Vintage

Fashion Inspiration: Grace Kelly

Fashion Inspiration: Grace Kelly

Whatever role she played Grace Kelly was always the epitome of cool style and sophistication. Whoever she was in a movie, she was always impeccably turned out and beautiful in a very grown-up stylish way. Never saucy or scandalously dressed she was a sex symbol who drew everybody’s gaze without having to make a show(…)

Silent Movie Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson

Silent Movie Stars: Anna Q. Nilsson

Anna Q. Nilsson was a successful silent movie actress in 1920s America. Born in Sweden the enigmatic Q in her middle name stood for Quirentia – she was named for the obscure Saint Quirinius who was martyred by being beheaded in the year 116. Nilsson moved to America aged 17 and soon found work as(…)

Children of the Blitz

Children of the Blitz

These photos of children living through the Blitz in London kind of speak for themselves. I just wanted to share.

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The Best Vintage Party Dresses for 2014

The nights are getting darker, tears are being shed over the latest sentimental John Lewis Christmas ad and apparently the Coca Cola Truck is coming to our town soon. It can only mean one thing: it’s nearly party dress season! I love vintage party dresses, they are just so glorious! I’ve got a mixture of(…)

Astonishing Photos of a Klu Klux Clan Parade in 1920s America

Astonishing Photos of a Klu Klux Clan Parade in 1920s America

Everything I’ve head about the Klu Klux Klan and their history has just served to reinforce what a vile and hateful organization they are which is why I find these photos so shocking. Not only because of the sheer number of people who were proudly parading as part of this group through the center of(…)

Gift Guide: Retro Christmas Gifts for Him

Gift Guide: Retro Christmas Gifts for Him

Is it just because I’m a woman that men are so difficult to buy for? I steadfastly refuse to buy the same old socks and Whiskey for Christmas presents this year, especially when there are so many amazing gifts out there for guys.  I’ve picked some of my favourites and I just hope my husband(…)

Victorian Children Sentenced to Hard Labour

Victorian Children Sentenced to Hard Labour

To try to reduce the number of criminals being sentenced to death the Victorians introduced Hard Labour as an alternative. It involved backbreaking pointless work which was designed to be soul-destroying and painful. This sentence was handed out to children and women as well as men.  It could involve anything from walking for up to(…)

Vintage Lookbook: Pretty in Pink

Vintage Lookbook: Pretty in Pink

I know winter is closing in on us from every direction, but it’s still warm enough to be wearing pretty dresses if you layer them up with a cute cardigan! Don’t you just love these pretty bow false eyelashes? I’m not sure how comfortable they would be to wear, but they look gorgeous, and you(…)

An Etsy Store Owner’s Tips for Selling Vintage (With Etsy Coupon Code)

An Etsy Store Owner’s Tips for Selling Vintage (With Etsy Coupon Code)

If you love vintage blogs you’ll know Jessica from Chronically Vintage (and if you don’t go check her out right now!) but you might not have realised that she launched her own vintage business on Etsy earlier this year. With millions of items being listed on Etsy each month competition can be fierce. How do(…)

The Faces of the Men Who Fought in WW1

The Faces of the Men Who Fought in WW1

It’s Armistice and Remembrance day today, something which has had a particularly raised profile this year because 2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. We went to London yesterday to see the spectacular and moving exhibition of poppies at the Tower of London “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red”,(…)

The Best Vintage Coats of Winter 2014

The Best Vintage Coats of Winter 2014

The thing I find so irresistible about vintage is the sheer variety out there. There isn’t a high-street store in the world where you would be able to find this cornucopia of variety! I’ve chosen everything from antique Victorian mourning capes, to 1920s Art Deco, 50s fur jackets, 60s swing coats, 70s sheepskin and a(…)

A Helpful Guide to Measuring Frames and Glasses When Buying Online

A Helpful Guide to Measuring Frames and Glasses When Buying Online

I don’t often repost other people’s content, but as someone who has bought vintage frames online (see mine here) I thought this infographic by Zenni would be really helpful to anyone looking to do the same – it explains how to measure your glasses and face really well! You get great choice by buying online so(…)

Fashion Inspiration: Katharine Hepburn

Fashion Inspiration: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was something of a trailblazer in the Classic Hollywood era. One of the first leading ladies to reject Hollywood glamour and wear trousers, she pioneered the casual look and loved wearing menswear-inspired tailoring and collared shirts. She wore mens suits and casual sportswear at a time when it was practically unheard of, and(…)

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bewitched!

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bewitched!

I remember rushing home from school as a child and watching re-runs of Bewitched on the TV. I absolutely adored it, along with I Dream of Jeannie. Here are some facts about Bewitched that you might not know: We’ve all tried to twitch our noses like Samantha, right? The trick to doing it was that(…)

1970s Style Icons: Jaclyn Smith

1970s Style Icons: Jaclyn Smith

You may not know the name Jaclyn Smith, but you’ll certainly know her when you see her. Jaclyn played Kelly Garrett in the original TV series of Charlie’s Angels which she starred in from 1976-1981. She was the only angel to stay for all 5 series of the show, not surprisingly as it earned her(…)

“All About That Bass” 1940s Style

“All About That Bass” 1940s Style

Something fabulous for a Friday afternoon. I adore this smooth jazz version of Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’ by Kate Davis – isn’t it gorgeous? And just in case you don’t know the original here you go: It’s equally fabulous but in a totally different way! Enjoy! And Happy Halloween everyone!

Whatever Happened to the WAMPAS Baby Stars?

Whatever Happened to the WAMPAS Baby Stars?

What on earth were the WAMPAS Baby Stars you might well ask? Well, if you lived in 1920s and 30s America you would have been very much aware of this campaign. It was run by the United States Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers (WAMPAS) who picked a lucky group of young actresses every year(…)

Book Review: Silent Murders

Book Review: Silent Murders

I have just read the most fabulous book! Silent Murders is a stylish murder mystery set in 1920s Hollywood. Not only is it an un-put-downable (that’s totally a word) story, but it’s set against a fascinating backdrop of real life film stars. The main character, Jessie, an ex-Vaudville actress with a rather shady past, lands(…)