With christmas fast approaching, the party season will soon be upon us. This got me thinking about vintage inspired party outfits. I decided to tackle each decade in a series of posts. starting with the fabulous 1920s. The products I’ve picked were not chosen to look authentically vintage, but more to pay homage to the fabulous decade of decadence. I mostly took inspiration from Baz Lurhmans fabulous stylised take on the 1920s in the Great Gatsby film.

Here are my 1920s style party picks…

 

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1. Black Flapper Embellished Dress – £95 – Miss Selfridge

2. Victoria Faux Fur Cape – £16 – Boohoo

3. Vintage Flapper Purse – £60 – Rock My Vintage

4. Velvet Glitter T Bar Shoes – £60 – Office

5. Embellished Shift Dress – £25 – George

6. Persia Shoe – £94 – Miss L Fire at What Katie Did

7. Gold Leaf Headband – £2.99 – New Look

8. Black Gemstone Deco Drop Earrings – £3.99 – New Look

9. Metallic Tassel Dress – £85 – Topshop (centre)

I hope you like my choices. Will you be going for a vintage theme this christmas?

A few days ago I made a little trip to Primark, I actually only intended to get a few pairs of tights, but you know how it goes! I love going to Primark and getting little bits and bobs to fill gaps in my wardrobe without breaking the bank. Being a busy mum I prefer not to wear my best vintage clothes every day and I have quite a few dresses from Primark which I wear for everyday things like playing with the kids and cleaning the house. I like to wear pretty dresses every day so my most casual outfits are dresses with leggings or tights with flat boots or ballet pumps.

Anyway back to my shopping trip these are the bits I picked up…

Handbag £8.00

Lady Bird

Brogues £8.00

Ballet Pumps £4.00

Flat Slipper Shoes £4.00

Bow Ballet Pumps £5.00

Tartan Dress £15.00

Autumn Leaves

Floral Dress £8.00

I love the fit of this dress and own in lot’s of different prints. Its great for school runs and trips to the park with the girls because it looks pretty but washes well and didn’t cost much at all.

Rose Print Dress £8.00

Patterned Dress £8.00

Heart Print Dress £8.00

Green Dress £8.00

I also have the dress in a black and white floral print which was in the wash when I took these pictures.

I hope you like the autumnal theme! What do you think of the things I got? Have you got any nice Primark bargains recently?

 

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year. A time for family to come together, a time to share gifts, a time if you are religious to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It really is a magical time of year. It can also be a time when you get a few gifts that you won’t use or aren’t to our taste.

It can be really hard to choose presents for people who don’t really want or need anything. And that’s where Oxfam Unwrapped comes in. The generally idea is that you make a charitable donation as your gift to that person, but you can choose to give a charity donation towards something that you think is specific to them, so in many ways it is still a very personal gift. It’s such a lovely uplifting thing to do and totally in the spirit of Christmas.You can also add little extras to the gift like chocolates or a seed growing kits so that the person still has a little something to unwrap.

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Oxfam has made it even easier to choose the right gifts for everyone in your life by dividing the gifts into categories for different types of people for example animal lovers, foodies, guys and girls. Available gifts include a chicken, which would be donated and it’s new owners would be trained to care for it. That chicken could then have chicks and would be a sustainable source of food and income. I just think it’s the most wonderful thing to do. Other gifts include school supplies, fixing a well and mosquito nets presents that could potentially save lives.

Sotzil:  Isabela Pacheco, daughter of Pedro Hu Pacheco and Isabe

Prices really vary but start at about £5 so even for stocking fillers and secrets santas there are plenty of options.

So while you’re wondering what to get that person who is tricky to buy for please give Oxfam Unwrapped your consideration and change someone else’s life this christmas.

To any of my friends and family reading this I would love you to get one of these for me this year. My kids I have so much in our lives and it really would mean the world to me to know that I’d been able to help someone this Christmas.

Find out more here

You also watch this video which explains it all better than I have!

Forecasters have warned that “the worst winter of modern times” is on its way to Britain this year. So it’s time to stock up on shovels, grit and de-icer for the car. But more importantly it’s time to think about choosing a winter coat. It can be hard choosing a coat that will keep you snug and look fabulous, especially when looking for something vintage appropriate.

These are some of my favourite options for keeping snug this winter…

1. Puttin on the Ritz, 2. Collectif, 3. ASOS, 4. Collectif, 5. Vivien of Holloway

Coat 1

1. Puttin on the Ritz, Winter in Paris Coat, £275

I love this beautiful 1930s style winter coat. It comes in three different fabric finishes and a selection of faux fur collars. It’s not cheap but it will go with everything and last year after year.

Coat 2

2. Collectif, Pearl Coat, £165

This beautiful coat is the most stunning coat I’ve seen in ages, it is ridiculously glamorous! The faux fur trim looks very realistic and the pleated waist will flatter curves no end.

coat 3

3. Asos, Vintage Style Cocoon Coat, £110

This pretty feminine coat, which injects a bit of colour into the cold winter. This would look great with a 1960s wardrobe.

Coat 4

4. Collectif, Lady Leanora Leo Coat, £110

I am a little obsessed with leopard print and I think every woman should own a faux fur coat. This is very similar to my winter coat and I absolutely love the shape.

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5. Vivien of Holloway, Swagger Jacket, £120

This may not be the warmest option but I absolutely love this 50s style jacket which is available in 2 colours.

Which of the five is your favourite? Have you bought a new winter coat this year and if so is it vintage or vintage style?

I was contacted a little while ago by Sophie of Bamble Vintage about featuring her Etsy shop on the blog. I love supporting new and small businesses so I was happy to take a look. The shop sells mostly 80s clothes as well as some really pretty accessories.

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I’m always drawn to any kind of wicker bags so this one caught my eye straight away.

Available here

And this 70s clutch bag would be perfect for the summer with a flowy maxi dress …

Available here

I also loved this black velvet and satin evening bag which would look perfect with a party or prom dress.

Available here

I also think these peep toe sandals would look adorable with a pair of capri pants.

Available here

Sophie sent me this cute 1980s bow to try along with some pretty badges which she is giving away with every order. She also included some yummy sweets which I devoured while admiring the handbags!

I love the bow and I’m looking forward to adding it to some vintage hair styles. I just clipped it into my everyday curly hair and I think it looks really cute.

There is currently a red version of the bow clip available in the shop for £6.50 available here

I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the Etsy shop especially for the cute handbags.

You can also follow Bamble Vintage on Twitter.

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