Friday, 27 March 2009

All new weddings-a-go-go

Well, following my epic 8 (I think ... I lost count) weddings last year, the new year of nuptials has begun in earnest with me attending no less than two last weekend. I think it's just that I am 'that age', with my girlfriends from my college and university days all marrying the partners they've been with for 4, 5 or 6 years. I find all the weddings I attend very emotional for several reasons. It's wonderful to see my friends so happy, with men who clearly love them dearly (the groom on Friday was trying, and mostly failing, to contain his emotion during the ceremony and the speeches, it was adorable. *sniff* ) but it's also hard to see so many leaving their earlier lives behind and entering this new stage; I can't help but feel slightly bereft. But the joy far outweighs any other feelings, not to mention the tasty grub and free-flowing booze that invariably accompanies such events! And of course, I get to dress up!

I went with a black, white and red theme on the Friday, not too much of any one of those colours (which, as we know, can be frowned on at a wedding. Not so much these days of course!)

I wore a dress dating from 1946 with an early 40s red jacket over the top (I wore a red pashmina wrap thingy when inside), complete with red bakelite cherries brooch and red Rocket Originals wedges and nude seamed stockings. I did take a full-length shot and have cleverly forgotten to upload it to Flickr, so I will update this post when I have done so. But you can see my whole dress in this shot of the Bride and Groom... in which I was caught unawares!

I was wearing matching red bakelite screw-back earrings when the day started, but an over-effusive cheek kiss with an old friend caused one to break apart and almost fly into my glass of bubbly! Well actually, it was orange juice since I was driving. Luckily I had another pair in my handbag. Always prepared for vintage mishaps, me! Haha.

The second wedding, I wore the same jacket, shoes, and in fact hair, but wore a light turquoise vintage blouse and cream trousers. Hopefully some pictures will emerge, but I've not seen any yet. You'll have to use your imaginations!

I've bought a couple of new vintage dresses recently, both by my absolutely favourite brand, Swirl. If you have never heard of Swirls, have a read of this very informative article by the VFG's Fuzzy Lizzie about them. I now have 5 including the two on their way to me. The first of the two is pink and looks similar to the pink gingham one in the article, except solid. Sadly the seller has deleted the pics already so I can't show you. However it was a super bargain due to it being slightly discoloured, hopefully nothing a soak in Oxy Clean won't fix. The second is this one:

I love the autumnal colours! I think I will wear it with a new pair of wedges from Rocket Originals that I have my eye on. The Connie in green:

The green isn't a perfect match onscreen, but the reality might be different. We shall see. What do you think?

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Fleur xx

PS. Don't forget this Saturday is the next instalment of the fantastic Blitz Party. I wish I could make it, but if you go, let me know how it was! F

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Well that's settled then!

The vote for whether I should do Daily Outfit posts was unanimously a 'Yes'! So I will get my camera sorted and my apartment kept presentable and start doing them within the next month or so. My new lens will also enable me to do some vintage hair tutorials, which I've been asked for on several occasions. Just one thing - you all have to promise not to be highly disappointed in me when you see how un-vintage and un-finished my flat is! I'm talking half-painted doors and no kitchen floor! Ooops! :)

Today is an example of a day when I would not be doing a Daily Outfit post, because I am really not happy with my outfit today. Let me describe it to you. In fact, let me change my mind and make this the first of my Daily Outfit posts. I'm going to start on a low (so it can only get better from here!) and go take a (bad) picture with my iPhone, in the loos. Very glamorous! But I just wanted to show an example of how I almost get it right, then it goes horribly wrong at the last minute!

Today I am wearing: A pencil skirt made for me by Shona of Heyday, a flutter sleeved top from Dotty P, BLACK ( D: ) stockings from What Katie Did and shoes I got from a dance shop somewhere.

Can you see which part I am not happy with? I had to open a pair of black seamed stockings this morning because I didn't have a clean pair of nude or nude with black seam ones. Now, I am clearly in a minority here, because I never, ever wear black stockings in the daytime. Not black fishnets either. It just feels wrong to me - they are for the evening, in my book. And they CERTAINLY don't feel right when the sun is shining, perhaps if it was the middle of winter, I'd feel better about it. I should have changed when I realised I had no nude ones, but I tend to faff over outfits and I couldn't be late for work. I also feel rather like a goth with the amount of black. Fail!

