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Maybe Maiden?

Maybe Maiden?

 A few weeks ago we delved into our Duchess range to give you all a little history and a little reason behind our larger sized bangles. This time, it's the turn of our daintier Maiden bangles for those smaller wristed among us.

It was the dawn of 2016 and we were thinking about different sizes, both smaller and larger. It was only fair that you smashing gang were also included in our Splendette loveliness. Just like with Duchess, the thinking cap was firmly on and the wine was in hand.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s fakelite Maiden smaller bangles Mulberry red Mouse brown

It's true that a lot of 1940s and 1950s vintage bangles are smaller in size but, although luxurious one offs, they can come with a hefty price tag. This is why Maiden sizes are so important! This way those who have always suffered with bangle-slippage (it's a true affliction definitely written about in medical journals) can build their Splendette stacks in the firm knowledge that they'll be no bangles left behind. We never leave a bangle behind.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with our Maiden vintage inspired fakelite bangles, they are just a smidge smaller than our Regular bangle range, and measure at 5.8cm in diameter. This is 0.7cm smaller than Regular, but every millimetre counts when it comes to bangle sizing.

Obviously, Maidens are great as a whole stack if you are slimmer wristed folk, but a great tip we love to share is they work fabulously as a stopper. Let's say you are inbetween sizes, not quite a Regular and not quite a Maiden. You can buy stacks of Regular bangles and then a handful of Maidens which go at the bottom of your stack, closest to your hand, and this will stop the others falling down.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s 1950s style fashion fakelite smaller Maiden size bangles Kitty Devine

We love that you love Maidens so much, and always try and design our fakelite bangles so that you 1940s and 1950s lovers can have access to our collections. going forward, we will try our hardest to get all the big ranges out in Maiden size as well. They will be in small batches to balance the supply and demand, but they will be there!

Not sure on what size is perfect for you? We have a handy bangle size guide which should help you decide.

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Style Spotlight - Sweater Girl

Style Spotlight - Sweater Girl

Well it seems that spring is taking its time to get to us this year. It's still the perfect time to be wrapped up in jumpers, cardigans and twin sets. Wait...twin sets? Aren't they what your granny wears from M&S? Firstly, yes she does, but secondly the M&S twin set is an absolute vintage inspired classic, and twin sets can still be a staple in your midcentury wardrobe. Enter the 'Sweater Girl' style...

Sweater Girl style is basically what 1950s style pinups wear when it is a bit nippy outside for a spaghetti-strap dress, or when they just want a day off from cinched waists and towering heels. The look is inspired by Old Hollywood queens such as Marilyn Monroe, Mamie Van Doren and Diana Dors and originates all the way back in the 1930s when jumpers really came into their own. 

1950s pinup old hollywood Marilyn Monroe Diana Dors Mamie Van Doren sweater girl

We're going to jump ahead to accessorising before we get stuck into the outfit details. Just because you're all wrapped up doesn't mean that you can sparkle with some of our vintage inspired fakelite jewellery. A few rolls of the jumper cuff reveals space on the wrist to be filled with stacks of bangles. We love the classic look of the Starburst range, but the sky really is the limit. Clash, combine, and create the best stacks of your lives! Don't forget to add a pair of earrings as well. The iconic fakelite drop hoops look fantastic with this sort of look, and we love contrasting them against the colour of the sweater.

Splendette vintage inspired 1950s style spring 2018 fakelite jewellery Marilyn Monroe

As with all 1940s and 1950s looks, you're going to need a solid foundation to begin with. The best way to get that iconic vintage silhouette is the famous bullet bra. Stick with us here, we know what you're thinking..."they'll poke someone's eyes out!" but you really will get used to it. In modern times we're used to a fuller, rounded bosom, but during the mid-century years it was all about really sticking them out. What Katie Did is every vintage gals first stop when needing some pinup style underpinnings. Famous for their corsets they also have a spectacular range of bullet bras in sizes 32-40 and cup sizes A-FF - plus if you're not brave enough just yet for the full cone effect, they also do a softer 1940s style which can get you on the way to Sweater Girl chic.

