Monday, 17 December 2012

Car booty.

In some unusual circumstances i was up at 6am on Sunday morning. So what better thing to do when your awake several hours before you need to be getting ready for work than go to a good old car boot sale. There is a local boot sale that is on here every Sunday, rain or shine. Last time i was able to go i went a little late and found it pretty lame however this time i was there bright and early with a keen eye for a vintage treasure. Needless to say i picked up a few beauties including my Christmas day dress; so i thought i would share them with you guys.

I picked up this gorgeous 60's dress with a peter pan collar.

It's a great fit and i just love the colours.

I also picked up this great leather bag. I think its 70's and although out of the eras that i tend to stick in i love it and couldn't resist picking it up.

I picked up this lovely cable knit jumper. It's a modern piece but with the right styling i think it will look fab. Plus it's super warm and it has been chilly here in the UK.

Last but by no means least i picked up this great green dress with matching belt. This is definitely going to be my Christmas outfit. Not what i had in mind to begin with but its so lovely. I love it

I hope you liked my little thrifted haul, I'm sure there will be some outfit posts coming soon.
I would love to know what treasures you guys have found recently.

 Hugs and Kisses

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

A Lovely Surprise

Guess what guys??? The lovely ladies over at Brentwood Lane Vivian, Viola and Vera surprised me with the Liebster Blog award!!! I was so excited i did a little dance around my room haha

I just love reading the answers to the questions they were asked and it's so nice of them to spread the love and share some blogs that they like to read too.

So on with their questions for me:

1. Why did you decide to create a blog?

I decided to start my blog because i wanted to share my sewing creations and other vintage passions. I am a big fan of YouTube but i love writing so much that i thought the blog was the way to go. I found so many wonderful other bloggers who are interested in the same things that i am so i thought why not create something that others will want to read and that i enjoy writing.

2. Do you have any friends who share the same passion for vintage?

I have one friend in particular that i can say truly shares my passion for vintage. She like to trail the vintage shops for bargains just as much as i do and likes so chat on about hair, makeup and clothes over a cuppa served in a cute china cup haha. People are always curious about the clothes i wear or the hairstyles i use asking how did you manage that? etc. The town i live in does have a vintage community but i have yet to meet anyone.

3. What decade first drew you into dressing vintage?

I have always had an interest in vintage but never fully embraced purchasing and wearing vintage until a few years ago. I am a lover of the 40's and 50's most definitely. The silhouette that the clothes from these eras makes really accentuates a womans curves in all the right places. For me, 40's and 50's suit my shape the best and make me feel great when i'm wearing it.

4. Before you embraced vintage what was your style?

Before i embraced vintage style i dabbled in all sorts. I never really was one to follow trend and i was always a little bit of a surfer/rocker chick. I still like a bit of the music now and again to reminisce but you could usually find me in jeans or a little tartan skirt and a band t-shirt but never really got into the scene fully, i guess there was that vintage glamour puss just trying to get out haha.

5. Besides wearing vintage styled clothes do you also watch old movies and listen to vintage music? If so what is your favorite movie and artist/genre?

I do! I love nothing more than to cuddle up under a duvet and put on an old movie. I have so many films i love to watch again and again. hmmm...lets see... I love everything with Audrey Hepburn in. She is the quintessential vintage icon but i have had a love affair with her films for a long time. I really couldn't pick a favorite but at a push i would have to say either My fair lady or Roman holiday. She is just a dream to watch. 
In terms of  my musical taste, lets just say it eclectic. I do love vintage music again mainly from the 40's and 50's although i do listen to jazz from time to time. My favorite vintage music is swing. I wish i could swing dance but i haven't found a class i can go to in my home town yet. 

6. What is the oddest vintage recipe you've tried, want to try, or seen someone else try?

I suppose the oddest recipes are the wartime ones. With a waste nothing attitude that everyone adopted during the war, recipes emerged that used all parts of an animal. So i think if i were to try something it would be a stew or hotpot of some sort. Although just thinking about eating brains or tripe sends my stomach flipping haha.

7. What is your favorite place to shop for vintage inspired or authentic vintage clothes?

I love to shop for vintage inspired clothing online. There aren't many places outside of London where you can purchase reproduction clothing. I find a lot of inspiration for items i want to have a go at making on these websites as i haven't got the budget for anything at the moment. For true vintage items i love nothing better than going into local thrift shops or vintage shops. I love trawling through everything to hopefully find that key item that missing from my wardrobe at just the right price! 

