Cath Kidston Winnie The Pooh Dress OOTD

24 Oct

I had been looking forward to the Cath Kidston and Disney collaboration, since I first heard about it a few months ago. I knew there would be a dress in the range and I was determined to own it. As the range was a limited edition I knew it would be hard to get my hands on one, so I signed up for the early bird newsletter and luckily managed to get the dress in my basket within ten minutes of it going online.

disney-cath-kidston-winnie-the-pooh-dress-2These sold out so quickly, by later that evening there were none left so I was definitely one of the lucky ones. So is the dress worth the fuss? In some ways I feel I got a little sucked into the hype of this collaboration. I absolutely love Cath Kidston and Winnie the Pooh, so I was always going to love this range. However I very rarely wear polka dots, so this is a bit of an exception for me. I think it’s really cute how the polka dots are incorporated into the print though, but it would have been nice to have had a floral dress option too.

disney-winnie-the-pooh-dressMy other misgiving with this dress is the length. It’s just a little bit too short for me. Although I love wearing shorter 60s dresses, to me this style of dress would look better sitting at knee length. Other than that the dress is wonderful, I love the thick textured fabric and the overall shape and as a collectors item, this was a great addition to my wardrobe.

winnie-the-pooh-cath-kidston-dressI wore mine with some vintage red and yellow jewellery and my favourite yellow Miss L Fire shoes, to bring out the colours in the polka dot balloons. I’m looking forward to trying it out with different accessories and making it work for the winter.

I am really looking forward to the next Disney Collaboration from Cath Kidston. Here’s hoping I’ll get lucky and get my hands on the next dress from the range!

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Black Treacle Cake From a 1950s Recipe

20 Oct

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a cake I made back in the summer. I’ve cooking with treacle and syrup quite a bit recently and I really like the results. This cake is nice and heavy and goes down a treat with a cup of tea in the autumn.

black-treacle-cake-from-a-1950s-recipeYou will need:

  • 250g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 125g butter
  • 60g sugar
  • 3 tbsp black treacle
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 6 tbsp milk

black-treacle-cake-recipeHow to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and prepare a 6 inch cake tin.
  2. Sieve all the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Rub the butter into the mixture
  4. Add the sugar to the mixture and mix it in.
  5. Melt the treacle and syrup together in a saucepan on a low heat. Add to the mixture.
  6. Add the milk to the mixture and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  7. Pour the mixture into the tin and level out.
  8. Bake in the middle of the oven for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours
  9. Once baked, leave in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out ad cooling on a wire rack.

lyles-black-treacle-treacle-cake-recipeI slightly over cooked mine, most because I got distracted and didn’t take it out of the oven in time, but it still tasted really lovely. I’m looking forward to giving it a go again and seeing if I can get it perfect.

vintage-black-treacle-cake-recipeIf you try this, or any of my other recipes please send me pictures as I’d love to see. Don’t forget that I’m also writing about food for Vintage Life magazine, which you can pick up online here.

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Instagram Outfits

19 Oct

One of my favourite things about blogging, is sharing my outfits with you. Putting them together, getting dressed up and choosing my favourite pictures is so much fun. I’m not sure my trusty photographers Rob and my Dad enjoy it quite as much, but you never know! Anyway, as well as sharing my outfits on here, I also post quite a few of my everyday outfits on Instagram. These are the usually just quick snaps I’be got people to take on my phone and they never make it onto the blog.

I though it would be fun to share a few of my favourite Instagram outfits on here today…

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I usually post a couple of different outfits each week and I’m going to try and share more. I also add a lot of pictures on my Instagram that don’t appear anywhere else. So if you’d like to keep updated and see what I’m wearing or doing you can follow me over on Instagram.

