London Hot-Spot/LookS: 1950s Braided kitsch in the Fan Museum...for best value Afternoon Tea!
|'Kyoto in Sunrise'....Walking in May EXCLUSIVE Cheongsam by the Lady General.|
[Catch up on how the collaboration with The Lady General came about: www.walkinginmay.com/LadyGeneral-Exclusive]
|Afternoon tea....yummy cakes and scones.....Fan Museum, London.|
|Tea please! (The Orangery in the Fan Museum, London)|
|A 1950s inspired Swiss braid up-do....it's all my real hair!|
The Fan Museum
Unique, beautiful and delicate are the words that come to mind when I think of the Fan Museum in Greenwich, London. Being the only Fan Museum in the world, the private collection of valuable fans do bring a 'Wow' element that will stop you in your tracks to admire lace, diamonds, wood-craft and even the great Dali....I shan't say too much as it really is an exhibit to be seen for yourselves! But I will say that if you do wander into the Fan Museum, then do make sure to take afternoon tea at the beautifully painted Orangery. Not only are the cakes scrumptiously yummy, though simply without fuss in service as well as a limited tea selection, it is also of a very reasonable price...which is no wonder how they won a 'Best value for Afternoon Tea' award.
[Find out more about the Fan Museum in Greenwich: www.thefanmuseum.org.uk]
Inspired by the simply flared out pleated skirt and taken-in corded Obijime waistline, I created a 1950s kitsch look....with Swiss Heidi braided hair covered in a puzzle of flowers I placed together like a mini-hat, natural cream pearl earrings, pink fluffy petticoat, slightly high stiletto signature red heels and the adorably delicious red wicker Ollie & Nic Apple bag. In fact it was not unusual to wear one's hair up in tidy braids or plaits close to the head since the 1940s, and it is a hairstyle that definitely existed in the 1950s. [Find out more about the history of braids here on Huffington Post.] With my hair being past the waist in length, my friend Rachael had commented that I should try the Swiss Heidi braids...and so I took to the challenge. Once ready, I felt like an imaginary character born of Alice in Wonderland meeting little Bo-peep....somehow magical and somehow oddly cute, but comfortable loved in the soft vintage silks of pretty pastels in Sunrise.
|Strike a pose!|
|The beautiful painted walls of the Orangery, Fan Museum, London.|
|A giant is standing next to the chair!|
|Inside the Fan Museum, London.|
|Its all in the details.....red, pinks and golds.....Kyoto in Sunrise!|
What was I wearing?
Dress: 'Kyoto in Sunrise' Walking in May exclusive Cheongsam by The Lady General (here)
Bag: Ollie & Nic Apple Bag
Shoes: Clarks (past season)
Accessories: Natural pearl silver earrings by QP Jewellers
|At the only Fan Museum, Greenwich, London.....|
Last but not at the very least, this post has been linked-up with the lovely Sacramento's Share-in-Style project (Guidelines) which is all about celebrating creativity in style! This time the theme is 'Gold' (link) and I am joining a group of bloggers in interpreting or putting my own creative stamp on the theme.....with my beautifully unique golden 'Sunrise' Cheongsam by The Lady General. Also there shall be a very exciting thing happening next week, come Monday I will hopefully be able to tell you all about it....but for now, have a fabulously sunny weekend my darlings!
Until the next time,
♥ May xx
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~Photos by Walking in May's Official Photographer:
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