Eighties Style

Eighties style, good or bad?

Fashion is a just a cycle and new styles and designs are often based on those that have gone before them in some shape or form. Many decades remain highly influential, 'the seventies is back’ seems to be declared in fashion headlines twice a year, every year. Has the seventies ever gone away long enough to allow it to even make a comeback I wonder? 

One decade that perhaps hasn’t had its full revival, rework is perhaps the eighties. However is this about to change?

magazine.co.uk have gifted me with a subscription to Vogue so I can share what's inspiring me from the mag with their readers over on The Hub.  I mentioned in a recent post about how the September issue of Vogue had a INCREDIBLE 80s fashion editorial which was shot by Alasdair McLellan and styled by Kate Phelan which was full on eighties style. 

I used to wear huge earrings in the 80s and 90s. HUGE. I have vivid memories of wearing a massive pair shaped like huge shields to school and having to take them out when the deputy head (a terrifying lady) spotted them from a distance of at least 30 feet! Oh how I wish I'd kept them all, I had such a collection and would change them at least once a day. 

But it's a good excuse to go shopping

eighties inspired handmade earrings £55 plus shipping. Etsy shop Lou Taylor Studio. You have GOT to see more of this designers work - it's incredible! 
£20.25 plus postage - Etsy shop Hippie Gypsy Boutique 
If you feel glitz and sparkle is only for Christmas then vintage eighties foil prints and Dynasty worthy glamour could be your friend! 

Vintage shops will be bringing out all their party outfits now and so will the charity shops so there's a lot of choice about right now of you fancy looking beyond the highstreet or want to do some mixing and matching. A vintage sequinned top with your Topshop jeans maybe? 

Prim Vintage (size 10) £45 
So maybe the mismatched neon towelling socks and the meringue like, oh so voluminous rah-rah skirts won't make it back in to my wardrobe...I've just realised I basically described my favourite outfit in middle school when I wrote that outfit combo. What a shame no pictures exist! Nor of my permed hair and train track braces. if you're thinking 'sounds like Ugly Betty' you'd be right!

TV and Film can be be a great source of fashion and style inspiration, the eighties opened our eyes to American teen culture (well certainly my eyes) with the visual feast that is Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and there are a couple of gorgeous frocks not to mention some amazing hair action in Weird Science (1985)

 The first time I saw this film I was totally smitten with Kelly Lebrock. I thought she was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen in my life (a thought shared with many boys at that time too I'm sure) 

Yes. I still love her and I've just realised it's 30 years since this film was released. 30 YEARS!!!

I've also written a post for the magazine.co.uk Hub about the 80s influence in Vogue and I'll link you up once that's live but in the mean time if you're not searching Ebay for a VHS player to relive those 80s teen movies at their very best then you could pop over to The Hub and read how I'm using magazine photoshoots as wallpaper

and if you haven't seen it already my thoughts on socks and sandals. 

Sorry I'm going to have to say it again.... 30 years???!!!

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When you don't know what to write

Today's post was going to be about fashion but after the terrible events which happened in Paris and also in other parts of the world last week I feel that is a post for another day.
Today I met with a friend from my school days and we chatted, laughed over old memories, drank coffee al fresco and visited some art galleries in Norwich. After we said goodbye I decided to just keep strolling about, taking the rest of the day off to enjoy the city and watch the world go by. I've walked miles, long walks for me are like medicine for the heart and the head.

I took a few pics which can find over on instagram but the image I'll add to this post is one which was shared by the Tate instagram account over the weekend.

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Hello November

So another month arrives and like everyone, I'm just left wondering where on earth this year is going. Actually where is my life going?! Deep huh? Time is going worryingly fast.....
I was planning to do an 'October on Instagram' look back post at the start of the week just gone, but before I knew it the week had vanished and now here we are in to the second week of November so I thought I'd do a look back at the week instead. 

It's been a busy old week indeed. I visited Great Yarmouth. I love the coast and we're so lucky that Norwich is close to lots of varying seaside resorts. Yarmouth is just a 30 minute train ride away and although it's not up there with my favourite seaside places it was perfect for some shots for a project I'm working on.

photography by me

It's a very tired resort but I've had many lovely visits over the years. I always think seaside towns have two personalities, the out of season one for Yarmouth is perhaps more earthy and gritty than some of Norfolk's other offerings. 

