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Monday, 31 March 2014

Pink and Blue Crush

At the beginning of the year I decided it was time to add a bit more colour to my hair. It was not difficult picking my next colour as I had been pondering over blue hair for a few months but wasn't sure how it would suit my complexion. In my continuing quest to have My Little Pony hair I thought it would be best to keep the pink in too. I got my lovely hair stylist Vikki Mac to pop in some blue colour underneath a top coat of pink to add a subtle blue to my rainbow mane and I was really happy with it! It even matched my beloved Vision tee which I loved and not content with that I had to get a pink Smeg fridge to put in my pink and blue kitchen (yes, yes, I promise to blog about the beautiful Retro Kitchen Caravan Diner very soon!!) which also matched my hair! What more could a girl want??







Pink and Blue I love you!
Tee from Vision Streetwear at Topshop,Fur and ankle socks from Topshop, Creepers from Underground at Office Shoes. denim shorts from Primark.

Thanks so much for reading and following, I shall be back tomorrow with some more fashion fun!

ND xx


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Brand New You're Retro

I've been wearing a lot more Modern Vintage style clothing of late and thought I would share with you what I would describe as my own personal take on Modern Vintage style. Following a discussion with my sista fashionista Selena (aka blogger Dilly Foxtrot) at the weekend, we both agreed that we love a bit of vintage styling mixed up with contemporary styling. The thing about Modern Vintage is that you can take little bits of style from any era and mix it up with current fashion pieces from the high street and your ever-growing wardrobe of clothes and then style it up anyway you want. I love the freedom of putting any looks together and not feeling restricted to a certain style. The main aim is to keep things current and fresh with contemporary items which makes for an individual style that is easy to maintain,looks great but can evolve and progress into another look as each new fashion season emerges.

When I say vintage I mean anything from the last century (and beyond) especially from the 1920s-1970s. I think I would go as far to say that the 1980s and 1990s is still retro not vintage but perhaps I am only saying that because I was a kid during that time. There is a fine line between throwing the word vintage around willy-nilly. I really don't think I would hear the words 'a vintage Pop Swatch' (circa early 1990's) it would clearly be a retro Pop Swatch, wouldn't it? You see what I mean...

 So, remember if you are not inspired by anything from the past then you are just Modern! Which means anything from the 1980s and 1990s is Modern Retro? Phew! This is getting confusing!

Let's get on with my latest personal style post which is definitely Modern Vintage, inspired by the 1940s and 1950s housewife with a few modern twists.







All clothing from Vivien of Holloway, New Look, H&M, Topshop and Converse.

Thanks you for reading, I hope to be back asap with some more fashionista fun!!

ND xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

Modern Vintage

I have had a great weekend with my lovely friend and fellow blogger Dilly Foxtrot aka Selena, who is in the process of setting up a new business as a hair stylist and asked me along (with my pink and blue hair) to model in a couple of fashion shoots for her website and for promotional shots. I, of course, did not refuse and you will get to see the results in the very near future. It was all very exciting and I love having people put my hair up in lots of different styles especially now it is long, so watch this space!!

One of the looks from the shoot was vintage inspired (and if you take a look at my instagram profile you may get to see a sneak peek at the outfit) so let's have a look at today's vintage inspired personal style pics. I am wearing denim dungarees and jeans from Freddies of Pinewood and both looks are rockabilly / modern vintage inspired. I am wearing the jeans and dungarees long in these pics but I am looking forward to rolling them up a bit more for the summer months with large turn ups, which look great worn with socks and creepers or wedges. I wish summer would hurry up, it's bloody freezing here in the UK at the moment. 
Can I tempt you to step away from the skinnies and persuade you to get a pair of 1940s/50s inspired jeans??








Thanks for following and I hope to be back tomorrow with some more fashion fun! 

ND xx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

A Rad Plaid Fad

Hi Kids, thanks for joining me on this short 'n'sweet No Debutante personal style post.

Today I am loving my plaid shirt, my triple pink victory rolls and my frilly Meadham Kirchhoff  X Topshop ankle socks and I'm feelin' Rad. 
Have a fantastic day!.........I told you it was short'n'sweet!






All clothing from Primark, Dr Martens, Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop, Converse and denim shorts customised by No Debutante. 

Thanks for checking in and hello to my new followers xx

ND xx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Sound and Vision

Here's another personal style post from me, No Debutante! There is no link between the outfits in today's post but I think this just shows my random sense of style when each day for me is always another chance to wear another look. Both looks are casual, the first is more modern day vintage in my Freddies of Pinewood 1940s jeans and leopard print Converse, the second 1980s/90s skate inspired in my new favourite Vision Street Wear tee, which I love so much!!! Both myself and my husband love the Vision graphics and the whole brand actually, we have Vision skate decks as wall art and Phil has his original Vision skate tees and shorts. I deffo need to do a post on Vision in the near future!!
 
I have included a an Instagram pic of my daughter Sylvie's beautiful shoes from Little Bird. This is the greatest range of vintage inspired children's wear by Jools Oliver for Mothercare. I cannot buy little Sylvie enough of it!








All clothing from Freddies of Pinewood, H&M, Primark, Converse, Vision Street Wear and Little Bird by Jools Oliver for Mothercare.
 
Catch up with me soon for some more fashion fun, thanks for reading xx
ND xx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Modern Life is Rubbish

I'm a very fickle person, I admit it, a typical Gemini some might say, a split personality perhaps?? Well, this is mostly the truth when it comes to fashion and how I choose to wear certain looks.....all at once mostly. Today we are looking at one of my fashion persona's and, to be honest, it's the most common of my looks these days. Oh my Gosh! Have a finally found my very own look and I am sticking to it???.......I wouldn't hold your breath......

