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Winter Vintage: Layer it Up Baby!

Winter Vintage: Layer it Up Baby!

I was asked by Modcloth to create a vintage-inspired layered outfit perfect for this Autumn and, well, you know I can’t resist a challenge! We all know that dressing vintage couldn’t be simpler in the summer – all you need is a cute sundress, some great sunglasses and you’re pretty much there! As the nights(…)

What Women Really Looked Like during WW2

What Women Really Looked Like during WW2

It was rather of a relief when I found these photos to realise that 1940s women didn’t all look as impossibly movie-star-ish as we tend to think. Far from the easy ‘glamour on a shoe-string‘ that we read about so often, these photos show the hard-working ordinary women of wartime Britain during their daily lives.(…)

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

1970s Style Icons: Liza Minnelli

With parents like Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, Liza was always going to be a big hitter in the movie world but she was also a real style icon of the 1970s. Her first major film role was in the movie ‘Journey Back to Oz‘: an animation sequel to ‘The Wizard  of Oz’(…)

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

1970s Style Icons: Bianca Jagger

Wife to Mick and mother to Jade Jagger, Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias met the lead singer of the Rolling Stones at a party in 1970. They married in May 1971 when she was already 4 months pregnant. The Nicaraguan socialite quickly became known as one of the most distinctively stylish women of the decade, from the(…)

Vintage Lookbook: Peachy 70s Style

Vintage Lookbook: Peachy 70s Style

I love 1970s fashion. Don’t get me wrong, some of the outfits I was dressed in as a child still make me shudder and you wouldn’t get me anywhere near a paisley-print maxi dress with a pie-frill collar (bad childhood memories) but on the whole 70s fashion was fabulous. I love the deep v necks,(…)

Movie Tuesday: Swing Time (1936)

Movie Tuesday: Swing Time (1936)

I’d forgotten just how delightful Fred and Ginger movies are. It’s been probably 15 years at least since I last watched one and they really are the best kind of movies. If you love a good rom-com, amazing dancing and show stopping glamour, then they really are for you. Swing Time has got to be(…)

Obscure Beauty Contests from the Past

Obscure Beauty Contests from the Past

Boy have there been some strange beauty contests over the years! These photos include the contestants for ‘Miss Psywar’ (doesn’t that stand for Phsychological Warfare…?), ‘Miss War Worker’ and ‘Miss Bobbed Hair 1925’…

1960s Models: Jean Shrimpton

1960s Models: Jean Shrimpton

Jean Shrimpton is one of the best-known models of the 1960s and was an ‘it girl’ and icon of Swinging SIxties London. With her slim figure and coltish long legs she represented a real departure from the more grown-up sophisticated models of the 1950s. After finishing a modelling course at the Lucie Clayton Charm Academy (famed(…)

Smiling Slum Children of the 1940s

Smiling Slum Children of the 1940s

Most of the children pictured here lived in the Surrey Hills slum of Sydney, Australia which was a notorious den of organized crime, drug dealing and prostitution. As an area it fell into decline and poverty during the Depression of the late 1890s and despite undergoing some regeneration in the 1930s, an influx of American(…)

1930s Screen Icons: Myrna Loy

1930s Screen Icons: Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy is perhaps known best for her roles as femme fatale in silent movies. Because of her exotic beauty she was often cast in the role of Asian or Eurasian characters but later became a popular female lead in romantic comedies where she was frequently paired with William Powell and Clark Gable. Here are(…)

Movie Tuesday: X the Unknown (1956)

Movie Tuesday: X the Unknown (1956)

I treated myself to a 1950s Hammer B-movie yesterday: X… the Unknown. It kills… but cannot be killed! It rises from 2000 miles beneath the earth to melt everything in its path.. machine gun bullets, flame throwers… nothing can stop it! Sounds fabulously terrifying eh? Happily I can report that it wasn’t very terrifying at(…)

Fruity Fatless Tea Bread

Fruity Fatless Tea Bread

There really couldn’t be a simpler recipe than this, and the beauty of this cake is not only that its packed with fruit, it also has not butter or oil in the recipe (unless you slather it with butter when you eat it of course!). The only thing to remember is to plan ahead, as(…)

Saucy Portraits of 1920s Showgirls (NSFW)

Saucy Portraits of 1920s Showgirls (NSFW)

Alfred Cheney Johnston is most well-known for his photographs of the girls who performed in the Ziegfeld Follies in the 1910s and 20s. Here are some of his more risqué photos of the girls, including one of Gloria Swanson. They probably aren’t particularly suitable for viewing at work, depending on how open-minded your boss is(…)

7 Astonishing Vintage Daredevils

7 Astonishing Vintage Daredevils

There’s a lot to be said for the time when we weren’t all glued to our smartphones, but not everything people did to relieve their boredom was a good thing.  After WW2 lots of young men with flying experience and a desire for adrenalin-fueled excitement had limited ways to enjoy themselves. So there came about(…)

A Really Special Blackberry and Apple Crumble

A Really Special Blackberry and Apple Crumble

There are a couple of reasons why this was a very special pudding. Partly because we went out early in the morning to forage for fresh blackberries, and partly because the crumble topping in this recipe is something VERY special – it must be the addition of ground almonds and cinnamon, but it’s light and(…)

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(…)

5 Huge Classic Hollywood Songs That Were Dubbed

5 Huge Classic Hollywood Songs That Were Dubbed

Until recently ‘ghost singing’ in movies was the best kept secret in Hollywood.  It might have been that the actor or actress simply couldn’t sing in tune, or that their voice just didn’t have the strength or range required, but one thing is for sure: dubbing was a widespread phenomenon. Actresses like Cyd Charisse, Joan(…)