Sunday, 30 September 2012

Dinner, Dancing and More Spending



My mum and Dad bought me two tickets to a Wartime party at the town hall, so I needed to find Mike some clothes for it. I ended up doing much better for him charity shop wise than I did myself. Being such a regular in Oxfam meant I was allowed to ask out the back for any woolly jumpers (I was going to cut the arms off and turn it into a tank top) - but - that went out the window when I spotted the perfect jacket in the back room...
sorry for the photo quality - I forgot to take this phone so had to wait til we got back to Mikes!

Yes it's a Crombie jacket! Made by Alkit, who were based where that Pizza Hut is now in Cambridge Circus in London. They closed down in 1989 and we think this jacket dates from the 60s. Shame it wasn't a Mod night. Very swish. I picked up the pleated trousers with turn ups for £3.99 (Coat was £9.99)




I looked extremely frumpy, though I didn't care too much. At least I wasn't in a stupid pseudo 50s dress like the girls on the next table and looking at my phone every 5 seconds. The food was very nice, the entertainment was an Andrews Sisters style group. Who were good - although in the second half they lapsed into covers of contemporary tracks, which was fun but broke the atmosphere somewhat. Plus the old people hated it. They promised we'll meet again, but due to the lack lustre response at their departure they didn't come back! Lazy bitches. I guess you can't blame them, but hey - we all came for the wartime stuff, not a cover of Creep by Radiohead, although that was highly entertaining.

We did get to have a romantic slow dance to As Time Goes By. 

label porn

On Saturday I met Lisa for brunch and she took me into Five Star Nails which used to be Wycombe's only sex shop

Now it's a bustling nail salon. I got a manicure and Hello Kitty nails!!


wooo! I was so impressed, it only cost £13. I'm terrible with nails, I bite and break them really quickly so I wasn't going to get acrylics or shellac, but I did badly need a good sort out. 

In the afternoon, Mike and I went to the book cottage seen here a veritable Aladdin's cave of second hand books. I came back with 5 thin volumes on art and fashion and a whole bunch of assorted a bizarre emphemera


 
I can't wait to scan this lot, I'll share it all on My Darling Little Sunbeam - have a look at the rest of my collection.

one for Karen there, Ayds anyone? Strange German Birthday card

terrible 70s gossip mag and a handy guide to types of Jews...

I still haven't done any art!!

28 comments:

SACRAMENTO said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fabulous find, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
You both look fantastic. I imagen the two of you and your slow dance, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh 50s romance!!!
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Lucy Nation said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You and Mike look so cute (and not at all frumpy). Not as cute though it has to be said, as those Hello Kitty nails!! Freakin' nora, I love 'em! Jewish Types? What the...fffrack! I'm not even going there! I'm gonna check out your other blog now. I have a Tumblr account which I never use cos I just can't get my head around it. Seriously, I don't get it! I badly need a tutorial cos there are some awesome blogs on there xxx

thorne garnet said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oooh, love the hat book. You guys look good, not frumpy at all

pastcaring said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Frumpy? No no no! I don't think it's possible to be frumpy with dangerous curves and pink hair, you look gorgeous! And the coat and trousers you found for Mike are brilliant, both of you look super-stylish. Andrews Sisters-do-Radiohead? How bizarre!
All the books and cards are wonderful. I feel the need to know more gossip about John Travolta and his divorcee, not to mention finding out what I don't know about my period...
Get painting, Clare, I love your work so much! xxxx

Louise Mc said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You both look very dapper, I think. Sounds like an interesting night. I love the nails, I keep experimenting with artistic nails at home, but they always look a bit splodged lol. Xx

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You two look so good together and that jacket is such a major score! He will probably wear it so much this winter and 10 quid is super cheap! You know I am in love with your Hello Kitty nails that is so unique I have never seen that. Love them! So many beautiful images in that lot of cards too.
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Krista

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Fab hair and super-fab nails. I could get my own cats on my nails. :)

Helga! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Darling,you looked glorious!!! Bugger the whole affair was a little limp,but I'm sure you guys did the best you could with the crowd and atmosphere!
That jacket is primo!!! Yay for a good bit of label porn...
Ayds?! FABULARSE!!!
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Pull Your Socks Up! said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Mike is so lucky to have you shop for him, I really hope he wears the clothes as everyday gear as he's super spunk-rat in vintage!!!!!!! Gawwwwwd your nails and mag finds - I'm cringing at the "Jewish Types" booklet and so jels at your vintage booklet treasures! I thought I knew everything about my period too but I still want to beat it with a fuck-stick. I actually remember that ad! xoxoxo

Camelia Crinoline said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Your Hello Kitty nails are adorable. I think you both looked absolutely perfect for a wartime party. I really like your hair up like that.

edie pop said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Perfect style, you both look wartime cool (those jackets:♥)! I love everything you wear and the party sounds amusing, I know that it wasn't for you, but the Radiohead cover sounds hilarious and so the fake vintage "obsessed with phones" girls, you should take a video of these things next time!The nails are amazing, too bad that the sexy shop closed, that naughty school girl dress was lovely!
Can't wait to see your scans and I hope you'll post some of the rumours from the gossip mag (Al Pacino and John Travolta, that's brilliant!)
Love xxxxx

Lisa G said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I totally forgot Five Star Nails used to be Frills!!!

