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My new favourite store!

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My new favourite store!

Wow I’ve been super busy with run up to Xmas clearly…. but not to busy to shop!!!

The boy bought me this navy blue 1950’s nurse’s cape from Birmingham as a pre-xmas gift… the only problem was it was missing a button!

So we went off to brick lane to see if we could find any replacements and stumbled across the most amazing shop…BLITZ

I had heard about it from the Vintage Guide to London a few months back so was very excited to stumble across it on our great button quest

The BLITZ folks describe the store …

BLITZ is a warehouse space with 5 rooms, 9,000sq. feet and more genuinely hand selected, on trend vintage clothing than any other in London.
Blitz has antique furniture, from early 20th century through modernist industrial and reclaimed eccentricities. Blitz has vintage books, records, jewellery, reading glasses and sunglasses. Alongside watches, pens, fragrances, bikes and luggage. What else could you want?
Blitz is the modern concept store selling yesterday’s best concepts.

Not only has it got rooms full of clothes that I spent hours rummaging through (I was so happy to find their selection of What Katie Did lingerie!!)  it also has a fab little cafe and book store for when you need to gather your strength again

I found the perfect set of buttons for my cape and LOADS more! I will definitely be going back

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Getting ready for Xmas!

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Getting ready for Xmas!

WOW where did november go?

I know I’ve been busy at work but can’t believe it’s almost December!

Normally every year I make xmas cards for my nearest and dearest but I just haven’t had the time so I’ve been doing a bit of a internet search and I’ve found some beauties!

 

I stumbled on to this site… www.notonthehighstreet.com which seems to have a massive range of cards here are a few of the best;

Paperchase always have pretty cards…

And Etsy always have beautiful handmade stuff…

and my fav…

Now I just have to make up my mind which to get!

All the vintage goodness I’m going to miss next weekend!

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I’m off to Germany on Thursday to go visit the Boy for a long weekend and it looks like I’m going to be missing SO much vintage goodness I’m almost annoyed!

The shopping I’ll be missing out on…

Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair is on the Saturday and if it’s anything like last bank holiday’s fair it will be worth a gander

‘Formed in early 2005, the formula for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair is a winning one; gathering the UK’s leading vintage purveyors, founder and ex-Selfridges personal shopper Judy Berger set out to create a one-day cosmopolitan marketplace, a celebration of vintage fashion and homewares from the past sixty years. Away from the steep pricing and snobbery of other vintage events, the fair was to be accessible, exciting to every generation and, above all, affordable. Explaining her decision to ensure that no shopper is ever out of pocket, Judy sites a personal reason as well the obvious; “Ultimately, I wanted to create a fair that I wanted to shop at,” she says. To this day, no trader passes through our doors without being scrutinised for affordability and the eccentricity of their stock.

Frock me vintage is back on sunday in Chelsea

The vogue for vintage clothes attracts fashionistas, stylists, models, fashion students, collectors and costume designers for stage and film. Top designers and celebrities can often be spotted amongst the crowds searching for one-off fashion finds.

Frock Me! is the place to find clothes from every era, from 1920s ‘flapper’ style to Fifties glamour, eighties retro-chic or classic 1960s trends with prices ranging from one or two pounds up to several hundred.

Blondie and I have discovered the most fantastic gems from there! its £4 entry but not too expensive if you have a bit of a rummage!

The festival…

The Thames Revival is an annual event that celebrates vintage glamour, classic boats and the golden days of sailing. The event is part of The Mayor’s Thames Festival, London’s largest free outdoor arts festival, taking place annually in September. This looks like so much fun and dead cheap at only £15! With so much going on …

Fashion Show – Retro style and Glamour
Seagull Race – using the famous British outboard motors. Like Maritime Marmite, you either love ’em or hate ’em
Sculling Race – with a single oar off the transom, expect to see frustrated men going in circles
How to Avoid Gaff Gaffes – an expert explains why this traditional rig is still going strong
Motor Manoeuvrability – how to turn a boat on a sixpence
Duck Punt – see the ancient art of waterborne duck hunting, just remember your earplugs
Swing Dance Competition – Learn the steps and try your luck
Paper Boat Race – one for the children, who make paper boats during the day and race them at 1600 hours. Winning boat gets a prize

and there is the rest of the festival to go enjoy all along the southbank!

The vintage club night…

I’ve discovered a new group crush in the form of the Vintage Mafia who have this new club night on the saturday VM Presents…The Ric Rac Club (Let’s Misbehave) which looks so good!

This brand-new club night is hosted by the dangerously glamorous Vintage Mafia – a six-strong girl gang who are, in their own words, ‘Always well-dressed, but not always well-behaved’.
Their inaugural club night is aimed at vintage aficionados and newcomers alike, with the focus on socialising rather than partner dancing.Upstairs, we’ll be playing 50s jive and 60s Northern Soul, with guest DJ All Fringe, No Knickers. Northern Soul Dancing mini class and demonstration too!Downstairs will feature 30s and 40s swinging dance band tunes played by none other than Miss Fleur de GuerreA Ukelele turn by Miss G will serenade our guests as they arrive, with a free glass of ginger punch courtesy of our kind sponsors The King’s Ginger for each and every attendee
Our soon-to-be legendary raffle will take place at 10pm sharp, with useful, amusing and ridiculous prizes, including bottles of booze
And if that wasn’t enough, we promise a fun, welcoming crowd of well-dressed guests.
Indoor smoking terrace, amazing atmospheric pub and a super time all guaranteed!

 

 

 

 

Oh I am annoyed now! There is just too much vintage goodness going on and it has to be when I’m away so I will have to live vicariously through you lot!

I’ve also got to work out how to get the Boy to watch the start of the Rugby World Cup… that might be interesting!?

 

Bank holidays are made for Vintage Fairs!

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Bank holidays are made for Vintage Fairs!

As I had time to kill before bank holiday drinkies I decided to go explore Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair!

It was in Old Spitalfields Market over in East London and it was fab!

So many interesting stalls from vintage clothing, handmade retro clothing and accessories, “upcycled” furniture, vintage fabrics, nic-nacks, vintage prints, accessories, handmade stationary, movie posters etc I was in heaven! and it was FREE which is always good news!

 

Fallen in love with this green dresser I found on Ruby Rhino‘s Stall!

Every home needs a little bit of fabulous which is exactly what we provide at Ruby Rhino with our eclectic collection of upcycled old furniture. Each piece is sourced for its unique style then lovingly restored, hand-painted and finished to give a sparkling new lease of life. We embrace imperfection by highlighting natural holes, cracks and scratches to allow the original charm to shine through.

Need a bigger place for all the bits I’ve seen on their website!

My inner typography geek was loving these signs!

I still managed to find myself sort of working as well when I stumbled upon this fab stationary stall A Pencil Full Of Lead! Loved the illustrations on their cards! Have a gander at their website here.

 

I was very restraint with my shopping … until I found the Latham Street Vintage stall above and came away with an army jumper! Clearly I’m feeling very autumny already but couldn’t help myself! looked very similar to this one…

Of course there where some very stylish people walking around. Loved this awesome looking couple… I’m a sucker for leopard print!

All in all I had a fab afternoon of rummaging!

Judy’s next vintage fair will be in Bethnal Green on the 10th of September. Where they are teaming up with Rag and Bow! Check it out here. Make sure you go and snap up a bargain or two!