Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Vintage fair isle, off and on the needles

Woman in a 1940s fair isle cardigan
Off to work I go!
It's about time I gave you a look at my fair isle cardigan, isn't it? Here is is paired with an old Collectif 'Wilhelmina' dress and my everyday handbag. (Out of sight: my new brogues. And for anyone who's interested - probably only Goody - the perfume is vintage Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Flower Mist.)

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Five brilliantly bonkers British TV series

Something weird happened in British telly in the 1960s. I'm not sure what drove it - the euphoria of leaving the ration-blighted 1950s behind, perhaps, or the increasingly multicultural nature of the place, or even the growth of the free-love-and-drugs culture. Who knows? At any rate, as far as weird programmes go, the decade was a goldmine.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Bonjour, gorgeous people!

Mr Robot and I are in Paris and it is wonderful. We first came about 15 years ago when we didn't have two pennies to rub together and said we'd like to come back when we could spend a bit more. Though actually, all we've spent on so far is a six-day museum pass (worth getting if you're non-EU citizen or over 26 as it gets you in loads of places and you can bypass a lot of the queues too) and food and drink.

I nearly wrote 'foof and drink' there. It's not that sort of trip!

Here's our hotel room. We're staying in a little 12-room place in the Marais, the converted Presbytery of the St Merri church, just round the back of the Pompidou centre. When we stayed here all those years ago it was very cheap. It isn't cheap any more, but it is lovely.
Yup, that's a flying buttress over the bed!

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Spooky vintage telly times ahead

October is not far away, and one of the treats to look forward to is ITV's Jekyll and Hyde. They haven't announced firmer dates than October yet, but it's definitely one to look out for.

Why should you care? For the following reasons:

Monday, 14 September 2015

Sensible shoes for serious walking

My shoes are boring and I like them that way!

Last year, with vouchers to spend and no idea what to spend them on, I bought a pair of penny loafers. FOOTWEAR REVELATION! I've always veered between clumpy boots and ladylike-but-bland shoes. (I think a really distinctive pair of shoes would send the matchy-matchy part of me into panic trying to find things that would look right with them.) My penny loafers were still great for tramping around in, but rather less casual looking. I wore them so much, I wore them out.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

My Queen brings all the bling to the yard...

First up, thank you so much for the lovely comments about Boycie. We miss her terribly, but we know we were right to let her go. It's funny how such a scrap of fluff can leave such a big hole in your life.

Now, happier things. Queen Elizabeth II has become the longest-serving British monarch! I'm not a royalist per se - I'm not sure I approve of the concept of heads of state or leaders at all, frankly  - but if we absolutely have to have someone in that position, I'd rather have her than elect one of our politicians. For one thing, Boris would look rubbish in a tiara (though he does at least have big hair). Joking aside, after the result of the last general election, I'm not sure I trust the rest of the electorate to get things right. So I'll stick with her Madge.

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.