Thursday, July 22, 2010

The Fintage picnic

I have been taking a bit of a break from blogging to enjoy the beautiful summertime; I've been spending my time traveling around Finland, seeing friends, attending festivals and gigs and just swimming in the nearby lake. Since I lived in Scotland for the past five summers, it has been quite a while since I last got to enjoy a summer this sunny and hot so I've been making most of it.

Last Sunday nine members of the Fintage forum, a Finnish vintage community, gathered together for a picnic in the Näsinpuisto park here in Tampere. None of my closest friends are really into vintage or dressing up so it was a wonderful treat for me to get to spend time with like-minded people. We talked about vintage, browsed Sears catalogs and old magazines, had freshly baked cakes and cookies, and Fiona played records.

Photos via Fintage forum

Friday, July 9, 2010

Festivals, gigs and vintage style

One of my favorite things in the world is to attend gigs by my favorite bands. I saw a show by Arcade Fire last week (which was the epitome of the word epic - but more about that soon!), and am preparing to attend Ruisrock this weekend. I thought I'd do a little guide on how to dress in vintage inspired style for a rock show or festival as it is always a bit of a struggle for me.

When attending a show with thousands of people jumping around, letting loose, going crazy and all of that good stuff... Lets get the facts straight - you probably do not want to wear your best vintage dress for this occasion. Trust me, it would most likely do some serious damage to your beautiful and rare garment. However, you still want to dress like yourself and look as decent as you can under the circumstances.

The Dress
I would suggest going with a nice and comfy cotton dress. Something that you're comfortable standing and/or sitting in for hours, that isn't too hot in the summer heat. A dress that you don't mind getting a little dirty and something that it easy to wash afterwards. One of the 1950s style cotton dresses from Shristi Studio are perfect, affordable and available in a good variety of sizes.

Floral Red 1950's Vintage Style Dress - $29.99 from Shristi Studio

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Burlesque Cocktail

Thanks to Ulrika of The Freelancer's Fashionblog I won tickets to attend Burlesque Cocktail, yesterday's event organized by Tampere Burlesque. I've never won in a blog giveaway before so I was really thrilled - many thanks again, Ulrika! The evening was filled with fun and laughter when Sally Vanilla, Unelma, Burlesque Polaire, Lucie Goodness and the Finnish Blonde Burlesque Troupe took the stage. Records were played by DJs Fiona Timantti and Miroslove Satan. It was definitely one of the most fabulously unique burlesque shows I've seen to-date. I mean, how often do you see a burlesque striptease performed by a cabbage worm? Not often enough, I say! I also got to catch up two gorgeous ladies: Fiona Timantti from Diamond Stash and Rhia the Evil Dressmaker, both of whom where both dressed down to a T.

I wore a cute 1950s dress that I recently acquired from the Ebay seller coffee_colored_cadillac. It had never been worn before and was in a glorious condition! Be sure to check out the seller's auctions since they're listing a bunch of stunning dresses at very nice prices. The Christine needlepoint handbag is my very favorite handbag, which came from Dear Golden. According to the seller, Christine of Detroit is a well known vintage label, her expertise in finishing needlework done by local ladies is legendary and unsurpassed. Lastly, the shoes are the beautiful 1940s suede shoes with heartlaces that I got from Tampere Vintage a couple of months back.

Dress - 1950s vintage (via Ebay, coffee_colored_cadillac)
Handbag - 1940s vintage (via Etsy, Dear Golden)
Shoes - 1940s vintage (via Tampere Vintage)

I've included a few shots from the burlesque shows under the cut but unfortunately my camera doesn't take very good photos at dark indoors. However, Rhia posted some great photos so do check those out!