Men Behaving Badly…At Buckham Fair

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Wafting myself back into your ever loving inboxes with an invitation to the event of the year. I offer you dogs, ponies, food for days, shopping for days, spectacles to make you gasp and stretch your eye, and the two legendary best bad boys in TV comedy history. Read on. I hope that I’ve set in motion this years trending mania, FOMO. Do not miss out. Do be there ringside, tea side, hillside. We have been mentioned in Traveller Magazine as a fab happening on Summer’s agenda. I’m telling you it’s a very cool place to see and be seen at. This year we’re holding our event in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance

We have been working on this years Buckham Fair, since last year’s Buckham Fair, so no wonder it’s truly tremendous and that my blog posts are erratic…and my house is a little untidy…and I forget to call you back…and there’s nothing in the fridge (rare, I’ll give you that). So much scope for so many excuses. Here’s the thing, our committee could organise the The United Nations and our names are less silly. We’re the best that money can’t buy.

We have it all going on and a little site map may give you an indication of the whimsy of our Fair and the traditional curtsey we offer to bygone events. You could not want for more. You will have views that will make your heart happy and your eyes a little squinty because the sun will be reflecting off the sea at West Bay and Lyme Regis while you sit as long as you please on our grassy knolls and on our  slightly scratchy straw bales, true dat! ( I don’t want to be had up for ‘trade descriptions’ ) Wear festival gear because it’s a party, a celebration and a festival of food, shopping, cream teas, dogs, ponies and people. Need more ? I’ve got more. What would you say to a Pre loved Clothing marquee that flings more designers at you than The Octavia Foundation, but throws in a side of celeb nonsense too? We have for the first time, since the last, very long time ago time, reunited the Men Behaving Badly  bromance that is Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey. Ask a dog owners permission to borrow one if you don’t have your own, and get yourselves entered into the ‘The Dog That Most Looks Like Neil Morrissey’ … in any of his incarnations. Neil and Martin will be getting judgemental.

Look they’re just checking out the Pre Loved merch…

Seeing that sub zero Summer centigrades are all around me,  I’ll be making a bit of a bolt for a pair of Tartan Jammies kindly donated by Bonsoir of London,

I shall be stylishly rocking fluorescent tabard fashion, and if you can get past that look on me, I’d love to meet any of you there on the day.

 

Pale and Interesting.

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M&S Embroidered Bra £22.50

I know, I know, my posts have been like buses, you wait forever to get one and then two come along at once. Never one to let the grass grow Mrs V thought a shake up of regularity and format may properly rile everyone up. How nice is that? I Just need you to know that one can walk a long, lonely way through frilled, embroidered and lacy lingerie departments to be confronted with the sad sorry sight of hideously practical Flesh Coloured Underwear. As a Model they’re a kind of uniform, a basic of the job. Therefore I’m at saturation point with bras that look like beige pouches and knickers that look like you’re being prepped for an operation. Nah, none of that thank ya!

M&S Embroidered Hi Leg Knickers £10  Embroidered Hi Rise Shorts £10

Sometimes masquerading as Cream or Mid Beige (both applicable to my skin tone), this genre of underwear has for Mrs V crawled under a rock and wants us to go there with it. Share the joy as I hustled my way toward the Mini Flapjacks through the M&S Food for the ‘I can’t be arsed’ Hall when this underwear shouted at me. It shouted cute, chic, sexy stuff and to shut it up, readers I bought it. Mrs V will be wearing all sorts of risky transparencies of clothing items and so, so very much hoping that you cop an eyeful of what’s underneath. M&S are purveying this at wondertastic prices and I hope that it may underpin this monolith’s resurgence to producing clothes that we may even wear, but that definitely don’t wear us. Re Food Hall; As you were!

If you have skin tones lighter than Vellum or Tooth Beige, count yourselves well lucky and I have no truck with you on this issue!

Skincare, Go There.

 

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Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Serum £198

Those of you with Ermine lined purses, read on. Forever converted and doomed to live in a dustbin, I glow with the epidermis of a post acne apocalypse,  teenager. I care nothing that to sustain my newly emerging Skincare habit, my children will never eat again, I am seduced and convinced by Chantecaille that their bijou, artisanally created skincare line helps me achieve my best dermal self. Again, for your lives only, I rummage metaphorically through make up and beauty bags of the gurus whose stock in trade these potions are. In this case I have been pointed towards two products from the Chantecaille skincare range. A philanthropic French brand known for using uniquely high concentrations of natural botanicals, Chantecaille’s skincare, makeup and fragrances are the epitome of luxury. Their purity of ingredients ensure utter luxury across their products. There are many options for similar products to these, a sort of wannabe mates scenario at a lower entry level, but if you have the means, treat yourself or allow someone else to. I can’t imagine for a second that you’ll be disappointed . I have used a week’s supply of this double act of creams, and am impressed by every aspect really. The serum is potent, kindly lifting and  smoothing wrinkles and and if that wasn’t enough, taking matters into it’s own hand, broadening it’s remit, this Biodynamic Lifting Serum also builds and protects collagen. Awesome, thank you. DNA is repaired with the newest combination of natural stem cells, which is a technicality, but translated, it’s shoring up the skin’s youthful longevity and all hail that!

