Tag Archive: Vintage

Jul 08 2013

My Style: Summer Walk By The River


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This weekend I embraced the sunny weather, because let’s be honest we don’t know how long it is going to last for. On Saturday, I generally sat around the garden, lounged around reading magazines, occasionally helped with the gardening, and munched on BBQ food, which kind of spur me to get up early on Sunday for a walk down the River Cam.

Living in South Cambridgeshire I get the best of both world’s I am not too far from London, no matter what some people think, and I get to explore the gorgeous countryside, quaint towns and adorable villages. One of my favourite villages, and on my wishlist of dream locations to live has to be Grantchester, which is just outside Cambridge.

This is a village that isn’t that big but has three great pubs and an amazing outdoor tea room, which is where we started our Sunday stroll, well I needed to fill up before the walk and I do love lounging about in a deck chair!!!

From there we headed down the river until we came to the edge of Cambridge and headed into town, it took about an hour, we weren’t rushing and it was hot, but it was such a lovely walk. It was fun watching the tourists try their hand at punting, the new canoeists going round in circles, the cute dogs swimming in the river, and the adorable swans.

I always find it hard to decide what to wear on hot days, it is that worry of getting my legs out, wearing something that will reveal my less than stellar body, so I decided to go for a fun floral skirt, tee and bright trainers – easy, casual and comfortable. Although, as it was so hot I am not sure why I opted to wear a black top, such a mistake, I love the loose fit of my boyfriend tee from Primark I just wish I had worn my white one instead.

I also wore my Lulu Guinness watch, which I am obsessed with, and as it has a larger face that my other watches I now have a large tan mark on my left arm!!!

What did you do this weekend to enjoy the sun?

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My Style: Floral skirt, Animal (old) // Black boyfriend tee, Primark // Pink trainers, Keds (c/o) (similar pair) // Barbie necklace, eBay // Glasses, Retro54 // Vintage white gold bangle // Love bracelet, Monica Vinader  // Black bracelet, Thomas Sabo // Quilted Lips Watch, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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Nov 06 2012

WGSN Global Fashion Awards: Cat Deeley In VWDC by Charlie Brear

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Where: At the WGSN Global Fashion Awards held at The Savoy, London

Wearing: An ivory silk gown from The Vintage Wedding Dress Company by her friend Charlie Brear, featuring an ostrich feathered tiered skirt, which she teamed with a vintage blazer and Jimmy Choo heels

Verdict: Fresh from getting married in Rome to Patrick Kielty, Cat Deeley was glowing in a bridal look for her hosting duties for last night’s WGSN’s fashion awards.

Normally a gown like this on the red carpet would raise red flags for me, more so on a newlywed, but somehow Cat makes it demure and cool, and I think it has a lot to do with that vintage blazer it steers it away from being bridal.

Cat stole the red carpet last night, she literally glided down, and up-close the skirt of this dress was incredible, and I love that the only jewels she wore was her wedding ring – a very classy look, which was finished off perfectly with her gorgeous smile.

Do you rate Cat’s look?

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[Pics: Facebook.com/WGSN and taken by Fashionista Barbie]

Feb 27 2012

Vanity Fair Party: Kate Hudson In Vintage Versace

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Who: Kate Hudson

Where: At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood

Wearing: A red vintage fringed Versace floor-length gown with sheer panel detailing to the neckline, teamed with a chunky silver and diamond cuff

Verdict: Yeah the return of Kate Hudson on the red carpet, seriously it has been too long, I do love how her effortless her style and beauty is and how sexy this dress looks on her. I don’t think many people could pull off full-length fringed detail but Kate doesn’t have a problem, I also love the very Madonna conical bust area – HOT!!!

[Pic: via Versace Facebook]

Jul 22 2011

Now Open: Peekaboo Vintage Launches Boutique

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I am a fan of Peekaboo Vintage in Topshop so I was pretty excited to be invited to check out the brand’s first standalone store just off Carnaby Street, London. I was so impress with the vintage emporium founded by Emily Bothwell and Michael Caunter, it is stocked full of designer one-offs and eclectic pieces, many of which have been added to my vintage wishlist!!

