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Treasures to Treasure – Always

Treasures to Treasure – Always

Dear Reader, welcome to Gloriously Vintage, if you are visiting for the first time do say hello!

I am excited to share with you the wonderful day at Antiques for Everyone at the National Exhibition Centre (N.E.C), near Birmingham in the UK.

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We have been going regularly to this Antiques Fair now for a number of years and look forward to meeting Exhibitors that we know and also finding out about new things.  I love to meet new people and of course for me, it is the treasure hunting that I adore so much!

 

That frisson of excitement is a wonderful feeling and definitely helps to impart a healthy “glow” to the complexion!

 

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The last post was about the outfit I wore.  It was comfortable and the colours made me feel happy and uplifted.

One of my favourite scarves tied in the “Elizabeth Drape” was the starting point for the styling.

 

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Since starting this venture with Gloriously Vintage, the 60th year of my life has just got better and better with every passing month!  Experiences are somehow sharper as I am thinking more about what I am doing, how I feel and appreciating more joy.  It has given me a “brightness” that I experienced in flashes before.  I would actually say this new decade has brought a sense of a greater engagement with each experience.   Life is good!

I decided to ask some Exhibitors if I could photograph some items on my “Wish List”.  Treasures I would buy if money were no object.   This was fun and something I will do next time we go.

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The hare was the first thing I spotted when we came in on the stand for Callaghan, Fine paintings and Contemporary Bronze.  He was cast in bronze and cost over £17,000!  I would have loved to take him home and put him on display in a large conservatory surrounded by leafy plants.

My other wish list item was this amazing gold bracelet, from Markov.

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In gold and rose gold and set with 52 diamonds I was immediately drawn to it because of the unusual shape and design.  It was so different from others displayed with it in a beautiful case.  The value was over £2,000.  It felt comfortable to wear – I so enjoyed trying it on.

 

There was also a pen and writing instruments exhibition.  This was very interesting because I enjoy writing with a fountain pen.  My journey to characterful handwriting has been hard work.  I am left handed and was not taught sympathetically at school when very young.  I taught myself cursive italic for calligraphy in 1989 and then developed the handwriting style I have now.  That experience started my love affair with fountain pens and ink.

I do not know about you, dear Reader, but for me writing with a fountain pen is a sensual experience.  The smoothness of the nib contributes to this of course and the colour of the ink makes a difference too.  My usual choice is black ink as it photocopies easily and is a strong statement and the second choice is dark blue.  Your handwriting says so much about your personality and character.  I am sad that modern life puts so much emphasis on the printed word.

 

It is another of my life goals to own a Parker Duofold Fountain pen one day.  The Duofold was first designed in 1921 and is iconic!  I sat and tried out some pens by Lamy and enjoyed them.  I actually own a Lamy Safari Pen in black and I have since got it out and started using it more!  A post on Gloriously Vintage will follow in the future about writing with vintage fountain pens.  I have a number of pens but only one is really vintage.  It is a darling Summit Ladies pen in a pink and black marbled effect that Glenn bought for me 2 years ago at Antiques for Everyone.  I use it to write my Christmas cards.

 

 

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In this jolly photograph I am with Diane Ashman and her friend Liz who was helping her on the day we went.

I met Liz at the last Fair and it was great to meet up again.  You can see from the background that Diane always has a wonderful stand.  Every Fair I look forward to seeing Diane because there is so much to explore!  Talking with her is fascinating as she has so much experience of period and vintage clothes.  She has clothes on a rail and cases full of the most marvellous items.  It is possible to come into her stand and have a really good look around.  I have bough many of the most precious pieces in my vintage handbag and jewellery collections from her.  Her stand is a treasure trove!  Drinking in all the items in the glass cases, rummaging through her vintage buttons – sheer delight!

 

I settled on a Jane Shilton handbag with an optional chain handle.

 

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As you know dear Reader, I do love clutch bags and this one is a good size and has gold coloured fittings, which is my preference.  Here is it paired with black suedette “Emie” Shoes from Dorothy Perkins.  It will look good with plain black leather courts too.

Now we are into August I am starting to prepare for A/W2 2016 – certainly thinking about it as the trends are now out in Vogue!

It is all about the matching and pairing what new items I see, with what I know I have in my wardrobe and collections, that I find so stimulating and satisfying.

 

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I found this dear necklace with pink and pearl stones and this sweet pink toned pearl bracelet, and a brooch that caught my eye.  You know I always try to make “sets” when picking out jewellery and here, dear reader is a pink one!  The stone in the centre of the brooch is very unusual.  The pearls in the brooch will match other pearl pieces I have.

I have these amazing pink gloves that I bought from Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop, and I am keen to style a summer outfit with them.  So the jewellery will go well with that outfit.  I am trying to make the most of the summertime that we have left!

 

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These pink “tweed” shoes will certainly feature!

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Of course, there is a scarf  involved.  Watch out for the outfit coming soon!

 

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Diane had an exquisite Este Lauder Art Deco style compact that was unused in its original box.  It was over my budget, so she will keep it for me for the next Fair in the Autumn.

 

 

I visited Kitty Verity, who is London based.  She was wearing the most wonderful skirt.

 

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It was made for the Portuguese Ballet.  She wore it with an Edwardian top.  It was so original and looked amazing on her.  Kitty’s stand is full of the most wonderful costume jewellery and special items.

 

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Look at my happiness looking through a large box of earings!

 

I espied these darling earings looking down in to one of her display cases.

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They are hand painted and are from the 1940’s.

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I fell in love with them because when I tried them on…

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They went so well with my Anniversary scarf!  I have a brooch that I know will go with them, so want to hurry up and wear them soon before the summer ends!

 

I also saw this marvellous 1930’s clutch bag.

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It is in dark brown, buttery soft leather.

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Kitty explained that the bag had been thought to be 1940’s , but the lining silk and small purse on a chain was definitely from the 1930’s and I agreed with her .  I have some bags that are that old and there are similarities in the linings.

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Kitty also had a most interesting observation about this handle on the back.  I thought it was another way to hold the bag.  She thought it was to put your gloves through when you took them off as they would d not fit easily into the bag.  Gloves would always be part of the ensemble in the 1930’s and it is a good idea to use this space for gloves.  I am going to try it this A/W!  Leather gloves are much heavier than the cotton gloves o the S/S!  This is a bag I will treasure, use carefully and greatly enjoy.

So I bought the two items at a good price.  It was wonderful to share with Kitty how much I loved the Schreiner demi parure and the bracelet I bought from her previously.  I had the Shreiner for my Birthday this year and the bracelet wore on Boxing day last Christmas!  Wonderful jewellery is wonderful to wear and for me enhances my life greatly.

 

 

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I visited Steven Bristow and found this Trifari bracelet and earings.  The earings are un marked but go well with the texture on the bracelet.  Trifari jewellery has a particular style that I like.  I am able to recognise it more as I am gaining experience as a collector.

 

 

We also invested in a 3 arm chandelier 1900 brass light fitting with three glass shades to put in our lounge.  It is on ongoing project to have Antique/Vintage lighting in our home and it is coming to an end as we now have three light fittings to use in the lounge!

 

Last but by no means least, we went to see Gemma Redmond Vintage.

Gemma has a wonderful website which I regularly visit.  Her stand is so elegantly set out that visiting it is an experience.  Feasting my eyes on cases filled with beautiful named costume jewellery that shines and twinkles back at you is a little piece of heaven for me!  If money were no object I would buy many, many pieces from her.  Gemma selects pieces in pristine condition for the serious collector and lover of named costume jewellery.

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One piece in a case caught my eye and really set my heart aflutter.  It was in the case behind me in this photograph.

 

You can see how beautiful everything is!  It was a very special brooch, for me , set with turquoise and diamante.  It was the original design in “a jewellery mystery” that I took to expert Lisa Lloyd at the Antiques Roadshow at Baddesley Clinton.

 

Here is my brooch by Sphinx.  I love this brooch and bought it about three years ago from Diane Ashman.  My brooch has pink, blue and diamante stones and I wear it in the A/W usually on a dark jacket.  It always makes the outfit look wonderful and works it’s magic as only lovely jewellery can.

 

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Looking on the internet as I do, researching my jewellery pieces I came across my exotic bird brooch by Marcel Boucher!  Mine is marked Sphinx.  Knowing the design was a Boucher changed everything!

Here is a quotation from the post

“My brooch is marked Sphinx but I have found on the internet the same bird brooch by Marcel Boucher with different stones marked Boucher.  Lisa confirmed that Sphinx did not make for Boucher but it is a copy of the bird design, maybe made from the same mould.  She also told me my brooch was almost too good to be by Sphinx as it is a higher quality than a lot of their pieces.”

Gemma explained that she had bought the brooch in France.   She joked with me that it was meant for me, that day.  I think it was.

When I saw it in the case,  I knew immediately what it was.   I asked to see it and put it back and walked away, but I knew in my heart it was one of those special moments when there is a choice.  Leave it, walk away, probably never see one again and always regret leaving it or go back and buy it.  So I did.   A real treasure, to treasure, always.

 

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Look how beautifully my purchase was presented to me.  All this attention to detail made this treasure hunting so special and a great pleasure.

 

I cannot show you this – yet.  My mother is going to give me some money for Christmas and yes, you guessed correctly, I am giving it to myself, with her for Christmas!  So it has been put away, until it will appear under the Christmas Tree!

