So we’re already a few days into February and so far this year has been pretty good. I wanted to take a bit of time at the end or beginning of each month to see how I’m getting on with my goals and to catch up a bit. I also want to photograph more of my vintage dresses, so thought this was a good opportunity to show you another dress from my collection.

At the beginning of January I talked about my goals for 2018. A month into the year and on the whole I’m doing pretty well with them. My first goal was to look after myself more. I’ve still been getting reasonably early nights. There were a few where I stayed up a bit too late watching TV with Rob, but I’m back to getting 8 hours now and it makes such a big difference.

I’ve also been going to the gym as much as possible and have been to Yoga, Pilates and Spin as well as swimming and working out. I’ve also been for plenty of lovely long walks and I’ve especially enjoyed these. I’ve been looking up interesting walking routes and have really enjoyed getting away from it all and exploring new places. Fresh air and exercise really do work wonders. I didn’t feel that great this week and going for a long walk with Rob really made me feel better.

I’ve also been better at pacing myself and haven’t done more work than I can manage. This is the thing I’ve found the hardest. By nature I’m a workaholic, but only doing what I can manage and reining in my goals a bit has been very good for me. I do want to do a bit more blogging though and I have just bought a lot of new stock for my Etsy and I can’t wait to get that listed very soon.

I’ve done quite a few nice things in my home over the last month, especially in Lila’s room. I still have a bit of finishing off to do, but expect a blog post on that pretty soon. I also have a few DIY posts planned, so watch this space (you may be watching for a while)!

And thats about it for my goals so far this year. Have you set yourself any goals? How are you getting on with them? How has 2018 been for you so far?

The dress I’m wearing in this post is another vintage Swirl dress. You can read about one of my other ones and find out a bit more about Swirl dresses in my post from last year. I’m wearing it with a flower garland from H&M, some vintage bangles and shoes from Hotter. The dress is a little small on me, but I’ve kept it for a while as I like it so much. This is one I’ll eventually part with, as I don’t like keeping things that don’t get worn and appreciated enough.

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One of the things I have enjoyed most since I got into vintage, would have to be the social side. I love going to new events and meeting new people. There is nothing more fun than immersing myself in times gone by. I adore getting dressed up, curling my hair and putting on my make-up. Choosing an outfit that fits an era from the past, while still being totally me. Vintage themed events are the perfect place to do this. Whether you’re a vintage pro, or new to wearing vintage, or someone who just wants to do something a bit different for a special occasion going vintage is so much fun.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For the last few years, there has been one News Years event that has really stood out from the vintage crowd. An event that brings together everything I love about vintage. From retro fashion to learning new dance moves and enjoying a whole range of musical styles.  The ultimate place to see in the new year vintage style would have to be A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party curated by Hemingway Design. For one night only The Royal Festival Hall is transformed into a vintage wonderland with 5 floors of glamour, music and dancing.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIn recent years the Hemingways have brought us some of the best vintage events on the scene, from the amazing Classic Car Boot Sale to Vintage by the Sea. Their New Years festivities are the ultimate event for those of us with our heads in the past, allowing us to see in the new year across the whole of the 20th Century. I’ve loved other Hemingway events I’ve been to over the years and this one is definitely right up my street, especially because my love of vintage spans across lots of different eras and musical styles.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyThe event includes vintage night clubs, dining, a vintage hair and beauty salon. One of the biggest highlights of the night would have to be the opportunity to have an incredible close up view of London’s spectacular firework display from The Royal Festival Halls terrace.  

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyFrom past experience of their events, you can expect the very best entertainment and wonderfully organised details. Past reviews of their New Years event have always been excellent. What a fabulous excuse to get completely dressed up in your finest vintage attire and disappear into the past with your friends for a few hours. The event brings you not one party, but several. There is definitely something there for all tastes, whether you love rock n roll or disco, tropical tunes or big band ballads. So what can expect at A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party? 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyIf your favourite vintage era is the 20s, 30s or 40s The Torch Club is the place to be. The club will feature a big band from Alex Meedham and his 18 piece orchestra. There will also be original vinyl spun by DJ Daddy Rich and for those of you who need to polish up your vintage dance moves Mark & Hoc will be there to talk you through some dance steps. This is the perfect opportunity to bring out your inner flapper in a beaded dress or channel some old Hollywood glamour, don’t forget your red lipstick! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve Party

For fans of the 50, the Tiki Bar will be serving up colourful cocktails. Expect sambas and mambos, alongside hula girls limbo lancing. Tropical is the theme of the night. If you like to dress tiki-tastic and love tropical prints and bamboo jewellery then this is the one for you! 

