Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Vintage Film Review: The Maltese Falcon

I do like a Film Noir.  I love all the high-contrast lighting, the femme fatales, and the cynical anti-hero detectives with their own moral codes and well-stocked home bars.  Humphrey Bogart is the archetypal detective, hard-boiled and flawed.  I couldn't believe I'd never seen The Maltese Falcon, often cited as the first true Film Noir, so when we spotted it on VHS in a charity shop we snapped it up.  (Tip: VHS is amazing for getting to watch videos of old films, you can pick up a player for around £5 in charity shops etc.).

The Maltese Falcon

Released in 1941, the Maltese Falcon is directed by John Houston and co-stars Mary Astor, who I hadn't come across before, but I discovered that she started out in silent movies.  Bogart is the Private Eye, whilst Astor is the shifty client who is acting the role of her lifetime as she tries to get Bogart to help her.  There are murders from the start, and a few unsavoury characters emerge over the course of the story, all trying to get their hands on a priceless statuette.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Double Denim

Years and years ago, before it was ever 'trendy', my husband-to-be was a big fan of double-denim, which was only natural given his love of Country music and Western style.  I have to admit that at the time, I was a bit repelled by the idea of double denim, yet he was rather stoic and swore by the fact that double denim could work if you bought quality denim.  Now I've seen the light.  I'm happy to work a double-denim look now, but still shy away from the pale wash stuff - that's reserved for '80s fans in my eyes.

Double Denim

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Lindybop Dresses: Size and Fit

If you like vintage styles, no doubt you've been tempted by the brand Lindybop, which sells mainly online at very reasonable prices.   If you've tried the brand, then you may have found that their sizing and fit is more hit and miss than with some other vintage style brands.  I'd like to share with you my experiences of their dresses, with notes on sizing and fit, and hope that this helps you when you're making your future shopping decisions.  A lot of the dresses are based on the same general pattern as earlier ones, so once you understand the size and fit of a few styles, you should be able to judge much better how other dresses in the range will fit.

Bear in mind for all of these sizing and fitting notes that I am a UK size 12 generally, 38-29-39 approx, and 5'9" tall.  I find that a style that is fitted on the waist, or 'shift' styles are most flattering on me.  'Empire' styles are not that great on me, they end up looking a bit like maternity wear.

The Isla Dress
My most recent Lindybop purchase, I bought this the other week in the size 12 and sent it straight back because the fit was bad on me.  It actually covered my knees though, which was good!
  • Excess fabric around tummy area, most unflattering.
  • Fabric seemed a bit cheap.
  • Little bit tight on the derriere and hips.
  • Length good on me (below knee).


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