Dance the night away

Well I was in a bit of a rut of what to write this week and I saw something on Social media local dancing classes. And I thought yeah I can talk about that.So go on your social media or Google and see what you can find. I will list a few of what I know of or I’ve seen and experienced.

Colin Tenn Brighton

He runs his own dance classes jive and rock n roll down in Brighton with his dance partner Sue.

Brighton jive and UK Rock n roll and jive on Facebook. He has his own event Kalamazoo once a month 40s and 50s dance.

Colin also works with Dawn Gracie in Dawn’s Vintage weekender.

Colin is also a DJ at the Honey hush club and jive station.

If you cant find him on Google or Facebook find Dawn on Dawn’s vintage Do and you will find Colin.

BLITZ JIVE

They run classes in Sheffield and Stockport . I used to go to one of there classes for a few pound per week. You can start in basic class and work your way up you Intermediate

I started in basic then straight up to intermediate. Due to the fact my mum used to dance with me when I was younger. Mum is a great dancer she and her brother entered local competitions when they were teenagers. So as my dad had 2 left feet and she saw I had rythm she seconded me to be her partner in crime. So at an early age I picked up rock n roll which was handy for jive class.

In Blitz jive class you dont need a partner they line you up and each move you dance with a different partner. I used to go with a group of girls from work oh what fun we had. Then you can freestyle, this is where you get picked to dance by the men! When I started going I got called up to dance sometimes after a few week my feet never stopped.

Red and Ginger

Now these guys do the 40s style dance moves and a pleasure to watch. I’ve seen these guys down at Lou lous Vintage Carnival. Where they do displays in one of the tents and they do classes and get as many people involved.

Jive and Rock n roll is so energetic it burns off the calories and is a fun way to keep you fit. I cant list all the dance classes in the uk the list would be too long. So get your fingers tapping on your keyboards 😉.

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Accessories for Hair

Dawn Gracie-Dawns Vintage do

Above is Dawn who is based on Instagram and Facebook . She is a performer who is based in the South of England who always wears flowers in her hair. She has done hair videos on how to do her hairstyles for vintage life magazine. Check out her Facebook page for all information on Dawn she also has her own website.

Cherry Dollface

Here is Cherry an American pin up who is on You tube Facebook and Instagram. She has recently been to the UK on Tour. She has a lot of You tube videos on hair, make up and vintage fashion. And has done make up and hair for others too.

Heather Hellkat

Heather is an American lady who does a lot of hair and makeup tutorials on Facebook and can be found on Instagram too. She is down to earth she is a member of 2 Facebook groups on Vintage hair and makeup where she posts her tutorials.

Hair accessories in the vintage 50s era are commonly scarves, bandanas and flowers. The pictures above show how they are worn with various hairstyles. I have given information on these 3 ladies in case you want to check out there tutorials to give you ideas. I am not that good with hair myself so I stick to a simple ponytail with hair scarf or flowers.

I have bought a number of hair flowers in different colours to suit different outfits from Imogens Imagination based in Sheffield. Sophie the lady that makes the hair flowers can be also found on Etsy,Facebook and Instagram and often runs a stall at Lou lous vintage fair. She not only makes flowers but shes is a milliner and makes bespoke hats as well as other hair accessories.

Imogens Imagination flower’s

Headscarfs come in a variety of styles wired elasticated here are a couple from Lindy Bop range. The turquoise is elasticated the black one wired.

Also you can buy hair scarves that can be tied by yourself like a bandana in your hair.

From top to bottom

Fruit hair band Hell Bunny

Blue and red bandanas bought at independent seller at York Festival of vintage

Hawaiin hair band from Etsy,Arcade Hatters

Etsy is a good source of suppliers in hair accessories as well as Repro clothes brands.

Hope you found this article fun.

Bye for now💋oxo

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Historical Fiction

I have been reading some historical family sagas similar to Catherine Cookson.

They have been based on the 20th century from 1900 to the 1970s. These are by 3 different authors Margaret Dickinson, Maureen Lee and Lyn Andrews.

