Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Cat Photo Bombs: Part 2

 I've not been able to post much recently due to our computer playing up again and we also managed to break A's flashgun, which makes it very difficult to take photos. We seem to be having a lot of breakages here recently - it's quite odd. It's driving me mad as I have tons of stuff to show you.

We're away for a few days now for a wedding (where A will be Best Man), so hopefully I'll be able to get things back on track after we get home.
In the meantime, here are some recent Cat Photo Bombs - Luna especially cannot seem to help herself:
Luna in Outfit Photo
Luna behind Dress
Luna in front of Vintage Ladybird Book
Luna and Vernon Ward Print
Juno and Various Vintage Purchases
Luna and 1950s Tablecloth
Luna in Outfit Photo

Juno in Outfit Photo
Luna in Outfit Photo (again)
 And my personal favourite:

Nikki x

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Odds and Sods and Outfit Shots

At the Bus Stop - it's definitely Autumn
{This is going to be text and picture heavy - if you just want to see the outfit pics, feel free to skip all the waffle!}

I've been trying to write this post for flippin' days! It's going to be a bit of an odds and sods post I'm afraid, with not a little whinging. I've been off work most of this week - I had leave to use up at work and seeing as A is actually in Liverpool and off work for a bit, we thought it'd be nice to spend some time together. We've spent most of the last few days running errands and trying to get all those silly little jobs done, except nothing has been as simple as it seems and it has all required a lot more effort than expected. It's been a case of 'for want of a nail the horse was lost' - for example, we want to get some of our pictures hung and we need to get picture hooks and d-rings, but we can't get hold of any d-rings, so some of that has had to be abandoned for the moment. It's been one of those weeks really - one step forward, two steps back (and 3 4 5 6 separate trips to various DIY shops) and we don't feel like we've achieved all that much.  We have managed to wire a vintage standard lamp (we've only had it for 3 years - the wiring was antique though) and A has made me a light tent so I can take super-professional photos of my stock. It was one of those things that required a lot more work (and supplies) than first thought, but we've done some test shots with the second version and they look really good. We might faff about with it a bit more though...

We've also started making our Christmas Pudding, made Tiffin, Chocolate Beetroot Mousse Cake and A made vegan cheesecakes. We finally put a few pictures up and started work on a new project, which I'll share details of soon.

Also, our computer has been turning itself off a lot which is a pain - it seems to have resolved itself for the moment though (touch wood). We pretty much rely on our computer - we don't have a TV as such (well, we have one in the bedroom that isn't connected to anything, we just use it to play DVDs on and we only set that up the other day), so it's our main source of entertainment (iPlayer and DVDs etc.) and obviously it gets used for blogging, photo editing and A uses it for all his important self-employed stuff. We'd be lost without it so we're hoping it's not going to die because we can't afford a new one. 
In other news, I've been job-hunting because my contract comes to an end in a few weeks (I loathe job-hunting, but then who doesn't?), I'm gutted because Raiders - one of my favourite vintage shops  is closing down (the day before I lose my job - I doubt it's a coincidence) and our downstairs neighbour had just told us that Luna has been going into her flat and eating her cat's food! Little git - it's not as if we don't feed her! I can't believe how naughty she is.  I'm glad you liked the photo of Luna by the way - she does sleep in some odd positions. She's never fallen off anything whilst asleep yet, but she has absolutely no sense of balance while awake. You should see her walk along the slopey walls in the back - it's hysterical.

So, on to the outfits. Just a few things I've bought and have been wearing recently. All my 1950s clothing is cotton, so it'll probably get put away until the weather warms up. I'd love some warmer 50s clothes - wool dresses and the like - but things like that are really hard to find and pretty expensive. This year on cold days, I've tended to stick to wool pencil skirts and jumpers. I need a more interesting and vintage Winter wardrobe. Last year I just ended up in jeans and jumpers, although to be honest last year I didn't own as much vintage and certainly wasn't wearing it nearly every day. I love what Vix says about dressing for Autumn, but I'm terribly nesh and like to be cosy (I feel cold just looking at her!). I agree about nylon/polyester being warm, but I've only got a few pieces in my wardrobe and some of them have metal zips and that's an awful shock to the system on a cold day. Brrr!

