Something sweet with Sarsparilly

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I’ve long had an affinity with ice cream. Sharing a rainbow ice cream with my grandfather was a much loved memory in my youth. Ice cream was (and still is) my favorite ‘treat’ of choice. I even did my society and culture project on ice cream! Looking at the changing nature of ice cream over time. Yet surprisingly up until recently I’ve owned very little ‘ice cream’ based accessories and clothing. But that dream has come true thanks to Sarsparilly!

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Flowers ~ Blue Signature Rose Double from Daisy Jean
Sunglasses ~ Pink 1940s sunglasses from Pinup In A Pack
Earrings & Brooch ~ Ice Cream Set from Luxulite
Necklace ~ Pink beads from Debstar Designs
Dress ~ The Sweet Life Dress from Sarsparilly
Shoes ~ Petunia Heels from BAIT Footwear

For those who aren’t familiar with this fabulous Australian brand, Sarsparilly is a hand made brand run out of Newcastle Australia. Specialising in fun, quirky prints (see my previous review of their In your dreams dress) their dresses are comfortable, cute and size inclusive running from an XXS to a 5XL. I honestly cannot fault the comfort of this brand, being made from 100% cotton these dresses are also going to be a dream in our humid Australian summers, in which synthetic fabrics can often be horribly uncomfortable. The Sweet Life is no exception here and I can already tell its going to be a fun one to wear over this coming summer period.

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The Sweet Life dress features a simple back zip that doesn’t catch or bunch, which I love! The dress sits comfortably on my natural waist and is well fitted across my shoulders and bust. I adore the slight sleeves of this dress to help give my arms some coverage and the front bow detail gives it a cute playful look. The gathered skirt is a bit shorter than normal for me but I know in the height of summer will be very appreciated! Its light, airy but still long enough for work. It also has massive deep pockets (that’s right girls! Pockets) which are deep enough to fit my wallet as well as my phone.

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The back of this dress sits in a V shape, which I find really helps give my waist shape at the back. And now can we take a minute to talk about this print!? Its simply the stuff of ice cream loving dreams. It features so many different kinds of ice creams on it and the colours are so bright and happy. Its one of those dresses I’m gonna have to stop myself wearing too regularly or its all I’ll be wearing. This dress also has a lined bodice for that extra comfortable wear! For size reference I wear an XL and have a natural 40 inch bust and 33 inch waist.

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When buying from brands like Sarsparilly remember you are supporting a small business! Supporting small business means directly supporting creatives and allowing them to not only follow their passions but also to support themselves and their families.  Sarsparilly is currently made in Australia by a small team of seamstresses who pour a lot of work and love into these amazing garments!

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The Sweet Life dress is available in the Sarsparilly store still for $290AU + postage! Also if you sign up to their newsletter atm (you’ll be prompted when you go to their webpage) you’ll receive a 10% off coupon code towards your purchase. Their store also has afterpay, which allows you to break the total amount down into 4 smaller payments!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review lovelies! Also, how awesome was it that on the day of shooting an ice cream truck happened to be outside my shoot location?!

Til next time darlings.

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Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in collaboration with Sarsparilly, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.

Dreaming of Jeanie with Sarsparilly

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Nostalgia can be such a funny thing. Enticing memories of the past, these memories can be both good and bad. For today’s post though, they are definitely good. Growing up as a kid we had Austar (or cable/pay TV) and my parents often left it on TV1, which meant I grew up watching shows like The Addams Family, Bewitched, The Munsters, The Brady Bunch and of course I dream of Jeannie. When you find dress prints that rekindle those memories, its always special and I had this experience with the ‘In your Dreams’ dress featuring the cutest I dream of Jeannie print from Australian Designer Sarsparilly .

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Sunglasses ~ Pink 1940s retro sunglasses from Pinup in a Pack
Flowers ~ Blue Rose Double from Daisy Jean
Earrings ~ Gold Badgirl Hoops by Vixen from Natasha Marie Clothing
Necklace ~ Light Blue Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Limited edition Unicorn brooch by Kaiju Candy
Dress ~ In your dreams dress by Sarsparilly
Shoes ~ Petunia heels in light pink from B.A.I.T Footwear

Sarsparilly is an Australian small business based out of Newcastle NSW. Specialising in fun, quirky and popart style print fabric made into stunning 1950s style frocks, their pieces are perfect for pinups who like to make a statement while keeping to classic 50s cuts in their dresses. Sarsparilly is the brainchild of designer Maria, whose lifelong love for fashion and design was launched with full forced in 2016 after she started a family. Sarsparilly at present is handmade to order by Australian seamstresses and many of their fabrics are designed in collaboration with designers for a unique finish.

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The ‘In Your Dreams’ dress from Sarsparilly is a gorgeous reproduction of a 1950s dress that I just know is going to be a staple for me this coming spring and summer. This dress features a full gathered skirt with SUPER deep pockets, pleated bust detailing, thin straps and a back zip. Made from 100% cotton this dress is also a fabulous summer option for when you want to be comfortable in the humid Australian weather, as I find over the summer period synthetic blended fabrics just don’t stand up to the task of helping me stay cool. This dress is also able to be washed at home by either a hand wash or a delicate wash then line drying. Comfortable to wear and functional, this dress style is my absolute favorite from the Sarsparilly range.

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But the thing that got me so excited about this dress was the fun print. Featuring the iconic image of Jeannie with her arms folded blinking, this dress is also one of my favourite shades of baby pink!  The print is also small enough to not be overpowering but to add a subtle quirkiness to the overall look. Whenever I wear this dress it always gets SO many compliments and when people realise the print it always makes them smile. I love dresses like this that can lift the mood of not just me but those around me too! Spreading the love is always an amazing thing when it can be done simply by dressing how you love.

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I’ve worn my dress a number of times now and have found it to be well made, comfortable and an absolute joy to wear. The pockets are nice and deep, the zip doesn’t catch or pull and even after 2 delicate washes there are no loose threads or problems with it. Being cotton it does crease a bit after a wash but I steam them out before wear. I’m wearing the XL in this style and Sarsparilly caters to a vast array of women’s sizes, with their styles available from an XXS through to a 5XL. I also love the little details of this dress as well, like the bows at the base of the straps and the beautiful cut through the waist, that helps give the wearer that hourglass look, even if that’s not the wearers natural shape. I can comfortably wear this dress with or without foundations and the open back zip means I can get ready and then put it on without any fear of ruining my makeup or hair.

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The ‘In Your Dreams’ dress retails for $320AU + postage with free shipping on orders over $400. Sarsparilly has Afterpay for Australian customers as well, to make that amount seem less scary (allowing it to be paid off over 8 weeks split into 4 payments). Please remember as well their dresses are made to order so there is a wait period, but by buying from Sarsparilly you’re supporting not just an Australian Small Business but Maria’s Dream.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review! Expect to see this gorgeous dress a lot as the weather warms up!

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Til next time darlings!

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Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress in collaboration with Sarsparilly, all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers.