Photography: Alice Wint and Elen Aivali
Model: Amelia Travis and Lydia Aivali
Styling: Me
HMU: Amy Ashton
All clothing Waiste Vintage
www.waiste.co.uk
This is one of my absolute favourite vintage lookbooks so far and was definitely worth getting up at 7am on a Sunday for! There were so amazing pictures it was hard to narrow it done but these are my favourites above. I know I say this all the time but it’s really getting harder and harder to part with beautiful vintage pieces.  I love the magic of lookbook making and can’t wait to make more. I put it up last week and the majority of pieces are sold out already, I can’t thank every one enough for the love and support shown to Waiste Vintage,  I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do. There’s only a couple of pieces left over on Waiste Vintage, and I can’t wait to take things further creatively soon. 
Plus there’s another product drop at 7pm this evening with lots more vintage, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Photography: Alice Wint and Elen Aivali
Styling: Me!
All clothing Waiste Vintage
This is what happens when you take four girls who have never met before but all with the same vibes, trek halfway up a mountain and get creative. I am so incredibly lucky that my job (if I can call it that as it never feels like one) allows me to make magic like this and I get to meet people who are totally on the same wavelength creatively. 
Once again I am so overwhelmed by the response that the lookbook has got, with the majority of pieces selling out within minutes. I put my heart and soul into what I do and I am constantly pushing to be creative as possible, so it’s so amazing that I can share this on here now, and it’s still incredible to me that people seem to love it as much as I do. There’s only a couple of pieces left over on Waiste Vintage, but don’t worry they’ll be another shoot very soon.

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✦ PhotographerGraham Dunn ✦ Model: Caroline Wilson ✦ H/Mu: Melinda Lovedean ✦ StylingChloe Chippendale ✦ Threds: Stoned Immaculate
Just a few of my favourite images from another current favourite lookbook of mine by ethnic inspired jewellery brand Child of Wild. One the original and one of the best of their kind of jewellery brands, they never fail to inspire, this one is American bohemianism at it’s best. Chloe Chippendale is such an amazing stylist/vintage hunter. Another dream team working their magic.



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I’m so excited to share this interview on here. Last month I was asked by Urban Outfitters if I’d like my flat to be featured on their blog. Immediately saying yes, looking around at the chaos surrounding me I started to panic, being the most disorganised messiest person I usually am. So I embarked on the biggest clean and tidy up of my flat I’ve ever had, and it felt really good. Honestly, I now need to pressure of people coming round every week to force me into tidying I swear.

 One of the questions I usually get asked about my flat is: ‘how do you keep your flat clean?’. Well, I now the answer… HOOVER EVERYTHING. I’ve posted the UO interview Q and A below, if you’d like to have a read. They got a few little facts wrong, obviously I’m a vintage buyer, not designer, and everyone who knows me, knows I have a wardrobe full of flares/bells/whatever you like to call them, I love them. But anyway, hope you like it. You can also find the full article on the UO blog here.

Stepping inside the home of vintage designer Sara Waiste is like travelling back in time to an early ‘70s antique fair – only there’s no flares and the herbal tea is of the legal variety.

With her walls lined with peculiar maps, elephant ornaments and around a thousand vintage trinkets, Sara quickly admits, “If I see something I love, I have to have it. Some might say it’s slightly on the verge of hoarding”. We sat down for a cuppa to find out 
more…


UO: How do you describe your home to someone who has never seen it before?

SARA: I guess I’d say my home is a reflection of my personality; it’s an unusual, eclectic treasure chest, with a lot of patterns and textures going on. I wanted my home to have a laid-back bohemian vibe and for it to look like it had a story to tell, as if the walls could talk. It’s very much a creative work in progress.






UO: Where do you go to find all this amazing stuff?

SARA: Anywhere and everywhere, I’m always treasure hunting. Car boot sales, vintage shops, antique and flea markets- I try and hunt at least once a week to see if there’s anything amazing. 



UO: How hard do you find it not to keep buying more and more things to add to your collection? 

S: I always feel like it’s never enough. It’s kind of an ongoing thing, and I’ve only just started so I do have a long way to go. I want to get some great vintage furniture pieces next. I also like to have themes and I get a little obsessed with hunting down pieces to fit with what I like at the time. I always somehow find a place for them! 




UO: There’s seems to be couple of themes running throughout your home, specifically elephants and maps, what that’s all about? 

