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Jul 15

Behind the Scenes of our Summer Beach Shoot

We were especially lucky with the weather on this one! I had been keeping my fingers crossed after days of rain that the sun was going to shine – after all who wants to go to the beach in the rain!

This shoot was very exciting as it marks the launch of our new playsuits and shorts – two styles which we have not featured before in our collection.

We were lucky enough to collaborate with Number 8 hairdressing in Truro and Francine Owens Make Up Artist so our day started in Number 8’s Salon early in the morning where models Suki, Cheveay and Alison had their hair styled into 1960’s look. We had decided on a 60’s theme for the shoot as this was something a little different for us and we thought worked well with some great inspirational vintage images from the era, which you can see here on our Pintrest

After our hair was prepared by Claire and the team at Number 8, Francine started on our make up – again following on with the 1960’s theme of big bold eyes. Francine used a lot of black and coloured eye make up and mascara to get the look that we wanted to achieve.

We then headed down to Lusty Glaze Beach in Newquay, firstly facing a battle with the number of steps to the beach with all of the outfits, photography equipment and surfboards which we had borrowed from Driftwood Surfboards in Newquay. When we reached the bottom of the stairs, we found the lovely beach hut which we had kindly been loaned the use of from Mandy who has decorated her hut in a lovely floral vintage theme!

We used a number of locations on the beach, from the Beach Hut, to in the sea, on the beach and on the rocks to take our photographs. as well as using the hand-crafted wooden boards from Driftwood Surfboards.

Our photographer was Lisa from Kernow Dream Photography , Lisa and I have worked together on many shoots before and really enjoy working together at different locations and with different vintage themes.

You can see a video from behind the scenes of the shoot here

We matched the playsuits with bow belts from our collection and the shorts and skirts with bikini tops, crop tops and bra’s. They also look great with vest or plain tops and with jumpers or cropped jumpers for colder days! The skirts are also see worn with a selection of our short petticoats

You can shop our Playsuits and Shorts here and our new skirts here


Some more images from behind the scenes, creating the 60’s look for our shoot:


and some more images of the collection:

Jul 06

Caravan Shop Project – Turning my 1970’s Thomson Glen into a Silly Old Sea Dog Shop!

I have wanted a caravan shop for some time, after seeing some fabulous ones at Vintage Fairs and other events and being really inspired by them – Caravans, Airstream’s, Horse Boxes, Ambulances, Fire engines and other old vehicles – you name it, there are so many fabulous pop up shops out there! As well as for appearance, I could also see the benefits to having a caravan shop for keeping stock clean and dry and secure over night, as well as offering a changing facility. I had been hunting for the perfect caravan for some time, I only wanted a small one as I could envision a nightmare toeing a large one and I didn’t want to have to do the towing licence either to be able to tow a larger or heavier caravan than your normal licence allows.

Then I found the perfect little caravan on eBay and it was located quite locally in Devon! A Thomson Glen 2 1970’s 2 berth caravan, in a nice condition but in need of some renovation and perfect for my shop! As soon as I went to see her, I knew that she was the one and luckily my friend who is a mechanic and went to pick her up for me agreed that she was in a sound condition – which was a relief as I had already paid my deposit on her!

Once she was home, my first job was to take out the bits that I didn’t need or wouldn’t be able to fit it – the beds and top cupboards had to go to make room for rails – I have kept these in the shed in case I ever want to put her back to an original caravan in the future. Then came the sanding – which was quite a tedious job! I choose to paint the cupboards cream (well Almond) and green as the shade of green is my favourite colour. I had to undercoat them all after sanding. I decided to keep the kitchen area of the caravan as this is very cute! And the cooker and sink are in full working order and I’m sure will be useful for making brews at our events!

After the woodwork, my next challenge was the ceiling, I tried to remove the sticky covering which had been used, but it didn’t want to go anywhere, so in the end I decided to fill the gaps with decorators caulk and paint over it, after 3 coats of cream paint, I don’t think you can tell where the gaps were! I did the beading first ion green using masking tape to keep off the white bits!

The caravan has a fab wooden floor with floorboards just like at home, so I just sanded this down and stained it with a clear varnish to help protect it.

In the bathroom, there were no amenities when I brought the caravan, but this was fine as I wanted this as a changing room rather than a bathroom.


The floor here was stained and had a hole in where the toilet had been, so in here Dad put some board down and then I laid a lino over the top, with a silver edging strip at the doorway.

I wanted to be able to do most of the work myself, I had seen lots of vans with wallpaper on the walls, but I’m not very good at wallpapering and getting it straight or lined up! So I decided to make my own wallpaper, I brought lots of 1950’s-70’s fashion magazines and then cut these to fit around and got them onto the walls with wallpaper paste. After they were all on and dried out, I painted over them with clear varnish (the same I used for the floor).

Dad then painted the stool for me, to make this clean and tidy and fit the rails into the caravan ready to display the clothes.

I took out the old curtains and copied them for the sizing to make some new ones, which were nice and fitting for the colours of the van. I re-used the original rails and tie backs.

There is just the painting of the outside to go and adding my logos for now, this is a job for in the winter. But overall I’m really pleased with her, what do you think?????

Ooh and I’ve named her Thelma (well actually her full name is Thelma Thomson, as she is a Thomson caravan).

Jul 03

Read Betty Pamper of Pamper and Curves Review

Images and text from Betty Pamper of Pamper & Curves

THURSDAY, 2 JULY 2015 I’ve been aware of the brand Silly Old Sea Dog for a while. They make the most beautiful plus size vintage inspired dresses in sizes 6-28 in really quite amazing fabrics. Not only do I love the fact that they offer all their plus size retro dresses in such a good size range but they also produce all their designs in the UK. Fifties inspired loveliness without any scary slave labour implications-bravo! Silly Old Sea Dog Plus size vintage inspired dresses made in the UK

I was asked if I would like to review something from their collection and immediately fell in love with the1950’s Style Pink cat dress it’s kitsch, cute and long enough that you can wear it with or without a petticoat-perfect.

The Queen of hearts is trying to rage the storm clouds away-she failed

I ordered in a size 20 and have to say the sizing is really generous especially across the bust. This is so nice as often this style of dress flatten my boobs or cuts under the arms but not with this one. I have styled it with my Boohoo wedges, a cardigan from Katherine’s closet and a belt from Primark. My bag is by Vivienne Westwood


Typically its been cracking the flags all day but as soon as I go to take any photographs the heavens opened. The glamorous life of  a blogger, standing in the rain being photographed whilst passers by put up their anorak hoods and shake their heads at you as if you are bonkers.I’m such a pro.

How adorable is this print

I am so in love with this print, its just amazing. The dark and light pink with the grey and white are so pretty and I love that I am basically covered in kittys (my idea of heaven) The shape of this plus size retro dress works so well on my figure, gently nipped at the waist with soft pleating on the skirt its comfortable yet looks really beautifully made (which of course it is)

UK Produced up to a size 28

The price point of these dresses is at the higher end for plus size vintage dresses but for a really special and ethically sourced plus size dress if you can afford it definitely take a look.

Silly Old Sea Dog Discount Code  Silly Old Sea Dog  have very kindly set up a discount code for my  readers. If you type in BETTYPAMPER in the coupon section at the checkout  you will get a 15% discount on all full price items until the end of July

Thanks to Betty Pamper, read the full review here