If I Lived in Yharnam OOTD

Hi everyone,

Today I thought I’d share a little OOTD post, something I want to try doing more regularly as they are easier to photograph and write than some of my other posts. My schedule is going to be very tight for the next few months but I really want to try and put out more content.

Today’s outfit was inspired by my Bloodborne shirt and what I would probably wear on a very casual day in Yharnam.


I’ve had this plaid set for years, I think I made it in 2012 and it’s still going strong. Both the skirt and cape are full circles so they were very easy to cut and sew.


I do like the fullness of a circle cape, fitted ones I find can be a bit restrictive. I really like that the skirt on it’s own can be comfy and casual but having something to match really makes it that little bit more stylish. Also you couldn’t be seen in Yharnam without a cape!


The shirt is from Insert Coin Clothing, a brand I discovered when shopping for my SO’s Christmas present. They were having a sale at the time so this is one of the things I picked up for myself!


The shirt isn’t extremely fitted so it can be a big baggy in the waist, but that doesn’t bother me as I usually wear it tucked in. It makes for a nice casual shirt to wear with circle skirts.


The reversible hairbow is from Two Lippy Ladies and I received it in a goody bag from a local high tea last year.

I’m also wearing this Karolina Laskowska choker, I bought this as I couldn’t buy the full set of the Natasza set but loved the lace. I honestly didn’t expect to fall in love with this as much as I did and I really want to buy more of her accessory pieces!



I am wearing Besame Cosmetic‘s American Beauty lipsticks, one of my favourites as it can look anywhere from hot pink to a deeper red depending on your skintone and clothing.

And we’ll finish off with a dorky photo because why not?


I hope you enjoyed this little OOTD post, let me know if you enjoyed it or would want to see more on the future!

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Christmas Day OOTD

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this week’s post detailing my Christmas Day OOTD. Every year for the past 5 years I’ve made myself a special outfit to wear at Christmas and of course this year was no exception. First I’m going to detail my inspiration behind the dress and then there are PLENTY of pictures of me wearing it! All pictures were also taken by myself at my parent’s house.

I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted. I was actually planning on using a bright poinsettia print fabric as I adore poinsettia, but then I noticed a gorgeous green brocade in my fabric stash. I originally bought loads of it so I could make myself a big sleeved winter dress. I also wanted to do something a bit different, I usually use typical cottons from Spotlight and this fabric really inspired me. It’s also actually a curtain fabric!

Most of my inspiration came from random google searches along the lines of ’50’s christmas dress’, ‘vintage day dress’, ‘green vintage dress’ so on and so forth. I also have many, many vintage fashion books and plenty of older sketches I have done through the years. I just kind of pieced it together from a few sources, I would link pictures but I could not find any.

I was also looking for a slightly more historical look. I have been looking at a lot of my fashion history books recently and have also been super inspired by Angela Clayton recently. I wanted to go with a bit of a Romantic style which is where the extra full skirt, fabric and headdress came from. I also left my hair quite fluffy and not too formed.


The necklace was a vintage piece my great-aunt gave me as a gift a few years ago. It is one of my go-to pieces for an extra glam look.





This skirt is more than a full circle, and I really wanted the full look. I would love to have worn a petticoat with it but I still don’t own one. I wished I had steamed or ironed this dress first, but unfortunately I don’t own an iron at the moment and this was at the end of a long day.



The halo is made from 3 mini wreaths I found at Crabtree & Evelyn actually, my mother was kind enough to snag them for me so I spent Christmas Eve cutting them up and hot gluing them together. I wanted to make a big extravagant one but I really like the subtlety of this.



I wore these wonderful What Katie Did stockings with a green contrast seam. Also my beloved Clarks shoes.


Here is just a small selection of what I can fit into one of my pockets. I actually originally wanted them to stand up but the fabric wasn’t quite right so I stitched them down at the top of the peak. I actually like how this contributes to the drapey look.


