Thursday, January 26, 2017

Tickled pink




Harbour breezes, soft pink silk, feathers, lace, tassels, rhinestones... just a typical Sunday for me really...haha! Oh well, a girl can wish! It's been such a busy month already; I can't believe how time is flashing past, so taking time for a little luxury is definitely something I am prioritizing - whether it's getting my nails done, giving myself a face mask, or wearing decadently beautiful things.

Self love is literally one of the most important lessons I've had to learn this past year, and it's still a challenge. Be kind to yourself, be compassionate, be aware of what you enjoy and allow yourself to do it. Forgive yourself for not living up to your own unreasonable standards. Remember you're doing the best you can at any given moment. But it also comes from treating your body nicely! Exercising because it feels good for the body. If you need a day to stay in bed, do it. Wear the things that make you happy, be aware of how things feel on the skin and make you feel when you wear them.

And that's why I am so excited to share these gorgeous pieces from Evette Dubois! Not only are the pieces delightful to wear, there is literally nothing I love more than supporting small creative business, especially those in Australia, and especially with a fabulous woman behind the brand. Evette Dubois is Melissa's lingerie boutique, and represents her life-long love of vintage and dressmaking - and represents her passion for vintage lingerie from 1910-1950!

In this post I'm wearing the Elsie May Bralette, the Georgia tap pants and the swoonworthy Lillian dressing gown. The bralette in a size small is a comfortable piece for my 10DD bust, though I wouldn't personally wear this piece day to day, but rather as a lounge wear piece due to the lack of underwire, but adjustable back clasp. The Georgia pants are sweet straight cut tap shorts designed to sit just above the hipbones and fit true to the size guide - though if you're in between you may find it better to size down. I love the little detail on these: lace trim and pearl buttons on both sides. The silk used in all of these pieces is pink, though definitely on the peach side of pink, but are available in blue, black and nude too. I'm sure if you ask nicely Melissa will be happy to make your wishes reality! She also has some other gorgeous things on offer, so make sure to have a look.

And because Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it's wonderful to treat yourself (or be treated!) Evette Dubois is offering all of my readers 20% off with the code VDAY20, valid until Valentine's Day 2017! Just make sure to add the code during check out on Etsy! You can shop here or check out @evette_dubois on Instagram.

How do you like to treat yourself when life is crazy? Leave me a comment!

Love WTP x

Credits:
Photography: Lila Jean Vintage or Instagram: @lilajeanvintage
All other items from A Wild Tea Party wardrobe

Monday, January 9, 2017

What I wore and was: Holidays 2016/17



Wowee, it's the Monday mostly everyone is settling back into their work routines after the holidays, and it's time for me to knuckle down too! So many plans for this year, and so many things to get going on, and so, so much to finally kick arse at!

If you haven't already, now is a great time to just forgive yourself for not achieving all you wanted to in 2016... I've already had my big cry and told myself that I did the best I could last year, and now it's time to go forward fresh and ready to get back into things. I got this.

But before I karate chop my 'To Do' list into submission, a quick look back at the holiday period. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I had a busy holiday period. The big family Christmas dinner. A second Christmas lunch. I worked. I had a birthday (and sadly, it wasn't a fabulous birthday, but ho hum). I worked some more. I drank cocktails in moody bars. I went to Blackheath for a garden party with some beautiful people including Dandy Wellington. I saw movies. And friends.

And now reality is back, and I might even treat myself to some new shoes, you know, just casually... Keep an eye on the blog these coming weeks, I've got some great content lined up for the new year - from hair tutes to silky underthings, and everything in between.

Love WTP x


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Goodbye 2016



2016 was a crazy year. I changed my major things in my life... not least of all my career path. I experienced ongoing physical pain that has taught me insane things about how the body works. I had to deal without shopping much and adapt my routine and budget as my financial situation changed. I've invested a lot of time, money and effort into taking care of my mental and physical wellbeing after years of neglecting myself.

