There are a wide array of websites I love for picking up vintage style pieces for my wardrobe, I love them even more when they have sales on. It seams quite a few UK websites have caught onto to Black Friday in the US and are having some excellent flash sales over the next couple of days. So if you want to find yourself a bargain now is the time. One of my favourite sites is collect if who have a fabulous flash sale on now…

Collectif – 50% off everything until midnight Friday 30th November (except coats and jackets) Use code – BF50

I love Collectif’s glamourous vintage style offerings, especially their gorgeous wiggle dresses and swing trousers. I have my eye on these pieces…

Dolores dress cherry black

Delores Cherry Print Dress – Normally £50 – Sale Price £25

Franky swing trousers navy

Frankie Swing Trousers – Normal Price £45 – Sale Price £22.50

simone doll navy

Simone Houndstooth Doll Dress – Normal Price £65 – Sale Price £32.50


With the cold winter months upon us, it’s time to cosy up indoors with warm drinks, snuggly blankets and candles. I though I’d share a few of my winter favourites by candle light. I am hoping to be able to review the majority of these properly throughout December.

Barry M Nail Paint – Gelly No.4 Blood Orange – Gelly No.8 Grapefruit – Matte No.5 Mocha – Gelly No. 13 Papaya – Superdrug Limited Edition Glitter Nail Paint 

I love Barry M Nail Paints and at the moment these are my favourites, I love the warm colours and festive glitter.

Twinings Cranberry and Blood Orange and Camomile and Spiced Apple Teas

I’m quite fussy when it comes to fruit teas, however these two are absolutely delicious and very warming on chilly evenings.

Red Lipsticks – Maybelline No.547 Pleasure Me Red – Rimmel Kate Moss No.01 – Miss Sporty Perfect Colour Lipstick No.058 Malaga

I love red lipstick, especially in the winter, but I like a very true red with no blue tones and all three of these are spot on colour wise. (I’m sorry the photo doesn’t show the colours too well but I will be featuring them again)

Tommy Guns Jasmine and Wild Nettle Shampoo and Conditioner and Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum

I was sent these as a PR sample last month and have just started using them. The smell is amazing and they make my hair feel and look amazing. They can be bought from Waitrose.

Maybelline Baby Lips – Peach Kiss – Pink Punch – Intense Care

I love these slightly tinted lip balms which restore your lips to their former lustre after too much wintery weather.

Bourjois Colour Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks – No.01 Red Sunshine – No.02 Fushia Libre

My current favourite lip products are these fantastic lipsticks that come in chunky pencil form, the colours are beautiful and they stay put for hours.

My favourite winter warming snack is a big bowl of porridge with honey and blueberries, super yummy and it keeps me going all day.

What are your winter favourites?

Unfortunately I’ve not been feeling very well the last few days, it’s one of the bad points of being a mummy that you seem to catch every bug the little ones get. Luckily my fantastic husband looked after me beautifully and I’m feeling much better now.

I’ve managed to get a little behind on my blogging schedule, and I’m kicking myself for not getting ahead and writing some stand by posts for times like this!

Hopefully over the next few days I will get a bit more caught up, Making Monday will be back next week, and I have some more vintage inspired christmas party outfits planned as well as some christmas gift ideas for vintage lovers.

I’m also going to write a post about my fantastic new sponsor Cori Lu Vintage who has the most amazing Etsy shop, it’s like a little vintage treasure trove with lots of beautiful accessories and home bits.

Cori Lu Necklace

I’ve managed to finish a book this week, Christmas at Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop by Jenny Colgan, whose books I love. I reviewed the first Rosie Hopkins book last year. Although I read a big variety of books I absolutely love chick lit and Jenny Colgan writes chick lit at it’s absolute best. So this is definitely the first of many christmas reads I’ll be recommending this year.

Rosie Hopkins

I also got the audio book of David Suchet’s Poirot and Me, I’m a massive Poirot fan and at the half way point I’m am really enjoying this one. It’s brilliant written and I love the fact that the audio book is read by Suchet and features his fabulous Belgian accents. I would really recommend getting this one as an audio book as I think it’s really added to the enjoyment. This book would also make a fantastic Christmas present for a Poirot fan.

Poirot and Me

I’ll be writing reviews of both these books early in December.

Anyway thanks for baring with me while I’ve been gone and normal activity will resume tomorrow. xxx


I absolutely love making my own vintage style dresses, the first place to start is with a good pattern. I’m always on the lookout for shops and websites where I can get unique and beautiful ones. I was recently contacted by Nick of Mela Mela Vintage, a vintage shop in Teddington about a guest post on some of the patterns stocked in the shop.

I absolutely love all the patterns he chose, and was delighted to find a local vintage shop who not only sell amazing patterns but also some pretty amazing vintage dresses from the 1920s to 70s as well as some incredible vintage bags. If your looking for a new project or just something absolutely amazing to wear then their shop and website are ones not to be missed.