What Katie Did with Splendette bullet bra vintage inspired underwear fakelite jewellery

Now, onto the main event! You can still pick up some true vintage sweaters if you are in the right place at the right time. They might not be actual 1940s or 1950s items but the 1970s and 1980s took a huge amount of inspiration from the mid century when designing their winterwear. Head to your local vintage fair to see what you can find, have a search at online shops like eBay and Etsy, or join a vintage selling Facebook group. (On that note, have you joined our Facebook group yet?)

If you can't get your mitts on true vintage, fret not. There are lots of retro-ready sweaters out there to suit everyone. You can find some amazing jumpers, cardigans and twinsets on the highstreet - I found a corker of a 1940s style jumper in Topshop about ten years ago and it's still something I reach for frequently. But we're a small business, and we love supporting our fellow small businesses on the vintage scene. 

If you are more of a 1950s kinda gal then you need to pay a visit to Freddies of Pinewood. They're best known for their high-waisted denim wear but they are now taking the sweater world by storm. They have nailed the three-quarter batwing sleeve style which was everywhere in the 1950s. This length is perfect for showing off your stack of fakelite bangles from your's truly.

Freddies of Pinewood 1950s vintage inspired Ski Sweater

What if you prefer a touch of vintage inspiration to your outfit you can still get involved by going to our pals at Miss Fortune. They specialise in a modern day pinup with an alternative flare. They have dozens of knitwear designs over on their website - I think my favourite are from the Snake Charmer collection. This sort of jumper is always enhanced by a carefully placed fakelite brooch from the Splendette collection.

Miss Fortune vintage inspired pinup Snake Charmer sweater jumper

Underwear done, jumper on. You have to put some bottoms on (apparently it is inappropriate to go out in your knicks!). We have two choices here: the skirt or the trousers. Personally, I prefer trousers but there are lots of lasses out their that team their jumpers with pencil or circle skirts. Both style are taking their inspiration from the 1940s and 1950s so you do what you feel most comfortable in.

Let's stick with trousers for now. You can always rely on aforementioned Freddies of Pinewood for a really great pair of jeans, but there is also the capri pant route to go down. They look effortlessly chic but also are super comfortable and have that "oh...this old thing?" look about them. We love Piplotex's Cigarette Pants as they can be completely customised to fit you individually (I'm 6' so am always in need of an extra inch or so in the leg!). Her iconic 1950s style black trousers are always a classic, but you can be that bright and bubbly pinup with bright pink, red and even yellow pairs too.

Piplotex vintage inspired 1950s black capri cigarette pants

Finally, lets pop some shoes on. Heels are always going to finish of the look perfectly, but let's not do flats a disservice. The good thing about vintage inspired heels is that they tend to be a bit lower than modern ones - usually ranging between 5-8cm in height. This is because they were designed to be worn all day,every day by a lot of women. Johnson Shoes take a lot of inspiration from these day-to-day shoes, and they're also super comfy. I've worn them all day on shoots before and never had an issue.

Sometimes (like right now) it is absolutely pouring it down and you really don't want a sogger. This is where the beauties that are saddle shoes come into their own. Originally worn by men, and made famous by Elvis Presley in Jailhouse Rock, saddle shoes are a classic, often two-toned, shoe which pair super well with cuffed jeans for a more casual vintage inspired look. Rocket Originals are by far the best on the market at the moment and come in a wide range of colours so you can get a few to go with your new wardrobe. Oh, and did we mention they also do great twin sets?

Rocket Originals vintage inspired 1940s 1950s style saddle shoe

And you're ready to go! The Sweater Girl look is the perfect way to see out the colder months but still being having a great vintage vibe.

Show us your winter looks! We love seeing what you create over on Instagram - don't forget to tag us!

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By My Valentine

By My Valentine

Ahhh Valentine's Day. A day to show those who you love just how much they mean to you. That doesn't have to be your boyfriend, your girlfriend, your wife or your husband either. This is your chance to show your best buddy or colleague that they are the whole world to you as well. Share the love! We have a splendiforous selection of vintage inspired jewellery to make their hearts beat faster.

Splendette vintage inspired 1950s style fakleite pink and lagoon green stack of bangles

Although the history of Valentine's Day can be traced right back to Roman times, we're going to fast forward a millennium or two to get to the juicy stuff. Since the Victorian times Valentine's cards have been mass produced and sent to lovers and pals alike. Who doesn't remember waiting on 14th February to see if your school crush had left you an 'anonymous' Valentine's card on your desk?

