Thursday, 31 December 2009

Happy New Year!

I hope you all have a wonderful night and an even better 2010! I'm off to London shortly to set the venue up for my vintage New Year's Eve party at the Fox - we still have some tickets left, so if anyone fancies coming down, please don't be afraid to just turn up.

The lovely Moni unfortunately can't make it, so if anyone wants to take her place on my guest list, just email me on the address in the side bar, and I'll email you back if you're the first. I'm really looking forward to it!

I leave you with some pictures of my visit to the Watercress line on the 27th December - we had almost 200 people attempting to break the world record for the Shim Sham... sadly we needed another hundred to do so, but Rome wasn't built in a day! We followed it with a Charleston Stroll, and it was hot work in a wool overcoat, let me tell you! My feet were still freezing though (and I put my warm boots on immediately afterwards).



I didn't post this one from my Christmas Day walk last time, but I thought I would as it shows me as I really am!



My dad took it as I walked towards him after he took some 'serious', straightfaced ones for my outfit post. I was laughing as I do still find it all a bit humbling that so many people around the world care about what silly old me wears! But I am so, so glad you all do.

Happy New Year to all my blog friends, readers, commenters, lurkers, chaps and chapettes alike! See you all next year!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

So that was Christmas

Hello blogland!

I hope each and every one of you had splendid Christmases? Or days off, if you don't celebrate it? I had a really lovely few days, I must say. Usually, every year, there is some small issue, that while not ruining the holiday per se, does detract slightly. Family rows, burnt spuds ... last year my mum had a streaming cold and couldn't eat her Christmas dinner. This year, I can honestly say it was about as perfect as it's possible to be!

It began with a night out in my home town on Christmas Eve. I used to spend my teenage Christmas Eves in the bigger town nearby, so going out locally was a novelty. I bumped into so many people I hadn't seen in about a decade, most of whom were also back home for Christmas, but some who have never moved away. Everyone was so complimentary on my appearance, which was lovely. I woke up on Christmas morning (relatively hangover-free), and opened my many wonderful presents. My dad was in a good mood for the whole time (a very unusual occurrence), and even liked his surprise present (a never-before heard-of occurrence)! I, of course, used the occasion to dress up in my lovely burgundy velvet Able Grable frock. As you can see, I still haven't ironed it - that is far too much effort for Christmas!



I did my hair in victory rolls, with the back pinned up, to create an easy updo. My parents have a tree that is rather like mine, only much bigger and with gold and bronze decorations. This is pre-present carnage...I'll do another post to show my fabulous gifts, most of which were kitchen-based, from my beautiful best friend.

We have a tradition of going for a long walk while the turkey is cooking, and this year was no exception. It was a lovely, crisp and cold day, and I would class it as a semi-white Christmas, because much of the previous week's snowfall hadn't melted. We haven't had a white Christmas in recent memory, and only once in my lifetime, I think. So it was wonderful.



I paired my dress with the same boots and tights as my previous post, but with my V.I. wool coat from Oasis and a warm red pashmina and red leather gloves. Not exactly period accurate, but warm and stylish nonetheless!

The bet bit of the walk is returning home to a house filled with amazing smells. Looking forward to a nice Hendricks gin and tonic sharpener, we discovered someone had forgotten to buy tonic! Noooo! However, the turkey dinner was done to a turn, with my mother claiming the gravy was her best effort in almost four decades of gravy-making. Everything was delicious, and fattening... just the way it should be. Our family do have a tradition of eating later every year, and we didn't actually sit down to eat until 5.30pm this time. But it was worth the wait!

After dinner, we all plonked ourselves in front of the telly, although there was nothing worth watching on, and the eagerly anticipated new Poirot was rather slow and interspersed with advert breaks every 10 minutes for two hours. Poor show!

Boxing day was more of the same, albeit with cold food and an even longer, muddier walk through the hills and fields, which I undertook in a ratty old pair of tracksuit bottoms, a huge fleece, and my Dad's walking boots (with two pairs of thcik socks. I didn't bother taking my camera for that! I then came home with a big bag of turkey trimmings for the cats, and probably several extra pounds (I don't dare weigh myself)!

