Lola wears tartan – Voodoo Vixen AW17-18 Lola Dress

Hi lovelies,

You might remember Voodoo Vixen doing a collaboration with Rachel Jensen last year. Many people missed out on this amazing collection so Voodoo Vixen is bringing back the most lusted after piece, the Lola dress in their full size range up to 4XL and not only that, soon there will be a red colourway available!! We love you Voodoo Vixen!! 


So I surely didn’t want to miss out this year and snatched one! So in that days last rays of Spanish sun I decided to shoot this amazing dress. 



I am such a sucker for tartan, and especially green tartan, so to me this dress is what dreams are made of. The Lola dress comes with a detachable fake-fur collar and is just as gorgeous with or without. It has a typical 1940s cut which could mean you need to size up from your regular size or check the size chart very well! 


This is not a typical swingdress, it has a tight fitting bodace and the skirt flares out slowly, meaning less space for your tummy. I wore a shaper under this dress to take away all the lumps and bumps. 


Can we just talk about the skirt for a while?? I am 1.80m or 5.9″ and the skirt falls quite far OVER my knees! Hallelujah!! This dress fulfills all my long legged needs! 


With or without the fake-fur collar, the bodice is absolutely stunning, being big boobed, the pleats formed no problem and provided with enough space for my tata’s. 


Needless to say I am absolutely in love with this dress and I can’t wait for the weather here in Spain to cool down enough to be able to wear it!




So be quick and snatch yourself one of these beauties, I swear you won’t regret it! 

Shop the Lola Dress by clicking here or visits http://www.voodoovixen.co.uk
xoxox 

Miss Ginger Tulips

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Miss Ginger’s  Vanity Table: Le Keux Pin Up Powder and Every Cream + Discount code

Hi lovelies,

In this new section on my blog I will be reviewing anything you could find on my vanity table, starting with two gorgeous Le Keux products. Le Keux Cosmetics is an English company that manufactures cruelty free and paraben free cosmetics in the UK.


Lovely Lynsey Le Keux, boss-lady of Le Keux vintage salon and cosmetics sent me two products to try out, Pin Up Powder, a gorgeous soft finishing powder like they made in the olden days and Every Cream, a multi functional cream for hydrating, cleaning and removing make-up.


The first thing that makes my vintage heart beat faster is of course the packaging. Already before unpacking the actual product I squealed a little over the boxes they came in, but that was nothing compared to the actual product packaging. My goodness, these product are a little gem to have on your vanity table or in your bathroom. The gorgeous pink gemstone-like shaped jars are true eye catchers.

But of course what really matters is what’s inside! So let me start with the Pin Up powder. Next to perfume bottles with old fashioned tasseled pumps a powder with a fluffy powderpuff is one of these iconic images we have when we think about old fashioned cosmetics. So Le Keux has got us covered with a silky smooth finishing powder with a little pink powderpuff. The powder is meant to fix your make-up by dusting all over your skin including brows, eyelids and lips.


The powder looks pinkish tan in the pot but gives an amazing soft and translucent finish with a pretty glow. A little powderpuff is included, although it might be a bit little to my liking. I would have liked a bigger one, but I guess this powderpuff is the right size for dipping it in the powder. What makes this powder different from any other everyday powder is that I haven’t yet encountered a powder that is translucent even for my skintone without looking ghostly. It corrects the redness in my skin and keeps my make-up in place all day long.

Another iconic old fashioned beauty product is Pond’s cold-cream that you could use in different ways. Le Keux has made a lovely scented modern day version. The Everyday Creme is a cleanser, make-up remover and moisturiser in one. You can apply this thick cream on a cotton and wipe your make-up off or warm some cream between your hands and massage your face and remove with warm water for a morning cleanse.

So after opening the jar the first thing that came to me was an amazing sultry vintage scent. If you would close your eyes you would imagine yourself in a 1950s beauty salon. I adore it. I like to leave some on my hands to moisturise after applying, and I catch myself sniffing the back of my hand after applying this on my face. In its use as a moisturiser, the cream is nice and full but not too heavy. My sensitive skin responds very well to it and it doesn’t make my make-up glide off my face.

Then to put the cleansing part to the test. To really try it out I cleaned my full face day make-up easily. But a real challenge and easier to show you is some waterproof long lasting lip pencil. So I decided to put my MAC cosmetics ‘Kiss me quick’ pr0-long wear lip pencil to the test.


Without too much effort, with a little cream and a cotton I managed to clean off the thick swatch I made on the back of my hand.