But even so, I had amazing experiences and made new friendships with some amazing women.  I had the pleasure of being the 2016 face of Daisy Jean Floral Designs! I modelled for other people too. I worked at MBFWA. I feel like I learned a lot of different things along the way.

I am actually pretty proud of me for soldiering through, getting stuff done, and trying new things. My goal for this coming year, aside from actually committing to wearing more hats, is to being open to new experiences again and really growing my freelance business.

Thanks for sharing another year here, I'd love to hear your goals for the new year too.

Onwards and upwards...

Love WTP x

Friday, December 23, 2016

Have yourself a happy holidays


If I have learned anything this month, it's that the more lights you have on a Christmas tree, the harder it is to get a photo next to it in focus.

It's now two sleeps until Santa swings by and brings me the things I asked for (trust me, Mrs Claus told me that my wish list was acquired) and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for another year reading along, commenting, sharing and liking over on IG. I always appreciate every moment you share with me! Enjoy your holiday season, dress well, eat well, laugh and rest!

Make sure to check out all my Christmas fun and holiday ensembles over on IG this coming week, I will still be sharing there, and I will be back in a week, rested and ready for the new year to begin!


Wearing...
Bernie Dexter dress, Cristian G heels, Deer Arrow snow globe brooch 2015, Daisy Jean Floral signature rose double in peach

Friday, December 9, 2016

O Christmas tree!







This year has just flown, and in funny ways for me, but something I am crazy excited for is the d├ęcor of my house, especially my Christmas tree! I've spent hours on this tree, and I still have plans for how to improve it for next year, but I am excited to show you my beautiful tree. The theme of my tree is a traditional combination of red, burgundy and gold, with ribbons. I love including quite foresty items too, so I have Hansel, Gretel and a Gingerbread house, foxes, birds galore and even a moose! 
I've already spent weeks around this tree, enjoying the process of planning how to improve it from last year, putting it all together, playing with ribbon and laughing my head off at my attempts with my mother to get the beautiful twigs at the top into a more manageable form... they came as huge long branch pieces for vases and I had to cut them down with hedge trimmers and wire cutters, and was being sprayed by glitter pieces from all the cutting enthusiasm.

Oh, yes, and the glitter. I won't be surprised when I'm still finding it on me in February.

Have you decorated your tree? What's your favourite holiday decorating theme?

Love WTP x

Wearing...
The Original Bad girl tee, Retrospec'd skirt, Daisy Jean Floral Christmas Candy Cane brooch and Penelope Peony in red, vintage enamel bangle, KJL earrings

Friday, December 2, 2016

What to wear where: work Xmas party




Ah December, you're here - and so are all of my Christmas accessories too! I like to create holiday ensembles with pieces that I wear all year round, accessorized with brooches, hair flowers and bags that lend some festive flair.

An outfit like this is fantastic for a work Christmas party and yet, I wouldn't have to buy a thing new!
I love my Pin Up Girl Clothing Spanish fan print skirt, and wear it often with a red jumper in autumn, or a white tee in summer, but teamed with my red Collectif Dolores top it works for the holidays. Just add some cool heels, a Christmas brooch, Daisy Jean Floral hair flowers and a fun clutch! While this clutch isn't available this year, it came from ASOS who have some cute Christmas clutches again.


When getting dressed up for an outing, just make sure you're keeping it appropriate to the weather, venue, and crowd. If you're in a cold climate - hi European and North American readers - then look for something fun like a felt skirt and cute sweater or a knit dress with some sparkle jewels. The colder it is, I always think a little extra sparkle makes it more fun. Oh hell, let's be honest, I just love sparkles all the time...