I'm now off to put the final finishing touches to the arrangements for my big New Year's Eve do... if you haven't decided what you're doing yet, please do join us!



Do let me know what you all got up to, and I'll be back to regular posting soon.

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

PS. Miss Matilda has just informed me that the frock I am wearing here is on sale for 24 hours only! Go get it ladies!

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Ask and ye shall receive...

... an answer!

I have had some good questions, so I thought I would answer them now!

Miss Matilda asked:

I should like to ask you what qualities you look for in a chap,
but I'd like 3 qualities only :-)

Mine are :
1. Integrity
2. Good looking, in a dark brooding way, or a ginger way!
3. Wit!

Well I can be really super fussy when it comes to chaps, but the only totally and utterly non-negotiable traits are:

1. Must be taller than me, but at the very, very least the same height. But preferably at least 2 inches taller so I can wear heels without feeling silly.
2. Also wit - I can forgive 'unusual looks' if the chap is witty.
3. Actually, I think I would have to say integrity too. In the sense of being honest and trustworthy - I want a rock in my life I can always depend on!

Other things that might make me choose one chap over a similar one would be living on their own instead of in a smelly boy house, a driver, interested in vintage... devastating handsomeness... ;) I'd be happy with this one though:



Shrinky Inky said...

I would love to know how tall you are - I envy tall and leggy ladies!

I am 5'10 1/2" - the half is very important! I do like to wear heels of 2 inches or so, which results in me looking like the 60ft woman next to average-sized ladies. See this pic - I'm actually wearing flat shoes, but so are my friends.

Alex said...

My question issssssss... when are you going to come visit with me?

If everything takes off and works out in 2010 and I make a decent living, then I shall come visit you in the autumn! Sound like a plan? New Hampshire, here I come!

Born too late said...

I wanted to ask about the foundation you use for shoots as I am planning on doing my first photoshoot in the new year and am a complete novice who knows nothing about these things!! Your skin always looks so perfect and sometimes when I take self portraits I notice the flash makes me appear washed out. How can I get that wonderful porcelain skin without looking like a corpse?! Vicky xx

I think the flash direct from a camera and studio lighting is very different so you needn't worry unduly. But I use a mineral foundation from Lily Lolo on a daily basis, so that is what I have on in my candids and outdoor shots. For shoots I use MAC Studio Fix in NC15 with MAC loose powder in NC5 over the top, and judiciously applied blusher!

Stefanie Valentine said...

Ah, you get to have fun over the xmas and New Year period, i have to work boo! I hope your party goes well, and my question (i have about a million though!) is, How did you get started with the modelling?

I got offered the chance to do a free photoshoot from a then-newly started company called the Hourglass, which is a vintage pinup makeover sort of thing. Nicole the photographer had just started and she wanted 12 girls to practice on with the aim of producing a calendar. I never would have dreamed of it, even a year earlier, but I had recently had a somewhat life-changing experience and I just decided to seize the day. So, in July 2007, I did my first shoot. Here's one of the pictures from it:



I enjoyed it so much I did another shoot with Tony Nylons at the Casting Couch, and put the results of both shoots on Model Mayhem. Then offers for more started coming in and my little hobby took off! I can't believe some of the exciting things I have done in the two and a half years, and I have some really fab shoots planned for 2010.

Miss Emmi said...

I hope you have a merry christmas, and that the party is a success! I've seen your photos dressed as Mario, and another of you at a convention, so as a fellow (not so secret) nerd my question is: what's your poison? Manga, anime, videogames? And which ones?

I do love video games, though I rarely have time to play them nowadays. I whiled away many happy hours playing Fallout 3, and Bioshock, and Final Fantasy 8,9,10, Silent Hill and Resident Evil back in the old days. I mostly read these days - I like really nerdy epic fantasy novels and detective fiction. My ex ex boyfriend is a comic artist who's drawn for Marvel, DC and Image comics, so that's why I went to conventions!

Gingerella said...

My question: What got you interested in vintage? Not just for modeling but in general?

