Monday, 30 May 2011

New Art Deco Calling Cards

For those wanting to get some lovely business cards or cards with your information about your website and blog (I call them calling cards) I can higly recommend Zazzle!

You can choose between any of the thousands of existing layouts or make your own. I decided to make my own and designed these little beauties.

You can edit them to your hearts content, add your own images, choose between many fonts and add/remove text as you wish. I got them printed on regular white cards at 99 grams, since they have a black background, but you can choose many different paper types and weight.

The pictures are a little blurry since they are screendumps.

In an earlier post I had another design printed which had lovely Art Deco flowers printed on them, but with the same font, which is my favourite.

I will have them in my little Volupté case, which holds my cigarettes, mirror, compact powder and rouge. All you need to carry with you (your gentleman of choice will light your cigarette for you and take care of any champagne cocktails you might wish for).



Saturday, 28 May 2011

Lovely Unmentionables

I have been searching forever for a satin or silk teddy. Now a teddy is a sort of camisole with legs, which combines the need for a silky chemise to make a smooth base under clothes and knickers in one. It's advantages is a smooth siloutte which stays put. A little tip: The suspender belt goes on underneath but the legs of the teddy, which is in the style of French Knickers that won't catch on them.

If you are getting a teddy to wear under clothes, and not just for sleeping in, get one that doesn't have too much fabric in the dropped waist. That will defeat the purpose of a smooth siloutte under your clothes. There can either be a little elastic or a little string you tie in the waist.

I am not sure when teddies got invented but they were very popular during the 40s but lack of silk and ration on clothes put a damper on the prettiness of unmentionables!

Oh and of course, it doesn't hurt they look awfully pretty!

Until today I haven't found teddies I like without them costing an arm and a leg. I stumbled across them on the New Look site! 

The mint green one has slightly more fabric in the waist, but still not too much. The floral one is perfect since it is straight, without excess fabric at all.

Now, hurry up Mr. Postman, I want my teddy!



Thursday, 26 May 2011

The most famous perfume during WW2 - Soir de Paris

I started reading Land Girls again and in the very beginning I was struck by how one of the three main characters was described to wear this Parisian, exotic scent. So I did a little investigation and found the back story on the perfume, which was very much real and part of womens lives in WW2.

I have found out you can buy it at The Imperial War Museum in Kennington, along with many other vintage inspired treats, so I must remember to pick up a bottle when I go there, the next time.

In the year 1929, Borjois Paris developed a perfume called Evening in Paris perfume. This is perhaps one of the most recognized and celebrated perfumes all over the world.
It became an instant success and was perhaps the favorite fragrance during the World War II era. Even now this charming fragrance is a reminder of wartime stories, dance halls, seamed stockings worn by the women in those days and of course the GIs.

This fragrance was re-launched in limited edition with the name of Soir de Paris. This classic perfume is as evocative as it was when it was originally launched. To give it a yesteryear charm in the new age it has been universally repackaged in a stunning glass bottle in the shape of a crescent with a striking cobalt blue color. This is truly a timeless classic and it is a rare find making it a romantic, classic yet modern-day fragrance.
People have kept old bottles in stock even when the labels have come off it. The Evening in Paris perfume bottle has a metal dauber and it measures 2 1/2" tall. The brand name of the manufacturer Bourjois is printed on the bottom of the bottle.

Evening in Paris is a testimony to the 1920s and the daring lifestyle of that era. The glittering nightlife and the flappers fashion, combined with the heady perfume of luxury was the right time to indulge in glamour and luxury with the Evening in Paris perfume. In the 1950s, Evening in Paris was known as the perfume worn by maximum number of women all over the world.

Re-launch Of the Perfume after Sudden Disappearance
However by 1969 this perfume known as Soir de Paris, completely disappeared from the market. It is now available for the first time after 1969 in the US. The fragrance can be described as light a classic eau de perfume which has a rich floral bouquet and blended to a slightly woody base. The perfume is available in a 1.6 ounce glass bottle spray. This most famous fragrance in the world is back again and is as evocative as ever.

Base Notes and Fragrance Selection
This heady and famous fragrance was previously owned by Chanel, and was again reformulated in 1992 by Chanel perfumers to give it a new lease of life in the modern day of perfumes and fragrances by matching it to the fragrance trends prevalent today. It is a sweet, creamy and smooth fragrance with a slightly woody base note. It can be described as  romantic at heart, and is a classic scent which has been upgraded with a little more hint of sweetness.

This fragrance has a blend of flowers which include the strong Ylang Ylang, the distinct scent of jasmine, the exotic Turkish rose, smooth violet, sweet peach, creamy vanilla, smooth musk and strong bergamot. The Eue de Parfum spray atomizer is one hundred percent authentic and it is the original fragrance of the most popular fragrance of the world, Evening in Paris.

Article by Kwintessential. 



Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Visiting the Queen at Sandringham

.. Well almost, she wasn't in when I made a spontaneous visit.

It was a beautiful and sunny day and we opted for the ticket to see the house, gardens and museum and I loved every bit of it! The weather was perfect and I regretted to not take a picnic hamper with me. We started out with a stroll through the front part of the gardens, following the yellow brick road. We found the plaques the Queen had put up in honour of her dogs and one of them read 'A gentleman among dogs'!

There were several English-Danish links to be made, there was a huge tree that was planted by a Danish Princess in the late 1800s and several paintings of Danish royalty graced the walls of the house.

The guide through the house was relatively short, but I could well imagine Elizabeth when giving some of the radio speeches to the public and if Margaret ever went wild on the grand piano..

Here I am, lounging in front of the house.. 

We visited the lovely little church later on and strolled through the back gardens and tried to hop across a fairly large pond on the little flat rocks.. but it got a little .. eh rocky!

The museum was wonderful and was packed full of pictures and stories of the family and a lot about the period through WW2. I have to say, both Elizabeth and Margaret looked so glamorous and elegant in the pictures from the 40s.

I would definitely recommend visiting Sandringham, but wear flats and plan for a whole day, as there is much to see! We didn't make all of it, but I am sure we will be back.

I was wearing my favourite Victory sweater and wedges from Rockit Originals and HeyDay swing trousers, so comfy and very stylish.

Please visit the Sandringham website and plan your day.

See you soon.