Sunday, 28 September 2008

Weddings, part a gazillion

Finally, my wedding season is over! I had a super busy day yesterday. I got up at 7, was in London at 10 for a photoshoot and then went back home and back up to London at 5pm for my aunt's wedding reception!

The photoshoot went fantastically well. The photographer, Stephen Thorne had come over from Canada for a short trip and I was delighted that he wanted to work with me. He had an idea for a picture that consisted of a vintage-clad girl standing in a crowd while blurry people pass all around. And, well ... I think we nailed it! He has sent me a few already, so here's a taster.




We shot these in the British Museum. We did get permission, but people thought I was working there as a human statue, and a few asked me where the cloakrooms were! My dress is one I haven't worn before, it's a repro from an early 40s Hollywood sewing pattern. It's actually in two parts so I can wear the skirt separately.

So then I went home at about 2pm, changed and picked up my younger cousins Amber, 13 and Scarlett, 12, and headed off to the wedding reception. I wore my Whirling Turban dress again ... had to get my money's worth from it!

I did my hair for the shoot/wedding in the style of Virginia O'Brien, whom I've blogged about before. Here she is:



And here I am, this is about 12 hours after I brushed it out!



Not a perfect replica, but I think it turned out quite well!

Here are a couple of photos from the wedding, you can find the rest on my Flickr.


My aunts Joanna (left) and Fiona the bride (in the middle), my younger cousins Alex (19) and Rupert (17), Amber and Scarlett and my gorgeous cousin Natalie, who's my age.


My younger cousin Alex (19) and I with Scarlett in the bottom. Alex is like a male version of me from 10 years ago ... the fashions and music have changed slightly, but it's still exactly the same!


My mum and dad, and my brother Guy and his girlfriend Louisa. (Poor mum!)


Everyone again with Natalie's fiance Richard and my uncle Richard!

I hope everyone had fab weekends too!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Tagged!

I was tagged in this meme by the lovely Andrea, aka a cat of impossible colour, so here goes!

What are the last three things you purchased?
1) This fabulous ensemble from Revamp Vintage:

which I cannot wait to receive!
2) A pair of Ivory 40s style trousers from Shona, the lady from my last but one blog entry (pictures in the last one!)
3) A pair of really dreadfully unsexy nude knickers to go under the aforementioned trousers!

What are the last three songs you downloaded?
I never download songs, only whole albums, so here are the last ones I downloaded:
1) Master of Puppets - Metallica
2) The Black Album - Metallica
3) Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
Bet you weren't expecting that! I was a huge heavy metal fan in my teens and am replacing the music I loved, but only had on cassette!

What are the last three places you visited?
1) Lanzarote
2) Cyprus
3) Er...East Grinstead for a big 40s swing dance event last night? haha

What are your three favorite movies?
1) The Princess Bride
2) O Brother Where Art Thou
3) Zoolander

What are your three favorite possessions?
1) My home
2) This dress:

Which was deadstock when I bought it, but has now been worn and washed several times. Don't hate me for washing it, it's cotton and so well made, and it is just meant to be loved and shown off a lot!
3) My new camera, which I am still learning how to use!

What three things can you not live without?
As Andrea said: I'm interpreting 'things' to mean material things ... otherwise it would also be friends, family and my cats!
1) The internet - I am a geek and not ashamed! (I realise the internet isn't material, but it is a 'thing'!)
2) Books
3) Tea ;)

What would be your three wishes?
1) To fall in love with a wonderful man who loves me equally and unconditionally
2) To have enough money to travel widely and still live comfortably. (This is so perfect I am stealing it from Andrea!)
3) To be happy and healthy despite life's ups and downs

What three things haven’t you done yet?
1) Mastered swing dancing
2) Met the aforementioned man ;)
3) Been on film or the stage!

What are your three favorite dishes?
1) Sushi of any kind
2) My very fattening and very tasty veggie lasagne
3) My mum's Christmas dinner

Which three celebrities would you most like to hang out with?
1) Johnny Depp (swoon!)
2) Keira Knightley. I'm not actually a fan of hers, but in every interview I have seen she appears to be very down to earth and fun.
3) Kate Moss. Again I am not a fan, but I would love to know what goes on when she goes out partying!

Name three things that freak you out.
1) Despite what I have said earlier, having been single and living on my own for a year, the idea of dating someone actually petrifies me.
2) The thought that one day my parents won't be around any more.
3) Big hairy men. I mean spiders. Big, hairy spiders.

Name three unusual things you are good at.
This is a hard one. I don't really have unusual skills!
1) I'm getting good at swing dancing, which in itself isn't unusual, but I've only been doing it about 3 months so I think I have some degree of natural talent! Or maybe I've just done it before.....*spooky music*
2) I have the uncanny ability to scare the hell out of single men (spot a theme here?) whilst attracting incredulous comments from other people along the lines of "But surely men are lining up to date you?" NO!
3) I think I am pretty good at 40s hairstyles, something which, if not unusual is at least uncommon!