Chantecaille Bio Lifting Mask £140 

This next product trialled by a frizzy, freckly redhead covered in opinionated skin, came portentously packaged in a platinum coloured pot, and was described to me in a conversation with top beauty blogger  Anna Shearer @lefashionfetish  as ‘a facelift in a jar’ Cue me curtsying.  Chantecaille’s soothing Bio Lifting Mask mask virtually irons out the face. Love us some of that. Our, Non? It’s so fabulous to have access to people like Anna as ordinarily I wouldn’t just take a punt on such an expensive product. Truly industry experts and access thereto, are just divining opportunities. Instagram Idols that I have come across are holding their ground because of their insights and integrity. When you find one that you trust follow them just close enough to avoid a restraining order. Their words are gold dust. Mrs V sobs for the preclusive price point, but simultaneously  and honestly, believes that Chantecaille is a beautiful skincare company using insanely well sourced base ingredients that deliver addictively fine results.

With reference to the ‘facelift in a jar’ recommendation, rather you go over your skincare budget than under the knife.

Get Over It.

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Zara Top £17.99 (slightly modified, but gorgeous)

Today’s masterclass is in jushing. (say it out loud and you’ll know what I mean). Mrs V is right old pleased about the transformer items currently available on all street corners. With the application of a Corset, Bustier, Belt  or, hello again, Boob Tube that may even be already snuggled on a shelf in your home, you can be in the group photo on the ‘What’s Hot’ list for this summer. All you have to do is find one of these articles of clothing that you feel happy to wear and then you sling it over something you currently own. It’s a wizard wheeze, the revival of something languishing in your wardrobe. Reader, I’ve bought some…

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 Bright as you like Boob Tube from Zara £3.99

Squish what you dare into this top, it’s, heads you win and tails why don’t you give it a go? As with a couple of these teasers, they are super well cut and don’t seem to head south and if they were going down Mexico way, they would definitely be doing that on me. Floral Maxi dress a wardrobe pensioner from Missguided.

H&M Silver Bandeau £8.99

How nice is this look? Where can’t I go with this combination? Who’s not letting me in? I’m wearing top stuff, Armani shirt = tick, Levis = tick, Topshop Silver Boots = tick, H&M pocket money sparkly Bandeau = tick. I’m with the Bandeau.

Zara Denim Corset £15.99  Carine Roitfeld for Uniqlo Jacket and Trousers, Brandy Melville Short Sleeved Lambswool sweater and Topshop Ankle Boots. All Mrs V’s fashion incumbents.

Corsets aren’t all slap and tickle. Variations on the theme of, are morphing into everyday, anywhere wear (had to). Due to the retail pace of life and possibly driven by both your’s and mine voracious appetite to look more and more lovely, unless I post five minutes after I’ve targeted a particular item, the item is quite often no longer available. What I will try to do is find a love match with another item, which is what has happened here.

Pulling you back to a shot from last week’s post. H&M Bra top £9.99

 Here’s the thing, as I’ve been assiduously researching, trawling and cross referencing in order to provide links to your pathways to style supremacy, I’ve now gone pea green with envy because of all the insanely gorgeous new on the scene tops in this genre that are now on offer to you.

Bloody hell. You’re all going to beat me at my own game

My Kimono Crush

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Channel your inner Geisha but think 2017. My message to y’all is one that Mrs V pounds on a lot about, in words of lots of syllables, always imagine more than one destination that one single item of clothing can take you to. In other words, can this item save you time and money? Can this item validate a place in your wardrobe? Kimonos can and are doing that right here, right now. Welcome to a 24 hour period in my currently trending life. Walk a mile in my Kimono with me and when you’ve fully appreciated the full gamut of my social obligations, including the one where I commune with my toothbrush, and when you’re good and ready, just before I say’ Sayonara’ I’ll be your best Shopping Buddy and reveal my source.

In the morning, super lovely… I put on my Kimono.

