Sunday, 24 January 2016

Christmas presents

Happy 2016!  A bit late into January but oh well!

Here are some of my Christmas presents which I received from my fiancĂ©... Plaid quilted circle skirt and red box purse, both purchased whilst we were at Rhythm Riot.

I seem to have an obsession with 1950s quilted circle skirts.  They have a great shape and I have found some in nice colours and prints.  They are great for this time of year to keep you warm!
The reverse carved Lucite earrings and brooch aren't a proper set but match very well!
Did you receive any vintage goodies for Christmas?
Top: Vivien of Holloway
Skirt: Vintage from trader at Rhythm Riot
Brooch/ Earrings/ Bangles: Vintage from eBay/ Facebook
Purse: Vintage from trader at Rhythm Riot
Shoes: Miss L Fire

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Riot 2015!

I admit that I have been a bad blogger as it has been some weeks since my last post so I hope to make up for it with this bumper post about Rhythm Riot!

A month ago, my fiancĂ© and I attended our second Rhythm Riot in Camber Sands.  If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember my post here about our first Riot experience. 

The traders were great as they were last time but I hardly bought anything.  I saved up some money as it is a great opportunity to buy good quality vintage but I was a bit disappointed as I only bought a bag and a bolero.  Sometimes I go to an event and think I am going to spend lots of money and then I surprise myself by not buying much at all!
I hadn't initially planned on watching the Surf Riding and Beachwear parade on the Saturday afternoon but I went along and really enjoyed it!  Bethan put on a great show and it was fun to watch.

I really enjoyed Gone Hepsville on Saturday evening and there were some great performances on the Sunday too (including Young Jessie and Jai Malano!)
We put some effort into our Saturday night outfits!
The dress that I wore on the Sunday has a little story behind it.  I saw it on Etsy over a year ago and it was in my favourites but then after a little while, it had been reserved for someone else and was eventually sold.  Then I saw one of the people I follow on Instagram wearing it and she looked great in it.  A few weeks ago, I saw her list it on the Facebook selling group Ooh La La and I immediately commented to purchase it!  Sometimes I find you miss out on the vintage you love the first time but if you keep looking, you may just find it again!
You can also see the bag I purchased at Riot in the photos along with my Miss L Fire shoes.
There were some great cars as usual, which was lovely to see, especially as the weather wasn't great.

It was a great weekender and I got to meet some lovely people too.  The only problem with Rhythm Riot is that it is over so quickly! I really feel it needs to start on the Thursday to give you more time to settle in to it.
I can't wait for the next event!
Grey dress: Vintage from OLL on Facebook
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Earrings and brooch: Vintage and purchased separately from Etsy
Bangles: Mix of vintage from my Grandma and repro from Splendette
Bag: Vintage from trader at Rhythm Riot

Saturday, 31 October 2015

An American Classic

I have been wanting a Pendleton 49er for a few years now but hadn't managed to find one in my size until recently.  As with all jackets, it is something that is harder to purchase online because you need to get the fit just right.  I was lucky to find this one on UK ebay and for a good price, however, the seller didn't post it for over 2 weeks so I didn't think it was going to arrive!

At this time of year, it is a great little jacket to throw on for a more casual but still classic vintage look.
I am also wearing my Atomic Swag t-shirt and western belt that I picked up at VLV.  You can just about see the horses, bulls and cacti on the belt!
Here is one of my favourite Pendleton adverts! 
Pendleton 49er: Vintage from Ebay
Shoes: Minnetonka
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood (Jeanies pedal pushers)
Top: Atomic Swag
Purse: Vintage from trader at VLV
Belt: Vintage from VLV trader
Fox brooch: Luxulite


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Harlequin Dream

I saw this dress on an Instagram preview for "Atypical Girl" and as soon as it was listed on Etsy, having seen that it was my size, I just had to buy it straight away!

Red and white, tick. Harlequin print, tick.  Quilted, tick. All the things I love!  It also came with a wide elastic belt with bells on (yes I know!) but it's too big at the moment so I paired it with another belt.

I paired the dress with one of my favourite sweaters which I purchased deadstock from Swellegant Vintage in Newport, L.A.  I really wish they had some in other colours!

