2011 - The year that was....

Did you all have a great Christmas? I've been a bit slack on the photos of the day. I felt like I needed to take a total day off, so you will have to take my word for it when I tell you that I cooked a fab Christmas dinner! I always find this bit between Christmas and new year a bit.... well odd really. I feel a bit in limbo, Christmas has finished and new year is coming but for these few days in between I'm always ready for the new year to just hurry up an get here, although I then chastise myself for wishing my life away. Am I alone in this?

2011 has been a year of highs and lows, I won't bore you with the lows but the highs have certainly been fabulous. I've gone from dipping a toe into the world of the written word to bathing in it. If anyone has plans to start writing/blogging in the new year on their list of resolutions/aspirations then I can only encourage you to try it. Do you have any aspirations for the new year? Last year I blogged about wanting to learn to sew, but the year's gone by so fast that I haven't got closer than browsing at the local courses online. So it's still on the list.

I'd also like to have a play about more with my photography. I gained a qualification a few years ago - It was mainly using film, as digital was just about on the increase back then but cameras were still very very expensive even for a compact never mind a more professional SLR. I can however develop and print film which is a satisfying skill to have but I no longer have an area for a darkroom and digital is just so super quick. It excites me but makes me a little lazy at the same time......

2011 saw me owning an digital SLR again having been without one for a couple of years due to me losing custody of mine in a relationship breakdown. Long story! Buying that was certainly one of the highlights of the year for me. There's been a lot of highlights of 2011 posts by us bloggers, I've really enjoyed reading them. So here are few of mine.........

My fabulous 1950's early 60's dressing table for the bargain price of £5. Not the greatest picture, but you can see more in the post all about my purchase. I still love it to pieces. I'm such a fan of an atomic leg....

My birthday, I like birthdays a whole lot more now I'm in my thirties. I used to fear them in my twenties when being thirty seemed like a nail in the coffin. It isn't, I've survived - Thirty five next year, I refuse to spend the next few years sobbing my way to the big forty. I'll be popping a bottle and celebrating my birthday.

May was the month I got my new camera as mentioned earlier. I knew I'd missed not having a digital SLR but I didn't really realise how much until I got my hands on one again. This was also the month that I met Gemma from Retro Chick for the first time, I was actually a bit in awe of her! (I've never told you that Gemma, or may be I have after a few drinks?!)

 I'd been reading her blog a while and she was one of my inspirations to actually start writing and stop just thinking about it. We met at a cocktail party organised by Gemma and Karen and Graham of Blue Skies Vintage Events. It was a fantastic party and I was quite nervous about going alone and not knowing anyone but I needn't have worried as it was a super party and I met some fabulous people. I remember being quite proud of myself the next day, despite my hangover. I was pleased that I'd stepped out of my comfort zone a bit and gone alone without back up so to speak. That was a good confidence booster.  

July was a busy month for me. The picture above is of a shop we have in Norwich called Aladdin's Cave.This was taken on a hot sunny Saturday and I'd just spent a good couple of hours taking photos inside and interviewing one of the owners over a cup of tea. I remember vividly carry home a 50's footstool that I ended up buying and an old suitcase.

It was only a 15 minute walk but mainly up hill and it was a scorcher of a day. Despite having to stop many times to rework how I was lugging my haul home I knew I'd got some fantastic pictures and I'd had a brilliant day. I had that 'high' that comes from  knowing you've just spent the last few hours doing something that you love. I'm hoping 2012 will have more of those.

The feedback from the post was fantastic, it's not easy writing about other people and their business, but I was so happy that some of the sellers from the shop and the flea market contacted me with their comments. I've been approached for the post to be linked on the shops facebook page and the pictures have been used for a Wiki project that's being created over in America about the best places in the world for antiques and vintage shopping. Hello world from Norwich!

I also blogged in July about Getting that Vintage Look . This post about using non vintage clothes (vintage purists look away now!) to create a vintage style wardrobe proved to be one of the most read posts of the year.  I know I will be continuing to shop for pre loved items in 2012, I normally look for old styles and labels BUT I'm going to look for potential on the rails regardless of age.

 I dug the items in this post out of my wardrobe and the trousers hadn't seen the light of day for quite some time. I predict 2012 will see many more people shopping in the second hand/pre loved route and also shopping from their own wardrobes to make new looks from existing items. 

