27 April, 2016

♡ Picnic Party Style ♡



Audrey Hepburn Spring Style
Spring is in the air, well kind of! It did snow a little but today but that hasn't stopped me dreaming of warm summer days and picnics in the park. Which got me thinking, picnic party fashion. I'm inspired by 50's summer style, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page...you see where I'm going with this. I always look to the styles of the past to inspire my present style and 50's summer style is some of my favourite. I've chosen some key pieces to inspire you to create your own picnic party style so I thought I share some of my favourites with you!

Lemon Cardigan
from Doll Me Up Inc
This super cute cardigan caught my eye as I love this shade of yellow, it's so fresh and screams of summertime. This would look amazing with a skirt or capri's for a sweet retro look. Check out the darling collar too, you can find this at Doll Me Up Inc now! They have lots of cropped cardigans which I really love too. Ideal for summer if you like to cover up a bit more or for work or to slip on with your favourite dress!

Gingham Dress
by Warehouse
I don't normally shop at Warehouse as they tend have quite contemporary clothing and I prefer more vintage inspired styles but I was pleasantly surprised to find this gorgeous gingham number; isn't it just darling. The ideal picnic party style! I adore the off the shoulder detail with the little straps at the top, it adds the right level of detail and the vintage feel to the dress so this is definitely one to look out for Spring/Summer. 

Strawberry Bag
from TopVintage
What would any outfit be without a good handbag? This sweet little strawberry clutch is just perfect for any summertime soirĂ©e right? It almost looks good enough to eat! I love fruit inspired accessories at the moment, so of course I instantly fell in love with this clutch. You'll find it at Top Vintage Summer isn't summer without strawberries so it makes perfect sense to have a strawberry handbag! This would go with anything, it's my must have for Spring/Summer accessories.

Circle skirt by
Vivienne of Holloway
My penchant for polkadots hasn't worn off and who better than Vivien of Holloway if you're looking for the perfect fifties inspired circle skirt. I love this red and white full circle skirt, worn with a petticoat or without it so full that it's not essential. You will whoever feel like endlessly twirling around but why not?! That's what spring and summer is all about, dancing and having fun...

Hairflower
by Niccoco Creations
Hair flowers are an absolute accessories must for me, I can never have too many of them. Whatever the season once you pop a flower in your hair you feel instantly fancy and who better than to feature the current hairflower queen, Niccoco Creations. I have been following her creations on social media forever and always lust over her beautiful creations. If you don't know her work you can find her on Esty, Facebook and Instragram. I love this white hairflower, you don't usually see this colour in hairflowers as they usually come in really bold colours but I love the simplicity of this design. I can't wait to stock up!

Strawberry & Jam Brooch
by Erstwilder
For jewellery, Erstwilder always captures my heart! I adore their brooches so much. They are always so sweet, fun and playful. When I was thinking of picnic party, of course, there's jam and scones involved or cakes like good old fashioned Victoria Sponge. I instantly thought of this brooch it couldn't be anymore perfect for afternoon teas or picnics, it's a strawberry and jam!! I just love it so much, it would great paired with the warehouse gingham dress featured above.
Picnic Basket
from Debenhams

If you're gonna have a picnic you better have a basket, so of course I couldn't leave this out! Surprising, there are lots of pretty picnic basket now available. I guess with the rise of retro popularity there is a market to produce these types of baskets or maybe they always been available? Anyway, I digress, I found this pretty little picnic basket from Debenhams. This again wouldn't be a usual place for me to browse through but you can find gems everywhere. I have become a little bit obsessed with getting a picnic basket and this one is really reasonable however cutlery etc...is not included I think with this one so may not be the most practicable but it sure is sweet!

Cherry Earrings
by Abnormal Reality
Not forgetting earrings to complete your picnic accessories, these are the cherry on top! Sorry I had to say it!! The perfect little retro adage to your picnic party look. A great statement piece to add a bit some extra fruit filled jewellery to your look. These cherry earrings instantly caught my eye, for fun spring/summer look; I really love them. Check out Alternate Normality collection on Esty. This lady makes the most wonderful accessories and even stocks shoe-clips which is amazing. I'm such a fan of her cute little designs and she has amazing style too. You can follow her on Instagram, it's where I came across her store and it's really awesome.

