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*cough*splutter*

Yes… those are the noises I have been making most recently. I hate being ill, and indeed I’m not very good at it as I rarely do and don’t have the patience to lie around in bed. Having said that, I’d rather be anywhere than at work…and preferably in bed!

However, I can’t complain too much as I did just have a fantastic weekend in Marrakech! It was for an old friend’s hen (batchelorette) party. Much haggling was done, much wine was drunk and much laughing was undertaken. Unfortunately, this meant that much money was spent. No more eating or spending until payday!

On our first day, we witnessed the most unbelievable, biblical deluge and electrical storm. We were on a roof terrace, undercover and still got pretty wet. Still it was spectacular! Here’s me and my mint tea, just before the monsoon started!

I also had my first ever pedicure, and I’m going to have to keep it up now, I never knew it was possible for my feet to look so much better!
Doing what we do best – shopping. And yes, I am sooo much taller than all the other girls!

Here’s me and the bride-to-be on our main night out. Sadly the lovely ‘mood’ lighting in our Riad meant that we couldn’t see how much makeup we were putting on, and so I may have overdone the foundation slightly!

The Monday before I went away, I was privileged to be modelling at the at the IFB and Mademoiselle Robot London Fashion Week Dress Up Soirée. It was lovely to meet so many fabulous ladies, especially Melle Robot herself.

I got to model some truly divine dresses from Vintage Secret, and got to meet the gals from Queens of Vintage too, so it was a marvellous night all round.

Finally, here’s the final picture from my Matt Frederick shoot. I went on another shoot not too long ago, the results of which look very impressive so far. So come back for more soon!

Fleur xx

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Bits and bobs

Apologies for the long absence, time is really seeming to pass me by at the moment, plus nothing particularly exciting has happened. I had a wonderful Valentines with my gorgeous man, he bought me a dozen red roses, then, while out and about, he decided to surprise me by getting me an iPod Nano. Red, to match my lips! I’ve never had an iPod before, and have been enjoying loading it with all my favourite music, everything from 30s dance band stuff to drum and bass! I can also now watch The Wire on the train to work, what could be better!

Unfortunately, he jetted off to New York at 6am that Sunday morning, and has been there ever since. I miss him terribly, but he has called me almost every day.
Continuing the Valentines theme (should’ve done this last week shouldn’t I?!), I also appeared in the Whirling Turban email sent out on the day!

They spelt my URL slightly wrong, but the name is right so hopefully people found me, if they were interested.

I got another picture through from Matt Frederick – there is still one more to come, so stay tuned!

Finally, I am modelling at the IFB / Mademoiselle Robot-organised Dress Up Soirée tonight, so if you are going, please do come and say hello.

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Queens Of Vintage

I was chuffed to bits the other day to be mentioned on Queens of Vintage, a marvellous new blog, updated several times daily with interesting articles, interviews and reviews of all things vintage and retro. They featured several pictures from my shoot with Mr Tony “Nylons” Rusecki. They have some absolutely fantastic fashion and beauty articles, such as the vintage girl’s guide to the best red lipsticks, interesting historical articles like this one on WWII clothes rationing as well as a whole section on Make Do And Mend. Go and check it out, I defy you not to waste several hours immersed in it!

Talking of Mr Nylons, Tony’s website, The Casting Couch has recently been revamped and relaunched, and if you go and visit, you may recognise the face in the header!

Rather cool, I hope you’ll agree! If anyone is thinking of having a pin-up photoshoot, there’s no one that comes more highly recommended than Tony, he’s just the best there is. He’ll be back at Rhythm Riot again next year, so all you aspiring pin-up rockabellas better get your bookings in quickly!

I have bought some lovely things recently. Most notably, these two bags:


The first one is a 40s telephone cord one, and I think it’s stuck in Customs as it was posted first but hasn’t appeared yet! The second is a 40s Cordé with twisted lucite handles and is absolutely pristine and gorgeous. I have it with me today! Then there is this suit from Violetville Vintage, which I cannot WAIT to get:

which caused me to blow my entire month’s clothing budget in one fell swoop, but I do think it’ll be worth it. To heck with the credit crunch! Who needs food anyway?

Do share your latest vintage buys, and have a great weekend, all.

Fleur xx

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Action stations!

Last Saturday night, as mentioned in my previous entry, I was whisked back in time to the dark days of 1941 (and indeed to the dark alleys of Shoreditch) for the Blitz party. Held under railway arches, in a venue lovingly made up to look like an air-raid shelter, this was the first in a series of 1940s soirées brought to us by the good people at Bourne and Hollingsworth and The Chap Magazine. And long may they continue!