I am also wearing my reverse carved lucite earrings and brooch.  This isn't a set but looks close enough.
Dress: Vintage from Atypical Girl
Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Bag: Vintage from Etsy
Jewellery: Vintage from eBay
Sweater: Vintage from Swellegant Vintage

Friday, 25 September 2015

In Retrospect

A few weeks ago I was asked to review In Retrospect magazine by the founder/ editor Mat Keller.  I had first been introduced to this magazine earlier last year when I was given an introductory copy at The Mid Century Market.  Since then, there has been a successful Kickstarter campaign, which saw the magazine launch its first issue earlier this year.

Now, as you may have already gathered, I only really do vintage outfit posts on this blog.  However, I was compelled to share my thoughts with you on this great magazine.

In Retrospect prides itself on being the only magazine run by full time vintage enthusiasts and this really comes through in the variety of articles.  I never felt that I wanted to subscribe to any of the other vintage lifestyle magazines because the articles were not that interesting to me.  Having read the first 4 issues of this magazine, I know I want to start a subscription as soon as Issue 5 is out!

Each issue has a range of 'opinionated' articles, features on reproduction brands, factual articles on stars of the golden age of Hollywood, debates, features on vintage transport and dancing, as well as other topics too.

One of my favourite features throughout the 4 issues was the "In Focus" articles by Kerry Curl.  I really found the pieces on Vivian Maier and Bunny Yeager to be not only interesting but informative too.

Another one of the great things about this magazine is that it appeals to both men and women.  The vintage scene seems to be dominated by women (unless you include the vintage car scene too) and some of the other vintage lifestyle magazines seem to solely focus on women, however, this one has definite broad appeal.  My fiance read the magazines before I even got a chance and he was impressed by the quality and range of topics covered.

If you subscribe now, you will start with Issue 4.  A 6 issue subscription costs £21.60 in the UK or each issue is normally £4.50.  For international prices and more information, you can find out here.

I would love to hear your views on this magazine if you have read any of the issues!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Lilac and Gold

Apologies for the blogging absence, my laptop has been having some Internet issues!

Here is an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago to the Yellow Vintage Fair.

Lilac isn't a colour well represented in my wardrobe but when I saw this 2 piece set on Thrifty Vintage Kitten, I was really drawn to it and knew I had to buy it!

I also love the versatility because it's a blouse and skirt so there are different options for how it can be worn.

I am also wearing my new gold Roman Holiday style sandals purchased from Rocket Originals. I saw lots of ladies with these on Instagram and although I already had a pair of similar white sandals, I just couldn't stop thinking about these so I finally succumbed and purchased them.   On their first outing, they tore up my ankles!!! I've since heard from other ladies saying that they aren't very comfortable to wear.  So even if they look great, I can only wear them with blister plasters! 

Blouse and top: Vintage from Thrifty Vintage Kitten on Etsy
Sandals: Rocket Originals
Purse: Vintage from trader at VLV Car Show
Bracelet: Vintage from eBay 
Earrings: Desperate Beatnik on Etsy

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The mexican tourist jacket and the telephone cord purse

Before I went to America, I compiled a rather long wish list, which included everything from 1950s gold capri pants to all the tiny 1950s knitwear.  Whilst I didn't find even half of what was on my list, (no gold pants for me) I did find some key items, including the Mexican tourist jacket and telephone cord purse.

The tourist jacket was a relatively easy find and I did see a few of them throughout my holiday.  It's the kind of purchase that I didn't want to make online as I wasn't sure of the fit and this one was purchased in Paper Moon Vintage in Hollywood.  It was a good price and in pretty good condition.

This outfit is quite unusual for me, given that I am wearing jeans but I just love this jacket!  I have seen these jackets pop up in Twin Peaks (being worn by Lara Flynn Boyle) and in The Shining too (being worn by Shelley Duvall.)
The telephone cord purse was not such an easy find.  I really thought I would come across a few in the USA but I only saw the one and I so I had to buy it.  Luckily it was in the colours I was looking for too.  This ended up being a very good price and was purchased from Blue Moon Vintage at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show.  This trader had so much good stuff and I also bought a sweater, sunglasses and another purse from them (I could have bought more if I didn't have any restraint!)
These photos were taken at the Brighton Jukebox and Retro Fair back in March which was a pretty good event to attend as there were two very good traders selling 1950s clothing and accessories (and some nice cars too!)
Jacket: Paper Moon Vintage, Hollywood
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood (Jeanies pedal pushers)
Top: Topshop
Belt: Trader at VLV
Shoes: Minnetonka Thunderbird Moccasins
Purse: Blue Moon Vintage at the VLV Car Show
Bakelite earrings: VLV Car show trader
Brooch: Boss Vintage at VLV