Heart flat pumps
by Banned Apparel
Finally for footwear, Banned Apparel have some really great retro inspired style and they are really reasonable too. I'm absolutely in love with these heart flat pumps. These days I like comfort and to be able to walk. Don't get me wrong I still wear heels and they will always have my heart but they are not always practicable for busy days or when you need to get around. I really love walking so I'm really in flats but cute flats! These dainty little heart print pumps fit the bill perfectly. The colour and design matches so many colour and combinations, they're the perfect buy! I hope you enjoyed my picnic party favourites and don't forget to follow, like, share and subscribe...for daily updates visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also find me at Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+  Much love and thanks for stopping by! 


16 April, 2016

Caroline Hussey Designs

I recently did a photo-shoot wearing some beautiful pieces designed by my amazing friend and talented designer, Caroline Hussey. It was a really exciting project, a pleasure to model such wonderful work. Contemporary, classic with urban influences is how I would describe Caroline's jewellery but that doesn't do her designs justice by any means. They have to be seen and held in your hand to appreciate her work. The craftsmanship, attention to detail and uniqueness of her designs is second to none.  


The pieces I choose to wear for this shoot were (as shown) a divine vivid green brooch and chunky ring as worn throughout. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of her designs. I absolutely adore wearing Caroline's designs, my whole aesthetic changes and I think this shows in this shoot. My love of pin-up and vintage juxtaposed with the ultra modern and contemporary designs works really well together. We have very different styles but when we begin to mix things up it starts to get interesting, which really excites me creatively.


Continually homing her craft and producing new and interesting pieces of wearable art and that is the best way I can summarize her work. She began as painter and is now a jewellery designer, someone with artist vision and excellent eye for design. Each piece is unique and produce by hand which in a world of mass production is something to be celebrated and supported.


To find out more about the designer you can follow Caroline's work, loves and creative endeavors on her awesome blog, Aurochs. If you want to know more about events or details of Caroline's work than get in touch by commenting below or through Facebook and Twitter and I'll send you details! 


All photographs taken by Dariusz of XO Photography. 
Hair, make-up and styling all by me. 

11 April, 2016

Retro Casual



Bolero and rose top from Lindy Bop, Hair bow from Forever 21,
High waist skinny trousers from Primark, Shoes from Gap

Retro casual can sometimes be bit tricky...how to pull off a more relaxed look but still look relatively polished? I've been trying to find a balance recently and buying more retro casual pieces for work and weekends. I'm really into a more relaxed look lately, looks at don't take forever to put together but still look super cute! It's not that hard to find amazing retro casual pieces right and here are some pieces simple pieces that I need in my life to create cute retro casual looks!  



Tarantula Clothing Catsuit
Catsuits are the perfect adage to any retro wardrobe and I've been wanting this particular one from Tarantula Clothing forever, so this summer I'm gonna get it! This is top of my list of retro casual buys!



Mischief Made Tee

I'm slightly obsessed with Mischief Made t-shirts right now, the designs are so super cute. I adore the retro inspired prints, I'll be definitely adding some of these to my wardrobe for cute casual look for weekends with skirt and my favourite faux leather jacket.  

Collectif Clothing Cropped Cardigan Daisy Print
Cropped cardigans are another must for retro casual look, I really need to buy some of these in different colours to throw on over dresses or with top and skirt. I'm really into them right now and this daisy print is just perfect for Spring paired with some high waist jeans for a cute casual look. Lovin' Collectif's Spring/ Summer collection.


Bernie Dexter High Waist Jeans
Bernie Dexter jeans are perfect for retro rockabilly casual look, I need a pair in my wardrobe! I love how Bernie has style her jeans with retro mules and gypsy top, the perfect summer weekend look.

ModCloth Apple Print Day Dress

Apple print screams summer and this dress is just perfect for causal little spring or summer outing paired with flat pumps and a cardigan your good to go. I adore the peter pan red collar and the print, too cute. ModCloth have the sweetest retro inspired day dresses.

Tara Starlet Love Heart Coat
I love a good spring coat and this delight from Tara Starlet ticks all the right boxes. Create the perfect 60's retro inspired look with this gorgeous little number. The heart pockets and the powder pink shade, it's just perfect! A definite win for to have this in your wardrobe.

Let me know what your favourite places to shop or looks are for retro casual wear, I'd really love to hear from you? Have a great week

09 March, 2016

♡ Spring Delights - Pretty Pastels and cute prints ♡

British Retro Halterneck Dress
It's springtime, which means winter is officially done for another year! It won't be too much longer until the warmer days are upon us, so long dark winter nights and I can't say I'll miss them either! I always get excited about Spring, the flowers will soon be coming into bloom, the birds are singing loudly again! Spring is such a wonderful season, everything just comes alive again. What better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than some fun prints, pretty pastel shades and cute accessories. I tend to wear a lot of black and burgundy during the winter months so it's nice to reintroduce some lighter softer shades and less layers providing we get some milder weather!  


