Sunday, 23 September 2012

never tear us apart

has everyone seen the beautiful John Lewis advert?
her outfit whilst riding the bicycle must instantly be recreated!!

She lay down deep beneath the sea

Yesterday my soldier and I went on a day trip to Margate to see the Tracy Emin exhibition at the Turner Contemporary.
Needless to say I loved the show, she has long since been a favourite of mine. The show was lovely (I'm not sure my beau would agree) and the weather was wonderful for a day by the sea!

 After visiting the exhibition we went for a wonder round the old town, there was lots of vintage shops but unfortunately nothing for my dwindling finances. The soldier found an American airforce uniform in one shop which naturally ended up coming home with us but nothing for me!

we found a cannon on top of a hill so did some posing. I wore my new-to-me blue gingham circle skirt, white boat neck top, black cardigan, black ballet pumps, my favourite straw hat and 1950s ceramic forget-me-not broach. I'm so in love with my new skirt, I've hardly taken it off since I got it, it also has a matching sun top and you all know how much I love a two piece!

Heres my beau doing his best cannon fire pose! silly billy!

posing on the cannon, who knew large guns could make such good accessories!
By this time after all that sea air,posing and walking we were in desperate need of a cream tea, so on the recommendation of a local shop owner we made our way to the Walpole Bay Hotel.

you haven't heard of it I really would suggest having a look, the hotel also doubles as a living museum and it just like going back in time! so many incredible objects on display not the mention the beautiful old lift in the main reception!
Overall we had a truely wonderful day which really was exactly what we both needed! When we got home we went to see Lawless which is AMAZING! if you haven't seen it, do! it doesn't disappoint!
I know I said I didn't get anything, but that was a bit of a lie. I didn't get anything vintage because even though there was some beautiful things it really was extortionately priced, but did buy some lovely things from the exhibition, a print of her 'when I was last in love piece' and a tote bag! well worth the overdraft I think!
how have you all spent your weekends?
Love Hollie xx

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Brave son of America

I really love it when you rediscover a band after a while of not listening to them.
I got home from work (I'm really enjoying it!) and after having recommended him to my friend Katie, decided to stick C.W Stoneking on.
My gosh why did I stop listening to him? 

so great! on the subject of great music I have neglected for a while,
Pokey Lafarge is one of my absolute favourites too

to end, can the 'o brother where art thou' soundtrack be the soundtrack to my life,
and can I have George Clooney as a deep south criminal too?

Love Hollie xx

Monday, 17 September 2012

New Job, New Wardrobe

Today I'm finally starting my new job!
It's still for Tate but working on the ticketing/membership desks. At the weekend I panicked about wearing my own clothes everyday (it sounds great I know but really I don't want to wear my beautiful dresses as then they'll become work clothes and lose their sparkle!) so to remedy this I bought a work wear 'uniform' of patterned capris and little cardigans.
Please excuse photobooth pictures, these were taken quickly as I ran out the door.
Today I opted for hounds tooth trousers black top ballet pumps red cardi and a lovely 1950s owl broach my grandma gave me.

wish me luck!
Love Hollie xx

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Britain at War

I'm back, finally. It's been a busy couple of weeks again with little to report other than on saturday my beau and I had a day off together with nothing planned, a rarity!
After I faffed around being cross at my wardrobe/hair/face/everything for two hours we got on the bus planning on ending up at spittlefeild market for a vintage fair. En route the bus got stuck in awful traffic and having been on it for a very long sweaty time we decided to give up, get off and see where we ended up. This is when we stumbled across 'the Britain at war Experience' near London Bridge.
we were unsure if to give it a go or not when we saw the £17.50 entry fee but upon asking for armed forces discount the kind lady let us both in for the bargin price of £7.00 (so many perks to having a soldier for a sweetheart)
1940s Christmas!
Inside the museum everything was a bit old and scruffy and if I'm honest we would of been quite disapointed had we paid £35 entry for us both but it did a certain charm and there were some lovely things on display like this Christmas cabinet which did nothing to calm my already stirring Christmas excitement!
My beau was equally excited when he found this Battle dress in the dressing up section which just so happened to be badged as Royal Engineers! His excitment continued when we found a section dedicated to the R.E, his favourite part was this photo of a sapper who was just 17!!
 Of course my favourite bit was the pretend high street which had some beautiful shop windows, I would do awful things to get my hands on these hats! failing that the lovely hat stands would do! 
Another 'shop' was displaying dresses which upon seeing,I had to hold myself back with all of my might incase I involuntarily broke through the glass, grabbed them all and ran! Don't they know how cruel it is to display original novelty print rayon and crepe dresses behind glass!! and I wont even start on the parachute silk wedding dress!! so close yet so far!

finally, here is another awkward faced photo to add to my blog collection this time casually posing with old Winston. Its the only one we got of me all day before my phone died. Due to my wardrobe/face/hair fiasco in the morning I chose my most comfortable dress, a homemade 1950s cotton  dress in brown check/floral. It is one of the first original pieces I ever bought and really is my fail safe. I teamed it with black belt, cardigan and ballet pumps and my little vintage handbag which was an absolute steal! (especially considering the other day I found a tiny very old mother of pearl hair slide hidden in the pocket!)

anyway, what was suppose to be a quick update has yet again become a very wordy indepth post so I shall leave it there.
what have you all been up to recently? 
any fun outings or found any gorgeous vintage gems?
I'd love to hear about anything you'd like to share, I feel like I've been away for forever again!

Love Hollie xx