 

I grab Esmeralda Violet’s vintage  El Vaquero handbag. She’s really taken her eye off the ball, I’m home free! I have my next reveal stuffed ( rolled actually) in ze handbag and go all trendy to the train.

Meetings in town. Monki trousers. H&M Pinstriped corset ( I’ve linked a more summery corset belt that I totally approve of as mine was from the A/W range),Uniqlo Henley T-shirt, Mrs V’s 25 year old silver platform, gladiator sandals, cameo performance.

Hopefully you’ve suspended your disbelief as quite clearly I am demonstrating these looks and suggesting how, where and at what time you could wear them, but on this occasion never really leaving the compound.

End of frenetic day, but no stratifying style stress because I’ve essentially cut and pasted all day long. I am happily home and up for all that polite Dorset society can throw at me of an evening, that doesn’t involve a Muck Spreader. Reinforcements include Carine Roitfeld squeezy,  tight, divinely tailored, Pencil Skirt and H&M Bralet. Make up remover to manual, rinse my teeth, go to bed and repeat.

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Alice Archer Silk Kimonos

Here are other suggestions for Kimonos and their happy place in your style scrapbook. They truly can be all things to everyone. Timeless and transcendent. Truly Kimonos are utter magicians, transformers and a transcontinental treat. Thank you China and Japan, and in return please help yourselves to our traditional garb of Crinolines and Farthingales…

I’d like to thank New Look for their £27.99 properly perfect Kimono that took me from toothbrushing to Cocktail quaffing in four easy steps.

You badasses need this!

Lip Glossy

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When Mrs V  is accosted by a beauty product that just won’t stop, it’s time to get the gossip going. I spy a very fabulous product from MAC that for me, spearheads a new breed of lip glosses and replaces a pretty hardworking forerunner of this genre, Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream . I remember every single Make Up Artist and Model had a tube of this gloss. I also remember that it has a sort of Fairy Liquid scent to it. Won’t miss that, but thanks for the memories. I’m all about the questions and on your behalf I hardly ever shut up when I’m in the hands of industry experts. Make Up artist Molly Portsmouth could barely get me to shut my gob as she tried to access my lips, and the superhuman effort it took for me to suspend my disbelief that I needed a top layer of gloss was epic. That was then, this is now. MAC Lipglass Never has a product been awarded a moniker that better describes its life’s mission. Not only are my lips glossy enough for you to check your make up in them, the underlying lip colour remains where it’s put and doesn’t look like you’re post  party hysteria and into the crying, face wiping, self recriminatory period. You may well be there, but appearances will bely that status.MAC, Mac Cosmetics, Lipgloss, MAC Lipglass,

MAC Lipglass £15

Here are the best of the rest, all tried and tested by me. You may have your brand favourites and that’s to be respected, but Mrs V is there, hopefully to enlighten and encourage you to sometimes think outside of your own particular make up box. (I suggest Muji’s Acrylic stacking drawers, don’t let me have to tell you again – currently on sale, click the link). In this case, even in a blind testing, I’d have selected the MAC Lipglass option, and for once, it’s the cheapest of the lot of them. Also, The fact that it’s in a tube elates me, as there is the ‘no residue colour on a wand’ to contaminate the rest of the product, so you can squeeze a little out onto your finger or a lip brush, and you’re out of the water concerning that gross little eventuality. I buy clear Lipgloss. I want it to remain clear Lipgloss. Stat.

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Bobbi Brown Crystal Lip Gloss £16.50  Chanel Volume Plumping Lipgloss £27   YSL Gloss Volupte £22.50  Dior Addict Ultra Gloss £24

All of these topcoat Glosses are our unctuous, gloopy, viscous lip PR products. They promote beauty, confidence and sensuality, no denying.  The concept of lip locking could become a reality, choose wisely and if you run through a cloud of midges whilst wearing it, think Fuzzy Felts Flocked Backing Board effect.

Your lips will speak volumes without you saying a word.

 

Check Me Out

 

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Just so’s you know;

Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn.[1] It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft). Gingham has no right or wrong side with respect to colour.

A question that I need you to answer is; When does an every day checked shirt, dress, tablecloth become a Gingham checked shirt, dress, tablecloth? Haunting.

Literally checking out. Forget what’s trending or ‘in’ somethings are never out. This is a story of two halves; the gingham I already have and the Gingham I want to have. Off I go, little Ging-er that I am.

My reversible bomber/jean jacket type-y thing. With me since I was very little. At least 25 years. How cool is that? No Wardrobe culls here at Mrs V’s house.

