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!

Monday, 1 January 2018

Lose themselves in other times

A few days ago just before New Year I decided venture out to the huge antiques centre about an hour away. Between Christmas and New Year is always a funny time of year, and it seemed many other people had the same idea as me to get out of the house! I was there for a browse more than anything, but as always I just couldn't resist picking up a few lovely things.

I always enjoy taking some photos whilst I'm there, I've posted about it a few times on my blog and I love seeing how the displays change with each visit. This section full of taxidermy, medical models, and old fairground equipment always piques my morbid interests.

I'm often using my Winsor & Newton watercolour palette as I blogged about here, so I loved seeing this Winsor & Newton watercolour set from 1850. It's a bit different from my plastic one! Especially with it's cut glass water pot and ceramic mixing tray. I'd of loved to have taken it home with me, but unfortunately it was £500!

I tried to capture the scale of this miniature satellite chair, but I'm not sure if I succeeded. You've probably seen my '60s satellite chair in the background of all of my outfit photos, and you can see that this one is exactly the same as mine, but child sized. It's adorable! It almost makes me wish I had a child just so we could have matching groovy chairs.

Now on to the goodies I bought!

I've been after a vintage sweater for the longest time as unfortunately all of mine are sleeveless which won't do for British winters! This photo doesn't do it much justice, but I could never have asked for a better one that this! I'ts orange and purple, and just my size. It was on the mannequin with this '70s felt hat, and they paired so well together I just had to get them both. There was a sign pinned to the mannequin strictly informing that clothing only be removed by the sales assistant, but as I knew I wanted it I couldn't see any point in dragging someone upstairs to do what would take me 30 seconds. I was scared I might have been seen on CCTV and would get told off when I went to the till, I must have looked ever so shifty! Haha!

I love my vintage knick-knacks, and couldn't resist these egg cups for £3 the pair. They look ceramic, but they're actually plastic which I think is much better. Behind them is a thing to serve sauces for your dining table, it was only £3 again so I couldn't leave it behind. I'm not one for sauces, but I'm sure I can find an alternative use!

I've always adored this style of '60s teak shelves, and it was already a bargain to begin with but then had an additional 25% off. Lucky me! I don't have anywhere to put it yet, but I couldn't leave without it. Once I've got it all set up I think it'll look just fab with my collection of raw healing crystals on.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

This will be our year, took a long time to come

And so 2017 finally comes to a close. It's been a funny old year with it's highs and lows, but thankfully nothing too eventful has happened and so I'm going to remember this year for all the good things.

Remember A Day // And What Exactly Is A Dream // 'Neath The Gay Illuminations
Recent Vintage Finds // Museum of Witchcraft // Floating Down, The Sound Resounds

2017 marked 50 years since 1967, a momentous year for enthusiasts of the 1960s, and as such many anniversaries were held relevant to my interests which certainly helped to make this year fun. It was a very Pink Floyd filled year in particular for me, with Their Mortal Remains opening in London to mark their 50th year which I was lucky enough to visit three times, as well as splurging on their Early Years Box Set which is something I'll cherish owning forever. It's felt really wonderful to be able to indulge myself in my favourite band all year. It's also been the year I finally started seeing my favourite bands live, and was fortunate enough to see The Killers twice as well as scoring tickets to see Roger Waters for my birthday next year.

Such Is Silence O'er Royal Camelot // Recent Vintage Finds // Sewing A New Dress

I began my final year of university, a milestone I thought I wouldn't be able to achieve when I began my course, and finally got a clear idea of the direction I'd like to go in, both professionally and personally. I'm definitely leaving 2017 with a much clearer image of myself than I started the year with, which is a wonderful feeling to have. Because even if things don't go according to plan, having a clear sense of self is all that really matters and will help me move forward from anything with confidence.

Early Years // Wonderful Wonderful // Lying On An Eiderdown
I'd Like To Be Under The Sea // A Day In The Life // Summer's Almost Gone

I found some really wonderful vintage treasures, completed gaps in my vinyl collection, and have taken little trips here and there to see new and interesting places further away from home than I usually go; I got my car this year and I can definitely say that I've made he most of having it. I've kept up with my personal drawing alongside my uni work, and have made quite a few lovely dresses. I've also really fallen back in love with blogging again, I'm proud of this little space I've created and have met some really wonderful, unique and interesting people through social media which brings me a lot of happiness.

This was also the year that I began journalling, both in 'bullet' form and using the Happiness Planner. I use my bullet journal as part scrapbook, part art journal and have really loved having a space for memories and personal reflection. Being a terrible over-thinker, it really helps to have a personal space to organise my thoughts at the end of each day. I was skeptical of the Happiness Planner when I bought it, but really wanted to try and change my mindset into less of a pessimist. I used it consistently for the first part of the year and really felt it made a difference, but then I stopped as I felt I didn't need it anymore and so fell straight back into old negative habits and couldn't get motivated to use it every day again. However I felt it worked so well when I did use it properly that I've bought the 100 Day version for 2018. I think I'll be able to stick with 100 Days better than a whole year, and can then incorporate the positive reinforcements into my bullet journal afterwards.

Here's to a happy 2018!
January 1st is the start of a fresh week as well as being a fresh year, and also happens to fall on a full moon which is also a super moon. There couldn’t be a more powerful time to start over. Let's make it brilliant ♥

Title: The Zombies - This Will Be Our Year

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Here comes Santa in his sleigh, those silver bells they sound so gay

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, or Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Yule, or whichever festivity you enjoy at this time of year, and got some lovely presents and ate lots of yummy food. It's always a very relaxed occasion in my family as there isn't many of us, but as I received some lovely things this year I thought I'd share. It's rare for me to be gifted things relevant to my interests, so I really appreciated the effort my loved ones went to for me this year.

A Pink Floyd calendar, a few goodies from Lush, and some vintage bits and bobs. The '70s colander is shaped like a flower and will look just perfect in my kitchen with all of my '70s floral patterned trays and crockery. I mentioned before that I've recently gotten back into knitting, and my mum really took it to heart with a vintage knitting pattern file, and a box filled with vintage needles.

I also got given a Fitbit Blaze which is the most exciting thing for me. It's a smart watch as well as a fitness tracker. I used to have an Apple watch but I wasn't keen on it, mostly as it wasn't very good at tracking exercise. My Fitbit will not only track my every day movements, but can even tell by itself whether I'm exercising or not without being set. It's working fabulously so far and I couldn't be happier with it! I think it's a nice looking watch too, which is rare for this kind of gadget.

I hope the season was everything you wanted it to be ♥

Title: Pink Floyd - Merry Xmas Song
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