And of course I have to mention my lipstick is ICON by Hourglass from the Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick line. I adore it to bits and it is my current favourite.

I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season and if you didn’t be sure to take some time for yourself soon.

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Pinup Christmas Countdown Days 17-25!

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday whatever your celebrations are. Here are my final Christmas outfits! I will also be making a blog post covering my Christmas Day dress

Day 17

I love this harlequin fabric, it’s a few years old now and it was very interesting to see Pinup Girl Clothing make a very similar print this year!

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 18

Top: Wilson Trollope

Brooch: Lovisa

Pants: Toxic Vision

Socks: Bakdrop – Smoothie the Cat

Day 19

I just had to cave in and buy another Winter Wonderland dress by Bernie Dexter! This is the Lauren dresss.

Dress: Bernie Dexter

Stockings: Levante

Boots: Atticus

Day 20

Top and Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 24

No outfit post for today. I woke up late and spent a whirlwind 5 hours cleaning my flat so didn’t have much time or motivation to wear proper clothes.

Day 23

Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Stockings: What Kate Did

Day 23

Cardigan: Wheels and Dollbaby – Dita Von Teese Cardigan

Skirt: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Day 24

Christmas Eve, it HAD to be more Bernie Dexter. I have just been so impressed with these dresses, a review is sure to come in the New Year!


Dress: Bernie Dexter

Stockings: Levante

Brooches: Lovisa and Heidi and Gretel

Day 25


Dress: Handmade (Xamia Arc Clothing)

Crown: Handmade

Necklace: Vintage


Thank you for staying tuned to this little outfit series! I know I missed a couple of days but dressing up nicely every day during such a frantic time is tough! As I mentioned there will soon be a post up dedicated to my Christmas Day outfit. I enjoyed seeing so much festive fashion on Instagram and follow me there for (mostly) daily outfit posts!

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What I’ve Been Up To!

Hi all,

So I though I’d just make a quick post today to let you all know what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t been updating despite having a bit of a backlog on things to post about!

First of all I packed up and left my shop which I worked at for a year! I loved running it and I learnt so much. Also it was a huge ordeal moving out as it turns out I had acquired a lot more fabric than I thought so it took over 2 days. Most of my stuff is now in storage but a lot of it has filled up my hallway at home so I need to sort that out now!


Also I’ve started full-time study which is at least 9am-4pm every weekday plus I have a bunch of assignments! I am loving it though and I get to be really creative which is my favourite thing. Everything’s been a bit of a blur as I only had a few days off between closing the shop and starting study so I haven’t had time to orient myself.

I did buy some new makeup today though and I am hoping to test that out for a few days and take photos and just do a little write up at the end. Most of the time when I get home I am too exhausted to take my tripod out and take photos. Also my last three weekends have been so packed I haven’t even had time then!

I will definitely make an effort to sort out a balance and find time to blog, I think I need a day of taking many many photos then I can write at my leisure. If you want to follow what I do on a day-to-day basis (an you don’t already) then follow me on Instagram!

One exciting thing I did recently was entering a Glory Day’s competition! I didn’t win but I liked my photo! The theme was “women in the workplace” so I thought it would be suitable if I photographed myself at my work doing my job.


Hope to be back to posting soon! And as always…

anna text

Atomic Market 2015! (And my trip to Hamilton)

Hi all,

Sorry for the lack of posts last week, I was super busy in preparation for taking Xamia Arc Clothing all the way up to Hamilton for the Atomic Market – one of the largest annual vintage events here in New Zealand. Anyway on this post I’m going to talk about my trip as well as the actual event itself, most of the pictures will be from my Instagram, so if you follow me there sorry for the double ups!

I woke up at 6.30am on Friday in order to get the 7.45am bus to Hamilton. I pretty much just rolled out of bed into comfy clothes and made sure I had everything with me. I usually wake up at around 9am on weekdays as I really despise mornings. I ended up doing my makeup on the bus and it wasn’t too shabby!