8. What has been your most exciting find?

My most exciting finds have got to be my vintage sewing patterns. I love every single one whether bought online or stumbled across in a shop i love them all. Working with vintage patterns allows me to get the right look in the style and fabric that i want without being aware that i have to be careful what i am doing as i'm wearing vintage. Plus i get the added enjoyment of working on a project and having a beautiful, one of a kind piece to add to my wardrobe and when people ask me about it i can say i made it!

9. What is your favorite vintage hair style? (Either describe it or insert a picture).

My favorite vintage hairstyle has got to be a curled shiny set of locks, it is simple but effective. You can dress it up with a flower, a dazzling diamante clip or you can pop a vintage hat on and look like a glamour puss. Or wear it day to day with the right styling and makeup you can look vintage fabulous in no time. 


10. If your life was adapted into a vintage movie, what actor would you want to play you?

I think i would either Elizabeth Taylor or of course miss Hepburn (as if i could resist haha) As a brunette I will stick to the dark and lovely ladies.


11. Do you use vintage terminology and/or slang?

I say oh gosh! quite a lot and i call people darling quite a bit but that's about it i think haha 

I would like to nominate:

If you are given the award:

1. Link and follow the blogger who awarded you.

2. Blog about the award.

3. Give the award to 5 other bloggers, preferably with less than 200 followers.

4. Answer the 11 questions we ask and give 11 of your own to the bloggers you award

Here are my questions for you all:

  1. Do you share your passion for vintage with anyone you know? (friend or relative etc)
  2. What is the most treasured item in your wardrobe whether handmade or bought?
  3. What decade inspires you most and why?
  4. Do you wear vintage daily or for special occasions?
  5. Do you prefer vintage, retro reproduction or a mix of the two?
  6. If you could invite any 3 people dead or alive to your tea party who would it be?
  7. What is your all time favorite vintage movie?
  8. If you could play a character from any old movie who would you be?
  9. If you could only have 5 key pieces in your wardrobe what would they be?
  10. What are your 5 vintage styling must haves? (Can be hair, makeup or clothing and accessories)
  11. have you been to any vintage festivals, Goodwood revival, Viva rockabilly weekender etc. If you have what was your experience of them; if you haven't are there any you would like to go to in the future?

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

It's just afternoon tea darling

Baking is something I have never been much good at but lately I have found myself wanting to master it. Today's adventure was scones, the quintessential British accompaniment to a classic afternoon tea. I am a great lover of these tastes treats so what more reason would I need to make them haha.

My lovely mum handed down some recipes to me and i would like to share one of those with you guys. Trust me my mums recipes have never failed me yet, not even at baking!!!!!

So for this recipe you will need:

  • 225g Self raising flour
  • 55g butter, softened
  • 25g caster sugar
  • 100g milk
  • pinch of salt

  1. Preheat your oven to 220 o C and grease a baking sheet.
  2. In a bowl mix together the flour and salt. Add the butter and rub together with your hands so that it looks like bread crumbs. This is why it is important to use softened butter at room temperature as it makes it easier to mix.
  3. Add the sugar and milk. Stir together until it makes a soft dough.
  4. Turn onto a floured surface and knead very lightly.
  5. Pat the dough out into a round about 2cm thick.
  6. Use a cutter to stamp out your scones (if you have one, if not i found a glass works just fine). Place on your baking sheet.
  7. Brush the tops with either a little butter or milk for a nice glaze on the top. Your scones should look little like this:
  8. Bake for about 12-15 minutes untill golden brown and well risen.

I added a few sultanas to mine. There are loads of variations i will try now that these turned out so yummy!! I  think i will try the cheese ones!

Let me know if you try this recipe out for yourselves and how your scones turned out. Also whats your favorite addition to add to this recipe to make your favorite type of scones.

Hugs and Kisses

Saturday, 17 November 2012

That's just how i roll.


Victory rolls is one of those styles that any vintage gal must have in her repertoire, however they can be tricky to achieve sometimes. There are loads of tutorials on the old YouTube that offer some great tips on achieving the look from traditional 40's style to all out Rockabilly fabulousness.
As lean more to the traditional styling of victory rolls i wear mine on the smaller side. If your feeling adventurous feel free to backcomb those bad boys haha.

Here is my step by step guide to how i do my victory rolls. You will need the following:

First things first i find that this style works best (for most people) on second day hair, however my hair is thick and will hold at any time. If you have freshly washed hair pop a bit of hairspray on and brush through it to add some substance to the hair. So to tame my curly locks i have washed, blow dried and curled my hair with a curling iron and pinned it up to cool.

