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Hello peaches! Today’s post brings some nautical goodness – from the countryside c/o Voodoo Vixen. Having lived in a variety of different cities and towns, I now reside a five minute walk from the great beautiful countryside! Now don’t get me wrong, I probably will always be a city girl at heart but now like to reserve the city for work and the countryside for living in. The rush of the city creates a buzz that none compares to and when I lived in London I loved the “all systems go” approach. Performing with the girls as well as a solo artist means that I have many a chance to see a lot of different parts of the world but there really is no place like home. There is nothing that compares to the natural beauty of the trees, woods and country lanes. I really should perhaps live near the sea due to my obscene fascination with anything remotely nautical but the nearest sea to where I live is………far. (Geography isn’t my strong point.) 

I received this Navy Nautical High Waisted Pencil Skirt from Voodoo Vixen and from the moment I saw it, I knew it was a perfect addition to my nautical collection.

Voodoo Vixen have so many beautiful pieces on their site, and are completely affordable for your every day wardrobe – use discount code “monica20” for even more loveliness! I am particularly fond of their candy coloured capris for summer, so easy to dress up or down.

I have a certain enchantment for looking like a lady and putting on a bit of glam each day which I think stems from playing dress up as a little girl. If you asked me to describe my own sense of style back then, my answer would have been ” I am a different character every day, if I feel like a unicorn today – I shall wear sparkle.” Today is no different. 

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The items in this blog post have been gifted to me to review. I will always give my 100% honest opinion and never accept products that I would not be happy to buy and choose myself. If you would like to collaborate with me, please contact me at info(at)monicavalentinevintage(dot)com. Please note, due to the high volume of requests from brands - I only collaborate, review and work with those that I feel my readers would like to view/read about on my blog.

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Hello peaches! Today’s post brings something different…. a corset review! C/O the most fabulous Corset Story, I received this fabulous peach over-bust corset as well as an under-bust corset (review coming soon!) to try out. 

The art of corsetry is an ancient one, sometimes frowned upon, sometimes approached by intrigued minds. I first became interested in them pre-pregnancy when I found an original vintage prom dress with a boned bodice and built in corset. As soon as I had put it on I just felt like I had traveled back in time. The fit was perfect and the corset/boned bodice really added to the glam factor. I began to delve deeper into the corset world. 

For those of you who regularly follow my blog/social – you will know that I am a fan of all things peachy keen so when Corset Story sent me this – of course I had died and gone to Georgia Peach heaven. 

‘The 3d flower buds on the sweetheart neckline are the most prettiest detail I have ever seen’

Made from 100% Polyester with a 100% cotton twill lining, this corset is so comfortable to wear. The quilted hip panels create instant curves and don’t dig in like most other corsets I have tried. The most delightful detail has to be the peachy bloom colouring and the contrasting khaki green lacing to the back. This corset also came with a pack of additional 3d flowers in case any did come away but the quality of the stitching means that this would be highly unlikely.  I thought that was a nice touch for those “just in case” moments. There are bra strap loops as well as suspender loops attached to the corset making it versatile to wear in and out of the bedroom. 

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The items in this blog post have been gifted to me to review. I will always give my 100% honest opinion and never accept products that I would not be happy to buy and choose myself. If you would like to collaborate with me, please contact me at info(at)monicavalentinevintage(dot)com. Please note, due to the high volume of requests from brands - I only collaborate, review and work with those that I feel my readers would like to view/read about on my blog.

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Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Kirklees Light Railway, a lovely little place in Clayton West – perfect for a little trip out. I was really excited to be wearing the Bombshell dress by Vivien of Holloway. I chose the Bombshell dress in Cherry Print to review because I was immediately drawn to its figure hugging shape and fun loving print. I was also taken by the matching bolero and true to its name – it really does make you feel like a Bombshell!

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Vivien of Holloway is known for vintage sizing and I adore that they go by real old time measurements. Back in the day, ladies curves were almost definitely of the hourglass variety and Vivien of Holloway celebrates femininity and shapes in all sizes. Vivien of Holloway sent me a size 14 and size 16 initially. The size 14 fit but had a bit of room to move in, so they also sent the size 12.

This absolutely fit like a glove and as soon as the dress on, the way the fabric formed to my shape was a dream.

The top of the dress has a boned and fitted bodice, which contributes to a structured fit. The sweetheart neckline is really flattering and the split at the back of the dress shows off just enough leg. The straps of the dress are set apart from each other so that when worn, one slightly adorns your shoulder and the other elegantly holds everything in place. There is also a zip fastening to the back.

For me personally, what I relish about this dress is the form. The waist measurement is nipped in which allows a true hourglass shape to shine. Whenever I am shopping for vintage, I often find that because the waist is mostly smaller than the hip to bust ratio, it can be hard to find a good fitted piece. I normally need to visit a vintage tailor to have it taken in at the waist or let out at the bust/hips. Having found Vivien of Holloway however, all my vintage dilemmas have been solved. I chose the “cherry” print because I thought it was really subtle yet still “stand out” – my only regret is that I do not have a large cherry fascinator to match this rather fabulous outfit.

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The items in this blog post have been gifted to me to review. I will always give my 100% honest opinion and never accept products that I would not be happy to buy and choose myself. If you would like to collaborate with me, please contact me at info(at)monicavalentinevintage(dot)com. Please note, due to the high volume of requests from brands - I only collaborate, review and work with those that I feel my readers would like to view/read about on my blog.

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Festival season is in full swing right now and yet again my news feed is swamped full of the latest high street looks and how to look ‘on trend’ while covered in mud. Well – vintage lovers like surfing the crowds and sitting in fields listening to bands just as much as the next person! But just what DO you wear when you want to stay super sassy and glamorous yet drink alcoholic beverages from plastic bottles while putting UV paint on your cheeks?

‘My number one tip for styling vintage festival wear is – anything goes. DON’T follow the crowd – stand out in it. Use your imagination. The plain grassy fields are your blank canvas so paint away’

If you are visiting an English festival, be prepared for our wonderful varied weather. Pack things that you can layer and go for similar colours so that everything goes with everything else. I love to pack some stand out pieces – a sassy full circle skirt, or a colourful rain mac. When you think “festival” – try steer clear from the standard Primark floral head band and denim shorts combo – be more inventive! Make your own floral crown or crazy headwear and customise a pair of vintage jeans into shorts for something different. What I love about festivals is that people can wear the craziest of outfits and get away with it – what a great opportunity to express who you are. 

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Yesterday we celebrated Father’s Day and with the sunshine peaking out to say hello briefly –  I wanted to wear something that made me feel like summer. I dug this floral little Lindy Bop number out of the back of my wardrobe and paired it with a vintage yellow organza headscarf, tied around the waist – from my own store. I think this dress actually did originally come with a matching yellow slim waist belt but I like to mix things up a little.

If I am buying a Lindy Bop dress – I know that their “Audrey” style swing dresses really work with my shape and as they come in a variety of different patterns and fabric, they make up a staple of my day to day wardrobe. This one has a lot of stretch in it and is very comfortable to wear. I also like how versatile they are – you can dress up or down. I actually first wore this dress when I was pregnant with my little girl (scroll down for pic) and wore with a petticoat underneath.

I wanted to pair this with some comfy shoes as my entire family and I were going out for a Father’s Day meal. As I was taking my three month old daughter, I needed practical footwear so out came my peachy T bar pumps. What better way to wear a floral print than to have a little bumble bee brooch keep you company. This one from Love From Hetty And Dave I gushed about recently in my last blog post and it goes with so much in my wardrobe – it will be gracing many an outfit to come.

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