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How to wear leopard print!


Monday, May 7, 2018

If someone told me few years ago, that in their clairvoyant vision of my future they saw me wearing garments with leopard print, or any print for that matter, I would most likely come back with a malevolent response worthy of Dorothy Parker and members of the Algonquin Round Table. The reason for such strong ...

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Christian Dior and the Parisian fashion icons from the Adam Leja collection


Monday, April 30, 2018

Christian Dior is undoubtedly one of my favourite Haute Couture designers of the 1940s and 1950s. His spring collection of 1947 will forever be known as The New Look, a name attributed to Carmel Snow, the Editor in Chief of Harper's Bazaar, as it was she who said at the end of Dior's first collection "It's ...

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1950s Handmacher suit

1950s Handmacher suit


Monday, April 9, 2018

1950s Handmacher suit To say that I have 1940s and 1950s skirt suits in abundance would be an understatement as it's my number one choice when buying vintage. I can never resist the immaculate tailoring that 1950s suits are so synonymous with and when it comes to a choice between the perfect vintage dress and equally perfect suit, ...

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Xtabay vintage shop of the week!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Those of you who read my last post entitled "Joan Crawford inspired look" are probably already familiar with Xtabay Vintage shop where I found the most perfect 1940s cocktail dress that I believe Crawford herself would have approved of! If however this is the first time you are hearing about this shop extraordinaire, may I ...

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Joan Crawford inspired look


Monday, March 5, 2018

Joan Crawford inspired look Partaking in my pleasure for being a dissolute designer of lists, if I was to name only five of my favourite movie stars of the 1930s and 1940s, it would have to be without doubt or hesitation; Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich and of course the Queen Bee herself, ...

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Vintage Vivienne Westwood

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Mixing vintage fashion with contemporary designers More and more often, I’m being asked by readers for tricks on how to mix vintage pieces from the 1920s to 1950s with those of contemporary designers. The thinking behind this, being to avoid looking too costumy or like an extra from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Not that there’s anything wrong ...

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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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