An alternative would be to leave your hair overnight like i have done here:

Once completely cooled, take out the pins and shake the curls loose. I prefer to have a side parting as i find it suits me better but if you like a center parting feel free to do so.

Separate a section from the top of your head to behind your ear on both sides and clip the rest of your hair at the back. These will be the sections that we will form our rolls.

Take one side and brush through the hair and add a little pomade or styling product, i use either good old brill cream or a wax based product for a little shine and hold. Starting at the bottom take two fingers and  begin to roll the ends of the hair around to form a loop.

Remove your fingers and continue to roll the hair upwards towards the scalp. Make sure you are pulling the hair taught as you roll so that the side doesn't sag down.

This tends to be the most tricky part of the style and what  has taken practice to get right. Don't give up on it if your struggling, roll the hair back down and start again and you will get it!!

Once you have the roll in place as you like it pin into place with a bobby pin through the center of the roll. I try to hide the bobby pins as best as i can as i think it makes for a more polished look. I usually use a couple of bobby pins to make sure the roll is secure and i feel confident it will stay in place when i go about my day.

Give it a good old spray with hairspray and smooth any fly aways.

Now do the same on the other side. Try to make the rolls about the same size and in the same position on the top of your head.

Hopefully the end result will look something like mine.

Now comes the fun part...the accessories!!! I love hair flowers and this hairstyle is made for them. You could go for a subtle, pinup style on the side by your ear

Or if your feeling adventurous and want to make a statement (lets face it, why wouldn't you?) add a full on bouquet haha.

I would love to know how your rolls turned out.

Hugs and Kisses

Friday, 9 November 2012

'Tis (almost) the season to be jolly!


The Christmas season, ladies and gents, is almost upon us and with the shops hanging their decorations and supermarkets displaying all their delicious treats we must think about gifts for our loved ones. I love buying gifts for people but as i have got older i am finding myself bored with the samey gifts that you tend to buy and intent on finding fun things to surprise my nearest and dearest. Christmas is an extremely busy time for me as it is for everyone so i think its best to get started now and not find yourself scrambling on Christmas eve for your last few items. Trust me i have been there and done that and i am NEVER doing it again haha.

Personally i find that the gifts that make the biggest smiles Christmas morning are with a homemade touch that you cant find anywhere else and that are unique. This can come in many forms from a gift tag made especially with a friends name on it, something like this:


Or a fully handmade, totally original item like this:


It obviously depends on the confidence you have to make something your proud of and that someone who is special to you will cherish.  

This can also apply to your home decoration aswell. I, as most vintage girls, like a slightly mismatching but ultimately put together home. This is often due to the fact that i am always buying vintage bits and bobs and very rarely do you find a matching set of something haha. So you can tie in your love of vintage and crafts and make items that can be decorations for your home or others. I most certainly will turn my hand to some decoration this year.
If your a dab hand with a sewing machine how about some Christmas banners, an advent calender or even stockings like these:

If your forte is in the kitchen how about some preserves, pickles or delicious treats for Christmas day:


If your a crafty creature maybe you could make some gorgeous flower accessories or jewelry:


I am so looking forward to getting started with my homemade Christmas treats and my special Christmas outfit. Let me know if you lovelies are making anything special for Christmas this year i would love to hear what you guys are up to.

Hugs and Kisses

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Ooh La La !!!

Hello my lovelies I'm back from my holiday in Paris and I am super excited to show you all my Parisian adventures!

If you ever have the opportunity to go to Paris then please don't pass it up because it is a wonderful city to visit because I had a super time there.There is so much to see in the city that i didn't get to see everything i wanted to see but i am already planning my return trip.

I took the advice of a blog post i saw and visited the Paris flea market that would be going on when i was there. I would say it was a wonderful market to walk around however it is more of an antiques market than a flea market. I did spot some vintage designer wear that was TO DIE FOR!!! However it was a little out of my price range haha.

First up came the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum.

I went to see the Notre Dame cathedral and did a spot of shopping at the Gallery de Laffayette (which is a large department store) and then took a stroll up the Champs Ellsees to the Arc de Triomphe.

I visited the cemetery where Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde to name a few are laid to rest. It is said to be one of the most romantic places to walk through in Paris. It is certainly a wonderful place to visit and i think people say that because the city is busy and built up that it is an open and very green place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

I was lucky enough to spend my Birthday in the most magical place on earth... Disneyland Paris!!!! Yes that's right i am not ashamed to admit that i spent my birthday running around the park like a kid at Christmas haha.

Hugs and Kisses