Monday, 10 July 2017

1920's "Phryne Fisher" Inspired Outfit.

Season 1, Episode 1: Cocaine Blues - Phryne's First Look.
Recently I started watching this amazing TV series on Netflix called "Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries" and absolutely fell in love with the costume designs/styling of the lead character, Phryne Fisher. I've always loved anything set before the 40's and murder mysteries are a favourite genre of mine so this show really jelled with me. In the first episode I loved the look this post is dedicated to and have found some pieces online to get a similar inspired look. Really hope you guys enjoy, let me know if you want more of these fashion posts and I'll see what I can do!
Extra Long White Scarf: (Length of this one 5'2 - will half in size when wrapped around the neck) Phryne's Scarf in the first episode is made of thicker material, this one is made of chiffon which will make it see-through. You can achieve a look more similar to Phryne's if you just buy some white fabric from a material store/market and cut it up/sew it yourself. It may, however, be more costly. £2.99

White Tights: from ASOS reduced to £1.50. You can get white tights at Primark also which should do the trick quite nicely. You don't want really thick white tights, in fact, you want to be able to see your skin through them a bit. If you're going for a Phryne Costume, getting thicker tights give them the appearance of a more cartoon character but if you're looking to wear this on the daily (a more wearable everyday look) then I suggest getting the more see-through tights.

White Gloves: Phryne only wears these gloves when she's outside, so they're not really necessary if you don't want them but I personally love wearing gloves. You're looking for some short vintage ones, Phryne's have two buttons on the wrist to clasp the glove closed. £1.99 with shipping.

Navy pleated midi skirt£14 from Asda. Phryne's skirt stops at the knee, so you're essentially looking for a pleated navy midi skirt like this one. They're currently sold out of a few sizes so hopefully, they'll get them back in stock soon! I looked really carefully at the footage and originally I thought the skirt and top were matte but they're not, they're actually satin! This skirt from Asda and the top below aren't shiny, so while it appears less costumey it isn't true to the show or era as they wore ALOT of satin back then.

Black and White Shoes: So Phryne was wearing a T-strap shoe and I managed to find some similar but not exact from Royal Vintage. Phryne's had more of the white running up the heel and the strap was more detailed on the front but these will do the same thing! $45 but you need to add $21 for shipping if you're from the UK.

Top: This is the closest top look alike I could find. The sleeves need to be longer so they can be rolled up slightly like Phryne's and it also has the hood on the back. In the show, she has more white detailing on the top but this one has a few strips and is similar in cut and style and it's only $20.70! It also seems to match the colour of the skirt quite well.

EXTRAS: In this episode, Phryne also seems to be wearing a dark red lipstick. I use 'Diva' by Mac but any dar
k red will do. You don't want it to be too dark, however, so just use a little bit to give it the vintage 1920's look if it's a really pigmented shade like 'Diva'. This look is more vintage than modern vampy, but can be altered if that's your preferred styling! She's also wearing a navy blue hat with a white feather and blue flower attached to the side of it. She is seen without the hat in the second scene, so again it's an outdoor item of clothing and not necessary. This hat in particular is very unusual (it's not like a normal cloche hat) as it folds over in various places. This is one that I think would have to be made by hand rather than bought.

Really hope you enjoyed reading this, let me know in the comments if you want any more posts similar,
Thanks again for reading!


TITLE: "All I Do Is Dream Of You."
ARTIST: Singin' In The Rain.
YEAR: 1952.
COMPOSER: Lennie Hayton, Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed.
GENRE: Musical.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Book Review: The Miniaturist.

Image result for the miniaturistThe photo above is from: paperbackcastles: a blogger who posts really in depth quality book reviews. My gran this year for Christmas got me "The Miniaturist" and a few other books that I'd been dying to get my hands on and I have to say, the minute I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Jessie Burton is so clever with the language she uses and isn't too obvious about where the plot lines will go, which made the whole thing incredibly gripping. The characters are all wonderfully complex and everything makes sense. It all flows together nicely. Sometimes, I feel, with dramatic books they get a bit tedious because a random death will occur for no reason (as an example) just to make the plot feel more interesting but with this book everything that happens feels natural and almost inevitable - but not in a straight forward manner. I didn't guess many of the plots twists and turns which is something I enjoy because my mind will always jump to the conclusion and I like the element of surprise this book gave me numerous times. The themes of the book are really well thought out and you can tell that Burton has been researching the piece for years. I love that it's also based on a real doll house owned by Petronella Oortman too! It adds another layer of realism to the work. I rate this book a full ten out of ten and recommend it for anyone who wants something exciting and gripping with brilliant characters and story lines. This would be perfect for a train journey, going on holiday or even just chilling at home.
Thanks for reading,
Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sass Box from ""

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After an amazing 2016, I am finally making my first post in 2017. I have been loving so I thought I would talk about that today! Please feel free to use code: oliviainsta20 for 20% off! So I ordered the Build Your Own Sass Box and I am in love...

In this box, you get to choose...
1 x Phone Case
1 x Pair of Socks
1 x Wall Art
1 x Coaster
1 x Notebook
1 x Bracelet
1 x Ring
and then you even get a £20 Gift Card for coconut-lane!

So what did I get in my sass box? (I will put the link for each item and a photo for you...) Remember to use "oliviainsta20" code for 20% off your entire order!

Firstly the phone case I chose was the LUXE Marble Blush Case for the iPhone 7 which isn't actually available online anymore which is why I couldn't post a picture to this post, many apologies! However, I love love love this case! The quality is amazing and the shades of pink used are stunning. 

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Lion King.jpgNext is the socks... I chose the "Pineapple Socks" and they are soooo cute. They feel so soft and the colours are sup bright! I would definitely pop a pair of these in your basket.

I then went for the "Hakuna Matata Disney - Lion King Wall Art.The quality of this product again is outstanding and is worth every penny!

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Next is the coaster... I chose the "Black Marble Coaster" which is really great. I love the design of it and it will look perfect in my house. This also comes in other colours so check them out if you prefer something lighter!

The notebook I chose was the "Ocean Marble Notebook" which is super cute. This will be so handy for uni and I am excited to use it!

Next up is the "Rose Crystal Bracelet" which I think is stunning. I love pink and gold together so this bracelet called out to me. It's even adjustable so you can make it the perfect size for you!

Finally, the ring! I chose this beautiful "Pineapple Ring in Gold" (matches my socks, see what I did there!) I always struggle to find a ring that fits my little fingers but this one is adjustable and it fits perfectly! It comes in 2 colours so you can choose your fav.

Overall I am obsessed with Coconut Lanes products and I will definitely be purchasing more soon! Please don't forget your 20% off using code: oliviainsta20 to save yourselves some money!  
Lots Of Love,