Now we're all grown ups (apparently) we tend to be a bit braver with our showing our love, so here is a quick guide to all things lovey dovey here at Splendette.

Are you more of a pink lady or a ravishing red vixen? Both colours instinctively scream 'love' but have different attitudes. Pink being the softer, gentler companion to the fiesty, passionate red. Vintage inspired speaking, 1950s style would tend to sway towards more of the pink end, where red sits with the traditional bold bakelite colours of the 1940s fashion books. Of course, we are not the vintage police, and if you want to wear red in a 1950s style (erm, hello edgier pinup vibes) then you do you. That's the joy of fashion - being able to express and love you.

Our pink tones work amazingly when paired with super contrasting colours, like our white and black fakelite bangles, or keeping on the same tonal palette. There will always be people who aren't a fan of pink out there, but adding a splash of Iris to your usual green stack can look incredible as a lovely pop of colour.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s 1950s style heavy carved fakelite stack with Jade Iris Indigo and Orange Leopard Print

There is a long running myth that some people don't suit red. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. We hear it a lot when people say "oh I'd love to wear 1950s style clothing, but I just don't suit red" but I can guarantee you that there will always be a red out there that is for you. Our most famous red, the heavy carved variety, pairs amazingly with pretty much anything. And if you're not brave enough to go the whole hog, why not start of gently with a pair of the Red Heavy Carved Hoop Earrings?

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s style red heavy carved drop hoop earrings

Still not sure which side of the Valentine's colour tracks your loved one sits on? Why not get them a gift card and let them decide for themselves?

Splendette vintage inspired fakelite jewellery gift card voucher

Whatever you are doing this Valentine's day, whether you are spending it with loved ones or doing a bit of self-care loving, have a beautiful day and know that we will always love you!

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Delving into Duchess sizing

Delving into Duchess sizing

Rewind, it's 2016. We've been launched for a year or so now but there is still a something that we wanted to fulfill. So many of you lovely lot had got in contact with us asking for different sizes, in particular larger, so those who don't fit traditionally sized bangles can get on board the Splendette train. Eeva put on her thinking cap and thought about how to make this a reality for both customers and the business. After some head scratching, some pencil chewing and a little wine drinking, Duchess sized bangles were born.

Splendette AW17 Duchess shoot vintage inspired 1940s style fakelite

Our Regular sized bangles have a wrist hole size of 6.5cm, where as the Duchess sized are just a smidge bigger at 7.5cm wide. It might sound like only a fraction of a difference but every millimetre counts and by widening our bangle size selection it has allowed so many more beauties enjoy our bangles.

It started off that we just did a few fakelite Duchess bangles in each season from the start of 2017. This was because we needed to test the waters of the market. We would have loved to offer the full range straight off the starting line but we needed to make sure that the product worked and worked throughout the seasons. As a small business we need make a minimum order quota when getting any new products in and we can't afford to waste a lot of stock, which meant that we couldn't do it all all at once. We picked and chose what we thought would sell best throughout the next few season range launches and waited...

Luckily, it paid off and we saw that our amazing customers loved the Duchess range and so from Autumn 2019 we took the plunge and did all our fakelite bangles in both Duchess and Maiden sizes (you can read about the birth of Maiden bangles soon, I promise!). 

So, whether your are more into your 1940s fashion or have of a 1950s style, or prefer pastels over darker hues, you can now get all your gorgeous vintage inspired fakelites in the larger Duchess size in the current range and future seasons.

Not sure on what size is perfect for you? We have a handy bangle size guide which should help you decide.

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Style Spotlight - Wilhelmina af Fera

Style Spotlight - Wilhelmina af Fera

Splendette's Style Spotlight takes a look at the inspirations and fashions from yesteryear as well as the modern day icons from the vintage world. This time we're taking a peek into the world of the Finnish beauty, Wilhelmina as Fera.

You might be thinking "hey, I recognise Mina from somewhere" and you'd be right! Mina modeled our Summer '18 range splashing around in a stunning swimming pool. That range was chock-a-block with traditional vintage inspired heavy carved fakelite, and tropical delights to transform any outfit into a bright statement.

