Bristol Saint Vintage: March 2012

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Wearable Vintage Fashion NEW BOOK

I've just ordered my copy of a new vintage fashion book 'Wearable Vintage Fashion' by Jo Waterhouse and Clare Bridge who are shop owners of Second Hand Rose in Worcester. Published by Vivays Publishing.

Vivays Publishing
I think this book hits on a lot of points that I agree with as a vintage clothing buyer. The books focuses on  affordable and accessible vintage clothing, when a lot of people think vintage is too expensive or too precious. In the past few years I've realised how much I detest  fast fashion and the emphasis on the 'new' all the time. Jo and Clare present timeless vintage clothing which will always be fashionable no matter what fashion are currently 'on trend' (I hate the expression!!) So really looking forward to getting my copy and seeing inside other collectors wardrobes!

A really amazing review by Caitlin Sinclair and a sneak peak inside the book, is on Amelia's Magazine's Website HERE

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

New Skills, New Ideas

March 2010

It suddenly dawned on me how old the picture of me on my blog was,  so I thought:New Blog, New Picture! At uni I seemed to spend a stupid amount of time taking pictures of myself - I guess thats what Fashion Uni does to a person! But here we go 2 years later and that is what I look like! More 1960's now than 1940's then!
March 2012

Today I took a step closer to making the St Vintage the shop a reality as I started my Enterprise Programme at The Princes Trust. The programme is amazing, the people are lovely and I got an amazing amount of adult conversation in so i'm definitely buzzing with ideas!

Monday, 26 March 2012

The Mshed's Vintage Fair and Laura Ashley : Three Vintage Pieces, Three Decades

The Mshed's Vintage Fair at the weekend was absolutely amazing! There were many stalls on all levels with a mixture of vintage clothing and accessories, vintage inspired handmade clothing and accessories, cakes, illustration, make overs and workshops! Hopefully they will do another one soon as there were so many things to look at!

Blind Lemon Vintage Fair @ Mshed

Ive realised that I am drawn to many Laura Ashley items and at the moment I have three pieces from three different decades (and i'm sure in the future i'll have many many more!)

 The latest addition is this lovely coat from the 1960's. It is in excellent condition shame the weather seems to have gotten too nice to wear it!!

 The next one is the beautiful dress I used for my photoshoot from the 1980's. Again good condition and with matching belt! This suits the weather beautifully!

The most recently produced from the late 1990's - This size 12 velvet jacket with diamonte button. I'm selling this on ebay HERE 

An amazing online resource, if you have bought a vintage item but are unsure as to what decade it is from, is the Vintage Fashion Guild Website which gives an A-Z list of many fashion brands. It gives a brief over view of the brands history and most usefully, pictures of clothing labels from throughout the brands years! Check it out!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Mshed's Vintage Fashion Fair Coming This Weekend!!

Photo: Mshed

This weekend sees the first ever Vintage Weekend at The Mshed in Bristol organised by Amber Druce. 
With help from Blind Lemon Vintage Market, Magpie's Market, Vintage Salon Makeover's and Portraits by Matilda Temperley it's sure to be an interesting affair!

Dressing up is encouraged!!

Ill be back with photos from the event

For more information visit The Mshed's Website.

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Vintage Going Forward : Marni for H&M

Last week along with many other slightly crazy people I spent my morning attempting to get onto the H&M website to get an item from the Marni for H&M collection. Luckily I was in the comfort of my own home unlike the thousands of people who queued outside the selected shops to stock it!

The reason I did this isn't because I am a massive fan of Marni (it's so expensive, I can't afford to be a fan!) For the first time ever I am looking at fashion as an investment and I wasn't the only one- Pieces from the collection were appearing on Ebay within an hour of going on sale! Originally I was looking at the tshirt and collar to buy (pictured above) but sadly everything sold out so quickly I went for my next choice of these earrings -

Ill be putting these away for a few years and who knows maybe i'll make a return in the future! In 'Shopping for Vintage' by Funmi Odulate there is a section on Vintage Going Forward. This gives tips on collecting clothes today which could prove to be a worth while investment for the future.

Odulate, F. (2006) . Shopping For Vintage. London: Quadrille Publishing

Thursday, 15 March 2012

My Week With Marilyn

I was watching 'My Week With Marilyn' yesterday and loved the costumes used.

The costume designer Jill Taylor had 6 weeks to find all of the costumes for the entire cast and she did this trawling antique fairs, vintage shops and markets. Anything she didn't find had to be reproduced from looking at photos of Marilyn! Jill looked at pictures of Marilyn on her honeymoon with Arthur Miller and came across her wearing a man's shirt with a pencil skirt, which she reproduced.
This is my favourite outfit from the movie and I don't think it would look out of place now!

Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe

Apparently this outfit along with a black dress was Michelle Williams favourite too! 
I am always more interested in what women were wearing on a day to day basis as evening wear and the more glamourous looks are always better documented and publicised and I think the day to day clothes are a better representation of the time!

This postcard I picked up in California last year. 
(Milton Greene was played by Dominic Cooper in the film)

Marilyn Monroe
Photo: Milton H. Greene Archives

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Photoshoot 10/03/12

Chloe modelling some of my vintage finds for me!

Dress by Vintage Laura Ashley (circa 1980's), Shoes Charles Jourdan, Bag Vintage Unknown, Model Chloe

Charles Jourdan Shoes and Tan Bag find!

This week I found some beautiful Charles Jourdan green suede shoes with amazing cut out heels and jewels on the toe! They are in excellent condition with barely a scratch on the sole! 

Also found this tan vintage bag with a crown and leaves symbol. There is no label inside but I can tell by the chain attachments that it is relatively old. Anyone know the brand??

Friday, 9 March 2012

Vintage Inspirations in the Latest Looks

One things for certain, fashion trends are on a revolving table which come around and around. In the 1960's there was inspiration from 1920's fashion, in the 1970's there was a popularity of 1930's styles and the 1980's saw the 1940's styles re-surging. In the present day the cycle seems to be going faster than ever making it almost impossible to keep up! For example Prada's S/S 2012 collection was inspired by 1950's classic prints and full skirts, whilst Ralph Lauren took inspiration from the 1920's with drop waists and jewelled dresses and Louis Vuitton was inspired by 1960's Mia Farrow for the S/S 2012 collection.

Prada S/S 2012

Ralph Lauren S/S 2012

Louis Vuitton S/S 2012
It's probably safe to say though, that if you buy vintage clothing from a variety of decades, there is no chance you will ever be out of fashion!

Monday, 5 March 2012

You can never have enough tea and cake!

Lovely Jessica Simmons author of Vintage Teatime messaged me saying she thought my caramel slices looked great! So thank you! 

In other news Groupon have an offer at Dr Fox's Tearoom Dr Fox's Tearoom in Weston Super Mare for £10 for 2 people which looks lovely!


Picked up 'Vintage Style' by Sarah Kennedy (author of ' The Swimsuit' also!) which is full of iconic looks from over the decades and how to achieve them. Refreshingly it references current singers and actresses who take inspiration from these vintage looks such as Florence Welch and Scarlet Johansson. I especially love the 60's section with Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy. 

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Vintage Tea Time!

This Vintage Tea Time book contains a collection of recipes from WI ladies circa 1960's compiled by Jessica Simmons. The book contains beautiful photography with an afternoon tea feel!
Check out Jessica Simmons Web for more info!

So I had a go at making the cover recipe 'Chocolate Caramel Slices' I wish I knew how they got them so square and neat!

Caramel Slices on Aynsley Plate

Now I must go and wipe caramel off of my little boy!!