Here I have another gorgeous beaded flapper dress. This one is an overdress and needs to be worn with a slip unless you happen to be very brave! This is a stunning vintage 1920′s beaded gown which falls to calf length with almost waist high splits at either side allowing the heavily beaded skirt to sway with every movement. There are some holes, I have found three, which are to be expected given the age of the piece but they are not noticeable if worn as pictured with a black slip and personally I think that if you truly love vintage and the 1920′s in particular, what’s a few holes?

This is another dress from my favourite era which could have stepped straight off the ‘Great Gatsby’ or ‘Boardwalk empire’ sets and it would be perfect for that special party night. The dress is photographed with a black 1920′s slip which did not originally come with it but you can convo me if you need the slip.

This dress is for sale now in my etsy shop

 

The second fur I have for sale is a beautiful full length piece. It is a warm light brown colour with fluffier fur than the first and I suspect it could be rabbit (you can’t help but stroke it!). This piece is timeless so it is difficult to put a decade on it except to say it is absolutely flawless so may not be very old though style wise it would not have looked out of place in a classic 40′s movie. It is labelled as being a size 14, this is in UK sizing as it fits me and I am a 12-14.
I will find it very difficult to say goodbye to these pieces but my husband will kill me if some stock doesn’t sell before I buy more!

This is something I give a lot of thought to. I definitely feel ten times better the days that I dress in something that has even a little retro flavour to it. Personally, I do not have a problem with wearing modern clothes that have a retro style to them, they are usually easier on the pocket than true vintage. Most days I wear a mix of retro and modern clothes and I like to wear something old even if it is only one of the lovely 1940′s to 1950′s brooches I inherited from my grandmothers.

I am always more self conscious though when it comes to make up. I love the full red lip, black flicked liner look but do not feel up to facing the school gate like this. Maybe I’m being a bit of a wimp but I was comforted to watch this interview with Dita last night. To hear that even she has days when she goes with just powder, mascara and a red lip and has gone for weeks without her liner! I was shocked but I love that she was being so honest and down to earth.

Another situation which occurs each week is what to wear when working out. I hike, do yoga and bellydancing, all of which are not well suited to stockings and heels! I enjoy my work outs but hate spending so much time in the dreaded lycra!

I would love to hear from anyone else who likes to dress retro, do you do it sometimes, on special occasions, or every day, is it head to toe hair style, make up, clothing and underpinings or a mix? Feel free to comment!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on the web as to what constitutes a good retro skin care regime. I am lucky enough to have a source for one of the best, my Dad used to work for the makers of good old Nivea creme which has about a million uses.

I always thought of it as a moisturiser which could be used on any part of the body or face but since doing my research I have found that loads of people actually use it as a cold cream as well. I even came across this video on you tube where a girl tested it against Pond’s cold cream for make up removal powers and their are plenty more videos like this one!

On vintage discussion boards many women say they use a cold creme regime nightly and use witch hazel as a toner one or two nights a week. I think this is the one I am going to try because my skin is quite oily so it would need the witch hazel. Both of these products are quite cheap so if you are interested why not try out a more low tech approach to skin care and see how your skin likes it!

Today I was reading an interview  in the Sunday Times with the legendary Christian Louboutin. In it they were trying to come up with the answer as to why women are willing to spend so much money on something that is not even comfortable to stand in for very long, let alone walk in. Mr. Louboutin put forward the naughty suggestion that women derive a certain amount of the pleasure from discomfort or pain, even going as far as to quote the Marquis de Sade. Apparently, studies have recently found that the shape of a woman’s foot in a high heel, recreates the position of the foot in orgasm!

They discussed the various celebrities like Victoria Beckham and many others who have huge collections of the famous red bottomed stiletto. To most of the women mentioned, the price tag on a pair of Loubutins is the equivalent of pocket money. What I found myself much more interested in was the ordinary women that Mr. Loubutin has met through ‘shoe signings’ who manage to purchase a pair of the much coveted shoes. He met women who saved, he even met women who went bankrupt, all in the name of their efforts towards glamour.

This put me thinking, it is relatively easy for the Victoria Beckhams of this world to be perpetually glamorous. Not only do they have staff to attend to ‘menial’ tasks like school runs, cooking or ironing, they also live in their own little bubble where no one around them would dare question what they choose to wear. If Christina Aguilera chooses to walk around half naked (ahem), no one around her will look twice but if you or I wear something as ‘daring’ as a retro style dress or hairstyle, total strangers are likely to feel free to comment on it.

So for me, though I do love someone like Dita Von Teese who dares to be different, the real style heros are ordinary women who make real sacrifices and take real risks for the love of vintage glamour. The mums who wear heels to the school gate. The woman I met at a course earlier this year who came and sat for the day in a centrally heated office in a leopard print fur coat. The ladies who (like me) wear 40′s style red lips when everyone else at the party is in various shades of nude. The many women (and men) who put the pennies away for those treaured heels.

Everyday divas champion glamour in their own way while still getting on with their lives and they deserve kudos for it.