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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Hearts and Found!

Hi all!
This week I'm going to review two beautiful dresses by etsy company Hearts and Found
I love that Hearts and found offer custom-made, vintage inspired dresses/outfits.   I discovered this wonderful company about three years ago, from other follow bloggers and some of the gorgeous ladies I follow on Instagram. I have since had quite a number of dresses and cute little outfits made for myself!
 You can choose you're dress style, fabric pattern, sizing and your desired dress length.  The owner Marjorie and her dedicated team supports local tailors and sources all fabrics from local markets in Vietnam.
The first dress I'm featuring is the Lorraine Dress it's made out of 100% cotton and is fully lined.
This adorable pinafore style, has a square neckline and a "V" back, with a back zip closure.  It also had deep hidden pockets (love a dress with pockets).  I adore the ruffles on the front top-half of this cute dress!
 From all the fabric choices on the Hearts and Found etsy site. I chose this lovely light lavender colour. As I wanted a solid colour, instead of a floral or novelty print.  This dress is beautifully made and fits my measurements perfectly.
Accessories Include:
Hair-piece and Sandals from Louella Deville
Necklace and bangles from Splendette
Brooch by Erstwilder
Earrings by Reverefolie
Belt is from another dress
 The second dress by Hearts and Found is the Loretta Dress it's made out of 100% cotton and is fully lined.
It has hidden side pockets and a metal back zipper closure.  I love the puffed peasant sleeves on this dress and that you have the option of wearing the sleeves on or off the shoulders. I personally prefer to wear the sleeves on my shoulders, as you can see in these photos.
This dress also has a gathered self-bust and a full-gathered skirt.  The fabric I choose is the "Ferntastic" palm leaves print. It's such a awesome print and dress for the long hot summer months! This dress also fitted my measurements perfectly.
I highly recommend on ordering a one-of-a-kind dress for yourself from Hearts and Found
 Accessories Include:
Hat and sunglasses from a local theft store
Handbag by Vendula London
Sandals from Big W
Brooch by Erstwilder 
Bangles from Louella Deville 

These photos were taken by darling husband to be in Maryborough and at the botanical gardens in Hervey Bay, Queensland.
Next week I'm going to review two dresses by English vintage inspired company Vivien of Holloway.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 13 March 2019


Hi all!

I've decided to get back into my blogging, after taking a long break!  A lot of major changes have happened in my life, over the last year or so. For starters, I'm in the middle of planning my own wedding!  I'm getting married in August to my best friend and the love of my life!  My future husband, has really changed my life so much and he has made me so very happy!
I'm going to be changing how I've done my blogging in the past.
By reviewing two dresses/outfits by the same vintage inspired company, each week.
This week is an Australian vintage inspired company called Retrospec'd
I have been an admirer of Retrospec'd for a number of years now. I have purchased a few beautiful dresses by this company.  I just love their gorgeous fabric prints and the many different dress styles.  All of Retrospec'd garments are made in Australia to a very high standard.
The first dress, I'm reviewing is called the Norma Jean in the Venetian Rose Print. This gorgeous dress in now "sold out" on the Retrospec'd website.
I actually purchased this dress from a facebook buy/sell/swap site for a very good price.
The material is made out of a cotton, stretch sateen.  It has a zip down the back, hidden pockets and a gathered bust line and skirt. I'm wearing a size 16, this dress fits just about perfect on me.  Except for the straps on my shoulders, as they sometimes slip down and I have to re-adjust the straps.  To fix this little problem I have to wear a very good padded bra.
On this day these photos were taken, I didn't wear a petticoat underneath my dress (as it was to hot) although this dress certainly allows enough room to wear a full-swing petticoat.
Accessories include:
Hair-flower by Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Bangles by Louella Deville Boutique
Brooch by Erstwilder (brooch no longer available)
Handbag by Sunjellies
Sandals from BigW
The second Retrospec'd dress is the Vivian in Calypso print. I ended up purchasing this dress on their website, as it was on "sale", for a bargain price. I really do love the print!
The fabric is made of a 100% cotton twill.  This dress also has a zip down the back and a cross over V neck and back. It has a pleated skirt, that gathers on the shoulders and under the bust line.
I'm wearing a size 14 and it fits me perfectly, in the bust and the waist.
There are a couple of small sizes left in this dress on the Retrospec'd website and for the reduce "sale" price.
Note:  When purchasing a Retrospec'd dress, checked the measurements for each dress style on the website, as many have different measurements and sizing.
Accessories Include:
Hair-flower by Gigis Retro Closet 
Brooch by Erstwilder (brooch no longer available)
Bangles by Splendette
Handbag by Pinup Girl Clothing (handbag no longer available)
Shoes by Bait Footwear
All these photos were taken by my loving husband to be. I'm very happy and appreciative, that he loves to take photos of me in my beautiful vintage inspired dresses and outfits!
Next week, I'm going to review two dresses by an etsy company called Hearts and Found.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo


Tuesday, 19 December 2017

1930's Day Dress!

A little while ago I got in contact with Jenni Porter from Jacks Daughter ( a vintage inspired fashion etsy store) and I asked her if she could possibly make me a 1930's inspired day dress from a photo of a pattern I saw on one of Jacks Daughter's instagram post.
Which of course Jenni happily agreed to and this is the end result!  I have featured a 1940's inspired dress as well by Jacks Daughter on my blog here is the the link:  1940's Dress
I was able to choose the fabric myself and any other "special" features I wanted on the dress. I really do adore the floral print and all the colours on the cotton fabric.
My favorite features on this beautiful dress is the pleated kick in the front, the matching fabric belt, the short cuffed-sleeves and the collared-bow in the front.  That you can tie together or leave it flat over the chest like I have styled it for these photos.  There is also a few buttons down the front, under the collared-bow.
This dress fits me so well to my measurements that I gave Jenni to create for me.  I highly recommend on having something custom-made by Jenni if you're after something unique to your own personal vintage style.

Accessories Include:
Yellow heels from Bait Footwear
Bangles from Splendette
Hair-flowers from a local boutique
Tote bag by Sun Jellies
I love this wide bream vintage inspired straw hat I'm wearing for these photos. I saw follow vintage inspired blogger Harlow Darling
wearing her staw hat on her blog a couple of times and wanted one for myself. Then I actually found out I could order one for myself through Harlow Darling...yay!!  These style of hat's are so great for a hot summer's day outside, especially in Australia and come with a hat-tie to tie around securely under the chin. I wore it to a Christmas pinup picnic the other day and receive many complements on it!
In other news I haven't finish of my Christmas shopping yet, I'll have to buy the rest this weekend!  I have four days off over the Christmas break and will be spending it at home with the family this year.
Over the weekend just gone, on Saturday Mum and I assembled and decorated our Christmas Tree.
Then on Sunday I attended a Christmas pinup picnic/get together in a park, it was lovely seeing some of my "pinup" friends and having some photos taken.  There was also some wonderful Christmas raffle prizes to be won and all money raised on the day was given to a wonderful charity.  Unfortunately I didn't win anything!

This is my last blog post for 2017!  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Blue Floral!