These photos were taken in our bay window (after we'd moved a ton of clutter).  The curtains aren't the kitschy vintage curtains of my dreams, but they're thermal-backed to keep heat in and they're my mum's old ones so they were free. I think this is going to be our new outfit photo place now. I actually had fun doing these photos, I must be getting used to having my photo taken.  Apparently I slouch - a lot. A kept telling me off. He also has some interesting ideas on direction. My hair looks extra thick because I (tried to) set it in rollers - I had the worst night's sleep ever and I'm not too sure of the result.

Anyway, enough waffling...

Per Una Jumper - charity shop
St Michael Skirt - £6.99, Oxfam
Mustard tights I think are from Accessorize

Curtains - free from Mum (who made them)
Phone - free, A's Mum and Dad
Stool - 99p, Charity Shop
Homemade Rug - £1, Car Boot
I got this fab St Michael skirt a couple of weeks ago and I've worn it tons since. I think it's probably from the 1990s, so it's not vintage yet! I think I've had the jumper since last Winter and picked it up in one of my local charity shops, I probably only paid a couple of quid. I like mustard but I don't own a lot and this is the first time I've worn these tights (despite having owned them for quite a while). I don't think my shoes go with the outfit but I don't own any shoes that do... yet.

I also bought this dress at the same time as the skirt:

Dress by Russell - £12.99, Oxfam
I'm not too sure when this dress dates from - but it looks quite 1950s. I can't find anything out about the make online. It's a pull-over-the-head job with no zip or fastenings which means it isn't as fitted as I'd like.

I'm just not too keen on the shape
It needs a little work - there are a couple of holes at seams and I also don't like the white trim on the sleeves. They look like cuffs in this picture, but they're just a bit of white fabric attached and finished really badly. The fabric matches that on the front of the dress, but I'm convinced they've been altered in some way - they're just so poorly done.

A told me to look sweet and innocent for this one - surprisingly hard work
It looks so much better pulled in with a belt and I'm definitely going to remove the trim - I've just tucked it under for this photo.

Gratuitous Label Shot
 Here's a photo of the label for those of you who are as geeky about them as I am.
Next up are the Maxi dresses I bought recently and haven't been able to wear due to the weather. I know you wanted to see them on, so I thought I'd take some shots now before they get put away so you don't have to wait until next year.
Berketex Maxi Dress - £15, Lili Bizarre
A told me to look shocked at some gossip here. I would definitely be shocked if I heard some over this phone as it isn't plugged in and we don't even have a landline. It just hangs about looking cool. Phones are cool. (Yeah we've been watching a lot of Doctor Who)
There should be a pun here but I can't think of one, no wait... "I like big bows and I cannot lie" - perfect.
I even love the lining on this dress - it's such a lovely shade of purple.
I've shown you the label before, but I thought I'd show it again here for reference. I took this photo, not A - he just moaned that it's too dark.
Maxi Dress - £21.60, Pop Boutique Whitechapel. This dress is so cute and not as see-through as I'd anticipated.
Carnegie Maxi Dress - Bullet, £15
I've had to wear heels with this as it's quite long on me. I love this dress and it's ruffles.
And from the back/side. I'm not grumpy or pouting - I'm just concentrating on not falling over.
And the label again - I like labels
More cold weather gear now:

Jumper - £17 I think, Miss Selfridge
Vintage Pencil Skirt - £10-ish, eBay
Juno - Priceless

I love this skirt and I wear it a lot - the same goes for the jumper, which I bought new and in the sale a couple of years ago maybe? (I know, new and from the high Street!) It contains angora so it's nice and soft. I love fluffy jumpers, I need more. I also want more brightly coloured wool skirts. The skirt is a wool, polyester and acrylic mix and I think it's from the eighties (also something you won't hear me say often - the eighties is my least favourite decade fashion-wise, sorry).
And now for something completely different...
Look Ma, no Vintage!
Allude Cashmere Sweater - £8, RYAN Vintage
Skinny Jeans - £7 on Sale, Dorothy Perkins
Boots - £9-ish in Sale, New Look
An all High Street outfit and trousers? Yep. I wear these jeans a lot when I'm having a day off from dresses/vintage. It's weird to think that these days not many people see me in trousers, when up until my mid twenties, hardly anyone ever saw me in a dress or skirt. I also didn't wear skinny jeans until my mid-twenties as I preferred flares - I still do love flares, but I can never find them. I'd also read somewhere that if you had big hips you had to wear wide-legged trousers to balance them out. I think I may have all those Trinny and Susannah-type makeover shows to thank for that gem. Load of rubbish anyway - clearly my big boobs balance out my big hips.

