Sunday, 29 September 2013


Now I don't want to shout it out too loud but yesterday was my birthday.....A HUGE birthday, and had it not been for two things I might have been a bit depressed. First there were the wonderful cards, presents, flowers and well wishes of my family and friends, rounded off by the most scrumptious impromptu party (in the sunshine) and secondly I felt a real spring chicken after watching 'Fabulous Fashionistas', a program about 6 women with an average age of 80 who completely destroyed any preconceived ideas you might have had about growing old........

However on our little jaunt (was it really 4 weeks ago) to the Twinwood Festival I didn't feel quite so young watching the incredible dancing talent on show! Jitterbug, Charleston, Jive my word did those guys and gals go!

The tickets were bought for us as a Christmas present by our DD and her family and at the time it seemed so far away, but my how those months galloped by and especially the last one when we were still trying to find what to wear.

I love vintage especially the 1940s and 50s, but would never pretend that I could always tell real vintage clothing or accessories. Of course we do have the Internet now and that's where I went for my inspiration. DH was lucky to have a genuine 1940s double breasted suit which I had found in a charity shop some time ago, and a genuine trilby and braces. so his outfit just needed the finishing touches. However for myself and my SIL it was just a case of trawling through books and Internet images and hoping that we would achieve a reasonable look, without it costing us a small fortune.
In the end I made a dress from an authentic 1940s pattern, and even made a hat from a 1940s pamphlet!. I didn't wear the hat however as it was made from felt and the weather forecast was not good, but it will keep.

Well I am chuffed to say that our menfolk must have cut the mustard as they were photographed several times and are now on the Simply Twinwood facebook site and all four of us were captured by a lady for her job, where she helped the elderly by taking photographs at vintage festivals and getting them to reminisce about their past experiences.

The weekend started very badly weather wise with some torrential rain on the Saturday, but our tickets were for Sunday and a rather misty and miserable morning soon gave way to the most glorious hot and sunny day, and though I am sure we would still have enjoyed the event there is no denying that being able to lounge on the grass listening to the big band sound, the incredible singing acts and watch the amazing dancing really made the day. A doubledecker bus took us from the car parks to the arenas and was the perfect start to a perfect day.

There were fabulous vintage stalls, a veritable fashion parade of different costumes, vintage cars, superb music and plenty of places to eat and drink.

As a teenager of the sixties you would think music festivals would be old hat, but I confess this is the first I have ever been to and I was a bit nervous, however the whole thing was just so brilliantly managed and the atmosphere so friendly I am already planning my outfit for when we go again!!.......

So if you haven't been and want a great vintage music filled day out I can certainly recommend it.

Have a great week

                                                                           Jenny xx  


  1. That looks like the most fabulous festival weekend, and you two - so stylish!! I can hardly believe you casually tossed in "I made a hat" - you *made* a *hat*?! I'm in awe!

    1. Thank you. Don't think I will win any millinery awards, but I did enjoy having a go!

  2. A Very Hippy Burpday 2 U. What a wonderful event it was for your celebration and didn't you two "cut the mustard".
    Health and Happiness for the future.
    Jo x

  3. Love your outfit, what a wonderful birthday present too x

    1. Thanks Amanda, I must say I felt very comfortable in the end and DH was in his element.

  4. Hi Jenny,

    Happy belated birthday to you! You and your husband looks beautiful! What a pretty outfit you made. I wish I had your talent. You both blend in with the crowd perfectly.

    Wish we had 'vintage' events like this in Holland. It looks like fun!

    Happy week,

    Madelief x

    1. It certainly was and as I said I can't wait to go again. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  5. Happy birthday Jenny! Looks like a fantastic day out! Can't get over your hat! Stunning! Xxxx

  6. Thanks Amanda. Next time I'll wear it!

  7. Happy Birthday Jenny! It really does look as if you had a fabulous time :)


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