Winter may be closing in, but I still think it’s summer.

So, as we edge closer to December my clothes seem to think it’s still August. I do’t know what it is about me, I just can’t do winter.

Anyway, thought i would share two of my fave outfits of the last week, demonstrating that I still seem to think it’s summer.

This was my outfit for one of my best pals engagement parties last week. GAH! Everyone is growing up : (

Dress: Blanes (late 50s)
Shoes: Rayne (early 60s)
Earrings: These came from the V&A shop years ago!

I actually ended up wearing flat shoes in the end…but these gorgeous diamate encrusted numbers did look pretty swish with my outfit.

This was my outfit on tuesday.

Jumper: Jaeger (early 60s)
Skirt: Amezzzin Parisian print number. I actually had one of these in black too that I sold. This is a home made number from the 50s.
Shoes: Vans. I live in these blimmin things at the moment.
Brooch: Tatty Devine. Look it’s a bunny with a little fluffy tail!

In need of a party dress?

This week, again I have listed some FABULOUS vintage party dresses for your viewing pleasure (AND i have more to come!!!). Whether you want to go all out disney Princess in a Cinderella esque number or, if your taste is distinctly closer to 70s disco glam I have something for you this week!

View all of the listings here.

This is what I call the ultimate Cinderella dress. Dating to the 50s and made of layers upon layers of frothy blue net, it is accented with tiny sequins and beads.

This beautiful pink number is equally delightful. Great for a christmas time ball, but equally an all year round party dress!

This Frank Usher (unlabeled but I am assured it is) is absolutely show stopping. A real feat of construction. Dates to the mid 50s.

This black Susan Small number is PURE glamour

This gorgeous pinky red Horrockses number has a matching stole with it.

…or if your taste is a little later I also have a number of absolutely fab-u-lous 70s dresses on offer.

This Horrockses maxi dress will certainly draw attention. Made from bronze lurex with a daringly low front!

This Ossie Clark mini dress is really versatile. Great satin and moss crepe combo and can be worn by itself, or with trousers (it isn’t quite as short as it looks!)

Or, if a dress isn’t quite what you are after at the moment I also have the most wonderful selection of hats available right now. Dating through from the 20s to modern.

view all the hats here

I’m also selling off most of my collection of Rayne shoes, a few of which come in their original boxes.

View this amazing diamante encrusted pair here.

View this stunning pair of patent leather shoes here

To view all of this weeks listings click here

If any extra info is required on the items for sale this week do feel free to drop me a message!

Banner ladies

These vintage adverts have been doing the rounds of late, but I simply had to share them here (I first found them via retronaut…one of my favourite websites)
The adverts date to the 1880s and 1890s and are of Banner ladies- it would appear these ladies were used like walking adverts for shopkeepers wares.
Searching on the internet has proved pretty fruitless towards finding out more about them, and how they were “used” by shopkeepers. All of these are American, maybe it was an American phenomenon! If anyone has any more info about them I would love to know.
There’s no two way about it, this one has to be THE best of the lot. Lady covered in bagels AND pretzels…now this has to be the definition of good enough to eat ; )
Original link (ie before Retronaut)

The only other similar thing I could find was these fascinating 17th century engravings by Nicolas de Larmessin They form a series called habit de….depicting professionals and their tools (over 100 were produced). They were often referred to as a “satire of occupations”  Intriguing for sure, and possibly an inspiration for the banner ladies…
There is an incredibly exhaustive series of these images here: