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Hello all you fabulous people, and happy new year! I hope everyone who reads my blog had a wonderous Christmas and a stylish New Year’s Eve? Mine were sort of wonderous and stylish. While I love my family very much, and look forward to getting together at Christmas, too much time together always seems to degenerate into bickering, plus, my mum was ill with a horrid cold on Christmas day, which she then passed to me just in time for New Years … thanks mum!

But Christmas day was pretty fab, too much tasty food and booze as tradition dictates. My best friend absolutely spoiled me with gifts as well, I received tons of stuff for my kitchen, from her shop, including a snazzy Dualit toaster in pale blue. I also got a signed picture of Bruce Campbell from my brother. He knows me so well!

Here we are in front of the tree at my parents’ house: (excuse the lack of lippy, hardly worth it with the amount of food I shovelled in all day, haha)

Then on the day after Boxing Day, we all went off the the Watercress Line, a steam railway in Hampshire. They had an event on called Christmas Leave, a 1940s day out with music and dancing. Blooming cold though! I hope there will be pictures to follow, a photographer was snapping away. I was all wrapped up during the day, though she took a nice one of me in my new 40s overalls at the evening dance.

After all that dancing, I headed off to Bath to see my wonderful new man … you heard correctly … my single status has finally been revoked! We met just before Christmas at the party I posted a snap from a couple of posts ago (I’m in my long green frock). We really hit it off and have been seeing each other since. Unfortunately, we were both ill on New Year’s Eve, so spent the night on the sofa watching Superbad instead of going to the black-tie ball in the Assembly Rooms, which we had tickets for. Oh well, there is always next year! 😉

We’re off to New York on the 17th, he has an apartment there, overlooking the Hudson River. I can’t wait, I have always wanted to see the Big Apple! Anyone with any recommendations of places to see, eat, or buy vintage, please let me know.

So yes, the start of 2009 has been a very happy one, and I hope it continues in the same vein. My first modelling picture of this year is also one I am very pleased with!

I feel I could have done with long, flowing, femme fatale locks, but overall it’s a fab picture, don’t you think?
It’ll be the last one for a while as a full-time job and a wonderful boyfriend doesn’t leave much time for weekend photoshoots, but I am going to be the model for a forthcoming book called ‘How To Be Adored’, so watch this space for more news on that.

Toodle pip!

Fleur xx


Betty Lou

i got a horrid cold too just after christmas and i’m still not well 🙁 at new year’s a had my skirt from revamp on, i loooove it.


Hi! I’ve never commented on your site before, but I just adore it! I bought the knitting book you modeled for with the last of my Christmas money.

The noir-inspired photo at the bottom of your post is amazing. I wouldn’t worry about your hair being the wrong length. That is such a terrific photo, so much detail. You should be very proud of that one!

So sorry to hear that you were sick. Hope you’re feeling better!

Daffodils In March

Glad to hear you had such a lovely Christmas (apart from the horrid illness). I commute in from Surbiton, so I shall keep my eyes open for you on the train – I did love your rolled fringe this morning, beautiful! And your make-up was stunning – I wish I could master a proper 1940’s “face”.


Can’t miss the frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity or the enormous sandwhiches at the Stage Deli. If you like Cheesecake then you have to go to Juniors, that one is in Brooklyn but last I checked they had a little shop downstairs in Grand Central station as well.


As it goes: I am reading your blog for a while now but never commented 🙂 But now I am happy to see again and think I should tell you so.

I am more into the thirties due to lack of exciting curves but I like everything vintage pre-fifties and you are a very perfect example for your favourite time.

Have a great time in NY and with your new man!

Mlle G to you...

There are a number of great vintage shops in NY. Many on 9th and 11th streets between 2nd Avenue and Avenue B. My favorites are a small one on Ave B and 10th, one on the corner of 11th St and 1st Ave and there’s a really large good one called the Family Jewels on 23rd Street between 6th and 7th Avenue. You also stumble across a number down in the Lower East Side.


I just recently started reading your blog and I absolutely love it. You are beautiful and carry the retro-1940’s style off beautifully. I’m definitely inspired by your look!

Miss Tayva

There’s a steam engine that goes through Worcestershire and Shropshire that I’ve been dying to go on. It’s only during certain parts of the year, and unfortunately, it’s always off-season when we have the time to do it!

Congrats on the new bloke!


Congrats on you new love and getting to go to NY! Check out Hooti Couture when you are there (if you have time). But NY is open 24 hours a day. And oh, the food.

Fleur de Guerre

Couture Allure: Thank you!

Daffodils: You are too lovely, shame my shoes were awful and the rest of my hair pretty dire! 😉 You looked lovely, I hope we bump into each other again! And I will do the mem you tagged me in next!

Retro Housewife: Fab suggestions, thanks so much.

Betty: Oh I love that one! I'm very jealous. I bet the pics weren't so bad 😉

Michou: Welcome! Thanks for commenting, I hope you will again! I love the 30s, but the new man adores the 50s and pencil skirts so I may have to branch out a bit. And thank you!

Miss M: <3 to you xxx

Mlle G: Thanks so much for the suggestions, noted!

Mrs Munster: Thank you very much!

Lo: That is my bro, we don't look much alike, he's like my mum and I'm like my dad. I will find some more pics! 😉

Cat: You are lovely <3

Raquelle: What a doll! I'm so happy I inspire you, it makes my day to hear that.

Tayva: My dad's been on that railway. There are some really fab ones all over the country, the Bluebell in Kent is supposed to be nice too.

Madeleinemiranda: Thank you, and same to you!

Glamoursurf: Thanks for that, I will most certainly check it out!


I adore that photo and speaking of long tresses, I believe I may be cutting mine, as living in 1955 has made it seem ‘out of date’. I think a shorter cut will result in better hair for me, what is your opinion on mid 50’s hair. I wish our country had such lovely train excursions. I also have a dualit toaster, mine is red. I debated putting it away for this year of 1955, but it looks vintage enough. I love your blog, I may need to ask your opinion on some fashions, keep up the good work.


It sounds like you are in a very happy place in your life right now. And what could be more appropriate!
Do have a dazzling year 2009 and may you continue being adored so deservingly.

Fab picture!


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