Friday, 30 September 2016

Outfit: London charm

You wait four years for a post involving a phonebox and then two come along at once! However, whereas before I was modelling the most common K6 design which is still seen all over the country, today I'm posing with its later cousin, the K8, designed in the mid 60s but most of which were installed in the 70s. The most fascinating fact about this design is that only 54 of the original 11,000 installed are thought to still remain - which is likely at least partly because their large glass panels made them much more vulnerable to damage. So what you're seeing here folks is a rare part of British heritage - that I imagine survived for so long because of where it's located. You see, this particular phonebox resides on the caravan park where B's parents' mobile home lives, where you really wouldn't go unless you were a resident yourself. And in fact, I've never seen another box like this one outside of this park (there are in fact two of these there) in my travels round the country (UK readers if you have, tell me where they are, I'm intrigued and apparently now obsessed with vintage phoneboxes!).

But why am I banging on about phoneboxes again? Because it's a red phonebox, of course - the kind that are still heavily associated with London, which made it rather perfect as the backdrop for this new Vendula London bag I'm sporting. The first thing you'll notice about this bag, apart from its awesome shape and handy size (Vendula are so good at making practical bags for the likes of me who carry everything they own around), is the pretty, dangling, London-themed charms hanging from it. Including one of a woman with a handbag who everyone who sees it says 'is that you?' like I specifically requested it (and don't believe me when I say I didn't)... And of course, a red phonebox (which is actually a K6, not a K8, but I know no one else is at all interested in that apart from me :D). And this is all before you get to the uber-cute London-themed lining.

I have a confession to make though - I am not by nature a London lover. I lived in London for a number of years in my mid 20s, but it wasn't for me. I just didn't love being surrounded by people at all times and I've never really been one for nightlife. I also frankly couldn't afford to live anywhere half decent, which didn't help (and I still couldn't years and several promotions later). So, I moved away, but that wasn't the end of my London story, as I eventually ended up working there again and I still do to this day. My job is pretty ideal for me and I work in a pretty nice area of London in an amazing building that looks like it's been lifted straight from a tv programme, so I can't say I don't have a little bit of love for London after all. And rather a lot more for this bag (what, I have my priorities straight)!

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit

A rare K8 phonebook

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag in a red phonebox

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag in a red phonebox


Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag with an autumnal outfit

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review

Vendula London Charm Doctor Bag review

PUG stripey jailbird top and beret

PUG stripe jailbird top, beret and red swing skirt
Hat: Joy (old)
Skirt: Tara Starlet via eBay
Belt: free with another skirt
Boots: B.A.I.T. Footwear (still available in black)


A quick word about those charms! They're part of a new range of Vendula's that will see you be able to buy other sets of charms to swap around as you please. There's something that tickles my love of novelty so well with that. I've seen a Frieda Kahlo set on Instagram, and a seaside one that I will definitely want to get my hands on assuming it makes production! As you can see from my pictures, you literally clip the chain/s on and then the charms however you please, it's pretty simple, but a really cute idea.



What do you think, do you like the idea of these charm-bracelet-esque bags?



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Monday, 26 September 2016

Outfit: the only (Atomic Swag) tee for me

I'm not a huge t-shirt wearer, but now and then a tee comes along which looks like it was made for me and I have to give it a go - one with a beach scene and a dog on it; I'm so there! And if that wasn't enough, it features red, blue and mustard, which are probably my three favourite colours to wear.

And isn't mustard one of the most fun autumnal colours? Goes so well with those non-existent autumn leaves on the trees behind me, heh. Yeah, you got me, this is one of those I shot in a totally different season, spring in fact. But isn't that the great thing about spring and autumn - they have a pretty similar climate so you can wear the same outfits for both! We were actually on a mini-break that feels like it was a decade a go, but it was actually only a few months, up in the north of the country. 

It was the first time I got my waving tong to work for me and the first time I wore these shoes, both of which have become favourites over the course of this year. These shoes, oh how I love them. I bought them on a whim during my friend's hen do and they were one of the best impulse purchases I've ever made. They're comfy and they add that perfect casual-but-glam twist to my outfits, which just makes effortless look great. Plus they're red.

And that's really all I have to say today. I actually really love how this outfit turned out, even if the skirt does annoy me because it's that bit too short and not high-waisted enough for my liking. Looking at these photos reminded me of that fact and I have in fact found a replacement, hurrah, which I actually link to below. A denim pencil skirt is such a wardrobe staple - for me at least.

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt

Atomic Swag beach tee

Autumnal look with Atomic Swag tee, mustard cardigan and denim pencil skirt
Beret: Primark (old)
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones
Cardigan: Louche (similar)
T-shirt: Atomic Swag via Campbell Crafts (similar)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar)
Bag: Warehouse (old)
Shoes: Carvela


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The Vintage Carnival and the Best Dressed competition

You knew I couldn't keep my experience of the Carnival to myself, right? It can be summarised in one, unfortunate word: soggy. The weather was absolutely dreadful. It was such a shame, because there was so much that would have been amazing to do outside, and because of the heavy rain everyone poured in to do the indoor activities meaning you felt like you were in a human crush everywhere you went because the venues couldn't really cope. But that aside - and you'd really think in this country we'd know how to get round this problem by now - it was a great event with lots to see and do (if you didn't mind getting wet doing it).

