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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Lana Floral!

 This week I'm reviewing this gorgeous 1940's style floral dress from one of my favorite vintage inspired brands Vivien of Holloway 
 This dress is the "Lana in yellow floral".  This particular print in the "Lana" is now sold out on the website. There are many other prints and colours to choose from still in the 1940's Lana style.  I actually own four of these style dresses, I just love them that much!  I adore the 1940's style, the longer A-line skirt length, the draped detailed neckline, the pockets and the many unique prints and fabrics to choose from.  All these dresses are limited in numbers for each size, so you have to be pretty quick to order one, otherwise they will sell out.
Only tiny downside for me personally is that around the upper torso area it is pretty roomy so I usually try and add a belt to give the dress more shape to it, for my body.  
This dress is made from a light polyester, so the fabric is breathable and comfortable to wear throughout the day.  It has a side zip, two side pockets, padded shoulders and that distinctive draping square neckline. The A-line skirt measures 31 inches long.  As I mention above this particular style is sold out, but there are still many other prints to choose from.  Sizes range from 10 up to 24, just follow the size chart to your own measurements to get the best fit as possible.  I ordered size 18, as the measurements fit my waist, although it is a bit too big around the bust.
The Lana sells for £99 ($160 Aus) plus shipping costs. 
Accessories Include:
Yellow Robbie Heels by Bait Footwear
Vintage handbag from a facebook buy/swap/sell group
Pink belt, earrings and bangles from Louella Deville Boutique
Tropical hair-flower from Gigis Retro Closet 
These photos were taken at an old Queenslander house located at Howard, Queensland, Australia.  The Queenslander is called Brooklyn House
A Queenslander is mostly found in Queensland, Australia.  These homes were built for our hot and humid, tropical weather. They were built with verandahs around the home, made out of timber and built on low or high stilts.  This allowed for ventilation to help cool the house down in summer.
This gorgeous house was built in 1890.  The current owners open their home for tours and you can stop by for a Devonshire tea and a scone. At present the owners have their home for sale.
 I'm very grateful and happy that allowed me to take my photos on their beautiful property.
In other news I've been working and over the past weekend, I stayed at home and caught up on some house chores etc.  I've also been trying to organize some sponsors for the Rockin' Maryborough Vintage Festival Pinup comps for September!

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

At The Park!

For this week's blog post, I'm sharing three separate style garments, from one of my favorite brands  Vivien of Holloway
The first is the "Dusty Pink Jenny Cardigan."  This cardigan is so comfortable and warm to wear.  I love the cropped length, as you can wear it with swing dresses, skirts and high-waisted trousers, as I am here.  It has a shawl collar, this is great for keeping the neck extra warm. It also has center buttons down the front, and the cardigan looks stylish both button up or undone. It is made from 100% acylic and comes in sizes small to xlarge.  Other colours available to order are red, black, treacle (brown), kiwi (green), teal and clematis (purple). The Jenny cardigan is available to purchase for £45 ($74 Aus) dollars plus postage. 
These pink soft 1940's swing trousers are also from Vivien of Holloway I really love there swing trousers  (I currently own four pairs).  I just love the style of them and how comfortable they are to wear.  These trousers are made from a soft fabric, and includes polyester, viscose and elastane materials. There are four white side buttons to get the trousers of and on.  I also love the length and how they sit perfectly on the waist-line. These swing trousers are available to purchase for £59 ($96 Aus dollars).  They come in sizes 10 up to 22.  Note: always follow the measurements on Vivien of Holloway's website for each garment to get the right fit. 
The blouse I'm wearing is also from Vivien of Holloway is the "Raglan Birdie Blouse".  This blouse is made from 100% cotton.  It has 3/4 length sleeves, buttons down the front and a collar.  The Raglan blouse is great for tucking into jeans, trousers and skirts.  I found this blouse to fit me well and comfortable to wear throughout the day.  I adore the cute little birdie print and the colours.  The Raglan blouse comes in many other prints and colours as well.  It's available to purchase for £39 ($64 Aus dollars) plus shipping costs.  It also comes in sizes 10 to 24, just follow the online measurements to get the right fit to your own measurements!
Accessories Include:
Pink sandals from Bait Footwear
Pink wicker handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing
Hair-flower from Georgie Girl by Sandra
Earrings from Revere Folie
Bangles from various online stores.
In other news I've been busy at work and busy in my own time, trying to get things organized for the pinup competitions at the Rockin' Maryborough Vintage Festival in September. For example organizing sponsors and prizes for the ladies/girls who win a place and designing promotional flyers. I also have to order sashes, organize the judges and MC etc - it's a lot to do and keeps me busy. It should all come together together in time and run smoothly - fingers crossed!
Over the weekend I took more photos for my blog as well.  Oh yeah I've also booked flights to visit New Zealand in October, I'm going over there for about five nights!  I'm anxious (as I'm traveling on my own, but I'm also exited to visit New Zealand for the first time. 

