Tuesday, 12 August 2014

The Vanity Case - I'm a big fan

I am a very happy girl, because I got a new fan from my pal Sadie at The Vanity Case.


Sadie made us some custom fans last year for The Vintage Mafia, which we love, but this Summer I decided that I needed me a little bit of beatnik to keep myself way cool with, and had a rough idea of what I wanted. Sadie interpreted my idea perfectly and I love it!


You can choose from some of Sadies' own designs on her Etsy page, or she'll happily take a custom order too.

Vanity Case Fan Fans

Her designs include the beautiful 'Les Fleurs', perfect for your Tiki ensemble. Modelled by Acid Doll wearing Frantic about Frances clothing



Personally, this one bowls me over........(sorry)


I think Sadie is particularly good at hand painting text as you can see here


I simply can't imagine a night out dancing with the girls without a Vanity Case fan, they are a neccesity for hot, sweaty dancefloors!

You can catch Sadie at her stall at The Mid Century Market in London this coming Saturday! If you haven't been before, this is a great market and a fab day out!


And here's Bethan who runs the market with her own personalised fan!


All the fans are handpainted and you get a choice of fan and paint colours. Price: £20.00
You can also visit The Vanity Case Facebook Page


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Summer in the City

Seasonal workwear from Hawes and Curtis


Its hot. Very hot, and very sticky. There is a definite temptation to throw on a cotton day dress and sandals everyday, but when I go to work - sometimes - I like to feel that I'm not wearing all my best vintage, and that I also like to try and keep my wardrobe office appropriate.

I am delighted to show you blouses from Hawes and Curtis, who have been making shirts here in Britain since 1913. A short read of their website and I discovered that they have a proud history - Queen Elizabeth's Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform during World War II bore their name

Left: The future Queen changing a truck tyre as Junior Commander Mildred looks on. Right: Princess Elizabeth in full Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform posing next to an Austin K2 Ambulance. 


Left: Princess Elizabeth’s Auxiliary Territorial Service battledress uniform on display at Kensington Palace. Right: An Auxiliary Territorial Service name-tagged shirt worn by Princess Elizabeth during the Second World War. 

The infamously stylish Duke of Windsor picked Hawes and Curtis as his shirtmaker of choice, and they designed the spread collar for the Windsor knotted tie, so-called because he invented it (you learn something knew everyday!). He was a proud supporter of British clothing, as am I, and have tried to demonstrate in the past with the selection of brands I have chosen to promote and support.

The Duke of Windsor exiting Hawes & Curtis' first shop in London's Burlington Arcade.

The day of the Duke of Windsor’s marriage to Wallis Simpson June 3, 1937 at Chateau de Candé, near Tours. He is wearing a Hawes & Curtis blue and white pinstriped shirt with white collar. And the morning coat and trousers worn by the Duke of Windsor together with a Hawes & Curtis blue and white pinstriped shirt.

Wearing a well made shirt is not surprisingly, a very nice experience. 90% of my wardrobe is vintage, but it is a lovely change to put something on that is new, and well made and has the benefit of having a little bit of vintage style. I even managed to find a vintage 50s bracelet and earrings to match in my collection!

Please excuse my hair, which was ruined by the hot and humid tube journey home!





1950s Shoes - Vintage - eBay - £13.00
Bracelet and Earrings - Vintage - eBay
Handbag - Vintage - Etsy


Historic photos and descriptions from the Hawes and Curtis Blog

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Decade Hop

I realise that lately I have been very busy organising and/or just enjoying many amazing events and in the process have worn clothing from numerous decades. So, by way of a catch up I present to you 2 months worth of outfit posts. Hold on to your (vintage) hats!


At Bar Italia's 65th birthday celebration in my 1950s French linen jacket

At the same event in a vintage 1950s blouse
 
Hanging with Hayley on Brick Lane in a Vivien of Holloway skirt

Enjoying myself way too much in the silent disco at the RA's Midsummer Nights Fete, which we (The Vintage Mafia) organsied the fete in the courtyard for

At the same event - tired and cleaning up the bunting! 1950s Horrockses dress

 
With Louise at the Double R Club being a Twin Peak's 52 Card Pick Up Girl
 
Being all fancy with my pal Charles at the Excelsior Club. All clothing 1950s vintage
 
Charlestoning the night away with Auntie Maureen at The Vintage Mafia's secret Ric Rac Club at Prohibition
 
 The Vintage Mafia - clothing all from Angels 

At Kew Gardens in 1950s Jacket - part of skirt suit and Freddies of Pinewood pedal pushers

Chap Olympiad - Outfit No.1 from Collectif 
 
Chap Olympiad - Outfit No.2 Vintage 1950s from Portobello Market
 

At Kelmarsh History Live! French Resistance. All clothing vintage french workwear from eBay etc
 


I'm exhausted just looking back at it all!


Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Country Casuals

On Bank Holiday Monday we went for a little walk in the countryside, and before the rains came this week, it was beautiful Spring weather.

 I'm currently having a love affair with this 1940s suede jacket that I bought last year from Portobello market but didn't really wear for some reason. It's the perfect weather for it right about now!


It's Freddies Pedal Pushers time again too


I bought my little white 50s pumps at the Classic Carboot Sale for £5! (If you look closely you'll see where I had an encounter with nature...a stinging nettle, and had to wedge a dock leaf inside my shoe!)


I cannot bloody wait for Summer.........

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Knitting Adventures.....The Gimmick is finished!

Remember The Gimmick...the knitting project that I wrote about aaaages ago? Well it's finished...finally!!! I started it in November and put it down a couple of times to knit a scarf over Christmas and also to make my little hat. But here it is! It's not perfect, but I'm pleased with it! Right near the end I dropped loads of stitches off of the needle while I was knitting while also watching Breaking Bad (muti-tasking badly), and tried my best but unfortunately couldn't quite fix the mistake  completely. Oh well! I've also sewn one of the sleeves up a bit too tight, but not dramatically so its fine.
What do you think? I think that I really need to get a vintage strapless bra because I dont like the roundness that this modern one gives my bust under this sweater. I'd much rather have more of a point like my other bras. 
On to the next project!