This week I’ve been making more effort to relax and have a little downtime. One of things I’ve been doing to relax is watching some of my favourite classic films. I absolutely adore looking at all the amazing costumes. It’s done nothing for lists of vintage fashion wants, as I now want to recreate all the amazing looks from the films.

Here are a few of the lovely films I’ve been watching…

The Country Girl:

I absolutely adore Grace Kelly, the classic film actress who became a real life princess. Her performance in this brilliant film won her an Oscar. The film is about a drunk actor played by Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly plays his wife. The plot is fantastic and it’s really set off by Bing Crosby’s amazing singing voice. This is a firm favourite of mine, that I will never tire of watching.

How to Marry a Millionaire:

This hilarious film stars three of my favourite actresses, the ever classy and sophisticated Lauren Bacall, the cute and quirky Betty Grable and the beautiful Marilyn Monroe. The film is a hilarious journey through the three ladies attempts to find rich husbands. I absolutely love the story line and the costumes are of course absolutely gorgeous.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:

The book that inspired the film is one of my favourites. It went onto become a successful stage show before the film was made. The film version is a slightly fluffier version of the book, but I still love it. It stars Marilyn Monroe and as usual she is typecast as a dumb blonde. Jane Russell co-stars and looks absolutely amazing, especially in a rather fabulous black jumpsuit. The highlight of the film has to be the gorgeous clothes (of course) and the brilliant songs.

The Seven Year Itch:

Another of my all time favourite films would have to be The Seven Year Itch. The film is set in the mid fifties. It is about a man whose family has gone away for summer. He is tempted to misbehave in their absence, especially when a gorgeous girl played by Marilyn Monroe moves in upstairs. The film is clever, funny and has brilliants sets and costumes. I love everything about this one.

I’ve also been watching a lot of vintage B movie horror films, which are so bad they are brilliant but I’m going to save those for another post.

What are your favourite old films. I have so many and I plan to re-watch them all and discover lots of new ones over the next few weeks to share with you on here.

Every time I vow not to buy any more reproduction and concentrate on building my collection of real vintage, the same things happens! I check the Collectif website, fall in love with absolutely everything and just can’t help myself! This is especially bad when they have a sale. I have such a weakness for their gorgeous clothes and grabbing a fantastic bargain. So when they had a 50% off sale recently I accumulated rather a large haul. One of the items I picked up was the lovely Mimi dress, which I’ve worn absolutely loads over the last few weeks.

Collectif Mimi dress Review
This dress is now almost completely sold out, unless you’re a size 6 (lucky you!). But I thought I’d grab a few pictures and talk about the fit and quality, as they have lots of similar items available at the moment.

I’m always really impressed with the quality of my Collectif dresses. The fabric is usually quite a heavy so it hangs beautifully. They also usually have a little stretch, as this one does which helps if you’re quite busty like me. I always go for a size 14, and I’ve had no problems with fit so far. A few people I know have found the sizes inconsistent, but I usually go for similar styles that I know will work well for my shape.

Collectif Dress OOTD
I usually don’t go for polka dots, as the repro market is absolutely saturated with them. But I couldn’t resist the cute combination of roses and dots and the sweetheart neckline totally sold the dress to me. I also love anything navy as it’s the best alternative to black. I love the super flattering gathered detailing on the bust and the lovely full skirt. This could be worn with a petticoat for a fuller more 50s look.

Art Deco Necklace OOTD
I wore the dress with an original art deco era glass necklace, which I recently picked up on eBay as part of a jewellery bundle. I love how the green beads pick up the leaves in the dress. On my feet I’m wearing an original pair of vintage 1960s shoes. These were a car boot sale find and a firm favourite of mine as they are so comfortable. I recently found the exact same pair of shoes in another colour, at a car boot sale recently.

1960s Shoes OOTD
I’ve been making a lot more effort to get dressed up every day this month. I’m not great at putting vintage style winter outfits together at this time of year. Dresses like this which go with everything and are easy to accessorise are absolutely perfect for me.

Outfit Details

Dress – Collectif

Necklace – Vintage Via eBay

Shoes – Vintage Car Boot Sale Find

Do you own any clothes from Collectif? What do you think of the fit and quality? Do you prefer reproduction or original vintage pieces? Let me know in the comments.

Check out my review of the Collectif Atomic Flamingo dress.

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As my blog approaches it’s fourth birthday next month, I’ve been thinking about how far I’ve come with it. I’ve managed a total of 725 blog posts! That seams like so many and I’m really proud of the time and dedication I’ve put in so far. Yesterday I looked back at my first post which was just a quick one…

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I feel like I’ve mostly stuck to my original aim, which was to create a happy place to share the things I love and make memories. I’m really happy with the path the blog has taken me on and all the opportunities I’ve had through writing it.

Recently though I’ve felt a bit like I need to take a step back from blogging, I’ve not felt so inspired and I’ve cut back from 5 posts a week to just 1. After managing 725 posts I’m not surprised that I’ve run out ideas a bit and haven’t known where I’m going with it. I’ve also cut back on going to blog events and accepting products to review as it had stopped being enjoyable and I was feeling under pressure to write when I didn’t always feel like it.

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Looking back on some of my older posts inspired me to revisit old ideas and go back to basics a little bit. I’d love to start doing craft projects again as well as book reviews and history posts, and of course more baking, beauty and outfits posts, as I love writing those.

