Paris, Mum and Dior

Earlier this year I heard that there was going to be a huge Christian Dior fashion exhibition in Paris. As soon as I found out, I messaged my mum and let her know that we HAD to go. Heading away for the weekend is a big deal for my mum: when we were younger, we rarely went on holiday as time and money were a bit of an issue. This time I knew that ‘no’ wasn’t going to be an acceptable answer and we promptly booked our little getaway.

Last Saturday, we hopped on the tube to St Pancras International early in the morning. We were only going to be away for one night so we packed lightly and dressed for mild autumnal weather. Mum hadn’t been on holiday since we went to San Francisco over two years ago so it felt necessary to whisk her away from home.

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After we got into Paris, we dropped our luggage at the hostel and headed off for some lunch. Fuelled up with a delicious tart aux pomme, we walked to the Museum of Decorative Arts. The queue was huge but we were in within ten minutes.

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Now when mum and I have been to other exhibitions, we’ve had an allotted time to visit. However, the tickets for the Dior exhibition gave you a window of a few days. Unfortunately, this meant that there was A LOT of crowding. The space was packed with people and it was hot and stuffy – a very claustrophobic atmosphere. Although mum and I got to see everything, we didn’t have much time to read or linger over many exhibits because of the crowd in front of and behind us.

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In spite of all that, we did manage to see some stunning exhibits. Mum and I could have quite easily had every one of these pieces in our wardrobes… but sizing and funds said NO. The amazing detail and work put into each garment was mind-boggling.

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Something that struck me throughout the entire exhibition (and has also struck me with other fashion exhibitions that I’ve visited) is the lack of model diversity. In the entire exhibit, I found only three photographs including people of colour and no images of models beyond sample size. This was further heightened by the fact that so many of these clothes had obviously been directly influenced or inspired by other cultures. I know the fashion industry is slowly changing but I always find it jarring how the world of fashion rarely reflects the real demographics of the world.

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At the end of the exhibition, we found ourselves in a wonderful room filled with glamorous dresses – a fabulous end to the exhibition!

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Feeling overheated and exhausted, we headed back to our hostel to put our feet up and have a breather. A little later, we made a B-line for the Rue de Mouffetard which was a six minute walk from our hostel. Rhina had recommended this place as a foodie hot-spot and boy she wasn’t wrong!

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It was such a cosy yet lively place, full of stalls, cafes and restaurants. In the end, we settled on a pub called ‘Mouffetard’. Our meal was truly delicious: steak frites and a bottle of Brouilly wine between us. Just what we needed after a long day.

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As we’d both taken in the main sights on previous visits to Paris when we were younger, the next day we headed to a flea market. There were tons of knick-knacks and assorted bits-and-bobs. Mum and I love a good bargain but a lot of the stuff on offer was incredibly pricey. We ended up with a brooch each and I grabbed a crepe for my breakfast.

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Mooching done, we took the Metro back to Rue de Mouffetard for our final French meal. @notsobasiclondon had recommended a few places to me, one of them being Le Petit Bretonne. This place was crepe heaven (so good, I’d head back to Paris for them). Mum and I each sat down to a plate of buttery, lemony yumminess.

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Tummies full, we started our journey back to England. Thanks to everyone who gave me ideas, recommendations and suggestions – it made for a great trip! Mum was a brilliant traveling companion and I hope she’ll be open to me taking her away more often.

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Jean Genies #3: Lady K Loves Kickstarter

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Earlier in the year, I made a pledge to the Lady K Loves Jeans Kickstarter campaign. I already owned a pair of their jeans (you can read about then here) but I wanted to try a different style. Looking at the different styles and talking to several pals. I settled on the ‘Le Wild’ style.

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When my Kickstarter first arrived, the jeans weren’t Lady K Loves’ usual quality and they did not look right on me. Thankfully, customer service was amazing and I had a replacement pair in no time – zero hassle!

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As part of my Kickstarter pack, I got a Lady K Loves voucher so I put this towards a top – the ‘Jess’ in mustard. As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be a perfect casual separate for my wardrobe.