Margaret Dickinson writes about sagas based in Lincolnshire but also Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. She researches the area that she will write about before she will base her story. She wrote 3 books based in Sheffield and Derbyshire. Clippie girls during World War 2, using actual streets places and events. For instance the Sheffield blitz etc by the time I had finished I felt like I had been through the war. Then I found out later a great aunt had been a clippie girl . For those of you that dont know what a clippie girl is they were tram conductors. She also wrote a book on The Buffer girls in Sheffield too and a sequel to that set in World War 2. I found out more of what buffer girls did and the little mesters of Sheffield than any museum trip in these books. For those of you who are unaware Sheffield produces Steel and during World War 2 it suffered extensive bombings. And Margeret also mentioned floods in Lincolnshire, the mills of Nottingham. She set part of one of her books out at the dams in the peak district whilst bringing into the storyline of the dam busters . I’ve now read most of her books .

Ive read a few of Lyn Andrew’s and Maureen Lee both authors base there books where they come from Liverpool. These stories are based on living on the docks of Liverpool in various decades. Mainly around the two world wars.Lynn Andrew’s and Maureen Lee’s book i feel are more gritty. Maureen Lee’s books are found on Amazon rather than the bookstores or library.

For readers that want to learn about living in the UK and the history they are a good read while learning. And I would readers from other countries would enjoy reading about British history. If you like the Peaky Blinders you will love these books.

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Vintage Island at Kelham Island

On the 13th and 14th July 2019 Kelham Island will be holding there 10th Vintage weekend.

I went there last year and thoroughly enjoyed it . As well as looking around the industrial museum and going down the cobbled street and going in the house display. We looked around the various displays and Hawley galley. Having a bite to eat in the cafe and had a look around the onsite pub where there was a stall inside it.However outside there was a lot going on. Singer Natasha Harper was on the stage. People were dressed up in 1940s attire. There was homefront displays and a home guard display. The cobbles of Kelham island were busy with the people visiting over the weekend. The secret cake club had there stall selling delicious home made cakes. The Secret Cake club go to events all over including Lou Lous vintage fair. There were vintage vehicles too .Stalls with vintage items for sale . And live music and dancing.There are museum tours around the Industrial museum and a play area for the kids.

Have a look on the Kelham Island website for further information and getting there.

Adults £6 Kids go free.Below is a photo taken at the event last year.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid any monies related to this article.

Plus size and Thyroid issues

Hi the other night I was watching TV when a journalist was spouting about Nike. Accusing them of making money out of plus size and promoting over weight women

I dont think that I think Nike are encouraging plus size women to keep there weight. I feel they are promoting these women to keep fit and exercise in the gym . There are plus size models who go to the gym and one I follow springs to mind. I think that Nike are keeping plus size women inclusive to excercise and fitness.

12 years ago I was a size 16/14 ,9 and half stone maintained my weight well. I used to go swimming in 30 minutes i swam 20 lengths, go to Jive class and be dancing all the night.

I started gaining weight off I went to weight watchers first I started losing the weight and then gained ,yet I was following the diet. So I tried Slimming world with no luck. But there were other things to going off with my body a reflux, tiredness , aching muscles brittle bones, sudden sweats, skin with open pores like orange peel, dry hair flushing of the skin. I even increased my walking and went to aqua aerobics to try and battle the weight.

I knew something was up I was in and out of the gps. I was prescribed diet pills to see a physio until one gp suddenly put the jigsaw together sent me for blood tests and xrays.

It turned out I had an overactive Thyroid a rare type as 10% of people with overactive Thyroid put on weight! I also had borderline Graves disease.

During this period I often got bullied at work and received no sympathy they thought I wasn’t dieting properly. I left that workplace before I got a diagnosis. Also I was stood at the bus stop one day when I received abuse from a man in a passing car. I was in tears when I got to my parents. I have suffered not just with my health but my psychological well being with this Thyroid issue. And after seeing this journalist spout off i felt the need to write this post.And i want to make people aware that Thyroid is a life threatening disease.

Through my diagnosis i have found i had fast heart beat and blood pressure and i was high risk for heart attack or stroke. My bones were brittle and my muscles were wasting away. The hot sweats i suffered was because i couldn’t control my body temperature as my thyroid wasn’t working properly. And that also caused the weight gain. I now suffer from Asthma as a result of the reflux.

Since treatment Thyroxine and other medications for the rest of my life and Isotope treatment. I have found some of the symptoms are better but not all. I still have to find employment which is not to physical, I have to be careful I dont overdo excercise and I have found out I’m now can be classed as having a disability.

So please think on if you see someone plus size and please be kind.

My blogs are to help those who suffer and give confidence and self worth back. Just because your plus size doesn’t mean you dont have to look nice.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising Nike in this post.