For a more classic 50s night jive dance teacher Andrew Hall will be on hand to talk you through jive basics in Let it Rock, so there’ll be no excuse not to hit the dance floor. There will be plenty of American and early British rock n roll.

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyBar Bonkers is a throwback to the 80s and 90s, with plenty of pop, rock and dance anthems, so you can party like it’s 1989. To top it off there will be musical bingo and karaoke. As much as I love to 40s and 50s for the fashion, I absolutely love the 80s and 90s for music, so this sounds right up my street! 

A Vintage New Year's Eve PartyI am also a huge fan of disco so The Studio sounds amazing too. This area will trace legendary disco club nights from the 70s and 80s, through to modern-day. Expect everything from funk and disco, to electro and Northern Soul. Put on your dancing shoes and show everyone your best moves! 

I think this is such a fabulous line up and an amazing way to see in the new year. The night is an amazing opportunity to put on your favourite vintage style outfit from any era and go back to years gone by without needing a time machine. I’ve enjoyed every Hemingway event I’ve been to. The fabulous organisation and attention to every detail make their events some of the very best. One of my favourite things is checking out what everyone else is wearing, as well as putting on something fabulous myself.  

Tickets for A Vintage New Year’s Eve Party are available here 

*This post was Kindly sponsored by The South Bank Centre. All opinions are my own. 

Today I was looking back through my Instagram and at some of the outfits I’ve worn this year. Most of the year I’ve done a really good job of recording all my outfits. The last couple of months have been so crazy that I’ve not done it so much. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favourites and look back on what I wore this year. Sorry this is a really long post!

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 I love this pink Laura Ashley dress, it has long sleeves and is pretty warm for the colder months. I don’t wear hats very often, but this felt Primark hat is one of my winter favourites. See the full look in my review of the dress.

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Another favourite Laura Ashley dress, this floral pink retro dress, made me fall in love with 70s style flow dresses. I’ve bought quite a few similar things since. I also reviewed this dress on the blog.

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 This lovely cherry print dress from Joanie Clothing, got a lot of wear last winter. I’ll be giving it a lot of wear again this winter, its such a classic easy to wear dress.

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 In recent years I’ve been a bit obsessed with TU Clothing at Sainsburys and have bought A LOT of dresses. This is one of my favourites, I love the vintage inspired print.

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 I wore this green original vintage dress for a day out at Kew Gardens with some friends. I got it from Beyond Retro and I just love the beautiful colour.

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 This beautiful original vintage Horrockses dress dates from 1948. It’s such a beautiful dress and a real treasure to me. See the full outfit post and find out more about Horrockses in my blog post.

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 This lovely vintage dress was an Ebay find, I really love the colours and print. I wore it for a day out in Greenwich with my brother.

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  This green 1950s had been lurking in my repair pile for a very long time. I finally managed to wear it agin this summer.

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 I wore my beautiful fruit print vintage Swirl dress quite a lot this year. It is very fragile and is not in very good shape at the moment, so it’s gone into the repair pile until I can give it some much needed TLC.

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 This wonderful dress from Palava was a new addition to my wardrobe this summer. It is beautifully and ethically made from organic cotton and features beautiful illustrations. See my full review on the blog.

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 I wore this original 1940s dress with my lovely Flair sandals from Hotter. the dress was a bargain £5 car boot find. See the full outfit post on the blog.

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 I wore my Cath Kidston Winnie the Pooh dress for a lovely trip to Margate with friends. I wore this straw hat from Primark a lot over the summer.

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 Another beautiful Cath Kidston dress – the London Parks dress was a gift from Rob. I’m wearing it here with casual Converse for a walk around the lavender fields.

