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.
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.
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
photo above taken from fashionfoiegras. Here I am having my eyelashes done.
Last night I attended the Jacques Townhouse launch party. Its was above and beyond how I expected it to be. As you walked into the entrance of the hotel, enthusiastic staff would cheer your arrival. A bell boy would then be called to walk you around the house and describe what each of the rooms entailed.
Downstairs was the living room where make-up artists and nail technician were waiting to give you a make-over or apply false eyelashes. Also what I didn’t notice until he end was a plasma screen with the behind the scene filming of our Jacques advertising photoshoot. I had consumed a couple of glasses of Jacques by this point and found it incredibly funny. Downstairs also had the bar area, the enchanted garden and the party room, where Kiesha did an amazing first solo performance, away from the Sugarbabes.
Upstairs had an amazing dressing up room/photostudio where guests could try on vintage clothing and have their own little photoshoot and there was a grand table room with cupcake decorating lessons. Is this just the most perfect evening for girls?
The above peach dress I am wearing above was gifted to me from JARLO London and so many people said they loved the colour. I kind of felt like a mermaid with my hair waved and the shape of the dress jarlo renee maxi dress.
We still have the Liverpool launch to attend, so looking forward to that. Please see my video footage below of the Jacques Townhouse press launch.
This isn’t so much a fashion or beauty post, but it is in a way a personal style post. You take from life and your surroundings, inspiration and ideas. This can influence you, what you wear and who you are. I grew up in a large town in West Sussex, 30 minutes outside of London, then went on to move around London and worked in the West End. I am very much a city dweller, so I am still surprised with myself that I wanted to move to such a rural area of the country. I think it had a lot to do with becoming a mother and wanting my daughter to live in a nice area, with lots of fresh air. I don’t think I have even seen a police car the whole year and a half I have lived here. Of course like most of the county you get the tweeny groups, hanging around on street corners with tracky bottoms and mockney accents, but I will leave them out of my down the rabbbit hole photographs. I still spend alot of my time in the big city and thankfully, it is only a 40 minute train ride into central.
I had only noticed this was a shop about a week ago, I suppose I had assumed it was a bush every time we drove past it. Kind of reminds me of the little houses on Lord of the rings, that the hobbits lived it.
Bookham has a few quaint gift shops, I love the above one that is called Cascade. Most of my daughters hair accessories are from here and they really take pride in the adorable window and in-store displays.
Who lives in a house like this? Well I believe it is rented office space, but how small is the above door? Too cute for words. Just a glimpse into my life outside of just clothing and fashion. In which I also has changed a part of my style since I have been here, wanting to learn how to sow, kitchy garments and a collection of wellies (will save for another post) Hope you enjoyed looking at the photos.
I was looking at the 80′s vintage red stilettos that my nan of all people gave to me and I felt like the 80′s look should be incorporated somewhat in my outfit today. I am wearing a black boob tube thrifted from my wardrobe, I have a feeling I have owned it for about 6 or 7 years. It has accompanied me on most of my adult life holidays and always comes in handy, I also have a yellow and brown one stuffed in there somewhere.
The striped tubed midi skirt is from River Island and I have worn it before on Memoir Mode, but a different style. The gold belt I live in that was given to me on the Look shoot as the love was obviously apparent and all the jewellery is all from boots, believe it all not. I didn’t even know they did costume jewellery until the other day. Sunglasses are French Connection.
So there you have it, my 80′s look
What feels like years I finally get to see the Jacques advertising photographs that I am in with Rachael Le’Garrett and Katie Tunn. I want to thank everyones support again, I had so much fun at the shoots. The set for the Jacques campaign was amazing I took some behind the scenes photographs of the set if you are into that sort of thing.
The Jacques Townhouse is now back ready for 2011 and booking on the facebook page. Just look on the left hand side of the page and click on the ‘townhouse’ link to book your place. Believe it or not this amazing venue and all that goes with it, is completely free.
