Saturday, 15 February 2014

Put on your dancin' shoes and dance away the blues

So some of you may not be aware of this but I'm a HUGE Cliff Richard fan (when he was young of course)
When I was a child my mum recorded all of his films for me and we watched them on a Sunday.
Last time I was home we re-watched 'Summer Holiday' probably his most famous film and having seen how beautiful the costumes are I thought I'd share the following clips.
there doesnt seem to be any pictures from the film online and trying to make screen grabs just made everything blurry, but with the videos you get the added bonus of the songs too.
This clip is where they first meet girl band 'the Do Rey Me's' all of whom has great hair and costumes throughout!
In a beatnik club, the girls all have amazing capri pants on and can we take a minute to appreciate Steve's tight white trousers? hello!
Just after Barbara is revealed as a girl she wears the most perfect low back candy striped sundress.
Hours have been lost searching ebay for a similar sundress. Cliff looks really handsome here too.
my favourite part of the film is where they go waltzing! everyone of the girls has the most dream worthy dress on with matching shoes and gorgeous hair styles! where are these dresses now?
I'd hate to imagine what I'd be willing to do to get my paws on the orange floral and the olive green beauties!
this is a long one but the only clip I could find, skip to about 3 minutes to see some more drool worthy early 60s cotton sundresses! (also Cliff in a fishnet T-shirt is a bizarrely attractive sight and my boys most loathed scene ;) )

if anyone knows where a gal could get her mitts on dresses like this please let me know!

I might do another post on the Cliff film 'wonderful life' because the costumes in that are just as stunning!

Love Hollie xx

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Souvenirs from my sweetheart

Well it's a very gloomy Sunday here in London and I've spent the day cleaning and staying cosy in pyjamas listening to Patsy Cline.

Whilst sorting my bedside table I found my collection of WW2 sweetheart souvenirs and
after an instagram conversation with the very lovely A Vintage Nerd about her 1940s brooch collection,I decided to do a post showing a few of my treasures, they're too pretty to be hidden away in my cupboard!

 This is probably my favourite, a handmade mother of pearl sweetheart pin but its so fragile I darent wear it!

 American Army badge with enamel 'sweetheart' attached
 These two are 'Son in Service' pins, the number of stars indicate how many son's a mother had in active service.
 These two are teeny-tiny! The castle is the symbol of the American engineers, it has a bar attached but I'm not sure what this would have been used for, maybe an engraved message or name? The eagle is the generic symbol of the US Army but I love this one as, despite its tiny size, the details are still coloured with enamel.
 Something about this US Army locket just gets me every time, its so beautifully detailed. I just wish I knew who it belonged to and whose precious photo it housed in its past life!

 This is probably my favourite sweetheart piece from my collection. Its a WW2 British Royal Engineers compact made by Stratton. My boy has recently left the British Army but when he gave me this he was a serving Royal Engineer, making this one extra special. Don't get me wrong I love all of my pieces but this one is treasured just a tiny bit more as it's so personal to us.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my collection. I also have a collection of souvenir handkerchiefs but I will save them for another time.

do you have any sweetheart pieces or any other collections that you hold dear? I'd love to hear about them!

bye for now.

Love Hollie xxx

Friday, 10 January 2014

Battles Bridge

Happy New Year everyone!
I'm finally back with my first post of 2014!
For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive a brand spanking new camera, these pictures are from a
trip to Battles Bridge antique center.
I couldn't wait taking the new beauty for a test spin which is why these images aren't the best!
(bear with me, I still have no idea how to use it!) but I did think some of these had a certain charm so thought I'd post them any how.

I wore: vintage fur collar
vintage pink car coat
Freddies of Pinewood jeans 
Office brogue boots
Viv bag

for some reason this picture is in focus everywhere other than my face, typical!

Hope you lovely lot have a very Merry Christmas and heres hoping 2014 brings
you all joy, love and good fortune!

bye for now!

