White Hot (Night at the Opera: Carmina Burana)

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Outfit: White long sleeved lace dress with high neckline, featuring scalloped hem and exposed rear zip.

Shoes: Nude lace up strappy heels.

Hair: Worn in a ponytail with height to front.

Accessories: Rose gold filigree drop earrings.

Perfume: Lady Gaga ‘Fame’.

Past Imperfect

I attended a rockabilly festival last week – I was a model to receive an on-stage pinup ‘makeover’ (see pics – below of Before and After!).  The day was a lot of fun and it’s always a huge treat for me to have professional makeup and hair done – it can make such a big difference.

I wore a gorgeous dress (then cheated and wore it again to work the next week – pics to appear in blog in coming weeks ;)) and felt very much the 1950’s femme.  The whole festival celebrates 1950’s lifestyle, clothing & cars etc, all in good fun.

Because I wear clothes with a 1950’s silhouette on a fairly regular basis, people often assume I am into the whole 1950’s lifestyle and ‘live’ it.  My answer is always the same – I love fashion, period.  I don’t limit myself to one decade – most have something good to offer and truthfully, if I had to choose a preferred fashion decade, it would be the 1940’s.

I do love the 1950s for its silhouette and appreciation/flattery of the feminine form – accentuating the waist and hips.  I also agree with the tone of  the decade, ie keeping one’s standards high in terms of grooming and personal presentation.  But I certainly don’t like a lot of what the 1950s had to offer – it was a time of female oppression when women had little in the way of choice, and could not even get a home loan without a male guarantor.  Also, people died or were left permanently crippled from diseases that are now preventable.  It can be very easy to get caught up in nostalgia and forget the things that were not so perfect about the past.

My firm belief is to enjoy the best of the past and bring the good stuff forward into the present (in my case the fashion and grooming, cars and some of the music), and leave the bad behind.  If we do that, everyone benefits.


Before – sans makeup, with rollers in😉

Workshop pic

After – pinup primped onstage!

After photo


Lace and Net

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Outfit: Baby blue floral minidress with cream lace bodice and sleeves, worn with white fitted skirt beneath.

Shoes: Cream heels with ankle strap.

Hair: Worn in a ballerina bun with a floral chiffon headband.

Accessories: Nude hosiery, sterling silver blue topaz filigree drop earrings, plain sterling silver bangle.

Perfume: Kylie Minogue ‘Darling’.

Devil in Disguise

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Outfit: Black scoop neck knit top, worn with mushroom pink skirt with rose lace overlay and black satin ribbon trim.

Shoes: Black heels with ankle strap.

Hair: Worn pulled back from face and lengths loose, with a black wire and lace headband.

Accessories: Black fishnet hosiery, gold faceted drop earrings, gold diamond solitaire pendant on fine chain.

Perfume: Britney Spears ‘Fantasy’.

Teacher’s Pet

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Outfit: Crisp white cotton long sleeved shirt featuring French cuffs, worn with houndstooth print miniskirt with side pleating, black shiny leggings.

Shoes: Black ballet flats with ankle strap.

Hair: Pulled back with height at crown, lengths loose, accessorised with a black and white Scotty dog bow clip.

Accessories: Sterling silver CZ stud earrings.

Perfume: Body Shop ‘White Musk’.

Candy Cane

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Outfit: Black and cream striped jacket with three button closure, plain black cami beneath, worn with black high waisted pencil skirt.

Shoes: Black crocodile print pumps.

Hair: Worn in a chignon with a black sinamay floral comb.

Accessories: Nude hosiery, carved bone rose pendant on fine gold chain, vintage cream rose clip on stud earrings.

Perfume: Sarah Jessica Parker ‘Lovely’.

Fluff and Nonsense

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Outfit: Cream three-quarter sleeved cardigan with black lace bow to front and crystal buttons, worn with cream tulle midi skirt.

Shoes: Black crocodile print pumps.

Hair: Curled and worn down, with a cream and black net floral clip.

Accessories: Black beaded choker necklace, black beaded drop earrings.

Perfume: Beyonce ‘Heat’.