Tentacles By The Sea – Part 1

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Half term always calls for some kind of escape – at home or abroad. For this break, @darktechsupport and I decided to spend two days in Brighton. I have been there previously but I hadn’t properly explored the area.

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We headed down on Sunday and strolled straight to the seafront! It had been forecast to rain but it was sunny and warm. I love to dress up for trips and as we were by the sea, I thought I’d go for a nautical look. Most of my nautical clothing is the traditional mix of red, white and blue but I wanted to try something different.

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It was time to bust out my octopus skirt from Unique Vintage. I loved the colour and print of this skirt as soon as I saw it. The fabric is great quality and it has got POCKETS too! Definitely a great addition to my wardrobe.

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To go with the colour scheme of the skirt, I added a purple slash-neck top from Vivien of Holloway. This would look equally good with any of the other colours in the design – I’m going to try mint next.

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For a bold design, I felt the need for subtle accessories. Neutral sandals and my vintage starfish brooch seemed appropriate.

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While I was over at Viva, I managed to win a turban from Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos. Sparkly lilac velvet was the perfect addition to this outfit – I felt pretty fabulous.

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Finally, I added a slick of purple liquid lipstick. When it’s hot, I hate wearing make-up so I generally pat my face with translucent powder and wear lippie.

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I loved everything about this outfit and I can’t want to style it again!

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Thanks as always to @darktechsupport for his great photography skills.

Green and Mustard in the Bluebells

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Last year, @darktechsupport and I looked all over the place for bluebells near our house. We ended up in a scattered patch but it wasn’t what we were hoping for. Then this year, we found our favourite walking spot was brimming with them – what a lovely surprise!

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When I was over in Vegas, I went to Buffalo Exchange. It’s a clothing exchange store and you can buy clothes there too. It’s a place you need to have a bit of a rummage through. With a little patience, I’ve been able to find a little gem each visit. This time round I found the most amazing coat but also this cute sweater for just eleven dollars. I fell for the sleeves, the colour and the cropped cut.

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Back home, I instantly knew what I wanted to pair with it. This Vivien of Holloway skirt is one of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe. I have lots of green items I could have paired with it but I love the mustard in the skirt and wanted to bring out more of it. To keep off the chill, I popped a bottle green cardigan round my shoulders.

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Keeping it simple, I added my Lillian Madison Designs brooch and brown flats.

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I thought I’d play around with my make-up a little so I added a darker lip and green eyeliner. I need to try out different make-up styles more often!

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Thanks to @darktechsupport for taking these beautiful photos. I wish you could smell the strong floral scent that filled the copse – it was magical!

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Hibiscus Happiness with Susan Phelps Photography

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Hibiscus flowers just make me happy. I always associate them with Fiji and my family, especially my grandma who has an interpretation of a hibiscus flower tattooed on her forearm (I have the same tattoo on my thigh).

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When I spotted this dress at Vivien of Holloway, I instantly fell in love! You can tell right away that these are bright, bold flowers. I love the simple colour scheme too.

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I adore a well-fitted garment and this dress is a dream – you don’t need to wear a bra with it! The skirt falls beautifully, it looks gorgeous with or without  a petticoat.

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For this shoot, I added a black cropped cardigan and simple black shoes. You could also turn this into a much more casual outfit by adding a jumper and some Converse.

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I tried a dry-set on my hair for the first time. It came out really smooth but I missed my usual frizzy curls.

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Thanks to Susan Phelps Photography for another stunning set of photos – I love them!

Viva Las Vegas #20: Saturday Part 2

After some time recovering from the heat of the Vegas sun, we popped on fresh threads and headed out for our final night. I changed my lippie to go with my gorgeous Vivien of Holloway dress and I added a hair flower to my massive ‘do.

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Having heard some great reviews, we started off at The Golden Tiki for a drink. It’s a lot bigger than Frankie’s and though I loved the decor, it didn’t feel as cosy and intimate. I’m glad we went but Frankie’s has a special place in my heart!

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When we got to The Orleans, we had a final stroll around the vendors while it was quiet. Here I met Bettina (Miss Lulu Heart) who was such a pleasure to talk to! Then we bumped into the gorgeous Kara again (she has the loveliest smile!).

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Flo was really excited to see Wanda Jackson so we got to the Mardi Gras Ballroom early to get a good spot. On the dance floor, we saw a boy strolling in such fantastic style – everyone around us was loving it. We got chatting to a few other people waiting for Wanda, which made time fly by. Eventually, the great woman herself came on stage to rapturous applause. As well as her own songs, she also sang tunes by Elvis and Amy Winehouse. It was an amazing set and we got to hear some of her stories too. We didn’t get any photos – just got into the session!

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Feeling the week catch up with us, we headed back to Alder and Birch to repeat our fabulous Friday meal.

I know there are things that we missed out on and we could have crammed so much more in but I honestly don’t regret any of it. I had one hell of a holiday with my better half and my pin-up wifey – I could not have asked for more!

