Christmas Day Dress


Mademoiselle Privé

The one with a new bag

Goodwood Revival 2015

Outfit Details
Dress - Handmade
Coat - Benetton 
Shoes - M&S
Bag and Scarf - Vintage

My favourite event of the year has come around again. I feel like I've arrived home as soon as I pass through the gates of Goodwood Revival and the weekend passes way too quickly. 

Black and White

Black is not a colour I usually wear, mainly because if I wear black close to my face I look a bit ill so I tend to avoid it. I do, however, love a breton top and was inspired to create a black and white stripe roll neck after seeing this fab video on Shady Dell's blog where the backing dancers are wearing black and white.

Style Muse: Gillian Hills

Blogger Meet Ups

Hello! Apologies for the silence, my laptop charger died and it's taking me a while to locate a new one. I tried my hardest to find a replacement through friends and family as I have a Macbook and damn, those chargers are expensive! Alas, it was to no avail and after one failed trip to Apple already (they gave me the wrong charger - after I picked up the right one and they said that wasn't the one I needed. It seems I know more about their products than they do), I'm still laptop-less and at the moment I'm considering just buying a bloody PC and being done with it all.

Anyway, in other news, a couple of months ago (where does the time go?) I made a trip south of the river to attend a vintage fair in Brixton that the lovely Vix was trading at. I've read her blog for many years and just love her style so was really looking forward to meeting her in person. She's so lovely and we had a good natter whilst Jon manned the stall. Her rail of crimplene maxi dresses was to die for! I've pinched the photo that Jon took of us, isn't her dress fab?!

Style Muse: Meredith in Mad Men

It's been a while since my last style muse post and after catching up with the last season of Mad Men (sob!), I thought we should all take a moment to appreciate Meredith's wardrobe. She has really come into her own this season and has had some great scenes and brilliant one-liners. Her wardrobe is just too adorable - lots of frills and ruffles!

A Lesson In Crimplene

I've been asked numerous times over the years how to tell if a piece of fabric or clothing is crimplene and I always struggle to give an answer as I can't really explain how I can tell if something is crimplene, I just sort of know - not very helpful really (I would make a rubbish teacher). Today I thought I'd show you some close ups of vintage 1960s and 1970s crimplene that I have in my collection, in the hope that it will go someway to explaining what exactly crimplene is. 

Me Made May

This year I didn't make a pledge for Me Made May but I thought I'd still update you on any me-made outfits that I wear this month. I've been posting snaps of my outfits on Instagram so if you follow me on there you'll have seen these pictures before.

So far this month I've been quite bad at documenting my outfits and there have been a few that I've completely forgotten to take photos of until it was too dark to get any decent shots.

A line wool dress - Style 2621 (1969)

A Boho Bloggers Day Out

Last Saturday I spent the day hanging out with Beyond Retro and a group of other lovely bloggers as part of their bohemian bloggers day out.

The day started off with brunch at The Breakfast Club in Hoxton, a place I'd heard of but had never been to before. I ordered the pancakes with berries and a cup of tea which was so yummy and really filling. I never make pancakes at home and I don't know why, I must remedy this!

Blue and White

Outfit Details
1960s Dress, Shoes - Orla Kiely for Clarks

Crimplene Party Dress

Whilst holidaying in the Isle of Wight last year, I purchased some sparkly crimplene fabric from a vintage shop in Ventnor. At first I wasn't quite sure what to do with it, but then inspiration struck and this 1960s party dress with mandarin collar was the result. I even made matching covered buttons!

Shoemaker of Dreams - Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo was born into a modest family in Bonito, Italy in 1898. The youngest of fourteen children, Ferragamo served as an apprentice under shoemaker Luigi Festa at a very young age before emigrating to the United States when he was 14. In the early 1920s he set up his own business making and repairing shoes in California and began working in the film industry during this time. In 1923 he opened the Hollywood Boot Shop in Los Angeles, where he made shoes for some of the most famous film stars of the time such as Douglas Fairbanks, Joan Crawford, Gloria Swanson and Pola Negri.

As Seen On June Carter Cash

I happened to be browsing the internet the other day when I came across this article in the Independent about Johnny Cash's love letter to June. However that wasn't what caught my eye, what did was the rather fabulous coat June was wearing in the picture above. The reason it caught my eye is that I have the very same coat, it's by Lilli-Ann, a much coveted brand who made superb clothes throughout the 1940s and 1950s. I picked up my coat from a vintage shop on Brick Lane a couple of years ago, I don't wear it that much but it is one of my favourite vintage pieces and to see a photo of it being worn by someone back then is just wonderful. A seller on ebay once sent me a picture of the original owner wearing a beach set that I had bought and it was lovely to see.

Sixties Inspired: Orla Kiely for Clarks SS15

Life Lately

Well hello there! Just thought I'd give you a quick update as to where I've been for the whole of January. I started off the year with a rather nasty chest infection that saw me out of action for a good few weeks. I'm still trying to shake it off but I'm nowhere near as bad as I was, I'm now that annoying person you see on the tube/at work/at the theatre that is coughing all the time.