All and all I am quite impressed with these products and will definitely continue to use them. Did you get just as excited and would like to try these products? Guess what, there’s a lot more vintage inspired make-up and cosmetics by Le Keux cosmetics and I have a special discountcode for you for 10% off your order on http://www.lekeuxgirl.com!  Use MISSGINGERTULIPS10 with your checkout.  Soon on the blog, there will be a review of their lovely lip paints and eyeliner!

The Pin Up Powder retails for £18,95 and the Every Cream retails for £15,95 on http://www.lekeuxgirl.com

Lots of love,

xoxo Miss Ginger Tulips

Polkadot perfection: Dolly and Dotty Lilian Dress 💙

Hi lovelies,


Today I review a little pearl of a dress for you! I love getting to know new brands and my first experience with Dolly and Dotty has been great! Dolly and Dotty is a UK based brand that is very budget friendly, good quality and delivers gorgeous dresses world-wide. I had the chance to review the Lilian dress in blue polkadot and I am really impressed!


I wear my usual size 14 in this dress and it fits like a charm. Made of cotton with a little bit of elastane it has a good stretch, making the dress fit well in all the right places. The immediate eye catcher is the bow-like bust that contrasts with the polkadot print, giving some extra emphasis on the bust. This design is something that I hadn’t seen before in other brands.

Unique is that the Lilian dress comes with two different fabric belts. One in white and one in the polkadot print, so you can decide which one you like best. I must say that both are equally lovely, depending on the way you accessorise the dress.

 


Something that you might not immediately notice but might just be my favourite feature on this dress is the little upright collar. It reminds me very much of the collar on the Royal blue dress Marilyn Monroe wears as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen prefer blondes. 



In these pictures I paired the dress with a petticoat but because the circle skirt is very wide and will accomodate any size petticoat, it also looks full and pretty without.


The Lilian dress comes in many different prints and retails for £34,99 but is currently on sale for £14,99. Go to www.dollyanddotty.co.uk and get your hands on one of these before they run out!

xoxox

Miss Ginger Tulips

Review: Voodoo Vixen Poppy dress

Hello lovelies,

If there is any brand that is super supportive of bloggers it is Voodoo Vixen. In the past I have reviewed quite some items and even got invited to be a VIP at London Edge. (click to read all about this) Today I will review an amazing dress from their new AW16 collection.


The poppy dress is a typical Miss Ginger dress, since I am a sucker for floral dresses, especially in these tones, red, grey, white and black. The print has some beautiful red lilacs and wild roses paired with black and grey leaves. The white background really makes the print pop!


As with every Voodoo Vixen dress I own, the fabric is great quality. It has a lovely stretch, is comfortable and soft. The black details on the bustline, the fake collar and button give a great shape to the neckline. The poppy dress is paired with a fabric black belt to accentuate your waist. I have paired my dress with a triple rose hairpiece that I made myself.


The new Voodoo Vixen collection is online now, get your hands on this pretty dress soon, because I have the feeling it will be a very popular style! ❤️

Lots of love,

xoxox Miss Ginger Tulips

Review: Pinup Girl Clothing Jenny Dress

Hello lovelies,

Photo by Jerry Zandwijk @ Phantom Photography


If you are familiar with vintage reproduction clothing, it’s impossible not to know Pinup Girl Clothing, or as the junkies like me call it, PUG. In the past I have written a blogpost about their absolutely amazing and masterpiece the Monica Dress, which is an absolute musthave for EVERY woman, and shared my love for PUG.

Another classic is the Jenny Dress. This amazing boned, flaring, figure enhancing, twirly dress with its metres and metres of fabric is one of PUGs steady designs that come out every season in different colors and prints. I myself have some of these amazing dresses and they are fabulous.


At $141 they don’t come cheap, like any other PUG item, but they are absolutely worth the investment. The Jenny dress has a sturdy bodice that is boned to give you a beautiful bust-line and a cinched waist and flares out in an amazing full swing skirt with metres and metres of high quality cotton that breathes and shapes after you. Also without petticoat, this dress looks full and twirly. The straps on the bust are adjustable, accommodating every type of bust, wether you are large chested or small chested.


The Jenny Dress really has a cult status and is one of the classic styles PUG offers, bringing out limited editions every season. There are definitely some styles that are on my wishlist and I know there is always more to come! Keep your eyes out on their website for limited editions and snag yourself one of these beauties. You won’t regret it.


Lots of love,

xoxo

Miss Ginger Tulips

Orangey goodness with Doll me Up Darling

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Hello lovelies,

I have been craving an orange print dress for such a long time and Doll me Up Darling managed to hook me up with a dress that equals perfection. Their Juicy Orange dress fulfills all my lusts with an orange print combined with polkadots. I mean. Does it get any better?

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Doll Me Up Darling is a US based company run by a young female entrepreneur, Krista Apodaca. Having a true dress obsession, Doll Me Up Darling offers some amazing and wonderful dresses that make my heart beat faster, but next to that they carry some amazing separates, beauty products, accessories and shoes that I know you will love.

