Wednesday, 15 April 2015

ADELINE.

From such a similar name to the Voodoo Vixen Arlene, the Adeline dress couldn't more different. 





Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen via Debenhams (similar here and here)
Necklace: Thomas Sabo
Petticoat: Hell Bunny

This is another dress Voodoo Vixen have released on Debenhams and I think I might actually think it's nicer. I can 100% see it appealing to more people.

It's nice to own a dress with sleeves- I can finally go without a cardigan and not be freezing. They're so cute and roomy- a good thing as I tend to swing my arms around a lot (either dancing in my room or general gesturing). They're the perfect touch to a plus size dress. 

My favourite part has to be the bit I was least sure of- the neckline. It's very similar to the Collectif Regina neckline but MUCH better fitted. With the Regina I was constantly falling out (so had to get rid of it) but the Adeline is a much better cut while still giving a beautiful sweetheart neckline. I'm very impressed. 

I felt like the dress didn't need anything extra, but I'm looking forward to (over) accessorising. 
Jodie x 

Friday, 10 April 2015

ROCKALILLY CUTS

A few weeks ago I won a free vintage hairstyling appointment at Rockalilly Cuts via their instagram giveaway and Last week I finally got an excuse to use it (my boyfriend had a gig is London). I have never had someone style my hair in vintage rolls/ waves before so I wasn't sure what to expect- and I have to say it was a pleasant experience for so many reasons.


First of all look how great it looks! I gave a very vague "maybe victory rolls" and let the stylist work her magic (I'm so sorry I have completely forgotten her name) and was surprised with just how high my rolls became! I felt about a foot taller. And the waves in the back where beautiful.


I will be 100% honest there is a LOT of backcombing in there which I found a little uncomfortable to sleep in and ended up taking out the rolls in the night but the waves where something else. They lasted 4 days! all I did was re-pinned the front and the back was beautiful and puffy :)


the appointment took 45 minutes and usually costs $35 (like I said I got it for free) and I can honestly say that if I had the chance I would go there again (I just need an excuse). From the treatment I received to the relentless stalking I give Rockalilly cuts on IG I would highly recommend them (for men too as I saw two fantastic bits of barbering while I was in there).


I can't help but feel my hair is very important too me. Like I can only have a good day if my hair is on point.

I know it makes me sound a bit shallow but for the last few weeks I have felt really self consious and unhappy with the way I looked and generally down with my whole outlook on life. After the fantastic hair do on Thursday I felt amazing(even after dragging several bits of equipment on the underground and a late night car journey across North London). I solemnly swear that I will be putting a LOT more effort into my hair from now on as I know it makes me happy.

I know my hair doesn't make me who I am, but i like the control I have over it- like if I can control my hair I can control my life. My hair doesn't make me who I cam, but being able to control it makes me happy- I could cut it into a pixie crop (like in my youth) and be happy because that's what I have control over.

You can find all about Rockalilly cuts via their website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

in the spirit of hair- I hope everyone can help support Sarah in her fund raising for mind in collaboration with Model XL as she's shaving off her hair! In Sarahs own words:

".... my hair doesn't make me the person I am, so I decided to show that I am still the same person with or without it!”

I love this kind of ownership about herself and that shes doing it all for charity- so if you have a fair few pennys then please donate- and check out her IG feed on the 11th for updates.



Jodie x

Thursday, 9 April 2015

ARLENE

I think it's fair to say that Voodoo Vixen are taking over the world- as well as my wardrobe! Recently they have a concession for their plus size clothes in Debenhams, and kindly offered to send me a few of what they had on offer- something that has  cheered me right up as I have felt a very self-conscious student as of late. This is only a good thing. It opens up Voodoo Vixen to a whole other market, as well as warming my fat girl heart that Voodoo Vixen choose their plus sizes to try first :)




Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen via Debenhams (also from here, in smaller sizes here and similar here)
Necklace: Thomas Sabo
Petticoat: Hell Bunny

My best friend April wore this when we were invited to attend London Edge with Voodoo Vixen and I fell in love (and unsuccessfully tried to steal it) so I KNEW I wanted this dress. The fit is exactly the same as my Kitty dress (they re obviously cut from the same patten), so is super comfortable. Like the Kitty, Arlene doesn't fir my waist perfectly as its cut to a more generous style. I like this about Voodoo Vixen- its more accommodating to a more average figure and a lot more flattering to plus size beauties, while the belt means I can pull in the waist to fit around my hourglass curves. Again similar to the kitty dress- they material is fantastic!! The print is beautiful and strong and clearly applied (with all the issues coming form a certain PUG dress of late I feel this is VERY important) and the material if very think. Its generally well crafted. 

I am so glad i have this dress in my wardrobe (which I put on as soon as it  arrived) and can't wait to wear it again. Its one of the front runners for my outfit to the Pinup Picnic in the Park in June (event link here), and I know it will be worn again as soon as this weekend. 

The main thing is it well and truly done its job of cheering me up after a rough couple off weeks. Student stress does havoc on my self confidence and this dress has managed to easily repair that damage. Now if it could only write my essay for me.
Jodie x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

CREEP HEART.


When I read that Ella Mobbs was looking for bloggers to collaborate with on Facebook I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of her work for years since seeing her amazing painted tea cups on Tumblr- something  that crushed me was knowing they would never survive the trip from Australia.

