Tuesday, 20 January 2015

2015 Challenge

I am challenging myself for the whole of 2015 to only buy vintage clothing to add to my existing wardrobe.

Jane Birkin, 1960's

Jane Asher, 1964

With the exception of underwear and shoes.
I am 34FF so finding suitable vintage bra's is extremely difficult but it will allow me to explore the retro brands, such as What Katie Did

1950s Bra and Girdle Ad

I love finding vintage shoes and I will keep a look out but after having an operation on my foot I find it very difficult to find any shoes never mind vintage ones that are comfortable. I would love to be able to wear heels but struggle so I am looking forward to seeing if I can find some different styles that will suit my vintage looks. Delicious Junction shoes work well for me and I am really hankering after a pair of Born Bad Betty shoes 
1960's shoe shopping , some men have no patience!

Vintage 'Shopping Local' in Otley

I am beginning my vintage journey in Otley, West Yorkshire, to see what I can find right on our door step. I have lived in Ilkley all of my life (yawn..) and although only a few miles away am afraid to say I have never really taken any interest in shopping in Otley, until now! There is something about market towns that I enjoy, it always seems full of life and very friendly. The two shops that I enjoyed the most today were no exception.
Welcome to Rummage!
The shop owner Jane was very cheery and immediately told us there was a 50% sale off everything today, what's not to love about that! I was drawn to some cute 1960's twin set skirt and cardigans and they had a great collection of 1950's -80's shoes, sadly not my size. My favourite purchase of the day here was a bright Red 1960's Kangol hat which I absolutely love. As with many second hand/vintage clothes shops you do have to be prepared to look at rails and rails of stock with an open mind don't be shy get talking to the shop staff. There was a huge range of stock right up to 1990's clothes so something for all ages and tastes. I will definitely return to Rummage and would recommend you pay them a visit too.  

New Kangol hat £5
Rummage, 3-5 Manor Square, Otley, LS21 3AP. 0113 274 4500

My second recommendation would be to visit The Music Box and rediscover buying vinyl. I bought Mark a turn table last year and it has been well used and loved by all the family. I love catching one of the kids flicking through the records to choose something and am positively encouraging them to start their own collection. I am sure I am not alone in kicking myself for throwing out all my old vinyl during a house move once...hangs head in shame. The owner is again very friendly and clearly passionate about his music and records. I am exploring rockabilly music at the moment and trying to widen my music horizons so he gladly gave me some recommendations, two of which I bought along with Elvis Presley's first album. It really is the kind of shop you could lose hours in and don't be put off by the barred windows, it's worth a visit.

The Music Box, 9 Newmarket, Otley, LS21 3AE, 01943 466710
Happy vintage shopping x


Thursday, 15 January 2015

My Top 5 Retro 1950's Winter Wardrobe.

I seem to have a split personality when it comes to vintage styling as I love the glamour of 1950's clothes and having an hourglass figure I know these suit me perfectly but I also love the element of fun behind 1960's clothes,  I like the differences and think it's OK to wear both depending on the mood. There are so many fantastic retro clothes lines around now but I have to say at the moment my favourite has to be Collectif clothing. I have challenged myself this year to only buy vintage clothes to add to my wardrobe so avoiding Collectif this weekend whilst in London is going to be pretty hard!
  • 1. I was so pleased yesterday morning when I saw a scattering of snow outside and felt the cold as it was the perfect weather to wear my gorgeous Collectif Red Ashley coat. It took me awhile to get hold of this coat as they always fly out of stock within days of a new collection, but I love wearing it and it definitely adds a bit of glamour to my Winter wardrobe. I love the faux fur collar and cuffs and found some cute red leather gloves with leopard print bows to match from TKMaxx. The belted waist enhances a curvy figure and it looks great over a fitted evening dress too. Red is my favourite colour (currently out of stock) but it also comes in Emerald Green and Black.

  • 2. I am a huge fan of Collectif clothing after discovering their Camden store last year. I love their clothes as they have a great range of fitted and flared 1950's retro clothes, true to size clothes and reasonably priced. I bought this leopard print pencil skirt from Ebay and I love it. The fit of the skirt suits my curves and the little red bird at the waist makes me smile. I definitely think clothes should be fun and make you feel good about yourself.

  • 3. Mark surprised me this Christmas with this beautiful Ophelia swing dress by Lindy Bop which I can't wait to wear. It fits perfectly and with addition of a net skirt the movement is lovely, definitely one to dance in. The sweetheart neckline is very flattering and the fitted bodice adds to the shape. I also think the price is very reasonable at £34.99.

  • 5. Back to Collectif with my 1950's jeans. I have battled for years with liking my figure and wished like many for a skinnier shape but since I turned 40 I have definitely begun a journey to embracing my curves and this vintage clothing blog I guess is all part of it. These jeans are figure hugging and I feel great in them. This rockabilly look is fun and I found these leopard print loafers in TKMaxx too.
I hope this gives you some retro inspiration and why not be brave and try something different! Happy shopping x

Sunday, 11 January 2015

My top 5 favourite vintage Winter clothes.

