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Blogmas Day 16 – A Year In Vintage Outfits

16 Dec

This year I’ve shared more outfits on here than any other year. I’ve really enjoyed embracing my own style so much. In many ways I feel like I’ve come out my shell a bit more. Today I looked back on all my outfit pictures from the last year and I can see a big change in myself.

2016-in-vintage-outfitsFirstly I lost quite a bit of weight this year. I don’t really talk about things like body image and weight on the blog at all. Having been everything from a size 6 to a 16 in my adult life, it has never been something that has impacted on my happiness. But looking back on my pictures over the year I am proud that I worked hard to lose a stone and feel healthier and more comfortable and of course I’m happy to fit into some of my dresses that were too tight last year.

2016-in-vintage-outfits-2I also feel very happy and content and far more confident to go out wearing whatever the hell I like and not being afraid if people notice that my outfit wouldn’t look out-of-place 60 years ago. I used to like to fade into the background and didn’t like people commenting on my clothes. I think it has a lot to do with turning 30 last December, I just feel older wiser and more comfortable to always be me.

2016-in-vintage-outfits-3I also made a lot of friends with similar interests this year. I used to absolutely hate meeting new people and was far too shy to go to a meet up with people I didn’t know. Everytime I said yes to going to an event it got easier and by getting past that anxiety, I have met some wonderful people who love vintage clothes too. We definitely encourage each other not only to be ourselves, but also to spend way to much money on gorgeous dresses (you know who you are!)

2016-in-vintage-outfits-4I also started doing vintage styles on my hair a lot more this year. Before I’d always had the attitude that I was a modern person wearing vintage clothing. I wasn’t really trying to recreate a look from the past, I just really liked the clothes. This year I got a bit more geeky and started doing more vintage hair and make-up and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s also been easier now the kids are a bit older and I have a bit more me time to perfect my hair and make-up!

2016-in-vintage-outfits-5I’m definitely more of a summer person and I loved wearing lots of pretty dresses when the weather was warmer. I also really enjoying finding great locations to take outfit pictures. I always try to go somewhere interesting where I can have a look around and also stop for a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

2016-in-vintage-outfits-6I also discovered that the park 5 minutes from my house has some great spots for photos, who knew! I clearly really like this particular spot, as I used it in 3 outfits posts in a row!

2016-in-vintage-outfits-7In the Autumn and Winter, I usually move away from classic mid-century looks and embrace the 60s and 70s a lot more. I like going for comfy clothes and darker colours. I also really love Autumn walks and so flat shoes and warmer layers come out a bit more.

2016-in-vintage-outfits-8My favourite outfit of the year, would have to be the 20s inspired Lindy Bop dress I wore a couple of weeks ago. I’ve also read heaps of history books about the 20s this year and feel really inspired to visit the decade through my clothes a lot more. I have a suitcase of old family photos with a lot of pictures from the 20s and I’d love to use them as inspiration for creating more 20s day looks. Expect to see a lot more hopping between the eras next year.

Some of my favourite outfits of the year have never made it onto the blog. Mostly because I was busy doing something else and there was no time to get decent pictures. I’ve shared so many outfits on Instagram that aren’t here. So I thought I’d show you a few of those too in a post later this week.

Also I wanted to mention that I’m determined to complete Blogmas this year, however I have a lot going on at the moment with work and the kids and other things that have to come before blogging. You may notice that my posts are getting published all over the place and that’s because I am mostly writing in the middle of the night or finishing a day’s post the following day! As I’m doing this challenge for me to see if I can I’m just going to do my best!

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Blogmas Day 14 – A Tiki Christmas and a 1950s OOTD

14 Dec

Today I thought I’f share an outfit that I wore a few weeks ago to a Tiki Vintage Christmas event in London a few weeks ago. This was organised by Amber from Atomic Amber. I had such a lovely day with some of my favourite people. We headed to Kanaloa, a fabulous Tiki inspired bar in the city. As usual when I go to events I was really rubbish at taking enough pictures to do a proper blog post. But in true blogger style I got some outfit pictures to share!

kanaloa-barThe bar itself is absolutely amazing, you are instantly transported from the harsh building of the city, into a little Tiki paradise. I’ve been twice now and not remembered to take any decent photos, good excuse to go back I suppose!

kanaloa-tiki-barI wore an original 1950s orange dress to the event. It was getting it’s second outing after being worn last at Twinwood Festival in the summer. I picked it up at a vintage shop earlier this year for about £40. I have a lot of orange jewellery and I love Autumnal colours, so it was a great addition to my collection.

orange-ootdIt was quite a cold day and for the sake of comfort I wore my super thick black tights and some comfy ballet pumps. I accessorised the dress with a huge stock of original vintage bakelite bangles and a vintage handbag which I purchased from a French antiques dealer at Wimbledon Car Boot Sale. Thank you to Carrie-Ann for taking my pics for me.

bakelite-bangles-2And how gorgeous did everyone else look too?

