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.
When it comes to festival outfits, as much as I love the “classic festival look”, there is a risk that you can end up looking like everyone else. At festivals across the UK I expect we will see hordes of girls floating across the fields in a tried and tested uniform of denim shorts, hunter wellies and kimonos. The other weekend we were lucky enough to go to Live at Leeds, a city festival in Yorkshire. Whilst it was sunny, it was quite chilly and therefore there wasn’t much call for denim shorts, yet, for me this presented the perfect opportunity to try a different style of festival look.
Just a bit on the festival itself, for anyone who is UK based- Live at Leeds ..well what a peach of a day! We started at midday at the O2 Academy, an intimate venue in the city to watch the Mystery Jets, who definitely delivered. They rocked out to a medley of bouncing hits like “Two Doors Down” which had us all singing along loudly, along with the new belter that is “Bubblegum.” Welcome back boys! Anyway enough of the music, what about the clothes you say! Here’s my run down of festival fashion for vintage babes.
Looking for THE perfect festival jewellery, with a touch of bohemian grunge? Look no further that Shop Dixi. I wore this pretty silver Showdown Blue Opal choker which was kindly gifted along with my everyday turquoise earrings. I love this brand sooo much, they do an awesome mandala ring which I have my beady eye on, as well as loads of pretty silver pieces with enough moonstone gems and silvery lengths for you to layer up, like a foxy thing and dance around in til midnight.
2. Aim for fringing on EVERYTHING
3. Add some velvet
Mixing fabrics Is my favourite part of retro styling. Velvet is warm for one, so totally appropriate for UK (we’re not in Coachella ya know!) But for me velvet, along with paisley and retro bold patterns epitomises 70s style but also adds a touch of luxe to any 70s outfit. Try a velvet cape or even velvet flares instead of jeans.
4. Make your boots your statement piece
Try irregular choice for statement. Weird and wonderful these boots are bound to get you noticed. That’s unless it rains of course and you have to reach for your wellies!
5. Ditch the parka for a 70s sheepskin coat
If you like to get your threads from charity shops, check out my top tips for charity shop fashion.
I’d love to know what festival looks you’re going for? And whatever festival you go to this year have a peachy time! Peace xx
How to tie a knotted vintage scarf and make an easy diy turban
This will be my first post since early November. I’ve had exams so have had to put all my energies into that but not I’m free for a while so back to doing what I love! Writing and putting some creative styling into action for you.
Now I love hats. I’ve got more hats than the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland. A hat is the perfect finishing touch to an outfit, whether it’s a chic bowler to add another dimension up an otherwise casual outfit or a wide brimmed fedora for keeping cool in winter- my burgeoning hat collection has got it covered. Where do you go from there? Why scarves as head wear of course!
The humble head scarf has been having a bit of a reprieve in recent times, after all it is a really easy way to add a touch of retro to any outfit and as an added bonus hides a bad hair day.
Bright and colourful vintage head scarves are two a penny from most vintage shops. This sort of scarf usually harks back to the 1970s worn as a headband. More recent trends have seen it worn in a 1950s “housewife” up tie, typical of the time. Great if you actually want to clean the house but let’s be honest it’s more likely to be – cause it just looks fab.
Of course the head scarf is more than just a fashion accessory. For some women it’s symbol of faith or heritage.
From the catwalk to the high street, and lets not forget her Royal Highness Queen Liz who rocks it in her own way, scarves are back big time and are showing no sign of going anywhere.
Instead of the usual head tie I thought I’d tie mine in a top knot turban style and it was really easy to do!
How to tie a knotted head scarf.
This works best on a medium to large square scarf.
1. Open out the scarf fully and place the scarf to the back of your head with the edge running under the base of your head, keeping equal lengths of scarf material free at either side.
2. Pull the length from both sides to the front of your head and hold at arms length
3. Start to twist
4. The length will start to coil naturally creating a bun shaped knot on the top of your head
5. Tuck in the end and secure in place with a safety pin – just to be sure it will stay in place. Et voila!