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22 Jan

HELLO!!!

My first fab piece of info I can share with you all in 2012…
Some of you may remember my post from back in November regarding the photo shoot I did for the Style Me Vintage Clothes book.

Well….HERE IT IS!

 

 

 

Written by the beautiful and talented, Naomi Thompson (Vintage Secret), this book is gorgeous in every way – it even feels nice!

 

 

 

 

From start to finish it will keep you turning the pages uncovering valuable

hints, tips and information on every aspect of your vintage wardrobe.

From ageing your vintage finds to developing your own style, getting the look of your era of choice, down to a glossary of recommended reading and where to shop.

I love the way that this book is written. Friendly and very  informative, it confirms exactly why Naomi is known as The High Priestess of Vintage!

I would have love to have owned this book when I first started collecting and wearing vintage items. May people can feel daunted and many (myself for sure) can often look back on photos in years to come and ask – ‘did I actually think that I looked good?!

Well not with this book! I do believe that this will become many a girls wardrobe bible.

Yes its me...in 70's gear! I ADORE that jump suit!

Though this book is ‘A guide to sourcing and creating retro looks’ I would recommend it to even the most  seasoned vintage lover, exclaiming myself on occasion ‘well I never knew that’.


 

Packed with photographs of vintage and retro clothing and accessories from 1920 – 1980, it details a brief history of the fashion and the main shapes, looks and influences of each era.

 

 

 

With suggestions for both daytime, evening, formal and informal wear your head will be full of ideas on how to re create your ideal look.

 

 

The detail on vintage underwear, swimwear and even the maintenance of  treasured pieces are references that I will come back to time and again.

 
I really cannot tell you how much more there is to this book!
I suggest you pre-order your copy today here and see for yourself!

I feel privileged to have worked with Naomi and to have modelled for such a lovely project.

Conclusion…

If this book was a vintage dress it would have  intricate buttons, a full pleated sash and beautiful seed pearl detail!

Snap Shots for Sweethearts

14 Dec

What a wonderfully spiffing day I had last Saturday!

Wearing an original 1940’s suit skirt and a cream blouse, hair dressed just so, I put on my coat and gloves, picked up my little 30’s suit case, stepped out into the cold, windy but beautiful morning and headed to London.

I was meeting a rather wonderful and not to mention glamorous photographer by the name of Mai Britt Møller for a rather special photo shoot.

After realising it was just two weeks until Christmas Eve, I decided against battling the traffic and then barrage of Christmas shoppers  all looking for a car parking space.

I always love watching people on public transport especially the look on their faces when they realise I am not dressed quite the same as your average ‘girl on a train’.

Reaching my final destination, Victoria Park, I stepped over to the park map to work out exactly which direction I needed to go in order to reach the Pavillion Cafe, for there, waiting for me were four rather dashing RAF chaps – one of whom would be my ‘fiancée’ for the day!

To my surprise a lady who had been jogging came running over to me and asked to take my picture
‘I am a fashion editor and can’t believe I have found someone in the park looking so elegant and classic!’

Well – a good morning so far! What what!?

As I walked the perimeter of the lake, the sun was in my eyes and I could barely see the impeccably dress vintage group sitting at a table with a cuppa.

 

 

 

 

Once we had said our usual hellos, how do  you do’s  it was time to get on with the business of the day –
an RAF Style engagement shoot.

It was a challenge looking for the perfect location in order to get the perfect engagement shots especially as the park was under a lot of renovation!

 

 

Mai has a wonderful way of working – very friendly, relaxed and open to all ideas and well as directing the shoot to obtain the correct shots.

While snapping away, Mai made a new friend. A lovely old dog had come over to see what was going on!

It was decided that the dog would be used in some of the Lads shots  as the perfect RAF mascot – especially as the dogs name was SKY!!!

After warming up with a rather nice cup of English cha, we had a quick look at the snaps.
Jolly good show was though by all!

There was just enough time to grab some pics by the lake.
Rather spiffing I hope you agree.

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Several ladies enjoying a spot of lunch seemed to think so.
One of them asked Dicky and I what we were doing and why.
She then proceeded to tell her version of events to her friends…

‘These are vintage freaks who go all over the world wearing their granddad’s uniforms taking pictures!’
Never heard re enactment described like that before! Rather!

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Soon it was time for us to part.

While walking with the lads and my ‘fiance’ to the station we came across a London Blue plaque ( I have an obsession with these and try to spot as many as possible! )
This one was particularly apt….

     

It had been a day of firsts for me…

The first engagement shoot I had done.

The first time I had met dearest Mai…



The first shoot I’d done with Dashing Dicky…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first time id worked with the lads…

 

 

…and the very first time I’d had to stop off at Westfields on the way home (quite unintentionally!), two weeks before Christmas, while it was rammed to the rafters with shoppers! Everyone was dressed in their Uggs and designer denim and then there was me! I stood out like a sore thumb – and loved it!

I really hope it is not the last time I do any of these things – well other than the latter!

It was great fun working with Mai – a real pleasure. She is such a good sport – great company and a wonderful photographer as the shots prove!

