A Stitch in Time for the Jubilee

I had my eye on this lovely vintage sewing machine in a second hand furniture shop for a while and it seems my patience paid off as it was reduced and I’m now the proud owner!

I’m still trying to work out what year it was manufactured but with its iconic 50’s colour way I’m pleased as punch whichever era this came from. The Made in England tag just sealed the deal for me, its so nice to find vintage items that were once manufactured by the great british work force and we just don’t make them like we used to!

This vintage find is a truly brilliant, British piece of machinery…what a lovely Jubilee treat to me….now where to put it….

RR x

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Sweet Sailor Jerry Sixteen

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I’ve just moved home and whilst sorting through my stuff I’ve come across these limited edition Sailor Jerry converse that I bought in New York when I was 16! I totally forgot about these and thought they had been misplaced during my many moves over the past few years but I’m so happy I’ve got them back in my life because I remember how happy I was when I found them in a little shoe shop in Manhattan!

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4 Necessities for a 50’s Starlet

Since I began my journey back in time (about 6months ago) and decided to reinvent my wardobe and educate myself as much as possible on 50’s fashion, music, culture you name it, I’ve realised I still have a long way to go! Although I am still far from being a bonifide bettie there has been 4  things I have changed/learnt in order to ooze that unmistakable 50’s style.

1. Learn to victory roll

Considering how awful I am at creating any up do with my locks, I have mastered the victory roll after endless nights of YouTube tutorials *waves hand humbly*. This must of course be the ultimate rule number 1 for any pin up apprentice as it’s given me instant vintage appeal to my mix of high street and vintage style.

2. Get yourself some Reds

There’s more than one shade of red?! Hair aside, I class myself as pretty make up literate, I owned a couple shades of strawberry and cherry you know the score. It wasn’t till I started wearing the statement 50’s colour lipstick on every night out that I realised not every outfit *Shock Horror* goes with the same red! This led me to find limitless shades across multiple brands but I have to say after many glass and kiss tests,  M.A.C Ruby Woo is a sure winner. A little dry but with a small amount of balm as a base and a decent blot, this sweetheart stays on all night!

3. Oval not Squoval

One tiny but extremely significant change to my image was my nails. I’ve always been a squoval kinda gal (square/oval) but whilst procrastinating  I had a eureka moment except its not rocket science its just nails. Once I had reshaped my tips to a perfect oval and glossed them over with a cherry red I can honestly say I felt like a new woman, I instantly felt a million times more…well vintage than I had done 30 minutes previously. Who Knew!

4. High Brow

It’s amazing how quickly you can transform your entire face by reshaping your eyebrows and if you have quite naturally low eyebrows like me or dont quite fancy eliminating your brows all together than penciling in a high arch gives you instant 50’s chic! I have now got into the swing of drawing on rather thin and high arched brows daily, combined with some red lippy and a victory roll or two results in a quick and easy vintage look.

Rockabilly Radio

Blue Suede Shoes

So BBC Radio 2’s Rockabilly Disc Jockey, Richard Hawley, just reminded all us keen listeners that poor Carl Perkins in fact wrote and recorded the infamous “Blue Suede Shoes” first. A car accident was to be the barrier that allowed Elvis to go on and win acclaim for the record whilst Perkins lay in hospital.

A little tribute for the weekend if you will….