Mixing modern and vintage fashion jewellery

There are times when friends hand me a large bag of costume jewellery that they never get round to wearing.  While the majority of my one off pieces are vintage, I wanted to try and incorporate the modern pieces to try out some new looks.

 

Another reason was to stop anymore waste going to landfill.  I guess that is one of the reasons why I love vintage – not only do the pieces have a past but they are being reused, again and again.  The ‘green factor’ is so important to me.

 

Below you will see how I have mixed what is an already stunning necklace with a pendant from the 1950’s.  The collar necklace is very trendy but adding the triangle pendant has added a bit more fun to it.

 

Vintage and modern necklace

 

The necklace below I feel has been a complete success.  Though a thoroughly modern piece, adding the 1950’s goddess pendant brings a sense of style and fun and the design is brought to a whole new level.

 

vintage and modern necklace

 

I have to admit that I am extremely pleased with these new vintage / modern one of a kind pieces.  It is getting that little bit more difficult finding vintage items, most of my items are now one offs or very limited finds which is why if you see something you like, my advice is to purchase it now before it’s too late!

These lovely pieces can be purchased from my etsy store here.

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5 Best Vintage Style Umbrellas

As you all know the UK certainly isn’t famous for its glorious sunshine, more the unsettling weather we get and summer is no exception.  We all get that sense of denial that summer is just around the corner, but who are we kidding.  Those few days of sunshine seem so far away as we see the deluges of what is becoming a normal summer come in to view.

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite vintage inspired umbrellas, ones that not only give you some protection when the heavens open but ones that look good and still make you feel glamourous in the rain!

Lulu Guinness Bloomsbury 2 Diagonal Lines Limited Edition: A stunningly glamorous and sturdy walking umbrella. Umbrella measures 84cm long when closed, 94cm when open.

Lulu Guinness Umbrella

 

Lulu Guinness Dome Shaped, Bird Cage umbrella:  another stunning creation which is 94 cms when open and the classic dome shape.

Lulu Guinness Bird Cage umbrella

Another stunning umbrella from Lulu Guinness, this time with the addition of red lips – who could resist this 2016 new addition which again is 94cms.

Lulu Guinness red lips umbrella

BXT ladies fashion art umbrella, 3 way folding.  I just couldn’t get over the art print on this umbrella which is both vibrant and unique – just see for yourself.

art umbrella

The final umbrella I have is the LifeWheel Ladies Compact Umbrella which will fit neatly in to your bag.  Again a piece of art!

Vintage style umbrella

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The British Ritual of Tea / Afternoon Tea: Etiquette

July has mostly been spent concentrating on fashion accessories of the 1950’s, approaching August I thought it would be fun to put my efforts in to my vintage cake stands and my all-time favourite hobby of eating cake!

I, along with most Brits, put so much faith in to believing a lot can be solved by a cup of tea, after all we drink more than 165 million cups of it each year.  Who hasn’t had a cup of tea that is soothing or sits down to enjoy tea and cake?

There are some traditions which many of us still follow today when making and drinking tea, particularly in the afternoon.

It was around the 19th Century that drinking tea in the afternoon became very fashionable.  Even today, there are a number of tea shops opening up offering afternoon tea but you don’t have to go out to enjoy the experience.  Below I have listed some of the essentials…

What you need

To make it traditional I recommend leaf tea, a tea strainer, milk jug and sugar basin, vintage tea cup and saucer, teaspoon, vintage cake stand, sandwiches, cakes and scones and a linen tablecloth.  For some beautiful cake stands and vintage tea cups visit my Etsy Store.

 

Royal Albert Tea set

vintage cake stand

How to Serve

If you have invited friends round, as host it is your job to pour the tea in to each cup, do one at a time and hand to your guest one at a time rather than doing a ‘batch’.  The milk and sugar can then be passed round so everyone has the opportunity to add their own.  There is much debate about milk before or after, it really is personal taste.  The reason milk was often added before was due to the delicate nature of the china cup, by adding the cold milk first it protected it from cracking.

 

Eating

If you are opting to add sandwiches cut these in to small squares or rectangles with the crusts removed.  It is also traditional to have a selection of cakes but these should be small, of course you can add some cupcakes (although these are not traditional but they are cakes nonetheless!). Scones are another addition to the traditional afternoon tea and adding jam and cream brings them to the next level.

What to wear

I hear you all asking what on earth has clothing got to do with afternoon tea?  Well, for me it is an excuse to dress up, if you are going to all this trouble with afternoon tea why not dress up for the occasion?

Whatever way you decide to do, overall have fun and enjoy.

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Sweat Dreams are made of these:  Vintage Sleepwear

I always love buying nightwear/loungewear so I thought putting together some of my favourites would give you an idea of what is out there currently but also what beautiful items you can wear while lounging at home – in glamourous style of course!

This first robe is by Kiss Me Deadly it is based on a 1930’s design, and oh so very soft black satin and those very important bat-winged sleeves.  The robe wraps around with a full sweeping skirt.  How stunning is this?

vintage robe

Another robe by Kiss Me Deadly but from Honey’s Lingerie Boutique, it is based on an authentic vintage design with this one being made in a sheer fabric but just look at that purple, I have just fallen in love with that colour!

vintage robe

Ok, this next item is a glamorous long silk negligee that I couldn’t afford but one can only dream.  It is hand made to order in England and is part of the Jane Woolrich New York collection.  I can only imagine what this beautiful silk and lace piece must feel like.  A negligee as stunning and as well made as this oozes glamour and really does need to be worn 24 hours a day!

vintage robe

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Eye on Glamourous Style: Iris Apfel

You cannot mention glamourous style without thinking of Iris Apfel.  An interior designer and a true fashion icon.  Her style is so well regarded that The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art located in New York premiered an exhibition about her style called Rara Avis which means Rare Bird.

Iris Apfel, fashion icon

Having worked many years in interior design and overseeing the production of historical fabrics, she has worked for many famous people including presidents!

She attributes her massive collection of clothing and jewellery to her mother “My mother worshipped at the alter of accessory and I got the bug.”

Iris Apfel, fashion icon

What truly inspires me about Iris is her carefree attitude, her sense of humour, her style and her age!  She was born in 1921, I just hope I have a tiny bit of her style when I’m that age.

For a short interview with Iris I highly recommend this interview she gave to The New York Times.

Another excellent article can be found in The Guardian  where Iris suggests people like her ‘because she’s different’.  I have to agree with her on that one.  I don’t know many people who could carry off what she wears and the volume of accessories that would weigh down anyone.

I have also found this inspiring book, you may want to have a look at:

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