Friday, 16 December 2011

Fab Frock Friday! Vintage Christmas Divas

Thought you might like these snaps of gorgeous vintage Divas in their Christmas finery on this Fab Frock Friday!
Debbie Reynolds
Audrey Hepburn

Donna Reed

Grace Kelly

Rita Heyworth

What are you wearing this Christmas?

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Dresses to Impress- the A-Z of fab frocks and gorgeous gowns. P..... is for Posh Frocks

Posh Frocks- they do what it says on the tin! A dress which will take you anywhere, make you feel special, stand up against Million Dollar baby's and Mutton Dresses as Lamb alike. Every discerning chic needs a Posh Frock. Here's Grace Kelly in one of the gorgeous numbers she wears in 'High Society' (one of my fav films!)

And where better to look than Redressing Posh Frock Collection where you can find a perfect posh frock at a fraction of it's original price. Glam yourself up this Christmas with Redressing knowing that not only do you look sensational but you haven't bust your budget and you have given a once worn beauty a new lease of up cycled life! Ethical as well as beautiful... what could be better?!
Here's a small selection of what I'm talking about!
Next £20
Maria Gratchvogel £25
Wallis £20
Lime £15
If you need a Posh Frock this Christmas- pop over and have a look! There's always more in stock than on the website so if you're looking for that special little number, give me a call!

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

All wrapped up online!

I thought I'd take a moment to share some of the goodies out there in the cyber shops this Christmas which would be perfect for a vintage loving dame and her (silk?) stocking!...
As we usually do quite a bit of baking for friends and family at Christmas, what could be cuter than this retro tin from the DotCom Giftshop?!

If you've been following fellow blogger Betty Bee, then this vintage china teacup and saucer would be perfect for her homemade candles! I really would love to have a go at making these.
For somewhere to keep your dates, events and reminders how about adding a Cath Kidston 2012 Diary to your vintage style stocking?

The Vintage Style gifts website  also have some fab vintagey goodies. I love this retro style wall calendar. I have a tin one similar to this and find them really helpful for knowing the date and being able to use them year after year!
£11.95 from
 I couldn't resist including these retro pin up diva luggage tags from Find Me A Gift! How fab are they?! You'll never lose your suitcases again!

Have you discovered Retro Belle on your vintage inspired cyber shopping trail yet? A little bit like DotCom but with 10% of all sales proceeds going to Cancer Research, this little webshop is worth a visit! I've found a lovely retro style alarm clock in green which would be perfect for my front room!
£8.95 Retro Belle

If it's clothes you're after then both Heyday and Collectif are offering gift vouchers this Christmas and of course there's always a selection of fab vintage inspired frocks to be found in the Redressing Vintage Chic collection. Along with Everyday Glam and Posh Frocks.

What have you seen out there in Cyber-world this Christmas that would suit a silk stocking?!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Adventures in Vintage Norwich!

Well, what a weekend!
Thanks have to go at the very start of this blog to my gorgeous Hubby for arranging such a magnificent 40th birthday treat! Norwich is beautiful and really does have a super vintage scene.

Having worked in Norwich for a little while (about 20 years ago), Hubby and I hadn't been back since so we decided to go for my 40th birthday on the advice of Retro Chick. What good advice! Armed with a  town plan and the list of Vintage Norwich places to eat/shop/play we we off.....

Our hotel, By Appointment is one of the quirkiest, vintage styled places I have ever stayed. Our room paid homage to decades past with fab accessories and styling including overstuffed furniture, a vintage nightgown, aged suitcases and an Edwardian dressing table set, oh and a roll top bath in the en suite!
Bedroom (Queen Elizabeth room)

Rose in vintage china in the roll top bath!

The free evening meal included in our 2 night stay was amazing. I had mackerel and fillet steak, hubby had scallops followed by sea bass. A free glass of champagne each and amazing desserts to follow and we were stuffed. I'm glad my Heyday red Mary dress got her first outing in such splendid surroundings!
Dining room 1

Mary Dress in Red

I even matched dining room 2!

Saturday saw clear blue skies and a visit first to Lulu Vintage where I found this gorgeous top hand knitted to an original 1940s pattern. Perfect with my Heyday trousers.

