25 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas my pretties!

This is what I should be wearing on my feet today:

Or perhaps in red?:

Or, I could go all Helena Bonham-Carter on it and wear one red one and one green one. Because if there's one day you can get away with ridiculous sparkliness surely that day is Christmas Day?

The Red or Dead Shirley shoes in green or red are £65 from Schuh. And they also come in silver.

Whatever you wear on your feet, I hope that your Christmas is full of prettiness. And joy. And shoes.

Selina xx

24 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Colour Block Bag by Novo

It's a good thing I didn't go into the Novo store at St Lukes when I was Christmas shopping two nights ago. If I had spotted this bag the kids would be getting a couple less presents each!

Colour blocking is everywhere at the moment. In fact the term is getting a bit overused if you ask me - I saw a plain blue scarf advertised as "colour blocked" the other day. I mean seriously? A blue scarf isn't color blocked, it's Just A Blue Scarf! Anyway, I digress. Orange and pink is one of my favourite clashing colourways, and it works really well in this cute wee across body bag, AU$49.95 online from Novo Australia, or a list of Novo stores can be found here.

23 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Ingrid Bra from Freya

Remember the other day how I found that gorgeous bird print bra from New Look, and I was lamenting the fact that it only comes in B and C cup sizes? Well looky-look what I found!:

Here's a closeup of the print:

I love the pretty lilac edging. And being from Freya the Ingrid Plunge Balcony Bra fits D to GG cup sizes. I'll have one thanks!

Stockist information for Freya can be found here.

21 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Bardot Polka Dot High Heels by Red or Dead

So I was watching E! Fashion Police the other day, and they declared that the platform is dead. Apparently nobody is wearing them on the red carpet any more. Nobody!

To which I reply:

Obviously nobody has told the shops, because platform shoes are alive and well in their hundreds. Thank goodness - because I love me a good platform (which I think you already know). Aside from looking so damn good, they're just so much more comfortable on the balls of your feet.

What about you my pretties? Is the platform dead to you? Or will you continue to wear them in direct defiance of E!'s Fashion Police? If you're feeling defiant the Red or Dead Bardot Polka Dot Platform Heel is £70 from Schuh.

20 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Fly Away Bra from New Look

If (like me) you have big boobs you might want to look away now. Because this pretty only comes in B and C cups:

Isn't that print gorgeous? The Fly Away Padded Balconette Bra is £11.99 from New Look and comes in sizes 32 B-C, 34 B-C and 36B.

And there are matching knickers (or "Brazilian Briefs" even) too, for £5.99.

I do kind of wish I hadn't seen the bra though, because I really want it!

19 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Betty Knit Dress from Fever London

One shop I didn't get to check out on our trip to England last year was Fever London. I did see a couple of their dresses in a boutique in Leamington Spa when I met up with the gorgeous Lauren of The Zombie Wears Vintage and they really are stunning.

Next year Eccentric English Boyfriend and I are planning another trip to England, so you can bet Fever will be on my Must See (and Buy All the Stuff) List. And this dress will be one of the ones to try on if it's still in stock:

Cute, huh? There are two other colourways in the Betty Dress (pink/blue and black/camel) but this red/white/blue colourway known as Bardot is my favourite. It's crying out for a beret and a baguette and a gorgeous frenchman. Or maybe just the gorgeous Frenchman. I don't want to be too demanding.

The Betty Dress in Bardot colourway is currently £49.99 on sale from Fever London.

18 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Sour Cherry Vintage Tea Cup Earrings

Aren't these earrings the cutest wee things?:

I love how cartoony they look. The Tea Cup Earrings are £4.95 from Sour Cherry on Amazon, who also sell this necklace:

Which I have to have. Seriously. Because it's awesome. (Warning Necklace is £6.95 from Sour Cherry on Amazon. Buy it for me. You know you want to.)

17 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Crayon Rings by OhMyLuckyStar on Etsy

You know what's even better than pretty jewellery? Pretty jewellery that you can draw pictures with!

