Friday, 25 February 2011

View From a Vintage: Vintage Warehouse, Nottingham

The Vintage Warehouse in Nottingham is exactly what it says on the tin! A warehouse filled with that all familiar nana 'musk' of vintage clothes and shoes. One corner you can find an amazing full length fur coat, the other, a spice girls t-shirt- I was tempted to create a masterpiece outfit with both but alas I refrained! Instead I spent (my last) £15 on a pair of black leather knee high boots which were in mint could a girl say no? The staff were extremely friendly and with carrier bags reading "Its not vintage stupid, its second hand!!!" this is finally a place that doesn't take itself too seriously. If you want a true vintage jumble sale experience - Vintage Warehouse is the place to be!

Address:82-84 Lower Parliament Street
(Entrance on Cranbook street)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Box of Treasures

Who knows anything about vintage lockets? I have been searching high and lo for one for my lovely mummy's birthday and found nothing so far thats worthy! If anyone can recommend some great websites or stores that would be great! 

What is it about jewelry that makes us women swoon? I love second hand because the thought of something having a history lets me invent a former life. I brought the most beautiful ring from a flee market in Brooklyn. The shank is a spring and the setting is a big bright coral stone with smaller orange stones dotted around the side. It only cost $20 but I will cherish it until the spring falls apart (again) and a few more orange stones fall out. Currently its surviving via a nifty super glue job- Ive been told to throw it out but I won't. Its flawless to me.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Burberry Prorsum Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2011 Show

The genius that is Christopher Bailey...

Stills from below give a snapshot of the various elements to the show. After working for Burberry I have such an appreciation for the iconic brand and especially for Christopher Bailey's work. Bailey never fails to maintain that classic British style with a unique edge. With inspiration from Jean Shrimpton he captured the look and sound of the early sixties. The occasional military flourish is in keeping with previous collections from AW10 but the beautiful bursts of colour, offset by the fur flat cap and Adele's voice, well, in my eyes he can do no wrong. Burberry, you make me proud to be British!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Dye it Right

Calling all FTM girls who have the Henry Holland tights in vile blue & pink from fridays lecture! I popped to town and brought a pot of dye at Shawes Art Shop on Mansfield Road in an attempt to knock out the blinding blue! Prepare to get messy...

You will need:

  • Empty Ice cream tub 
  • Plastic bag 
  • Newspaper (lots of it) 
  • 2x 45ml Setacolor Opaque in Black no 19 -£3.95 each 
  • Wooden spoon (I used a plastic fork because it was all I had)
  • Rubber gloves!!
  • An Oven

1. Hand wash tights in the sink to get rid of any finish & dry them.

2. Place the tights in the ice cream tub and add the dye a small amount at a time. Cover all the tights.

3. Place in the Oven on 150oc for 5 minutes on a baking tray.

4. I used 1 bottle the first time but this was a deep olive color so to make sure they aren't patchy use 2 bottles.

We can have an FTM night out now in our tights, without looking like neon losers! x

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Love at first Lincoln

I learnt this week there is nothing better than a spontaneous roadtrip, which turned out to be the best decision I've made in a while! I went to Lincoln with my room mate, Holly. Its a quintessential, quaint English city with amazing buildings and boutiques to die for! I found a few beauties on the way to the Cathedral including a gorgeous chocolate structured bag with gold piping around the edges. Here are some photos from my trip...besides having my favourite roomie as its permanent resident, its also beautiful! So cheers to Holly, Im officially in love with Lincoln!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Beauty in the Vintage

I have been looking for a vintage sewing machine for a while now and finally found and Omega from Homesense in Northampton. The detail is stunning and although it is slightly worn, its in great condition after a good clean. Homesense is owned by TKmaxx and can be found through their website. They offer one off pieces at afforable prices and you can find a gem if you have patience! Other vintage gems I have found have been from Homes Direct 365 where I picked my 21st birthday present, a antique french armchair. 

Homesense: Omega Sewing Machine