The Xmas party check list:
  • festive colours like red, green or white
  • a clutch bag with definite holiday feel - think metallic, glitter, or a Christmas design
  • cute jewellery like a brooch or earrings in a festive design like a santa, tree or gingerbread man
  • party shoes that you can dance in
These What to Wear Where posts are a little taste of what goes on in my head; all of those 'costumes' I devise for what I'll wear in the countryside, on a cruise, to a NYE party, and every other possible place I might set foot. Hopefully they'll also inspire you! If you have a dressing challenge you'd like help with, drop me a line on my contact page. To see my other posts, visit the What to Wear Where tab.

Love WTP x

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Start your shopping...


Tough love time: Christmas is less than seven weeks away *cue eye twitch*

Christmas shopping can get a little stressful, and it's tempting to go for generic present options to make life easy - department store gift card anyone? But I love finding the perfect gift, and supporting small business, especially those run by creative women, so if you start snaffling gifts now you can get some great pieces for holiday gift giving.

Here's my round up of some great gifts from small, creative or local businesses.

FESTIVE:



Whether it's snowing outside or sunny and hot, you can always channel a little wintry charm into your outfit with this fun Luxulite winter collection pairing! The Mittens necklace and earrings together are £27.  



Keep things playful with the Bettie Page Xmas Brooch! She's sensual, she's festive, and she's fun and you can also order her as a pendant. She's $46USD from Baccurelli.


Who doesn't love a statement Christmas necklace? The Christmas Stocking necklace is limited edition by La Vidriola, 59.00 €.


LUXURY:




So, who doesn't want to receive a gorgeous 1910s synthetic ruby and diamond ring for Christmas? This navette ring from Jean Jean Vintage is sure to sparkle in the lights, $480USD.



Basically, this handmade vintage fascinator is perfect for you to wear to the supermarket, or the doctor, you know, anywhere super casual. It's $170AUS from VintageCaf.



STOCKING STUFFERS:




Hair flowers are a fantastic extra for any vintage or pin up lover. Daisy Jean Floral signature rose doubles come in a fantastic range of colours to suit every outfit. Shown here is the red rose double, $18AUS.



This beautiful keepsake magazine has four gorgeous issues available, and best of all, they're all on sale! Grab Lila Jean Vintage magazines and settle in with a mulled wine for an evening of informative, revealing and reflective reading, $5-$15 per issue.



Are you nautical and nice this summer? The Anchor Love earrings from Revere Folie are perfect for teaming with your navy and red ensembles and they're just $15AUS.

AUSSIE AND HANDMADE:




Aside from being an awesome illustrator, Kirbee's brooches are to die for! If you're anything like me, you dreamed of getting a pony for Christmas, and here's your chance with Buttermilk the Horse Brooch, $35AUD.

Mamoru



Out of all the statement earrings in my collection, I can guarantee none get as many comments as my Mamoru earrings. People are constantly asking me where they are from! And who can blame them, these hand poured resin earrings feature gorgeous details like petals, flowers, leaves, bees, or glitter. Rosaleen has a gorgeous collection currently available but selling fast like these Limoncello Crystal earrings that can be made clip on too, starting from $70AUD.




You might be familiar already with the gorgeous portraits by Aussie artist Caitlin Shearer, but I am loving her clothing! Who doesn't want to prance about in this gorgeous Frottage Full Button-up skirt featuring an original Caitlin She design? It's $200AUD.

NOVELTY FACTOR:



I don't have a land line, but if I still did I would be ALL OVER this gorgeous blue Classic Corded Telephone from Pollydot. Imagine the saucy things that could be said on that handset! It's a special order item and comes in several other colours for $124.99AUD.



Where other people see lone, sad patterned vintage plates, Kelly of The Story Book Rabbit must see delicious possibility. Her illustrations are added to vintage plates, and are perfect for hanging on the wall. This Baby Bunny and Chicky plate is $50AUD.


BONUS:
My ETSY shop is linked on the right side of this page, and I'm giving all my readers 10% off this month, so just enter the code HOLIDAY at checkout, valid until midnight November 30th, 2016. And yes, more goodies are shortly to come, so keep an eye out.

So tell me, what's on your Christmas list?

Love WTP x
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