Saturday, 19 December 2015

Riot 2015!

I admit that I have been a bad blogger as it has been some weeks since my last post so I hope to make up for it with this bumper post about Rhythm Riot!

A month ago, my fiancĂ© and I attended our second Rhythm Riot in Camber Sands.  If you have been reading this blog for a while you may remember my post here about our first Riot experience. 

The traders were great as they were last time but I hardly bought anything.  I saved up some money as it is a great opportunity to buy good quality vintage but I was a bit disappointed as I only bought a bag and a bolero.  Sometimes I go to an event and think I am going to spend lots of money and then I surprise myself by not buying much at all!
I hadn't initially planned on watching the Surf Riding and Beachwear parade on the Saturday afternoon but I went along and really enjoyed it!  Bethan put on a great show and it was fun to watch.

I really enjoyed Gone Hepsville on Saturday evening and there were some great performances on the Sunday too (including Young Jessie and Jai Malano!)
We put some effort into our Saturday night outfits!
The dress that I wore on the Sunday has a little story behind it.  I saw it on Etsy over a year ago and it was in my favourites but then after a little while, it had been reserved for someone else and was eventually sold.  Then I saw one of the people I follow on Instagram wearing it and she looked great in it.  A few weeks ago, I saw her list it on the Facebook selling group Ooh La La and I immediately commented to purchase it!  Sometimes I find you miss out on the vintage you love the first time but if you keep looking, you may just find it again!
You can also see the bag I purchased at Riot in the photos along with my Miss L Fire shoes.
There were some great cars as usual, which was lovely to see, especially as the weather wasn't great.

It was a great weekender and I got to meet some lovely people too.  The only problem with Rhythm Riot is that it is over so quickly! I really feel it needs to start on the Thursday to give you more time to settle in to it.
I can't wait for the next event!
Grey dress: Vintage from OLL on Facebook
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Earrings and brooch: Vintage and purchased separately from Etsy
Bangles: Mix of vintage from my Grandma and repro from Splendette
Bag: Vintage from trader at Rhythm Riot

Saturday, 31 October 2015

An American Classic

I have been wanting a Pendleton 49er for a few years now but hadn't managed to find one in my size until recently.  As with all jackets, it is something that is harder to purchase online because you need to get the fit just right.  I was lucky to find this one on UK ebay and for a good price, however, the seller didn't post it for over 2 weeks so I didn't think it was going to arrive!

At this time of year, it is a great little jacket to throw on for a more casual but still classic vintage look.
I am also wearing my Atomic Swag t-shirt and western belt that I picked up at VLV.  You can just about see the horses, bulls and cacti on the belt!
Here is one of my favourite Pendleton adverts! 
Pendleton 49er: Vintage from Ebay
Shoes: Minnetonka
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood (Jeanies pedal pushers)
Top: Atomic Swag
Purse: Vintage from trader at VLV
Belt: Vintage from VLV trader
Fox brooch: Luxulite


Saturday, 17 October 2015

Harlequin Dream

I saw this dress on an Instagram preview for "Atypical Girl" and as soon as it was listed on Etsy, having seen that it was my size, I just had to buy it straight away!

Red and white, tick. Harlequin print, tick.  Quilted, tick. All the things I love!  It also came with a wide elastic belt with bells on (yes I know!) but it's too big at the moment so I paired it with another belt.

I paired the dress with one of my favourite sweaters which I purchased deadstock from Swellegant Vintage in Newport, L.A.  I really wish they had some in other colours!

I am also wearing my reverse carved lucite earrings and brooch.  This isn't a set but looks close enough.
Dress: Vintage from Atypical Girl
Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Shoes: Miss L Fire
Bag: Vintage from Etsy
Jewellery: Vintage from eBay
Sweater: Vintage from Swellegant Vintage

Friday, 25 September 2015

In Retrospect

A few weeks ago I was asked to review In Retrospect magazine by the founder/ editor Mat Keller.  I had first been introduced to this magazine earlier last year when I was given an introductory copy at The Mid Century Market.  Since then, there has been a successful Kickstarter campaign, which saw the magazine launch its first issue earlier this year.

Now, as you may have already gathered, I only really do vintage outfit posts on this blog.  However, I was compelled to share my thoughts with you on this great magazine.

In Retrospect prides itself on being the only magazine run by full time vintage enthusiasts and this really comes through in the variety of articles.  I never felt that I wanted to subscribe to any of the other vintage lifestyle magazines because the articles were not that interesting to me.  Having read the first 4 issues of this magazine, I know I want to start a subscription as soon as Issue 5 is out!

Each issue has a range of 'opinionated' articles, features on reproduction brands, factual articles on stars of the golden age of Hollywood, debates, features on vintage transport and dancing, as well as other topics too.

One of my favourite features throughout the 4 issues was the "In Focus" articles by Kerry Curl.  I really found the pieces on Vivian Maier and Bunny Yeager to be not only interesting but informative too.

Another one of the great things about this magazine is that it appeals to both men and women.  The vintage scene seems to be dominated by women (unless you include the vintage car scene too) and some of the other vintage lifestyle magazines seem to solely focus on women, however, this one has definite broad appeal.  My fiance read the magazines before I even got a chance and he was impressed by the quality and range of topics covered.

If you subscribe now, you will start with Issue 4.  A 6 issue subscription costs £21.60 in the UK or each issue is normally £4.50.  For international prices and more information, you can find out here.

I would love to hear your views on this magazine if you have read any of the issues!

Friday, 4 September 2015

Lilac and Gold

Apologies for the blogging absence, my laptop has been having some Internet issues!

Here is an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago to the Yellow Vintage Fair.

Lilac isn't a colour well represented in my wardrobe but when I saw this 2 piece set on Thrifty Vintage Kitten, I was really drawn to it and knew I had to buy it!

I also love the versatility because it's a blouse and skirt so there are different options for how it can be worn.

I am also wearing my new gold Roman Holiday style sandals purchased from Rocket Originals. I saw lots of ladies with these on Instagram and although I already had a pair of similar white sandals, I just couldn't stop thinking about these so I finally succumbed and purchased them.   On their first outing, they tore up my ankles!!! I've since heard from other ladies saying that they aren't very comfortable to wear.  So even if they look great, I can only wear them with blister plasters! 

Blouse and top: Vintage from Thrifty Vintage Kitten on Etsy
Sandals: Rocket Originals
Purse: Vintage from trader at VLV Car Show
Bracelet: Vintage from eBay 
Earrings: Desperate Beatnik on Etsy

Sunday, 26 July 2015

The mexican tourist jacket and the telephone cord purse

Before I went to America, I compiled a rather long wish list, which included everything from 1950s gold capri pants to all the tiny 1950s knitwear.  Whilst I didn't find even half of what was on my list, (no gold pants for me) I did find some key items, including the Mexican tourist jacket and telephone cord purse.

The tourist jacket was a relatively easy find and I did see a few of them throughout my holiday.  It's the kind of purchase that I didn't want to make online as I wasn't sure of the fit and this one was purchased in Paper Moon Vintage in Hollywood.  It was a good price and in pretty good condition.

This outfit is quite unusual for me, given that I am wearing jeans but I just love this jacket!  I have seen these jackets pop up in Twin Peaks (being worn by Lara Flynn Boyle) and in The Shining too (being worn by Shelley Duvall.)
The telephone cord purse was not such an easy find.  I really thought I would come across a few in the USA but I only saw the one and I so I had to buy it.  Luckily it was in the colours I was looking for too.  This ended up being a very good price and was purchased from Blue Moon Vintage at the Viva Las Vegas Car Show.  This trader had so much good stuff and I also bought a sweater, sunglasses and another purse from them (I could have bought more if I didn't have any restraint!)
These photos were taken at the Brighton Jukebox and Retro Fair back in March which was a pretty good event to attend as there were two very good traders selling 1950s clothing and accessories (and some nice cars too!)
Jacket: Paper Moon Vintage, Hollywood
Jeans: Freddies of Pinewood (Jeanies pedal pushers)
Top: Topshop
Belt: Trader at VLV
Shoes: Minnetonka Thunderbird Moccasins
Purse: Blue Moon Vintage at the VLV Car Show
Bakelite earrings: VLV Car show trader
Brooch: Boss Vintage at VLV

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Beaulieu Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day

A few weeks ago I attended the Hot Rod and Custom Drive-In Day at Beaulieu National Motor Museum.  It was my first time to this particular event and the first year where they have hosted a 'Vintage Village.'  They had music, dancing and vintage traders, all of which made it a bigger and better event.

I was pleasantly surprised at how many vehicles they had in attendance and really enjoyed the whole day.  I am looking forward to going again next year and recommend it to anyone who is a fan of vintage vehicles and vintage shopping!

As I recently blogged about the VLV car show, I won't inundate you with too many car photos but here are some that I liked...

Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods were an aptly chosen band for the day
My friend Vicki who owns the shop This is Vintage was trading on the day and looked lovely in her Collectif outfit
Linda and Alice of Classic Vault Vintage organised the Vintage Village, which had some great traders.  They also organise the Bows and Braces Vintage Fair in Lymington too!
I wore a dress that I had purchased at the VLV car show.  The bag was also purchased from the VLV car show and was a birthday gift from Alan.

The dress has eyelets making it a good choice for a warm day.

Alan also wore a 1950s shirt purchased on holiday and 1950s reproduction trousers. 


Dress: Vintage from trader at the Viva Las Vegas car show
Belt: Pin Up Girl clothing
Shoes: Topshop
Hat: Vintage from eBay
Jewellery set: Vintage from Etsy
Sunglasses: Vintage from Vera Mode
Bag: Vintage from Blue Moon Vintage at the Viva Las Vegas car show

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Beautiful South Coast

Yesterday, I had a day off work and wasn't sure how to spend it to make the most of the lovely weather that we've been having.  In England, you never know how long the good weather will last so you always feel you need to make the most out of each day.

