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50’s dress 101 – emergency help for outfit choices!

Husband and I are super excited to be attending our first 50’s Jump Joint in Milton Keynes next Saturday (28th) with the promise of a famous blues band performing (The Excellos) and burlesque performances (Miss Suzie Sequin) and a beautiful host (Scarlett Royale) it is shaping up to be a fantastic night. My husband said to me the other day, “But what do you want me to wear?” and I must admit I pulled a blank expression back at him. 50’s rockabilly dress without spending a fortune? I had to do some research and I hope this can help some of you…

So you’ve agreed to go to that 50’s night and you know everyone is going to be dressed up in their finest 50’s gear. You’ve never been to a rockabilly night before and you’ve barely mastered the current decade’s fashion. What do you wear!?

It’s okay, don’t panic. Here’s a quick guide that can help you pull off the 50’s look with next to no stress!

Rockabillys (The men)

Blue jeans – most guys have a pair of blue jeans in their wardrobe. Failing that, no one is going to blink an eye if you’re in a different colour trouser.

A short sleeved shirt – can be plaid if you’ve got one, but any shirt will do. Wear a T-Shirt underneath or if you really can’t find a suitable shirt, just wear the T-Shirt and source some braces or a waistcoat for some serious rockabilly swagger.

On your feet – Converse, creeper shoes, boots. Whatever you wear, get ready to get your stomp on!

Finishing touches – Get your tatts out!

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Why don’t you check out Pinterest for more inspiration fellas?

Rockabellas (The ladies)

Dresses – Polka-dots, striped swing dresses. Belted at the waist and lots of petticoats.

On your feet – Open toe heels or if you want to dance the night away don’t be afraid to rock up in your converse or dolly shoes.

Finishing touches – Red lips, rolled fringes, pigtails and headscarves are all acceptable!

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Thanks to the LindyBop Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lindybopdresses/

Ladies, if you want some seriously beautiful inspiration check out the Lindy Bop Instagram feed too https://www.instagram.com/lindy_bop/

The Jump Joint is a 50’s rockabilly pop up club night in Milton Keynes on Saturday 28th November. They promise to take you to another time, where music reigns, dance is exhilarating and the performers dazzle. You can find out all about it here http://ginfizz.co.uk/jump-joint04

What’s on: Christmas light switch-ons in Milton Keynes

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There’s a strict rule in my household that the Christmas season is not allowed to begin until we witness the Christmas light switch-on in our local town. It’s always a fun, family event. Wrapping up in hat, scarves and gloves and bundling out into the cold to see Christmas come to life. Normally switch-ons are accompanied with music, Christmas stalls and lots of activities or rides for the children. Here’s your guide to the Christmas light switch-ons in Milton Keynes:

Friday 13th November
Centre:MK, Central Milton Keynes
5.00pm
Join the cast of Aladdin from Milton Keynes Theatre and breakfast presenters from Heart FM for the  official lighting of the Christmas tree in Queens Court and Christmas lights throughout the centre:mk. Switch on will be at 5.00pm in Queens Court and there will be choirs, music and even the promise of real snow. Wow. (Santa will always be arriving and then making his way to Middleton Hall for the opening of the grotto and display in Middleton Hall).

Friday 13th November
Intu Shopping Centre (Formally Midsummer Place) Central Milton Keynes
5.30pm
There’s a fun filled afternoon planned over at intu shopping centre with lots of activities on offer for children to enjoy. From 3pm-7pm children are invited to the ‘write a letter to Santa’ workshop, throw a snowball games and there’ll be face painting on offer to, all accompanied with music from local radio station MKFM. Children will even get to meet their favourite mascots, including Bobby Bubbles and Gulliver’s Land’s Gully and Gilly (and friends). Christmas lights will be switched on at 5.30pm

Saturday 28th November
Stony Stratford
5.00pm
Stony Stratford high street becomes a hive of activity for the infamous annual Christmas light switch-on. There’s a funfair, Christmas stalls and lots of live entertainment throughout the day. The annual lantern procession which commences from York House, London Road will start at 4.15pm and ends with the light switch-on at 5.00pm.

Saturday 28th November
Newport Pagnell
5.00pm
Not to be outdone by Stony, Newport Pagnell’s Christmas switch-on is set to be their biggest yet. With a huge array of stalls selling handmade local produce, refreshments and live entertainment. With raffles available too, you could win something amazing for Christmas.

Sunday 29th November
Theatre District, Central Milton Keynes
Time TBC
The Christmas fun family event at the Theatre District is set to be a star studded affair. With local talent from hit shows like The X Factor and The Voice performing and even our own European Cheerleader champions showing us their best moves. Local primary school choirs will also be on hand to melt even the coldest Grinch hearts.

Sunday 6th December
Bletchley
5.00pm
Santa will be arriving on a motorbike to Bletchley this December with a very special competition winner to light up the town centre. Lots of Christmas stalls and entertainment is on offer from 2.00pm until 6.00pm including a lantern parade!

Have I missed a Christmas light switch-on in MK or surrounding area? Just email me and I’ll add it to the list

What’s on: Santa Claus is coming to town…

I don’t care what age you are, you can’t help but feel like a big kid at Christmas. When the decorations start appearing in stores, Christmas lights start switching on in your street and mince pies and mulled wine seem a suitable supper. You can’t help but be a little more forgiving about the long winter stretch in front of you. Since becoming a mum, this time of year seems even more special and exciting, as I get to introduce my son to the traditions and magic that Christmas can hold.

