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Vintage fashion design: 1930s day dress

Vintage fashion design: 1930s day dress

I’m still going through a bit of a 1930s craze at the moment (I blame it on Dancing on the Edge) but for a change I thought I’d have a go at designing a day outfit instead of a glamorous evening outfit. I love the mix of muted colours and smart tailoring to make something(…)

Vintage living: creating a vintage 1920s and ’30s look in your home

Vintage living: creating a vintage 1920s and ’30s look in your home

For several years, now, whenever people think of vintage or retro décor, chances are they’re thinking 1950s, ’60s and ‘70s. Typically, these are the styles – from ’50s polka dots and jukeboxes to ’70s chintz – that have been best catered for by both contemporary designers and shops and markets selling vintage furniture, but all(…)

Debbie Reynolds looking pretty and preppy

Debbie Reynolds looking pretty and preppy

Debbie Reynolds looking pretty and preppy in a publicity photo in around 1964. Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed. Edited with BlogPad(…)

Lisa Fonssagrives at Paddington Station, London, 1951

Lisa Fonssagrives at Paddington Station, London, 1951

Lisa Fonssagrives at photographed on the platform at Paddington Station, London. This photo by Toni Frissell was published in Harpers Bazaar in 1951. Source and copyright: This work has been released into the public domain by its author, Toni Frissell

Win a stunning retro corset and accessories

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNER IS ANNIE. CORSETS UK WILL CONTACT YOU DIRECTLY ABOUT YOUR PRIZE ANNIE! This week we’ve got this wonderful red retro corset to give away, thanks to Corsets UK. Isn’t it fabulous? Just the kind of thing I can imagine a 40s screen siren wearing! Corsets UK is a corset(…)

1960s schoolgirls in Barbados

1960s schoolgirls in Barbados

Girls conducting an experiment in a chemistry lesson at Queen’s College, Barbados in June 1964. School uniforms just don’t look this stylish now… Source and copyright: The National Archives UK: No known copyright restrictions Edited with BlogPad Pro

I’m taking the plunge!

  I’ve decided to make the big move over from blogging on WordPress.com (which has been fantastic) to WordPress.org, which is the self hosted version. I’ll still be at WeHeartVintage.co but there may be a bit of confusion while the domain name changes over 😉 Why? Going self-hosted will give me more flexibility with what(…)

1930s beachwear

1930s beachwear

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Vintage Look Book: Rita Hayworth in Red

Vintage Look Book: Rita Hayworth in Red

Clockwise from top left: One Shoulder Sequin Sheath Maxi in the Style of Vanessa Williams Kenneth Jay Lane Waterfall Earrings Kenneth Jay Lane Dimensional Flower Ring Moscow by Morning Heel Original photo of 1940s movie actress Rita Hayworth source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the(…)

Lauren Bacall 1940s

Lauren Bacall 1940s

A publicity photo of Lauren Bacall 1940s Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or may not have been a copyright notice, the copyright was not renewed.

Esther Williams

Esther Williams

If you’ve never seen an Esther Williams movie, and don’t understand the appeal of a swimming movie – just watch this clip and all will become clear! Wasn’t she wonderful?

My blog has had 27 times more visitors than Liechtenstein does every year!

I’ve been a bit pushed for time over the holiday period, what with the Norovirus, Christmas, a new years eve party to organise and seemingly hundreds of other things to do (I’m not complaining – everything apart from the Norovirus was fun!). My point is that I’ve only just had a chance to look at(…)

Vintage look book: 1950s novelty prints

Vintage look book: 1950s novelty prints

I fell in love with this cute bird of paradise bag when I spotted it today, and thought it would go great with a fifties-inspired outfit. After all novelty prints were a big trend in the 50s so why not have them on a handbag? What do you think of the finished outfit? Clockwise from top:(…)

Clara Bow swimming naked

Clara Bow swimming naked

1920s actress Clara Bow and infamous flapper in a still from the movie “Hula”.  This movie was released in 1927 before the Hayes Code was introduced in 1930 which set down ‘moral censorship guidelines’ for movie making. Edited with BlogPad Pro Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was(…)

Vintage look book: Elizabeth Taylor 1960s

Vintage look book: Elizabeth Taylor 1960s

I think Elizabeth Taylor was at her most beautiful and magnificent in the 1960s, and I couldn’t resist dressing her in some gorgeous earrings! Clockwise from top left: Ted Baker Edella Dress Kenneth Jay Lane Gold-tone cubic zirconia earrings Ellen Tracy Page Kitten Heel Pointy Pump Laura B ‘Anaconda’ handbag Original photo of Elizabeth Taylor(…)

1940 US sailors and their tattoos

American sailors photographed with their tattoos in 1944 Source and copyright:  This file is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain.

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s preference for sophisticated icy blondes is well-known. He claimed that audiences would be suspicious of brunettes, but I think this quote shows a truer insight into his cinematic genius: Blondes are blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints My favourite Hitchcock blonde has always been Grace(…)

Big exciting news (and some iPad apps to giveaway!)

This isn’t my usual kind of blog post, but I had big news I wanted to share.  In my day job I’ve been working on a blogging app with my husband and after many months hard toil it’s finally gone live in the App Store! It’s been fed by our joint obsessions with blogging and(…)