We also visited Poppy Valentine, Prim Vintage, and the market where I bought a stunning 1960s does 1940s dress from Ruby Tuesday's stall. We tripped around the Cathedral too, watched the Christmas Past retro film show in the Forum and nipped in to Goldfinches vintage too.

With all that shopping it was most certainly time for tea, so where else but Biddys tea rooms in Lower Goat Lane. Certainly didn't disappoint!

Inside (although this table was reserved!)

Vintage china and oodles of cakes!

So full people were sharing tables

With the obligatory bits of other non-vintage shopping to do we also traipsed around Chapelfields shopping centre but soon found ourselves back in the lanes for Follies and Soho Hip (fab frocks but a little out of my price range!)

So there you have it; a quick round up of a wonderful weekend in Vintage Norwich! Thanks go to Retro Chick, the Vintage Norwich website, By Appointment and most importantly, hubby! What a lucky lass I am. It's so important to build into a marriage like this- we had a truly wonderful time (and so did our 3 kids back home with their Grandparents! Hooray!)

What were your weekend plans?

Friday, 2 December 2011

Cath Kidston Giveaway WINNER......

And the winner is.......

                                                                          JULIA FLETCHER!

Thanks to all of you who entered! Some of your comments were really encouraging and very lovely, thank you.
Julia, can you now contact me to organise delivery/collection of your fab Cath Kidston goodies.

In the meantime, we're off to visit Vintage Norwich this weekend with my Heyday Mary dress, Collectif pencil skirt and 40s beret... lots of vintage shop browsing, coffee consuming in Biddy's tea rooms and dining out- can't wait! Just check out the hotel!...

Will post upon my return with plenty of pics!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Things that matter to me... What is redressing built upon?

Things that matter to me..

Redressing is built upon a platform of strong foundations which relate to self-worth and re-scripted identity. We are all created with abilities, desires, interests and a sense of are some of those foundations unpacked for you....

A- Acceptance. It matters that we ladies accept ourselves! It doesn't matter what shape, size, colour or demographic we are so long as we accept ourselves. Yes, there are aspects we want to change, habits we'd like to break and thoughts we wish we didn't have but the fundamental thing is that we love and accept ourselves for who we are and embrace the potential that's within us!
 B- Beauty is on the inside..
With 3 daughters, hairstyles, make up, clothes and shoes can be a big feature of our house yet I have instilled in my girls that beauty is on the inside. Are they kind? Considerate? Thoughtful and gentle? These are the attributes that make a woman beautiful. The way you dress your outer body still needs serious consideration and appropriate guidance but who you are on the inside is what really counts.
C- Creativity
Creativity is not just the prerogative of the artistically talented. All of us can be creative in our thinking systems and can choose to view our world positively and purposefully. The choice to transcend traditional ideas, rules and patterns and to create meaningful new ideas and be original is ours. Creativity can influence the way we dress and influence the way we think about ourselves. Be who you know you can be, always be the very best version of yourself.

These are just the first 3 of many of Redressing's it time to refresh the way you dress, think and value yourself?

Monday, 28 November 2011

Thank you!

Just a quickie to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended the Redressing 1st Birthday Bash on Friday. It was wonderful to see so many of you, old customers and new, great friends and brand new acquaintances! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of you again, drinking champagne and re-scripting the identity of women together. Oh, and selling some fab frocks and gorgeous gowns of course!
I'm afraid I was far too busy being the hostess with the mostess to take any pictures but did get this one of me and the lovely Ele from hotchpotch vintage.

Thanks for a fab night guys, a fab year and the incredible opportunity to restore that knowledge of inner beauty, femininity and strength we ladies sometimes lose!

Don't forget to leave you comment HERE to enter our fab Cath Kidston Giveaway! Closing date is next Thursday Dec 1st....

Our next public appearance is on Thursday December 1st at Earlsdon School Christmas Fayre and Pamper evening. Join us for dresses, accessories, colour analysis and more.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Fab Frock Friday, Cath Kidston Giveaway and 1st birthday bash!