Yes folks, that really is jewellery made from crayons. How awesome is that?

Crayon rings from OhMyLuckyStar on Etsy come in sizes from kids to adults and would make perfect Christmas gifts if you're after something a little different. The 8 pack pictured above is US$40.00.

16 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Black & White Roses Earrings from Rubi's Art N'More on Etsy

I love the monochromatic drama of these handmade rose earrings:

Measuring approximately 3/4", the Black & White Rose Earrings are US$10.00 from Rubi's Art N'More on Etsy.

15 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Starry Starry Night Pendant from Kaelin Design

Did you know there is a type of stone called "Druzy"? I'm not making this up, it's an actual thing. Here's a description of how it is formed from the Kaelin Designs website:

"Druzy stones [...] are the result of a stone cooling more quickly on the outside than the inside when it is formed from its near molten state. Nearly every stone that exists has the potential to have a small section of "druse", or "druzy" in its matrix. Many druzy stones are naturally colored due to the inherent qualities of the stone [...]. Occasionally, however, the stone in question, while having excellent druzy crystal structure, lacks the beautiful colors that appeal to many people. In this case, a stone artisan will take the cabochon and a piece of metal such as titanium, gold, or platinum and vaporize the metal which will permanently deposit itself onto the surface of the stone. When using a metal like titanium, the stone artist can control the resulting coloration by the type and amperage of electrical current he uses to vaporize the metal. Some of the variations possible in titanium include blue, purple, gold, green, and every combination in between."

All of which makes for something quite pretty:

Can you imagine the conversation? "What's that stone?" "It's a Druzy." "Yes it is, but what type of stone is it?" Hours of entertainment.

The Starry Starry Night Pendant is US$85.00 from Kaelin Designs.

14 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: SunnyGirl at Freez Padlock Dress

Not only does this dress look like a lovely flirty style for hot summer days, what appeared at first sight to be a geometric pattern of some sort is actually padlocks:

Too cute.  I'm sure there's a joke about locks or keys in there somewhere. It's late at night and I can't think of one. If you come with one let me know in the comments!

The Padlock Dress by Sunnygirl at Freez is AU$39.00.

13 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Dorothy Perkins Blue Bird Ruched Waist Dress

Y'know, I never used to like bird prints on clothes. Or on anything for that matter. Birds belonged in they sky and neither they, nor their poop, should be on my clothes. Then along came those Miu Miu shoes with birds on them*, I fell head over heels in love and suddenly I find myself quite partial to a bird print. I still don't like bird poop though. Which is probably a good thing.

I love the colours in the print on this Dorothy Perkins dress; and the ruching and pleating at the waist. The Blue Bird Ruched Waist Dress is £30.00.

* "Which Miu Miu shoes?", I hear you say. Would you like to see a photo of them? Oh go on then:

Did you hear that? That was the sound of me swooning. These are my dream shoes. And one day they will be mine. Somehow. When I have a spare £368.49 which is what they currently cost on Net-A-Porter. Anybody in need of a kidney?

12 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Christmas socks!

Christmas sweaters are a crime against all that is good and fashionable. Christmas socks can be pretty tacky too, but these ones I would wear:

Cute, huh? I'd wear these. Although I should point out that I have been known to wear Christmas earrings. Only on Christmas Day mind. And I've never worn a Christmas sweater. Ever!

The Roll Top Christmas Striped Socks are £16.00 from Tabio.

11 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Sterling Blue Vintage Reproduction Dress from Red Dress Shoppe

I kind of wish I had some swanky Christmas parties to go to just so I could justify ordering this gorgeous dress.

That colour! It's not a colour you see very often and it is gorgeous. Plus that beautiful fitted waist, gathered bust and full floaty skirt - this is like my dream dress. In fact if Eccentric English Boyfriend were ever to ask me to marry him I'd want this as my wedding dress. (I've done the white wedding once, this is perfect for a second marriage!) I'm pretty sure he won't see me wanting a dress as a good enough reason for marriage though.

The Sterling Blue Vintage Reproduction Dress is US$78.00 from Red Dress Shoppe.

