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There is no hiding the fact that we are all about pastels, the odd pop of colour and some cute patterns...our entire collection is made up of that 50's ice cream parlour look.

However, I have been emailed a few times about "what do I have coming for winter?", "will you be doing dark colours?" and "do you do this in black?"

As much as I love throwing on a polo neck, some tartan and thick woollen tights - it isn't what The Fifty Five Collection is about. We are a brand inspired by Palm Springs, the candy coloured dream that it is. The 50's colour pallets, the pastel front doors and the eternal sunshine (out of 356 days, 350 are sunshine) - and with that you don't get the need for winter coats and layers. SO, we will be staying in summer thank you! Thats not to say you can't wear our designs year round - a clever pair of navy tights and a cropped jumper worn with our gingham skirts would look amazing. A leather jacket and biker boots would make our hibiscus print dresses look killer....so there are options peeps!

We just don't want to produce SS and AW lines every year - we are a small company, some of you may know we had major production issues this year - which really set us back and made me question whether I would even keep the brand going. We don't have the man power or finances to produce large collections each 'season' so what we will be doing is adding bits and pieces throughout the year to suit the climate - whether it's some accessories to help make our clothes 'wearable' during the colder months (although I don't know if it will ever be cold again with these insane heatwaves) and in the spring adding some new pieces to the existing collection. It will be a forever revolving online boutique!!! Exciting no?!

I get it, everyone is super excited about Halloween, then Christmas - but that doesn't mean that you can't wear a fabulous Campbell Crafts piece too!!!! Oh and half the world is living a summer dream while we are in winter - so all you lovelies - you don't have an excuse!

Our pieces are limited edition, we make small runs - so once its gone - it is really gone and we are on to the next colour way or design...so you are kind of buying something that not everyone will have, from a small woman run business based in the UK - with our production all done here in the UK too!

SO, don't be looking for any winter warmers here at CC - its all about California baby..... via the UK.


1950s Betty Cropped Diner Shirt // Amelia Jetson

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The fabulous Katie aka Amelia Jetson has recently been showcasing our new Betty multi spot tie up diner shirt here. Teaming with high waisted short shorts, we think she looks amazing!

>>Follow Katie @ameliajetson

If you wanna steal her style then head on over to Campbellcrafts.com to get yours!

Don't forget to tag us on Instagram/Twitter and Facebook! Use the hash tag thefiftyfivecollection and tag @campbellcrafts for a chance to be featured!

(Please note we've had permission to use Katie's photos)


Blue Gingham Swing Review - The Fifty Five Collection // Eleanor Rebel

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Hello sweethearts! If you are here, reading this, I'm sure you were eagerly expecting the launch of The Fifty-Five Collection. I was super excited when I heard that Campbell Crafts is making their own designs! When I saw the pieces of the Fifty-Five Collection, a house brand designed by Lins and inspired by Palm Spring, I was blown away. All of my pastel spring mid century dreams were fulfilled. 

So, when I got a surprise mail, I knew I will love what I see because The Fifty-Five Collection provides pastel, floral print and gingham galore inspired by the surroundings of California, and trust me, I dream about 1955,  just cruising on my bike in the playground of Palm Springs. 

Under cute The Fifty-Five Collection by Campbell Crafts business card there was a swing skirt in large blue gingham. I immediately knew how I will style it because the colours are gorgeous and the aesthetic of it fits perfectly in relaxed summer afternoon on the beach or bicycle riding. And since I don't have a beach nearby, cruiser bike ride it is! 

I paired my blue gingham skirt with light white blouse with pin up brooch, dark blue cardigan (to match the dark blue buttons of course) and white sandals. But let's talk about the skirt! As a part of The Fifty-Five Collection, a swing skirt in large blue gingham features a timeless, flattering and ageless cut. The pastel colour and 50's flair of the skirt fits the brand identity that Campbell Crafts has created over the past 5 years.

This full circle skirt is made out of soft, light and stretchy fabric perfect for summer. Although I wear petticoat below full circle skirts, with this one is not the case because it is a summer skirt and it would be too hot, but also because the large contract buttons are real and the opening goes all the way. So you can throw a little sex appeal by unbuttoning a few of the buttons and show that leg girl. 

Size guide on the Campbell Crafts site says that my UK10 size skirt has a 72cm waist and almost 74cm length. If you are in between sizes go with smaller because stretch makes it very comfortable. You can notice that the skirt is tailored longer that the usual knee length 50's skirts. So if you are tall or like your skirt a bit longer you will find your match in The Fifty-Five Collection of skirts. 

For me it is important to keep my style, it's a huge part of my identity but in this busy world, finding 'me' time becomes harder and harder. If you have a full time job and family The Fifty-Five Collection is great for a day at the park. Or you are always in a hurry, or (let's be honest) you have a cheat day and just don't want to bother with makeup and fancy dress, this relaxed yet flattering fashion still holds that vintage aesthetic. Are you a 'baby pin up' and you're still not sure if this is your style? You can mix and match pieces to create your own vintage inspired wardrobe!
I am beyond happy with my skirt and I love The Fifty-FiveCollection by Campbell Crafts. Honestly, I can't wait to see that will come out next and all the gorgeous girls styling this and future collections.

Much love,
Eleanor Rebel
Instagram: @eleanor_rebel 
Facebook: Eleanor Rebel


The Brand New Fifty Five Collection // Campbell Crafts

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Our fabulous new collection is now available to purchase and Pre-Order on our online boutique. What better way to treat yourself this payday, than a beautiful piece from The 55 Collection! Pick the perfect Summer outfit for this heatwave thats here!

