19 Oct 2014

Now you see me, now you don't

Now you see me, now you don't. It seems like simply forever since I last blogged and I suppose it really has been; so long in fact, I've come back to an entirely new season! Summer held valiantly on for longer than we could have reasonably hoped for but has finally conceded defeat to the cold, crisp air, rainy days and golden trees which herald the temperamental season of Autumn. There are always split opinions about it this time of year, with half of you banging on about how pretty the leaves are while the rest of us grumble and shuffle under brollies and wrap up against the cold!

I'm sure I'll catch up with the happy folk soon and be kicking up leaves with the best of them but right now I've just undergone the old 'winter-wardrobe-switcharoo' and it left me uninspired by last year's winter wardrobe and already longing for summer to come back!

But my wardrobe woes were quickly cast aside when this beautiful smock dress arrived from
Mod Dolly. I remember first seeing this on the beautiful Amy herself when we met up for Paige's birthday and she looked gorgeous in it. It still stuck in my mind and I was thrilled to see that they would be making a comeback this winter. I adore white collars on dresses and this one has a lovely detailing on it too.

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Olivia Smock- C/O Mod Dolly | Boots- Clarks |  
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This is now my second- no wait, third- smock from Mod Dolly and it's officially my favourite one. The stunning blue velvet smock is still a firm favourite, which I also wore on Christmas Day last year. I opted for a smaller size on this smock and it's so comfy and flattering and with a pair of boots it's great outfit. I wore this without a coat that day by the sea and it was just perfect.

Jonathan and I revisited Whitstable on Wednesday. It's such a beautiful seaside town and always a favourite with us, as it seems unspoilt and unsullied in such a way that is rare in the seaside towns of England. We were lucky too, as in a long line of cold and rainy days the sun was shining warmly on our long-awaited day off (I think Autumn might be winning me round after all!)

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So where have I been, you ask? Well, I've been working flat out and not had a day off since....I can't remember? That's bad. Really bad. Jon and I are working hard to save up for a house (our first house together!) and of course I've been doing my princess parties too every weekend, all weekend. I can't complain about that because it's brilliant really, getting to dress up as a princess and make children happy all day!

Of course though there are only so many hours in a day and unfortunately for The Cinnamon Slipper, I've just not been able to give it the same amount of time and attention I used to. When I do post it requires time, love, creativity and inspiration and so I can't force myself to blog, I have to wait until I want to and this can sometimes be a while! When your days are non-stop, it's quite a feat to still find time to stop and document those little moments of beauty in life and I have the upmost respect for bloggers who still manage to produce beautiful content in the midst of their busy lives. Wooly hats off to you, girls!

I still appreciate you all coming to visit my little space in this small corner of the internet and you can also keep updated with my adventures as I'm still pretty active on Instagram (expect lots of princess snaps!).

14 Sep 2014

The Victory Belles

I'm so excited to bring you a very special post. Liz, a friend of my mine from uni, asked if I would take some photos of her and her wartime singing trio, "The Victory Belles". They were looking to shoot some some vintage style group photos for promotional use.

I am so lucky to be living in Kent, and its slogan, 'the garden of England' really couldn't be more accurate. It really is wonderful and the natural backdrop has provided me with some incredible locations over the years. Thanks Kent!

I'm on a perpetual location scout when I'm driving around here and there, always keeping an eye out for lovely little locations and shoot ideas...probably should listen to Jon really and watch the road instead of looking at the fields...I guess that's one of the many curses of a blogger!

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We couldn't of asked for a better day; the weather it was simply perfect. The girls arrived with dozens of fantastic outfits and we were all pretty giddy with excitement with how much fun it all was. I've been in such a rut the past months with my blog and this really was the inspirational boost I needed to get my creative juices flowing again. Anything vintage and retro really gets me in my element as I love directing people in photos in ways I think would make a lovely pose, or capture a lovely little story.

