Let’s talk vintage. Apart from being one of my favourite ways to shop, it’s of course a more sustainable way too, and it’s great to shop vintage with the current trends that are popular in fashion right now. You can find things no one else has, or buy into current trends in an individual and even more affordable way. Of course I’m lucky enough to have my own vintage shop and I go vintage buying and sourcing on a regular basis so here are my five things I think are always better to buy vintage.

1. Prairie Dresses.

Prairie dress from Waiste Vintage

Vintage Gunne Sax prairie dress from Etsy

These are having a moment yet again, every time we get any in they sell straight away, and even more so after the new Little Woman film has just come out (still not seen it). I’d just like to say there are some great sustainable brands doing these too (Batsheva etc) but of course these are inspired by vintage dresses. The absolute vintage classic of these type of dresses (in my opinion)  is Gunne Sax (founded in 1967 they specialized in Victorian and Edwardian-style designs) so if you get your hands on one of those you’re winning (they’ve really sky rocketed in price but if you dig deep, try charity shops too). Try typing in Prairie Dress into and instagram search or check Etsy for the best selection of these.

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2. Jeans

Vintage Levi’s from my Brighton shop

A few of my fave vintage pairs, I like to cut off the hem at the bottom

Apart from the fact the denim industry, especially with fast fashion, is one fashion industry’s worst offenders of environmental damage as they use so much water to make, there is SO MUCH vintage denim out there, if you like to hunt for it you can find some great pairs of denim. Believe me once you find that perfect pair it’s worth the hunt. We sell (and I’m not exaggerating) hundreds of vintage Levi’s in the shop every month and the planet hasn’t been harmed in doing this. I’ve seen nearly every single jean style you can think of, and that’s just the one vintage brand we sell. Plus Levi’s don’t make them like they used to. A great brand that actually reworks Levi’s jeans is Redone, and you can read more about them here– they repurpose vintage Levi’s to give them a new lease of life if you’re looking for a certain fit. Obviously it can be quite difficult to find the perfect pair of vintage jeans, don’t be afraid to try on different sizes and cuts than you’re used to-for example I just don’t suit 501s as much as I’ve tried as i have a small waist and bigger hips and thighs, but I’ve found Levi’s 595’s are a great fit for me, I’ve also sized up in them as I find vintage styles smaller, plus they zip up so no fiddly buttons.

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3. Classic Vintage Designer Bags.

For me shopping for vintage classic designer bags is a far more affordable alternative than buying brand new, and the ones on offer are in such good condition they look brand new anyway.  A great place to find them is of course Vestiaire. They have SUCH A GOOD selection. Think Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Dior etc, all the it bags of the moment you can find great priced vintage classics on there. My tip is to type in what bag you’re looking for and save that search as an alert so you know immediately when someone is selling what you’re after.  My boyfriend bought me this vintage tan brown Chanel 10″ 2.55 double flap bag for Christmas (she is so beautiful my new baby, just look at her) and I couldn’t be more in love for it-he found it on eBay and it’s been authenticated (be careful on places like eBay that are prone to fakes) and it was half the price of any new version.

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4. ‘Decade’ trends.

Dress and leather trench from Waiste Vintage 

I know, I know this one is a bit vague…but what I mean by this is the 60s/70s/80s style items that have come back and are having a moment again right now. Why buy a cheap/expensive copy of a vintage style when you can buy the real deal? Think puff sleeves, fringe jackets, leather trench coats wool blazers, retro print dresses, leather jackets-all these you can find great vintage alternatives to the high street.  I specialise in 60s/70s vintage but other places to look are Vestiaire/Farfetch pre-owned (for amazing genuine vintage designer pieces) and Etsy and Ebay. Orrrr instagram is another great place to discover vintage shops-try using hashtags and keywords to find what decade you’re looking for.

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5. Fluffy collared (and cuff)/ Penny Lane style coats.

Of course these have to be vintage! There are SO MANY good ones out there, you know the ones, they’re usually leather or suede with a fluffy collar or fluffy collar and cuffs. I have a vintage collection of a quite a few of these, I swap and change them in and out of my wardrobe constantly, my new favourite is this beautiful green leather vintage trench with fluffy collar. If you want the fluffy collar and cuffs why not get creative and add your own to a vintage leather trench coat? I’m thinking of adding some removable cuffs to this green one. Places to find these: Waiste, Etsy, Ebay.

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Happy New Year, and Happy New decade.

