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Making my own bespoke shoes with The Colour Studio

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Last week I was invited for an evening of bespoke shoe design with Colour Studio, the bespoke colouring service from British bridal shoe brand Rainbow Club.

We could not only choose from trimmings such as lace, feathers or glitter but could also pick a colour which was then custom mixed for us. I came up with a rather random red shoe with little toddles and a tiny black bow, inspired by the Sixties.

Lucily Colour Studio had also prepared a pair of shoes we’d previously chosen. I went for these point flats in a deep orange. They are fab!

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New favourite brand: Little White Lies

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Little White Lies is fast becoming my favourite brand. Not surprisingly given that designer Donna quotes Biba and Ossie Clark and peter pan collars as top style inspirations.

The uber cool fringed Talita dress is top of my current wish list. Bring on a sale soon. Please.

 

 

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Review: Luxury Legs

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After my recent ode to tights, I have to confess that I sometimes cheat on my opaques – with leggings. I know, so not vintage, unless maybe you’re Edie Sedgwick kind of cool, which I am not.
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On the hunt for a retro swimsuit

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As much as I love Sixties fashion, when it comes to swimwear I can’t even pretend I’d ever be wearing a Sixties-style, skimpy bikini. I would love to, trust me, but with all my body hang-ups it’s hard enough to convince myself to wear a swimsuit at all.

After years of avoiding all situations that could require me to wear one and staying well away from pools and beaches, I’ve thankfully finally found a type of swimsuit I actually like: the retro Fifties swimsuit with high legs, a halterneck and flattering ruching details.

A few years ago I found such a number on some online shop or another but much to my dismay, it quite literally fell apart after just a few leisurely swims in the local pool.

Now with summer well and truly here, I’m on the hunt for a suitable, equally retro replacement. Yesterday, on my lunchtime-salad-run to M&S, I actually found one I really like, a simple black underwired halterneck. I like that it has proper boobage support rather than just flimsy strings, yet it doesn’t look like a sports swimsuit either. Plus it’s suitably plain to be dressed up in all sorts of styles, I can see it looking good with a big, late Sixties kaftan thrown on over it.

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M&S didn’t have this particular one in my size in shop, so I’ve been browsing the Marks & Spencer swimwear section to see if I can order it from there.

While having a look, I actually found another swimsuit I like – and maybe even prefer –  this blue and white spotted number which makes me think of a young Bardot , you know –  a straw hat, big beach hair and red lipstick. This swimsuit has much thinner straps than the other one but comes with handy ‘tummy control’, ehrm. I normally stay well-away from anything polka dot, to me it has become such a vintage cliche on the same level as say, bunting or cup cakes.

 

So what to do? Which one would you go for?

 

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Topshop Boutique: hello there Sixties

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I do cringe practically whenever I get a newsletter announcing a highstreet brand has done a ‘vintage’ collection, simply cause they never ever seem to come up with anything remotely vintage-looking or reminiscent of a particular era – too much pastiche, too little style.

So I wasn’t exactly expecting much when the latest Topshop newsletter announced its Boutique brand had gone vintage for the summer. Yet much to my surprise the collection includes some extremely wearable, Sixties-inspired pieces and Seventies-influenced jump suits.

I particularly like the floral-print dresses and amazing silver heeled loafers. I can just see the teamed with white chunky tights and a little black dress.

 

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Me and my opaques or why tights are my style staple

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60s tights

I live in tights pretty much all year round. This is partially cause it very rarely is warm enough in London to go with bare legs and partially cause I really don’t like mine. Legs that is. Annoyingly spider veins run in my family, and I’ve had my first ones since my early Twenties.

Bad legs aside though, I also really like the look of tights, wearing them with a dress is such an easy way of pulling together an outfit. Tights were hugely fashionable as part of the mid-Sixties dolly bird look and are a great way of adding a vintage feel to a simple dress.

To recreate a Sixties feel, either colour match your tights to your outfit  - so go all yellow for example – or deliberately clash colours. Wearing a black and white look – think black dress & white tights or a white dress paired with black and white polka dot tights – also has a real Sixties feel.

One of the best online shops for tights I know is the aptly named www.tightstightstights.co.uk. They have a huge selection ranging from basic opaques – I always go for 100 denier and plus – in lots of colours t0 white tights in cable-knit. Unlike a lot of other tights, theirs seem to survive frequent washing without losing elasticity (there’s nothing worse than having to pull up your tights all day long) and come in a decent range of sizes. Easy!

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Off to Marrakech – what to wear?

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Although I got married in April, I haven’t yet been on honeymoon. The Doc and I went to Brighton right after the ceremony for a ‘minimoon’ by the sea but we’ve saved the big one for this autumn, a few weeks in Marrakech. I’m hugely excited as I’ve never been to Africa before and can’t wait to explore the desert and souks.

I am also just a tad lost as to what to actually wear, you see, I don’t really have a summer, let alone a holiday wardrobe. Living in London I essentially get away with not having one, I have a couple of maxi dresses I wear during summer  - read: the two warm days per year we get. But essentially I just wear the same dresses all year round while being permanently stuck in 120 denier tights, a look that might lead to imminent and quite literal melt down in 30 degrees.

Instead I imagine wearing something, unsurprisingly, Sixties just like France Gall (pictured) when she went to Marrakech in the late Sixties – maxi dresses,  kaftans and tunics.

After some googling, and much to my amazement, I realised there are companies that specialise entirely on holiday wardrobes, like www.holidaywardrobe.com who have a surprisingly good selection of stuff I would wear. I think these sort of basics like the maxi dress paired with my vintage kimonos are the way forward.

Do you have any style tips for me? What on earth does the 60s-loving, super sun-sensitive girl wear in the desert?

 

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The 60s fringe is back

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After growing out my long 60s-inspired fringe for the last year, I’ve finally relented and had it cut back in. I enjoyed having just plain old straight hair but it did look incredibly dull and a little to nondescript modern, so when I walked past my local salon Chaps & Dames and they could spontaneously fit me in, I just went for it. Ah, much better!

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Hervia sale – my top 5 picks

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I never really look at designer clothes because they are mostly way too expensive for me, so I was positively surprised when I came across luxury apparel site Hervia. Their sale makes buying high-end brands that I really like – think Victor & Rolf or Jean Paul Gaultier – suddenly a lot more do-able.

100ish pounds for a dress is by no means cheap but given the quality, it would probably last a few years longer than the £50ish hightstreet dresses I bought a few years ago, and which have all ended up falling apart really quickly.

So if I had the dosh, here are my top five Hervia sales picks:
1. Jean Paul Gaultier dress $173, 2. Y-3 hat (love the 60s feel) $42.30, 3. Triwa horn sunglasses $88.45, 4. Viktor & Rolf pencil skirt $198.12, 5, AB leather bag $161.51

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What I wore – 70s kids TV presenter

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I totally watched too much 70s Sesame Street when I was a child because today’s outfit was definitely inspired by the kind of stuff the presenters would were.

1. 70s heart blouse, vintage 2. black pinafore dress, Little White Lies

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