Wednesday, 26 September 2012

A Wiggle In Your Walk

Well it looks like the seasons have wasted no time in changing, and it's going to be a cold and wet winter, in the UK at least. Which has had my reaching for the hosiery already. I'm relatively tall and find tights never sit at the right place, they're either too short in the leg and give you what I can only describe as the penguin from Mary Poppins or  too long and you look like Nora Batty.

So stockings are the answer. Being a seamstress I've built up a collection of suspender belts made by myself too. Much wider, flatter and plainer that a lot you can get hold of with out going to specialist shops. Plus the best bit, metal clips! Horrible plastic ones all ways come undone. As the weathers turned I've just replaced some of my supply so I'll be ok for the first few throws of the miserable weather, I'm a fan of black on nude, and have the standard nude on nude, black on black and red on black. What Katie Did does great ones and some times offers 3 for £15 too. 

But, with a couple of weddings coming up, I've been looking for some other colours. Not too weird, just I thought it would be really lovely to have navy on nude, or grey, or plum, teal.....colours which tie in with my winter wardrobe and aren't just black which can be a little harsh against some colours......this is what I found

Stockings HQ are my new favourite on skin, black on baby pink....LUREX on black! I don't know where to start buying and can see a very big shopping bill on the horizon.

The other good place I found was Pamela Mann, who do a chocolate on chocolate seamed stocking. But currently my dream of grey on nude, or plum on nude are nothing more than day dreams.

And that was sort of it, I'm not sure if I'm impressed or unsurprised at the lack of any real option past the basic colours.

Thursday, 20 September 2012


For the past few years I've spent the beginning of the autumn looking at boots....I have big feet for a girl, size 8 (uk) and it can be hard to find nice shoes and boots which will be as hard wearing as I need them to be. I destroy my shoes. I don't mean to, I'm just really heavy on them, I'm on my feet alot, I expect everything to be up to the amount of crap I'll give it. So in my search for the perfect boots, I found Silvermans. I love this site! They do Military, Service, Biker and Outdoor gear. The site is massive....but I always come back to the biker boot selection. A great collection of biker and engineer boots.

Last year I was drooling over the Grinder boots...these to be precise.
So I've been putting a bit aside all year so I can just buy them, and of course, now I'm looking and thinking...well what about these
Yes, I know, They look pretty much the same, they're just oil treated leather and about £60 more expensive....Which makes them about £60 better right?

So either way, that's one boot dilemma sorted, I just need to find me the perfect cowboy/girl boots now!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

The Bellfuries

Back in August, I went to go and see The Bellfuries at the HMV Institute in Birmingham. I drove up with a lovely friend of mine who regularly does food stands at weekenders and also runs a machine embroidery company called Sew Bijou. We along with some other lovely friends such as the Miss O'Rain family, were all staying in a criminally cheap hotel about 10 minuets walk away from the venue. It's also the home town of the wonderful Cam from Bow & Crossbones.

The day started fantastically, it was sunny, we had music, the drive is just about the right distance. Once checked in at the hotel, I popped over to Cam's for a delicious dinner, then we all went to the hotel to get ready. Which basically involved all the girls in one room while the guys sat at the bar, 2 + hours later we swapped, half an hour later we left for the venue!
I made new friends at the bar.....
I was testing a pattern for a new top...what do you think of it? Strapless bustier with wing detail....not really the greatest picture!

The Bellfuries were fantastic, I love, having seen lots of the official pictures, how many swooning girls there were down the front! It was also, to memory the first live band I've jived to and I had a fantastic time! A massive thanks to Jordan from The Straight Aces for organising it! Pictures thanks to Chris Martin.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Wedding Fun

I'm not going to post too many photo's here or go into massive details as it wasn't my wedding and that's kinda rude to post loads of photo's from your friends wedding. But I did attend the wonderful Betty Flower's wedding the other weekend. So here's some photo's of me being a dork and being completely over excited and over emotional.......

The day was beautifully sunny and sandwiched in between two wet days. which was worrying since it was a completely out door picnic reception. Betty and Ben looked stunning, the bridesmaids looked beautiful and everyone was full of smiles...there was a CANDYFLOSS machine and ice-cream. and cocktails.....and hola hooping, and bubbles, and crochet, and ..did I mention it was Hawaiian themed?