Lindy Bop, a company who sell very pretty vintage style dresses are currently holding a competition on their Facebook page to design a 1940s or 50s vintage style dress.

Lindy Bop Comp

Here’s my entry…

Lindy Bop Dress Design

I’d really appreciate if you could all vote for my design. All you have to do is like the picture on the Lindy Bop page on Facebook here

Thank you to every one who votes and fingers crossed!

It’s Monday What Are You Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a chance to share your reads from the last week and plan the next week of reading. I mostly share vintage themed books with a little chick lit rolled in every now and then.

This week was a wonderful week, because I got away from the non-existent British Spring and relaxed in the sun in Spain. I had such a wonderful week with my family and I’ve come back feeling really refreshed.

This week I managed to finish two books and start a new one.

I read The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan. I love all of Colgan’s books and couldn’t wait for this one to be released. It’s every bit as good as her other books and I loved her descriptions of Paris which is one my very favourite cities. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes a good quality chick-lit read.

I also finished Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford. I’ve been working my way through Mitford’s books recently and this one which is a follow-up to her earlier novels The Pursuit of Love and Love in cold Climate, is one of her funniest works. If you liked her earlier more well-known books you will adore this one.

I started reading The Mitford Girls by Mary s Lovell. The book is about the fascinating lives of Nancy and her sisters who led very high-profile lives which span the whole length of the Twentieth Century. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far the book has been a well written page turner. I was so pleased to find this book in the WH Smiths at Gatwick airport as it was exactly what I was looking for. this is a very long book so I might read it over a few weeks and get some other reading done as well.

I am planning to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym and The Blessing by Nancy Mitford over the next week.

The Vintage Book Group are currently reading The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, join in the discussion here.

This week I watched Funny Face starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire and Wings a silent movie from 1927 set in WW1 starring Clara Bow.

With spring just around the corner it’s time to celebrate the beautiful colours that have been hiding away during the colder months. For me Spring is all about beautiful pastel shades. Not just in the wardrobe but all round the home, here’s a little pastel inspiration.

1. 50s Monroe Dress £65 – 20th Century Foxy

2. 1950s Dress $148 – Adored Vintage

3. 1940s Dress £69 – Vivien of Holloway

4. Pearl Shift Dress £195 – Topshop

5. 1950s Dress £75 – Love Miss Daisy

6. Sun Dress £57.99 – New Look

I love this new book by Selina Lake, I got my copy a couple of weeks ago and I’ve found loads of ideas I’d like to try at home.

Pretty Pastel Style

1. Measuring Cups £5.00 2. Roaster £12.50

4. Silicone Utensils £7.50 All Marks and Spencer –

3. Cupcake Jars £8.50 – MiaFleur 5. Metal Jug £7.99 – Not on the High Street

6. Crochet Bath Mat £8.00 7. Wooden Sign £8.00

8. Towels £4-£7 9. Laundry Basket £25.00

1. 50s Prom Dress £150 – Natasha Bailie Vintage

2. Shirt Dress £19.99 – New Look

3. Shirt Dress £16.99 – George 4. Pleated Dress £25 Matalan

5. 50s Prom Dress $198 – Adored Vintage

I never got round to watching The Great British Bake Off which is crazy as I love baking. When I heard that the BBC were going to use a similar format for a sewing programme I knew I couldn’t miss it.

I loved last nights episode which is still available to watch on I Player. The basic format of the show is 8 contestants carrying out a series of sewing challenges. Each week contestants are eliminated. Last night there were 3 challenges, firstly to make a basic A Line skirt finished any way they wanted, customizing a cotton top and finally making a dress to fit their assigned model. I loved seeing all the different ideas they came up with and what worked and what didn’t.

It was great to see a broad range of ages and a couple of men in the mix too. I can’t wait to see the rest of the series, I felt totally inspired to get sewing and make loads more clothes for myself. At the moment my favourite contestants are Tilly because I like her vintage style sewing and Sandra because she seams really nice and I loved her A line skirt.

The next episode is on Tuesday at 8pm on BBC2.

Ann Jane Lauren Mark Michelle Sandra Stuart Tilly

On the subject of sewing I bought a new pattern this week which is a reworked 1952 pattern from Butterick which I am going to make in this bright floral fabric. I’ve not been well this week so I didn’t get the chance to get this made before my holiday but I will get this done when I get back. This is meant to be a really quick pattern so if I like it I’ll make a few of these.

It’s Monday What are you Reading is a weekly blog event hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. It’s a chance for us to share the books we’ve enjoyed this week as well as any reviews and to plan the book we want to read over the next week. Here I like to share some of my favourite vintage themed books and books being read by The Vintage Book Group.

This week I have finished The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford and Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. I loved all these books and the way they capture a picture of the time which they were written. The 20s, 30s and 40s are all covered here, so it was a great week for vintage reads.

Next week I plan to read Jane and Prudence by Barbara Pym, The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan and Don’t Tell Alfred by Nancy Mitford.

This week I reviewed Style Me Vintage Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, it’s a wonderful book packed with beautiful wedding ideas.

This week I watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which is very different from Capote’s novella and Lagerfeld Confidential. I find Karl Lagerfeld completely fascinating and loved this documentary film which shows so much of the man behind the suit and dark specs. I could have watched hours more footage.

Have a great reading week. What are you reading?