Alongside my love of frocks I also have a love of swimwear.

Following the popularity of brands such as Anne Summers and Victoria Secrets there hadn’t really been many swimwear designers that challenged their level of success and popularity and after a time I found their designs to be becoming more and more boring (Victoria Secrets) or tacky (Anne Summers). I was dying for an alternative.

Then came along Agent Provocateur. The name said it all: sex, romance, mystery and an abundance of glamour. It was all of the things I was looking for in lingerie and swimwear, but the only problem was: The Price.

These teeny tiny items of clothing were very expensive and seemed to  be eternally out of reach for someone who couldn’t (and didn’t want to), spend £80 on a bra and £300 on a bikini.

It was very frustrating as I loved all of their products and didn’t see why they had to be charging such extortionate prices for scanty wares. Recently Agent Provocateur had an online sale so I looked on their website in the hope that their prices become a little more reasonable. There was one swimsuit in particular I’d had my eye on:



Now I realise that a lot of people (indeed the majority of people), wouldn’t necessarily feel comfortable wearing this swimsuit but it’s exactly the kind of swimwear I like and I would feel absolutely fantastic wearing it, alas it was £225. £225 for something that I’m probably only going to wear for a few hours in a day on holiday?? – I realise that they are trying to make a statement about their outfits exclusive but c’mon. Is it really worth £225? – I doubt it.


Then I saw this:

Lexxi Swimsuit

And I absolutely adored the striking cobalt blue colour of the swimsuit aswell as the unique bandage style design.  Yes please! Price? – Oh, not much, just a mere £245!

REALLY Agent Provocateur?!

So, I found myself back to square one again and back to my beloved Asos which at the very least would have more reasonable options, and of course more variety. Almost immediately upon clicking onto there swimwear section I saw this:


Price? – £55. I purchased immediately. For me, in the age where you can get swimwear for £16, an £55 swimsuit is reasonably expensive so considering a swimsuit for more then 4 times the cost of what is already an expensive swimsuit is a ridiculous concept, particularly when as you can see this £55 version is also very striking to look at (and was designed in Australia, surprise surprise!)

So, what happened when I received said costume? – Well, I tried it on and was suitably impressed with the fit, the colour (a beautiful emerald green), and it’s design. Definitely a keeper. But what’s this on the tag I can see? – I looked closer and upon inspection I could see a warning telling me to (what is this?): Do not wear in water.

Erm, I felt the need to check the description of the item of clothing: Ahh yes, A SWIMSUIT. But hold on let me read that warning label again: DO NOT WEAR IN WATER.

What kind of foolishness of this? What do you mean I cannot wear a suit to swim in?

In my absolute horror at a level of stupidity that I had never accounted before in my quest for fashion relief, I logged online immediately to check the information that Asos had on their website for the usage of this pose-wear aka parade-wear aka sunbathing wear aka poncing about-wear masquerading as swimwear and all it said was:

  • Stretch bandage fabric (check)
  • plunge design (check)
  • cut-out detailing (check)
  • hook and hoop fastenings (check)
  • flattering brief cut (check)
  • hand wash (slightly odd but check)
  • 100% polyester (a little unusual but check)

There was absolutely NO MENTION whatsoever of something that is ultimately very crucial to someone who is looking for a suit to swim in the sea.  And guess what? – they even had the audacity to show the model with WET hair whilst wearing it. Why would her hair be wet? Or is that just sweat?..

It is only when you look further (in another tab entitled Info), when you see the same warning: To get the best from your bandage beachwear we advise you do not wear it in water.

Well, blow me down! This advice is closer to the true description: bandage beachwear. But to describe it as being swimwear and then tell me that I cannot swim in it is ridiculous beyond belief. I’ve never heard of such a thing!

Deceit: I do not take kindly to deceit particularly when it’s at my expense and when I’m time poor. I don’t have time to look for another swimming costume, and neither do I have the desire. However I am delaying sending it back because I do like it first I’d like someone to tell me the following:

Who on earth would parade around in a swimming costume that cannot be worn in the water? Who on earth would buy a swimming costume that cannot be worn in the water?

Who on earth came up with this ridiculous, vanity inducing design?

What on earth will happen if I wear this thing in the water? – will it disintegrate? fade? shrink?

A dress at least has a function, as does lingerie, jeans etc. but what exactly is the function of this outfit? I’ll tell you what it is – tis POSING. I don’t have time for that nonsense! And I most certainly do not want to spend MORE on something that has LESS value. The idea that I would be sunbathing in this pose-wear only to have to change into a bikini or swimming costume so that I can cool off or swim is ridiculous. Is this what the world has come to? Goodness Gracious.

