It would appear I’ve been feeling a bit blue…

Today it is time for an outfit post, which in reality contains a smattering of two weeks outfits. I always say to myself, yep I’m going to try and take pictures every day, but in reality I never get round to it/ my hair looks terrible. Actually if I’m totally honest my hair looks terrible in most of these pictures anyway… (*note to self* must go and get fringe cut soon).

First off is this little dress. One of my fave Horrockses to wear because the cotton is so light and cool. I’ve had this dress for about two years now, and owing to its missing bolero it cost me the princely sum of £20. This is a particularly nice, fully lined dress, and i think it might have started off life full length. Although for me it is much more wearable at the length it is now. I’ve worn it here with my trusty Miss L Fire shoes (as you can see from the rest of my pictures I live in Miss L Fire‘s/ Vans at the moment). This was also the last day I still had my glastonbury wristband on. *sob*. Memories.

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My next outfit came from a few days later. Again with the miss L Fires, and the first day of terrible terrible “humidity hair”. The dress is a 1970s number, it is a Rose for Radley dress and came from the ever wonderful Liz Eggleston of Vintage-A-Peel. If i’m feeling brave I may soon post a pic of the swimsuit I purchased from her too.

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Next off in my string of summer dresses was this lovely blue number that came from Rainbow valley vintage. I’d intended selling this dress on, but it seems to fit me better than it did last summer and managed to creep back into my wardrobe. Worn with another pair of Miss L Fire’s that have a fabulous bow on the back. I really do love Miss L Fire shoes for their ability to accomodate my fat yet childishly small feet.

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Then came this pretty little dress, which is actually far too tight for me. It’s late 1950s American (junior miss size), an ebay purchase some years back I decided that the blue check was a bit too plain for me and jazzed it up with a Tatty Devine necklace and a hot pink belt that came via a charity shop for the princely sum of 20p.

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These were the nails I was rocking for the enitrety of last week. Combo of Barry M, Rimmel AND Models Own nail polish

After I got to this point in my photo taking. I realised WAIT A SECOND. Every dress is blue, I honestly think I have a problem with wearing blue dresses, as in this time period I wore a further two 1950s blue dresses. I don’t even like blue that much as a colour….

So after that revelation on wednesday I dug out a GREEN dress from my wardrobe. I purchased this last year at the festival of vintage in York and it is by Blanes. One of my favourite labels. The toile de jouy print on this is quite subtle and incredibly elegant.

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And finally my outfit of choice from yesterday. In the morning i went cycling (I give this as an excuse for my lack of make up) and had to wear something that wouldn’t get caught in my bike wheels (Ah. Vintage girl problems i think we might say). The shirt is 1970s by John Craig, purchased from Clobber in Bournemouth and the shorts are a fabulous shipping flag print by Sportaville and came to me via ebay. One of my colleagues at work yesterday afternoon was particularly amused by them. You can “read” the shorts in their full glory in this post.

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Has everyone else been enjoying the hot weather with summe suitable outfits?

Moonlight and stars bright ball at Kensington palace

Last friday I was just a little bit lucky and got invited along to a wonderful soiree at Kensington palace. The event was a 1950s inspired ball set in the beautiful grounds of Kensington palace with a chance to view the new exhibition “Fashion Rules” too.

For the evening I decided to go dressed up appropriately. I wore an original 1950s primrose yellow net ballgown. This little number came to me via ebay, it actually cost me so little i feel I can’t reveal how much I spent on it.

I wore the dress with some 1950s white court shoes (my feet were hideously swollen from the heat on the day, otherwise I would have worn an amazing pair of silver shoes I own). I also took along a 1930s clutch bag and 1930s fur cape. Although I have to admit I didn’t wear the cape, not even on the night bus home it was just too hot!

I didn’t actually take many pictures on the night, despite having borrowed a compact camera from my Dad. Although I did manage to take a few snaps in the exhibition.

Fashion rules was simply delightful, a small but perfectly formed exhibition I would say. I would have loved to have seen more dresses, particularly those from the wardrobe of Princess Margaret who i think has to have been one of the most stylish royals (In my opinion more so than Diana Princess of Wales, but that’s just my two pennies worth!). Although I have to say that the dresses worn by the Queen in the 50s were quite frankly amazing, and exactly the sort of garments I would like to wear!

There are more details about the exhibition here:

Fashion rules

Vintage fairs and evening fun

i just wanted to share what I got up to last weekend weekend, as it was a delightful time I had.

On Satuday evening i went to Fleur and Bethan’s birthday party. As I have a smashed iphone I couldn’t take any pics while I was there, but I did maange a couple of pics of my outfit before I left.

The skirt is particularly amazing. It is an original 50s items and has an insanely full skirt printed with bows in black and gold. The printing techniques are interesting, with the gold “overprinted” on the surface. I’ve never seen a skirt printed like this before! I wore it with an ancient black topshop blouse that I must have had for 6 years or so!

The night was lovely, particularly because I got to see my friend Jayne (from great lifestyle and beauty blog Jayne’s kitschen) this pic is stolen from her! Jayne and I used to work together back in Leeds over 3 years ago,  it was amazing to get the chance to catch up and shows what a small world it is!

On Sunday it was Farnham Malting vintage fair. Here I had a stall selling some of my vintage wares, particularly popular were the stunning Rhona Roy and Victor Josselyn dresses I had, these will be coming to ebay soon!

The day wasn’t just about selling, it was also about buying. I managed to buy just three items in the end, i was tempted to buy SO much more though. The fair had a great selection of both vintage and homemade items from a real variety of periods too.

The shoes came from another lovely Liz (of thewasherwoman.blogspot.co.uk) she had some of the most sensational shoes I have ever seen. It took great restraint to buy just one pair as they fitted me like a dream.

The hat came from a stall I forgot to take the name of (i think it might have been Carinsbrooke vintage?). The stallholders daughter was also one of the beautiful models in the fashion show.

I also bought this fab Laura Ashley maxi dress from the same stall. It’s an original 70s item and has an amazing hunting look novelty print.

On the day I also gave a talk about collecting, and compered the fashion show. I really enjoyed the day I have to say!

Big thanks to Fiona for inviting me along to come and do the talk and show!