Ascot – Ladies Day – The Seven Year Itch



It’s Ladies Day and we’re taking inspiration from Hollywood’s all-time First Lady, Marilyn. Knowing our readers I’m sure we don’t need to spell out which iconic look has inspired day three? Yep, you guessed it! THE white dress.


Not only is Marilyn one of the THE most famous women in film history but we also learnt recently that she was a huge fan of legendary jazz singer (another of our idols) Ella Fitzgerald.  In 1955, Marilyn convinced the owner of her favourite nightclub ‘Mocambo’ in L.A. to lift the colour bar and allow Ella to perform there in return for her sitting on the front row every night that week. The knowledge that these two ladies were firm friends makes us so unbelievably happy. Ultimate girl power!



Today’s look, inspired by Seven Year Itch, left little room for dispute when it came to what style dress to wear; we had to draw on the iconic and unforgettable scene when Marilyn Monroe stands on the subway grate and her skirt get’s blown up in the wind. Whether you’ve seen the film or not, people are familiar with this moment of movie magic!

Unfortunately Royal Ascot’s Dress code prevents us from imitating the famous halter neck design but this gorgeous frock from ASOS does a pretty good job. The under-gathering gives us the same feel as Marilyn’s dress, whilst still maintaining a ‘greater than 1inch strap’. The shirt is full and blousy, perfect for catching any flurries of wind!  We adore them.

Fun fact: The original dress worn by Marilyn sold at auction in 2011 for $4.6m.




Jayne Elwell of The Libertarian Millinery has created six unique hats, each one inspired by a hat Marilyn herself wore. She is using satin and tulle, with a touch of netting, to create headpieces fit for any screen starlet.



We wanted to keep Ladies Day as classic, elegant and vintage as possible and really feel we’ve achieved this with the help of ASOS and Jayne.



By day three of our wonderful Ascot week we knew we would need a special pair of shoes to envelope our weary feet. Today we are wearing Jazz Heel Black Suede Court Shoes by designer Cleo B. They are an elegant, timeless style much like many of the shoes Marilyn Monroe wore.


Our stylist, Jo, had mentioned shoe designer Cleo B to us; specifically her unique shoe clips. As if by magic Meg found herself sat opposite Cleo at a Supper Club evening in London. We love Cleo’s shoe clips – they allow you to embellish your feet according to your mood, and are a perfect addition to our Tootsie style. We like to add a touch of fun wherever possible, exactly as Cleo advocates. Today we’ll be wearing Cleo B Hollywood Natalie Jet Clips to pay homage to Marilyn’s signature song Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend. We shall be serenading race goers with this ditty to match



We can certainly confirm that Carat London are a girl’s best friend.


Last year on a rainy day in London Town we met the Sunshine that is THE Lulu Guinness over breakfast. We already so much admiration for Lulu & her iconic brand BUT meeting the legend in person transformed that admiration firmly into love.

Lulu is the living, breathing personification of her brand. You will never catch her without her trademark red lipstick. She is inspirational & fun. A business titan with a naughty laugh. Quite simply everything you would hope she would be and so much more! Lulu started her design career creating beautiful colourful brief cases, but buyers wanted bags that were even more “Her”. Soon after the infamous flower basket was created & a brand was born.

Today is ladies day here at Royal Ascot & we will be wearing Lulu Guinness classic lip & lip stick clasp clutches. Not only are these pieces beautiful but the distinctive Dali-esque lips have been key in transporting the Surrealist art movement into mainstream popular culture.
Lulu still lives by the motto of her hero, the Surrealist artisan and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, ‘Dare to Be Different’ and the women who wear Lulu Guinness do just that!

Royal Ascot 2015 – Day 2 – Singin’ in the Rain


Not only was the film ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ a firm favourite of ours growing up but it’s also close to our hearts as Tootsie Flo actually played Lina Lamont in the West End version of the show.  Like all good friends would we went along to show our support, sitting on the front row with huge banners saying ‘We love you Marilyn MonFLO’!

The incredible performances and dreamy costumes bring us such joy we felt it had to be included in our Ascot line up… Ladies and Gents we present to you our ‘Umbrella’ day!



Some of our initial internet inspiration…taken from SS15 LFW and beyond…











Again, this was the perfect task for milliner extraordinaire Bee Smith. She experimented with lots of angles for the umbrella, but we all agreed that the upturned look was a winner! We hoped the weather would would be fair for us this week, and there’d be no need for the shelter of a brolly! 😉 

We adore them and were blown away for the intricate design. There are 96 pattern pieces and 3m of plastic tubing for the handles.





Our stylist Joanna Femi-ola saw these Bernshaw dresses and thought the fabric looked like the driving rain from the famous Gene Kelly scene. A perfect choice! 






We are thrilled to be wearing shoes from retro-lovers favourite brand, Agnes and Norman. Launched in 2012, they are a unique shoe company offering vintage inspired shoes for work, play and everything in between. They take inspiration from a bygone era and combining this with up to date shapes and wearable heels – perfect for the toes of The Tootsie Rollers as we pound the pavements of Royal Ascot.