 

 

I am taking time to savour these new treasures and to work them into my collections.  It is always fun to plan outfits and to create opportunities to wear the treasures too.  Thank you for joining me on this post.  Do chat in the comments, I would love to hear of your special finds.

 

The photographs in this post were all taken by Glenn, thank you.

Summer Styling – Coral, Cream and Turquoise

Summer Styling – Coral, Cream and Turquoise

Whew!  We have had the hottest day, well over 32C, in July ever in the UK in the last week.  Summer has finally got going.  The temperatures have dropped back to more comfortable levels this weekend, 25C, which has been great.  Hello , dear Reader, I hope you are having a good Summer.

 

Welcome today to this post on Summer Styling – Coral , Cream and Turquoise.  It has been a wonderful weekend with great treasure hunting at Antiques for Everyone at the NEC.  It was a very exciting day.  I will be posting about the treasures next week but wanted to share the outfit I wore last Saturday.

 

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Wearing my scarf in the “Elizabeth Drape”!

I am really thrilled with this outfit because I have created a new pairing and it has worked well and received many compliments at Antiques for Everyone!

 

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I started the styling for Saturday with the scarf.  This is a graphic print, large whisper fine silk scarf from Accessorize.  I call it my “Anniversary Scarf” because Glenn bought it for me in Stratford upon Avon last year for our 14th Wedding Anniversary.  The scarf has many lovely colours including coral, cream and turquoise.

 

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I wore it last summer with my taupe skirt and a cream jumper to highlight the lovely colours in the scarf.  Cream or jade peep toe shoes which made the greens pop out in the scarf worked well.  The turquoise jewellery “set” complimented the colours too – so that was the outfit I recorded in my Style Book that took me to a number of events last year.  It is one of my favourites from my S/S collection.

 

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This is the beautiful scarf that adorned my handbag for the Summer Family Wedding I attended almost a year ago in August 2015.

The main problem I had with my styling was the shoes I usually wore are not for walking any distance in!  So I had the scarf and the turquoise jewellery set planned for Saturday.

A decision had to be made about a skirt.

 

The handbag needed to be a framed one, not a clutch, which would be easier to carry round all the wonderful exhibits on show.

 

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The next problem was the Celtic knot bracelet which is brass, needed cleaning and I did not have time to clean it for Saturday as last week was very busy and hot!  I usually clean it with a lemon juice and salt paste, gently rinsed off and polished with a soft cotton cloth – which brings the brass up to a shine!

 

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I decided to wear one of my recent treasures, a lovely Trifari bracelet with textured leaves that went with the textured gold on the brooch.

 

The coral skirt has finer pleats than some of my S/S skirts and is Glenn’s favourite, so I decided to pair the scarf with it.  The cream V-neck top will take a brooch and matches the cream handbag.  To walk around the Antiques Fair I wore cream flats but put on some heels for these photographs!

You are seeing the “Emie” pink court shoes a lot this summer.  When I bought them I did not expect them to go with so many combinations.  They have proved to be a versatile colour that I am often wearing instead of cream to go with the handbag featured in this outfit.

 

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The glass stones on the brooch are called “baby teeth” as the

shape does resemble baby’s teeth!

This brooch can be converted into a pendant.  Do you wear turquoise?  It is a colour that always makes me feel happy and uplifted and puts a spring in my step!

 

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The turquoise earings were bought with the brooch from Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair.  I usually wear them together.

 

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Outfit Details

 

“Emie” Pointed Court Shoes   Dorothy Perkins

Viyella Pleated Skirt   Charity Shop

V-Necked Top   Marks and Spencers

Cream 1950’s Framed Handbag   Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair

Large Graphic Printed Silk Scarf   Accessorize

Turquoise Brooch

2 rows of Lotus Pearls

Turquoise Clip Earings

Trifari Bracelet

Napier Twist Pearl Bracelet

Ted Baker Sunglasses

 

 

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Lipstick  Blend

 

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 10 Rouge Buzz + Revlon HD Lipstick in Poppy

I wanted a warm coral lip that was redder than pure coral to go with this outfit.  When blending I check the tone as I blot the application, then go on layering until the shade I want is achieved.  This warm coral stayed on well during the afternoon.

 

Have you found a good coral lipstick?

 

A favourite is “Kiss Me Coral ” by Revlon which is sadly discontinued.  I have a little of mine left and use it sparingly!

 

 

 

I am having great fun preparing my next post on Gloriously Vintage regarding the wonderful Treasures found last Saturday and about the Exhibitors who are so interesting to visit.  There is always something to learn.

 

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Thank you for visiting Gloriously Vintage today.  Do chat in the comments and have a look at my new Books Page.  It is possible to leave a comment there too!  I am so looking forward to the next post – as I found a truly wonderful brooch!

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking the photgraphs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock that Signature Scarf

Rock that Signature Scarf

Hello!  Welcome to Gloriously Vintage, dear Reader, it is a great pleasure to be writing more thoughts about wearing a signature scarf.

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I took the plunge last Sunday and went out in a lovely soft yellow skirt and actually wore 2 scarves as I wanted to rock that signature scarf and show you these two very different scarves with this summery outfit.  It was warm enough to not need a jacket, but not very sunny!  At least I have worn my soft yellow skirt once this summer.

Collecting and wearing scarves, especially silk ones is a great passion for me.   In this post I want to share more thoughts about how a scarf can lift what you are wearing to express your personality and individual style.

 

Wearing vintage style allows for so much variation and scope to be very creative.

 

It has been a rather grey and dreary week weather-wise here in the UK- I am still waiting for the warm summer days and evenings!  We are promised some warmth next week, well dear Reader, the rest of July could be glorious!

 

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Outfit Details

 

White pointed court shoes   Next

1950’s White framed handbag   Diane Ashman

Viyella Soft Yellow Pleated skirt   Oxfam on Line

Soft White Square Necked Top   Kettlewell Colours

Large Square Silk Graphic Print scarf   Accessorize

Square Polyester Scarf (like heavy chiffon)   Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair, last year

2 Stretch Pearl Cuffs   Dorothy Perkins

2 Rows Lotus Pearls

Large Pearl Stud Earings

 

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Lipstick Blend:

Bobbi Brown Red lip Pencil + Revlon Red + Revlon HD Lipstick in Poppy

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This bright scarf has yellow and white in the pattern.  I originally bought it to go with this skirt as a first foray into wearing yellow and is part of my S/S scarf collection.  It is made of polyester and is like heavy chiffon.  It is un-named and has a machined hem.  The mix of colours attracted me.

The texture of this scarf makes it cling to the top and stay in place well, once positioned.  It is tied in my signature style, which I will call the Elizabeth Drape as it appears regularly here.

 

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This is a large, whisper fine graphic print silk scarf from Accessorize.  The yellow in the pattern attracted me as it would go well with my soft yellow skirt.

I am delighted to find that my post from April this year is the most read on Gloriously Vintage.  It is Make Wearing a Silk Scarf Your Signature.  What a marvellous feeling to come to the computer and find a comment from one of my Readers!  It is especially marvellous when they feel encouraged to wear scarves more and try out their own collection.

Dear Reader, you see me adding to my collection all the time as scarves are easy to store and give so much to each wearing.

 

Looking back to my April post I made this comment:

“They can finish an outfit better than other accessories”

The three reasons I think scarves can do this are:

  1. Expression of personality/individuality

  2. Quality and lift to an outfit

  3. Pleasure and confidence

What do you think?  I expect a scarf to meet these three reasons and more!

 

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I have referred to my particular style with a square scarf as the Elizabeth Drape because I have not found that way of tying a scarf in any books or on any websites.

 

A very important point when choosing the scarf to complete the outfit and to strengthen the signature look is to pick a top or jacket that either tones or is a contrast.

 

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You have seen me wearing a scarf on a plain jacket, but in some of the S/S outfits having a top that tones can make a lot of difference.

 

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In the chiffon style scarf there is white and yellow – the two key colours in the outfit.  In the large silk square scarf yellow is one of the colours and the background is white so the soft white top was a safe bet!

 

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Matching the colour of the top is just as important as how the scarf looks with a jacket.  I love S/S styling because often I do not need a jacket so I am only matching a top!  Here I am wearing a soft peach top to compliment the scarf.

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The soft peach also worked well with this Christian Dior scarf.  It does look great if you can remove your jacket and the scarf then looks amazing over the top you have chosen.  My trick if it cannot is to take off the jacket and the scarf and possibly tie the scarf to my handbag.  I have a couple of tops that are ruched at the front.  They are lovely tops but they just do not work with a scarf.

The two scarves featured with today’s summer outfit give very different looks.

 

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I love the darker scarf, but feel that the large square silk one is dressier.

 

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This is because of the quality silk brings to the total look and the size of it makes a more dramatic statement.

Silk can slip.  You can see from the photographs that the knot has moved.

 

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I tied and placed the second scarf without a mirror, just by “feel”.  I will adjust the scarf if I know it is one that slips and am prepared to put up with it because of the overall look.

 

On a jacket a silk scarf can stay in place because of the texture of the fabric – often true of A/W styling or in between season styling.

Do you have any tips for this?

 

My tip for a flat knot that slips out too loosely is to cross the ends and do one extra over in the first part of the tie.  I used to do this with my children’s shoelaces when they were small to stop the tie slipping undone.  I do this with a fine silk scarf and then go on to finish tying the flat knot as usual.  It stays tied securely and there is no need to worry about losing a scarf that is precious.

