Monday, 23 February 2009

Bits and bobs

Apologies for the long absence, time is really seeming to pass me by at the moment, plus nothing particularly exciting has happened. I had a wonderful Valentines with my gorgeous man, he bought me a dozen red roses, then, while out and about, he decided to surprise me by getting me an iPod Nano. Red, to match my lips! I've never had an iPod before, and have been enjoying loading it with all my favourite music, everything from 30s dance band stuff to drum and bass! I can also now watch The Wire on the train to work, what could be better!

Unfortunately, he jetted off to New York at 6am that Sunday morning, and has been there ever since. I miss him terribly, but he has called me almost every day.
Continuing the Valentines theme (should've done this last week shouldn't I?!), I also appeared in the Whirling Turban email sent out on the day!

They spelt my URL slightly wrong, but the name is right so hopefully people found me, if they were interested.

I got another picture through from Matt Frederick - there is still one more to come, so stay tuned!


Finally, I am modelling at the IFB / Mademoiselle Robot-organised Dress Up Soirée tonight, so if you are going, please do come and say hello.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Queens Of Vintage

I was chuffed to bits the other day to be mentioned on Queens of Vintage, a marvellous new blog, updated several times daily with interesting articles, interviews and reviews of all things vintage and retro. They featured several pictures from my shoot with Mr Tony "Nylons" Rusecki. They have some absolutely fantastic fashion and beauty articles, such as the vintage girl's guide to the best red lipsticks, interesting historical articles like this one on WWII clothes rationing as well as a whole section on Make Do And Mend. Go and check it out, I defy you not to waste several hours immersed in it!


Talking of Mr Nylons, Tony's website, The Casting Couch has recently been revamped and relaunched, and if you go and visit, you may recognise the face in the header!

Rather cool, I hope you'll agree! If anyone is thinking of having a pin-up photoshoot, there's no one that comes more highly recommended than Tony, he's just the best there is. He'll be back at Rhythm Riot again next year, so all you aspiring pin-up rockabellas better get your bookings in quickly!

I have bought some lovely things recently. Most notably, these two bags:


The first one is a 40s telephone cord one, and I think it's stuck in Customs as it was posted first but hasn't appeared yet! The second is a 40s Cordé with twisted lucite handles and is absolutely pristine and gorgeous. I have it with me today! Then there is this suit from Violetville Vintage, which I cannot WAIT to get:

which caused me to blow my entire month's clothing budget in one fell swoop, but I do think it'll be worth it. To heck with the credit crunch! Who needs food anyway?

Do share your latest vintage buys, and have a great weekend, all.

Fleur xx

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Action stations!

Last Saturday night, as mentioned in my previous entry, I was whisked back in time to the dark days of 1941 (and indeed to the dark alleys of Shoreditch) for the Blitz party. Held under railway arches, in a venue lovingly made up to look like an air-raid shelter, this was the first in a series of 1940s soirées brought to us by the good people at Bourne and Hollingsworth and The Chap Magazine. And long may they continue!

After spending the afternoon kicking tires at the Mini dealers in Park Lane, I whizzed back to Lancaster Gate to re-curl my hair, re-roll my faux bangs and attach my false eyelashes. Then we set off to the wilds of the East End. My chap and I were greeted outside by the inestimable Atters, who was smoking a cigar and looking as rakish as ever. He bestowed a whiskery kiss upon me, and in we went.

The Venue

Everything about the decor was spot on, from the impeccably costumed girls on the door, to the union jacks, ration books and sandbags dotted about the place. After saying hello to the editor of the Chap, Mr Gustav Temple, we spotted our group of friends propping up the sandbags in the corner, then went to peruse the drinks menu. Presented in the form of a ration book, it featured wartime themed drinks like Spitfire Ale and gin fizzes. The rest of the night was spent catching up with other vintage-minded friends, a spot of swing dancing (sadly for me, the event was so well-attended that there really wasn't room for proper dancing, so it was a very small spot!), minor celebrity sightings (I was about to go and say hello to a girl I recognised, until I realised she plays a character in Hollyoaks!) and being complimented on my hairdo by an array of nattily dressed young ladies, who couldn't quite believe that I dressed in a 40s style every day!

