Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Feud for thought

 So, terrifyingly, I’ve finally seen someone on telly other than the Queen who dresses the way I do instinctively. You know: matchy-matchy, not too flamboyant in shape, blingy bit of jewellery on top. Unfortunately, it’s Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in Feud.

Friday, 5 January 2018

A work day [outfit post]

It's great seeing people's everyday clothes. A number of my favourite bloggers show theirs, and I always enjoy getting an idea of what they look like day-in, day-out. Let's face it, as nice as it is to see lovely outfits for special occasions, most of us don't dress to the nines every day of the week, and a bit of inspiration for outfits on a day-to-day level is always welcome.

NB I am not expecting this to inspire anybody, I just thought you might like to see what I look like on a work day. I have several clothing combos that are in regular rotation, and this pussybow blouse (East, years ago) and tweedy mini (Monsoon, also years ago - the lining's knackered beyond repair but I still wear it) are among my winter staples. Always with opaque black tights, and usually my black brogues or, as today, hiking boots, though those are out of shot. The cardi was new to me last summer; I got it for £2 in a chazza and it seems to go with so many things I wonder how I did without it. And for Goody, Smell du Jour is Rochas Alchimie.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

State of the Vintage Wardrobe: year eight

Can you believe this is the eighth post I've done like this? Eight! And this year, looking back, I've worn a lot of modern things. Over the years I've collected lots of lovely vintage bags, accessories and clothes that I really like... and in 2017 most of the clothes got very little wear. The repro Heyday! Judy dress in this pic is one that did get a lot of outings. It's also one that gets loads of compliments - one lady even stopped me in the supermarket to ask about it.

So why didn't I wear my vintage? I'm not going to avoid the elephant in the room, I'm too damn fat. I still have all my clothes because I like them, but I can't wear most of them. So while in my previous seven annual wardrobe posts I talked about things I wanted to buy or make, the direction I really wanted to take, in 2018 I'm jolly well going to go to the gym more (it tailed off a bit when I got stressed at the end of 2017) and get back into all the clothes I love, because I am NOT going to get rid of them. It's not like there's masses out there to replace them with at my current size anyway.

Anyway, on to happier things. This has been a bit of a novelty print year for me. I got my space cats dress from Lindy Bop, and another dress covered in witch doctors and zombies. I like them because they're border prints, not all over, and the space cats and zombies are in keeping with my more geeky horror/sci-fi interests. I don't really class these dresses as repro, though, they're far too modern. Pinup, perhaps. I don't think I'll be wearing things like this on a regular basis, but they're nice to have for cheery occasions.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Merry Christmas!

He's quite a cute little goblin really.
Um, yeah, it's the 29th, so I've left this a bit late. But I have been checking in on everyone's blogs and Instagrams, time permitting. It looks like everyone's been having a good time, which is nice.

Just before Christmas - we drove up on the 23rd, came back on the 24th - we went to Norfolk to see my mum and Brian. My godparents were there, and my brother, his girlfriend and my nephew Harry. Harry's one now, which coincidentally is the sum total of his vocabulary. All he can say is 'cat!' As Mr Robot isn't fond of children, Harry immediately latched onto him, and spent the next few hours repeatedly shouting 'cat!' at him and handing him oranges. Every time the oranges went back in the bowl, Harry would return them to Mr Robot. It was a fun time, and I was glad to see my mum after she nearly died of pneumonia earlier this year.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Crinoline Robot's vintage pre-Christmas week

Hello again! I hope you're having a super pre-Christmas week. All my shopping's done, and we're polishing things off at work, so it's feeling pretty mellow at the House of Robots.

Do you count Die Hard as a Christmas film? Some people do, some don't. I don't exactly, but as it's set at Christmas it is vaguely appropriate to watch it at this time of year. Anyway, Mr Robot saw the Gourmet Picture Company was doing some showings in Bath, and as Casablanca was on the night of our office parties, and It's A Wonderful Life is on a day when the trains are borked* he booked us tickets to see Die Hard. Basically, we went, we sat on really comfy sofas in a big tent, and had a meal brought to us while we watched. The menus are devised by two big-name British chefs, Tom Kerridge and Rick Stein; Die Hard had a Stein menu of prawn cocktail (but a really good one, nodding at your 70s aspirational dinner party rather than your soggy 21st century sarnie al desko), fish curry with rice, and then ice cream - and the banana ice cream I had was fantastic. Because we're heathens we washed our fishy meal down with red wine.

Monday, 18 December 2017

The Leavenworth Case

Don't be fooled by the cover! While it's a reproduction of an old jazz age edition (it's from the same series as The Wychford Poisoning Case and The Silk Stocking Murders, which I reviewed earlier this year), the story within these pages is decades older still. The Leavenworth Case is a very early detective novel indeed, first published in 1878.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Your Christmas viewing and listening

The Sweet Makers at Christmas - cast photo
It's looking like a thin Christmas for telly as far as vintage lovers are concerned! So get your vintage fix in early, as BBC2 has a couple of treats for us this week. On 15 December - this Friday - there's The Sweet Makers at Christmas, where the confectioners explore Christmas sweets enjoyed by the Georgians, Victorians and people of the 1920s. The following night it's showing Feud: Bette and Joan, about the two superstars' career revival and intense rivalry in the 1960s from 16 December.

Over Christmas itself most programmes appear to be either modern, or set much earlier than the 20th century. The BBC's flagship period drama is Little Women, while ITV is highlighting Victoria. Here's my pick of 20th century things to entertain you while you're digesting your turkey.

If I spot anything else interesting, I'll update this page.