I love the boots - it took me years to find the perfect pair of boots. I'm really fussy - quite plain, round toe, not too high, non-leather and able to actually fit my calves (which most shops must think are massive judging by boots I've tried). I've got a black pair too - I hope they both last.
Now the sweater. It was an absolute bargain at £8 - not only is it 95% Cashmere but it's made by some super-swanky cashmere designer label called Allude (who I'd never heard of previously). I was browsing the rails and felt it rather than saw it - it was so soft and I knew it was good quality. I didn't really like the colour or the detail at the neck (it has decorative seaming which you can't really see in the photo) at first but it was the softest thing ever and I thought for £8, what does it matter? If I don't love it, I can always wear it around the house or to bed and be all snuggly. Plus, how often do I get the chance to own cashmere on my income? It wasn't until I got home and Googled the name that I realised how expensive it must have been - seriously, they have their own range of care products for washing the clothes in and I've seen some of their sweaters on eBay for over £150. Anyway, it's now one of my favourite items of clothing (because - and I can't stress this enough -  it's just so fucking soft) and value-per-wear must work out at one of the cheapest in my wardrobe because I live in it in cold weather. (Not that I actually bother to work out the value-per-wear of my clothes.)
So there you go - a High Street and Designer outfit for the grand total of £24. It just goes to show you never know what will turn up at a Vintage Shop.
And finally...
Right. Deep breath. I'm going to be brave here and join in with Rachele's amazing 'I am Proud of My Size' Linkup over at The Nearsighted Owl. I don't know why I'm so nervous about this, but I am. If you've never read Rachele's blog, please do - it's beautiful and so is she.

The rules for the link-up are to post a full-length photo of yourself along with your size details. Which is actually the difficult bit for me because I mostly buy vintage so I deal in measurements. My measurements are 38"-30"-40" and I think I'm a UK 14. I didn't even know how tall I was, nor how much I weighed until recently when I had to go to the Doctor. Apparently I'm 5'3" and weigh about 11 stone. I wear a 30GG bra as well if any bra companies are reading and want to send a few my way (because they ain't cheap and I need some more)! So there you go, everything you could wish and probably didn't want to know about me size wise.

I actually really like this photo and just look how Autumnal I am - I should go out and kick some leaves or something!
1970s Tweed Coat - £35-ish, eBay
The Bird Brooch on my lapel is from Cath Kidston
This is my main Winter coat, although what with the weather in England, I end up wearing it on a few Summer days too. I wore it a fair bit this Summer. I love this coat. It's great quality and was one of those increasingly rare vintage eBay purchases that was in excellent condition and fit perfectly (I'm speaking personally here - I've had a bit of a bad run with buying vintage online recently, so have given up on it for now). It weighs a bloody ton, which proves it's good quality in my opinion. Honestly, I could never buy a coat from the High Street after this. There's nothing of them and the material is so cheap. £90 for a coat that hardly weighs anything and is already bobbled and tatty after a couple of weeks in the shop? I don't think so. All my coats are vintage with the exception of my Summer one which was £7 from a charity shop. I do want some more colourful Winter coats though - I'm very envious of Helga who seems to have one in every colour.
I'm also linking up to Lakota's fantastic Ta-Dah! Tuesday because 1.) New Things! 2.) Outfit Photos where I don't look all shy and uncomfortable 3.) I was brave and 4.) I finally got this bloody post finished!

I don't know why you need to see this but I quite like it. There isn't a maker's label on the coat btw - just the fabric content label you can see here - and look, it even still has the spare buttons!
Well, I'm sure that's about 2 weeks' worth of content to make up for my absense. Hope you liked it.

For those of you who've read this far, here's a bonus outfit photo from a few weeks ago when we were trying out new places to shoot:

(A actually told me to put out my hands like I was 'going ta-dah!)
Aaargh those walls bore me - we must get around to putting some pictures up here.
I'm sure I had something else to tell you, but I forget. Nevermind.

Nikki x

Monday, 1 October 2012


I'm not dead but my computer just might be! I'm having to post this from my phone. Hopefully I'll be able to resume normal service soon (and without forking out for a new computer).
Here's a picture of Luna asleep to keep you entertained in the meantime. I think henceforth it should act as my Test Card.
Nikki x