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Iconic Wedding Dresses #9: Elizabeth Taylor (1975)

Iconic Wedding Dresses #9: Elizabeth Taylor (1975)

It’s amazing considering Liz Taylor got married 8 times that she managed to make a fashion statement every single time!  This is one of my least favourite of her wedding outfits, partly because I still struggle to love 70s fashion (too many bad fashion choices as a child) but I had the most fun drawing(…)

Iconic Wedding Dresses #5: Elizabeth Taylor (1964)

Iconic Wedding Dresses #5: Elizabeth Taylor (1964)

When Elizabeth Taylor married Richard Burton for the first time after a tumultuous affair on the set of Cleopatra she chose as her wedding gown a canary yellow chiffon dress. Designed by Cleopatra costume designer Irene Sharaff, Taylor paired the dress with hyacinths and lilies of the valley woven into her hair, which was plaited(…)

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

Original 1920s Evening Dress Designs: Eat Your Heart Out Gatsby!

These couture designs seem to mostly be by French fashion designer Lucien Lelong, who ran a French fashion house from the 1920s-1940s. Hubert de Givenchy trailed as a designer for Lelong, and Garbo and Gloria Swanson were amongst the celebrities who wore his fashions. Aren’t these designs glorious? Way better than the modernized versions of(…)

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

Gift Guide: Fabulous Retro Christmas Gifts for Her

I’m feeling totally in the Christmas spirit right now (and it is December, so it’s OK be overexcited like a small child, right?).  Here are my pick of retro Christmas gifts for women. The question is, which would you find more useful as a life coach for all those tricky decisions: Jane Austen, Nancy Drew(…)

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The nights are getting darker, tears are being shed over the latest sentimental John Lewis Christmas ad and apparently the Coca Cola Truck is coming to our town soon. It can only mean one thing: it’s nearly party dress season! I love vintage party dresses, they are just so glorious! I’ve got a mixture of(…)

The Best Dressed Men of Goodwood Revival 2014

The Best Dressed Men of Goodwood Revival 2014

As promised in my article about the most fabulously dressed ladies at Goodwood Revival this year, here are the best dressed gents. Which outfit is your favourite? I particuarly like the guy with the yellow shirt and pencil thin moustache, and the sailor… Photos used with kind permission from Matt Hind at Men’s File who(…)

Goodwood Revival 2014’s Best Dressed Ladies

Goodwood Revival 2014’s Best Dressed Ladies

You have probably already seen my snaps from this year’s Goodwood Revival, but here are some truly spectacular photos of the vintage finery seen over the weekend. I’ve chosen my favourite ladies’ outfits from Goodwood Revival 2014. I’ll do a separate feature on the dapper gents next week. The outfits I particularly love are the(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Amelia Earhart

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviatrix who was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic. She mysteriously disappeared in her plane whilst attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937, the wreckage of which has never been found. Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about Amelia Earhart: She was nicknamed “Lady(…)

Saturday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Loaf Cake

Saturday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Loaf Cake

I loved the look of this recipe. It sounded like all my favourite ingredients from a Danish Pastry made into a loaf cake. The only thing missing would be some white icing drizzled along the top which I might try next time. The original recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery Cakes book, and looks way(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Fashion Inspiration: Liz Taylor as Cleopatra

Elizabeth Taylor wore a staggering 65 costumes during the movie Cleopatra (apparently her costumes alone cost nearly $200,000), so it’s hard to come up with one particular style which sums up the movie. The general rules seemed to be: low plunging necklines or off the shoulder dresses with nipped-in waists and long flowing skirts. Oh(…)

Vintage Paper Dolls: Marilyn Monroe

Vintage Paper Dolls: Marilyn Monroe

Following on from my ‘dressing Grace Kelly challenge‘ last week I thought it would be fun to ask the vintage stores I know to dress Marilyn Monroe this week, what do you think of their choices? Some of them are absolutely perfect, some less so. I’d love to know which you think are the best(…)

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

Dressing Grace Kelly: A Vintage Fashion Challenge

I sent out a challenge to the vintage stores I know this week, asking them to pick their favourite outfit for Grace Kelly, and this is what they sent in. What do you think? Which outfits are spot-on, and which are totally wrong? I think my favourites are the lace cardigan (below) and those amazing(…)

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty and the Blitz: How to Wear 1940s Makeup

Beauty in the 1940s was a strange mixture of glamour and practicality. Despite harsh rationing and shortages of makeup and soap women were encouraged to look their best to help keep up morale. Here’s my guide to getting your 1940s makeup right. Let me know if you think I’ve missed anything out! Foundation / Base(…)

Beauty Solutions of the 1940s: Wartime Workarounds

Beauty Solutions of the 1940s: Wartime Workarounds

Beauty throughout the 1940s was dominated by wartime shortages and rationing. Clothing rationing ended in 1949 and soap rationing in 1950 so a real ‘make do and mend’ attitude was needed to get through the post-war years (sweets rationing didn’t end until 1953!). I remember my grandma telling me stories how they had to paint(…)

My Blogging Secrets From 2013

My Blogging Secrets From 2013

And my plans for 2014… Missing 2013 yet? Nope, me neither! I’m excited about what 2014 will bring and what we’ll all accomplish in the next 12 months! I had my blogging annual report yesterday and I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you and my plans for the year ahead. These are(…)

Goodwood Revival 2013: The 20 best womens outfits

Goodwood Revival 2013: The 20 best womens outfits

I’m getting Goodwood Revival withdrawal now. It’s been a few weeks since that glorious vintage weekend and I’m feeling a little sad that I’ve got to wait another 11 months until it comes around again. I’ve been cheering myself up by looking at Matt Hind’s amazing photo portraits of the Best Dressed at Goodwood. Aren’t(…)

Learning to love vintage separates

Learning to love vintage separates

It’s time I broadened my vintage horizons. When I first started wearing vintage I took baby-steps and invested in easy little things: sunglasses, jewellery and other accessories which were easy to add to any outfit. As my confidence grew I started buying up vintage dresses, generally from the Sixties, and I love them, I really(…)

My top 10 vintage playsuits for this summer

My top 10 vintage playsuits for this summer

There’s nothing quite as cute for summer as a vintage playsuit. Sadly the weather in the UK simply isn’t nice enough to lounge around in my garden in one of these right now, but that just makes me yearn for one even more! Here are my favourite 10 which range from the 1950s to 1990s(…)