Monday, July 9, 2018

Flirty Floral! My review of the Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress

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Today, I am reviewing the Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress in Navy Rose Print.  This lovely lightweight wrap dress is perfect for summer weddings, date nights, open houses and garden parties.  Gorgeous with cascading ruffles, fully adjustable fit and a pretty retro floral print make this a stand out in my wardrobe.  The Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is a full wrap dress featuring 3/4 sleeves, long adjustable ties and ruffled detailing.  Made of a soft poly/spandex blend material, this dress is great for summer because it is a breathable, stretchy and lightweight material.  Wrap dresses are great for summer wear because you can get the most comfortable fit and adjust as needed, the heat makes me retain water so the tie waist allow easy loosening just in case.

  I am wearing a size 2x here, fit is just right with lots of stretch, fabric to cover me modestly and room to adjust toe fit to my body.  I generally size up in wrap dresses so I have a little more fabric to play with in the skirt area as I am sized to much larger on the bottom half of my body. The length hits my petite frame a few inches below the knees and 3/4 sleeves give nice arm coverage to protect against the sun on a hot summer day. The Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress fits just right thanks to the versatility of the wrap dress style.  I love that I can play with the fit to get it just right for me.  I love how the Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress defines my waist, enhances my curves and the flippy ruffles at the bottom give it so much movement, this dress flatters the curvy figure to perfection!

 The Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is available in a variety of prints which gives you tons of choices to suit your personal taste.  I chose this Navy Rose Floral print, because it is very summery featuring pink roses and fleur de lis on a navy background plus I also love the vintage look of the roses on the dress.  Wrap dresses are great because they can be worn simply or dressed up as much as you like.  I am wearing a bright pink flower crown to match the pink roses on the dress, vintage blue hoop earrings that pick up on the lighter blue color in the fleur de lis on the dress, retro styled heels and carrying the cutest faceted white bead vintage purse to top it off.  I love to mix vintage with modern to create interest and because it is wonderful to give new life to old pieces!  This dress is also great to throw on for errands when you want to look put together with minimal effort.  Take your Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress, add cute accessories and ballet flats for a casual cute look that's perfect for busy summer days.  This Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress is so comfortable it feels light as a feather on making it a must have for summer weddings and occasions.  The Kiyonna Flirty Flounce Wrap Dress will keep you cool while looking scorching hot!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Terrific Tiki! My review of the Lindy Bop Misty Tiki Dress

 Hello everyone!  It's finally summer and I am giddy beyond belief!  I am so excited that the weather is finally warm and beautiful here in Michigan after the incredibly long winter we had and the nearly complete absence of spring.  I love to spend time outdoors in my garden, flitting around doing garden chores, enjoying all of the different varieties of plants that I have worked carefully to plant and grow so I can enjoy my backyard oasis.  Everything is green, flowers are blooming and it is finally the best time of year to wear pretty dresses!

Today, I am reviewing the Lindy Bop Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress.  The Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress is a gorgeous teal dress with a bright and whimsical tiki print; with hula girls, hibiscus flowers, tiki gods, and palm trees, this dress screams tropical.  One of my favorite eras is the 1950's, I love the styles of that time and one of the biggest crazes was Hawaii.  I remember growing up seeing some really neat pieces of Hawaiiana that my grandparents had picked up in the 50's and 60's, kitschy hula girl lamps, tiki themed pieces, shell necklaces and hibiscus shaped jewelry, everything to do with the islands was all the rage.  Tiki has always been a big part of the pinup style so I was thrilled when I saw the Misty Swing Dress in this gorgeous Hawaiian themed tiki print.  Lindy Bop has the greatest selection of vintage style clothing, they have become a leader in the retro repro fashion market and their novelty prints are one of my favorite ways to add personality to my wardrobe. 

