The Cromer 60s festival (or the day I became a celebrity)

So, by now, you all know that I’m about to get married at the seaside in a town on the Norfolk coast. We’ve spent a lot of time in Cromer of late, going back and forth to sort various bits and pieces out for the wedding. How people plan weddings abroad I have absolutely no idea, by the way. How can you just turn up on the day and know everything’s going to work out?! Shudder. Anyway, I digress. On our last trip there, the pier manager told us how they plan to make more of their lovely pier and one of the first things they were doing is hosting a 60s festival. Unsurprisingly, I got a bit overexcited because we all know the 60s has the best music and so the weekend rolled around and we decided to give the planning a rest and go enjoy ourselves.

So, here I am, enjoying myself. Or rather, here I am pretending to enjoy myself while every single person who passes by takes a photo of me – you can’t see the 2 or 3 people next to B who are papping me at this point. Basically, I couldn’t walk 10 steps without someone either shoving a camera/phone in my face. I realise there’s a sort of unwritten rule that if you dress up at an event like this you’re fair game, but I was still pretty annoyed by everyone who took my picture without at least telling me they were doing it. It was something else to turn my head while getting stuck into an ice cream and find another giant telephoto lens in my face… I’m not cut out for fame.


Cromer 60s festival outfit on the pier
Hat: eBay
Sunglasses: eBay
Coat: New Look (old)
Top: Doll Me Up (out of stock)
Belt: free with Collectif dress
Skirt: one of the oldest items in my wardrobe
Tights: ballet store
Boots: borrowed!
Bag: Ollie & Nic (old)
Ok, yeah, yeah. Brought it on myself. The thing is, I dressed up because there was a costume competition… that I completely failed to find. I probably only saw 6 other people dressed up so I think I would have been in with a shot! C’est la vie… It’s funny what goes through your head when you’re planning to enter a costume competition at something like this though… This is an outfit I was ok with wearing all day that looked enough like the widely accepted idea of a 60s outfit… So not my best vintage fashion blogger work 😉
Anyway, there were also a lot of very cool scooters. Seriously, so many scooters…
Cromer 60s festival - scooters near the pier
Cromer 60s festival - vintage scooters
I toyed with jumping on this one because… well because it matched my outfit the best. I’m sure I didn’t even need to tell you that. But then I realised I was in the world’s shortest skirt and decided that would not be a good thing considering another 6 people were taking my picture at this moment.


When a vintage scooter matches your 60s outfit
Back to the outfit, so I didn’t allow myself to buy anything new for the occasion because money’s tight an’ all, which meant I had to spend about an hour pulling everything out of my wardrobe, primarily because I was trying to work out what I owned that matched this coat. This coat is not the easiest of coats to match things to and the one thing that a good 60s look pulls off is colour co-ordination, so it was my #1 priority. Being the only coat I have that is even remotely 60s in style, it was the only option and I love it so it was a good excuse to wear it again. My second problem was that I own precisely two miniskirts. You’re looking at the one that isn’t the denim skirt. Both items were acquired at approximately age 16 and it’s a good thing people wore stuff low on the hip in the noughties because it meant I could wear this one a bit higher up than the old days and actually do it up. The rest of the outfit consists of nearly all of my salmon/light pink items of clothing and thus an appropriate outfit was born. The hat and sunglasses I borrowed from my wedding supplies, so you may even see them and their true purpose soon.
Cromer 60s festival outfit on the pier
One of my favourite things about the 60s is the excessive eye makeup so I went to town on that.


60s hair and makeup
And here’s B’s outfit…
Vintage cyberman
I kid! Although he would definitely dress like this if he had the suit. Have I ever mentioned he is a massive Dr Who nut? Probably not, as it’s the kind of thing one doesn’t go shouting about… What did he say when he saw this vintage cyberman suit? ‘This suit isn’t from the 60s, I know what an 80s cyberman looks like.’ Like I said…


VW retro camper at Cromer 60s festival


VW retro camper at Cromer 60s festival


VW retro camper at Cromer 60s festival
I can never resist a cute campervan – particularly not when it matches my coat. Actually, funnily enough, this camper matches something else – my wedding! Light blue, red and white is something you’re going to be seeing a lot of around here post June.
And speaking of the wedding…


Cromer pier 2017


CiCi Marie in front of wedding venue
… Here’s the two venues! I will be married in the window of precisely where my hand is pointing… and if you gaze through said window you’re looking straight at the sea, with the pier in easy view to the left. I wonder if anyone can guess what I’m walking down the aisle to…?
So that’s it for now, Cromer – and the next time we see you will be very special indeed.



  1. May 9, 2017 / 1:26 pm

    I would judge you into first place based on the eye make-up and sunglasses… although the rest of you looks terrific too 🙂

    • May 9, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      😀 I had a bit too much fun piling that eye makeup on!