 

New Season Trend for A/W 2016 – Scarf handles for Handbags.

 

There is a new trend on its way for A/W16 that I read about in the August Edition of Vogue UK –  scarf handles for handbags.  This does not mean the handles wrapped with a scarf, it actually means the grab or shoulder strap is a scarf.

 

Dear Reader, I love a challenge and am now busy thinking hard about how I can adapt clutch bags with an optional chain handle to take a handle fashioned out of one or two scarves.  I may have mentioned that my jeweller had fitted lobster clasps to the chain handles to enable me to remove them, to take the bags on holiday with the heavy handles in my coat pocket – not in the case adding weight!

I am going to find out if rings can be fitted with lobster clasps so that a scarf may be tied on each side of the bag to the ring.  Watch this space for the results of this quest!  There is plenty of time from now until mid September when I want to wear this trend.  I will keep you up to date with my progress.

 

I love the whole idea of another way to rock that signature scarf!

Thank you for joining me on Gloriously Vintage – do chat in the comments and make my day .  In the last photograph I am sitting on “our ” bench in the walled garden – it is where we shared our first kiss, so is very special.

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs for this post at Baddesley Clinton, a moated manor house run by the National Trust.

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Trifari Treasures and a Gorgeous Red Hat

Trifari Treasures and a Gorgeous Red Hat

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Last Sunday dear Reader, we went to the Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair.  It was great fun and I found some vintage treasures to add to my collections.  I hope you have had a great week.  Here in the UK the rain kept off on Sunday and the day was warmer as the wind had dropped.  It was a relief as we have had so much rain last week.  When it rains I have to choose shoes that can take getting wet.

 

My choice of shoes often influences the whole outfit, do you find this too?

 

It is always a nostalgic experience going to this particular vintage fair because I am constantly seeing items that I remember from my childhood that were “new” then and are “vintage “now.

 

I think I could describe myself as gloriously vintage!

 

The treasures found were lovely, especially the Trifari Treasures.  As you know dear Reader, I love Trifari jewellery and collect it.  Finding new pieces is marvellous fun.  If I can find a piece to compliment a “set” that is good.  Occasionally I have found something that matches some pieces in the collection.

I do enjoy this Fair because I go regularly and am getting to know some of the vintage sellers and am always excited to meet new ones.  Parked outside Sutton Town Hall were these fabulous cars from Kiss Rides.

 

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Here is the ultimate in styling – a car to match my outfit!

 

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This mini is so sweet – I was a child when the first minis appeared.

 

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This made me think of a lovely picnic!  I would take a much bigger hamper!

 

 

The other main attraction last Saturday was the performance of one of my favourite girl groups

 

“The Glamophones”.

 

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They sing in the style of the Andrews Sisters and more recently The Puppini Sisters and I just love to watch them perform.

Live music is wonderful as it surrounds and involves you so much.  My feet were tapping and I so wanted to dance!  However British reserve and a lack of space stopped me!  It is my desire to have a party where the Glamophones entertain us.  A dream I want to make come true in this 60th decade.

There was a chance to buy a CD with some of The Glamophones songs and I bought a calendar of their photographs for the rest of the year.  They signed it for me! I have put it to good use recording my posts on Gloriously Vintage.  There was time between their sets to talk to the girls.

 

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They wore black dresses with white polka dots and black and white petticoats underneath.  The 1940’s-1950’s style was set off with victory rolls in their hair and lovely red lipstick.

It was marvellous.

 

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I went straight to Rob Caldwell to see if he had any Trifari jewellery.  I have bought from him before and have greatly enjoyed the pieces I have.  Sure enough I found two delightful bracelets a brooch and a demi parure I just fell in love with.

 

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The pearl and diamante brooch is an early Trifari possibly from the 1940’s.

When I see the jewellery in my mind’s eye I am working out how to wear each piece and thinking about the collection I have it will add to and what outfits it will go with.  Really this outfit planning is what I love to do.

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This 1930’s bracelet needs some TLC as the safety chain is broken but will match another “set” I have with the same pink stone.

 

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I bought this aqua clutch bag which is 1980’s does 1950’s.

 

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It has a detachable shoulder strap and is a great match with the skirt from Summer Styling.

 

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I will wear this bag with contrasting shoes and also where it can be matched to the colours in a scarf.  Accessories like this give a feature colour or a pop of brightness to a plainer outfit.

 

I could not resist this red handbag.

 

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I had this bag in taupe leather in the 1980’s and loved the simple shape.  Rounded bags are good because they add softer lines to a tailored suit or jacket.  This is a mix I love to experiment with.  Details like shape, curves, colour and size can make an enormous difference to the finished outfit.

Yes dear Reader, I found a scarf!

 

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It is silk and I will wear it in the A/W and enjoy the rich tones.

Let me show you the outfit I wore.

 

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Outfit Details

 

Red Court Shoes   Dorothy Perkins

Red Viyella Pleated Skirt   Charity shop

Cream V Neck jumper   Marks and Spencer

White 1950’s Handbag   Diane Ashman

Silk Square Scarf   Diane Ashman

Gloves   Charity shop

Pearl cuffs    Dorothy Perkins

3 Rows of Lotus Pearls

Red Demi Parure   Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop

 

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Lipstick Blend:

Red Bobbi Brown Pencil + Revlon Red+ Dior 999

 

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I love this demi parure from Jessica at the Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop.

It is the first time I have worn this jewellery and I am thrilled the earings were really comfortable and did not pinch!

 

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I love to match the shoes to the skirt in the summer particularly, but in the A/W too with grey, navy and black shoes.  Here I have red shoes that are a good match with the skirt.  I have tied the scarf onto the bag with a square knot.  The pearl cuffs extend the short gloves.  These heels are comfortable to walk around in.  Many of my beloved heels are “short walk” shoes!

 

Having seen Jessica on chronically vintage so often wearing amazing hats, I am bringing hats into my outfits more and love the way they pull an outfit together.  I am rather traditional in my style as I love sinamay or straw in the S/S and felt in the A/W.  This comes from many years of wearing a hat everyday as part of my school uniform.  We had large hats with a swept back, upturned brim in brown felt for the winter terms and the same shape in cream straw for the summer term.  These hats were worn on the back of the head and were referred to as “halos” as they produced a halo effect around the face.  They were very flattering and set a pattern of personal preference that has lasted all my life!

 

May I introduce you to the gorgeous red hat?

 

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Last Sunday I met Alice Mary Ball the designer and maker of this wonderful hat.  Do look at this link and see her work.  I was tempted to try on some of her hats.  They were mostly tilts and perchers to be worn on the front of the head.

 

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The felt ones were all lovely, but I chose this gorgeous red straw hat because I do not have that many S/S hats.  Yes dear Reader, it is an occasion hat, and I am going to enjoy it creating a number of glamorous outfits!

 

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I love the arrow turkey feather!

 

 

 

After a busy week, working hard, it is bliss to go to a Vintage Fair and revel in looking at the many varied items for sale and picking out some new treasures.

 

 

 Thank you for visiting Gloriously Vintage, do chat in the comments about your special finds, I would love to know about them!

 

Photographs taken by Glenn, thank you for all your help with this post.

 

Stylish to the End – Use it or Loose it!

Stylish to the End – Use it or Loose it!

Welcome dear Reader to Gloriously Vintage today, in the UK it has been wet and cool and now July is here we are ready for summer to warm up, please. 

I am excited to show you one of the things I purchased with my 60th Birthday money.  It is a turn of the century silver topped walking cane.  I bought it from the Antiques Fair at Chateaux Impney from The Ambulist, Christopher Galloway.

The Fair was a wonderful place for treasure hunting and when I saw all the amazing walking sticks this exhibitor had on display my eyes lit up and my heart skipped a beat, so to speak.  Why?  Well, let me explain.

 

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The cane can be carried like this.

 

For a number of years I have wanted a silver topped cane to have by me as a trusty companion for the future.  I looked very carefully at all the sticks displayed.  Having discussed the height of a walking stick with Mr Galloway, I picked out this one.  Sometimes when you are shopping the first dress or pair of shoes is the one and it does not matter how many are tried afterwards the first one is THE ONE.

So, having picked it out, I trusted my instinct and eye for quality and tried the cane.  Dear Reader it just felt right.  It was a comfortable height and balance.  I felt very elegant with it and it was comfortable to carry and to walk with.  The price was within my budget, so I invested in it.  Once it was mine I walked around the Fair stopping to look at all manner of lovely items leaning on my cane and feeling so delighted and in harmony with it.  The ferule is steel and for now, will be fine for me.

When I am much older a rubber ferule will probably be safer as it will be less likely to slip in the rain!

 

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The cane can be leant on, like this.

 

You may think it a little eccentric to be so thrilled with a silver top walking cane!  Well you see it is part of my life plan to enjoy my clothes, personal style and hair and makeup right to the end of life.  And why not?

 

A very large part of making clothes sit well on the body, therefore making an outfit look really wonderful is summed up in one word – Posture.

 

I am sure dear Reader, you have read in magazines advice about standing up straight to look thinner and to enable your figure to look its best.

My cane will enable me to practice good posture when walking, particularly when walking starts to be more of a challenge.  I will take it out now for the sheer enjoyment of having it with me.  I know the time will come when it will be my constant companion.

