Friday, 21 November 2014

Wedding Guests

Last year I posted some photos here of a beautiful wedding that we were lucky enough to attend for some dear friends.  Then I followed it up with some 'outtakes' here.  The professional photos came back a while ago, and there are a few with me and my Baby in.

I'm wearing a cherry print dress that was a present, with a shrug I bought off Ebay.  Chris is wearing a vintage hat, a Kentucky tie (gift) and a bargain suit that I think was about £2.50 from the car boot sale!

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

The next set of photos might need some explaining.  Basically, there was a photobooth... and I have the urge to strike many poses when one of those is around...  Nobody else seemed to be using it, so we might have been in there for quite some time, and suddenly a queue had built up, and the groom kicked us out...

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding Guests

Wedding guests

Wedding Guests

There must have been about sixty photos of us!  We can only apologise profusely.  And maybe offer a photobooth at our own wedding, so the couple in question can exact some revenge!!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Book Review: Fifties House

Fifties House by Catriona Gray is a wonderful glimpse into mid-century home design, with three main sections, focusing on rooms, houses, and decoration.  The book is a narrated collection of articles taken from 1950's issues of House & Garden magazine,with pages of full colour photographs and illustrations.

Fifties House

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses on a Budget: 1930s

There are lots of vintage inspired dresses at the high end of bridal design, such as Jenny Packham's 1920s and 1930s inspired gowns, or Ritva Westenius, but let's be honest that spending thousands of pounds on a dress is beyond reach of most of us mere mortals.

Fear not, there's a HUGE choice of vintage inspired wedding dresses out there, and all of my suggestions below are under £300.  That's right.  You can have vintage glamour on a budget!  Today I'm focusing on the 1930s, and will be back with more inspiration from other decades as soon as I've scoured the web.

1930's Style Bridal Dresses
Think bias cut slinky evening gowns in silks and satins.  Jean Harlow is your inspiration.

This 1930's 'Siren' evening gown from 20th Century Foxy would be a wonderful choice (£280).

1930s wedding dresses

Friday, 14 November 2014

Vintage Film Review: From Here to Eternity

I had long-awaited watching this classic film after we picked up a copy on VHS for free in the charity shop.  What an utter disappointment it turned out to be!

The film was released in 1953, based on James Jones' book.  Starring Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr and Frank Sinatra, it's a tale centred around a military base in Hawaii, before Pearl Harbour plunges everyone into war.

from-here-to-eternity-1953
Image from All Posters, where you can buy this poster here.

I looked up some critics' reviews after watching it, and was flabbergasted at how highly they regarded what, to me, was a long, boring film with hammed acting.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Beret for Bonfire Night


Remember, remember, the 5th of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.

This year there weren't any local public displays of fireworks to attend, and the bigger ones down the valley are usually on weekends these days, which isn't always convenient. On actual bonfire night then we headed up the nearest hill, parked up with a whole convoy of other cars, and enjoyed the amazing view stretching all the way up, and all the way down, the valley we live in.  Many private firework parties were taking place, so we had a good fireworks show from our vantage point.  We'd brought a flask of hot chocolate (good call, it was freezing up on the hill!) and some giant sparklers, which we couldn't light at first as our lighter failed.

Bonfire Night

Full skirt 1980's wool coat, charity shop
Scarf, Peacocks
Beret, Accessorize
Gloves, Sainsburys

It was good to get home and warm, with a nice cheesy salmon and veg bake, followed by the first baked apples of the season (a bonfire night essential in our house).

Did you do anything for bonfire night?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Lindybop 'Cassie' Dress for Treorchy Vintage & Craft Fair

I popped to a local event last weekend, the Treorchy Vintage & Craft Fair.  Held in a hall, the fair was 90% craft, with a smattering of vintage clothing and bric-a-brac.

Linybop Cassie Dress

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The Revelation of the 1930's Parquet Flooring

It was another weekend of steaming ahead with the DIY.  And look what we have revealed in the lounge - a lovely bit of parquet!

parquet ta da

We knew that there was some parquet under there, but weren't sure of its condition.  It's pretty good!  It's a different colour around the edges, and splattered with paint, so will need sanding back with wire wool, reglazing and waxing.  But it should come up lovely with a bit of care!

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