Saturday, 28 June 2014

Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans' Celebrations 2014

Trowbridge is host to the Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans' Celebrations, and each year the town is filled with serving soldiers, representatives from military charities and re-enactors. Today there have been parades, marching bands and weapons displays, and as we were in town we wandered into the park, where the event is held, to have a look.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Great telly, great perfume news

First up, Len Goodman presented a fantastic programme on BBC4 earlier this week – Len Goodman's Dancing Feet: The British Ballroom Story. Whenever he’s popped up on a documentary it’s been a good’un. This one was all about the history of ballroom dancing, and included some great shots of dancers in bygone days (personally, I can never get enough of the Charleston!) and it was accompanied by between-the-wars music, which I love.

The show traced the rise of ballroom dancing from the waltz, through its growth in popularity and the establishment of the dance halls of the 1920s, its heyday in the 1930s, wartime excitements and finally its decline in the 1950s as young people found other ways to meet one another and have fun.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion [book]

Bristol was recently said to be the best city to live in in the UK. Having only ever lived in one city - I'm a town mouse - I'm not qualified to comment, but I do know that I really enjoy visiting Bristol. The place has spirit, a colourful anarchic independence, a unique creativity... So it's no surprise that this book of Bristol-based steampunk short stories exists. It was produced in association with the BristolCon Foundation, money generated by one-day science fiction convention BristolCon being used to support and encourage grassroots SF.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lipstick review: Besame Classic (Carmine)

Perfume aside, I don’t often write about cosmetics on here. Let’s face it, there are people who have much more experience with makeup, as for most things I find a brand or colour I like and stick with it - hence my collection of identical brown eyeshadows. I do love a good lippie, though. I’d been interested in Besame lipsticks for a while, and the fact that the firm had worked hard to recreate vintage colours appealed to me, but there was no way I was spending £20+ on one without seeing them for myself first. No mail order gambles!

Monday, 16 June 2014

Me old china!

I love old china, but in our little house with its tiny kitchen - so small that we couldn't have proper, deep, 'bottom' cupboards on both sides and had to have shallower 'top' cupboards at floor level on one side of the room - we've had to be practical about pottery. No collecting lovely vintage china for me, even though I do hanker after it whenever I see an expecially nice piece in a charity shop.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

How to repair torn armpits in a vintage dress

When I went to Vintage Nostalgia recently, I bought a dress. (I'm pretty sure it's 1960s.) I got it cheap because the armholes were torn, something that most vintage lovers will be familiar with. They were those horrible rips-across-the-fabric and had been badly repaired.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Oh dear, more perfume: Caron Farnesiana and Lanvin Arpege

This week I decided it was warm enough for my perfume collection to go on its annual migration. Light and heat are bad for ‘fumes, so all mine are kept in their boxes, and in summer they get moved from my bedroom, which gets stuffy during the day, to the darker, cooler, dining room. I simply popped them into a very large paper bag to move them en masse... and the bottom fell out. Houston, we have a problem.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Miss Phryne Fisher Investigates [book]

I know I'm not alone in enjoying Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on telly. (I believe Bruce at Eclectic Ephemera was the blogger who first mentioned the programme here in the UK, though Aussie bloggers will have known about it for much longer, of course.)  Anyway, I enjoy it in the same way as I enjoy Murdoch Mysteries, because it's colourful and fun, not because I think it bears a massive resemblance to the real era in which it's set. In fact, I've enjoyed Murdoch more as it's got more far-fetched and playful.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Vintage Nostalgia 2014: and a good time was had by all!

Warning: longpost is longer than longcat.

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.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Been shopping at Vintage Nostalgia...

Well, I'm back from Vintage Nostalgia! I got quite badly sunburned yesterday, so now I'm hiding inside in the shade. (I have to confess, I got a bit stroppy with my husband, because I'd asked him to tell me if I looked like burning, so getting back to the tent and discovering my shoulders matched my coral dress - and hurt - turned me into a five-minute diva.) You'll have to wait a day or so for proper photos from the event as Mr Robot's taken better photos than me but he hasn't got them off the camera yet. In the mean time, I thought I'd share a few of my purchases.
It probably looks like I've bought a lot, and I did indeed take plenty of money, but that's because last year I was really impressed with the things people were selling and wished I'd had more cash with me. In the end, I didn't spend as much as I could have.