I’ve spent the last few weeks cleaning out my flat, which has resulted in four huge bags full of clothes, bags, books and odd bits. I’ll be flogging things at the Capital Carboot Sale this Sunday, where I’ll be sharing a stall with my glamorous friend Claire who will be bringing a car load of vintage and retro.
Do come and see us – I’ll be selling a 60s faux fur for £30 and my treasured Marc Jacobs stam bag for £70.
See you at Pimlico from 13:00 to 16:00!
Designer Wayne Hemmingway’s Vintage at Goodwood is going to be held in London this year as part of the South Bank’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Festival of Britain. An interesting idea, and something that has made me quite curious about the original Festival.
Held in 1951 to cheer up post-war Britain and to re-instill a sense of hope and national pride, the Festival mainly took part on the south bank of London’s Thames with smaller events all around the country. Although it looked back at British heritage, the main focus was on science, technology and a general outlook to the future.
This government information video from the time gives a great overview.
I love the look of the Festival, world exhibitions have always been hugely fascinating to me, and I’m curious to see what this year’s celebrations are going to be like. It’s rather ironic though that instead of looking towards the future, the main focus will be on our past. Have we finally lost our optimism?
The team behind Aussie hair products invited me to speak about vintage at their blogger Christmas event in Leeds on Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed the pampering day for their blogger network – Aussie Angels – which had five different styling booths where you could have your hair done according to your ‘hair tribe’ (I’m thirsty hair as it turns out).
A few of their bloggers had also set up stalls giving styling advice, giving away cakes and generally showcasing their work. I loved Nekomentsu, a blog selling little hand-made animals, and Broganjane, who had some fun little mini magazines on various capsule wardrobes.
They also had some great (and occasionally rather tongue-in-cheek) tips from a top flirt coach, catwalk couch, a professional photographer, and the lovely Kate from Bitchbuzz gave some excellent blogging advice. I’ll be doing the same talk again at their London event on Saturday, so perhaps see some of you then!
So this Saturday I went to Throwback, the club night we put together as a collaboration between my other project The Vintage Guide to London and Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes.
I wouldn’t have needed the nerve-calming gin cocktails (but hey…) as everything turned out just fine. There was a huge crowd – sadly, mostly not in vintage garb- but everybody had a fantastic time.
Julie from Empire Vintage set up a stall selling amazing vintage goodies as well as cupcakes and delicious fudge, while the very stylish Naomi from Vintage Secret and her equally stunning team, which included Jeni from Yesterday Girl, brought her vintage dress up box, giving revellers the chance to get kitted out in original, breath-taking Victorian outfits. If I wouldn’t have been so busy running around I would have loved to have tried on one of her corsets.
Dana from amazing etiquette and social graces magazine Mien played cupid for the night – people could leave little old-fashioned love notes on her notice board (I might have left a note for a certain gentleman…).
The acts went down a storm too – not surprisingly burlesque dancer Marianne Cheesecake impressed with her James Bond routine, while one of London’s best new bands, Los Locos had everyone enthralled during their set. Tiramisu – who had people dancing with their 30s and 40s Blitz hits – rounded up the evening perfectly, even though the venue royally messed up with the sound settings.
I didn’t stay until the end but have been told people kept dancing until way into the morning. Phew.
Thank you everyone for putting this together and bring on the next Vintage Guide event!
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So what to do when you’ve got a day off on a chilly autumn morning in London? Well, drink gin and ride around on penny farthings of course! At least that’s what I got up to yesterday when I was invited to go and hang out at the Hendrick’s Horseless Carriage of Curiosities. Filled with all sorts of wonders from a taxidermied albino hedgehog to Tarot cards and old chemical decanters, the vintage railway carriage looks like something Dali might have dreamt of.
This cabinet of wonders was made even more exciting by the addition of delicious Hendrix gin cocktails (it was admittedly only ten in the morning but then as they say, it’s always five o’clock somewhere!), cup cakes and a whole bunch of amazing vintage bloggers and friends. Oh if only every day could be a Hendrick’s Day!
I’m organising a club night with Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, so if you’re in London on 6 November do come along!
…this specific Mercedes please? It was one of the many cars at the Goodwood Revival last weekend which I really loved. That and the vintage Sixties Tesco’s complete with original stock. And the first generation mods on their scooters. And the Battle of Britain display. And – well I could go on and on.