Misty features a gathered neckline with bow, adjustable straps, a fitted waist and a full gathered skirt.  Made of comfortable and breathable stretch cotton, this dress is fabulous for the hot summer months.  I am wearing the Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress in UK22/US18.  This is my normal size in Lindy Bop dresses.  Fit is wonderful, the bodice clings to my curves and tapers nicely to accentuate the waistline.  The skirt is very full, it allows for a petticoat, which I am wearing here but the gathering at the waist makes the skirt float around you gracefully giving it volume even without a petticoat underneath.  The thing that I was the most excited about was the inclusion of adjustable straps.  In the past with Lindy Bop dresses, they generally did not have adjustable straps so because of my petite height, I always had to have the straps on my Lindy Bop dresses tailored to fit.  It is so fabulous to have adjustable straps so I do not have to go through the hassle of waiting for a seamstress to be able to wear my dress.  This dress also includes another big winner for me, pockets.  It is so nice to be able to tuck my phone, keys or any other small items I may need in my skirt pockets on a day trip instead of having to lug around my heavy purse!

I cannot get enough of the Lindy Bop novelty prints!  Lindy Bop novelty prints are always rich scenes full of detail and that makes me love them.  The Tiki print on this Misty Swing Dress is kitschy and so much fun.  All over the pretty teal of the dress are red and white hibiscus flowers, the backdrop features volcanic mountains, water, palm trees and the sun looking down on it all.  Hula girls dance festooned with flowers and leis in front of huge carved tiki gods.  This dress has so many colors and fun details in the print that it is a dream to accessorize.  I am always trying to add dresses to my closet that can be worn and interchanged with other items that I own so I can maximize my wardrobe with minimal effort.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress in size UK22/US18 C/O Lindy Bop
Earrings: F-ineapple Earrings from Ceci Punch Designs
Shoes: Rockin Tiki Stiletto Heels in Red from Lucky Lous Shoes
Flower Crown and matching wristlets from Amazon
Petticoat: Dancing Days Petticoat in White from Banned
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics
Vintage Parasol from The Intersection

 I had so much fun playing with accessories to put together the perfect ensemble with the Misty Dress.  Adding fun Hawaiian details was a must so I wore Lucky Lous Rockin Tiki Heels in Red, buttery soft leather stiletto heels which feature hand carved wooden tiki god soles, Ceci Punch "F-ineapple"  pineapple dangle earrings and a green hibiscus flower crown with matching wristlets.  The beautiful vintage hibiscus print paper parasol came from my favorite local antique shop and was the perfect finishing touch!

The Lindy Bop Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress was such fun to wear outside, dancing, twirling and posing in beautiful Dow Gardens where the rhododendron and azalea blossoms provided the perfect tropical backdrop for my virtual trip to the Hawaiian Islands. My Misty Teal Tiki Print Swing Dress is sure to get a lot of wear in the summer months because it is so comfortable and eye catching.  I cannot wait to wear and accessorize it with more fun vintage flair.  Lindy Bop is the best for keeping you looking pinup perfect without breaking the bank!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Whimsical Walk in the Park! My Review of the Karina Dresses Megan Dress in Walk in the Park Print

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 Hello Everyone!  Today, I am reviewing the Karina Dresses Megan Dress in Walk in the Park Print.  The Megan Dress is one of my favorite styles that Karina offers, I could not resist adding this gorgeous Walk in the Park Print to my wardrobe even though I already own Megan in the Blue Moon Print.   Karina Dresses are an easy breezy must have wardrobe staple for summer and this print is just perfect for the season; bright, bold and fresh!
Outfit Details:
Dress: Megan Dress in Walk in the Park Print size XXL C/O Karina Dresses
Earrings: Pearl Drop Earrings from Ceci Punch Designs
Flower Crown: Turquoise Flowers and Berries from Claire's
Shoes: Red Wedges from Mudd- Thrifted
Beaded Purse and Pearl Necklace are Vintage
Makeup is Tarte except Crimson Red Rouge and Victory Red Lipstick from Besame Cosmetics

 Megan is a very 1940's cut; a wrap bodice with gathered cap sleeves, a nipped in waistband and flowing skirt emphasizing your curves perfectly.  I love the fit and flow of this dress, it is light as air on and comfortable making it perfect for the warmer weather of the coming summer months.  I have reviewed the Megan style before, so check out my former Megan Dress review to read my thoughts on fit and sizing.  This dress is a perfect fit on me in size XXL.  The beauty of Karina Dresses is that they are so low maintenance, the microfiber blend material means they do not wrinkle so they are a pull on and go garment.  It is so nice to be able to grab a dress and go without a ton of anxiety about wrinkles and Karina's signature prints are all so gorgeous that it is easy to look polished with very little effort.  I love wearing flowing comfortable dresses around the house on a summer day and this Megan dress is perfect for dressing up or down.  Easy wear for a summer wedding, a romantic picnic on the beach or a relaxing day on the deck at home.

