Hi gals. I thought I should probably let people know that I do actually have a face. My name is Cara-Leigh.
I am a Mamma to the loveliest girl called Freya-Jane who's currently 19months old. I've always been a little different, have never followed the crowd in terms of fashion. Ever since I was really young, all my girl friends where wearing the trendy new sequin one shoulder dresses and there I was as my friends began to call me 'the hippie chick?'. It's taken me a while to truely find myself in the wonderful world of style, but I finally think I'm getting there. I first discovered vintage and retro when I was 15 at high school. We were given a project (in art class) of our choice. I had always been a big fan of old movies so took it upon myself to create a project on '100 years of fashion', I had to write and draw every era starting from the 1910's. I studied each decade intensly because I became obsessed with the beauty and glamour of the women and their clothing. It was like nothing I had ever seen. I then learnt how to style my hair like Rita Hayworth, began wearing red lipstick and so began my search for vintage clothing. I was lucky enough to find etsy and blogger and the rest is history. The first vintage thing I ever had were a pair of white leather 1970's boots brought for me by my partner for Christmas I thought they were wonderful. My first ever dress was a 1960's travelling dress that I still wear the life out of. I literally cannot get enough. Last April, I took a business course with the idea that I wanted a vintage boutique/bakery. Which turned out a little impossible at the moment untill I realised that I could set up my own online shop. I have been working so hard ever since. I know my vision is different and that I can make a difference in the vintage lovers world.
My style is still evolving, I love the 1950's and 60's mostly. I love anything lace, pastel, high waisted. I love floppy hats, circle dresses and wiggle dresses. My current love are late 60's-70's maxi dresses. I recently brought the prettiest 60's maxi dress I have ever seen. It has a chinese collar and a pastel pink and blue floral pattern all over it. My most cherished vintage items are a 1960's barbie bink prom dress, a 1950's blue lace prom dress and a wonderful 1970's brown fur coat. What first made you fall in love with vintage? And what are your most precious items?
Slightly strange writing about myself, something I have never done! A few photo's of me over the years. Since I have became a Mama I'm usually the one behind the camera so there aren't many.
Pattie Boyd was (is) a model, photographer and author, most active in the 1960's. She is most known for her marriages to George Harrison and later Eric Clapton. She was said to be the inspiration of many of George's and Eric's songs. And honestly who can blame them? She was a stunning yet adorable young woman with a wonderful sense of style. In the 60's she had a girly 'mod' wardrobe, consisting of above the knee length patterned dresses, peter pan collars, colourful tights, calf length boots and sweet little heeled shoes. In the early 1970's she embraced the 'hippie' style wearing wide brimmed hats, flared trousers, suits and fabulous accessories. She is definitely worthy of being noted as a style icon, and inspires us often, the reason for my wish of long hair with bangs. We also think there is a huge like-ness between her and Hannah Metz!
Who is your style icon?
Images found via google.
A quick post to say I am thankful for beauty, innocence, knowledge, learning, dreaming big and love.
Without these I don't know where I would be right now.
I am so lucky to have such high hopes.
Fingers still crossed awaiting my 'launch' meeting.
For now I will be a little quiet in the blogging world awaiting to see when the meeting will be.
I am currently at a business standstill, all I can do for now is learn.
(A photo of my Dad in the early 1950's with his cousin. Such a beautiful photograph!)
I've been a big fan of poshgirlvintage.com for years. The sell some of the most beautiful, unique items I've ever seen. It's also a little more special because it's family run and has a great history. The clothing and accessories here are some of my current posh girl vintage favourites. One of the quotes on their about us "If we wouldn't wear it then we won't sell it!" made me think about Sweet Chivalry. I think this is such a good view to have and something I stand by strongly. There is no point in selling something you don't fully believe in is there? Today has been a long day full of tantrums and trying to (unsuccessfully) figure out website hosting. I almost forgot, I managed to buy sweetchivalry.com last night! I am still waiting to hear back from the princes trust about my business plan. I'm so desperate to receive my grant so I can start buying and open. I hope everybody is having a good week.
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Happy Friday guys! She & Him are one of my favorite bands (duo?), this song is perfect for cosy days inside. My daughter seems to love it too as she's dancing around my living room. Today Sweet Chivalry's first advert is on Scathingly Brilliant, it's so exciting! I'm so eager to spread the word about Sweet Chivalry.
Today will be a productive day, the business plan is being sent off to the Princes Trust,
i'll be making some buttons for sharing, a new blog description and possibly pie making. I'll be back on Sunday for a current loves. Before I go, here a photo of my Nan
(far left) and her friends back in the early 60's. She was such a stylish lady!
Anybody that knows me know I am HUGE lover of Marie Antoinette, it was of course Sophia Coppola's film
that first introduced me and I don't know where I would be without it. I could spend hours swooning
over the beautiful dresses. Which actually, was the foundations of building my love for history and vintage fashion.
If I could dress in mid 18th century dress every day, I would. In fact today I've decided to
(again) grow my fringe out in order to style more Kirsten Dunst
(as MA) hairstyles.
I've featured Oxford Heaven on here before, because I am head over heels in love with her shoes.
Especially since I discovered her flickr account here. There are page and pages of the most beautiful
Marie-Antoinette inspired shoes I have ever seen.
I thought I'd share a little of my vintage clothing. All dresses here are from the 50's-70's. A few of them will be for sale when the shop opens. I think I might make this a frequent thing, perhaps monthly. The terrible quality photos makes me question sharing, but everybody has to start somewhere, and it won't be too long until I have my new camera. 1. Late 1950's prom dress. 2.70's maxi dress, this has the most gorgeous lace detail empire line and sleeves. 3. 70's print maxi dress. 4. Early 1960's couture dress. 5. Handmade 70's layered dress. 6. 1950's candy pink prom dress. (My favorite)