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Vintage Gal Does Disney World….HELP!

October 30, 2009

So exactly 2 weeks tomorrow I am jetting off to Disney World, Florida!!! Which I previously mentioned a while ago.  Now I am starting to think about what to pack and am getting in all a tizz wazz.  What will the weather be like? What should I wear for such adventures? What plane essentials should I pack? Oh mon deux!! Clothes wise I am thinking cute little shirts tied at the waist with shorts and Cath Kidston Headscarves.  Obviously I have my Esther Williams Swimsuit!!(very excited about that!)  So basically any help and advice would be much appreciated lovely people!!  m I going to look ridiculous in all my 1950s inspired glory?? 

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P.S. Here are some old photogrpahs of Disneyland which are pretty amazing (well they are if your a Disney freak) some outfit ideas maybe….?

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1950s disneyland

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1950s disneyland 

1950s disneyland 

1950s disneyland

1950s disneyland 

1950s disneyland 

1950s disneyland

 

Esther Williams-Perfect Swimwear

October 10, 2009

Oh Mon Deux…..where does a gal start!  You see I am off on holiday in November.  To Walt Disney World, I know not very vintage chic of me however I think it is my father clutching onto the fact that my brother and I are still children (We are 19 and 22) so we will indulge him.  Plus he is paying for it and I am secretly a Disney fanatic, I know very uncool!  Anyway I digress…..so seeing as I am going to be jetting over to Florida I figured I would be need swimming attire.  This in itself is a personal nightmare for me, almost as nightmarish as buying bras!  You see I have an ample bust and a rather small waist in comparison.  I can hear you all now screaming "what is this gal complaining about??"! Do not get me wrong I am in nooo way complaining!! I am rather fond of my hourglass physique and have learnt to accommodate it well (thank god for the 40's and 50's eh!)  But when it comes to things like swimwear it can be a large dosing of hell trying to find something that fits correctly without squishing my chest flat or letting them have a mind of their own (sometimes I swear they do!). 

So after much searching for retro inspired swimwear I come across Esther William, obviously inspired by the movie star herself, and boy am I happy I did.  I was not happy at spending £75 (including postage from USA) at first but I am so happy I did! I ordered the classic swimsuit sheath in black with white polka dots, the measurements for the size 12 where exactly the same as my own measurements so I took the risk and just prayed it would fit. ….and it did.  Like a DREAM! I cannot recommend these swimsuits enough!  The quality is excellent, the fit just perfect and the cut is very 1950s and very flattering! I am so happy-hence the very long drivel I am subjecting you too! Sorry.  But when you next need swimwear buy it from here!!  Oh and also the lady Laureen who I e-mailed with lots of questions was lovely and so helpful so big thumbs up to her!

Hope your all having a lovely weekend!

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Esther Williams

Esther Williams

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Esther Williams Swimwear

(Mine is black with white dots, the website photos really DON'T do it justice!)

Old Photographs-Japan

October 7, 2009

I do love old photographs! and I am particularly loving these Japanese ones today.  I wish I had a time machine and I could be a little fly (or maybe a butterfly-they are slightly prettier) and fly all around the old world and see all the things that now can only be see through photographs!

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Japan old photo 

Japan old photo 

Japan old photo

Japan old photo 

Japan old photo

Check out this website for more of old Japan.

Charles James

October 1, 2009

With all this fashion week commotion I've found myself rather hankering after the couturiers of yester-year.  I have always very much admired the sheer elegance of Charles James' designs and the eliteness of high fashion and quality.  I love to think of all the girls looking at the beautiful clothes produced by couturiers and then trying to replicate.  A lot more of a lovelier thought than just going down to Topshop to buy the latest replica don't you think?!

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(I particularly LOVE these trousers! do you think they'd be terribly hard to make!!??)

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Photos from here!

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The Butterfly Dress

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Lisa Freemont-Vintage Hair Techniques

September 24, 2009

This lady does very good vintage hair tutorial videos on You Tube! I found her after reading Elinkan blog (she is just beautiful don't you think!) and I've been going through all her videos this morning and she really knows what she's talking about! Check them out here!  Also check out her blog where she reviews products as gives more handy tips.

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Vintage Goodwood

September 3, 2009

Goodwood vintage

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Queens Of Vintage I've just found out about this new vintage festival held at Goodwood race grounds.  I went to the Goodwood Revival last year which is all 50's themed and celebrates vintage motor racing and it was amazing! Everything is themed to the last detail, the police walking around are in vintage uniforms, there are vintage stalls galore and most people dress up which makes it all the more fun!  The racing part was the only bit that didn't interest me, so it looks like this new festival will be perfect! Find out more here!!  I'm reserving tickets for my sweetheart and I ASAP! xxx

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Pictures from goodwood revival….

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Jelly Shoes!

September 2, 2009

I have been looking for jelly shoes for a very long time!! Now I don't mean modern gladiator style ones that they sell in Office or the likes of, I mean PROPER jelly shoes.  Ones that you use to run around in on the beach when you were little.  I don't know why I've wanted them so badly, maybe a wee bit of nostalgia, or maybe just because I remember them being damn cool Summer shoes!! Anyways I have hunted in a many seaside town for them and they never had adult sizes.  Also the arrival of Crocs (awful, awful things) seems to have diminished the original jelly shoe population even more.  Call me stupid but I never really thought to look on-line (I know crazy!), however the other night I did and hey presto jelly shoes I found and in an array of colours! Pink, clear, black, silver glittery and yellow.  So I have hastily ordered myself a black pair as I thought the silver glittery might just be a tad too childish and border from nostalgic to just plain creepy!  I am now hoping that the sun will come back for just a little longer so I at least get to wear them!!

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Jelly shoes