Earlier this year I went to Salute to the 40s for the first time. This amazing event is held yearly at The Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent. I went with Rob and the girls and as soon as we arrived we were transported back in time and it was fantastic.


salute-to-the-40s-couple-with-camerasThe event is on a wonderfully large scale with so much to see and do, lots to eat and plenty to keep the whole family entertained. There ares a variety of stages with various types of live music and lots of opportunities for dancing.

salute-to-the-40s-dancersThe dockyard itself is steeped in history and as well as extremely interesting buildings, there are also ships and a submarines to explore.

For naval history fans there were loads of amazing ships from a variety of eras, which are housed permanently in the dockyard and were open on the day to be explored. We ran out of time to see them all this time, but will definitely have a better look next year.

hms-cavalierThe girls were really keen to go inside the submarine, not the easiest thing in a dress, but it was absolutely fascinating. Both girls were really engaged hearing about life inside the submarine and they couldn’t believe how cramped the conditions were.

salute-to-the-40s-submarine We then had a little wander around, looking at all the amazing vintage vehicles and ships. It was also impossible not to admire everyone’s fabulous outfits. This is one event that people make a huge effort for, and many of the attendees looked like they’d stepped straight out of the 1940s.






salute-to-the-40s-outfitsWe also watched some of the fantastic live music, which was spread over several stages. It was great seeing so many people of all ages, enjoying themselves and dancing along.

singers-salute-to-the-40sIt was then time for the main highlight of our day – the air raid experience. This cost a small extra fee on top of the event and it was worth every penny. Once the group had gathered, an air raid siren sounded across the site. This felt so poignant and also quite alarming, it was loud and gave us all a huge sense of foreboding. It really brought home how frightening it must have been every time the siren sounded during war time.

salute-to-the-40s-air-raid-experienceWe were then escorted to an original air raid shelter, which is not usually open to the public. It was laid out exactly as it would have been. We all sat quietly on wooden benches, and an air raid warden reenactor spent a good 40 minutes, talking us through what people at war time would have experienced down there.

The talk was so interesting and also very humbling. We were given a real sense of how much people suffered at the time and it definitely got us all thinking. We left with a huge sense of gratitude for what we have now and an even bigger respect for the people who lived through the war. This is one part of the day I would definitely recommend.

After this we went to the canteen for some lunch. There were quite a few choices of venue for food and drink and the canteen was affordable and a great choice with kids. We than played on the original penny arcade machines with the girls.

salute-to-the-40s-penny-arcadeWe then went to explore the rope works, an incredibly long building where ropes were made at the dockyards. This was really interesting and the sheer size of the building was impressive in itself. There were people doing demonstrations of how the rope was made.


salute-to-the-40s-home-coming-paradeAnother highlight of the day was the homecoming parade, where all of the military vehicles drove down the dockyard. I really enjoyed seeing the wide variety of cars and trucks and all the people driving and riding in them looked amazing in their period costumes.

vintage-stalls-salute-to-the-40sOf course no vintage day out would be complete without a little shopping. There are loads of fabulous stall holders, selling a wide selection of vintage clothing and homeware. Definitely a great place to stock up on the finest forties attire.

salute-to-the-40s-vintage-handbagI ran in to my lovely friend Pauline, who always looks amazing and is an absolutely lovely person too. It was great to catch up with her and as always I swooned a little at her outfit. Her home made dress and vintage accessories looked fabulous.

salute-to-the-40s-me-and-paulineI wore a vintage Swirl dress in a fruit print. These dresses were made in America in the 40s and 50s. I think next time I’ll make a little more effort to go for a really British 40s look, but as I’d just bought this dress, I wanted to give it a spin while it was still warm enough to wear it.

salute-to-the-40s-garage-and-gas-pumpThe mixture of living history, stuff to do and see and the effort that everyone made with their outfits, makes this a truly special event. I really couldn’t recommend it enough, especially for family. Despite me being the only history geek and vintage enthusiast in the family, a good time was had by all. I absolutely can’t wait to visit again next year.

Find out more on the Historic Dockyard Chatham website.

*Thank you to the organisers for giving us a family ticket so we could visit the event. All opinions are my own. Photos not to be reproduced without permission. 

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Last year I trawled through all my favourite reproduction vintage sites to share all the best deals for Black Friday weekend. I know loads of you found it really useful, so I thought I’d do it again this year. I’ll be updating the post throughout the weekend, so keep checking back to see what I’ve found.

I’ll have a 15% off sale on my Etsy shop which has original vintage clothing and jewellery.


Lindy Bop have some great deals across the site, so now is a great time to grab that beautiful dress that you’ve had your eye on. I’m loving all their novelty prints at the moment.