 

  “Use it or loose it” is a saying that rings true of many things.

 

Skills not used can fall away, forgotten.  As time passes and age gathers momentum it is essential to know what you want to keep and use it so you do not loose it.  The joy of walking is one of those essential skills to keep.

Dear Reader what do you think about the saying “use it or loose it”?

 

One of my maxims for life is:

“Invest in your future”

 

Since my late 30’s and 40’s I have been doing just that with regards to my skin, figure and posture.  The maxim has been such a help as now I am 60 years old I can see the results of the disciplined care I have taken and I am determined to redouble my efforts for the next 30 years ahead.

 

Do you look after yourself?  Would you be able to do a bit more now, so you are investing in your future life?  It only takes a small shift in the everyday things you do to achieve this investment – and it will pay dividends as time goes by.  You are never too young to start.  Generally speaking, we are all expecting to live a lot longer than our three score years and ten!

 

When you are young, thinking about old age seems so far off that it does not get much time or thought or planning.  I woke up to this when I was coming up to 40 and I could observe close hand, the aging process in my parents.  In my 50’s there was an even sharper awakening as they were getting older still.  My mother is aware of the use it or loose it rule for practically everything she does!

At almost 92 years old, she still puts on makeup each day, has her hair done often and takes great interest in her clothes, always looking beautifully turned out.  I have organised her care and support to enable this to happen.  The one area where she “could have done better “is with her posture, working on it sooner to keep it for longer.

You only have to look at HM The Queen to see her remarkable walking, without a stick.  Her ability to stand so well.  I believe she practises The Alexander Technique and has done for many years.

As a child, Nanny lived with us and died when I was 12 years old, in the 1960’s.  She lived to be 79 years old.  She always dressed well, wore suits and costumes, a dress and jacket.  She wore a hat with most of her outfits and gloves too.  With the understanding of a child I knew she was older and wiser than anyone else I knew.  I miss her still.

“Pride commeth before a fall “is so true!  It can also be the biggest reason why people stagger along holding onto furniture and people, practicing terribly bent over posture because their pride stops them using a cane or stick.  I have watched this play out in my mother’s late life and her resistance to a cane or walking stick has contributed to poor posture at the end stage of her life.

So dear Reader, my silver toped cane is a delight to own, shining in my umbrella stand in the hallway.

 

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The silver top just stood out for me, from all the other great canes on display.

 

I love the engraved pattern too.

It also promises to save me from making my mothers’ mistake – leaving it too late to use a cane and practise good posture for as long as is physically possible.

I went to a small private girl’s school where we were made to walk with our heads up, shoulders back and a straight back.  We were marked on our deportment by watchful members of staff.  Good posture was encouraged at all times as you did not know when these points were being awarded!  I have done my fair share of rebellious slouching, believe me!  However, now more than ever I am remembering these old lessons and bringing them to bear, as I wear my vintage style with great pride and the best posture I can .

 

 

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Mmm…I love this cane!

 

Outfit Details

 

Emie blush pointed court shoes   Dorothy Perkins

Silver topped cane    bought from The Ambulistat Chateaux impney Antiques Fair

Viyella taupe pleated shirt    Bought at a Dress Agency in 1999

Soft peach top    Kettlewell Colours

Vintage silk square scarf   Bought at Chateaux impney Antiques Fair

1950’s Cream framed handbag   bought at a Vintage Fair

Trifari Pearl and gold bracelet

Napier pearl twist bracelet

2 rows of Lotus pearls

Large pearl studs

 

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Lipstick Blend – Bobbi Brown Red + Revlon Red + Bobbi Brown Parisian Red

 

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A closer look at the scarf.

 

Just a quick word about the scarf – it is a first outing for this outfit and the scarf was the basis for all these individual pieces coming together.  The background colour matched the handbag which is actually a bit too cream coloured for the taupe skirt.

 

 

The coral tone in the scarf looked best on the soft peach top having tried it with 3 other cream tops.  The blush court shoes toned as I wanted to wear a closed toe court , rather than the peep toe cream shoes I often wear with that handbag.

 

Dear Reader, it has been great to share with you these thoughts about my new cane and show you another summer outfit brought together by a signature scarf.  If you have any tips on “Investing in your future” or responses to the “use it or loose it” rule, do chat in the comments.

 

Thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs in this post.

Tales from the Dressing Table – A Great Vintage Hair Day

Tales from the Dressing Table – A Great Vintage Hair Day

Hello!  Welcome to Gloriously Vintage today, dear Reader, thank you for visiting.  It is a pleasure to bring you the third post from the series Tales from the Dressing Table.  It focuses on how I “do” my hair.

 

I hope you are going to find this post on a great vintage hair day worthy of note.  Having great hair is so important.  I am sure you will agree.  It can make you feel very well, confident and strong.  When your hair is right, looking first-rate, you are too!  So having a good hair day is really a big part of everyday life.  Having a great vintage hair day is marvellous and can make a huge difference to an outfit and how you feel wearing it.

 

Having an excellent relationship with your hairdresser, who you trust is extremely important.

 

My grandmother used to say to me that you could wear a sack and look great if your hair and makeup were done well.  What do you think?  I have to agree with her.  It is a principle I have adhered to all my adult life, making sure my hair always looked well groomed and if wearing makeup, it suited me and looked “right”.

We all have interesting hair histories.  The transition from childhood hair, to teenage style, to young adult can be the back drop to many great memories and stories.  Throughout my life I have had a number of different hairstyles and hair colours before arriving at the Vintage hairstyle I have today.  You have seen the hairstyle I have now in the photographs on Gloriously Vintage.

This vintage hairstyle I wear now has developed over a number of years.  Here are some of my past hairstyles going back to just before I was 50 years old.

 

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2005 – My hair is auburn red and I was using hair straighteners!  I coloured it myself using a blend of five colours to cover grey and pepper and salt!

 

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2007- My hair is professionally coloured here, with a lot less curl!

 

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2008 – My hair is longer and getting closer to a vintage, Marilyn Monroe inspired style.

 

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2009 – My hair is much longer and is styled using ceramic Velcro rollers.

 

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2011 – My hair is styled here on Velcro rollers.

 

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Christmas 2014 – I am using plastic rollers and the salon hood hairdryer.

 

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February 2016 when I started being a blogger and writing posts on Gloriously Vintage.

 

I cannot help noticing that my skin has improved greatly in the two latest photographs.  I will be writing about my skin care regimen in future posts from Tales from the Dressing Table.

 

I now have a style that can be managed at home and comes out consistently every time it is done.  This enables me to have a signature look that is a major part of the success of what I choose to wear.  It can be tweaked by changing the colour and shape and also by adding hair accessories for the evenings and special occasions.  I have been working on a signature look that is unique and memorable and that is an integral part of the finished outfit and vintage style looks that I love to put together.

 

Having considered what it is about vintage style I love, it is the mixing up of old and new, expensive and inexpensive to create something unique that is at the heart of my passion.  I feel ideas for another post coming on…!

 

I hope you will feel that it is possible to experiment with your hair and get a great result.  It is important to have a clear picture in your mind of the outcome you desire.  For me, dear Reader it started with me having a spiky straightened hairstyle that I wanted to change into something softer.  My hair is naturally curly and rather coarse; it is very thick and has a tendency to go its own way if I am not careful.  So I started to embrace my curls and stop fighting them.

At first I rollered the top and diffused the back giving a softer curly style that my hairdresser cut to a round shape.  Marilyn Monroe was always my style icon here.  This really got going after turning 50 years old and going blond from auburn red.  I then graduated to using ceramic rollers that did not require pins.  These Velcro rollers will stay in the hair and give a “set”, but will not give tight curls.

 

The tools and products I use to create my hairstyle have influenced it greatly and had a strong effect on the styling result.

 

 

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My lady Schick console hairdryer that I used as a teenager and kept it, to return to it again in later life!

 

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The Babyliss hood hairdryer I went onto when the lady Schick stopped working.

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Here is my Orlando hood dryer that I was able to purchase from my hairdresser, a couple of years ago.  This hairdryer has made an enormous difference to the finished style today.  It has adjustable heat and also a cold setting.  It is good to always finish with 15 minutes of cold before taking out the rollers.  This really sets the style.  Hair must be completely dry as the style will not hold unless it is.

 

Combs and brushes also are very important to the finished style.

 

Over my life I have always bought combs and brushes from my hairdresser to enable me to manage the styling at home.  You can understand dear Reader, that I have a collection that can certainly tell my hair story!  The ones I use now are all essential and each one plays a part in the hairstyle at the different stages from shampoo to finally dressed and finished.

 

Dear Reader, let us get on with how I do my hair now.  So clear the dressing table and have a look at products.

 

 

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I move away my make up brushes and the tray is ready for the rollers and pins!  I also wear old glasses that I can still see through, that cope with styling products and hairspray!

 

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This is the shampoo I use; it is from my hairdresser and is a protein shampoo.  It suits my hair very well.  The conditioner is a treatment by L’Oreal and I leave it on a minimum of 10 minutes and sometimes longer.

 

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Here are the setting products I use.  I put 3 drops of the Redken smooth down into a blob off L’Oreal spiral splendour and apply all over.  Then I use a generous amount of mouse all over, making sure the front has an even application.  It is all combed through.

