Blogmas Day 4 – Birthdays, Balls and Besties

4 Dec

I’m sitting at home in my pyjamas, having had an absolutely wonderful weekend with some of my favourite people. Rob and I travelled up to Northampton on Friday for our first weekend away together for absolutely ages. We had travelled up to attend a Back to the Future themed ball, organised by my lovely friends from Most Marvellous Meet-ups. Yesterday was my birthday and it was really great that I had a special event to go to on the day.

We got up early on Saturday morning to shoot some pictures for the Lindy Bop dress review that I posted yesterday. We found so many pretty locations to take pictures, Northampton has some gorgeous buildings and it was really fun having a little wander, looking for good spots to take pictures. I feel really lucky that Rob always helps me out with photo shoots and we always have a laugh taking them. One day I might show you some of the funny ones that never make it onto the blog!

lindy-bop-dressAfter taking our photos we relaxed in the hotel for the rest of the day. It gave us a chance for a much needed rest and I did some writing and photo editing. It was then time to get ready for the ball. I wore a dress I bought a while ago from ChiChi Clothing. I usually like to wear original vintage to events, but I loved this dress so much and it definitely deserved an outing! I paired it with a pair of shoes from Hotter and an original vintage necklace and Enid Collins bag.

ball-outfitI decided not to take my camera to the ball, as its nice to just enjoy myself sometimes and not think about taking blog pictures. I got a few snaps on my phone though. The organisers had re-created the Enchantment Under the Sea dance from the Back to the Future film and the whole place looked amazing. We were treated to lots of live music and a fantastic sit down meal at the Deco, a venue in Northampton.

picmonkey-collageIt was wonderful seeing so many of my friends and everyone looked absolutely amazing. I was so touched that people had made an effort to celebrate my birthday too. I got a birthday balloon a cup cake with a candle and a lovely little gift. I also won a prize in the raffle and I’ll be choosing a girdle from Girl on the Run as my prize. Which should I choose?!

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1920s Speakeasy Style – Lindy Bop Silver Screen Review

3 Dec

Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the 1920s. Historically it’s one of my favourite eras to read about and everything from the roles of women to the drastically changing fashions fascinates me. I’ve been longing for a 20s themed outfit for absolutely ages, so when Lindy Bop launched their beautiful new Silver Screen range I was so excited to try one of the gorgeous dresses.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-reproduction-1920s-dress-reviewI chose the stunning Everly gold embellished dress. I absolutely love the colour and the classic sequin and bead details. It’s just so gorgeous and elegant. To go with it I chose a faux fur stole and some lovely t-bar shoes which are also from Lindy Bop. I finished off the outfit with a turban that I picked up recently at a car boot sale.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-everly-1920s-dress-reviewThe dress arrived beautifully packed in a box, because of the fragile glass beads it was carefully packaged with plenty of tissue and bubble wrap to protect it. As soon as I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful quality of the dress. It has a sheer layer over a gold lining and the sequins and glass beads are firmly stitched into the fabric. The dress is quite heavy which makes it hang perfectly.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-1920s-beaded-dress-reviewI opted for my usual size 14 and the fit was absolutely perfect, so I’d say these come up true to size. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip, which really helps with the lovely fit.

lindy-bop-everly-flapper-dress-and-faux-fur-stoleThe fur stole went really well with the dress, it fastens with a hook and eye at the front. It adds a nice extra layer when its cold and wearing the two together was perfect for the season. This would make a great outfit for a Christmas party or winter wedding. If I go to any 20s themed nights or events, I’ll definitely be wearing this dress. 

lindy-bop-gene-shoes-reviewI was also really impressed with the shoes. They were beautifully made with quite a cushioned lining, making them quite comfortable to wear all day.

Overall I am really impressed with all the items I tried and I can’t wait to try more dresses from the Silver screen range.