Today's look (Fashion persona....ahem) is vintage, it's late 1940s / early 1950s, it's rockabilly. Here a few examples.....

Let's start with the rock'n'roll circle dress that I bought from H&M years ago and have been wearing ever since! This skirt looks great with an elasticated belt and worn up or down with either a big petticoat and wedges or with a head scarf and Converse for a more dressed down look. I've been pairing it with jeans lately too for a more rockabilly, tomboy look which frankly confuses most people! But I like it!

The second look is a bit more forties vintage and I have styled up several victory rolls in my hair and have worn a Breton tee and my Freddies of Pinewood wide leg jeans. It's a classic daytime outfit.

The third outfit is more of a modern day take on vintage style, I have dressed up a H&M skater dress, nipped in my waist, worn a monochrome cardigan and put my hair up in a victory roll wrapped up with a leopard print head scarf.......But, what's this? I knew I couldn't stay in my vintage persona for too long.........Look, I'm wearing my rainbow wedges!! Love it!! Now all I need are those flashing Buffalo boots from Ashish X Topshop and I am happy!






Have fun with your fashion!!

All clothing from H&M, Freddies of Pinewood, Topshop, New Look and Office Shoes. 

Thanks for following and enjoy creating fashion mash ups!

ND xx

Monday, 10 March 2014

No Debutante - Pretty Punk Pinafore

Here are two ways I wear a pinafore dress. I own both a denim and a faux leather version but today's post just features my faux leather pinafore from Primark. This pinafore was one of the biggest bargains ever at only £11 (not even in the sales) and gets a lot of compliments. The fabric is soooo soft and the quality is good, the cut is quite girlie but in faux leather looks pretty punk too. You get the idea, I like the dress! 
For the first outfit I have paired the pinafore with a sleeveless Breton tee and denim shirt worn with frilly ankle socks and creepers.
The second outfit is a little bit more grunge, I have worn it with another Primark favourite, the plaid shirt, a tee and Dr Martens. My little fashionista Sylvie has joined me too and is rockin the pink legwarmers and Converse look. Mega Cute!!









All clothing from Primark, Topshop, Underground, Super Lovers, Dr Martens, Mothercare, H&M, Converse.

Thanks for visiting. Come back soon!

ND xx

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Jeremy Scott SS 2014 - My Boyfriend's Back

It is now time to let the summer in! I have official grown tired of Winter and feel the need to look forward to what I am going to be wearing in the warmer months ahead.

I am starting with one of my favourite Spring Summer 2014 collections from one of my most favourite designers, Jeremy Scott.

This collection is bursting with print and colour, the look is high summer, its late 1950s pin-up and early 1960s sex kitten with a street style edge, I love it! Think Betty Rubble, Wilma Flintstone, Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray, The B52s and Amy Winehouse, you get the idea, it's fun but edgy.

The prints range from 1950s abstract art influences, TV test pattern vertical stripes and 1960s pop art to oversized 1980s paint splashes reminiscent of retro surf/skate style mixed with animal prints, all in rainbow bright technicolour. 

The styling consists of high summer bra tops, high neck crop tops, co-ords, asymmetric bodycon dresses, 1960s mini dresses, high waisted short fitted skirts worn with ankle strapped pumps, 1960s inspired ankle boots, oversized cats eye sunglasses and massive bouffant bob hairstyles. For the men there was a mix of teddy boy versus 1980s skater and surfer style with bold printed shorts, slim fit trousers and 1950s teddy boy on the beach style shirts and jackets worn with winkle pickers and greased up hair. Jeremy Scott is one of those designers whose fashion vision works for both men and women and he incorporates this into his collections with ease, linking styling and prints together to make fantastic collections for everyone to wear.

How am I going to wear Jeremy Scott SS 2014?? Well, unless Jeremy Scott decides to send me some of the collection to wear and blog about this summer, I think I shall have to go with plan b (as usual) and recreate the look using my current wardrobe and a few found pieces from the high street. I really, really love co-ords (matching top and bottoms) it's such a vintage idea that sounds twee but looks great! Topshop and Asos have started to sell a few examples of this over the past few seasons, which is great but, I really haven’t fallen for any of them yet (there is always a yet) so until I do, I shall just buy/wear separates and recreate co-ords for myself. I shall be wearing my ever loved crop top vests with high waisted shorts and skirts, revealing a small amount of torso!  I have a ton of bodycon which I had since disregarded but perhaps need to reconsider again and I am also partial to a little sixties shirt minidress at the moment, all I need to do is backcomb in my beehive and pop on my cats eye sunnies and I’m ready, it's all about the styling daaaarrling!

How can you wear Jeremy Scott SS 2014?? Well, perhaps you are rich and can afford Jeremy Scott, or perhaps you could just consider buying vest tops and dresses in the similar prints as in the collection. Wear crop tops, if you are brave enough (go on, give them a go with a high waist trouser or skirt) purchase a new 1960s summer mini dress and embrace the return of the asymmetric top. If the full on Jeremy Scott look isn't for you, why not consider it for the beach with swimwear and co-ords in 1950s style prints? It's all over the high street already. Whatever you do, just wear your Jeremy Scott this summer with big hair and oversized cats eye sunglasses and work that vintage look!

And for all you skater teddy boys out there, choose 1950s print short sleeve shirts, retro skate printed shorts and don’t forget the rockabilly hair……you’re  looking good daddio.












 Thank you for the inspiration Jeremy Scott!

All images courtesy of Vogue.com

Catch up with No Debutante soon for more sista fashionista fun!
Thanks for reading.

ND xx

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