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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.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Homestead Dungarees!

The dungarees, I'm wearing here are from UK brand Freddies of Pinewood
they are the Brown Home Companion Dungarees.  These 1940's inspired dungarees are made with a brown cotton twill with black stitching. They have very little stretch to them, so I would suggest you follow the measurement guide.  The sizes range from a 24 inch waist up to a 36 inch waist, there is also a regular and long leg option to choose from. This depends on your height and/or how long you prefer your trousers.
I love how the bib can be detached from the dungarees, so you can wear them as 1940's style trousers instead. Then you have the option of two outfits in one!  For these blog photos I decided to wear them as dungarees.  Other features are the two front button-up pockets, the zip goes up the side and buttons at the waistband.
Only tiny downside for me personally is the bib part, it's a little difficult to button up, due to the buttons-holes found stitched inside the jeans, it does take a bit of getting use to fasten the buttons into the button-holes.
These dungarees are very comfortable to wear and are currently listed to purchase for £80 plus shipping costs, on the Freddies of Pinewood webpage.
The blouse I'm wearing with my dungarees is the Lydia top by Lady K Loves
This top is now sold out and unavailable through the website!  I love the coral colour and how it can be tied at the waist or tucked into a skirt, a pair of high-waisted jeans or trousers.  These tops have a shirt style collar and patio style ric-rac and ribbon detailing on both the front and back.  There is also little crystal buttons to fasten up down the front. It's made from a light cotton material.
Accessories Include:
Vintage basket from Word from the Bird
Brown boots from Target Australia
Brooch from Erstwilder
Hoop earrings from Revere Folie
Hair-scarf from an ebay seller
Bangle is thrifted
These photos were taken in Toowoomba, Queensland at an old Inn, that is now a museum.  It's called Royal Bulls Head Inn
It's owned and operated by the Toowoomba Branch of the National Trust of Queensland.  It was established in 1847 by ex-convict William Horton to offer lodgings, stables for animals and host auctions and other social occasions. In 1859 William Horton extended the building into a two story hotel.  In 1860 it became known as the Royal Bulls Head Inn!
Later on a local saddler brought the property and it became a family home for some years.
In 1985 it was opened as a museum to the public, the museum is currently open on the first Sunday of the month and there is a small entry fee to visit the museum. 
I wanted to take my photos here, as to have a country-homestead feel to them, whilst wearing my dungarees!
 In other news, last Friday I went antique shopping with my Mum and sister.  We didn't end up buying anything though, there was nothing that really caught our attention and the prices were a bit steep.  I also took more photos for my blog and I've just been working.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Floral Crown!

I've been wanting a "floral-hair crown" for a while now, after seeing other pinup/vintage inspired ladies wearing floral-hair crowns and really admiring them.
A few months ago at Ballarat Beat (a rockabilly festival) I came across a market store called  Georgie Girl by Sandra and admired all her beautiful unique hair-flower creations. At the time I purchased a few pretties from her.  A couple of months ago I ended up messaging Georgie Girl by Sandra and asking her if she could custom make me a hair-flower crown to wear and feature on my blog.  Thankfully she said yes! It was her first time making a flower crown custom piece!  Sandra ended up creating a wonderful piece and I love it!  She attached pretty little pink, white and yellow flowers onto a solid headband.  Personally, doing it this way the headband felt secured and sat on my head perfectly.
Georgie Girl by Sandra is located in Adelaide, Australia.  I highly recommend on ordering a custom made, hand crafted piece for yourself, whether it's a flower crown, similar to mine or a unique hair-flower creation to wear with your special outfit.
This floral 1940's inspired dress I'm wearing is from a UK brand called Pretty Retro
It's the 40's Tea dress in pink floral. I love the floral print and the 1940's inspired style.  This dress is very lightweight, ideal to wear in spring and summer.  It's made from 100% polyester.  There are not many sizes left in this print, though there are other lovely prints and style dresses to choose from on Pretty Retro's website.
This dress features a gathered bust-line, with a little tie on the sweetheart neckline. It also has cute little sleeves. There are no zips or buttons, you just pull this dress over your head, due to the bias style.  There is no ironing required either! It's such a pretty little summer inspired dress.
Accessories Include:
Robbie Heels from Bait Footwear
Pink wicker handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing
Beaded necklace from Collectif Clothing
Green back-seam stocking by What Katie Did
Bangles are thrifted
I'm finding myself purchasing/ordering more 1940's style dresses at the moment.  Mainly because of the style and cut of the dresses.  Also I don't have to worry about finding and wearing a full/fluffy petticoat underneath.  I admire how 40's style dresses can be very feminine and cute, with the beautiful fabrics, the gorgeous prints and the different cuts and designs.
These style dresses can show more of your curves of, due to the A-line skirt shape. It's then a matter, if you feel comfortable with wearing a 1940's style dress to a 1950's swing skirt dress!
In other news I'm back at work, from having a couple of weeks off and I'm in full-swing being back at work this week. This weekend's actually a three day weekend...yay!  This will be the last long weekend though for quite some time unfortunately. I'm back to working five day a week until my next lot of holidays, hopefully towards the end of October.
This weekend I have plans to go to some antique shops with my Mum and sister and hopefully take some more photos for my blog.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Beauty Salon!

I've been eyeing of this gorgeous fun novelty print skirt for quite a while now, it's by U.S. brand Unique Vintage.
A couple of months ago I was able to score this skirt from A Classic Paradise aka by Shop VDM and Tiki Swag
for a very good discounted price!   This skirt is called 1950's Pastel Beauty Salon high waist swing skirt.
A Classic Paradise currently has this skirt listed as $77.95 (U.S) and there are some sizes still available to purchase.  Also Unique Vintage currently has all sizes available, for $78.00 (U.S)
I'm wearing size XL and it fits my waist of 33 inches quite well.
I just love the wonderful print over this skirt, with the pinup/vintage ladies sitting under the hair-dryer at the beauty salon. Each of the four ladies is doing something different for example reading the paper, enjoying a cuppa, manicuring the finger nails whilst waiting for their hair to be "styled".  I also adore all the gorgeous pastel colors and the floral background print.
This skirt has pockets, and has a zip and button to secure. It's fully gathered and is made from 100% cotton.  I added my own petticoat underneath for more volume.
I decided to pair my black 3/4 sleeve top by Banned Apparel with this adorable skirt.
Accessories Include:
Cream sandals from Bait Footwear 
Pink wicker handbag from Pinup Girl Clothing 
White hoop earrings from Revere Folie 
Bangles from Louella-Deville
Pink pinup belt and cat-eye glasses from an ebay seller
The brooch I've paired with this skirt is from Erstwilder and is called "Rollin with Katie".  This brooch was in collaboration with Unique Vintage, to be paired with this skirt I'm wearing or with the dress version.  This brooch is now "sold out" through a lot of online retailers.  Although Unique Vintage still have it available to purchase for $28.00 (U.S.) plus shipping.  The "Katie" brooch is so cute with her cat-eye glasses and hair in a poker-dot hair-scarf.  It's made from a layered resin, with a metal back pin.
 In other news I'm currently on leave from work, and I'm enjoying have the time off and wearing my vintage style outfits, instead of a uniform for a change!
This weekend I'm going to Brisbane for a photo-shoot and I'm going on a steam train ride with some other pinups/vintage inspired ladies and gents.  I'm looking forward to that!  Then I'm going to have a couple of nights in Toowoomba, Queensland to visit and take my own photos for my blog there.  I want to try and photographed a few outfits, there is a number of beautiful gardens in Toowoomba to visit and admire.

Until next time!
Miss Milla Cherry xo