Thursday, 30 May 2013

Another sunny day!

As I was typing my last post, it was set to be a super sunny Sunday so I knew that called for one of my favourite summer dresses.  This whole outfit did look a bit like some sort of dessert but I just love it !  I also got to show off my sweater clip which my Grandma gave to me.  It is one of the few vintage items I own that have been passed onto me from family members.  My Grandpa bought this sweater clip for my Grandma when he visited Oregon in the 1950s (sorry that there is not a close up photo!)

There was an 'Art, Design, Antiques and Vintage' Market on Southampton High Street on Sunday.  I was heading into town anyway and had been recently told about this market but was quite dubious about it.  On previous occasions where I've been to markets which are not 'purely' vintage - the quality of vintage items (if there are any!) is not very good, however, I was pleasantly surprised by this one and it had many of the traders that I have met at previous fairs.  I only bought a pair of gloves (I have seriously overspent this month!) but I shall be definitely coming back to this one again! 

Dress: Vintage (etsy)
Necklace: Vintage (etsy)
Cardigan: Next
Bag: Vintage (etsy)
Shoes: Aldo
Sweater clip: Vintage (from my Grandma)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunny side up

So these are some photos from yesterday's summery outfit:

This is the only vintage knitted jumper that I own and I purchased it from Doo Wop Dolly on ebay.  I don't usually purchase vintage knitted items online because I am never sure of the sizing but the previous owner is a similar size to me so I thought it would fit ok... and it does!  I love the cute buttons on the shoulder and the bright colour.

I went to see The Great Gatsby yesterday and I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the film!!  I am a fan of the book and I felt that the first two thirds of the move trivialised the story upon which it was based.  I also couldn't get my head around the modern music (and I get what Luhrmann was trying to do with the contemporary music in the film and it was a huge risk but for me it did not pay off.)  I have liked Luhrmann's previous work so it is not that I am not a fan of his directorial style but in this case, I just felt that it is not a movie I wanted to see again.  I didn't totally hate it - I thought that the actors were well cast (especially for Gatsby and Jordan Baker) and also the scenes in the Valley of Ashes were really well done. 

As I type this post, it is super sunny outside but it seems that I have decided to spend the two sunniest days of my four day weekend in the cinema!

Jumper: Vintage (eBay)
Skirt: Vintage ('Clobber Vintage' in Boscombe)
Bag: Vintage (Jukebox and Retro Fair 2013)
Necklace: Vintage (A vintage fair - I can't remember which one!)
Shoes: Aldo

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Goodwood Revival 2012

So as I mentioned previously, I do have a backlog of photos from previous outings that I would like to share - most of these have been from this year but I also wanted to share some photos from last year's Goodwood Revival event.

This was the first time that I had been to Goodwood, despite having wanted to go for many years!  I went on the Sunday, though the Saturday looked like it had better weather.  It was amazing to see so many well dressed vintage ladies and gents!  If I had this blog back then, then I would have definitely have asked to take some photos of the other festival goers. 

As I'm a 50s girl, that is the look that I went with.  I wore a Jonathan Logan 50s dress which is one of my favourite dresses because it just fits so well!  I purchased it on Etsy and I have been scouring Etsy ever since to find another one of his dresses but I have not found one that I like in my size so far (it will happen one day!)  The headpiece is actually 1930s but shhh! I thought it looked well with my outfit and I love navy.  The bag is 1950s from Vintage to Vogue in Bath - another one of my favourite items because I have not seen a similar patchwork snakeskin bag anywhere else.  The shoes were not vintage - I don't think I would have been happy wearing vintage shoes anyway because most of the day I was walking on grass and I wouldn't want to ruin any vintage shoes!  Gloves are vintage, purchased from a vintage fair in Lymington.  Oh and the fox fur which you will see time and time again because it just goes with everything!


I am a fan of classic cars, even if I can't actually drive myself! 

The shops they had did have some good stuff but it was on the expensive side so I did not purchase anything whilst I was there.

In the afternoon, I got approached to be part of the "Best Dressed Competition" - which was quite exciting!  I had my photo taken in a booth and then from that, I was selected to be part of the competition later on in the afternoon.  Although I did not win, it was great to be in the company of so many vintage fans!

The lady in the middle won, though my favourite outfit was the one on the right! This photo is courtesy of the Goodwood Revival website (as is the one below.)

