I absolutely love the vintage aesthetic of the 50’s. I know it could be partly down to nostalgic re-imaginings of the era but if I could live in one other decade from the past, it would be this one.
My friend Lizzie took me out for an afternoon tea as a belated birthday gift, to this gorgeous vintage salon with a 1950s look and it rekindled my love for the style! I want to seek out vintage fairs and more locations like Le Keux (the diner/salon we visited). Places that keep the 50’s spirit alive but are a little closer to home!
I attended the Goodwood Revival (a vintage festival) every year for the past 4 years, but this year I won’t be able to go! Travelling the 150 miles or so for the day always takes it out of me, so I never have the effort left to make myself dress up, and I feel it is a waste. If only it were a little closer…
Diners and Drive-In’s
We had a little ice-cream parlour in the city up until recently, but it closed down. (Coventry wasn’t ready… but I was.) Places like Le Keux are few and far between around the Midlands. There seem to be a lot more open-cinemas now, but I’d love to go to a traditional Drive-In movie. Of course for that I’d probably need a pick-up truck so I can lie down with blankets under the stars.
The Coolest Cars
I’m not really a car person generally but I can definitely get on board with a vintage vehicle. These cars have curves and they always make a statement! Seeing them in TV shows like Mad Men, and seeing them in Pin-Up photos with pretty ladies draped on the bonnets. Somehow it just makes me happy!
Hair and Make-Up
I absolutely love getting my hair done in vintage curls – the 1950s look is my favourite! My hair really lends itself to holding the styles too for some reason. I also love a good victory roll or 2! My favourite place for vintage hair in Coventry (and getting my hair done generally) is the Rock ‘n’ Roller parlour. Natalie is a fabulous lady who has a parlour in her lovely vintage caravan, Ruby! She’s helped me out many a time before a vintage fair and she’s absolutely wonderful!
Rock ‘n’ Roll
I am not too familiar with artists specifically… (my memory is awful) but the idea of a 50’s dance, with swing dancing and a live band and sunshine and ice-creams… Amazing! It was one of my favourite things to do at Goodwood Revival. (They had a full roller disco as well as swing dance and Rock n Roll bands all over the place! Oooh, now I wish I was going back!)
Vintage Dresses and Prints
Speaking of swing dances… Swing dresses are my jam! I own about 20 and the most frustrating thing about them is I never have a chance to wear them! That’s why I took every opportunity on our lovely afternoon, to take a million photos! I am really happy with how these turned out – thank you so much to Lizzie for the photos!
Which era would you choose to live in if you could go back in time?
There are quite a few eras I feel I would suit me… I loved the 90’s and I was already technically present in them… But eek, I can’t say I am a fan of the clothes. No, I’ll stick to my coiffed curls, Cadillacs and candy colour dresses; for me it has to be the 50’s all the way.