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Review: 1940s Fashion by Fiona Kay and Neil R. Storey

I' ve read a lot of fashion history books, honestly, I have. When I was in London recently I found this little one, tucked between some really big books, but it caught my eye immediately! Is it one I recommend? Despite - or perhaps because of - the privations of war, the 1940s was one… Continue reading Review: 1940s Fashion by Fiona Kay and Neil R. Storey

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Review: Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

Note: 'queer' is still seen as a slur by some people, and reclaimed by others. I prefer to use the term 'queer' to describe my own sexuality. This book also uses this because you can't put an identity on people that are no longer alive. Just because a woman has a relationship with a woman,… Continue reading Review: Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager

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Review: the Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

Christian Dior is credited to be the inventor of the New Look in 1947. His use of fabric after the war was equally scandalous as it was amazing. Fabric became a luxury in the war, and the New Look used a lot of fabric to get the fullness in the skirt. Long story short; Christian… Continue reading Review: the Little Dictionary of Fashion by Christian Dior

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Review: Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

A little while ago, I read Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different and that one made me emotional. Very emotional. I read a lot of children's history books, I really love the trend of those books like Goodnight Stories for Little Girls, Little Leaders and the like. But Stories for Boys is different.… Continue reading Review: Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

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Review: The 1940s Look by Mike Brown

It's no secret that I love mid century fashion, and books on it are some of my favourites! So today I'm going to talk about the 1940s Look by Mike Brown. Continuing interest in life on the Home Front during the Second World War means that the style of the 1940s has never been more… Continue reading Review: The 1940s Look by Mike Brown

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Review: the Pug who bit Napoleon animal tales of the 18th & 19th centuries by Mimi Matthews

How can you read this title and NOT want to read this book? I love most animals, I'm also afraid of a lot, but who doesn't like a good animal story! From elaborate Victorian cat funerals to a Regency era pony who took a ride in a hot air balloon, Mimi Matthews shares some of… Continue reading Review: the Pug who bit Napoleon animal tales of the 18th & 19th centuries by Mimi Matthews

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Fashion & Beauty History: where to start?

As you may be well aware, I love fashion and beauty history! If I could study one subject, it would be this! I love how you can take a picture from any era (or painting!) and you can tell when it was made just by looking at the clothes. Clothes tell stories, fashion tells stories,… Continue reading Fashion & Beauty History: where to start?

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Review: a 1950s Mother by Sheila Hardy

You may not know this about me, but I've been an au pair for a few years. I worked in three different military families, and I studied to be a teacher for a while, so childcare is something that's really interesting to me. When I saw this book was around about bringing up kids in… Continue reading Review: a 1950s Mother by Sheila Hardy

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Review: Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn J. Atwood

So, after reading Women Heroes of World War I, I was excited to try out number two in the series! The first one made me really happy, did the second one too? I recommend you read my review about Women Heroes of World War I first, as I go more in depth about the premise… Continue reading Review: Women Heroes of World War II by Kathryn J. Atwood

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Review: Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

I have read a LOT of books about women. I've read Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, I've read Bad Girls Through History, I've read Princesses Behaving Badly, I've read so many! Lately, they are getting a lot more popular (GOOD) and today I'll be reviewing this one. Long story short: this book is amazing. It's… Continue reading Review: Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath