Month: March 2016

It’s only Easter but I like it…

It’s been a chilled day here today.

The Dr, my sister and I have an Easter routine.

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It involves a roast, a musical and Easter nests. This year I roasted a chicken for the carnivores and I made a hot cross bun bread and butter pudding for dessert. Then we relaxed on the sofa with My Fair Lady and a bottle of prosecco.

Happy Easter!

It is with a full tummy I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Lindy Bop Myrtle but I like it…

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My sister had told me I’d need to wear one of my retro dresses for my Hen weekend.

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A quick look through my wardrobe gave me lots of options but in the end I plumped for this Myrtle dress from Lindy Bop. I bought this a little while back and haven’t yet had an opportunity to wear it. I bought it because I loved the print – that combination of turquoise squares and pink roses was a winner as far as I was concerned.

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I also loved the lapel detail – what an unusual shape at the bust, with some button features too.

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I teamed my myrtle up with some mid heel Trinkletina shoes from Irregular Choice. I’ve had them ages and the blue and pink floral fabrics are so cute! They were a good match. A pink cardi from H&M and I was good to go.

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Myrtle is a great shape and this size 14 dress fits my torso perfectly, really nipping me in at the waist. It’s a good weight and I love the bust detailing. It looked fab with a petticoat and was comfy enough for me to dance in all morning. I can’t see to find it on the Lindy Bop website but a quick Google tells me there are still lots of them for sales from other places and in a range of colours and patterns. It was the perfect dress for my Hen Do and I’ll always remember it and how good I felt in it!

It is with fond memories I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

 

It’s only a Vintage Dance Class but I like it!

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It was my Hen Do this weekend and my sister had organised lots of activities she knew I’d enjoy.

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We met at my house in the morning and headed over the road to a nearby Church. I was a bit puzzled by this location and wondered if I was to become a wife a few weeks early!image image

I needn’t have worried, we were ushered into a back room and met by Caroline who taught us an amazing 1940s style dance routine.

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She was a great teacher and had the patience of a saint with me and my chicks. Amid giggles, collisions and stopping for a Mr Kipling fuelled break, she actually managed to get us all dancing in time together and the routine looked pretty good by the end! image

These photos look posed but they were all taken as we danced! There’s a video on its way to us and it was a great way to start the day. I’ve discovered I’m not as bad a dancer as I thought and I even enjoyed myself!

It is with a flourish of ‘jazz hands’ I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Nina but I like it…

Just a quick post to draw your attention to a new addition to Collectif’s current collection:  Nina .

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 What a lady. I think it’s a very soft, flattering shape and I love the polka dot details. The fine gauzy layer over the top is rather dreamy and I think you’d feel a million dollars and very feminine in this. Perfect for summer weddings teamed with a flower or two in your up-do.

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I like the fact that it looks like an off the shoulder dress but still has those fine mesh sleeves, meaning that ladies like myself with ample bosomage don’t need to worry about wardrobe malfunctions!

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The coral and pale blue flock spots are just perfect and, it’s just possible, had I seen this beauty earlier, it might have been a contender for my wedding day!

It is with a hope for a wedding invitation for the summer, I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Wedgewood but I like it…

Just a quick one today! The nearer my wedding gets, the more my time is taken up making things, buying things or simply sitting and stressing about things!

This rather lovely Pathe news item came to my attention this week. I love everything about it: the direction, the soundtrack, the clothes and hairstyles. It shows such delicate work being carried out and it’s quite fascinating to watch.

It is with a beehive hairdo I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only George Martin but I like it…

2016 claimed another legend this week when we bade farewell to a very special pair of ears.

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George Martin is perhaps best known for being the man that produced much of the Beatles output but his career was actually much more far reaching than that.

Martin joined EMI in 1950 as an assistant to the head of Parlophone records. Parlophone was seen as a small and inconsequential arm of the corporation at that time and Martin assisted in the recording of chamber groups and regional music. When the head of Parlophone retired in 1955 he took over as head of the label. As the 1960s neared he took on a few novelty acts and subsequently worked with Spike Milligan, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, Bernard Cribbins, Bill Oddie and many more. He wanted to add some rock and roll to Parlophone’s repertoire and had some sway now that the small company had become quite profitable.

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I’m not going to dwell too much on his work with the Beatles as we’ve all heard that story. I think, as do so many, that his role in the incredible output of the band was incremental. He added the string quartet to Yesterday, the harpsichord solo to In My Life and those twinkly piano parts to Lovely Rita to name but a few gems. He encouraged the band to experiment with instruments and techniques they would never have encountered. He supported, coaxed and inspired and eventually, all members of the band acknowledged how he had helped shape their work.