Wilhelmina Af Fera modeling Splendette vintage inspired fakelite jewellery and Violets in May vintage style clothing

So, what does Mina's vintage inspired style mean to her?

Describe your style in five words.
Vintage-y, quirky, bold colour & hats.

What is your must-have accessory from Splendette?
Bangles are my favourite and I do wear them pretty much everyday. Maiden midi and wide bangle sets have been my go-to lately and I am totally obsessed about the Tropical Punch colourway. Spring, I know but I love it so much! I have such small wrists I always need that one maiden bangle to spot my stacks from slipping off and I have been over the Moon now that Splendette has done maidens in different sizes other than just narrow as it gives so many styling options when you can choose midi or even wide to be the stopper on the top of your stack! Love it!

Where and/or who do you get your style inspiration from?
I love reading old fashion magazines and there's so much style inspiration in there! 1940's magazines are my favourite for sure, but I also love going through some 30's and 50's stuff.
I don't really have anyone I'd look up and tried to copy but of course I do have some old movie starts whose style I like, Marlene Dietrich for example.

Which is your favourite piece from the current collection?
I loooove the autumn collection in full, mainly because all the new colourways have the resemblance of true bakelite. But having to pick just one I'd probably go with the Mouse colourway and for a single piece - maiden midi bangle. So versatile, beautiful colour and there just is something I love about the maiden midis!


What made you get into vintage style?
When I was a kid my mother made me watch all the old movies, especially Audrey Hepburns, so I guess the love for vintage was kinda born then. I did not wear vintage until my 20's though when I moved to the capital area for my university studies and found the first vintage shops. Before that I never even knew one could wear clothing that old in daily bases. I had always felt bad about my figure, it was never good enough for modern clothing but when I tried on my first 50's dress I was blown away! It did fit perfectly. And here we are.


Tell us something about you that people might not realise.
Hahaa, I am no lady! I may look like a diva in my photos but in real life I'm more like a teddy boy rather than a girly girl. As a teen I had such a crises about my gender I secretly wished for gender change. I felt like I just could not be a woman, I did not feel like one. But still I ended up here. Strange thing, life.


Do you have a favourite place to buy your clothes from?
For vintage clothing I do have few favourite shops in Finland, Hoochie Mama Jane in Helsinki and VintagEija's in Turku. Other than that I love wearing Miss Candyfloss pieces, their fabrics are soft and I like their cuts. Plus their garments are degsigned and made in Europe. I tend to be a bit sentimental when choosing brands to wear but I also keep an eye on the quality, I hate getting clothing with poor quality. For example I love to wear Rubylea headwear and bespoke clothing as it's a local small business, I love Splendette's connections to Finland, Revival Retro is also admirable female run small company and so forth!

Do you have a favourite vintage event in your calendar?
I do not think I have one favourite. Finns love recycling so we have loads of vintage fairs around the year which I like to visit and during the summer the country is full of  outdoor events all about vintage, classic cars and rock n roll. But of course Viva Las Vegas is marked on my calendar every year even though I may not be able to visit it annually. Besides Viva I am eagerly waiting to see Dita Von Teese in London next year. Last years show was such a vintage fashion show and I cannot wait to see what people come up outfit wise with next year!

How long have you been modelling?
I have been doing portfolio shoots ever since high school but I guess my first real modeling jobs were in 2016. So not that long, and every shoot I still learn something new!

Do you have a party trick?
My party trick is that I rarely go out! Seriously I am the least party animal you will ever meet and I'm basically leaving the house for party or night on the town kinda fun just when Eeva the Boss Babe drags me out either here in Finland or when I'm visiting UK. She forces me to put on the party mood and I love her for that but when she's not around I'm more like reading a book with a nice cup of tea curled up in a cosy armchair kinda person.

 

You can see more of Mina over on her Instagram and Facebook.

(ps: we can't wait to party with Mina at Dita von Teese either!)

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Gift Cards

Gift Cards

Did you know that Splendette do gift cards? They're perfect if you're a little stuck on what to get a loved one, colleague or even just to treat future you.

