Happy Saturday my Darlings! How are we all doing?
The last week’s been a little weird for me. My anxiety and depression decided I was being too nice and came back with vengeance. So I’ve been apathetic towards practically everything for the last week. Maybe it’s because I had decided to be so social the week before? However, I did have a wonderful time at the Pin Up Picnic in the Park 4 before this dip – and was wearing some tiki goodness thanks to Voodoo Vixen!
I was so lucky that my dear friend GreasyChris on Instagram was so so kind to take a few photos!
I posted about Pin Up Picnic in the Park 3 last year – which was actually in a bar. This year, the British Belles pushed the date back to August – and it turned out to be the best idea! The sun was shining, we were drinking and eating to our heart’s contented enjoying each other’s company.
I love picnics in general, but this is such a fun event, because it feels very inclusive. There’s no bitching about hair or clothes, and everyone is celebrated for being themselves. It’s an event you can turn up to on your own and anxiety aside – you’ll find people! I met some amazing new friends this year.
I took my usual 2XL in the Dana Dress, but smaller busts can get away with sizing down, no problem! It was the teensiest bit too big in the waist, which a smaller size would of corrected. But does it look bad? Absolutely not! It’s the sort of dress that doesn’t desperately need the most cinched in of waists. The skirt is full, but not so much that a smaller waist and bigger petticoat is needed – and what a blessing that is!
This dress is just perfect for an occasion like the PUPITP, there’s stretch to accommodate for over-eating of picnic food, and the fabric is quite breathable. I’m wearing it dressed up for the event, however I can see the working as a casual dress easily. Some cute ballet flats and a cardigan could see this go into autumn, too.
I was also gifted a pack of bamboo bangles, because how can you go tiki without bamboo? They’re the perfect accompaniment to the dress – but also to my Luxulite Pineapple Brooch and Yellow and Green spacers!
Of course, I need to address my hat, don’t I? Believe it or not – this was made at 3am the morning before from an IKEA placemat, the monstera leaf is cut from felt and prick stitched on. Then I glued the placemat onto a headband and bent into place. It’s simple to make, but the possibilities are endless!
Would anyone be interested in a tutorial?
I wasn’t the only one with the idea of turning the exact placemat into a hat, though – the wonderful Sarah (EssBDee on Instagram) made the most GORGEOUS vintage-style hat you just have to check out! I’ll be taking a leaf out of her book pretty soon!
Towards the end of the night, me and the last surviving attendees went to get our tiki on at Trader Vic’s – what a perfect setting for my Vendula London Tiki Bar Grab Bag, don’t you think?