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

 Note: All words & opinions in this blog post are written entirely on my own.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Lurlene Jump-skirt!

I have being eyeing of this Denim "Lurlene" Jump-skirt from Louella Deville Boutique (Your one stop pinup shop) for a while now and finally got around to purchasing it a couple of months ago!
The owner of Louella Deville Boutique Bek Morris has recently started up her own brand, it is called Louella Deville. There is a wonderful range of pinup and vintage inspired clothing and accessories, available to order through her online webstore.  Bek also sells other well name brands such a Lindybop, Lady V London and Hell Bunny, amongst other names. 
The Louella Deville "Lurlene" Jump-skirt is made of a good quality denim material.  It has two deep 40's style side pockets, a back zipper and adjustable straps that can be worn straight or cross-over on the back.  Personally I prefer the straps crossed over, it just feel's more comfortable to wear this way.
I also love the option of the straps being removable and able to flip the bib inside and just wear it as a skirt if you wish!
Other great features in the heart shape bib and the circle skirt, so you can wear your favorite petticoat underneath, for extra flare!  I found this jump-skirt very comfortable to wear and true to size.
The "Lurlene" is listed at $99.00 (Aus) to purchase plus shipping costs and comes in sizes 6-22.
The turquoise hoop earrings, milkshake brooch and bangles I'm wearing are also from Bek's own brand Louella Deville.  The Twiggy hoop earrings are very comfortable and light to wear and there are many other colours to choose from.  The hoops measure around 30mm and have surgical steel findings, so are great for sensitive ears.  These earrings are available to purchase for $14.00 (Aus) a pair.
The strawberry milkshake brooch is so cute, it is made from acrylic materials and it measures around 8x4cm and is available to purchase for $12.00 (Aus).
The blue "Lucy Marbled curved bangle" is made from a fakelite material, the diameter is 6.5cm and 2.2cm thick.  These bangles come in other colours and you can purchase these for $14.00 each.
The pink "Lyla milky bangles" are also made from a fakelite material, the diameter is 6.8cm and 1.3cm thick.  They also come in other colours and are available to purchase for $9.00 each.
Under my denim jump-skirt I'm wearing my new multi-colour seersucker blouse from Freddies of Pinewood
I love the 1940's style work blouse and the colours, it's made of a light cotton material. It has cute little vintage style buttons down the front. This blouse is available to purchase for £35 and comes in sizes 8-16.
Accessories Include:
Cowboy boots from an ebay seller
Vintage handbag is from a facebook buy/swap/sell group
Petticoat is from Louella Deville Boutique
Blue hair-scarf from an ebay seller
In other news I'm going to be really busy over the next couple of months, as I'm on the committee for the "Rockin Maryborough Vintage Festival" and I've just been asked to be the pinup coordinator for the senior and junior pinup pageants!  Another lady that was doing it, had to pull out unfortunately! I'm somewhat anxious about it, as there is not much time to prepare plus I've never actually done anything like this before.  Hopefully I can get everything achieved it time. Wish me luck!!

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tropical Rainforest!

This gorgeous tropical 1940's inspired dress, was custom-made for me by the talented Anne Byard from Carnation Collectables
Anne and her business are located in England.  As well as selling her own garment creations, including ladies dresses, swing skirts, jumpsuits/beachwear and men's suits.  Anne can also dress-make your own special vintage inspired garment.  She is also a Deerarrow and Erstwilder brooch stockist.

