A Blogger Party

So this month has been really quite full on! Apologies the blog has been a wee bit quiet, but a holiday followed by a family bereavement has made me have to stop and channel my energies in to the other parts of my life. Parts I haven't visited for quite some time, so when the #eabloggersparty arrived I was mid way through some tricky goings on, but not wanting to let down the organisers of the first ever (that I'm aware of...) bloggers party for us East Anglian writers, I pulled on my favourite little black dress and popped along for a drink.

Being the terrible fashion blogger that I am, I managed to not take a picture of the whole outfit, but I did manage to do the required instagram selfie to show off my beloved baby beret made by the talented Betsy Hatter.

As you can see my hair is now as blonde as can be, more to come on this in a later post! I wasn't able to stay long but managed a few drinks (of course!) and managed to mingle a bit, but not nearly as much as I'd have liked, but I was clock watching as I needed to get home, I also had an early morning start for a photoshoot. I love my job, but I do seem to have a lot less time to socialise lately, which is why there have been less pictures of me in pretty dresses being blogged about recently! 

Goody bags aren't an essential of a party but they are a nice perk, let's be honest! So a big thanks to FabEast for the chocolate coins,  more chocolate from Drop Dead Chocolates,  dried pineapple from Urban Fruit (which is a total taste sensation - my mouth is watering just at the recollection of it. Just delicious, try it!) Also huge fluttery thanks to Paperself Lashes - I've been meaning to try some of these for ages. Have you used these before? What did you think?

Also free on the night was a pair of tights from Tights Please which I'm yet to write a blog post about. The outfit I had planned for them has slightly come a cropper, as I realised the wedges I spent ages looking for were in fact sold on Ebay some years ago when I was broke! Lesson here ladies - do not sell your shoes! 

Sorry I couldn't stay the whole night and mingle some more, but thanks to the evenings organisers Bunn The Baker, Feeling Stylish and Retro Chick
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Guest Post : Coco Chanel - The Woman That Changed the Way We Dress.

I'm currently on a break, so today it's a guest post from Karen of Fabulous Miss K. Karen has a long history of working in the fashion and beauty industry, and there's very little she doesn't know about vintage style. Karen is currently fulfilling her life long dream of creating her very own fashion line, so it's not surprising that the lady Karen has decided to write a post about, is Coco Chanel 

Enjoy! Missy Vintage x

Coco Chanel advised women should be two things classy and fabulous"
Wise words from a true fashion genius, Coco Chanel born in 1883(or possibly 1893 - she often changed her true birthday!!) changed the way women dress, she drew from her childhood in an orphanage and the austere dress of the nuns that taught her as a child.

She worked her way up from a shop assistant to haute couture legend - her key to success - vision, discipline, the ability to assert oneself and not taking no for an answer.

Starting with a hat shop in Deauville funded by one of her rich lovers she created simple straw boaters without the frills and feathers that fashionable women of the day were wearing. Moving to the address that the house still operates from today – 31 Rue Cambon in Paris.

Chanel had many lovers over the years and one or two of them financed her business but she was one of the first self-made women in business, a rare thing in the early 20th century. The Duke of Westminster even declared his love for her by putting her iconic double C's on every lamppost in the Borough of Westminster - take a look the next time you pass by in London? She embodied the modern woman and her designs were as avant-garde as she was.

.Chanel was ahead of her time - when the fashion was for women to flounce around in frills and corsets she gave them freedom. Her designs borrowed from the wardrobe of her lovers – her designs in tweed and jersey were revolutionary, these kind of fabrics had not be used for women's clothing before. A holiday to the South of France watching the fishermen bringing in their nets gave us the now classic Breton striped top worn with rolled up trousers and flat pumps!!!

In 1925 she designed her signature cardigan jacket and the following year the Little Black Dress. She mixed fine jewellery with costume pieces, layered up her pearls and created one of the best selling fragrances of all time in 1922 with the launch of Chanel No 5 which still accounts for 70% of the market today!

Chanel closed her house at the outbreak of war only to open again in February 1954 aged 71!!!! And worked every day - walking from her suite at The Ritz to 31 Rue Cambon until her death in 1971.

You can follow Fabulous Miss K over on her blog, I'm sure she'd love you to say hello on Facebook and Twitter too!
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Missy Vintage Fashion: Clarks Shoes

I've been putting a pair of heels from the Mary Portas for Clarks range through their paces recently. We've all had shoes we've excitedly bought, only for the joy to end within hours. Burning feet and blisters will never result in a long term love affair, no matter how pretty the shoe. So when I say I've put these through their paces, I mean it. Clarks kindly gave me  a choice of styles, I opted for a black pair because a good pair of black courts to me, is more important than an LBD

The first time I wore these shoes was for drinks and dinner, and I can tell you that I'm used to bombing around London in converse or ballet pumps, but instead I wore these shoes, so it was a real test for comfort, but I have to say they really were super to wear. No blisters or redness at all by the end of the night and I've worn them repeatedly to ensure that it wasn't first time lucky! To be honest these were so comfortable I feel like I've been trying to catch them out!

The Mary Portas range aren't cheap, these ones came with a price tag of £89.99.......It's really tricky to get comfort and style but it seems like the Mary Portas collection are definitely a style investment for your feet. Two of my favourite pairs of shoes are from Clarks but I have to admit that I hadn't realised Portas had been creating collections for this brand, and I wondered how the collaboration would continue to grow, so I've kept my eye on the pairing to give me a better feel for what Portas would bring to the world of shoes. 

I've been waiting for their autum/winter range to emerge with interest. After all if you're making an investment in pieces like this, it makes sense to explore more of the range if possible.

Because collaborations seem to come and go all the time, I wanted to write this from the angle of taking some time to see the range develop, so I've been into the shop to try on and handle the other shoes in the Mary Portas collection, and it really does seem that a lot of thought and effort goes into these designs, ensuring that chic looking shoes can also be relatively painless to wear too. One of the stand out features about these shoes is how soft they feel on the feet, there is something very noticeable about the good quality of these shoes in my opinion.

The autumn winter range is the fifth range of the Portas shoes and looking through the designs I'm impressed. From Cheslea boots to evening shoes (and not all of them are really high either) there's some amazing footwear in the new collection. 

If flats are more your thing, then I'm also loving these brogues that are currently available from the Mary Portas range. A great classic that may set you back £79.99 but potentially a shoe you could easily wear on a daily basis. That day shoe that gets you from A-B plus that sassy smart shoe for the evening. Brogues are are shoe which lend themselves as perfectly to dresses and tights as they do to more tailored looks like trousers and suits.

If you haven't been to a Clarks store lately, these designs may surprise you. I certainly remember being taken in to Clarks as a child to have my feet measured and fitted with some sandals I distinctly remember not liking very much at all. In fact I may have cried when I had to wear them..... 

Clarks have been around for practically forever (well since 1825) and there's an interesting page on the history and the heritage of this company on the Clarks website which is well worth a look. There's also a fab picture of Honour Blackman being fitted with her Clarks boots for the Avengers. Who knew this? 

I just adore looking at old adverts and Clarks have some fantastic ones, which if you love vintage style shoes will make your heart sing!

Visit the Mary Portas range the autumn/winter range is yet to be released for sale, but you can browse the range and start your wishlist!
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