Wow where did that go? I hope everyone had a lovely festive break (hopefully without too much family drama etc) As always, Christmas and New Year went by in the blink of an eye. I always feel like they should move New Year to when the Winter changes to Spring as I find there’s nothing sadder than waking up on New Years day knowing that the weather is still going to be as bleak for the whole of January. We spent Christmas in Stoke at my mums then headed over to Sheffield, then spent New Year in a big house in Alfreton with Ollie’s family, it was sooo nice to have TEN ACTUAL DAYS OFF and away from Brighton and the shop, there’s been too many stressful things going on with that recently (that I can’t talk about for legal reasons) I’m hoping we get it sorted soon because the stress and the anxiety it’s caused us over the past few months of last year has been awful. When stressful situations like the one we’re currently going through happen, I do have the tendency to become a bit introverted and pull back away from everything and not want to do anything, so I’m trying not to let that happen this time and let it affect me in that way this year.

This year I’ve not made any resolutions because to be honest I don’t really believe in them, why wait til New Year you can make them anytime, but I have made a promise to push myself to create more content, focus on my blog and YouTube and put myself out there more. And to stop focusing on the numbers/comparing myself to others.

Looking back over last year, it was a pretty rocky one but with some great things too. I’m so proud of everything I’ve achieved personally , starting the year off by signing to Premier and took on loads of exiting new projects and campaigns, I feel like this is only the beginning with them and I’m so looking forward to what is in store this year. I took a step back from working in my shop as I quickly realised working in it wasn’t for me and it was making me really unhappy as it wasn’t creative enough. And with everything going on I didn’t want to give myself any more anxiety about it than I already have.

I still do all the vintage buying of course (something I have and always will LOVE) and I started to concentrate more on growing the Waiste website again as that had been really neglected, and it’s really started to work so thank you so much for anyone who has made a purchase and supported my brand in any way. It means the world. I’m still trying to figure out how to juggle everything and not feel overwhelmed and stressed by it all but we hired someone to take care of the listing and posting so that’s a big weight off my shoulders. As much as I want to I can’t do it all.

As bleak as January is, and as much as I’d rather be my pyjamas binging on whatever Netflix series I’m into (at the moment it’s Queen of the South-so far so GREAT) I know that procrastination is my worst enemy, so this year I’m stopping that and facing anything I know I’d rather put off and not deal with straight away. I’m a perfectionist and most of the time I feel like nothing I’m doing is good enough, so I’ve made a promise that this year I’m going to recognise all of my achievements and get that content out, flaws and all because no one is perfect and this is what I love to do, so I’m not going to listen to the voice in my head telling me I’m not good enough.

2020 is the year of self love and self belief.

Photography: The Curries

Dress: gifted from And Other Stories

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Party season is well and truly upon us. And I probably should have written this post about a month ago but there you go. Before I continue, let me just say I LOVE party dresses, this is not a post bashing them by any means, but I wanted to give you a few different outfit options/inspiration to make you stand out this part season, as I know for me that unless it’s a vintage number, I always have the fear that someone will turn up in the same dress as me. So I’ve looked into a few other options for you to make sure you are looking your best this party season. Including the piece I am loving at the moment-sequin trousers.

How good are these gold Sezane ones? They look great with this arket pussybow blouse or any satin/sheer puff sleeve blouse, I do love a gold and cream combination but they’d just look stunning with a black one too, I’ve linked a couple of styling options below-and if you want to make them into a jazzy daywear option (as who says sequin trousers are only for parties-not me) they look just as good with an oversized jumper too.

I also love the maxi skirt and top option, I recently wore the same arket blouse as I’m wearing here and left the bow open with my vintage silk maxi skirt in the same colour (see here  – linked a very similar one below) and that went down a treat, I loved that outfit and am definitely planning to wear it again soon. So you can also mix and match these outfits to create different looks for different festive  events. Side note: everyone actually thought it was one dress and were amazed when I told them it was separate pieces. I’ve linked a similar two piece by Sezane below, how pretty is that tulle skirt and shirt?

Trousers: Sezane (gift) Clips: And Other Stories, Satin Blouse: Arket (gift) Sandals: old Sezane

All photography: The Curries

Another thing I love and need to get into more are suits, I’ve included a dreamy one from and Other Stories (would look great with the arket satin blouse underneath, similar vibes to my satin outfit but in suit form and that rather snazzy gold one below from Topshop. That would look great either worn just the blazer with jeans, or as a set, or just the skirt with a blouse. That’s three different looks right there, and the same goes for THAT sleeper party pyjama set that’s been on my wishlist forever too. I’ve also included the matching top to the gold sequin Sezane trousers if you wanted to do double sequins, or how about a black sequin jumpsuit?

