Watching spring blossom

Hello sweethearts!

Although we are already well into the summer, I bring you a spring magic created with Jasenka Arbanas at the Botanical garden in Zagreb. Though Zagreb is filled with places to visit and see, Botanical garden Faculty of Science is one of the most visited sites. The most beautiful is of course, in the spring. 

For this walk trough statutorily protected Monument of garden architecture I wore my custom made shirt dress in my favorite color. Since vintage shirt dress is a classic that will take you from season to season in style I had to have it. My seamstress had a perfect green material, I liked it so much that I wanted something special out of it and vintage shirt dress was on my list for a long time. 

It comes with a matching belt and accidentally I found sandals of the same color on eBay. Paired with bamboo yewelery, this outfit makes a timeless and relaxed yet flattering combination. Perfect for Jasenka to capture the beauty, not only the dress but the nature around...

All photos are property of Jasenka Arbanas Ⓡ

Love, Eleanor

California dreamin'

Hello sweethearts!

In May I wrote a guest blog post for Campbell Crafts about a bicycle makeover. I have always admired old photos of gorgeous ladies on their bikes but a few years ago only bike I had was an old and not so nice brown bike of my mom. I'm an outdoorsy type, I love warm weather, sun, fresh air and nature. So I spent a lot of time on that old bike, but just the look on it made me feel sad and grumpy. Imagine me, all dolled up staring at that ugly bike.

 So one day I decided to take things in my own hands, and with mom's approval, makeover could start! All about that you can read HERE 🚲
This time I'm not going to write about my bicycle, but about my California dream...It all started with the launch of The Fifty-Five Collection by Campbell Crafts. When I saw the pieces of the Fifty-Five Collection, a house brand designed by Lins and inspired by Palm Spring, I was blown away. All of my pastel spring mid century dreams were fulfilled. 
So, when I got a surprise mail, I knew I will love what I see because The Fifty-Five Collection provides pastel, floral print and gingham galore inspired by the surroundings of California, and trust me, I deam about 1955., just cruising on my bike in the playground of Palm Springs. 

 Under cute The Fifty-Five Collection by Campbell Crafts business card there was a swing skirt in large blue gingham. I immediately knew how I will style it because the colors are gorgeous and the aesthetic of it fits perfecty in relaxed summer afternoon on the beach or bicycle riding. And since I don't have a beach nearby, cruiser bike ride it is! 

I paired my blue gingham skirt with light white blouse with pin up brooch, dark blue cardigan (to match the dark blue buttons of course) and white sandals. But let's talk about the skirt! As a part of The Fifty-Five Collection, a swing skirt in large blue gingham features a timeless, flattering and ageless cut. The pastel colour and 50's flair of the skirt fits the brand identity that Campbell Crafts has created over the past 5 years.

This full circle skirt is made out of soft, light and stretchy fabric perfect for summer. Although I wear petticoat below full cirlce skirts, with this one is not the case because it is a summer skirt and it would be too hot, but also because the large contract buttons are real and the opening goes all the way. So you can throw a little sex appeal by unbuttoning a few of the buttons and show that leg girl. 

Size guide on the Campbell Crafts site says that my UK10 size skirt has a 72cm waist and almost 74cm length. If you are in between sizes go with smaller because stretch makes it very comfortable. You can notice that the skirt is tailored longer that the usual knee lenght 50's skirts. So if you are tall or like your skirt a bit longer you will find your match in The Fifty-Five Collection of skirts.

For me it is important to keep my style, it's a huge part of my identity but in this busy world, find a „me“ time becomes harder and harder. If you have a full time job and family The Fifty-Five Collection is great for a day at the park. Or you are always in a hurry, or (let's be honest) you have a cheat day and just don't want to bother with makeup and fancy dress, this relaxed yet flattering fashion still holds that vintage aesthetic. Are you a „baby pin up“ and you're still not sure if this is your style? You can mix and match pieces to create your own vintage inspired wardrobe!

I am beyond happy with my skirt and I love The Fifty-Five Collection by Campbell Crafts. Honestly, I can't wait to se that will come out next and all the gorgeous girls styling this and future collections. 

