Bristol Saint Vintage: February 2013

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mini Blog: Recreate S/S 2013 Looks With Clothes You Already Own!

Looking back at S/S 2013, we can see trends that are currently in the high street right now and in the months coming up - Feels a little odd looking back, as obviously we already know whats going to be coming up later on in the year through London Fashion Week's A/W 2013 that just ended.

As I am currently banning myself from buying anything new, Im constantly on the lookout for ways to restyle the clothes I already own so i've chosen a few of my favourite looks from last years LFW S/S 2013 shows and tried to recreate them! 

Temporary London
Photo: Fashion Boop

Top: New Look
Dress: Motel (worn as skirt)

Photo: Temporary London

Top: Charity Shop
Skirt: H&M

Photos of me by Chloe Bennett

Tomorrow we're shooting our Spring Lookbook! So exciting!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Recreate Looks From Hitchcock 2013

With the release of the Hitchcock movie yesterday late 50's/early 60's fashion is in the spotlight once more!
The film follows Hitchcock as he films and releases the hit horror movie 'Psycho'. Though the success of the movie wasn't foreseen by anyone but 'Hitch' himself and he struggled to get financing and get approved by the tough censors of the time - But things like money and censors wouldn't stop him and the movie shows how he cleverly got around these obstacles.

The film stars Anthony Hopkins as the man himself, Helen Mirren as wife Alma (who I thought stole the show!), Scarlet Johansson as Janet Leigh and Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and more!
The clothing in the movie was spot on in style and it was interesting to see the replicas of the 'Psycho' costumes in colour rather than different shades of grey from the movie itself. In particular this movie's wardrobe seems to have a an array of muted pastel colours.

To put this look together think dresses with full skirts and matching belts or fitted pencil skirts with shirts and cardigans. If you're a little intimidated of wearing the clothes, why not give the 50's a nod with some cat eyes glasses on a pearl chain a la Toni Collette or wear a head scarf a la Helen Mirren (in the car scene)?

Full skirt dresses with matching belts.

Pastel colour cat eyes sunglasses with pencil skirt and cardi.

Navy shirt dress with necklace through the collar.

I also loved all the 50's underwear - Those slips, suspenders and conical bras must have been so uncomfortable, but would be fun to try it out for a day! 

All the vintage items pictured will be added to our shop in the next few days - if you'd like to be notified of a specific item's arrival - leave a comment below! 

Friday, 1 February 2013

DIY Hessian Lampshade

As i've only been in my new flat for a few weeks, things are still looking a little bare and unfinished!
My mum gave me this old lampshade from my little sisters room but I wasn't too keen on the roses so I think instead of saying no, i'd try and do something with it!

Second Image by Magan Blasig 

I found this amazingly simple tutorial online from 'Tatertots and Jello' (such a sweet name!) which is an amazing copy of a lamp from Anthropologie. 

All you need is some fabric (they used burlap and I'm using hessian), the lamp shade and a glue gun and glue sticks.

First of all I took the flowers off of the shade to get it back to the basic form.

I then measured the shade and added on 3 cm to the length measurement and 1 cm to the width measurement. Then cut out the hessian to this size.

Using the glue gun I then glued the material to the base by folding over at the top and bottom and securing with glue as tightly as possible.

I then began cutting out strips in the fabric which were 1 and a half times the length of the shade, then folded them lengthways and ironed them.

I began putting glue down the folds of the strips and placing them onto the shade in a wiggly line. I ended up using 20 strips but you can have as many or as little as you want!

The finished shade!
I went a bit over board with the hessian and have loads left! If anyone wants a shade doing let me know! You could go other ways with this too - by having the strips twirled into rose shapes, diagonally or maybe spelling out a name even!

All in all I spent £1.99 on glue sticks (i had a gun already) and £4.49 on 1.5 metres of hessian (which was too much!) I used 6 glue sticks and a quarter.of the hessian so -

New shade : £2.11