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you may also have spotted that the Norwich Fashion Week team have a new group portrait thanks to the super talented Andi Sapey.  I think I changed outfits about 5 times before settling on the first plan, which was a pair of Topshop dungarees, a polo neck and socks and sandals for a kind of relaxed seventies vibe. We're going to be sharing more on each board member as we count down to the next Norwich Fashion Week in March so watch this space. 

I've spent a lot of time this week trying to get my head down and throwing myself in to uni work and all the other stuff I need to get done. This means I've been doing a lot of sticking my head phones in my ears and going in to what I refer to as 'the zone'. Now my husband has been encouraging me to appreciate the music of Scott Walker for the last seven years and this week for some reason decided to give him another go (Scott not my husband) and I actually found myself enjoying it so perhaps it was just a timing thing and I needed to just be in right place to give in to Scott's deep rich tones....

Although this tune has also been on repeat a lot - it's a very good soundtrack when you're running from A to B in a super hurry! 

This week Dotcomgiftshop kindly listed Missy Vintage in their top 14 vintage blogs - it's a great line up of bloggers so it's lovely of them to include me in it! 

My blog also ended up in a top 50 fashion UK blogs on rebateszone.com and the week that's just passed also saw Dr Martens have very kindly make me part of their blogger programme which is both wonderful and dangerous...I'm hardly out of DM's or converse these days. The Flora boots which I wrote about here have been great for the rainy days we've had this week and I'm lusting after all the DM tartan scarves so I might ask Father Christmas for one...

The Vintage Show plans for Norwich Fashion Week are well under way and a few days ago I had a meeting with Stylist Karen James Welton to begin a plan of action for the shows promo photoshoot which we'll be shooting next month.... but I won't be able to reveal too much until the images are released in Feb 2016! Exciting things are being planned though I promise!

Because I'm so rock and roll I'll be spending the final hours of Sunday drinking hot chocolate and reading Vogue in an attempt to end the week with a little relaxation time. Good luck with the week ahead everyone! 
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Halloween: The Murderous Mime Artist

So Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger as each year passes. I have to hold my hands up and say I'm not really one for doing fancy dress. It's more laziness than party pooperness (a new day a new word invention...) but this year I had to do something so when someone said to me recently I looked like a mime artist in my dungarees and striped top I decided that this was a sign for my Halloween outfit and as it's already in my wardrobe I wouldn't need to go out hunting for items (the perfect lazy girls take on fancy dress)

There definitely seems to be some witchcraft in the air in the last week, from cameras not working as they should to tea flying over on to my laptop it's been one of those weeks so I was very much ready for some blood red alcoholic beverages!

But at least I had my Halloween outfit sorted and it was perfect timing to be asked by Dr Martens to pop in and choose something I could use as part of a Halloween outfit and so after a long browse .....

These are Floras and I was really tempted to get a pair of these in black. I have the cherry red and they are just the most comfiest boots I've ever owned.  

The Hogarth collaboration is really just a work of beauty. Don't think that just because it's art on footwear that the detail in the painting is diluted. They really are incredible and I'd urge you to pop in to a store and actually see these in real life.  

I decided to go for the Emmaline boot in black which is from the same range as the Flora boot. They are that little bit daintier than a more traditional style DM and I feel they have a 90s ankle boot feel.  
I think these will work really well with skirts and dresses too.     

However the first outfit to wear these with was all about the dungarees 

I'd like to point out those are my mime artist eyebrows and not a new eyebrow look to be sported on a daily basis! I did post a pic on instagram of me attempting to look mime artist like but really, despite my gsce in drama it really wasn't my finest moment and it looks more like a Kate Bush move than a mime. But I tried..


A video posted by Kerry (@missyvintage) on

After strolling through the leaves (it just has to be done) we spent the evening devouring red wine and spag bol. So that's it. October is done. Halloween is over for another year so bring on the fireworks!


