I think that Spring is the most anticipated wardrobe change of the year, since it is such a dramatic departure from winter clothing. After a long, cold winter, there really is nothing as lovely as wearing your floral pieces!
I do, of course, wear florals all year round, but even so, it is still nice to be “seasonally appropriate” from time to time.
After taking a look through this scrapbook the other day, I thought that it would be nice to share some of my favourite floral and Spring themed magazine tear-sheets with you all!
It’s at times like this, that I miss living in town, because my bicycle, sadly, isn’t meant for country roads!
I love the photography, and this jumpsuit, from this page from an old Free People catalogue.
I do love a good clashing pattern, like on the left. And that skirt on the right is all of my Spring/Summer dreams come to life.
This one was from a Vogue article about “how to wear Vintage”. I like the updated take on the classic 1950’s silhouette (though I didn’t agree with all of their “advice”!)
Another lovely image from this spread…
And another gorgeous Free People image. I’ve never actually worn a flower crown…but I’m beginning to think that it is a must-have Spring accessory!
One of my favourite ads, above! The retro, pastel colour palette is just so fun.
Which of these images is your favourite? Are you an all-year-round florals person, or do you wear them only for warm weather?
There’s nothing quite like a fresh new hair cut and colour is there?
I was very long overdue for a hair appointment; it had been 11 weeks since my last cut/root touch up! (Hi, My name is Nicole, and I am great at procrastinating.) I haven’t had the pink hair for a while, but there hasn’t been any photographic evidence of that -oops! My roots were starting to show a decided grow-out line, so I got my hairdresser to do a “root smudge”, and then tone it again for a nice silvery colour; and I absolutely love it! If it wasn’t so much upkeep, I think I’d keep this colour for a long while!
Anyways, my hairdresser asked if I wanted it styled straight or curled, and I opted for curls because I never do them myself. After my appointment, I decided that some photos of the new style were in order.
I was going for a sort of movie star look, but after I saw these photos, I realized that they have a rather Cruella De Vil feel to them…that’s OK, because she is definitely one of Disney’s most glamorous villains don’t you think?
Do you procrastinate when it comes to scheduling hair appointments? What colour of hair would you choose if time/upkeep/money wasn’t an issue? Who is your favourite Disney villain?
Add a dash of drama to your look with a bright pop of coordinating fuchsia lip and nail colour. Against a background of soft neutrals, the result is striking.
On the second last day of the month, here I am with my vintage cover for this year’s #myvintagecover challenge…. just squeaking in at the end with no time to spare! I wasn’t sure I wanted to do the challenge again this year, and so when August came around, I didn’t bring it up. However, when Tanith asked if I wanted to do it in September, I agreed…and then got so busy right after then, that it took me until now to finally get it done. I’m glad I did finally get around to finishing it up though- I saw this cover last year, but didn’t have time to do it, but it worked out so perfectly as I already had all of the components for this look (with a bit of photo editing to make the lipstick and nail polish the right colour!) And, again, I ask myself, how do these models make these poses look so effortless? They are anything but!
Well, now that it is almost the end of September, it’s a perfect time for a round up featuring all the #myvintagecover contributions. . . from August. . . this is so late it’s embarrassing 🙁 But better late than never- and I really couldn’t not share this years covers, because they were SO GOOD. We had 22 covers created by 15 participants (including myself) and several of the participants created more than one cover! Some of the images were “inspired by”, some of the women sewed garments specifically for the cover and others created an image so similar that you had to double check to see which was the original. The creativity of the photos was truly inspiring! I hope you enjoy taking a look at them!
Tanith Rowan– the creator of the #myvintagecover challenge- did a superb job recreating this cover from 1958. This was the perfect cover for her to recreate as she is a milliner and the hats in her image are her own designs! Check out her Instagram for more lovely hats!
I have been wanting someone to recreate this cover, but never expected than anyone would do it. When I saw that Eliza of @vintagerosegirl had chosen this cover I actually gasped out loud- because I thought her image was the original and had to do a double take!
Next up are these three fun covers from Margaret of @denisebrain_vintage. She put in such attention to detail and some serious photo editing skills! And, seriously, how cool is it that she actually had the same dress from that first cover!?!?!
Christine of @foggydayvintage chose three iconic images to recreate, and she did an amazing job on them! (How perfect is that first one based on Grace Kelly’s stunning gown?!?) Take a look back through her Instagram feed- she has several other recreations of images of Marilyn Monroe too!
Another fabulous image by @auntieestablishment this year! How did she get that pose so perfectly in place? And furthermore- how did she hold it long enough to get the photo?!?
This image by @feelingfamousstudios was inspired by vintage covers and really captures the feeling of old fashion magazines, with a touch of Old Hollywood Glamour, I think!
The veil! The yellow gloves! The fur! The brooch! The navy jacket! Kelsey of @irreverantvintagegirl did such a good job of getting all of the pieces together for this cover! I love how it turned out.
I love this fun cover by Hannah of @nooneknows_itsyou_missjackson and how the neckline of her top is the same as the original image. Choosing a vintage Coca-Cola ad was such a good idea- and it’s even better because you can still get retro Coke bottles to finish it off perfectly!
A picture of a silent film star is a great idea! @missziggyshortcrust captured the feeling of this image of Australian silent film star Sylvia Breamer. Her felt hat, shaggy sweater, collared blouse, tie and film-style 20’s lipstick look great!
Lindsay of @odettenoir sewed these two lovely garments and took the opportunity to pose like the pattern illustrations. Not only was she able to take part in the #myvintagecover challenge, but she also has two lovely new garments to add to her wardrobe!
I love how Rhiannon of @parlour_duck got this pose so incredibly correct! Even the angle of the hat is spot on! Illustrated covers are always tricky to replicate because they aren’t true to life- but she definitely succeeded with this great recreation!
Here is another cover featuring a garment made specifically for the cover challenge. @petersilieundco embroidered those circles onto the fabric in order to create this skirt! I love how it turned out!
I love the wit of Lydia’s “Vague” cover, and I can’t believe I never thought of that before! The model on the original cover really does look like she is vaguely confused. And, I love seeing another illustration come to life. Thanks @wereallyareromantic for two great covers!
Bianca of selbstdiefrau blog submitted this cover via email. She took the opportunity to sew up a vintage pattern- and it looks like the perfect piece for summer!
And last, though you’ve already seen them here on the blog, I’ve included the two covers that I did, since it’s fun seeing them side by side like this!
Well, there’s another year of #myvintagecover come and gone! I loved seeing all of these cover recreations- and it’s so exciting to see our little challenge growing! I am so glad we had so many wonderful participants, and some new participants this year. Thanks to everyone who joined in this year- I can’t wait until next August!
What is more chic for Summer than the classic straw hat? With a rounded brim and soft golden colour, this piece is perfect for the season, no matter where you will be.
So, it is already August 8th and I still never announced whether #myvintagecover is happening again this year. It is.
You can read here for more info (it’s exactly the same as last year: just insert 2018 instead of 2017). Oh and check out the instagram hashtag too- there are already lots of amazing posts. It’s been lovely seeing people join in! I was planning to only do one cover this year, because I wasn’t sure if I would have enough time to do another, but this one went together relatively quickly, so maybe I will get around to doing another one after all? Do you plan to join in and recreate a cover?