So, how do they work? Gift cards are available in denominations of £5, £10, £25, £50 or £100. You can add them to your basket just like a bangle, necklace or earrings, and enter the lucky recipient's email address. They will then be notified via email of a personalised code that they can use whenever they wish on the Splendette website.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s style fakelite jewellery autumn 2019

Gift cards are absolutely ideal for those who aren't into vintage who want to treat someone who is. An all round problem solver without needing to have a vast knowledge of 1940s fashion or 1950s style. Or how about treating yourself? You don't need to spend it all in one go so you can add some glitter here some, some heavy carve there whenever you need a Splendette boost.

With Christmas just around the corner what could be a better time to throw a few of these into your basket and treat your nearest and dearest? Go on...you know you want to!

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Splendette Stocking Fillers

Splendette Stocking Fillers

Christmas is well and truly underway! Do you feel festive yet? Do you have your tree up? Have you sorted all your presents yet? If not, we're here to rescue the day! Whether you are buying for a loved one or writing your list for yourself read on for a little inspiration...

Let's start with bangles because, hey, its kinda what we're famous for. If you're buying for a loved one look at what colours they wear most or what styles they go for most frequent. If they prefer a brighter palette take a look at our spring and summer collections which are full of pastels and heavy carved beauties. If they're a more mellow, darker dressed person then they will probably suit our autumnal range featuring deep reds and warm yellows.

Splendette vintage inspierd 1940s style heavy carved fakelite stack with Jade green Indigo blue Iris pink and orange leopard print

Whichever side of the colour spectrum they sit on though, you can always start with a staple stack of reds, whites, blacks and a few leopards as these will slide in perfectly with future stacks. And don't forget that we also do pre-made sets of threes including stacks of three woven bangles which provide a great break up from the vintage inspired fakelite we offer.

 Splendette vintage inspired 1940s style autumn 2019 range of sets of three 3 bangles

Whichever you do decide to treat someone (or yourself!) to, you'll need to make sure you get the right size. We do three bangle sizes: Maiden for the smaller wristed among us, Regular, and Duchess for those who need a bit of a bigger size. You can work out which size is perfect for your gift by checking out our bangle size guide.

Earrings and bangles go together like strawberries and cream. Our colourways all come with matching earrings, but why not be a rebel and clash? We have recently brought back our Starburst range which look incredible with any of your vintage inspired jewellery.

Splendette vintage inspired 1950s style mid century atomic Ivory Starburst Earrings

Completing the trilogy of jewels is our range of necklaces. Our beaded necklaces make a recurring appearance in almost every season because you lot just love them so much! We also have different variations, like our Catkin Fakelite Curve Bead Necklace, which add another vintage vibe to your accessories.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s style fakelite yellow and brown Catkin Curve Bead Necklace

Now you have the jewellery, you'll need somewhere to store them!

The Atomic Diamond Jewellery Storage has gone down absolutely amazingly well. We think that the entire set would make the most amazing Christmas present for a Splendette lover. That's why for December we're doing a little combo deal when you buy all four! But be quick, this is only for the Christmas period!

Spendette vintage inspired 1950s style Atomic Diamonds storage collection bangle case earring case make up bag glasses case

If you buy the Atomic Diamond Bangle Case with Earring Pouch, the Make Up Bag, the Glasses Case and the Earrings Case we'll knock the total price down to just £69!

If you don't fancy the Earrings Pouch and just want the Atomic Diamond Bangle Case, then the total of your combo will be £65.

There's no need for a code, just add all four individual products into your basket and the magic will happen behind the scenes once you get to the check out.

And don't forget about our Bamboo Bangle Stand and fancy pants Clear Acrylic Revolving Bangle Stand.

Splendette vintage inspired 1950s style mid century Atomic Bamboo Bangle Stand

Did you know that Splendette do gift cards? They're perfect if you're a little stuck on what to get a loved one, colleague or even just to treat future you. Go on...you know you want to!

Splendette vintage inspired fakelite jewellery gift card graffic

So, how do they work? Gift cards are available in denominations of £5, £10, £25, £50 or £100. You can add them to your basket just like a banglenecklace or earrings, and enter the lucky recipient's email address. They will then be notified via email of a personalised code that they can use whenever they wish on the Splendette website.Gift cards are absolutely ideal for those who aren't into vintage who want to treat someone who is. An all round problem solver without needing to have a vast knowledge of 1940s fashion or 1950s style. You don't need to spend it all in one go so you can add some glitter here some, some heavy carve there whenever you need a Splendette boost.

