Category Archive: Style

Red is the new black

This week Kate attended a state banquet at Buckingham Palace for the first time, and she completely nailed it. Wearing a stunning red, vintage-inspired floor-length evening gown, she looked like a 1950s film… Continue reading

Tea and Cake at Betty’s, York

I have always wanted to go to Betty’s tea rooms in York. Modelled on the luxurious 1930’s interiors of the Queen Mary, the very name of “Betty’s” conjures images of elegance from a… Continue reading

Sewing the perfect vintage day dress for spring (Sew-Easy 3296)

The weather is just starting to get warmer in Britain, and at last we can enjoy the outdoors again. It’s the time of year when you start thinking about floral prints and floaty… Continue reading

Moving from gas to coal, and refurbishing an abandoned 1950s fireplace in the process.

In the 70s and 80s, gas was a cost-effective way to heat your home and nearly everyone had gas-fueled heating installed. But today gas prices are going through the roof, and many families… Continue reading

Arrivederci, Anita Ekberg.

Anita Ekberg was the woman in one of the most iconic images of the twentieth century, the blonde temptress in Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. Taking a dip in the Trevi Fountain wearing… Continue reading

You know how to whistle, don’t you?

Lauren Bacall, the last goddess of the silver screen, has passed away. I never had the honour of meeting her, but I do have the great honour of being named after her. She… Continue reading

Spotted: Dita Von Teese

Here’s a quick pic of Dita Von Teese looking stunning at LAX airport this afternoon. She’s wearing a gorgeous green 1940s style coat, teamed with vintage cats-eyes glasses and killer lipstick. Perfection.

My graduation dress!

I have been sewing my own vintage design dress to wear for graduation and I’m pleased to tell you that, after all the tissues and issues, it was finished on time for graduation… Continue reading

Picking the fabric for my graduation dress

Now that I’m sure that the pattern for my graduation dress is right, I can crack on with making the real thing. The practice toile for my dress was a bit time consuming,… Continue reading