{21 vintage lifestyle questions and answers}

Just seen this post on Fashionable Forties Blog a while ago and couldn’t resist taking part. It’s been in my drafts for a while but I thought I’d publish it (until I get to write a proper post!!)

Fancy doing this too? Be my guest!!!

{21 vintage lifestyle questions and answers}

1. Who are your style icons?

Colleen Moore

2. What is your favourite way to get inspired?
The Internet is a fantastic way to get inspired, but old books and silent films work well too. I also get really inspired by watching other people in the street.

3. What’s your most-used hair tool?
Flower clips in all colours

4. What’s your favourite hair tool?
Much more than a hair tool actually, my headpiece made by my friend Ashley is sure to make me feel all glamorous and pretty.

5. Updo, down, or half-and-half?

Always down- there’s not much else you can do with a bob!

6. Is vintage something you do every day, on weekends, or for special occasions?

I’m quite lucky in my workplace- I can get away with wearing what I want so I try to incorporate vintage in my everyday life. Some days I dress fully vintage and other days I’ll just have some vintage accessories, depending on how I feel. It’s great to have this flexibility. It really all depends on my mood- and the unpredictable Welsh weather of course!

7. What’s your favourite blush and lipstick?

I don’t use blush. My favourite lipstick is a bright red matt Rimmel one I blogged about a couple of months ago.

8. Dress, skirt, or pants? Heels or flats?

I don’t own a pair of trousers*, so dresses and skirts all the way for me. I like the versatility of skirts and the practicality of dresses. Yes, dresses are practical. I do everything in them.

(*Actually I am lying, I do own a pair of fab palazzo trousers which I’d love to wear in public if I have the courage!!)

I can’t really do heels to my great regret so you’ll mostly see me in flat shoes.

9. Off-the-rack or homemade?

Half and half. I’ve been very good this year so far at buying only a couple of items of clothing, and they were mostly vintage and from charity shops. But nothing beats being complimented on something and answering “Thank you- I actually made this”.

10. Do you swing dance?

Lindy Hop and Jiving. I love dancing and find it very hard to cope without it!

11. Extreme vintage or subtle touches?

It really depends on how I feel. I do appreciate the fact that I can wear pretty much what I want and people won’t bat an eyelid here. This was one thing that really used to annoy me in France and still does whenever I go back. I also don’t want to restrain myself to one fashion era so in the same week I’ll wear an 1920s style outfit, the day after a 1950s circle skirt, then a 1960s shift and a fitted 1940s style dress.

12. Favourite perfume

Coco Chanel. Fig and Cherry– a proper flapper scent! I recently smelt Yardley’s new perfume, Polaire and really liked it. Prodigieux, the perfume from Nuxe was a birthday gift and is part of my favourite perfumes too.

13. Favourite skincare product?

Herbalism from Lush- my saviour!!!

14. What does your family think of your style?

They love it!

15. Favourite accessory?

I’d say a watch that my mum gave me last Christmas which was hers. I remember being absolutely fascinated by it when I was little.

16. Do you find the vintage community welcoming or snobby?

Mostly welcoming- I don’t think I ever had a bad experience.

17. What drew you to vintage style?

I always liked fashion history. The fact that everyone used to be so feminine really appeals to me. Nowadays most people don’t make an effort to look good. I dress feminine because I like it, not to impress other people or seduce men ha ha!

18. Favourite places to shop vintage?

The Pumphouse station in Cardiff, Hubbard’s Cupboard, Zizou vintage, Happy Days in Cowbridge, Cardiff Fashion Quarter, charity shops and eBay.

19. What vintage eras are your favourite?

The 1920s for the plethora of accessories, the 1940s and 1950s for the extreme feminity.

20. Most glamorous film stars?

Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Ava Gardner

21. Favourite vintage object that you own?

Anything given to me by my family.

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