When Twiggy came to Yorkshire

Twiggy 60s Gif

When Twiggy Came To Yorkshire

It’s not every day you get to meet a 60’s icon, yet the other week I had the pleasure of  meeting Twiggy!

The event was held at the M&S Archive Museum in early April in Leeds and was to launch the new Twiggy Archive Collection online and in-store.

On the day 5 style-led bloggers, including myself and a whole lot of M&S loyalty card holders were treated to an archive catwalk show (which included items from the new, retro inspired Twiggy collection), afternoon tea and… wait for it.. a chance to meet the lady herself! Actual Twiggy!

On the day I donned my best baker boy hat (of course) and was feeling groovier than a fox in bell bottoms, backstage at a Beatles gig.

The day started with a catwalk show took us all back in time to bygone eras of the 20’s right through to the present day, with a particularly patterned entrance from my favourite era, the 1970s. How fabulous are the aviators in the picture? We saw some dreamy maxi dresses and hats too …We were in vintage clothing heaven! Aside from the gorgeous threads on parade, it was actually all very informative and it’s safe to say we all learnt a thing or two about how  styles and materials have evolved overtime.


Twiggy M&S
Actual Twiggy!
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Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair- Is It Any Good?

What can you expect from Lou Lou’s vintage fair?

Any vintage lover worth their faux fur coat will be aware of Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair. But if you have never visited before, what can you expect to find? Well my blue jean babies, you can find lots and lots of stalls stocked with vintage goodies including jewellery, kitch homeware and accessories. You can even find a hairdresser, styling up victory rolls on anyone who is game. Predominantly, though you will find retro clothing- and most of it is very, very good.

Stall holders from across the land attend the events that are held on a regular basis in town halls and event spaces-in fact Lou Lou’s visits more than 40 cities across the UK! Prices are very reasonable with items ranging around the £10-20 mark and many stalls have a sale rail too, so you can shop ’til you drop even if your purse is light.

Expect quality clothing not cheap rubbish. 70’s gowns in whimsical prints, 60’s mini dresses, winter coats and real leather bags  are waiting to be snapped up. Ideal if you want to get your hands on a piece of genuine vintage, and a real bargain and not just a bit of second hand clothing.

Events like these are always better attended with a group of your besties, not least because there’s refreshments served including cake and no vintage fair would be complete without tea in china cups. Strike it lucky and your location could even have a bar!
On occasion, as you rummage through the rails your browsing may accompanied by a rockin’, swing band so you can sing along as you spend!

Top tip for Vintage Lovers!

If you go near the end of the day you may be able to haggle an awesome deal as a few  stallholders are able to knock something off the price depending on how their day has gone.
More details, including their next Yorkshire stop off,  can be found at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair Website.

5 powerful life lessons from the women who refuse to blend in

“In a world of Kardashians… be a Janis”

Is confidence is something you are  born with? Perhaps.  I do think it is definitely something; you can develop as you get older and find your way in life.  Whether old, young, fat, thin, classically attractive or a little bit on the unconventional side, fashionable or doing your own thing; if you can exude confidence you bloody gorgeous, regardless of anything else. It is the one thing that people report as being sexy, time and time again.

In a world of preened,  reality stars, whose apparent confidence hides the fact, they are actually less than secure, the following 5 ladies have genuine confidence by the bucket – load and to me, each embody the different aspects of confidence people are drawn to.  So from self belief at work, to age defying attitude to style, here are my top 5 fiercely fashionable females who can give us a lesson not only in style, but in life.

  1. Iris Apfel

One of the most stylish seniors I have ever seen, and the inspiration behind Ari Seth Cohen’s hugely popular Advanced Style blog. The former interior designer and fashion muse and currently starring in numerous high profile adverts including car ads at 95!

Known for her vibrant and colourful dress sense, Iris is a perfect peacock who mixes couture with an ‘anything goes’ attitude; even flea markets and thrift stores are fair game. Things that don’t go together simply work, and as for those larger than life ionic round glasses, they highlight a love for accessorising that’s less than delicate.

Iris’ her pithy attitude, and fashion icon status well into her twilight years make her a formidable force. Never one to care about being pretty (because after all looks fade) she cares more about being interesting and enjoying life – and it shows!

“Humour is important in everything. Dress with a little humour and you can go a long way”

Lesson: know yourself, stay curious, and maintain a sense of humour.

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