Like everyone else, the new year always puts me in a mood. I’ve overindulged over Christmas (and throughly enjoyed it, no regrets), I’m not in the best shape because I’ve been unwell recently, so I’ve let myself rest and not worried about exercising, then suddenly its all over and you don’t feel at your best.
My friend came to visit yesterday and we did an impromptu photoshoot, it was fun, but I always struggle with how I look in photos, I just don’t recognise myself in them, or I just don’t like what I see. I’m sure a lot of people can relate. But I try to get past that, an find the things I do like about the images, and in these photos I liked my outfit, it felt very me and each item of clothing is a particular favourite of mine.
1970’s Hungarian Peasant Blouse – Depop
1960’s lurex knitted trousers – Ebay
1970’s pendant & 1980’s belt- Belle Empire Boutique
1990’s suede cow print boots – The Dogs Trust
A lot has happened over the past few months. I got a new job in the city and moved out of my Dad’s house into a flat share.
I still have a majority of my things back in Kent. And I can’t wait to bring more things back with me after Christmas. There are so many pieces of clothing I am missing and jewellery and books and music.
London is okay, it’s expensive and dirty and I’m still finding out the areas I like to explore. The charity shops just don’t compare to all my favourites in Kent. And I feel like a core part of me is missing, something that makes me happy.
But the plus side is I am rediscovering items in my wardrobe that I haven’t seen for a while. And finding new ways to style them, finally wear them.
But I have found some thrifted treasures, I visited Brighton at the weekend and found this 1960’s jumpsuit. Perfect for pairing with my 60’s gold cardigan and beaded handbag. And a bargain for just £34.95 from Beyond Retro.
I’m looking forward to getting my thrift on in the New Year and sharing them with you.
I’m in the process of clearing out my wardrobe as I prepare to move to London soon. It’s hard, I LOVE my clothes. I remember exactly where I found each piece, and with my vintage clothing being such one of a kind pieces i struggle with the idea that I will likely never find anything like it again.
I have made progress though. I have sold items using Etsy, Depop and through Instagram. I have another two vintage fairs coming up too. But I have found myself trying things on that I am telling myself I am ready to sell, then falling in love with them all over again… then there hey appear, back in my wardrobe!
This dress is one such item. A 1970’s blue psychedelic maxi dress. I found this one in a British Heart Foundation charity shop. It’s a bit big on me, but when it is belted like in these photos I really like it. I can imagine wearing this with a suede waistcoat and heeled chelsea boots.
I don’t usually go for this bright a blue, but the pattern is so pretty with the flowers and leafy design. It’s one of those items that I think I will really regret saying goodbye to. So I will challenge myself to wear it again soon.
Some of you may know that I’m not just a lover and collector of vintage, but a seller of it too. I mostly sell online via Depop, Esty and Instagram, and I pop up at vintage fairs in Kent a few times a year. I would really appreciate it if you could give me a follow: @venusdazevintage
A few months ago I decided to shoot a look book and put a shoutout on instagram to see if any one would like to model. Charlotte Cohen got in touch, a fellow vintage enthusiast. Give her a follow on Instagram: @vonnie_venus
It’s time for the last of my 1970’s maxi dress haul. This one is a little different for me, as I’m not usually drawn to pink. But when I saw this one hanging on the rail I thought it was so fabulous I couldn’t leave it behind!
We shot these photos in a nearby meadow and I love the way they have come out. I had a very clear vision that I wanted to be frolicking in the sunshine with flowers around me.
This dress is full on, covered in sheer ruffles with big sleeves and a belt made up of ruffle flowers. (how cute!) The skirt is full and long and probably made for someone a few inches taller than me. It may not be the most flattering dress but it’s one I’m going to store for the right fancy dress occasion. Or for a glamorous dinner party where I can try and not dip my sleeves in the food!
Pink 1970’s maxi dress – £2.50 Scope Charity Shop
Since the rain has finally come to spare us all from the heatwave, I thought it was appropriate to share this dress I found a while ago in Scope. It’s another one that was part of the 1970’s dress haul and it’s a real beauty!
This dress has so many things to love; the high neck, bishop sleeve and golden embellishment. I love colour and pattern, but sometimes I like the drama of wearing all black. It appeals to my inner goth I guess.
One of the reasons I am drawn to vintage maxi dresses is that I can find them in the right length for me, I am petite, and find the high street dresses are miles too long or cut the wrong way (not to mention poor quality).
I’m looking forward to bringing this out in colder weather for a festive get together, it will look perfect with gold platforms and a clutch.
In our current heatwave I’ve been reaching for loose maxi dresses and midi skirts to keep me cool and comfortable. Today I picked out an old favourite from H&M bought many moons ago.
I love the way this dress swooshes when I walk. It has so many details that make it look as if it could be true vintage: the high neck, balloon sleeves and tassel tie. The fabric has the most gorgeous print that works for summer and winter.
I’ve paired it with a simple pair of tan sandals from New Look.
Sometimes it’s nice to rediscover what we own and shop our wardrobes.