The girls' vibrant and contagious personalities really shine in these group shots and they truly were a joy to shoot. I was also incredibly impressed with Liz' serious costume making skills- she made every stitch of those dungarees and military uniforms- down to the skirt and tie!!! Whatta woman!

8 Sep 2014

On Wednesdays we wear pink!

This outfit has been the best vintage ensemble I think I've ever worn. As soon as I tried this hat on it was true love. I hesitated slightly before I bought it for £35 but the colour was perfect for my hair colour and with tilted saucer style it just screamed fabulous to me so I went for it. I've been after a pair of white gloves for ages and I picked these up too that day for only a fiver. I don't quite know why I haven't had a pair sooner and they really do complete the outfit. Now this dress I found later that day after many purchases and it was a complete fluke and my goodness it was a jolly good fluke!

I was browsing through a bargain rail where lots of tat was up for grabs and this little beauty was among it: a vintage prom style dress for only a tenner! The question was though, would it fit? I went to try it on in their make-shift changing room and I admit it was snug! Simply adorable though and I hoped and wondered if it would match my new hat too....and it did....(cue the fanfare sound effect).

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I felt like a superstar wearing this outfit and seemed to attract a lot of attention with my fabulous hat getting lots of love. I'll admit the shoes are not vintage but with dancing and walking you need a decent pair of shoes at Twinwood.
You cannot be too precious about shoes at Twinwood as there's loads of stones, grass and mud and you need function over form. I have been pretty unlucky with vintage shoes in the past as they just don't seem to have the staying power that I need. Walking to and from work in the rain is pretty tough on shoes and I often have shell out for re-heeling and sole repair.

I often find reproduction shoes are they way forward to complete a vintage look and I don't tend to gravitate towards vintage shoes when shopping. I am so excited for next year's Twinwood already!

31 Aug 2014

Cadillac Baby

Twinwood festival you never fail to make my heart sing! This was my second time to Twinwood and it didn't disappoint. This time I was going to introduce Kayla to the big wide world of vintage nostalgia, shopping, dancing and music.

The Saturday at Twinwood for us was mostly a shopping day; I learnt last year that the good vintage stuff tends to go on the first day. While some stands restock with new gear, that's mostly the reproduction stalls and so if you want a chance to grab some true vintage you have to be quick like a fox and buy early before the crowds move in!

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We were incredibly lucky to have wonderful weather on the both the days we went. This Bernie Dexter dress I bought from a lovely reader of my blog called Stephanie. I posted a wish list on which -the dress was a feature and she got in touch saying she was thinking of selling hers. I couldn't resist and she packaged it up beautifully all the way from Germany with a lovely card. This dress is perfect for me and is my first ever Bernie Dexter dress. I've been lusting after so many for so long and now I'm hooked. The fabric, the finish and the pattern are just wonderful and the shape is perfect for us pear shaped girls.

Wearing it with a petticoat had to be done for the show-stopping finish and I felt fantastic in an outfit for the first time in ages. Kayla wore her brand new Hell Bunny dress she bought when I last saw her and looked beautiful.

After putting on our red lipstick, sticking false eyelashes and fixing our hair we transformed ourselves into modern day pinup girls.

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I also bumped into fellow blogger Ria from Urban Butterfly who looked simply stunning! Doesn't she look wonderful?

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I forget how instantly my mood changes when I get 'proper' dressed up in my vintage gear. I touch base with it most days with my lipstick and flicks and swing dresses but going all out with the hair to complete the look makes the world of difference.

We took dance classes, had tea and cake and marvelled in the fabulous classic cars. I also discovered some brilliant new clothing stores. I was impressed in particular with Campbell Crafts with her adorable stall inside a retro caravan and incredible selection of vintage repro clothing.

I wish everyday could be fabulous and feel-good like this. We did manage to really make the most of it, dancing into the early hours practicing the new duo routine we learnt, swinging our swing dresses and clinking our cocktails! God bless you Twinwood, see you next year...x

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