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I was born into a very geeky muso family and we devoured every radio programme and TV documentary about musicians that we could get our hands on. We had reams of videos and cassettes that we’d recorded with such material, often listening to or watching them over and over. We had an early episode of Radio 2’s Sounds of the Sixties presented by George Martin. He had a such lovely soft voice and gentle laugh. He did sound quite posh – as if he’d just got down from his Spitfire! In it he chose some of his favourite sounds of the 60s and, as I remember, these included some Matt Monro tracks he’d produced and the aforementioned harpsichord solo from In My Life. He revealed how he’d actually written the little two-part invention and played it half speed and an octave lower, before speeding it up to the right speed and pitch. I was blown away!

Throw in the film scores he wrote, the several Bond themes he produced and the countless artists he works with and you have a truly incredible legacy. I admire his inventiveness and his ahead-of-his-time postmodern mixing of high and low art. I like the fondness with which he spoke of all the artists he worked with, his professionality and above all the fact he comes across as a true gentleman of a bygone era.

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It is with real sadness I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Spring but I like it!

Spring is the only time of year I give myself licence to purchase flowers for no particular reason!

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I reasonably surmise that, having dragged myself through the long Winter, I need some splashes of colour and signs of life to get me through to the warmer days.

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I think they’re more than just flowers. They’re hope. They say that ‘Spring always follows Winter’ but it can be hard to hold on to that fact some times.

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I’ve tried to be a bit more imaginative with my displays this year – having a new house and lots of nooks and crannies to place them in has been an inspiration I think!

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It’s funny how things can be repurposed and begin to work rather well as vases… or at least I think they work!

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Being Welsh, daffodils will always have a special place in my heart. We had them growing in our garden when I was little and I loved how they reappeared each Spring, almost by magic without waiting for an invitation. Those golden trumpets and their dry, spicy smell herald the bright sun making it’s way back into our lives and a return to a more pleasant climate, at least I hope so…

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It is with a hopeful look forward I say:

It’s only Vintage but I like it!

It’s only Mouse to Minx but I like it…

You may remember the awesome apron by MiL-to-be got me for Christmas.

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Well I did a little digging and discovered it came from a gorgeous little company called Mouse to Minx. I got in contact, waxing lyrical about my apron, and was lucky enough to be offered some items to review!

Mouse to Minx are the first, and currently the only, designers to be given a licence by DC Thompson to print designs inspired by the comic illustrations. Currently you can purchase a lovely range including mugs, chopping boards, aprons, oven gloves and scarves. There are more products being developed right now and I know Mouse and Minx are taking orders on their Etsy site (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MousetoMinx?section_id=16091291&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1) and are happy to be contacted for wholesale orders too.

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I think they’d make the perfect Easter gift – my Mum was certainly a big fan of Bunty, Judy, Mandy and the various girls magazines of the day and these gifts really bring back the innocent fun of yesteryear.

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This chopping board and mug were perfect for an afternoon snack. I love the print and colours – the kitchen themed comic chosen makes it a great choice for homeware.

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Youll find several other ranges on Mouse to Minx’s site as well as giclee prints and some lovely scarves. Remember Bunty’s famous cut-out wardrobe? Well, you can relive all those fab outfits with this scarf…

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It is with a longing for as many outfits as Bunty that I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

*I was given some of these items to review, but the views, as always, are my own.*

It’s only Uptown Curls but I like it…

Uptown Curls is the brainchild of Claire Byrne who is a mobile hairdresser based in Southampton. I got to know Claire through a Southampton Vintage Facebook group.

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Claire has been a hairstylist for many years and has a lot of experience in, amongst other things, vintage styles. She has styled my hair for several events and is actually going to be the stylist for my wedding day.

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Not it only is Claire experienced and skilled but she is very down to earth and great at putting you at your ease. I think we’ve all experienced those 7 foot tall, perfectly turned out, rather sniffy stylists who like to tell you how your hair should look, well that’s not what you get with Claire! She’s easy to talk to and eager to give you the style you desire.

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Claire not only styles hair but also makes her own fabulous hair decorations. She kindly sent me some to review and I’ve been using them for the last few weeks. I have to say the quality is fantastic. They are lovely quality flowers and well constructed. I remember buying some from a leading accessory store as a teenager and they lasted only a few wears before fraying and falling apart!

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Claire is available for styling for events, weddings, and can often be found at vintage fairs in the south. She also does ‘hair parties’ where she brings along a pop up salon and will do haircuts for as many people as you can fit in your house! I had one at half term and my friends and their tinies had lots of fun drinking tea, eating cake and getting bargain cuts from Claire.

My sister and I did some modelling for Claire recently at a Yellow Vintage Fair. We had a lovely day, got a lovely hair do and hopefully got Claire some new customers to boot! Please check out Claire’s Facebook page: Uptown Curls .

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It is with a desire for a ‘Claire do’ everyday I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

*I was given some of these items to review, but the views, as always, are my own.*