Saturday, 25 July 2009

Horsing around

Yesterday, I had a leisurely drive down to deepest, darkest Kent, to attend the War & Peace show. I had never been before, and didn't really know what to expect, apart from lots of antique jeeps, WWII forces memorabilia, uniforms, and deactivated guns. And there were lots of all of those, no doubt about that! However, my main reason for going was to catch up with my old friend Jen, aka Bette Bongos, who is the one responsible for getting me my first ever pinup photoshoot; and to hang out a bit with Shona, Katie and Kaye, to say nothing of doing a few photographs with Mr Nylons himself.

Well, unfortunately, the weather absolutely scuppered our chance to do some 'proper' photos - I went to get myself a portion of chips (or fries, if you're in the Former Colonies) and as I went back to Shona's marquee to get ready, the rain started moving in so quickly that I barely made it inside before the heavens opened. It was a deluge of biblical proportions, and no mistake!

However, I did manage, before the monsoon, to persuade Shona to come with me and take some snaps of me on the Hop Farm's little carousel! The operator chap spotted us, but rather than telling us off, he insisted on turning the ride on, so we had even more fun after that! These two were taken while the carousel was stationary.

Vintage 1940s wrap/house dress, vintage black straw hat,
nude FF stockings and black Remix Briarcliff wedges.
Worn with black and green bakelite jewellery.

The dimple is an original too!
It was really windy, which is why I am clutching my hat already.

I haven't done much to these except slightly sharpen and boost the colour and contrast, the bright sunshine (at that moment!) did the rest.

Then the ride started up...

You can see from the ominous skies what was about to transpire!

Tally ho!

This one's my favourite of the bunch!
The contrasting sky really makes it, I think

We are very amused!

Finally, for a bit of fun I did some 'colourised' versions, because although I love the vibrancy of colour of the above photos, it's not very 'vintage'. So here are some that are more evocative of the Kodachrome era!

1. 2. 3. 4.

I went home quite soon after the rain dried up, and unfortunately my Remix wedges fell rather foul of the mud, literally. I hope that now it's dried it'll come off, and they won't be ruined. It was still a fantastic day and seeing Jen and meeting her son Leo made the whole thing even more worthwhile!

Enjoy your weekends, guys and dolls!

Fleur xx


  1. Smashing set of photos, I love the bright colours to be honest, very vintage showgirl! Bravo!

  2. You look like you're having so much fun which makes the photos even more enjoyable! And you did a great job on re-colouring them! I must admit, I have a little too much fun colouring black and white or sepia photos in photoshop (or turning myself into a zombie/alien and making myself Lily Munster green. Haha).

    -Andi x

  3. I have to thank you for mentioning the War & Peace show here, or I'd not have known about it! But luckily you DID so I did, so I took my sister and it was great. So many thanks! :]

    The weather was rather fickle, indeed, but it turned out for the best in your photos, and I found it rather atmospheric as well.

  4. i love the genuine smile in your carousel pictures! The bright colors against the dark sky really are terrific. cute dimple too!

  5. Oh these are wonderful, just perfect! What a beautiful dress you have on also.

  6. Fleur, you're making me blush with that scandelous shot of your thigh! ;) Looks like you had a great time, despite the bad weather!

  7. Lovely photos! I love carousels and would love to take photos like these on one sometime.

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  9. Lovely blog!
    The remix shoes have you shop them online or are they available somwere nereby London?

    / Cherry

  10. love the pictures you look lovely!

    what fun!

  11. Thanks all!

    Andi: I totally cheated by using a photoshop action, but I love the effect and can only dream of having real skills!

    Amber: I know, scandalous! Sorry ;)

    Cherry, I bought the shoes from a UK seller:

    No 132 in black!

  12. Oh! Boy! I Love all your pics. Reading your blog is soooo much fun for me. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing. YTVf, Jacqueline


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