Vintage

1920s movie poster: Clara Bow in The Wild Party

1920s movie poster: Clara Bow in The Wild Party

A 1920s movie poster for the Clara Bow movie The Wild Party which was released in 1929.  It was Clara Bow’s first talkie (i.e non-silent movie) but the movie was also released as a silent movie for theatres which didn’t have sound equipment.

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

Vintage clothing styles: the swing dress

The swing dress started life in the dance halls of the 40s, when girls wanted to swing and lindy hop the evenings away with handsome young men, flashing some leg when they swirled on the dance floor. What is a swing dress? The swing dress is usually a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and(…)

Competition: Win a cute vintage bag

Competition: Win a cute vintage bag

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS SARAH GRAY! CONGRATULATIONS SARAH, CLOTHES-BOX WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU TO ARRANGE DELIVERY OF YOUR PRIZE! This month’s competition has been offered by my lovely sponsor, Clothes-Box who are a family-run business who specialise in quirky and chic vintage-inspired clothes and accessories. If you fancy treating(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe

10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe

I say ‘10 things you didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe‘ but obviously I have no idea how much of a Marilyn expert you are, so I guess these are really 10 things I didn’t know about Marilyn Monroe! Let me know if they’re all news to you too – I was amazed by some of(…)

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

My vintage: my new (old) red party dress

I’ve been so excited about showing you one of my latest vintage purchases, it’s a gorgeous red party dress, and isn’t it lovely? It’s the best feeling when you buy something online and it fits perfectly! Plus it was only £10 and it’s in perfect condition, which means I can justify buying it even though(…)

1950s Models and their Measurements

1950s Models and their Measurements

After the interest in Marilyn Monroe’s measurements (and the debate about whether she was really a size 16) I thought it would be interesting to look at the measurements of some of the supermodels of the 1950s and see how they compared. I assumed models of the fifties would all be very much the same(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

Vintage clothing styles: The cupcake dress

What is a cupcake dress? A cupcake dress is a very glamorous 1950s gown which had a tiny waist and a large voluminous skirt resembling a ballerina’s tutu. The skirt was usually made from tulle and often decorated with beading and trim. Think of a big frothy wedding dress or those Barbie cakes you get(…)

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Fashion design: a demure 1950s wedding dress

Now that it’s the Easter holidays and my little boy’s off school I’m getting the time to stop for a while and do fun things – more sketching, more exploring and hopefully some time to relax too! This is the first sketch I’ve done with some fabulous new watercolours I had for my birthday, what(…)

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

Vintage clothing styles: The wiggle dress

What is a wiggle dress? You hear the term wiggle dress used a lot at the moment, especially since Mad Men became popular, and often it’s applied to something which is nothing like an actual wiggle dress! A proper wiggle dress is a fitted dress meant to exaggerate an hourglass figure  and which is narrower(…)

Sponsor spotlight: Bras & Honey

Sponsor spotlight: Bras & Honey

This week’s Sponsor Spotlight is all about the fabulous Bras & Honey, a UK based swimwear and lingerie website who specialise in “big bosomed women” (hurrah!) Bras & Honey was established in 2007 as an online lingerie business focusing on plus sizes from Freya, Fantasie and Panache, and later grew to include swimwear from those(…)

A teenage Shirley Temple in a fur coat

A teenage Shirley Temple in a fur coat

A 16 year old Shirley Temple photographed in 1944 with William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister of Canada. I don’t think I’d ever seen a ‘grown-up’ photo of her before, wasn’t she gorgeous?  I wonder why she didn’t make it to be a grown-up  movie star…

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

My vintage: My birthday in the snow!

Every year it snows on the week of my birthday, and every year it takes us by surprise and we’re amazed that spring hasn’t sprung yet! Having said that, most of the time the snow doesn’t settle, but we’ve got a steady covering now so I’m getting out there and enjoying it! I’m perhaps not(…)

Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron

It’s my birthday today, so I’m treating  myself (and you) to some of my favourite images! First is this wonderful photo of dancer and actress Leslie Caron (who was in one of my favourite movies: An American in Paris)

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

The best legs in Hollywood: a photo tribute to Betty Grable’s legs

Betty Grable’s legs, who were insured by Lloyds of London for a whopping $1 million. I can’t think of any other actress who was photographed as much just from the waist down! These photos were all from the 1940s, but mostly 1943. Can you see what all the fuss was about? Source and copyright: This(…)