Following the post on Aladins Cave, Gemma (AKA Retro Chick) asked me once again if I'd like to write for her other website Vintage Norwich. I didn't really have enough confidence in my writing the first time she asked me! No one like to fail and I admit that I haven't always been very brave at taking on new challenges, making decisions and trying new things. I'm glad she's tenacious or she might not have asked me a second time!

I was invited for afternoon tea along with fellow newbie Vintage Norwich writer Lucy who is also a Norwich blogger. (AKA Glamourologist)  Over food and fizz we chatted about the website, then over a second bottle of fizz we continued and I've a feeling there may have been a third bottle involved.........it was pretty clear that we had a rather a lot in common.

September saw our first event working together as Vintage Norwich which was pretty exciting to say the least. The even was part of Norwich Fashion week - not bad for a first event, I'm so lucky to have been able to be part of it. We held a not so little soiree at Cinema City in Norwich, they were showing the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's.

We took along a dressing up box for people to enjoy looking at vintage clothes and try on hats etc. In the above picture we are posing with the winner of the best dressed competition. It was at this event that the Pop up Library you will have heard me mention was created really.

This is the month that also saw me get to grips with a steel boned corset. I was reviewing a local burlesque event for Vintage Norwich, and it's the kind of night where people really do get in the spirit of dressing up. After a dress rehearsal that almost led to a fainting drama where I wondered if I would have to get someone to cut me out of the corset, it was actually all alright on the night as they say. I can laugh about it now....   

In October I blogged about the pictures I'd had taken by Matt of Southern Retro. I was honoured to be part of such an amazing project. Gemma, Lucy and some other fellow Norwich folk were photographed by Matt over his two day visit. I never tire of telling people to go and look at the gallery that Matt's created. It's an ongoing project and it's well worth a browse. Southernretro.com

October was also the debut of The Historical Sauces. Our Pop Up Vintage Library has quickly transformed into a Pop up Reading Room and we attended our first fair. The reading room was hugely popular and we got to meet lots of fabulous people. We have since attended another fair and already have bookings for next year too so it's full steam ahead.

I think 2012 will be exciting, we've several things planned, we have the safely placed up what I like to refer to as 'our pussy bow blouse sleeves'. As I  mentioned in a recent post, we'll also be stocking those essential seamed stockings and tights from the What Katie Did range and a capsule collection of Besame lipsticks. Yes, we had meetings about lipstick and stockings. Those are great meetings to have let me tell you! 

My blogging Birthday! Hoorah, I'd survived a year. Thanks again to everyone whos reads my ponderings, whether you are signed up to follow, have the latest posts emailed to you, follow on Twitter, Facebook or just drop by every now and again.

My Christmas spirit really got a boost when I visited a Pop Up Vintage Fair in London. Here I am with Maxine the organiser and Salina who runs the pop up tea room. I'd been tweeting with both of these ladies for months and they never cease to provide a giggle. It was so incredibly lovely to meet them both in 'real life' and they were just as lovely as I knew they would be.

I've been very lucky to meet so many incredible and inspiring people this year. I've just been out to lunch with Gemma and I said to her that I couldn't drink too much as I had to finish this post off and if I was too boozed up it would end up being a bit like a gushy Oscar acceptance speech..........I did actually stay quite straight on the booze front but it's still got a bit gushy hasn't it? Ooooops!

So now I am off to have a wee drink to say goodbye to 2011. I wish you all a very very happy new year.
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Historical Sauces news - lippie and stockings

*Picture credit: What Katie Did

Hope you have all enjoyed Christmas, if like me you are now wondering what 2012 will bring then I can let you in a bit of news......  If  you've been reading my blog for a while then you will know that I've teamed up with fellow blogger Gemma of Retro Chick and Lucy of Glamourolgist to create The Historical Sauces. Fear not Missy Vintage is not disappearing, it's just that we all work together so well and had so many ideas that we decided to pool our resources and create something exciting and new that would also compliment our individual blogs.The pop up vintage reading room has gone down an absolute storm and it's been brilliant meeting some of you at these events. That's set to grow in 2012 and we've got bookings already which is fabulous indeed.