 

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The top comb is used to part the hair and comb it using the wide teeth.  The Middle one is also of use at this stage.  I use the pin tail comb to section the hair for each roller.

 

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I have a large hairdressing mirror with a handle at each end that I use for checking the back and sides.  My front curl is over to the left, so I have a parting on the right.  I then part the hair from ear to ear over the top of my head.  The right side is combed forward from the over the top parting to form the first section.  It is clipped and the rest of the hair in that side is combed back and clipped back out of the way.  The hair for the front section is combed forward and a low parting set on the left.  The front section is clipped and the rest of the hair is combed back out of the way and clipped in place.  The left section is combed forward and clipped and the rest is combed back and clipped back as was the right side.

 

Now for the rollers!

 

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On each side I put a pink curled under, and two yellows.  I always start on the left as I am left handed!  When the two sides are done the front section remains clipped so I can reach the top more easily.  I do not put the front into rollers until the top crown area is all in rollers.

 

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Here is a photograph of the left side of the head of rollers.  The direction of the curl on the rollers is important.  I curl the whole crown under.  The white and pink are curled under.  The yellow and blue are curled over.  This is so I can have curls turning up at the back blending into the crown.

After the sides I put in the guide rollers that go down the centre of the back.  The pattern is easy for me to remember and has been born from a lot of trial and error, dear Reader!  From the top of the head going back – 2 large purple, I white I pink all under.  Then 3 yellow curled over.

 

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As you work down the back of the head, it is possible to measure withthe yellow rollers how many will fit into your nape – usually 4 or 5 rollers depending on the space and the size of the rollers.  I do the same to each side.

 

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Here is the right side.  You can see I can fit 2 rollers side by side in the space between the guide rollers and the sides.  This is all part of putting the rollers in largely by feel and checking the back and sides every 2 or 3 rollers to make sure they are even.

 

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Here I am checking the back!  The yellow and small blue are all curled over.  The smallest rollers go at the bottom for the tightest curls and where the hair is shortest.

 

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More checking!

 

Once the crown is all in rollers I do the front section and finish with 3 rows of yellow and 2 of blue in the nape.

 

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The front rollers are at right angles to the hairline and are curled under.  I use 3 large purple and 1 medium white.  The white roller is next to the parting.

 

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With the parting and sectioning and working round the head it takes 20-30 minutes to put the rollers in.  My hair is cut and coloured about every 10-12 weeks, so it takes a bit longer when I am coming up to a hair appointment!

Well, there we are dear Reader, a whole head full of rollers!  Now I go and sit under the dryer for 1 hour of hot air and 15 minutes of cold.  I now write blog posts during this time and it passes very quickly!

I will spray the rollers with hairspray once or twice during the drying time, which helps the “set”.

Then take out the rollers, leaving the front section rollers in.

 

 

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I then begin dressing the hair to the finished style.  Starting at the back I run my fingers through the curled hair, upwards, using the L’Oreal Techni Art 4 sprayed on my hands.

 

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I will then backcomb the crown and finish the dressing, checking the back with my mirror.  Only then do I take out the front rollers, back comb the section and bring the finished style together.  I do this to prevent the front from flopping as it waits to be dressed.

 

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These are the combs I use for backcombing.  The different width of the teeth produce different volume and staying power.

 

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These are the most recent acquisitions.  They are made in Japan.  The top one is used for the top and front section backcombing and are fantastic.

 

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The grey lifting comb is invaluable as I used it in the finishing of the style and also in the brushing up every day.  The pink brush is for brushing out rollers.  I use it rather sparingly in the initial dressing , but use it daily in the brushing up to tidy and recreate the style each day.

 

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The details of the pink brush.

 

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I can sort out the curls and make sure there are no gaps and dips.

 

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These combs are used for the final tweaking and checking, dear Reader, before the style is finished, ready for the hairspray.

 

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You may be wondering what this blusher brush is here for!

I spray the finished style with hairspray because this affects how the hair will behave when I sleep on it and also how the style stays in for the week ahead.

 

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I am reading “Your Beauty Mark” by Dita Von Teese; you remember it from my post Tales from the Dressing table.  I have picked up one of the tips for styling hair from this interesting book.  Dita uses a large brush sprayed with hairspray to sort out fine flyaway hairs around the hairline.  I have started to do this since Christmas (when I gave this book to myself as a present!).  I used the blusher brush, sprayed with hairspray to tidy up the hairline and to set the kiss curls in my hairstyle when the hair is first dressed.

It works!  It works well and I have been rewarded with a style with great staying power.  I do my hair weekly and on a daily basis it takes less than 10 minutes to brush up in the mornings.

 

For special occasions I usually do it the day before, leaving the hair slightly wetter and sitting under the dryer about 15-20 minutes longer to achieve a really firm set that will stand sleeping on it and still brush up well for the event and following days when really great vintage hair will be required.

 

In May 2009 the day my father died in hospital we were called at about 8.00am to come immediately.  My hair was wet and I was showering as the call came in.  I had to jump into my clothes and get there as fast as possible.  My hair just dried naturally as the life changing day unfolded.  It was awful.  This experience has really highlighted for me how strong and able to cope with anything I feel when my hair is well styled.

 

Since then I have really enjoyed trying to make everyday a great vintage hair day!  Thank you for dropping by today.  Do make my day by leaving a comment.  I encourage you to have a go at vintage hairstyling and try rollers!

 

Thank you to Glenn for taking the photographs in this post.

Summer Styling – Why not start with a pair of White Shoes?

Summer Styling – Why not start with a pair of White Shoes?

Welcome to Gloriously Vintage today, dear Reader, I hope you are well and excited about the summer which is getting nearer.

 

As you know from the Big Seasonal changeover, I have only just brought out my white shoes and accessories to begin my summer styling. So dear Reader, I was certain that I was wearing the white shoes, white handbag and gloves last Saturday, but had not got much further with styling the rest of the outfit!

My white shoes are stilettos and make me feel wonderful when I wear them.  I adore heels and these give a summery lift to whatever I wear with them.

White shoes seem to be coming back into fashion after some years being decidedly out of fashion, for about 10 years, due to the “Essex Girl” effect of fake tan legs and white stilettos!  I take no notice of all this and wear what I want to!  For me, white shoes are a major part of the summer months, and always have been.

 

What do you think?  Are you a fan of white shoes?

Do you have a favourite pair?

 

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This is a new outfit from my summer wardrobe for this year, wearing colours that are a change for me, as I spend a lot of time in red, coral and neutrals.  Last Saturday I was going to my Hairdresser to work on my summer hair colour and styled this outfit. The lipstick is a blend:

 

Bobbi Brown lip pencil Red + Revlon Red + Bobbi Brown Parisian Red

 

Using the white shoes and handbag as an “Outline”; I filled in the colour with this skirt and jacket.  I bought the skirt from Oxfam earlier in the year in anticipation of S/S.

The skirt is by Country Casuals and is fine summer weight and has sheen on the fabric that makes it dressier.  It moves well and is navy blue with green polka dots all over.

This blue jacket is by Eastex.  It was bought new for Glenn’s mother to wear with a pretty dress for our wedding in 2001.  It was much longer then, about 4 inches in fact.  I have inherited it and worn it with a navy blue and white polka dot dress for a few years.  Sadly, there is more of me now and I do not fit into the dress and the jacket was too long to go with any of my other separates.

 

Last year dear Reader, I decided to go and see my dressmaker to have the blue jacket made shorter to give it a new lease of life.

 

It is polyester, so is S/S but because if the colour and style it goes with my in-between season clothes too.  She shortened it by about four inches.  This worked because of the button spacing.  The shorter jacket can now work with a number of outfits.  I am so pleased with the result.  Have you had any alteration successes?  There will be more of this blue jacket in future posts.

I decided to go with more contrast with the white shoes and accessories for this outfit, but it would look good with navy blue shoes and handbag as well, although more formal, I think.

I then picked out this lovely silk scarf.  It is a super large square with some great colours on a near white background.  I bought it at an Antiques Fair held at the Chateaux Impney Hotel in Worcestershire.

 

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When I go to the hairdressers I always take off my jewellery and put it into my handbag until the hair is finished, to protect it from all the styling products.  So I chose jewellery that would be entirely manageable there.

 

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You can see the lovely round Monet brooch on the shoulder.  I love this brooch and wear it a lot because it is set with pearls and a small diamante.  The earrings are unmarked and are gold tone and pearl clips.  The shape of the earings really goes with the brooch so they make a “set” for me.

 

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You can see here, the pearl cuffs.  They are stretchy and take off quickly.  I often go to the hairdressers in them because I can take them off so easily.  Dear Reader, do you do this, take off jewellery at the hairdressers?  I started doing it when I was wearing a more vintage style, really to save the jewellery from harm.

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This dear white bag came from Diane Ashman at Antiques for Everyone a couple of years ago.  It is one of my favourite bags because of the size and the balance.  It just feels very comfortable on my arm.

 

These gloves are off white and match well, much as I like to wear gloves; I also like to carry them with my bag!  Do you do this?

 

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I am excited about this hair colour as I am going lighter for the summer.  My blond is more ash blond here and I have extended my blond highlights down the back of the hair to the nape, making the shade look much lighter overall.  I have a new hair product that is a rinse to add to the permanent colour that lasts for 3 shampoos.  There are two colours I am using an ash blond and a more golden blond.  This means I can boost my colour either way through the 10 weeks until my next appointment.

