Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Bank Holiday Shenanigans

The first UK bank holiday in May is almost always a weather wash out, and whilst this one wasn’t a total failure, it was far from ideal. Even so, it didn’t stop me from filling it with plenty of fabulous activities, making the most of the time I had.

Friday evening I went out for a meal with friends then, onto a local karaoke. I’ve not been to a karaoke in at least 4 years, I used to love them so much and could clearly not contain my excitement at finally being let loose on one again. I bagged a total of 5 goes on the karaoke that evening, and doing Shirley Bassey’s Hey Big Spender was certainly my most fun one.

Saturday morning I was pretty surprised to be honest to wake up without a sore throat. The Mr. and I popped to the local charity shops where I bagged an entire bolt of suiting material for a mere £10. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to make from it yet, but possibly a vintage suit or maybe some nice trousers and a waistcoat… who knows, but I couldn’t leave a bargain like that behind. I also bought myself some lovely orange leather gloves, which made the pain of losing my gorgeous purple suede ones earlier in the year slightly less painful.
The afternoon involved a trip into town and the purchase of yet more fabric, as well as finally shelling out for the Dita Von Teese book, ‘Your Beauty Mark’.

Dita von teese

I spotted this book at Christmas and thought I’d hold out for it to go into the sale. It never went into the sale so I finally succumbed on Saturday, and then spent much of Saturday evening devouring its contents. I’m a big Dita fan, so I’m biased, but this is a beautiful tome filled with the most gorgeous photography as well as all of Dita’s beauty secrets from hairstyles to nails and everything in between. Yep, I’m pleased with that purchase.

Sunday, it was a trip to the Scarborough Spa Vintage Fair. We arrived early and, because we thought the road might get closed off for the tour de Yorkshire, we parked a little farther away. That worked out perfectly though and I was able to get some lovely photos of my vintage outfit amongst lovely beds of daffodils on the walk down to the spa. At least we can pretend spring is coming when the flowers are out… even if it is blisteringly cold.

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Shoes - Clarks, Skirt - Lindy Bop, Cardigan - Thrifted, Faux Fur Jacket - Vintage, Handbag - Vintage

The Mr

The fair was great, albeit absolutely packed. Note to self, I do not need a giant faux fur jacket when going to packed out vintage fairs! There were loads of stalls selling clothing and homewares, as well as vintage singers and a vintage hairstylist.

He was turning out some fabulous updos which made me glad that he’s based nearby because the next time I’m going to something special I shall pay him a visit first. For my less special days, I really need to master some more vintage style hairdos myself. I’m pretty comfortable with the wet set now, and Sunday’s hair was a roll covered with a tied silk scarf, hiding a multitude of sins. I digress.

The Mr. and I shared a lovely cream tea, which was huge and had I eaten one to myself I would never have managed my lovely Sunday roast later that day.

Vintage afternoon tea

There were so many pretty things at the fair, but having spent the majority of my pocket money on fabric the day before, I was very restrained. I did get a lovely blouse though since, now I’m making lots of skirts, I’ve noted a few blouse shaped gaps in my wardrobe. I also bought this divine vintage sewing kit to carry in my handbag. No fear of wardrobe malfunctions while I’m out and about with this cutie little kit.

Monday, I had intended to make a decent start on the skirt, which I had cut out on Sunday evening. When it came to it though, I thought my time was far better spent watching ‘My Little Chickadee’ (because … Mae West and W. C. Fields) cooking a gorgeous roast vegetable lasagne, and, you guessed it, reading more of my Dita book. If only every weekend was so leisurely and filled with such glamour.

Picture nabbed from Pinterest 


  1. Sounds like you had a really fun and relaxing long weekend! I love how lovely your outfit looks, so spring like :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  2. I really want to go to a vintage fair, I've never been to one before! I love that little sewing kit you picked up, it's so cute and going to be so handy to carry around with you!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. You really should! I love a good vintage fair.

  3. You both look great! Sounds like a fantastic way to spend a weekend.
    Vintage fairs can get so hot, they ought to provide cloakrooms for the visitors. xxx

  4. It sounds a lovely fair!! Well done on the Suiting material! Wow, bargain! I adore your outfit photos- especially love the pink blouse!


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