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Love, Eleanor


Great things happen by love

Hello sweethearts!

Winter days are finally over, now only with a strange remembrance I recall of cold days while the spring sun warms  my face. Winter was long but somehow Gloria's presence early in March was just an introduction to the beautiful days ahead. 

These photos are taken on the last day of Gloria's stay in Zagreb. It was a gloomy day but long talk with coffee and cakes made it better. In the evening we relaxed with the film and hers delicious pancakes. I write this because I really enjoyed Gloria's company but also, I've been thinking a lot.

Gloria was working on herself in the last few years and while I was looking for a security in her decisions and actions I overlooked a simple and wonderful thing. She said: "Great things happen by love"...and then everything was clear to me. 

Not to enter into some deep thinking now, I hope every one of you reading this will think about that sentence and what it means to you. And I hope you will keep it in your morning reflections before you start your day like I do. Thank you my dear friend...

All photos are taken by Gloria La Marr Ⓡ with her Canon EOS 80D and Sigma 18-35 mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art lens.

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Make sure to visit Gloria's site for fashion, poetry, photography and much more- https://glorialamarr.com/

Love, Eleanor


Here tulips bloom as they are told

"A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower. You didn’t have to struggle to make your face different than anyone else’s on earth. It just is. You are unique because you were created that way."

Hello sweethearts!

One thing that I like more than spring is to dress up for spring :)
Dressing up in a floral dress while everything around me is in bloom is like some kind of therapy that works almost good like sun on me. That's why Dolly & Dotty Annie dress became my favorite dress this late spring...If you ask me it came just at the right time, both dress and spring.

As always, Dolly & Dotty delivered a fantastic dress. If you order from them, quality among other things is what you will surely be satisfied with. In a multitude of styles they offer, Annie dress is the one that will fit every body. This swing dress is cut to compliment your curves and make, not just to look but feel amazing.

This pretty dress completes even more beautiful print, just created for springtime walks in nature.

Soft cotton fabric makes sure you feel comfortable, and simple but elegant cut allows layered dressing in these changing spring days. My favorite feature is the bateau neckline and swing skirt. Zipper on the back makes it easy to put on/off and ironing is super easy.

Sleeveless cut is great for cardigans which are an indispensable part of the colder spring mornings. I am wearing a size UK12 and it fits perfectly because fabric has a bit stretch that carries the body nicely. Is goes just below my knees ( I'm 5'5 ) and beautifully falls on a petticoat.

What makes the dress stand out are printed tulip flowers. This bold print will provide you with lots of compliments.

Outfit details:
Shoes, scarf, brooch- eBay
Belt- New Yorker

Shop Dolly & Dotty here: http://www.dollyanddotty.co.uk/
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Love, Eleanor


Fortune in Kitty

Hello sweethearts!

Spring is finally here! Oh how I wished warmer weather to ride on my bike but April is a month known for its moody weather and I got just the perfect piece of clothing for that!
Miss Fortune's Kitty Batwing top is like created for April showers, cold mornings and warmer days.

Kitty Batwing top comes in an assortment of six gorgeous colors.  Always so kind Laura, the designer behind Miss Fortune, was sweet enough to send me this gorgeous Kitty top in black/ silver lurex.

First I must say, and I'm not sure how to put it in words, this top is unbelieveably comfortable. Like, soooo soft and light that I feel  super movable and free wearing it. It's made out of Polyester-Spandex mix with a silver lurex thread running through it in a crinkle texture.

I just love the elegance that silver lurex gives to this classy top. Honestly, this is my first batwing style top. They horrified me! So much that I never even tried one before. But slash neck, 3/4 length sleeves and silver running won me so much that I hat to give it a go. And now I'm in love.

This super comfy jersey top goes par excellence with a skirt like I'm wearing it, but thick and stretchy ponte fabric makes it so comfortable that I definitely see myself wearing it in a more casual occasion with some nice cigarette pants!

Outfit details:
Skirt- eBay 
Hat- made by me
Shoes- PinUp Couture Bettie 22
Accessories- Splendette

Shop Miss Fortune here: http://missfortune.co.uk/
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Love, Eleanor