Sunday, March 18, 2012

Brick Lane via Instagram

This morning Miia (now my housemate!) and I headed to Brick Lane in the East End of London for some quality vintage window shopping. Well, that was the plan but, of course, within the first 30 minutes of entering the Old Truman Brewery, both of us had already bagged new dresses. Oops? That's just how we roll.

Brick Lane makes for a really lovely day, especially for those who love vintage and second hand clothing, handmade pieces, stalls upon stalls of exotic food and good ol' people watching. You have to look a bit harder for vintage older than mid-1960s - but you can make lovely finds even if you are into earlier eras. And, with a little luck, even grab a decent bargain.

Here are a couple of shots via my Instagram feed. On Instagram? You can find me as gingernaps. Come and say hi!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shoe dreams come true: Miss L Fire Kauai

When I first set my eyes on these shoes on Cherise's Vintage Follies, I knew that my life would not be complete without them. When I unwrapped them from a pretty plaid box a week or so later, I fell completely and utterly in love. They are probably the closest thing I've ever seen to all of those fabulously colourful 40s wedges that we see in vintage catalogues and Carmen Miranda films - but are unfortunately so rare to come by these days. Ladies & gents, meet the gorgeous Miss L Fire Kauai basket weave shoes!

I'm predicting I'll live this coming summer in them.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dresses, strawberries and sunshine

We saw the first signs of spring in late February here in ol' London Town. Us Finnish ladies are used to being knee-deep in snow this time of the year so when the temperatures raised to 16c and the sun came out to play, myself and my friend Miia hesitated none and spent the day picnicing in St. James's Park. She has quickly become my favourite picnic buddy here in London. In vintage style, of course. Just look at the lovely 1940s sailor dress that she's wearing!

The glorious weather gave me the opportunity to take my new outfit for an outing. The dress and jacket set is a reproduction of an early 1930s sport tog set - the pattern is dated to December 1931, to be exact. It was custom made for me by the lovely Kim of Time Machine Vintage. When I saw the pattern, I thought it would make a perfect spring outfit - and that it certainly is! Originally meant for playing tennis or golf, it is about as comfortable as outfits come. And a tad bit more glamorous than the sports outfits of today, I might add! It is complete with many lovely details that only a sports dress from the 30s would come with, such as the little chest pockets and a row of buttons that run down the back. The cut and shape of the dress reminds me a little bit of my favourite Jean Harlow look.

Kim and I decided to go with the red, white and blue colour scheme that I love so much, with a navy and white pinstripe stretch rayon gabardine combined with lightweight worsted wool gabardine suiting. Lovely red buttons and buckle complete the outfit. The outfit also goes perfectly with my red Friendly Bow shoes from Office. I first wrote about them in October 2010. Now, a year and a half later I happened to find them on sale and finally make them mine! They're super cute and also about as comfy as heels come. Love them to bits!

You can treat yourself and order your own custom made 30s sport tog, named "Harlow," right over at the Time Machine Vintage Etsy shop! It comes with a warm recommendation from me, cherry on top.

Dress & jacket - 1930s repro custom made by Time Machine Vintage
Shoes - Office