Tuesday, 30 August 2016

New 1960s bag - ta, chazza!

Last weekend Mr Robot and I had a good trawl round the charity shops. I was after midcentury china, for a little shoot I was doing for In Retrospect. As it happens I found a couple of lovely plates – both Midwinter, one Oakley and one Queensbury Stripe – that were perfect, though the shoot didn't go as well as I'd hoped so I'll be trying again this weekend*. However, the thing about charity shopping is that you can't really predict things; all you can plan is to go and look, and hope the Charity Shop Gods reward you. Shopping with a vague aim – 'midcentury china' this time – will always turn up something, but if I were to go out with the aim of buying something as specific as a particular china pattern, or a 1960s bag, I'd be disappointed 99 per cent of the time.

Last weekend was the other one per cent.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Something wicked this way comes

It's own-trumpet-blowing time again, I'm afraid – the latest publication to feature my book reviews is brand-new launch Horrorville. It's from the same stable as SFX and Crime Scene, both of which I also review for, so the editor knew I was a reliable reviewer with a genuine interest in the subject matter.* Long-term readers of the Robot will know I devote every October on this blog to things both spooky and vintage. As with crime fiction, I'm more a fan of classic horror than modern stuff on the screen, though I will read absolutely anything. I even have a playlist of vintage Halloween pop songs on my iPod! Horrorville doesn't really cater to the vintage lover, though issue 1 does have an interview with Fabio Frizzi, who scored a lot of Lucio Fulci's late 1970s/early 1980s horror films.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Stranger Things: a dream inside a nightmare

YES it's set in the 1980s and whether or not the 1980s counts as 'vintage' is a debate that will run and run till people start talking about the noughties as vintage*, but I'm going to talk about this 1980s-set horror series anyhow. In case you haven't come across it, Stranger Things is on Netflix, and the cast includes Winona Ryder (one of my all-time girlcrushes along with Helena Bonham Carter) as the mother of a young boy who goes missing.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

[outfit post] A sixties shift dress

Good lord, an actual outfit post!
You can say this for polyester – it doesn't wrinkle much.  I took these photos after a day at the office. I've got another new camera. After losing one on holiday, I got a Lumix at the end of June, and the zoom mechanism broke. It was supposed to zoom 24-75mm but wouldn't go beyond 41mm. Jessops were lovely, and replaced it like for like without any problems. So, here I am, testing out the self-timer. (Observation one: people with this many chins need to raise the camera a bit higher. Oh well...) Anyway, this isn't a camera post, it is an outfit post, though given my minimalist leanings, it's really a dress-and-shoes post.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Are you a winner?

You are if your name is SUNA! Congratulations, the random number generator picked your comment number out (there were 21, but one commentator left two, and Porcelina didn't want to be in the draw). Email your address to crinolinerobot AT yahoo DOT com, and I'll post your goodies out on Saturday, which is my next day for wrestling with the post office.

In general Mim news, I didn't make it to the steam fair as I was ill again. Headaches and nausea. Not sure what it was, but it seems to be departing along with the fair. BAH. It's Lacock at War this weekend, so I'm hoping I can persuade Mr Robot to drive us to that. I haven't made it to a single vintage-themed event this year so far, and it makes me feel quite sad - as nice as it is doing things alone, it's also lovely to be able to see people enjoying the same things too. (If you're in the Wiltshire/Bath area, click on the tab at the top of the page to see my vintage events listing for the region. There's all sorts going on.)

Well, here's something I enjoy: walking through the park in the mornings. Look at these lovely flowers! My garden doesn't look anything like as good as this, though I have at least been keeping on top of it this year so it isn't quite the appalling mess it was last year. Something to aspire to... I hope you're enjoying lovely warm weather and getting outdoors too, alone or to an event.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

A darker autumn look

Young Mim would have approved. (No, I can't
remember what the cow was for, but I still have it.)
For the first time in a very long time, I'm actually excited by what's hitting the High Street this coming season. I was looking at a press shot site earlier this week and was really chuffed to see so much stuff that Younger Mim would have adored: shedloads of Victorian-style blouses, including plenty in black, Biba-esque dresses in dark floral fabrics (Laura Ashley and Monsoon have some particularly good ones coming – that strikes me as quite funny as I'd put 1970s Laura Ashley at the opposite end of the fashion spectrum to Biba), and velvet suits. Yes, it warms what remains of my gothic heart.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Five vintage songs with Brazilian spirit

We're not going to escape a Certain Sporting Event in Brazil for the next fortnight, so in the spirit of 'if you can't beat them, join them', I thought I'd share some of my favourite vintage music with a Brazilian theme. Just click on the title of each to listen to it on YouTube.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Crinoline Robot's Vintage Week

Only the brave deserve the fair!

Yes, it's one of my favourite times of the year, the time when Carter's Steam Fair is in town. It's in Bath from the 6th to the 14th, though when I passed through the park on my morning walk yesterday they were already getting set up. Those beautiful vintage steam-powered amusements take time to put in place.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Tea Dance 2 [music]

Who's ready for another turn around the dance floor? I am, even if you're not. This is the second of the two Tea Dance CDs I bought from Past Perfect last month. (Here's my review of the first Tea Dance CD.) Stylistically, it's very similar to the first: polite, upbeat songs that suit an afternoon of tea, cake and foxtrots. However, it doesn't have the strong beverage theme of that collection.