 

What I do with my hair is just as important to me as my big Seasonal Changeover.  Do you change your hair a little for the summer?

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My husband took me out to dinner in the evening and I wanted to look a little more dressed up so I wore these earings and put the brooch on the shoulder of my top, so that when I took the jacket off the demi parure could work its magic!

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The colours of the jewellery toned with the scarf very well!  So that is recorded in the Style Book so that I do not forget the pairing!

 

I would love to hear about your favourite outfits with white shoes.  Do chat in the comments or on my Facebook page.  I am looking forward to the next weekend as it is Glenn’s Birthday and Father’s Day – am busy planning some more outfits and having a great time with the styling!  I am looking forward to showing them to you soon on Gloriously Vintage!

Thank you to Glenn for taking these photographs.

A Really Big Adventure – Visiting the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow at Historic Baddesley Clinton

A Really Big Adventure – Visiting the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow at Historic Baddesley Clinton

One of my favourite television programmes is “The Antiques Roadshow” made by the BBC.

Have you seen it?  It is possible to go and take precious items of all sizes to be valued by antiques experts.  Earlier in the year, before my Birthday and writing posts on Gloriously Vintage, I checked out their website and saw to my delight they were coming to film a programme at Baddesley Clinton, a beautiful old moated manor house not too far from my home.

 

“I would love to go”, was my first thought and “what could I take” was my second.

 

Welcome dear Reader to this post about a really big adventure for us – going to the Antiques Roadshow with some of my Corde Handbag collection and also some lovely named 1950’s costume jewellery.

 

History of the Antiques Roadshow

I am not sure if you have seen the show where you are, dear Reader, but in the UK the Programme is rather an institution!  It started in 1979 and has developed, with different presenters over the years into the very entertaining show we enjoy today.  It is usually shown on a Sunday evening at about 7.30 pm – 8.00 pm and is on for an hour.

I watch regularly and am often amazed by the wonderful items and stories they feature.  Indeed I have been a fan almost half of my life!  The idea is a collection of antiques experts gather together and members of the public take items to be valued.  Occasionally stories come up of finds from a car boot sale of an item bought for 50p, that turns out to be made by Faberge and worth thousands of pounds!

The venues have gradually become more adventurous and interesting as the programme has moved from inside places to outside often visiting historic houses.  Programmes are often hosted by properties belonging to the National Trust in the UK.  So there is an opportunity to see a lovely location and the interesting programme together.  It adds up to a very successful format that is popular and always stimulating.

 

The Current Presenter

Fiona Bruce is the current presenter.  Do have a look at this link to see her and find out more about her.  She is always very professional and looks as though she is having a marvellous time!  Her natural enthusiasm for the antiques and the whole ethos of the show is a big part of its success, I think.

We saw her – not too close up -and were totally charmed.

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Fiona Bruce has her back to us and is wearing very clean, new looking trainers!

 

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Do you see those wooden banded trunks?  I used to keep my dressing up clothes in one like that in our Third Bedroom, when I was a child.

 

The Experts

This link will tell you about the experts that participate in the programme.  As it is a very big team it is just luck who is there on the day.  All the experts are familiar as they are beamed into our homes regularly over so many years.  New experts are added to the team, but some have been like old friends, on the programme for many, many years.

 

Decision To Go

We did some juggling with our work commitments to be free on Wednesday 8th June.  Once we had made a firm decision it was a case of getting organized and sorting out a picnic too.  We took the precaution of buying a second large umbrella so there would be one each, should the weather be inclement.

 

I decided to take 7 of my Corde Handbags and some 1950’s named jewellery for valuation and advice.

 

I contacted the programme and submitted my story of the first Corde Handbag and said what I wanted to bring, on line.  A phone call to the production team confirmed my application had gone in.  Sadly, they did not select me to be filmed and on television, but I was able to see an expert who gave me some excellent advice to help me in my future collecting.  As it is necessary to queue I wanted to present my handbags and if possible to present the 1950’s jewellery as well but only if we did not have to join a second long queue!

Have you ever been to the Antiques Roadshow somewhere?  Do tell me in the comments.

 

What to Wear?

Well dear Reader, you can imagine my third thought was

“WHAT am I going to WEAR?”

 

I did a lot of thinking and styling in my head as I narrowed down just what to wear on the day.  Comfortable shoes were a must that would be fine walking on grass.  I wanted to use my cream handbag and Fox’s Umbrella too.

 

This is the outfit I styled.

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Bags and Fox's umbrella

Trifari Earings and bracelet

Outfit Details

Cream twist front flat shoes   New Look

Light Green Viyella Pleated Skirt   Oxfam on Line

Soft Peach Square neck top    Kettlewell Colours

Christian Dior Scarf with green and peach in the pattern   Bought recently at an Antiques Fair (The hand rolled edge is on the top, CD and Hermes do this, I have learnt)

1950’s Cream framed Handbag   Bought at a Vintage Fair

Cream and gold “everything” Bag   Oxfam on Line (a bargain as it was £6!)

Fox’s Umbrella/Parasol (used here as a parasol)

3 Rows of pearls

Trifari Pearl and gold earings

Trifari pearl and gold bracelet

Napier twist bracelet

Ted Baker Sunglasses

 

 

The Experience

Dear Reader, it was a great experience!  Firstly it is very rare for us to have a Wednesday off together, so that made it special to start with.  The sun was out; it was warm so I did not take a jacket.

 

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Here I am, at my dressing table putting the finishing touches to my Lipstick blend:

Bobbi Brown lip pencil Red + Revlon Red + Bobbi Brown Parisian Red

 

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Baddesley Clinton is approached from the road by a long drive.  We made our way slowly and were waved into the overflow carpark by a NT Steward wearing a high visablility jacket.  Another steward then waved us to a parking space.  We had arrived.

 

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I am standing at the entrance to Baddesley Clinton, by the gateway into a courtyard where the Tea Rooms are, the shop and also an area where there are plants for sale.  The three people in front had come from Australia to be there.

 

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The queue very slowly progressed through this courtyard, passing this sculpture that was for sale for £150.  I like it and thought it would look interesting in our garden!

 

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So glad to have to use my parasol!

The queue moved on to the grassy area just in front of the house.  That is a BBC van behind me.

 

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There were a lot of BBC vehicles and equipment of all sizes around.

 

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This 1930’s bus was something to go and see.  The camera on the long arm was impressive and the two men had to man handle it around the gardens filming the back ground shots.  We may be in some of them.  Have a look at the fence.  This fence is a good example of the fencing that was used to surround an estate in the past.  It has weathered to a silvery grey and blends into the fields beyond very well.

 

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Can you see the red chairs? They are antiques Roadshow chairs.  There were small groups of these chairs all over the gardens.  A welcome opportunity to sit down!

 

At the Reception desk we were given a blue ticket, for Miscallaneous Objects and directed to the Walled Garden to queue again!

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I am smiling for both of us!

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Still waiting, dear Reader, in the Walled Garden.

 

The Comment and Advice from Lisa Lloyd

The expert we were able to see was Lisa Lloyd who specialises in all things vintage including jewellery.

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She praised my collection and valued them on average at £100 each.  Her advice was to always buy in tip top condition and to go on collecting them!  You can read the story of finding my first Corde handbag here.

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I love these bags and use them – especially for dinner dates and special occasions.  It was marvellous to talk to Lisa about these darling handbags.

 

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As we had waited a long time to see her she looked at my jewellery too!  So we only queued once.  I took my Pennino jewellery and the Schreiner demi parure, a 1930’s unmarked brooch and earings I wear as a “Set” and a bird brooch that is rather a mystery.

 

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My brooch is marked Sphinx but I have found on the internet the same bird brooch by Marcel Boucher with different stones marked Boucher.  Lisa confirmed that Sphinx did not make for Boucher but it is a copy of the bird design, maybe made from the same mould.  She also told me my brooch was almost too good to be by Sphinx as it is a higher quality than a lot of their pieces.

 

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Lisa is looking at the Pennino jewellery here and I am holding the Hobe Bracelet that I had for my 60th Birthday from Glenn.  These pieces are so precious to me.

 

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It was wonderful to have this time with Lisa who confirmed I had pieces in good condition and that I had not paid too much for them!

 

I now have a Gloriously Vintage You Tube Channel.  This is our first video – they will get better!

 

Lisa told me about Alfies in Marylebone , London and encouraged me to go and see what I could find there.  Oh yes, dear Reader, another adventure …?

 

 

Joining the National Trust

We have rejoined the National Trust at Baddesley Clinton and are so happy about this.  We had been members for many years up to 2009 when we just did not have time to visit any properties due to work commitments and new responsibilities following the death of my father.

I am looking forward to sharing with you dear Reader, some wonderful places near my home through the summer months!

 

Picnic

The day ended with a tasty picnic beside our car, before setting off for home.  Dear Reader, do you agree that food tastes much nicer when eaten out of doors?  I do not know why, but it does!  The raindrops started as we were eating our fruit, so we packed everything away and left, both agreeing it had been a great day.

 

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Go Again!

In September The Antiques Roadshow is in Cornwall at a lovely NT House called Trelissick.  It would be lovely to go again.  Cornwall is a very beautiful part of England in the South West. That would be another adventure to look forward to.

