A couple of weekends ago I attended an event I had been looking forward to all year: the Pin-up Picnic in the Park hosted by The British Bells. There was a slight change this year due to the weather, so instead of Hyde Park they managed to secure a last minute space in the Kanaloa Tiki bar, a very fitting location!
I managed to create an appropriate summer outfit without buying anything new which is a pretty big achievement given the temptations of such events. Of course after getting back from the event, both my shopping list and desire to practice vintage hair has been stronger then ever! All the ladies there looked stunning.
Hair scarf- Juggling Scarves, eBay, similar here.
Cardigan- Collectif, last season
Top- Vixen Vendetta top by Doll Me Up Darling
Skirt- Hold Tight by Banned Clothing
Petticoat- Amazon seller
Broach- Luxulite, similar here.
The star of this outfit is this skirt by Banned, I am absolutely in love with it. It’s light and comfortable, a great shape and it has pockets. The print….Oh this print! It’s perfect, absolutely gorgeous! Two other designs are available: red with a vinyl pattern and an orange tropical variety - and I am tempted to pick both up. The only downside with this is that the material is really lightweight, meaning that it creases very easily and we don't have an iron at the moment.
This top from Doll Me Up Darling is striking and I’d wear it much more if I had a better strapless bra to wear it with. The material is really comfortable and I love the style.
Accessories are normally my downfall but I at least tried here. My attempt at vintage hair failed as usual, and I ended up looking a bit more 80s prom queen then vintage beauty, but at least tried. The hair scarf is one of my favourite vintage style hacks. Rather than buying actual expensive hair scarves, I bought a pack of juggling scarves. They are almost exactly the same and they are the perfect size. I got the shoes from Tesco the week after seeing them on Miss Amy May's’s blog and they are a pretty good dupe for Swedish Hasbeens, I might have to go and get them in black too. I finished it off with this cherry broach from Luxulite which was a gift from my other half's mother. I added this to my Collectif cardigan which is now my absolute favourite, the cut is so flattering. I really, really wish I'd managed to get it in white before it went out of stock.
This has really encouraged me to delve deeper into my vintage wardrobe and try and make more effort, especially with my hair. All the girls looked so wonderful and I’m looking forward to my next meet. This picture was with a bunch of vintage loving girls called the Marvelettes that I joined on Facebook and finally got to meet - everyone was so friendly. We make quite the rainbow don't you think?
Bonus modern pin up shot...