And this is the photo that was taken in the booth.

I am not sure if I am going this year, I will have to decide nearer to the time!

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Macaroon love!

So most of this blog content will be in the form of vintage outfits but occasionally there will be other things that I want to share with you.

Yesterday I went to London for a Study Day for work.  These days, it seems that no trip to London is complete without getting a fancy macaroon.  I used to get one from the Harrods food hall but they have changed their selection so now I buy them from Ladurée (which is also located in Harrods.)

I love the array of colours and flavours available!

I can confirm that it was très délicieux! 

I promise that there will be outfit posts in the near future - I have a backlog of outfit photos but I want to spread these out a bit!

Sunday, 19 May 2013

An evening at Port Solent

I went out for dinner in Port Solent last night.  I did not fancy wearing a dress so decided to wear my 1930s rayon crepe blouse with some lace shorts from Topshop which remind me of 1930s tap pants (if only!)  I did not want to dress up too fancy so I wore low heels and did not wear a hat or headpiece. 

You can't really see the details of this blouse or the bag clearly in these photos so I thought I would show you some photos of them individually

The blouse is amazing!  Beautiful material and it fits so perfectly like it was made for me!  I love the cute buttons and the sequin collar and cuffs.  Unfortunately some of the sequins from the collar have disappeared so I will probably need to stitch some new ones on in the future.  This picture really does not do the blouse justice I promise!

This photo is courtesy of Bohemian Bisoux on Etsy, where I purchased it from.  The photo that I took did not show up the true berry colour!  I love the lucite handle but the only problem is that the clasp is broken so I don't like to take it out often.

I forgot to get a photo of what I ate - the Seafood Platter - so I will try harder next time!

Monday, 13 May 2013

A recent trip to Bath

For once the Bank Holiday weather bestowed us with some glorious sunshine! Spring and Summer are my favourite seasons because it means I can wear my favourite 1950s dresses and don't have to hide them under winter coats! 

I went to Bath on the Bank Holiday Monday - it is easily one of my favourite cities in the UK - I love the Georgian architecture.  I am wearing my new-to-me vintage dress - I love the print and the shape but I am not too keen on the wrap style. 

There is one amazing vintage shop in Bath - Vintage to Vogue.  They have some beautiful pieces but they do tend to be quite pricey so I don't usually purchase from there.  This time, I went with the intention of purchasing a hat (last time I was in Bath, I left behind a lovely 1940s cream felt tilt hat.)  The hat that I left behind last time was still there but I realised it looked too similar to another hat I own, so I ended up buying a black 1940s tilt hat (which you will see in a blog post in the future!)

I hope the weather for the next Bank Holiday is just as lovely!

Dress: Vintage (Etsy)
Cardigan: Zara
Bag: Vintage (purchased from a trader at the Jukebox and Retro Fair this year)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens

Friday, 10 May 2013


So welcome to my blog!  

Although I have followed vintage blogs for a few years, being the one creating a site and posting is all very new to me, so please bear with me! 
This blog is a place for me to share my love of vintage with the world!  I have been collecting vintage for about 6 years now.  My favourite era is the 1950s to early 1960s and I draw most inspiration from the styles worn in America during that time, however I do also love earlier eras and I do purchase clothing from 1930s-1940s (when I can afford it!)  I tend to buy most of my vintage online and the rest of it comes from fairs and shops but I am finding it increasingly difficult to find vintage items that I love in bricks and mortar stores in the UK (if you know of any amazing shops in the South of England – please do tell me!)
I live in Southampton, England and have done so for most of my life.  I am hoping one day to be able to move to America – preferably to California!  I visited there in 2011 and fell in love with the place.  Most of the blogs I read are those based in America but I have found some really awesome ones from other locations around the world, which I am hoping to share with you in a blog post in the future!
I hope to be able to post once a week and I apologise in advance if I do not stick to this schedule.  I work Monday – Friday in a hospital and I don’t get to wear to vintage to work all the time so really it is down to the weekend outfits which will make up the bulk of the content for this blog. 

I would love to hear from you if you love vintage like I do! 

Dress: Vintage (etsy)
Coat: Hobbs
Fur: Vintage (Flea market in New York)
Shoes: Topshop
Hat: Vintage (etsy)