Love Hollie xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

The Dr will see you now..

Good Morning, and Happy December!

This morning whilst having a lazy, online browse I found myself on the Dr martens website.
I haven't looked at the website in such a long time as they bring back clompy memories of my teenage goth days(Don't get me wrong, these are good memories and I loved my knee length D.Ms
but they aren't a brand I thought would cater for the aesthetic I strive for these days)
 that is until now!
I've been looking for some practical and stylish winter shoes for a while now with little success and was surprised to see the beautiful range that Dr Martens have to offer.
They have some truly lovely footwear that would compliment any vintage/rockabilly wardrobe.
I could of listed many more but these are my pick of the bunch
Surya £260
Brogue boots are such a classic and the style I've been after but being the magpie that I am who could resist glitter brogues! Ideal for the festive season

Chelsea boots are another classic and these patent ones are lovely. They make me think of beatniks and Carnaby street
Aggy Blucher £160
As soon as I saw these I fell in love!  They're the ultimate Teddy girl shoes!
Abby shoes £85
Penny loafers are another classic, they look wonderful in patent oxblood!
Arabella £320

My Absolute favourites have to be the Arabella loafer, they come in black and brown and even though they are so far out of my price range a girl can dream! They would be perfect with circle skirts and cosy sweaters for the college girl look that I love or a more hard nosed teddy girl look,with rolled up Freddies and white socks.

Molly jacket £190
I also found they now sell clothing, isn't this checked jacket the sweetest thing!
there's even a dress to match!

Why not enter the 1st advent competition over on the wonderful RetroChick website for your chance to win a massive £200 to spend on a pair of Dr Martens.

I know which would be my choice if I won!
which would you choose?

Love Hollie xxx

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Veronica lake waves and creme puff

 Hey there!
Today I thought I'd show you something I've had for a while now, It's a 1950's Max Factor compact and its just the sweetest thing!
The compact itself is cream plastic with little grey starbursts on the front.
I'm not sure how popular plastic compacts were but I'd never really come across them before now.

it even still has makeup inside! and its original sponge.
I always like it when you find a piece by a brand that is still in business today!

As I had the morning to myself I had time to set my hair, a luxury at the moment what with all the 5am alarms and corporate uniform.
I tried my hand at Veronica Lake style waves and was pretty pleased with the outcome.

I also tried something else new, a polo neck jumper...
I know they're a classic and fairly tame but I never thought I could pull it off before.
Its so cold in London at the moment that worries of looking like a floating head disappeared with the need for warmth!
I'd be really interested to hear how you other vintage ladies stay cosy as the nights draw in?
i find spring and summer easy with cotton dresses and circle skirts but how do you team vintage glamour with more practical needs?

love Hollie xx

Monday, 11 November 2013

Lest we forget

Yesterday my sweetheart and I attended a remembrance service in north London.
it was a beautiful morning and many people came along to pay their respects.
I think these pictures say all that needs to be said...
Despite loving a man in uniform, thankfully I have never had to cope with him being away or in danger.
I cannot begin the imagine the agony and loneliness that comes from having a loved one separated from you for such a long time, in such danger and maybe never coming back.
Many have sacrificed there lives in pursuit of peace, love and freedom, may their sacrifice one day prove to have not been in vein.
I'm  lucky to have my true love safe and sound and with me but many do not have such luxury, I hope on this day and always they will not be forgotten.

we will remember them.

Love Hollie xx

Monday, 23 September 2013

new look..

Hello Lovelies

surprisingly from my absolute silence recently I am still alive.
I had a bit of a sort play around on here a few weeks ago and made myself a fancy new header and page buttons and then seemingly disappeared again.

anyways just wanted to say a quick hello and heres a picture of my newly set short hair.
I do this really annoying thing where I spontaneously hack my hair off luckily this time it worked out well as once cut those 4 inches aint coming back!!

Hope everyone's well!
 and enjoying the new chilly weather as much as I am!

love Hollie xx