30 September, 2010

It's in the bag.

Sometimes when you're generally feeling a bit grim, theres only thing you can do to turn things round and that is wear a nice frock. I generally find that mundane tasks like cleaning and running errands are made a hell of a lot better by simply throwing a frock on. You can normally find me whizzing my trolley round Asda in a floral number it has to be said. Now, this particular dress is a firm favourite of mine - found for the rediculous price of £10 in Primark a couple of years back, its still bang on trend. With the sixties shift dress shape, the Chanel-esque colours and the massive bow detailing. I mean, whats not to love?! And what goes best with a nice frock I hear you ask? A good old fashioned granny bag. I blooming love this bag and it's my vintage piece of the day. I found it in a charity shop in Suffolk for £2.50 a few weeks back. A word of advice, if like me, you are a bit of a charity shop bargain hunter then you need to grab your ladies, jump in a car and roadtrip it to the sunny Suffolk countryside. Pretty much any charity shop in this county is literally like a gold mine for some fabulous vintage wears. But enough of my countryside ramblings - these patterned bags are everywhere right now. Urban Outfitters have an amazing tote that I've had my eye on for weeks and you can find it here.

Dress - Primark
Grey Tights - F&F
Brogues - Topshop
Bag - Charity Shop

29 September, 2010

That's a bit super.

Todays outfit is very much inspired by a gig I went to last night. A group of us trekked down to Kemp Town to watch a band called Mt Desolation at the Brighton Ballrooms (which I must add is a fabulous venue that I frequent quite often). ANYWAY. Mt Desolation describe themselves as being a supergroup. A bunch of different guys from the Killers, Keane, Mumford & Sons and Noah & The Whale have joined forces to create a new band. And boy were they good. I mean, lets face it, this band was always going to be onto a winner - they are all rediculously beautiful boys with nice clothes and good hair (always important) so it's no surprise that their country folky sound had the audience captivated and swaying away to their hearts content.
So, in the words of Carrie Bradshaw, this got me to thinking that everyday women all over the country are creating their own supergroup outfits right out of their very own wardrobes. Each day we dig out pieces from different eras and mix them up together to create our own styles. Take today for example, I am wearing a grungy 90s cardigan with more holes in it than I care to mention, a black bodycon dress that could have been pulled straight out of the 80s, topped off with a fifties print cropped blouse that makes me look like I should be working in some American diner somewhere and some broque boots. And Bam. There you have it. A pretty cracking outfit. A super outfit even...

Cardigan - Topshop
Blouse - Beyond Retro
Dress - New Look
Boots - ASOS

Also..I recommend you check out the video for their new single. There's polaroids, fields and a naked man playing a banjo. Oh yeahh.


28 September, 2010

It's all about leather and lace.

Over the past few weeks what with the weather slowly turning more and more autumnal and due to the fact that my favourite brolly has randomly disappeared I have had no choice but to drag my shabby old leather jacket out of storage to cope with this ever changing weather. As such, I have now discovered a new love of combining leather and lace. And it seems I'm not the only one. Christopher Kane's ready to wear collection shown at LFW recently was a stunning mixture of leather and lace. And as I'm sure you'll agree they just seem to go together perfectly - the ladylike detailing on the blouse works so well against the strong biker look of the leather jacket. I actually bought this blouse yesterday from Wolf and Gypsy in Brighton - one of my favourite vintage stores in Brighton. It's one of those stores that really makes you feel like you are really buying into a piece of history and the interior of the shop is just beautiful. They are even holding a sale at the moment so if I were you I'd hopfoot it down there pretty sharpish to pick up some truly marvelous pieces for a fraction of the normal price.

Jacket - Charity Shop
Blouse - Wolf & Gypsy
Vest Top - ASOS
Jeans - Primark
Boots - Topshop

New Dollydagger store opens in Brighton.

Now, I don't need any excuse to don a frock and go and drink champagne so when I was invited to the launch party of the new Dollydagger shop in Brighton I jumped at the chance. The shop itself is stunning and can be found nestled deep in the South Laines on Brighton Place. Number 6 to be exact. When I arrived, not only was I met with a glass of fizz but I was also offered a yummy handmade cupcake. If only every place I arrived at was met with such a reception. In the shop you can find a stunning range of frocks, cardis, accessories and shoes. With brands ranging from Stop Staring (a personal favourite of mine – I once wore a Stop Staring frock to Goodwood Revival and felt like a proper pin up girl), Tara Starlet, Irregular Choice, Helen Rochfort and Jojo & Mac you really are spoilt for choice. But for me, the frocks that stole the show were Dollydaggers own label designs. The dresses are made with beautiful fabrics in a stunning vintage inspired cut that will flatter all shapes and sizes. After a bit of schmoozing (and drooling over pieces that are just crying out to live in my wardrobe) we were all led to an after party at the Hotel Pelirocco, which is quite frankly, just awesome. With guest DJ's and more cocktails than you can shake a stick at, the party really got into full swing. At one point I found myself waiting at the bar for my 'Delboy' cocktail with a tub of Popcorn flavoured ice cream from Boho Gelato. Now, for me, it really doesn't get much better than that.

So if you are ever in Brighton I urge you to go check out the shop, the staff are all lovely and the boutique itself is just delightful, think fairgrounds, polka dots, anchors and cupcakes. It truly is wonderful. The shop is open 10-6 Monday to Saturday and from 11-5 on Sundays. If you aren't local to Brighton, don't panic – you can pick up all the goodies in the shops (and more) on their website – www.dollydagger.co.uk

27 September, 2010

She's a lady. Woah woah woah.

Now the 27th of September may feel just like any old day to you, but it, infact, is not. This is the day that will forever be known as the day I started this brand spanking new blog and set myself the mammoth task of wearing something vintage everyday for a year. Whether it be a fancy frock, a vintage scarf or a retro bag, at least one piece of my outfit will be vintage and I shall be showing/telling all you fine folk about it. I shall also be rambling about new designers, local events, fashion trends and telling you about my many adventures.

In short, I'm called Claire and there are a few things you should probably know about me (If you don't know them already of course..)
1. I have an unhealthy addiction to tea. 
2. I eat a lot of cake and cheese.
3. I am rediculously tall (unfortunately not in the graceful supermodel type way - but in more of a slightly uncomfortable awkward way).
4. I have a love/hate relationship with pigeons.
5. I hardly ever wash my hair.
6. I like to sing to journey songs and power stance at the same time.

That said, it shouldn't surprise you that I spent the day making cakes to celebrate this momentous occasion. With a recipe from the delightful Hummingbird Bakery, me and my friend Charlotte donned our aprons and set to work creating some amazing Red Velvet Cupcakes whilst drinking copious amounts of tea.

And yes, they were as good as they look. In fact, it's taking all my strength not to go to the cupboard and sneak one more (or three.)
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