August Outfit Post

It has to be said that I love August. Getting to have some quality time with my little boy is always a pleasure, plus it is also the month of my wedding anniversary, and we spend at least one week in Wales enjoying Summer. So whilst, in weather terms, it was far from a scorcher, there were still lots of opportunities to have a lot of family fun, and, with a few events thrown into the mix, it is a month that I’m already missing, especially as Autumn has arrived with cold, winds and lots of rain.

In terms of fashion, there were a few new additions to my wardrobe, but generally I have been hitting the charity shops with a vengeance. I had an extensive wardrobe clearout in August and donated around eight sacks of clothing and shoes to a local charity shop, but this has only made space for some more pieces, which is always a dangerous thing to do. That said, a positive of my cull was that I found lots of things that I’d completely forgotten about, which is a little like buying something new.

Two charity shop bargains were the black vintage M&S dress and the dotted dress. The black dress was a vintage St Michael label and still has the original tags on. I wore it twice last month, so for £4.99, it has already paid for itself. The dotted dress was a catalogue label, also still with tags, probably from the 1980s, but with a real fresh modern feel.

What sort of style did you opt for in August?

Sunday Lunch

Dress Vintage Charity Shop Find Belt River Island Shoes H&M

Signing Day at West Bromwich Albion

Top River Island Jeans Marisota

Brunswick in the Blitz

Dress White Stuff C/O High Street Outlet Cardigan Charity Shop Find Sandals Next Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

New Yorker Beer Launch

Dress Vintage M&S Charity Shop Find Shoes Matalan Bag 1950s vintage (From Brunswick in the Blitz)

Similar Dress

Midi Slip Dress
£26.00 Click to visit Topshop

Brassed Off Press Night

Dress Charity Shop Finds Necklace Portuguese Cork Shoes Biba at House of Fraser Bag as before

Teal Dress

Chi Chi Karla Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Biba Daizie Slingback Kitten Heels £75 Click to visit House of Fraser

Shopping in Welshpool

Dress 1970s vintage (From Vintage fair) Bag Desigual sandals Clarks

Shopping in Wales

Dress 1980s vintage – charity shop find Espadrilles – From Menorca

 

Visiting Cymer Abbey

Top Monsoon Jeans Primark Shoes Hobbs

Similar Top

ASOS Body in Stripe with Long Sleeve Click to visit ASOS


Live Chat
Heavenly Soles Leather Ballerinas Extra Wide EEE Fit £25 Click to visit JD Willams

Car boot sale

Scarf Day Birger et Mikkelson Top Primark Skirt 1970s vintage Charity Shop Find Shoes H&M Bag Fairtrade

Curry Night

Top Peacocks Jeans Primark Bag 1950s vintage Shoes Bally vintage

Similar Top

Quiz Black Bubble Crepe Bardot Top
Was £16.99 Now £11.99 Click to visit Dorothy Perkins

 

Shopping

Dress Monsoon Shoes Matalan Bag Marc by Marc Jacobs

Green Print Dresses

ISSA Darcy Pleat Detail Printed Dress £109 Click to visit House of Fraser

Jaeger Jersey Banana Leaf Print Dress £45 Click to visit House of Fraser

Weekend in Tewkesbury

Top H&M Necklace Equilibrium Skirt George at Asda Shoes John Lewis

Anniversary Meal

Dress H&M Shoes Primark Bag Katie Loxton

Katie Loxton The Perfect Pouch, Blue £16.99 Click to visit John Lewis

Visiting Tewkesbury Abbey

Top Monsoon Skirt Monsoon Shoes John Lewis

Similar Skirt

Grey Tulle Hanky Hem Midi Skirt
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

First Match of the Season

Kimono and Top Peacocks Jeans Primark

New Dress

Dress River Island Shoes Tu (Charity Shop Find)

Same Print

River Island Bardot Floral Print Midi Dress
£28.00 Click to visit ASOS

River Island Plus Wrap Dress In Print
£45.00 Click to visit ASOS

 

10 Reasons To Give Her An Antique Engagement Ring

 

If you are getting ready to pop the question and would like a different idea, why not consider an antique engagement ring? Let’s look at why this is a great idea.

