The Mystery Blogger Award!

So, I had a little surprise on Saturday… I had the honour and pleasure of being nominated for ‘The Mystery Blogger Award’ by Anchors and Swallows! The lovely Laura actually found my blog first and has remained one of my most faithful and encouraging followers. (Thank you lovely! xx) Not only is she absolutely darling but is always creating insightful and engaging content. Be sure to head over to her blog and check it out.

“Mystery Blogger Award is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.” Created by: Okoto Enigma

Rules:

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award (I’m going to shamelessly copy Laura here and will be modifying this as I don’t have a lot of time to read as many blogs as I’d like to at the moment. I plan to change this soon)
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

Three Things About Me:

* I am obsessed with personality typing; specifically the Myers-Briggs test. I completed this test about 3 years ago and it transformed my view of myself and my self esteem

The results page felt as is someone had completed a stock check of my inner most thoughts and feelings and put it to paper for me to view. Very intense and interesting. I love it mostly because it has helped me accept that who I am is ok and that it’s ok to be different. I highly recommend you go check it out https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

I’m an INFP if you’re interested 😊

* I have worked in retail and customer service all of my working life. I am the epitome of good customer service and making people happy but secretly hate people 😂 Individual people rock and I have tribe of people I love fiercely but, people in general outside of the vintage community… Ewe!

* Having been diagnosed with an invisible illness when I was 15, I was always very cautious not to anger the energy god’s. But since ive found a new medication, I’m making up for lost time. In the last 2 years alone, I have learned to drive, started a blog and Instagram account to document my vintage journey, participated in a fashion show, changed jobs, travelled around the UK as much as possible and so many more things you’ll no doubt hear about soon!

My Questions:

What is something you don’t like, but everyone else loves?

*Game of thrones and walking dead…I can binge watch a show like no-ones business but just can’t get my head around these.

What do you think is your best quality?

*I am the best cheerleader. Need a confidence boost, I am your girl!

What do you love most about blogging?

*I think finding a little corner of this big old world where like minded people can connect.

What would be the best thing to come out for 2018 for you?

*Good health and happiness in my work life. Everything else is under control for now.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?

*A sloth! I think they are adorable and get to sleep as much as I want to

Ok, so the wonder people I am nominating are:

Miss Any May

Miss Pebbles Girl

Laci Fay

The Eyre Effect

Penny Snark

Questions for my nominees:

What draws you towards vintage style?

What is your favourite clothing/accessory purchase?

What most inspires you within this community?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?


I would love to see your responses, either in the comments or in a Mystery Blogger post of your own!

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Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Final installment

It’s that time again folks! I was hoping to release these photos when spring had arrived but low and behold, more snow is on the horizon. It’s almost become a tradition, haha!

So back we go, to that wonderful day at the start of March when I spent the day with Cat from Kitty Jones photography.

We were located in the ‘Old End’ of Llantwit Major town. This side of the town is filled with beautiful buildings which are hundreds of years old. We began near the dovecote set in an open field in the beautiful Welsh countryside with views for miles over to the local beach.

The conclusion of the shoot celebrated one of my Black Friday Sale deals from Lindy Bop – Corinna.

For the shoot, I have paired it with a true vintage cardigan that I purchased as the vintage kilo sale in Cardiff. Goodness knows what era it is, but it does exactly what I wanted; a cream cardi that would not show the pattern of the dress beneath. Not a massive ask, but I’ve spent 2 years searching the high street! Urgh!

Now, red and white polka dot is my all time favourite colour/pattern combination. It’s just makes my heart sing. The added cuteness of the Corinna dress is that instead of dots, you have little white hearts. Sweet!

I wouldn’t normally choose a dress that buttons up over the bust but this dress has an shirred elasticated back that not only gives you comfort and wearablity, but it is generous across the bust so there is no pulling or gaping. It also makes it easy to take on and off, great for days where my dexterity isn’t it’s best and buttons are a no go.

