Monday, 19 November 2012

Leibster award take two

 I've just been given the nicest surprise on this dreary Monday morning at work
I've been lucky enough to be awarded the Leibster blog award again, this time by the lovely
Adele over at My Last Dollar Dress. Her blog is wonderful and she also writes for vintage Manchester  lucky lady! The award is aimed at blogs with under 200 followers!

The rules:
1) Link and follow the blogger who awarded you
2) Blog about the award
3) Give the award to five others (preferably with less than 200 followers)
4) Answer the 11 questions I've asked at the bottom of this post, and then give 11 of your own to the bloggers you've awarded!

so here's my post about it, answering Adele's questions and passing it on.

1) To what extent do you incorporate highstreet/modern fashion into your style?
I think my wardrobe is make up fairly equally of highstreet /modern and vintage clothing. I love the look of 1940s/50's but I just don't have the bank account to accommodate an entire wardrobe. I buy a lot of modern basics ie cardigans/blouses and mix them with my vintage pieces. I'm also in love with reproduction brands like Collectif and Tara starlet. 

2) Favourite place to buy lingerie?
I am mildly addicted to lingerie and buy from all over, I always look for vintage styles even on the high street, as I prefer the look and fit of long line bra's and high waist pants. My favourite pieces are from Debenhams but  I've also found,surprisingly enough, both New Look and Primark often have very vintage inspired pieces very reasonably priced. Of course, I'd love a draw full of What Katie Did but I just cant afford it.Although my lovely soldier did treat me to two beautiful corselette's from there for my birthday.

3) If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books would you take with you?
I'f I were stuck on an island I'd take Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor, Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and finally the Vintage Hair styling book by Lauren Rennell's.

4) Favourite place in the world?
I'm not well traveled at all in fact I'm somewhat of a homebird and get homesick most places I go, The only place this isnt true of is Cornwell, my god mother moved there when I was small so I spent much of my childhood visiting her, so much so that it's now home from home. I love the dramatic Bronte esque landscape and being by the sea. My dream would be fisherman's cottage in Cornwall  wood burning stove, my beau and a scruffy dog.

5) You can take anyone's hair (alive or dead) and make it yours - who would you choose?
There are so many ladies hair I'd love to have.
a) Lana Del Rey/ Karen Elson :the things I'd give for Lana's sleek strawberry waves or Karens Bright red locks.
b) Jayne Mansfeild : how does anyone get their hair so perfect?
c) I guess not surprisingly Dita : again how is it possible to have such perfect hair, never out of place never a dropped curl, I ask

6) Do you get more positive or negative attention for the way you dress and how do you deal with it?
Generally it's been very positive, if I'm honest the only negative thing I've experienced was meant as a positive, whilst at a reenactment I was told I had a beautiful reenactment kit which in fact is just my everyday clothes.

7) Favourite type of cake?
I'm not too fussy when it comes to cake but I do love carrot cake and red velvet cake

8) Do you have any hidden talents?
I actually really don' utterly boring of me!

9) Do you want to get married and/or have children?
I hope to get married one day if I can find a gent to put up with me that long,
I really love weddings and my dream job would be helping vintage brides plan their big day but I'm still on the fence about children. I always thought I did want a family but recently now I seem in too minds. I imagine that'd change if I was settled with my own home and the right man.

10) Favourite style era?
I love aspects of each era ranging from 1920's (and before) right up until mid 1960's but with my own daily style choices I don't stray too far from the 1940's or 50's. I love the romance of the 1940's and if you read my blog regularly you'll know I've been attending quite a few reenactment events with my beau, but despite all this I think my heart will always belong to the petticoats and rock n roll of the 1950's (even though my blog rarely reflects this, I must stop only posting when I go to an event!) 

11) Is vintage style something you look for in a partner or do you not mind either way?
I always thought it was really important to me, having a partner as in love with the past as I am, then I met my boy and despite his obsessive ww2 reenactment he isnt really interested in fashion at all outside of uniforms. As much as I'd love him to dress like Gene Kelly everyday, what he wears it really doesnt bother me, between his modern army uniform and his WW2 uniforms he more than makes up for it.

Ok so again this has turned into a massively long post maybe I went into far too much detail, but anyway the people I'd like to pass this onto are

and my questions are:

1)What is your fail safe technique for perfect vintage hair?
2)if you could raid anyone's wardrobe,dead or alive, who would it be?
3)whats your favourite thing about dressing the way you do?
4)which vintage star do you have the biggest crush on and why?
5)what is it about your favourite era that you love the most?
6)what are your makeup essentials?
7)If you could have any job what would it be?
8) what is your most treasured item?
9)what makes you feel the most glamorous?
10)favourite films or band?
11)if you could one piece of advice to someone wanting to build a vintage wardrobe what would it be?

Thanks again to Adele for passing this on, it sure has helped passed my day at work.

Love Hollie xx


  1. Haha! Oh dear I had no idea you'd already done one of these - sorry about that!
    I very much enjoyed reading your answers though - I think mine would be very similar :)

  2. Happiest congrats on receiving this lovely blog award again, dear gal. I'm with you completely on your answer to number 10. Though I love, and enjoy studying various twentieth century decades, when it comes time to get dressed, I'm typically all about the forties and fifties.

    ♥ Jessica

  3. not a problem at all I was really happy to passed it onto me :) when i did it before there was no questions and it defiantly helped me pass my day! and thank you Jessica, I don't know what it is about these eras but I cant get past them! although I was watching Summer holiday with Cliff Richard in the other day, the girls outfits are so beautiful now I'm desperate for some really early 1960s dresses! xx

  4. Ah thank you! Will get right on it:). I want sleek strawberry curls a la Karen Elson too, who do we have to speak to hahaha.

    There are lots of great early 60s dresses on ebay, but they're all marked as 50s, just so you know;) I have quite a few myself, I love the crazy sharp waists and pointy bosoms!

    Ruby xx