Hey lovelies, how’ve you been? It’s been a while since my last post, but I thought I’d write something about my new haircut and also take the opportunity to show you a beautiful new dress by Dolly and Dotty. I wore this dress on my birthday dinner and I felt like the hostess with the mostess. I’m usually either an 8 or a 10, depending on the stretch of the fabric. I got a 10 in this one, because it’s not very stretchy. And it turns out it fits perfectly.<3 My hair was a bit longer then and I styled it my usual Marilyn-esque way. It looked very historically accurate.
So why did I decide to cut my hair? I made a big mistake a few months ago when I first cut my hair. It was shoulder length and I was able to do a lot more vintage styles, like the “pageboy” or even a “poodle”. But I was going through some stuff in my personal life and as per usual I took it out on my hair. And even though I was still able to do a vintage hairstyle with my shorter hair (the Marilyn style), I felt it looked a bit “old lady” on me. I think short vintage hairstyles have that effect. So my hairstyle was making me look older and I definitely don’t want that. If I was in my twenties maybe I wouldn’t mind, but I’m clearly not, therefore I had to change my hair!
My favorite eras are the 40’s, the 50’s, and early 60’s. Sometimes I like to mix and match and I may even add a modern touch to my style. I tried to think outside the box and find a short hairstyle that would look good on me and still look “vintage”. And then Jean Seberg and Leslie Caron came to my mind. They had that stylish “gamine” haircut (French word, meaning a boyish looking girl), but they were still wearing beautiful and very feminine dresses, full skirts or pedal pushers. So there we go, I found my new hairstyle! Actually this haircut isn’t new to me, I had it a few years back, only a tad more modern. That’s how I knew that it would suit me. I kept the fringe longer than in the original gamine style, but I think next time I’ll trim it more.
So what do you guys think, does this suit me more or not? And do take a look at the Dolly and Dotty site, they have some fabulous pieces at very affordable prices!
Top: Zara (old) (both the light blue and the animal print) Pedal pushers: Vivien of Holloway Shoes: Zara (old) Brooch: Vintage
If you’re trying to build a vintage style or pinup wardrobe you have to start with the essentials. And what other than the pedal pushers?! It is something you can wear everyday, mixing and matching with different sweaters and tops and you can create many styles for the day or even for the evening. I found my favorite pedal pushers at Vivien of Holloway and I have been wearing them all the time. They’re high waisted and kind of loose fitting, in a non stretchy cotton fabric.
For a more authentic look, you can combine them with a slash neck top , a sweater or a shirt you can tuck in or maybe a twin set. I also always pair it with a wide belt for extra cinching at the waist. For shoes, you can choose from high heeled pumps, ankle boots, brogues, ballerinas or even sneakers (50’s style).
Photography by John @portraitsandpinups at his studio. Here I am playing with his cat Chili, who is so cute and funny!
This is the last of my shoots in London. I’d like to thank John for collaborating with me and taking such amazing pictures! I’ll miss London and all the wonderful and talented people I met! <3
This is my very last photoshoot, before I left London and I really love how it turned out. Especially this first shot right outside the Vogue building. What could be more posh than that?! Of course I was freezing and I was lucky enough that John (@portraitsandpinups) is so quick to take good pics!
Anyways, moving on to the main focus, which is the dress: isn’t this dress divine? I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on the British Retro site. British Retro is a small business (and I like supporting small businesses), that make vintage inspired clothing and their garments are all made in one of the oldest factories in the East End of London.
I bought two garments, the one in the pics, which is called “Something about Kitty” and another one which you’ll see when the weather is a bit nicer (praying for that).
I’m also rocking my new reading glasses by Retropeepers. Aren’t they cute?!
After freezing while trying to play cool (no pun intended lol) and take good pics, I had the marvelous idea to have a coffee at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, and fortunately we were allowed to take some more pics in their elegant and warm lounge!
I will really miss London, I already do actually… Then you’ll ask, why did you move back to Greece? Lots of reasons which cannot all be explained here. Maybe in another post…
Kisses and hugs!
PS: Many thanks to the very talented John @portraitsandpinups for the beautiful pics in all our photoshoots!
Top: Vintage (bought at the Classic car boot sale in London) Trousers: Laura Byrnes Doris Trousers (Revival Retro or PUG Clothing) Hat: Vintage (bought at the Midcentury market in Camden) Gloves: Vintage (bought at Frock me fashion fair) Shoes: Old tango shoes Bag: Vintage (bought at the Kilo shop in Athens) Trench: Zara (old)
Forties inspired that is! Well that’s how Pinup girl Clothing call these trousers and I will definitely agree. Designed by Laura Byrnes, who is actually the founder of PUG clothing!
These trousers are very well made from out of vintage-style pebble crepe and fully-lined with a soft knit fabric. They are wide leg, so wide that when you’re standing it may look as if you’re wearing a skirt. Especially the black ones. I love the pleats that drape very elegantly and the high elasticated waist.
I do apologise if you cannot see exactly the shape, but we used natural light on a gloomy day, which gave us some really nice artistic shots, but maybe not as nice in regards to properly seeing the garment. If you wish to see them in more detail you can always go to the PUG site (they’re modeled by the stunning Doris MayDay) or if you’re in London pop by Revival Retro (which is where I purchased them) to see them up close.
Photography by John @portraitsandpinups and a big thank you to the lovely people at Undercurrents Antique shop for letting us shoot at their loft above the store!
Apart from a well known novel by Stendhal, Red and Black is a popular (and favorite) colour combination, that makes a statement. Especially if we’re talking about these two beautiful garments: the black Hell Bunny coat from Top Vintage and the red Vive Maria dress!
The coat, I fell in love with, as soon as I saw it at the Top Vintage site (although admittedly I had a very hard time deciding between all those beautiful coats). It is quite warm and quite heavy, but it’s perfect for London weather. I got a size 10, and even though it fits perfectly on my shoulders, it’s rather big on the waist. But I chose not to return it because I think the 8 might be too tight on the sleeves and back. So I’ll make sure I get the waist tailored to accentuate the hourglass figure. Other than that, it’s just perfect. I felt very glam prancing around in the cold and I really appreciated the fur lined hood, that protects you from the rain and the horrible wind! I also like that it’s long enough to cover my circle skirts or swing dresses and actually has the shape of a full skirt.
As for the dress, I love the lace detail on the heartshaped cleavage and the fabric is soft and high quality. This shade of red is my favorite and goes perfectly with my Feels so Grand retromatte liquidlipstick from MAC. I would like the dress to be a tad longer, to cover my knees, but even as is I think it’s a very elegant, timeless dress!
Needless to say, I froze when posing with just the dress! Ahhh, the life of a blogger… 😉