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Marry me, I think I love…your pink gingham Ralph Lauren shirt.  Pick a partner  with great taste and get all the advantages of literally rummaging through their drawers and borrowing, not buying ‘boyfriend wear’. The heart and soles of my marriage, my 23 year old Gingham, wedding shoes. I’m loving being my own fashion visionary. See above AND below.

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My dress was Haute Couture designed and made for me by Vincent LaRouche, now Creative Director at Lafco New York, thereby having made me look heavenly , now makes me smell celestial too. My shoes were customised with the same Swiss Cotton Gingham as the Corset of my dress and made by Diane Hassall

 

If you want to be on the  selvedge side of this style statement, there are no encrypted passwords preventing you accessing the trend code for Gingham. The Press Shows are our window before the shop window. They are your cue to decide whether you’re in or you’re out with the trend. If you’re in, there are two choices; How much do you like it conjoined with how much do you care to spend on it?  Flinging this classic little cheeky check at you now and hoping that some of it will stick.

Don’t look at my previous season’s Topshop jumpsuit, you can’t have it. Pull focus instead on the little nicety peeping out from under it. I swear to God that this top will rip through the red traffic lights of your wardrobe by jumping on top of dresses, t-shirts,jackets  and shirts, and getting under dresses t-shirts, jackets and shirts. Thank you H&M for getting it right, style + price. Only problem with this item is that it’s not available online which may mean that stocks are low. I suggest you put your running shoes on. If you think that it has  restrictions, well doesn’t everything ? Anyway, I have a response…

H&M Blue Gingham Wraparound Shirt £ 29.99

This top is the Bee’s and the Dog’s. Truly tremendous in it’s drop shoulder and swooping hem tailoring. You can tie it tightly to show off or mask your assets ( I have quite wondrously achieved both objectives ). Conversely you can do the same with tying it loosely. Marvellous. Merci H&M again. I’m wearing Monki massively enormous, cinched waist trousers bought last season but how very this season. Btw, I’m wearing both tops in a size 12.

Now loads of other Gingham stuff, and not nonsense.

Zara Fuchsia Gingham Skirt £25.99 Marques Almeida Orange Gingham Bikini  £115  Zara Red Gingham Dress £39.99

 

Zara Black Gingham Tunic  £12.99  Zara Blue gingham Smock  £25.99  Mango Black Gingham Skirt £25.99

I have gone entirely demented whilst writing this post (Easter, Easter Egg Hunts, Guests, Spring cleaning, is it a movement or a phenomenon? complete immersion into all three daughter’s lives and the ridiculously tiny amount of hours in a day). It feels as though it has taken three decades, however, you’re worth it and it’s kind of my pleasure.

Go forth and Ging’em

Sidesplitting Pleats

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Here’s something not many people know about me, I’m not on the long pleated skirt team. At The Model Edit, if there are pleats to be considered, they have to answer more than one question i.e. do more than just be.They absolutely must induce me to near ecstasy, promise not to be a uniform and unusually for our pleated mates, be a little sexy. Bored of being trammelled by 10,000,00 non variations on the same theme, but definitely happy to take advice from Miuccia Prada on any level I remembered some of her suggestions on pleats and the wearing of.

.Brandy Melville V Neck t-shirt £17,  Zara skirt (see link below), Bally of Switzerland Vintage Denim Boots Mrs V’s own, which just goes to show you that you should not ruthlessly edit your wardrobes every 6 minutes!  Quick question, Do I look like I’m sitting on a toilet here?

What I’m getting around to, and the reason for my delving even slightly deeper into the plethora of pleated skirts was that whilst waltzing and wafting through the style maze that is a Zara Store, I saw a wifty, wafty, ‘kick you in the crotch, spit on your neck, fantastic’ pleated skirt. Bloody marvellous and totally unexpectedly,  I point you towards nirvana in a pleated skirt, my way.

Zara pleated midi skirt £25.99

Mrs V shouts ‘yippee’ as this skirt is restaurant and beach worthy. It ticks my boxes, and not me off. It comprises pleats, splits, transparence ( come back, stop screaming, its not ‘see through’! There’s a difference) and insouciance due to its lack of zips and buttons. Yes, we wiggle into it, think sweatpants arrangement without drawstring. Loving it, and don’t worry it doesn’t sit on the waist it sort of hangs out on the hips. Best pleated skirt ever.

Now that I’ve found my hussy heart’s delight which is obviously side splits, another piece of why wouldn’t you? clothing, spotted me.