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 My all time favourite 1950s dress got quite a few wears this summer. Here I’ve worn it with my lovely Miss L Fire shoes for a visit to Chartwell.

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 I wore this lovely colourful 50s dress to The Classic Car Boot Sale in Hastings, doesn’t Fay look lovely in her Collectif skirt too.

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 I wore this lovely maxi dress from Peacocks so much this summer. It’s such an easy to wear style, I’m going to pick up some more from there next year. I saw a few at their press day that I’ve got my eye on.

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 These Collectif dungarees are perfect for days out with the kids. I wore them a lot over the summer holidays.

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 I managed to get this lovely dress from Palava for an absolute steal in their last sample sale. Their dresses just can’t be beaten on quality.

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 This embroidered dress from Peacocks is one of my favourites of the year. It looks so much more expensive than it actually was. I wore it for my friend’s birthday in the summer and again for my own birthday last weekend.

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 I took a lovely trip to Bath with Rob at the end of the summer. One of my outfits was this lovely original 1950s dress, worn here with a vintage belt and hotter sandals.

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 This Palava dress got another wear for a trip to Hampstead Heath with my brother and the girls.

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 I wore lots of casual mum outfits over the summer, this was one of my favourites. The t shirt is from Peacocks and the skirt is a very old Primark one that I got for a couple of pounds on eBay.

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 I wore this original 70s dress for a press view at the National Gallery. This is another dress that I wear all the time, but I don’t think I’ve featured at all on the blog. It was a bargain £1 purchase at a car boot sale.

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 I’ve worn all my Disney Cath Kidston dresses a lot this year, but this Peter Pan one has to be one of the best dresses I’ve bought this year. You can see my whole collection in this post.

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 I had a lovely day out at Hampton Court with Rob a few weeks ago. I wore this beautiful gingham dress from Dolly and Dotty. Read my review of the dress and see more pics on the blog.

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This is such a typical outfit for when I’m being a mum not a blogger! I’m wearing my Cath Kidston Pets Party dress, a denim jacket from Peacocks, a vintage belt and Hotter shoes. this was for a fun day in the park with the kids.

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 Lastly another casual outfit from me (unless I’m in gym clothes or an emergency school run leggings outfit, this is as casual as I usually get) I’m wearing a vintage 70s dress and belt, with my Peacocks jacket and converse.

Which outfit do you like best? Is there one you’ve seen me in this year that I’ve not included? I promise to post more of what I’ve been wearing on the blog over the next few months, I’ve just been VERY busy with the kids and looking after myself recently.

You can see more of what I wore in the outfits section of the blog. There are also absolutely loads more outfits on my Instagram.

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I have clothes and accessories from many vintage eras in my wardrobe. One of the most fun things about wearing a collecting vintage, is experimenting with different eras. Although each decade has a wide variety of shapes and styles, each one certainly has it’s iconic looks. The fashion illustrations in todays post look at each decade and the glasses styles that go with them. I thought they were really fun and I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did.

1920s: This was a decade of huge change for women’s fashion. Hemlines rose and sumptuous beaded evening gowns were everywhere. To recreate the look, loom out for heavy embellishment, dropped waists and hemlines that fall just below the knee. Fringed styles and glitzy accessories also fit well with the era. The look about is quite a modern version of the 20s look, but I still really like it for that fun flapper look.

1920s Glasses: Round sunglasses were popular in the 1920s with many famous Hollywood stars photographed wearing them.

1930s: The 30s were all about glamour, with beautiful bias cut gowns, and tailored styles with pleats, ruffles and wide sleeves. Fur and hats were popular accessories and shoes had chunkier heels. To create the look, look out for elegant dresses which fit beautifully and have those extra 30s details.

1930s Sunglasses: Similarly to 20s styles, 30s glasses were also round. They often had thicker frames and a slight wing. Worn with beach pyjamas they made the perfect addition to that glamorous riviera style.

1940s: With the war, came utility clothing and rationing. Clothes were cleverly made to use minimal fabric and with fewer buttons. Shoulders were squared and masculine tailoring was common. Dresses were narrow on the hips and fell just below the knee. To recreate the 40s style, look out for subtle shoulder pads and pretty details rather than lots of fabric.

