It is funny how when we were younger (and profoundly less worldly) we looked upon charity shops as somewhere tainted to shop. I recall people sneering at others who were found to have shopped there, often called ‘skanks’. My parents were not overly wealthy and so I was often dressed in charity shop garments. It was, during my school days, my dark secret.
I am quite the shopper but dont think I simply walk into the high street chain stores to find my garments. I go first to the charity shops. I learnt pretty quickly on that some of the most wonderful garments show up in these places. I tend to go to ones away from student towns as they are all to often already sold out of the ‘goodies’ I crave. I know so many vintage dealers/shops go to charity shops to buy their stock. They simply wack on their percentage and sell it you with a nice label of ‘vintage’. Who can blame them? I mean its business and there is a market. Admittedly not all do this.
Anyway I just wanted people to realise there are some awesome goodies to be found in charity shops…
Here are some of my purchases:
Dress: 60s £12 Belt: £2 both charity shop.
My actual vintage tea set, vase and jug. Bought for a tenner in charity shops this week. Sadly my ex kept most of the tea set
Dress: 70s original £20.
dress: 70s original with rhinestone clasp. £2!!!
I love charity shops. But be aware you will have to rifle to find the pretties!
Who would have thought that little old me when I was handed a camera as a leaving present would become a paid photographer. Until recently I had used my swanky camera to take pretty mundane images. Nothing fancy but determined to improve myself, I started to really look at images that inspired me and use them as goals to achieve.
My own photography has really taken off. I have been booked in for two boudoir shoots already and some of my work has been published both here and stateside so I am beyond proud. I should really start creating a website for it perhaps? Probably not as ideally I want to keep it under the Khandie Khisses banner…anyway here are some latest self portraits and work I have done.
All copyrighted mind!
If you want to book your own shoot please contact me directly x info(at)KhandieKhisses(dot)com
Working with my costume designer it is very rare that I find myself buying ‘off the peg’ corsets. Not that I am a snob but I find them real hit and miss, be it poor boning or bad construction, particularly from online stores.
When Corsets-UK contacted me about being sent one of their corsets I had to obliged. This is a company I have heard a lot about and all of it positive. I needed to see if their reputation was substantiated. It didnt take long to choose which one I wanted to road test…ok it did. There is such a selection on their site, from corsets to eyelashes.
After some consideration I chose an underbust called ‘Bridal Cream’ at £72. The website specs state:
What is very cool about the site is that there is an amazing offer of 3 for 2 on the corsets. Thats insane!? Team up with your mates to get yourself some fab corsets for great money.
First thing I noticed when the corset arrived is that it is not as ‘creamy’ as the picture shows and is instead a lot more paler almost white. Also the images show a ribbon fastening but it is not, it is the cord as stated in the description. Other than that it is as described.
Like with any new corset, bedding in takes time. This is when the corset fits to your shape better and this comes with wear. Due to the sturdy boning (and it really is), bedding in this corset has taken a lot of time. Please dont think this is a bad thing. Corsets need to be worn more than once particularly if you are going to perform in it like I intend to.
I love that the corset fastens with cord that is already pre-threaded. I dont find ribbon fastening to be very good at times and although aesthetically it can be more appealing, getting a good tug on it is hard.
Here is an image of me after wearing it for three hours. You can see how nicely it sits on my hips. The slightly longer line sits well and helps reduce any stomach bulge from the waist cinching.
I am wearing a 28 inch to be on the safe side but it was so comfortable I could have easily tight laced in a 26 inch.
I do like how there is suspender loops as well as a good quality lining which isnt something you always get in ‘off the peg’ corsets.
All in all I love this corset. Whilst I still love the fit of a custom fit corset as it guarantees a perfect fit, I can see this being the next best thing. Whilst it isnt a perfect fit it is DAMN close. Its expensive enough to expect great quality but not too expensive that you wont want to customise it. For me, I think this is a great base corset in which to costumise for an act. The only downside is that I was expecting a creamier colour as per the site.
Definitely a good corset. I have now been wearing it for 5 hrs and still no awkwardness/uncomfortable feelings. Its rigid and holds me in place. Well done. Perhaps finally an off the peg corset that feels as fabulous as you hoped.
Today my best friend Sara (bloody good comic book writer and PR genius) met up for tea and a spot of vintage shopping. The problem is that when Sara and I are together we kind of explode into stupid impressions and dorky faces: heaven in other words. Sara is bloody awesome to hang out with. She looks like a hot Velma (of Scooby Doo) and the humour of a dirty squaddie. So pootering about the vintage shops of St Albans we had a great time. We visited Beatnik Bazaar (full of stuff and such fab prices) and the HUGE Vintage Emporium.
Here are the photos so no more waffle from moi!
Vintage medical equipment anyone? The best display!!!
Kitsch heaven! I love the Queenie jelly mould.
Tea for two at the cafe at the Vintage Emporium.
Stunning items everywhere you look!
Just so much to riffle through. Heaven achieved!!!