A Perfect 50s Rose Print Dress OOTD

23 May

As we have probably already established during my four years of blogging, I have a bit of a weakness for 50s dresses and floral prints. When you put the two together you have my perfect dress! One of my favourite styles of the 50s would have to be the shirt waist dress, they are so classic and flattering and casual enough for everyday wear.

1950s Blue Shirtwaister OOTDA few weeks ago I picked up this lovely blue rose print dress from Radio Days, one of my favourite vintage shops in London. Sadly they are soon to be closing after over 20 years in business, it’s so sad to see one of London’s original vintage shops closing it’s doors. The owners are currently offering really good prices, so I got about £20 off the original price of this dress.

Blue Rose 1950s Dress OOTDI absolutely love the classic blue rose print, which is so bright and perfect for summer. It’s also a really comfortable dress. Fit-wise I find original vintage dresses are roomier across the chest and I rarely have problems with gaping buttons on my true vintage pieces. They also usually have wider arms than modern reproduction ones, which makes them much easier to wear.   The dress was just perfect for a lovely morning walk around a beautiful park. 

Rose Print 1950s Blue Shirtwaister DressI’m wearing a 50s style What Katie Did bra under the dress. I don’t always wear vintage style lingerie, however for a dress like this I find traditional underthings will always create a better line.

Enid Collins Bag and Blue BanglesTo complete the look I added one of my favourite vintage Enid Collins handbags and a mix of blue vintage plastic bangles, which compliment the colour of the dress.

If you’re looking for original 1950s outfits, shirt dresses are a great place to start. They are quite easy to find and I’ve never had a problem finding them in slightly larger sizes.

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Another Etsy Jewellery Sale!

14 May

A few weeks ago, I listed heaps of lovely deadstock vintage jewellery on my Etsy store. It was all really popular, especially the novelty brooches which sold out really quickly. I managed to get my hands on a few more pieces to sell and thought I’d share a few with you on here. I try to keep everything on my shop really affordable, so most of these are under £8.00

Elephant Brooch On CardElephant Brooch –  £6.50

Enamel Bow Brooch On CardEnamel Bow Brooch – £7

Enamel Flower Brooch On CardPink Flower Brooch – £7

Fish Dress Clips on CardFish Dress Clips – £8

Hedgehog Brooch FaceHedgehog Brooch – £7.00

Westie Brooch close UpDoggie Brooch – £7 

Batty Grable CurlersBetty Grable Rollers – £9

DSC_0982Yellow Flower Brooch – £7 

Elephant Brooch Close UpElephant Brooch – £6.50

Gnome Brooch Off CardGnome Brooch – SOLD

I have a 25% discount code on everything in the shop, for blog readers. Use the code VINTAGE25 at the checkout. Valid until 31st May 2016

I’ve also added some more clothing, with lots of new bits coming very soon.

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Creating a Vintage Inspired Outdoor Living Space

13 May

Vintage Afternoon Tea 8I am most definitely a summer person. As soon as the weather turns warmer, I want to spend all of my time outdoors. I am lucky enough to have a nice big garden and I’m slowing working on making my outdoor space, somewhere that I can relax and enjoy.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 4When Wayfair invited me to create an outdoor living space using a few of their products, I jumped at the chance. having looked at some of their garden furniture I thought it would be nice to create an outdoor afternoon tea. The idea of taking tea and cake into the garden on a summer day really appeals to me, whether I’m entertaining friends or just relaxing with a good book on my own.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 7The area I’ve made over is a boring patch of garden, next to our big concrete garage. We put some decking down a couple of years ago and I really wanted to brighten the area up. It’s the perfect spot for a little seating area and I’d already bought lots of plants and put them in some old pots to add a little colour.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 1

Vintage Afternoon Tea 10If you are creating a living space outdoors, the first place to start would have to be somewhere to sit. I wanted something simple which had a slightly vintage feel. I chose the Lutyn Bench as it has a lovely classic design and it’s quite an affordable piece. I wanted something light in colour as all my plants are really colourful and I wanted them to provide most of the colour in my seating area.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 12Next I needed a small table. Because I wanted this to feel like an outdoor living room as opposed to a dining area, I chose a small folding butlers table, which goes really well with the bench. This is perfect for a couple of drinks or could be used as a decorative piece with plants and an ornament. It was just the right size for a few cupcakes and scones and a nice big pot of tea.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 16No indoor living room would be complete without throws and cushions and my outdoor living space is no different. I softened up the bench with a throw and some mix and match cushions. I prefer my cushions to all be different, while sticking to a colour scheme and I think these all work really together.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 17To complete the look I wanted some decoration on the wall behind the bench. I absolutely love outdoor mirrors and these shabby chic green garden mirrors look like they have been salvaged and up-cycled, which I think works really well in my garden. Eventually I’d like a climbing plant to grow on this wall, which I thinking would look amazing surrounding these mirrors.

Vintage Afternoon Tea 15I’d like to keep adding to the area and adding a few more decorative items, but I’m really happy with how it looks so far. What things do you do to make your outdoor space more interesting?