1940s Glasses: Glasses in the 40s have a more structured shape with the appearance of horn rims and cat eyes.

1950s: The 50s were all about tiny waists and very full skirts, the sheer volume of fabric was a reaction to the austerity of the war and post war years. Colours were bright and prints were bold. The 50s is always a fun decade to recreate. Original dresses are reasonably easy to find and both modern and reproduction dresses emulate the style.

1950s Glasses: Just as in the 1940s, cat eye glasses continued to be popular for women in the 1950s. The sharp angles of the frame had a lifting effect on the face. These often came in bright fun colours and were sometimes embellished.

1960s: The 60s were all about social change, and this was reflected heavily in the fashions of the era. Hem lines rose by many inches, colour blocks and bold prints were popular and white boots were a must have accessory.

1960s Glasses: Famous women like Jacky Kennedy were wearing over sized frames and these were the go to look of the decade. Look for big plastic frames in colours to match your outfit.

1970s: 70s fashion was flamboyant and fun. Key pieces included jumpsuits, hot pants and maxi dresses, shoes had big platforms for maximum impact. Big and bold gold jewellery was a must. Weather you’re going to a disco or a hippy look, the seventies is all about bold earthy tones and statement accessories.

1970s Glasses: Popular frames in the 70s were bold and chunky. Frames were bigger and bolder and also a lot lighter due to technological advances.

1980s: However you feel about 80s fashion, its hard to deny how creative the fashions were. This decade takes many influences from those that came before it. For a typical 80s look, so for big hair, bright neon colours and lots of layering.

1980s Glasses: Aviators were a really popular style in the 80s, with films like Top Gun making them popular.

1990s: Denim was absolutely huge in the 90s, a pair of mum jeans with a white t-shirt paired with a flannel shirt or over sized sweater is perfect for an early 90s day look.

1990s Glasses: These frames were more understated than the extravagant styles of the 80s and were often smaller, made from thin metal and not covering much of the face.

So which is your favourite era, I absolutely adore the looks form the 30s, 40s and 50s, but looking back on the 90s when I grew up is slaps pretty cool. If I could recreate any look just for fun, it would be the 70s one, I would love to go out dancing dressed in a super glamorous jumpsuit!

Thank you Vision Direct  for working with me on this blog post. These beautiful drawings were created by fashion illustrator Dylan Bonnet. 

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It’s been a few weeks since I shared one of my favourite original vintage dresses and I thought it was high time I showed you another. The dress I’m wearing today originally belonged to my good friend Carrie-Ann from Something Definitely Happened. I had admired it on her a few times, so when she decided to sell it, I jumped at the chance. I love that she’s bought one of my dresses too, I think thats one of the best things about having friends who wear vintage, we can pass things on to each other. It really is a great example of how every vintage dress has been on adventures and has it’s own little story.

The dress is made from cotton, so its easy to care for and really versatile. I really like the darker colour, which makes the dress work all year. Brown is a surprisingly easy colour to wear and we don’t see enough of it in modern clothing. It really does make a great alternative to black or navy and it goes with most skin tones too. I especially like the little pops of colour in the print of this dress.

I’ve worn mine with a pink belt, to bring out the gorgeous colours in the dress. I’m wearing my Orla Kiely Clarks Abigail shoes on my feet. I adore these so much, as I’ve said many times! They another great example of how useful brown clothes and accessories can be, I wear these with so many different colours and they also work across different eras too.

The dress is made by a brand called Jules Canton, who I’ve not heard of before and couldn’t find that much information about. I did find a few 40s and 50s dresses from the brand online though. I also spotted this dress in a different colour way on Google Images though. The picture also shows what the original belt looked like too.

If you’re looking for an easy to wear and versatile vintage dress, cotton shirtwaist styles are such a great option. They are really comfortable and easy to wear. I also find that vintage ones often have more bust room than modern ones, so they don’t gape as much.

I have a few vintage shirtwaist dresses on my Etsy shop at the moment, as well as lots of vintage jewellery.

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