Saturday, 25 April 2015

Topshop Vintage Look / Modern Vintage

Hi everyone!

It's nice to finally have some time to blog again. I absolutely hate it when your unwell or just having a busy week purely because you have no time to blog and then you feel awful because it has been a week and you know you should of blogged about something.

Last night I was looking at a new blogger theme/template and think it is pretty cool. It is a plain colour but at the same time it has a really good design to it. I thought I'd give it a go and see what I think. Majority of the good themes you have to pay for and I only want a free one. 

So you know at Topshop they have a Vintage section right? You know, the branded selection which I have found to be quite pricey, they have some lovely things though! Actually they do have a selection called We are Cow which look really cool. There are some awesome prints which are unusual to wear and defintely have a retrostyle theme to them.

I found some modern style vintage outfits the other day which I think look great. I haven't blogged about modern vintage clothes yet and found some lovely pieces which would look good if you like vintage clothes but would not want to dress back in the era. 

This brand of clothes are from a website called:
and are available in larger Topshop stores. The instagram page is Topshop Vintage Offical.

Here are some of the outfits that I loved.

   The shirt is very unique and a typical 
    vintage design.


I think these Levi shorts are fab! 

This gorgeous dress too.

So yes as you can see these outfits have a retro style to them but are paired up with a modern style handbag for example.

Lottie x


Thursday, 16 April 2015

History of Vintage Wedding Dresses

Today I wanted to talk about something a little different and so here is a little a history of Vintage Wedding Dresses.Vintage Wedding Dresses are an excellent alternative to modern wedding dresses, and offer a unique style and a timeless look. The growns are often made from high quality fabrics, including raw silk and rayon. Women of previous era's were, on the whole, smaller, so many vintage gowns are found in small sizes, whereas it takes more time to find one in a larger size. Just like all other dressers throughtout the history of fashion, vintage wedding dressed vary in shape, cut and fit: each decade brought with it a new look and silhouette.

Vintage wedding dresses differ by era. While some era's were known for tight, form-fitting gowns, others had more of a conserative look.

Wedding dresses of the 1920s were known for their loose-fitting sheath and narrow shoulders. The dresses do not contain a waistline; instead they are structured and flow freely from the wearers body. Vintage wedding dresses from this period best complement women with petite figures, smaller busts and narrow hips. 

Wedding dresses from the 1930s were more form fitting than the previous era. These dresses flatter a woman's curve and offer a slim and narrow cut. Dresses from this period were designed with tall, slender woman in mind and are best suited for woman with straight or hourglass figures.

Did you know that 1940s dresses were characterised by their puffed shoulders, peplums and sweetheart neckline. The puffed shoulders help to give the illusion of a smaller waistline. These dresses have either full or narrow skirts, which vary in length. These lengths grew shorter during the 40s. Vintage wedding dresses from this period complement curvy women and those with fuller figures. 

1950's vintage wedding dresses are fitted from the waist up and feature a larger burst area. The skirt of the dress is stiffened with hoops to give it a fuller shape. These skirts are found in both tea-length and full-length. The silhouette of the dress compliments most body shapes. While the skirt hides a pear-shaped woman's bottom half, it flatters the curves of an hourglass figure, with a defined waist.

Vintage wedding dresses from the 1960s feature empire waists with long skirts that a flow in a slim A-line. The waistline of the dress sits higher on the person's body, so the gown complements most body shapes and successfully hides the larger tummy area of apple-shaped women.

I found some of my favourite old hollywood stars in their wedding dresses. 






How lovely are these wedding dresses! I love everyone one of them. 

I hope you enjoyed learning about vintage wedding dresses as I did.


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Chanel No5 and Marilyn Monroe


Here are 17 things you should know about the world's most iconic fragrance…
1. Perfumer Ernest Beaux, who was given the task of creating Chanel No. 5, believes the scent was born out of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel’s ‘reminiscence’ of her lost love for Arthur Capel, the English polo player and lover of the fashion house founder, who tragically died in a car accident in 1919. By channelling her grief into creativity, this ‘perfume of eternity’ was her personal gift to herself.

2. When Ernest Beaux produced perfume samples for Coco Chanel to try in 1921, she chose the fifth proposal that he presented, which is the same Chanel No. 5 fragrance that we know and love today.

3. Chanel No. 5 went against the fragrance trends of the time, such as flowery scents including rose, jasmine and lilac, with no dominant notes distinguishable from the 80 ingredients that compose it.

4. Coco Chanel named the perfume No. 5 to avoid any attempts at defining it figuratively and descriptively, and to prevent it from dating thus keeping its modernity intact.

5. The number 5 was also the fashion house founder’s lucky charm.

6.  The number 5 was also symbolic at the time of its creation, linking to several other pieces of art including composer’s Igor Stravinsky music, The Five Fingers.

7. Coco Chanel starred in No. 5’s first publicity campaign herself in 1937, shot by photographer Fran├žois Kollar for the US version of Harper’s Bazaar. Unusually, the perfume wasn’t advertised in France until the 1940s.

8. Several of Chanel’s close artist friends, including Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, painted pictures of the iconic No. 5 bottle (see picture above).

9. The black and white box design that houses Chanel No. 5 is the same as the original packaging used in 1921.

10. On the black wax seal of the neck of the 1921 No. 5 bottle, Chanel placed a 'C', the first letter of her surname. She would then turn this into a monogram by doubling it and the luxury label’s famous logo was born.

11. The interlocking ‘C’ logo also closely resembles the curved patterns featured in the stained glass windows of the church of Aubazine, where she spent her childhood in an orphanage.

12. The logo has also been compared to the royal monogram of French Queen, Catherine de' Medici, who many believed Chanel admired.

13. Coco Chanel’s debut marketing strategy for the scent involved inviting a group of elite friends to dine with her at a restaurant on the French Riviera, where she surprised them by spraying them with the perfume.

14. The official launch of Chanel No. 5 was in the label’s Paris boutique on the fifth day and fifth month of 1921.

15. In a 1954 interview, when asked what she wore to bed, Marilyn Monroe famously said: ‘Five drops of Chanel No. 5.’ – cementing the fragrance’s place in history.

16 Acclaimed British film director, Ridley Scott, directed TV commercials for No.5 in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

17. Australian director, Baz Luhrmann, directed Nicole Kidman in a short film for Chanel No. 5 in 2004. Other star faces of the scent include Audrey Tautou and Brad Pitt.

Lottie x

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