V&OAK Post: Oscar Winning Vintage Films

It’s that time of year again, when most of Hollywood is preening itself for one of the most important film awards in the industry. The 86th Academy Awards is being hosted by Ellen DeGeneres this Sunday, 2nd March, and already the international press is awash with predictions on everything form who is going to win, and what they will wear, to whether Jennifer Lawrence will trip over and fall or do something equally goofy (the general consensuses is, of course she will and viewers will love her all the more for it).
In preparation for this most glitzy of events, I thought I’d take a look back at the illustrious history of the Oscars, picking out some of the best movies to have won the covetable award, and finding out where you can buy a vintage movie poster in homage.

Cabaret (1972)

Original film poster, £250, At the Movies

Bob Fosse’s portrayal of a decadent cabaret club in 1931 Germany won him a whopping eight Academy Awards. Starring Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, a bohemian singer and performer, this musical shows the seedy underbelly of Berlin during the last days of the Weimar Republic. With Germany suffering the effects of the Great Depression, the power of the Hitler and the Nazis rapidly increases, affecting the lives of all strata of society. Featuring catchy show tunes and lively dancing, this film is both thought-provoking and hugely entertaining.

My Fair Lady (1964)

Stretched canvas print, £49.99, Art.co.uk

Audrey Hepburn, the epitome of charm and grace, plays Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who is transformed to pass as a duchess in Edwardian high society. This 1960s musical film adaption of George Bernard Shaw’s stage play Pygmalion, also won eight Academy Award including the prestigious Academy Award for Best Picture. A remake is reportedly in the pipeline, with Carey Mulligan rumoured to play the role of Eliza Doolittle. It’s going to be tough act to follow for Mulligan, but we will wait with eager anticipation.

Gone with the Wind (1939)

This epic Civil War romance brought us a such quotable gems as “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn,” and this brilliant spiel by the dashing Rhett Butler (Clarke Gable); “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

Unashamedly sentimental and dramatic, the film relays the up-down relationship between manipulative Scarlett O’Hara (Vivienne Leigh) and fiery Rhett Butler. Even now, 75 years since its release it remains a breathtaking piece of cinema – and is still the highest grossing film in film history when sales are adjusted for inflation.

Reprint poster, £9.50, Movieposter.com

Casablanca (1943)

Reprint, £6.39, MoviePoster.com

By the time of the 16th Academy Awards in 1944, the Second World War had been raging globally for four and a half years, and had become a fact of every- day life. The Oscar ceremony that year was held for the first time in a public venue, and free passes were handed out to men and women in uniform.

It is unsurprising then that six out of the ten movies nominated for Best Picture were about war. Most of these six were dramas, a couple are humorous, but Casablanca, a romance, won the golden statue. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the film is about sacrifice, virtue and love. Like Gone With the Wind, this classic tale remains iconic to this day, thanks in part to the many memorable lines spoken by Bogart. Who can forget; “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine,” and “we’ll always have Paris.”

What is your favourite film? I would love to know in the comments below.

I’m off next week for a quick break before we put V&OAK Magazine to print. Remember, if you’d like to pre-order your copy of the glossiest vintage magazine on the market, you can do so right here.

Thanks for reading, and see you in a couple of weeks!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)


VandOak Post: London Fashion Week – Trend Spotting

Hello lovely readers.

I am writing this from De Vere Venues New Place Hotel in Shirrell Heath, Hampshire. Howard, who some of you will know as our ads and distribution maestro (if interested please email howard@vandoak.com for a media pack!) is also my fiancé and a bit of a business pro. I have tagged along to his business trip to enjoy the stunning surroundings, Grade I listed manor house, and to complete the very exciting second issue of V&OAK (available to pre-order here: http://voakmagazine.bigcartel.com/product/v-oak-issue-2-ss14). I will be revealing a preview of V&OAK Issue 2 here on Judy’s Blog and over on VandOAK.com in the next few weeks so please keep checking back.

