Sunday, 18 March 2018

Fun at the fair

I've had quite the eventful weekend! Yesterday was my local record fair, something I'd been looking forward to since the beginning of the year as the last one was way back in November, and today I popped up North a little for a vintage fair I'd only discovered was being held earlier in the week.

These were my two finds from the record fair. It's mostly cash based which suits me just fine as it stops me from getting carried away! Unless I see something I have to have (which has never happened yet) I like to look at all the stalls before I decide what to buy and then go back. I'm ever so good at making a mental note of precisely which box which record was in!

The Syd Barrett record is a double LP of his two solo albums, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett. I already own both records individually, but I still wanted to own this one too as soon as I saw it! I appreciate cover art as much as anything else and this is a really nicely put together set so I couldn't leave it behind. I generally struggle to find any of The Kinks LPs and if I do they're usually asking silly money. This copy of Face To Face was quite cheap, and I was convinced it would be gone when I got back to it but thankfully it wasn't.

I didn't get this at the record fair, but it is another recent find. I've had my eye out for A Saucerful of Secrets for a very long time indeed, and when I was at the record fair in November I did see a copy but unfortunately I didn't have enough money on me. And now I'm glad I didn't! It's true, good things do come to those who wait. I saw this copy on eBay, not described at all except for the title of the album and with a small, dark picture taken from about 5 metres away. Because of this it didn't have much interest, but I know well what I'm looking for and thought I could spot flipbacks on the back cover which would make it a very early pressing indeed, they typically sell for £70-£150 depending on condition. I won it for £28 which I considered cheap enough to take a punt, and was beyond thrilled when it arrived and I saw my gamble had paid off. Not only is it an early 2nd pressing, it's almost like new and has obviously been very well cared for. It's also my favourite album artwork by Pink Floyd, isn't it just beautiful?

I almost wasn't sure if I'd manage to make it to the vintage fair today due to the extreme weather we've been having, and although the organisers confirmed it was still going ahead I'd had my doubts as to how many traders would be able to make it. I'm so glad I made it though!

It was quite strange as there isn't any snow where I live, but within 10 minutes of being on the train we were caught in a flurry that continued all day. Thankfully I was wrapped up in my cosy Afghan coat and had thermal tights on, but I had no umbrella and looked like I had a white hat on top of my beehive by the time I'd walked from the station. By the time I came out of the vintage fair an hour later a further 2 inches of snow had settled, so I decided against exploring further and caught the next train home to thaw out.

The vintage fair was organised by Lou Lou's Vintage, and if there's one by you I'd really recommend going! There was a really great variety on offer and at great prices. I'd not heard of them before this week when someone on Instagram mentioned them, and I saw that they just so happened to be near me this weekend so I couldn't pass the opportunity.

I wasn't at the fair for anything in particular, just anything that caught my eye. I kept being drawn to some lovely glomesh bags but I felt they were a little expensive so I left them behind. I've been after a tunic style top to wear with my rust coloured flares. This was marked as a tunic and I thought the colours would go just perfect but as soon as I held it against me I realised it's not a tunic at all, it's a mini dress. It fits just perfect, although I noticed after I got it home that one sleeve is coming away at the seam so onto the mending pile it goes!

The photo of this orange blouse really doesn't do it justice. It's a slightly gauzey polyester with some of the biggest balloon sleeves I've ever seen! It was far too groovy to leave behind and I thought would look great with my collection of vests.

And finally this '60s mini dress with the most unique collar I'd ever seen. It's a lovely breathable cotton, so it'll be perfect for spring as soon as it makes an appearance.

Friday, 16 March 2018

In Biba

One thing I really love about going to an art college is the library. It's strictly arts related only, and it's an absolute treasure trove. Although I study illustration I'm obviously free to browse what I like, and it's such a thrill to get to flick through expensive coffee table books on vintage designers and fashion movements that I can only dream of owning. They also have every issue of Vogue from 1965!

One book I discovered recently was this neat Biba book. It's fully illustrated on the most beautiful paper, and details the Biba story and it's boutiques. So much detail has gone into this book, and Barbara Hulanicki's own sketches are interspersed throughout the text. Although a fairly modern print, it's unlike most other books and really physically feels in the spirit of Biba. I couldn't resist sharing a few photos.