I always was 'alternative' as a teenager, I had dreadlocks and wore big baggy jeans and skate shoes. This kind of automatically morphed into a rockabilly look in my early 20s, when I decided I wanted to wear clothes that fit and flattered me instead of making me look all out of proportion! I always did dress in accordance with the music I listened to (and what my friends looked like too) - grunge as a young teen, metal as an older teen, and then rockabilly and psychobilly. But I got really into vintage hairstyles first, and started practicing victory rolls and pompadours while I still had a real psychobilly edge - dyed black and pink hair and lots of polkadots and leopard print. It was while researching hairstyles that I discovered the Fedora Lounge, and realised there were all these amazing vintage clothes out there that appealed to both my love of the beautiful and unusual, and my desire to be more feminine. I've always loved old musicals like 42nd Street and Fred and Ginger films, but I had never imagined there were people out there that dressed like that every day! So I just started slipping further back in time with my outfits. I overhauled my entire wardrobe with vintage inspired skirts, blouses and dresses and bought my first genuine vintage dress in San Diego in 2005. That was it, then, I started scouring eBay and the rest is history. I didn't join the Fedora Lounge until 2006, because it is quite daunting place when you are more of a dabbler. But as soon as I had the wardrobe, I went vintage every day. I don't think I will change now, either: I've been dressing vintage longer than any of my previous incarnations and I can't think of anything that would suit me better.

My first ever vintage dress, worn in one of my early shoots (and actually in the above pic too, but here it is in colour):



Maggi said...

I'd like to know if you use a setting lotion in your hair and if so, what brand? (Hopefully you haven't touched on this recently, I can't remember! lol)

I do - I use Lottabody setting lotion when I do cold/wet sets. I use it quite undiluted, which some people find leaves their hair crispy - it's ok on me! I use a Tresemme heat styling spray when I use my Hot Sticks, and sometimes I just spray each section with hairspray instead, but that does leave my hair somewhat crispy.

Also, if you could go back in time and actually live during the 1940s, would you want to? Why or why not?

I would only go back to the 40s if there was a way of getting back. My favourite era being the very late 30s-early 40s means there was the little issue of the war, and the Blitz... and spending my nights in a damp Anderson shelter doesn't appeal to me in the slightest! I would love to go back, order everything from a Sears catalogue and then hot-foot it back to the 21st Century and my creature comforts.


$2.98!! From here.


Anonymous said...

I think quite a while ago you promised a victory roll tutorial! If you can't do a video, at least a detailed description with photos would be sufficient. Thanks!

Well unfortunately, the main reason I haven't done a victory roll tutorial is not through not wanting to or not being bothered, I simply don't have the time at the moment. It takes the best part of a day to arrange my living room in order to be able to film it, then film, edit and upload a tutorial, and I am so flat out trying to build up my income to enough to live on that a whole day dedicated to it just hasn't been an option. A detailed description with photos would be even more difficult since I live alone and have no easy way of taking dozens of photos of myself from all angles. I'm afraid you'll have to bear with me on the tutorial front. Hopefully I might have time to do something in January. :)

Andi said...

No one ever seems to ask me questions when I try this. It is hard to think of something but I'd like to know what kind of books you like to read and your three favourite TV shows (of all-time or currently, it's up to you). =]

I sort of answered about the books above, but I shall slightly elaborate! My absolute favourite books are fantasy epics like George R.R Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy and The Lies of Locke Lamora and its sequels. I'm not big on SF though, especially the older stuff. Good fantasy is a bit few and far between, and I also go through tons of detective fiction, like Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, Elizabeth George. I wish I could say Agatha Christie, but I don't think I've read any of hers!

My three favourite TV shows is a hard one, but I would have to say my all-time favourite is Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. It's a comedy show made in 2004, masquerading as a low-budget 1980s drama/horror series set in an Essex hospital, and it didn't do that well on TV, mainly because no one knew it was on. I think it is pure comedy gold and can (boringly) quote it almost from start to finish. Yes, I am one of those people. The opening title music is even my ringtone on my iPhone. Here's the title sequence and first line of the first episode, which sums up everything I love about it - the cheese, the rubbish effects, the running! None of the names are the actors' real ones - they are playing 80s actors playing characters on the show.



