Desdemona Style & Vintage will be having a pop up shop this Saturday at the Rochester Flea

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Any of you readers live in or close to Rochester, Kent? …….. if so you are in for a real treat Desdemona is popping up at The Rochester Flea in Rochester High Street this Saturday (29th)

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Desdemona will have clothing, bags, jewellery, sunglasses etc up for sale, so come and have a browse 🙂
If you are not local then you can always shop online (all links are on my website, or feel free to contact me if you are after something in particular)

This week, I was honored to be picked as their featured seller on their blog this month, here’s my interview…..

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By tracyaffleck, Aug 23 2015 07:40PM

Hi Hayley! Really looking forward to seeing you at the Rochester Flea on 29th August. How long have you been selling vintage and how did you start?

I’ve been selling vintage and quality fashion items for around 15 years now. I started off working in an underwear boutique in Bluewater and the owner always mentioned what I was wearing and customers would ask me where I got my clothes from. She gave me a budget and I would go out and buy items and customize garments for her to sell in her shop alongside the underwear and those items flew out the shop, so I started setting up my own stalls, beginning at Greenwich market in London, and it’s all gone from there.

I had my own boutique that some of you may remember, Up the Junction along the lower Rochester road, and that’s where I started off my styling side of things and sourcing and supplying clothing and accessories to costume designers and wardrobe departments for TV and stage, which I still do now.

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What do you love about vintage clothing?

Well, I love the romance of where that piece has been, who wore it before you, what it’s seen and all that hippy dippy stuff!

But more seriously, it’s the design, the cut and the quality of clothing then, time and care was taken over making a garment, it wasn’t knocked up in some sweat shop in China, which brings me to the ethical side of it… for starters wearing vintage or second hand clothing is recycling so it’s good for the environment, it cuts down on the energy and pollution made by producing and transporting disposable clothing, and less goes to landfill.

Desert Island Discs?

I love this question!! If Carlsberg asked questions this probably would be one of them 😉  I’m a castaway!!

I have to start with a Beatles track as they are my all time favourite (BIG John Lennon fan over here!)It was my mum that got me into The Beatles when I was a kid (as well as Rod Stewart, T-Rex and Reggae!)

  • No.1 is The BeatlesCome Together.
  • No. 2 Eddie Cochran Twenty Flight Rock. It’s in a great film The Girl Can’t Help It with Jayne Mansfield and it’s a great tune, nuff said!
  • No. 3 a bit of Doo Wop now that sounds like it could of fell off the Grease movie soundtrack….Del VikingsWhispering Bells.

I was a Indie kid in my teens when I started wearing vintage clothing, 70s flares, some kitsch skinny rib t shirt and my Adidas Sambas, thinking one day I might be the first female member of Oasis!! Oasis singles where great because you’d get 2 or 3 B sides that where just as good as the A side so you got a lot a bang for your buck so…

  • No.4 is Talk Tonight Oasis (B side on Some Might Say)
  • No.5 Another track from the 90s Indie days ..The Stone RosesWaterfall . brilliant song.
  • No. 6 Love this song…. Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band
  • No. 7 Free BirdLynyrd Skynyd. I have my Dad to thank for my love of 70s rock music, he was a drummer in a band in the 70s, they were called Mind Cage! Hehe!
  • No. 8 is Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love, just because !

And then I know you only get 8 but I NEED 9! This last track is not only my teams song (Liverpool FC) but it’s the lyric, simple but always pick me up when I need it, and its fitting with the lost of Cilla Black this month…

  • No. 9 Gerry & The PacemakersYou’ll Never Walk Alone

Artists that inspire you?

These are all artists too me in one way or another..   Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, John Lennon, Barbara Hulanicki, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Rachel Zoe, Iris Apfel, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Edith Head, Elsa Schiaparelli, Elizabeth Taylor and Brigitte Bardot.

What was the last exhibition you attended?

Last week I visited the Imperial War Museum for their Fashion On The Ration exhibition, The exhibition was a little smaller than expected, but was really good if you are into fashion or 40’s fashion.