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Meeting up with Friends at the Classic Car Boot Sale

18 Oct

To say I am behind with my blogging at the moment would be a vast understatement. I am really really behind! I’m still planning on writing about holidays I went on at the end of last year and haven’t quite got round to it. I’m aiming to catch up by the end of the year and go into 2017 all fresh and ready to work on new content. We’ll see! I really want to talk about all the vintage events and days out I’ve been on this year, because they are my favourite part of blogging.

classic-car-boot-sale-vintage-china-and-glassSo today I wanted to write about an event I went to all the way back in April. I’ve blogged about The Classic Car Boot Sale lots of times before on the blog. It’s one of my favourite vintage events and it’s always a good place to meet up with friends. I go to the event almost every time it’s on. I must say I preferred it when it took place on the South Bank, but its still good in its new Kings Cross venue. The event is basically a car car boot sale, with only vintage things on sale, sold from classic cars. There is also plenty of street food, a bar in a bus and lots of fabulous music.

the-classic-car-boot-sale-jewellery-and-compactsThis time I went with some lovely people from the Most Marvellous Meet Ups Group. It was lovely to finally meet some people I’d been friends with online for ages, it was a bit like a mini blogger gathering. I was joined by Sarah from Lipstick and Dresses, Nicole from Coco Von Vintage, Carrie-Ann from Something Definitely Happened, Holly the biggest vintage enthusiast I know, and Rhina, all round fabulous lady and multi lingual scientist. In other words a wonderful bunch of inspirational ladies, with extremely good dress sense!

13001079_10206280792479044_698823624038399605_nMe, Carrie-Ann, Nicole and Sarah (picture borrowed from Sarah’s blog)

One of my favourite things about The Classic Car Boot sale is the amazing sellers, I love the huge mix of vintage products on sale, from fashion to homewares to curios, there is something for everyone. I really enjoy looking through all the interesting things and spotting stuff I’ve not seen before. It’s a great place for a rummage and there is something there for every budget.

classic-car-boot-sale-sewing-notionsAs usual while I’m out with friends I didn’t take that many pictures and I’ve blogged about the event several times before. So I mostly just enjoyed myself. So I’ve just shared a few of my favourite things from the day. There were absolutely loads of stalls there and we all found a few nice things to take home with us.

classic-car-boot-sale-vintage-dressesIf you’re in London when one of these is taking place, I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re not shopping, its a good one for having a look and enjoying a few drinks and something to eat with friends. If you like classic cars there are plenty of them to admire as well.

The next Classic Car boot sale will be in Kings Cross next April. Find out more on the Classic Car Boot Sale Website.

A Bright and Cheerful 1950s Dress OOTD

13 Oct

As the weather gets colder, all the colours in the shops seem to get darker. Although I am a fan of the gorgeous mustards, plums and bottle greens that grace our autumn wardrobes, I can’t help but feel a little mournful for the cheeriness of summer. I will definitely be sharing some of my typical autumn and winter outfits on the blog over the next few weeks, but today I’m sharing something a little brighter.

outfit-photographAdmittedly I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago when it was still warm, but I think the dress in todays post could definitely work at this time of year. I’d just pair it with a cardigan and some thicker stockings. I also think the colours reflect those of the leaves that are falling from the trees.

checked-dress-ootdThe dress is an original 1950s dress, which I bought from Liz of Advantage in Vintage. I buy a lot of clothes from her, because she has an eye for beautiful things and she also always has a lot to offer in my size. I’ve teamed the dress with my trusty Hotter heels and an Enid Collins bag. This was the first Enid I ever bought and I love the colours with this dress. I’m also wearing an autumn inspired hair flower and a stack of bakelite bangles.

Since I only recently bought this dress, I certainly won’t be hiding it away, waiting for the Spring. How do you make your summer clothes work all year round? I’d love to know.

In other news, the latest issue of Vintage Life magazine is now out, and it features two articles written by me. I am so proud to be featuring in the brilliant re-vamped issue. It is absolutely packed with brilliant content and they have some amazingly talented writers on-board.

I’ve also started listing some of my new stock on my Etsy shop. At the moment I’m just adding some more jewellery, this always sells out really fast, so I’m excited to see it all go to it’s new home. Next week I’ll be adding some original vintage clothing too. So keep your eyes peeled.

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