An interview for ‘My Vintage Brighton’ & a Brighton Bloggers Meetup

A few weeks ago at our ‘Vintage, Lifestyle & Fashion Bloggers Meetup’ which Sadie, mat & I hosted at Cotton Tail Club  I met the lovely Jo from, a great place for all things to do & be involved in around our lovely seaside town for those of the vintage persuation. It feels very nice to be in such good company with fellow Brighton Bloggers such as Brighton Belle & Yours Truely already interviewed for the feature.

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A New Favourite

I bought this striped Candy Cane ruffles top from Beyond Retro a few months ago & could see the potential in it. I did however tuck it away inside my chest of draws for a while before deciding how I would wear it. I didn’t try it on in the shop but luckily it fits perfectly! I don’t often do that with vintage clothes as it’s usually too much of a risk. The top was under £15 so I took the chance…

I thought I would share a few snaps of how I have worn it…

The ruffles are quite large & sleeves puffy but I love the 1930s feel to it. I am more of a 1940s dame but I might try & encorperate some 1930s style this A/W

second stripeI did feel a bit like Ginger Rogers in Follow the Fleet – Do you know what I mean?

Still from ”Follow the Fleet” with Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire from 1936

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Some Ladies showing off their legwear!

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Ginger again with a great sweater!

Preisser Sisters DancingI am also loving the neck tie & jumper combination…you may see me trying that out soon too!

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Close Up of those ruffles!

stripe2The top, is of course, probably 1980s but the material is a nice cotton so it doesn’t look too new.

My swing trousers are custom made by Allure Originals from a lovely lady in New York. The last time I wore them was for the What Katie Did A/W Preview back in March. So I need to get them out again this winter!

Brogues (that you can’t really see under my hugh trouser legs) are from Office. They took a while to break in but are very comfy now. Again, shoes I will wear this Winter (I feel like I am encouraging the turning of the leaves!!)

Beret VintageMy hair is something I will have to work on if I want a more authentic 30s look. As you will know I usually go for a 40s set with a roll at the front. I am due for a chop though so the length alone will help as hair styles were more bobbed. I also love a Beret & even though it felt a little autumnal, I felt it went with the outfit & secured it with a set of dead stock silver hair pins my Mum gave me a few years ago.

One more snap before I go is the same top but this time more of a 1940s look (excuse the selfie in the Beyong Retro changing room! I don’t live in there honest!!)

Beyond retro brighton Vintage Worn with my Viviene of Holloway Grey Wool Skirt (which I belted  to tighten at the waist) & Office Oxblood Loafers (just out of shot!) With my usual hair set with H&M flowers

Is anyone else out there gathering there Winter wardrobe together already?

Love VV xxx

I got those Post Holiday Blues

I have just got back from a family holiday with the Boy, we went to Fayennce in the South of France. It was gorgeous. A skin warming 29 degrees every day. Eating fresh baguette on a daily basis hasn’t done much for my waistline but I regret nothing! Nothing!

On Saturday I went to Tail End Charlie’s with the lovely Hannah & Danielle & wore my dead stock Petite Bateau skirt that I snapped for a bargain price that day ( restoring my faith that there are still vintage bargains out there!).

I went for a bit of a ‘I’m still on holiday not in rainy England’ look with a dash of Jane Russel thrown in!

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Top is an oldie from Primark Skirt is from a charity shop in Brighton

Hair flowers from H&M

Being back isn’t all bad, thanks to duty free we re-stocked our Tiki Cabinet!


Long live summer!!

Love VV xxx

Old Favourites

Hey! Hope you’re all well out there in the Blog’O’sphere! Just a quick post really, more to come soon, I cross my heart! I went to a Brighton Rumble gig on Monday night & it was really worth the outing. It was for a band called Los Rizlaz, they were over here for the Hot Rod Hayride & were booked to also come play in Brighton. I hadn’t really heard much of their sound but I think it’s important to go & see bands that rarely tour as you never know if you will ever get to see them live! They were absolutely amazing in their Mexican Wrestler masks! They play raucous rock & roll covers aswell as instrumentals..and I wasn’t dissapointed!

