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My Chance to Become a Fashion Designer?

My Chance to Become a Fashion Designer?

You know I love dabbling in vintage fashion design, right? I’ve always fancied having the chance to design my own retro-inspired fashion collection and I think I might have found the inspiration to do just that! I came across this course which teaches you not only how to draw (using fabulously easy templates), but also(…)

My Goodwood Revival 2014 Photos

My Goodwood Revival 2014 Photos

We were at Goodwood Revival yesterday, and oh what a glorious day! Beautiful sunshine, fabulous fashions and some great classic car racing too. The day was only marred by my bad outfit choice: my feet really hurt due to impractical and untested shoes and I was wearing a dress which turned out to be far(…)

Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake

Triple Chocolate Loaf Cake

Just a quick post today as it’s a busy Goodwood Revival weekend! Did you think I’d run out of baking recipes? Not yet! This cake is simply wonderful, but that might be something to do with the 2 large bars of chocolate which go into it! Ingredients: 175g softened butter, plus extra for greasing 175g(…)

Random Chorus Girls #1: Pearl Aufrere

Random Chorus Girls #1: Pearl Aufrere

I couldn’t find out very much about this beautiful girl, except that her name is Pearl Aufrere, a chorus girl and actress in the early 1910s in London.  She seems to have made the news more for her illustrious engagements rather than her stage appearances. She was engaged to Viscount Dangan, an engagement which was(…)

Did You Know? Clint Eastwood Survived a Plane Crash in 1951!

Did You Know? Clint Eastwood Survived a Plane Crash in 1951!

You’ll never guess what I discovered today! Well, you probably don’t need to guess if you’ve read the title of this article… ANYWAY Clint Eastwood narrowly escaped death in a plane crash when he hitched a ride in the cargo compartment of a plane in 1951. And you thought he was just a tough guy(…)

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

5 Photos Which Prove the 1930s Were Impossibly Stylish*

The 1930s are a decade which haven’t really had a popular revival in the same way that the other decades of the 20th Century have. Pretty much anyone can tell you what a 1920s flapper looked like, or a 1950s circle skirt or a 1960s Mary Quant mini dress but quite often if you mention(…)

A Rundown of 1950s Dress Styles

A Rundown of 1950s Dress Styles

I’ve just done a guest post for the blog of the vintage directory about the different silhouettes of the 1950s. If you have time please could you take a look at the post and let me know whether I’ve missed any important styles out? I’ve got the main 3 I think, but I’ve got a(…)

Movie Sunday: Flame Over India (North West Frontier) 1959

Movie Sunday: Flame Over India (North West Frontier) 1959

I actually watched this movie last week but haven’t had time to write it up until now. It was shown in the rush of nostalgia following the sad news of Lauren Bacall‘s death and I have to say I’m delighted this fiim was shown on TV. Lauren Bacall called it a “good little movie… with(…)

5 Epic 1920s Swimsuit Fails

5 Epic 1920s Swimsuit Fails

It’s easy to get carried away and think that swimwear styles in the past was more beautiful, more elegant and more chic than those available today, but as these photos prove that wasn’t necessarily the case! The photo above, for example, is a gorgeous photo full of joy and laughter, but unfortunately those flimsy woolen(…)

1920s Screen Icons: Lillian Gish

1920s Screen Icons: Lillian Gish

You might be surprised to know that during the 1910s and 20s the biggest name in American cinema was that of Lillian Gish. I’m sure you’ve heard of her more notorious contemporaries (good time girl Clara Bow springs to mind) but Miss Gish was the star known as The First Lady of The Silent Screen.

I Charleston The World

I Charleston The World

Who doesn’t love letting their hair down (or putting their hair up) and having a good dance? And if you’ve not got the moves yourself then watching dancing can be just as therapeutic. Just watching this amazing Charleston video (below) made me grin from ear to ear and I hope it has the same effect(…)

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Vintage Fashion Photographers: Toni Frissell

Following on from talking about Toni Frissell’s photos of children during WW2 I wanted to share some of her breathtaking fashion photos with you. She started photographing for Vogue in 1931 and was best known for her fashion photos showing active and independent women in outdoor settings, which contrasted starkly with other male photographers of(…)

2 Incredibly Moving Photos of London in WW2

2 Incredibly Moving Photos of London in WW2

Both of these photos were taken by American photographer Toni Frissell who was best known for her fashion photography for Harpers Bazaar and Vogue. During WW2 she travelled with the American Red Cross where she photographed nurses, front-line soldiers, American airmen and civilians. Her photos are very evocative and powerful, especially those of children caught(…)

Bacon and Egg Cupcakes

Bacon and Egg Cupcakes

I’ve seen these everywhere on the internet and couldn’t resist trying them. These aren’t so much my typical baking sweet treat as a real weekend brunch special. Bacon and eggs but in a cute cupcake package. What’s not to love? I didn’t use any particualar recipe, I just made it up as I went along.(…)

10 Astonishing Vintage Inventions

10 Astonishing Vintage Inventions

10 wierd, wonderful (and sometimes terrifying) vintage inventions which have been lost in the mists of time… My favourite is the collapsable bridge invented by Mr Deth.

1940s Maternity Dummy

1940s Maternity Dummy

As strange as this photo might seem I couldn’t resist sharing it. Not only does it prove my theory that all dummies are creepy (whether ventriloquist’s dummys or otherwise), it also would appear to show that people in 1940s America believed women gave birth through a convenient doorway in their abdomen*. Thankfully medicine has advanced(…)

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

Win Tickets to Goodwod Revival 2014

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS ROSEMARY JADE. CONGRATULATIONS ROSEMARY, WE HAVE PASSED YOUR DETAILS ONTO GOODWOOD REVIVAL AND THEY WILL CONTACT YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! Goodwood Revival 2014 is nearly upon us and I have two tickets to give away to one lucky reader! About Goodwood Revival: Goodwood Revival is an action-packed(…)

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

Getting a 1960s Look for Goodwood Revial

In the last of my How to Dress for Goodwood Revival series I’ve reached perhaps my favourite decade: The 1960s. Again another great way to choose an outfit from this era is to choose a famous face and try to copy their style. You could be skinny and short-skirted like Twiggy, a more grown-up version(…)