Fashion, Lifestyle, Longchamp, Retro, Style, Vintage

The teddy coat

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After years of wearing huge furry coats all winter I thought I’d never really be warm in a non-furry ever again. But I got this fantastic 1960s teddy coat from Curious Minds Vintage in Buckingham last month and it’s great for really cold weather.

This was an absolute bargain at £30 – it’s a gorgeous classic 60s piece, it’s in brilliant condition, and it’s very heavy and well-made. It goes with nearly everything I own but I especially love it with my most recent bits from American Apparel.

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Coat – Curious Minds Vintage, Buckingham

Dress – American Apparel

Jumper – American Apparel

Bag – Longchamp

Boots – Asos Marketplace

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Fashion, Style

The Kissing Booth

 

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I love my Coco Fennell bee dress. I love it so much I bought it twice – the first time, too cocky to believe the ‘dry clean only’ label, I washed it and it shrank… about two dress sizes. It still fit but it was too tight to look like the tea dress it used to be so I gave it to my petite friend Auriol and bought another.

This dress is perfect for those London lunch meetings I still have to go to every once in a while and for more special occasions, such as this wedding where my sister and I were the photographers for the whole day. Side note – being a wedding photographer is exhausting. It’s fun but it’s non-stop all day. Grab a pint before you start and wear flat shoes.

When we finally got a quiet moment at the reception, this kissing booth plus novelty glasses obviously equalled a lot of bee dress posing…

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Dress – Coco Fennell

Ballet shoes – Topshop

Watch – Burberry

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Lifestyle, Retro, Style, Vintage

Birthday on the Orient Express

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Last night some of my very good friends and I hopped aboard The Orient Express to celebrate my birthday. This meant 1930s to 1940s outfits, Edith Piaf and a very glamorous dining room turned dining car.

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When my passengers arrived we had some Pimm’s before taking our seats and opening goody bags. I stuck the logo of Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits – the rail company which operated The Orient Express – onto the bags and filled them with apple tea, baklava, chocolates, florentines and an Orient Express poster.

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Our first stop for dinner was Istanbul, where we had a starter of red lentil koftas and Turkish olive salad. On arrival at Paris we had chicken in white wine sauce from Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen and in Munich, on a different line, we had Black Forest gateau. All with lots of prosecco, bien sûr!

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Thank you to my lovely and very generous friends for coming and making it a fabulous night. And thank you to Auriol for taking all of these pics!

Dress – 1940s, Curious Minds Vintage, Buckingham

Hat – 1940s, Ollie Vee’s, Leighton Buzzard

Shoes – Flea market, Barcelona

 

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Charity, Poppy Appeal, Royal British Legion

The Poppy Appeal 2014

 

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I have been volunteering for the Poppy Appeal for the past three years and just found out that our stall has had a record year, collecting £12,253.

Overall, our branch of the Royal British Legion has raised £34,157 and counting. With more buckets left to sort through it’s likely to be a fair bit more.

Volunteering for the Poppy Appeal is a really uplifting experience. It’s a great chance to meet lots of really lovely and generous people, many of whom happily donate £10 and £20 at a time. One man who donated to our stall’s bucket apparently put in about £200!

The Poppy Appeal hopes to raise at least £40 million in total this year and I think our team in Milton Keynes has a lot to be proud of this November.

It’s a joy to take part and I’m grateful they have me each year. If you’d like to take part next year just contact your local branch of the Legion and they’ll put you in touch with the person organising the rota. Our branch usually does two-hour shifts so it’s just a short time out of your week and it’s great fun for a really deserving cause.

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culture, Lifestyle, music, Retro, Vintage

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien

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Last night my friends Auriol, Ayesha (pictured) and I spent an evening in a Parisian/tiki haven – Ollie Vee’s in Leighton Buzzard. Vintage shop Ollie Vee’s, which recently transformed its basement into a tiki speakeasy, complete with a water feature and a four-foot statue, hosted a night with Edith Piaf.

Singer Susan Black performed some of Piaf’s best-known songs and between pieces told us the story of Piaf’s life – from her childhood in a brothel, her discovery as a performer, her contribution to the Résistance and to her poor health and drug addiction. All downstairs in tiki paradise.

The perfect first outing for my Family Affairs Cafe Zoe dress…

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