 

This passion for collecting is making life so sweet dear Reader, and sharing these wonderful times with you on Gloriously Vintage is making being 60 years old an exciting decade, so far with so much to learn.  Thank you for coming by today, do drop me a word or two in the comments.

 

As always a big thank you to Glenn for coming with me and taking the photographs.

The Big Seasonal Changeover – Is this something you do?

The Big Seasonal Changeover – Is this something you do?

I do hope you are enjoying the way the temperature is creeping up  – certainly in the UK and we are having some warmer days.  Spring is here and the summer officially starts on 20 June!   So, for the last month of May, I have been busy working through my Seasonal Changeover and will be completing it this weekend as I do the final part which is changing over my handbags and gloves from A/W to S/S.

Welcome to Gloriously Vintage, dear Reader, is this something you do, have different clothes and accessories for the changing seasons?  Do you put away your “out of season” clothes and bring out the ones you want in the wardrobe for S/S or A/W?  Do you have any tips that have worked really well?  I have some tops that I wear all year, but my “top clothes” change.  I also do this changeover for my husband and my mother who will be 92 this August.

 

“Clothes make a man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

Mark Twain

 

This is a well known quote from Mark Twain as is often quoted, and is based on a quotation from Hamlet by William Shakespeare.  Clothes are important to us and express so much about us.  Having the clothes for each season is very much a part of that expression for me.

I work on the Seasonal Changeover twice a year in May and in September.  In recent years this is something that has grown into a much bigger exercise because of taking it on for my mother too.

Now that I am wearing vintage style that changeover has taken on a greater significance because I find it is easier to categorise my clothes by season.  The reality of living in the UK is that we need “in between season “clothes as the seasons are changing too.  So once we come to May, I start organizing the clothes in the house and moving them around to be in the right place when needed.  The “out of season” clothes for us all are in my loft, waiting their turn to shine.  I have allocated parts of my wardrobe for my out of season shoes, scarves, gloves and handbags.  My makeup also changes twice a year with darker shades of lipstick and blusher that come out in September to see me through the autumn and Christmas time, giving way to the brighter, lighter and more vibrant shades I wear in the spring and the summertime.

 

This changeover is always tinged with a little sadness and also a frisson of excitement.

I keep my clothes for a long time because I am following my own 1950’s influenced style and am not trying to only wear current fashions.  I have been there and done that at earlier stages in my life – and I can honestly say that it felt like pressure and was not really all that much fun.  Dressing in vintage style is always fun. The wonderful memories attached to some of the outfits add layers of pleasure I feel in the swish of a skirt or the neatness of a jacket!  Oh yes, I also bring out the wonderful Fox’s Umbrella I had last year for the family Wedding .  I am using it now as a parasol.

 

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My Fox’s Ladies Deep Frill Umbrella – a most special Summer accessory

I will be sharing with you some of my favourite summer looks and best Oxfam finds, with added treasures from my collections in future posts and all this is starting as summer is near and everything is now in place!

 

Why bother?  Life is just too short for all this!

 

Well, yes, it is a busy time and sometimes hard to make the time to do it, but I would never stop planning and doing my Seasonal Changeover because of the delight and expectation of happy times coming as the months are passing.  I am keeping up with the seasons and my year has real structure.  This has been going on for at least 20 years in this house and has gathered momentum because I am taking care of the clothes for my husband and elderly mother now.

We all like to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  When thinking about this post I found this article about how the catwalk shows of London Fashion Week and others have changed the way we look at our fashions.

As a woman who likes tradition – I love to be in 100% wool in the A/W and am happy in cotton or polyester in the S/S.  Our climate is changing too in the UK.  The clearly defined frosts and snow from October to March do not happen regularly now.  The summer we always hope for does not always appear!  Temperatures even out and there are only a few degrees difference between spring and summer some years.

All this has given way to the “Resort” collections before S/S and the “pre season” collections before A/W which greatly influence what is available to buy in the shops.  This is one reason why I buy from Oxfam, aside from supporting their invaluable charitable work.  They offer winter clothes and summer clothes and by reading the fabric content, I have been very successfully attaining pieces for my wardrobe that I love and that are warm for A/W and just right for S/S.

 

I buy a few new pieces each year and rotate my separates depending on the fashion trends.

 

I love to keep abreast of the fashion forecasts and follow the trends that are show cased in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and also in the major newspapers which I read on line.  Harper’s Bazaar also features current trends in jewellery and embellishment which is of great interest to me with my brooches! You can see from this post why! Do you follow the trends?

Once I understand the trends, I pick what I like and go to my wardrobe for colour, shape and texture.  It is marvellous that at the moment ladies fashion is much more feminine and is influenced by drama like “Mad Men” for example.  The 1930’s – 1950’s exert a powerful influence on fashion and although designers bring out new collections every year these influences can always be appreciated.

So I have S/S and A/W and a small collection of “in between season “pieces that are made up of 45% -50% wool, that I move into around April-May and September-October depending on the weather!

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Outfit Details

Taupe Suedette shoes    Dorothy Perkins

Light green Viyella Pleated skirt   Oxfam on Line

S/S “Chateaux” Tweed Jacket   Oxfam on Line ( my dressmaker changed a boring button for this vintage mother of pearl one, making the jacket go with more separates)

1980’s Taupe Leather Clutch Handbag   bought at a Vintage Fair

Cream V neck top   Marks and Spencer

Trifari Bow Brooch on lapel

Trifari Knot Clip on earings

2 Rows of Lotus Pearls

Trifari Pearls and gold coloured bracelet

Napier twist Bracelet

This outfit is from my “in between Season” collection.

The changeover started to include Lipsticks, blusher and nail varnish about 10 years ago as I started to take changing my look more seriously, when I was 50 years old.  So when March -April have passed and May arrives that’s me- changing my make up a little at a time over the whole of May.  My look is getting lighter and I know the summer is on its way!  Around mid May, I do my scarves.

My scarves are in boxes by season. It always feels sad to put away my furry collars, thicker scarves and more autumn hued silk squares.  However it is like meeting dear friends again when the S/S ones are there in the box, in the wardrobe ready and waiting!  New scarves are there too like the beautiful silk find in Stratford upon Avon, to be worked into summer “looks”.

 

“You can never take too much care over the choice of your shoes. Too many women think that they are unimportant, but the real proof of an elegant woman is what is on her feet.” —Christian Dior

 

Shoes are dealt with next, after the scarves.  I only wear white or cream shoes with other coloured ones from May to September so when they come out there is great excitement!  I love nude and blush shoes and do wear them all year round because they go with so many outfits.

Some of my summer shoe collection have amazing stories attached to them as they were bought to go with specific outfits for family weddings and special events.

Lastly, I do my gloves and handbags, putting away the dark rich colours of the A/W for white, ivory and pink gloves to wear in S/S.

 

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Very snazzy pink gloves!

 

The pink gloves were from the Chronically Vintage Etsy Shop who I recommend to you for marvellous vintage items and wonderful customer service from Jessica.

 

 

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This cream handbag is a real favourite of mine

 

For my husband, he has heavier fabrics for trousers and he wears a lot of lovely viyella shirts too that are 80% cotton and 20% wool.  They all go away into the loft with lots of cedar wood to stop them being nibbled by pesky moths.  I do a one in, one out exchange using my hangaways (I have2) and it does not take long to put on the clothing bags and whisk the out of season clothes into the loft!  He sits with me and chooses the pieces he particularly wants each season.  It works very well.

The changeover I do for my mother is more complex because she lives near me.  So clothes must be transported!  The hangaways are a wonderful help – her out of season clothes are hung on a rail in my loft in clothes covers and are also folded into a large box.  Everything goes into her bedroom, is then put onto hangers, onto the hangaways and then the swap begins.  It is a time for sorting out items to be discarded and lovely pieces to keep.  I look after her wardrobe and buy her new items as she is now too old to “do” fitting rooms now.  The S/S changeover is hardest because her wool items are dry cleaned and then stored on appropriate hangers.

 

I am very fussy about hangers and always put jackets and coats on ones that support the shoulders!

 

 

So dear reader, as this post is going out at the start of June, it is all done.  I am feeling thrilled at the welcome return of dear skirts, jackets and a few dresses for S/S.  Think of me positively revelling in wearing white shoes with my collection of lovely white handbags!  Yes, recording the ensembles in My Style Book and looking back over last year for original and memorable outfits and creating some new ones too!

 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Do pop into the Gloriously Vintage page on Facebook, if it is easier to leave a comment and chat there!

 

Glenn has taken all my photographs, so a big thank you to him.

 

 

 

Tales from the Dressing Table – Blending Lipsticks

Tales from the Dressing Table – Blending Lipsticks

Hello and welcome to Gloriously Vintage, today dear Reader, I am sharing with you one of my pleasures in wearing makeup – Blending Lipsticks.

 

 

What do I mean by Blending Lipsticks?

There are a number of ways to blend lipsticks.  Here are three ways; some are more successful than others!

You can actually mix lipsticks together, thus creating a new colour, in a small pot.  I have tried this with the last bit of a couple of lipsticks, in the past.  It is hard to get a good colour because the outcome is practically unknown.  There is a risk you will end up with a sludgy mess!  It was not successful.  I do not do this now.

