Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Paris Fashion Week, 2 October 2010

PARIS - OCTOBER 02: Dita Von Teese attends the Sonia Rykiel Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2011 show during Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Really love this photo of Dita Von Teese wearing a huge pom pom hairband, compliments of Sonia Rykiel.

Like to make your own?  You just need cardboard, wool and scissors:
  1. Cut out 2 circles of cardboard, roughly the size of the pom pom you want.(1)
  2. Cut a round circle of cardboard out in the middle.(2)
  3. Wind the wool through the cut out circle and round the outside until  the centre hole is filled.(3)
  4. Cut the wool between the 2 cardboard circles.(4)
  5. Wrap a long piece of wool between the cardboard, remove the cardboard, and voila! a pom pom.(5)

Stick the pom pom onto a hairband, and there you have it, an exclusive fashionista statement hair accessory!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Kings and Queens of review

Portrait of James V of Scotland (1512 - 1542)Image via Wikipedia

Hi there. Searching through my bookshelves for some historical reference, I rediscovered this book about the Kings & Queens of Great Britain and Ireland from pre-Saxon times to the present. Originally I bought this book for my children, but when it arrived I read it from cover to cover, it was just so fascinating!

The description of each royal begins with the vital facts. Really interesting. Did you know James V, born 10 April 1512, had nine (known) illegitimate children, three of whom were born before he was 20? Well, he did only live until he was 30, and he was a king. That's him in the picture with a beautiful feather in his hat, just look at those gorgeous clothes, fashion of the 16th century!

An enthralling book with biographies, historical background and lovely colour pictures...
Collins Keys - Kings and Queens: The essential reference guide to the monarchs of Great Britain and Ireland  Buy from Amazon UK

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Thursday, 7 October 2010

A Popular Post: Potty Edwards... A Book Review...

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s:  Woman at sink washing dishes.  (Photo by George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images)
This has proved to be the most popular post yet, so I thought I'd reissue it with a few changes. Hope you like it.

I was reading my monthly edition of 'Market Times' and came across an article about a famous market family, the Potty Edwards.  Based in South Yorkshire they sold pottery, glass and china from 1910. 

Michele Lockwood-Edwards has written a book about her family's market history.  Set in a time gone by, the Potty Edwards would draw large crowds to watch them throw sets of best bone china across their stall as part of their sales pitch.  How's that for an alternative to TV?  I often wonder what these characters would be doing in the modern day world, what do you think?

Amazon is selling this interesting and entertaining book:

The Potty Edwards What A Way To Get A Living  Buy from Amazon UK

The Potty Edwards What a Way to get a Living  Buy from Amazon USA
Love the photo from the 1950's of this young lady washing up the, now vintage, china. Can't really see any of us looking this well groomed these days when we're doing the washing-up! Did we really look like this in domestic mode back then? Is it comfortable doing the washing up in high heels?
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