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The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying Modern Cost of Vintage!


Friday, February 2, 2018

The Value of Vintage Clothing: Demystifying the Modern Cost of Vintage! I’m neither a fashion historian nor a fashion journalist rather I’m a real aficionado of vintage fashion with a proclivity for conducting extensive research on the topic of fashion from 1930s-1950s. So let's just say I'm fashion journalist adjacent. Though I don't think that I ...

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Sultry Vintage shop of the week!


Monday, January 29, 2018

Sultry Vintage shop of the week is one of those magical places where you will always find something that will be the perfect addition to your vintage wardrobe. Even if you already have two dozen 1940s day dresses or in my case velvet boleros, Lauren, the lady behind Sultry Vintage, constantly adds irresistible new pieces ...

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Crush Vintage shop of the week!


Friday, January 19, 2018

Meine Damen und Herren, Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentleman! For my weekly Q&A in the Vintage Shop Of The Week section, which you can read more about  HERE! I present you with Crush Vintage, run by two friends whose mutual passion for vintage fashion led to the creation of a a shop filled with real treasures for ...

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Vintage fashion blog – the reason behind mine


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vintage fashion blog - the reason behind mine A quick introduction to my new readers! My name is Dominique de Merteuil and I’m the creator of It’s Beyond My Control, a vintage fashion blog that I started back in 2012. In the beginning and for the first 3 years, I have to admit, I lacked focus with ...

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Discover vintage inspired hats by Allginnedup!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Vintage inspired hats! “If I was a woman, I would be dressed in the same thing for a month and just change my hat and gloves. Maybe my shoes too; yes, I see what you mean but, really, it’s jewels that change an outfit.” Manolo Blahnik Any lady or vintage vixen should not be seen without a hat and ...

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Gilda and Pearl Vintage Pyjama

Gilda and Pearl – silk pyjamas for vintage vixens!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

“Movie star, oh movie star!” If I could get away with wearing silk pyjamas worthy of my 1930s and 40s film heroines (think Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford or Rita Hayworth) as daywear, I certainly would have no reservations in doing just that! After all, Coco Chanel herself was a huge fan of such attire and ...

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French Sole slippers

French Sole – the perfect velvet slippers!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

French Sole-the perfect velvet slippers! I’ve never thought it possible for me to say with conviction that slippers would be worth kicking off my high heels for. That was until I tried the most beautiful, luxurious and to my surprise, very comfortable velvet slippers given to me by French Sole, the iconic Hefner model with Queen ...

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La Belle Vintage

La Belle Vintage – shop of the week!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

If I was to describe Sascha, the owner of La Belle Vintage, in just a word or two, Vintage-Fairy is what springs immediately to mind. The reason being, is that Sascha makes vintage dreams come true by finding exactly what I'm looking for and in great condition so, that I don't have to stress out about the possibility of ...

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Parlez-vous Aubade?

Parlez-vous Aubade?


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Parlez-vous Aubade? Do you speak Aubade? If not, perhaps it’s time that you did, as it is the language of sensuality, a seduction of the skin, which has been whispered by this most prestigious of Parisian luxury lingerie brands for several years and having now been introduced to them, I’m officially in love with their femme ...

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Fiori Couture hosiery

Fiori Couture – socks worthy of Marie Antoinette


Thursday, November 2, 2017

“Fiori Couture - socks worthy of Marie Antoinette” I can resist just about anything except beautiful vintage or inspired-by-vintage stockings or socks and my temptation overfloweth when they are lavishly decorated with hand-stitched seams. Such is the case, when I think of 1930s-inspired hosiery (with a modern twist), the divine creations produced by Susan Lafica, fashion ...

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Fiori Couture socks

Perfect weekend in Florence!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, was an obvious choice for Mr de Merteuil's birthday. To quote him " Some people go out for drinks on their Birthday, on mine, I drink art." And  what better place to get intoxicated with art than the Uffizi Gallery, home to La Primavera, The Birth of Venus and ...

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vintage inspired slacks

Vintage inspired slacks and how to wear them!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

As you may or may not know (depending on how long you've been reading my blog), my wardrobe consists mainly of true vintage garments from the 1930s-1950s mixed with a few contemporary designers who are heavily inspired by the glorious fashions of the past; Vivienne Westwood with her fantastic wide leg trousers along with Victorian ...

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Ruby Faye’s Vintage – shop of the week!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ruby Faye's Vintage  based in Denver, Co is an online vintage shop, where it's not difficult to find a real treasure amongst a vast selection of garments dating from the 1900s-1960s. However, be warned, it's easy to miss out on the actual purchase of your dream vintage piece, as  first dibs are always offered on ...

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Pursuing Andie vintage shop of the week


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen! Madame et Monsieur! Meine Damen und Herren! As part of the Vintage Shop Of The Week segment of my blog, I present to you Pursuing Andie! A place where you will find a vast selection of vintage clothes and accessories dating from the 1940s-1970s with an emphasis on hats, that integral part ...

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taking care of vintage clothes

How to take care of vintage clothes


Friday, August 25, 2017

How to take care of vintage clothes! A few months ago I was devastated to discover that my favourite authentic Victorian funeral cape, bought in near mint condition several years earlier at a vintage fair in London (you can read about vintage fairs here), had seemingly overnight, developed brown spots all over. Doing some online sleuthing, ...

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Ulyana Sergeenko

Ulyana Sergeenko – 1940s fashion revival


Monday, August 14, 2017

As someone whose wardrobe consists mainly of true vintage clothes from the 1930s to 1950s and who doesn’t care about trends that will change with a blink of an eye thus becoming last season before you know it, really it should come as no surprise to know that I show very little interest in contemporary ...

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Femme Fatale look

Femme Fatale -19th Century, Film Noir, Fashion


Friday, August 4, 2017

Femme Fatale in 19th  century art and beyond. “If you loved me ever so little, I could bear the bonds that gall, I could dream the bonds were brittle; You do not love me at al. (…) You are crueller, you that we love, Than hatred, hunger, or death; You have eyes and breasts like a dove, And you kill men’s hearts with ...

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Bloomers and Frocks


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Bloomers and Frocks is my new the vintage shop of the week. It's a fairly new enterprise, having just celebrated their first birthday and is based in Austin, Texas. Judging by the dazzling vintage clothes and accessories that you can find there, as well as big amount of very happy clients, I dare say, that ...

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Wolford AW17/18

Wolford AW 2017/18 Collection


Monday, June 26, 2017

Wolford AW 2017/18 collection When it comes to stockings and tights, there is one brand that has never disappointed me, as its quality is second to none and the style of its irresistibly gorgeous patterns go so incredibly well with my vintage 1930s-1950s clothes. Don’t simply take my word for it though, instead take as an ...

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