All Dressed Up

Forties and fifties style dresses are always seen as elegant, and back to the Hollywood glamour era . Even brands like Banned are goth clothes mixed with fifties glamour. Brands like Collectif who like to make reproduction clothes from the 1940s to the 1980s . Reproduction clothes are more popular,due to the lack of authentic vintage. And the size change in people since the 50s, due to richer diets. In this post I will explore Collectif, Lindy Bop, Hell Bunny, Lady Voluptuous and Dolly &Dotty, these companies sell in the UK. These brands have lots of evening dresses, bridal as well as day dresses.

So where can you wear one of these dresses , why do I need one in my wardrobe? Well there are specialist events like the Festival of vintage where you could where one of these dresses, but also on dates out with the other half, afternoon tea with the girls, the work Christmas party, a day out at the races a summer wedding.

There are many styles available Audrey Hepburn designs, flared skirts wiggle dresses and tea dresses.With different necklines boat, ruched bust, sweetheart and halter neck.

There are a variety of prints popular are cherries, gingham, polka dots and flowers. Some designs are seasonal, spring there are flower prints, summer its tiki time with tropical themes , autumn Halloween themes are popular and winter there are different Christmas themes such as holly, reindeer etc.

Also there are plenty of sales on these sites. And some of these sites sell in the USA too.

I have bought dresses from Lindy Bop Lady Vintage/Voluptuous and Dolly and Dotty. All have been good fits and I have had compliments galore. Designs I own coat dress, tea dress,Lyra and flared. In patterns polka dot , flowers and Tiki. I have also found they wash and iron well. Even though I haven’t a Hell bunny dress, I have other items of there’s and as above like the others brand they fit well and wash nicely.

Below I have tried to upload many designs for you to peruse.

Lindy Bop sizes 8-26

Polly Rose Heart £38.00

Marilyn Halter Neck £38.00

Misty Tiki Dress £40.00


Gingham Dress £38.00

Dolly and Dotty size8 -24

Strawberry Dress £40.00

Floral Swing Dress £15.00

Collectif size6-22

Dolores Flamingo Dress size 6-22

Hell Bunny size 8-22

Antonia Floral Black dress £53.99

Lady Voluptuous size14 -32

Apricot Lyra Polka dot dress £47.00

I hope you like these dresses and they give you inspiration.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for advertising these companies. I have mentioned these companies as I have bought myself other designs from these companies. There are other companies available.

SPF for sensitive skin

If you suffer from skin sensitivity, it can be difficult to find products that don’t irritate or anger your already sore and inflamed skin, especially when it comes to suncare, which naturally contains more chemicals than most skincare due to its UV filters.

Brands such as La Roche-Posay and Vichy however, have been working with dermatologists for years and developing the best sunscreens for sensitive skin that don’t cause redness or irritation. Now, more brands than ever are recognising the need to provide sun protection for sensitive skin.

Sensitive skin varies from person to person, but there are some key signs to look out for, which can you help you self-diagnose if you suffer from any degree of sensitivity.

  • Skin feels tight or uncomfortable (especially after trying new products)
  • Sore or sensitive to the touch
  • Goes red easily
  • Needs a lot of extra hydration in the colder months
  • Becomes itchy, red or blotchy after using common irritants like fragrance
  • Turns red after a hot shower

Sensitive skin types should always opt for products without common irritants like fragrance, parabens, silicones and sulphates, and always make sure to check that it has been dermatologically tested, which means the product has been reviewed by a skin specialist.

Below are some brands that are across a price range .

La Roche Posay £12.38

Ultrasun £15.20

PizzaBuin £17.35

Vichy £19.00

Clarins £20.00

Clarins Aftersun £22.00

Avon sensitive £5.00

Avon aftersun with Aloe Ice Gel £4.00

I use La Roche Posay and Clarins on my face and body as they don’t block my pores and cause irritations. I have found the cheaper ones can do this. However the Avon Aftersun I have used and its brilliant. Sorry I couldn’t upload photos of Avon. Also the La Roche Posay range is suitable for children too so it can be shared within the family. There is one in there range I use which is safe around the eyes,the Sensitive eye Innovation pictured above.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid for any of the brands in this post.

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Aloha

Hiya well as summer is nearing, all the Tropical and Hawaiian clothes are coming to the for on the various plus size websites.

In the 40s and 50s the Tiki theme was popular and the Tiki cocktail bars became fashionable in the U.S.A.

