Saturday, 21 February 2015

She's wearing my dress!

A while ago I stumbled upon this picture of Magda Gabor wearing this pretty dress. It's a bad quality image and I've scoured the internet trying to find another version of it to no avail. As soon as I saw the picture I gasped 'that's my dress!' Well.... I have what I believe, is exactly the same dress. I so wish the picture of Magda was in colour so I could see if it matches exactly! 

Here's me in the dress, snapped a couple of months ago at Christmas. Don't you just love it when that happens in the vintage world? Its up there with finding an old advert for an item of clothing you own or seeing someone you know online on the other side of the world has an identical item of vintage as you.

I bought mine about 5 years ago from Beyond Retro on Cheshire Street for £75.00. Red velvet Anne Fogarty's don't seem to be particularly rare, as I've seen a few in different styles before. A quick internet search brought up these below, however she is still a sought after vintage designer who was known for making great quality clothing at affordable prices.


Anyone else had a similar experience with discovering an item of clothing in an old photograph matching something that you own?

Saturday, 14 February 2015

To dye for

This week I had my first experience with hand dying clothes!

I bought this knit dress last Autumn at a vintage fair for the grand sum of £15.00. Although I really like the dress itself, I found the cream colour quite difficult to wear - especially in Winter. Well....last week I found a box of black dye lying around in a drawer of odds and sods and thought 'hmmm, what I can use this for?' I rifled through the wardrobe until said dress appeared, and then I proceeded to get really excited about the prospect of having a new dress that I will actually wear!

I followed the instructions carefully but wasn't sure what kind of results to expect. I know there are lots of variables when it comes to dying clothes, but as long as the colour was even all over, I was going to be happy, if it turned grey rather than black.

In progress.........
The actual results couldnt have been less black, yet I am super happy with how its turned out! Goodness knows why its gone this lovely greeny/bluey/sea foam shade, but I really like it, and it is a flattering colour on me. What do you think!!??

Dress from Pickering//Headscarf from Beyond Retro//Lipstick MAC Ruby Woo  

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Horst, Adelaide and Me

A little while before Christmas, I stumbled upon the Instagram account of Tanith Rowan. Tanith designs and makes beautiful hats, and decided to launch a most exciting project - The Sisterhood of the Hat! The idea is that one of her lovely designs would wing its way around the world, landing on the doorsteps of bloggers, vintage fashioistas and just plain hat lovers from all over the globe. I was lucky enough to be the first stop on Adelaide's journey (yes the hat now has a lovely name).

Having a photographer for my other half means that I get to come up with fun ideas and he can help make them reality. For Adelaide's visit to London we decided to do a shoot inspired by Horst P.Horst, the famous fashion photographer whose work we had recently seen at a wonderful V&A exhibition.

His colour work includes some of my favourite fashion photography EVER. Just breathtaking


He also uses hands to become an almost sculptural feature of the image. Such as this one

So, as an ode to Horst, and very much inspired by his use of colour we decided to shoot lovely Adelaide atop my head in 'Horst fashion'. Apologies of you have seen these on Instagram already :-)

Photography by Hanson Leatherby

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Back to Business with a Valentine's Bang!

Ok, so that was probably my longest blog break ever. I'll be honest, I was seriosuly considering getting rid of the old girl....hitting Delete, and saying bye bye to blogging. But I had a change of heart. So I'm back, and I'm here to stay...for now! I've actually got the *MOST* exciting year coming up, I can't tell you about it now, but it will all become clear in time....

First on the list of excitements is the Ric Rac Club! The Vintage Mafia's lovely club night is re-launching after a break at the most beautiful new venue in town, Fontaines. What an absolute art deco dream the lovely Manageress, Ruby, has created. Even if you can't make it along to the Ric Rac Club you should definitely try to pop along and sample a Fontaine's cocktail at some point!

We are hosting a Valentine's special with superb Canape's and a Cocktail included in the ticket price of £15, or if you just want to come and dance later on downstairs in the Bamboo Lounge where DJ Ginger Fizz will be spinning her stax o' wax, then tickets for after 10pm are £8. Both tickets are available here and the FB event page is here

The dress code is 'Something Red' and here is a little peek back at our last Valentine's Ric Rac Club 2 years ago....

Friday, 12 September 2014

Autumn Colour Palette

I'm freshly back from my Summer holiday in Spain and already thinking of the wardrobe possibilities of the coming season. Autumn in London is wonderful, and it has an exciting atmosphere as we creep closer to Winter (yay coats!) and the thrill of Christmas.

I have to say, I prefer dressing for the colder seasons. I'm much more of a sweater and skirt girl than a cotton dress girl, so I can really get animated about possible purchases and digging out old favourites for the coming months.

Here's a little bit of inspiration for my Autumn vintage colour palette

A knit to add to my list from The Vintage Knitting Lady
Gorgeous autumn colour palette from Pendleton. Source
Ooh delicious twinset loveliness! Source
J'adore the cuffs! Little jackets are an Autmun staple. Source
Jeans make the perfect Autumn casual outfit...especially when accesorised with pumpkins! Source
I can't tell you how much I love everything about this. It actually does funny things to me the more that I stare at it. Source
The Goddess Dovima in perfect autumn colours. Source
 All the greens. Chunky knits. Source
Rust can be beautiful. Source
Tartan is wonderful in Autumn, and Pendleton does perfect plaid. Source
Don't forget suits, courts and bags! Source
Ok...I'm excited now!!