I'm so happy with the dress I asked Anne to create for me.  I love the tropical fabric print and the vibrant colours.  Other wonderful features is that this dress is fully lined, has a back zipper and is beautifully sewn.  It also has a sarong style skirt, with draping down one side and a clip and a tie to secure in place.
Only tiny downside the fabric is cotton, so hardly, has no stretch in it. The sleeves were also a little tight, but still wearable, throughout the day.
I would love to order from Anne and her business Carnation Collectables again in the near future!
After receiving this beautiful dress I than asked Gigi Anne from Gigis Retro Closet if she could custom make me a matching tropical hair-flower to wear with this dress.  I love the flowers and colours she picked out for me.  The hair-flower is attached to a large clip and felt for easy placement in my hair.  It's such a great statement hair-piece.
Gigi Anne hand-makes all her hair-flowers, shoe clips and fascinators. You can find all of these on her etsy page Gigis Retro Closet.
Accessories Include:
Pink sandals from Bait Footwear
Yellow tote bag by SunJellies
Purple back-seam stocking by What Katie Did
Tropical hoop earrings by Revere Folie
Bamboo bangles from an ebay store
Yellow/floral bangle from A Classic Paradise
These photos were taken in a rainforest along a man-made boardwalk, situated on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  I would have loved to wore this dress and taken these blog photos on a tropical island with gorgeous palm trees in the background.  Though this tropical rainforest I believe was the next best thing, with the very tall palm trees!
In other news I'm going away for a long weekend, I'm staying at a gorgeous B&B in Ipswich, Queensland for a couple of nights.  On Saturday I'm going to a pinup inspired photoshoot and I'm in a pinup competition.  This will be located at a retro diner and garage called The Barn and Scotty's Garage.
On Sunday I'll be taking more photos for my blog, in Ipswich.  It should be a great weekend!
Today I was in my local newspaper to promote and support the Rockin Maryborough Vintage Festival for 2017!
I'm on the new formed committee and have been asked to help promote the festival!  I'm really looking forward for this year's festival in September in my home town!

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

1940's Dress!

A few months ago I asked Jenni Porter, she has a store on etsy called Jacks Daughter 
if she could make me a custom-made 1940's style dress.  After messaging back and forth, to decide on what pattern/design I wanted and fabric I liked, this gorgeous dress ended up being the end result as seen in these blog photos!
I love the pink floral and green leaves vintage cotton fabric. Other wonderful features to this dress is the cute little four faux green buttons, down the front and the same little buttons on the ruffled sleeves.  This dress also has a matching fabric detachable belt and a detachable little matching ribbon on the front at the top of the four buttons. It also has a side zip to get in and out of.
If you're after a custom-made one of a kind vintage dress please message Jenni Porter through her  etsy store Jacks Daughter, where you can also find already made up vintage garments including dresses, skirts, blouses, tops, play-suits and overalls to choose and purchase.
The pastel pink, black and green bangles I'm wearing with this dress is from Australian brand Los Flamingo  These are called The Tiki Twist bangles, I love the design and the colours.  They are made of resin and are 12mm in width and 69mm in diameter.  These bangles are available to purchase for $7.00 (Aus) each, plus shipping.  I found these, very lightweight to wear and they are easy to get on and of over my hand and wrist. Other colours are red and pastel blue, I hope to share these colours to on my blog soon in the near future.
Los Flamingo also sell other style bangles and colours,  hoop earrings and cute unique brooches.
Accessories Include:
Pink Sandals are from Bait Footwear
Pink wicker handbag is from Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch is thrifted
Hair-snood and earrings from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Hair-flower from Louella-Deville
Pink back-seam stocking by What Katie Did
I would love to own and wear true vintage garments, but my current measurements, my budget and the lack of finding true vintage pieces around my area makes it near impossible for me to wear a true vintage dress or skirt.  That's why personally I prefer vintage reproduction and inspired clothing and to have dresses etc especially custom-made for me.  I also love the option of wearing fabrics and material that also won't fray. tear easy, fall apart in a washing machine and are much easier to look after than vintage fabrics from the 1930's to the 1950's.
What do you prefer to wear true vintage or vintage reproduction/inspired clothing?
In other news I had a little accident at home! On Sunday afternoon I tripped up the stairs and bruised my knee and really hurt my upper back. I think when I tried to stop myself from falling to hard, I must've twisted my body and back at the same time.  I ended up going to see my local GP and I ended up having two days off from work.  I'm okay now though, my back is getting better.  I was disappointed and annoyed with myself, as I was all dressed up in a new outfit and ready to take photos for my blog, I had to cancel these plans and rest up instead.
This weekend, hopefully I can take photos for my blog.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Mary Rose!

