Fantastic events, cute dresses, air hostesses & seaside fun!

26 Sep

A sneeky peeky...the Ariel

Well we’ve had a busy old month! After the excitement of the Edinburgh Festival, we foolishly thought that September would be quiet and we’d have time to make lots of new autumnal hats and squash in a Strumpet photoshoot but it didn’t quite turn out that way! We started off well…the first couple of hats from our new heritage collection were sent off as prizes for two glamourous events – The Vintage Mafia’s Ric Rac club in London and our make up artist Fiona’s charity fundraiser here in Edinburgh. Winners, we must see pictures! Then the last of our bridal orders needed to go out, we did a tiny collection of sparkly hats for Rowan Joy’s latest photoshoot (above) and before we knew it, September was drawing to a close! Never fear, we’ve assured Tara, our Strumpet Starlet, that we won’t make her wear a bikini for our shoot which will now be happening in October (brrr…maybe in the snow!)

Misses Von Wink & DuBois have shopped a bit too much this September and found many fabulous tweed items in the charity shops (including a wonderful Pippa Dee pencil skirt!) and also found a great skater style dress in Madam Dorothea Perkin’s boutique – branches nationwide! How marvellous they look with a little Peter Pan collar at the neck! Air hostess chic…yes please!

We'd be air hostesses if you could still dress like this!

Speaking of air hostesses, we are really looking forward to watching Pan Am when it comes to BBC2 this autumn – starring Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie, the costumes look divine! It should tide Kitty over until Mad Men comes back (obsessed with John Hamm ?Never!)

A very British evening out!

Lastly, we managed to fit a fun event of our own in last weekend – our very first Strumpet Promenade! In early summer, when the weather looked promising, we thought how fun it would be to invite a big group of friends to dress vintage, head down to Portobello Promenade, have sit-in fish & chips and cause a bit of a retro stir! There is a great little cafe right on the prom that plays fifties and sixties music and opens at night – what could be more fun? Then we had the coldest summer for years and forgot all about it, only remembering the plan on an accidentally drunken evening out a couple of weeks ago! We decided to give it a dry run on Sunday and what fun we all had! Unfortunately, the cafe on the prom is now closed in the evening but we went to the best chippy on Portobello High Street, St. Andrews fry, and had take-away fish and chips in paper, looking out to Fife at dusk (oh-the glamour!). We then went to Nobles Arcade and put 10p bets on the horses, tried our luck at the 2p penny pusher and played Dino-Pop – not vintage at all but the most fun you can have for 30p a go! We then went to the Espy – a friendly, shabby chic pub on the prom, had half lager shandies and played some retro games from their fine selection! I reckon that the whole evening cost less than £15 per head – great value! Next time we are going to join the local bingo club and turn up in our best fifties finery – let us know if you want to join in!

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