Vintage 50s Dress - Kitts Corner
Ice Cream Detail Heels - Irregular Choice
Cats Eyes Sunglasses* - Giant Vintage
Pastel Pink Bag - Primark
Lacey Socks - Ebay
Today I convinced my mum to join me on a vintage adventure in Penzance. Penzance is a town that I have often heard being praised for it's abundance of vintage boutiques, so after a bit of preliminary research (and a quick lunch at Costa!) we dove straight in and attempted to navigate the streets of Penzance in search of vintage treasures.
Our first stop was Boudoir, described as 'A Lady's Private Room', in the doorway of a small arcade on Chapel Street. It's an adorable, slither of a boutique, and as you can see in the first three photos the attention to detail is stunning. It was everything a girly haven should be; there were towers of colourful, tasselled lampshades, gaggles of delicate perfume bottles, and a very thoughtful collection of preloved clothing. I picked out a red shift dress with a swooping cream peter pan collar, which I was thrilled to find was a perfect fit. As my mum tried on a dress of her own I had a chat with the owner, who formerly worked in fashion PR, and now writes a column for The Cornishman. Meeting such inspiring people never fails to get me excited about what the future holds!
The next stop was just down the road, and the nationally acclaimed Kitts Corner. It was darker, busier, and more cluttered than Boudoir, but in an endearing way. There were retro mannequins dotted around, with faces that were somehow simulataneously sinister and charming, and all around were vintage hats, shoes and other paraphanalia. Racks bulged with immaculate vintage evening dresses, each painstakingly labelled with the appropriate occasion and era, and as I tried on the above dress I recognised the faint strains of Abba permeating the air.
Not only was the shop itself a Wonderland, but I was absolutely over the moon with this 50s dress. For these photos I dressed it up with frilly socks, vintage cats eyes sunglasses, a little pink bag and a dusty pink ribbon tied around the waist. I was also thrilled as it gave me an excuse to dig out my old Irregular Choice heels (an 18th birthday present from a good friend - aren't I lucky?).
The overall ensemble reminds me of vintage milkshake bars and ice cream sundaes! Very summery indeed - now we just need some sunshine... But, at very least, I've had a lovely day with my mummy!