Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The (no) Tweed Run 2014

I might as well give up taking my camera to the Tweed Run as I barely took it out of my bag this year, being far too busy enjoying myself (just as I should be). Not that it matters because you are absolutely guaranteed to snapped dozens of times as we all make our way through the streets of London!

Saying that, not one single shot of me appears in either of the three official Tweed Run albums which you can find here, here and here (if you want to see some amazing shots of the entire day without my face plastered on it ;) )

Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

I have been lucky enough to go on the Tweed Run every year (with the exception of one year I was running a race) and this was definitely the best as far as the weather goes. It was HOT. Too hot for tweed, possibly, but everyone soldiered on regardless. I chose to wear something much more appropriate for summer weather and exercise combined! A playsuit!

Looking like the beanpole I am with Lady Velo
Playsuit: Matalan
Cardi: handknit
Flower Crown: GG's Pinup Couture
Photo by Velo's lovely chap Ian James

This playsuit is a few years old. It's not vintage, nor is it repro. It is from that very British of institutions (as British as Tweed, really)... Matalan

I had the best riding partners a gal could have. The Vintage Mafia always ride as a gang, but lovely Bethan was on holiday in Tennessee (so awful for her) and so she missed it. Luckily the Vintage News gals were also in attendance as well as some other babes, so we could form a new gang for the day.

Photo by Michal Zagula

I managed to get a couple of Instagrams - one with the above babes and the lovely Katie Holt as a bonus...  

And one of me looking super classy with my can of 1664 and Katie and Mai in the background during the picnic stop. 

Here's a selection of photos I didn't take! This year's route took the Tweed Run from the start at Somerset House...

Down Pall Mall & St James...

Tyrrells man on a Tally Ho cycle

To the tea stop at Guildhall with Good & Proper Tea 

Round Borough Market

Over Westminster Bridge where we bumped into the London Cycling Campaign Big Ride

Visiting the Queen at Buckingham Palace

The picnic stop at Russell Square

Down Exmouth Market...

And then the finish at St James! With gorgeous Sally in her amazing home-made dress.

All these photos © Ben Broomfield found here.

Some more amazing ladies!
Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

Callotype: Tweed Run 2014 &emdash;

For the first time ever, I wasn't on a Pashley or vintage old lady bike. I was riding my lovely pink single speed from Pitango Bikes... which I carefully matched with my shoes! Thank goodness one solitary lady captured me on it after all that effort ;)

 Serious riding! Photo by lovely Chikage

As is always the way, I was tagged in a fair few candids that I didn't know were being taken. Putting makeup on = a magnet for photographers! 

And posing for photos means other take your picture... albeit at different angles! In this shot with my pal Briggy, you can see my now healed backpiece by Tracy D!

Photo by Neil Archer

I'll leave you with this love illustration of my Instagram picture by Bex Shaw of Bex's Drawings

Oh and this elegant shot of me eating a carrot by Jeni.

Roll on next year!

Fleur xx

Friday, 23 May 2014

Vintage dates for your diary!

Hi all!

I'm going to (try) to start a new regular-ish post about upcoming events that might appeal to my readers as I get sent info about so many that it seems a shame not to tell the world about them. The world who reads my blog, that is.

From Rhythm Riot last year - everyone loves a vintage weekender!

I have three vintage weekenders to kick off with so it's by no means an exhaustive list of upcoming events, simply the ones I have been sent info on recently. I have the inbox memory of a goldfish, so there's every chance I have missed things. But! I have set up a brand-new email just for events, so if you have an event coming up, ping me the info (and preferably some awesome photos) to


Got it? Right!

