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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Quite a lot if we believe the Hollywood Studios of the 30s and 40s!  There were only a handful of Classic Hollywood stars who kept their own names, including Jane Russell, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Grace Kelly. The majority of actors and actresses had their identities completely re-written. How many of these 20(…)

Revealing my secret vintage project (and giving away a necklace!)

Revealing my secret vintage project (and giving away a necklace!)

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS: Amanda Louise Milton. CONGRATULATIONS, I WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE.I’ve got some exciting news that I’ve been bursting to tell you for the last few weeks. I’ve been busy squirreling away at a *brand new vintage project*! My new obsession(…)

Forget Snakes on a Plane, how about the MGM Lion?

Forget Snakes on a Plane, how about the MGM Lion?

One heady day in 1927 some bright spark decided it would be a good publicity stunt to send the MGM lion up in a plane. Little did they know how wrong that would go… To give you some background information there have actually been 7 different MGM Lions. Slats, the first lion doesn’t roar the(…)

My Autumn Vintage Reading List

My Autumn Vintage Reading List

The nights have started drawing in here, and the weather has definitely had a more autumnal feel to it over the past few days (probaby something to do with the persistent North wind which is battering us at the moment). I love this time of year though. To be perfectly honest, I love all times(…)

The best of the boys: men’s fashions from Goodwood Revival 2013

The best of the boys: men’s fashions from Goodwood Revival 2013

After my post yesterday about the best women’s vintage outfits from this year’s Goodwood Revival, how could I not do a post on the men’s fashions on display too?  After all men looked just as great (not to mention authentic); whether they were wearing RAF uniforms, sharp 1940s suits, 50s biker outfits or vintage racing(…)

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(…)

A totally non-vintage Harry Potter party…

Harry Potter is a bit like Marmite. You either adore everything to do with Harry Potter or you just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.  If you’re the second kind of person then this post isn’t for you – I’ll be honest with you about that. I love Harry Potter, I’ve read all(…)

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(…)

Are you too old to wear vintage?

Are you too old to wear vintage?

I’ve heard a few people claim they’re ‘too old to wear vintage’ over the past few months, and it got me thinking.  As my 40th birthday looms ahead of me I’ve started wondering whether I’m ‘getting too old’ to be wearing certain things. ‘Madonna doesn’t let it worry her, and she’s almost twice your age‘(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Katharine Hepburn

10 things you didn’t know about Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn received four Academy Awards for Best Actress – I think this is a record but I couldn’t verify it, does anyone know? She had 26-year affair with her costar Spencer Tracy which was hidden from the public. The young Hepburn was a tomboy who liked to call herself Jimmy, and cut her hair(…)

Is it OK to wear vintage fur?

Is it OK to wear vintage fur?

Is it morally acceptable to buy and wear real fur just because it’s vintage? This is a question I’ve asked myself quite a lot recently without really coming to a conclusion. To set the record straight, I feel strongly that wearing real fur is un-acceptable. I can’t conceive of any situation where it would be(…)

Goodwood Revival 2013

Goodwood Revival 2013

Sorry! It’s taken me a couple of days to sort through my photos and get a proper post together for Goodwood Revival 2013. We went on Friday and on Sunday and had the most fabulous time but we’re still recovering from such a busy weekend (we also managed to take my son go-karting, do some(…)

Goodwood Revival 2013: a few quick snapshots

Goodwood Revival 2013: a few quick snapshots

I’ve got an incredibly busy weekend, including Goodwood Revival, taking my 7 year old go karting, seeing friends plus lots of chores and other bits and pieces shoe-horned in between, but I thought I’d quickly post a few photos from Friday’s Goodwood Revival.  I’ll do a proper post next week when I’ve got a little(…)

Thinking about Goodwood Revival vintage fashions…

Thinking about Goodwood Revival vintage fashions…

I think Goodwood Revival is one of my favourite weekends of the year. I rarely get the chance to go to vintage events, but this one is ideal. My boys are both kept entertained with all the classic cars and planes and I get to play dress up and revel in the vintage atmosphere! My(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Audrey Hepburn

10 things you didn’t know about Audrey Hepburn

Did you know that  Audrey Hepburn wasn’t Capote’s first choice to play Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s? Hope you like these unusual facts about Hepburn. They are 10 things I didn’t know about Audrey Hepburn anyway!  If you’re the world’s biggest Audrey Hepburn superfan you may already know some of these – let me(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Rita Hayworth

10 things you didn’t know about Rita Hayworth

Best known for her performance in Gilda, Rita Hayworth was one of the 1940s most famous (and one of my all time favourite) movie stars. I certainly didn’t know all of these facts, so I’d love to know how many are new to you too! Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn, New(…)

Top 5 decades of fashion

Guest post  by Cass Brookes. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a number of fashion blunders, but thankfully these have been offset by a handful of triumphs that have stood the test of time. Designers from most eras have looked to the past for inspiration, making some tweaks along the way in order to(…)

Save Money by Embracing Vintage

Save Money by Embracing Vintage

When the economy is tough, there’s nothing more important than finding ways to save money. A lot of people feel as if they have to stop buying things altogether, but there are other, less restrictive ways to go about saving money. One of the best approaches to take is to start buying vintage goods. To(…)