The whole trip took 9 and a half hours which was the longest I’ve ever bussed, or travelled in one go. It was nice to see the country though, it’s so green at the moment as we’re at the tail end of spring (and 90% of NZ trees are evergreens, we don’t get a leafy autumn). Here’s a picture of Mount Ruapehu I took as we were going along the Desert Road.

Amazing view of the mountains today. #newzealand #mtruapehu #travel

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We arrived in Hamilton and headed straight for the hotel. The bus was a little late so we got in at 5.20pm and had to find and walk to the hotel as check in closed at 6pm. For dinner we wandered around for a while exploring the main street of Hamilton (I think) but decided on Subway to eat at the hotel. We stayed at Camelot on Ulster and it was really nice. Also our apartment has very low water pressure so taking a shower was amazing, and pretty much like getting a massage. It was so hot in Hamilton, we had to have the air con on all night.

Then another bright and early morning on Saturday, waking up at 7.45 so we could be at the Classics Museum with the stall set up for 9am.

My hair wasn’t actually fully dry in the morning so I had to keep it pinned up and finish styling it just before the market opened.

My stall was situated between Made with Love NZ and Rita Sue so there were plenty of goodies to look at throughout the day. I actually bought the chevron hair bow in the above picture from Made with Love and I also bought my first snood from her!

There were so many stores and people I knew of and finally got to see and meet which was wonderful. Also seeing so many beautiful pinup ladies was great, it was also lovely as Miss Victory Violet stopped by for a quick chat.

I was also approached early on by Tony McKay who’s photographic work I have admired for so long. Definitely follow him on social media if you like beautiful images! I was hoping I would get a chance to check out his photobooth he had at the market, which also is an amazing stall idea, so much fun. He’s definitely top of my list of photographers I need to work with at some point.

I also got to meet the woman behind BellaVintage, I have been a fan on Facebook and Instagram for quite a while now! Their stall was situated directly across from mine so I kept popping over to look at the goodies. There were sooo many clothes I wanted. I spotted this red 50’s number and instantly fell in love. I have literally been looking for a red 1950’s dress with 3/4 sleeves for years, and it fits perfectly! I can still hardly get over it!

@brauley1 and I all set up at the Atomic Market! #atomicmarket #hamilton #fashion #vintageinspired

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The store wasn’t as amazing looking as most of the others’ but we did come up on a bus with only one suitcase to hold the shop! The skirt I was wearing was actually the most popular garment at my stall which was pretty funny. I can see why though, I adore the fabric.

Huge thanks to the Sweet Painted Lady for organising it all and making it run smoothly!

There were also some amazing pancakes at the market which kept me going through the day. At the end after we packed up we checked out the Jukebox Diner and had some delicious bacon & egg baps which gave us the energy to get though the rest of the day.

After all that we walked back to Central Hamilton and stopped on a grassy area and rested for a long time. At the end of the market we had 6 hours to kill before our overnight bus home.


I ended up changing my hair to make it more suitable for the bus and got to try out my new snood! I also picked up a new petticoat from Two Lippy Ladies! My previous petticoat was a Leg Avenue one and I haaaated it, hence why I never wear a petticoat in my OOTD posts. The petticoat is by Banned and is super fluffy and lovely! But tragically I left it on the bus on the way hope, I’ve filled out a lost property form so hopefully I get it back!

In short we had some Dunkin’ Donuts (I hate that spelling), looked around a huge night market which puts Wellington to shame, and had dinner at Donburi-Ya (I love Japanese food). The bus left Hamilton at 9.40 and I spent the first 2 hours being horrendously sick, loads of fun. We were lucky enough to have special large nice seats but I still slept horribly and couldn’t wait to get home. We finally arrived in Wellington at around 6.40 and I have never been happier to be wind blown.

I had an amazing time at the Atomic Market and it was so much fun, even though I was manning a stall.