Firstly, this Bank Holiday weekend is the The East Lancashire Railway's award winning 1940s Weekend. Here's what they have to say about it:
It’s full steam ahead for the East Lancashire Railway’s annual 1940s event on the upcoming May Bank Holiday weekend. Hosted by the North West’s premier railway, the award winning three day event, which welcomes over 5,000 visitors, has expanded its array of attractions for its sixteenth year. 
One of the highlights of the event will be the action packed re-enactments with three different battles scheduled throughout the course of the weekend as well as short pop-up scenes around the line. This year’s event sees the introduction of more family attractions with Heywood Station hosting a fantastic vintage fairground as well as fun for all ages Wartime Workshops. Fancy yourself as Poirot? Both adults and children can take part in our Ration Card Quiz, find the clues up the line for a chance to win a family ticket to a Day Out with Thomas event or a luxury dining experience for two. 
The weekend would not be complete without a taster of some of the fantastic entertainment from the era as esteemed vintage performers Paul Harper, Jane Francis, Katie Mustang and Maria Manchester entertain the crowds with some forties favourites. Visitors can also choose to jive or lindyhop till their heart’s content at the array of daytime and evening dances. 

The railway’s vintage Pullman style dining carriages will be serving afternoon teas on Saturday and Sunday with other refreshments available at the two award winning pubs and buffet for the entire three days. 
More attractions include, vintage and military stalls, military vehicle and classic car displays, children's craft activities, military parade and brass band. 
Visit www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk to purchase your event tickets and receive your free souvenir 1940s Weekend brochure. Day tickets are available for adults at £18.00. 

In a couple of weeks, there's another weekend event - the 7th and 8th June are Scampston Does Vintage! I have a pair of tickets to give away too, so read on...
Scampston Hall near Malton will again play host to our second bigger and even better Vintage Festival and Classic Car Rally, with Britain Does Vintage, Scampston Hall and NECPWA bringing you ‘Scampston Does Vintage’! Set in the picturesque lakeside gardens of the regency Scampston Hall which is home to the award winning Walled Gardens, this event is set to be the perfect vintage festival! 
Let us set the scene – a fabulous Saturday evening of live music, picnics and vintage cocktails, followed by a relaxed vintage garden party in the immaculate gardens, hundreds of stunning classic cars to admire, live music and afternoon tea on the terrace, as well as of an array of the UK’s best vintage stalls to discover. Not to forget children’s entertainment to keep the kids happy while you transport yourself back in time! 
If you’re bringing along your pride and joy, register with the NECPWA here. 
So, grab your trilbies, don your best frock and shine up your chassis, we'll be presenting a rosette for the best car ‘Scampston Choice’ as well a prize for the best-dressed visitor!  
This is going to be something very special and we are so excited for this event, we hope you can make it! Book your tickets here.
Saturday 18:00 til 22:30 (campers can arrive from 16:00)
Sunday 11:00 til 17:30

As mentioned, I have a pair of tickets to Scampston Does Vintage to give away... if you'd like to enter, please send an email to events@diaryofavintagegirl.com with the subject line 'Scampston Does Vintage' and I'll pick a winner one week today (Friday 30th May). Good luck!

Next up is Twinwood, and more specifically, Twinwood's search for the UK's Miss & Mr Vintage 2014!
Now in its 13th year, Twinwood Festival is the original and best festival celebrating the style and music of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. And this year, for the very first time, they are looking for the most stylish vintage guy or gal in the UK. 
The first event of its kind, the contest will celebrate those people who best represent the iconic styles of the era, with prizes to be won from Twinwood Events, Vivien of Holloway, Vintage Life Magazine, Til The Sun Goes Down and more!
This is a unique chance for candidates to show off their vintage hair-dos, make up, clothes and accessories for a judging panel that includes vintage style icon Lola Lamour herself.

Well established on the vintage circuit, Lola Lamour is old school style personified. With her incredible knowledge of all things vintage and her dedication to living the lifestyle she is the perfect head judge and presenter in the search for Mr Vintage UK 2014 and Miss Vintage UK 2014. Lola will also be providing exclusive hair and make up tutorials in the run up to the event.

Joined by her co-presenters and judges Dusty Limits and Mark Ewing, she will then be running the rule over the finalists at the Twinwood Festival, which opens on August 23rd.
Marcella Puppini of The Puppini sisters will also be on hand to award the prizes
Organisers are also keen to stress that Miss Vintage UK and Mr Vintage UK is unlike any other beauty contest in that age and body shape are not a factor – simply the ability to capture the spirit of the era. 
Whatta bunch of babes!