The Walk in the Park Print is a lovely turquoise background with bold red and cream flowers.  Beautiful and eye catching, this floral is gorgeous anytime of year and has so many lovely colors to highlight with accessories.  I wore my Megan Dress with bold red wedges, a pretty beaded vintage purse, pearl jewelry and a turquoise and berry flower crown.  It is a dream, whirly, twirly and whimsical, this dress will be in heavy rotation in my summer wardrobe.  Karina Dresses has all your bright and beautiful summer wardrobe needs covered!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Spring Elegance! Featuring the Sandy Heels from Ask Erica M Shoes!

I admit it, I am not a huge shoe girl.  I was born with Club Foot, because of this I have a love hate relationship with shoes.  I have wide feet that are very sensitive, add to that a penchant for tripping over my own feet and that makes me picky about shoes.  I have been trying to get my shoe wardrobe up to par with my clothing and accessory wardrobes and as I was shopping, I fell in love with these Sandy Heels from Ask Erica M Celebrity Shoes.  Ask Erica M Celebrity Shoes specializes in providing the trendiest, chicest styles in shoes and fashion.  A fabulous resource for staying up to date with fashion trends but also finding styles that are timeless, I love adding items to my wardrobe that will stand the test of time and never go out of style.

The Sandy Heels are sexy ankle strap heels that are classic.  Perfect for wearing with your most fabulous outfits, this style has a zip back and ankle strap.  I have wide feet and big calves but Sandy has elastic in the ankle strap so they fit my wide feet and larger ankles great.  I am always surprised when I get a shoe that is wide enough for my feet out of the box, I have had to stretch shoes and often they are too narrow to fit my feet period even after breaking in so I am thrilled that this style fits me so well out the box!  Sandy has a nice modest heel so they are not too tall, great for adding a bit of sexy without putting too much pressure on your feet.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Elizabeth Jacquard Evening Dress in Black C/O Dolly & Dotty
Shoes: Sandy Heels C/O Ask Erica M Celebrity Shoes
Earrings: Bad Girl Hoops in 24K Gold from Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Makeup: Tarte Cosmetics
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics

 I love these shoes!  I wore them running errands all over town and while enjoying a date day with my hubby. The Sandy Heels were comfortable and easy to walk in.  I rarely wear heels because I tend to be pretty clumsy (thus my perpetually bruised up legs!) so these are wonderful for someone who is less than graceful to wear out. The Sandy Heels were the perfect finishing touch for this elegant spring ensemble I put together and I cannot wait to style them with more gorgeous dresses this coming summer.  I love these fabulous Sandy Heels from Ask Erica M Celebrity Shoes, be sure to check out her awesome selection of high quality and stylish fashion!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Radiant Roses! My review of the Lady Vintage Dirdle Dress in Vintage Red Rose

 Today, I am reviewing the Lady Vintage Dirdle Dress in Vintage Red Rose Print.  This dress is such a delight!  I am completely enamored of every aspect of it.  Lady Vintage is a London based company that offers a plethora of amazing vintage styled garments in sizes 8-32.  The Dirdle Dress features a square neckline on a fitted bodice with wide straps, a tapered waistline and full flared skirt. The Dirdle Dress also features a sash tie to emphasize the waistline and the full skirt is large enough to accommodate a petticoat.  This dress comes in a variety of unique prints so there is a print to fit every personality and occasion.  I am always happy to see a company make the effort to be body positive and size inclusive and I know that Lady Vintage truly cares about their customers because they offer their clothing in a huge size range so there truly is something for everyone!  

