How to dress with a vintage Vibe

When dressing vintage, remember to add modern twists so you don’t look too dated. Pastel and floral are a must especially, if you want the feminine look. Remember that collecting pieces can be expensive so be prepared save up!

The best vintage fashion retailers

Www.ceryscloset.com

Www.hellbunny.com

Ebay/ charity shops/ vintage flea markets.

Www.lindybob.com

Www.splashofvintage.com

And if you want some fashion inspiration check out my friend, @Wheelingalong24 on Twitter and Instagram. Also read the online magazine, Vintage life

Ps. Do any of you know of an app that is similar to Polyvore where I can put together a collage of garments and outfits?

The Duchess of Sussex gives Fashion advice at charity event

To have fashion advice from her would be a dream come true. Photographs from the Daily Mail.

How to dress like the Duchess everyday

  • Black is definitely a staple in her wardrobe
  • A Trench coat is a must
  • Simple jewellery, nothing too flashy, Royals have to be rather reserved.
  • Nude heels
  • Fitted black trousers
  • Nude/black handbag
  • Keep your makeup simple.
  • Invest in chiffon blouses

Poem: A New Chapter

So, the last chapter has finished

A new one is to begin.

I feel anxious as I turn the page,

What’s to happen in this chapter?

Will it turn out alright?

Well, that’s up to me

This is my life.

I want to live in the movement and

Do extrodinary things

And not hide away as I’ve

Done before.

This isn’t just a new chapter but a
Fresh start.

This is my story

And

This is my wonderful life,

An interview with Models undercover author Carina Axelsson

So last summer I interviewed Carina after I got hooked on her detective turned model series, so I thought I’d share it here.

1. So I’m 3/4 my way through book 1 so no spoilers please! What inspired you to write the book?

My fashion experiences! (I worked as a fashion model for many years before I became an author.) And my love of mysteries! Frankly, the thought did often cross my mind, on those days when I was modelling in a studio all day, that the enclosed space of a fashion photography studio, coupled with the outsized personalities of the usual fashion shoot crew, could lead to the perfect crime. Not that I was wishing someone would keel over and die whilst on set! But I’d read so many Agatha Christie mysteries as a teen that I couldn’t help but think that a fashion shoot was the perfect setting for a crime.

2. Is their any part of axelle in you?

I wish! I always say Axelle is the clever, focused, fast-thinking, risk-taking me I’d like to be.

3. What was it like working in the fashion industry?

Fun, interesting, draining, colourful, relentless, and inspiring. The downside: I’m a homebody so all the travelling didn’t particularly suit me. The upside: I had oodles of downtime during which I could read!

4. When did you decide to write a book?

As soon as I could write. I must have been about seven, I think. As a child I kept starting books, but never managed to get past about page five. I still struggle with that today, actually!

5) how do you do your research?

I LOVE doing research! *glances at moodboard and looks at pictures of current research subjects* And my favourite way of doing it is to experience it. So, if, for example, Axelle is chasing someone through an abandoned building, I’ll find an abandoned building in the city the scene takes place in and spend some time exploring it. In book 4 Axelle goes to Milan and climbs onto the roof of the Duomo cathedral, and she eats lots of pizza. Needless to say, I had to do both! I also do mega amounts of reading when I’m researching a person, place or subject. As far as I’m concerned, research is the perfect excuse to buy more books or book a trip.

6) Do you like to use pen and paper or keyboard,

Pencil and paper for notes, computer for writing.

7) are you a night writer or early bird?

Early bird by nature, but morning, afternoon, and night writer when a deadline is looming. *gets panicky just thinking about deadline and reaches for cup of tea*

8) Do you ever use playlist to get you in the mood to write certain scenes?

No. At times I might have a particular song in mind to inspire a certain scene or mood, but I’ll only let it play silently in my mind when I’m actually writing. And if I hear a song I think fits a scene or character I might play it more than usual when I’m away from my desk (like when I’m cooking), but, honestly, I need silence to write. I find music too distracting (because I like it too much!).

9) Does your Pinterest inspire you?

YES!!! I love Pinterest and always tell young writers that if they don’t have enough space in their bedroom to hang a moodboard, then they should use Pinterest. Whenever I start thinking about a new book I immediately create a secret Pinterest board for it and start pinning any relevant images that catch my eye. It helps me focus.

10) What was your favourite subject at school.

English, art, and history. That’s three but it was a tie!

11) Axelle is like an updated Nancy Drew – was that your aim?

Yes. As a young reader I was very inspired by Nancy and her adventures, but nevertheless I also very much wanted to read about a young girl detective in the here and now, someone I could more easily relate to. So Axelle is definitely my answer to that yearning.

12) Have you travelled to where all your books are set?

You bet! *leans back in writing chair and gets distracted thinking about all of the beautiful cities in the series* I worked as a model in all of them for many years and lived in two of them – Paris (book 1) and New York City (book 2) – for a long time.

13) Aunt Venita is a bit like Devil wears prada – was that intentional?

Good question…but no! Aunt Venetia is inspired by real editors I’ve worked with – not that any of them were half as devilish as she is. But editors do often seem to be of a certain type…a type that’s easy to play up and have fun with – as I did writing about Aunt Venetia.

14) Who was your favourite author growing up?