I love the 1940's Style Tea Dresses by Vivien of Holloway  There are many unique and gorgeous floral prints to choose from including this beautiful dress I'm featuring for this blog post.  It's called the Seersucker Blue Floral.  This print is just about sold out on the website but there are sizes left in other prints and colours.
Sizes range from small to extra large, just follow the measurement guide, to order the right size that fits you.
I really find the tea dresses so comfortable to wear throughout the day.  This dress is made out of a cotton - seersucker fabric.  It features padded shoulders, pockets with an A-line skirt, that is 31 inches in length.  It also has delicate lace trimming on the arm-sleeves and up near the shoulders, plus white buttons down the front to get in and out of.  This dress is also gathered at the waist, I love to add a belt to define and nip in the waist line a bit more.
All Vivien of Holloway dresses and other garments are made in London, England. They are made in limited quantities, so you feel like you're wearing a one of a kind vintage inspired garment piece.
The 1940's Style Tea Day Dress are currently available to purchase for £79.00 or around $140 (Aus) plus shipping costs.
Accessories Include:
Sandals from Bait Footwear
Hair-flower by Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Earrings by Revere Folie
Bangles from Louella Deville
These photos were taken in Auckland, New Zealand at a couple of beautiful parks near the city of Auckland.  On the day I took these photos it was a wet/overcast day, so when it stopped raining for short periods I was able to take some photos.  I adored the beautiful old trees I posed with and the buildings.
In other news, over the weekend I drove down to Brisbane (a 3 hour drive away from where I live). I caught up with family and friends, I also went shopping and I went to a burlesque show on Saturday night called Bombshell Burlesque, a good friend of mine MC's the burlesque show.  It was very entertaining to watch.
On Friday night I have my work Christmas party to go to, then on the weekend I'm driving up to Bundaberg to visit family, another friend of mine and maybe even do some Christmas shopping as well.
I can't believe Christmas is only a few weeks away, where has this year gone!?

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Friday, 24 November 2017

Golden Floral!

As soon as I saw this awesome dress on the Miss Bamboo website I knew I had to own, wear and review this gorgeous dress!
It's called 1940's/50's Lucille dress in golden floral stems.  I actually had the opportunity to wear this dress to the Very Vintage Day Out festival a few weeks ago in Auckland, New Zealand and received many wonderful compliments on it.
I love the yellow fabric with the little floral stems and black detailing on this dress.  It also has black buttons down the front, a matching black belt buckle and loop detailing on the two front pockets and up near the collar.  It also comes with a matching fabric belt. This dress is made from 100% cotton, that I find really comfortable to wear on a hot summer's day. 
Sizes range from 8 up to 18, with a lot of sizes now sold out on Miss Bamboo's website. Although there are two other fabric colours to choose from, there is a green 50's fleck colour and a grey 50's fleck with red detailing.  The retail price is £82 ($144 Aus) plus postage.  It's such a really cute, though yet a stylish dress to own and wear!
Accessories Include:
Black cowboy boot from an ebay seller.
Bangles from Los Flamingo
Hair-scarf and yellow earrings from various boutiques.
These blog photos were taken at the most wonderful gardens in New Zealand called Hamilton Gardens  I had been wanting to visit these gardens for a couple of years, after seeing the gardens on social media and other vintage fashion blogs.  I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to do so after my recent little trip over to New Zealand.  These gardens are world class, with many different styles of gardens to look at and admire. For example Japanese, English, Italian and Indian just to name a few.
In other news I've just been working really.  I haven't been up to too much lately, last Saturday I went for a drive and caught up with a follow pinup/vintage friend, we both checked out a new vintage inspired dress boutique and had lunch together.  This weekend I plan to do a little bit of housework, I have to vote tomorrow in the local state government election and hopefully take blog photos.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Monday, 13 November 2017

Historical Homestead!