And it isn't just about making the most out of the day, I have to make the most out of my summer wardrobe!  I do prefer vintage summer wear and therefore have more of it than colder weather clothes.  So as soon as the weather becomes nice, the challenge is to wear all your summer clothes as you will never know when it will be warm enough to wear them again!

I chose yesterday to wear this beautiful pale yellow sundress.  I purchased this Jeanne d'Arc dress deadstock from a trader at Viva Las Vegas this year.  I had seen the dress there each day but it was only until the Sunday when it was reduced (and so cheap!) did I decide I really needed it in my life! 

I am also wearing a recently purchased deadstock necklace and clamper bracelet from Bow and Crossbones.  I always feel a little sad cutting the tags off deadstock items, as they are no longer deadstock once you do that but I don't see any point in buying something if I'm not going to wear it.  At least I know I will look after it.
We went to Hengistbury Head which is only 45 minutes from where we live and walked along the coast and then back down along the beach.  A great day to spend on the beautiful South Coast.

Dress: Vintage deadstock from a trader at VLV
Bag: Vintage from eBay
Necklace and Clamper: Deadstock from Bow and Crossbones
Earrings: Vintage from Etsy
Sunglasses: Vintage from Vera Mode
Ballet Pumps: New Look

Saturday, 6 June 2015

"The Big One"

So here is my Viva Las Vegas 18 post after all... I decided just to post all the photos in one mammoth post rather than split them up into different parts (all my day outfits have been shown in previous posts!) 

We arrived in Vegas after a 4 hour drive from LA and the first thing we did was to stop at the 'Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas' sign.  The last time I went to the sign in 2008, there wasn't much there other than the sign but now they have made more of a feature out of the place and there were photographers ready to take that famous shot!

Next stop was Frankie's Tiki Room.  I heard that this place gets busy and not long after we got there and found a table, a bus load of VLV-goers turned up!  (And by bus load, I do literally mean an actual bus full of people!)  I'm not a big drinker and one drink was enough to be very tipsy!  We were happy to get some cool tiki mugs to bring home.
We weren't lucky enough to get a room at The Orleans and instead stayed at The Gold Coast. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be and the shuttle buses were regular enough that we didn't miss any bands that we wanted to see. 

The Wednesday night was a Pre-VLV show and we really enjoyed The Pringles - what a riot they were!  Although this wasn't included in the weekender wristband, I would definitely recommend going to the Wednesday night pre-party.

On to Thursday and the Vendors rooms.  I had mentally prepared myself for the hectic shopping but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  I still managed to break the zipper on my dress and break a fake nail whilst trying on items in the toilets!  I did get a few good things too over the four days of the event which you will start to see on the blog.

Thursday daytime outfit!

I am so happy we got to see both of the Charles Phoenix shows - he is hilarious!  And has such a great slides to share with the audience. 

Jai Malano was part of the Rhythm Bomb showcase and was fantastic!  I had seen her previously as part of the The Royal Rhythmaires at Rhythm Riot in 2013 but she is now a solo act. 


OK, lots and lots of really cool cars!  And this is just a small selection of the photos I have.  The Car Show was HOT and I heard that it wasn't even as hot as it had been in previous years.  I didn't see a lot of the music acts but made sure we caught Dion who was really good - Rock 'N' Roll royalty!
I got to meet Lynsey, the owner of Miss L Fire!

I also got to meet some of the people I follow on Instagram, including Lyndsay who always has the best hair!  And this time a FABULOUS hat too!
On to Saturday night and Big Sandy - it was great to finally see him after hearing great things from friends.

The Pool Party takes place all weekend but Sunday is the day when most people attend.  I found this 1950s Cabana set last year on the Facebook group Ooh La La.

The Cavaleros provided some great early 1960s surf tunes to get us in the mood.

This lady had an amazing hat!

Check out all the fabulous outfits!  It was great to see everyone in their vintage swimwear and pool party attire!

And we got to meet Charles Phoenix after his Sunday afternoon show. 

It was so great to finally meet Laurence and Sylvain (not pictured)!  I have been following their blog  Lost in the 50s for a few years now and they do have fantastic vintage style and are so friendly too.

And that is it for the VLV photos!  We had a great time but it was pretty exhausting!  Although I would love to go again, I also want to explore other parts of America and go to other weekenders.  This was my third time to Las Vegas and next time, I would like to go somewhere else...


After VLV, we moved to The Mirage to stay there for a few days so we could experience The Vegas Strip.  We also went to The Grand Canyon West Rim.  This was my third time to The Grand Canyon but first time visiting The West Rim.  On the Skywalk, Alan popped the question... and I said yes!  I absolutely love the antique ring and 1950s ring box.  Now to start planning a 1950s wedding!