Great haul from the book cottage, I'll have to go there one day...

xx

Kitty said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So cool you both made the effort to dress appropriately for your night out! And those illustrations/books, awesome, I'm just *a little* jealous!

CityScape Skybaby said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You and Mike look great in your photos Clare and you look anything but frumpy! I bet the old ones loved you two and those girls would have annoyed me too, I hate it when people are constantly on their mobiles when they're in company, it's just rude!
Love your Hello Kitty nails, I always bite and break my nails too so I have to cultivate the chipped nail varnish style and tell myself it's rock and roll, nothing to do with me being a lazy slob.
You always get such lovely postcards, I never see stuff like that here though I did in my home town, charity shops in different areas seem to have definite styles don't they? xx

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You both look fantastic! I am super impressed with your styling of Mike you definitely have the charity gods on your side, that coat is especially amazing! and there is no way you could look frumpy especially when sporting such fabulous hair! Love your hello Kitty nails too they are really cute! xx

Vix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You and Mike look absolutely fantastic, you could never be frumpy, you daft bat!! Mike's coat is a great score and it suits him so well! I can just imagine the cupcake brigade in their repro Fifties dresses, that vintage scene is as dull as a frock from Primark!
Your nails are ace and I love the postcards and old magazine adverts. xxxx

karensomethingorother said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Was that period card for me, Clare, because I actually snorted as soon as I saw it. What a wonderful find. Love the hello kitty nails!

grunge-queen said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You both look killer; I'm loving it that you found such an amazing jacket for Mike in the thrift shop! The Hello Kitty nails are so sweet; they must make you smile to look at them. And the Book Cottage looks like an amazing place - I bet I'd have fun there! xo

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P.S. Thanks for naming the bird in my last post - I would have never know that! :):)

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You both totally look the part, I love that you are the MISTRESS of Oxfam and allowed 'beyond the veil'. My music taste doesn't get much earlier than the very late 50s mind you, and slow dancing has never been my strong suit! I will do you some Hello Kitty nails next time I see you, I reckon I could rip that off no probs.

Intrigued by 'Jewish types' - does it include 'Kosher cowboys' as my husband calls them? (disclaimed: he's allowed, he is Jewish!)
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orchid said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Dearest Clare,
Wow, GORGEOUS and truly appropriate choice for you two♡♡♡ I hope I'm not plying but are you two a couple? (so sorry for asking)
Oh, lovely Kitty nail and kind of sweet to read how yo are to the nails. If I got stressed I bite my nail sometimes, p;) Have a wonderful week, my English girl. And sorry for my belated comment.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Lynn Dylan said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hey Clare! You both look absolutely fabulous! I love the vintage finds. Too bad the music didn't stick to the old tried and true stuff. And you will get your art done. You are so talented. You are just building up steam 'til the next big creative endeavor! I just know it.

xoxo
Lynn

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PS -- love the newish header, and I meant to tell you before now!!

Misfits Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

ERMAHGERD! I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT MY PERIOD!

Love you in your fab pink haired gorgeousness - and Mister looks a total spunkbag in his fabularse coat! Sounds like a fun night - though I could prob do without the Andrews Sister modern covers too. Those postcards and books are all gorgeous and your mani is splendid. Wonder what type of Jew I am!

Everyone has Ayds! Ayds Ayds Ayds!

LOVE! Sarah xxx

Marisa Noelle said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Not frumpy at all...you are quite the dapper pair! Romantic slow dancing ....awww, so dreamy. And gosh I wish I could pull off that color of hair as lovely as you do!

How do you manage to snag the most fantastic finds?! The German birthday card...so funny, but my grandmother was from Germany and I've seen similar old cards tucked away in her garage. I always thought they were odd, but I always loved looking through them as well!

Cutest nails ever!

xo Marisa

The Fashion Milkshake said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Great post !!

Really love your nails they are so CUTE !!!

Nice pic as well with you man you look really cool !!!


Hope to see you again girl :)

Love,

Janice
the-fashion-milkshake.blogspot.nl

littleowlski said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I don't think you looked frumpy at all, you looked ace! And very 1940s! xx

Nikki @ Penelope Cat Vintage said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You both look fab - and you could never look frumpy! Sounds a bit of an odd night if it was supposed to be a wartime thing. I would like to hear the Radiohead cover though.

Nikki x