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Being 16 in ’16 | Take Part Big Issues

By September 7, 2016 General

A couple of months ago I shared a behind the scenes picture of a project I was asked to be a part of, and today, I am super excited to be able to share with you what exactly it is! Now launched, you can take a look at Take Part’s newest Big Issue – 16 in 16…

take part big issues 16 in 16 #16in16

take part big issues 16 in 16 #16in16

take part big issues 16 in 16 #16in16


Watch my #16in16 video here


Turning 16, to most girls, means becoming a young woman and exploring oneself. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also full of challenges, especially for those in far-flung corners of the Earth. For some teens, being 16 means starting to drive and experiencing love and dating, but for others, it can mean taking on inequality and conflicts in everyday life.

So, to learn a little more about what it’s like to be 16 years old in 2016, Take Part asked myself and 15 other girls what it’s like to be as a young woman, whether they might be, in the hopes of sharing why teen girls should have access to education, economic opportunity and basic human rights. It was all quite exciting to be a part of, but now I look at it all put together with the other girls’ stories, I’ve started to realise why it’s such an important message.

The feature is a small video series which highlights certain topics like relationships, family life, future careers and ambitions, and what struggles 16 year olds have to face. Some of the stories are genuinely, truly inspiring, so I feel very honoured to have played my part the best I could! I spoke a bit about why home education gives me more freedom than traditional schooling, but there’s a small bit more when you click through to my personal segment.


Ethical and sustainable fashion. I’ve become interested in the True Cost movie. I don’t believe in labels and fancy clothes and things like that. I would rather have my wardrobe like I do now; it’s secondhand, and it’s ethical brands.

What I'm most passionate about...

take part big issues 16 in 16 #16in16


Watch all #16in16 videos here


Some of the other girls include Monica from Nairobi in Kenya, who’s ambition is to become a journalist; Emma from Pennsylvania who’s an aspiring writer working hard for equality and the LGBTQ community; Haiana, a Syrian refugee now living in Germany, and Savannah, who’s an aspiring marine biologist who’s been coping with her mother’s drug addiction most of her life. All of the girls have such inspiring messages and are obviously destined for great things!

You can take a look at my feature, as well as the other videos and other girls, at the link above. Please do take a look and give it a share if you can! Take Part (part of Participant Media) will be rolling out the campaign for the months ahead, so I’m sure you’ll see the link floating around for a while too.

Thanks so much to the team for this opportunity, and for creating a project with such a strong message. Here’s to being 16 in 16!


Images taken from the 16 in 16 videos.


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Illustrated Designs: Practicing Repeat Patterns with Watercolour

By July 30, 2016 Designs

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some designs on here. I’m pretty much a perfectionist so I only ever like to share things that I’m genuinely happy with or I at least think are worth sharing. After fiddling around and practicing my watercolour painting techniques and watercolour repeat patterns, I doodled up a quick one and was set a small brief to draw up some rough ideas to make them come to life… and they’re worth sharing, I suppose! Plus, it was totally an excuse to try out the illustrative style I’ve fallen in love with…


© Original designs by Tolly Dolly Posh. More info here


watercolour repeat patterns illustrated fashion design

~ LOOSE V-NECK CAMI & JERSEY PRINTED SKIRT ~

The brief was to sketch up some simple items that could be easily cut and put together, and my first thought was loose and unfitted. I personally love layering, so most of the low-cut v-neck items in this blog post are ideally meant for that purpose. A ditsy floral print would work really well, especially if layered over a contrast blouse or shirt. It genuinely would be a straight up and down cami with the only detailing being the deep neckline, making it a simple throw on and throw away piece (by throw away I mean, into your drawers).