I’d love to hear what my readers favourite type of posts are, have you been with me since the early days? What type of posts do you enjoy most? Would you like to see a return to sewing and craft posts, more book reviews? Let me know.

In the meantime I’m going to be busy brainstorming ideas, making plans and making some time for all the things I love.

(P.S I wish I was still 26!)

As promised, today I have another of my favourite true vintage dresses to show you. This one is quite a recent acquisition so I’ve only worn it a couple of times so far. I picked up this lovely bargain dress for just £25 when I visited The Clothes Show last year. It was one of two from Urban Village Vintage. I don’t wear wiggle style dresses very often, as I prefer fuller dresses which flatter my figure a bit better. But I couldn’t resist the rich orange hues in this fabulous early 60s print.

Orange Vintage Wiggle Dress
The dress is made from a gorgeous heavy cotton and I love the beautiful cut and pleats. I wish I’d had the chance to wear this in the Autumn as the colours capture every shade of the season so well. I’m really happy with the fit although my plan is to have the hem let down a little as I’d prefer it to sit slightly lower on the knee.

Orange 1960s Wiggle Dress
I would love more dresses in this shape, which I prefer to the more fitted modern reproduction wiggles. They don’t cut them quite how they used to! If you’re unsure about wearing a wiggle dress for the first time, I’d always recommend trying an original one first rather than a reproduction, stretchy fabric isn’t always best.

Enid Collins Chicken Box Bag
I wore the dress with a pair of original vintage heels, which as far as I can remember were a charity shop find. My bag is yet another vintage Enid Collins, I’m completely addicted to all the cute designs. I now have 7 of them! I usually buy them on eBay and have them shipped over from the US. Despite the postage and occasional customs charge, I still find it cheaper than buying them over here.

Enid Collins Box Bag Interior
I love the little mirror inside and it looks like someone used it to store pencils at some point!

Outfit Details:

Vintage Wiggle Dress – Urban Village Vintage at The Clothes Show

Bracelet and Bangles – Car Boot Sale Finds

Vintage Shoes – Charity Shop Find

Handbag – Vintage Enid Collins via eBay

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The internet can be a wonderful thing. Since I started blogging nearly 4 years ago, I have met some fantastic people both on and off line. Some of those I would truly call friends. One such person is the lovely lady known online as Ms Sabrina Fairchild. I discovered her blog when I was quite new to blogging and commented on it a few times, since then we’ve chatted loads online and got to know each other through social media. The only bad part was that she lived all the way in Australia – the other side of the world!

When she announced that she would be spending a month in Paris this October I knew I had to jump on the Eurostar to meet her. As it turned out she’d also planned to come over to London for the day so instead of one day trip we ended up having two! I thought I’d share each of days out in the two cities with you…

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All the way back in November, Fay and I headed over to St Pancras to meet her and our first stop was a trip to Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station for a moment of Harry Potter geekery. I absolutely love all things Harry Potter and so do Ms Fairchild’s children. She wanted to get some pics to send them. This was a big highlight of our day, it was great fun watching everyone else queuing up and posing for photos and although there was a photographer there taking official photos, they were more than happy for us to snap our own and even took a few for us. We also popped into the Harry Potter shop, which was crazy busy, but full of awesome stuff. I need to go back for a wand!

Then we headed to Giraffe Stop for a quick re-fuel which I really needed! I chose porridge which came with bananas and seeds and really set me up for the day. Absolutely delicious!

Collectif Spitalfields Miss L FireShopping and Sightseeing:

Full of breakfast it was time to head over to Spitalfields Market for a browse around all the stalls and a trip to Collectif to try on some of their gorgeous vintage style clothing. As usual I wanted absolutely everything! I particularly loved all the gorgeous Miss L Fire shoes. I’ve since bought both the dress and the coat pictured above. Outfit pics coming soon!

Buckingham PalaceThen it was time for the real touristing to begin. We jumped on the tube to Green Park for a leisurely stroll through the autumn leaves to Buckingham Palace. If there’s one place that makes me feel like a tourist in my own city it’s Buckingham Palace. It’s so touristy in-fact that I think I’ve only gone and stood at the gates twice in my life. As someone who is absolutely obsessed with Georgian architecture this is a bit of shame and I really must go and have proper look soon. While we there we took loads of selfies and pics and it was fab mingling with all the other people doing the same thing.

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We then got back on the tube for a very fleeting trip to Westminster to take pics go St Georges Tower (Big Ben) and Westminster Abbey, because you can’t go to London and not get a quick snap of them can you?!

At this point I couldn’t believe how quickly the time had gone, there wasn’t long left before Ms Fairchild had to return to Paris. We made a quick stop at a rather disappointing pizza restaurant in Kensington called Sole Luna. I hadn’t been before and won’t again. The service was not good.

Victoria and Albert MuseumThe V&A

The last port of call for us was a brief visit to the V&A to look at their beautiful fashion gallery. I’ve been there so many times, but the collection never fails to astound me. Highlights for me include the regency, Victorian and Edwardian fashions and the 1950s pink Dior ensemble which always stops me in my tracks.

Dior V&A

It was then time to head back to St Pancras for some sad goodbyes. Luckily it wasn’t for long as three days later Fay and I visited Paris for the day. But I’ll save that for another post.

I loved seeing my city through the eyes of a visitor, however one day is not enough. There is so much I love about London and in my 30 years as a born and bred Londoner, I still feel like I’m discovered new places to love every year. If you were visiting london for the day what would you want to see? If you are already a Londoner what are your favourite parts of the city?

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