 

Viva Las Vegas #20: Saturday Part 1

As it was Viva and we didn’t know when we’d next be back, Flo and I booked in with Heads Will Roll salon to get our hair and make-up done for our last full day of Viva. It was quite nice to walk to The Rio in the sunshine with a bare face.

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After an hour and a half (and a lot of hairspray and bobby pins), my look was complete! To say I loved it is an understatement – it was so much better than I could have imagined! My hair was huge and strong-holding and my make-up was bright and bold to go with my dress for the day.

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I love this dress so much – it’s from Alexandra Vintage (sadly now closed down).

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Glamorised, we grabbed @darktechsupport and got an Uber to The Orleans for the car show. It was seriously hot – we’d all slapped on sun cream, grabbed parasols and took huge bottles of water with us. Shopping was our first port of call so we perused the many stalls for pretties to take home.

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Saying hello to Miss Lillian Love

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Shurlee Sweet – what a stunner!
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Gals from ‘The Bonnit’

Later on, we stood and watched the pin-up contest. I placed my first and only bet with a few onlookers on who would win (no money changed hands) but I lost!

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We took a very necessary ice cream break from the sun and then lined up to get back into the car show. This time we went walking among the cars, people watching and soaking up the sun.

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Gotta see Elvis officiate a wedding when in Vegas!

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We were pretty happy bunnies – I just don’t think we’re used to so much heat and sun!

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Up next – our final night at Viva.

Viva Las Vegas #20: Friday Part 2

In new threads, we lined up for the 6pm Burlesque Showcase. So many people were dressed to impress – boy, there were a lot of sequins! I changed my lipstick on and slipped on this gorgeous dress by Scarlet Rage Vintage.

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Dita Von Teese was due to perform in the evening but, due to her big name status as a performer, we thought she’d be in the finale. On the fourth row from the front, we sat with baited breath as the curtain rose.

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There she was, sparkling in the spotlights, resplendent in our gaze – the queen of burlesque. I gawped while swearing and squeezing Flo and @darktechsupport’s hands!

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We also saw several other acts including a set of Star Wars-inspired burlesque acts by The Star Girls (bizarre but brilliant!).

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Immodesty Blaze performed in fabulous style. Dita returned for a stunning finale – all eyes were on her!

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On the way out, I managed to bump into Jenny Rieu who was waiting for the 9pm show. She’s so beautiful and just lovely!

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Stunned and a little overwhelmed, we wandered over to the pub in The Orleans. It was such a warm and lovely atmosphere; there were friends dancing and people chatting as music played. We bopped and wiggled as we waited for Los Rhythm Rockets to start up. Finally, the band arrived on stage and the crowd was buzzing! We stayed for the entirety of their set – I loved every minute.

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After the pub, we went upstairs to catch the end of Si Cranstoun’s set, which included one of my favourite tunes – ‘Let’s Twist again’. The ballroom was busy but it was worth coming up to take in the last few tunes!

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On the way back downstairs, I saw Pinup Doll Ashley Marie. I’ve followed her make-up and hair tutorials on YouTube for ages; I’ve always admired her honesty and down-to-earth manner.

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Tired and starving, we went Alder and Birch for much-needed steak and cocktails. A perfect end to a perfect day.

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Next up – Saturday’s car show.

Viva Las Vegas #20: Friday Part 1

Friday was seriously full-on and it started early! As this was the 20th anniversary of Viva, the Burlesque Showcase was brimming with fantastic performers and we were adamant that we were going to get a seat. Armed with tea, coffee and my notebook, we camped out in the queue from 6.20am.

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As it was so early, I wasn’t going to get into full hair and make-up. To stay comfy and presentable, I covered my rollers with this turban from Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos and popped on this wonderful forties housecoat from Frock&Roll.

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Again, company made a boring wait bearable – this time we talked with a mother and daughter from the UK and we shared some travel tips for their later trip to San Francisco. After nearly three hours, we got our tickets and skipped off to a much-needed brunch at Makers and Finders – again!

Full up and more awake, we returned to our hotel to get ready for more fun at The Orleans. I went bold and bright with this vintage dress I picked up from a stall at Goodwood Revival.

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When we got to The Orleans, the fashion show was already half way through but we got to catch the tail-end of Ains and Elke StyleHaus’s collection while @darktechsupport was setting up his camera. Olivia was modelling a long red dress and she just looked WOW! In addition, we saw an amazing collection from Prettie Lanes, as well as clothing from Swearing Parrot and Secrets In Lace. I was so excited to see Jenny Rieu modelling – she’s such a babe.

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Swearing Parrot

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Prettie Lanes

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Secrets In Lace

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After all the glamour of the fashion show, we decided to take a breather and go bowling. There was an offer on at Viva: for $5, you got two games and a slice of pizza – who could say no to that?

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Part way through our game, I spotted Helen. I’d met her previously at the Christmas Tiki Meet-up in the UK – she has amazing taste in clothes and I always envy the white streak in her hair! She and her husband also looked very happy to be attending Viva.

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Feeling the need to change outfits for the Burlesque Showcase, we returned to our hotel.

Next up – the Burlesque Showcase and Los Rhythm Rockets.