You can actually mix colours on the lips using a lip brush.  This can be very successful and allows for very interesting effects.  Using darker shades at the outer edges and outline, blending to lighter shades on the centre on the bottom and top lip, it is possible to make lips look fuller and really gorgeous.  It takes time and practice and is often referred to as advanced lipstick application in beauty books.  I do this for very special evening events.

 

 

In this post, I am sharing with you dear Reader, blending lipsticks by layering lip colour from lip pencil and lipsticks to create new colours that come very close to matching elements of your outfit.

 

I love to do this to find a match with a scarf, handbag or a piece of jewellery.

 

The principles work with all shades of lipstick.

 

I will be illustrating them here with shades of red and coral.

 

 

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In the photograph above I am wearing a lipstick blend.  It is made up of:

Lip Pencil + Base Colour +Additional Colours =  NEW (Desired) SHADE

Bobbi Brown Sangria lip pencil + Revlon Red + Max Factor Chilli + Revlon Candy Apple =

A colour that matches the colours in the scarf very well.

 

 

Why Blend Lipsticks?

Well my answer to that question is twofold.  Firstly it is fun to blend two or more lipstick colours together to create new shades that are unique.  Blending lipsticks together extends the range of the single colours and the results are extremely satisfying because of how they look and wear.  Secondly, dear Reader, if you have a colour or tone in a scarf, handbag or outfit it is fun to blend lipsticks together to get as near a match as you possibly can.  This gives a level of elegance that is not difficult to achieve.  You can then get the blusher, nail varnish and the rest of your makeup to be perfectly in tune with the total look you are creating.

Matching lip colour to tones in accessories is something we see sometimes on the Red carpet at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards or the Oscars.  I particularly remember Angelina Jolie Pitt wearing an elegant full length gown that was very simple, carrying a red clutch bag matched perfectly to her lipstick.  This was very striking and memorable.

 

My husband often says to me, “Your lipstick looks amazing”.  I usually reply, “It’s a blend!”

 

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 In this photograph you saw on my last post I am wearing a lipstick blend.  It is made up of:

Bobbi Brown sangria lip pencil + Revlon Red +Max Factor Mulberry =

A lipstick that complimented my party dress and would be unique at the event

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Looking very happy on my 60th Birthday, wearing a blend to match the Schreiner Demi Parure!

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red +Dior 999 =  A very bright, warm red that tones well with the jewellery and the scarf I am wearing.

 

 

If you are wearing vintage style clothes why not go a step further and really work on the lipstick to complete your look?

Sometimes it is possible to blend a red lipstick that is just the right shade, texture and finish so that your finished look is simply incredible.  The blending principles I am discussing here can be used with all colours to get the tone required.  I am illustrating this post with shades of red because love lipstick, especially red tones.  Blending is what I do most days. In A/W my reds are a warm red/wine base colour and moving to berry and purple, mauve tones.  I also love to blend russet, chilli tones into my red in the A/W.  At the time of writing it is May and S/S is here!  So dear Reader, let’s take a look at reds and corals to be ready for S/S!

 

 

What do you need to get started?

You need:

  1. Two or more lipsticks that you like and really know the colour. Think – is it bright, flat, pinky, bluey, does it suit me?  Does it make me happy to wear it?

  2. Lip pencils in a number of tones. When you are young lip pencils just sort out the outline of your lips, over 40 years old I think it is important to outline and full in the lips to give an excellent base to then fill in with lipstick.

  3. Good Quality quilted toilet paper for blotting. I have tried tissues, cotton handkerchiefs, blotting papers; you name it and have found this to be the best.  The quilted toilet paper sheets will take 3 or 4 blots and do not separate on the lips.

  4. A good moisturizing routine to keep your lips and the skin around your mouth well moisturized.

  5. A face flannel for exfoliating the lips regularly. I use a clean face flannel everyday to wash my face in the morning.  Then I like to use cleanser, toner and moisturiser at night with cotton makeup remover pads.  If your lips are kept well moisturised and you are following a good routine, they will look great.

 

It is worth following a disciplined skin care routine for life.  If you do not do this – start now.  I have cared for my skin religiously over my life and am keeping deep wrinkles at bay, for the moment!

 

How to get a great result

Here is my step by step guide to a great blend:

  1. Preparation of the lips is vital. Moisturise lips and then wipe away the moisturiser.

  2. I like to put a thin layer of foundation onto my lips to start.

  3. Follow this with a little powder to create a matte surface

  4. Outline lips with your chosen coloured lip pencil

  5. Fill in the outline with lip pencil.

  6. Apply the base colour.

  7. Blot on quilted toilet paper, 3 times. You will see the strong colour in the first blotting.

  8. Apply again and blot 3 times

  9. Apply another colour that will take the base colour up or down in brightness or toward coral or red. Blot again at least twice.

  10. Go on layering colours until the desired match is achieved. Blot each application at least once or twice.  Four layers, each blotted should stay on well.

  11. Use the blotting on the sheet to match with the outfit , scarf or even jewellery.

  12. Try on the finished outfit with your blend; enjoy the result – a truly individual look that is specific to that outfit. The perfect finishing touch!

Your new shades

When you practice the above is possible to create formulas or codes to enable you to collect blends that really work for you.

 

Lip Pencil + Base Colour+ Additional Colour(s) =

NEW SHADE

When blending it is very important choose a base colour.  This is the colour you apply first.

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It can be a favourite you know looks great on its own, mine is Revlon Red.  It is a staple colour and has been available for many years.  It is a red with warm tones.

Find out if you suit reds with a blue tone or a more tomato tone.  I suit the warmer reds.  Bluey ones do nothing for me at all.  Search and try out testers in shops – go outside and look at the colours in natural light.

 

Texture and Finish

It interests me greatly how the texture of lipstick goes in and out of fashion.  Now I am older I follow the beauty pages of both Vogue and Harpers Bazaar.  I love to see how the lipstick textures are going to play out each season.  Sometimes it is matte or satin finish and of course glossy lips dip in and out of fashion.  These fashions can determine what colours and types of lipstick are available to buy.  Dita Von Teese advocates stocking up on your favourites.  The most annoying thing is when marvellous colours are discontinued and are unavailable.

Last year I bought 2 Revlon HD lipsticks in Poppy and Gladiolus.  I wore them in blends all summer and had great fun with them.  Thankfully they and still available and I am just now buying them again for this year!

 

Season by Season

Once you master this blending principle, there is nothing to stop you making many, many tones from your lipstick collection.  Why should you restrict yourself?  Blotting and layering the colour makes lipstick stay on to eat and drink and to just last well through the day.

I wear a uniform to work.  So every day I practice my blends when I do not have to match anything in particular.  I try out blends and assess how they have stayed on during the morning or afternoon.  I am using that work time to prepare great lipstick looks for the outfits I am planning to wear at the weekend or to attend a special party or event.

Some Lipsticks stay on better than others due to the amount of pigment in them.  Max Factor are excellent, L’Oreal Reds are lovely , I like Blake’s and Eva’s.

This summer I am also using Dior 999 and Bobbi Brown Parisian Red.  I will enjoy them on their own but will also be experimenting with some amazing blends!

 

Here are some examples of my favourite blends:

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If I want a good warm coral I turn to:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 10 Rouge Buzz

 

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This is one of my absolute favourite summer blends!  I wear this many times because it is bright, strong and a warm summer red that stands out well with a lot of my clothes.

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Revlon  HD Gladiolus

 

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For a bright summer blend that comes out slightly more red than the one above I use:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil Red + Revlon Red + Bourjois 13 Jet Set

 

 

Inspiration

You can find inspiration for your look in many places. Dear Reader, please talk to me and share some of your inspiration in the comments.  As I love lipstick and wearing it, mine starts with the classic Hollywood film stars.  I look at Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, June Alyson, Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Cyd Charrise and Lauren Bacall to name a few.  They all looked so glamorous and beautiful.  On Facebook there are groups who share wonderful photos of these film stars.

Images in magazines are helpful as you can find looks you like.  It is possible to emulate this style and put your own personal twist on it.  When I was in my early 20’s I read the beauty pages of Vogue magazine avidly and copied some of the makeup looks, learning all the time what worked and certainly what definitely did not!.

I also find inspiration now in my jewellery and scarf collections.  Can I blend a lipstick to match or to tone really well?  I am also inspired by the colour of handbags.  I have a bright tomato red modern handbag that I always wear with a specific blend.  I have to say I feel marvellous when I wear it!

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Here I have used:

Bobbi Brown lip pencil in red + Revlon Red +MAC Lady Danger +Revlon HD Poppy = A good match to this handbag

 

 

Matching tones to a scarf will always produce a very “finished” and polished look.  If the scarf is near your face, it makes perfect sense to blend a lipstick to go with it.

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Here I have used:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Red + MAC Lady Danger + Revlon HD lipstick Poppy = A lovely bright colour to wear with my scarf!

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To go with this lovely silk scarf I blend:

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sangria + Revlon Red + Max Factor Mulberry =

A more purple tone that works for S/S because the Revlon Red base colour stops the Mulberry coming out too dark.  The Mulberry shade has little gold sparkles in it which adds an interesting finish.

 

 

A big thank you to Glenn for taking these photographs.

I hope you are thinking now about having a go at blending and creating your own blends to match your outfits.  Summer is ahead of us with plenty of opportunities to be out and about looking very glamourous. 

 

It’s been great to get together on Gloriously Vintage – drop by again soon!

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