Sunday, 28 February 2010

A catch-up in pictures - Part 1

Well despite my best intentions and empty, hollow assurances, the time between my updates is getting bigger and bigger! Still mad with work all day in the week, and spending weekends with le chap so it's passing me by at a rate of knots. So here's a pictoral update of the last fortnight and a bit to bring you all up to speed with my adventures! (After starting this, I realised it was too much to do in one post, so I have split it into two... Part 2, which covers the weekend of the 20th, up until today, coming tomorrow!)

On the day after I chauffeured Naomi to Julia Boggio's studios, I had a rather busy day! I spent the morning and early afternoon round at the Casting Couch, doing a shoot for Hula Boogie's latest flyer. Fiona who runs Notorious Kitsch (who is also one of my lovely sponsors) was there, and on the spur of the moment I modelled something a bit special for her... two of her lovely Hawaiian tea towels as a bikini top, and a tablecloth as a sarong! Hilarious!




Candids were taken by Fiona, and one more can be seen on her brilliant blog. You can buy the teatowels and tablecloth from NK when they come back in stock!


So, as soon as I finished the shoot, I had to tear off into central London, to do a bit of work for my absolute favourite gin company, Hendrick's. They had opened a very special Refined Courtship Clinic for Valentine's Day. The premise was thus:

"In a day when public displays of affection from one to another (e.g., wolf-whistles, forthright chat-up lines and robust embracing) are often perceived as vulgar or inappropriate, the Hendrick’s Refined Courtship Clinic exists to educate the masses in good courtship manners and etiquette. It was author Og Mandino that once said, “I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.”

The new service, offering etiquette instruction to both singletons and couples, is set to open on Friday, February 12th in the heart of London’s red-light district, Soho. The clinic is for those looking to woo potential suitors and imbue their relationships with a level of decorum that will make those who espouse Victorian-era principles proud. The Hendrick’s Refined Courtship Clinic is a public drop-in surgery, run by courtship connoisseurs Dr. Humphrey Sixwivs and Mrs. Isabella Forlornicate.

The clinicians will be offering one-on-one advice, free of charge, on all matters from polite body language to acceptable topics of conversation and procedures of courtship to reading signals from a lady’s fan movements. The clinic will also offer tips on a most unusual, yet wonderfully eccentric, way to present roses to a Valentine."


I was Mrs Isabella Forlonicate for the purposes of the pre-opening press photos, and Dr Sixwivs was the always amazing Atters, whom I've mentioned here lots before. Here's the inside of the Clinic, which featured a real Victorian bath tub that dispensed Hendrick's and Tonic through the taps!




And here's Atters and I doing what we do!




If you wish to see more photos of the actual Clinic in action, pop and read the post at the Hendrick's Unusual Times. And do try Hendrick's if you haven't already. It should be drunk with cucumber instead of lime or lemon - I always keep a cucumber in the fridge in case of emergency G&T!

Moving swiftly on to Valentine's weekend proper, the 13th was, of course, the next instalment of Tart. I don't think this needs much introduction any more, so just have a look at some photos instead!



This time, we had my marvellous mother doing mini-readings from her angel card sets! She was an absolute hit! Clockwise from top left; the spread; mummy dearest; the décor; Lipstick and Curls and Benefit doing their thing; our Hendrick's Gin mixologist (see above); and more décor!

I was lucky enough to be sent the brand-new Able Grable frock to wear... which is being released tomorrow! So you're having something of a sneaky peek! Make sure you check out the site tomorrow to find out a bit more.




Photos by the lovely Claudia Burlotti


After Tart, I collected my chap and my good friends Torquil Arbuthnot and his partner and fellow vintage blogger Red Legs, and hurried off to the art deco-themed Last Days of Decadence bar in Shoreditch, to review their Valentines Day special event for my column in The Chap Magazine. To find out exactly what I thought of it, you'll just have to read said column in the next issue, for I am only providing some photos for you to peruse! Red Legs wrote a splendid review in her blog, which you can read here.



Stylish friends and glorious cocktails - a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday night! (Yes, that is my new chap. ;) )


Last, but not least, I had a truly lovely Valentine's day at home, cooking a roast dinner with all the trimmings. I got a card and some beautiful vintage plastic bangles. Here's my amazing card, which is a vintage 1930s one. It was originally signed 'From Mariane to Mr Post'. I wonder where Mariane is now and if Mr Post became hers...




I'll be back tomorrow (famous last words) with part 2, which covers my adventures of the last week! Hope you have all had lovely weekends.

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

PS. I (or rather my YouTube channel) was mentioned in the Sunday Times Style today, complete with a little picture! I'll do a scan, or rather take a photo as I don't have a scanner, tomorrow and post it here; but the article is online (sans pic) and can be read here. Yippee!