Check out the hashtag #DRMARTENSSTYLE on instagram and Twitter to see how other DM fans are wearing theirs. 

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Tilly Walks - Fashion on Film

Over the summer myself and stylist/blogger Karen James-Welton (AKA Fabulous Miss K) got together with model Tilly to create little fashion short. I'm really excited to be doing moving image as part of my degree and I can't wait to learn all the new things!
But to start off what will I'm sure be the first of many, here's 'Tilly Walks' featuring and amazing 80s striped dress.

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In Retrospect magazine

You might remember a while ago that I mentioned a Kickstarter campaign my friend (and super talented photographer of The Southern Retro project) Mat Keller was doing with some pals to launch a new magazine called In Retrospect. 

Following on from the launch issue being successfully funded by Kickstarter pledges, the guys have now made it to issue 4 (with a lot of bloody hard work!) and with issue 5 plans currently well under way, I just wanted to write a post to publicly high five these guys really. 

Slight disclaimer here as I write for the magazine but I wouldn't be doing that if it wasn't for the people behind the mag putting so much love in to keeping their dream alive so well done guys! In a digital world, creating a printed magazine is no easy task and some would have said it was impossible. Thank you for helping prove that print's not dead!

I'm currently writing a photography column which basically means I get research and chat about artists work that I love (lucky me, yes?!)  Starting off with Vivien Maier  issue 1 followed by David Bailey in issue 2.

Issue 3 was the summer issue so Bunny Yeager, model turned photographer and maker of bikinis and beautiful images (no the selfie is not a new thing!) seemed the perfect photographer of choice for bringing some summer glamour to the magazine) and in the current issue I'm looking at the beautiful images of Horst

Plenty of reading material there to keep you out of trouble on these chilly, long dark nights! Subscription info here and yes they ship worldwide. Hurrah! 
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I'm chatting about vintage style on #huffingtonpost

I know, I know two post in as many days. This is very good for me lately what with uni being back in full swing and plans for Norwich Fashion Week 2016 revving up plus all the other things that seem to eat up my time. So much to blog about... basically what I need do is take you ALL to the pub for twelve hours and just chat through everything that's been happening.

But until the day we can find a way to make that happen I will try try try my best to get you all up to speed guys. I know some of you began following because you loved the forties/fifties style I was rocking when I started the blog a few years ago and I've had a few questions asking me if I'm 'still vintage' the answer is yes but it's evolved to be much more eclectic rather than era specific and I have a post I'm working on where I discuss that gradual change of style.

 But in the mean time.....Huffington Post got in touch asking if I'd like to contribute to an article they were working on about shopping for vintage, So pop over and read my thoughts, along with two other bloggers Betty Pamper and Sheri Pavlovic  on vintage style and buying tips.

In the picture I'm wearing what I refer to as my 'Bear coat' fear not it is faux fur, each to their own and I don't preach but I choose to only wear faux fur vintage or otherwise. I picked this 70s number up in a charity shop for £20 and it's the most deliciously oversized coat. It's like being enveloped by a huge teddy bear. I adore it. More than my slightly serious face lets on.....
What do you think, any tips to add? 
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Norwich Fashion Week at The Norfolk Arts Awards

A couple of weeks ago I was behind the scenes at the Norfolk Arts Awards with my Norwich Fashion Week board member head on organising a fashion showcase of local designers as part of the awards ceremony. 

I arrived feeling a bit odd because I wasn't doing photography, hair or makeup (so I only had to lug two bags along with me instead of the usual half a dozen!) 

The fashion showcase wasn't vintage but a celebration of art and fashion heritage and designs were very kindly loaned to us from  Siofra Connor Millinery, April Lunch, Jessica Clarke, Toby Neave, Jo Randall and Gemma Hyde alongside items from The Costumes and Textile Association collection and William Wilde lingerie from London Street boutique Proudlock and Harry.

