember her showing me these ADORABLE pins from Pony People. She bought the cutest pins from them (check out her instagram to see) and I thought I’d have a gander through their Etsy and boy did I not regret it! I fell in love with this kitty as it reminds me of one of my boys back home. I am hoping they will be restocking pins soon as their etsy stock is a little low!
*Fatty Catty – Pony People

4. Bel Air Baby
I absolutely ADORE Bel Air Baby! I bought the best brooch ever from their wee etsy store earlier in the year (pink doughnut with sprinkles!!) and I recently made a second purchase which I will share on my Instagram as soon as they arrive. I love the quality of these brooches, the fact they’re all original drawings by Mira (the creator) and they are all so quirky. The amount of pale pinks in the Bel Air Baby catalog genuinely makes me happy and I’m so excited to see what they do in the future. Those doughnut earrings have my name written all over them!
*Vintage Mixer -Bel Air Baby
*Custom Heart – Bel Air Baby

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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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How to: Cleaning Petticoats

Petticoats – they are a way of life for me. I purchased my first petticoat in 2014 at the Glory Days Winter Vintage event and I haven’t looked back since! I bought an amazing vintage petticoat that has pastel rainbow all over the edges; it’s the softest petticoat I own and it is by FAR my favourite. Petticoats are great but how do you wash them? I had absolutely no idea when I first bought mine but I have now come up with a way that keeps my petticoats clean, soft and smelling fresh even in the middle of winter.

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1. First select your petticoats – I like to clean mine two at a time so I have at last two clean on rotation.
2. Begin by filling a bathtub a couple on inches high with lukewarm water – you don’t want hot water. I then press my petticoats into the warm water until they are completely saturated.
3. I use Rocking Green laundry powder ( 2 tbsp) as a cleaner as I suffer from dermatitis and it’s free from SLS- and Parabens which helps me greatly. When washing petticoats you SHOULD hand wash them as they are super delicate!
4. Swirl your petticoats in the warm water with the laundry powder. You want to make sure they are really soaking up all of the cleaning goodness!
5. Leave to soak for a good 10-15 minutes then drain the bathtub and rinse the petticoats under a cold tap until they no longer feel  soapy.
6. Now this is the hard part; you want to squeeze as much water out of your petticoats as you can. I usually give a full ten minutes for this process as you don’t want your petticoats to drag from all of the water weight.
7. I then leave to drip dry in my shower or alternatively outside with a washing tub underneath to catch all of the drips!

And that is how I clean my petticoats – let me know how you clean yours below! ❤

Gimme! Wishlist #4

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1. Swing Jacket – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury  – $216.71 NZD
Oh my god this JACKET! It was love at first sight with this baby, I have never wanted a coat more than I have wanted this one. I fell in love with the red check (check it out on their website) and the entirety of the outfit the model was wearing. Pants? I don’t even wear pants but paired with this they look AMAZING. This is something I’m saving for but it can wait for winter (even though we haven’t had a summer here in Wellington).

2. Red Bamboo Hoop Earrings – Bows and Crossbones  –  $10.40 NZD
I have been obsessed with bamboo hoop earrings for a couple of months and I finally caved and bought two different styles from Bows and Crossbones last night. Whilst scrolling through their amazing catalog I saw these gorgeous earrings but girl, I’m on a budget so they will just have to wait. I will see how my other pairs work out then buy these babies!

3. Cherry Red – Besame Cosmetics  – $30.55 NZD
I have fallen head over heels for Besame Cosemetics after my boyfriend bought me two of their lipsticks – Red, hot red and Victory red. I absolutely love the smell, colour and the fact they last all day and AND they feel so light on the lip! This is the next shade I want in their collection because you can never have too many red lippies, right?

4. Winnie Trousers – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury  – $84.95 NZD
Again, I’m not a huge fan of trousers but these look amazing on the model from Seamstress and I just want to look like her! I have an amazing jumpsuit from Seamstress and I know for a fact that crepe de chine is super flattering even if you’re not super confident with your tum!

5. Grace Blouse – The Seamstress of Bloomsbury – $67.61 NZD
Well now I’m just looking super obsessed with The Seamstress of Bloomsbury… that’s because I am! I love their nod to the forties and this blouse is so forties it HURTS. I really love high necks so this blouse is up my alley. I just want everything Seamstress has to offer – note to self: win the lottery.

6. Keds – Champion Oxford CVO – Hannahs  – $69.95 NZD
A few years ago I bought some canvas white sneakers that were SO cute and I really want a new pair that I can just wear with all of my outfits. I am all about comfort and I refuse to wear heels especially in summer! These are something that I will probably buy once I find out how to keep them super white.

AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017

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Well I’m not going to pretend like I’m some car aficionado but I do try to make it to the American Vehicle day every year even if it’s just to “ooh” and “aah” at all of the pretty cars. This year I went with my boyfriend and we thoroughly enjoyed it and as I blogged it last year I thought I would blog it this year just to keep the tradition alive! When you live in Karori getting to Trentham is quite the mission ESPECIALLY if you don’t own a car so in the early hours of the morning on Sunday (10.30) we took our first form of public transport for the day – the first of many. After the first bus we set out on our journey – the Upper Hutt line (train) it was a forty + minute ride but it was pretty stunning, the first half of the trip overlooked the Wellington harbour and on a sunny day it looks incredible (by chance it was sunny for the first time this summer). Continue reading “AMERICAN VEHICLE DAY 2017”

Wishlist Wednesday – 07/12/2016

It’s almost Christmas and I’m really getting into the festive mood; paint me red and toss tinsel at me. I hope you’re enjoying my festive themed posts, today’s post is my first Christmassy themed wishlist for the month and boy, was it hard to narrow it down to seven items!! I think I may make a separate post for wishlist Christmas decorations because I am completely obsessed with them. What’s on your wishlist this week? Fill me in, in the comment section below!

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‘Dolce’ Pink Spray Floral Swing Dress from Lindy Bop – Review

16-10-11-miss-flossypots-69Whilst I was up in Auckland a couple of months ago I had the opportunity to shoot with an amazing photographer by the name of The Undefined Photography. I thought I would dedicated these high quality images (I wish all my post’s photos were this nice) to a dress review – after all I love this dress! A huge thank you to Katherine ( The Wardrobe/The Undefined Photography) for giving me such an incredible experience – she made me feel so comfortable during the photo-shoot (which is no easy feat, I’m an awkward person) and she made every photo look incredible and each photo feels unique and different to the rest. Check out her blog here – she has amazing outfit of the day posts and interviews with some incredible pinups such as Miss Hero Holiday and Miss Victory Violet plus she is just a beautiful person inside and out! Continue reading “‘Dolce’ Pink Spray Floral Swing Dress from Lindy Bop – Review”