Saturday, 31 December 2016

Let There Be More Light

The new year always feels so full of positivity and hope to me, which I know is silly; after all it's just a day like any other and you can make changes to your life at any time you like. But it always feels like a fresh start, and I feel so hopeful for that clean slate and welcome it with arms thrown wide open. Although the world at large may feel like it's falling to pieces, we can still improve our own little worlds as best we can and to be honest I've been thinking about my goals for 2017 for far longer than I care to admit! I thought I'd share those thoughts with you.


I definitely haven't blogged much this year, and have felt quite disconnected from my blog as a whole. It's become a strange space to me, I used to feel part of a community on here and everyday would be excited to read all of the blogs I follow and it really inspired me to blog and share thoughts and ideas with people I liked and admired. And now they've all gone, and my blog list is looking rather bare and sorry for itself. Not only is that depressing as I truly miss interacting and reading particular blogs that are no more, I'm finding it difficult to find blogs to replace them with. I truly hate mainstream blogging with it's cold white backgrounds and bland generic content to appeal to advertisers, but it can be difficult to find like minded bloggers with similar interests as they're generally smaller. And that's something I'd really like to focus on this year, building up my blog and posting more regularly as well as trying to find new blogs to read and a new blogging community. I love blogging, and I refuse to give up on it. I know many have moved over to platforms like Instagram instead, but it just doesn't compare to me. Instagram is disposable, a blog is more personal and allows me to feel like I'm connecting with the person behind it.
If you know of any blogs you think I'd love, please please let me know!


Draw more. I bought a new A5 sketchbook recently, and I aim to fill it. I always give up on sketchbooks as I feel a need to create perfect art in them, and give up before I get a chance to "wreck" it. I want to rid myself of this mindset, and so I'm challenging myself to draw every day until this sketchbook is full. It's a perfectly achievable goal as a drawing can literally be anything from a fully formed drawing to a 3 minute doodle. I used to draw every day, I'd take my sketchbook everywhere with me and pull it out every time I had a few minutes spare and didn't particularly care what each page looked like or whether it was cohesive, I was just having fun. I want to get back to that and loose the perfectionism.


Pretty much related, but I also want to create more in general. I have so much sewing inspiration and the materials to do it, so I want to stop procrastinating and just do it! I also want to finish my crochet project before summer. And to just stop procrastinating on my crafts in general, it's something I love to do but I've built things up in my head to feel like mammoth tasks instead of something I can do as and when I feel like, which it actually is.


I also just want to do more things in general and feel like I'm living more and really embracing life. I often never quite get around to things, plan to go to places then put it off. I've had enough, if I want to go somewhere on a whim then I will! No more excuses!


This one is specific, and one that I'm deliberately going to be a little cagey on as it's something far in the future and I don't want to lay all of my cards on the table about it just yet. I really want to travel next year, and I'm specifically thinking next December (so I can escape Christmas), and to try backpacking. I've fully researched where I want to go and it's something completely doable, the only thing stopping me would be my own cowardliness which is a lame excuse not to do something.

I've only ever traveled before when I've had a complete booking at a well researched hotel and a full itinerary of exactly what to do on every day that I'm there. So the idea of going somewhere without a thorough plan, without extensive bookings in place beyond my plane ticket, is a little terrifying (it's also worth noting I'll be solo!). But I also think it could do my confidence the world of good, and it would be such an incredible experience that I'm really hoping I can build the courage to go through with it.


They're quite broad goals, but mostly for 2017 I just want to be brave, have fun, create more, explore, and above all just live. I feel like I've just been floating throughout 2016, and now it's time for me to take control.

What are your hopes for 2017?

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Yards and yards

I'm currently home for Christmas, and a couple of days ago we popped across to the next town over where there's a massive antiques centre. It's my favourite place to shop and I enjoy going as often as I can. There are several separate shops, each huge and containing a variety of different dealers so you're guaranteed to find something for your tastes and due to it being a small country town it's very casual and fairly priced. I particularly like it as there's a few dealers that specialise in 1960s and '70s clothing and home wares, so I make sure to save up my pennies! And this visit was no different, I picked up so many exciting goodies!

I was really excited to try and add some clothing to my wardrobe, like I mentioned before it's difficult for me to find vintage clothing where I now live unless I buy online. And as you can see, I wasn't let down! I saw a few wonderful crimplene maxi dresses all grouped together, but settled for this lovely blue number as I adore the bright flower pattern and it fit me the best. I've really enjoyed switching my usual mini length for maxi this winter, so I imagine I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this.

