Retro Chick spent many, many years being miserable that she had to go to work in a boring office and couldn’t spend enough time with all her lovely clothes. Then one day in 2007 a wicked witch pushed her just too far and she decided to leave the Corporate Castle behind and share her love of glamour with the world.
That was a long time ago now, and over the years Retro Chick has grown into one of the UK’s leading vintage lifestyle and fashion blogs. The blog has also been nominated for awards by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2011) and Company Magazine (2012), was named one of the UKs top 20 Fashion Blogs by Cision Media in 2012 and 2013 and won Best Fashion Blog at the Rarely Wears Lipstick Awards in 2013.
Retro Chick focuses on the idea that glamour isn’t just for special occasions, but is something that can be enjoyed every day. I love to take inspiration from the past to create a glamorous style for the present.
As the face behind Retro Chick my name is Gemma Seager. I live in Norwich, Norfolk in the UK. A lifelong natural hoarder my house is groaning at the seams with Boot Fair and Charity Shop vintage bargains of china, cocktail paraphernalia, 78 records and other assorted ephemera. I have a particular passion for the 1930s to the mid 1950s and from childhood a mild obsession with the styles and every day life of World War II.
In my increasingly rare spare time I like watching Poirot, drinking Manhattans and looking at pretty things I can’t afford. Mostly on this blog you’ll find me rambling about what I’ve been up to, wearing frocks, and indulging in fantasy shopping trips.
I have an honours degree in Media & Film Studies from Southampton University. I write on many topics, both on the blog and for other people. I have written a lot about Vanity Sizing and have featured in several national newspapers on this topic and made radio appearances on Women’s Hour and Moncrieff! .
I’m available to hire as a copy-writer, or public speaker on vintage and thrifty fashion and lifestyle, vanity sizing and body image, blogging and social media and am happy to consult with hand-picked companies on social media collaborations. You can see my full portfolio at Ms Chick Media
As well as Retro Chick I run several other sites:
Vintage Norwich – a local site showcasing the best of the arts, culture, history, heritage and the vintage nightlife scene in Norwich,
Lipstick, Lettuce & Lycra - Which follows my sporting and health endeavors which would otherwise bore everyone here. I run and play Roller Derby and try and eat a bit healthier, mostly.
We Want All the Dresses – Simply a site for me to share dresses I love. Largely High Street and Designer, and with a vintage twist.
Retro Chick believes:
- Style never goes out of fashion
- Fashion doesn’t have to cost the earth, in any sense
- There isn’t much that can’t be made better by a nice cup of tea
- If you’re nice to people they’ll be nice back.
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