Sunday, 27 May 2012

Sixties Vintage Coats

I found these garment design sheets at a car boot sale. I thought they'd look nice in frames on the wall. I think they are from the sixties, judging by the Biba-esque faces and the font. Mortone Vogue are still running today, as a supplier of outwear. That's about all I could find out about them. I find them interesting too, garment design sheets still look like this today (although they arn't always hand drawn)

These shoes remind me of the Swedish Hasbeens I want.

I love that to get the texture on these illustrations, whoever drew them colour them in on something textured, like a bark rubbing from when you were little.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Matte nail polish

I have wanted a matte top coat nail polish for quite a while now, but couldn't find one available in the uk. Apparently the best one is from hard candy and is sold in target in the us. But my America hook up failed me and couldn't find me one. So I was so pleased when I saw that rimmel had brought one out. 

My job means that my nail get chipped super easily so it can be hard to judge how long nail varnishes would last a normal person. I've tried out two different looks with the matte. I think it only works really well with certain colours, pastels particularly. I tried it with a yellow and had to take it off because it looked funny. It needs about two coats to look best and I think that after a few days it starts to look a bit more shiny, not a gloss as such but not as matte as it was. The brush is nice and wide and the finish is satiny.

I did this using the little circle stickers that you use on hole punched paper. The tutorial is here. When the matte shined up a bit you could see it wasn't as glossy as the none top coat part. Because I couldn't top coat the shiny part they had a little ridge on the nail which annoyed me a bit, I like my nails to be smooth.

I want to try doing this technique next.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Jubilee Wishlist

I'm really looking forward to the Jubilee and I love that everyone has gone mad for it, including the British High Street. I don't properly remember the last Jubilee, so I can't remember if people made this much of a fuss. I saw this on a wall near Richmond Park.

I really like that everyone has decided that everything will be a bit retro this jubilee. These are the frosties they're selling in Asda right now.

These are a few of the bit I hope to pick up.

And I've already got a super tasteful tote bag from the pound shop (to match my kate and wills one) and a cute biscuit tin from M&S

Monday, 21 May 2012

Vintage Vogue

There has been a lack of posting lately due to me spending most of my evenings battling with a vintage vogue dress pattern. (or watching game of thrones. I watched the first series in 6 days - why did it take me so long to get into it?) I had a dream of wearing a lovely betty draper look for a wedding I'm going to. This one;

I love the vintage vogue patterns, but this one has been giving me hell. I'm not sure if it was my decision to use a lightweight silk, the lame bias binding or the fact that the dress just wasn't cut right for me. Either way its entirely unwearable and I'm trying to convert it into a skirt.

So it was apt when I was in Selfridges on Oxford street that they had a small exhibition in the ultra lounge for the jubilee about vintage vogue patterns. One of my favourite sources of inspiration at uni was the old vogues, especially the pages advertising the patterns to buy. I think they are a great look at outfits of the time.

The dresses are all in black, white and shades of grey inbetween, since even though vogue was in colour, the pattern pages never were and we're usually printed on cheaper quality, less glossy paper.

I have a piece of this spotty fabric! It's got flocked spots and is from one of the silk societies on Berwick Street. I only have 10cm but its enough to use in my hair as a bow/scarf.

The hats were made especially by Stephen Jones in the colour of the season for the coronation, Champagne pink.

I couldn't get a good picture of this but the head scarf is all sparkly. This outfit reminded me of the queen so much.

I also like the concept of exhibitions and pop ups in the department store. At uni a contextual studies tutor always went on about how department stores were just big museums, better even because you can touch the 'artefacts' and I've always liked this idea of looking around as if it were a gallery. Especially since some of the items for sale, I'll probably never afford. Harrods is particularly good for this, I've tried on a dior suit there that cost more than going to uni and made me look like Elle woods from legally blonde.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

All Lost In The Supermarket

A more casual look than usual, for a day of going to the car boot sale and looking around the charity shops. I'm super pleased with the trousers from Primark which cost a bargianalious £5. I wanted some pastel jeans, but I'm not allowed to wear denim to work, so these pastel trousers were an ideal compromise. I put it with my really old varsity cardigan which is way too small for me, but I keep wearing it and my Clash tee. I think you should only wear band tees if you really love that band. I really annoys me when people wear them and can't even name a single song! (Ramones Jumper in Primark, I'm looking at you) I love The Clash though so I'm good. I get a really Danny Zukko at the very end of Grease vibe from this look, with the slimfit trousers and the black tee with a varsity cardigan. Everyone always asks me who 'Curby Sue' is and I don't know! I always say the 'H' stands for High School High though.

I finally gave Nail Rock a try too. I'm absolutely useless at applying it, but the instructions do say it takes practice. Good thing I have three more packets to use... I do love looking at my nails and seeing tiny teddies etc.

I found some great things too! This cute spring time tin for £1.

A pastel yellow Asos top for £4 that reminds me of this louis vuition look.

These Zandra Rhodes tights, which I can't decide whether to open up and wear or not. Or give them to my mum...

Some sixties design sheets that I will do a proper post on once I've done some research.

And these embroidery cards, that I will also do a proper post on once I have some more info.

Monday, 7 May 2012

WIN Cupcake Pin Cushion

I don't know if any of you spotted my super cute cupcake pin cushion on the collar tutorial, but I happen to have another one to give away! If you want to win it, because sewing is easier with pretty things, all you have to do is be a follower either on GFC or Bloglovin' and leave a comment with your email/twitter so I can tell you if you've won!

For an extra chance to win just tweet this; "I want to win a cute cupcake pin cushion on @nadiacupcake"

You may only tweet once. This competition is open to everyone everywhere. The winner will be drawn at random on Sunday 10th June. All entries must be made by Saturday 9th June.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Floral Fabric Rucksack

After seeing quite a few fabric rucksacks around, I decided to make my own. I used the pattern from sew mama sew, which is supposed to be for a child, but I extended the straps and it make a small rucksack for a big girl.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

April Showers

I'm so glad that April is over... I've taken it as a sign that it will stop raining. I only figured out recently that   when it keeps raining out of nowhere and then going sunny again, that's what people mean by "April Showers". It's only taken me 24 years to work that one out. I really like spring as a season because the world goes from having a rubbish colour sceme of green-brown-grey to having pops of colour everywhere from the flowers, which if you follow me on instagram (My username is @nadiacupcake) you'll know since i've taken so many pictures of flowers.

I've been meaning to post this look for a little while, I took the photos a while back on the same day as the London Marathon. We didn't see it properly, just the last few runners at the back. We actually attempted to go to the Louboutin Exhibition at the design museum, but it wasn't open yet. Apparently they had pushed back the opening but one of the magazines had already published the original date. I'm really looking forward to seeing this, it reminds me of when I was still in high school and I begged my mum to take me to see the Manolo Blahnik exhibition. So we looked around the shop, took some photos and went to try on hats in Fenwick instead.

The cardigan was gift from a friend, the sleeves are the kind that are really tight at the end which I like despite it making it look that I have really giant hands because I feel like I have tiny wrists.

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