The Crowd

It was wonderful to see the effort that had been put into outfits for the occasion. There were people in everything, from American GIs and RAF airmen, glamorous vintage vamps and be-turbanned washerwomen, zombie airmen, chaps in three-piece suits and hats, camp vintage sailors, WRENS, vixens in fur stoles and bombshell pin-up girls. I was very pleased to see an abundance of seamed stockings in evidence!





The Music

There was era-appropriate music provided by the always-dapper Johnny Vercoutre and the downright stunning Theodora (below, who modelled with me for A Stitch In Time), as well as a great singer and a girl-fronted group called Twin and Tonic, who were really very good. Though I did hear what sounded suspiciously like the strains of an Amy Winehouse song drifting from the main room at one point! There were vintage films projected onto walls, which added to the great ambiance. Luckily the organisers stopped short of adding in period-correct bomb sounds!



The Verdict

Thanks to the thought that went in to all aspects of the evening and the effort gone to by the promoters and the attendees alike, it was all jolly good fun, and I will most certainly be attending the next one. Hope to see you all there!

Here are a few more daguerrotypes of my lot for your perusal!




Toodle pip for now!

Fleur xx

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Dates for your diaries!

Afternoon all! I'm guesting at a couple of events over the next few weeks, so I thought I'd just let you all know in case you fancy a glamorous night out!

First up, this Saturday night, February 7th is the launch of a brand-new 40s themed club night called The Blitz Party!

The Chap has teamed up with Bourne & Hollingsworth to present a night of Second World War glamour, music and dance in a spectacularly abandoned suite of buildings in London's glittering East End. Dance to 1940s swing bands and chanteuses, while searchlights pick out sandbags, blackout curtains, oil lamps and military bunk beds. Ration books will replace bar tabs at he Spitfire Bar, where foaming Kentish Ale will be served alongside starchy food, while newsreels and wartime films are screened.

Dress Code: 1940s glam, CC41 Utility clothing and allied uniform.

For tickets, visit www.theblitzparty.com or call 0207 636 8228. See also, the official Facebook event page here!

It should be a fabulous night, and I can't wait!

Then, on Monday 23rd February, I can be found at Last Days Of Decadence in Shoreditch at the IFB London Fashion Week Soirée, which is being organised by the fabulous Mademoiselle Robot. Aptly named "Dress Up!", it is bound to be a deliciously fashionable affair. If you would like to come, it's essential that you get in touch with Mlle Robot immediately as places are extremely limited.

Here's the lowdown from the official Facebook event page.

Independent Fashion Bloggers & Mademoiselle Robot will be hosting the Dress Up Soirée for you to meet with IFB members, fashion bloggers and many more!

Loulou Loves You and I Heart Norwegian Wood kindly accepted to donate some lovely creations for our special giveaway, so if you are an IFB member, make sure you get a ticket. If you are not a member, you can still sign up!

Please RSVP to mellerobot@gmail.com by February 20th with your full name and DRESS UP in the subject so we can add it to the guest list.

If you have any questions please contact me at mellerobot@gmail.com.
Dress UP!

DJs - Nadia Ksaiba, Mmmélanie, Pure Filth

The beautiful Fleur de Guerre will also be showing off original vintage dresses from Vintage Secret as well as Loulou Loves You! creations.

Some super special performances are also to be confirmed.

That's all for now, chaps, but stay tuned for my latest vintage finds!

Monday, 2 February 2009

Snow day!

Thanks to the heaviest snow fall in over two decades here in the UK, I'm stuck working from home today. I feel sorry for the cats and hope they don't need to go to the loo, outside my back door there is a set of cat prints going about 2 foot into the snow and coming straight back in! It made me chuckle.

Here's the view from my front door:

My poor little Ford Ka!

And the back door!

A few new pictures to show off!
This one was taken on Saturday night. I've dyed my hair darker! What do you think?

I have a couple of new(ish) modelling shots to show off as well. This is the latest in the Noir style ones I did before Christmas. It's in the style of a pulp fiction cover! I'm not very happy with my hair in this one, though the concept is ace! Thanks again to Matt Frederick for this.

Then, there are several more from my shoot with Tony Nylons at Rhythm Riot. All the trousers (and the non-sweater tops)in these shots are by Shona van Beers, soon to be available from her new line, called Heyday. Stay tuned for more info on that! The knitted sweaters and gorgeous wedges are by Rocket Originals. All of it is absolutely stunning and comes highly recommended!







That's it for now, stay tuned for me showing off my latest vintage buys :)

Fleur xx

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