I'm happy with my hair and makeup today though. My hairdo is just one of my quick and easy numbers as I didn't have time to wash and set it last night after swing dancing. Three small rolls in the front and a black chiffon headscarf. HOWEVER! The headscarf look really goes best with casual 40s trousers rather than a tight pencil skirt. But my hair needs a wash so it was Hobsons in regard to hair today.

So there we have it. A semi-unsuccessful (in my eyes) outfit, and my first D.O. post ever. I promise the quality will improve for the next one. :)

Monday, 16 March 2009

Dear body,

It's been almost two weeks, why can't you shake off this lurgy? Honestly, I am one of these people that's hardly ever ill, and I don't think I've actually been 100% *well* so far this year. I'm still waking up with a mouth like the Sahara because my nose is completely blocked. Bah!

Anyway. My lovely man has scarpered off to New York, again, leaving me bereft for another week. So I spent this weekend ruining my diet at my parents' house, and then embarking on a mammoth spring clean of my flat. This was partly due to the fact that despite Frontlining my cats every month, I combed one and found he still had some fleas. So that was it, I removed all the furniture from my bedroom (the only room with carpet), blitzed it thoroughly with spray and put everything back, but differently. I'm amazed at how much bigger it looks! I also reorganised my entire CD and DVD collections, stripped and washed the sofa cushions, and made vegetable soup from scratch. I am a domestic goddess! Or I would be if I hadn't got so exhausted at 8pm that I had to stop without finishing the rest of the cleaning. Still, I will finish it over the next few evenings. I am still very pleased!

I was delighted to receive a new picture from Rebecca Parker the other day. She'd been going back through her shoots from last year and found one she just had to edit! I think it's fab, but then I think everything she does is splendiferous.

A question for my readers ... would you be interested in 'Daily Outfit' type posts from me? My main reasons for not doing them are that a. I don't have a very good lens for my camera so it's hard to take them in my flat and b. I don't know if people would actually be interested! If enough people are, I will get myself a new lens and give it a go! So speak up now! :)

Fleur xx

PS. The good people responsible for last month's wonderful Blitz Party have just announced the date for the next one; it's on the 28th of March. Unfortunately I don't yet know if I can go, but I really hope I can. It is bound to be just as fab as the last one, if not better!

Thursday, 5 March 2009


Yes... those are the noises I have been making most recently. I hate being ill, and indeed I'm not very good at it as I rarely do and don't have the patience to lie around in bed. Having said that, I'd rather be anywhere than at work...and preferably in bed!

However, I can't complain too much as I did just have a fantastic weekend in Marrakech! It was for an old friend's hen (batchelorette) party. Much haggling was done, much wine was drunk and much laughing was undertaken. Unfortunately, this meant that much money was spent. No more eating or spending until payday!

On our first day, we witnessed the most unbelievable, biblical deluge and electrical storm. We were on a roof terrace, undercover and still got pretty wet. Still it was spectacular! Here's me and my mint tea, just before the monsoon started!

I also had my first ever pedicure, and I'm going to have to keep it up now, I never knew it was possible for my feet to look so much better!
Doing what we do best - shopping. And yes, I am sooo much taller than all the other girls!

Here's me and the bride-to-be on our main night out. Sadly the lovely 'mood' lighting in our Riad meant that we couldn't see how much makeup we were putting on, and so I may have overdone the foundation slightly!

The Monday before I went away, I was privileged to be modelling at the at the IFB and Mademoiselle Robot London Fashion Week Dress Up Soirée. It was lovely to meet so many fabulous ladies, especially Melle Robot herself.

I got to model some truly divine dresses from Vintage Secret, and got to meet the gals from Queens of Vintage too, so it was a marvellous night all round.

Finally, here's the final picture from my Matt Frederick shoot. I went on another shoot not too long ago, the results of which look very impressive so far. So come back for more soon!

Fleur xx

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