The Wire is my second favourite, and of all the other British cult TV comedies I could rewatch over and over, my current third favourite is The Inbetweeners. It's dreadfully puerile, but I think it is hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

A silly question perhaps, but is Fleur your real name or your vintage model alias?

Not a silly question! Fleur is indeed my real name - although it's actually my second name. The only time I've ever been called by my first name was in cards addressed to my parents to congratulate them on my birth! And I use my first name on the phone to the bank and so on. But in all school yearbooks, to all friends ever and all family, I am Fleur. 'de Guerre' is not my real surname, but it is phonetically slightly similar, and the name came about though someone once mishearing my real surname.

shona said...

Hey lovely...Which Muppet character are you?

Clearly, the girl in the Muppets Rock Lobsters!


Sorry if that was a bit long, chaps... hope you enjoyed reading though.

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Apologies, Announcements & Ask Me Anything!

Hi all,

Apologies...



I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas, if you celebrate it, and a very wonderful next Friday if you don't. I am going to be working my stockings off next week, attending meetings about Tart and the Watercress Line Christmas event, doing a shift at my best friend's shop and finishing a huge pile of writing work, so if you don't see or hear from me again for a while, that is why! So I apologise for my forthcoming absence (although you'll still find me Twittering) and I look forward to having a bit more time again in the New Year!

Announcements...



Don't forget, if you're looking for a fantastic, vintage party to attend on New Year's Eve, then do come to mine! We have worked really hard to put together a really wonderful night of glitz and glamour. There's live Big Band swing all night, three gorgeous burlesque girls performing, free cocktails, canapes and gambling on our roulette and blackjack tables, and most of all, friendly, well-dressed guests! I offered a blog reader the opportunity to win a pair of tickets, and only one Brit entered, so congrats Moni! You plus a friend are on the guest list. I would love to meet more some London-based readers, so do let me know if you're coming down! Tickets are on sale now at the Fox Presents site.

I'm going to the Last Tuesday Society New Year's Eve Eve Masked Ball on the 30th, which looks a lot of fun. I do need to find a mask though... any ideas?

Ask Me Anything...

A few fellow bloggers have done this recently, and it seems a good way to interact with my lovely readers. So, if there's anything you want to know about me, but haven't asked, now's your chance! I will try and do this before Christmas!

Finally!

I just discovered the beautiful Debra Paget thanks to Raquelle of Out of the Past, so I have a new idol. I also find it remarkable that this is a picture from the 50s, as the hair and makeup are so perfectly 40s!



Debra was only born in 1933, so it probably isn't even that early in the 50s! Still, it suits her wonderfully well, so perhaps she just stuck with what looked best, rather than current trends. I am now on a quest to get my centre-parted hair to look like this, as I have got the Virginia O'Brien/Hedy Lamarr look down pat. Slightly more volume at the top needed, I think.

I leave you with a couple of shots from my Able Grable shoot with Sean Kelly - if you're friends with me on Facebook or Myspace you will have seen these, but I haven't posted them here yet.



Enjoy the rest of your weekends, ladies and gents!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Something for the Chaps...

I do know there are some people of the male persuasion who read my blog, and some of those sport some superlative sub-nasal smashers. So I just wanted to tell you all (and those ladies who have hirsuite other halves) about a rather spiffing new product that has been created by a friend of mine, who, incidentally, has by far the best waxed and curled moustache and beard combo I have ever seen. Better even than the chap at Whom The Bell Tolls last weekend!


Bounder Moustache Wax comes in two forms - Extra Firm and Mentholated, and it's handmade in Blighty to the elusive Mr Wax's own tried-and-tested formula. It contains pure British beeswax, Caribbean Rum and all sorts of other fabulously natural ingredients. Obviously I haven't tried it myself, but I am assured by its creator that a gentleman using it can certainly be sure of a stiff-upper-lip all day and night! Perfect for a Christmas present for your chap, should he be the moustachioed sort, girls!



Click the picture to visit Mr Wax's webular site.