This absolutely amazing dress I'm wearing and reviewing on my blog is by a new company right here in Australia.  The company is called Cherry Bomb Vintage Couture
Whenever I can I do love to support Australian owned companies.
Designer of Cherry Bomb Vintage Couture, Rebecca has a background in art and design and she has a passion for all things vintage so she uses this knowledge to create one of a kind iconic vintage inspired designs.
There are many beautiful dresses to choose from on their website, go and have a look for yourself!
I'm wearing the "A stitch in time, Ava" dress.  This dress is wonderfully made and designed, I love the print and the colours.  It features a unique mandarin keyhole neckline and button feature. It also comes with a full gathered skirt that you can wear with or without a petticoat, I choose without for these photos.  I also love that it comes with a matching poker-dot belt to go with the cute little buttons down the front. This dress also has hidden lipstick pockets...yay!!  I also adore the cute little sleeves and it's so comfortable to wear throughout the day!  I actually wore this beautiful dress to the Very Vintage Day Out festival in Auckland a few weeks ago and I received many compliments on it!
This dress is made from 100% cotton and is available to purchase for $199.00 (Aus) and sizes range from 6 up to 24.
I can truly recommend buying a dress or more from Cherry Bomb Vintage Couture
Accessories Include:
Red heels from Bait Footwear 
Red wicker handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing 
Hair-flower is from Daisy Jean Floral Designs
Bangles from Louella-deville
Back-seam stockings by What Katie Did
These photos were taken in New Zealand at a beautiful historical homestead and gardens, called Woodlands Estate located in Gordonton.  There are so many wonderful scenery backgrounds to take photos at, the gardens and homestead are just absolutely amazing to visit and look at!  Woodlands Estate hosts many weddings and functions on their private grounds and entry to the property is free for visitors like myself.  There is also a cafe located on the estate, with many yummy treats to choose from, I enjoyed something to eat whilst I was there.  If you ever get the chance I highly recommend on visiting Woodlands Estate!   
In other news I'm back at work again, even though I have had to take the last couple of days of due to being unwell.  This year I have been sick with a few nasty colds and coughs! More than usual anyway.
I really can't believe we're on the countdown to Christmas, where has this year gone?  I haven't got many events to attend to between now and Christmas, I do hope to catch up with my friends though, before Christmas

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Pinup Faces!

A couple of months ago I ended up scoring this awesome dress for a great price on a facebook buy/sell/swap group.  It's the "Drive in Dress in Wink Print" by Bernie Dexter
I just love the face print on this dress  and the three main colours of white, black and red. It's such an effective, unique print, that really stands out!
This dress is 100% cotton and has hidden lipstick pockets. It comes with a matching black patent belt.  I just adore the shirt style dress, but what makes it even better is the zip down the front, instead of using buttons.  This is such a great idea, for a number of reasons. For example it's so much easier and quicker to do up, there is no pulling/gaping with buttons (especially if you have a bigger bust) and there is no need to worry about sewing on buttons, if any do fall of. Also it is so comfortable to wear throughout the day.  There is still many sizes left on the Bernie Dexter website, if you would love to purchase this dress.  Sizes range from XS to 4XL and retails for $172.00 (U.S dollars)
Accessories Include:
Black heels from Bait Footwear
Hat and bangle are thrifted
Brooch is by Deer Arrow
Earrings from a local boutique
These photos were taken at home in my Mum's beautifully decorated formal lounge/dining room. My Mum loves decorating a room with antique inspired furniture and pieces.
In other news I had a great little holiday in New Zealand, I went over for five nights. I stayed in both Auckland and Hamilton.  The weekend just gone I attended The Very Vintage Day Out in Auckland on both the Saturday and Sunday. I had the opportunity to meet in person a few of the gorgeous pinups I follow on instagram, including the gorgeous Miss Hero Holliday  I have been following both her blog and instagram for quite a while now, she is such a beautiful young lady.  The festival was a lot of fun, there were markets, entertainment, some vintage cars and of course the Miss New Zealand pinup competition - the top 10 finalists, were all so wonderful to watch and cheer on, especially watching their talents been performed on stage.
I also did some tourist things for example I went up the sky tower (a 61 floor look-out building) and I went to the Hobbiton movie set, where all the hobbits live in both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies.
I also took some photos in a few different outfits at a number of beautiful locations and places, that I'll be sharing on my blog in the coming weeks, so please do keep a look out.
Unfortunately my holidays are nearly over, I have to go back to work on Monday!

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo