Monday, 23 November 2015

Review: East London Vintage Fair

A couple or so weeks ago, on the 8th November to be precise, I was invited along to review the East London Vintage fair, a monthly vintage fair held at Clapton Round Chapel. Obviously a dream come true for me, I put my best (vintage) dress on for the occasion. The fair, created by Dominique Miller of Rabbit Moon Vintage, has over 40 stalls with vintage traders selling clothing from every era, plus there's tea coffee, cake and toasties, and a DJ who plays records from the pulpit. 

I'm already a big fan of the fair, I've been nearly every Sunday since it started back in the summer, it's just around the corner for me, and it's such a treat to be able to head over to it and be able to shop some vintage for myself for a change! You can spend hours wandering around all the different stalls, although I would advise to get there early to grab the best vintage pieces! It's the best one I've been to by far, and I've been to a lot, I never leave here empty handed and the pricing is so reasonable too. It's like a little treasure trove and there's loads of bargain rails and special offers too.

There's always tons of dreamy boho vintage every time which I love, along with lots and lots of special pieces anywhere from the 1920s to the1990s, and there's a few menswear stalls too. This time I found this amazing Liberty floral print shirt (below), a gorgeous cropped lace shirt and some insane MARY QUANT(!) burgundy cord trousers from Rabbit Moon Vintage-keep a lookout for these in upcoming blog posts. It was so hard not to buy so much more, as usual! 

What I always find really lovely about this fair is everyone is so friendly, so if you what to know more about the era of an item, or anything like that- just ask away, all the sellers have years of experience selling vintage and they really know their stuff. There's also changing rooms too, and I'd say to bring some cash with as most stalls are cash only, however a few do take card, but it's just easier to have the cash I always find. The stalls are always changing too so it's different every time. 

 Dress: Vintage
Bag: Cru*
Boots: ASOS

Ok so, some details for you, the next fair is on:

13th December 12pm - 6pm
The Round Chapel
1D Glenarm Road, (Just off Lower Clapton road)
E5 0LY

I'll see you there!


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes

Jacket: Waiste Vintage
Jeans: Free People
Top: Vintage

Photography: Alice Wint: She Cried Wolf

As with any clothing item that becomes a 'trend' in fashion, the 'Penny Lane' style coat have suddenly become a wardrobe staple for anyone wanting even more of a 70s bohemian feel to their wardrobes this winter. This vintage one I've had for years now and they've always been my favourite style of winter coat. With all that fluffy faux fur you don't even need a scarf! I much prefer a vintage one than a new one-there's just something not quite right with all the ones I've seen on the high street, although you do have to step up the hunt if you want a decent vintage one these days! Also beware of the authenticity of a vintage one-there's a lot of naff 90s ones around pretending to be 70s.

Around since the late 60s and 70s they recently acquired their iconic name from one of my favourite films 'Almost Famous', where Kate Hudson wears a particularly amazing velvet one. If you haven't seen this film them we cannot be friends, simple as that, sorry. Joking, but not really. Another thing that makes the film more amazing is the rumour has it the character 'Penny Lane' was greatly influenced by one of my favourite women and author, who wrote the amazing 'I'm with the band': Pamela Des Barres. If you haven't read it, I suggest you put it on your Christmas list, as for any late 60s/70s lover this is the ultimate read as to what it was like back then by the most famous groupie herself , Miss Pamela, when rock and roll was first began and love was all you really needed.


Sunday, 15 November 2015

She Comes in Colours Everywhere

Seventies Poncho: Waiste Vintage
Jeans: Pylo

Photographer: Hannah Mae Clark (shot on digital and 35mm).

Well, I've since now sold this poncho this weekend (sorry!) as I had held on to it for a while, thinking it would be perfect for festivals this summer, then of course life and work happened and I never ended up going to any. I got fed up of looking it at it and feeling sad and wishing I had gone to one, so I decided it was time for it to find a new home. Bet I'll end up going to loads next year and I'm going going to regret selling it now!

So I thought I'd give it a last hurrah by dedicating a blog post to it and how it should be worn in all it's glory, in a field of daisies in the last of the Autumn sunlight a few weeks ago. Is the sky still blue by the way? I only ask as it's been grey for two weeks now since taking these photos. That great old British weather, Sigh.

Lots more new vintage can be found over on Waiste Vintage now! Cheer yourself up, it's cold and grim outside.


Monday, 9 November 2015

Selby x Etsy Shoot

All photos: Todd Selby

This fun shoot was for Etsy's 10 year anniversay. To celebrate they got the amazing photographer Todd Selby to come and photograph a few creatives in their personal spaces featuring their Etsy finds, and I was lucky to be one of them. I got to choose lots of lovely home pieces from the Etsy site to compliment and decorate my creative space with them. I was so nervous before the shoot, I've been reading The Selby blog for years, and I of course have his book, which I kind of decided to hide out of embarrassment of being a fan girl haha. I was definitely in awe of the fact that he wanted to shoot me!

So anyway, I've been wanting to post this for what seems like forever (aka a few months) and of course, my home decor has completely changed again since doing the shoot. Honestly I just can't help it, I get the urge to completely redecorate at least every two months. But these pictures make me smile and remember summer, particularly as it is now awful weather outside.There's an interview with Red Magazine about me you can read here if you fancy it too, and of course the Selby post is here.

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