Sunday, 31 August 2014

Gingham, Pastels & Metallic Brogues

I didn't get to wear these gingham pastel jeans in Cornwall as planned, because it was too darned hot, so I paired them with a pastel pink jumper and some metallic brogues to go blackberry picking, now that the weather's cooler.

Gingham, Pastels & Metallic Brogues

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Second-Hand Bargains Galore

Back to what I know best - the bargains of the boot sale and charity shop!  I have been on a SPREE!  I mentioned in a recent outfit post that I had a bit of guilt in wearing an all-new outfit, so here's what I've been buying, and hence 'recycling' to help save the planet.  At least that's what I tell myself, to assuage a new kind of guilt that comes with having too-many-dresses, even if they are mostly secondhand.

Anyway, you just want to see all of the bargains I picked up, so here they are - it's very photo heavy, I warn you!  The majority is high-street, but there's a smattering of vintage.

Charity Shop Finds
Vintage novelty brooch, £1.  My best find from my recent trip to Bude in Cornwall.  I'm unsure about the date, it's got a c clasp closure and little jewels in the dangly lemon.  The colours make me think 1950s, what do you reckon?

Vintage brooch

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hartland House Retreat Spa Review

If you’re planning a holiday to Cornwall or Devon, or aren’t too far away, then consider a trip to the wonderful Hartland House Retreat on the North Devon coast.  In a stunning location, with rolling farmland views down to the sea, this countryside idyll comprises a complex of pretty stone holiday cottages and a well-equipped spa.  I was staying half an hour’s drive away, in Bude, Cornwall, and went to the spa with a family member to celebrate their special birthday.

Hartland House Retreat

Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Retro Spin on Jeggings

These photos are from the start of the summer, just before the weather went baking hot, so I didn't end up posting them.  Now that it's cooling down again, I thought I'd dig them out for you.  It shows me wearing the polkadot trainers and bracelet that I wore in my last oufit post with a denim skirt, and the vintage bag that I used as part of a festival look here - all accessories that I have worn over and over, because they're so versatile!

I know jeggings are regarded with horror in many a vintage circle, but I tried to make them a little bit '50s with the cat eye glasses, hair and colour palette.

Retro Jeggings

Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Review: Popular

In 1959, Betty Cornell published 'The Teenage Popularity Guide'.  Fast forward to the modern day, and American teenager Maya Van Wagenen decided as part of a school project to follow the advice in it for a year, chapter by chapter, and her book 'Popular' is the result of her challenge.  Her family were in on it, but Maya kept it secret from her friends and peers in order to guage their genuine reactions to her increasingly extrovert - and sometimes plain weird - behaviour.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Vintage Guide to Bude, Cornwall

In the first week of August I was lucky enough to be invited on a family holiday to Cornwall, and we were fortunate to have a week of the sunniest, hottest weather I've ever known by the British seaside!  We stayed in Bude, a beautiful little town on the north coast of Cornwall, and I was pleasantly suprised at how much there was to interest the vintage and/or history lover.  Here's my roundup of the best bits.

Vintage Bude

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Pale Denim Pencil Skirt & A Leotard!

This outfit was supposed to be 1950's inspired when I started dressing, but somehow, by the end of it, it had lost any sense of that.  I started with the denim pencil skirt, but instead of the retro shirt I'd laid out to go with it, I changed my mind and went with a leotard.  I then chose to leave my hair loose rather than doing the intended quiff, as I was short of time.  And there you go, it's a bit more '80s.  My other half's comment was "like Jane Fonda".  I'll take that as a compliment!

Pale Denim

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