Pinup Review: Lady V London Elegant Floral Border Tea Dress

Bottom line up front: I recently bought my first Lady V London dress during their massive summer sale and let me tell you, I’d have paid a lot more for this dress had it not been on sale and it would have been worth every penny.

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I’m not kidding. And that is coming from someone who has a hard time spending money on herself! I absolutely love this dress and I got a ton of compliments on it while I was out and about today. Lady V London is the definition of high quality as far as I can tell from this first purchase. In fact, I was so impressed by this dress that I’ve already ordered another one in a different style (the Nancy in purple butterfly border if anyone cares to know) and will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future. Now, onto the dress!20884886_10155702148357112_1480848557_n

It’s a beautiful true white color that, surprisingly, doesn’t wash out my practically milk pale skin. The oranges and blues pop incredibly well and the pattern is bold without being overwhelming. The fabric (a poly blend, if memory serves) is incredibly soft and breathable. It also feels sturdy so I’m not worried about snags at all like you sometimes do with soft fabrics like this. The dress also arrived quickly (just about a week) for something coming from the UK and wasn’t wrinkled at all when it came out of the packaging. I didn’t see any kind of loose strings around the seams either, which is always a wonderful sign of quality in my book.

I paired the dress with an orange petticoat from Manfei that I got off Amazon and (despite having a very lazy hair day) an adorable orange hair flower made by Daydream Seeker on Etsy. You could also pair this dress with blue accessories if you wanted but I thought orange would be a little more fun for summer.20916756_10155702148422112_1988148665_n

Tchuss!

Ursula

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Introducing: Ursula DeLight

Hey ya’ll!

I’m Ursula and I’ll be the one (hopefully) entertaining you within the pages of this blog. I just want to use this first post to explain a little bit about why I’ve started this blog and what you can expect from it.

I am a wife, a mother, a passionate home cook, a pinup girl, and a lover of tattoos. At least, that’s what I am now. I’m starting this blog because I kind of lost myself after I separated from the Air Force a couple years ago. I enlisted straight out of high school so I suppose you could say that my job was my identity for most of my young adult life. When Hubby and I decided to start a family, it became clear to us that we could not both stay in the military because we were both in high deployment tempo careers. It simply made sense for me to become a stay-at-home-mom. I have absolutely loved being able to be there for all of my daughter’s (whom I shall affectionately refer to as The Noisy Thing) milestones but somewhere along the way, I found myself without an identity of my own. I was having trouble with my weight after The Noisy Thing was born and I never wore anything but yoga pants. Even after I got my weight under control, I struggled to figure out who I was aside from just a wife and mother.

Cue my wonderful friend Bella Bon Voyage! A few months ago Bella started her blog and convinced me that I should finally embrace the vintage/pinup style that we both loved so much because it was helping her heal from similar circumstances. And you know what? She was right! After only a few weeks of doing vintage hair styles, makeup, and clothes nearly every day, I felt like I at least knew who I was again.

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Flash forward to this past weekend: Bella convinced me to go out with her and take some fun pinup photos with her since we are moving from Germany to Baltimore next week and something magical happened. As we shot, we’d stop periodically to look at the pictures and I couldn’t believe my eyes. On the screen of that camera was a (relatively) thin woman with loads of self confidence! I could hardly recognize myself because I hadn’t felt as confident as I looked in those pictures in a very long time.

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I had thought about starting a blog for some time but just couldn’t come up with a very good idea. I have always loved cooking and have really gotten into healthy cooking in the last year or so (let me tell you, not easy for an Arkansas comfort food kind of gal!). I’m also a wife and mother and have quite a few tattoos. With this new pinup style, everything finally clicked into place and I found my niche. In the pages of this blog, you will find recipes, musings on family, and posts about my personal style. I do not claim to be an expert in any of these things but I am passionate about them all!

XO,

Ursula

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All Photos Credit: You Are My Sunshine Photography