Meanwhile in London fashion’s greatest descended on London this past weekend for the bi-annual showcase of new collections created by British designers. For this week’s guest blog, I have chosen some of the key trends to emerge from the five-day event along with vintage examples to match.

Matchy Matchy

Temperley London show at London Fashion Week AW14

(Picture: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Source: Metro

 Love the matchy matchy trouser suits? Craving a matching croptop and shorts for this year’s escape to tropical climes? Well, you’re in luck, as last year’s matching trend is here to stay well into Autumn/Winter 2014.

Burberry, Temperley London and Peter Pilotto all layered up their outfits with matching prints. The High Street is bound to take a leaf out of their perfectly matched books and copy the idea with all sorts of combinations.

The great thing is that matching outfits have been in fashion for donkey’s years. It’s only relatively recently that stylish folk have chosen to clash, clash, clash in the name of eclectic eccentricity.

So, take a look back at the 1960s and beyond for one-of a-kind matching outfits that won’t be seen on anyone else, like this super cute 1950s dress, with a coordinated soft knit sweater to complete the look. Ideal for a balmy summer wedding.

Small 1950s Vintage Dress with Sweater, £47.94, Wanderlust Mobile Shop

Furry Coats

Matthew Williamson at London Fashion Week AW14. [Picture: Getty]

Source: Express.co.uk

I think I can safely say that we all already know that furry coats are going to be big. They have graced the most stylish of vintage fashion rails at Judy’s Vintage Fairs. A furry coat envelops its wearer in that slightly grungy, very rock’n’roll vibe, channelling equal parts Kate Moss and Dita von Teese with an added dash of Marilyn Monroe for extra glamour.

However, this winter be kind to your furry friends and opt for man-made textures; the cuddly feel of a teddy bear coat, the shaggy strands of faux fur, or a soft shearling will keep you warm when waiting in line for the club and have you looking like a rock star.

I am opting for this cosy-looking 1980s ‘blonde’ faux fur coat. Just fabulous.

Caption – Vintage 1980s faux fur coat, £99.95, Alice Vintage Store

Paint it Black

Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week

Source:  Marie Claire

With all this talk of prints and scream-it-loud fashion it is easy to forget that Fashion Week offers up a whole diverse platter of veritable treats.

If you don’t fancy matching it up in prints galore, fear not because “black,” say the fashion press, “is back.” Personally, I never stopped wearing the most versatile of colours because I just love it. The LBD, the skinny black jeans, leather black boots – they never, ever fail me.

Black doesn’t have to mean gothic, or Halloween, or boring. It can be elegant, chic, and best of all, it is completely timeless. Take your favourite decade, find an LBD made in that era and voila, you have your favourite party dress in shape that suits you best, ready for whenever the other options let you down. This semi-sheer LBD plays its part perfectly.


1990s semi-sheer dress, £30, Wildpalms

Remember, don’t be a slave to fashion. Simply pick the trends you like the most, and try them out for size. As Lauren Hutton said, “Fashion is what you’re offered four times a year by designers. And style is what you choose.”

Thanks for reading, and see you next week!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)

Be Our Valentine!

Love is well and truly in the air! What valentines day would be complete without a spot of vintage?

Here are our top 5 Valentine’s picks!

1. Going to a fancy restaurant, dance or special valentines event? This dress would be sure to impress! This 1950’s silk number is for sale at Dear Golden – one of our favourite Etsy stores.

Heart of Hearts dress / silk chiffon 50s dress / vintage red 1950s dress

2. Whoever decided to mix two of the BEST things in the world together, is, quite frankly, a genius! Available from The London Chocolate Company.

Gin & Tonic White Chocolate Truffle


3. If cocktails are your thing, why not invest in this amazing 1960’s ice bucket! We absolutely adore it at Judy HQ. Available from our lovely traders Lace and Liquor Vintage.

4. If all our vintage bag dreams came true they would look like this stunning carved lucite number! Infact, it would go perfectly with the dress from Dear Golden. Available from Vintagedustshop on Etsy.

