Tuesday, 29 July 2014

About Me

Hello fellow time travellers! Thank you very much for stopping by and I hope you rest a while before continuing on your way.

My name is Rowena and I live in the historic city of Lincoln in England with my boyfriend and fellow time traveller, Indi. By trade I work for Adult Social Care and have done since I was 19. About four years ago I began to be interested in the fashion of the mid-twentieth century thanks to the beautiful Lola Lamour. I watched a documentary called Time Warp Wives in which she starred and I remember it was a total revelation. I was hooked and watched the 30 minute show repeatedly, still do from time to time! I have always loved different eras from the 60's in my childhood to the 80's in my teens but as I grew older I felt I should dress "normal" in an effort to be more adult. I never really felt like I was being myself and wished there would be a style where I could be individual and yet still feel others would take me seriously. I feel that finding vintage has helped me to express my personality through my outward appearance and achieve that balance.

My style tends to vary between actual vintage and a rockabilly twist and Indi and I spend our weekends in the summer attending events for the 1940's and also some rockabilly shin digs too. I'm not too bothered about being 100% accurate and prefer to wear what I feel happiest in so I try not to limit myself to just one decade. We both love the aesthetics of the 1920's to the 1950's. Most days I wear either vintage, vintage-style / rockabilly and the dream is to have a full vintage wardrobe one day; I'm working on it!

I hope you enjoy visiting my blog and reading all the things we have been up to. If you feel like dropping me a line I would enjoy that ever so much and I always welcome feedback of any kind. If you wish to email me you can do so here.


Monday, 31 March 2014

Our Italian Adventure

After reading Jessica's post, lets go on a vintage honeymoon to Italy, on her wonderful blog I felt compelled to share some of our holiday photos from when we went to Southern Italy last October. We stayed in the Hotel St Lucia which is just outside of the town Tropea and located in the region of Calabria; I describe it as being on the top of the toe of the boot. It's a wonderful little coastal town with plenty of colourful local residents and winding cobbled lanes.

Every morning we would take the bus into town and wander to our favourite cafe to sit and drink lattes while people watching. We would then go for a stroll and look around some of the shops, go to the museum, or just explore all of the picturesque little streets. Once we had wandered enough we would then walk down to the beach and sit with our toes in the sand, drinking yet more lattes, and reading. As we went in the first week of October the weather was perfect for me since I don't like being too hot. One or two days were a bit too warm but mainly it was just comfortable for wearing capri pants and a cardigan.

We did break our routine for one day to go on a boat trip out to Stromboli, the active volcano. The trip was for the afternoon and evening so that you could see the lava bursts at night time. Though we didn't see much lava at all we loved standing out on the deck in the cool, clear night and looking up at the milky way. Stromboli itself is so beautiful with its black sands and white wash buildings. The region of Calabria has a heavy Greek influence as historically it was colonised by the Greeks until the 3rd century BC. However, to me, Stromboli had an even greater Grecian feel with the white buildings and blue doors. We wandered around the village a bit but there was not much to do and we eventually found a cafe we could get some dinner at and, you guessed it, a latte! Strolling by the sea there I felt so relaxed and as though I had not a care in the world, which I think is the whole point of a holiday.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Vintage Lincoln - Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair

As mentioned in my last post I went to the Engine Shed in Lincoln today for the Vintage Fair which was organised by Judy's Affordable Vintage Fairs. We had a very nice time, did far too much shopping, and drank tea. I must admit I was a little sceptical as to how much I would find as 40's and 50's vintage can be hard to come by. I was, however, pleasantly surprised and did plenty of shopping!

I had been feeling like dressing 1940s and couldn't wait to dress up in my new suit which I bought last weekend; I got a few compliments which were very lovely. You can see on my lapel is one of my purchases from today which is a very sweet brooch. While at the fair I also bought a lovely dress which is hand made but I fancy the cut is very 1940s. It's quite silky so I will have to wait for the summer before I can wear it; it's far too chilly out there! My final purchase was a 1930s style peasant blouse for only £8. I have been looking for a peasant blouse for ages but couldn't find one I liked so I am extremely pleased with this little bargain!

After we had been around the fair and seen all there was to see we headed into town to have a look around some of the vintage shops. I found a very nice 1950s vanity set which appears unused in Mr Bojangles. I can't wait to go away somewhere so I can fill it up with all of my lotions and potions. Unfortunately we didn't make it to see Relentless play as I got the date wrong and they played yesterday. I was so disappointed but playing with all of my new purchases made it easier to cope with.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hurrah for Procrastination!

Life has been quite a whirlwind lately and things have been really taking off for us. The biggest news I have to tell you is that my boyfriend and I have found a place and will be moving in to a little house together at the end of the month. I'm so excited to move for a number of reasons but mainly because we've been together for three years now and I can't wait to live with him. I've been busy for a fair few months and only blogging as and when something has really compelled me to. However, I have another thing on my side to motivate me to do more blogging soon. Procrastination! On top of moving house, working full time, and my other commitments I have also recently started an Open University Course. This isn't a degree and only runs till September so I should be finished in time for Pickering War Weekend but it's still quite intense.

Any way I have planned my time so that I hopefully don't have to study at the weekend and hey! moving house can wait while there's serious vintage things to do such as shopping and nights out. This weekend we are planning on going to a Vintage Fair on Saturday at the Engine Shed. It's open from 10am till 4pm so plenty of time to mosey on down and only costs £2 to enter. Now I don't always find very much to buy at events and fairs
because my perception and retailers perception of what is affordable can sometimes be a little different. Our perceptions of what is vintage or not can also be a little out of whack but we won't go there! I still enjoy attending events for the atmosphere and also just in case I miss out on a bargain or something totally irresistible. People often ask me where I do most of my shopping and it's a mix of fairs, wartime events, vintage shops and online. Last weekend I got some amazing bargains in the Sue Ryder charity shop over in Peterborough and have no doubt I'll be showing off some of what I snagged over this coming weekend. I have an urge to go 40's!

