Vintage

My vintage postcard albums

My vintage postcard albums

There’s a great 4 storey antiques emporium near us, and its one of my 7 year old son’s favourite places to go and browse around. Each floor is packed from floor to ceiling with everything from vintage clothes to old china, furniture and fascinating random old things. It’s like a treasure-trove and it’s a great(…)

Book review: Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques

Book review: Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques

I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques this week. It’s a fabulous book, and absolutely fascinating. It contains around 25 patterns for retro swimwear, ranging from the 1880s to the 70s. Each pattern has a photograph of the original swimsuit from which the pattern has(…)

My vintage: It was acceptable in the 80s

My vintage: It was acceptable in the 80s

As I think I’ve mentioned before I ‘m not quite ready to embrace an 80s revival yet. The  memories are just too vivid from the first time round, but I do love a nice sequined top. They remind me of all the things I loved about the 80s: glamorous outfits from Dallas and Dynasty and(…)

Win a cute vintage typewriter necklace

Win a cute vintage typewriter necklace

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS  carly byham. CONGRATULATIONS CARLY, CLOTHES-BOX WILL CONTACT YOU ABOUT YOUR PRIZE. This week’s prize is this very cute gold-plated ‘Tippy Topical Typing Necklace’ from Clothes-Box. Clothes-Box is a family-run business who specialise in quirky and chic vintage, retro and new clothing. About the prize: You’re sure to(…)

1920s wedding photos

1920s wedding photos

After the end of World War 1, the 1920s were a time of optimism and exuberance. Fashions for women were more relaxed than ever before, suiting a slim athletic figure in contrast to the tight corseting of previous decades.  1920s wedding styles are having a resurgence at the moment, partly perhaps because of The Great(…)

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

An elegant 1930s sailor suit

Isn’t this a lovely outfit? The 1930s were so stylish with the slim fitting long and mid-length dresses.  I love the sailor-styling and the bows on her shoes – so elegant! The lady is Miss Hera Roberts on board HNLMS Java, 10 October 1930. You can read more about her here.

Love in the 1970s

Love in the 1970s

A young couple kiss on the banks of the Frio Canyon River near Leakey, Texas, 1973. Source and copyright: No known copyright restrictions

Book Review: Style Me Vintage: Weddings

Book Review: Style Me Vintage: Weddings

This is a real gem of a book – I wish I’d had it when I was planning my wedding all those years ago! It tells you everything you need to know if you want to plan a vintage themed wedding, including the wedding fashions of each decade illustrated with vintage photos and real-life brides(…)

Vintage look book: 1950s bride

Vintage look book: 1950s bride

It’s wedding season, so it got me thinking about how lovely vintage bridal styles are. When I got married nearly 11 years ago, I wore a 30s-inspired wedding dress – which I still love, but I love fifties style bridal gowns too. This vintage 50s dress in particular is so pretty! Clockwise from left: Faux(…)

A very pretty 1960s wedding dress

A very pretty 1960s wedding dress

1960s wedding dress. Publicity photo of Abby Dalton as Martha Hale from the television program Hennessey. This is from the last episode of the show where Hale and Hennessey get married. Date There is a 3 October 1962 date on back. The show aired its final episode 17 September 1962, where the wedding was pictured.

Joan Crawford wearing a cloche hat, 1920s

Joan Crawford wearing a cloche hat, 1920s

A young Joan Crawford wearing a cloche hat and some very austere makeup from, 1927. I love her embroidered collar and the brooch pinned to her hat…

Win 1950s Vintage Jewellery

Win 1950s Vintage Jewellery

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS KIMBERLEY GRANT. CONGRATULATIONS KIMBERLEY, STYLE ME BETTY WILL GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU DIRECTLY TO ARRANGE YOUR PRIZE. This weeks prize is a truly unique set of beautiful 1950s vintage jewellery, thanks to Style Me Betty. Isn’t it pretty? The set comprises a pink rhinestone-set brooch and matching(…)

Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

Book Review: Fifty Dresses That Changed The World

Can a dress really change the world? Well, perhaps not in an ‘ending famine and promoting world peace‘ kind of way, but there are plenty of  iconic dresses which represent turning points in culture and society over the past century. The Design Museum’s Fifty Dresses That Changed The World is a fascinating and entertaining little(…)

Goldie Hawn in 1970

Goldie Hawn in 1970

A gorgeous portrait of Goldie Hawn, taken in 1970. Isn’t she fabulous? This was a publicity photo for the 1970 film Cactus Flower.

The pre-Hollywood Greta Garbo

The pre-Hollywood Greta Garbo

Swedish actress Greta Garbo photographed in 1925 just before she made the move to Hollywood (and before she had her Hollywood transformation). It’s very different to her American movie image isn’t it?

5 vintage-inspired outfits from the ’60s for summer 2013

5 vintage-inspired outfits from the ’60s for summer 2013

Vintage fashion is on the rise with old-gen trends back in vogue. Vintage clothing from the 1960s comprise everything from floral patterns, bright colors and dresses drenched in sequins; pretty much the kind of fashion that’s highly in demand for summer 2013! However, most of the vintage trends are now accompanied by a modern vibe.(…)

Joan Collins being attacked by Giant Ants

Joan Collins being attacked by Giant Ants

I love a good monster movie, well truth be told I love a *rubbish* monster movie. If the monster movie is too graphic and ‘realistic’ I don’t like it at all (I’m still having nightmares from watching Starship Troopers). This is from the movie Empire of the Ants from 1977. I love the fact that(…)