A couple of weeks ago I went along to the Tara Starlet Xmas blogger party and Oh my goodness… this event really was the reindeer’s b***ocks! We played dress-up with the Tara Starlet Autumn/Winter styles, had vintage locks and retro make-up applied by Pretty Me Vintage. There was a Xmasy spread laid out for us and after we had consumed a few Martini cocktails…posed for a little photoshoot.
Hallelujah I have managed to get an outdoor outfit post in while we still have this glorious weather. This was my all time favourite dress from the Jarlo SS12 line and I have worn it quite a few times already. Its a comfortable length and I love the vintage inspired feel.
I keep laughing at this socks and sandals trend. I never understood why old dudes wore both together. There is even a long running joke about German holiday makers and their socks and sandals. Here we all are, well quite a few of us walking around in socks and sandals for no particular reason.
My mother questioned why I was wearing them together, but I quite like it. I think it looks a bit dodge on flat or low heels, what do you think, would you wear socks and sandals?
Yesterday evening I ventured over to Westfield Stratford City for the first time to check out the Westfield and Getty Images Marilyn Monroe Gallery Preview event.
To mark 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s death, Westfield Stratford City and Getty Images Gallery are presenting ‘Marilyn’, an exclusive collection of photographs ranging from Monroe’s early years as an aspiring actress through to her rise to international stardom.
The spectacle of the evening really was the best Marilyn lookalike I have ever seen. Suzie Kennedy is a world renowned Marilyn impersonator and everyone wanted to get a photo with her. Can you image what it would have been like when the real Marilyn walked into a room!
I loved looking through the collection of photos and nothing amused me more than listening to the commentary of budding photographers either side of me. I am not sure you can discuss the technicality of a photograph when the model is Marilyn.
All images are available to buy on print, the prices and sizes are displayed underneath each image. Also on display is video content and 14 original film costumes and dresses.
Find Getty Images Gallery on The Street. Admission is free.
23 March – 3 June 2012
Mon-Fri: 10.00-21.00 Sat: 09.00-21.00 Sun: 12:00-18:00
edit: I just wanted to add all my photo’s were taken with the new love of my life, the Canon 50mm f1.8 lens. There was no flash needed with this night time event, using this lens. Love, love, love love it.
When I started Memoir Mode I posted up some family photos of the 1940s. The blog had only been alive for a couple of weeks so only a handful of people have seen them. My grandmothers family had an American magazine follow them around to see how a ‘British Family’ were living postwar. So I am really lucky to have professional quality photo’s of my family in the 1940s.
The previous post was based solely on what my Grandmother and my Great-Aunt were wearing, but there are plenty of other photo’s I wanted to post. In fact there are so many, I might just do a few scattered posts.
Quite a few of the photo’s have snippets of the articles that were published, so I will quote them underneath the photo’s.
Mr Wall is at present employed as a maintenance foreman, a responsible job, by the Metal Box Company. one of the many modern factories strung out along the Great West Road which leads out of London. He lives with his family in a neat, semi-detached villa in the north London suburb of South Harrow.
like most of Britain’s housewives, Mrs. Wall’s life is immensely complicated by shortages and rationing. Laundries that only collect and deliver once a month and doing her own washing on the skimpy ration of three tablets of soap per ration book a month.
Her spare time is devoted to her pretty daughters, now nineteen and seventeen. She finds them widely varying temperaments. The elder Irene, a serious girl with a taste for music, a lover of the open air. Spends her week-ends riding in nearby Ruislip. While the younger girl, Florence, prefers Cole Porter to Greig and the reflected warm glow of Hollywood to the wind of the heath.
Children at the camp have their own playground. Florence and Irene Wall join the kiddies on the slide.
So that their parents do not see them before Christmas Day, Irene and Florence Wall hide the presents behind books in the book case. They will be brought out on Christmas morning.
At 7.30 the Wall’s buy tickets at south Harrow station for the tube to take them to Shepherds Bush. Fare is ninepence. The Wall’s pay a monthly visit to the theatre in the winter as a rule.
About once a month the Wall family take a tube train into the West End of London to the Theatre. Half an house run from South Harrow they can manage to get to the second performance of a variety show easily after their evening meal.
The tastes of the Wall family for the drama vary as they do in most things. Both Mr and Mrs Wall have a liking for old-time variety while their older daughter Irene prefers something more highbrow, the ballet, or an orchestral concert. Young Florence has a soft-spot for the more stream-lined sophistication of Musical comedy.
But about this time of year most British families unite in going to that peculiar British function, the pantomime. Though it is technically a Christmas show the pantomime occupies the time of most of Britain’s variety artists (more generally called music hall stars) right up to Easter. For them it is the highest paid, steadiest job of the year. For British families it is almost a duty to attend.
Main shopping street in South Harrow. South Harrow is 12 miles out of London, is a dormitory suburb for those who commute daily to London. the building of factories on London’s Great West Road in recent years has done away with the need for commuting on the part of some of Harrow’s residents. Mr. Wall is one of them.