10 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Lipstik Zinga from Hannahs

I spotted these in Hannahs today during a quick trip to the mall, and being me I had to stop and fondle them. If it weren't for pre-Christmas budget limitations I would have walked out with them too.

Coral is a colour that pops up every summer and while I wouldn't choose clothing items in coral because it just doesn't suit me I absolutely love it in these shoes. These are in a gorgeous tactile suede, and they also come in a stunning royal blue which I love almost as much and a go-with-everything nude. Unfortunately there are no photos of either of those colours on the Hannahs website so you'll just have to pop into a store to see for yourself.

The Lipstik Zinga is $99.95 from Hannahs stores nationwide.

09 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Bella by Kurt Geiger

As a rule I try to keep the products I showcase here within a price range that I wouldn't baulk at paying myself. In other words the cheaper end of the spectrum. But sometimes I see something that's too gorgeous not to show you.


You're probably all well aware that a mary jane stiletto-heeled platformed shoe with a bow is bound to have me excited, but what does it for me with this shoe is that stunning colour combination. Seriously, I came over all swoony - a bit like all those times I watched Bridget Jones' Diary just for Colin Firth.

The Bella by Kurt Geiger is £140.00. Which means I have about as much chance of owning a pair as I do snogging Colin Firth*. Just don't make me choose.

* Apologies to Eccentric English Boyfriend. Who, in my defence, is well aware of my feelings about Colin Firth.

08 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Ella Balconette Bra by Curvy Kate

You've got to love a lingerie site which specialises in bras for bigger cup sizes and has the slogan "Big Bras at Small Prices". A quick browse through the offerings at brastop.com revealed a wide range of gorgeous lingerie for those of us with boobs in a D cup and above.

This bra caught my eye because I just love the bright colours used in the embroidery detail:

Curvy Kate Ella Balconette Bra £16.95, available in 28"-38", DD-H cups. 

And because matching knickers are a must:

Curvy Kate Ella Thong £6.95.

07 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Sweetheart Shoes by Miss L Fire

These shoes are a lovely example of how to do white shoes without them looking wedding-ish or (shudder) 80s-ish. The combination of red stitching, chunky heel, ribbon and heart detailing and mary jane style - they're pretty much designed especially for me as far as I can tell.

The Sweetheart Shoes by Miss L Fire are currently reduced from £89.99 to £65.00 on Dolly Dagger.

05 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Wiggle Dress by Pixie Pocket

I spend a lot of time sighing over reproduction vintage dresses I see in online stores. Occasionally I cave in and buy them too, but not as often as I'd like because international postage to New Zealand makes them just that little bit more expensive.

But this dress. This dress is from a New Zealand store. I may have just died of happiness. And Eccentric English Boyfriend may have just made a frenzied dash to hide the credit card.

The Black and White Striped Wiggle Dress is a very reasonable NZ$95.00 from Pixie Pocket on Felt.co.nz, and it's not the only gorgeous dress in their store. Now where did EEB hide that credit card?

04 December 2011

Your daily dose of pretty: Big Knickers from Knickerocker

Browsing through an Etsy seller's lingerie listings, a section entitled "Big Knickers" may not seem particularly tempting - inspiring as it does thoughts of skin-toned granny knickers in practical cotton knits.

Knickerocker's Big Knickers are anything but granny. Their clever use of fabric and colour has resulted in a range of fun, quirky and cute knickers with something to tempt almost everyone. Including your granny.

Bright colours, lace and picot trim, and polka dots in the High Waisted Pink Polka Dot Panties (US$25.00):

Cute daisy print panel front and back in the Daisy Print Panelled Retro Knickers (US$25.00):

Nautical theme and colourway and a cute mix of prints in the Nautical Sailor High Rise Panties (US$24.00):

And my personal favourite, the Retro Style Floral Panties (US$20.00). I love the tropical print and colourway - that vibrant blue is one of my favourite colours:

So what about you my pretties? Would you buy Big Knickers? Would your granny?