The skirt would be a thicker jersey material, in a simple circle skirt/A-line fit. Stretchy and comfortable, but thicker than the more silk like cami to match. I love experimenting with different colour ways and print scales, hence why the skirt and top mismatch. The addition of the ruffled arm cuffs and collar are based around the seasonal trends at the moment, which are also in a mixmatched colour way.

watercolour repeat patterns illustrated fashion design

~ LOOSE V-NECK MAXI DRESS ~

Another flowing v-neck design in a powder purple. Similar in shape to the cami already mentioned, it’s simply straight up and down and due to it’s extremely relaxed and loose nature, has no zips or buttons as it can be taken on and off with ease. I understand that it looks like a rather daring neckline, but once again, it’s intended for layering, but for these sketches I didn’t want to take away from the main idea.

watercolour repeat patterns illustrated fashion design

~ LOOSE V-NECK PLAYSUIT ~

Almost identical to the maxi dress, this playsuit is again just straight up and down and simple; the fabric being loose enough for a no-zip access. It’s a rather ‘boyish’ fit, with lots of room in the legs and body for movement not only for the wearer, but also for the fabric. A slightly bigger print scale allows the green to contrast against the darker greens within the print, and adds for a more camouflage, botanical feel.

watercolour repeat patterns illustrated fashion design

~ MOCK-UP DESIGN (Original item via People Tree) ~

I also wanted to do a quick mock-up using an ‘already in production’ item as it gives you a real sense of how the print would work with certain fabrics. You an also see the print a little closer up here. It’s a combination of large flowers and foliage, with scattered leaves and small daisy like flowers. The colours could easily be adapted for a more autumnal feel, but with the blues included, I could see this piece going into winter too.

I hope you liked this quick little insight into some recent rough designs! You guys requested for me to post some more of these illustrations, so I thought I’d give you just that! I put a quick poll out on Twitter (closed now, I’m afraid) to see if you’d be interested in seeing daily illustrations over fashion week instead of general reviews, and the answer was definitely a yes to illustrations! I’ll let you know how that goes and if I stick to it!

(Reference images)


Would you wear any of these designs? Which is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!

  Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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The Official Tolly Dolly Posh Sock Shop

By February 6, 2016 Shop

Today’s post is just a quick one! So… you may have noticed recently, that there’s been a bit of a change in terms of my banners up there beneath my header? Well, there’s been a bit of a change elsewhere too because my very own collection of socks is now just that… my own! The (originally known as) #MooiEnLiefbyTDP collection is now underneath the Tolly Dolly Posh name! Exciting 🙂

The shop is now back open and you can have a quick purchase of your favourite pairs! But be quick as this is the last stock of them before they’re gone. Who knows, there may just be another product in the pipeline sometime in the future. I really hope you enjoy picking up your socks again! Make sure to give a tweet with “#TDPSocks” this time, so I can see who’s been buying pairs.

~ SHOP THE COLLECTION ~


Let me know if you like the new shop or if you’ve made an order, in the comments!

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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#MooiEnLiefbyTDP Camp Blanc Socks Give-away!

By September 23, 2015 Shop

The winner of the “Blue Bootin” give-away was… Nyah M!


And here we have it… the final give-away for my Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh collection! It’s been really awesome being able to hand out some pairs to you guys and I hope you’ve had fun entering. Don’t be too saddened as the collection is not going anywhere… you can pick up some direct from the Mooi en Lief shopOoh and I should be giving away some of the lookbooks soon so you can stay tuned for that over on Twitter!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc


SHOP “CAMP BLANC” HERE


“Camp Blanc” was one of my very first designs that I sketched up. It’s inspired by the wild flowers that grow in summer time and the colours that I saw across France when I was there (blue skies, yellow fields)… as well as a mix of the seventies vibes that are across the whole collection.

They’re perfect for zipping through fields and having a happy time whether that’s in summer or autumn. This was also the most 70s outfit that I put together for the lookbook and I think they work really well. You could pair them with suede or a tan mini skirt (like I have here) or even a denim skirt and a pair of leather heels. They have a really cool aesthetic to them and I hope you appreciate it too!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc


Top (New Look) // Skirt (Missguided) // Socks (Mooi en Lief by TDP) // Sunglasses (New Look) // Shoes (Vagabond) // Wellington Boots (Mooi en Lief)*


You could of course also style your socks up with some boots from Mooi en Lief’s range… they actually match really well and would look awesome on some muddy autumn walks. So, if you want to win the socks to match, scroll on down…

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Give-Away - Camp Blanc

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules + T&Cs: The give-away is open worldwide. The prize will be delivered by Mooi en Lief on behalf of Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh. You must be have permission from a guardian/parent (if you’re 13 or younger) as you will have to email your postal address. The prize is one pair of the “Camp Blanc” design. The give-away closes on 27th September 2015.


