Category: Fashion

It’s only Collectif but I like it…

I know I’m long overdue a post but I’ve been on holiday back in the UK. This is wonderful for several reasons. First and foremost I get to see DrP and secondly I get to shop for vintage things in place that actually has some idea what that means – Abu Dhabi has yet to become acquainted with the gloriousness that is vintage! I made several purchases whilst at home and have quite a few new vintage themed items in my work wardrobe. This has been genuinely pleasing, meaning I have thrown out lots of saggy, baggy trousers and cardigans that were 2 sizes too big (remember that weight loss I told you about?) and exchanged them for sexy dresses that nip me in at the waist and make me feel like I’m in an episode of Mad Men (without the smoking, alcohol and sex with my boss)! I’m going to do a big shout out to my new found love: Collectif – I had been perusing their website and watching out for items on eBay, but imagine my delight on a day trip to Brighton when I spied one of their shops in the North Laines. Finally a chance to see if their sizing was accurate and their clothes nicely made. The actual store is lovely – nice layout, lots of space and a pretty mezzanine level. I had a good look around and noticed some sale items up in the Gods. There I found me this beauty – perfect for work wear right?


I’ve worn it once and had so many comments. My TA asked why I didn’t wear this kind of stuff all the time. Good question. From now on I will. I also bagged another bargain in the Sale section. This one has yet to be worn, but I’m off to a brunch this weekend as well as a boat trip, so I think it  might get its first outing!


I will try to sort out some photos of me in them… I loved the store, I loved the staff and I will definitely be making more purchases.

It is with a satisfied smile I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…

It’s only a brand but I like it…

So everyone commits to vintage to their own degree right?

Some people have homes entirely decorated in the style of a certain period. Some wear the clothes day in and day out, but have a modern furnished home. Some just choose aspects of the fashion to enjoy.

For me, I’m enjoying the styles of the 40s and 50s but I like to mix them with my own, slightly quirky fashion sense. I love the dresses the most. I’m working up to some shorts and trousers but a little more weight loss may be needed first. Sometimes this mix works, sometimes it doesn’t, but in the case of the latter: my family don’t comment, my friends embrace anything I wear and DrP (my boyfriend) is far too well brought up to point out he’d prefer it if I didn’t go out with a banana on my head.

This all brings me on to favourite brands. I’m still learning (this is a journey, remember?) but so far these are the bad boys that set my heart on fire and have me dreaming of their products until I succumb late at night, clutching my credit card in my sweaty hand, looking guiltily from left to right.

For shoes, it has to be Irregular Choice:


I love their low heels – I’m not a high heels kinda girl, plus I can spend all night dancing on these delicious articles with nary a twinge the next day! I must admit to owning these Trinkletina Low Heels in blue, green and purple!


I have the matching bag to go with these and love teaming it with my red retro dress…

When it comes to jewellery I love Tatty Devine. I love their quirky designs. I love the name necklaces, the fact that they will personalise things for you and they have a great Care Team for when things tragically get broken.

Several of their necklaces lend themselves to vintage stylings:


This is some of my Tatty collection and I think the little librarian specs, fox and the anchor are fab. I love teaming them up with retro dresses. The best thing about Tatty for me is that your rarely see anyone else wearing it and you get dozens of comments! I have become known as ‘The-girl-who-wears-the-banana-necklace’ in the ex-pat community of Abu Dhabi.

All because of this huge, suggestive, flirty momma:


Tatty Devine = FUN!

As you may remember I’m growing my hair and so I’ve just purchased a few exciting hair accessories from Hatastic on Folksy.


I especially love this, can’t think why! I’ll be teaming them up with something pretty and showing the full effect soon!


In terms of clothing, I use Ebay lots and sometimes they’re vintage, sometimes just a cheap brand. it doesn’t really matter to me if I like the styling of the dress.

At Christmas time I did fall in love with this Rockin Robin dress from Amy Laws on Folksy:


Hell Bunny, Collectif and a few others are new discoveries but I have yet to make a purchase so I shall save that for another update…

For now, I shall say with sweaty palms:

It’s only vintage but I like it…