After spending the afternoon kicking tires at the Mini dealers in Park Lane, I whizzed back to Lancaster Gate to re-curl my hair, re-roll my faux bangs and attach my false eyelashes. Then we set off to the wilds of the East End. My chap and I were greeted outside by the inestimable Atters, who was smoking a cigar and looking as rakish as ever. He bestowed a whiskery kiss upon me, and in we went.

The Venue

Everything about the decor was spot on, from the impeccably costumed girls on the door, to the union jacks, ration books and sandbags dotted about the place. After saying hello to the editor of the Chap, Mr Gustav Temple, we spotted our group of friends propping up the sandbags in the corner, then went to peruse the drinks menu. Presented in the form of a ration book, it featured wartime themed drinks like Spitfire Ale and gin fizzes. The rest of the night was spent catching up with other vintage-minded friends, a spot of swing dancing (sadly for me, the event was so well-attended that there really wasn’t room for proper dancing, so it was a very small spot!), minor celebrity sightings (I was about to go and say hello to a girl I recognised, until I realised she plays a character in Hollyoaks!) and being complimented on my hairdo by an array of nattily dressed young ladies, who couldn’t quite believe that I dressed in a 40s style every day!

The Crowd

It was wonderful to see the effort that had been put into outfits for the occasion. There were people in everything, from American GIs and RAF airmen, glamorous vintage vamps and be-turbanned washerwomen, zombie airmen, chaps in three-piece suits and hats, camp vintage sailors, WRENS, vixens in fur stoles and bombshell pin-up girls. I was very pleased to see an abundance of seamed stockings in evidence!



The Music

There was era-appropriate music provided by the always-dapper Johnny Vercoutre and the downright stunning Theodora (below, who modelled with me for A Stitch In Time), as well as a great singer and a girl-fronted group called Twin and Tonic, who were really very good. Though I did hear what sounded suspiciously like the strains of an Amy Winehouse song drifting from the main room at one point! There were vintage films projected onto walls, which added to the great ambiance. Luckily the organisers stopped short of adding in period-correct bomb sounds!

The Verdict

Thanks to the thought that went in to all aspects of the evening and the effort gone to by the promoters and the attendees alike, it was all jolly good fun, and I will most certainly be attending the next one. Hope to see you all there!

Here are a few more daguerrotypes of my lot for your perusal!


Toodle pip for now!

Fleur xx

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Dates for your diaries!

Afternoon all! I’m guesting at a couple of events over the next few weeks, so I thought I’d just let you all know in case you fancy a glamorous night out!

First up, this Saturday night, February 7th is the launch of a brand-new 40s themed club night called The Blitz Party!

The Chap has teamed up with Bourne & Hollingsworth to present a night of Second World War glamour, music and dance in a spectacularly abandoned suite of buildings in London’s glittering East End. Dance to 1940s swing bands and chanteuses, while searchlights pick out sandbags, blackout curtains, oil lamps and military bunk beds. Ration books will replace bar tabs at he Spitfire Bar, where foaming Kentish Ale will be served alongside starchy food, while newsreels and wartime films are screened.

Dress Code: 1940s glam, CC41 Utility clothing and allied uniform.

For tickets, visit www.theblitzparty.com or call 0207 636 8228. See also, the official Facebook event page here!

It should be a fabulous night, and I can’t wait!

Then, on Monday 23rd February, I can be found at Last Days Of Decadence in Shoreditch at the IFB London Fashion Week Soirée, which is being organised by the fabulous Mademoiselle Robot. Aptly named “Dress Up!”, it is bound to be a deliciously fashionable affair. If you would like to come, it’s essential that you get in touch with Mlle Robot immediately as places are extremely limited.

Here’s the lowdown from the official Facebook event page.

Independent Fashion Bloggers & Mademoiselle Robot will be hosting the Dress Up Soirée for you to meet with IFB members, fashion bloggers and many more!

Loulou Loves You and I Heart Norwegian Wood kindly accepted to donate some lovely creations for our special giveaway, so if you are an IFB member, make sure you get a ticket. If you are not a member, you can still sign up!

Please RSVP to mellerobot@gmail.com by February 20th with your full name and DRESS UP in the subject so we can add it to the guest list.

If you have any questions please contact me at mellerobot@gmail.com.
Dress UP!

DJs – Nadia Ksaiba, Mmmélanie, Pure Filth

The beautiful Fleur de Guerre will also be showing off original vintage dresses from Vintage Secret as well as Loulou Loves You! creations.

Some super special performances are also to be confirmed.

That’s all for now, chaps, but stay tuned for my latest vintage finds!