6 Fabulous Vintage Sewing Patterns

If you want something done properly, then do it yourself! It’s the motto of the fiercely independent and perhaps overly stubborn, but sometimes there is some truth in that old adage. When it comes to clothing then the only way to get the absolute style you want and the ideal fit for your figure is to create your own clothes. Vintage patterns are fabulous for this, not only will they produce authentically vintage-looking attire but back then everyone used to sew their clothes and so the instructions are easy to follow and the clothes tend to be relatively simple to make. What are you waiting for? Here are some brilliant vintage patterns to get your inspiration flowing:


  • Simplicity Couture Dress

This pattern by simplicity makes a stunning 1960’s style couture dress. The high neckline, shift style dress and blouson sleeves make it a very iconic piece. You can alter the skirt length if you favour a shorter hem, and the dress can be made with and without the sleeves. With the sleeves there is a charming peephole element on the seam of each sleeve which makes it very unique. This vintage dress would look great in a strong psychedelic print or vibrant block colour.

  • McCall’s Shift Dress

This shift dress is very unusual with the yolk neck and bow detail. The variety of different sleeves means that you could use this pattern several times to get very different looking dresses. The sleeveless version could be made in a precious fabric for parties and events, and the sleeved versions would make ideal work wear for the more glamorous lady.

  • Simplicity’s Daytime and Evening Slips

The daytime slip is meant to be worn under a dress, which is a custom that many of us don’t adhere to. However, if you are wearing a vintage dress in sheer or fine fabric then you may like to wear a slip underneath. Even if you don’t wear a slip during the day, the shorter daytime slip would make coquettish and flirtatious lingerie and the evening slip is delightfully elegant. The beauty of making your own slips is that you can create something astonishingly unique and breathtaking that no-one else will ever wear, and that in itself is pretty seductive. Opt for satins, silk and fabrics that long to be touched but be vigilant with these fabrics as they need delicate treatment when being stitched.

  • Burda Dress and Blouse

These patterns create a lovely floaty dress and billowing blouse, both of which benefit from a flatteringly nipped in waist. The folds of fabric and soft silhouettes make these items the ideal choice for all figures, as they will hide imperfections in the fuller figure as well as creating an illusion of sexy curves in very thin girls. There is a lovely feminine feel to these garments which would look beautiful in floral prints.

  • Simplicity Dress with Detachable Collar and Cuffs

This dress is so unusual, you can guarantee that no-one else will be wearing anything like it. The nipped in waist compliments the figure, and the soft folds of the skirt will hide the fullness of the hips while the tailored top is equally flattering. The horizontal pleats along the bodice and the quirky detachable collar and cuffs are great design elements that add a real character to the dress.

  • Simplicity Coats

Beautiful vintage coats are hard to come by, especially when you start looking for a specific colour and size. The perfect solution is to make your own and this Simplicity pattern is perfect for that. The cute little pea collar, broad three-quarter length sleeves and crossover front with one single button fastening make it a very iconic style of coat. Wear with gloves for the ultimate elegance. Coats like this don’t give away what you’re wearing underneath, so you don’t have to worry about finding a coat that matches a certain dress. These coats will cover everything and look beautifully stylish as they do it.

This article on vintage dress patterns was written my Nick Williams at Mela Mela Vintage, a boutique in Teddington; Greater London. At Mela Mela Vintage you will find original vintage dresses and a huge selection of vintage handbags.

I absolutely loved this collection of vintage patterns, and will definitely be paying the shop a visit soon. Be sure to check out the website, if only to gaze in wonder at the amazing 1950s dresses! You can see all the sewing patterns available here.

As the cold weather begins to set in, the appeal of staying in the warm and not going out really takes hold. I’m the worst for cranking the heating up, making a culpa and wrapping myself up in blankets. However I made the decision yesterday that I had to go out and do something fun with Lila as often as possible and not become a recluse!

So today we wrapped up warm and headed out to Carshalton to enjoy one of our favourite parks despite the freezing wind and steady drizzle. The Grove Park in Carshalton village is absolutely stunning, with the River Wandle flowing through it as well as bordering with Carshalton Ponds. It has a really interesting history which you can read more about here.

The river flowing through the park.


What remains of the mill which used to be here.

The view of All Saints Church across Carshalton Ponds (shame about the busy road)

One of the things I love most about the park is how many squirrels there are and we always bring a big bag of monkey nuts to feed them as well as some bread for the birds.

A cute little squirrel.

A beautiful swan, we didn’t feed the water birds as apparently bread isn’t good for them.

I had slightly underestimated just how hungry the squirrels would be, I guess with the cold setting in, fewer people go and feed them. we ended up completely surrounded by about 40 squirrels, so desperate were they for food that they actually started climbing up my legs!

He may look cute, but he will attack you for food!

I was also attacked by a gang of very hungry gulls, Lila of course thought it was hilarious and enjoyed every second!

These guys were like something out of ‘The Birds!”

That blurry thing in front of my face is actually a crazy gull!

Once we had run out of food we made a hasty retreat, and had a little walk around the park and along the river. All in all an absolutely lovely morning, and something I will do as often as possible despite the cold.

My outfit details.

Coat – Marks and Spencer – £89

Boots -Marks and Spencer – £49.50

Dress – Matalan (old)

Headscarf – Primark