I cannot wait to perform at this event! I will be doing a burlesque dance at the Saturday evening Dance to Victory and then a singing set on Sunday at the main event. Viv the Spiv, Swingtime Sweethearts and many more well known entertainers will be there!
I will be performing at a fantastic festival in Kent on 2nd July! It focuses on the 40’s to the 80’s, with live music, fashion, cars, vintage stalls and more!
Come and watch some of my 40’s singing and a family friendly fan dance! Don’t be shy I’m asking for photos with my fans too, I may even teach you a few moves!
The Big O Fest is FREE, so come and support a wonderful and diverse vintage event.
Thank you to everyone at Friar Fest for making me feel so welcome! Lovely crowd singing along, very helpful organisers and superb sound team (big up to their posh coffee machine!).
About 7 years back I purchased by first pair of Rocket Originals saddle shoes. It was such a relief to find flat footwear that was still vintage, looked good with skirts as well as trousers and were super comfy at events! They were also great for dancing in! This year I got some Veronica Sandals as I wanted something a little more glamorous, but still very practical. Usually very nervous about solid soled shoes, I was really surprised how comfortable these are and I cannot wait to prance around Greece in them this June!
At this year’s Stoneleigh Militaria I stumbled across their glorious stall and realised that I had been completely unaware that Rocket did clothing too! They had a lovely little selection of women’s tops and I will show you a couple now. Sometimes being a mum is messy work, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still want my vintage/ retro look. Rocket Originals’ knitwear is made of acrylic, fits like a dream and is easy to bung in the wash. I’ve twinned mine with Heyday trousers and Collectif capris!
Kaye was kind enough to answer a few questions for me…
You are famed for you vintage style shoes, what made you branch out into clothing?
It’s always been a mixture of footwear and clothing. We were first trading in 1988, and back then we sold vintage clothing we imported direct from the USA and bought from various dealers in the UK, a range of T Shirts which we screen printed ourselves and footwear. We started having our own brand of ladies footwear and knitwear manufactured in 2006, and men’s shirts from 2008.
Everyone knows what a sucker for knitwear I am, have you a favourite piece in your range?
We don’t really have favourites, we choose the patterns carefully so they’re all styles we really like. We particularly liked the Victory sweaters (free pattern still available on the V&A website). Another we’ve liked is our fairisle square neck style, which we had knitted in loads of colour variations.
There are so many amazing 40’s, 50’s and 60’s styles. How did you choose what to make?
We have trouble choosing what NOT to make! It’s easy really, out of our collection we pick the styles we like and think our customers would prefer. We have all our own brand of shoes and clothing made as ‘limited editions’ and bring out new stock rather than remaking the same styles, because there’s still such a lot to go at. There are so many vintage shoes and patterns etc that we have in our collection and want to copy, and we’re always looking for more.
I had a pair of your super saddle shoes and couldn’t believe the comfort and quality! Do you have a favourite style?
We have loads of favourite styles. We love our saddle shoes (copied from a vintage American pair we bought), our recent Gibson style, and also have a lot of favourites among the ladies wedges. Some of the men’s shoes are hand made in England and we like them for their quality.
What is your favourite era and why?
Our favourite era is early 50’s American. But we love anything from the 40’s and 50’s for lots of reasons, be it music, clothing, cars and furnishings. We also love art deco homes and furniture and that was the style for our last home, but our current one is mid century modern.
So make sure you head on over to the Rocket Originals website or visit their stall at events. From sandals to stripey sweaters, they really do compliment your vintage wardrobe beautifully!
It didn’t actually start off with this theme! We had a seaside idea in mind, but I got over excited in Ikea after spotting the bed canopy and everything else seemed to fall in place! You may recognise the awesome metal suitcase shelves that we used to have in the bathroom of our previous house. They are perfect in Betsy’s room and are now adorned with vintage Ladybird books and toys! The bedding set is from Asda Living and came with a quilt, bumper and a couple of sheets. I adore the retro lion and tiger cushions, mini suitcases and melamine plates! They are from Dotcomgiftshop and tie everything in together! The elephant cushion was a recent buy from Sass & Belle. It is so funny and they do a zebra wearing a cowboy hat too!
After scouring the internet for a hot air balloon light, I decided to make my own. The ones I found were either too expensive or had teddy bears, bows and pearls everywhere. I am so pleased with how it turned out that I am now taking commissions! I even made little peg people of Richard, Betsy and I! If you would like one with your choice of theme (Imagine a steampunk version!), then message me for details.
So here it is, I hope you like it! Her room is very small, but I tried to fill it with lots of cheery things and sensory objects!
Yesterday I ventured to the NEC’s MCM Comicon Expo! I used to go to the Film Memorabilia Show all the time and really loved to see all the original movie props, tons of movie celebs and browse the stalls. I must admit that if it hadn’t been for Warwick Davis, people watching and the illustrators and artists, I would have left early. It is definitely not what I had hoped for, more of a large market place with a handful of celebrity signings, but the atmosphere is good and the people dressed up really do make an effort. It is now a mixture of movie, anime and gaming, so that my area (movie) is much more diluted. I think I will have a scout around at some other movie memorabilia shows to attend at another point, maybe some that are purely horror or Sci Fi maybe.
That said, we had a lovely time and hooked up with Mr Burt for a browse of the stalls! I got to meet one of my all time favourite actors Warwick Davis, who made my day! Not only did he get his son to take a picture of us together on his phone, but then in his live Q&A said that the best thing he had seen was the girl in the Leia costume riding an Ewok! Huzzah! Warwick also said that I should enter the costume competition at the Star Wars Celebration in London. Would have loved to do this, but just don’t have the funds to go unfortunately!
So anyway, here are some photos of our day. I made Mr Mew’s Mugatu top and Betsy is supposed to be his pet poodle. I did make her an Ewok outfit, but she just wouldn’t keep the hood on and it way way too hot to wear anyway!