Friday, 31 October 2014

New Cardiff Vintage Store: Annie & Co.

One of the things I love about vintage events is that they're an opportunity to meet like-minded souls, and to find out about other vintage-related events that you otherwise wouldn't hear about.

At the wonderful Vintage Flair event the other week, I met a few stallholders, who excitedly told me that they were about to set up shop in Cardiff, at the top end of St Mary's street by the castle.  The shop was to be an eclectic mix of craftsmen, upcyclers, artists and vintage clothing sellers.  Intrigued, I popped in to the opening evening of Annie & Co. to have a thorough browse.

Annie & Co.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Book Review: Men I Have Known, by Eileen Younghusband

I’ve mentioned previously on this blog that a wonderful author, Eileen Younghusband, is someone to look out for if you’re interested in WWII history, or are generally interested in feisty women who won’t take ‘no’ for an answer.  Eileen’s third book is ‘Men I Have Known’, and is a series of recollections of the men who have crossed paths with Eileen in her adventurous lifetime.

Men I Have Known

The cameo appearances of various menfolk happen across three main stages of Eileen’s life, from her war work, through being a hotelier, to the present day – where Eileen had her first book published at the age of 89!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Charity Shop Wedding Dresses

Would you wear a charity shop wedding dress?  With the 'average' price of a wedding gown topping £1,000, it's no wonder that brides-to-be are searching for affordable alternatives.

One option is to look in charity shops.  Some of you will recoil at the idea of wearing a secondhand wedding dress, but not all wedding dresses in charity shops are secondhand.  Some are unworn, donated by individuals, others are end of line from the makers.  Personally, as I wear vintage clothing, it really isn't much of a stretch to imagine myself in a secondhand dress.

Charity shop wedding dress

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Martinis to Celebrate the Dismantling of the 70's FIreplace

I had been looking forward to our next DIY project, erasing yet another '70s touch from our house by dismantling this feature wall, with built in mirrored knick-knack shelf.  It was with great relish and gusto that we got out the sledge hammer, chisels, and steel toe-capped boots.


Fireplace dismantling

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Autumn Vintage Inspired Wishlist

I've been getting wardrobe inspiration from the Autumn colours recently.  Wandering around my parents' garden I noticed that as well as the usual oranges, browns and deep reds that we all associate with the season, there were also shades of silver, lilac and sage greens.

A vintage inspired clothing retailer I return to again and again - mostly windowshopping - is 20th Century Foxy.  Their range just gets better and better.  Here are my top picks of what I would buy if I had the money this Autum.

Warm colours - orange, brown, red, yellow

20th Century Foxy Autumn Colours

Friday, 17 October 2014

The Death of the Garden Ring and the Arrival of the Bling Ring

A little while ago, I shared the tale of the engagement ring found in the garden.  Not a day or two later, tragedy struck!  The break in the band snagged on a scarf (a new scarf as well, that now has a bit of a hole in it, how annoying), and the ring was wrenched open.  I pressed it roughly back into shape, and that lunchtime went to the jeweller recommended to me, only to find the shop shut and a handwritten note on the door stating he was on holiday.  I didn't realise that the metal was now weakened, and continued wearing the ring, intending to pop back the next day.  By tea time, it was in two pieces, the band having snapped in a second place.

It was good timing that it happened to be the day that my 'proper' engagement ring arrived in the post, so when I arrived home I had the delight of opening a package that contained this beauty.  The poor lighting in this photo doesn't do justice to how pink the centre stone is, or how sparkly the whole thing is.

The ring

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Collectif 'Simone' Houndstooth Dress & 1950's Veiled Hat

There's something Autumnal about this flared 'Simone' dress by Collectif.  The brown houndstooth fabric is reminiscent of that seasonal staple, tweed, and the longer length is welcome as the air gets chillier.

Brown bow hat
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