34 comments:

  1. Wow! I adore this post
    You look so gorgeous in every single shot :D

    lovely works you have

    xoox

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  2. Just brilliant images and events! The idea of a Victorian bathtub dispensing gin from the taps....well, that just tops it all. You look so so gorgeous in that violet Able Grable frock!!!

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  3. I finally had some Hendrick's gin yesterday and it was really yum! Tried some Tanqueray as well, but I prefered the Hendrick's. I can see what all the fuss is about now! Plus I love the Victorian dispensary-style bottle.

    The Jekyll & Hyde in Birmingham has the biggest range of gin in the Midlands, and they have a gin club on the first Monday of every month (ie. tomorrow).

    Fabulous.

    PS: Nice to see your mum getting involved with Tart!

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  4. Wow! that boy of yours is a spunk!

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  5. I WANT that Able Grable dress! Oh if only i could afford one of the dresses... one day haha. And your chap reminds me of Ewan McGregor! xxx

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  6. Love the Hula Boogie pics and the moustache on that chap!

    Bonus points, drinking a Hendrick's G&T right now. Thanks for the cucumber tip.

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  7. What a great post full of gorgeousness, love that purple on you. And the bikini shots give me hope for spring! Congrats on all the productive busyness!

    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

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  8. i wanna be fleur de guerre

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  9. What a lovely purple frock! I have a satin blouse comming out soon in a 40's style and i have resided to name it after yourself...you just look so darling in everything!

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  10. Sounds like you've been having a grand time - you and your new chap look spiffing, by the way! And I adore that purple frock - what a divine colour on you.
    -Andi x

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  11. You're a lucky girl, Fleur! What a dashing looking gentleman :D It's nice to see that you've been having so much fun lately - sometimes it's better to be living life than just blogging about it, so don't feel pressured to put off things you want to do for our sakes!

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  12. Do you know you were in the weekend newspaper supplement as "one to watch"? My daughter was most impressed!

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  13. Thanks everyone!
    Stefanie: He gets that a lot! Ewan in Miss Potter is totally his doppelganger.
    Aurelia: Got to be cucumber!
    Miss Hussy: WOW how terribly exciting! I'll blog about it of course - do send me some pics! :D
    Andi: Thanks lovely!
    Miss Emmi: bless you! :)
    Roobeedoo: Thank you - but yes I've mentioned it in the PS up there! ;)

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  14. Oh this was a magnificent entry filled with so much fun that we all see you have a lot of! I love your frocks quite a bit!!

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  15. P.S. I totally see the doppleganger of Ewan McGregor in Miss Potter!!! That's so true! What a darling movie that is too.

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  16. Gosh, you have been busy!

    Where to start. I do love that Able Grable dress.

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  17. What fantastic pictures! That clinic looks like great fun.

    And your chap bears a startling resemblance to Ewan MacGregor, I think!

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  18. Haha, just read your comment above and saw that I'm not the first to mention it! Yes, I was thinking of his role in Miss Potter. :)

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  19. Those Tart events sound like a dream! We get nothing like that around where I live in Florida.

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  20. Good to have you back! I love reading your blog and marvel at your elegance and impeccable style. So inspiring!

    Oh, and I wanted to ask: what picture editing program are you using? I really like the collages and effects you have.

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  21. Oh my--you have been busy! ;) I always enjoy reading your recaps of what you've been up to! The "hula girl" photos are so darling--I adore how you did you hair in those!!! :)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  22. Gorgeous dress and dishy chap = great post! *clamouring for more*

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  23. ....on the subject of gin I can highly recommend gin with icy cold ginger ale (also with lots of cucumber slices)....a delish alternative if one should ever tire of tonic! (hard to imagine I know :-))
    poppy x

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  24. What a great blog post, so exciting lots to see! It's great to see the Hendricks pics, it sounded so intriguing when you said what you were up to after the shoot!

    Also you look great in that improvised hawaiian sarong ha ha!

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  25. Am trying to fathom a way to work the teatowel and tablecloth look into my summer wardrobe plans....

    You look divine as always!

    xx

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  26. I love the pictures, truly gorgeous!
    Not sure about the gin though, bathtub the best place for it, tastes like cucumber vodka to me. If you are being truly retro I would have thought Plymouth would be more authentic. Tom

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  27. Loving the photos in this entry, particularly the ones of you and your new chap.

    And congrats on the newspaper thing, hope you manage to get time to make/post more tutorials soon, cos they really are fab.

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  28. omg! That purple suits you soooo well!!!!

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  29. Love that Henrick's Gin gig - looks like so much fun!

    And thanks for letting us know about Able Grable - beautiful dress!

    Bec from
    mitzilovesopshops.blogspot.com

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  30. Do you know how people just look good together? Well, you and your chap look so great together and so does the other couple, too. I love looking at all the vintagly pictures and the clothes! This is why I love your site.

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