It includes uniforms, utility clothing, “make do and mend” garments, wedding outfits etc.

My favourite piece was definitely the “Siren Suit” a kind of (more stylish) onesie that was designed to wear over nightwear to maintain a ladies modesty while traveling to and seeking shelter during night time air raids.

'Fashion on the Ration' at The Imperial War Museum

(Read my blog post about the exhibition HERE)

Favourite thing about Rochester?

The history, the boutiques, the coffee shops, the cobblestones

Sushi or Italian?

I’m not much of a meat eater and I’m not keen on sushi at all, you can’t go wrong with an Italian…. I do love a mean pizza!

Pink or Red?

Definitely red! My hair gives that away, I’ve never been that much of a pinky girly girl, I even tried to dye my dolls hair red with my mums’ red food colouring when I was a kid!

As of this spring I am also a trained hairdresser, so I’ll stick to proper hair colourants from now on, Promise! I’ll have a mannequin head with a victory rolls hair style on display at the Rochester Flea so if anyone’s in need of some vintage hair styling for events then come say Hi!

Favourite ever vintage purchase?

Well that has to be the Austin Mini I had, 1966, Red with a union flag on the roof, next to no mileage, he’d been sat in a garage for years, he was a stud! But I had to let him go, I didn’t trust my driving !!

Where can we find you?

www.desdemonastyle.wordpress.com

Twitter: @styledesdemona

Instagram: @desdemonastyle

Facebook: Desdemona Style & Vintage

All these links are on my website www.desdemonastyle.moonfruit.com

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Thanks for reading 🙂 See you there!!
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Tips and Tricks on getting the perfect jeans to flatter your bum !

When shopping for Jeans one thing most women don’t look out for is the back POCKETS

The shape, size, width, height etc of the back pockets can completely change the shape & size of your butt
Here’s Desdemonas tips on getting the most bum-flattering Jeans

OK so you have a Flat / Small Butt & you want to emphasize

You are not the only one celebs like Victoria Beckham, Taylor Swift & Gwyneth Paltrow also have weenie butts

 

Victoria Beckham is the first to say she has a flat butt and started her own range of jeans (VB Rocks for Rock & Republic in 2004) because of this.

To emphasize a small butt pick jeans with Flap back pockets, embellished pockets, buttons on the pockets, high pockets to lift the butt, Make sure the bottom of back pockets never sit lower than the butt cheek, or you will be in danger of a droopy look

Flaps / Buttons / Stitching / Wide belt buckles all good for creating that bubble butt

Stay away from high waisted garments as they will just stretch out and flatten your butt further, instead opt for a well fitting lower waist jean to “squash” the butt as such

See how the height of the waist can make a huge difference

Now for you Big Bottomed girls (That as Freddie Mercury sang “you make the rocking world go round”) so you want to make it appear smaller, Now, I’m all for a big bum! But as any stylist will tell you “its all about proportions” so this is great for you juicy pear shape girls.

Celebs with larger butts are Kim Kardashian J-Lo & Kelly Clarkson

Now you girls need the opposite as before mentioned for small butts, Avoid any unwanted bulk, avoid small back pockets the smaller the pockets the bigger your butt will appear. You need big wide pockets that sit lower on the butt cheeks and the closer the pockets are together the better, as that draws the width in.

ALL WRONG!

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Much better

Another little trick is the shape of the Back Yoke (which is the row of stitching between the waistband and the pockets) this can completely change the shape of your butt by illusion

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The Butt Optical Illusion

Choose an inverted arc yoke to create volume and a V yoke to minimize volume, a straight yoke is only really flattering on a top heavy body shape as it widens the hips.

Last tip! Never buy jeans with no back pockets, they do not flatter any body shape, and need abolishing !

Hope this has given you ladies a tip or two when buying your next Autumn/Winter jeans
Thanks for reading

Any enquiries feel free to comment below or contact me at  desdemona.style@hotmail.com
Hayley xxx