I've been wanting to purchase a 1940's inspired dress from Heyday Vintage for a while now.  A couple of months I was able to order the Mary Dress in Deco Rose in Red.
Heyday Vintage specialized in vintage reproduction garments from the 1930's up to the 1950's.  Personally I believe their clothing look and feel like a true vintage piece!
They sell both Women's and Men's clothing, including dresses, skirts, tops and blouses, trousers, jackets, shirts and suits.
The Mary dress is a gorgeous 1940's inspired garment.  I love the white roses and leaves on the red background.  Other features to this dress is the back zipper...Yay! I much prefer back zippers to side zippers in dresses, so much easier to zip up.  It also has small shoulder pads and a pleated V shape neckline.  I ordered size 16 and it fits quite well on my body, even the sleeves are not to tight for my arms.  The material is 100% Matt polyester, and is lightweight and breathable to wear.  Sizing ranges from 6 up to 20, there is only a few sizes left in this print though.  Their are other sizes available in other beautiful prints of the Mary dress.  Currently this dress is available to purchase for £80 or around $135 (Aus) plus shipping.
Accessories Include:
Heels from Bait Footwear
Red wicker handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing
Brooch from Deer Arrow
Rose hair-flower from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Red back-seam stockings by What Katie Did
Sunglasses by Collectif
Bangle is thrifted
Earrings from a local boutique
I took these photos for my blog at a Japanese gardens, located in Toowoomba, Queensland.  It was such a beautiful place to visit for the first time and take photos there.
There are so many wonderful backdrops to choose from in these gardens, including bamboo trees, bridges, a lake, Cherry blossom Tress (unfortunately weren't in bloom), and other beautiful floral shrubs and trees.  I do hope to visit again in the near future!
 In other news over the weekend on Saturday I went to a rockabilly festival down at Caloundra, Queensland called Beachfest! There was a lot of vintage cars and hot rods to check out, admire and take photos with.  I meet up with a follow pinup friend and we watched the pinup competition together.  On the Sunday I checked out more of the vintage cars and a rockabilly/pinup clothing boutique called Poison Kandy Klothing.  I took photos for my blog, before heading home.
This weekend I plan on having a quiet one at home, I'll probably also take photos again for my blog.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

All The Purple!

I adore the Harlequin Bobbie Jumpers by Miss Fortune UK this is actually my second harlequin jumper I own.  The first one is the Peach colour, I blogged and reviewed it last year here is the link to it:  Peachy Keen
This particular Harlequin Bobbie Jumper is called "lavender fields".  I love the purple colours and the harlequin/diamond print.  The short sleeve jumpers are made from a stretchy acrylic, and are quite comfortable and warm to wear.  As these jumpers are cropped to the waist level, I find they are great to wear with high-waist trousers, jeans and skirts.
Because of the short sleeves, I would recommend wearing these harlequin jumpers under a jacket or coat on a really cold day. 
Sizes range from XS up to XXL and are available to purchase for £37.99 or around $65 (Aus) plus shipping costs.
There are many other colours to choose from through Miss Fortune.
I really highly recommend ordering yourself one or a couple of these harlequin jumpers by Miss Fortune UK!
These gorgeous wide swing trousers are from Daisy Dapper and are the "Dorothy Pants in Pink". These pants are very comfortable and stylish to wear and are made from 62% cotton, 35% polyester and 3% lycra.  They are a zip down the front, two front pockets, belt loops and they come with a matching belt.
The sizes range from XS up to XXL, there are only a few sizes left to choose from. The other colours of purple, teal, green, red and blue, have many sizes left to order and purchase.
These trousers are available to purchase for £89.30 or around $153 (Aus) plus shipping costs.
Accessories Include:
Pink retro basket by Sun Jellies
Pink sandals from Bait Footwear
Hair-scarf from Louella Deville
Hoop earrings from Revere Folie
Bangles are thrifted
Brooch from Soda Sweethearts
Purple bead necklace from Susan Jane Jewellery 

It's actually winter here in Queensland, Australia.  This means I can finally wear my swing trousers/pants, jumpsuits, stockings/tights, jumpers and cardigans.  I don't really enjoy the cold and at times I do find it hard to get warm!  I do love being able to wear my warm vintage inspired fashions and not sweating my make-up off.  What is your least and favorite thing about winter?
In other news I'm going to a rockabilly festival called Beachfest this weekend down at Caloundra, Queensland.  I'm staying down their on Saturday night at a holiday resort.  It should be a good weekend of checking out the market stores, looking at the vintage cars, watching a pinup competition and catching up with some friends.  I also plan to take photos for my blog as well, I have quite a number of outfits I have to take photos off and review on my blog for you all in the coming weeks/months! 

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

 Note: All words & opinions in this blog post are written entirely on my own.