Well! What a week!
First up, it's Fab Frock Friday and today's Fab Frock comes straight from the Redressing collection. Available in a size 12 this is a wonderfully retro styled halter neck dress perfect for Christmas parties and beyond!
Size 12 Zuma dress £25
Isn't it beautiful?! Brand new in to Redressing this dress is not yet on the website but if you really can't wait then do email me for more details!
Size 12 Zuma dress £25
The fabric is a silk/taffeta style and the dress has a netted underskirt and is covered in darling little sequins in a delicate rose pattern. Be the belle of the ball this Christmas for a mere £25!

Speaking of Christmas, don't forget our fab Cath Kidston vintage Christmas giveaway which ends next Thursday Dec 1st. To enter, leave a comment on HERE, re tweet the blog or like us on face book (just make sure you leave a new comment for all 3!)
Cath Kidston goodies up for grabs

As if that wasn't exciting enough already, we also have our big 1st birthday Champagne reception tonight here at Redressing House! All the fab frocks, gorgeous gown, handmade, bespoke chic jewellery and accessories will be available to purchase so what are you waiting for? Pop along!

Email: for details of this event or today's fab frock.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway- winner will be drawn at random next Thursday Dec 1st!

Bye for now

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Who can wear which dress Wednesday: a little bit of dress history.

It's Wednesday so that must mean it's time for another encouraging identity re-scripting blog for all you dress lovers out there!
I've blogged quite a bit before about body shapes and corresponding dress styles and am encouraged to meet more and more women wearing dresses and looking and feeling girly and glam!

Dresses have had quite a turn around over the last century. Think back to what women were wearing in the 1900s and just how much skirt lengths, shoulder widths and collars have changed in the last century or so!

 Isn't it great that we can now wear what we love and like with such freedom?
So ladies, whether you're a Vintage Vixen, Daring Diva, Plain Jane or Yummy Mummy, there's no excuse! get that dress on!!!!

Don't forget to leave your comment on the Vintage Christmas Cath Kidston giveaway blog post to be in with a chance of winning some fantabulous CK treats!!!

And it's our 1st birthday bash this Friday- join us for champagne, fab frocks and gorgeous gowns! Here's some reminders of styles gone by!




Monday, 21 November 2011

Vintage Christmas Giveaway and Redressing's first birthday bash!

As it's approaching that magical time of year when thoughts turn to the true meaning of life, love and goodwill to all men. I want to show my support of the true Christmas Spirit of giving by having a Redressing Christmas giveaway!

I'm offering the lucky winner a little goody bag of Cath Kidston treats!
You have 3 chances to enter the giveaway!
1. Leave me a message here on the blog,
2. Tweet/share a link on Facebook to the blog (leave me a message here so I know you've done that!) and
3. Share a link and mention the giveaway on your own blog, (again, leaving me a message here also).

The winner will be drawn at random on Thursday December 1st so you have plenty of time to enter!

In the meantime, don't forget this Friday is Redressing's 1st birthday bash! Champagne will be chilling and there will be a plethora of fab frocks and gorgeous gowns not to mention the gorgeous handmade, bespoke jewellery available to purchase. Whether it's a vintage button necklace, a swarovski crystal heart or a funky glass bead bracelet, you will find it all here on Friday! Contact me for details, DM on Twitter or message me on Face Book!
Vintage button choker £12.50. Any colour made to order.
Handmade bead bracelets £8.
And much, much more!.....
The giveaway winner will be drawn at random on Thursday December 1st. Good luck and see you soon!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Fab Frock Friday: The Redressing Wall of Fame! (part 1)

 I've been asking lately for photos of gorgeous girls in their Redressing fab frocks and thought I would showcase just a few from the current Wall of Fame. If you'd like to appear on the Wall, just send me your outfit photo!

Don't forget, you can join us tonight from 7pm at the wonderful Ladies Pamper & Shopping night at St. Christopher's school, Allesley. Take part in our prize draw to become a catwalk model tonight and receive a free goody bag of girly vintage and pamper treats! You too could be appearing on the next Redressing Wall of Fame!

The fabulous Faith!

Gorgeous Kelly G in green!

Wonderful Kelly G in white!

Lovely Alysia and Penny, both in Redressing fab frocks!

Stunning Soph in her shift dress!
Perfect Pippa in her Posh Frock!
Tracie rocks her Everyday Glam look!