The dress has a generous shoulder strap so it gives us larger busted gals plenty of coverage over unsightly bra straps and is trimmed with a lovely white ric-rac ribbon. This trim is replicated on the pockets situated on the front of the skirt.

Pockets in a skirt or dress make me really happy, is it just me?

The dress is made of a light cotton with a lovely full skirt. It may not come out at this time of year again but already cannot wait to pair it with sunnies, sandals and a hat through the summer.

I can definitely see me buying another Corinna dress from Lindy Bop. I’m always happy with the quality of the dresses, their fit and shape. And this is no different!

Dress – Corinna, Lindy Bop

Cardi – True Vintage

Shoes – Lilley & Skinner

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Part 2

The last 3 weeks have been strange. I don’t know if anyone else had this feeling when the snow hit at the end of Feb. Most of our county was in lock down for days and it hung around for weeks.

This is our street 2 days in and it took the best part of a week to dig all the street out. Our backgarden is at a lower level that the street and filled up like a ball pit. At its worst, it was nearly 5ft deep!

We only had a few little mounds left this week but it has now started again.

In my 20’s I used to see my excitement for snow as a sign that I was still young at heart. I knew that when I could only see the negatives, I would finally be a grown up. Well, ladies and gentlemen, in my 31st year I can say that it has come…

I just want to get back to having a calm and easy life, dressing how I want to dress and feeling how I want to feel.

Until that can happen, let’s relive a day where I felt amazing and looked pretty ok too.

Here’s some of the images for my wonderful shoot with Cat from Kitty Jones Photography.

Not only does she have an amazing eye for a location but she has written a little blurb about the location too.

“Our second location was located in the ‘Old End’ of the town and is locally referred to as the ‘Goldfish Pond’ owing to the large fish within. A false herring has stood in the pond to scare away the fish’s predators for years and many of the surrounding houses are named things along the line of ‘Herring House’. The large stone pond is covered by a stunning weeping willow which looks just as striking in Winter as I’m sure it does in summer.”

I’ve decided I need this lighting with me where ever I go. I even look like I’m researching and plotting a way to make it happen here, haha!

I love the look of this dress in this location. The beautiful Audrey Rose Bush dress by Lindy Bop really stood out in the rustic setting. I adored the contrast between its subtle sheen, gorgeous colour palette and the texture of the bricks and tree bark.

I have a feeling this dress will become a firm favourite as it is comfortable and easy to wear. It can easily be dressed up of down for a variety of different occasions and will prove versitile depending on accessories from Autumn to Spring.

See you soon lovelies.

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Kitty Jones Photography Collaboration – Part 1

Myself and Cat over at Kitty Jones Photography have been meaning to catch up for most of 2018 but weather & life kept getting in the way. Who’d have thought the weather in January and February could not be relied on eh?!

So when we both found ourselves with a cheeky midweek afternoon free, we both jumped at the chance

So I packed as many dresses and accessories as I could into the car. Scoured the decor for some prompts and set off. I made the journey down from our town in the valleys down to the Vale to shoot in the beautifully picturesque historical town of Llantwit.

We both had so many ideas and so much inspiration we wanted to put to use but we chose to focus on 3 looks across 3.5 locations. Over the coming weeks I will share all of these with you but for now I am going to focus on just one for now.

A normal person would do these is order of shooting I suppose, but I’ve never let that bother me before…

Lets begin with our third and final location which was an abandoned World War II air hangar located in Llandow near Cowbridge.

RAF Llandow is a former RAF station that was opened in 1940 and closed in 1957. Many aircraft were stored on the Llandow base during the war.

The Leah dress by Hell Bunny was always going to be the best choice for a location as poignant as this. Leah is reminiscent of a 40’s tea dress and wouldn’t have been out of place heading to a dance after hard day’s work or watching for the boys on their way home.

Despite below freezing temperatures and gale force winds, I had a blast with Cat. She creates such a relaxed environment that encouraged me to be myself. And, in amongst all my goofing around, my toddler dances to keep warm and the many flashes she got of my knickers, she managed to capture these gems.

