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To tweet or not to tweet… it’s addictive!

I may be a girl with a passion for vintage but now and then I recognise and appreciate some great things from the more modern world – washing machines and tumble driers, colourful polyester and washable wool, electric curling tongs, mobile phones and of course the Internet 🙂In particular that great combination of the Iphone and the internet are one of lifes great wonders – and now I’m a blogger I thought it was time to explore that other great mystery known as Twitter.

To be honest I’ve put it off for ages thinking what on earth could be so interesting about anything that I would want to share it with the world throughout the day or even to read or follow anyone else. Well just under a month later and I now know what all the fuss is about. There is an addictive, even seductive quality to Twitter.

The ability to take snapshots of your life and want to share that moment finds you reaching for the phone – and the fine art of  juggling content and meaning in a concise 140 characters. Let’s just say that grammar goes out the window and it makes text speak seem positively the Queens English lol! I’ve been tweeting about clothing, events, music, and even motorbiking – but that’s another story!

That ping when a new tweet arrives has me reaching for my phone eager to see what is going on – and now that I’ve found some of my favourite vintage shops are in the twittersphere I love finding out what is going on with them and the latest goodies they have on offer. These include @Fredofpinewood, @ViVofHolloway and @VintageLifeMag.

I’ve also found new links to some great singers – @TheThreeBelles and @jiveaces are both acts I’ve seen at Twinwood and really enjoyed. Following them has pushed me more towards their music. I also started following @SiCranstoun after hearing his foot tapping, gotta get up and dance Lonesome Heart Bandit, (see the video) at my jive classes. He puts up get links to great new videos and I know exactly what I’ll be asking for as my Christmas prezzies 😛

There’s a whole world of vintage lovers out there on Twitter such as style icon @ApplebyJoanne and @lipstickcurls. And they open your eyes to new events, fashions, makeup and even baking tips – in fact everything that a vintage loving girl like myself could wish for.

I’m still getting the hang of sharing information (and hash tags!) – and my tweets are now linked to this blog for interested parties! I’m also pleased to say that I have gained a few followers of my own and several of my tweets have been retweeted by them 🙂

So just in case you missed the point of my post – you can follow me @VintageVapours


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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Great reads, People to follow, Reviews


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It’s a Vintage Life for me!

My review of a great read – Vintage Life magazine

Absentmindedly flicking through websites linked to vintage events I found myself suddenly on a Facebook page for  Vintage Life magazine.

Thinking it was an ad hoc hobby e-zine I sorted leisurely through the pages but suddenly my interest was well and truly grabbed and I sat up straighter as I realised this was anything but an amateur rag. This was an honest to goodness fully fledged magazine specialising in what it says on the tin.

Where could I get my hands on a copy of Vintage Life? Well you could knock me down with feather – apparently it’s stocked at both Sainsbury’s and WHSmith. Well for three days I ventured into each of the four outlets I pass on my way to work (it’s a long commute!) but to no avail as they were just too small. But on the fourth day I finally made it into the town centre in Kingston on my lunchbreak and there it was – a beautiful handbag sized glossy mag 🙂

I eagerly plucked a copy from the shelf and scampered off to the tills. £3.70 and it was mine! I tucked it into my bag and although desperate to open its pages and dive in I didn’t want to be interrupted at work.

By some hidden depths of strength of will I managed to hold out till I got home. Then the door locked, a mug of tea within reach and the cat purring on my lap I settled back and finally opened my mag 😛

Brilliant! from front to back I loved it. I will happily admit I got very excited seeing the details and references to shops and events that were easily within reach of a short car or train journey. Also delighted by Lynsey Le Keux’s article on the dos and dont’s of wearing flowers in your hair. My hair is lamentably short for anyone with an interest in the 1940s and 50s – I can but dream of Victory Rolls! Instead I often adorn my hair with flowers and clips to compliment or match my outfits as my concession to a “finished look”, so this article gave me lots of good advice about the best way to wear them.

The article about the cake made for Dame Vera Lynn made me smile – and I was truly jealous that I had missed out on hearing her sing as these days that’s about as rare as hen’s teeth and I’ve been a fan of hers ever since I first heard her recording of “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “We’ll meet again”.

The reader’s pics of their shoes made me giggle particularly as I recognised a pair I own! There is just one article I did gloss over and that was the “Guilty Pleasures – funnel cake” as it celebrated chocolate. In particular Nutella which has never been a favourite of mine 😦

I will certainly be subscribing – but I think I’ll wait till the next issue as the subscription gift is a red lipstick – and that’s a colour I NEVER wear 😉



Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Great reads, Reviews


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