What's this? An outfit post? Blimey. It's been a while.
Cardigan - Primark | Blouse - Matalan | Skirt - Vintage | Tights - ? | Shoes - New Look via Asos
I had my hair cut last week in preparation for my graduation ceremony which takes places in a few weeks time (although I might need it cutting again before the ceremony) and although I like this cut much better than my last one, I haven't at all figured out how to style it yet. It looks nice straight and blow dried for those days when I'm being lazy about my hair, but it will take me some time to work out how best to curl it, I think. This is actually my first attempt at setting my new hair and it looks a lot better in the pictures than it does in real life!
Anyway, we decorated up the fireplace for Christmas as you can see. I made all the paper butterflies after we saw them on a tree at Melton Mobray. I definitely didn't do it specifically to have insect-themed decorations but evidently the little critters find their way into every aspect of my life.
See you in two days time - I'm off now to make a set of Cards Against Humanity to play with the family in the evenings. Although I think I will have to edit some of the cards to save blushes!
When I was doing my undergraduate degree I used to go to burlesque shows quite often. Recently the company who used to perform in my town is taking a break from performing so I haven't been able to go to a show for ages. All is not lost though - through the magic of Youtube I have discovered 'boylesque', burlesque as performed by male dancers. I really enjoy burlesque as a form of entertainment and although I have never seen any male dancers perform at any of the shows I have been to, it looks like something I could really appreciate! What do you think?
There are also a couple more that I wanted to share but I couldn't get the videos to embed no matter how hard I tried. First there is this one. The sound isn't great on the video but the routine is excellent! And the second is one which I really enjoyed. I'm a huge fan of Steampunk fashion and also of Abney Park so this performance was perfect for me!
One thing I really like about boylesque versus burlesque with female dancers is that the boys seem to have more scope to do comedy or quirky routines. Don't get me wrong - I have seen some great comedy routines done by female dancers and if you like your men in high heels and a corset (goodness me!) then you can find that as well, but a lot of the boylesque routines I found myself enjoying the most were the more cheeky and funny ones rather than the ones that were designed to be sexy without the comedy aspect.
So ladies, does a bit of boylesque tickle your fancy?
My brother lives in Leeds, and when we went to pick him up for the Christmas holiday, managed to also visit a street market and a lovely Christmas market.
There was an advent calendar in one of the shopping centres made out of Lego.
I got my brother to take a picture of me at the market but it was so packed was even less worth showing than the following mirror selfie (prepare your eyeballs):
Yep,it turns out mirror selfies are something you can be bad at. I'm gutted - I've been super busy with coursework and my face has been in no fit state for being in photos recently due to eczema and an eye infection, so this is the first chance I've had for ages for outfit photos. Hope my next attempt goes better!
Last week, mum and I put together a Christmas tea cosy out of oddments of wool. Mum knitted the tea cosy from this pattern, and I made the decorations using this pattern. It took us a very short amount of time to make - we pretty much finished it together over lunch one afternoon. In our family we are pretty serious tea drinkers so a nice tea cosy is a lovely thing to have. For anyone who is not a serious tea drinker (or a tea drinker at all), making tea in a teapot always makes better tea. Remember to warm the teapot first with some freshly boiled water then re-boil the water to pour straight into the teapot with the teabags. Leave to steep for around 5 minutes and pop on your cute tea cosy to help keep the tea hot.
This weekend I popped over to Melton Mobray for the Christmas Tree Festival and Victorian market with my mum and dad. The stalls on the market aren't necessarily Victorian in an of themselves, but many of the market traders dress up for the occasion. I went last year as well, and this is my parents' third year of visiting. It makes a lovely day out as it's a bit different every year, and I've discovered it makes a nice introduction to the Christmas period as well as a bit of a break from all the uni work I've been bombarded with that's due in during the next couple of weeks. As well as enjoying the market and Christmas trees, we also went to the museum for a little look around and I had enormous fun playing with an old telephone kiosk.
The beautiful cinema in the town...
Queen Victoria said that I looked lovely, even if I was showing my ankles. Because showing your ankles is none too classy by Victorian standards! Isn't her outfit fantastic though? I can't imagine what it must have cost. I would love to have a Victorian costume to wear myself one year but gosh, so pricey.
Each of the Christmas trees at the Christmas tree festival is provided by someone different (either an organisation, business or individual), and most are themed.
This Christmas tree was provided by a hair dressers. Doesn't it look just like Cousin Itt?
Did I spend a long time pretending I was in a detective film? Yes. Yes I did.
