Friday, 20 May 2011

I am addicted....

to wedding that my secret is out in the open I feel better already.

I am unsure what started is certainly not the fact that I will be getting married anytime soon or that I am one of those girls desperate to get married (well...maybe) but I LOVE THEM.

I think maybe it is because I am very nosy. When the boy and I are introduced to people he is very polite (he is not a big fan of small talk) where as I launch into 20 questions demanding to know all the intricate details of their lives.

So as the wedding blog allows you to see all the details of a complete strangers most important day is it any wonder I am addicted.

I can spend a good hour at least a day reading and then I relay everything I liked about each wedding to the boy later on that night....he loves this I am sure although he did remark this morning 'You mention weddings everyday at the know we are not getting married...right..??' I am hoping that by telling you guys all about it I will resist the urge for get another wedding recap this evening.

Todays favourite comes from the fabulous Love My Dress blog which is my favourite to read....the lovely couple are Kate and Steve....or as I like to think of new friends who have just got married.

The got married in Scotland and Kate wore a dress from my absolute favourite wedding dress shop The Vintage Wedding Dress Company (one of the main reasons I want to get married is so I can spend a day trying on their dresses!!)

And here are a few gorgeous pics...

...ahhh...simply lovely...!!

You can read the full story at the Love My Dress blog ....but I warn you...they can be VERY addictive!!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The 24inch Waist...

It gets to a point during the day when I can't do anymore instead I pretend to do work whilst looking at vintage dresses on the internet (I am now a master at this deception).

Now I am a big fan of 1950's prom dresses (much to the boys despair). I love the nipped in waists and full when I find one of these in my price range my heart tends to start beating faster and I get slightly sweaty palms...that is until I scroll down and read the dreaded words - 24 inch waist.

For some reason there seems to be a stockpile in gorgeous dresses with 24 inch waists.

I realise this is because the average waist is slightly bigger than it was back then (damn you chocolate and red wine) but it seems unfair to let these beauties go to is my guide to fitting into a smaller sized vintage dress that you simply had to have and bought even though it was too small.....phew!!

First of all make sure you measure yourself properly. I am a standard size 10 which would equate (according to clothing sizes) to a 28 inch waist...however...when I measured myself I actually have a 26 inch waist....this meant that a whole world of new vintage opened up to me and my savings got depleted.

Secondly find a good dressmaker....I have a wonderful lady who is used to vintage queries. If you find the dress of your dreams that is too small then a good dressmaker can add a panel to make the dress bigger and actually make the panel a fabulous new feature of the dress. For you bigger breasted ladies (I am very jealous) it is easy to raise the bust line to give the dress more coverage.

And lastly....the right undies can work wonders and knock those final few inches of the waist. I recommend spanx or a waist cincher to get a smooth, tiny waisted look. Yes is may end up being slightly uncomfortable after a few hours but surely looking fabulous makes up for it...?

So there we have...a few tips to allow you to go forth and conquer the world of vintage clothing.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Skinny Jeans....

This weekend marked a glorious occasion....for the first time this year I can now fit into the skinny jeans that have been lurking at the back of my wardrobe mocking me for having big thighs and an even bigger bottom.

I will admit it took some heaving but I got them on and even wore them for a whole day before realising that I am not a fan of skinny jeans and I was an idiot for putting myself through ridiculous diets in order to get back into a item of clothing that I have no intention of really wearing.....silly girl.

I read in the paper today that a survey was carried out asking women if they would rather be blind or in six women went for blindness.

This makes me very sad a girl who has always been extremely curvy I do understand the frustration of not finding clothes that fit..but blindness is a bit drastic...!! order to celebrate the fabulous female form with all it's lumps, bumps and curves here are my favourite vintage ladies showing us how it should be done...

Betty Grable

Elizabeth Taylor

Jayne Russell

Jane Mansfield

And...of course...Marilyn Monroe
I am sure you will all admit that these women are HOT but not skinny...I love them and their figures....and now I am off to throw out my skinny jeans and get myself some cake!!