It's quite pricey, but if you'd like your own copy you can buy it here.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Snow days

Outfit: vintage's snowy, huh? Honestly I'm pretty fed up with it. Not the snow itself, but rather the British reaction. It's embarrassing that the entire country has to shut down because of a few inches on the ground, it's rather pathetic. I'm also disappointed that the signs of spring have been nipped in the bud - quite literally in the case of the beautiful crocuses that were just starting to appear through the grass. Before the storm I bought some in a pot from Aldi to cheer up my flat, so at least they've survived.

I've been in class a total of 20 minutes this week due to all the cancellations, so I've been trying to fill my time with as much as possible. I know I won't have free time like this very often so I'm making the most of it. And when crafts are your hobby, I don't think there's really such a thing as boredom! Between sewing up a new dress, crocheting a blanket for my double bed, and drawing and painting, I've also been editing YouTube videos, and trying to squeeze in a bit of reading.

It occurred to me earlier in the year that I never read any more, I average about 1 book a year if that. If asked 'why?' I'd reply that I don't have the time, but that's a lie. I do have time, but I waste it mindlessly scrolling through social media or staring at my phone. I hate to think how many hours I waste! So I've set up a Goodreads account so I can set myself a goal for the year and check my progress (a paltry 5 books this year, but that's 4 more than last!) and I've been buying a few books as I think reading through the Kindle app on my iPad is half the problem - I begin with the best of intentions, but get distracted when I know Instagram or Tumblr are just a mere click away. I have George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four which has been sitting unread on my bookshelf for over a year (Animal Farm is the one book I read last year and I loved it so much it instantly became a favourite), as well as Lord of the Flies and a collection of adult short stories by Roald Dahl of which Tales of the Unexpected were based on. I also want to read more of John Steinbeck's short stories as I'm one of the few English students who enjoyed Of Mice And Men. I'm hoping short stories will help ease me back into the habit of reading. I used to devour absolutely huge books within a couple of days, so it's quite sad having to admit to myself that I don't have the attention span anymore which is why I'm so desperate to fix it.

What are you're favourite books? Is reading a priority for you? I'm trying to read before bed as I don't use public transport or anything, so I'd love to hear how you fit it into your day.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A New Dress and Other News

I've been having a lot of luck with my second hand shopping recently and have acquired a nice little stack of vintage dresses and accessories, I think I'm becoming addicted to eBay! I'll hopefully be posting some pictures of them soon. This is a dress I bought amongst them, it reminded me of the cute little mod dresses Twiggy was fond of wearing. I kept the rest of my outfit simple to match. It's a lovely little dress, made of a thin knitted fabric and quite perfect for spring (even if isn't spring yet, I can dream!)

I went to see The Shape of Water yesterday, a film I'd been looking forward to for some time as I'm quite the fan of Guillermo del Toro.
"An otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely mute Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment." - IMDB

I enjoyed it very much, but I admit I found it a bit style over substance. I wasn't very invested in the love story between Elisa and the creature and found myself much more interested in the characters surrounding them such as Giles and Bob/Dimitri. It didn't captivate me in the way that Pan's Labyrinth or The Devil's Backbone did, but I did really enjoy the film overall and loved that it was basically about loneliness due to not fitting in which is something I could relate to oh too well.

In other news, I've been somewhat expanding my sewing equipment and am now the proud owner of a dress form! It's something I've wanted for the longest time, especially as lately I keep making silly frustrating mistakes like making things too big or placing features incorrectly as it's difficult and impractical to fit things to your own body. Dressmaking mannequins are terribly expensive even secondhand, and to be quite honest I think they're tacky. Due to being adjustable they often have large gaps which means they're not very good for draping, and unless you're willing to spend upwards to £200 they're on wobbly spindly legs. Also as I was reading reviews, a lot of women were saying how they had to pad the mannequin out especially in the bust area. I only ever want to make clothes for myself so a fixed size is all I need, and I figured if I was going to have to pad it anyway then I may as well buy a cheap one. I got this one and I couldn't be happier with her!

I bought one that fit my bust size, and then stitched wadding to the hips to fill them out as I'm pear shaped. It came with a jersey bodysuit which I pulled over the wadding so it's barely visible. Pins fit in her nicely, and it has a very sturdy wooden base. I couldn't ask for more and I'm kicking myself for not buying it sooner! It's made me really excited to sew again and I've been purchasing some nice vintage fabrics on eBay as you can see. I plan on making myself some new summer dresses while I wait for spring!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Desirable dresses

I've been thinking a lot about my blog here lately, and I'd really like to post more snippets from my favourite time period of 1960s and 1970s - pictures from the past of things I'm digging, informative posts about the era, that kind of thing. I feel like all I ever post about lately are things I've bought or places I've been, and to me at least it feels a bit repetitive and materialistic. Blogging is always more fun when you're sharing what you're most passionate about, and I used to mix these kind of informative posts in with my more personal ones when I began blogging so it makes sense to go back to basics.