I was also on the hunt for a vintage dressing gown as my apartment gets very cold, I was imagining something bright and quilted. However the warm aspect quickly got disregarded when I spotted this perfect orange set! Its a '60s maxi nightgown and negligee, I'll feel oh so glamorous lazing around the house in this beauty. Although it's in perfect sturdy condition, I don't plan on wearing it to bed as I toss and turn far too much and would be knotted up in seconds! But I often like to change into something more comfortable for the evening and this is absolutely perfect for that.

This crimplene shirt was hiding on a hanger underneath a wool suit, I only noticed it by the collar peeking out and grabbed it immediately. I've been wanting more tops to wear with my skirts and this was perfect and I knew it would go well with my collection of scarves (of which I also bought another, as you see below!) I actually thought this was a mens shirt when I bought it until I tried it on after I got home and noticed the darts on the bust. It makes no difference to me either way!

All of the other things I got were lengths of fabric which has me missing my sewing machine desperately, it's going to be very busy as soon as I'm home! The first length on the left was the most expensive length, £24 which is far more than I would ever usually spend on fabric but it's possibly the most beautiful length of fabric I've ever seen and there's about 3 metres of it. It's certainly not something I'm likely to see anywhere else. It's groovy pattern reminds me of Peter Max. I'm not yet sure what to create out if it, it has to be something spectacular! I'm thinking of scanning it into the computer to create a repeatable background of it it's so lovely.

The rest of the fabric was all crimplene, and all super cheap. I'm a crimplene fiend and love to hoard it up whenever I see it available and I've really hit the jackpot this visit. There's about a metre of this stripy floral, and I'm envisioning a summer shift dress.

The quilted length is another huge piece of fabric (I'm not sure I'll even be able to fit it all in my suitcase, ha!) I've often admired vintage quilted maxi skirts, but never seen one in the flesh nor for a good price online. I imagine this would make a beautiful maxi skirt!

There's quite a lot of this patterned crimplene on the right, at the moment I'm thinking of creating it into a bell sleeved maxi dress. My favourite aspect of buying vintage fabric is that there's no desperately hoping something you love will fit, nor seeing something in a beautiful fabric in an ugly garment. Everything is exactly to your measurements and your design.

These were the non clothing items I got. I couldn't resist the cheese board, it'll brighten my kitchen right up! I'm always a magpie for nice pieces of jewellery and these Indian bangles were just a few pounds each. The Encyclopedia of Pop/Rock is an original from 1973 and only 50p. I don't rate it as much of an encyclopedia as there's several artists who'd made it very big at this time who are missing, but it's thorough enough and I enjoy having things from the time my favourite bands were around and seeing what was written about them then compared to what we know now. Plus how fab is that cover!

These 5 pieces weren't found in the antiques centre at all, but the local charity shop. I don't normally have much luck in charity shops, but it's always worth checking as every so often I strike gold and usually when I least expect it. All five of these pieces were 50p each, all thrown together in a huge basket with a variety of other off cuts. It's actually my mum I have to thank, I was busy digging through the pile of vintage patterns when I suddenly heard her call over to me "hey, is this crimplene?" I ran over, and we found another bit, and then another bit, and another until I had my arms completely full. I couldn't believe my luck! They're all fairly sizable pieces of about a metre, except for the green plaid pattern piece which is two metres and I thought would make a nice summer dress (I even found matching vintage buttons in the notions box, as you can see!) I have no idea what I'll do with the other pieces, but I like to have lengths of plainer fabrics in my stash to pair with busier fabrics as contrasting details like collars and sleeves.

I'm going to be a busy bee when I get home, that's for sure! I haven't had my sewing mojo for a while, so it feels wonderful to be excited about it again.

Thursday, 1 December 2016


Dress, coat, handbag - 1960s vintage
Shoes - New Look

This little dress is my most recent vintage purchase, from eBay. It was love at first sight, it felt so perfect with it's Peter Pan collar, mod babydoll shape, bishop sleeves and tartan in my favourite shade: orange. Tartan always feels particularly seasonal at Christmas, and this was such the dress of my dreams that I found myself holding my breath as I looked at the size. When somethings so perfect, it's natural to assume it'll be the wrong size and this was listed as a size 8 which I'm certainly not! But reading the measurements and checking them repeatedly just to make sure, I realised it was actually my exact size and I couldn't order it quick enough. Whilst I enjoy wearing all kinds of psychedelic patterns and colours, there's nothing quite like the clean uncomplicated lines of mod style and it's the style that originally got me interested in '60s fashion in the first place.

