30s Recipe Cards and 50s Cookie Cutters!

1 Oct

I posted last week about my trip to The Classic Car Boot Sale. I didn’t buy much while I was there, but I wanted to share two of my purchases that I absolutely love. I really enjoy picking up vintage kitchen items, not only do they look amazing I also really appreciate the social history they represent. Being a huge fan of baking, anything vintage baking related always catches my eye. So when I spotted a fabulous stall packed to the brim with kitchenalia I just couldn’t resist taking something home. Here are a few pictures of the stall, which was run by two lovely gentlemen with exactly the same taste as me. I didn’t catch their names sadly!

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They had such amazing things. I have a huge collection of vintage aprons and although I loved the great selection they had on offer, you have to stop somewhere. So I reluctantly passed on them but I did get two really lovely things. Firstly a selection of 1950s Tala cookie cutters which are the same era and design as my icing set. These had to come home with me as they will look amazing next to each other on my kitchen dresser. I also picked up a box of 1930s recipe cards by Elizabeth Craig.

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I absolutely adore the box that the cookie cutters came in. I wish packaging still looked like this. The box is a little damaged but I think this makes it look even more charming. Inside the cutters are shaped like various animals. I think they are slightly too worn to use but I love them anyway and they’ll look great in baking photos.

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Inside the box there are a few biscuit recipes, which I will definitely be making. I’d love to do more vintage baking recipes on the blog and some biscuits will definitely be included.

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The recipe cards are absolutely perfect for me. There are so many there, although I’m especially keen to try all the baking recipes I’d definitely like to have a go at a few of the meals too. I did my research and found out this particular set of cards was printed in 1937.

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The seller could see how much I loved both items and gave them both to me for £10, which is a fantastic price. The recipe cards especially are something I plan to use a lot. To protect the box which is very fragile I will probably make copies of the recipes, I will of course also be sharing lot’s of them on here.50s kitchen 2

 

Fabulous September Advertisers

30 Sep

In a new monthly feature I’m going to talk about my lovely blog sponsors. It’s great working with so many fantastic small businesses and what makes me especially happy is that every one of the businesses below were started by women who had a passion and turned it into a career. They are all worth a visit…

Heyday

Heyday sell the most beautiful reproduction vintage clothing. Inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s their clothing really does feel like the real thing. Not only do they cater for vintage loving ladies, they also have a range of menswear too. Even better the clothing is made right here in the UK and also in New Zealand where the owner Shona is originally from. Everything is made ethically and often using fabric remnants for limited runs. Good stuff!

I own one of their Fleur dresses and absolutely love it, I’m hoping to add a pair of their swing trousers to my wardrobe very soon too.

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Bessie SkirtMary DressSwing TrousersWartime Suit

Burlesque Baby

Burlesque Baby offer lot’s of fabulous packages including burlesque classes, swing dance lessons and hen party packages. It all sound like so much fun. The swing dance lessons which are held in the West End particularly appeal to me, as a rubbish dancer myself I think I could do with a few lessons.

They have so many fabulous hen party ideas that would be perfect for vintage ladies including; vintage tea parties, Gatsby Charleston hen parties, jive Grease hen parties as well as cocktail making and pin-up hair and make-up parties. If I was getting married again I’d love a cocktail making party! Maybe I’ll have to do something like this for my 30th!

Chronically Vintage

Chronically Vintage is the Etsy store of one of my very favourite vintage bloggers and all round awesome person Jessica Cangiano. The Etsy shop is a wonderful treasure trove of vintage delights. Specialising in beautiful authentic vintage jewellery and also stocking a fantastic range of other vintage clothing, accessories and paper items.

Jessica has a real eye for the best pieces as you can tell from her own wonderful outfits. The shop is based in Canada but sends all over the world. I have my eye on some of the gorgeous bakelite items.

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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair is one of the UK’s biggest vintage fairs, travelling all round the country offering the very best in affordable vintage. It’s a great place to pick up vintage from all eras and I’ve managed to get some fabulous fifties bargains there before.

As well as the vintage fair they also organise The Vintage Furniture Flea and The Vintage Kilo Sale. There are dates almost every weekend, to find the next one near you visit their Events page.

2oth Century Foxy

20th Century Foxy are a super classy reproduction vintage brand. Made exclusively in the UK their designs really are like stepping back in time. With ranges paying homage to the 1930s-60s, everything is made using beautiful quality fabrics, cut to look like the real thing.

I particularly love the 30s inspired items as you don’t see quite so many reproductions of clothing from this era. I also really like how many separates are on offer, I’m definitely guilty of sticking mainly to dresses, but I’d love to try some of their skirts, blouses and knitwear. They are also one of the only UK stockists of Besame make-up.

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40s Tea Dress30s Flutter Skirt60s Day Dress30s Sailor Pants

If you have a blog or small business why not consider having an advert on Vintage Frills. My rates are really affordable and come in various packages. I also offer a very cheap rate for fellow bloggers, which I have just introduced. Find out more over on my Sponsorship Page.

Day to Night with ModCloth

30 Sep

Recently I was asked by ModCloth to style as Polyvore set, based around one of their favourite dresses. The Story of Citrus dress is a cute floral dress, which is a really pretty and versatile dress which not only comes in a gorgeous rose print but also a range of other prints and colours.

I was asked to pair the dress up with a selection of accessories from the site. I decided to style the dress for both day and night, as I would wear the dress for both. The colours are great for autumn and I tried to make outfits that would work perfectly for the season.

