SS17 wishlist - part one

I love scrolling around for new retro inspired clothing and as the seasons change wonderful new collections pop up eveywhere. So you could call this a Bi-Annual post from now on. Without further a do here is my Spring and Summer wishlist of 2017.

For this wishlist (all parts) I browsed around on TopVintage Retro Boutique Online, Collectif Clothing, Hell Bunny, Lulu Hun, Royal Vintage Shoes and B.A.I.T. footwear. The list is long and already has grown since I started writing this post so I am going to divide it into multiple posts but also try to update them regularly.

Let's start with some gorgeous dresses for this first part. Collectif Clothing has brought out quite the line up for this season and I love almost every piece of it. I wish I had the money to buy the entire line.

1. Caterina Plain Swing Dress in mint green by Collectif Clothing (available for purchase on Collectif and TopVintage) / 2. Jade Plain Swing Dress in light blue by Collectif Clothing (available for purchase on Collectif and TopVintage) / 3. Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress by Collectif Clothing / 4. Laneway Swing Dress in blue and orange by Dancing Days by Banned (TopVintage

5. Maddison Floral Swing Dress by Collectif Clothing (TopVintage) / 6. The Chérie Dress by Vintage Diva by TopVintage (TopVintage) / 7. Lillian Floating Daisis dress by Emily and Finn (TopVintage) / 8. Front Row Striped Swing Dress in Red and White by Dancing Days by Banned (TopVintage)

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* DISCLAIMER: All pictures in these collages are owned by TopVintage or the respectable brands that make and sell the dresses. 

The Travelling Pin-Up - Stockholm

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that I've had a short holiday with my husband for our one year anniversary to Stockholm. I'm glad to be back in Belgium even though I had an amazing four days in this wonderful city. 

We left on the 5th of May at 6.30 AM to the airport of Zaventem in Brussels to catch our flight at 10 AM with Scandinavian Airlines. The journey to the airport early in the morning on a workday is always tiring since there are constant traffic jams in Brussels but we finally made it and on time. Since we always travel to the airport by car I reserved a parking spot at one of the parking lots at the airport itself.
Stockholm is just a 1 hour 55 minutes flight away and the flight just flew by until I woke up from the feeling of the descend of the airplane. We took the Arlanda Express from the airport to Stockholm Central, which is a high speed train that takes about 20 minutes to travel from Arlanda to Stockholm. After that we figured out how the subway works and took it to the Ericsonn Globe where our hotel was located. After resting for some time and unpacking our bags we went back to the city and decided to discover Södermalm. 
We went to some of the vintage and retro stores in the west part of Södermalm and we also paid a visit to the Beyond Retro store in Zinken. I didn't really find anything since most clothing was more 70's and 80's clothing but it was worth browsing these stores since you never know what you'll gonna find. Ignace also browsed around for the perfect cap since he lost his a while ago in Ghent. The weather was wonderful on Friday but this also meant that every bar, diner and restaurant was booked and we didn't find any place to have a drink or some food in the city. So we went back the Globe and found a McDonalds at the shopping center just a short walk from the hotel and had drinks at the bar for the rest of the evening. 
We started our Saturday quite relaxed by missing breakfast and went straight for Slüssen to visit Fotografiska, the photography museum. Sadly I don't have any pictures of the inside of the museum since there was no photography allowed. There was an exhibited of the great Patrick Demarchelier. 
After Fotografiska we walked the entire way to Gamla Stan, the old part of Stockholm. I was absolutely in love with Gamla Stan, the style of the architecture and the cobblestone paths where just breathtaking. 
Our last stop for the day was a long walk back to Södermalm to the Daisy Dapper store. I absolutely wanted to visit this store since the original Daisy Dapper lines are very hard to purchase in Belgium and I just love to walk around retro stores. I bought a new wiggle dress, which I will review for the blog of course, a pair of What Katie Did retro seamed stockings and a harmonica for Ignace. 
For that evening I had made a reservation at the Melt Bar, which was a recommendation from Miss Victory Violet and I couldn't thank her enough for writing about it on her blog. 

We had to search quite a while for it and it wasn't until the hostess opened the door that we found the place, we actually thought we had the wrong address. Quite a stressful moment since you can only be 15 minutes late in Sweden or the give your table away. The Melt Bar is a prohibition bar set in the 1920s with amazing cocktails, breathtaking performances and just a wonderful vibe. The food was exquisit as well. I would recommend this place to everyone who loves the roaring 20s and an amazing time. 
On our last day full day at Stockholm we visited the Vasamuseet and Skansen. I loved Skansen, it was a big flashback to the olden days of Stockholm and the wildlife was great to look at. We even had a close encounter with e peacock. After that we took the subway to the Hard Rock Cafe, by then, our feet and legs were so sore that we didn't want to walk anymore and were glad that we could sit down for a while. Back at the hotel I packed for a while since I always have trouble closing the suitcases and figuring out how to pack everything as small as possible. 
On Monday we panicked a little because it suddenly started snowing in the morning and we were very glad that we didn't really have to go outside anymore. Since our flight was at 15:10 PM most of our day was spend at the airport and in the car back home. 
I was quite glad to get back home and we got welcomed back by our lovely cats Happy and Loki who missed us so much. 

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Tutti Frutti Afternoon With Hell Bunny

The new Hell Bunny collection for spring and summer 2017 includes a Tropical Collection and this very fun and cute Tutti Frutti print. So I couldn't resist buying the top from this collection. 

I've always been in love with fun prints as they can boost the colour in your outfit or create a more relaxed look when paring it with a classic piece.

For this look I pared the Hell Bunny Tutti Frutti top with a classic black pencil skirt from Vintage Chic by TopVintage. The pencil skirt gives a very sophisticated look while the top provides all the fun needed.

