Well what a rocking weekend I have had! My fiance and have been looking forward to seeing Rudy la Crouix for months, they are our friend Rowdy’s band and we having them play at wedding next year so we were very excited for the night out.
As usual, I did not have a clue what I was going to wear! I haven’t been to the Westie rock and roll night before so I didn’t know whether it was a swing dress and petticoat night or jeans and a gingham shirt – so I decided I would go for something in-between. Thank God for my loyal flatmate Sam, she sat in my room with me for over an hour going through all my dresses, changing my underwear, shoes, jewellery – I think I changed at least 12 times! I was very nearly at the point of tears when Sam ventured into the part of my wardrobe reserved for dresses that don’t fit me at the moment, she took out my silk pokadot halterneck £95.00 dress from Monsoon. It has never fitted me, even when I brought it it was a slimming into number, so when she made me try it on and the zip eased up, I felt smug! I am on a wedding diet at the moment and over the last 6 weeks have lost 16Ibs, I currently have a 35″ waist and I am determined to have a 28″ waist for my wedding dress.
The gig was hosted by the ‘Memphis Belles’ a bloody brilliant local rock and roll club. The members are a real assortment of people, but you will never meet a more accommodating and welcoming bunch. Scott and I have been going out on the Rock and Roll circuit for just over a year now but because of our business we are normally selling our clothing so don’t always get the chance to dance so our jiving is still not the standard we want it, and I am still learning the basic moves for the ladies only dancing but they take you under their wings and teach you all their moves – Rockers never judge!
Rudy la Crouix play lots of boppin songs and we want them for the wedding because their “Folsom Prison Bop” is one of mine and Scott’s songs so of course I had a wiggle on the dance floor to that. They also have a country influence adding their own rock and roll twist to classics like ‘House of the Rising Sun’. The band really do know how to entertain and I hope that when we have them at the wedding our friends and family will love the foot tapping beats and music that can’t help but put a smile on your face!
Please check out the band and if they are playing any gigs near to you – try to see them – they are true gentleman and a band that you don’t want to miss out on!
Bonjour my fellow bloggers and welcome to “Frankii loves Vintage” my personal vintage inspired blog. I am a rock and roll girl at heart and am fortunate to live my life surrounded by fabulous vintage clothes, handbags and homeware – my lovely flatmate Sam has inspired me to write a blog of my own sharing my goodies with the world.
Today I am going to simply tell you a bit about me. I am a plus-size girl and have found 1950’s dresses lend themselves to ladies with curves! Personally I love the rockabilly fashion and try to mould myself to look every inch the rock and roll queen. Inspired by the timeless pin-ups such as Betty Page and Marilyn Monroe I paint my nails red, make my hair red and flick my eyeliner like a lady. Unlike Marilyn, I have rockabilly inspired tattoos including a swallow, rose and most recently a leopard print anchor on my wrist. I love having my own unique style and dressing to flatter my figure is an added plus.
Yesterday I wore a white linen 1950’s inspired dress from Marks and Spencer. I got several compliments on my dress and everyone thought it was authentic! I have collected vintage clothing for around five years now and it is difficult to get the genuine articles in larger sizes (I wear a UK16-20) so it is brilliant to be able to buy good ‘copies’ on the highstreet. I got my Marks and Sparks dress in the Per Una sale for £29.00 ( it doesn’t really get more of a bargain than that! In normal circumstances I would have worn the dress with wedge heels to lengthen my legs and hide my chubby ankles (I am a tall girl but have chunky legs!) but Hastings is full of hills so I wore it with my moccasin pumps.
My trip to Hastings was to rummage through the dozens of retro shops that are based in the Old Town. I love shopping in Hastings because you never know what treat you are going to find. I went with my fiance, Scott, and my mum. Scott loves everything 1950’s from the clothing to the music, and secretly wishes he was Johnny Cash. From wearing the bowling shirts to Brylcreem-ing his hair, my man is head to toe stuck in a 50’s time warp and I wouldn’t have him any other way! He has been after some more jeans in a while, he’s been oo-and-arring over some Freddie’s jeans for a while, but only knows online stockists and did not want to risk them being the wrong size with the hassle of having to send them back, so he was chuffed when he discovered a shop that sold Prison Blue jeans. Shipped over from the USA, direct from Oregan Prison where inmates make them, it is their own choice to make the clothing and there is a three-year waiting list for those wanting to join the production line, these jeans are made from heavy durable material and are cut in the classic americana fifties design, Scott brought the classic shape in the dark blue colour – he considered the black pair, but to be honest they look the same as Levi 501’s and aren’t as “rock and roll”.
Buy your man a pair from the High Street Retro Centre, Hastings or online from http://www.rockersengland.co.uk
Everyday I will share another plus-size vintage dress I have found, or a unique accessory or piece of homeware that I think is amazing. I might simple post a classic song that I’ve got in my head that day, I will try to post something new everyday.
This is a simple welcome post and tomorrow I will have something more exciting to say. For the meanwhile check out the M&S website, it’s an unusual place to look for retro fashions but I found my glorious goodie there this week so you might just find one too.
Made for you with love,