 I love how this dress fits, it really highlights my curves and makes me feel gorgeous.  I am wearing the Dirdle Dress in a size 20, fit is wonderful.  This dress is made for curves!  The bodice is comfortable and modest, making this a great dress for those times when cleavage is not appropriate but the shape of the dress is undeniably feminine so it is sexy in an understated way.  The skirt is full enough for a petticoat, I am wearing one here but it looks lovely without because the material holds its shape, belling out to give the skirt fullness.  The sash at the back of the waist allows you to cinch the dress to fit your shape and comfort level and it emphasizes the waist to give that exaggerated vintage silhouette. The material is a high quality cotton elastane blend that stretches for comfortable fit and movement but is heavy enough to have structure and stand up to repeated wearings. Ladies, this dress has POCKETS!!  Nice, roomy and super handy, pockets on a dress are rare so the Dirdle Dress having pockets confirms that it is indeed the perfect dress.  Lady Vintage have a gift for designing vintage inspired dresses that are practical for everyday wear.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Dirdle Dress in Vintage Red Rose from Lady Vintage
Cardigan: Cropped Cardigan in Red from MAK Sweater
Purse: Vintage Inspired Purse in Red from Lola Von Rose
Earrings: Bad Girl Hoops in 24K Gold from Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Bracelet: Fleur Bangle in Red from The Moby Duck
Flower Crown from
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics
Glasses: Zenni Optical

I adore the Vintage Red Rose Print on the Dirdle Dress.  A bright garden print with red roses, greenery and accenting flowers in shades of purple, peach, pink and yellow on a cream backdrop.  I love roses, they are my favorite flower bringing back memories of my grandmother so for me the roses are the star of this dress.  I had fun playing up the red roses with my favorite accessories but the colors in it allow for many different ways of styling and I enjoy dresses that inspire a myriad of different moods and looks!  

 I had to wear this dress in the perfect garden setting but even though its April, winter is still lingering.  It's still snowy here in Michigan so we took the opportunity on a rare warm day to head to the beautiful Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan to take these photos. Filled with thousands of plants, walking paths, water features, themed gardens, mid century bridges, sculptures and architecture; Dow Gardens is a paradise that I enjoy wandering around for hours admiring!  I cannot tell you how many people stopped me to compliment my outfit, I was told I looked like a fairy, a princess and everyone complimented this beautiful dress.  The Dirdle Dress is a timeless piece for your wardrobe, a classy dress that will never go out of style.  I love wearing clothing that makes me feel good and the Dirdle Dress in Vintage Red Rose by Lady Vintage made me feel like a million bucks!  

Friday, April 6, 2018

Whimsical Wildflowers! Introducing the new Karina Dresses Wildflowers Print!

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Hello!  It has been a bit since I have blogged and I apologize, the time has just gotten away with me.  Michigan seems to be in the midst of the longest winter ever and over the last month it has been a struggle with my health with flu and colds going around like crazy.  It's still snowing even though April has arrived so I am thinking spring thoughts and trying to will spring to come even as snow flies!  I have some great content coming up so get ready for a ton of new reviews and pretty pictures.  Follow me on my Instagram or Facebook for more fun content; Outfit of the Day photos, food, random thoughts, funny stuff and ridiculously fluffy Pomeranian photos are guaranteed!

Today, I am happy to introduce Karina Dresses newest Signature Print, Wildflowers.  I am reviewing the Nora Dress in the new Wildflowers Print.  I love the cut and feel of the Nora Dress and in this whimsical, bright Wildflowers print, it reminds me of the cute but casual house dresses I remember my Grandmother wearing when I was younger.

The Wildflowers print is adorable.  Cute, pop art style flowers dance about on a blue backdrop.  Bright and cheerful this print is perfect for the coming warm months.  It adds a bit of primary color whimsy to my wardrobe, I tend towards pastels and fancy rose based floral prints so this pop art floral is a bold and fun way to wear one of my favorite prints.  When you combine the Wildflowers print with the Nora Dress, you get vintage perfection!

