Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print

Hi all,

It feels like it’s been so long since I reviewed some actual clothing on my blog, and indeed it has been! I’m not one to buy a lot of clothing and for me to buy something that isn’t second hand is even rarer. But today I am so excited to review the Troublemaker Swing Dress in Leopard Print by Vixen by Micheline Pitt!

If you haven’t heard of Vixen, it’s a brand owned and operated by style icon, artist, designer and all round creative babe Micheline Pitt. With Vixen she is striving to make uniquely designed and well made vintage-style designs available in sizes XS-4XL. Although she’s only been open for around a year she has a dedicated and loyal fanbase and it’s not hard to see why. Micheline puts her heart and soul into her designs making things she loves and would want to wear, such as makeup, halloween and fetish prints.

Anyway enough gushing and onto the review!


I’d been umming and ahhing over this dress for a while. I had heard from several of my friends that the quality of Vixen was second to none and they had become converts, wearing the styles on a daily basis. Micheline posted many photos of herself wearing it and said it was a great comfy day-to-day piece and I was about to graduate so I thought I’d treat myself! I am SO glad I did, I have been wearing this dress 2-3 times a week since I bought it I am so obsessed!


The ‘Brushed Textured Stretch Crepe’ is a really comfortable and forgiving fabric. It’s a nice medium-heavy weight stretch so it’s been keeping me so nice and warm in winter, though I think it will be easy to wear during transitional seasons too. I don’t love a textured fabric so when I first opened it up I was a little surprised but as soon as I put it on my body I was in love. It has a heavy bridal invisible zipper in it which is of amazing quality and feels like it won’t break at all, but I don’t need it as the dress is so stretchy I can just pull it on!


As my bust is around 38” and my waist is around 29” I bought the size Medium, as my measurements fit pretty well into the listed ones. When I first tried it on I was worried the sleeves were too tight but they became so comfortable after wearing it for a little. The belt that comes with the dress has 5 grommets and I usually wear mine on the second to last, or middle with a longline bra. I am very tempted to get the Zebra PrintΒ version and would consider sizing down to a Small but then buying a spare belt in size Medium as the waist on my current dress is a little loose if I don’t wear the belt.


I usually wear mine without a petticoat as I don’t own one, and I still really like the way it looks. This is a dress which I can really bang around in, doing anything from cleaning to constructing or even being on casual sets and of course looking glam the whole time. This dress also features insane pockets! As you can see I can fit my hand and half my forearm in them! All of the Vixen clothing is also made in well monitored factories in the USA and Micheline is very involved with the whole process of creation as she wants to create the best things. I could find no flaws in the construction of this dress and it looks like it will withstand a lot of wear!


If you want a really stylish yet comfortable dress BUY A TROUBLEMAKER DRESS, honestly I can’t recommend it enough. The dress costs around $170NZD and shipping is around $30NZD(mine took 11 days to get to NZ). I paid $204.49NZD with shipping, but of course this will fluctuate due to exchange rates. This is probably one of the most expensive dresses I’ve ever bought, and it is a huge investment. I’ve already worn it so much and know I will continue to get a lot of wear out of it!

It’s insanely comfortable and stylish, you can wear it on the go or in bed, it’s ethically made and of an incredibly high-quality. This dress has truly won over my heart.


Big thanks to my doll Miss Flossypots for taking these photos of me and having me round for leopardy doughnuts and chats!! Check out her blog if you don’t already subscribe!

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Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night – Sugar & Vice

Hi all,

I am finally back for another blog post. I have been so busy coming to the end of my studies and I actually graduate next week! I will hopefully have a post up about my graduation next week and then I have a tonne of reviews ready and waiting!

Today I’m reviewing this gorgeous Twin Peaks inspired necklace by Sugar & Vice, a UK jewellery and apparel brand. Continue reading

Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie braΒ so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria. Continue reading

VooDoo Undercover Back-Seam Stocking Review

Hi everyone,

I’ve been wanting to do more vintage related reviews recently but don’t have the budget for new clothing most of the time. I have decided to do more stocking reviews! We don’t have a lot of places that sell stockings in NZ and it can be such a hassle ordering online. I’m going to be reviewing whatever I can find of seamed stockings here! I’ve previously reviewed Columbine Stockings hereΒ if you haven’t checked that out.

First I’m going to be starting off with these VooDoo Undercover Back-Seam Stockings which I spotted in Farmers for the first time about a month ago. Continue reading

Designer Brands Longwear 24 Hour Foundation Review – Pale People Problems

Hi everyone,

After sooo long I am finally back with a new foundation review, part of the Pale People Problems series. Since the last one I did I have tried about 5 different foundations, so I’ll be trying to cover those off.

Today I’m reviewing the Longwear 24 Hour foundation by Designer Brands Cosmetics. This is a brand I had never heard of until I went hunting in a pharmacy for some new powder. I decided to also swatch a few foundations while I was their and came away with this one! Continue reading

Fully Fashioned Stockings – What Katie Did Lingerie Review pt.3

Hi all,

Welcome to the end of my What Katie Did review, sorry this one was so long in coming. If you haven’t yet read my other reviews you can read about the Padded Bullet Bra here, and the Liz Suspender Knickers here.

Today I will be talking about the Point Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings. These were my first ever pair of fully fashioned stockings so I was unbelievably excited when I received them. Continue reading