If you're on Twitter (and even if you're not), you will probably have heard about one Miss Naomi Thompson's first published book, Style Me Vintage: Clothes. I may even have mentioned it on here before (mind like a sieve and no time to check!), but if I haven't, here's the skinny. And the large.
The cover features Miss Jeni Yesterday in a delightful 50s dress. Jeni also models a less usual 50s look inside as I will show you shortly...
La Thompson herself, looking radiant...
Oh! It's me! In the intro bit...
There are sections on looks - formal and informal - from the 20s, all the way to the 80s. Check out the painfully lovely Miss Annie Pancake, flapper extraordinaire.
Jeni in the aforementioned 50s capri look. Each section is replete with swatches of fabrics from that era. The one on the left is one of my absolute favourites.
And the whole Mafia feature. Miss Gemma King looks like a 30s starlet on her page....
Bethan looks absolutely stunning as a 70s girl...
And Lisa looks flawless in 40s formal wear.
Finally, Noms' sister stars in the 80s section... by far the most stylish 80s recreation I have ever seen (and I mean that!).
I realise I'm biased, but this is a stunning book. It's got absolutely everything a vintage newbie could need to know, as well as tips even we old hands would find vastly useful. I'm just so proud of Naomi, I could burst. So it's been an honour to have been working my behind off for the past month or so, helping her create the launch party of her dreams! It takes place this Saturday, and everyone can come along!
We've been running these shindigs for a while, but obviously this one is a little bit special. We've got some truly amazing raffle prizes to give away, many based around our highly tenuous 'literary theme'. *deep breath*
FOUR signed copies of Style me Vintage.
A year’s subscription to BBC Homes and Antiques Magazine.
A bottle of The King's Ginger Liqueur.
Two bottles of bubbly from Freixenet.
Hair flowers from Now Voyager.
A stunning hat from Yellow Bird Hats
Another gorgeous hat from Strumpet Hats
A copy of Am I A Chap? The essential guide for every modern gent!
A pair of What Katie Did seamed stockings and a CD of songs from Fiona Harrison aka Evette the Spivette.
A copy of Learning to Live out Loud by Piper Laurie (of Twin Peaks fame)
Plus lots of food items and other bits we've rustled up on the night. But the raffle is FREE for every Ric Rac guest. We're also planning a 40s DJ set by MOI, a 50s set by Jeni and our famous 60s and northern soul set by All Fringe, No Knickers.
Plus free drinks for everyone at the start of the night, courtesy of our sponsors King's Ginger and Freixenet! Yippee!
There's no pretension at the Ric Rac. We like to think of it (and it has been described thus), as a house party in a pub. There's a fair few people coming on their own, too, so we're going to be mingling like the devil and introducing everyone to everyone else. A truly social occasion for all like-minded folks! Anyway! If you'd like to come, head over the the Vintage Mafia site and follow the links to buy tickets. We will have some on the night, but not many... and the event is Critics Choice in Time Out this week. Eeek!
Hope to see some of you there..and winning those amazing prizes!