The Nora Dress is features a v-neck bodice, cap sleeves, a defined waistband, gathered back and a circle skirt with pockets!  A comfortable yet elegant dress that can be worn at home for casual comfort or easily dressed up and worn out on a dinner date.  I love versatile styles and this Nora Dress is so great because it can be worn in so many ways.  I have paired it with a cardigan and petticoat here because it was a chilly day outside, but it looks equally as cute on it's own and will be lovely to wear on a hot summer day with sandals!

Outfit Details:
Dress: Nora Dress in Wildflowers Print in size XXL from Karina Dresses
Cardigan: Cardigan in White from MAK Sweater
Flower: Gerbera Daisy from Vintage Box 1947
Earrings: Bad Girl Hoops in 24K Gold from Vixen by Micheline Pitt
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics  

I am wearing the Nora Dress in a size XXL here, which is my normal Karina size.  The fit is great, this dress loves my curves and has a good amount of stretch to make it super comfy.  I love to wear my petticoats with my dresses, so I am delighted in this full circle skirt but it looks just as lovely on its own.  I cannot stress enough how thrilled I am when a dress has pockets.  It is so convenient to be able to put your wallet or phone in the pocket of your dress instead of always having the added worry of keeping track of a purse. I love a dress with pockets it makes my life infinitely easier!

Another reason to love Karina is that each of their dresses is made of the same Microfiber blend that is wrinkle free and machine washable.  I love that I can pack several Karina Dresses for a trip and they come out of a bag ready to wear, they make it so much easier to travel.  I am also a huge advocate of buying American made products wherever possible and Karina Dresses are proudly made in the USA!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Moody Blue! Introducing the Karina Dresses Megan Dress in Blue Moon Print

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 Today, I am introducing the beautiful Megan Dress from Karina Dresses.  Part of Karina's new Moody Blue collection, the Megan Dress is an old favorite in the new Blue Moon signature print.  This dress is an instant classic!  I love the vintage feel of the design and the Blue Moon print makes is an eye catching little number that is both comfortable and chic.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Megan Dress in Blue Moon Print, size XXL Courtesy of Karina Dresses
Petticoat: Dancing Days Petticoat in White by Banned Apparel
Earrings: Vintage Inspired Resin Hoops in Cobalt Blue from Pinup Girl Clothing
Flower Crown: Claire's
Makeup: Tarte Cosmetics
Lipstick: Victory Red from Besame Cosmetics

 I cannot gush enough about how much I love the Megan Dress.  This style fits my vintage aesthetic to a "T", it is flowing and super comfortable while being incredibly stylish with minimal effort.  Some days I just want to grab a dress and go, as soon as I put it on this Megan Dress it instantly became one of my favorites.  This will be a dress that I can wear at home for comfort but it can be dressed up and endlessly accessorized so it can be worn anywhere.   The Megan Dress is a V-neck with a defined waistband, pretty gathered sleeves and a flattering flared knee length skirt.  This dress is so slimming, the V-neck style flatters and enhances the bodice, tapering and defined at the waist, then the flared skirt gives a curvy shape that looks great on everyone!  Karina uses the most wonderful microfiber blend material that breathes, stretches and resists wrinkles so these dresses travel easy and look great right out of the bag.  I am wearing a size XXL, it fits just right with lots of stretch for comfort.  I love that the skirt is large enough to accommodate a petticoat, it adds a lot of retro flair to the dress and gives me extra layers of warmth in the wintertime.

 I am also absolutely enamored of this gorgeous new signature Blue Moon print.  A lovely deep teal blue background with semi circles of sky blue, soft grey and cream, this simple geometric pattern is stunning!  Blue Moon has beautiful colors to accessorize.  I chose simple complementary accessories so I could really let this dress shine.  It was a lovely day with blue skies and we still had a dusting of snow, even the Michigan winter weather matched my dress.  I am wearing one of my favorite flower crowns, cobalt resin hoops, a petticoat and simple vintage black heels but the Megan Dress in Blue Moon is the star of my outfit.  I cannot stress how flattering this Megan Dress is and the Blue Moon print takes it to the next level of sophistication.  Karina Dresses are timeless, versatile, stylish and easy to wear, I am thrilled to have this Megan Dress in my wardrobe!

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