Thursday, 30 July 2009

English Rose, French Fancy

Good morning!

I just had my final consultation meeting at work, and I'm glad to say that my leaving date has now been confirmed. My last day of office drudgery will now be the 29th of August, meaning that I finish just before the bank holiday, and am then free to pursue my new career. Hurrah! I'm also delighted to say that I have some more new pictures to show off, which I love! I finally discovered that I am allowed to show these off to you, which were taken during the shoot I did for What Katie Did, back in May. Shona (whose clothes I'm wearing) and I were unsure as to whether they would be going into the forthcoming book on lingerie over the ages, which has been put together by Katie and Tony 'Nylons' Rusecki. Tony has recently moved and was really busy with that, meaning that I hadn't managed to get hold of him to ask for confirmation that I could post them. But now I have, so here they are!

Picture by Tony, clothes by Heyday again!

By the way, the 40s blouses I'm wearing in these pictures are not on Shona's site, so get in touch with her if you're interested in one.

It's funny, because my very first ever shoot with the Hourglass produced a very similar picture to this, but the old faithful cheesecake pinup 'oops' idea is always a lot of fun to do. I wish you could see my fab black 40s repro platforms, so you'll just have to pretend they're there! What was rather amusing was that a pair of walkers came past, an older man and a younger one, and the older one stopped and asked me if I needed any help, despite Tony being there with his camera pointed at me, Shona, Katie, her husband and their daughter all mere yards away watching! "No, thank you, we're doing a photoshoot," Shona told him, and he wandered on a few yards before stopping, asking us if we were sure, and then being shooed off, but turning back to look every yard or so until they were out of sight. Bless him, I'm sure he'd not seen a sight like that in decades!

Picture by Tony, clothing by Heyday, shoes from Rocket Originals
and nylons from What Katie Did's CC09 range - perfect for autumn
(and this terrible British 'summer' we're having, actually)

What you can't see very well in the above picture is the delicious French Fancy cake in my hand, which I promptly scoffed after the shoot. And after posing with, and indeed riding upon, that vintage bicycle, I really want a bicycle of my own now! Because I lack the knowledge and dedication to maintain a vintage one, I would really love a vintage looking one instead. I would give my right arm for a Pashley Princess, left, (although it might be hard to keep my balance riding with one arm), but they're expensive (rightly so since they are handmade here in Blighty) at around £420 and my newly redundant position means extravagance is out of the window for now.

I might though, with my payoff, treat myself to the Princess-alike Dawes Duchess, right, to potter about on. It's about £250 pounds on some sites, and actually might be easier to ride as it has 7 Shimano gears, as opposed to the Princess's 3. I wish I lived in a proper English country village, so I could cycle about pretending I'm in an episode of Miss Marple or something. I may just do that anyway!

Tee hee! It's really hard to pose on a bicycle,
so please forgive me if I look a bit awkward!

In other news, literally, I was thinking back to my last shoot with Tony before this one, at Rhythm Riot, and I was delighted to see a lovely lady's gorgeous creations in the national news! On one of the evenings I saw a girl in the most divine, Shaheen inspired dress, in shimmering raw silk fabric, and I had to ask her where she got it. It turned out that she was the designer, and though I didn't catch her name, she did give me a postcard of her 'Bombshell' dresses and told me to come to her chalet to try some on, if I liked. Sadly I couldn't, as I was shooting with Tony, but I discovered today that her name is Katya Wildman, and that her dresses are going down an absolute storm in the celebrity set! Nigella Lawson was in the news for buying up 12 in different colours (though who knows if this is actually true), and, according to Vogue, the shops stocking her can't keep the dress in stock! Although it does point out the pitfalls of such success - go to a party and you might see another girl in the same dress, although NINE at one party is incredible! Great news for Katya, and I now really wish, even more than before, that I'd been able to come and try some on, because I could have been a real trend setter, by owning one six months earlier than the fashion pack!