H&M spring fashion trends

 Again, this flimsy running through the meadows, pass the scones, type dress doesn’t normally ignite my credit card. Maybe I’m mellowing because, as with my leniency towards pleated skirts, I feel that this dress could be appearing in the unfolding drama comedy of my life. Side splits are very alluring and they surely and subliminally lured me inside these trending pieces. H&M are floating, literally a few Spring suggestions and there are other variations of this dress. Click on the link and wander around their very pretty video that unfolds its ideas whilst taking you on a walk.

The moral here Ms’s, Mrs’s and Miss’s, is that that Mrs V especially, should never say never.I’m ever so grateful that you carried on reading and helped my clothing catharsis.

Fake News

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When you can tear your eyes away from the enormity of my mouth, check out my feet. I know that they’re placed on Arnold ( who by the way, longs for this kind of attention, positively courts it), but look at the fur enveloping my toes. Fact is, my fancies are tickled when I’m wearing this season’s fun footwear. Fake Fur Sliders. Don’t rain on my fur flip flops, just sit yourselves down and work out how they can fit into your approaching summer. Mrs V will be seen at the following venues wearing these little foot gloves; school run, restaurant, London Underground, all high street retailers, beach, poolside, airplane, pub, club, cinema, all over my natural habitat inc bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garden and near the dustbins, and quite likely I will wear them to your house too, and you will want a pair! Fortunately they’ll be at a high street near you, so no saying ‘it’s alright for you’ I’ve even selected and linked some pretty little possibilities. It’s nearly Easter, dress your feet up as the Easter Bunny. Feast your eyes on the following

New Look Grey Sliders £19.99   Schuh Pink Sliders £20    Zara Yellow Feather Sliders £29.99

Sliders are so amenable. They are unapologetically fun from their appearance all the way through to their price. They can zazz up an outfit without a huge commitment, emotionally or physically.

Topshop ‘Fierce’  With Gucci-esque chrome snaffle £39   Topshop ‘Harissa’  Mink Stole lookalikes £29

  Some of the ways that I slip and slide this trend into my life.

I wouldn’t be your best friend if I didn’t point out that these Flip Flops of delight exist somewhere in the world. Possibly Titania the Fairy Queen is wearing them.

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Miu Miu Ostrich Feather Slides £755

One small step for womankind…

Airing My Views

 

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Concentrating on being your style muse

SO, so excited to share  (aka to impose, on you)  two of my recent media moments.

Firstly I was contacted by The Radio Gorgeous team and asked if I would like to chat to Josephine Pembroke, founder of Radio Gorgeous? Let me think about that… YES, you’ll have to gag me long before I run out of insightful and fascinating opinions. Radio Gorgeous has been created for bold, intelligent and vibrant women who want talk radio. In order to prep myself fully I listened to some previous podcasts from Radio Gorgeous, which didn’t really help as they have a fabulous portfolio of seriously interesting interviews, provoked by utterly, devastatingly good questions. Panicking Much! Turns out that Josephine is the best interviewer in the world, because she made me feel so relaxed, and asked insightful questions which helped me vocalise views that were probably innate, but sounded solid when spoken. Welcome to Mrs V courtesy of Radio Gorgeous

Just when you thought you’d had enough of my total media domination, I give you  my Bold Moment which is part of  Shine 4 Women  tribute to International Woman’s Day. With many organisations recruiting a 50:50 split at junior levels, yet women still only accounting for around 25% (at best) of senior positions, it’s clear that laws and policies aren’t working on their own.   So Anna and Cal set up Shine to help create the change we all want to see. Here is the answer that I sent in response to Anna’s invitation to participate in this project;’ Having been forced, simply by the utterly cruel and relentless voyage of time that has taken me from contractions pushing, pram pushing, tricycle pushing and Pony pushing and more recently email applications for internships pushing, to realise that unless I got my shit together, I’d become the Empress of The Empty Nest Syndrome. This niggling thought was with me when I attended my Shine course. Epiphany time because when I finished that course and with reactions from other women on the course who saw things in me that I had neglected to celebrate, and against all Information Technology odds, I massaged my mojo and created a new baby to nurture. My blog The Model Edit. I now run with the pack that includes my three lovely daughters who applaud my writing and encourage my boldness, my friends who are supportive and honest, and all the new amazing, gifted, generous, inspiring and frankly bloody glamorous friends that I’ve met along the emotional and physical journey that my blog is taking me on. I’m currently feeling bold enough to inspire others to achieve their style potential.’

Here is the complication of Shine Stars Bold Moments, including mine

I like to keep it current and  when I’m not blogging, I’m doing things related to The Model Edit from me to you, with love.

Thank you and Good Day

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