Lindy Bop , Collectif, Hell Bunny are worth looking at for us plus size ladies.

Another site is Miss Bamboo for ladies between sizes 8 and 18.

I have included a photo of my very own Tiki dress which I bought from Lindy Bop.

You can also buy accessories from the Etsy store to go with your dress like hair scarves etc.

There is also a online store called Tiki Lou Hawaii http://www.tikilouhawaii.co.uk which is also on Instagram as well as Facebook.

There are a number of things to buy from Household Hawaiian themed items to Accessories from £1.95 to £85.00. They do coconut bags to t shirts jewellery even soap.

I have some Tropical flower earrings I have some lovely comments from people and my Tiki Lou t shirt.

You can get these Plumeria earrings in a number of colours. They are so comfortable you forget there in.

Well I hope this post gives you inspiration. And you look at the sites mentioned above to treat yourself to a dress. If that is to much theres always accessories or household items to get that Aloha feel.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid in monies for advertising these sites this is my opinion and knowledge I am sharing. I have used my own money for items bought from these sites.

Lou lous Vintage Fair

I first saw this event advertised on Social media. And I decided to visit. The atmosphere was brilliant people of all ages from modern attire to vintage. Era’s are from 1920 to 1980.Lou lous visit different cities each weekend either on a Saturday or a Sunday . They go to 40 different cities often visiting 3 or 4 times a year at a set venue. It starts at 11am and finishes at 5pm It costs £2-2.50 to get in.There are many stalls including brick a brac, homeware, fashion in both men’s and women’s, vinyl records, hair accessories and general accessories.Woman’s clothing goes from original vintage and repro brands. And 1 stall holder i have seen, even makes her own designs. Most stall holders are local to your region and travel to other cities in your region as some of them make a living from going to these fairs.Also they often have singers and bands playing music for you. A cake stall where you can choose your refreshment of choice and some lovely delicious cakes. All served in China cups and kitsch plates. Oh and they usually have a hair pop up salon too where you can book to have your hair done in a vintage style . And sometimes with make up too.I’ve been visiting now for 2 and half years and thoroughly enjoy Lou Lous. They also do a Vintage carnival which I will discuss in another post.You can find Lou Lous Vintage Fair on there website but they are also on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for more information.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid to advertise Lou Lous Vintage Fair I am writing from my own experiences.

Swimwear for all

Hiya, well summer is around the corner. And if your lucky enough your off to some sun kissed island in the middle of nowhere.🏖 Or a week in Skegvegas!

Last year I was recommended Bon Marche and I got a new little number. An Hawaiin red number in a flattering swim dress style for £24.

So I’ve been looking around for you on the High Street and online.

Let’s start with the High Street .

YOURS clothing

Tropical Tankini Top with Bottoms

Above is a lovely flattering Tankini Top with bottoms one of there best sellers. Top £23.99 Bottoms 12.99.

They have traditional swimsuits bikinis and swimdresses from size 16 to 36 . They do a lovely range of beach dresses and Kaftans too. You can check online too if there’s no store near you.

Evans

Black essential swimsuit

Above Black essential swimsuit £36.00 But currently in the sale £28.80.Evans often put on sales so check in store or online sizes 14 to 28.

Bon marche

Floral Twist Sundress

Above the Floral Twist sundress £25.00. Bon Marche sizes are 10 to 28 . Again some beautiful kaftans and sundresses to cover up on the beach. As well as array of swimwear to choose from.

I find my Swim dress comfortable by the pool and in the water. It as a built in swimsuit underneath.

Online there are a number of companies that do plus sizes Simply Be , Curvissa, Asos curve, Figleaves and Boohoo.

Also try Bravissimo which do sizes in your bra size D to K. They supply swimsuits etc from Bra brands such as Panache etc. Check out the Tankinis, Bikinis and there beach wear too. Prices are a little more expensive but sizes are in bra size than dress size. Prices vary between around £30 to £60

So I hope you like the modern day swimwear .

For Vintage designs at present there are 2 websites selling vintage style swimwear .

For Luna the sizes go from 8 to 24. Prices vary from £36.00 to £75.00.

Lindy Bop the sizes go from 8 to 20 prices anything from£42 to £85 .

Both sites do sales to watch out for. Both sites deserve a a look just for interest they have some quirky designs .

Bye for now 💋xx

Disclaimer I have not received any monies from any companies I have discussed in this post for advertising.