Hell Bunny Flamingo Print Cardigan
I wanted to share some favourites to inspire your wardrobe for the new season so I hope you'll enjoy! What would Spring be without a pretty dress and I love this halterneck from British Retro with the beautiful floral and bird print, I instantly fell in love! It's the perfect retro inspired dress silhouette, would work really paired with a pretty cardigan or on it's own when the summer months arrive. Visit Campbell Crafts, Unique Vintage, Lady Luck Boutique, Lindy Bop, Le Palais Vintage, The Pretty Dress Company, LoveurLook Clothing and Miss Candyfloss for more beautiful vintage inspired dresses. Do you have a retro inspired store that you can recommend or something local within your area that I may not have come across, if so let me know? 

I found this gorgeous little cardigan from Hell Bunny at Blue Banana. I adore anything with flamingo's and the soft pastel shade is the ideal shade for spring time. This would look so pretty with a simple pair of retro inspired capri pants, circle skirt or any dress of your choice. I love that you don't even need to add any accessories with this cardigan as it got the beautiful flamingos either side so you're good to go in record time! For more super cute retro inspired cardigans visit Mischief Made Me, Top Vintage Boutique, Emmy Designs Sweden, Doll Me Up Inc, Trashy Diva and Collectif

Lindy Bop 28" Peach Petticoat
A good petticoat can change an entire look! A pretty circle skirt or dress really come to life when you add a petticoat underneath, creating a much more authentic vintage look so it's worth investing in. Prices and quality can really vary for petticoats so it's worth reading reviews and ordering from reputable sources, my advice is as with anything you are thinking of purchasing is do some research especially if you're spending a bit more, you want to ensure that you are getting the best value and quality for your money. 

This pretty peach petticoat is from Lindy Bop and is very reasonably priced for those of you that are looking for something inexpensive but good quality I would recommend checking out their line as they stock an array of colours and different lengths depending on what you're planning to wear. I adore this soft peachy pink shade for spring or summer as it's that time of year when you can wear something a little softer, girlier when the sun eventually decides to come out. Petticoats should be multi layered which will enhance and puff out any dress or skirt making you instantly feel like a vintage princess. Vivien of Holloway create some of the best petticoats too, along with Petticoats a Plenty, Malco Modes, Setrino and Doris Designs.

BAIT Footwear Pastel Pink Heels
For footwear, B.A.I.T. (But Another Innocent Tale) has some some sweetest retro inspired shoes in the cutest pastel shades, no seriously they really do! All animal friendly too, all shoes are 100% faux leather and vegan friendly which makes them all the sweeter! I've really fallen in love with t-bar style heels, the height of these are ideal for looking stylish but still be able to walk around and go about your day which makes them an ideal everyday shoe. 

I adore heels but they are just not practical for everyday wear when I'm at work or need to do much walking. B.A.I.T. have loads of styles with practical heel heights for busy ladies, or if you're like me and constantly running about because you're late! These pretty little heels would look adorable paired with dress, separates or skinny style jeans or trousers to show then off in all their glory. You can also find amazing shoes at ReMix Vintage Shoes, ModCloth, Pinup Girl Clothing, Miss L Fire, Agnes and Norman, ASOS, Plasticland, Royal Vintage Shoes and TUK Footwear.

Miss Patina Swan Blouse
Miss Patina always have the cutest shirts so I knew I'd have to feature them in this post when talking about sweet prints! This gorgeous baby blue swan print blouse is just darling, the collar is so pretty too. This is ideal for Spring and would work so well with so many different looks, they have a beautiful range of blouses available on their site to choose from. Check out Book of Deer, It's Stella RoseValfre, Topshop, Collectif Clothing, House of Foxy and Alice's Pig for cute prints and retro inspired blouses. 

N2 Cupcake Cat Earring
I'm absolutely in love with N2 Jewellery at the moment they have an super cool range from brooches, necklaces, earrings and much more. I adore these cupcake cat earring, how cute are they? They'd look great paired with the shirt from Miss Patina or add a colour pop to any look. All are available now, so what are you waiting for...?! Visit Erstwilder, Darling Distraction, The Crave Yard, Yazbukey, Rosita Bonita and Soda Sweethearts for some of my favourite jewelry designers. I'd love to know who your favourite designers, artists or bloggers are? Don't forget to visit The Chic Guide on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+ ♥                                                                               
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