Vintage Afternoon Tea 13

Find the full indoor and outdoor range on the Wayfair website.

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My Lindy Bop Summer Wish List

3 May

After the coldest April on records, every last bit of sunshine is bringing a smile to my face at the moment. Soon it will be time to ditch the warmer clothes from my wardrobe and start wearing my favourite summer things. I’ve been looking at some of my favourite reproduction vintage websites for summer wardrobe inspiration and have seen so many things I like. When I looked at the Lindy Bop website, I knew my bank balance was going to take a bit of a hit! Yet again they have upped their game, their new collection is better than ever and includes lots of pretty pastel colours and lovely novelty prints. I put together a wish list with some of my favourite pieces from the website. The only difficult bit now, is deciding what to get!

LINDY BOP WISHLIST

The collection includes all my favourite things, pastels, gingham, florals and border prints. Most of the pieces I’ve chosen could be mixed and matched as part of a pretty summer wardrobe…

Top Row:

Bonnie Blue Gingham Swing Dress  £32 – Caterina Yellow Gingham Top  £20 – Bernice Paris Border Swing Dress £45 – Bettie Blue Bow Print Cardigan  £22

Second Row:

Caterina Green Gingham Top  £20 – Bernice Mint Rose Swing Dress  £45 – Bobette Striped Culotte Trousers  £24 – Bernadette Blue Lipstick Print Swing Dress  £30

Third Row:

Joni Pale Blue Tulle Wiggle Dress £35 – Olive Lilac Box Sweater £22 – Cheri Cherry Print Cardigan £22 – Kennedy Cream Shrug £20 – Bernice Turquoise Tulip Swing Dress £45

Bottom Row:

Settler Pink Stripe Rockabilly Top £20 – Nishka Blue Floral High Waisted Shirts £15 – Corinna Yellow Gingham Swing Dress £30 – Mansfield Bluebird Sweater Top £22

Which is your favourite item from my wishlist?

Little Red Riding… Cape

1 May

I love fairy tales, in our modern world they are a little piece of nostalgia that links us to childhoods gone by. Whether it be a princess falling in love or just defeating the big bad wolf they are something that we seem to never forget. For me a fairy tale can also be finding that perfect dress, something you feel amazing in. Sometimes an outfit is like a match made in heaven or a dream come true. Todays outfit just reminded me of little red riding hood, especially since as soon as I put it on my kids kept pointing out the resemblance.

Dolly and Dotty Annie Floral Retro Swing Dress ReviewThe dress and cape both came from Dolly and Dotty, who make cute feminine vintage style clothes. They contacted me recently about some of their new prints and styles and offered me something to review. I absolutely love capes and I knew I absolutely had to own this pretty red one. Choosing a dress to match was easy. The Annie floral swing dress, is a lovely classic Hepburn-esque style and the black background with striking red, pink and blue blooms looks lovely set against the deep red cape.

In true Red Riding Hood style I found myself in the woods, but rather than meeting the Big Bad Wolf I just decided to take some outfit snaps to share this lovely ensemble with you. I wore my hair in a poodle style which I have finally mastered, accessorised with a few small hair flowers from H&M.

Dolly and Dotty Sabrina Cape ReviewThe dress is a full circle and I wore it with a net petticoat to show off the lovely volume. I really like the cut of the skirt which features box pleats and the simple cut of the bodice is really flattering. The dress came with a matching belt, although I would also wear it with a plain black or red belt on other occasions to switch it up a bit.

I went for a size 14 as usual and found the dress to come up true to size. I’ve tried a few dresses from Dolly and Dotty and have found they all fit similarly. The dress is available in sizes 6 to 24 and the simple style makes it a perfect option for all sizes. Although the cape isn’t fitted, it also comes in a range of sizes from a 6 to a 24.

Dolly and Dotty Cape and Dress ReviewThe dress is 95% cotton and 5% spandex, giving a slight stretch. It is a nice heavy fabric, which gives it a really good drape. I always try to avoid flimsier reproduction items as I don’t find they hang very well, so I was really pleased with the finish of this one. The cape is the same blend, but with a completely different finish. It has a much thicker weave and feels very soft, almost like a fine wool. The cape is also fully lined which makes it a nice warmer layer for Spring and Summer evenings.

Dolly and Dotty Red Cape

The over-all quality is very good in both garments and at £24.99 for the cape and £29.99 for the dress, they are great if you are shopping on a budget.

I think the whole outfit would work really well for an event or party, or just for a very glamorous day time look. I know I will be getting lots of wear out of both garments and I’m looking forward to trying the cape with some of the true vintage dresses from my wardrobe too.

Outfit Details:

Dress – Annie Floral Retro Swing Dress in Black – £29.99 – Dolly and Dotty

Cape – Sabrina 1950s Style Cape in Red – £24.99 – Dolly and Dotty

Hair Flowers – Old – H&M

Shoes – Sandy in Mauve Shadow / Pink – £85 (currently £55) – Hotter

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