Thursday, 18 September 2014

Goodwood Revival 2014

Last Sunday, my boyfriend and I attended the Goodwood Revival.  You may remember I blogged about the 2012 Revival here. 

As the weather looked like it was going to be somewhat unsettled for the Sunday, I decided not to wear the outfit that I had originally planned and went with a different outfit which you have already seen on this blog here.  So this post is more about the event rather than my outfit (although I did choose some different accessories to go with the dress this time!)

This year's event was bigger and better than 2012!!  As I didn't attend the 2013 event, I do not know if the changes made were present last year or were new to this year.  For instance, the "Over the Road" area was much bigger and they made more of a feature of the Car Show.  There were just so many cars that we didn't get to see all of them!

Pretty much my favourite car colour!
There was also a dedicated 1950s area this year (which I don't recall there being in 2012) which had hot rods, airstream food vendors and a stage with Rock 'n' Roll bands playing.  Despite our intentions to do some jiving during the day, we were just too tired from all the walking/ standing that we didn't get to do any!

I also managed to meet up with my friends Vicki and Nicky who went for the day.  Vicki runs the awesome vintage shop This is Vintage in Bournemouth.

When I went in 2012, the planes were behind the fence in the airfield but this year you could get up close and touch them!  This was definitely one of the highlights of the day!  You often see classic cars at events but you don't normally get to see these types of planes, so it was good to get some photos!

Another minty dream machine!

And as with 2012, I managed to get to the Best Dressed Finals but did not win...

You can see fellow Vintage blogger Alex from The Forties Floozy in front of me during the parade!

Photo taken from the Goodwood Revival website

Photo taken by Men's File photographer Matt Hind (my serious face is also my moody face!)

All in all, it was a great day out!  My legs hurt so much by the end of the day (I changed in to ballet flats at lunch time but even that didn't really help) - there is just so much walking around and not many places to sit down and relax!  You may also be surprised to hear that I did not even look at any vintage clothes shops!  There were a lot of vendors but I really couldn't be bothered to sift through racks of vintage when there was so much more to see and do.  My boyfriend also enjoyed his first Revival so I think we will probably go next year.

I would love to know if you went to this year's event or have been to previous events!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Seeing spots

I never buy dresses or skirts with polka dots on them.  Polka dots are so ubiquitous on reproduction 1950s dresses that when I see them on vintage 1950s dresses, they just don't appeal to me.  That's not to say that I don't like polka dots because I actually do!  So when I saw this dress in a shop in London recently, I was very much drawn to it, even though I had reservations over the polka dots!

 In the end, I decided that I needed to buy it as it was just too cute to pass up!  It was deadstock with the labels still attached, my size and the seller gave me a really good price that I simply could not turn this down.

One of the reasons (but certainly not the main reason) that I wear vintage is because I like that it is a more uncommon way of dressing.  But as there are now a lot more people wearing and sourcing vintage (which is definitely a great thing!) you often find that the vintage dress you love to wear because of its unusual print is popping up on Etsy again and again. 
When my Mum saw my Stylecraft Miami wicker and lucite bag she loved it so much that she said she wanted one herself!  I reasoned that because it was vintage, I was unlikely to be able to find her one.  But I was determined to have a look and on my first Etsy search, I found another one so I bought it for her!  It is actually a little bigger than mine but it is still Stylecraft Miami and the same style of bag, as you can see.  In fact, in the last couple of weeks, I have seen a third bag on eBay in this style!  Vintage, yes.  Unique, certainly not!
Vintage twins!
Dress: Vintage from Dreamtime in London (one of the best vintage shops in London!)
Shoes: Rocket Originals
Bag: Vintage from eBay (Mum's bag is via Etsy)
Earrings: Vintage from trader at Clerkenwell Vintage Fair