1950s Carved Lucite Purse with Diamond Rhinestones // Clear Lucite // Chain Haindle // Bridal Wedding

5. One for the fellas! This 1960’s cufflink and tie pin set would be a perfect gift (we all have a soft spot for a smartly dressed chaps here at Judy HQ)! Available from Cuff and Clips on Etsy.

Vintage Cufflink Set- Mod Pink Red Enamel Cuff Links w/ Matching Tie Tack, Winter Formal Wedding For Dad, Hipster Valentine's Day For Him

If you we are Lincoln or Newcastle dweller then we have a special valentines treat for you!

We will be at The Engine Shed in Lincoln this SATURDAY.

Let us know you are coming here.

We will be at Northumbria SU this SUNDAY.

Let us now you are coming here.

Pop down and treat your loved ones this valentines weekend to a spot of vintage and some afternoon tea – perfect!

Lots of Vintage Love,

Judy HQ xx

VandOak Post – What I Am Reading

It’s been another jam-packed week in V&OAK Magazine Towers. First of all, a nice chap called Gareth has joined us in the advertising department. Gareth is on hand to help you out with all your advertising queries (for both print mag and online). Simply email gareth@vandoak.com for more info. 

Issue 2 of V&OAK is coming together nicely (previews coming soon!), particularly with regards to fashion shoots. We have some absolutely stunning editorials already ready to go for Issue 2, and two more being shot over the next week. I just can’t wait to see what they look like.

In between running the website, the print magazine, designing and attending vintage fairs, I like nothing better than to sit on the sofa with a cup of tea (herbal or fruity for me) and something to read. I love the papers, magazines, and books of all genres, and often have more than one on the go at once. Here is the reading material gracing my bedside table at the moment.

Vintage Fashion & Couture From Poiret to McQueen by Kerrie Taylor

My fiance’s parents very kindly got me some Amazon vouchers for Christmas last year, and I was thrilled. I personally (old-fashioned gal that I am) still associate Amazon with books, and my Amazon Wish List currently consists of 57 books and nothing else, because I am blind to the whole other world of gadgetry that resides beside this almost entirely comprehensive library.

After much deliberation and browsing, I chose this beautiful book by Kerry Taylor. Starting with the turn of the century, this richly illustrated tome charts the history of fashion using key designers and contemporary style icons to tell a fascinating story.

Kerry Taylor is widely regarded as the world’s leading expert on vintage fashion. Having joined Sotheby’s in 1979 at the age of 21, Kerry then went on to launch Kerry Taylor Auctions in 2003, which specialises in selling costume and textiles. Kerry undoubtedly knows her stuff and I am eagerly digesting all that this lovely book has to offer.

Style My Vintage Weddings by Annabel Beeforth

Howard, my fiancé and V&OAK partner-in-crime proposed to me a couple of years ago, by whisking me off to Barcelona on a surprise trip. By surprise, I mean I had no idea where in the world we were going until the airport tannoy announced our names (we were characteristically late for our flight, stuck browsing our way through the magazine section of WHSmith). Hence, I took with me a bikini and a winter coat, and lots of layers (the key, I hear, to clever packing).

After such a romantic proposal, I got home and swiftly started planning… the first Issue of V&OAK of course! V&OAK swallowed me up into a delicious world, and frankly I have enjoyed every last minute of it. But this year, my mission is to get married and weddings now consume my waking moments.

Style Me Vintage is a gem of a book, packed full with inspirational ideas for styling a vintage wedding. There are just stacks of stockists to look up for a start, and for every decade there are handy (and many tried-and-tested) tips for make-up, decoration, music, entertainment, food and even tiny little details that you could otherwise forget about, like perfume.

Frankly, I am getting distracted just writing about it. So, where was I? Oh, yes books…

Flea Market Chic by Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell

Now here is another book packed full of gorgeous images that it will suck you right in. The rooms in this book are eclectic, unique and personal. They are all rooms that people actually live in with lots of things on display: knick-knacks, books, photographs, found feathers, cats. It is all mis-matched and uncoordinated. The people that live in these homes have amassed their stuff gradually from charity shops, vintage fairs and trips abroad.