Chin chin (or should I say, upper lip!)

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Let it snow!

It's been snowing all day here, which has made me feel rather festive! It's not settled much though, and the ground is just wet, so it's fairly rubbish when you're actually outside. However, since I put my tree up a couple if days ago and many have been sharing pictures on their blogs, I thought I'd show you all! It's not at all vintage, but I like it.


It's a little, white, artifical tree with white drop lights, silver baubles, miniature mirror balls and little feathered birds.


The top one comes on a clip so it can actually double as a hair accessory!

The cats have already been having a go at the tree - it's what prevents me from getting a bigger one, or going more heavy on the ornaments! I expect I will come back to carnage after my Christmas dinner. ;)

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

The weather outside is frightful...

It's been a bit brass monkeys out there for the last few days, but I snatched a few minutes in the December sunshine last week to snap some photos for Miss Matilda in her Lutie Mae 1942 dress! I tried a few locations in the garden, and quite liked the lens flare effect we ended up with... even if you can't see the details of the dress terribly well! (Sorry Miss M!)



I'm wearing it with my Showgirl fully-fashioned tights from What Katie Did, and my getting-rather-old pair of winter booties I bought from New Look a couple of years ago. Whilst not exactly accurate repros as they have a wedge heel, the suede and faux fur cuff definitely harks back to the overshoes of the 40s. I will cry when they wear out!

The belt is not included, but I liked the way it looked as part of the outfit! (Please excuse the creases - I was so keen to wear it that I put it on straight from the package!)



Here's the whole outfit... obviously a cardigan was essential for the season, too! Without the arty-farty flare effect you can see the richness of the velvet. I am now totally torn about which of my lovely frocks to wear on Christmas day! What are you wearing?

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Sunday, 13 December 2009

For Tart The Bell Tolls...

I feel I have rather neglected my blog in the last week or so - the days are passing by in a pre-Christmas whirl, with a ton of work pressing on me from all sides! I haven't done any Christmas shopping at all yet, and I feel incredibly guilty as my best friend has already handed me two bags of beautifully wrapped presents. Oh dear.

Still, I managed to escape from the computer for the entire day yesterday, and indeed most of today (obviously I am writing this now...!) and I even took some photos to prove I was doing something exciting!

Yesterday was our second Tart event at the 40 Winks hotel, for which I wore my new Able Grable Wicked Lady. I woke up feeling completely rotten that morning, and as such was running rather late. My attempt at my usual glamorous faux bangs and rolls hairdo was therefore distinctly lacklustre, the bottom curls were from the day before, and the whole lot was done in approximately 3.5 minutes flat... so it is very wonky. Here are some photos anyway!


The lovely ladies are Arlette from Lipstick and Curls and Bella and Sarah our makeup artists.


I bought the frock last week because I didn't have anything suitably glam to wear that I hadn't already worn! The service Miss Matilda offers is really second-to none and it arrived extremely quickly, and the dress is of course outstanding. Sadly I am slightly between sizes and her size M fits my bust and hips but is rather too large in the waist for me, so I needed to pair it with a belt until such time as I can get it taken in. However, in my rush to leave on time, I forgot to pack my little black belt, and the only thing to hand was the little red knitted belt that came with the vintage inspired knit dress I was wearing earlier. If you could see it up close, it actually matched the pink-red of the frock's pattern very well, but it's still a bit jarring, and the style is completely wrong. I just love this dress though, it's stunning. Expect it to be looking even more fabulous soon!

Those are the only pictures I had time to take during the 4 hours, but I will have more photos as soon as the official ones are sent to me. It went wonderfully, our guests had a great time, and I even did a little 40s lipstick application masterclass! Can't wait until January. I am working on a website for the event, which will be at www.tartsat40winks.org (a play on 'Tarts at 40 Winks' and Tart, Sat[urdays], 40 Winks!).