*Eyes widen because there were so many* Any list of mine would have to include, but not be limited to, the following fabulous authors: Beatrix Potter, Jean de Brunhoff, Astrid Lindgren, Marguerite Henry, Walter Farley, Richard Scarry, C.W. Anderson, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne du Maurier…the list goes on and on, so I’ll stop here.

15) Who do you read now?

All of the above plus too many others to list them comprehensively here. I love 19th and 20th century European literature, especially all the usual English and French suspects: Wilkie Collins, Jane Austen, George Elliot (Middlemarch is one of my all time faves!), Proust, Flaubert, Colette, Anthony Trollope, Thackeray, Eudora Welty, Alice Munro, Anita Brookner, Dodie Smith, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, F.H. Burnett, Virginia Woolf, Vita Sackville West. There are so many to choose from and, fortunately, the list of inspiring literature is a very, very rich and long one.

16) Why do I sense Sebastian is A’s love interest?

You said no spoilers!

17) Are you an armchair detective?

Absolutely. But I kind of have the sneaking suspicion that at heart we all are…

18) Do you ever get ideas for characters from top model?

I’ve never watched it. I lived the real thing for too long to want to watch a television substitute!

19) If you could be invisible for a day what would you do?

It would be a great way to write because no one could find me and disturb me!

20) Idea of a perfect rainy Sunday?

Reading or writing with a cup of tea at hand, by the fireplace, after a walk with my dogs. Baking something like a cake or tart could add the finishing touch.

21) Winter or summer gal?

Winter! I enjoy watching the forest sleep and it’s easier to write in cool weather.

22) Is A’s mum based on yours?

How’d you guess???

23) Three things you could not live without?

Books, dogs, tea. *looks under desk and sees four dogs*

24) Tea or Coffee person? With cake? Mug or tea cup?

Tea always. Cake or biscuits are indispensible. Mug or cup depends on mood and choice of tea.

25) Any more Adventures for A on the cards/what are you working on?

The fourth book in the series, Dressed To Kill, has been published, and for the moment I’m working on a new series that is still a TOP SECRET project.

26) Describe your typical day?

I write in the mornings and do book stuff (finish writing whatever I meant to do in the morning, answer fan mail, do interviews, organize book tours or school visits, update my blog, etc.) in the afternoons. I take my dogs for long walks into the forest twice a day, regardless of the weather. I live in a large, old house so there is always a ton of house stuff to do, but if I don’t do it, who will? I fit it in as I can. I read. And I try to cook as often as I can because I find it relaxing!

27) Audrey Hepburn or Marylin Monroe?

Audrey!

28) Any hobbies?

Reading and drawing.

29) what’s the best thing about being a writer?

Having my characters come to life in published form and meeting my lovely readers!

30) Seen any Divas in the industry?

No. I’ve never met anyone working in the children’s books publishing world – be they fellow authors, or publishers, editors, whatever – who isn’t an unfailingly nice, funny, and friendly bookworm. I met plenty of divas in the fashion business though!

Carefree and Consequence: The playlist

As Carefree and Consequence is set in the fifties, one thing that inspired me most was the music of the era. It helped me immerse myself in the world of my characters, especially when writing difficult and emotional scenes, below is what I listened too:

  1. Blue Moon – Sha Nana
  2. Memories are made of this – Dean Martin
  3. Magic moments – Perry Como
  4. When I fall in love – Michael Buble
  5. Dream Baby Dream – Daisy Wood Davies
  6. In the still of the night – The Satins
  7. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  8. Young love – Tab Hunte
  9. Jump, Jive and Wail – Louis Prima
  10. Baby Lover – Petula Clark

Do any of you listen to music when you write?

What was it like being diagnosed with depression?

It started in 2015 after I began A levels and a drama teacher said ‘you’ll get nowhere in your acting career with your disability’. To me I felt my world turned upside down because all my life I’d dream of acting, needless to say I was at a loss.
I was struggling as my sister went to uni and I felt alone and didn’t really have any close friends at sixth form and my back was deteriorating as was my mobility and independence,
I began to not care about my school work and had no motivation. I hid away when I was at at home watching box sets and binge eating. I cried at night and desperately wanted to not wake up and it was New Year’s Eve when I felt like nothing would get better, that’s when I decided to visit the doctor.

I hadn’t realised how much I was holding in; about being unhappy with school because I was treated by the TAs as if I was a nuiscence (I was only allowed to use the bathroom twice a day and not allowed to assess upper floors and libraries like others at break time due to the excuse of ‘fire safety’, in reality they wanted to manipulate us to conform to make their jobs easier.) and how I just felt so worthless after drama.

When he asked me, ‘any thoughts about suicide?’ I hesitated. Then tears rolled doewn my cheeks as I comptemplated holding my breath or holding a pillow over my face. I just continued to cry repeating sorry over and over. At that point my mum, my superhero, just hugged me.

The doctor prescribed me some medication and recommend I get counselling at school.
slowly the fog lifted and through counselling I found writing courses and planned my escape to another college where I could study creative writing and be treated like an adult.

Looking back I desperately wanted to tell a teacher about the TA but I just didn’t have the strength. I should have, so I can make a difference for other kids.

Now I’m much more confident and I now standup for myself more. I still have bad days but I just cuddle up with a cuppa and a good book waiting for it to pass. Blogging gives me a purpose I thank my readers and my creative writing teacher Rhodri and Lynda my ex counsellor