How to Enter

To enter this fantastic competition simply get dressed up in your best vintage finery and email your photos (must be at least 300dpi) to:

Twinwood will then publish these on their Facebook page - the top twenty ladies and top ten gents receiving the most likes from the public will then go into the second round where the judges will decide which ten ladies and four gents are to go forward to the finals at Twinwood Festival 2014! 

Let me know if you are going to any of these fab events and don't forget to send me yours!

Fleur xx

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

In-between Weather - an outfit post!

After a few days of lovely sunshine here in Blighty, it's now cooled down to the point where it isn't really warm enough to go bare legged (but I do anyway) or leave the house without a coat. Once I have got going with the cotton dresses it is impossible for me to go back and so, from now on, I'll be sticking it out with the bare legs. Today was no exception, despite it being a fresh 19ºC/66ºF.

I did something really rather cool related to my blog today, but you will have to wait until next week to hear about it... but it did involve wearing a nice outfit, and styling such as used to be every day for me, but is now more for occasions where extra effort is required. It was a shame not to capture it myself so here it is!

Today's dress: Heyday Fleur
Bag: Leather Satchel Co (I use it every single day)
Earrings: Bow & Crossbones

But as mentioned, it is not really all that warm. Cue my favourite new eBay score, a 'vintage' (absolutely zero idea how old it is... maybe 80s) cropped leather jacket!

I absolutely adore this jacket! I have been looking for one for years, never found something that both fit and was suitably cropped. This was a very lucky find and risk on eBay - luckily it paid off and it is perfect!

I have a long body, so it might not be as perfectly cropped on a shorter lady. Just right on lanky old me! 

Isn't it good?? It's lightly lined so it's not too warm but keeps the cold away nicely. I shall never take it off (except when I wear other jackets... or no jacket... or in winter).

Bonus details are my awesome new shoes from Swedish Hasbeens to replace my knackered ones from last year... Fredricas are the perfect height and the natural goes with errrrrr'ythang.

And matching your nails with your Cambodian ruby (maybe) ring is the one.

Do you buy a new thing, love it and wear it every day despite having loads of other things languishing in the wardrobe? I hope it's not just me... 

Fleur xx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Fun stuff and giveaways

Hey y'all.

To tide you all over until I have some nice outfit shots to post (no idea when that will be... but at least I can do summer clothes now, thanks sunshine!), I have some competitions and events to write about.

First up - I was emailed by the fab LoveurLook, who are a UK-based, ethically made repro clothing label who managed to secure a pop up shop at the mighty House of Fraser. Do go down and support if you can, such cute summery dresses!

Always happy to support home-grown brands :)

Next up, I have a pair of tickets to give away for Bourne And Hollingsworth's world-famous Prohibition Party at the glamorous Art Deco Bloomsbury Ballroom on Saturday...

The 1920s isn't usually my thing but strictly on the DL, the Vintage Mafia may be getting into the illicit bootlegging business with the shady B&H in the near future so if you want to check out the shindig for free then this is an excellent opportunity! From the guys themselves..
Throughout the night, entertainment includes live bands, DJs on gramophones, silent cinema, dancing troupes and gambling tables. In order to elude the beady eye of the law, cocktail menus are circulated hidden inside the pages of books, and drinks are served in teacups.
If you fancy going, email me at fleur@diaryofavintagegirl.com with 'Prohibition' in the subject line and I'll pick a winner tonight. 

Lastly, someone I work with has a smashing competition running and I'd love a reader to win it, since the vintage community are so good with cameras...

Tune Hotels are giving away a 3-night stay in their Edinburgh hotel with £150 towards travel and a bonus package of Sticky 9 goodies. If you haven't seen Sticky 9 before, then check them out - they print your Instagram photos on magnets and phone cases and so on. I really really want to get some of the magnets to put on my fridge!

To go along with the prize, the entry is with a 'Scotland-themed' photo - pictures of rolling highlands, heather, tartan garments, deep-fried Mars bars, cows, bagpipes, thistles... basically anything loosely related could be in with a chance as long as it gets votes.

Enter by clicking here... let me know if you enter so I can vote for your photo!

Here's a bonus photo of the beautiful Idda Van Munster in a Collectif Blackwatch tartan dress...  what a babe.

That's all (for now) folks!

Fleur xx

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