Vintage

My vintage: striped sixties sundress

My vintage: striped sixties sundress

My favourite decades for vintage clothing are the sixties and seventies. The only problem with this is that there was so much synthetic material around.. rayon, polyester, nylon and those just aren’t the fabrics to be wearing when its 30 degrees outside. That’s why I love this vintage shift dress so much, it’s from the(…)

Joan Collins screentest for Liz Taylors part in Cleopatra

Joan Collins screentest for Liz Taylors part in Cleopatra

Did you know that Joan Collins was considered for the part of Cleopatra before Elizabeth Taylor finally won the role? Here is her screentest. You see her in full costume and makeup trying out some of the lines- what do you think? Personally, she’s not a patch on Taylor, I think they made the right(…)

Joan Crawford looking veiled and edgy, 1930

Joan Crawford looking veiled and edgy, 1930

Isn’t this a stunning photo of Joan Crawford? It dates from the early 1930s and I love the dark lace-veiled hat and those wicked lips – isn’t she fabulous?

Win a fabulous pack of cupcake knickers!

Win a fabulous pack of cupcake knickers!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. I’M DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS ARE LAURA JONES, KINGA REGULSKA AND JADE MISSY EVANS. CONGRATULATIONS, BRAS AND HONEY WILL BE IN TOUCH TO ARRANGE YOUR PRIZE! This week I’ve got the most delicious competition prize to give away! 3 lucky readers can win themselves a pack of these delectable(…)

Silent movie actress Lillian Gish

Silent movie actress Lillian Gish

1920s Hollywood star and silent movie actress Lillian Gish photographed by Charles Albin, New York, 1922. Aren’t her gloves and veil pretty? Such a lovely photo!

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(…)

Greta Garbo before she was told to ‘lose weight and get her teeth fixed’

Greta Garbo before she was told to ‘lose weight and get her teeth fixed’

These photos of  Greta Garbo were taken in 1924, the year she made her first movie in The Saga of Gösta Berling. The following year she met Louis B. Mayer, the vice president and general manager of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who reportedly told her to “get her teeth fixed and to lose weight because Americans didn’t like(…)

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich with one of the first manicures

Marlene Dietrich photographed during the 1930s. It’s nice to see a photo of her in a day outfit rather than a vampy evening dress. Her manicure would have been quite a new thing too, as nail polish was only invented in the 1930s and started with by the kind of manicure you can see here(…)

Book Review: 1930s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

Book Review: 1930s Fashion, The Definitive Sourcebook

When I first started finding out about vintage fashion I had a pretty good idea of the stereotypical fashions from each decade. There were flappers in the 1920s, smart suits with padded shoulders and neat little hats in the 40s, nipped in waists in the 50s, minidresses in the sixties (and so on). The one(…)

Joan Collins in the 1970s

Joan Collins in the 1970s

Goodness me, now that’s a cross face if I ever did see one! This 1970s photo of Joan Collins (looking formidable) was from the 1973 movie Drive Hard, Drive Fast. In my case the Seventies really was the decade that fashion forgot, I wore flared corduroy dungarees, Aran jumpers, tartan and t-bar shoes from StartRight(…)

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock

A series of promotional photos of Elvis Presley from the movie Jailhouse Rock. You can see why he drove the girls so crazy can’t you (except for the photo where he looks drunk – I’m surprised that one made it through!) [3 photos]

My vintage: a Mad Men-style 1960s dress

My vintage: a Mad Men-style 1960s dress

It’s been a bit too hot to be dressing up recently, but as we’ve had a bit of cloud cover today I’ve finally got the energy to try out some lovely new vintage clothes! I love this vintage 1960s dress, I feel like an extra in Mad Men when I wear it, especially with my(…)

It’s Royal Baby Day! (and I can exclusively reveal the sex of Kate’s baby)

It’s Royal Baby Day! (and I can exclusively reveal the sex of Kate’s baby)

It’s Royal Baby day! After weeks of the nation waiting with bated breath Kate Middleton (or the Duchess of Cambridge as we should probably call her I suppose) was admitted to hospital this morning in the first stages of labour. And about time too, we could do with something to talk about other than our(…)

Young Joan Collins with a pancake on her head

Young Joan Collins with a pancake on her head

As you can see it’s not *actually* a pancake, but the hat does look like a pancake so I’m going to call it a pancake hat (until someone more knowledgable corrects me). Anyway, this is a publicity photo of a young Joan Collins from the 1952 movie I Believe in You. I’m not sure how(…)

Vintage 1950s weddings: Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley

Vintage 1950s weddings: Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley

Isn’t this a beautiful vintage 1950s wedding photo? Miss Muriel Prince and Mr L Worsley married on August 6, 1952 at Oswald Road Church, Oswestry, Wales. They both look delightfully happy, don’t they? I love so many details about her outfit, the elbow length gloves, that pretty veiled hat, the long bouquet of roses, the(…)

Win a Melinda Mulcahy personalised silver bracelet

Win a Melinda Mulcahy personalised silver bracelet

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS JOANNE HOLTON. CONGRATULATIONS JOANNE, MELINDA WILL BE INTOUCH TO ARRANGE YOUR PRIZE. This weeks competition prize is a real treat for all you jewellery lovers out there: a beautiful friendship bracelet with a sterling silver personalised initial charm. About Melinda Mulcahy: Melinda Mulcahy has been designing and(…)

Share your experiences buying vintage for your chance to win Etsy vouchers

Share your experiences buying vintage for your chance to win Etsy vouchers

The lovely Sammy Davis is offering 3 lucky people the chance to win $50 Etsy vouchers to spend on vintage. Just complete her online survey letting her know all about your experiences of buying vintage online and not only could you win the vouchers, but you will be helping to imporve the world of online(…)