Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Blackpool North Pier

Blackpool: we're back.

Since we arrived the weather has been...let's say, "mixed". It's always the risk when you opt for a stay-cation.

But we've had lots of fun already - the kids did Laser Quest, we topped the Tower, took a breezy stroll down the deserted North Pier and quaffed bad burgers (!) in a trendy cafe.

But the treat that was afternoon high tea in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom was the highlight. Sandwiches, scones, cakes and a cup of Earl Grey - plus a lady in a white ballgown. On a Monday. At 3pm. Awesome.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

90s vintage jumpsuit inspiration

I'm usually all about the 60s shifts and 70s polyester, but in this heat, I need cotton jumpsuits. Lots of them.

Sticking with my vintage sensibilities, I've been scouring eBay and ASOS Marketplace for suitable pieces...and I can confirm that the 90s is your decade if you want something cool and sassy. I don't like to think of a decade I was a "grown-up" in as "vintage", but I guess that's just one of life's harsh realities.

If only I'd bought this lot the first time around...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Vintage bathroom styling ideas - by myself

You've seen the 60s inspired bedroom and now here's another bit of Fashion Detective towers ready to's the mega bathroom.

For years and years I've had this fantasy about a freestanding tub and a properly luxurious bathroom you can lose yourself in.

Sometimes dreams do come true. And I'd like to think I've been pretty clever about styling this room because it hasn't cost a fortune - the original Victorian cast iron tub, for example, was snapped up on eBay for £250 and painted copper with good ol' Hammerite.

What I love about this - and, gradually, every other room in the house - is that everything has been chosen by us, from the tiles to the taps, from the shade of duck egg on the wall to the combined bidet & toilet. All done on a decent budget with the retro obsession in mind.

Fancy a look around? Be my guest...

Friday, 18 July 2014

WeSc trainers in multi summer colours

The other day, my son had a female friend over for tea and, while they were tucking into pizza and ice cream in the garden, she commented:

"I love the way you wear trainers and dresses, unlike other women who wear high heels all the time and look stupid."

My kind of 10-year-old.

Trainers and dresses are my bread-and-butter fashion wise. Comfy, funky, age-defying and fabulous - who could ask for more. I suppose I really ought to pack heels in bag, or stash some in the office, for meetings etc, but I work in media land - anything should (and frequently does) go.

I'm still wearing the Liberty print Nikes into the ground, but my head has certainly been turned by the range of summer friendly trainer designs from WeSC. Great colours, nice shape - idea for giving floaty summer dresses a tomboy twist.

On this hot and sticky Friday, I thought I'd select a dress to go with each pair in the range...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Vintage style jersey tops for summer

If you're a vintage addict, like me, summer can be slightly tricksy. I love a polyester shirt dress as much as the next fancy dresser, but on a hot day (we will get more of them this summer, I promise) they're not so practical #sweatpatches