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Hello to you all, hope you haven’t been swept away in this horrid English weather, and if your one of my friends from outside the UK, I understand now how you all presume us Limeys have such bad summers. We do.
As the quest continues for inspiration for the interior decoration of my new apartment, which I should be in by the end of August, I have been toying with the idea of having a gallery of beautiful images adorning my rather large and empty wall in the hall way. Alberto Vargas has always been a favourite of mine for his soft and sensual pin up girl sketches, but he also painted many aristo and society women too.
On another note. I have been attending a lot of vintage fairs lately as a seller. This weekend I’m at the Antique vs Vintage Fair in Surrey and on Sunday at St. Stephen’s in Hampstead for the pop up vintage fair. Come and see me if your around!
Also, I have been getting so many amazing, flattering and exciting business proposals and offers lately… it is so hard to keep things in perspective and Im trying to remind myself that as exciting as all these projects would be there is only one project that I should be spending my precious time with…
Love to you all, Sadie xxx
Top of the morning to you all!!
I had some lovely news this week that we will be moving to a new home!! A lovely pied a terre , with two bedrooms and a big big garden!!!
So, before I have even contemplated packing, I have of course already started planning the interiors. Priorities darlings!
I haven’t shared these before, but here are some pics of the apartment I am in now. Its in Windsor in Berkshire, England. Its a little one bed.
As you can see, my apartment now is VERY pretty and girly with a serious nod to vintage/shabby chic. I want to be a little bolder in the new place.
Here are some of my design inspirations so far, for the new place.
So I’m looking to get a feel of Dorothy Draper, 165 Eaton Place (BBC Adaptation) and Hollywood Regency Glamour. I am also contemplating whether or not I can get away with a navy blue hallway?? Thoughts please x
Oh and here is pic of myself, my son and my niece at the classic car show in Berkshire yesterday. And yes, I am sporting a new Betty Page fringe. Dress is 50s Vintage St. Micheals xx
Just to mention that a few of the pics taken of my current home are by the lovely Kelly Green at Lola Rose, you can click to her site via the ad at the top, left of the page.
Love love, Sadie xx
Hello my vintage craving darlings!!
Found these little beauties today, your going to love them!!!
This stunning sunny shirt dress is from Horrockses from the 1950s, highly collectable, size 10 and in near perfect condition.
And this pretty full skirt dress is by Hollyrood, is from the 50s and again is size 10 and in near perfect condition.
If you are interested in owning either of these scrumptious pieces please leave a comment and your email and I’ll get back to you .
More gorgeousness tomorrow!!
Love love, Sadie xx
I have the worst cold… I think it’s the boobons…. so thought I would cheer myself up with some pretty Hollwood glamour shoots.
A rather large grin spreads across my face when I look at this heavenly yet ridiculously over the top Champagne glass bed from the 1964 Shirley Maclaine film ” What a way to go”, which by the way is a terrible movie but completely worth watching for the stunning Adrian costumes and fabulously extravagant sets!
Talking of Adrian, a fashion bitch so fabulous that he only needed one name, even in 1950s Hollywood, here are a few of my favourite of his designs followed by some of my other favourites by various designers…
This is Adrian’s design for Jean Harlow in Dinner at 8, the dress was so form fitting that they crew on the set had to construct a vertical bed for Harlow so she could rest between takes. Totally worth it I say…
And then there is Adrian’s pretty prom style dress for the very youthful Elizabeth Taylor in “A Place in The Sun”.
This mind blowing creation was Adrian’s masterpiece for Joan Crawford in “Dancing Lady”.
Cecil Beaton’s creation for the scene in “My Fair Lady” when Audrey is unveiled to high society after her transformation!
Travilla for Monroe in “Gentleman Prefer Blondes”
I could go on, and on…..
Lots of Love, Sadie x
I am an avid follower of quite a few blogs, and follow them using the fab Bloglovin site to keep track!
So I have decided to share my favs with you all, and my first recommendation is the wonderful Diary of a Vintage Girl.
The blog is the on-line social diary of beautiful vintage model and vintage socialite Fleur De Guerre . I love following her exploits and looking into her fun life with all her equally stunning friends!
Find Fleur HERE!!!
I have to admit, I am a bit of a fan of Fleur De Guerre’s blog Diary of a Vintage Girl.
If you haven’t already heard of Fleur, I highly recommend adding her to your list of regular blogs. She is a vintage girl about town, model, muse and always seems to have her delicately half moon manicured fingers in the most exciting vintage pies on the London scene.
So head on over to the blog now, and follow her exciting vintage life!