To compliment our Umbrella hats Jo picked out some stunning  Butler and Wilson studs

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Royal Ascot 2015 – Look One – Funny Face


When we saw these stunning out-take shots of Audrey Hepburn from the classic ‘Funny Face’ Tootsie Flo’s imagination went into overdrive with ideas for out first Ascot look.  Audrey is one of our ultimate icons; not only was she a beautiful actress with endless amounts of class, she also devoted herself to charitable causes and in 1992 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.


With our ‘Audrey Dove’ theme under our hats we took to the internet to find other images to help shape our ideas


Even Gaga is a fan

We took our pinboard of images to the magnificent milliner Bee Smith.  Without even batting an eyelid Bee reeled off her ideas of how to get the look and said she couldn’t wait to get started.





Simultaneously, our incredible Stylist Joanna Femi Ola was meeting with one of our favourite designers Stewart Parvin.  We were lucky enough to wear a collection of Stewart’s gowns on the red carpet last month for The Kevin Spacey Gala at The Old Vid Theatre and were beyond thrilled when he offered to create us a bespoke ‘Audrey’ look for our Day One at Royal Ascot.  Stewart and Joanna opted for a ‘candy pink’ fabric, inspired by the iconic opening number from Funny Face.

The Editor-in-Chief of the fictional magazine ‘Quality’ exclaims “Now, I wouldn’t presume to tell a woman what a woman oughtta think, But tell her if she’s gotta think: think Pink!”


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Each dress was fitted to our body shapes which gave us an extra confidence boost stepping out at Ascot. We should be in good company with Clare Balding and The Queen being two names on Stewart’s star studded client list!






Our incredible Stylist Joanna Femi Ola
Our incredible Stylist Joanna Femi Ola

Our shoes have been designed for us by the incredible Harriet Wilde. She created the detail on the heels to match our ‘Audrey’  dresses.  We swooned as we opened the box. Such a gorgeous touch!




Carat London have given us some dazzling jewels to complete the look 


Upon re-watching the film recently we discovered that the instrumental theme throughout is Gershwin’s S’wonderful. This has long been a firm favourite of ours and has been in our set for years… We hope you agree that we’ve done a ‘S’wonderful’ job of our outfits today!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s MGM-inspired look….here’s a little hint:  “doodle-do-do…” 😉

Styling by Joanna Femi Ola

Come & roll with us for more retro fun


Tootsie Leading Ladies: Rachel ‘Rae’ Egglestone – Evans

Rachel ‘Rae’ Egglestone – Evans is the Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and as it says on their website, “this super glam magazine is full of vintage style.” It has been a Tootsie staple from the early days, giving us inspiration and an insight into other vintage lovers lives from all over the UK (and now all over the world).  We were lucky enough to bump into Rachel a few years ago at Twinwood Festival.   We hit it off straight away. Compelled by her passion, determination & shared sense of fun we have been firm friends since.  We were thrilled to be asked to come onboard ‘The Vintage Life Team’ as Music Columnists and it has been incredible to see Vintage Life Magazine soar in popularity and distribution. However, with Rachel at the helm we always knew that it would.

We’re delighted to to have her as our first interview in our series of #tootsieleadingladies blogs.
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Behind the Scenes at Tootsie Towers

There‘s a buzz at Tootsie Towers.  Creativity is blooming, much like the daffodils, and the theme for spring seems to be multitasking!  Luckily there are six of us.

When we meet new people they tend to want to know about behind the scenes details:  six friends singing, styling, writing, reflecting, laughing, lamenting, planning, performing, creating, choreographing, dreaming, developing, travelling, Tootsieing!

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Are these the Best Vintage Dance Moments of all Time?

Dancing makes you feel HAPPY. Fact: Dancing is good for the soul.

The Tootsies grew up watching the classic Hollywood masters at work, and these clips make us almost as happy as putting on our dancing shoes and getting down to the boogie ourselves.

We decided to make our ultimate vintage dance mash up. Watching these guys in action is the ultimate vintage pick-me-up, so sit back and indulge in some Fred, Ginger, Gene and friends, and feel your spirits soar.

With so many amazing clips to choose from, we had our work cut out for us, so let us know if we’ve missed your favourites!

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A Totally Delicious Photoshoot

We were thrilled when Delicious Magazine asked us if we would appear in their June Edition. Not only is the feature in conjunction with an incredible charity close to all of our hearts; Breast Cancer Care, but it will promote their Summer Strawberry Tea campaign.  The premise for the photos being: Tootsies picnicking with varieties of strawberry cakes and pastries.



As you can imagine, it took us all of 0.2 of a second to shout a resounding ‘We’re in!’.
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And the Mad-Hatting begins…

Last week we visited the fabulous Kingston workshop of  milliner Bee Smith. Bee has been ‘hatting’  since 2010 and now creates her master pieces for all occasions, from Royal Ascot to weddings.

She describes her style as Nostalgic Glamour…heavily influenced by vintage pieces with just a hint of eccentricity. It’s this element that drew us to Bee….we are vintage girls who love to wear all things retro BUT, when it comes to Royal Ascot, eccentricity is KEY!
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