The centrepiece of Christmas is of course the big, jolly man we all know as Santa Claus. Coca-Cola fuelled or not, this man captures the hearts of people of all ages.

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When the big man arrives to open his Christmas grottos, it’s always a big bells and whistles affair, ranging from real life reindeer, dancers, music and tons of eager children’s faces hoping for a glimpse. They are a great way to start the festive season (along with Christmas light switch-ons… but that’s for another day).

Below I’ve listed when and where you can get to see Santa arriving in Milton Keynes:

Friday 13th November
The Centre MK
5.00pm
Santa’s arrival parade starts at 5.00pm from Queens Court, Midsummer Arcade. You can follow him all the way to his grotto in Middleton Hall.

Saturday 14th November
Frosts Garden Centre, Woburn Sands
4.00pm
With real life reindeer and a procession of elves, Santa’s arrival to this award winning grotto will not be disappointing. Santa will open his grotto at 5.30pm.

Sunday 22nd November
Dobbies Garden Centre, Milton Keynes
Time TBC
A magical Christmas parade and lots of activities for the children. Will Santa arrive by sleigh or helicopter? You’ll have to wait and see.

Have I missed a Santa parade or arrival in MK or surrounding area? Just email me and I’ll add it to the list

Zombie pub crawls and epic after parties

31st October, Halloween. One of my most favourite days of the entire year. Everything is spooky, everything is set to scare and everyone gets to dress up! This year my husband and I decided to dress up as Jack Skellington and Sally from Disney’s dark “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (I love that movie SO much) and we decided to venture out to Stony Stratford to see what the annual zombie pub crawl was all about.

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What started off as a small group of friends getting dressed up as zombies for Halloween and staggering their way through the pubs of Stony Stratford, has evolved so drastically in the past nine years that it’s now one of the biggest nights in the MK events calendar. Last night seemed to be no exception. From dusk onwards the high street of Stony Stratford was brimming with zombies, creatures of the night and monsters from the abyss. It was quite a sight to behold. I was really impressed at how many people kept themselves in character to suit their costume. An ‘old lady’ was trying to push her shopping trolley up and down the high street, whilst looking for her cat, she definitely made me smile. Cars being driven by zombies were going up and down the high street and I even saw a very undead fella using the public payphone.

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Well over a thousand people were bustling in and out of all the pubs. This must have been exceptionally good for local trade and also for local charities Harry’s Rainbow and Kat’s Cure, who were collecting donations throughout the evening.

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I was warned away from the event in general by many people saying it would be an unpleasant evening, I’d be struggling to get a drink and unable to get into a pub. I really did not find that to be the case. Yes, it was busy at the bar but the staff were all hands on deck and they were focused. We did not wait for much longer than 5 minutes at every pub that we visited. The atmosphere of the town centre being so busy was really enjoyable. I know there is a loose plan that the hard-core zombies follow for the pub crawl but we took our own route. Starting at The Old George, moving onto The Plough and then finishing up at The Crown. We had fun in every place and felt like everyone we met, in costume and even those who were not, were full of cheer, super friendly and in a total zombie party mood.

I can hear you saying that only three pubs was quite lacking for a ‘pub crawl’ but we spent quite a while at each pub we visited and by 11.30pm we were really ready to hit the AFTERPARTY!

MK11 Live Music Venue in Kiln Farm was the official zombie pub crawl after party venue and they did not disappoint at all. When we arrived it was already full of guests and a covers band called Jukebox were on the stage. They were pretty damn good. We heard them cover tracks by Reef, Billy Idol and Guns n Roses to name but a few. Then DJs Rory and Joe took to the decks and they played a fab mix of alternative, rock and Halloween classics. The dance floor was packed but we had such a good time dancing until we couldn’t dance any more. We managed to hail a cab and by 4am we had hung up our costumes, removed our face paints and were tucked up in bed ready to sleep like the dead.

I loved my first Stony Stratford Zombie Pub Crawl and I can’t wait to do it again.

What’s on: Your local guide to Halloween nights out this weekend

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My first visit to a Vintage Fair!

The rain was coming down harder than in a Buddy Holly track but people still turned out in droves for Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair at Stantonbury Leisure Centre today.

With dozens and dozens of vintage traders, a place to sit and have afternoon tea, as well as a beauty parlour, the place was alive with the buzz of activity.

This was my first visit to a vintage fair of any kind and I think I am hooked. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fairs are proud to boast three consecutive years of winning ‘Best Vintage Fair in the UK’ so I guess I chose a good one to visit as my first! There was so much to take in and look at. With stalls full of beautiful vintage jewellery, brooches and watches, to racks upon racks of vintage fashions. It was very fun to look around and try things on (I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many pretty dresses in one room before!).

 

I was quite impressed that my husband and my one year old son actually enjoyed the afternoon too. My husband being the anti-shopper he is, and understandably my energetic toddler who gets bored very easily. I am putting it down to all the quirky, unique things to look at. The pit stop in the lovely tea parlour also helped. Us adults enjoyed lovely, well brewed and very hot tea, presented as it should be, in proper china cups and saucers. And all of us enjoyed the home made cake, which was cut generously and very tasty.

Vintage afternoon tea and cake. Yes! 😍

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Despite the weather being as dire as it was, I still managed to buy one of my most favourite fashion accessories ever, sunglasses! All in all it has been a wonderful family day.

You can find out more about Lou Lou’s Vintage fairs including when the next one is on their FB page – Enjoy!