Remember summer time? No me either!
Saturday evening I'll be having a bit of a costume change and we will be heading out to the Rock Haven bar in town to catch one of our favourite local rockabilly bands Relentless. They often play around town and occasionally can be seen outside Binns (that's House of Fraser to most folk). We love seeing these guys in town, particularly in summer when you can sit outside in the cool breeze, watch some fantastic live music for free and, my favourite part of this ritual, snaffle down an ice cool strawberry milkshake. Alas! It is winter and in case you don't know it there's weather going on out there. So I'll most likely be wearing something that's as sensible as I can manage like my Freddies of Pinewood jeans.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Dare to Bear

For Children in Need this year myself and a couple of other ladies took part in the Dare to Bear campaign and didn't ware any make-up. As a part of the social and events committee at my work I also took part in the pyjama day too so I pretty much looked like I'd just rolled out of bed, in a 1940s housecoat. It was very interesting listening to some of the opinions one or two others felt about coming to work without the war paint. I thought it would be so easy to begin with but as time progressed and I was thinking about what I would be wearing I then found it difficult to extricate to make-up from my 1940s image.

While not being vain I wouldn't say I was awful to look at without make-up yet I had a hard time going out in 1940s dress without being fully "made". I feel that I have spent so long working on this vintage "look" whether that be of the 1940s or 50s which includes the make-up. So when I tried to take that away it felt kind of odd. When I am doing my make-up for an event, which is far more dramatic than my daily make-up including eye liner and bright red lipstick, as I put each new layer of make-up on I feel I am becoming more myself and then when I'm finished it's like I recognise me again.

I hadn't realised this was happening but going without the make-up really reminded me that I am always myself even without all of the paint. It was a good feeling so today I decided to go totally natural; it also saves so much time getting ready! So here I am in my natural state without make-up and with my plain old straight hair.

Friday, 30 August 2013

Woodhall Spa 1940s Weekend

Last year we went to the first Woodhall Spa 1940s weekend and I have been looking forward to it for a full year ever since. It was a wonderful weekend last year and this year did not disappoint either. It is such a well organised event that it feels like a well established one which has been running for years; a testament to the organisers! There's so much to see that we didn't manage to make it to see all of the displays and re-enactments which is a shame because from the look of other people's photos they were amazing.

 The first day I didn't take any pictures at all but on the second I managed to get my camera out once or twice. We met the lovely Helen who I have seen around at other events since Woodhall including Twinwood.

 We had cream tea at the Petwood Hotel while watching Brandon Shaw which has to have been the highlight of the weekend for me. We saw the amazing Lola Lamour singing too but alas my photos are very grainy since we were stood right at the back.

 A certain little lady was very keen to get in on the cream tea too and have a scone!

Indi, me, Zac, and Daisy

 This lovely photo of all four of us was taken by Michael Hill over at http://survivor79.smugmug.com/ I was wearing the outfit which I bought from Festival of the Forties the weekend before. The blouse I can't put my finger on where or when it was made, the trousers are reproduction but I have totally forgotten who made them and my handbag is from a charity shop. I'm terrible at this outfit posting lark!

 It rained right at the very end of the day but that didn't make the day any less enjoyable and we still sat and listened to the music Major Swing was playing right to the very end. This was outside the Lancaster Inn at Woodhall Spa so once the music finished we toddled inside for our dinner which was handy and very reasonably priced. They have a special 1940s menu too which was fun!

 When I got home I was so tired that I got straight into my pyjamas and 1940's house coat and had a lovely hot chocolate before bed.

Yet again it was a wonderful weekend held at Woodhall Spa and I have already put next year's dates in my diary, and you should too! Woodhall Spa 1940s weekend will take place on the 19th & 20th July 2014.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Festival of the Forties

Last weekend we kicked off the 1940's events summer calendar with the Festival of the Forties over near Peterborough. Location wise we are really lucky because I live in Lincoln which is easy to get to the events in the north of the county and my other half lives near Peterborough so we can stay at his to get to the events further south such as Twinwood Festival over near Bedford.

This was our first time visiting the Festival of the Forties as we had planned to go last year but it was rained off and had to be cancelled. It was such a shame that the festival didn't get to go ahead last year but I'm really glad they were deterred and came back again this year. The weather was beautiful and we had a great day. It was only £6 to enter so very good value for money. My favourite part had to be the shopping, and I spent far too much money, but there was a great array of living history displays.

I wore my dress from Eclectic Gypsy which I bought about 2 years ago and wore once. After that I gained some weight and it no longer fitted. I was thrilled and it felt like I had a brand new outfit. There's quite a few pictures but I hope you enjoy them!

I am a red head again! I dyed my hair for the Americana a couple of weeks ago and have been loving the new brighter shade of red. I tend to do my hair in this style a lot and have got it down to quite the fine art; I can do this for work in the mornings and not have to get up any earlier than usual (I take about 40 minutes getting ready in the morning). The sunglasses I got for free from Specsavers since I was waiting a very long time for my reading glasses.

My favourite display was this red cross tent, very gory!

There was a little back yard display of animals too so obviously I stayed a while around the cute little piggley wiggley and the rabbit was beautiful. He was a velvet rex and now I need one of my own!