I particularly love seeing vintage cars and it doesn't get a lot better than a pink Caddilac, right?! There were actually more cars but in their midst was a car that is the spitting image of the car I've hired for my wedding. So much so that I had to Google the one I'd hired to work out if it was in fact actually my car. Turns out it isn't, it was just almost identical. But anyway, to keep the secret I'm just giving you this beautiful Caddilac. 

As you can see from my outfit, while many had opted to use the event as a chance to show off their pretty vintage finery, I'm always one for comfort and practicality, so I based my entire look around the fact I wanted to wear my jelly shoes, which are actually Crocs (I know) and the most comfortable shoes I own and I don't even feel bad about loving them for that reason. Of course, my feet still got wet but at least my shoes didn't get ruined. As I really don't like wearing my dresses without heels as I'm so short, my faithful Bernie Dexter cigarette pants were the way to go. I haven't featured those yet but I will at some point because they're now my go-to pair of pants end of story.

Moving on, there were tonnes of stalls with vintage wares as you'd expect at something like this. It was hard to get a good look because the indoors parts were heaving, so only a couple of snaps here of some brooches and a cute pattern on a homemade dress from a lady who was selling them seriously cheaply. One problem we had was that it was cash only everywhere and we prioritised food above things, so ran out quickly. If that hadn't happened I think I would have got some bits in the homeware section. EDIT: It's due to my own idiocy I missed signs about cards being accepted on some stalls it seems! However I did try to get cash out on site but the ATM was out of order, so I think at that point I felt like it wasn't meant to be anyway... I rather liked a red vintage frame bag, but when I tried to open it I trapped my finger in the clasp and it was genuinely one of the most painful fashion-related injuries I've incurred so it put me right off. Hmph.

At the Vintage Carnival 2016

At the Vintage Carnival 2016

Sorry, one more of that car... 

CiCi at the Vintage Carnival 2016

Like practically everyone else, we sought refuge from the hammering rain in the tea room. I subconsciously chose the cake that best matched my outfit (no one believes me)...

Yummy cake at the Vintage Carnival 2016

CiCi pretending she didn't almost down this piece of cake in one

Shout out to my new favourite bardot top that you've literally just seen in this post. The lobster necklace is from Bow and Crossbones.

Onto the outfit competition! It was a lot of fun, everyone who entered walked up and took a strut and there were some gorgeous outfits. Also, several men entered which all of the judges, me included, loved. One of the men, who I don't have a photo of, took third place in fact :) Even though I wanted 23 to get a prize just for the pose...

Best dressed competition at the Vintage Carnival 2016

Best dressed competition at the Vintage Carnival 2016

Best dressed competition at the Vintage Carnival 2016

This pair entered as a couple and swing-danced their way across the stage. Cute!

The deliberation took a few minutes and I had made sure to perfect my resting bitch judge face for just this occasion.

Best dressed competition at the Vintage Carnival 2016

Best dressed competition at the Vintage Carnival 2016

And then, voila! The two lovely winners - first place on the right (clearly 13 is lucky for some!), second place on the left. We loved all the component parts of the winner's outfit - she'd really worked hard to pull the look together. Both are such gorgeous girls and they were total sweethearts and so thrilled to win it made the torrential rain and damp totally worth the trip.

CiCi with 1st and 2nd place winners at the best dressed competition, Nottingham Vintage Carnival 2016

Maybe next year some sun, eh? Mind you, I'm not sure three big dresses would have fit into this shot!


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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Outfit: strawberry sundae

Ah, September. That month where I play the game of 'how long can I kid myself that summer isn't over?'. Luckily for me, all things considered we've had a pretty decent summer this year with lots of sunshine and warm weather and it's even hanging around for a bit longer than expected so it kind of still IS summer right now. So, one more summer outfit for the road, eh?

Well, hello again there, strawberry bag. You haven't featured in nearly enough outfits this year yet. That's why I thought it about time I found another way to show you off and I think you'll agree I've done you justice. Actually, my favourite thing about this outfit might be the top and not the bag! On the surface of it, it's just another stripey bardot top like the other, er, 4?, I've got in my closet. But no, it's much more than that. What you're looking at here is the only and I mean only bardot top I've ever worn that stays in place off the shoulder. Say what?! I know, I didn't think I'd live to see the day either. It's also super soft and comfortable to wear. In fact, I love it so much I've been stalking Dolly & Dotty's website for the black version to come back into stock in my size ever since. I should add it's on sale right now in loads of colours for £8 so RUN!

Of course the skirt is totally adorable too, there's no denying that. It is a snug fit, I'm not gonna lie - this 8 is on the small side - but I liked the shape it gave me so I went with it. And can we please not talk about the shoes? Yes, those shoes. The shoes I really shouldn't have bought. Them. Why can I leave no pair of Hasbeens in the sale behind?

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Swedish Hasbeens gold braided sky high and Collectif strawberry wicker bag

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Dolly & Dotty Falda strawberry pencil skirt and Collectif strawberry wicker bag

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top

Bow and Crossbones gold Marilyn hoops with Dolly & Dotty Gloria bardot top

Dolly & Dotty strawberry themed outfit with Falda pencil skirt and Gloria top
Sunglasses: Collectif
Bag: Collectif (available here)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (via ASOS)



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