Collectif have 25% off most of the site. I love so much of their latest collection and there are definitely a few things I have my eye on. Use code BLACKFRIDAY16

Pin Up Girl Clothing are offering 35% off, which makes some of their more expensive pieces much more affordable. definitely time to stock up on those Jenny skirts!

ChiChi Clothing have 30% off using the code 30BFCC

Dolly and Dotty have up to 60% everything across the site.

Lady K Loves have 15% off all orders, their Hug Me Baby jeans are amazing. In fact I’m wearing a pair right now!

Lady V London have up to 60% their range of vintage style clothing.


Campbell Crafts have 25% off with the code BLACKFRIDAY they have lots of lovely reproduction vintage from a selection of brands.

The Pretty Dress Company have some absolute bargains on their range of lovely elegant dresses.

Voodoo Vixen have up to 50% there selection of pretty vintage style clothing.

Hell Bunny have up to 30% off selected items on their site.

Rock My Vintage have up to 60% off.

True Vintage:

Love Miss Daisy has 15% their range of original vintage using code NOVEMBER2016

Rokit have up to 30% off in their sale.

High Street:

Boden have 30% off across the site and free delivery. Although not a vintage shop, I always find great dresses and tops that work really well in my vintage wardrobe. Use code F6P8

Cath Kidston have up to 40% off their lovely range.


What Katie Did have lots of discounted items from their range of reproduction vintage lingerie.

House of Satin have 30% off their lovely vintage style lingerie using code BLACKFRIDAY30

Accessories and Jewellery:

Splendette have some great Black Friday deals on the lovely reproduction plastic jewellery.

Luxulite have lots of Black Friday specials on their lovely vintage inspired plastic jewellery.

Brighter Bakelite have 25% off many of their restored original vintage Bakelite jewellery.


Miss L Fire are also taking part with some great discounts on their collection of vintage style shoes.


Hotter shoes have 25% and free delivery. As you probably know, I’m a big fan of Hotter shoes and have quite a few of their vintage inspired collection.

Clarks have 20% off across their site. Using the code BMERRY16


The Vintage Cosmetic Company have 30% off everything on their site.

Benefit have 20% off everything using the code BLACK20

I’m adding links all day so check back soon to find out what else I’ve found.

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I use lots of different methods to create my vintage inspired hair styles. From heated rollers and curling tongs to pin curls and wet roller sets. I really enjoy experimenting with different tools to create that perfect vintage look. When I was recently invited to have my hair styled using Curlformers, I couldn’t wait to see how they worked.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

I’d seen lots of videos and demonstrations online of these easy to use curlers, that appear to do all the hard work for you. My hair was styled at Taylor Taylor, a lovely hair salon on Portobello Road. Not only was I treated to hair styling, but also a lovely glass of bubbly and a manicure. It was definitely a much needed pamper session!

curlformers-1My hair is always quite tricky to curl, as there is just so much of it! It usually takes me around an hour to curl it. Anything that speeds up the process or makes it simpler is always good in my eyes! The idea behind Curlformers, is that they do the hard work for you. All you have to do is take a section of hair, and use the handy tool to pull the hair through the Curlformer. This then coils itself us and you just leave it to work its magic. You can then just pull off the Curlformer, leaving you with even, perfectly formed curls.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

The Curlformers can be left in overnight or used with a dryer. Because they are made of mesh it is really easy to dry damp hair while it is inside the Curlformer.

Copyright © Tiffany Lin - www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Copyright © Tiffany Lin – www.tiffanylinphotography.com

Obviously I was having my hair done by a stylist, so it was really quick to get all my hair in. My hair was slightly dampened and sprayed with a little product and the curls went in, in no time. After ten minutes sitting under a hood dryer, they were ready to come out and the results were great. Even the next day after the curls had fallen a bit, my hair still had loads of volume and looked great.

Having given them a go at home on my own, they are definitely very easy to use. I got my whole head done in about 30 minutes, if you have less hair then me it would take a lot less time. I also think, as I get used to using them it will speed up a bit.

I would definitely recommend these, as a really easy was to create curls. They come in several different sizes, so suit your requirements.I’m planning to do a tutorial posts on using these very soon and also talking about brushing out the curls into a sleek vintage look.

See the full range of  products on the Curlformers website.