Image from the Vogue blog

Congrats Katya, and I can't wait to see your next design! And I just realised this post was a bit of an impromtu V.I. Buys, featuring bicycles and lovely dresses. I aim to please. ;)


Fleur xx

PS. I entered into a rather heated discussion yesterday with someone who was republishing my blog feed to their own site, without crediting me properly - only the title was a link to my blog, obviously, because it was just skimmed off my RSS feed, and not the result of me submitting my article to them through proper channels. This person swore blind that this is the entire point of RSS feeds, that they knew this having spent x years in the web industry, and that by choosing to have a feed I am giving anyone carte blanche to repurpose my content, which it is patently is not - they are for people to read your blog in an aggregated news reader, like Google Reader or Bloglovin'. To me, using my feed to republish without my permission was at worst theft, and at best, extremely impolite. Given that we cannot really stop people nicking our content these days, and as I was advised by a friend who knows his stuff that changing my feed to a snippet will just annoy my subscribers, I have had to resort to putting in a copyright line, which you will see below if you're reading this in a Reader. I am also making my signoff into a link back to my blog. So, sorry if it appears contrived or pointless, but I want anyone who does take it upon themselves to republish my content to be driving people to my real site. I have now grudgingly given permission to the person to use my feed, because they apologised and actually asked for said permission, which is all I really wanted in the first place. They just wasted a lot of time and hot air waxing lyrical about how they knew best, when all I wanted was for them to have the courtesy to ask me.

F xx


  1. Fleur, the same thing has happened to me with my RSS feed, and I got the same reaction from the person who lifted my posts. I think you're smart in adding a copyright line to every post, and I will start doing the same.

  2. Love the that blouse...

  3. you know what? You should really try to make a living on pin-up modelling. Hair style classes and such...
    You are the best 40 -esque lady i have seen so far.

  4. photos are fab! you look amazing xx

  5. i love reading your blog, and you seem like such a sweetheart, plus you are so beautiful! loved this post, i really miss french fancies now i am vegan! sad face! xxx

  6. LOVING the shot with the green Rocket Originals - you look like a hot evacuee! ;)

  7. Thanks chicks!

    Mahuahua, there must be someone out there somewhere making vegan french fancies! If not, I will make you some when I start my fabulous cake company ;)

    Loulou, something along those lines is being planned, so watch out for more info (not that you need it, and you are in France, but still! )

  8. Hi Fleur, Fiona sells that dress in her shop in Kingly Court. I tried it on in Leopard print and cannot rest until I own that dress - however I need to invest in a smaller stomach or bigger tits to make it work. Its very much for an hourglass silhouette - not an apple like me!

  9. Fleur, if you do start selling vegan French Fancies, I may as well just pay my monthly salary directly to you :(

  10. Fleur, I have a Pashley Princess (i say i, my mum bought it for herself, and i claimed it 6 months later as my own), and it is the most beautiful bike ever! However, if you are going to be biking up hills (or small mounds for that matter) 3 gears is not enough to stop red-face from happening, and if it is a big hill... it can lead to panting! I would suggest that although the Pashley is a beaut, the 7 gear sounds like a more practical option ;) xx p.s. Beautiful photos as always

  11. Wow, the pictures are STUNNING!

  12. Lovely pictures, that's so funny about the two men who walked past during the photoshoot.
    That blouse is just gorgeous!

  13. What lovely photos- you really are the most perfect pin up around! I'm desperately looking for a vintage looking bike that I can afford at the moment- even the Dawes one you've shown is out of my price range, though it is so lovely...

  14. so many great outfits! i can't believe someone tried to steal your whole site, the internet can be a dark and strange place, but at least you caught them!

  15. HOW CHEEKY! That must be rather frustrating indeed!

    I thought perhaps you and your readers may be interested in a giveaway I'm having for a 1980s dress reworked by me, it's not 40s but it's pretty!

    So have a look people :-)

    Nicola xx

  16. Fleur, Thank you for your little feature on vintage bikes. My bike finally died on the way home from work so now I have to spend the weekend looking for a new one so I can get to work on Monday! Perhaps you should move to Cambridge as everybody cycles here :-)

  17. wow ur blog is gorgeous!
    i really like the 50s style and hair like actually katy perry.
    Pin up girl werent like many actually to thin girls.
    the 50s come back thank u :D

  18. Oooo grrr I find it so rude when people lift entire posts and plant them in their own blog - even when they credit it. They go out of their way to get permission to publish from a printed publication, but think that a blog is a free for all. The thing is, if they post the article in its entirety, readers have no reason to visit the original blog to read it. Grr,

  19. oh you're so damn beautiful!

    and i too could give my right arm for a Pashley Princess!