It's hard to narrow it down to just 5 items but these are the ones I seem to have worn the most this Winter and I always get complimented when I wear them.

  • 1. I find it really difficult to find vintage tops as I am a 34FF but size 12 bottom half . Women were renowned for their curves in the 1950's but you still find the overall general sizes were smaller than today. Red is my favourite colour so I was thrilled to find this 1950's red wool top with faux fur collar. It fits me perfectly and looks great with jeans or dressed up with a fitted pencil skirt. I found this top on Instagram from Pinkham Road Retro in Boston, who also have a great Etsy shop

  • 2.  I love this Black 1960's shift dress. I bought it from Ebay during the Summer and just knew it would be a wardrobe staple. I have worn it dressed down during the day with black polo neck and high boots and paired with a small heel in the evening for parties. I am not a big fan of the 1960's polyester that was so often used, but this dress is an exception and at least it never needs ironing! I love the black scarf attached to the collar and it has plenty of life left in it for next year.

3. This is my first purchase for 2015 and I 'stop wearing it. Blue jersey 1960's St. Michael mod skirt. I bought this from Ebay and paid £4.90. I wore it today to the cinema with black polo neck, Fred Perry cardigan which Mark bought me for Christmas :) and my leopard print brogues.

  • 4. This was definitely the best find of 2014 as I have always been a huge fan of tartan. I found this dress in 'Lucy and the Caterpillar boutique' in Hebden Bridge and paid £30. It fits my curvier shape perfectly and looks great with loafers or my burgundy patent brogues. Well worth the money as I have worn this so many times and always get compliments when I do. I love this shop and hope to write a separate blog post on it soon.
Apologies for the poor photo, Day out in Chester.

  • 5.  I love my 1970's disco silver Glomesh chainmail handbag which I purchased on Ebay a couple of years ago, £20. It definitely brightens up any outfit.
I am looking forward to buying some more vintage this year and particularly exploring vintage shops in Yorshire. If any of you can recommend good places to visit please leave a comment and let me know.  

Thank you x

Thursday, 8 January 2015


The Beehive
How high can you pile your hair?
It is a well known fact to those that know me that I like having different hairstyles on a regular basis. From short to long hair extensions, bobs to elfin cuts, red to blonde, I think I have explored most avenues. I am currently growing my hair with determination and sticking with a brunette colour (to cover all the grey). I love the fact that a new hairstyle brings a new look and make-up within hours and you feel transformed.
As I love the 1960's look I have started to wear my hair in a small beehive/French pleat style and now it is a little longer it is getting higher. Mum came for dinner last night as a true 1960's girl she had fun putting mine up in a beehive. Back combs and hairspray at the ready. It was lovely to hear mum reminisce and to share a different side to her that we didn't know. This is part of what draws me to vintage fashion, the sharing of a small piece of somebodies life.
The marvellous Margaret Vinci Heldt created the original beehive for Modern Beauty Magazine, this is a picture from the magazine, 1960

It is slowly getting higher, although having a bad fringe day.

Mum still has it, only using 3 pins to my normal 7 or 8.

I love this photo of mum aged 18, 1963, how high!
Ronnie Spector, 1964

Barbra Streisand, 1966

One of my all time favourites, Aretha Franklin

I want to look like her when I grow up!Raquel Welch, 1968.
and last but not least beautiful Bridget Bardot.

let's see how high I can pile it up this time next year...

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

All About Eve!


For starters I'm not called Eve! My name is Rachel Peru and I do love the 1950's film 'All About Eve' so the blog name is staying.

 I have always loved vintage fashion and retro styling in both fashion and homeware but never really been brave enough to fully embrace and explore it. I particularly love the glamour of the 1950's and the fun fashion of the 1960's so I have decided to stop hiding and shout it from the roof tops. I hope this blog will follow my journey whilst I explore the world of vintage from setting up my own vintage shop, shopping, music, events and the people I meet along the way.

There is something quite refreshing about hitting 40 as a woman, maybe it's a new inner confidence that fights to come out. We will see if vintage fashion is my way forward during 2015.
I have always liked to have my own style going on, some may not have approved and there has definitely been a few mistakes along the way but putting on clothes in the morning should be fun and make you feel good.

1982 , there's a lot going on here! (age 12)

1987, I still have those gloves.


The photo session that gave me the vintage kick start I needed, at Le Keux Vintage salon in Leeds 2014.

December 2014 I finally managed to get hold of  the Red Ashley coat from Collectif.

and so it begins..... I would love to hear from other vintage lovers and would welcome suggestions on things to do, places to see to add to my journey, Collectif.