Sunday, 7 February 2016

House of Foxy Betty Swing Dress Review

For top of the range vintage reproduction clothing, it's no secret that I'm a fan of the House of Foxy.  I recently picked up their Betty Swing Dress in the sale, helped along with some Christmas vouchers.  The dress is based on a pattern from the 1959 to 1962 era, or 'Mad Men' era in today's shorthand.  Available in both red and teal, I went for the teal.  I recently wore it to the National Theatre Awards in Cardiff, and before I headed out I had time for a few quick photos, so I can share my review of the dress with you all.  I'm afraid there wasn't time before I caught my train for a glamorous backdrop, so this is more of a review than an 'outfit post'.

House of Foxy Betty dress

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Purchases

I know I said I wasn't going to buy any dresses or other things I don't actually need this year, but I have to confess that before I wrote my wardrobe review of 2015 and had a good sort-out, I shopped the sales.  At a time of year when one can feel the winter blues creep around. I try and get more sleep, cut down on booze, get sufficient daylight and exercise, and eat healthily.  Those all help, but the real tonic is shopping!  The thrill of a bidding war on Ebay or tracking down that last pair of matching knickers in your size.  And when you trudge home in the dark after a day in work, soaked through and weary, the delight of a pink or gold parcel waiting for you cannot be underestimated.  It promises time travel, escapism and glamour in a world of onesies, and it comforts you that, yes, spring will return.

There are, of course, disappointments.  Stock errors.  Bizarre faults.  Misrepresented Ebay items. Hefty credit card bills.  Read on to find out what the keepers and weepers were...


January purchases

The House of Foxy Betty Swing Dress is a stunning dress, and as it was in the sale and I had a voucher, it was excellent value.  I have already worn this to an awards ceremony  and will do a full review of this dress very soon.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

My Vintage Wedding: The Outfits

Sharing all the details of my wedding could easily turn into death-by-photos, so I'm going to gently share a few posts over the next few weeks.  Today I want to share details of what we wore, with my description in the style of wedding announcements from old newspapers.

My Vintage Wedding

The bride was angelically elegant in a floor-sweeping halterneck bias cut gown of ivory silk.  A heavily embellished band of beads, sequins and rhinestones edged the neckline and crossed under the bust, dropping down to encircle the back of the waist.  A headband of radiant stars adorned the cascading waves of the bride's hair, and a fingertip ivory veil of sheerest tulle completed the heavenly ensemble.  The bride held a large 'Glamelia' bouquet trimmed with silver ribbon.  Bridesmaids were bold and leggy in cobalt blue lace, wearing silver hairbands and shoes to complement the silver beading of the bride's gown.  Each of the five young ladies held a smaller version of a Glamelia bouquet with trailing ribbons in ivory and silver.  The two flowergirls were sweetly pretty in navy lace, and held small bouquets of ivory ostrich feathers.  The Groom was especially dapper,  wearing a two piece black suit with waistcoat, and sporting a daring Kentucky tie in black.

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