Freddies of Pinewood Review

Recently I have blogged a lot about how things have changed my life so I thought it would be quite nice to tie in a review of Freddie’s of Pinewood Jeans to suit the theme.

FREDDIES HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE!!

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After a long time ‘pining’ (sorry) after a pair but being slightly nervous that I wouldn’t get on with a wide leg, I eventually got my first pair any my gosh I don’t know why I waited so long! I have a serious phobia of a high street high waist, I’m long in the body and to be quite honest these cuts barely cover my hips let alone my midriff. After putting on a little bit of weight  I just like to feel covered up, compact, not spilling out…

Freddies have given me the perfect pair of jeans, not only do they suit my frame and look cute with ANYTHING, they come right up past my belly button and due to maximum surface area make me feel so much more confident. You can pair these jeans with almost any top or tee for an instant vintage look, team with bandanna and leopard for a true Rockabilly look or head scarf and shirt for land girl lushness.

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These jeans are comfy, sturdy and make me feel a million dollars…a small price to pay for such a marvelous feeling! Well done Freddie’s of Pinewood.

RR x

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Vacation

Quite honestly I find 1940’s and 1950’s inspiration in almost anything now, it’s everywhere we look, in new advertising campaigns, cars, clothes, hair adverts and with the amazing Tune In Radio application now, you really can live a truly vintage lifestyle. If you have yet to download this app, do it right now, it plays just like an authentic vintage radio station, no DJ’s and even vintage radio ads! A picnic on Hampstead Heath, with Radio Vintage playing and my fella really is my most happy place. Rock on Tune In!

Anyway, I thought I’d post some snaps from my holiday to the beautiful tiny Island of Skiathos, lord knows I tried to maintain the vintage look in that heat! (P.S ASOS high waist bikini bottoms are just amazing and really do come up as high as you want them)

Bikini Briefs: ASOS
Bikini Top: Calvin Klein

Denim Playsuit: Topshop

Muscle Car Print Skirt: Primark
Black Head Scarf: H&M

RR x

Pin Up of the Month – September

I apologise for missing the monthly instalments I so much enjoy writing, however a month long holiday and various other commitments took over…as is life!

This months Pin Up was inspired by a print I bought last week for my “future home” and reminded me just how much I love this lady. As we all know I use the word Pin Up as a portrayal of strong, independent and beautiful women in their own right, therefore I have picked this actress not because of her most infamous Hollywood roles, but for her quirky, honest and simple charm. We all love her, the lady that is as famous today as she ever was…

Miss Audrey Hepburn!

I was first introduced to Audrey Hepburn at a young age, not through Breakfast at Tiffany’s but through her not so well known films The Nuns Story and Funny Face. These two films, both made in the 1950’s, show how diverse Audrey’s capabilities as an actress are and what a wonderful talent she had. Seen as a style icon, I quite simply see her most beautiful in images such as below, in a jumper without a scrap of make up on.

Of course I do love Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and all in between, who doesn’t! I think this print will go rather well in my bedroom…

RR x

Room full of Starlets

Any woman in her right mind knows how flattering the clothes of the 40’s and 50’s are and one woman who knows this more than most is behind one of the most sought after vintage remade brands this year. Tara Starlet is the ultimate pin up of the pageant, offering not only beautifully made, vintage style clothes that flatter all shapes and sizes but its ethical too….*hurrah!*

I popped down to London to give Tara a hand at the sample sale in her quirky east end studio, naturally what 50’s fanatic like myself wouldn’t think they had died and gone to graceland being surrounded by all those amazing clothes! I got to meet the lovely Hollie over at The War Bride too, as someone who doesn’t have many friends who are into vintage the way I am it’s always so nice to meet other people who get so excited about the same things! Tara’s studio is just the sweetest vintage haven and with  the Puppini sisters setting the sound track for the day, a few soldiers in uniform wouldn’t have gone a miss…

 

 

 

 

The wonderful Tara and I

The lovely War Bride, Hollie, check her out she does the funnest of things!

RR x

Bad Hair Days Covered

I am a self confessed soap dodger in the hair department, I dye my natural blonde locks a dark brown and hate washing it too much because it can get so dry…grease isnt a good look but either is straw! So another thing that’s filled me with joy on my journey to becoming a 50’s filly is that I can just wear a head scarf to work and just like magic my barnets covered AND it adds even more to the vintage look. This is obvious practise to long time dedicated vintage queenies but for a relatively new kid on the block this still excites me just a little bit!

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Pin Up of the Month – June

I’ve been watching a lot of Calamity Jane (1953) recently after resurrecting it from my DVD collection, something I like to do every year or so. Retrieving the disc and dusting it off for a re-run excites me every time as it takes me straight back to my childhood, sitting in my grandparents living room performing renditions of “Secret Love” to what was then a VHS. Routinely putting it away again means that a year or so later I can treat myself to the infamous soundtrack and my much awaited sing a long that never ceases to make me smile. (I’m pretty sure my other half must know by now that it’s Harry I’m planning to marry?) Enough of the insiders jokes, I apologise for those who aren’t quite such avid fans, I just cant help myself! Without further ado, of course you guessed it, my Pin up of the Month is…

Doris Day

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Source: The Independent

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I havn’t posted many vintage finds lately and there has been many since I moved, it’s just been bargains galore! I can’t actually remember the last time I went into high street stores, I just begrudge paying full price for clothes and shoes now…is that really stingy? Well my wardrobe has never looked so refreshed so I still maintain my second hand mantra and you just cant beat that good old musty smell of a once loved garment that conjures up images of past times!

I particularly love this outfit I wore to The Obscuritones gig at Bethnal Green Working Mans Club because the whole lot cost me a fiver! (minus shoes but these are Primarni) The red leather belt was an amazing find as it was originally from Rokit Vintage and I have been after a leopard print tee for ages, so good shopping trip all round! The nautical style peep toes have a really nice hessian wedge, so great for the summer and are still in Primark stores now.

Top: Oxfam – £1.99 Skirt: Oxfam – £0.99
Belt: Mencap – £1.99

Shoes: Primark – £12

I have also been intently practising my hair do techniques as I am so rubbish with hair it’s just a JOKE. (But I am getting better I promise!) I had to get ready really quickly this night so just threw 2 victory rolls in either side and swept my fringe across and finished with a little black H&M scarf in a bow. I thought this worked quite well for a quick and easy hair do with a 50’s twist so I’ll be pulling this one out the bag again for when I’m in a rush!