A wonderful time was had by all and I shall certainly write home about it!

Pip pip!

Whether you are swell sweethearts, newly engaged or looking for someone to photograph the moment you say ‘I do’, Mai is available to capture the essence of your special day.You can view more of Mai’s work by visiting her site www.darhling.com

My first Pin-up Calendar!

31 Oct

As some of you are aware my first pin-up calendar went on sale on Friday evening!
You can order your copy here on my website for £8.95 +P&P.

I will donate £1 from each calendar sale to the Royal British Legion – a charity that is very close to my heart.

The 2012 calendar is A3 in size and features a different picture for each month – some of which are not available anywhere else!

I am soooo excited about the release of this calendar and really couldn’t have done it with out a lot of help….!

Thank you to…

Kay at 2K Media
http://www.2kmedia.co.uk

 

 

The team at A Vintage Life
http://www.avintagelife.com

 

 

All of the photographers…
John Michael Coats
Trevor Ebdon
Rocco Rolls – http://www.roccorolls.com
Ian Young – http://www.militarymachinesintl.com
Paul Sephton – http://www.cannonikon@hotmail.com

Special thanks to Nick Halling – http://www.nickhalling.com
Nick is a fantastic photographer and I have learnt so much from him this year.
Cant wait to shoot with you again, Nick.

Thank you also to Tony Brazao – my husband!
He was the wonderful photographer that captured the month of April.

For you girlies wanting to know the details…

All hair flowers by Dawn Norman

January – Hat by Cindy Moir

March and June – Amazing hair and make up by the girls of Lipstick and curls – www.lipstickandcurls.co.uk

March – Shoes from Rockit Original – www.rocketoriginals.co.uk

April and September – Suspender belt and stockings by What Katie Did – www.whatkatiedid.com

October – Jumpsuit by Morelloes – www.morelloes.co.uk

Thank you for everyone who will be buying a copy of this calendar and supporting me and my chosen charity!

Pretty Parcels for Pretty Things!

12 Oct

My Postie has been a very busy man recently.
With autumn upon us and Pickering a mere 24hrs away I think I have been keeping Royal Mail in business!

I love getting parcels in the post and it makes it even better when they are beautifully packaged.

Conscientious Ebay sellers are wonderful – always have the od quirky post card added signed with a note of thanks and perhaps your parcel will be wrapped in darling tissue paper, but I have to say what a pleasure it is receiving a parcel from vintage underwear experts, What Katie Did.

Obviously the garments inside are always scrummy but the packaging really makes me smile – its sooooo sweet!
I feel special and like im the only person they do this for – if only I was that special!

However you don’t just feel special wearing these kind of undies, well I don’t anyway. I feel amazing! I adore vintage style underwear. So beautiful, elegant and even powerful. It gives women confidence to know that she is just that –

A WOMAN.

Never mind how to look goo naked…Ladies this is how to look and feel good no matter what you are wearing!

Girls if you don’t have this type of underwear – get some! Trust me you will feel FAB even on a bad hair day.

Want to see more – log onto their website at www.whatkatiedid.com
Alternatively go see them in Portobello Road London or in their new boutique in LA.

This leads me nicely onto the wonderful underwear shoot I did back in the summer, using WKD garments of course – more to come later…

Try it.
Wear your WKD’s to work and when things are not going your way be it with your boss or a customer – remember what you are wearing underneath the usual day-to-day get up and smile…coz you know you look good!

Annie

xxx

Seen it?

12 Oct

Thanks to WWII Re-enactors Magazine  for running a feature on me this month and to Nick Halling for taking the fab shots!

Read it on page 20…

Downton Chic = High Street Peak?

10 Oct

Watching Downtown last night, glass of wine in hand I noticed just how many of the blouses used were very much like those currently on the high street – its official – VINTAGE CHIC is in!

‘Fashion items which were popular in the early 1900s have been flying off the shelves at Debenhams since the second series of the ITV1 show began last month.’ a company spokesman for Debenhams said. ‘Week-on-week sales of elbow length leather gloves increased by 584 per cent, fur capes are up 220 per cent while sequin capelets – a short cape worn over the shoulder – saw sales rise by 55%.’

It’s now wonder… who wouldn’t want to look like one of the beauties above – Michelle Dockery – Lady Mary, Lara Carmichael – Lady Edith and Jessica Brown-Findlay as Lady Sybil.

I love this look!

I love the modern vintage look too but nothing beats the classic chic of the Hollywood glamour of the 1930’s and 40’s – original garments of course!

Here is a quick pic of me on my way to a casting last week…
Modern Vintage Geek Chic, and one from Pickering 1940’s War weekend Last year…

Pics of classic original 1940’s wear coming soon as it’s is just 3 day till Pickering 2011!

Me in Military Machines Mag…

7 Oct

Have you spotted lil old me in Military Machines Magazine this month?

Look carefully at page 10 titled ‘War and Peace 2011 Sightings’…

More magazine shoots coming soon! Keep your eyes peeled! xXx