I thought I'd start off quite simply with some pretty little numbers I'm currently coveting from Etsy. I detest that I even have to say this as blogging has become so capitalist, but none of this is sponsored, none of these sellers know I'm linking to their items even, I just dig their stuff and wish I could have it in my own wardrobe!

I've had this lovely lime green dolly dress from Jewels4Pandas in my favourites list for years and have been close to pulling the trigger and buying it numerous times. When someone eventually does I'm going to be so sad! Unfortunately the measurements are the same as my body so I suspect it will be too small, and it's too expensive to take a risk.

This groovy dress from RetroLandVintage is a thing of dreams! I should really make my own dress in this style some time.

The first time I saw this coat I swear I turned into the heart eyes emoji and had to catch my breath. It's perfect, not only my size but also quilted inside to guarantee coziness against this abysmal cold British weather. Unfortunately it's over £200 so not meant to be. It's available from Sapphireandsixpence.

I can't fault this maxi dress from Vincentandtheo, I'd love to be wearing it in the summer time.

This dress ticks all of the boxes for me, it's my favourite style of vintage clothing with it's mod lines and psychedelic pattern. It's from AmericanArchive.

Tent dresses are my absolute favourite, and something I can never have enough of in my wardrobe. They're what first drew me into wearing '60s clothes in the first place. I love the fabric of this one by MetricMod.

Isn't the pattern on this dress by wardrobetheglobe just beautiful?

I'd love to have a paper dress someday, and adore this one by VintageClothingDream. Paper clothing was a short lived fad for a few years in the mid '60s when the concept of throwaway clothing was really taking hold. You could even buy some that the wearer could colour in themselves with crayons. They didn't last for long as they were as uncomfortable to wear as you'd imagine a dress made of paper to be, and colour was known to transfer onto the wearer and anything she touched. I'd still love to find one someday for it's historical value of my favourite time period.

How groovy are these boots?!? They're from LadyOfTheCanyonUSA. I already have some purple suede boots, or I may have had to get them!

I love a Juliet sleeve, and this dolly dress from WhiteHeatVintage is just perfect for me, I love flower prints and Victorian inspired shapes. I'd love to wear it with all white accessories.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting

Dress - 1960s vintage, via eBay // Necklace - 1960s vintage // shoes - New Look (old)

This dress was a recent lucky find on eBay. I've had quite a bit of luck on eBay lately, with my music collection as well as my wardrobe, and I'm quite excited to share my finds with you in the next few outfit posts. I initially had my eye on this dress when it was 'Buy It Now', but unfortunately it was too expensive but I put it in my watchlist anyway (does anyone else do that? I know I wasn't going to buy it at that price, but I like to look at things now and then and imagine). I got a notification that it had been relisted, and this time as an auction and as the only bidder I swooped it up for a bargain. It was even lovelier when it arrived as I hadn't noticed the lime green and acid orange colours in the pattern from the photographs.

It was uncharacteristically warm for January when I wore this outfit, which gave me the opportunity to wear my new-to-me coat that I got over Christmas. Where was I going, you may ask? Why, to hand in my dissertation!! I can't tell you how much weight has been lifted from my shoulders. I handed in my digital copy on the Wednesday, and then on Friday went into uni to hand in the bound, printed copy. It's filled my every waking moment these past few weeks, when I haven't been sat at my computer furiously typing away I've been mentally composing what I want to write next. It's been quite stressful, but I'm also really proud of my final paper. Writing is never something that's come to me naturally, but the fact that I've been blogging for so long has really helped me to learn to express myself and find my voice. I feel like I've written something I'm passionate about (well, it is about Pink Floyd!) and that that passion truly came through in my paper and made it so I had something genuine to write about.

This weekend is the first I've had to genuinely relax, and my brain has felt like scrambled eggs so it's just as well. I've spent it trying to catch up with everything I've had to neglect whilst I was writing, and took the time to draw for myself as it's been far too long and is my favourite way to reset myself. It was Nick Mason's birthday on Saturday, and as he's one of my favourite members of Pink Floyd I took the opportunity to draw him. I really struggled to find a high quality image I liked, and couldn't in the end. Considering my reference photo looked as though it had been taken with a potato and I had to use my imagination for the finer details, I'm quite pleased with how it came out!

