Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Vintage Inspired Jewellery

November 9, 2014
Vintage Inspired Jewellery
I started a new job at the beginning of September - yay, go me! Now a b2b journalist for the jewellery and watch trade, I have slowly but surely turned into a baby magpie. Where previously I stuck to the meaningful jewellery handed down to me by my mother, aunty and grandmother, I have now started compiling a wishlist more expensive than my annual salary. I guess it was inevitable in this industry, even as a journo... So, swapping out my business brain for my magpie mind, here are my top five Read more [...]
Books, Fairytales, Inspired, Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones and AW14 Fashion

October 12, 2014
Stark Detail
Looking forward to the fashions of AW14 earlier this year, many designers appeared to wrap up their collections in a cloth of Medieval-Renaissance fancy (as they did in AW13!). Whether you noticed the revived capes in the couture and RTW collections of Elie Saab, Valentino and Marios Schwab or the decadently rich early Baroque embellishments and prints of Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino and Just Cavalli, the fantasy of the Middle Ages descended onto the catwalk. For those of you who know me well, Read more [...]
Vintage Tea Party

Orange Tuille Biscuit Recipe

September 16, 2014
Orange-Tuille-Recipe
These are the most delicate yet stubborn 'biscuits' I have yet to conquer, much like myself I loosely call them biscuits, because the word to me normally conjours up rustic, chunky delicacies. Tuiles they are not. But these melt-in-the-mouth zingy delights are not to be underestimated. Before you get going with making your delicious orange tuiles, line LOTS of baking trays with baking parchment. I tend to sellotape the edges down to make sure that the paper is as flat as possible. Then, preheat Read more [...]
Inspired, Vintage Fashion & Beauty

A 1950s Débutante on Margaret Island

August 13, 2014
1950s-Debutante-Dress
On the morning of day three and nearing the end of our 48 hours in Budapest, the bf and I decided to visit Margaret Island and what did we discover? A singing fountain. Yeah. Exactly. Stunningly sunny, the water fountain spouted brilliantly blue columns of water and, well, it would have been rude not to photograph it. The island was bigger than we expected, playing host to the singing fountain, a wildlife park area, a water tower, Budapest’s open air theatre, swimming pools, beautiful gardens Read more [...]
Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Top 10 1920s Flapper Inspired Dresses for Summer Parties SS14

August 7, 2014
1920s Flapper
An updated post for you on the top 1920s vintage style dresses out there now, as my SS13 guide to the top 10 flapper dresses for summer parties has become a little outdated! I realise the flapper style is a popular party theme for the summer and winter months, so I am going to try and give you an updated roundup with each season. Also, I watched Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby for the second time around over the weekend (in 3D!) and I actually preferred the drunken revelry and lustful longing much Read more [...]
Inspired, Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Twirling in a 1940s Dress in Budapest

August 4, 2014
Budapest-Title
I love the excitement of arriving in new, unexplored territory and starting to piece together the sights. I like to challenge myself – to see how long it takes for me to get to the point where I no longer have to use the map to get around. It’s always satisfying when you feel like you’re starting to get to grips with the city and considering the bf and I only had 48 hours in Budapest, we had to orientate ourselves pretty quickly! Since I had only finished my exams the week before, I had Read more [...]
Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Top 10 Vintage Style Swimwear Favourites on the Highstreet NOW

July 25, 2014
Vintage Style Bikinis and Swimsuits
As promised in my vintage swimwear inspiration post, which featured vintage and vintage-inspired bikinis and swimsuits, I am now sharing the modern-day alternatives out there RIGHT NOW (as in, July 25 2014). So, without further ado (because, let's face it, these gorgeous 50s inspired swimwear pieces aren't going to be around for the whole summer), here are my top 10 picks - five bikinis and five swimsuits! Vintage Style Swimsuits The dotty, the scalloped and the sirens Okay, so the first on my Read more [...]
Inspired, Vintage Weddings

Dreamy: Vintage Wedding Editorial

July 23, 2014
Vintage Beach Wedding
This wedding editorial was photographed on the beautiful beach at Seabrook Island in South Carolina. This "Dreamy" wedding inspiration editorial from the 2014 summer issue of Weddings Unveiled features an array of traditional and non-traditional wedding dresses by Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Lazaro, Reem Acra and others. (Look at the pictures to see the designer attributions.) Featuring editorials isn't something I planned to start doing (let alone two in two weeks - see the Read more [...]
Inspired, Vintage Fashion & Beauty

Salz auf der Haut: Vintage Fashion Editorial

July 14, 2014
Vintage Fashion Editorial
So, you may be a little confused to see a different language in my title. I don't blame you! Some of you may not know, half of me is actually German (woo - World Cup winners!). Being half-German and half-British is a bit of a dubious concoction most of the time. But, let the haters hate. I love having two cultures to draw on and this vintage styled fashion editorial is one of those reasons why! Featuring the beautiful model, Chantilly Scott, this holiday collection features a modern mash-up of Read more [...]
Vintage Fashion & Beauty

All That Glitters is Not Gold (Apparently…)

June 30, 2014
Glitzy Review
I've become a bit fixed in my ways. It's not something I have done intentionally, but there are definitely certain aspects of life and choices I make which lead to the same result. Now that my course is over (fingers crossed results day will be a happy day), I am going to focus on trying to break the cycle and be adventurous. So, let's start in a small way... I'm normally a magpie with a penchant for all things gold. It's been some years since I have dabbled with silver, but when asked to review Read more [...]

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