Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Hello Lover Shoe Award

I have been tagged again by the lovely Christina at Fashion's Most Wanted for The Hello Lover Shoe Award, the rules are that you have to show off seven pairs of your favourite shoes and tag another seven bloggers to do the same. Most of my readers will know I can't resist a little shoe porn and I decided to play around with my new iphone camera app Hipstamatic which gives really cool old style pics, sorry it messes with the colours a bit tho..... anyhoo here we go!
Terry De Havilland Brown and Orange Snakeskin Ankle Strap Platforms
These are my favourite ever pair of shoes, I bought them to wear to my sister's wedding two years ago, like most of TDH's shoe designs they are a remake of a 70s design, and they are just gorgeous. I got them for an absolute steal on ebay.

Purple Suede & Leather Op Art Vintage mid 60's Mary Janes.
I used to only wear vintage shoes, specifically from the 60s. I have moved onto modern shoes now (albeit in a vintage style) as I just couldn't bear them falling apart all the time. I still have a number of old shoes but really only save them for special occasions. These are super, perfect 60s shoes. You can't really tell from the pics but they are a deep cadbury's purple. I love the matchbox heel and almond toe.
Nude Suede & Gold Snakeskin D-Havz Platform Wedges.
From the D-Havz fusion line, I am still kicking myself for not buying these and the black and orange version on Miss Selfridges' website a few years back when they were in the sale for £8, I ended up finding these on ebay sometime later. These are super high and sexy! Also quite comfy...

Miss L Fire Brown Platform Sandals
Another great "retro" brand, the styles are usually quite 40's/50's but occasionally there are some fab platforms. I love the crochet flowers at the toe and the leopard insole. These are also surprisingly comfortable. They also came in black at the time.

Office Black Suede & Leather Detail Dolly Shoes
These are one of my pairs of everyday work shoes, the suede isn't too practical but just look at the cute heel and leather detail.
Vintage 60s Petrol Blue Biba Canvas Boots
I have posted these before but from a distance. The tightest boots you will ever wear, still in great condition. I always get compliments when I wear these, even though practically nobody I know has any idea what Biba was! I also have a pair in cream which are unworn and if I can't afford Mr De Havilland to make me a pair of custom shoes I think I'll wear them when (and if!) I get married!

Vintage 60's Gold & Gemstone T Bar Sandals
I have had these for more years than I care to remember, and I still break them out every summer. You can still find these on ebay US in all sorts of colours and with different heel heights.
So there you go, seven of my favourite pairs of shoes. I could have gone on believe me! Below are the bloggers whom I pass this award onto, if they wish to accept it of course!

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Confessions of a good-time blonde

Aaah 70's adverts, here's a classic. How much do you want to bet this advert was conceived by a bloke? The bombshell in the pic is gorge, I'd love that outfit and to be lounging in that glam room scene but I'll stick to "yukky brown hair" for now. 
Whilst we are on the subject, I have been pondering a change of hair style for a while, at the moment my hair is a chin length layered bob with a sweepy fringe, but I have been seriously thinking about going short for a few months now. I have had very short hair before, a cropped style in my teens and then I had the Quant style 5 point cut for a few moddish years, which I absolutely loved. I kind of think I want to go for something in-between, like the 5 point but a little lighter maybe layered so it's a bit more "swept' if you know what I mean!

Monday, 3 May 2010

Lynn Redgrave

I just heard the terribly sad news on twitter that the british actress Lynn Redgrave has died aged just 67.
One of the great 60s brit actresses, she starred in swinging sixties classics "Georgy Girl" and "Smashing Time" which are two of my all time favourite films. Smashing Time is fantastic and features one of the best shop names ever - Too Much Boutique. If you haven't seen the film it is about two northern lasses who arrive in London to make their fame and fortune in Carnaby Street, it's camp, colourful and just about everything you could want from a 60s film. Check out one of my favourite clips below in which Yvonne played by Lynn has finally made the big time and belts out her hit tune in a variety of fab outfits. Rest in peace Lynn.

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Sunday, 2 May 2010

Vintage Jewellery

I have been collecting vintage clothing since I was in my teens. Unfortunately nowadays my job means I can't wear my favourite clothes that much during my working day (mainly because I'm dead clumsy and don't want to ruin anything!). So the one way I can always guarantee having a bit of vintage style is in my jewellery. All my pieces have come from charity shops, no exceptions! 

Costume jewellery is the one thing you can still find in charity shops amongst the rails of primark nastiness. Although I did find a beautiful 70s David Silverman chiffon gown the other week, this sadly doesn't fit me though, but I couldn't leave it there could I! Anyhoo, back to the pics, here is a selection of some of my favourite pieces, all date from the 60s and 70s and I don't think I paid over £3 for any of it. I also collect Old England watches form the 60s, but I'll save those for another post!

This space age piece is huge, it measures over 3" long.

 Some of my animal pieces, the owl is huge too, I cannot wear it now as a copy turned up on the high street a couple of years ago and they are everywhere. I love the fish too.

 The white one is Trifari.

Gemmy delights, space age and boho styles. The crystal one has a matching ring.

Always easy to find diamante necklaces, the gold triple chain is a recent find - it's really chunky and glam.

These 60s pendants come in many different colours and turn up on ebay all the time.


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