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The Juicy Orange Dress is a high quality, 100% cotton and unlined dress with a beautiful neckline that gives some serious ‘Oompf’ to your boobarella’s with at the same time staying classy and sophisticated.  The dress comes with spaghetti-straps in matching fabric. Being 100% cotton, the dress doesn’t allow a lot of stretch. Generally sizing down in swing dresses, wearing an L, but following their size chart I was advised to size up and I am glad I did, because it fits like a glove, meaning their size chart is spot-on. The skirt has plenty of room for a big petticoat but also looks lovely without.

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Not only did I find this dream of a dress, next to that I found the PERFECT cardigan to wear with swing dresses. The Tootsie Crop Cardigan in Kelly Green is an amazingly soft, comfortable and stylish cardi with the ideal length to match all your pretty dresses. DMUD carries this cropped cardigan in many different colors and they are really affordable. This means I am going to need all the available colours to match my wardrobe!
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Doll Me Up Darling offers free US shipping and free worldwide shipping with orders over $150 and next to that they offer amazingly affordable shipping rates. Go over to their website and have a look!

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Lots of love,

xoxox

Miss Ginger Tulips

 

 

What I would tell my younger self.

Hello everybody,

I watched this video on youtube (please do watch it before you read on) and I got to thinking.

For a moment it seems the strict lady wants to give the girls a good message. But then it turns out that she means that by dressing and taking care of yourself the right way you don’t need to be pretty and you will be popular. Of course time has changed our vision so much, and this seems absolutely ridiculous to say something like this to a woman these days when we watch this video. But then I got to thinking. As a young girl, you DO really think that beauty and outer appearance will make you more happy, popular, wanted and appreciated. Puberty is a tough phase, and boy am I happy that it is behind me! Until my 18th year I was a bit awkward, uncomfortable in my own skin, terribly insecure and terribly unhappy with my appearance. I was different than most girls. I was tall, bigger than average, uncoordinated and my interests and style were different than those of others. Where most of girlfriends had boyfriends and were considered beautiful and attractive, I always felt like being less then they were. Just not the girl that boys saw as an attractive girl. They just didn’t notice me like that.

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Sometimes it made me sad, why couldn’t I have such a flat belly, look that pretty or have a boy like me like that? I just didn’t feel as valuable as other girls. Like I am just not blessed with traits like they were. This together with being bullied made me to be very insecure. This changed with life lessons learned, processing difficulties and learning to look at myself differently. The last thing is something mr. Tulips taught me. Because he loves me so unconditionally and just the way I am, I couldn’t look at myself in any other way than that there must be something beautiful under all the imperfections I normally only noticed. This of course doesn’t mean that having a partner is the only way to learn how to look at yourself differently, but he was the one that opened my eyes. It made me see that I am beautiful just the way I am and besides that there is more than just my outside appearance and that I am blessed with some character traits that are way more important. I am more than my size, looks or body type.

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So if I could talk to this awkward and uncomfortable girl, I would want to tell her that there are so many things more important. And that this time is hard, puberty is not the happiest phase of your life, and that there will even harder times, but with the people I have around me everything will be ok. Even though still now at my current age sometimes I don’t believe it.

I would tell her that she doesn’t need to be popular. That some of the friends she has around her are still by my side now. These close friends see me for who I am, love me and I love them, just like they are. They will stick around and people that are important will do that because they matter to you and you matter to them. I would tell her that she might not be a perfect person, but that’s fine. Perfection doesn’t exist. I would tell her to keep aiming high, but not at a high cost and lose herself in the process. I would tell her to protect her heart, to protect herself and to not give unconditionally, trust blindly and to not pour out her whole heart to people that cannot be trusted with this gift. I would tell her to look a bit closer at the people she considers better than she is. She’ll see that they are not. They have their own problems, insecurities and complexes. By the time you are 25, you will slowly but surely learn to love yourself and see that it is ok to be who you are.

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Don’t get me wrong, it might seem as if I have my life completely together and I am happy and self confident. This is not the case. I might be the worst person to give an example on how to be kinder to yourself and how to love yourself more, but if I can help anybody learn what I am learning right now, I will absolutely try.

Popularity, beauty, grace, weight and shape will not make you into a more worthy or better person. The way you are, your sparkle, the way you make others feel, your emotional intelligence, your empathy, your kindness, your friendship and many, many other traits will. Remember that when you look in the mirror and want to tear yourself up again. That is a note for you, but surely for myself, because sometimes the young, awkward and insecure girl appears again in the mirror.

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Lots of love, xoxo

Miss Ginger Tulips