Photo by Gemma Lock

 This meant we were working with lots of amazing items including a dress made of paper and another made of dried glue. Fashion meets art indeed. It's a glitzy affair held in The Maddermarket theatre, a beautiful old building nestled away in the heart Norwich city centre. (It has a pretty interesting history section on the website which you can find here if you'd like to read it) 

Photo by Gemma Lock

 Taking behind the scenes shots, we had photographer Gemma Lock (thanks Gemma) and thanks also to my fellow NFW board members Emma Harrowing for sourcing such amazing designs to work with and Debs Dominic who was in full hairstylist frenzy creating and building hair which was unique to each model. 

Photo by Gemma Lock
On makeup was the lovely Mirriam and Cintia of Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty and of course thanks and well done to all the models who have this amazing ability to walk with ourt falling over - a skill I continue to be in awe of (news of my epic 'I fell over AGAIN' moment during London Fashion weekend in another post...) 

Photo by Gemma Lock
Here I am in my £5 Frank Usher sparkly number

Music is such an important choice for a fashion show, it shouldn't take away from the clothes but it does help set the scene. Knowing I was choosing a song for a theatre of art fans and with the room like any old theatre, being very atmospheric (don't you just love old theatres?!) I thought what better man to assist me me create a showcase which would open the second half of the show with a creative pow on the ears than Nick Cave. 

So on that note, I shall indeed leave you with the glorious track which we played as NFW turned the theatre in to a runway. If you want to see more images from the show head over to the NFW Facebook page or go have a look at them on our amazing new website (thank you Four Agency & Grit Digital

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Reading material - Vogue

I can remember getting magazines like Smash Hits and Just Seventeen delivered by the paper boy. There was always something really exciting about knowing the next issue was out that day and would  hopefully be delivered by the time you got home from school....We were very slow cyclists due to chatting...my husband has said he would watch us and wonder why we even bothered with bikes when we could probably walk faster. I don't remember him commenting on this at the time but feel sure he would have. This is possibly why we didn't start going out until our thirties....

Flash forward to being a 'grown up' and I've had several subscriptions to various magazines over the years, mainly covering photography and fashion (surprise!) I wrote a while a go about magazine.co.uk inviting me to join their blogger team and so got the chance to pick some magazine subscriptions courtesy of them.

So I'm now three issues in to Vogue and actually asking myself the question 'okay so what about this magazine grabbed me, didn't grab me?' has been a really useful exercise and I have to say that I still think Vogue is one of the best glossy magazines for fashion. 

Would I like slightly more written content? Yes possibly but maybe there are other magazines for that and lets face it there are so many titles to choose from it's sometimes hard to pick which is why at least a subscription service allows you to get the magazines you want at a lower cost so you can either save money on your favourite magazine or maximise your budget to get more magazine titles for your money. 

From the August edition I was inspired by a Mario Testino photoshoot with Lara Stone to chat about why I think socks and sandals is good look which you can read over on The Hub

I've also been looking at eighties style and how it seems set for a revival and if Septembers Vogue was anything to go by they think so to. There was an incredible photoshoot which looked like stills from Human League's Don't You Want Me

I'll link you up once my blog post is up over on The Hub but here's an extract of what's to come!

Before you recoil in horror, let us consider that the eighties actually gave us some very influential style icons. I hear so many people dismiss the eighties as the decade style forgot but we shouldn't be blinded by the dazzle of the foil prints, the mismatched neon towelling socks and the meringue like, oh so voluminous rah-rah skirts. Think beyond the costume like shoulder pads which power walked their way through the palatial homes of Dynasty and remember that this was a decade of many looks.

There are numerous women of the eighties who I believe helped make this era much more eclectic than you might at first think. Debbie Harry is the epitome of effortless cool, with her messy blonde hair and biker jacket, her colour blocking and that too cool for school attitude means her style is still incredibly current. Then there’s Chrissie Hynde and Madonna just to name a few. To this day I still wish I owned a jacket like the one Madonna wore in Desperately Seeking Susan

And finally a recent house move had me eyeing up a huge pile of glossy mags taking up bookcase space whilst deciding if they go into the 'keep' or the 'charity shop' pile and I decided that there were sooo many articles and photoshoots that I actually did want to keep I've begun decorating the down stairs loo walls with torn out pages. 

What magazines are you loving right now?

If you're interested in browsing the subscriptions magazine.co.uk have then pop on over for a visit. 
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