Diner 1950s Shirts
 Light & Pink
 Light Blue
 Denim Blue & Yellow
Candy Pink & Lilac

Swing Skirts
 Large Blue Gingham with Navy buttons
Small Blue Gingham with Candy Pink buttons

Large Pink Gingham with White buttons
 Multi Coloured Polka Dot skirt
Dark Blue Floral Hibiscus skirt

Tie Up Blouses
 Lou Blouse in Denim Blue with Pink trim
 Lou Blouse Pink with Baby Blue trim
 Lou Blouse in Yellow with Lilac trim
Lou Blouse in Navy with Pink trim

Short Sleeve Tie Up Blouses
 Betty Multi Polka Dot
 Betty Pastel Blue with Lilac trim
Betty Yellow with Blue trim

Circle Skirt Dresses

 Dark Navy Floral Hibiscus with belt
 Light Blue Spotty with belt

Short Sleeve Circle Skirt Dresses
 Multi Coloured Polka Dot
Dark Navy Floral Hibiscus

Shop all the collection here!
Why not add a cropped cardigan to your outfit choice here 

Model: Amanda Hendricks
Photographer:  Warm Glow Photography

Intro To Pinup From A Mummy View // Midcentury Mummy

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When I first embarked on my ‘vintage clothing’ journey, I was already a mother to a 3 year old. I had no idea where to start and had never so much as worn red lipstick before.

 My initial influence, had been Dita Von Teese, as it has been for many others. I’d seen a photograph of her in a magazine and couldn’t stop looking at her. Her clothes and style were like no one else I’d seen and a raven haired beauty wearing the most exquisite outfit. With her perfectly styled hair, her perfectly applied red lipstick and every aspect of her outfit co-ordinated, I was completely mesmerised. I’d seen thousands of beautiful dresses on thousands of beautiful people, but I’d never seen it executed in such a way. For me she was a walking piece of art, ethereal almost.

Of course, I’d seen other women dressed like this before, my father was a teenager in the 1950s and still held a love for that era, the music especially. My childhood was filled with old movies, Marilyn wiggling in the tightest of pencil skirts and Betty Grable’s perfect page-boy hair, but I’d never seen it worn in modern day before. For me and many others alike, she marked a change in the whole way I would dress and style myself.

When embarking on my new clothing style, I quickly came to realise I could never be a vintage purist. I had a family and vintage clothing is expensive. To dress head to toe in era specific vintage would have cost a fortune, money I unfortunately didn’t possess. There was also the possibility of it being ruined, children are creatures of mess, spilling and vomit. The thought of spaghetti bolognaise all over that vintage £150 patio dress doesn’t bare thinking about! I obviously have true vintage pieces, that are saved for special occasions, or occasions when I am without children, but mostly my day to day clothing is made up of charity shop findings, the high street and reproduction. 

Many people are surprised when they ask where a particular garment of mine is from and are met with the reply “Primark”. And this is what I discovered that day I came across that beautiful photograph of Dita. The dress itself she was wearing was obviously beautiful, but it was how she styled it that made it become that beautiful work of art. Her hair, her makeup, the shoes and accessories she wore with it. Anyone else could have worn that dress and it would have looked completely different, but on her it looked like something from an old black and white movie, a classic.
When my second baby arrived almost 3 years ago, I soon realised in order to continue to be dressed every day, I’d need to get slightly more organised. Having a toddler, teenager and 2 step children, leaves little time to get ready, so I find preparing outfits for the week on a Sunday evening (when Children are sleeping) a life saviour. I co-ordinate accessories and shoes too, so it’s all hung up ready and I don’t have to give it another thought.

Obviously, there are days where it all goes out the window, or the thought on even leggings feels like a struggle on 3 hours sleep. I am in no way perfectly preened every day ans my style reflects this.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve explored different avenues within the vintage scene and find myself replacing heels, with cowboy boots. Not only are they comfortable and practical, they go surprisingly well with my existing wardrobe and I can still run around after children in pretty outfits, without the fear of breaking an ankle.

Ever since purchasing my first pair last year, I’m constantly on the lookout for items that will compliment them yet perpetuate the 50s style I still adore. So, when I was sent the pink gingham swing skirt, from Campbell Crafts new FIFTY FIVE COLLECTION, it was instant love. Not only am I a total sucker for gingham (and pink!) but the midi length allows for wearing with and without a petticoat, an option I adore. Let’s face it, some days you just want to throw on a pretty skirt and go and other days you want that extra sass. 

The oversized white buttons down the middle make this skirt and the light material ridiculously easy to wear. I’ve worn this skirt 3 times since I received it and in the first, not only was yogurt spilt all down it, but we also had an unfortunate toddler/no nappy incident, which washed out on a cool wash...thank goodness!! 

It also looks freakin’ awesome with my cowboy boots, in fact it may just be my new favourite item to wear with them, the pink and feminine style of the skirt mixed with the edginess of a pair of vintage cowboy boots, is a look I’m going to be donning all summer.
It's definitely my new go to piece for the season ahead – now I could maybe start collecting the blue and white versions…….

Top Tips For A Mummy On The Go:
1. Set your outfit out including accessories the night before
2. Find someone you would like to emulate...like Dita, and take ideas from your wardrobe
3. Mix and match inexpensive high street finds with repro or true vintage
4. You don't have to wear heels - look for (cowboy) boots or flat alternatives

Until my next post, have a wonderful day!

Jane - Mid Century Mummy

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