British Retro Fashion with Lindy Bop

I purchased the Marion dress from Lindy Bop in their sale around a month or so ago, and I have honestly been in love ever since. It has been a staple for many of my summer occasions, from Aaron’s graduation, to a classical music festival and even my 21stbirthday. The photos below were actually taken on my birthday at York Summer Fair – I thought the retro aesthetic was the perfect backdrop for this vintage inspired piece.

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A Peak Inside My Retro Kitchen

So I just moved into my new house, that is my first house that I’m not renting as a student. A bit scary, because now I have to organise all my own bills and make sure I’m earning enough money to cover them, but we’ll worry about that later. Today I’m here to talk about my cute new kitchen! Now, I’ll probably reorganise this a little when my new housemate moves in, however, at the moment I’m loving having the space to set out my own bits and bobs and make the place my own. Anyway, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking…Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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4 Things I’ve Learnt in 4 Years of Blogging

Retro and Thrift is 4 today! Yes, four years ago today little 16 year old Courtney was sat at her laptop telling the world about her new makeup purchases – Lipcote and a Next eye shadow set. I still use and love Lipcote but I think (and damn well hope) we can all agree that my writing and photography skills have improved a lot since then?  Besides developing the obvious skills that coming with running a blog, I feel that it’s taught me a lot more – here are my top 5.

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Looking back at 2015

So 2015 was a funny one for me. Although when I was writing my notes for this post I realised I achieved a lot and was pretty happy at times, I’m still left feeling a bit ‘meh’ at the end of it. New Year gets me all anxious anyway; January has been a struggle since I can remember – grey days, deadlines and nothing much to look forward to. I didn’t want to do a chronological review of my year so I’ve put them into little categories.

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What I got for Christmas 2015

So I know this may be a bit late, but if you’re not sick of Christmas posts yet then please read my little post about what I was very lucky to receive this Christmas. I know these sorts of posts are controversial and often people accuse bloggers of bragging, however this is kind of a way to make the most out of the lovely things I received as well as thank those who treated me. 

First up is something that I’ve wanted for a long long time – GHDs! My parents gifted me these and I am in love – I’ll hopefully never have a bad hair day again and my mum also treated me these sparkly gold note books that I saw in Sainsbury’s. My friend gave me this gorgeous handbag from Floozie By Frost French – needless to say it’s my new Uni bag! 

 I am certainly turning into my mother’s daughter as I am a huge fan of candles and Yankees are one of my faves too. I love these lovely Christmassy smells that I think you could burn all year round.

 If you know me you’ll know I’m a sucker for false eyelashes. My parents (well my mum, lets be honest here), picked these gorgeous ones out for me from Urban Decay which are definitely being saved for a special occasion. I was also lucky enough for my friend to gift me Urban Decay After Dark Matte Revolution lipstick that matches the handbag perfectly!

More makeup from my lovely Nan – she treated me to a red lipstick and matching nail varnish – (thank you!). My parents also got me one of my favourite mascaras – Benefit They’re Real! Aaron treated me to a new Dot by Marc Jacobs – possibly my most used perfume of all time. He even got me EDP (I have him well trained)!

Some of the best Christmas presents are essentials – although eyelashes aren’t essential they just fitted in with the colour scheme of this photo – and I was so happy to get stocked up on shower gel again. I love Simple skincare, my mum always treats me to some because she knows it’s one of the only brands that don’t turn me into a tomato!

Here are some gifts I wasn’t expecting. Aaron’s Mum is absolutely love me and spoiled me rotten this Christmas – she bought me these super soft Nanshy brushes and a stand up holder for them all! Heated rollers are something I’ve never tried but these ones from Phil Smith are really quick and easy to use – I just have too much hair – thank you Mum and Dad!

Here are some other really cute bits I was gifted. The polka dot mug is from Cath Kidston and was from my lovely boyfriend Aaron; he also bought me 2 pairs of Boux Avenue PJs that have already been featured in a post I love them that much. Carrying on with the mug theme his Mum also got me this really cute (and accurate) cup that says ‘On a bad day there’s always lipstick’. The Kelloggs lip balms my parents bought me are so crazy – I am a bit disappointing they don’t taste of actual cereal though step up your game Kelloggs!

More PJs courtesy of my parents! Along with matching slippers and goodies from Burts Bees.

Last but by no means least my parents surprised me with this gorgeous Vivienne Westwood necklace – one I’ve been coveting for quite a few years now. I absolutely love pearls and slowly building a little collection of VW jewelry so receiving this was insane and made me want to cry. 

There are quite a few gifts that I’ve missed out of this post, I recieved a lot of foodie gifts that didn’t survive long after Christmas as well as vouchers and money that I obviously wont take photos off – please don’t take that the wrong way if you bought me something and it’s not here. It’ll simply be to do with the fact that things have got dispersed around my room when unpacking from being away. Thank you to everyone who treated me to these amazing gifts this Christmas. I hope everyone had a great holiday and are having a great start to the new year!
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