Day 25

August 29, 2009

A very late post today as I get into fully into days off mode. Late starts, meeting friends, jumble sales, Caribbean food and power naps; it’s how every day should be. A double dose as compensation. Last night I went to The Birdcage to celebrate a friend’s birthday with drinks and karaoke. I decided it was time to dust off this 50p bargain that I have only worn once before, at a fancy dress as Pat Butcher. It’s a ridiculous purple satin, shoulder-padded, bat-winged triumph of a top in size 20 and I love it. I wore it as a dress with a skirt underneath and the Martini brooch pinning it together for modesty’s sake, finished off with a pair of my favourite heels. As you can see, I found it all very exciting.
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These shoes are awesome. They are part of a line by Donnie & Gaynor for Freed of London. As they are dance shoes, they are so comfortable. They have malleable soles which means it feels like you are wearing flats. I have a few pairs of dance shoes and I always look out for them as you can wear them all day and, because of what they are intended for, they last really well. Plus, they are nearly always very glitzy which is how all shoes should be.

Today was very dressed down in comparison, a little bit boyish even but just right for a relaxed but busy Saturday.

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If I could, I think I would wear shorts almost every day. Maybe I should move somewhere where the weather allows it but for now, I’ll make do with tights underneath. These are pretty special ‘snowflake’ ones. Lavender with white dots all over.  My shoes get laughed at a lot, mainly because I call them ‘my trainers’, these and converse are the closest I get to trainers. I like them because they have white eyelets all the way around and a little tag that reads ‘Bubbles’.

Vintage 80s Purple Satin Batwing Top – Kim London via PDSA
Vintage Gold Dance Shoes – Freed of London via New Hope Trust
Striped Navy & White Cotton Breton top – Amor Lux
Navy Deck Shoes – Bubbles
Vintage 80s Lavender Polka Dot Tights – BHS

Day 17

August 21, 2009

Friday again and time to get in the mood for the weekend. There is no better way to do this than with a bow tie. I have a collection of ties that I’ve slowly added to over the years. Normally they get worn in my hair, but now it’s time for them to take their proper place. I’ve already had a couple of comments, to which I replied that I just thought it was time I started dressing more formally for the office.
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Double debut for my new Ebay leggings and a skirt that I bought a couple of weeks ago at the Car Boot Sale.
I do realise that, with the fringe and bow tie combo, I am inadvertently channelling Sam Fox at the 1989 Brit Awards but then I am not sure this is a bad thing at all.

Vintage 80s Yellow & Black Polka Dot Top – BHS via Jumble Sale
Black Leggings – Ebay
Vintage 80s Black Satin Skirt – Right Angle Trading Co via Car Boot Sale
Vintage 90s Velvet Bow Tie – Jacko via Oxfam

Day 15

August 19, 2009

I’m half way through! By means of celebration, a dress that I actually wear all the time. This is my perfect Summer dress and I think I’ve had it about 7 years. I bought it at a Vintage stall at Glastonbury. I had seen it when I first got there but it was, as many things there are, ridiculously overpriced. So I forgot about it until the very last day when I happened to be passing again, and there it was, half price.

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People stop and compliment this dress, particularly older ladies who comment that they used to have something similar. On occasion, complete strangers have stopped me and said how they saw me in this dress at such and such a place. I can’t imagine owning anything else for so long, and I hope there is still another 7 years wear in it.

Vintage Navy Polka Dot Sundress – Unknown via Glastonbury

This morning, I opened up my email to find a message from Avant Gaudy inviting me to take a look at their site. Normally I click the links, click through and click off again after getting bored and not finding anything I like but this site is different. There is a lot to love, well, with a name as great as that, there has to be.

First is that everything is displayed in a gallery rather than a bombardment of information on items you don’t want to know about. Then, you click on the items you like and all the information comes up, including measurements. Measurements are so important with vintage;  dress sizes have changed over the years, generally getting bigger,  there is no way you can wear the same dress size in modern clothes as vintage ones. Gauging what vintage size you are is tricky. Many online vintage stores also only refer to sizing in S/M/L which is also totally pointless as many also don’t offer returns meaning you’re stuck with something if it does not fit. This one does.

Secondly, the prices are actually really reasonable, which is something of a rarity with vintage boutiques.

So those are the practical parts, now to the goodies. These are my favourites from the site.
Avant Gaudy Amazon They give all the clothes names, an idea I really like. This one is called Amazon and is my absolute favourite from the whole siteAvant Gaudy Tango Tango is great too, I love red and black together, especially as polka dotsAvant Gaudy Zum Zum Zum Zum is the kind of dress that I don’t own, elegant and simple. The sort of thing everyone will need for an occasion at some point. If my waist were that tiny, I’d be very tempted.

This cardigan, Catchism, is just wonderful, it’s the sort of clothing I would wear to death if it were mine. Avant Gaudy Catchism
Avant Guady Ooh La Lame Favourite name so far – Ooh La Lame.

Contender for 2nd favourite item on the site is this Bill Blass cape jacket, it has giant batwing sleeves and the embroidery carries on over the shoulders on the back, it hangs so nicely, I wish it was mine. Avant Gaudy Bill Blass

They also have a good menswear section and plenty of accessories plus a whole section dedicated to playsuits, which is something all shops should consider having. Thanks Sarah for the email and good luck Avant Gaudy!

Day 6

August 10, 2009

After a weekend of practicality, it’s back to the frocks. When I was little, I had a red shift dress with oversized white polka dots, a frilled skirt around the waistband and a huge white bow. I loved it so much that I would wear it at every opportunity. My red adoration has endured and polka dots continue to be the pattern I wear most.
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The shoes are one of the first things I ever bought on Ebay, many years ago. Doing up the ribbons around the ankles reminds me of Saturday morning ballet lessons and never quite being able to tie my own shoes. I can just about manage it now.

Vintage 80s polka dot dress – Mondi via British Heart Foundation
Metallic red ballet pumps – unknown via Ebay

Day 5

August 9, 2009

A late post today because of a late night. We made last minute cinema plans to see the amazing Home. Cinemas have a tendency to be overly air-conditioned, so despite the muggy evening, I had to cover up. I also have a tendency to fidget so sitting still for two hours requires comfort. Roll out the leggings. The jacket had shoulder pads which I took out and now wish I didn’t as it makes the shoulders sag. I could not decide which of my new necklaces to wear, so wore nearly all of them which is always a good solution. I had to get a shot outside the pub with plenty of people around, hence the awkward pose.
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Today I was entertaining, so am just about to wind down for another working week with a barbecue and polka dot playsuit that is so comfortable it feels as though you could well be not wearing anything, which isn’t a great idea at a barbecue.
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Leggings – Zara
Vintage 80s bolero jacket – unknown via Jumble Sale
Zebra Print t-shirt – H&M
Vintage 80s polka dot playsuit – Miss Selfridgevia Jumble Sale