Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TS Dresses from Light in the Box

Hello lovely readers!

Recently I have purchased and made a lot of dresses! There appear to be sales just about everywhere, and I'm getting in on them.
A few weeks ago Pinupdoll Ashley Marie posted a link to Light In the Box, an online store kind of like eBay or Etsy, claiming she'd bought some dress really cheap. I'd never ordered from them before or even heard of them, so I was a little hesitant at first to buy, but darn, these dresses from TS Clothing are adorable, and very 50's inspired!
I ordered two at first, but once I got them (in about three working days mind you from Shanghai) I had to get more while they were still on sale!

All four of these dresses were bought under $45 AUD, and I am extremely happy with them:

TS Vintage Swing Dress

I bought this dress thinking it was going to go very well for me -
for some reason, I do not have a little black dress, and the only one I have is one I wore to my high school graduation YEARS ago and is now, a little bit short.
This dress nips in at the waist nicely, and has the most beautiful neck and backline. I must say, the zipper is a little sticky, but otherwise, it fits me like a glove. I added a belt, and it actually looked better with the dress in real life than it did in this photo!

It's wonderful and silky, and as a very short girl, it hits my knee well. I would suggest that if your bust is a little large, to go a size up, however if you are usually a size 8-10 Aus, you should probably go with an 8 - it goes for most of these dresses. Unfortunately for bigger girls, I hear these dresses only run small :(

TS Vintage Deep V Neck Swing Dress

This dress is divine, because I'm short, it's rather long on me, however it is perfect for the autumn weather. It's not too thin, it's actually rather heavy in the skirt, and it has sleeves, which always makes me happy. The bodice is stretchy, thank you boob gods, and the waist surprisingly doesn't show off many lumps or bumps as I expected.

TS Vintage Print Tea Dress

I've never owned a tea dress that I hadn't made myself, so to wear something and not have to worry about it every five seconds and check out the hem to make sure it was ironed straight was kind of a relief. It's just lovely. I'm still not sure about the purple neckline, what do you ladies and gents think?
Styling is super easy with this dress, and I can't wait for summer to heat up a bit more so I can wear it all the time! (We somehow still have our heater on?)

 Montague wanted to get in on the pictures!

 TS Chic Shoulder Sheath Dress

 This dress is divine. I love how 40's it looks, and how the length of the skirt is just perfect. I intend to wear it to work (teacher) and any kind of formal-ish evenings.
The colour isn't harsh, and it's just pulled in at all the right areas to give you a lovely silhouette.

Please excuse my lack of ironing. The shoulders poof quite wildly so my hair tip for this dress is to poof as much as possible. Unless you are undeniably good looking and therefore I just hate you.
It's the prefect office dress, and is wonderful enough to get away with in any weather.

So dear readers, I hope that you give this company a try! These dresses are all of good quality, I see no sneaky threads and they definitely don't look $16!
Go shopping!



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Outfit Post

50's casual in my Vivien of holloway capris--and my new shortie blonde hair!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"I told you, you know nothing of wickedness."

If you know one thing about me, you would know that my favorite actress is Rita Hayworth. Despite the fact that a lot of her most popular looks are of her famous and iconic long blazing red locks, my favorite of her looks is the one she sported for her husband at the time, Orson Welles.

One could argue that the reason that I love this film they made together, The Lady from Shanghai, is that this dynamite couple that I adore so thoroughly were finally together on the big screen, and oddly enough, it was Rita's last ditch effort to save their marriage. It was perhaps the reason she cut her hair and bleached it a platinum blonde, and why her femme fatale that she played so magnificently in Gilda was vastly different from Elsa Bannister. 

While Gilda is flirtatious, dangerous and flippant, Elsa is dark, quietly calculating, and well...a bitch. If it really was Orson's idea to cut and dye Rita's hair for the role (the people hated it!) then I think he made a fantastic decision on Elsa's part. I just don't see Elsa Bannister flipping her hair ("Sure I'm decent!") or defeating a man with pure sexuality. Elsa was all about manipulation, and I think short blonde hair worked for her.

My adoration for this portion of Rita's style career had been harboured for many years, however I just never had the hair length to pull it off, and while I was on a vacation from blogging, my hair went from black to red to orange to dirty blonde to back to my good old trusty platinum where I am now.

So I got out a pen and paper and attempted to figure out how the hell this complicated style was done,

I don't have my drawings so I will attempt to describe as best to you my pin curl set: 

Top of Head:

I used four to three foam rollers, all except the front roller at my forehead was rolled towards the crown.


Vertical rows of pincurls (about the width of one finger) alternating to forward and backward pincurls to create wave. Make sure the last row of curls on the side are going TOWARD the face.


Section the hair into two parts by running the end of a rat tail comb down the middle of the back of your head. The left half should be curled towards your left ear, and the right towards the right ear.

I would describe the brushing but it's a bit complicated in words, but you should know my hair is slightly longer than Rita's, so a few bits needed to be pinned up like standing pin curls.

This is the end result:

Please excuse the dodgy iPhone images, as my camera is currently on holiday. 

I think I will be using this as a day-today style, as I really love that is away from the face and will essentially sit there all day if hair sprayed. I'm really enjoying this length, and I hope to refine the brushing out the next time I do this style.
Let me know what you think!

Have an amazing week,