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A round up of June

June was a great Month! Every weekend was fun filled. Visits to London for Bethan & Fleur’s Birthday Bash, I attended the opening of the first Dr. Martens store launch ,there was the return of one of my favourtie Mod nights (way back when I wore short dresses & donned a pixie crop!) Mojo 2 Go Go , The Big Itch Big Surf All Dayer, another edition of Tail End Charlie’s and I Deejayed at a new night called Big Badda Boom! I also went to see Gilda on the big screen at the British Film Institute with Sadie & Katie plus inbetween all of that I quit my job in the Boutique & started working for a nice Social PR & Creative Marketing Agency in Brighton!

Here is a round up in pictures ( with a few outfit selfies & things I have purchsed thrown in!)

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We all look really calm here. I can confirm that about 10minutes after we all went a bit hyper! Birthday girls Bethan, Fleur with Jeni & Sadie

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An interview with Lou Taylor: Fusing pop culture with paper

I had been admiring Lou Taylor’s work online for a while & I decided to drop her an email. Firstly to say how much of a fan of her work I am (sometimes you just gotta let people know!) & secondly to ask whether she would mind meeting up for a chat. After a few emails we met up last week at Small Batch Coffee (neither of us actually sampled the coffee though I had Early Grey & Lou indulged in a Hot Chocolate!)

Lou’s works with paper to create these stunning pieces. With just a scalpel to cut intricate shapes & using layering techniques the outcome is bold, eye catching & quirky. I absolutely love her work!

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An example of Lou’s early Fashion Cover paper cuttings

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A love for the Sleeve

Since starting to collect & play records about two years ago I have developed a love for the Record Sleeve. They’re not all showstoppers but I thought I would show you some of my favourite sleeves. I love the designs, the fonts & sometimes you see sleeves with hand written notes scribbled on one side. Often the year it was bought or addressed to someone as a gift. It’s so cute when you see a single with ‘Our song’ or ‘For Janet’ on it.

The first is Mercury Records:

DSCF0535I love the Mid Centuary illustrations & Jazz influenced colours

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Lace ’em up: Dr Martens Brighton Store Launch

I was invited along to take some snaps at the opening for Brighton’s new Dr Martens Store situated on Prince Albert Street in the South Laines.

The shop front alone is gorgeous with large rounded glass windows & plenty of original features. What better than such an established & well loved British heritage brand like DM to find it’s home in Brighton?

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Dr Martens Brighton StoreEven today the ‘Made in England’ range are still manufactured at the Cobs Lane Factory in Wallaston & have been since 1960. Continue reading

Summer Nail Colour Review: Essie ‘Eternal Optimist’ (plus a little outfit post)

I am one of those people that will always be seduced into buying different shades of nail varnish. I love brands like Essie & OPI as their palettes are always great & application is worth paying a few extra pounds for. There is nothing worse than a thin watery colour that streaks when applied & takes more than 3 coats to become a block colour. Who has the time to sit & wait for it to dry?! Despite having quite a few different shades of varnish from pastels to vampy, from glitter to matte, I always find a good red is my Go-To colour ( currently it’s a dark cherry from Barry M) It is like red lipstick ; You never feel quite right with anything else.

I had bought,on offer, 3 for 2 on Essie Nail Varnish a few months back. My sister is a massive nail freak & she often will lets me know if there is an offer on! One of the three I bought was ‘Eternal Optimist’ – it’s a nude salmon pink that isn’t too pink.Essie Eternal Optimist Betty Draper Continue reading


Hey! Just a quick selfie of my hair from Saturday night, when I was on the train upto London for Fleur & Bethan’s Buffday at The Punch Tavern. Us girls were all insane that night, so much fun though!!

filterI wore my 1950’s Japanese Novelty print blouse & my 1940’s Gaberdine Coat with a long line pencil skirt I bought from Beyond Retro. I was please with my hair too, which was just a sponge roller set from the night before & that I had styled for work that morning. Kept tight all day & fell just enough for a looser 1940’s look. Yay for good hair days! Continue reading