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Snow day!

Thanks to the heaviest snow fall in over two decades here in the UK, I’m stuck working from home today. I feel sorry for the cats and hope they don’t need to go to the loo, outside my back door there is a set of cat prints going about 2 foot into the snow and coming straight back in! It made me chuckle.

Here’s the view from my front door:

My poor little Ford Ka!

And the back door!

A few new pictures to show off!
This one was taken on Saturday night. I’ve dyed my hair darker! What do you think?

I have a couple of new(ish) modelling shots to show off as well. This is the latest in the Noir style ones I did before Christmas. It’s in the style of a pulp fiction cover! I’m not very happy with my hair in this one, though the concept is ace! Thanks again to Matt Frederick for this.

Then, there are several more from my shoot with Tony Nylons at Rhythm Riot. All the trousers (and the non-sweater tops)in these shots are by Shona van Beers, soon to be available from her new line, called Heyday. Stay tuned for more info on that! The knitted sweaters and gorgeous wedges are by Rocket Originals. All of it is absolutely stunning and comes highly recommended!





That’s it for now, stay tuned for me showing off my latest vintage buys 🙂

Fleur xx

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Bitten by the Big Apple

After what felt like an eternity of travel following the coldest week of my life, I finally returned from New York on Sunday night. With, I have to admit, a few extra items of clothing than I left with. And a desire to go back immediately!

The trip didn’t start off on the best foot, because, upon arrival at my chap’s apartment in Manhattan, we quickly discovered that his cable, phone and internet had all been cut off, and the mobile phone reception in Manhattan is actually terrible, the signal drops in the middle of phone calls, it’s quite unbelievable, actually. But it got fixed and the rest of the trip went without a hitch – we strolled around Fifth Avenue and Times Square, went up to the Top of The Rock, had Mudslides in the View Bar, saw Chelsea, the East Village, Ground Zero (well, Century 21 really), ate at diners and bought a few things. I didn’t buy any vintage as it was so over my budget, but I did buy a cute pair of vintage inspired ankle boots. I will take some pics!

Sadly pics are in short supply as the camera we had was missing a memory card … and a cable! But here’s one of my lovely NY friend and fellow vintage lover Heather. We shopped till we dropped, then went out for dinner with a group of Fedora Loungeers, out for drinks at a fab, if slight snobby bar called Death & Co and finally for a last few more drinks at Otto’s Tiki Bar, where this picture was taken:

I, er…may have had a few too many cocktails by this point!

My vintage purchases lately have been rather lacking I have to say. The exchange rate is killing me! I have my eye on a couple of things though, so I’ll be sure to show them off if I win! Sorry for this incredibly boring post. Hope everything is well in the blogosphere!

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Start as you mean to go on …

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

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Merry Christmas!

It seems the gap between my blogs has been getting bigger, the closer it’s been getting to Christmas! I’ll be back to my regular updating in 2009, but in the mean time, hope everyone who reads my blog has a fantastic and stylish Christmas and New Year.

Here are some festive photos to top off 2008: my Christmas tree, and me at my swing class and office Christmas parties. The latter had a James Bond theme, so I wore my Whirling Turban dress, again. Got good value out of that outfit, I have! 😀



Happy holidays!

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The knitty gritty

Wotcher all!

I have a few new pictures to share with you, all with a similar theme … knitwear! The knitting pattern book, A Stitch In Time, which I have mentioned several times before, is finally on the shelves, just in time for Christmas. You can buy it direct from Knit On The Net or from Amazon, and it would make the perfect gift for someone vintage obsessed, who can knit … unlike me. Drat!

However, the pictures inside are fantastic (though I would say that, of course!). Here are a few of yours truly.






All images courtesy of Arbour House Publishing, copyright 2008.

I also received the first two images from my Rhythm Riot shoot for Rocket Originals. The shoes and the jumper are by Rocket and the trousers by my lovely friend Shona van Beers, who will have a site up in the new year, so keep your eyes peeled for that.


In non-modelling related news, I went to a fabulous party on Saturday night. The theme (and dress-code) was the decadence of the Weimar Republic, and I went on the hunt for an early 30s style frock to wear. I found the perfect one (or two in fact) in Warehouse, of all places. Not only was it a perfect 30s style, and pure silk, but it was actually floor length on me. So much so that I managed to rip the hem by standing on it, idiot! However, it was half price in their super credit crunch sale, so I’m not too annoyed (plus it is probably fixable).
Here’s a picture of me winning a set of repro vintage luggage tags in the raffle.

Hope you are all enjoying the party season!
Pip pip!

Fleur