S: I have a lot of maps as I’m planning to travel the world one day, specifically America, but I do want to explore everywhere. They act as a reminder to my dreams. I collect the elephants because I’m a little superstitious. I’ve heard that elephant ornaments can bring good luck in your home if they have their trunk facing up and you have at least 8, apparently. 




UO: Do you have any sentimental tid-bits hanging about? 




S: I have a beautiful white wrought iron mirror above my fireplace that my nana gave me when I moved in, it’s so special to me as when I was a little girl I used to sit and look in it and pretend it was magical. There’s a massive mirror map picture hanging above my bed that my boyfriend bought for me when we first met. Maybe I can blame him for the map obsession.



UO: If you
could invite anyone to your home for afternoon tea, past or present, who would
it be? 
S: Such a tough question! So many, but Stevie Nicks would be
my number one choice. It could happen, you never know! 
UO: What
would your dream house look like? 

S: A seventies ranch in America full of vintage antiques,
plants, books and cats – preferably in Topanga Canyon.




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I have some exciting news, I made it onto Company online last week, after they asked me to write a fun guide on the basics to look out for when buying vintage/secondhand clothing, which I thought was such a great idea, and so I thought it would make a great idea for a blog post too.

Being a vintage buyer and a vintage store owner, this is always something I get asked a lot, so I’ve listed my tips and tricks below (you can also find it on Company here) so I hope this little guide helps when you go treasure hunting!  For me, there’s nothing better than the thrill of discovering a hidden gem. And don’t forgot, vintage pieces are one of a kind, so if you do love it, get it or you’ll regret it.

Wear
suitable clothing when vintage shopping
This is kind of an obvious one but the
amount of times I’ve got a kimono fringe or something similar caught when
rummaging for gems (I never learn), so make sure to wear a comfortable, simple
basic outfit when going shopping that you can take off or are able to try
things on quickly over. Minimal to no jewellery and basic to no makeup too if you’re really getting into the zone.
Always
check a vintage piece thoroughly
 Make sure to be on the look out for stains/tears/holes, as a
lot of vintage isn’t in the greatest condition. For example, sewing a missing button
back on is one thing, but replacing a zip or a million moth holes is another. If there are any noticeable tears etc that you spot and they haven’t been written on ‘sold as seen’, don’t be afraid to ask for a discount.



Also another key thing is to learn your vintage labels before you go and make sure you check them to be sure you’re buying a true vintage product. For example, ‘St Michael’ is actually just old M&S, which I personally wouldn’t class as true vintage but I am forever seeing listed as just that on eBay.


Smell
it
This may sound weird but honestly it’s an
important one. Take a sniff of the armpits- as vintage fabrics, like polyester,
the smell of a previous owner can linger, and so can stains. The standard musty
vintage smell is an easy one to wash out, but anything else usually isn’t! If you are desperate to buy it and it doesn’t smell too great in the armpit area,
this incredible baking soda trick (second down on this article) usually works like  dream.


Always
try things on
Although something may look great on the
hanger, it might not on, and vice versa, you don’t know until you try it on.
Get out of your comfort zone when it comes to trying on different styles and
you might find something you never thought would suit you. Also remember that
vintage will fit a lot differently to today’s clothing, so ignore the size
labels and try it on for yourself to make sure. It’s so much fun to take your best friend and have a trying on session of vintage clothing you wouldn’t usually go for too!

Get
creative
Now this I do a lot. If you find a vintage
piece you love and can’t let go of but there’s something not quite right about
it, think to yourself: if you buy it, can you customize it to suit you? If
you’ve fallen in love with a dress but it’s too long, shorten it! Take out
shoulder pads of 80s blouses, cut the sleeves off a jacket to turn into a
waistcoat, altering an amazing printed dress into a kimono or a two-piece,
having a vision to rework vintage can bring old pieces a new lease of life.
Think
outside the box

Always keep an eye out wherever you go-
You’ll never know where you might find incredible pieces. Get hunting in your
mum or nanas or even your dads wardrobes, charity shops, and car boots are
always a great one too.

All images are from Waiste Vintage, the above image is my wardrobe last year until I decluttered. I was going to originally have all the images of Waiste pieces I’ve found and loved but there are far too many, so make sure you have a look on the instagram where vintage treasures are posted daily. If you ever have any questions about vintage or me or anything like that, feel free to ask me on the waiste tumblr or leave them below and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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