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I have been to a lot of vintage stores recently mainly as I am looking for that designer bargain *well one can dream*, and Peekaboo Vintage has a great array, from Chanel quilted bags to classic Ossie Clark inspired pieces. I think my favourite pieces had to be all the amazing accessories, from the best selection of silk scarves to beautifully crafted leather handbags, and a lovely selection of jewellery and to-die for belts the elephant one has to be mine!!

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Horse prints are everywhere for autumn/winter and I love this leather number.

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I was lucky enough to be with the lovely Alex from Alex Loves, shopping is always so much more fun with friends, and I love that she was drawn to this Chanel jacket.

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I think this store is more than just the vintage finds, I loved all the details from the stripper wallpaper in the changing rooms to the silk scarf display, the retro signs, and there is even an outdoor seating area if the weather ever cheers up!!

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I love this fruit pastel handbag with its chain strap, so cute.

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All I could think off when I left Peekaboo Vintage is that Rachel Zoe would totally love this place.

Peekaboo Vintage, 2 Ganton Street, London, W1

 

 

 

Jun 12 2011

Vintage Loving: My Singer Sewing Machine

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I am not a car-booter, I like the idea that someone else’s crap is my vintage beauty but I never thought it would actually come true. Well my first experience at a car boot since I was little and used to go with my Nanna and Grandad and I came across this gorgeous Singer sewing machine.

There are two things I have always said I wanted, one being a classic Singer, and the other being an old-fashioned typewriter, so you can imagine how much I wanted this beauty as soon as I saw it.

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In complete working order and with a case I seriously thought I had gone to heaven, it is so perfect and it was such a bargain as it was only £24.

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So as soon as I got it home I had to find out more about it and what makes Singer so great for an amateur like me is that they put serial numbers that tells you everything about it. My beauty has a single letter prefix, a letter F, which means that it was made in Clydebank, Scotland, and dates back to the year 1914!!!

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Who knew when we parked in a field near Ely that we would come home with one seriously heavy sewing machine, such a find. It was made better that when we went to an antique shop later on that day they had one that didn’t have as much detailing on as mine and it was on sale for £75, so I think we did well.

Jun 06 2011

Gigi Vintage: Is 7 Your Lucky Number?

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Well it happens to be mine!! I was very excited about my birthday last week, so it feels only fair to share the love and tell you all about Gigi Vintage’s first birthday celebrations tomorrow, June 7.

From 7-7 tomorrow the vintage clothing and accessories store will be it selling its Birthday Collection for just £7 an item, I know crazy right. What makes it even better is that every item is an original handpicked vintage piece, which means that you will be getting an absolute bargain.

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I have seen some of the items, all gorgeous, which includes a floral midi skirt, a summery yellow polka dot shirt *LOVE*, daisy print playsuit, leopard print maxi, and stars and stripes shorts.

So set your alarm and hit up the vintage bargains from 7am, but be quick the £7 bargains will gone by 7pm!

Jun 01 2011

Wish I Was: Going To Oxfam Hove Vintage Weekend

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I can’t remember the last time I went to Brighton but I do wish I was able to get down there this weekend as Oxfam Hove are hosting a weekend vintage event, June 4-5.

The charity shop on Blatchington Road, will be transformed into ‘an Aladdin’s cave of vintage and retro’, sounds amazing. The rails will be filled with timeless wonders such as 50’s handbags, summer dresses, sunglasses, and linen, as well as antiquarian books, vintage furniture, 50’s picnic hampers, and stunning crockery sets! Seriously sounds amazing, and don’t worry if you can’t make it on the Saturday as all stock will be replenished in time for the Sunday opening.

“Keep your eyes peeled! The quality of vintage fabrics and patterns means that the colours always seem richer than today’s prints. With vintage, there will more often than not, be just one of anything, so you know that your final purchase will really be unique.” Amanda, Oxfam Hove Store Manager.

So, if you love vintage finds, are lucky enough to be in the area, or fancy a day trip this weekend, then head on over to Oxfam Hove, I only wish I could!!

Vintage Weekend: Oxfam Hove shop, 42 Blatchington Road, Hove; June 4-5, open from 11am – 5pm.

If you do get a steal please let me know!!

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