Archive for December, 2012

LHR: A Lula Hoop

My Mum, Dad and Aunt Barb have been visiting this Christmas. As a result, I haven’t had a lot of time for photographing my own outfits – in fact none have been that noteworthy. We were doing a lot of trapsing around the countryside. However, we did snap alot of the Cotswolds and they can be found over in my flickr feed. If you are a Downton fan, you may enjoy a few of Bampton which is featured as the town in Downton.

Our guests left early this morning. So, today was the first day we were on our own.  I took the opportunity to start and finish a Wool and the Gang Lula Hoop scarf. It was super simple and even I, who has a short attention span, was able to finish it in one day. I love the colour – it’s a bit more purple in real life.

What do you think? Not bad* for a non-maker of things like me.

Purple Scarf

* you can see I need a few instructions on sewing together, but what the heck!

By the way, I saw this sign yesterday. Do you think it truly is a sign?

Shop in Bright Lights

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Green Day

Hi! Remember me?


LHR reminded me of this little item when she posted this a while back.

The slip I bought at (the somewhat misnamed) Cheap Jack’s was a bit too big for me, so I put it in my “make do and mend” pile and then forgot it was there. I took the time to do a (very bad!) alteration intervention this weekend. I will have to re-do it, but it was good enough for me to wear out for dinner with M, my dad and my step-mum on Saturday.

I wore it with my favourite new boots (which my crappy photos make it hard for you to see) and my favourite purse.


Blazer: H&M
Vintage Slip (worn as a dress): Cheap Jack’s
Boots: Guess, via Winners
Granny Purse: gift from  my step-mum
Necklace: Joe Fresh

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Way back in September, J and I went to the first ever Vintage Fashion Show associated with London Fashion Week 2012. It was pulled together by  Bourne and Hollingsworth (these are the same people who put on the Blitz Party ).  The show itself featured a range of vintage/retro clothing worn in a contemporary manner. I had thought the show would be 100% vintage, but in fact it was more about looks that featured some elements of vintage/retro.  At first I was a bit disappointed as I was hoping for a MadMen extravaganza, however, in the end I embraced it as I embrace East London mish-mash style.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any decent photos of the show itself, but luckily a photographer, much better than I, took a few here .

Here are the few fuzzy photos I have from the night and what I decided to wear. Here’s the cover of the programme:


Below, is a pic of J and me. I decided a vintage fashion show was a great opportunity to wear one of the vintage dresses I bought in Brooklyn back in May. YYZ and the proprietor of the shop (where we spent WAY too much time and money) convinced me to buy this number and I really didn’t know when and where I would ever wear it. So, I was glad I had a chance in September.


The Retrospecitve turned out to be more of a party than a fashion show. The organizers spent a lot of time and effort transforming what was already a gorgeous venue (the Bloomsbury Ballroom) in to a temple to fashion over the years. In particular, I loved these massive projections of iconic fashion shoots from the last 50 years. J captured a few of the projetions and to give you a sense a scale I’m in the foreground – with drink in hand.

This is probably the best photo of what I wore. It was a black and champagne lace dress from the 60s (Is that right YYZ?). I paired it with my gold-bronze Kurt Geiger Mary Jane’s, vintage earrings and an Eiffel Tower charm (close up here) from my Nan .  As I wasn’t sure how many people would dress up, I wore my jean jacket and vintage gold brooch (bought at the Beaulieu Fete, remember?) to be sure I wasn’t too out of place. As it turned out, women love to dress up. So, I wasn’t alone.

LRH: London Fashion Week Vintage

PS: YYZ, it does not appear we have a post from that fun trip to Brooklyn. Why not? Get on that girl 😉  I did post the pleated shirt from Brooklyn flea back in June.

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