Vintage Inspiration

It’s been a while, I hope you are all well and enjoying 2016 so far. To cut a long story short the end of last year was crazy for me. I like to think that I am a dab hand at multitasking but with a very busy period at work and a little one who is very definitely the boss in the Fox household, I found little time and even less head space for blogging. Then when I did sit down and type away I found that for one reason or another the pieces never made it onto the blog. Never fear though, I’ve still been getting my vintage fix when I can and I hope you all have too!

I thought I would share some things I’ve come across which have given me inspiration over the last few months.

Best friend TV 

I’ve managed to watch a lot of TV over the last few months and my top picks for vintage / fashion inspiration are:

A documentary called Iris. The film follows a 93 year old with style to die for. It is a great watch. If you love fashion and seeing someone who embodies individuality and sass then this is certainly one to check out.

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Dior and I, is another documentary. I had wanted to see it at the cinema but never got round to it. It’s an insight into the creative process of designing a season line-up at Dior. It’s full of archive photos, inspiration from the past and sewing skills which will blow your mind. The end results are wonderful and a girl like me could only dream of ever owning anything from the collection.

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Velvet  –  a Spanish TV series (2 series so far), is set in the 1950s in a high end department store which has its own seamstresses. I got really hooked on this but could only watch when I was feeding little one as its subtitled! I loved watching the fashion, if this doesn’t make you want to sew nothing will!

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I’ve discovered on-line shopping (happy me, not so happy wife)!

I know for many people buying clothes on-line is part of day-to-day life and unless you just woke up from the 1980s you know how to do it! Until now I’ve never really been a fan. I like to touch the fabric of a dress and never usually buy anything without trying it on first. However, with a little one now taking up all our spare time I’ve not been getting to the shops as much. This has been offset by my discovery of the vintage designs on offer from Lindy Bop. The clothes are fun and very reasonably priced. You could say that I have developed a Bop addiction, or that I’m a Big Bopper (see what I did there!).

I had read about the company a lot on-line and when I spotted someone wearing one of their dresses to an event I was really impressed with the quality. So during a middle of the night feed, when the wife was not around to stop me, I placed an order. I haven’t looked back since.

Lindy Bop  is really worth checking out, with dresses for around £20-£30 they are not going to break the bank and they have a great returns process so if it doesn’t fit it’s not stressful to return. I was very impressed.

I have my eye on a few for this season! I better get saving…

Our Day Out  

We’ve managed some trips out to London as a family and one of these was to the Imperial War Museum to see Lee Miller: A Woman’s War. It was a gift from the in-laws for Christmas and I was really pleased I got to see it. I didn’t know much about Lee Miller but was honoured to get to see her work and learn more about her. She was a truly remarkable woman.

While we where at the IMW we also looked at an exhibition they had based on a family through the years. It was so interesting to see what happened to all the children over the war years and I got some great vintage inspiration!

So there you have it, a few things which I hope will give you inspiration, they did for me and I’m feeling much more ready to face the world (sort of). x


8 thoughts on “Vintage Inspiration

  1. Good to see you back! The Iris documentary is just brilliant isn’t it. I think I may go back and watch it again. Glad you’ve discovered Lee Miller. Her life was certainly out of the ordinary!

  2. It looks like you have been very busy! Another blogger recommended a film called The Dressmaker starring Kate Winslet set in 1950s Australia. I have not seen it yet but it does sound your kind of film. Good to see you back!

    1. I have heard of it and saw the adverts when it was at the cinema but some how never made it, the fashion looks right up my street you know me well!
      Hope you are good x

  3. I was just thinking of you the other day and wondering how you were all getting along! So nice to have you back and enjoyed your post. I’ve never bought clothes on-line – the hassle of size and returns, and like you, I like to feel the fabric. Your buys look gorgeous.

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