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I combined my Kickstarter goodies with my trusty leather jacket, an old brooch and a pair of Converse. I love how casual but put-together this outfit looks. These pieces are also easy to dress up too.

I’m really glad I pledged – I know these jeans will last for ages!

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Thanks @darktechsupport for these beautiful images!

Salute To The Forties 2017

This was my third year at Salute to The Forties, you can read previous posts on the event here and here.

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I always go nautical for Salute To The Forties as it’s based in Chatham dockyard. The dress and cardigan are both from Vivien Of Holloway. I wore Converse as I knew I’d be on my feet all day.

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The Event

On the day, we travelled down with Flo (so so happy that she hopped along!). When we arrived, we met up with Lucy Stanton and here’s what we got up to.

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The loveliest couple with the most fabulous handmade knitwear (yes, we bought some)

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Chatting with Rosy Apples and Hettie Sky

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As you can see, we had a great day – perfectly chilled! Thanks to @darktechsupport for capturing the day beautifully.

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Sci-Fi Exhibition & VOH Party

On the last weekend of the summer holidays, Nick and I hopped on the train for a night’s stay in London.

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As we were spending much of our time walking round the city, I opted for practical and comfortable. I whipped my hair into a turban from Sarah’s Doo Wop Dos – perfect for lazy days. My fabulous jeans are from my Lady K Loves Kickstarter pack and they fit like a dream. I added a striped top from Primark and a little lizard brooch.

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Into The Unknown

I am a huge sci-fi nerd, especially dystopian fiction. The Barbican had advertised an exhibition closing in September so we decided to attend on the final day. I’ve been to quite a few exhibitions over the years, some have been breath-taking and others a little disappointing – but this was something else. We spend nearly three hours taking in exhibit after exhibit – it was pure escapism and it was glorious!

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After losing ourselves in alien worlds and imagined futures, our thoughts quickly turned to food so we proceeded to stuff our faces at Bodeans in Covent Garden. Thanks to Steph Pink for the recommendation – it was ruddy good.

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VOH Party

Last year, I went to my first ever VOH party with my buddy Kelly and Nick. Due to work commitments, Kelly couldn’t make it but Nick was still happy to come along. After checking into our hotel, we had a quick change of outfit (VOH of course) and then we headed off to Nambucca.

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A proper lovely end to my summer break – with a massive brunch the next day too!

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Twinwood 2017: Monday

After Sunday’s celebrations, we woke up with sore heads but luckily Monday was not going to be so full on. Chugging lots of water, we had a final stroll round the stalls to see if anything took our fancy. Afterwards, I met up with the lovely Lucy for a jazz dance class (I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind that day!).

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Afterwards, I made a quick dash to Le Cafe de Bois de Jumeau to get my hair set for Ella’s (aka Miss Victory Violet) hair class, for which I was being used as a model. I washed my hair in the morning ready and popped on a turban to contain the fluff – it wasn’t too bad in the end!

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I’ve met Ella on a few occasions but it’s always been at busy events. During Twinwood, it was good getting to know her better and talk more informally. I wasn’t feeling particularly fabulous after Sunday’s ciders so she bore witness to my grumpy/irritable side with Nick on the receiving end of it – poor bloke. With deft hands, Ella set my hair in no time!

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It was odd not being a pupil in a hair class but it was really quite nice to sit back and see how everyone got on. Ella was a very calm and helpful teacher – exactly what you need as a beginner. I was lucky enough to have my hair brushed out and whipped into victory rolls at the end!

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It was definitely worth heading home a bit later for, plus I got to hang out with fellow Miss Vintage gals, Mazzy and Ria. My dress deserves a special mention as it was made by my very good buddy Kelly for my birthday. It’s bright and colourful with mismatched buttons down the front. My favourite thing about this dress is that it has slightly different sized pockets – every time I tuck my hands in them, I’m reminded that it’s made by the hands of a brilliant human. Thank you Kelly!

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After that, Nick and I swiftly went to gobble up our last crepes of the festival ready for the drive home.

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Thanks for an epic weekend everyone – Twinwood, you’ve been marvellous! Here’s to next year…