Summery vintage

At the moment I have some great listings up on both ebay and etsy that will surely set you up for your summer holidays. First off Etsy

Advantage in vintage on Etsy

I’ve been selling off quite a few Horrockses from my collection lately, but this is what I call a classic Liz Horrockses- i.e. blue and white! This dress has totally stunning side contrast details. Size UK 8-10 £125.

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I also can’t resist a Sambo fashions dress. I often think these garments produced by manufacturer Samuel Sherman are some of the few that stand up to Horrockses. This lovely number features a bold pink rose print on crisp black cotton with a dropped waist. £75. A uk 10 to 12.

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Got the perfect outfit, but need the shoes? These are a litle bit dreamy. Late 1950s Lilley and Skinner pink stilettos in butter soft baby pink leather with bow detail. A UK4/ 4.5 just £32

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What’s better than a vintage dress? Only a dress and matching jacket… this 50s two piece by Melbray consists of a slim wiggle dress with matching jacket and huge shawl collar. Great all year round outfit! UK 10/12 £85

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Over on ebay there’s some pretty great pieces listed too, if you need your shoes, sunnies, jewellery, hat or that perfect dress- there’s something for you!

 

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I adore this little green trembling cat brooch- resembling the style of 1940s coro jewellery but a much more modern piece pin it to a vintage dress- the perfect accompaniment to any vintage outfit.

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I’ve got four (yes, four!!!) pairs of lovely deadstock sunglasses on offer too. All in delightful “jelly” colours. These original 1950s cats eyes are sure to make you stand out on the beach.

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In terms of dresses I have a simply lovely cotton frock on offer too. I jokingly refered to this as my ring a ring of roses dress (the print is roses and rings in a pretty sketchy style). Could be a great all year round dress as I think this would be fab teamed with tights too.

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This polka dot number is the perfect flamenco esque frock! Original 50s.

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Happy shopping everyone : D !

Piggin’ out…

Me? Write a food post? Never…
(Don’t worry, there’s pretty dresses too ; ) )

Yesterday was my Mum’s 50th birthday, which meant time for a family celebration. We jaunted off to sample the food at The Pig, located in Hampshire’s beautiful New Forest.

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The Pig offers what they call a “25 mile menu” they source as much as possible from their kitchen garden and what they can’t source from there is produced locally- within 25 miles. The menu offers a delightful selection of dishes from glorious tender steaks, to fresher than fresh fish. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. the menu with its various size dishes means it will cater to your appetite however big (or small!).

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I went for the hake with pancetta and sea kale served with a pea broth. It was delicious, the freshness of the pea perfectly complimented the rich saltiness of the fish and pancetta. The meal was not too heavy- a perfect lunch time dish (I’ll admit I did steal some of my mum’s amazing chips- the perfect crispy on the outside fluffy on the inside combo). As you can see from my pic all dishes came beautifully presented- adding that little extra to the meal (milk for tea and coffee came in adorable mini milk churns.)

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The selection of deserts on offer was lovely too- again offering a selection of gut busting or light deserts. I chose the white chocolate pot with pickled gooseberries and shortbread. DIVINE. I can normally take or leave gooseberries, but these perfect cut through the sweetness of the white chocolate meaning that it was not too much.

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As it was my Mum’s birthday the staff at the pig gave my mum a special pig shaped happy birthday biscuit, and there was complimentary fizz too- A nice added touch.

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In my opinion though, the best thing about the Pig has to be the ambiance. The restaurant, decked out like a Victorian greenhouse garden has a really chilled out relaxed feel to it.

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My verdict? A definite ten out of ten. Excellent food, great service and a lovely setting. The Pig is also a hotel…it is safe to say I want to stay there now!

We took a few pictures in the reception area and outside… my dress is a 1958 Horrockses, one of my really special pieces of vintage.

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Want to visit the Pig? Find out more here
http://www.thepighotel.com/

Officially an RCA graduate

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On the 27th June 2014 I graduated from the Royal College of Art. The day was really quite spectacular and I wanted to share a few pictures from the day here (alongside the story behind the dress I wore!)

 

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Graduation for me started on Wednesday with my symposium. The Symposium offered a chance for me to speak briefly about the topic of my dissertation alongside my fellow coursemates. You can hear me speak about Frederick Starke in this podcast (I speak from around 19 min 40 seconds in). For the occasion I wore (of course) A Frederick Starke Fredrica dress. Unfortunately I didn’t get anyone to snap a picture of the back of the dress ,but it was open to the waist- so really rather daring!

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Post symposium with my boyfriend Martin

The symposium, held at the V&A was a great opportunity to celebrate our achievements and it was nice if somewhat strange for some of my family to hear me speak!

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Friday though was my graduation and so completely unlike my BA graduation I can’t even begin to explain. The robes worn were really quite hilarious. No one seemed quite sure what way round the sash/ hood should go and there were numerous variations red hood out/ white hood out, full hood out (in an elf like style) or a smaller pointed hood. RCA graduates are incredibly lucky as we get to have our graduation at the Royal Albert Hall…sat inside the hall awaiting graduation, put simply, sent shivers down my spine. The ceremony itself was really quite fun, people got up and cheered throughout and there was a very relaxed yet celebratory atmosphere. Our honorary doctors were very exciting too- Albert Elbaz, Grayson Perry and Paola Antonelli.

 

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Inside the Royal Albert Hall

After the ceremony we had the chance to show friends and family round the RCA show space and pick up our certificate. I am still slightly in awe of my huge A3 size certificate…my BA one now pales in comparison!

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Standard me and my Mum posing…

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Attractive face here from my Dad

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With my Dad and Nanna

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With my Mama and Grandma

 

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Don’t ask me why… but this is my favourite picture of the whole day. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing : /

But importantly, as this is me, what was the story behind the dress I chose to wear? For my ceremony I wore a late 1950s Frank Usher dress. I felt I HAD to wear a Model House Group or Fashion House Group garments and as Frank Usher was one of the key Fashion House Group firms (run by Max and Anne Bruh) it seemed like the perfect choice. Furthermore, my Grandfather actually worked for the firm. So it seemed fitting to wear the dress. I teamed my dress with a 1950s diamante bracelet (borrowed/ stolen from my mum) and a pair of black satin L.K. Bennett courts with diamante buckles.

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In typical Liz style though, symposium and graduation in the space of 3 days were not enough for me…and as soon as my graduation finished I hopped straight on a train and hot footed it to Glastonbury festival.

To read more about my dissertation topic “London before it swung: British ready-to-wear under the Model House Group and Fashion House Group” please click here.