Vintage

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood stars is something which has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why, but actresses always seem taller than they actually are (perhaps because they’re projected onto an enormous screen!). I had no idea that I was the same height as Marilyn Monroe, or that Veronica Lake was a diminutive 4’11”. Veronica(…)

David McCallum with terrible hair, 1960s

David McCallum with terrible hair, 1960s

Photo of David McCallum from the television program The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. 1966. I went through a stage of cutting my son’s hair when he was about 4 and it looked a bit like this…

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

1930s movie star Myrna Loy wearing an elegant halterneck dress. I’m slowly but surely falling for 1930s fashions, they were just so chic!

Win vintage fashion vouchers for ThisBlueBird

Win vintage fashion vouchers for ThisBlueBird

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS: Mary Heatley. CONGRATULATIONS MARY, THISBLUEBIRD WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE! This week I’ve got some fabulous vouchers to spend on vintage at the lovely ThisBlueBird! About ThisBlueBird: Since 2002, Lauren Wayman, has been helping women around the world carry on a love affair(…)

Beechams Pills: A little friend of mine

Beechams Pills: A little friend of mine

Is it just me or does this strapline sound a little insidious? A bit like ‘Mothers Littler Helper….’ Beechams Pills were actually a laxative (containing soap, yum!) rather than something addictive, but still… Would you know what this ad was for?

Vintage baking: WW1 Anzac biscuits

Vintage baking: WW1 Anzac biscuits

When you say that biscuits are from World War 1 they just don’t sound very appealing do they? These Anzac biscuits however are surprisingly delicious. My 7 year old wolfed them down. He didn’t complain that they weren’t covered in chocolate which is high-praise indeed! These biscuits were made by wives and families of ANZACs(…)

Book Review: Astor Place Vintage

It’s not often I’m lucky enough to come across a book with indulges my love for all things vintage, so I was delighted when I started to read Astor Place Vintage and found that it combines my love of a great story, with a passion for vintage fashion and my fascination for the past. The(…)

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(…)

Goldie Hawn trick or treating

Goldie Hawn trick or treating

I know, I know! It’s WAY to early to be posting Halloween-themed photos but I couldn’t resist. It’s a month until Halloween and I’m very excited (especially because of my Harry Potter party) so I thought I’d share this great photo of Goldie Hawn and Ruth Buzzi from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-in, 1968. What 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(…)

A little bit of joy for a Sunday morning: Gene Kelly and Jerry

A little bit of joy for a Sunday morning: Gene Kelly and Jerry

  Go on, have a slice of pure unadulterated joy this Sunday morning. What could be a better start to the day than Gene Kelly and Jerry mouse having a dance? This clips is from the 1945 movie ‘Anchors Aweigh’. Enjoy! x   Edited with BlogPad Pro

Joan Crawford wearing a LOT of makeup, 1930

Joan Crawford wearing a LOT of makeup, 1930

I love all the early photos of Joan Crawford from the 1920s and early 1930s. They’re so different from the severe studio shots from the late 30s and 1940s and she looks like a completely different person. This photo was taken in 1930.

How to become a 1950s mermaid

How to become a 1950s mermaid

This is something which I’m sure we’ll all find useful in everyday life!  This amazing 1950s video shows a young woman learning to be a mermaid at Weeki Wachee. Her lessons include breath control, synchronized swimming, diet, modeling, announcing, and how to eat and drink underwater.

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(…)

Carole Lombard 1934

Carole Lombard 1934

Carole Lombard from Cinegraf Magazine 1934. The colours seem to be very strange in this picture, any idea why anyone? Is it just discolouration due to the age of the paper? Cinegraf Magazine produced by Eugene Robert Richee (1895-1972) and supplied to CINEGRAF magazine.

Strange vintage trends: fox furs

Strange vintage trends: fox furs

You know my feelings about real fur by now, and if you’ve somehow missed that you can read about it here. I have to remind myself though that the past was a very different place, where wearing fur was aspirational and fashionable and the ethics of it weren’t questioned at all. One thing I still(…)