I absolutely adore this approach, being a bit of a hoarder myself. However I do think there is an art to storing and displaying your worldly goods, and the authors of this book have nailed it. Though the photographs themselves are a vast source of inspiration on their own, Liz Bauwens and Alexandra Campbell really get down to the nitty-gritty of what makes each of the 12 homes featured work so well. There are also plenty of money saving tips to ensure your home reflects you completely, on a shoe-string budget. What’s not to love!

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the week ahead!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK (www.vandoak.com)


Mr/Mrs Affordable Vintage – January

With Affordable as our middle name we thought it was about time we celebrated the thrifty, bargain hunting and stylish customers we get through our doors!

Our Mr/Mrs Affordable Vintage competition will be running throughout 2014 so don’t panic if you’ve forgotten to enter this time – check out the competition rules here.

This month’s entries have all been so diverse (and oh so thrifty) it was a really tough decision to pick our two winners….

Here are some of our fabulous January entries:

Entry 1: Georgia @ftloveofthrift

What I’m wearing:

Prom dress – Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair (2012) – £22

Everything else – Given to me by friends and family

‘I think I deserve to be Mrs Affordable Vintage because I write a blog all about thrifting and Im always on the look our for vintage gems and great bargains online and in charity shops. I also volunteer in a charity shop and local vintage fairs’

Entry 2: Zhu Zhenzi

I bought this fantastic dress at £30 and the handbag at £8 in a second hand store in Nottingham.

‘Why I should be the Mrs Affordable Vintage?
I have lived in this wonderful country for almost half a year and I have been totally into the vintage stuff. I buy vintage clothes every week and enjoy wearing them and owning them. I want to be a vintage style princess.’

Entry 3: Lyn http://lynnie-bop.blogspot.co.uk/

What I’m wearing:

Dress – (My Little Vintage Addiction)- Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair – £5

‘I think I should be Mrs Affordable VIntage because this is actually my first vintage purchase and winning free entry would allow me to build my collection’

Entry 4: Rona

Vintage dress – £10

‘This dress was from a dress agency in a small town in North Yorkshire. Discarded,unloved,piled on top of a trunk at the back of the shop, we were meant for each other. Yes I cannot bend,sit,or walk in you, but when I’m feeling morbid and lacklustre, out you come, along with the feather boa(a bonus from an auction lot). I do my parade,sway to ‘My Mama Told Me’, and then you are tenderly packed away for another rainy day. Heaven knows what dissolute clubs you’ve seen in your day.I payed a mere £10 pounds for you,and your worth every penny!’

The Winners

Mrs Affordable Vintage January – Emma


Dress: Charity Shop – £3.49
Coat: Charity Shop – £5.99
Shoes: Vintage 70’s heels stolen lovingly borrowed from my Mother – £FREE
Wooden Cat Brooch: Judy’s affordable Vintage Fair (Yayyy!) – £1
Handbag: Kindly donated years ago from my great aunt – £FREE
Headscarf: Bargain bin at an Ipswich vintage shop – £1

Total Thrifty Outfit Cost = £11.48

‘Why I should be this months Mr or Mrs Affordable Vintage? As a serial Thrifter and Bargain hunter, I have spent many obsessive years perfecting and reinventing a ‘vintage eclectic contemporary’ look, both at home and with my outfits. I have sourced thrifty cabinets for my home, dresses from charity shops; I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, that’s me!’

Our next winner(s) came as a pair, so we’re making a special acceptation and keeping them as a pair!

Mr & Mrs Affordable Vintage January – Bethany and Michael

Mrs – Jumpsuit £20, gloves £6, belt £4, necklace £3, scarf £2 = £35

Mr – Jumper £15, braces £3, glasses £2, hat £5 = £25

‘All bought from Revival Vintage in Doncaster. We wore these outfits for a Vintage Fashion Show for their opening party. Pretty sure we rocked it!’

Keep your competition entries coming folks, think thrifty, think affordable and think vintage!

Will you be our #mrsaffordablevintage or #mraffordablevintage winner this month?

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx