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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RR x

Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent!

If you’ve walked past the Southbank Centre in London recently then you wouldn’t have missed the huge sky swing that’s towering over a beautiful vintage fun fair! Priceless London Wonderground festival has been showcasing the most marvelous Cabaret, Circus and Sideshow acts London has ever seen this summer, with magical mushroom seating under a fairy lit sky to top it off.

Hibiscus Flower Dress: Collectif
T Bar Dance shoes: Vintage

I booked tickets for Saturday Night at the Spiegeltent as I absolutely loathe that I don’t live in a time of good old variety shows and Saturday nights at the circus! The show was in a circus tent, top marks already, and the night was filled with comedy and burlesque acts. My partner thought the comedians were brilliant which was good because being the prude I am found them rather offensive! However the Nigella Lawson burlesque act was both modern and imaginative with just the right amount of naughtiness to get a laugh from everyone, I must say I’m not sure I will ever watch one of her shows in the same way again though, think cucumbers and cream if you get my drift…

Navy Trousers: Next Shirt: Charity Shop
Brogues: Office

RR x

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…

RR x

Hot Dogs, Liquor and Vintage Sounds!

Juke Box Jiving at Joe’s

“Hot Dogs, Liquor and Vintage Sounds”  is what adorns the outside of Joe’s bar located right opposite Camdens infamous Roundhouse and this is exactly what you get. You certainly dont have to be a 50’s fanatic to have a great time here, it’s a no fuss no frills joint, just friendly staff, good reasonably priced drinks and Rock n Roll! What initially started out as a refuge from the snow on a Saturday night turned into a rather tipsy toe tappin’ session which lasted until the wee hours! If the amazing smell of their hotdogs doesnt tempt you in then the music definitely will…this bar was full of a great mix of people from all walks of life and I dont think I saw one person sat still while the DJ span the best sounds from ’55 – ’65.  A breath of fresh air for Camden…GO!    

@joescamden

Vintage sounds Monday to Sunday

 
 

Toe Tappin' in a Tiki Shirt