Her jewellery pieces are perfect. They just the right mix of fashion and art (fa-rt?) and I was  beyond excited when she offered to send me a few pieces. already owning her Skully Tea cardigan clips (you can see here) I knew i was going to receive something beautiful and well crafted but I wasn't expecting the outcome. Everything is so beautiful!


I don't think I can possibly choose a favourite out of the four brooches Ella kindly sent me- but i am overwhelmed by her kindness. I feel like she really (really, really) researched into what I liked to send me these four. I love brooches, and the Eye  Heart You mini pin has already found its home on my Collectif coat (so I've been wearing it everyday) and have hundreds of ideas for the others- which you might have already seen in my previous post.

I love them all for separate reasons- The craftmanship of the clear Creep Heart brooch is amazing- and looks awesome against prints (as you can see), and I feel that the Keepsake  Rose mini pin is perfect for me (due to my tattooed shoulders and it being my boyfriends name), but equally I love a good pun so the Eye Heart You pin is awesome, and the Dead Mingo mini pin is the creepy pin up mascot.

Expect to be seeing a lot of these brooches. Visit Ellas shop here, or follow her on Facebook,  Instagram, Tumblr and Youtube.
Jodie x

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

REFRESHING DARK HAIR COLOUR WITH CRAZY COLOR.

Having dark toned coloured hair (my bleaching days are behind me) I feel that I'm in the shadows compared to bright hair beauties who I envy, and often feel my hair looks dull. Therefore keeping it to its maximum brightness is something I've battled with for years. 

Previously I would just have it dyed every couple of weeks (I'm that high maintenance) but it's not economical as a student. I've been swapping shampoos, reducing heat styling and washing my hair less and less but the colour is fading far to quickly. I needed to refresh it. 

In the past whenever I've fancied bright hair I've turned to Crazy Color- Pinkissimo being my favourite- for maximum impact allowing for frequent top ups. But this wasn't a brand that cane to mind with dark hair. That was until I stopped by the Crazy Color stand at London Edge and noticed how similar my hair was to Cyclamen. After chatting colour I was advised to try refreshing my colour with a kind free bottle at home.


Wow! If you compare my hair to my previous posts (here) you can see a massive difference. My roots where faded the most and they've returned with bright glory! 



Refreshing the colour was actually really easy. After shampooing (and only during shampoo as advised on the bottle) and using gloves I mixed equal amounts of conditioner to Crazy colour and ran it through my hair. (I'm 99% sure I read this tip on Zoes blog but I can't find the post). I then massaged it through all my hair until it foamed (so was reacting with my hair) and left it for 10 minutes. After rinsing my hair until the water was (practically) running clear I dried my hair and styled as normal, again use gloves for this- I forgot and have dyed my fingernails pink.


I'm really impressed with the effect it's had as would recommend it to refresh hair. Particularly if you where darker red or purple coloured shades. My hair feels really soft (I've never had issues with Crazy Color drying ny hair), is free from any ammonia smell and very manageable.

I'm so glad I used Crazy Color!
Jodie x 

P.S. please be warned this WILL stain. But can be removed from any bathroom fixtures with Cilit Bang or 1001 stain remover (but shouldn't stain ceramics if wet- so run the shower for a while first) and from skin using either perfume or Cleanser.

P.S.S. my halter neck is from Vivien of Holloway, and brooch was kindly gifted to me from Ella Mobbs- check her out! 

Saturday, 14 March 2015

B&W LEOPARD

Sometimes leopard print is all you need. 





Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing (similar here)
Shoes: Topshop

I've become a massive fan of Facebook pin up and vintage communities as of late, so when this PUG skirt came up on the swap and sell in my size I felt like it was fate. Do not regret buying it in the slightest.

If we forget about it being leopard print, it's the waist I love. It has a two inch band which equals to a full flattering high waist. Seriously all the skirt needed was a Voodoo Vixen cardigan (because they're the best) and it was an outfit. No accessories required.
Jodie x 
P.S. black and white is very flattering on my tired face as being the best student has taken its toll (my mentors word a not mine).

Sunday, 8 March 2015

LONG TIME NO SEE.





Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen
Jeans: Collectif (similar here and here)
Snood: eBay
Cardigan clips: Ella Mobbs Creep Heart 
Trainers: Converse 
Bag: River Island
Coat: Ragged Priest


It feels like forever since I last posted a blog post and almost like this outfit doesn't meet expectations, but I've been living in lazy day clothes as of late. I don't know where all my energy has gone but my bed is now my favourite thing in the world. At present I'm wrist deep in essay planning and writing as I'm aiming for 90% on my next assignment and hopefully get it published (a girl can dream).

I guess it's a chance to experiment with everyday pinup looks. 

These jeans are more than great value for money- they really show up other brands high waisted offerings ( I'm looking at you Topshop) with their hight on the waist. They give me huge hips which (might not be everyone's cup of tea) really balance out my chest making me a very happy and curvy girl. 

Possibly my most worn item in this handmade snood. Perfect for 3 day old (or 4 day old) hair. I'm still experimenting with the perfect bangs but this us worth it's weight in gold! 

Warm hugs all round. 
Jodie x