I love all things Gingerbread. I have also collected all things gingerbread for years and have many decorations, plush items, and clothing, wall plaques and more. I was over the moon excited when I saw that Lady V of London had come out with a limited edition Gingerbread Lyra dress for the holiday season and Too Faced cosmetics also came out with a limited edition Extra Spicy Gingerbread Eye Shadow palette with the most adorable packaging. This was going to be a very sweet festive season for sure!!
Lady V London has done it again with the perfect dress for curvy gals – the Eva. I was so excited when I first saw this new style released a couple weeks ago and could not wait to style it. Lady V’s Lyra wrap dress is my wardrobe staple and I have one in every color and print because a wrap style dress is a busty gals best friend. The Eva has a crossover neckline or faux wrap as I refer to it and that got my attention. Also, the beautiful Birds in Paradise print with touches of teal blue and pink would make it a breeze to accessorize with cardigans and petticoats. I could not wait for my Eva to arrive.
The team over at Lady Voluptuous keeps amazing me with each season as they come out with the prettiest of wrap dresses- the Lyra dress. I love the Lyra dresses because they look spectacular on a wide variety of body shapes and available in sizes 14-32 UK and are made from high quality fabrics. I love the Lyra’s fit, because it is a wrap dress it fits my bust perfectly and gives me a very feminine silhouette. I feel well dressed and beautiful.
I love a fabulous Flamingo print and Lady V really delivered with the Dinah Skirt – Pretty In Pink Flamingos that combines my love for polka dots and flamingos into this new for SS2018 1950s inspired skirt that is made in England. The fabric is very nice quality cotton that holds it shape firmly, has plenty of room for a fluffy petticoat and has a super fun print with a navy blue background, bright pink flamingos, palm fronds, and perfect polka dots. Skirt zips up the back and also has pockets!!
Lady Voluptuous has put their own stamp on the classic wrap dress with a 1950s circle skirt and a standout print for every occasion. I was so excited to work with Lady Voluptuous on this collaboration and wear their new Autumn/Winter 2016 Lyra Dress that I could not wait to style and shoot this delectably sweet dress in the Cute As A Cupcake print in black.
This Lyra dress is practical, feminine, and sexy, yet can be work appropriate too. For Autumn this dress has long sleeves!!! Hooray for all us ladies that don’t enjoy baring our arms as well as appreciate the longer length for added warmth as the weather turns cooler. No one can pass up the cute cupcake print (I was craving cupcakes badly) and the colors are perfect for Autumn with cozy shades of gold, brownish/orange, hints of red and pastel blues/pinks. The Lyra dress is spot on for modern dressing with its V-neck wrap design that fits a woman’s body like no other dress as it perfectly hugged my curves and hour glass shape, and, in keeping with the vintage theme it has that fabulous full circle skirt. With ties in the back, you can pull the dress as tight as you like to enhance your waist or, keep it looser for work wear. I love that this wrap dress also lets the wearer adjust just how much cleavage they are comfortable showing as you can pull it higher in front to minimize the amount or, pull it down a bit to bare a little more.
In these pictures I styled the dress very minimally as I wanted the fun print to be the showstopper. I wore it with my simple black pumps and some bright pink earrings. I added a pink cardigan for a little contrast to show just how easy it is to style this stunning dress. As the weather cools I will pair it with tights and some tall boots and richer hued cardigans. I am a Lyra dress fan having the green and purple styles in my collection and am so thrilled to have the addition of this Cupcake print in my wardrobe as this dress is a staple and so very comfortable to wear. The dress is as light as air and doesn’t wrinkle!! Lady Voluptuous garments are made in London from the finest fabrics in sizes 16-32. I need all the Lyra’s in all the styles!! Hurry and snap yours up before it sells out ——> Cute As A Cupcake dress.
All pics by my sweet hubby Gary – @garyzface
Floral dresses are my absolute favorite!! I had been searching for a dress that epitomizes Spring and Summer and this is the dress – it is by Lady Voluptuous and called the Estella in Summer Floral print.
What caught my eye about this dress is the variety of colorful Hibiscus flowers, tropical Plumeria flowers, lush green palm fronds and beautiful butterflies against a soft blue background. I immediately could see multiple ways of styling this dress with colorful petticoats, hair scarves and flowers in shades of pinks, blues, yellows, oranges and greens. Also, you could easily add Tiki flair to it with some tropical hair flowers and bamboo bracelets and purse. And, because there are so many pretty colors to pick from, adding a striking colored cardigan would also be a great way to style and accessorize this gorgeous dress.
For my first look I kept it toned down with a pop of color from my magenta hair scarf. I wanted the dress to be the statement. I kept the accessories minimal with only a pair of vintage floral earrings and a pair of bone colored pumps. For a pop of color is my bright pink petticoat.
For my second look that I am calling my Elegant Tiki look, I paired the dress with bright yellow and I think it really makes a statement. I added yellow shoes, yellow hair scarf and a hibiscus flower along with a bright yellow petticoat. I also added some bamboo bangles and my vintage handbag made from woven wicker that has embroidered yellow and orange tropical flowers. And look what landed in my purse… the cutest flamingo!!
Let’s talk about the dress’s 1950s silhouette now. Being a girl that loves her full skirts and nipped in waists, I was not disappointed. The dress has a full 1950s circle skirt so adding a petticoat to show off the fullness is truly fabulous. The cut of the bust line is a crossover so it shows curves off beautifully without showing too much. I was a little concerned about how the dress would fit my full bust and if the dress would be tight and therefore give the dreaded pancake look but Lady V London knows how to cut clothing for curvy gals so there was no need to worry. The fabric has some stretch to it as well. I mean look at me; this dress truly fits like a dream!! I am comfortable and can easily wear this dress to work and then out for dinner too. 97% cotton / 3% elastine. You will be cool all summer long in this fabric. Sizes go up to 30/32 in the Lady Voluptuous label so curvy dolls around the world can dress beautifully.
The Lady V London brand is a husband and wife team that founded the company back in 2011 in London. Clothing is all designed in-house + manufactured in the heart of London and supports British businesses and workers. Lady V London is high quality clothing at a reasonable price too. There are two labels to choose from: Lady Vintage up to size 22 and Lady Voluptuous up to size 32. Both have stunning dresses with the same high quality fabric and designs. The company ships all around the world and let me tell you how quickly items arrive; I am in California and items from London arrive in about a week. The staff too at Lady V London is incredibly friendly and helpful. If you have sizing questions or concerns they are ready to assist!! You can find the gorgeous dress I am wearing and so many more (new stunning designs are coming as well… I’ve got my eyes on 3 flamingo prints) so hurry and order before they sell out. You will be so happy you did!!
All pics by my fabulous hubby Gary Greco