Vintage Nostalgia was last weekend, and it was ripping good fun. After enjoying it so much last year, we were determined to go again and have even more fun.
Last year we drove to the show after work. This year we decided to take the day off and arrive in the early afternoon instead. This was a much better plan; we were able to get a really good camping spot not too far from the portaloos or entrance to the main field, but far enough not to be disturbed. There is a separate area for ‘vintage camping’ - you have to have an appropriate vehicle/tent to get in there, and it booked up early - but there were a fair few vintage vehicles around the general camping area.
After all my ponderings about how to lengthen the skirt I hoped to wear, the weather wasn’t brilliant on the Friday, so I wore my 1940s slip-stitch jumper and grey trousers instead.
|Mr Robot photographing a super-shiny truck|
Because of the weather, I’d made a last-minute change to my evening outfit. Back at the tent I discovered my, erm, underpinnings wouldn't work with it. I switched to Saturday evening’s outfit, a navy dress with coral lining showing through cutwork (it's got a midcentury look but is actually Boden!), with a 1950s coral necklace and earrings and my me-made navy cardi. I wore cheap black flats as the ground was boggy in places. This was a good move as last thing at night I took the wrong route back to the tent and ended up ankle-deep in a puddle with a muddy bottom! Before that, though, we pottered over to the food area, where I had an excellent chilli dog from Shakey's Diner and pulled pork from Westlands BBQ, then we enjoyed more beer while listening to the live music.
|Friday night outfit|
|Shakey's Diner - brilliant hotdogs!|
|Atomic Café sold great coffee, and the staff play a mean guitar at night!|
I bought this dress online from Stutterinmama last summer with this year’s event in mind. I wore it once to work in order to ‘test drive’ it, but that was the only time it had been out of my wardrobe. I’d planned to wear my coral 50s jewellery set, but with coral nails it all seemed a bit much, so settled for pearl studs and a lovely crystal brooch my friend Sarah gave me. The black flats had dried out and got a second outing. Last year I had my hair done, but this year Vintage Hair Lounge got booked up early, so I settled for doing mine myself using an updo pin.
(Note: It is not the easiest thing in the world using a portaloo when you’re wearing a giant poufy skirt and trying to prevent it touching any hard surfaces. I did manage it. But I might reconsider wearing a giant skirt next year!)
Anyway, we went, we looked, we shopped. I regret not spending more time looking round the cars now; we took a quick look early on, then went a-shopping, then had a beer and met so many nice people we didn’t go and look at the cars a second time. While we were shopping the Tiger Moths flew overhead; it was magical seeing the two in flight, looping the loop and rolling above us.
I didn’t get changed for Saturday evening. I’d worn my Saturday dress the previous night, and I’d got sunburned, so decided to leave all my clothes in place and not alter what was touching my skin because sooner or later it was going to hurt. Dinner was another hotdog and pulled beef brisket, then there was more beer and more excellent music.
|I'm pretty sure this is the Ace Trio|
|We met lovely people...|
|...who were as stylish as they were friendly|
|It was great to see so many beautifully-dressed people|