As the ice has finally set in, I teamed it with my cosy orange '60s Afghan coat and I just love how it paired.

I doubt you can even tell I'm wearing anything on my lips in these photos, but I'm actually wearing a fairly pricey lipstick. Money well spent, eh? I've been intrigued by B├ęsame Cosmetics for a long time now, having heard so much buzz about it within the vintage community. It's difficult to get a hold of in the UK, so as I was placing an order with Sephora decided to treat myself and throw it into my order for an extra $22. It's makeup that's supposed to recreate colours and formulas of times gone by.

I ordered Portrait Pink, a shade which promises to be a direct replica of lipstick from 1963 and offers full coverage with one coat.

Honestly my lipstick from Poundland offers better coverage. It offers my lips a slightly glossed effect, but then so does Vaseline. Whilst I do have some vintage makeup, I don't have any lipstick to compare it to but I'm fairly certain it had to have been better than this - all of my real life '60s makeup is incredibly pigmented. I feel like I've just paid for fancy packaging on a tinted lipbalm, and personally I'd rather have basic packaging and lipstick that actually colours my lips.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Psychedelic daisy

I spent today having some minor surgery done at the dentists (and was given the bad news that my wisdom tooth is going to have to come out, boo!!) so while I spend the evening sitting in front of the TV with toothache feeling sorry for myself, I thought I'd share with you this outfit from a few days ago. I'm a bit rubbish at taking outfit photos lately as I've only been getting dressed up to go to uni and I'm so not a morning person I struggle to have the time. But I think I'm gradually getting my body clock adjusted to cope, just in time to break up for Christmas, ha!

dress, coat, brooch, and bangles - 1960s vintage
shoes - thrifted Office and painted by me 

I'm really looking forward to going back to my parents for Christmas, not only for seeing family and familiar faces but also for vintage and record shopping. I really took for granted just how great Lincolnshire was for all of that stuff and assumed it was as plentiful everywhere. Where I am now couldn't be worse!

There's one lonely record store which is owned by a very nice man, but the stock turnover isn't great so it's not like I can go digging through there on the regular which is my favourite past time. The clothing is even worse: there's not one single vintage shop which I find strange in a town with such a huge population of students, and the charity shops are just crap, full of nothing but years old Primark in grotty condition. They're the kind of charity shops where you feel like you need to give your hands a good and thorough clean after looking at anything. I always go looking in hope I'll find something, anything, but generally I have to travel if I want to indulge my favourite hobbies which is a shame (and ends up with me buying more high street tat than I care to admit).

To think I used to have things like this on my doorstep, so much vintage I could afford to be choosy:

So you know what I'm going to be doing as soon as I'm back! We're planning a day trip to York too, so if any of you happen to know that area well I'm all ears for recommendations.

This outfit was entirely purchased locally from places around Lincolnshire. The coat is one of my prized possessions, I got it for an absolute steal as the seller was desperate to get rid of it because "no one wants 60s stuff! I can't get rid of it!" Maybe that's why I have so much luck locally, it's all left for me! Personally, I think it's the most beautiful coat I've ever seen. I wish I could wear it more, but it's ever so slightly too small for me across my back so I can't layer under it at all. I love pairing it with this green shift dress, the colours and patterns clash just perfectly.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Come with us and you will see, this our town of Halloween

I'm finally home from spending just a little under a week at Disneyland Paris! I thought I'd sit down with a cup of tea and share with you a little about my trip. I filmed loads which I'm gradually uploading to my YouTube channel in installments so if you want more, pop over there!

I decided to go fairly last minute and only booked in September. I'm an annual pass holder and knew my pass would be expiring in December and I won't be renewing it, so I mostly went to make the most of having it for one last time. It makes trips pretty affordable as not only is park entry free, but my particular pass (the 'Dream' pass) entitles you to 20% off of things in the park and 10% off food which really makes a difference. As I went for Christmas last trip, I decided this one I'd visit for Halloween as it's something I've never experienced at Disneyland Paris, only Disneyland in Anaheim. Naturally I couldn't help but compare them, and I'm pleased to say they both nail the holiday equally as well. I expected Disneyland Paris might not be as good at Halloween as it's not as big of a holiday in Europe as it is in the US, but they really went all out. In fact they had more Halloween decorations than they did Christmas decorations when I went back in December!

This was installed in Fantasyland, Maleficent's dragon made out of thorns and exuded smoke. During the day Maleficent herself did a meet and greet in front of it.

I loved that it was just as much a celebration of Autumn as well as Halloween

The villains It's Good To Be Bad show which they held several times each day. I really loved how many villains were around, including ones from the less popular films.

I love Rex, I relate to his nervous disposition.

Disneyland Paris doesn't have Dapper Dans, which makes me sad as they were probably my favourite thing about the entire park in Disneyland in Anaheim. I don't know why Paris doesn't have them, if it's a language issue? However especially for Halloween they had a live brass band in Main Street.

The special Autumn and harvest themed parade.

I also decided to really make the most of it and buy a ticket for the Halloween Soiree event held on the 31st. It's basically Disneyland Paris' Halloween party where they close the park down early and hold a special programme of events only available on that one night. Also it's the only night of the year where adults are allowed to go to Disneyland in costume, an experience I couldn't pass up! I'd never been to a Disney Halloween party, I know in the American parks they hold several of these nights throughout September and October but I have to say I prefer Disneyland Paris keeping it restricted to the one night, it makes it more special I think.

Meeting Jack in my costume. I dressed as Elsa from Frozen in her coronation dress, it's amazing how many parents didn't recognise the outfit despite their kids running up to me shouting "Elsa! Elsa!" I met some people there dressed up as Hans and Kristoff, they looked incredible but unfortunately I forgot to ask for a picture!

Was it worth paying for the extra ticket for the one night? For the experience yes, but I don't think I'd do it again though. I really enjoyed being in costume and seeing other people in their costumes, I really enjoyed the special parade they put on just for that one night featuring just the villains, I enjoyed the live music entertainment, but other than that there wasn't really anything you couldn't do on any other night.

Dr Facilier held a special Voodoo Party in Frontierland, but from what I could see the character himself wasn't there, it was just really loud music in a nightclub type atmosphere and vague Mardi Gras theme which is entirely not my idea of fun so I didn't hang around there for long.

The 5 classic Disney characters where wearing their Halloween outfits and doing meet and greets, I jumped in line for Goofy first thing to snag a picture and avoid the queue.

The villains had taken over the Princess Pavillion and Mickey Mouse's house, but the wait times for each was ludicrous and would have taken the entire night. I'm not terribly into meet and greets, I can't get away from knowing it's a person in a costume so I just feel super awkward and don't find it particularly fun so I wasn't sad to miss out. Phantom Manor doesn't get a Nightmare Before Christmas overlay like the Haunted Mansion does (thank god! I adore Nightmare Before Christmas but that overlay is tacky as hell) but it did have fog machines installed just for the night. It was truly atmospheric seeing this creaky old house on a fog smothered hill.

I mostly enjoyed the parade. The villains had commandeered the floats from the earlier Autumn themed parade. Obviously this is a money saving tactic, but I liked it as it truly felt like the villains had taken over the park and were putting their own spin on things. They also had a lot of ghoulish characters such as pumpkins, voodoo dolls, rats, etc which were genuinely creepy. Especially when one of the rats came and shoved his face right into mine, he was on stilts and towered right over me, I didn't know what to do!

I lost my shit seeing Pain and Panic. OMG!!! I've never seen these characters in the flesh before, I assumed they no longer existed after the film's release. I love Hercules so much, it's one of my favourite Disney movies.

I tried my first ever candy apple. I don't know what I expected, but I didn't think I'd like it and I loved it! Can't believe I've been missing out on these all my life. I love how they decorate them to look like Snow White's apple, too.

I was actually sitting with my back to the pirate ship eating my candy apple when I noticed the atmospheric music start to increase, so I quickly spun around and they had an entire little light show projected onto the ship complete with canon fires and the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack. I love when unexpected things like that happen, it makes it all the more special than when you've queued up for something. Another unexpected was a live band wandering around Fantasyland. Unfortunately my photos don't do them justice as it was too dark for my camera, but they had a full band dressed in Halloween costumes and dancers on stilts jumping around the place.

I had such a wonderful time, it was a really nice note to end my annual pass on, especially as I don't know when I'll next be going back to a Disney park. As much as I love them, I'm itching to expand my travels more!

I took some film photographs too which I'm still waiting to be developed, but I'll definitely be sharing them in a future post.
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