Friday, 20 October 2017

Timewasters: 1920s-set time-travelling comedy

Horace and Lauren from ITV comedy Timewasters
Time travel!

“It’s what white people do, like skiing or brunch.”

So says one of the four lead characters in ITV2’s new time-travelling comedy, Timewasters. The premise is simple: a quartet of young, black British jazz musicians get into a lift with a tramp, and end up back in the 1920s. As they’re jazz musicians, the fall on their feet relatively quickly, being picked up by a pair of posh twins to play at their birthday party.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Mostly Ghostly: More Horror For Halloween

Another Halloween means another CD of Halloween music. I had high hopes of Mostly Ghostly, thinking as a mix of 1950s and 1960 novelty songs it would be like These Ghoulish Things. Sadly, it's not everything I'd imagined.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs

A selection of 1920s evening dresses
The exhibition 1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs at the American Museum in Bath is nearly over, so I thought I'd better get round to going before it was over and I kicked myself. If you're planning to visit it, it closes at the end of the month, so GO NOW.

Friday, 6 October 2017

The accidental capsule wardrobe

Heyday Judy dress - my old faithful! - and
chazza cardi
Capsule wardrobes, in my mind, go with minimalism: something that sounds like a great idea, but that I know in my heart of hearts I’d get bored of even if I ever managed it. (Do you ever look at the advice given to women in the 1940s/50s about how many of each item of clothing they needed and think about how small the number of items seems?) Somehow, though, I took very little on holiday for the week back in September, and it was fine. I feel like I’ve learned an important lesson in holiday packing somewhere along the line.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Bloofer lady: Theda Bara

Theda Bara
 We've had had Bloofer Gents for the past three years, so I think it's time we added another lucious lady of lurkiness to the Bloofer list. And who better than the original vamp herself, Theda Bara?

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Watchy McWatchface

Have you ever bought anything from one of those catalogues they have on planes? On our way back from holiday, Mr Robot surprised me with this watch. I've never bought anything on a plane myself, but I did really like this Orla Kiely watch when I saw it. He thought I'd like it too, so got it for me.

Kiely's 'Stem' pattern is pretty much ubiquitous nowadays, which did make me wonder why she doesn't get quite as many negative comments thrown at her as, say, Cath Kidston. Is it that her stuff is more streamlined, less pastel, a little less twee? (I quite like some of Kidston's patterns, but too much of the florals or polkadots can make me feel like I'm trapped in a Yummy Mummy's Instagram feed.) I don't think I'd want 'Stem' on a large item – a bag, say – but it's a nice splash of colour on the watch face, and the long, slim rectangular shape is unusual.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Suddenly, it clicks

The Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar, Spain's national saint
The Basilica of the Virgen del Pilar, Spain's national saint.
We've been in Zaragoza a few days, but today we properly got that holiday feeling.