There will be many more gorgeous images shared on instagram no doubt.

John Gillespie Magee Jr wrote his famous poem ‘High Flight’ whilst training at the airfield.

The hangar is a sight to behold and it’s large, red steel door has begun to rust which I personally think adds to the vintage charm of the building.

It’s difficult to understand the magnitude of the history and siginifance to the defence of the realm when you consider the current state of disrepair. It’s easy to disregard this area as an eyesore or just another old industrial estate. This also is on the site of Wales’ worst air disaster in 1950, at the time also the world’s biggest loss of life in an air crash. I can’t even begin to imagine.

So as light as the atmosphere was we were careful to ensure we were respectful of our surroundings.

That’s all from me for now. See you lovelies soon.

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Check out my insta feed for a review of my experience.

@missspoonfulofsugar

Check out her fabulous work over at @kittyjonesphotography http://www.kittyjonesphotography.co.uk

Outfit details:

Dress – Leah Hell Bunny

Brogues – Lilley & Skinner

Cardi – Primark

New hair cut!

Hello my lovelies,

Long time no see!

January was a difficult month health wise and everything had kinda come to a halt. As any Spoonie will know, you just do as much as you can to get through the day and not an awful lot more.

To try and feel something other than sorry for myself, I decided I would finally take the plunge and get myself a vintage hair cut. By doing so, I had no choice but to style my hair and if your hair is fab, why would you do it the disservice of dressing badly?!

So this is where we started…

As you can see, mid-length hair, coloured treated, naturally wavy hair with a few layers. The layers were always necessary to thin out the length to allow my natural curls to form but for whatever reason the front of my crown has thinned out terribly. I could hardly ever achieve any volume here, especially with the weight of this length.

I’ve gradually reduced the amount of layers in my hair over the last year to make it easier to style but it was getting too long to roll neatly and wasn’t drying. My wet sets were becoming very hit & miss and dampness and frizz were common place.

No amount of product of brushing could help!

So after much research online and watching several YouTube videos about the cut and styling, I booked in with my wonderful hairdresser and mother-in-law (Hi Heather!) and went for it.

We decided to dip our toes in by choosing a modified middy cut. The true middy takes some real dedication and unwanted to be able to build up to it.

Now I have to admit, I haven’t seen it au natural since as it has given me the drive to set it every night but from how it feels, I imagine I would look something like this…

That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Jon Bon Jovi circa 1996! My fellow vintage guys, am I right?! I’m too scared to find out. Does it really matter where motivation comes from, surely it just that you have it?

Here’s a little montage of my efforts so far, all the ups and downs;

As you can see it’s still very early days and I’m very much a “one trick pony” with a swoop and curls, but I’m getting there. Day 3 seems to be when my hair does more of what I want rather than what it wants, and frizz is under control.

I’ve had a few odd moments though;

1. Remind me not to stop mid- tonging as Lord Farquaad was a step too damn far

2. Coming to realise that my style has begun to resemble more of that of Mrs Doubtfire and Dame Edna than all these vintage blogger beauties, but I ain’t even mad.

Onwards and upwards eh?!

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Lindy Bop – Aria

The next dress is the one my husband bought for me for Christmas. He fell for the dress having seen in a Vintage Repro store in our town – A Splash of Vintage.

Now, I’ve never considered myself a huge Alice in Wonderland fan but the more I think about it, I do relate to her. Alice just keeps eating and drinking everything she sees in the hope that it will magically solve all her problems. A girl after my own heart!

However, I chose to trust his instincts as he was so keen on it and boy, was he right!

My main reservation was what the images would be like. I am not a huge fan of literal prints but this dress is beautifully illustrated. There is a sublet layering of the vintage style images which really appeal to my inner crafter/scrapbookers.

There is a great mixture of bright and muted colours in the images to pick out in accessories and I will have a great time experimenting.

