Monday, September 25, 2017

Outrageous Oranges! My Review of the Lindy Bop Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress

 Today, I am reviewing the delightful Lindy Bop Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress 

 Lindy Bop is one of my favorite vintage style clothing designers.  They have such a fabulous selection of retro styled dresses, tops, skirts, accessories and even shoes that they have quickly become one of the leaders in the vintage fashion movement.  I love the huge variety of styles and prints available, something to fit every personality.   Lindy Bop also has some of the most competitive prices available for quality vintage style garments, there is definitely something to please everyone at Lindy Bop.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress in Size US18/UK20 C/O Lindy Bop
Hair Piece: Orange Blossom Fascinator by Lila Jo
Petticoat: Dancing Days 26 inch Petticoat in White by Banned
Earrings: Green Glitter Rectangles by Put on the Ritz
Makeup: Tarte
Lipstick: American Beauty by Besame Cosmetics
Glasses: Zenni Optical
The Lindy Bop Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress is a lovely vintage styled dress with a fitted bodice, full skirt and deliciously juicy orange border print.  I love the contrast of the black polka dots and bright, bold orange print.  The polka dot background is draped with bunches of delectable, juicy oranges that look good enough to eat and lovely frilly white orange blossoms for a dress that is both classy and whimsical.  

I am wearing the Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress in size US 18.  The Saskia dress is sized well, the measurements are spot on but the elasticated panel in the back gives a huge amount of stretch to the bodice.  The size 18 is my usual Lindy Bop size but in this instance I could have easily sized down for a better fit because the elastic back has a ton of give and the material has a decent amount of stretch to it as well.  The soft matte finish stretch poly blend fabric feels lovely on my skin and makes the dress as comfortable as it is cute.  The only drawback is the lack of adjustable straps, as a petite gal, adjustable straps on dresses and tops save me from the expense of having to have a seamstress adjust them to get the correct fit.  The straps were quite a bit too long for my torso so I had to have them fixed to get the fit just right before I could wear the dress, however this dress is so cute that it was worth it and I find that the straps being too long is a common problem I run into at my height.  The Skirt has a lovely fullness that looks pretty on it's own but is large enough to accommodate a petticoat for extra flair.

The bodice is adorable, I love the orange accent of the straps, on the cute split collar and along the border of the dress.  The polka dot print is very interesting and eye catching with its alternating pattern of solid and scribbled dots on a black background.  The oranges are the clear star of this dress.  The print is so lifelike, I can almost smell the fresh floral scent of the orange blossoms intermingling with the tart citrus from the oranges.  I love wearing fun food prints, we all love food and these bold prints make an outfit really stand out.  I received a ton of compliments on this glorious dress, almost everyone commented that it made them crave oranges!  The Saskia Polka Dot and Orange Print Swing Dress was a hit with everyone that made me look and feel sweet as well.  I have many Lindy Bop dresses in my closet because they give me exactly what I am looking for, amazing style, high quality and a reasonable price that allows me to afford a dress to perfectly fit my every mood!  Thanks Lindy Bop!!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Smoldering Separates, My review of the Kiyonna Kelsey Flounce Top and Mermaid Maxi Skirt

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Today, I am reviewing fabulous and versatile separates from Kiyonna, The Kelsey Flounce Top and The Mermaid Maxi Skirt.  This outfit is completely different for me, it got me outside my comfort zone wearing a fitted skirt and showing off my shape.  I have a tendency to hide my curves under my fluffy petticoats in my everyday outfits so I wanted to challenge myself to wear something that changed my normal routine.  I feel that it brings a different side of myself out, fashion really has a great affect on my self confidence and it allows me to show my personality in a fun and noticeable way.

I love to add pieces to my wardrobe that have many versatile styling possibilities, these black basics from Kiyonna are wardrobe staples that while being a basic necessity in your closet are anything but basic looking!

The Kelsey Flounce Top is a fun, flirty top with almost unlimited styling potential.  Kelsey looks great with anything, a fitted skirt, vintage style swing skirts, jeans or leggings; Kelsey is the perfect basic black top for all your needs.  The Kelsey Flounce top features a bold ruffled bodice with elbow length sleeves that can be worn on the shoulder, off shoulder or as a cold shoulder top with a slit at the waist that can be tied for accent and fit.  This pretty blouse can be worn casual or dressed up depending on what accessories you chose to add.  Kelsey is a comfortable yet sexy top that fits perfectly and is made of a whisper soft rayon spandex blend.  I am wearing a size 1X, fit is just right, hugging my curves and with enough stretch to make it super comfortable.  The Kelsey Flounce Top is a gorgeous top that goes with anything and the ruffled bodice give it a fun and flirty movement that makes it feel like poetry in motion.

The Mermaid Maxi Skirt is a sexy, comfortable, curve enhancing dream!  Some maxi skirts are flowing and shapeless but this Mermaid Maxi Skirt has all the sexiness of a pencil skirt with the added modesty and comfort of a maxi.  I love the way this skirt hugs my shape.  I have an extremely curvy hourglass shaped figure and this skirt shows off my curves in a whole new way highlighting the beauty of my shape and giving me a huge confidence boost.  The ruching on the tummy of the skirt hides any tummy troubles you may have, the braided side tie adds a pretty eye catching accent and the flared trumpet shaped bottom gives a fabulous motion to the skirt.  I felt gorgeous and womanly wearing The Mermaid Maxi Skirt and that is rare for me when I am wearing an outfit that is fitted.  I tend to wear vintage silhouettes because they accent my bust and waist while camouflaging my large hips and bottom but this skirt made me decide that I definitely need to get outside my comfort zone and have more fun with my fashion, no more hiding my shape all the time!!  I am wearing a size 2x, fit is just right, comfortable at the waist with great stretch for ease of movement and amazingly just the right length on me at 5'2" so this is a petite frame friendly maxi which is a rarity.  This Mermaid Maxi Skirt is a great wardrobe staple, a basic black beauty with a sexy, wiggly shape that can be paired with anything to create a fast and fabulous combo.

 I love how confident and beautiful I felt in my Kiyonna Kelsey Flounce Top and Mermaid Maxi Skirt.  This outfit was super fun to wear and really boosted my self confidence.  I added fun details to my basic black by wearing leopard print heels, gold hoops and carrying the cutest vintage faux fur leopard purse.  This pairing could be accessorized in a million fun different ways to suit your personal style.  Kiyonna consistently design the very best in plus size clothing to help me look glorious, feel confident and express my inner personality which is exactly what I want out of my wardrobe!