Title: The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Thrift Finds and A New Dress

Marie Howitt dress - 1960s vintage // boots - Topshop // necklace - vintage via Oxfam

I picked up this maxi dress just before I went home for Christmas and I just love it, it's quickly become my most favourite piece. I've worn it so many times already, so expect to see it lots!

I wanted to share a little collective haul of all the things I bought when I was home for Christmas. I know I've said this many times, but vintage hunting is so abysmal where I live that it's always a relief to go home and visit all of my favourite haunts. And it didn't let me down, I found so many wonderful things!

I've been after a '70s suede matching suit for quite some time, but they always sell for an absolute fortune. I have many suede vests and suede skirts, but none of them a matching set which is what I truly wanted. I very nearly didn't go into the vintage shop nearest to home as it specialises in pre-1950s and is generally very expensive, so I nearly flipped in my shoes when I spotted this! It's a terrible picture as I couldn't get my camera to cooperate, but it's a wonderful vivid forest green. It fits me so well it felt like fate.

After I bought the suit I was musing what top would go best with it. Most of my tops are block colours and I was pouting that I didn't have anything more psychedelic when in another shop I found this perfect St Michael's pussybow blouse with swirls of pink. It was an absolute steal as it has a little burn hole at the end of the bow (I can imagine it got caught on a cigarette at some point!) but it's barely noticeable against the pattern and doesn't matter to me. Even my mum couldn't help but admire the quality of this blouse, "not like Marks and Spencer nowadays!"

The coat was really quite exciting to me as I've had my eye on it for quite literally years. But it was expensively marked at £45, and I'm fairly certain I'd tried it on before and it didn't fit so I dismissed it. It had since been placed way out of reach hanging from a hook in the ceiling with a bunch of other clothes, so high up I could only touch the hems. I was trying to flick through them as a flash of hot pink and orange had caught my eye, when suddenly the whole lot came down on top of me! The hook in the ceiling had given up, and I was suddenly standing with my arms full of psychedelic clothing and broken lamps at my feet that had been knocked off the shelves. I was mortified! In all my years of vintage shopping I've never had any accidents! I could hear the sales assistant coming up the stairs to see what the crashing was. I was still trying to process what had happened as it was all so sudden, but thankfully the assistant was very kind and thought it funny and told me not to worry about it.

I thought I may as well make the most of having the clothing at easy reach and take a good look, and decided to try the much coveted coat on. And it fit! I couldn't believe it! I felt so guilty about the breakages and so happy it fit, I decided I should treat myself as I'd wanted it so long anyway, only to then be given £10 off at the till. I literally trashed the place and still got a discount, not bad going!

It's definitely a spring/summer coat as it's just lined corduroy, I can't wait until it warms up so I can wear it!

You may have seen me mention in my post about going to York that I'd found a maxi dress in the window of a charity shop. It reminds me almost of a Japanese kimono with it's flared sleeves and cherry blossom-esque pattern, don't you think? It's a little too big so I'll need to make some adjustments before I can wear it.

Other knick knacks purchased from various shops. I love the length of swirly blue crimplene, and I really lucked out with the deadstock. I've wanted a pair of tights like that for years, to finally find them for £1 in the charity shop. The two floral blocks is a pair of tea towels that I just couldn't resist (I may have to create something more interesting with them!) and I'd been needing some pillowcases anyway. The deadstock striped top I'd initially bought purely to sell on as it was such a steal, but after getting it out of the packet I decided it's too perfect and will be keeping it for myself!

I do love a bit of kitchenware, and all of these were picked up for £1 a piece in the charity shop. I'd needed a tea jar so I was particularly pleased with that! The Salter scales were in their original packaging and don't seem to have ever been used. They seem to sell for a small fortune on eBay and the like so I'm very pleased. I especially like them as my mum had a similar set of compact Salter scales when I was growing up, although hers were a rather boring cream colour and more '80s in design.

And the records! I actually bought these when I went to London. I can never resist a trip to the record shop, and managed to pick up these two. Pink Floyd In The Beechwoods is a bootleg record released last year, and has the same Syd era recordings that featured on the Early Years boxset, but as the boxset was CD I like having the option to listen to it on vinyl. And to be honest I can never resist any record with Syd on, even if I already have the tracks!

And can you believe it’s taken me until now to own Yellow Submarine on vinyl?? I’ve never made any secret of the fact it’s my favourite Beatles film and I just adore the soundtrack, but I’ve never found it in the flesh before and I stubbornly refused to buy it off eBay for an inflated price. Finally owning this album actually completes my Beatles studio album collection! How exciting!
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