Polka Dot Peplum

So the Louis Feraud finally made it’s debut after a long and lonely year in the dark confines of the wardrobe!

The day I brought this suit home was a memorable one and I can honestly say it;s the only vintage clothing I have ever justified a dry cleaning bill on….

Walking down Leigh on Sea high street (Essex Coast) one sunny afternoon my partner spotted a sign outside a restaurant that said ‘Vintage Sale Upstairs’, curious we went inside and the entire top floor was packed out with the owners wardrobe spanning 3 decades. Then I spotted it, hanging up right out of the way….as I slipped into it both the previous owner and I gasped at the same time (true story) and she said I just had to have it!

I said to her it even felt well made, being 100% silk with hand finished hems and it must have cost her a fortune, she replied with ‘Oh it was it cost me a £1000 back then’….I nearly fell over! Fast forward 30 minutes and I strolled out into the sunshine with my beautiful polka dot, pencil and peplum suit, all for a mere 25 quid! I cut out the shoulder pads and wore it with my Soft in Step Marta Jonssons’s, which are the comfiest heel’s I have ever worn, transforming this 80’s power suit into a 50’s dream. Accompany with hot sticked hair, one messy night at Madame JoJo’s and lot’s of Rock n Roll…one happy girl!

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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.

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Rockabilly Radio

Hard Headed Woman!

Wanda Jackson shows what a great sense of humour and stage presence she has in this video from 1958 – Rockabilly’s leading lady introdues the song as ‘the greatest love song ever written’ then goes onto sing “Keep your cotton-pickin’ fingers off my curly hair!”

Love this song so much and when I’ve had enough of washing old socks I put this on and scowl at my fella…Grrrr

 

 

p.s it’s nearly Friday!

 

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Charity Case

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!

The Obscuritones!

I’ve been a fan of this band for a while now and when I couldn’t make their gig at The Ritzy in Brixton last friday I nearly pulled a hissy fit…until I saw they were playing again in London the following night! I did actually do a slight *air jump* at that point.

If you havn’t heard of The Obscuritones yet I’m almost certain you will soon because this British Rockabilly band ticks every box from great live performance to 50’s rarities. They refer to their unique style as “the Andrew Sisters singing with the Stray Cats after a night out with the Cramps” – Rockabilly Online so whats not to like!

We saw them at the amazing Bethnal Green Working Mans club, a venue I’ve always “been meaning to go to” and man am I gutted I’ve only just found this place! Talk about time warped, this venue’s plonked right inside an East End residential area and looks exactly like…well, an East End working mans club, I don’t think one thing in that place has been changed since the 1950’s, from the furniture to the bars and I LOVE venue’s like this.

The Obscuritones were short of a singer that night and I’ve heard great things about the girls harmonious vocals but I’ve gotta say folks it didn’t hinder their performance one bit, they played two brilliants sets (granted I was probably slightly worse for wear during the second) that oozed humour, exciting vocals and authentic rockabilly sounds and whatta’ venue for it. These lot will get you shakin’ your hips and tappin’ your toes before you can say rockin’ rhythm and with influences such as Johnny Burnette and The Collins Kids you know you’re in for a party! Until the next time…

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