Due to last year’s enormous success, The Jacques Townhouse returns this summer! You and a friend are invited to a soiree of glamour and fun where you can relax with a sparkling glass of Jacques in the enchanted garden, receive a stylish makeover and star in your very own fashion shoot. More fabulous than ever, this year The Jacques Townhouse will be popping up in both London and Liverpool, so if you missed out last time make sure to reserve a place for you and a friend now
If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about, what the hell is Jacques and what is the townhouse? I did a quick overview on a previous post.
I came across a site yesterday called antique dresses and must of been on there for about an hour oohing and aahing at the dresses for sale on there. I especially loved the 20′s flapper dresses below.
How stunning are they? unfortunately for me they were selling for thousands of dollars, not sure if they are worth that much though, but I can see people paying for the beauty and intricate detailed beauty of these unique dresses that are apparently in almost mint condition. They were also selling this stunning 1900′s cape:
Lucy In Disguise were selling the below 40s tulle dress and it just made me think how you just don’t see things about like this anymore, the detail in the design and fabric. Simply beautiful and so classic. I have been saving photo’s of antique and vintage garments I love, hoping that one day I will properly learn how to make dresses and actually wear dresses I am completely in love with. If anyone has any tips, I would love to know.
We have been teased for months with the Lucy In Disguise collection created by sisters Sarah Owen and Lily Allen. Now with a unveil by Vogue we can finally have a gander at the collection.
I for one am not disappointed, I was really excited when I saw the illustrations. I am a lover of reproduction vintage and there isn’t a huge offering out there, especially luxury pieces.
Lucy In Disguise is based on a fictional character ‘Lucy’. who is a time travelling fashionista.
I CAVORTED MY WAY THROUGH THE TWENTIES? PUT ON THE HOLLYWOOD RITZ IN THE THIRTIES? DUG FOR VICTORY IN THE FORTIES? ROCK AND ROLLED THROUGH THE FIFTIES? WIGGED OUT IN THE SIXTIES? DISCO DANCED THE SEVENTIES AWAY? WORKED IT IN THE EIGHTIES? SLACKED IT THROUGH THE NINETIES? GUILTY, BABES. GUILTY AS CHARGED
The 18 piece collection features tea dresses, jitterbug dresses, jumpsuits, playsuits and floor sweeping maxis, everything a 20 century girl could need to hop through each decade.
Whoever thought up this concept is genius, what girl (however old) doesn’t like to play dress-up. The Lucy In Disguise store is situated in Covent Garden and also has a salon where you can have a vintage inspired make-over and hair styled. The store also features a private dressing room, where fashion lovers can hold girly shopping parties.
The Lucy in Disguise collection ranges from £110 to £395, and goes on sale June 6th at Harvey Nichols and at lucyindisguiselondon.com
What I always find interesting is how fashion regenerates itself. This season we have seen the rise of the palazzo trousers (pants), or wide leg trousers. Magazines and blogs are making this trend out to be new and fresh, some even referring it to a 70s look, but the real truth is it has been a trend all through the 20th and 21st century. Although the style has had many names, we have really taken hold of the Palazzo term.
The look has been accompanied with all sorts of different accessories over the years, but looking at the 70s Vogue Pattern picture in the second line of images below. We are really replicating the 70′s style this year, with the crop tops, vests and turbans. Also very similar to the 30′s photo’s below of Renée Perle.
We live in a fast pass fashion era and I am thrilled that we have quickly seen the decline of the harem trousers, the most ridiculous and unattractive trend (bar UGG boots) that I have ever seen. I have fully embraced the palazzo trousers trend and I have a selection below of my favourite pairs. I already live in the pair that I purchased from ASOS (photo above) and really need to invest in a few more pairs.
