Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Bob Your Hair and Rouge Your Knees

If I could travel back in time to any decade, it would be the twenties. I would go to a hair dresser right away and get the marcel wave. I have given up all hope in finding a local hair dresser that knows how to do vintage styles, because if there was such a thing you would not find me sporting the same hairstyle every single post! So I am going to wait for time travel to become possible - which is more likely to happen than finding a hair dresser that won't give me a blank look when I ask for a marcel wave. Something I truly do not enjoy is experimenting with my hair. I find it so tedious and frustrating that I give up immediately - which is what happened with this attempt at a 20s look!

The second thing I would do once I arrived back in the 1920s would be to go shopping and buy a lifetimes supply of outfits. When I first discovered blogs, I read blogs about silent era stars and twenties and thirties fashion exclusively. I knew however, that none of those looks were accessible as true vintage from that era is extremely frail, and not to mention expensive. And so ever since, I have waited for someone to come along and start making reproduction 20s styles. Unfortunately most of the time 20s looks are made deliberately costumey to cater to the oh so trendy "Gatsby wedding/party" theme but every now and then I do find pieces that aren't cliche.

This particular dress is actually by Hell Bunny - who have delighted me with releasing some great 20s and 30s dresses this year which are a stark contrast to their usual fifties dresses that I also love. That said, I would love, love for twenties looks to become more popular so that I could wear them more often! Things have been very quiet on the blog in the last two weeks because we moved house and it has taken a fair while to get the internet set up. In that time I have been busy setting up our home and I am excited to finally be able to take blog photos indoors! The room in these photos is my study and it is currently a little bare, but I am looking forward to decorating it with more art deco pieces to go with this beautiful art deco vanity and gramophone (that works)!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Perfect Day

Photo - Cassandra Sutton
It's hard for me to believe that already a week has passed since our wedding! At the time we were so busy putting everything together that it was a very full on time, but in the end everything came together even more beautifully than I could ever have hoped. It was a beautiful day spent together with our loved ones and everyone was so wonderful to pitch in. Our wedding was entirely DIY and I am shocked to say that we came through to the other side without a hitch - thanks to the help of everyone who was involved. It made me realize how insanely lucky we are to have so many amazing people in our lives who worked so hard to make everything happen and ensured that everything ran smoothly.It was exhausting, but it was absolutely worth it.

With all of the stress and adrenaline of everything involved with getting the wedding set up, after we came home we were both hit very hard with a particularly bad case of the flu, from which I am yet to recover, so we have decided to wait until next month to go on our honeymoon. I would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who have commented here on the blog, on instagram and messaged me with your well wishes and support, it makes me feel incredibly lucky to be part of this wonderfully kind online community. In the coming months I am looking forward to sharing our wedding photos and talking more about the DIY that was involved for our wedding and some of the ways that we managed to make our dream wedding happen while sticking to a budget.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Orange County

Now I am completely aware that blogging this particular Bernie Dexter dress in an orange orchard is nothing ground breaking, in fact, I think every blogger who owns this exact dress has already blogged it in an orange orchard! But what could compliment this dress better than an orchard bursting with sweet juicy oranges? This orchard was right outside my window this weekend where I spent a few days on a farm, and got married - but more on that in a future post. For now I am glad to be back home after an exhausting few days, before its time to get ready to move into our new house!

Dress - Bernie Dexter
Shoes - Novo

Friday, October 2, 2015

Six Beautiful Vintage Blogs to Follow

I stopped buying fashion magazines when I started reading blogs, and now every time I find a new blog to read I get extremely excited and begin to look forward to each post. Blogs will always be a major source of fashion inspiration to me as I am more interested in reading about real lives and wardrobes that are relevant and accessible to me. In the last few months I've been really enjoying following some of the newer vintage and retro blogs that have appeared on the scene, and blogs that have been around for a while that I have only just discovered.  I thought it would be fun to share these blogs with all of you in hope that you will enjoy them just as much as I do!

London based blogger Christina from Gussets & Godets is a true English rose who loves attending flower shows and decadent high teas, all of which her readers are invited along to through her beautiful photos. Christina is an avid seamstress and her blog is full of the marvelous creations that are based from vintage patterns and will be sure to inspire those of you who sew or have a passion for vintage dresses.

Canadian pinup bombshell Meghan's style icons include Jayne Mansfield and Diana Dors and she can rock a wiggle dress like nobody's business. Her blog, Meghan MacWhirter, is a fabulous compilation of immaculately styled vintage reproduction outfits and dreamy photography reminiscent of the aesthetic of Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson.

Croatian vintage beauty Josephina is a doctor and a fashion blogger, and has a style that is to die for and a wardrobe of vintage pieces that inspire equal envy. With the beautiful Croatian landscape as the setting for her blog photos, her blog, The Vintage Anatomy, is full of breath taking architecture, cobble stone streets and outfits reminiscent of the elegance and glamour of Lauren Bacall and Katharine Hepburn.

Singapore based vintage blogger Gwenstella of Gwenstella Made is impressively creative when it comes to taking ordinary items of clothing and giving them new life as vintage inspired pieces. Her style flawlessly transitions back and forth between 60s mod to 50s pinup girl with a beautiful wardrobe to match, consisting of vintage and pieces created by Gwenstella herself!

As you might guess from the name, vintage blogger Lauren makes her own wardrobe by hand and does an amazing job creating vintage looks from authentic vintage pieces, vintage reproduction and garments that she makes herself. This lady is proof that you don't need a big wallet to put together a beautiful and authentic vintage look and is a great source of inspiration for ladies looking to create classy vintage looks on a budget.

German blogger Retrocat's vintage reproduction wardrobe is the stuff of dreams, and the amazing photography that accompanies the outfits makes her blog an absolute treat to read. Retrocat's style is a beautiful combination of adorable pinup looks and flawlessly accessorized outfits outfits inspired by old movies.
What got you into reading blogs?