Outfit Details

‘Everly’ Soft Gold Embellished Dress – £107 (currently on offer at £75)

Faux Fur Stole – £16 (currently on offer at £8)

Gene Round Toe Tap Style Shoes – £22 (currently on offer at £12)

Nude Seamed Hold Ups – £9

*I was gifted this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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Blogmas Day 2 – Cute Vintage Inspired Christmas Outfits

2 Dec

Today has been a busy one, this morning I finished packing for our weekend away. I seriously hate packing, I’m really bad at planning my outfits in advance, so picking everything I need for 3 days is surprisingly challenging! I also had to finish packing for the girls, who are staying with their grandparents for the weekend. Once I was finally packed and on the road I was far more relaxed and so excited to spend my birthday weekend with Rob.

As I mentioned yesterday I’m slowly getting into the Christmas spirit and I’ve definitely been admiring some of my friends Christmas themed outfits. I thought I’d share some of my favourite Christmas themed clothing today. The vintage reproduction brands have really delivered this year and there are so many things I love.

lindy-bop-christmas-dressesGilda Dress – £38 – Sinead Dress – £30 – Both Lindy Bop

christmas-jumper-and-skirtParis Skirt – £34.99 – Tiger Milly – Deer Sweater – £45.50 – Collectif

blue-christmas-dressNoel Dress – £40 – Miss Bamboo – Praia Skirt – £24 – Lindy Bop

lady-v-london-christmas-dressFair Isle Sweater – £46.50 – Collectif – Amelia Dress – £35 – Lady V London

Which are your favourites? My mum bought me the Paris Print skirt for my birthday and it is absolutely gorgeous! One of the things I like about wearing vintage style clothes, is that you can wear them every year. I know my skirt will be making an appearance for many Decembers to come.

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Blogmas Day 1 – Trying to Feel Festive

1 Dec

This year I’ve decided to give Blogmas a go. The idea is to blog every day until Christmas. Given my previous track record with blog challenges, this may not go very well, but we’ll see. As well as my usual posts I’d like to talk about what I’ve been doing and how my plans for Christmas are going, as well as my Christmas recipes, gift guides and wish lists.

paperchase-nutcracker-cardNut cracker card and pen from Paperchase. 

I’m also hoping this will get me a little more in the mood for Christmas. So far this year, I’m not really feeling it. I think it’s because this time of year can be a bit crazy and all about spending money and can get quite stressful. This year I’d like Christmas to be as relaxed as possible. I’d also like to make this Christmas as home-made as possible. It’s a great time of year to get your bake on and get stuck into lots of crafts and creative things. I’d also like to do lots of festive things with the kids and I’m already thinking of some fun things for us to do in the next few weeks.

vintage-life-december-2016I started my Christmas writing a while back, when I did my articles for Vintage Life magazine. In the December issue I’ve written about my favourite Christmas cocktails as well as some home made food gifts. If you’d like to take a look, you can buy a copy on the Vintage Life website. I’ve also done a stocking filler ideas list for the Bentall Centre in Kingston.

christmas-food-giftsChristmas shopping wise, I’ve not really started yet. I have a few ideas for the girls and I’ll be getting to work on their gifts soon. I hate busy shops, so I’m planning to buy all my gifts online in the next couple of weeks. I’d also like to support smaller businesses where possible, so I’m going to be looking on sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street for most of my presents.

santa-tree-topperSanta hat knitted tree topper from Not on the High Street

Before Christmas both me and Rob will be celebrating our Birthdays, mine is this Saturday and I absolutely cannot wait. We’re heading to Northampton tomorrow where we’ll be spending the weekend. We’re going to a big vintage ball with all my friends from the Most Marvellous Meet Ups group. I am so excited!

So wish me luck keeping up with blogmas and watch this space for lots for Christmassy things. Now I’m off to do some baking and then I’m going to make some pretty decorations for the tree.

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Going Back in Time at Salute to the 40s

30 Nov

Earlier this year I went to Salute to the 40s for the first time. This amazing event is held yearly at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent. I went with Rob and the girls and as soon as we arrived we were transported back in time and it was fantastic.

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salute-to-the-40s-couple-with-camerasThe event is on a wonderfully large scale with so much to see and do, lots to eat and plenty to keep the whole family entertained. There ares a variety of stages with various types of live music and lots of opportunities for dancing.

salute-to-the-40s-dancersThe dockyard itself is steeped in history and as well as extremely interesting buildings, there are also ships and a submarines to explore.

