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Oh la la, Instagram

Coucou !

Although I’ve been a little neglectful of my dear blog here as of late, all Ravishing Retro channels have not been dead. Perhaps some you know that I have quite a raging Instagram addiction, as of about a month or so ago. It’s a little dire to say the least; I feel so incredibly cliché. Nevertheless, it has allowed me to chronicle my sartorial choices far more regularly than I otherwise would have done. So voila, here is one week of uni classes (well, four days) through the eyes of my wardrobe and Instagram account:

1950s frock Camden Passage, London | Belt Review | 1940s cardigan The Attic, Vegas | Hair flower Circa Vintage

Second-hand frock Cambridge, UK | Cardigan Dangerfield | Belt Dangerfield | Brooch Gift | Hair flowers Sportsgirl

1950s frock Camden Passage, London | Belt Bettie Page | Cardigan Country Road | Scarf Cambridge, UK | 1950s necklace Camden Passage, London

1950s frock Retrostar, Melbourne | Cardigan Dangerfield | Belt Alannah Hill

For more slightly overexposed, yet still quite enjoyable photos like these, you can look me up as @ravishingretro. Hurrah!

In other news, I’ve finally moved house! This means I have all my glorious frocks back, so I daresay things will be a lot more lively around here. Once a proper internet connection is installed, hopefully I’ll be dropping by more frequently.

A bientôt !

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A Rendezvous in Hyde Park, London

Right now I’m holed up inside, packing my life and wardrobe into boxes in preparation for my impending move, so I have been positively unglamorous. As a remedy, I’ll show you these old photos instead of my current dust-covered self.

In the middle of the year I was in London with my friends from Cambridge, where I was taking Summer School classes in literature (I know – my life, my life). I overdosed on pale blue for an outing to Hyde Park, where we had a glorious picnic together and enjoyed a rare pocket of sunshine. Hyde Park was so absurdly beautiful, so we took some snaps. How I miss London!



I was really into hands-on-hips posing that day.

Well I have to embark on a furious search for newspaper and bubble wrap, so farewell friends. I’ll be away visiting Grandma and co. for Christmas, so you can expect some reports from our inevitable Doris Day marathons, and then I’m shipping out to America for a few weeks. Photos will emerge of all this, including my new home, in the very near future. In the meantime, enjoy the holiday season – I hope your champagne intake is not too perilously high.

1950s dress:
Emporium, Greenwich
Cardigan: Cambridge
1950s necklace: Camden Passage Markets, London
Flats: Accessorize

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Pastel Jewellery (Practically Perfect in Every Way)

For a rendezvous to Newtown last night, I themed my outfit around this exquisite 1930s brooch my friend Kath gave me as a birthday gift.

It’s a splendid pastel number with diamontes, and conveniently, matches a 1950s jewellery set I own with almost alarming precision.

So with these pastels in mind, I opted for a bit of yellow in my ensemble, donning this 1940s blouse I bought on Etsy. It’s made from an odd sort of tea towel-esque fabric, and I’m very fond of it. Usually I have terrible trouble buying blouses – I always get distracted by the racks of colourful tea frocks.


I tied this ribbon belt around my wait as a ribbon belt for the beige linen skirt. It originally belonged to this dress, but I suppose I’d forgotten about it until now. The colours seemed to match the jewellery set quite pleasantly.

And then there’s the bag! Oh, the bag! – it’s so wonderful. I bought it at the vintage fair I worked at in November, but I’d seen it before in a shop window on Enmore Rd. This pairing (the bag and I) was meant to be.



1940s blouse: Maybel 57
Linen skirt:
Ark, Cambridge
Ribbon belt: from dress by Lazy Bones
1930s brooch: birthday gift (thank you Kath!)
1950s necklace: Camden Passage Markets, London
1950s sunglasses: Emporium, London
1950s/60s bag: “The Way We Wear” fair
Flats: Accessorize

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