You can click through on the below images to get to the products, but you can also find the asos palazzo trousers I adore in this post. The more we are getting into the summer, the more I like floral print palazzo trousers. I don’t really like to mix prints too much, so a plain crop top, vest or tee, would go nicely with the trousers and a pair of wedges is a must
I always like to look at the old greats for fashion and beauty idea’s. Audrey Hepburn was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful woman who ever lived so what was her secrets?
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”
Her secret was a poem wrote by Sam Levenson, something she quoted from regularly. Although they are not beauty tips per se, I think they are beautiful sentiments and something I will refer back to. Clothing and make-up let you express yourself, let you be creative and let you be an individual. I don’t believe it should be defining point of anyone, too many people are wrapped up in purely what they look like and think that is what makes them attractive. I especially love the part that says “The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes”. I completely agree, what’s the point in being beautiful on the outside, if you are ugly on the inside.
Oh Audrey if only you was alive today to show modern day celebrities how to be a role model.
She was asked in 1992 if she had any personal beauty secrets besides Levenson’s philosophical tips, she said “If I had them, I’d make a fortune. But I know what helps – health, lots of sleep, lots of fresh air, and a lot of help from Estee Lauder”
I have previously said in this blog how much I love independent fashion labels and I LOVE JARLO. I have only just recently discovered the brand while browsing through one of their stockists site (fashion pony). I really wanted to view more on what they had to offer and was in awe of the vintage inspired prints and silhouettes.
JARLO was only started in 2008 by Carly Hallahan at a stall in Portobello Road market and has quickly been taken into the hearts of fashion lovers across the UK and now branching out into the rest of Europe.
Inspired by the latest catwalk fashion stories and colours, JARLO will be the label you love. Key styles include cute tea dresses, figure hugging bandeau styles, floor sweeping silky maxis and slick tailoring, all available in a range of gorgeous prints and fabrics.
I waited very patiently for the above maxi dress, checking everyday for a month to see if it had come in stock. I can’t put my finger on what I loved so much about it, but it feels like absolute luxury to wear. The brown belts were included with both dresses. Believe it or not after all my waiting, the peaches maxi dress sold out the first day it arrived in stock. Thankfully for me one of their stockist (Oliver Bonas) had stocked up on the popular style.
The top image is of a vintage inspired tea dress, the gorgeous Keira Knightley was seen out in the Red version, which I can only imagine was a massive boast for the label.
I really could go mad on the JARLO e-shop if the finances allowed, and the product updates on their Facebook page is pure hell. Its not often I am enticed by so many products from one Label. Here are some more dresses I love
If you haven’t already heard of them (even with the press boost over the last few weeks) then I highly recommend you do www.jarlolondon.com. Although I must put a public service warning for your credit card
As soon as walked up to this store and saw the beautifully attired shabby chic mannequin in crystals and gemstones, I just thought eeeeeee, you know that overwhelming feeling of joy, when a girl see’s something sparkly. The inside of the store has a lovely ambiance (as my mum would say) and I felt overjoyed with the mountains of pearls and handmade gemstone jewellery.
I was immediately drawn to the Rock Crystal Padma Hoop Earrings which featured woven crystal quartz beads around an 18 carat gold vermeil frame. Also a gorgeous little hair-comb detailed with freshwater pearls and swarovski crystals. Both had a vintage feel about them and imagined a ton of outfits I could wear them with.
What really thrilled me was the packaging. I didn’t even want to open it for a couple of days to show the other half as I didn’t want to ruin it. Not sure what it was about it, maybe because it was pink, with a little dicky bow tie. I am imagining all the future presents I have to get and saved time worrying what to get, this would be perfect for any girly girl.
All in all it was a lovely visit and I will be returning. They have stores in Bath, Cambridge, Farnham, Godalming, Guildford, Reigate and Wimbledon Village, so if you are around those areas pop in and have a look. If not they have an e-commerce store: www.westwoodrocks.com. I did ask the lady on the counter if they deliver with all the nice packaging still and she said yes. If you are looking for something different to do on a hen do, they also run hen parties and little girls birthday parties, how cute.