We will also be offering vintage glamour evenings and will be available to help get you vintaged up for your hen parties and special occasions. The Historical Sauces are all about helping you learn how to achieve that vintage look and that means helping you to create it yourself. So whether you fancy learning how to create victory rolls for a special occasion or you'd like to learn how to style your hair that way on a daily basis then we're here to offer you guidance on how to get a bit of vintage glamour in you life.

We are VERY excited to announce that we are proudly flying the flag for  faux vintage lingerie company  What Katie Did. We are simply over the moon to be stockists of their Lingerie and also of Besame cosmetics.  We're starting off with that all important item for your lingerie drawer and that is of course.... seamed stockings (don't worry we are stocking seamed tights too!)

*Picture credit What Katie Did
We will also be stocking a capsule collection of Besame lipsticks - as shown in the picture at the top of the blog, these ooze glamour! Us sauces got together and had a good chat about what shades we could offer that would compliment all skin tones. We know (and love) our lipsticks so this was, as you can imagine a pretty fun part of the planning. We've come up with  three reds and a pink and these will be available at the  The Most Curious Wedding Fair event in February 2012 along with the stockings.

The pop up reading room will also be there too of course! Even if you're not a bride, if you're in Norwich when this is on it's set to be a great event with lots of interesting people and of course it's a good excuse to have some afternoon tea.

We've a few other things up the sleeves of our pussy bow blouses too, so watch out for more updates!

If you'd like to contact The Historical Sauces about vintage glamour evenings or hiring our reading room as part of your event or special occaions the feel free to contact us.
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Twas the night before Christmas.....

Happy Christmas Eve!

So it's almost here, I braved the supermarket and was vexed by an annoying man who drove round the car park the WRONG way and kindly drove into a space that I was about to go in - having driven the CORRECT way round the car park to get to it. Grrrr. I've a bruise on my leg from someones trolley, fortunately my bottom has more padding as I was rear ended by a trolley too (oh the innuendo!) I also got kettled by shop staff, stock cages and other shoppers with their trolleys. Believe me, being held captive next to the fresh cream is not as fun as it sounds......

That's my little rant over, something more fun and more interesting are vintage adverts, I just love looking at these and judging from your reactions, you do to. So here's some seasonal gems.

May be I have a rude sense of humour but this really makes me chuckle.....  

Let's hope he got everything he asked for or someone could be in trouble....

Christmas arguments over the remote control could be dangerous.

Perfect women hoover on Christmas day, don't you know...

He looks happy!

He looks scary! 

Merry Christmas to you all, I'd just like to say a big huge thank you to everyone who's  read my blog over the last year. Have a happy and safe Christmas!!

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A 1940s Christmas

After visiting London's Imperial War Museum earlier this year, I'd promised myself I would try and get back to visit again before the new year and I'm happy to say - mission accomplished! There is currently an exhibition of a replica life size 1940's house, but it's leaving the museum in the new year so if you want to see it, you only have until January 2nd 2012!

If you missed my previous post about this exhibition then just to fill you in - the house is all set up like a real home, the lamps are on, clothes are on the bed, toiletries and cosmetics are laid out on the dressing table - it's all just wonderful. The items are from the 20's to the 40's, just as they would have been in a real family home.

You can read my previous post here. On this second visit I've tried to get pictures of the rooms I may not have captured last time and of course I've captured the rooms all ready for Christmas.

So starting with upstairs, here are some more pictures of the bedrooms and the bathroom.

The pictures in the bedroom were frame-less clip frames hanging from thin chain - could easily be recreated if you like the look (and cheaply too as you can pick these frames up cheap as chips)

I'm looking very serious in my victory rolls here, I just love these old mirrors.

Moving downstairs, and you do walk down the stairs, this is an amazing exhibition. It really does bring it all to life. It's not all behind glass, you truly step back in time and from both of my visits it clear to see that it's a huge hit with all age groups. What a perfect way to bring history to life for the Xbox generation?!

So what did Christmas decorations look like in the 1940's? *Warning* - you will want to make paper chains after seeing these pictures........................

Hope you're all starting to feel festive, I haven't even put the tree up yet! Eek! If you'd like to read my previous post about The Children's War exhibition and the 1940's house (with more pictures to make you ooo and ahhhh) then read it here.

For more details on the museum itself then just click here

Books you may like to read:

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