Thursday, 3 September 2015


Well, 2015 has proved itself to be indescribably crap. I might not post for a week or two as our pusscat, Boycie, who we knew was a bit elderly and frail, now has kidney failure, so we're planning to give her lots and lots of love (and salmon, and her favourite Chinese chicken balls – meat part only) for the next couple of days before we say goodbye to her. Coming in the same year as losing my mother-in-law, it's all a bit sad in the House of Robots and we'd quite like the unhappy stuff to stop.

Boycie couldn't care less about vintage – she did wreck the satin skirt on a 1980s dress I'd owned from new, but I think that was general naughtiness rather than an aesthetic judgement on her part. And, as you can see here, she did take time out from her busy schedule to assess the midcentury dresses I was planning to wear at Vintage Nostalgia earlier this year. (Note: cotton dresses are safer around cats than satin ones!)

I love my kitty, and I am going to miss her terribly.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Costume time: Partners in Crime - N or M?

Partners in Crime has finished, and the second three-episode story, N or M, served up as much costumey goodness as the first. (If you'd like to see my costume writeup, it's here: The Secret Adversary.) Walliams and Raine have won me over. I do like this programme. It's fluff, and it's not faithful to the original books, but it's entertaining and feels done with genuine love of the source material even as it deviates from it. Agatha Christie didn't write masses of novels about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and I do hope that when they've run out of books to adapt, the programme makers carry on.

Mild spoilers ahead - I won't reveal whodunnit or whohaditduntoem, but I will tell you a little of what the Beresfords do in this story.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Autumn approaches...

This dress should be good for autumn
Autumn approaches – the light has changed, and the cat has decided to come inside the house again after months living on the patio, which is all the proof you need – and my thoughts are turning to WOOL. I like changing seasons. Just as summer's lightweight things are becoming too familiar, along comes autumn and it's time to dig out all sorts of woolly favourites and enjoy them all over again. Then after Christmas winter woollies seem boring, spring comes along and there's the delight of rediscovering those summery garments. I've been quite naughty this year and have spent far more money than usual on summer clothes, so I haven't actually got bored of them, but I am looking forward to wearing my tweed skirts again, and digging out my felt hats.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

'Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain' at IWM North

If you've read Crinoline Robot for any length of time, you'll know I get a bit of a bee in my bonnet about our nation's multicultural history being forgotten or ignored, especially around November when the 'My granddad didn't fight for [insert minority group here]' brigade get going in the run up to Remembrance Day. Because of that, I was really pleased to see that from the 12th of September 2015 IWM North, part of the Imperial War Museum, is going to be running a display entitled 'Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain'. It's showing research conducted by the University of Huddersfield into the stories of people who came to Britain because of the Second World War: a Jewish teenager, a tot from the Kindertransport, the first Nigerian pilot to serve with the RAF, Czech airmen and more.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Outfit post: Potty Lotty

A few people have asked for a closer look at this yellow dress, so here you go. I thought I'd take advantage of the heatwave and get Mr Robot to take some photos.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Who wants to be a badly-dressed tourist?

Grey waterproof. Practical, not stylish!
Mr Robot and I are going to Paris next month. Holidays always cause me a bit of a dilemma, as I'm never entirely sure what to pack, hence the fact I'm starting to think about it now. (This also gives me time to get any essential dry cleaning done, and ensures I don't stuff random items into the suitcase at the last minute, only to arrive at my destination without socks or moisturiser.)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Man From UNCLE

I finally got round to seeing the new The Man From UNCLE film and I loved it. However, the verdict in the Robot household wasn't unanimous; the film has had mixed reviews, and my husband wasn't massively keen on it.
I'd had high hopes from the first trailer. The film was set in the 1960s, like the original television programme, and I'd really hoped they'd pull it off. Well, they did. The story starts in Berlin, and it looks like 1960s Berlin, and the film looks like a 1960s film - the colours look like those of a movie shot then. Even the font used for the titles looks like a 1960s font. The music is fantastic, and sounds very 1960s even though much of it was composed especially for the film.