Viva Espana

I’m back. I’ve returned from the blissful care free life of sunshine, sangria, and eating tapas. Lots and lots of tapas. Tapas for breakfast, tapas for lunch, tapas for dinner. I can officially say, I’m done with tapas….for now.

We, as in the boy and I, went to Malaga, Seville and Madrid. The winner was definitely Seville. Perfect size city for getting around and so much beautiful scenery. As I have mentioned before, (and Im sure you’ve noticed) I am not the best for taking photographs while away. I am lazy. The camera, is at times a chore, to carry about, get in and out of the bag… like I said. Lazy. All the same, I persevered, for myself and the blog.


Off to a nicer place

Im off to Spain for a few days… consequently I will not be posting anything on the blog until October. Try not to miss me too much. I will be off finally enjoying the sunshine that I am always moaning about missing. I am going to be tanned (yes yes I know sun damage blah blah)

I am also NOT going to forget my camera, so I should have plenty of entertaining stories and photographs to share with you when I get back as well as the next installment on my vintage model mini series.

Adios amigos! :)


Model History Dorian Leigh

I was watching Americas Next Top Model the other day (I love it) and a thought occurred to me. (what? it  does happen occasionally) I am missing a crucial part to my vintage histories section! I’ve written about designers, artists and movie stars, yet, neglected to write anything about the amazing models that were about, particularly in the 40s and 50s!

I was going to do a ‘models through the decades post’ but decided I wanted to create more of “model miniseries’ This way you can fully appreciate the true beauty of these women. Women that got to model for the original greats, Dior, Fath, Balenciaga, Patou, Chanel…… I die. Can you imagine being in the presence of these amazing designers AND wearing all of their fabulous creations??


Film Festival Fashion

Its raining. Again. WTF. Usually September weather is decent. So far it has been a big disappointment, much like that joke of a summer we just had. Worst one ever. Blah. Am I always moaning about the weather? Yes. I know, Im sorry. Im off on holidays in 2 weeks. Thank f**k. Sunshine, real live sunshine. I cant wait.

Ok rant over. (for today) This morning I spotted this gorgeous picture of Kiera Knightley on the Marie Claire website.


Links a La Mode

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Last night while I was out enjoying just 1* glass of wine (eh hem) I saw in my emails that I had been selected for this weeks Independent Fashion Bloggers weekly round up, with my last post Balmain, past and present. Rather chuffed I was. So here it is along with 19 other wonderful links for you to check out over the weekend.. enjoy! :)

Season of Change

Edited by: Meghan of WIT & Whimsy


Balmain Past and Present

Pierre Balmain was right along side Dior and Balenciaga in the 1940’s, bringing back the kind of lavish, luxurious clothing, women wanted after the war. He was the personal couturier to the Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand and his glamorous gowns were worn by the likes of Bridget Bardot,  Katherine Hepburn, and Marlene Dietrich.

Pierre worked tirelessly right up to his death in 1982, leaving the label to be run by his assistant until 1993 when Oscar de la Renta took over. Upon de la Renta’s departure the house fell into a financial ruin and was forced to file for bankruptcy. It wasnt until Christophe Decarnin was hired and put in charge that the label was revived.


Its an 80’s dream




Its Monday! Blah. Im not feeling the love for it today. I am however feeling the love for this 80’s dress. I love the fitted halter top with the rhinestone buttons and the flared skirt has a faint hint of sparkle! Um, yes please.

As usual the dress is stolen goods from my moms vintage clothing shop, enchanted vintage. I promise Ill return it…someday. A photo shoot with my sister is still on the cards,Im  just waiting for a day when we are both here in the morning and neither of us are suffering from a hangover and the sun is out. (It could happen)


Its all about Burlesque

On Saturday, I went to Dublin to visit a very good friend of mine and she brought me to my first burlesque show. (Long overdue it was)  The show was amazing, plenty of talented acts, lots of dancing and laughs. I cant wait to go to another one. (ciara you have been warned)

Naturally it made me  want to gather a collection of vintage burlesque photographs, which is exactly what I did for your viewing pleasure. They do not disappoint. I could look at pictures like these all day, (because they are fabulous NOT because Im a perv)


Lanvin through the Years


Enchanted Vintage

It is no coincidence that the Lanvin logo features a mother and daughter together, as it was Jeanne Lanvin’s love for her daughter that inspired her to make clothing, resulting in one of the most popular designer brands today.

Born in Paris(of course) in 1867, Jeanne trained as a dress maker and a milliner when she was 16. She continued as a milliner opening up shop on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré . In 1897 her daughter Marguerite was born and she began to make dresses for her. Soon her customers began to notice and request clothing for their own children and eventually themselves. Jeanne, eventually opened up a new clothing boutique selling her designs in 1910.


Enchanted Vintage at the Races


Oh, so another race week has come and gone and all the locals of Galway can breath a sigh of relief. Phew. Yes, of course it brings in a huge amount of people and creates a bit of a ‘buzz’ if you will, but, for those of us working in the hospitality trade, it is a nightmare of the most hellish kind.  Lots and lots of idiot drunks, puking in the streets, fighting, urinating in public and in fact one couple was spotted having sex outside a restaurant one evening. Oh the sophistication of it all.

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