I opened my inbox the other day to find these beautiful images of the new line of Wallpapers that are being launched this Spring by Little Green.
Here’s the press release.
“The ‘50s Line Papers’ collection is another chapter in Little Greene’s ongoing revival programme of the best, yet often forgotten, wallpaper designs of the past.
The ‘50s Line Papers’ collection is another chapter in Little Greene’s ongoing revival programme of the best, yet often forgotten, wallpaper designs of the past.
For this latest range the company has collaborated with The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, which houses one of the largest wallpaper archives in the UK. The collection focuses on the 1950s; an era very much within living memory for many.
The 50s Line Papers encapsulate this decade of post-war revival, with its newfound freedom of expression and palpable spirit of adventure – albeit a thrifty one – championed in a culture and economy striving to rebuild both confidence and identity.
The collection is named in tribute to the celebrated wallpaper manufacturer, John Line & Sons, who, since the turn of the 20th century, commissioned artists to create innovative and adventurous wallpapers. The eight eclectic designs represent a variety of designers and styles from the 50s era, some of which were indeed manufactured by the John Line & Sons factory in Southall, London.
All the papers are careful interpretations of the original archive documents, respectfully adapted in scale and detail to honour the spirit of the period. In keeping with its previous heritage collections, Little Greene has embellished some patterns, refined others and applied its colour expertise to create a range of papers that will serve not just the 50s enthusiast but interiors of any era and style.
The 50s Line Papers celebrate the confident use of colour which is so highly representative of the time, whilst the designs themselves demonstrate a somewhat relaxed approach to the ‘modern’ interior: a distinct departure from the more formal decorating style so favoured by previous generations of designers and homeowners.”
Now I just need to decide which one to use in my living room make-over….
Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you had a jolly good evening.
What are you up to in 2011? Perhaps you might like a change of scene? Well here is a sight worth beholding, and perhaps if you have a spare £3.5 million you could consider relocating to this pearl of an apartment in Chelsea, London.
I simply MUST have this mirrored paneling on the bath and vanity, and the mother of pearl tiling! It is top of my list of to do’s in interior next year. Although I think I will save it for myself and “maybe” pass it on to a client??
The apartment has been converted from part of a Chelsea dance school that Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fontaine once attended, the first floor alone covers an impressive 1,860sq.
Isn’t it a shame of how far of the mark the design of the kitchen is in relation to the rest of the apartment.. I would rip it all and put in white marble and an Aga.
Best wishes, Sadie xx
Well I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and if your not a member one of the Christmas celebrating faiths, I can only apologise for the shop closures and rubbish television over the last week.
I celebrated my 31st birthday by treating myself to not one, but TWO gorgeous new vintage handbags!
The first is a divine 1950s Tapestry bag, which is in pristine condition.
Don’t you just LOVE it?
The second may seem a little more uninteresting, but actually is the more exciting handbag, from a vintage point of view, than the first, mostly because it is from the Famous New York Boutique, Lesco Lona and probably dates to the early 1960s.
On top of this it has Bakelite handles and fixing. And that makes me smile.
Now then. New bags need new outfits. Right ladies? 😉
Now, I know there is a lot of debate as to whether or not VINTAGE fur is acceptable, and I certainly wouldn’t wear new fur, except perhaps the eco farmed stuff, but surely putting vintage fur (at least no younger than 20 years) to landfill is more ecologically un-ethical than wearing and buying it.
As a meat eating, leather wearing citizen, I find no issue with vintage, eco and responsibly farmed fur, but the debate continues and in my mind we all have the individual right to wear and own what we like as the responsibility lies with the individual to act in all cases as well as this to try as much as possible to encourage fair and humane farming practices by fur farmers.
And I will NOT be quiet if I am attacked in the street, even at vintage events by the left wing anti fur crowd. I AM A PERSON WITH MY OWN MIND AND HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE UP MY OWN MIND ABOUT FUR!
So, getting of my soap box, here are some pretty pictures of some truly FABULOUS fur wearing beauties!
The stunning Catherine Deneuve in YSL and Coco Chanel in Chanel (obviously)
Omar Sherif and his lovey female co-stars in Dr Zhivago, the ultimate in fur wearing films!
Elizabeth Taylor wearing fur and the HUGE Taylor Burton Diamond! That woman knows about jewellery.
Elizabeth Taylor has very expensive taste in fur and jewellery and she looks amazing for it.
Rita Hayworth, holding her own against Taylor in the Fur and Jewellery stakes.
So I leave you on this cold, winter day to make your own mind up about vintage fur. All I ask is that you think before you attack someone for how they choose to dress.
Love to all, Sadie xx