  20. Great photos, I love the story about the two men wanting to help you out :-).
    I've had the same problem with sites republishing articles from my blog on life in Taiwan on "splogs." It is EXTREMELY annoying, but I've done the same thing and added a disclaimer stating that if the post isn't being read on Google Reader, etc., or on my Web site, then it's probably stolen. Granted, I don't know how much this helps, but I hope at least it makes the guilty party look stupid when a note saying their content is stolen appears on their site.

  21. "Is it a site beginning with P and ending inupLifeStyle? ;)"

    Yes, it is!

  22. What ratbags!! I would totally spew about having my feed nicked. And now I am going to ensure mine isn't! Thanks for the heads up!

    LOVE the blouses they are fantastic. Great photos too :-) Especially the first one!

  23. I love the photos! They're great. I love the story about the man asking if you needed any help. That's very cute.
    I also wish I lived in an English village so I could ride about on a bicycle with a basket and pretend I was in Miss Marple!!
    -Andi x

  24. Lovely photos, you look absolutely stunning, as usual =)

  25. I love the new photos, Fleur, just as everyone with even just half a brain would! :)
    I too loved the story of the old man offering to help!!! Too cute!
    I got so excited when I read what you said about Miss Marple! Then again I don't know if that's a really popular show there, as I am in the States. I watch it every week! It's easily one of my favorites :)
    Do you have access to getting a Schwinn bicycle? I've been wanting one so bad! I'm ready to do away with my present one and get a lovely vintage bike, I just have to gather those pennies ;)

  26. Love the photo of your skirt caught on the barbwire fence! So cute! I love cheesecake pin up! hehe
    I've emailed you some info and pics for the blog banner you so kindly said you would make for me!
    Let me know if you need anything else!

  27. Oh my golly, Fleur! These images are gorgeous! You really inspired me with your poise (I'm hoping to eventually give retro modeling a go... ;)! Your outfits are pretty darn cute too--I love those tailored blouses of the 40s. I was just looking through some of my vintage patterns today and noticed I have a few that are almost exactly like these. I need to make one (or two!), since I obviously must like them considering I have a bunch of patterns!

    Anyway, sorry to hear that your RSS feed was being nicked for another site. :p I've seen things like that pop up occasionally on my stats, but never from the same place. It's annoying that people just don't email and simply ask. I had one person do that though, and I said that I was not interested in having my feed aggregated on another site that wasn't a feed reader. They got really miffed about it--which was totally rude! :p

  28. Hi there! You have an amazing style as always - and those are such beautiful shots! Adorable adorable. I can't stop dreaming to shape my hair like your do's... snif ;( so pretty!

    ps : i'm sorry to hear about the little (but very annoying) incident with your RSS feed. hope that would never happen again to you! cheer up :)

  29. Looking stunning as ever ! I have the Dawes Duchess bike it's my pride and joy! When someone saw me on it as I whizzed round the village they said they couldn't imagine me on any other kind of bike lol I must admit I do feel a little Miss Marple on it and when the wind takes my dress I feel norty too ha ha ! I got mine from Richardsonsonline it arrived 2 days later completely built bar the pedals and basket !!

    Karen xx

  30. oh! i would like to make the same photos !

  31. I want a Pashley Princess too!!! I've wanted it for a few years now, actually. They are even more expensive for me as I am on the other side of the ocean from where you (and they) are. that, and I live in LA which is not the most bike friendly of places. :)

  32. Bonjour Fleur
    really fascinated with your 40s style and knowledges. Great site.
    I am recreating a 40s german submarine interior set:

    At least pics of swing girls are to be found in crew bunks, and music on board is swing style of course.
    I will recommend your fascinating blog to my spanish girls connaisances
    kindly regards from Biscay Bay

  33. Magnifique, juste magnifique...

  34. You look sensational in these pictures, thank you so much!


  35. hello, may u pls make a tutorial on how you did your hair. I was lookign for this hair for quite some time now. This hairstyle has been done by BOnnie at the vampire diaries tv series. So in love with this look. I hope you will.. Thanks!


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