Because electric light is cut off from nine to twelve in the morning and from two to four in the afternoon, the walls have to spend the early hours of winter’s dusk by candlelight. Mr. Wall fills in the football pools (they were later all cancelled because of the weather), Mrs. Wall knits, Florence reads a book.
I hope you enjoyed the photos and the commentary (I imagine that funny radio voice of the 1940s when I am reading them) I find them absolutely fascinating, not just because it is my beloved Nana’s photo’s (Florence), but I really am obsessed with the 40s and 50s.
Yesterday I made my way to East London to have a seasonal catch-up with the lovely JARLO and have a sneaky peak at the AW12-13 collection.
Carly stated that she doesn’t trend watch for inspiration and she just feels that she knows ‘what woman want’. I have to agree, I walked out of the JARLO studio wanting practically everything. There was cute little humming bird print shift dresses, beautiful capes, lace panel detail dresses and tops.
JARLO is focusing on more separates for next season in which I spotted a 90′s inspired pleather mini skirt and for those who like to funk up their look, coloured animal print tops.
There is certainly something for everyone in the JARLO AW12 collection, YAY for JARLO.
(Monochrome cardigan from Republic)
This is part of the 5th blog post for Republic, head over there for more photos. The basic gist of the post is with all the colour fads and trends out there, we forget that the most flattering shades are black and white.
I do love a good old monochrome outfit, but you can run the risk of being asked the bill if you are out in a restaurant so accessories are key here. I love the retro look of the cardigan I picked from Republic above, so I went with a lady like approach. In fact the cardigan looks very Chanel don’t you think?
I finished off the look with retro hair and make-up, a broach for the top of the blouse and two sets of costume pearls doubled up.
These photos are for one of my JARLO blog posts. This dress has been my best friend for the whole of the winter and I have worn it to death. I wore it in a slo-mo video for The Sun with Bubblegarm, Big Fashionista, Fashion Foie Gras, Perfectly Polished & Katies Beauty Blog. The video was unfortunately cancelled so I can’t show you that (sad face). Really disappointed about that one, the clips from the monitor looked great. Some you win, some you loose I suppose. In any case it was great to met some seriously awesome bloggers.
I have a new favourite way of doing my hair at the moment, really quick and easy. I don’t usually follow youtube videos, but I thought the series of John Frieda ones were very useful
Also I forgot that Memoir Mode turned 1 on Monday, I am a really bad, baaaad blog mother. I will put together a little giveaway next week to celebrate her birthday.
The 1920s is by far my favourite era for fashion. Imagine my delight when I stumbled across Wallis’s 1923 collection of 1920s inspired dresses and coats. Wallis is not usually a brand I would even look at for my clothing needs, I always felt it was slightly too old and frumpy. I don’t think I have even walked inside the store to even check it out, just proves you should open your eyes once in a while and you might be pleasantly surprised.
What I find really charming is that the pieces in the collection are brought to life from original sketches. The coral flapper inspired dress above, was taken from Wallis’s dress pattern archive for a 1927 swing range. My fascination is obviously shared with plenty of others as the dress I really wanted to get (a gold beaded flapper dress) has sold out, never to return boo hoo. I wont put you though the same torture as me by posting the picture If you haven’t already seen it, It was simply divine.
The last picture is my interpretation on a 1920′s inspired modern look and how I would wear one of the dresses. I think it can be quite a hard look to pull off. The last thing you want is to look like you are the only one at the party that was told it is fancy dress (think Bridget Jones and the ‘tarts and vicars’ party) I think I would leave out the feathered head pieces and lashings of pearl jewellery.
When I was at Look Magazine for a photo-shoot, the hair stylist turned my hair into a long version of the popular 1920s finger waves (shown above). If I remember rightly, he curled my hair all over with a large barrelled curling iron, left to cool, took a comb and just literally combed down over and over again until it created the wave. I will attempt to do it myself and if successful, make a hair tutorial.
The cloche hat is from M&S, which was a very popular style in the 1920s. After a few seasons of chunky heels, pointys are starting to get a look in again. I love these black t-bar pointed toe shoes from ASOS, they would be perfect for creating a 20′s inspired look. I love my statement tights so lastly these polka dot tights are by Wolford and you can purchase at My Tights
The Kodak test video below was made in 1922 and was one of the first videos to be created in colour. It was a whole 13 years later that a full length feature was made in colour.
I am fascinated (possibly obsessed) with the 1920′s, I have no idea why. Luke recently surprised me with an original 1920′s nursery poster print, that I wanted to put in Eva’s room. I want to find a nice frame to mount it with and then I will post photo’s on here.
After the bloke sent me this yesterday (apparently it reminds him of me). I decided I really wanted to line my walls with some vintage prints. Luke has very much been the ‘interior designer’ in our house, he hasn’t really given me any choice. Things are about to change. Do you hear me boooiii.
At the moment my house really does look like a ‘man’s house’ colours consist of dark browns, beige s, African masks, bongo drums and huge TV’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love these features, I just want to bring some of my personality to this house (apart from the piles of clothes all over the floors up stairs).
He will probably regret giving me this inspiration as I have found myself emerged in hunting for gorgeous prints, that I can look at on a day-to-day basis and give some life to this dull manly house.