And there you have it, a Christmas guide to the best of what Splendette has to offer! Whatever you do this festive season, have a blast doing it!

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Rhythm Riot 2019

Rhythm Riot 2019

Ahhh the final weekender of the year has come to a close. The Rhythm Riot is a rock'n'roll, rhythm and blues festival held on the south coast of the UK, and it has been a staple in the calendar for many years. In fact, it's where two parts of Team Splendette met many moons ago!

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s 1950s style fakelite bangles stack at Rhythm Riot

We trundled off in the rain early Thursday morning, suitcases brimming with our vintage clobber and the car boot stacked with stuff Eeva was going to sell at the vintage market on the Sunday morning. Five hours later we arrived at the Camber Sands, near Rye in East Sussex, site where the four day festival is held every year.

Rhythm Riot classic 1940s vintage American cars in twilight

Luckily the weather brightened up for most of the weekend which allowed us to let our hair down without ruining our perfect vintage set. The days tend to be pretty quiet at the Rhythm Riot which gives us lots of time to mooch around the dozens of stalls selling amazing true vintage and awesome reproduction. We don’t trade at the Rhythm Riot but its always fabulous to see our pals over at Ozone Clothing (who do stock our jewellery!), Di Brooks of Outerlimitz and Shazam Vintage.

Tammi Savoy on stage at Rhythm Riot 2019

The evenings are when the parties really get going. The live music was spectacular every single night with our favourites being Tammi Savoy (USA), Velvet Candles (Spain), Pat Capocci (Australia) and the big finale tribute to Ruth Brown on the Sunday night.

 

It's always lovely to see everyone wearing their more 1940s inspired vintage garb and the Rhythm Riot gives everyone a chance to get a bit more glitzy and glamorous than other weekenders, as well as showcasing their finest winterwear. Check out Stef Jay wearing our famous fakelite bangles!

Stef Jay pinup model wearing Splendette vintage inspired fakelite red and teal banglesSo, even though it’s a bit soggy, a tad cold, and smidge blustery the Rhythm Riot is such a wonderful way to wave buh-bye to the calendar of weekenders for the year. We are already looking forward to next year!

Group photo of vintage inspired 1940s friends wearing Splendette

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Style Spotlight - The Glambassador

Style Spotlight - The Glambassador

Splendette's Style Spotlight takes a look at the inspirations and fashions from yesteryear as well as the modern day icons from the vintage world. This time we're taking a peek into the world of The Chronically Overdressed Christine, aka The Glambassador.

You might recognise Christine from the photo shoot for our Autumn 2019 range. It was an absolute blast working with The Glambassador as she brought so many incredible vintage inspired pieces from her own wardrobe and matched it perfectly with our bangles, earrings and necklaces.

Splendette vintage inspired 1940s 1950s style carved fakelite Fox orange jewellery with Chronically Overdressed The Glambassador Christine Cochran

To get to know her and her vintage inspired style a little better we sat down for a chat...

Describe your style in five words

Classic, polished, colorful, thoughtful and fun.

What is your must-have accessory from Splendette?

I love the hoop earrings from Splendette. When I was working as a massage therapist and esthetician, I couldn’t wear a lot of jewellery or wear my vintage clothing, however I was able to express my style with my hair and makeup and a few accessories. The hoop earrings are a perfect way to add a splash of color to my look (I always had to wear black), and they are secure enough that they didn’t get in the way of my work.

Where and/or who do you get your style inspiration from?

My mother and her best friend were always my style inspiration growing up, but now I tend to turn to Pinterest and Instagram whenever I need to spark my creativity. I love to look at old photos from the 1930s and 1940s on Pinterest to get inspiration for authentic styles. I have several boards that I keep updated and return to time and time again.

But of course there are a lot of specific people that inspire me as well, such as Dita Von Teese of course. Her polished, classic look is always a winner. I’m also fortunate to be friends with several people who constantly inspire me with their own style. To name a few on Instagram - wardrobe_experience, mariabordoysboudoir, birtheweijkamp, essbdee, and myvintageloveblog are an unending source of inspiration for me. Their sophisticated, comfortable, and authentic styles are what I strive for and the fact that they are all strong, intelligent and supportive women makes me privileged to call them friends.

