Peaches and Pearls

Monday, March 15, 2010

Technically I’m on holiday.

I’ve been off on a little mini break over the weekend, but I’ve still got a few days before Mr Chick returns to work and we’re making the most of them, especially considering the beautiful weather.

We stayed at the Royal Wells Hotel in Tunbridge Wells for a few nights which was a gorgeous old place, stuffed with beautiful furniture and fun places to take outfit photos before I went out for the night, so I have a couple of outfit posts planned for the next couple of days before I return to work proper.

This outfit I wore to treat my Parents to dinner in the Royal Wells Brasserie.

The dress has had 9″ chopped off the bottom as it was so long it completely swamped me, and then been inexpertly hemmed with wunderweb as I didn’t trust myself near it with a sewing machine. It’s a gorgeous peachy pink blush colour in a lightweight drapey fabric which will be lovely when/if Summer arrives.

❤ Hair Orchid - Flamingo Amy  ❤ Pearls - Antique Market in Norwich ❤ Dress - Vintage ❤
❤ Ring - A gift from LuShae Jewelry ❤ Grey Tights - Primark ❤ Grey Suede Shoes - New Look ❤

I tried some fancy rolls with my hair. If there’s ever anything you’d like to see a video tutorial on then just ask in the comments! I’m never sure which ones are worth showing how to do and which aren’t.

I went for a light romantic make up look, to go with the peachy tones of the dress, following this tutorial I posted before Valentines Day.

The ring was one of those “gifts” I discussed in my post on the ethics of blogging. It’s from LuShae Jewellery. I actually struggled to find anything much I liked on the site as a lot of it isn’t to my taste. It is very pretty, just not necessarily my style. This ring, however, I instantly fell in love with as I’ve had my eye on a similar oversized pearl cocktail ring from Lulu Guinness for over a year! It’s fractionally too big, as I had trouble working out the US ring sizes, but it’s got a lot of comments when I’ve worn it. I must add that the site also sell promise rings, at the time I had no idea what they were and assumed they were like engagement rings. It seems they are actually something to do with all this weird virginity cult stuff that happens mostly in the US (as seen on Glee, I guess!) which may have put me off a bit if I’d known as I just find the whole thing a bit weird. Sorry!

17 Responses
  • Fi Phillips
    March 15, 2010

    Very glam. Love the hair.

    • Retro Chick
      March 15, 2010

      It’s pretty easy to do actually. But quite effective.

  • Caroline
    March 15, 2010

    I LOVE the dress!! Absolutely gorgeous colour and drapes beautifully!
    .-= Caroline´s last blog ..Trenched =-.

    • Retro Chick
      March 15, 2010

      It’s great, because I nearly completely walked past it. The length made it look like a completely different dress!

  • Lauren
    March 15, 2010

    So super cute! I love the colour. Adorable. x
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Catching up with Cape Town Girl =-.

  • Maddy
    March 15, 2010

    I love the whole look, especially the pearl accessories! That pink is fantastic on you. Hope you had a great time w/ Mr. Chick (hehe! I hope he doesn’t mind the name ;o)
    .-= Maddy´s last blog ..Many Thanks! =-.

  • Franca
    March 15, 2010


    I tried victory rolls on Saturday following your tutorial,and amazingly it worked. I would never have thought to hairspray *before* rolling! I’ll make a proper attempt on Saturday and post about it!
    .-= Franca´s last blog ..Sustainable fashion part 2: thinking about speed =-.

  • write-brained
    March 15, 2010

    If you antiqued the edges of those photos, I’d totally think you were from a different era!!
    .-= write-brained´s last blog ..Recharging My Batteries =-.

  • Piper
    March 15, 2010

    Love your hair and the orchid…looks gorgeous!!

  • Sherin
    March 15, 2010

    Thats such a beautiful dress. I really love the colour. And your hair looks pretty amazinghere as well.
    .-= Sherin´s last blog ..New Dress & Giles Deacon Collection =-.

  • Laura Connell
    March 15, 2010

    That blush pink number with the pearls is absolutely gorgeous.
    .-= Laura Connell´s last blog ..The Little Black Dress =-.

  • eyeliah
    March 15, 2010

    Gosh that orchid really makes the outfit! enjoy your time off. 🙂
    .-= eyeliah´s last blog ..Giulia Fatica Obi Belt Giveaway =-.

  • Michelle
    March 16, 2010

    That dress is gorgeous! You look great 🙂
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..New Rule: Do What Feels Good =-.

  • Alice
    March 16, 2010

    You look amazing, light pink suits you a lot! And I love the orchild in your hair…
    .-= Alice´s last blog ..“In the winter, Venice is like an abandoned theatre.” – Interview with Irish Fashion Designer Sinéad Doyle =-.

  • Wyn
    March 17, 2010

    Darling, this dress is horribly unflattering – you look much heavier than you are! I agree the drapery is very sumptuous but it puts stones on you! Maybe dye it black?

    • Retro Chick
      March 17, 2010

      No, I think I’m just really that size! I’ve put on a bit (lot) of weight!

  • Felicia
    March 21, 2010

    I love your blog and its vintage appeal….awesome work!!!!