For naval history fans there were loads of amazing ships from a variety of eras, which are housed permanently in the dockyard and were open on the day to be explored. We ran out of time to see them all this time, but will definitely have a better look next year.

hms-cavalierThe girls were really keen to go inside the submarine, not the easiest thing in a dress, but it was absolutely fascinating. Both girls were really engaged hearing about life inside the submarine and they couldn’t believe how cramped the conditions were.

salute-to-the-40s-submarine We then had a little wander around, looking at all the amazing vintage vehicles and ships. It was also impossible not to admire everyone’s fabulous outfits. This is one event that people make a huge effort for, and many of the attendees looked like they’d stepped straight out of the 1940s.

salute-to-the-40s-classic-cars

salute-to-the-40s-garage

salute-to-the-40s-fire-engine

salute-to-the-40s-vintage-bus

salute-to-the-40s-desert-reenactors

salute-to-the-40s-outfitsWe also watched some of the fantastic live music, which was spread over several stages. It was great seeing so many people of all ages, enjoying themselves and dancing along.

singers-salute-to-the-40sIt was then time for the main highlight of our day – the air raid experience. This cost a small extra fee on top of the event and it was worth every penny. Once the group had gathered, an air raid siren sounded across the site. This felt so poignant and also quite alarming, it was loud and gave us all a huge sense of foreboding. It really brought home how frightening it must have been every time the siren sounded during war time.

salute-to-the-40s-air-raid-experienceWe were then escorted to an original air raid shelter, which is not usually open to the public. It was laid out exactly as it would have been. We all sat quietly on wooden benches, and an air raid warden reenactor spent a good 40 minutes, talking us through what people at war time would have experienced down there.

The talk was so interesting and also very humbling. We were given a real sense of how much people suffered at the time and it definitely got us all thinking. We left with a huge sense of gratitude for what we have now and an even bigger respect for the people who lived through the war. This is one part of the day I would definitely recommend.

After this we went to the canteen for some lunch. There were quite a few choices of venue for food and drink and the canteen was affordable and a great choice with kids. We than played on the original penny arcade machines with the girls.

salute-to-the-40s-penny-arcadeWe then went to explore the rope works, an incredibly long building where ropes were made at the dockyards. This was really interesting and the sheer size of the building was impressive in itself. There were people doing demonstrations of how the rope was made.

salute-to-the-40s-ropeworks-at-chatham-dockyard

salute-to-the-40s-home-coming-paradeAnother highlight of the day was the homecoming parade, where all of the military vehicles drove down the dockyard. I really enjoyed seeing the wide variety of cars and trucks and all the people driving and riding in them looked amazing in their period costumes.

vintage-stalls-salute-to-the-40sOf course no vintage day out would be complete without a little shopping. There are loads of fabulous stall holders, selling a wide selection of vintage clothing and homeware. Definitely a great place to stock up on the finest forties attire.

salute-to-the-40s-vintage-handbagI ran in to my lovely friend Pauline, who always looks amazing and is an absolutely lovely person too. It was great to catch up with her and as always I swooned a little at her outfit. Her home made dress and vintage accessories looked fabulous.

salute-to-the-40s-me-and-paulineI wore a vintage Swirl dress in a fruit print. These dresses were made in America in the 40s and 50s. I think next time I’ll make a little more effort to go for a really British 40s look, but as I’d just bought this dress, I wanted to give it a spin while it was still warm enough to wear it.

salute-to-the-40s-garage-and-gas-pumpThe mixture of living history, stuff to do and see and the effort that everyone made with their outfits, makes this a truly special event. I really couldn’t recommend it enough, especially for family. Despite me being the only history geek and vintage enthusiast in the family, a good time was had by all. I absolutely can’t wait to visit again next year.

Find out more on the Historic Dockyard Chatham website.

*Thank you to the organisers for giving us a family ticket so we could visit the event. All opinions are my own. Photos not to be reproduced without permission. 

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