"Darling, I think they're on to us"
Hat - 40s vintage | Scarf - High street (Primark?) | Coat - High street | Gloves - gifted
Bag - vintage | Shoes - Deichmann | Stockings - Hold ups from Primark, held up with my What Katie Did girdle
Recently I have been knitting a couple of things in my spare time which I hope to be able to finish and add to my wardrobe in the not-too-distant future. I have made a start on a cardigan for Knit For Victory (at the time of writing I haven't got around to adding any photos to the Flikr group but at least I've done some actual knitting).
I'm using a pattern belonging to my mum which I believe is from the 1980s but which has a classic feel which I think will work well for a 1940s look. So far I've only done some of the back of the cardigan. I'm a slow knitter and I really don't have much time for knitting at the moment what with all my university coursework, but I'm plodding ahead.
I've been following the instructions for a 34" bust,which should be the right size for me, but it looks like it's going to come out too big. If it is too big though, I'll probably just knit another one in a different colour and a smaller size. I'm very short of knitwear at the moment so it'll be useful either way. I have already knitted a beret in the same colour wool which will make a lovely matching set once I've finished the cardigan.
I have also been working on knitting the 3 Hour Sweater, which has taken me far longer than 3 hours. It is a relatively simple pattern but I have found it very difficult knitting on such large needles. I've finished everything except the sleeves, which have been put on hold for now until I've finished my Knit for Victory cardigan.
The colour looks quite a bright blue in the photo but is paler in person. It's very lightweight but it still feels like a winter knit to me. I also have a beret knitted up in the same colour to this, so I will have two nice matching sets by the time I have finished!
I actually think that I've chosen the wrong yarn for this pattern, which has resulted in it being much lighter weight and harder to knit than it probably should have been, but I live and learn. When I finally get it finished I might give it another go in the proper wool, which hopefully will result it in taking the 3 hours to knit that it's supposed to take. You can find the pattern here. The pattern I have used for both the berets is the Versatile Beret pattern which can be found here. I have worn the blue beret a couple of times in photos which have a appeared on the blog, most recently here.
Recently Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments invited her readers to write about ten items that inspire their vintage journey, as part of a lovely giveaway which you can enter up until December 4th.
I have written a couple of times before about things which inspire me and give me new ideas in all things vintage since unlike a lot of other vintage wearers, I haven't been dressing in vintage clothing for many years. With that in mind, here are ten of the things which inspire my own vintage journey:
I love seeing pictures from old copies of Life magazine - the beautiful photographs of celebrities and models really capture the glamour and stunning fashion of the time. If I feel in need of hair or fashion inspiration from celebrities of yesteryear, Life Magazine always has something to offer.
Although I enjoy looking to celebrities for fashion inspiration, I also like to see how vintage fashion is being worn by those in the here and now. I've found that the vintage scene is a great source of inspiration, whether it's fellow bloggers, people on Youtube, or those out and about at events etc.
Plaid has featured highly on my blog in the past, most recently for the plaid link-up I hosted with Jamie. I really enjoy the pattern and I have begun to amass quite a collection of garments featuring this lovely design.
I really love a good hat. I'm starting to build up a bit of a collection of vintage hats as well as the large amount of modern ones I already own, many of which I haven't yet photographed. I like the versatility of a good hat - it finishes off an outfit, hides a bad hair day, keeps you warm or keeps the sun off...
T-bar shoes are so utterly elegant and feminine. I currently only own one pair of modern t-bars but I'd love to buy a few more pairs. For me these inspire many outfits from different decades from the 1920s to the 1980s and they're still stylish today.
It sounds silly but I am always more inspired to dress in vintage in summer than in winter. I find it much easier to put outfits together when I don't have to worry about layering and trying to keep warm. Unfortunately my winter vintage wardrobe is woefully lacking despite my efforts to try and expand it, so for the moment I will continue to feel more excited about vintage during the summer.
I wear seamed stockings a lot, and even if I don't get a photo of them as part of my outfit posts they're almost always there. They are another one of those things that really help to finish off an outfit and make it feel more vintage.
I actually wear red lipstick comparatively little but it does make me feel confident and pretty. If I'm having an off-day, red lipstick can be the first step towards feeling better. Sometimes if I'm having a red lipstick day, I'm more inclined to put more effort into my outfit to match.
I'm sure most everyone enjoys being complimented from time to time but I think there's something special about being complimented on your vintage outfit. Sometimes wearing vintage can be hard as it's unusual and attracts a lot of attention which can sometimes be negative, but having an older person tell you that they had a dress just like that in the 1950s or that you look just like their mother used to look - to me that's especially lovely and makes me want to put even more effort into dressing vintage. I'm fortunate enough never to have received any especially negative comments when wearing vintage, but I'm often surprised by the amount of people who take the time to pass on positive comments. It makes it all the more worthwhile.
So there you have 10 of my vintage inspirations. It's a hard choice and I'm sure if you asked me again this time next year then my answers would have changed. You can see Joanna's choices here.