I dashed off afterwards to 'For Whom The Bell Tolls' a Victorian-themed boxing gala, all for charity. I was sent by the Chap Magazine to cover it for my Vintage Socialite column, and my companion for the evening was the infamous Atters, the Chap's chief cad and grooming editor. We had VIP tickets, which included a prime location, free champagne and pie and mash for dinner. I am not sure what I was expecting - a sort of pantomime fighting perhaps, but what I actually saw was my first proper boxing match, albeit between chaps who had never boxed before. As far as I could make out, each one embarked upon a 3-month training regime to prepare, which, for some of them consisted of 'eating junk food and watching Rocky films'; and some which took it absolutely seriously. The dedication did show, and some of the matches were fearsome! Many of the pugilists sported some very fine facial hair, and indeed it was our role to pick the very best to win the coveted 'Best Facial Topiary' award at the end. Some pictures!


Clockwise from top:a glimpse of the magnificence of Old Finsbury Town hall, with the compere and organiser in the centre; the prize-giving, with the final two puglists still bare-chested, Edward 'The Widow-Maker' Wills, the winner of the best facial topiary (whose splendid, waxed, forked beard unfortunately dissolved during his bout!); Patrick 'Lionheart' Wheeler and Steve 'The Educator' Allen fight; Tallulah Tempest indicates the round number; 'The Educator' wins, with mutton-chops trumping moustache in this bout.

Atters was reasonably well-behaved, for the nation's biggest bounder, anyway. ;) I must say, there were some incredibly well-dressed gentlemen there, including one devastatingly handsome chap, whom I spoke to a few times over the course of the night. Unfortunately, after Atters rushed off to catch the last train to Brighton leaving me on my own, I was too chicken to go and ask for his contact details as he was all the way across the hall with his friends. I didn't want to hang around to 'bump into' him again as I was dying of fatigue and dreading the journey home. Maybe he'll read this and get in touch... wish me well readers!

Here's one last photo of me and the dapper and devilish Atters.


As you can see, I didn't change, or do anything to my hair, but my companion looks splendidly Victorian. No one seemed to mind my anachronistic outfit!


Today I took my mum along to a Shim Sham workshop, to learn the dance in time for the Guinness World-Record breaking attempt on the 27th of December. I am now even more exhausted and off to relax for a bit. Hope you all had marvellous weekends, do tell me what you got up to.

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Friday, 11 December 2009

New Year's Eve-Stravaganza!

I'm delighted to be able to finally announce all the details for my New Year's Eve party at the Fox!




Here's the blurb, which I've shamelessly copied from the website!

Join the Fox Presents team for the very last night of the old year and...



Take a trip back in time to the Golden Era, in Las Vegas. OK, Shoreditch. It was a time when the dames were dangerously well-dressed and the men knew how to handle them... the Rat Pack were setting hearts and playing cards a-flutter and James Bond was the newest literary hero. We're turning the Fox into a casino this time, with free blackjack and roulette tables to gamble your way into the new decade.

Each guest will receive a free cocktail and canapes on arrival. Our incredible band The Rat Pastilles will be performing big band swing hits all night, and our three ravishing burlesque broads Miss Kiki Kaboom, Sophia St Villier and Tallulah Tempest will be adding a bit of good, old-fashioned saucy striptease to the evening's festivities.

So, dust off your best furs and your fedoras, polish your diamonds and your lucky dice, slip into something distinctly decadent... and help us roll in 2010 in style!

Tickets cost £25 in advance and we will not be selling on the door,
so visit the Box Office now to secure your place at this glamorous soirée!

Dress Code: Vintage Vixens, Rat Packers, super spies, Cads and bounders, moustachioed arch-villains, glamorous heiresses, Oceans Elevenses, Bond Girls, gangsters and molls.

I must say, that it shows all the signs of being a roaring success, just as our Halloween do... tickets started selling within hours of going online. We promise it will be a really entertaining night! Our casino tables will be attended by real croupiers and available until midnight, for you to try your hand at winning a stack of chips, with no risk of losing your shirt. The owner of the biggest winnings at midnight will win a slap-up meal for two at the Fox in the New Year!

I have a pair of tickets up for grabs for one of my blog readers, so if you would like to enter, just leave me a comment, and as always, post about it on your own blog if you would like an extra chance (but tell me in case I don't see it)! I'll do the draw a week today... good luck and can't wait to see you there! :)



Fleur Sinatra xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Hold the front... cover!

Guess who is gracing the front cover of issue 3 of World War II Re-Enactors Magazine!



It was quite a tough shoot to do, because I met the soldier chap about 30 seconds before this shot was taken, so it was hard to portray the emotion required. But it was still incredibly atmospheric with the steam, and I adored the lovely reproduction suit I got to wear. It was made by Shona of Heyday, but she has not put it into production yet. Watch this space! I haven't got a copy of it, and won't have unless I go and buy one, so if anyone has scans of the inside, please let me know!

It's available from newsstands (stocked in most branches of WH Smith) now and is well worth subscribing to if you're interested in re-enacting in the UK.

As a result of this shoot, I am now the official pinup girl for the Watercress Line Steam Railway! I will be attending and modelling at the Christmas Leave event on the 27th December. Stay tuned for more information on this super event.

Back soon with a big New Year's Eve announcement and a review of the Chap Ball!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

A Riot of colour!

Where does the time go? I feel like I've hardly sat down for five minutes in the last week, so you'll have to forgive the rather long delay between returning and reviewing Rhythm Riot. It's so long that I've forgotten most of what I was going to tell you! Here goes nothing anyway!

I set off on Friday for the long drive down to Camber Sands. In order to get into the mood for a rocking long weekend of 40s and 50s fashion and music, I listened to... Metallica all the way there! hehe!

Arriving at the chalet that I was staying in with Monsieur Tony Nylons and Claire, manager of the What Katie Did boutique and makeup artist extraordinaire, I quickly unpacked and went off to investigate the special Rhythm Riot pinup photo studio! I was doing the hairstyling for a variety of lovely ladies. We had three fantastic scenarios set up - a plush pink boudior, a cute picnic and a seaside scene.

We went out for the evening, but I am sorry to say that this old lady can no longer cope with long party nights, and the early start Saturday morning was hanging over me like the proverbian Sword of Damocles. No photos either! (I am a terrible style blogger!) I had a pathetically early night of about 1am (given the dancing and carousing goes on until 5!) and arrived on 'set' at 10am sharp for our first pinup. I was fairly dressed down, as I was there to work, and not swan about. I tried to take a mid-morning breather in the beach's deckchair, but I found myself menaced by Claude the crab.


Raar!


Tony was hard at work all day, shooting our fabulous amateur pinups, as well as the divine Miss FanTeasy who was helping out all weekend. Here he is being very useful on set, demonstrating the art of the suspender-flash.


Miss FanTeasy's dress is from Vivien of Holloway, and the shoes are from Rocket Originals


Saturday night is the big night, for bands and for glamour. I wore my Able Grable Ann Darrow yet again, and got tons of compliments!



The best part of the night was seeing Clarence 'Frogman' Henry live! 'Aint Got No Home' is one of my favourite ever songs to dance to, and it's also in one of my all-time favourite films, Lost Boys!



On Sunday, I was feeling extra, super, mega tired, but had a lighter day of hairstyling. I got to meet the incredibly beautiful Jenny, whose blog Yesterday Girl is well worth a read! Her blog also contains much more entertaining and informative photos, which show you what it was really like at the Riot! One day, I hope I can go as a guest as you really can't get the full experience when you work. Ho hum!


Me, looking crumpled and lipstick-less with the gorgeous Jenny!


I got to do a little bit of modelling myself, too! Here I am in the brand-new 40s Fairisle jumper from Rocket Originals! I love the square neck so much. In fact, I am wearing it right now as I type this! (Their full shipment of the Fairisles is on its way, so check back with them in a couple of days' time!)


The shoes and bag are also from Rocket, the trousers are my good old Heyday ones


In the right-hand one I'm also wearing my AMAZING new glasses from Dead Men's Spex! Have a closer look as they really are special!



I ended up going home on Sunday night as I was so shattered, so here endeth my tale of Rhythm Riot for this year. I have some really fun things to tell you all about soon, and I will try a bit harder with my next post, promise! ;)

Toodle pip!

Fleur xx
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