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For the day I added a casual scarf as it makes the dress look less formal and adds a little warmth as the weather gets chillier. I included a black hat as they are everywhere this season and look great with most outfits. I thought the dress would look nice with some black leggings and a pair of Swedish Hasbeens which add a little vintage charm to the outfit, they look amazing with everything. The bag I chose is big and casual. I always use really big bags in the day time as I usually have my camera, a book and sometimes my laptop as well as all my other things. I loved the little camera necklace and thought it would be perfect to finish off the outfit, it’s a great necklace for a blogger!

For the night-time look I wanted to add some fun and quirky accessories and create a smart but playful outfit. Firstly I thought a dark lip-gloss would instantly add a little glamour to the dress. I thought it would look great worn with a pair of black tights, as the evenings are getting colder. The pinky red coloured shoes go perfectly with the dress as they pick up both of the rose shades and also pick up the lighter creams in the bag and necklace I chose. The clutch bag was chosen because it’s really cute and not too formal for a fun evening outfit. Again I picked the flamingo necklace as it’s fun and quirky, but still a good colour to go with the dress. Finally the jacket with it’s pretty scalloped detail would look great with this outfit and keep the cold at bay.

ModCloth have a fabulous range of dresses available. Some are perfect for creating a vintage look, and they have lot’s of fabulous colours and prints. They also have a plus size range so there’s something for every shape and size. Find the full range of ModCloth dresses here. Although based in the US they also ship to the UK. There are so many great dresses and skirts that I have my eye on, and I’m hoping will make it to my wardrobe very soon!

Do you like to wear your dresses for both day and night? What accessories do you use to adapt your outfits and which look would you choose?

Falling For Autumn Wishlist

29 Sep

This week I went and stocked up on a few colder weather essentials, warmer cardigans, tights, practical shoes that sort of thing. I’m feeling totally ready for the leaves to start falling from the trees, wrapping up in warm knits and stomping through the crunchy leaves and jumping in puddles.

The weather hasn’t quite caught up with me and there are definitely a few more days of bare legs and summer dresses on the horizon, but when it comes I’m more than ready!

Having got myself into am Autumnal state of mind I’ve taken to the internet looking for more fabulous fashion to covet. This season my favourite shops are full of wonderful fall colours, lot’s of deep blues and greens, rusty reds and my all time favourite, mustard. I picked a few favourites which would be perfect wardrobe staples for this time of year…
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Clocks Dress – Cath Kidston – £65

Mustard Nail Polish – Barry M – £3.99

Fedora Hat – Miss Selfridge – £25.00

Mustard Cardigan – Boden – £49

Suede Fringe Bag – Miss Selfridge – £40

Lacey Sandal – Swedish Hasbeens – £121

Snood – Miss Selfridge – £14

Embroidered Collar Jumper – Cath Kidston – £65

Rose Skirt – Cath Kidston – £45

Millie Skirt – Boden – £59

Missoni Converse – Office – £69.99

 

Style Me Vintage Accessories Review

26 Sep

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I always look forward to the release of a Style Me Vintage book. They are beautifully bound guides to different areas of the vintage world and include books on weddings, make-up, clothing and now accessories. The latest addition written by vintage experts Liz Tregenza and Naomi Thompson was kindly sent to me by the publisher for review.

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Naomi is the author of Style Me Vintage Clothes, a similar book which focusses solely on buying and collecting vintage clothing. She is well-known in the vintage world having been featured in many magazines sharing her knowledge of vintage fashion and styling tips.

Liz is a vintage fashion historian, who has curated her own exhibition as well as contributing to many vintage books and research papers. She also has the most amazing collection of Horrockses dresses and collects 50s novelty print items.

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I have really enjoyed looking through the book and have learnt loads from it’s pages. The book is broken down into sections for each type of vintage accessory. Within each section there is a short history of the item, followed by collecting tips, brands to look out for, spotlights of particular brands and era guides. There are also little additions from other vintage experts which are really fascinating. I was especially grateful for the tips of cleaning kid gloves as I have a few pairs that were in need of some tlc and now I know exactly what to do!

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The beautiful visual elements of the Style Me Vintage books make them really stand out amongst other vintage books. The pictures are all stunning and the guides are laid out in a simple easy to follow structure. I love the little quotes at the beginning of each section and the occasional feature of a modern reproduction item.

The book is just long enough to give a lot of useful information, without going into too much detail, so it is perfect for both seasoned vintage collectors who want to improve their knowledge as well as people who are new to collecting and want to know more.

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I really enjoyed looking at all the wonderful items, many from the two authors collections. A lot of the older pieces reminded me of the stock my grandma used to have in her little antiques shop. I was definitely left desperate to head out vintage shopping after finishing the book. Considering just how many vintage dresses I own, my accessory collection is a little lacklustre in comparison, so I’ll definitely be slipping this into my handbag and taking it on a few vintage shopping trips with me!

One of the things mentioned in the book is how expensive and hard to get vintage clothing has become, however vintage accessories can still be picked up very affordably at charity shops and car boot sales as well as vintage fairs and shops. I recently picked up a 1940s compact for 50p and have bought many of my handbags for under £5. This is still an area of vintage collecting that is very accessible and that’s why I think this book will be so popular. Even a black high street dress can look classy and authentic with a few well placed vintage accessories.

Another point I picked up on in the book is how nice it can be to display vintage accessories around the home, I certainly have a few pretty things dotted around my house so even when things are not being worn they can still be enjoyed. They also last very well, don’t need constant cleaning and apart from shoes will fit any size. I’m definitely sold on accessory collecting now!

The back of the book features lot’s of really useful resources including museums to visit, blogs to read and great places on and off-line to pick up wonderful vintage accessories of your own.

Style Me Vintage Accessoriesis so pretty and well presented and I think it would make a wonderful gift for a friend or relative who likes fashion. I’ll definitely be picking it up as a christmas present for a couple of my friends.

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Style Me Vintage Accessories is Published by Pavillion

Buy the book on Amazon here.

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