Happy Easter everyone! I love this time of year with Spring on its way. I’m tucked up in bed today with a sore throat, and hoping to feel much better tomorrow. So no proper post from me today.

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I wanted to share two dresses that put me in the mood for warmer weather, picnics and trips to the English countryside…

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1. 20th Century Foxy £98

2 Love ur Look £54

Both of these dresses have caught my eye this week. They are both so pretty and very me.

Etsy

This week I have been reading the Great Gatsby as it is one of our upcoming books in The Vintage Book Group. I can’t wait to see the new film it looks fabulous. It is the fourth film version to be made with subsequent versions in the 20s, 40s, and 70s.

Sadly the first ever Gatsby film is now tragically lost along with thousands of other silent movies of the era. I find it tragic to think of lost films and hope that one day undiscovered copies will be discovered. Luckily the trailer for the 1926 movie survives and its great to compare in to the modern-day trailer…

 

I’ve been looking forward to this lovely book arriving for ages. I adore the Style Me Vintage series and couldn’t wait to take a look at the latest installment. The books are great because the authors seem to be so carefully chosen as everyday experts in their field.

Annabel Beeford the lovely lady behind this delightful book is best known for her inspirational vintage wedding blog Love My Dress. The blog is hugely popular and has won awards on several occasions.

The book itself is simply beautiful, one of my favourite things about the Style Me Vintage series is that the books themselves are so pretty. They are just the right size to kept out on display.

The book is broken down into different sections for each decade, and within each section there are pictures of original weddings from the period, real modern-day weddings inspired by the past, details on the fashions of the period and tips on creating the look on your wedding day. The book is easy to follow and filled with inspiring photographs.

Everything you could need to know is covered including how to source the dress, as well as; the venue, cake, stationary, flowers, and hair and make-up. If you wanted to you could plan your whole wedding using this book alone.

I say this every time I review wedding books but I wish I could plan my wedding all over again and use some of the ideas from this book.

I’d recommend the book if you would like to plan a vintage themed wedding, but just don’t know where to start. There is so much information out there for brides and grooms that it can be hard to piece everything together. This guide will definitely help to push you in the right direction when it comes to tieing your look together.

The book would be a great gift for a friend or family member who is planning a wedding.

Style Me Vintage Weddings is Published by Pavillion books at £14.99

Buy your copy on Amazon here

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I have bought a few new vintage dresses for the summer on Ebay and Etsy for the summer. If it ever stops snowing and warms up a bit in London I might get to wear them! I’m off to sunny Spain in 10 days so a couple of these are coming with me. The others all need a few alterations before the summer.

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I got this 1970s summer dress on Ebay for £9.99

20130326-203538.jpgThis 1970s floral dress was £4.99 on Ebay

20130326-203557.jpgThis original 1950s handmade dress was £35.00 on Etsy

20130326-203621.jpgThis 1960s maxi dress was £1.99 on Ebay

20130326-203644.jpgThis 1950s style dress was £14.95 on Ebay

20130326-203700.jpgThis Laura ashley dress was £35 on Ebay.

I’m going on holiday in a few weeks, I can’t wait for a little getaway, and a chance to get my summer dresses out of hiding a few weeks early.  I need some new swimwear and would love something vintage style.

It’s not that hard to find real vintage swimwear, however I would only really recommend buying older swimwear as collectors pieces. If you’re using a pool older fabrics are often not designed to withstand the chemicals in pool water and can get damaged over time.

I’ve created a little vintage swimwear wishlist of some of my favourite vintage style swimwear.

What Katie Did – 

Bow Bikini Top £34.75 

Bikini Bottoms £34.75  

 Bow Side Swimsuit £69.50

For Luna –

Black and White Polka Dot Retro Swimsuit £59.95 

Black Retro Bikini top £32.45 Bottom £27.50

Bettylicious –

Girlhowdy Sandy Retro Bikini £59.95

Esther Williams Retro 1950s style Swimsuit £59.95

Esther Williams Retro 1950s style  Swimsuit 59.95

Zoggs at Tesco –

50s Retro Swimsuit £42  

 Knot Belt Swimsuit £35

For more swimwear inspiration follow my Holiday Outfits and Swimwear board on Pinterest