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1920s Speakeasy Style – Lindy Bop Silver Screen Review

3 Dec

Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with the 1920s. Historically it’s one of my favourite eras to read about and everything from the roles of women to the drastically changing fashions fascinates me. I’ve been longing for a 20s themed outfit for absolutely ages, so when Lindy Bop launched their beautiful new Silver Screen range I was so excited to try one of the gorgeous dresses.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-reproduction-1920s-dress-reviewI chose the stunning Everly gold embellished dress. I absolutely love the colour and the classic sequin and bead details. It’s just so gorgeous and elegant. To go with it I chose a faux fur stole and some lovely t-bar shoes which are also from Lindy Bop. I finished off the outfit with a turban that I picked up recently at a car boot sale.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-everly-1920s-dress-reviewThe dress arrived beautifully packed in a box, because of the fragile glass beads it was carefully packaged with plenty of tissue and bubble wrap to protect it. As soon as I opened the box I was amazed at the beautiful quality of the dress. It has a sheer layer over a gold lining and the sequins and glass beads are firmly stitched into the fabric. The dress is quite heavy which makes it hang perfectly.

lindy-bop-silver-screen-1920s-beaded-dress-reviewI opted for my usual size 14 and the fit was absolutely perfect, so I’d say these come up true to size. The dress fastens with a concealed side zip, which really helps with the lovely fit.

lindy-bop-everly-flapper-dress-and-faux-fur-stoleThe fur stole went really well with the dress, it fastens with a hook and eye at the front. It adds a nice extra layer when its cold and wearing the two together was perfect for the season. This would make a great outfit for a Christmas party or winter wedding. If I go to any 20s themed nights or events, I’ll definitely be wearing this dress. 

lindy-bop-gene-shoes-reviewI was also really impressed with the shoes. They were beautifully made with quite a cushioned lining, making them quite comfortable to wear all day.

Overall I am really impressed with all the items I tried and I can’t wait to try more dresses from the Silver screen range.

Outfit Details

‘Everly’ Soft Gold Embellished Dress – £107 (currently on offer at £75)

Faux Fur Stole – £16 (currently on offer at £8)

Gene Round Toe Tap Style Shoes – £22 (currently on offer at £12)

Nude Seamed Hold Ups – £9

*I was gifted this outfit for the purposes of review. All opinions are my own. 

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A Retro Pinafore Dress and An Autumn Walk

21 Nov

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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Walking Through the Leaves – A Casual Autumn Outfit

9 Nov

 

In my last outfit post, I talked about how much I’m loving the latest clothing collection from TU at Sainsburys. As well as liking the convenience of being able to pick up a few bits while doing my weekly shop, its nice being able to boost my winter wardrobe without spending a fortune. I recently picked up this casual denim dungaree dress which I can wear lots of different tops underneath.

autumn-denim-dungaree-dressAlthough I have a wardrobe full of original vintage clothes, as a busy mum I also like to stock up on new items that I can wear out and about, without the risk of damaging. I’ve recently built a small staple wardrobe of mix and match pieces that are perfect for the colder weather and my busy life.

sainsburys-denim-dungaree-dress-ootdTodays outfit was worn under a very warm coat for a lovely walk around Morden Hall Park with my best friend Fay. It was lovely to slow down for a bit and enjoy a  nice cup of tea, before taking a walk through the crunchy leaves and taking lots of pictures of our beautiful surroundings.

throwing-autumn-leavesI really like the mixture of this floral 70s style blouse with the dungaree dress and a comfy pair of flats. It all goes really well together, while still being really casual and laid back. Let me know if you like these casual everyday looks and I’ll be sure to share more of them with you.

Outfit Details:

Floral Blouse – £10 – Primark

Denim Dungaree Dress (similar) – £18 – TU at Sainsburys

Shipley Shoes – £75 – Hotter

Thank you to Fay for taking these pictures for me. For a really good read take a look at her blog.

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