Category Archives: shops I like

Don’t you dare to outbid me!

My favourite eBay shop is Velvet Cave Vintage, who specialise in 60s and 70s dresses. I always want pretty much everything they list…

I’m all for independence

The IDStore – Independent Design Store –  an online platform allowing independent designers to sell directly, has just launched a few months ago. There isn’t that much on there yet, and a lot of it is a bit too Shoreditch for my taste, but I genuinely like this Miss Crofton lingerie set for  £45  and this dark tan messenger bag for £120.

I’m all for buying from independent designers with no middle man taking a ridiculous cut, so I do hope this will be a success.

Hello Skirt

Just why I’ve not heard of Skirt Boutique before I don’t know. The online shop stocks a range of established and up-and-coming designers and somehow has managed to round up pretty much every one I love: April 77, Ivana Helsinki, Babbu and many more. Utter brilliance!

I might as well declare myself bankrupt now

One of the nicest things about hanging out at Hendrick’s the other day was meeting the amazing Margaret from blog & shop Penny Dreadful Vintage.

How cool is this woman? I love her pixie crop and perfect Sixties styling. Not to mention I want everything on her shop, Yes, everything!

wool skirt suit

teal wool coat

leopard print body con dress

I love a good sale

Or any sale actually, it eases my terrible guilt at being a hedonistic materialist. I blame it on the 80s. Anyways, lovely onlineshop Pour Porter is selling off the likes of Swedish Hasbeens at 40% off, worth a look!

images: shoppourporter.com

Like a sugar rush

This Saturday I had a peek around Islington boutique My Sugarland, which is just around the corner from where I live near Angel. Set up by stylist Zoe Lem, My Sugarland sells hand-picked vintage as well as established and new designers such as Terry de Havilland, PPQ, Hoss Intropia and Belle Sauvage – all favourites of mine.

The shop itself is like a treasure trove, I really didn’t know where to start so vast is the collection of pretty things on display. Vintage furniture adds a retro feel and there are lovingly selected little touches everywhere – I loved the collage of vintage wedding photos on one wall.

I’ve been to so many high-end designer shops which stock a  few vintage pieces – it seems to be the expected thing these days – but without any real passion for past fashions. So My Sugarland was a nice surprise, the collection of vintage really is outstanding, expensive of course, but I have never ever seen so many utterly beautiful dresses in such immaculate condition, I seriously had to force myself away from some amazing Edwardian summer dresses.

Another thing I really liked was that vintage and new were displayed together on the rails and not kept separated. To me that’s the way it should be, old and new mixed together, current and future vintage as one.

The shop also doubles as an event space, I picked up a flyer advertising a consultation and pampering evening with Zoe in October. It’s in my diary!

My Sugarland
402-404 St. John Street
London EC1V 4NJ

Fashion findings: electric blue loafers

Sarenza, an online shoe shop, asked me to have a look at their Continental Fashion Findings collection and choose a shoe I like. Well, I sure as hell love tasks that involve a) shoes, b) shopping and c) freebies!  Plus I shall be mentioned on the Sarenza blog with a chance to win a trip to Paris…

UPDATE: You can now vote for me on the Sarenza blog

As I have plenty of wedges and heels I decided to look for flats and instantly liked these blue loafers by Eden. The electric blue and faux snake skin leather are a nice twist on such a classic shoe shape and look pretty cool teamed with my favourite Sixties mod dress. They even match my vanity case – perfect!