Which three things are you coveting?
1) A new pair of Remix Wedges. Probably these:

2) Another dress from Revamp:

3) A tortie girl kitten:

This beautiful little girl has been needing a home on my local cat rescue website for months, and I can't believe no one has taken her! I would snap her up if I could, but it's not fair when you work full time and have two kitties that go outside as she'd be stuck inside on her own all day for weeks, until I could ensure they all got along and let her out. :(

Name three bloggers you are tagging.
I'm going to be rubbish and not tag anyone as most of the lovely ladies whose blogs I read have already done it!

Thursday, 18 September 2008

More tea!

After spending 27 years of my life and never having had Afternoon Tea, I have managed to notch up two in one month! This time it was for my lovely friend and mother-to-be Sophie Jonas's birthday. I've not known Sophie a hugely long time, she is a designer, and we met in December when I was modelling some of her creations in a fashion show. After that, she asked me to be a Brunch Belle at her monthly Burlesque Brunch, which involved me swanning around in not much at all, entertaining guests who were tucking into a full English before some real burlesque starlets put on a show. It was enormous fun, and I hope it continues after she's had her baby and recovered!

Here are some examples of Sophie's creations! Possibly NSFW...depends on where you work! They're all in my Fashion Shows folder on Myspace.



Anyway, her partner Andy wanted us to come to tea as a birthday surprise for Sophie, and a lovely day was had by all. After tea we had a wander down to the Thames festival and came over all touristy! I have never done some of the touristy things in London, even though I've lived nearby all my life. We also stumbled on the set of Dorian Gray! Here are a couple of pics, you can see the rest on my Flickr.







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Fleur xx

Friday, 12 September 2008

Fashion shows galore!

I just looked at my blog and realised it’s been over a week since I updated! I could have sworn it was just a few days ago … oh dear. Is this a sign of getting old? Hehe

So, last weekend, I took part in a fashion show at the I Knit Day at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.It was a pleasure to meet the lady who wrote A Stitch In Time back in the 1970s, Jane Waller, and to see Susan Crawford again, who is responsible for republishing it. And oh, the garments! They were just divine! Susan’s husband was taking official photographs, which will no doubt be posted up soon, but I found these on KayB Knits blog, so here’s a taster. Thanks so much to her for letting me use them.



Not the best shot of me, but fab of the other two ladies! The lady is the middle is the wonderful Theodora of the Shellac Sisters, and the girl on the right is Susan’s daughter Charlotte.



Can you believe Theo knitted that fantastic dress herself? Man, I need to learn to knit … not least because I get a free copy of the book for being a model in it! ☺

Stay tuned for more photos of droolworthy vintage knits!

I get a lot of people asking me where I get my 40s style trousers. Being a tall girl (5’11”), I unfortunately can’t turn to the usual source of reproduction vintage pants and overalls, Vivien of Holloway, because even her longer length versions are too short for me. So I buy mine from a very lovely lady called Shona, who hails from NZ, but who can usually be found selling her designs at rock n roll events throughout the UK. Though she doesn’t do custom sizing per se, what she does do is hem them to the right length for you (in my case sometimes actually adding fabric on the bottom!) and she can also adjust the waistline for you. I can’t recommend her and her clothes highly enough. Here’s a pic (I have posted this on here before so apologies if you’ve seen it already!) of my in my favourite green pair:



She’s got tons of fantastic colours in at the moment, so if anyone is looking for a new pair of pants (or two!) please do get in touch with her – shona.van.beers@gmail.com or 07985040299.

Tonight I am off to the What Katie Did ‘Glimpse Of Stocking’ Lingerie Show, to mark the launch of their AW08 collection. It’s bound to be super glam and I am wearing my awesome new blouse from Big Beautiful Barbara Brown for the first time. I can’t wait!

Have a good weekend, all!

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Site update!

Tobias Key Shoot


I can't actually believe how slack I have been on the site updating malarky. I've now given myself a kick and done a new gallery featuring all the pictures from the beach shoot that I did a while back. I posted some of the results of the shoot in this blog, but if you want to see the rest, hop on over!

I Knit Day As far as shoot news goes, unfortunately an extremely exciting upcoming shoot has been postponed, so I won't have any new photos for a few weeks.
I am, however, going to be sashaying down a catwalk at the I Knit Day in London on Saturday, which will be fun, I hope. Any knitting fanatics going to be there, let me know! I'll be wearing knitwear from the soon-to-be-republished A Stitch In Time by Jane Waller, a fantastic book containing hundreds of authentic knitting patterns from the 20s, 30s and 40s.



I leave you with some pictures of the eternally beautiful Norma Jeane Mortenson, before she was transformed into Marilyn. I think these are some of the most beautiful photos of her.


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Take a look!

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