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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#MooiEnLiefbyTDP Blue Bootin’ Socks Give-away!

By September 19, 2015 Shop

The winner of the “Homo Superior” give-away was… Rachel B!


I’m back with another Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh give-away! Hooray! Congratulations to the winners so far 🙂 If you haven’t been as lucky as them though, there’s still chance as today I’m bringing you the penultimate prize of the “Blue Bootin” sock design! Good luck…

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks


SHOP “BLUE BOOTIN’” HERE


“Blue Bootin” is a mish-mash of both 60s and 70s styles. With discos and partying slowly creeping into the lives of late-70s youngsters, and the block-colour styles still lingering from the 60s, it seemed like a perfect combination for the collection… plus, I do love a bit of blue!

The checks are actually mix-matched and don’t all flow in unison which is inspired by the sparkling colours of a disco ball. The bold simplicity of the design makes for a statement which is also very versatile too. The hint of pastel and white also allows it to be worn in not only summer and spring, but winter with the snowy themes coming through!

These could actually look really cute with the Mooi en Lief “BUCKLE Pink” Wellington boots for a different kinda’ look!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks


Dress (ASOS) // Socks (Mooi en Lief by TDP) // Hat (ASOS) // Shoes (Vagabond)


I’m not going to lie, I personally really like this design. I feel like they’re a very ‘Marmite’ pair of socks… so do leave a comment letting me know what you think, as well as how you’d style them (as that’s a give-away entry anyway)! Speaking of the give-away, if you want to win a pair of these lovely socks, scroll on down!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Blue Bootin Knee High Fashion Socks

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules + T&Cs: The give-away is open worldwide. The prize will be delivered by Mooi en Lief on behalf of Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh. You must be have permission from a guardian/parent (if you’re 13 or younger) as you will have to email your postal address. The prize is one pair of the “Blue Bootin” design. The give-away closes on 23rd September 2015.


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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#MooiEnLiefbyTDP Homo Superior Socks Give-away!

By September 13, 2015 Shop

The winner of the “Electric Blue” give-away was… Adele P!


I’m back today with a give-away of the “Homo Superior” sock design from my very own Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh collection. Congratulations if you were the winner of the “Electric Blue” pair! If you didn’t win though, there’s still chance to grab a different design, or shop the whole collection here! Good luck and happy shopping 🙂

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired


SHOP “HOMO SUPERIOR” HERE


“Homo Superior” was inspired by the record cover of David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ album, and the song ‘Oh You Pretty Things’ which features the line of lyrics… ‘You gotta’ make way for the Homo Superior’. Homo Superior basically means somebody of supernatural powers, so a bit like a super hero. In my opinion socks are a very big part of a super hero’s costume so it fits well, right?

This pair of socks looks awesome with suede and could totally work with a biker jacket too. Throw on a worn out pair of Converse or of course, Mooi en Lief’s very own “Black Buckle” wellington boots and “Feather Festival Style Kit”As an entry to this give-away, leave a comment letting me know how you’d style up this pair of socks!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired


Top (ASOS) // Skirt (Missguided) // Socks (Mooi en Lief by TDP) // Shoes (Vagabond)


I think you guys are loving this pair of socks! There simple and perfect for the upcoming A/W season. I’ve already worn them out with some boots and they look super cute! I hope you enjoy wearing them as much as I do. Want to win a pair? Scroll down for the give-away…

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Knee High - Homo Superior - David Bowie Inspired

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules + T&Cs: The give-away is open worldwide. The prize will be delivered by Mooi en Lief on behalf of Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh. You must be have permission from a guardian/parent (if you’re 13 or younger) as you will have to email your postal address. The prize is one pair of the “Homo Superior” design. The give-away closes on 17th September 2015.


