What A Whirlwind

Hi all,

Well I went from my 5 posts in a week to no posts in…well…quite a while.  I’ve now finished all of my exams in Germany, packed all my belongings up, and flown home to England.  Trust me, it was an awful lot more stressful than it sounds!  Hopefully I can get back into a regular blogging schedule now with some outfit posts!

I also returned home to a few goodies that I’d bought along the way too!…

A purdy dress from one of Darling's Vintage eBay sales.

A purdy dress from one of Darling’s Vintage eBay sales.

Some imperfect specs from Madam's Vintage that I had glazed with my lenses in.

Some imperfect specs from Madam’s Vintage that I had glazed with my lenses in.

 

A close up of the confetti lucite.

A close up of the confetti lucite.

Between now and the start of UK university term I have two holidays planned (including Goodwood Revival) and I’ve set myself the challenge of picking up my sewing skills.  I’ve been meaning to learn since I was about 15 and there’s no time like the present!  I’ve got an enormous pile of clothes that need mending as well as some rather lofty plans to adapt one of my corsets.

I generally find a lot of the time that loving vintage and being an amazing seamstress go hand in hand.  Is there anyone else out there that can barely hold a needle?

That’s all for now folks,

Miss B xoxo

What Katie Did Empire Seamed Stockings

Hi all,

I bought these stockings when I was at the What Katie Did London boutique just before Easter and have been meaning to share just how amaaazing they are with you.  I’m still getting used to having just the heel outline but they’re so so pretty.

What Katie Did changed their stockings manufacturer recently and I must say that I much prefer these new ones.  The nylons that they sell too are now much better fit for me personally.  With the new manufacturers has come new sizing so don’t just stick with the size you used to be (I made this mistake!)  I used to be a large but now take a medium in most of these, so although I need a long leg I find the ‘width’ fit a lot better.

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Lola Lamour on Mr & Miss Vintage, Cars and Much More!

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With summer fast approaching it means all those fab summer festivals are about to start again.  Twinwood is in its 13th year and is looking to be even more glamorous with the introduction of the Mr & Miss Vintage Competition.  People have been uploading their entries to two almighty Facebook albums, one for the ladies and one for the gents.  The finalists will be picked from the photos and then the shortlist will be judged at the event.  One of the judges with the formidable task of choosing a winner is vintage performer Lola Lamour who I had a chance to chat to and ask her about the competition…

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Photo by Candee Photography

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Pinterest Love

Hi all,

I’m usually found on Twitter, Instagram, and on Facebook but other forms of social media generally evade me.  I created a Pinterest account yonks ago and did a few ‘pins’ and then about once a week I get an e-mail saying ‘you have a new follower on Pinterest’.  I tend to think ‘I really should pay more attention to it’…and then I do bugger all and resume my usual activities on my regular social media haunts.

One of the images that I discovered today.

One of the images that I discovered today.

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Dita Overwire Bra

Hi all,

Round 2 in my week of posts brings me to review a bra I’ve wanted since I first saw pictures of it released.  Dita von Teese launched her Von Follies range in 2012 and it’s getting better and better with every product release.  I think it’s fair to say that the second collection has come on leaps and bounds from the first.  I’m usually dubious about celebrity endorsed products as a) there aren’t actually that many celebrities that interest me enough to make me want to buy products with their name on and b) I’m often doubtful of how much input celebrities get in such things.

It’s clear just by looking at the photos of the line that these are very much ‘Dita’ and very good quality too.  I think the quality was the thing I was most impressed with when I bought the Overwire Bra and the Her Sexcellency Bikini Brief.  The detail is incredible.

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A Whirlwind Trip Home

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Two weeks ago (doesn’t time fly!) I set off back to England for just over a week.  As usual time was tight so I did  family visits and attempted to relax as much as possible before returning to Germany for my final two months, ready to prepare for my exams.  I’ll leave you with as many photos as possible:

Attempting to travel light - my carpet bag is actually from TK Maxx (shock horror) and my favourite vintage vanity case.

Attempting to travel light – my carpet bag is actually from TK Maxx (shock horror) and my favourite vintage vanity case.

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Sometimes Less Really Is More!

Hi all,

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had a couple of unintended changes to my make up bag and my what a result! I’m no make up expert, and usually head to twitter when I need any help or advice.  And it’s because of twitter that I took up using cold cream and Benefit Porefessional (the two products in question).

I’ve used cold cream almost everyday since I started university (just under 3 years ago) – I think the big draw to it was how old fashioned and simple it is.  I’d read countless articles praising it, and even did a blog post myself saying how fab it was.  I found it to be a bit of a wonder product for quite some time and then got into a routine of buying it, without really realising that my skin wasn’t as tip top as it used to be.  I had a bit of an epiphane when, about a month ago, I ran out of cold cream while out here in Germany and low and behold, it doesn’t exist here.  With a delivery charge of £9.99 from Boots and having already asked friends and family to post me a million and one things I thought I should just find something else that’s half decent and deal with it.  I ended up picking up some Nivea Creme for the knock out price of 2 euros.

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Battling Airports Whilst Wearing ‘Traditional’ Undergarments

Hi all,

This post grew in my head from an ‘annoyance’ to a blog post in about 5 minutes.  A lovely reader asked me if I thought she’d be okay going through airport security whilst wearing a corset and it got me thinking…

The simple answer is – yes of course you will!  You should wear whatever that you feel most comfortable in, and if that means going through security in a corset then so be it.

Now, most pieces of modern underwear have pieces of metal in them (underwire or boning) and you’ll be hard pressed to find a pair of jeans without metal press studs or zip on them.   Essentially, because you’re wearing a little more metal than usual shouldn’t matter at all.  However, being questioned in front of other people about your undercrackers could well be very embarrassing for people.

I think there's enough metal there to demonstrate my point...

I think there’s enough metal there to demonstrate my point…

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And The Winner Is…

Hello all,

Hope you’ve all had a fab break for Easter.  I managed to do absolutely nothing apart from read and I feel an awful lot better about it!

Now I had great fun checking all of your entries to win The Vintage Caravan Style book. The lucky person is the lovely Sara for the following comment:

I have the greatest job ever. I sell waffles on a stick out of a vintage caravan. This book is so great to have. The more ideas, the better ‘Our Lucy’ looks.

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