From my last couple of outfit pots, you may have gathered that I’m a little bit obsessed with TU clothing from Sainsburys at the moment! At this time of year I turn to comfort food and comfort clothes, as I reluctantly adjust to the colder weather. I also love to dress more retro and vintage during the autumn, as the colour palette of the sixties and seventies lends itself so well to the season.

sainsburys-maroon-tartan-corduroy-dress-ootdTodays outfit is all about comfort, it’s warm and easy to wear and perfect for long walks through the falling leaves. The dress is another from Sainsburys, who have some really gorgeous seventies inspired clothing at the moment. It’s made from warm tartan corduroy and goes really well with my Primark sweater from last year.

sainsburys-tartan-dungaree-dress-ootdI’ve worn it with some warm black tights and a pair of shoes from a couple of years ago from Clarks. The whole outfit was lovely to wear and definitely kept me warm. As with all my TU dresses I went for my usual size 14. The dress washes really well and like the dress I included in my last OOTD, its perfect as part of a mix and match wardrobe, I’ve worn it with lots of different sweaters and blouses and created lots of different looks.

sainsburys-corduroy-pinafore-dress-ootdAlthough lots of the collection is available online in Sainsburys, I’ve always found that there are slightly different things in store. So it’s definitely worth looking at both.

I have got some fabulous original vintage and vintage inspired outfits that I’m planning to photograph over the next few weeks. So come back soon, to see what else I wear in the autumn and winter.

Outfit Details:

Dress – £18 – TU at Sainsburys

Sweater – £6 – Primark

Shoes – Clarks

Thank you so much to Fay for taking my pictures for me.

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So we’re now well into November and I can’t quite believe how quickly this year has passed. A new month means another exciting delivery from Birchbox. Having had a few slightly disappointing boxes this year, I was quite happy with this months offering.

birchbox-november-2016-reviewThe box itself is another pretty one. With its lovely peacock design, this one is another collaboration with Tatler. As I’ve mentioned before I really like the drawer boxes, as they are great for storing away vintage treasures and most of my jewellery collection is housed in my empty Birchboxes.

birchbox-november-2016-contentsAlthough I generally like a good mix of products in my Birchbox, the products I welcome most are usually skincare. I’m a big skincare addict and I love trying out new products. some of my all time favourite skin saviours were originally discovered through Birchbox samples. My box had some fab skincare products and I really enjoyed giving them a go.


birchbox-november-2016-whats-insideThere was no bonus product in this months box, so there were only 5 items. However I rarely make much use of the extra product and I still think this box is pretty good value for money, with a great range. Here’s what I thought of all the products:

november-birchbox-lip-tar-primerFirst us was the Lip Tar Primer from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I absolutely love this brand and have used their Lip Tars in several different colours in the past. I don’t really like that they have named themselves after an illness though – not cool. This product is a fab addition to my make up bag. It’s great for keeping my lipstick looking good all day. It contains hemp and peppermint oil, which I’ve found has really stopped my lips feeling dry while wearing lipstick. The RRP for this product is £15.

birchbox-november-2016-marcelle-bb-creamAnother product that I really enjoyed using was the Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow. I’ve used this a few times when I’ve wanted a lighter make-up look without foundation. It really does even out your skin tone and gives a lovely fresh-faced glow. It’s a great product for worn out mums like me, who don’t get nearly enough sleep! The RRP for the full-sized product is £22.50

birchbox-november-2016-nuxe-creme-prodifieuseI am always so happy when I get a moisturiser in my Birchbox, as it stops me needing to buy a new one that month! The Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse, is a really lovely face cream. This really boosted my tired skin. It smells absolutely divine and glides onto the skin really smoothly. The product is light and easily absorbed, while still giving my skin plenty of hydration. I think I will have to purchase a full-sized version of this one, as I was very impressed. The RRP for the full-sized product is £21.

birchbox-november-2016-ecotools-brushI have quite a few brushes from Ecotools, infact I picked up their brow brush kit earlier this week and its amazing. I was really pleased to see the Precision Blush Brush in this months box, as I know it’s something I will use a lot. The brush is made with synthetic bristles and recycled materials, which I think is awesome. I really liked the tightly packed, very soft bristles which made blusher application really easy. This is definitely one I would recommend. This would usually cost £7.99, so not a high-end product, but I don’t mind because its fantastic quality.

birchbox-november-2016-darphin-lumiere-essentielleLastly I tried the Darphin Lumiere Essentielle Serum. This is another excellent hydrating skincare product. It smells lovely too. I liked this product and although it was lovely to use, I don’t think it boosted my skin enough to justify a repurchase. The full-sized product costs £55.

birchbox-november-contentsAll in all this was a really good box and I thought it was excellent value for the £10 plus postage which I pay each month.

If you’d like to receive a monthly Birchbox too, I have a refer a friend link which adds £5 worth of points to your account when you sign up. These can be used to buy full-sized products in the Birchbox shop.

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