Which is your favourite piece from our current collection?

Do I really have to choose one?!?!?! Ok, fine…I’m in love with the Alder Fakelite Necklace right now. I recently moved to Hawaii and this necklace goes so well with so many of my tropical outfits. I have to say though, I moved here with a fraction of my wardrobe and accessories in tow (awaiting the rest in a few months) and I received my box of the autumn collection shortly after I arrived in Hawaii. Even though these are scrumptious autumn colors (a season that I miss terribly by the way), everything from this line has gone so beautifully with my more summery and tropical attire. It’s so versatile and can be worn year round.

What made you get into vintage style?

As I mentioned above, my mom was my style icon growing up. She was one of the most glamorous women I’ve ever known. At a young age, she instilled in me a love for vintage garments, everyday glamour and the concept of always being “put together”. When I was about 16 years old, I decided that vintage style just suited me best. I felt the most comfortable and confident in vintage style clothing. I loved shopping in thrift and vintage stores with my mom and knowing that the clothing I wore was not going to be seen on anyone else at school.

From then on, I just continued learning and honing my look and style. Of course it’s evolved quite a bit as I’ve matured and become more comfortable in my body and I’ve learned what looks best on it. I also didn’t grown up with the internet, so having that as a resource now is invaluable.

Tell us something about yourself that we might not know...

Oh boy, that’s a hard one. Well many people don’t know that I wanted to become a police officer and eventually join the FBI. When I was 16 I joined the police department’s cadet program. But unfortunately a knee injury quashed that dream. So after school, I went into public relations and marketing instead and then eventually became a massage therapist, holistic esthetician and holistic health coach. At 43, I feel like I’ve already lived multiple lives.

Do you have a favourite place to buy your clothes from?

I do, however it’s not a typical vintage or reproduction clothing shop, but they do have amazing vintage style clothing at times. It’s eshakti.com. All of their garments can be customized to suit your exact size, or hem length, or sleeve length, etc. And all of the dresses and skirts have pockets! I have a hard time buying a dress or skirt if it doesn’t have pockets. Ladies need their pockets!!!! In addition to eShakti, I adore Emmy Designs, Vivien of Holloway, Scarlet Rage Vintage and I’m always scouring Etsy for volup sizes of vintage dresses.

Do you have a favourite vintage event in your calendar?

I’m embarrassed to say that I actually don’t get to many vintage events. There are several in the UK that I wanted to go to, but it just never worked out. I’ve attended several Dapper Day events at Disneyland in California as well as in Paris and I always enjoy those.

Now that I’m living in Hawaii, I’m hoping to get to a few events in California, or maybe even Viva Las Vegas, as I’ve never been.

How long have you been modelling?

I started modeling when I was about 15, so 28 years ago. I did some catalogue work and a few small fashion shows, but I stopped when I turned 18 and started working full time. I have done a few smaller jobs here and there over the years, but I wouldn’t consider myself a “model” really, as I’ve not done it consistently for any significant amount of time. I would love the chance to do more and help represent the plus-size gals and show that we can wear vintage styles and look amazing. That’s one of the reasons I started my blog. I wasn’t seeing the representation of gals who looked like me anywhere in the vintage scene. So I figured I would be that representation and hopefully someone could see themselves in me and have the confidence to get out there in their own vintage style.

Do you have a party trick?

I’m not sure if you would call it a party trick, but I worked as a voice-over actor for a little while and I’m pretty good with picking up accents. I’m a good mimic and when I spend a bit of time with someone with an accent, I start to sound like them.

 

You can see more of Christine over on Instagram, Facebook and her blog.

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Christmas 2019 Shipping

Christmas 2019 Shipping

It might still be a little early to get in the Christmas spirit but I thought I'd give you a little head's up on Christmas final post dates for 2019 in advance. We wouldn't want anyone missing out on pressies so pop these dates in your calendar...

Monday 9 December - Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Middle East

​Tuesday 10 December - Malta and Cypus

Wednesday 11 December - Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia)

Thursday 12 December - Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey

Friday 13 December - USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Italy

Monday 16 December - Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia

Wednesday 18 December - Republic of Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland

Friday 20 December - United Kingdom

If you're stuck for ideas on what to get your loved ones, don't forget we also do gift cards!

Happy wrapping!

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