The Tutti Frutti top is made out of a comfortable yet sturdy cotton/elastane mix which makes sure everything stays in place while you are wearing the top. This mix is necessary since the straps need to stay in place as they hold up the entire top. The straps are adjustable in length in the back with buttons. I like this since it gives a better and smoother finish to the garment. 

I really like the design of this top since it gives a very vava voom feeling due to the crossed straps in the front and the top itself has a bustier like shape and it is stitched in panels so give extra shape and sturdiness. The only thing that bothers me a little bit is that it has a quite short bodice. But I tend to have this issue with a lot of tops since I have quite a long body. 

I tend to be between an extra small and small for Hell Bunny but I opted for the small since the top doesn't have any stretch to it due to the fabric mix. When the top arrived I thought that I should've gone for the extra small because the bust area wasn't to my liking. I don't have a big bust and this top requires some volume to make sure it fits well and looks good. 

In the end I'm quite glad that I sticked with size small since I always wash all my garments before wearing them the first time and apparently this one shrunk a little bit even though I followed the washing instructions to the letter. The straps and bust are a bit tighter now yet still comfortable. 

The Tutti Frutti Top is available on the Hell Bunny website in the Tropical Collection for €33,99 but since shipping from the UK isn't cheap for me I bought it on the TopVintage Retro Boutique for €29,95, it is still available in all sizes on TopVintage. 

If you like the print but don't like the design of the top you can always take a look at the Hell Bunny or TopVintage website since the collection also has a swing dress in two different styles, a head scarf and even a bikini in this gorgeous print. 

I also want to thank my wonderful husband Ignace for putting up with me while taking these pictures. I think you've done a great job.

Full outfit details 
Belt - Hell Bunny
Cardigan - Voodoo Vixen
Stockings - Emilio Cavallini
Shoes - Madden Girl by Steve Madden

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The Martie by Hell Bunny

I bought this dress on the 20th of August in 2016, just in time for the annual Rockabilly Day held in Assenede, Belgium. Sadly I don't have any pictures of this event and I only wore it once after this, to leave on our honeymoon to Kos, Greece in September. It usually turns cold and rainy after that with just a few good days in the last months of the year. So since the sun was out in its full glory this weekend I took my chance to take the dress back out of my closet again.

The dress is a wonderful mint green colour with tiny black polkadots and cute bows. I has a wonderful full circle skirt, a tight bodice and adjustable straps with buttons, which I truly love since it is a wonderful way to hide it and keep the elegance of the dress. And to top it all of it has a gorgeous black ribbon that can be use as belt. 

I paired this gorgeous dress with the ivory petticoat from Dancing Days by Banned which has a nice soft silky feel and has, for me, the right amount of poofiness. I bought for my wedding and it is a perfect match in this sunny weather but you could also wear it easily with another colour of petticoat to contrast the dress. 

The dress pattern itself is quite simple, the bodice is tight fitting with a straight neckline and straight broad straps which give a secure and firm feeling while wearing the dress. Even though I like to dress and feel pretty I always want to feel comfortable in the clothes that I am wearing. There shouldn't be much tucking and pulling on clothes as they should stay in place in whatever position you are moving your body. 

The full circle skirt has two small pockets with tiny bows as details. I like the buttons on the front side of the dress because it gives the idea that you entirely button down this dress even if it's just for show. 

I am wearing the Martie Swing Dress in size S, which is a perfect fit for my 72 cm waist and smaller bust but if you have a fuller bust I would recommend sizing up because it's going to become very tight otherwise, you can always make the bodice tighter with a broad belt or ribbon if it is too loose. The fabric is made out of 98% cotton and 2% elastane and importantly if washed correctly the colours don't blend into each other. 

I checked the TopVintage website and sadly the dress is sold out and won't come back in stock. But off course you can search for this lovely online. 
Full outfit details

Petticoat — Dancing Days by Banned
Sunglasses — Collectif Clothing
Shoes — H&M
Watch — Vintage store in Kos, Greece

Thanks you very much Sugaladylove (my wonderful sister) for these amazing pictures and for putting up with me while shooting them. I would love to repeat this again for future posts. 

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The Dolores by Collectif Clothing

I few months ago I bought this lovely dark red Dolores Top from Collectif Clothing. This wonderful top had been on my wishlist for several months but I always doubted purchasing it since I was scared that the sleeves would be itchy and annoying or would stay in place while wearing it.

The Dolores Top is a peasant style top with gathering at the bust and two lovely buttons. So that your curves really stand out. It is a delight to wear to be honest. Every vintage and retro loving girl should own this kind of top. The best part is that Collectif Clothing has brought out a whole new collection of colours and prints for this top this season. Colours at the moment are black, green, navy, red, light blue, lilac and white but there is also a whole collection of prints that match with a ton of other pieces from Collectif. 

Since I still don't have a photographer or haven't had the time to invest into a camera stand you'll have to do with my outfit of the day pictures from instagram. 

The red Dolores Top paired with the Hell Bunny Lighthouse circle skirt

I just love how it looks with almost anything. It can be classy with a cardigan but also were playfull thanks to it's puffy sleeves that you can either wear on or off your shoulders. The possibilities are almost endless in my opinion. It's also a great top to put on and off since it has such a wide neckline and thanks to the handy zipper on the side you can easily slide it on and off without damaging your gorgeous hairdo.

The Dolores Top is priced at 25,50 British Pounds on Collectif Clothing or 34,95 Euro on Topvintage                     Retro Boutique, sizes 6 to 22 and is made from 97% cotton and 3% spandex to fit all our curves.

I will be ordering some more of these wonderful tops in the future. 

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