 

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This blog post is a little different to what I usually post-but a very exciting one nonetheless. Last week I was asked to style up two girls in the style of Margot Robbie’s character Sharon Tate in the film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

Now, if you’ve not seen the film, it’s Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film (one of my favourite filmmakers ever) starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie. Set in Hollywood, LA in 1969 when the times are changing, Hollywood was between eras. , Margot Robbie plays Sharon Tate, the beautiful up-and-coming movie star living next door to Rick Dalton (Leo). If you are familiar with Sharon Tate you know she was one of Hollywood’s style icons in the 60s and costume designer Arianne Phillips pays homage to that.

I was asked to create four looks based on the character from the film, two day and two evening. Obviously being a vintage storeowner this is right up my street. As you know I specialise in 60s and 70s vintage stock so this was pretty much a dream job for me. I took inspiration from Arianne who used lots of yellow and orange-very Californian and very 60s inspired.

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

 

The two day looks were based on the iconic mini skirt and polo neck Sharon Tate wore ( Margot Robbie wearing this to the cinema in the film) and the simple t-shirt and shorts she wears when she was dancing in her bedroom. I did opt for jeans though as it is December!

These are the two day looks I created, and we shot them on the iconic Carnaby Street in London. I tried to use vintage as much as possible to style the girls to keep it true to style. On Kiera,  she is wearing a vintage black knit polo neck and white leather mini skirt, necklace from Two Feathers and white knee high 60s style boots from Jonak. Margot is wearing a yellow striped t-shirt from ASOS and vintage flared jeans with Kooples tan leather boots. I thought they both looked so great in the clothes.

 

Pics courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/pinterest.

For the evening looks, of course I had to recreate the iconic snakeskin trench look that both Sharon Tate wore,  (to the premiere of Rosemary’s Baby) and Margot Robbie wears to a party in the film. The coat was originally made by Ossie Clark and it was recreated for the film. I absolutely love this floor length snakeskin patterned coat and it’s recreation – it’s one of my favourite looks from the film., This was one of my favourite looks to style up.

I found a beautiful snakeskin trench for Kiera from Mint Velvet and paired it with some brown knee high boots from Bobbies, with a vintage headscarf wrapped around her head, just like Margot had. Underneath I chose a 60s style dress from Realisation Par in the classic 60s yellow colour (, very similar to the yellow two piece worn in the film), with a turquoise squash blossom style necklace from Two Feathers. On Margot I dressed her in a 60s brown yellow and orange dress, drawing through the classic 60s californian colours and the colours from Kiera’s head scarf and she is wearing the 60s white Jonak boots. We shot these on Hollywood Road and in the beautiful Hollywood Arms –  in the Boulevard bar – -the perfect decadent background for the evening looks.

I had so much fun recreating these iconic looks from the film, it was such an amazing experience to be able to do this and create a fun 60s Hollywood look book to celebrate the home entertainment release. My dream day basically. I would love to know what you think of the looks and if you haven’t seen the film, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is out now to download & keep or own on, 4K UltraHD, Blu-ray and DVD.

 

Hair and Make up: Pamela & Andrea Make Up

Stylist : me

Photographer: Sophie Anneliese

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We’ve all been there. I’m there right now to be honest which is why I’m writing this post. The colder weather is creeping in, it’s dark by 4pm , more often than not throwing it down with rain (especially recently-when will it end?) and all you’ve just about forgotten how to get dressed properly as all you feel like throwing on is some jeans and a jumper because it’s easy and you’re cold.

So to give you a little inspiration for the colder weather, and to show you you can definitely still wear dresses even when it’s cold. I’ve brought together the ten winter dresses to get you out of that routine because as easy as it is to just throw on a jumper, I find it makes for lazy dressing and you can get stuck in a rut and get bored really easily in winter. Think heavy fabrics such as velvet, darker colours, long sleeves, knitted, longer lengths and darker patterns and prints. They also look great layered with a polo neck underneath to keep you warm.

Dress gifted from: Lily and Lionel, Boots: The Kooples, Bag: See by Chloe

These dresses are perfect with boots/tights/cardigans/cosy teddy coats etc etc and are in fact lazy dressing-maybe even lazier than jumpers and jeans as you’re only throwing one thing on instead of two! Win win really.

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