23 November 2012

We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when..

Tea Dress: Topshop (old)
Jacket: Vintage via eBay
Platform Loafers: Primark (old)
Made in Britain Seamed Tights: Gift 
Photo's by Sarah Holliday
Blitz Night at Dolly's! 
A couple of weeks ago I marched back to the 1940's and became a Wartime troop entertainer for Blitz Night at Dolly's Tearoom in town. I put on my tea dress, 1940's power shoulder woollen jacket & seamed tights, and made my best attempt at victory rolls. It took a lot of panicking, sweat and tears, but I just about managed to get my hair to stay up and somewhat resemble the epitome of forties hair fashion (only with the help of about half a bottle of hairspray though..). If I had a bit more patience, and wasn't so useless with a curling tong, I would have victory rolls all the time, but then the forties are one of my favourite eras for fashion and if I had it my way, we would all dress like that today. But anyway, it was really nice to just dress up for the night, being able to just forget about the pile of books and articles waiting for me at home. The decorations in Dolly's itself just made the night even better, with blackout windows, dimmed lights and candles, sandbags outside, and even Hebe (the tearoom's resident dog with a penchant for a pearl necklace) was dressed up as an evacuee! We were welcomed with cocktails and wartime entertainment, think a chipper piano player/crooner and a singer with a voice to rival Vera Lynn! Being close to Remembrance Day, and with the night ending with sing-alongs, including 'We'll meet again' and 'Land of Hope and Glory', it was a really lovely and different way to honour those who fought for us and lost their lives during the Wars. Thank you Dolly's Tearoom for a lovely, and really memorable, night out!!

As i'm writing this I am in my usual work get-up; leggings, fox socks (which I can't stop staring at) and a messy bun, and I'm onto my third cup of tea (oops). But this work will be overcome today, especially as i'm going out dressed as a Bond Girl for a Martini/Bond Night tonight! I'm going to attempt to emulate Miss Moneypenny, with a beehive, flicked eyeliner and a matching two-piece suit. What do you think, if all else fails there's always Goldfinger's all-gold girl, that would be a sight for sore eyes ha! What's your favourite era for fancy dress? Hope you all have a lovely Friday evening! 
Love, Charlestown xoxo.
Thank you to Sarah Holliday for the beautiful photographs! 


  1. This looks amazing! :) You all look so in role and perfect in the 40's! I went to a 1920s party at the weekend but all the influences I took were basically 1940s woops! I had to try and think like Daisy from the Great Gatsby... Have fun at the Bond party, sounds great!


  2. You all look so good, I'm in love with your jacket! I've only ever done victory rolls twice, they're too much effort to be worn often!

    I want those fox slippers too :) xo

  3. this is amazing! you look fab and that dog is adorable!! xx

  4. You look amazing! You all do. I wish we could all dress like this as standard :)

  5. I love this post ridiculous amounts-you look lovely! Blitz night sounds amazing and right up my street! Have you read the 'vintage tea party book'? victory rolls and cake galore! have a fab night tonight Miss Moneypenny xo

  6. All your outfits look lovely. This sounds like such a fun night! I love anything from the war era, I'm not sure why x

  7. Oh my gosh, I've actually fallen in love. You all look bloody amazing, and the dog has just won my heart 1000X over- what a babe xx

  8. What an amazing idea. Kind of like something you can imagine happening in the Gilmore Girls :) love your outfit too.


  9. You look beautiful Charlie, aw the adorable labrador!

    Julia x

  10. Love all the clothes, looks so vintage!

  11. You girls all look amazing! my favourite era for fancy dress is probably the 50's or 60's I just love the clothes, the fabrics and the development of fashion in those 2 decades

    Chloe xo


  12. This is a gorgeous post, the evening sounds so exciting and I love your take on the forties. I'm super jealous that you get to be Miss Moneypenny tonight, your outfit sounds like heaven as I think I'd dress sixties 24/7 if it was acceptable.

    Elise x


  13. Everyone looks so good!! Glad you all had a lovely time :)

  14. wow, looks like a great night! you hair looks perfect.
    I love sixties themed parties best - I was once invited to a James Bond party and I was going to have big bouncy 60s hair, black eyeliner and a sequinned mini dress with a gun strapped to my leg! unfortunately a closer friend had a party on the same night in a different city that I couldn't not go to - and she had no theme! boo.

  15. This look suites you perfectly! Stunning pics

    Lena xx

  16. This would be such a good fancy dress idea, love all of the outfits! x

  17. you look beautiful! i love that vintage jacket, it's the sort of thing that would catch my eye but i wouldn't really know how to wear, but it looks so great on you! that sounds like such a lovely way to remember the everyone who fought in the war, i've never done anything that significant but it's such a thoughtful idea.


  18. Wow! Looks like you had an amazing night, want to do something like this now!
    Love Charlotte

  19. This is so beautiful, looks absolutely perfect <3. I've loved that whole era ever since we spent ages on WW2 and after in school when I was about 11. I often think it would have been incredible to have grown up at that time, it looked like everybody had so much fun despite everything that was going on around them.
    Kaz x

  20. Oh ive been talking alot with my friends about wanted to attend one of the blitz parties and this looks lovely. I love the effort you've gone to with your outift. I think everyone looks so groomed from that time ande I would love to have looked like that. Hope you had an amazing evening. Lizz x

  21. You suit this style loads! This night looks amazing!



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