I played it safe today with a basic white cardi but it’s because I wanted the dress to be the main feature.

The dress came with a baby pink belt which I don’t feel really enhances the dress, but is a good width and structure and will work well with other pieces I own. Here I have paired it with an red suede plaited belt which picks up on the red in the toad stools.

The dress is shorter than I would have chosen myself. I’ve learned to come to terms with and almost love the body I’m in, but i still really do not like my knees. I may look to extend it with a little lace or esnure I wear it with tights or leggings. But that’s my hang up, not a criticism of the dress. One thing I will say is that’s the shorter length meant it got a bit carried away in the high winds on this beautiful day.

There are a lot of people who feel cheated that Disney gave them unrealistic ideals about happy endings but I gotta admit I’m more miffed that I don’t have a band of woodland creatures at my beck and call. Like, I could really use some Chipmunks here to act as Skirt Assistants here.

But, if you think this is funny, just wait til you see the bloopers at the end of the month!

Lindy Bop was the website that I bought my first repro dress from back in 2014. This bother feels like a moment and forever ago.

As Lindy Bop has the biggest presence in my wardrobe, I think I will do a brand review to go into my impressions in more detail.

On this occasion, hubby chose to size up in the absence of my size and I was very glad he did as I find this one runs a little small. With virtually no stretch it may be something to be mindful of if you too have the crazy boobs!

Lindy Bop have also just released an amazing assortment of pin badges, two of which compliment this dress perfectly.

Dress details:

Aria Alice in Wonderland – Lindy Bop, Size 24 purchased from Splash of Vintage Cardiff

http://www.splashofvintage.co.uk

Pins https//www.lindybop.co.uk/bunny-heart-enamel-pin-by-punky-pins.html

Dress Https://www.lindybop.co.uk/valerie-navy-alice-in-wonderland-print-swing-dress.html

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty xx

Lady V London – Hepburn

So, something happened last Sunday… The sun shone in South Wales! So what better time to get the first amature photoshoot under my belt.

I bagged this dress in the Black Friday Sale. At first, I wasn’t sure of the colour and pattern when I unpacked it but my hesitance was unnecessary.

Putting it on and highlighting the accent colours in accessories really brought this dress to life for me. This is just one combination of many that will suit.

In an ideal world, I probably could have done with the 20/22 but that size had already been snapped up.

However, with a belt to cinch in the waist you really wouldn’t notice too much. If anything, the extra room makes it spoonie friendly for those not so great days. It can mean the difference between me keeping my desired aesthetic or slumming it in an old jumper and jeans. Being able to slip it on and off over my head without having to fuss with the zip, as you can imagine, this is a welcome feature.

For me at 5’4, it’s the perfect length. Somewhere between knee and mid calf.

What I really love about this dress is that it is so generous in the skirt. It’s light enough to really swish but has the weight to show it’s of good quality. It’s also less likely to end up round my ears when the wind blows. The Hepburn’s beautiful full skirt will be gorgeous with or without a petticoat.

The neckline is higher and quite modest compared to the majority of my dresses but this makes it more appropriate for day to day wear (The ‘girls’ do love the limelight, which isn’t always appropriate).

It could easily be dressed down with boots and a cardi as it could paired with a nice head piece and heels.

This dress comes in an enormous range of colours and patterns each season with a lovely mixture of classical and literal prints. Head on over to https://ladyvlondon.com to check out their final reductions.

But this particular combo, the Hepburn dress is every bit as timeless and elegant as her namesake.

The icing on the cake is that little to no ironing is needed which is always a win in my book. As a wise women once said;

Having played about a bit with the images, this filter is really giving me the 40’s garden party feels. I just need me a nice squiffy tipple in a teacup like they serve in Cahoots. (Man, do I need to get back there!)

Dress details: Hepburn – Roses & Pomegranate Buds (22/24)

Lady Vintage London

Much love & vintage wishes,

Kirsty