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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#MooiEnLiefbyTDP Electric Blue Socks Give-away!

By September 9, 2015 Shop

It’s a very exciting day because I have my very first Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh sock give-away! If you didn’t already know, 4 days ago I launched my co-branded collection of socks with Mooi en Lief. So today, I’m going to be giving away 1 pair of my “Electric Blue” design. Scroll on down for styling inspiration from the lookbook and how to win!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away


SHOP “ELECTRIC BLUE” HERE


“Electric Blue” was inspired by the roller skating vibes of the 1970s. With blue being one of my favourite colours, and also a hit trend in 2015, it seemed like a perfect combination for mixing with sporty stripes. Along with the whole collection, this pair have a little hidden detail of having the option of being over-the-knee or under-the-knee, with or without the stripes.

Named after David Bowie’s “Sound and Vision” song (Blue, blue, electric blue, that’s the colour of my room) they’re a big flashback to the laid back era. You can wear them with a denim skirt, or a pair of high waisted shorts, or even with a long floaty skirt… but most importantly, pair them with some Mooi en Lief Black Buckle wellies if you’re hitting some muddy (festival) fields!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away


Top (New Look) // Skirt (Jumble Sale) // Socks (Mooi en Lief by TDP) // Shoes (Vagabond)


This pair are probably the most simple in the collection by I still love them just as much. They look perfect with Mooi en Lief’s wellies or a pair of chunky platforms like I’m wearing above! If you like them as much as I do, here’s the give-away…

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Socks Electric Blue Give-Away

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules + T&Cs: The give-away is open worldwide. The prize will be delivered by Mooi en Lief on behalf of Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh. You must be have permission from a guardian/parent (if you’re 13 or younger) as you will have to email your postal address. The prize is one pair of the “Electric Blue” design.


Good Luck! Eeep 😀 

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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#MooiEnLiefbyTDP IS NOW AVAILABLE! – Shop The Collection…

By September 5, 2015 Shop

Eeeeep! How crazy?! After a good year of work, my co-branded collection of socks is finally here. I don’t want to ramble too much, so I’ll leave the thank you’s to the end, so for now, please get excited as #MooiEnLiefbyTDP is NOW AVAILABLE! Say, what?!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE


SHOP “CAMP BLANC” HERE


Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE


SHOP “ELECTRIC BLUE” HERE


Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE


SHOP “BLUE BOOTIN'” HERE


Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE


SHOP “HOMO SUPERIOR” HERE


Aaah! How crazy, huh?! After a long time of working hard, the collection of co-branded socks with the amazing brand that is, Mooi en Lief, is finally here! I can now introduce to you, Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh! It’s pretty darn weird to look at it now, because all of these designs were just once scribbles on a piece of paper. I honestly can’t thank Mooi en Lief enough for the amazing experience and opportunity I have been given; thank you! 

As you can probably tell from the lookbook images above, the collection is very 70s inspired. I’m actually a really big fan of the aesthetic from the decade, and it just so happened that it fit in nicely with this years popular trend. A big shoutout to Papa Posh for his patience on the shoot day! It was ridiculously hot and I’m pretty sure we both started melting half way through. You did good! 

Also, every order comes with a FREE “Dare To Be Different” iron-on patch, and a copy of the full look book!

Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Fashion Socks Collection - NOW AVAILABLE


Blue Bootin // Camp Blanc // Homo Superior // Electric Blue
Worldwide delivery is available, get in touch for more info!


I wanted to make sure the designs were simple, wearable but of course a little bit different, so there are some hidden smaller details throughout each pair. I’m not quite sure I could pick a favourite as altogether, they look pretty awesome (if I do say so myself!). Also, I hope you like the names, I had a lot of fun thinking them up, and I’m sure I’ll discuss them further in my next few blog posts.