  2. May 10, 2017 / 6:50 am

    These are the BEST photos, and I was laughing at your descriptions of being papped, noughties skirts, and B's geek knowledge!! Such a funny post. Your outfit is pretty splendid, and well done for utilising the existing wardobe, it can be hard to resist buying that one extra accessory. Xx

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:29 pm

      Glad I made you laugh 😀 I was really pleased with myself for sourcing everything from what I already had. I do not find that comes easily as I like to buy things 😉 xx

  3. May 10, 2017 / 8:35 am

    The whole outfit is amazing – but the sunglasses are even more amazing. The 60s look really suits you, even when you are not so ostensibly dressing up, but push it that bit further and wow! You'd have won! Kx

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:30 pm

      I think the 60s suits me as long as I don't go down any kind of route where an item of clothing is hanging from my bust in a tent like fashion!! x

  4. May 10, 2017 / 11:22 am

    Oh wow you look great, the 60's style suits you perfectly! Such an awesome outfit you put together and your eye makeup is amazing…great post! 🙂

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I won't admit to how long I was faffing with the eye makeup… eh-hem.

  5. May 10, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    Gaaah, photographers can be such massive pests. They're a real problem at things like The Asylum (steampunk event in Lincoln) and Whitby Goth Weekend. I've had friends get snapped at those events while eating their tea in cafés, and one friend nearly thumped a photographer because he literally tried to pull a girl into a new location to take her photo. Being both pretty and dressed up, you were guaranteed to attract them like flies. I hope they didn't spoil things too much for you.

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      I'm so glad someone understands what I was talking about here! I wouldn't have been bothered if a couple of people had politely come up to me and asked to take my picture, but it was really not like that at all. It was pretty invasive, if I'm honest, and it took some of the enjoyment away from the day. It was the people who took my photo in secret and then proceeded to SHOW IT TO ME after the fact that really ground my gears. I couldn't believe the nerve! It happened twice!!

    • May 11, 2017 / 2:13 pm

      You have managed to put together an incredible costume! What a shame you couldn't find the costume competition, you would have won for sure!

  6. May 11, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Photographers are really bad for this kind of behaviour at 40s events as well in my experience, I've been photographed on any number of long lenses as well as asked if I would stop eating my sandwich to have my photo taken (??), even photographed up close without the photographer ever saying a word to me. It's a weird experience for sure but I also find that for all the rude and inconsiderate photographers, there are many others who are polite and respectful.

    • May 15, 2017 / 12:13 pm

      I guess at least you were asked – I was unattractively gulping down an ice cream to look up and see a lens in my face… But yeah, height of rude seriously!! I would say I had 50-50 rude-polite photographers on this day; I was surprised at just how many people were so inconsiderate, if I'm honest!

  7. May 11, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    So interesting how many people were snapping photos of you – ugh! I suppose it is a form of flattery and a compliment but yes, so annoying! It sounds like a fun festival and you looked awesome!!

    • May 15, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      It was nice when they asked, but not nice when they were going out of their way to take photos in secret… and then show me them and how they'd snapped my double-chin and half-closed eyes in all their glory!!

  8. May 12, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Love, love, love this outfit, you look like my mum did back in the 1960s! She had a red bob and loved to wear a short mini skirt. It really suits you, it's definitely an era that works well for you.

    I hate people photographing me, not just at events, but out and about too. When I went to Portobello Road last December I think I had at least 10 people come up and ask to take my photo. I wonder what the hell they're going to do with it. Why do they need a photo of me?

    I have to say I knew straight away that the Cyberman outfit was not 60s too. I'm afraid I'm a big Doctor Who fan too, although I don't like Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. (I'll shut up now!) xx

    • May 15, 2017 / 12:17 pm

      I think it's the best compliment to look like someone actually did at the time, so I'm quite happy with that 😀

      It seems to be increasingly common that people who dress vintage get this kind of attention. I'm not sure I agree with any argument that if you dress like this 'you ask for it', because that opens up a very uncomfortable line of thought if you ask me. I do think, you know, it's just clothes, is it really so interesting?!

      Does anyone like Peter Capaldi as the Doctor?! I mean, I'm not a super fan but I have watched in the past (and not always intentionally as B will watch back old series here and there), and he just has no charisma or appeal for me whatsoever! xx

  9. May 16, 2017 / 2:18 am

    You make a fabulous mod girl! I'm not great at makeup, so I'll admit that I'm a bit awestruck by how good your eye makeup looks. The whole look is really fabulous, though, and I'm hardly surprised you had people snapping photos!

  10. May 22, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    Fabulous outfit. What a shame you didn't find the costume contest. Love the eye make up, any chance of a tutorial? Such lovely wedding venues. I hope you have a wonderfully happy day.

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