I have complained to Asos about this and the customer service agent wasn’t very sympathetic to my plight at first but when he actually saw the thing he agreed that it was indeed one of the silliest things he’d heard. They are meant to be getting back to me today with an answer as to what exactly will happen to the garment if I wear it in water. The reason as to why such a product even exists is something that only the designer will ever know…


Girl, you Nasty!

Girl, you Nasty!

So a few weeks ago I was browsing the net (as you do), and I came across a blog of a stylist who was wearing some really interesting clothes. They were really quirky and elegant at the same time, just the kind of style that I like. One of the outfits had been accessorised with a gold body chain which looked really effective paired with the jeans and T-shirt she was wearing it with so out of curiosity I clicked on the link to see where I could buy it from and it took me to this site called Nasty Gal.

When I browsed the site I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing – it was as if finally I had found one place, one destination that had my style. I mean I am eternally faithful to Asos, I think it’s an amazing website and I’ve shopped there for many years and will continue to do so, but because it has such a vast array of clothes and styles I sometimes find it’s near impossible to find what your looking for on there. I love there free (well as close to free as you can get), next day delivery option too.

But Nasty Gal had something to offer that made them irresistible to me: AMAZING CLOTHES. And not only were there clothes amazing, and just the kind of clothes that I like but they were exclusive to them. They were designed by Nasty Gal, who are based in LA and you couldn’t buy them anywhere else. There clothes had a distinctive style: Sexy, Daring, Casual, Boho, Beachy. I have been finding of late that most of the time when I find clothes that I really like, they are an Australian brand. I don’t know why that is, and I don’t know what that means but it is scarily consistent. It was the same with the clothes on Nasty Gal, as they along with there own branded clothes also sell clothes from a few select brands whose style is similar. I am a HUGE fan of dresses so it was there I looked first and they had everything from casual daytime dresses, to dresses perfect for holidays and elegant evening dresses.

But I was pleased to see that it wasn’t just dresses they had that I liked – it was everything! – there shoes, mostly Jeffrey Campbell and there own brand Shoe Cult were amazing too. Original, quirky and very sexy! The swimsuits blew me away, I have NEVER been on a website that had so many swimsuits that I loved. And yes, the swimsuit brands I liked the most were again Australian!
The t-shirts, and the jewellery too I really liked. I was quite overwhelmed. The only problem about ordering from this website is the surprising (and quite extortionate) duty and tax you have to pay upon delivery and the fact that as they are based in LA you cannot get next day delivery. Also there stuff sells out very quick. I mean like lightning quick. I’m having to check the site daily to see when/if things come back in stock and there are no guarantees that they will come back in stock which is very upsetting if you’ve had your eye on something, like I have.

I REALLY REALLY want this swimsuit for my holiday to Croatia in a few weeks but it’s been out of stock for the past couple of weeks, well out of stock in my size anyway. I contacted there customer service department to see if they would be getting anymore but they cannot give me a definitive answer so I just have to keep looking (and hoping). What makes it more difficult is the delivery time which is something like 7 working days to UK addresses (not including packaging time), so I need to make sure I order it in advance so that I get it in time, alas it’s still saying that it’s out of stock! hmpf

Look see for yourself!

lace up swimsuit
lace up swimsuit back
freebird swimsuit

antigua dress
crochet dress
urban outlander dress
fall down headpiece
drop it low body chain

barbados dress

captive heel

“Favourite things” Etsy Treasury!

“Favourite things” Etsy Treasury!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my Treasury listings on Etsy and I created 2 new Treasury’s today which I wanted to share with you. My first Treasury is called Favourite Things, and is a collection of some of my favourite items from my favourite Etsy shops. I really love this collection as some of these handcrafted items really showcase my own personal style and taste.

Here is a little preview:

Treasury pillow
treasury bikini
treasury gemstone
Treasury bracelet

You can see this treasury list here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MjI5MzU0MTF8MjcyMTg1OTU3MQ/favourite-things?index=1&atr_uid=

My second Treasury list is called New Beginnings, and is inspired by the beauty and the innocence of babies.

Here is a little preview:

treasury baby dress
treasury mobile
treasury headband
treasury booties

You can see this treasury list here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/treasury/MjI5MzU0MTF8MjcyNDQyMzA2Ng/sweet-beginnings?index=0&atr_uid=