- Hot pink bolero - Marks and Spencer
- Black halter top - Made by me
- Rainbow sequin pencil skirt - H&M
- Clutch bag (actually an ipad case!) - Kate Spade
- Shoes - Office
- Glasses - Vintage
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How would you describe your style?
In one sentence, I'm a fifties gal in a modern world!
I've always had a big love of everything vintage and retro, especially from the mid-century because the fabrics were always so inspiring, the outfit cut's super flattering and it was all about embracing femininity after the hardships of the war. I don't dress in vintage all the time (if only I had the money!) I often mix it up with the odd modern piece here and there from the high street, occasionally I splash out on a designer accessory and recently I've started making my own clothes to embrace my look to its fullest. Never settle for Topshop ladies!!
What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?
Oh my gosh, that's got to be the toughest question ever! I snagged a beautiful vintage Vivienne Westwood dress for £40 at a market, and being one of my 3 favourite designers I was completely over the moon with that purchase! I've also got a few very beautiful dresses from the 50's which I will never part with... But if I could only save one thing from a burning house, it would be a pair of my vintage wingtip glasses. I'm a sucker for cat eyes as they go with absolutely everything!
Who are your style icons?
Marlin Monroe, Dolly Parton, Amy Winehouse and Joan from Mad Men... I could go on all night, but these are my current girl crushes.
Do you have any favourite designers?
Vivienne Westwood, Kate Spade and John Paul Gaultier. They all seem to do the most incredible mash up of modern-meets-vintage and never fail to inspire me.
Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes?
I don't usually shop the high street unless I'm looking for some basics like cardigans, jeans and the odd t shirt because I think it's boring wearing the same things as everyone else. If I'm looking for something new and retro the first places I go to are Tara Starlet, Voodoo Vixen, Collectif and Vivienne of Holloway, which are all online havens for gals like me.
Do you make or customise your outfits?
I customise a lot of the vintage clothes I buy so the fit me better, and I have just ventured into the world of sewing my own! That is the first ever halter top I've made and I already have fabric lined up to make a few more. I've learned how to make circle skirts too, so I'm making lots of cute matching sets for the summer. Once you get the hang of altering clothes you'll never look back ... and if you're brave enough to start from scratch, you'll never want to buy off the rack ever again!
For those of you too shy to stitch yourself, the best thing to do is find a good tailor. I've taken lots to get altered by a professional because it seemed like a task too daunting to me and I never regret spending the money. A few tweaks here and there can get you the cutest get up in town!
Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?
For me it's all in the accessories. Scarves, brooches, glasses and bags can turn a boring outfit into a real show stopper. To make it your own don't be afraid to repurpose things; who says an iPad case can't be a clutch bag? Why not hot glue that old christmas cracker surprise and turn it into a brooch? Invest in a cheap glue gun and a couple of pliers and you can turn anything you can get your hands on into something new to wear. Don't be afraid to get messy or get it wrong, nothing ventured nothing gained.
...And if all else fails,it's amazing how different you can look with your hair up in victory rolls or a giant quiff and a scarf to pull the look together. Don't be afraid to experiment with your lovely locks!
Which other fashion blogs do you love to read?
In all honesty I don't read many fashion blogs, but if I'm ever looking to spoil myself with a little treat I always visit my girls MissWestEndGirl.com and WardrobeConversations.com for inspiration. Those babes know how to dress!
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