Speaking of those posts, I will be doing 1 seperate post per sock so you can get an even better feel for the collection as well as an opportunity to WIN yourself a pair! So stick around, okay? I’m going to stop rambling now so you can go and buy yourself a pair! It would be highly appreciated and you know, if I ever did get super mega amazingly famous (hehe), you’ll always have a piece of TDP history… *wink*


Which pair will you be buying? Or will you buy all of them? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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WIN 50% Off Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh | 3 Days To Go!

By September 2, 2015 Shop

So, how ridiculous is this… after all this time, it’s only 3 DAYS until my co-branded collection of socks goes live with Mooi en Lief. 3 DAYS! Crazy. So, to celebrate the fact that it’s so soon until the launch, I’m going to entice you with a give-away of 50% off the socks! All of the details and information is below, it’s super simple, and there is nothing to lose! (There’s 3 winners too… so go, go, go!) 50% Off Mooi en Lief by Tolly Dolly Posh Discount Giveaway

~ 50% OFF GIVE-AWAY ~

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules and T&Cs: This give-away is open worldwide and will have 3 winners. Once the winners have been randomly chosen through Rafflecopter itself, I will email the winners and explain how to claim their 50% off discount. The prize has been awarded by Mooi en Lief and is valid for the whole Mooi en Lief online shop!


Good Luck! I shall see you on Saturday when Mooi en Lief and myself will have officially launched the collection. CRAZY! 🙂 Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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“La Grotte” Inspired Fashion Designs & Moodboard

By August 23, 2015 Designs

It has been a while since a design post, huh? I find because I’m my own worst critic, that I tend to only want to share work with you that I’m 100% happy with, and that is why my design page may look very empty now… I just need a fresh start and to start showing you things that I’ve actually worked on as proper little projects. Alongside this one, I made draft pattern pieces, and A3 final illustrations (which look a lot better than the digital ones actually)… so there’s a lot more to it than what meets the eye!

La Grotte Lacave Cave Inspired Fashion Designs

La Grotte Lacave Cave Inspired Fashion Designs

La Grotte Lacave Cave Inspired Fashion Designs

~ THE INSPIRATION ~

With the designs that I’ve done more recently, I’ve really tried to take inspiration from anything to get my creativity flowing, and this time I took to the underground French caves! We’ve visited a few when we’ve been over and they really are quite fascinating, and full of different shapes and textures. The main inspiration was this weird wavy crevasse that I saw above our heads and it spiralled into lots of different ideas.

My moodboard is rather small but it actually really helped in thinking up the smaller details for my mini design “collection”. I also realised that the stalagmites reminded me of certain shells with their curves and pointed edges. I also discovered a cool method to highlight inspiration by drawing over with white in Photoshop.. I really like the effect!

La Grotte Lacave Cave Inspired Fashion Designs

~ TULLE DRESS ~

The jagged edges from the caves reminded me of the amazing use of raw and jagged tulleso I drew up a little dress featuring smaller details like messily folded and pleated hemming and drop back that looks like a crevasse it’s self. The idea is that it would be gathered at the waist but fairly loose and full in the skirt. As tulle is so light it would need several layers and a lining to really bring it altogether.

The dark black pleated detailing reminds me of the deep shadows that are created from artificial lighting deep underground. The pleats would be messy and uneven to create that jagged effect.

La Grotte Lacave Cave Inspired Fashion Designs

~ SILK TOP & BURLAP (TWINE) LONG SHORTS ~

For the next “look” in this mini collection, I decided to use silk on top. After connecting the dots between the shells and the cave, I decided to draw up a floaty and boxy silk top that would have looping curves around the neck, arms and hem line to remind me of the inside of a clam or the smooth water that dripped below the ground. There would be covered buttons on the back with a tab opening also, I just didn’t include it in the basic design! 

For the long shorts, they would be a lined pair of raw, burlap material. I call it twine but it’s probably the complete wrong word! They’d hit just on the knee, with the frayed edges almost being a bit of a tickle. The texture and roughness reminds me of the rough cave walls and the big pockets are also a nod to the big drops that plunge into darkness.


What do you think of my cave inspired collection? It’s simple but has a lot of thought in it. Let me know the comments if you’d like to see this style post in the near future!


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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