 

  • Antique Rings are Unique

 

One of the best things about antique engagement rings is that no one else in the world will have the one you give her. They are entirely unique. You can see a great selection of antique engagement rings at https://www.kalmarantiques.com.au.

 

  • The Hunt is Thrilling

 

Every antique ring you look at will bring you closer to the perfect one for your lady. The hunt for the best ring for her is part of the thrill.

 

  • Expect Unexpected Details

 

One of the best things about these kinds of engagement rings is how beautifully adorned they are. Every way you turn an antique ring, you are bound to find a different detail.

 

  • Exquisite Old Diamonds

 

Older diamonds can differ quite a bit compared to modern diamonds. They tend to be less precise cuts, broader, and designed to come to life in the candlelight with a soft flicker instead of a bright sparkle. What’s more, old diamonds tend to be less perfect, much softer, and they simply come to life in romantic corners with gentler rays of twilight.

 

  • There’s a Sense of History

 

Some of these gorgeous antique diamond rings have been around for hundreds of years. Perhaps they have gone from one finger to another, visiting sensational parties, and symbolizing engagements, birthdays, and other milestones. Perhaps they have been waiting patiently in a box for you to own. Whatever the history may be, it is an honour to be a link in the chain of an antique ring’s history.

 

  • She Gets Bragging Rights

 

When you present your beloved with her antique engagement ring, it is sure to be a talking point wherever she goes.

 

  • There is Heirloom Potential

 

Antique engagement rings are heirlooms just waiting to find a new family. It is certainly a treasure that is passed down in history, and making an antique ring her own can become part of your new family’s future.

 

  • There Is Personality

 

Have you ever noticed how antique rings just have charisma? They seem to have tiny, almost unidentifiable imperfections that come from being so lovingly hand-made. They are infused with love and glory and their platinum tends to have a rich, almost satin-like patina that no machine method could recreate.

 

  • Antique Rings are Stunning

 

There’s no doubt about it, a ring that has been handmade, comes with a history, and is waiting for you to buy it is simply beautiful.

 

  • Doesn’t She Deserve the Perfect Ring?

 

Naturally, most engagement rings are pretty in some way or another, but the trick is to find the one that feels like it was made especially for her finger – it is the one that fits her personality when she is all dressed up for a night out on the town, or when she is dressed down in sweat pants and watching a movie.

 

With such an amazing variety of antique engagement rings, along with their incredible features and details, there is no doubt you will find the perfect ring for her.

Brunswick In The Blitz – A Treat For Vintage Fashion Fans

Brunswick Park is a gorgeous green space in the heart of Wednesbury. It was opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and it retains a wonderful air of calm, a perfect place for a picnic, to walk your dog or just to spot local wildlife. But on Saturday and Sunday last week, the park was alive with the sounds of Big Band tunes, and awash with colourful 1940s fashion as it played host to the first ‘Brunswick in the Blitz‘, transporting the park and its visitors back to the heady days of 1940s.

The beautiful bandstand, which is usually closed, was open once again, as the Ashby Big Band played the tunes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter. The sun shone for at least part of the afternoon, as couples dressed in 1940s dress, from military uniform, land girl garb and more glamorous tea dresses, enjoyed dancing to the memorable tunes. There was also a sing along of wartime songs from another conflict, with ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ particularly enjoyed.

A red Routemaster bus provided the perfect bar for refreshments of the alcoholic kind, whilst more refined tea and coffee could be found at the Blitz tearoom, which was also stocking a range of delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

Brunswick in the Blitz had a range of stalls that offered information about the 1940s, from ‘Dig for Victory; and growing your own, to the reality of rationing. I was fascinated by the false and elaborate wedding cake that was made from cardboard, and housed a rather more modest fruit cake underneath. There were beautiful vintage cars to enjoy, and military vehicles too. And then there were stalls, selling a range of beautifully curated vintage fashion and homewares, all at very reasonable prices, and totally adding to the authentic feel of the event. From retro furs to glorious hats, and beautiful leather handbags and vintage cake stands, this was a treasure trove that would delight vintage lovers of all ages.

Brunswick in the Blitz was a fantastic event which I hope will happen again very soon. It was simply lovely.