Elaine wearing Vintage dress from Lula, Melbourne; Vintage bag from Beyond Retro & Boots by Schuh.
Photos by Catch Coco ♥
Good evening, I hope all you Londoners are at home safe and sound. It’s crazy the amount of rioting going on in London at the moment. Hopefully it’ll all be alright though.. David Cameron is on his way back from his holidays.. Goodness shall prevail, please god. It’s actually rather scary…
During the week I went to The Old Cinema in Chiswick, it dates back to 1890. I really love it there. Vintage anything is terribly in vogue these days, but this three storey shop really is worth a visit.. you feel like you have gone back in time. Its like a funky little museum full of weird and wonderful memorabilia, antique furniture, collectors items, vintage jewelry.. brass piglets!! etc. From retro americana to French decadence.. It’s a great place to have a wee mooch around in. It is frequented by interior designers, stylists and art directors….You can check out The Old Cinema and buy online here
Anyway, stay home and stay safe peeps. I’m hoping and praying that peace will be restored… pure madness..
I first stumbled across this book while darting through the book section in Selfridges. This was supposed to be a shortcut as I was not out on a shopping trip but in a rush to meet a friend for coffee, and I honestly believed I could make it through without being distracted by all the lovely things this store has to offer a magpie such as myself! I was doing quite well until this book jumped out at me like a beaming light! I knew as soon as I looked through it that I had to have it.
Every page in this book is so pretty and inspirational. If like me, you perk up at the idea of going to a car boot sale or a vintage fair then this book is for you. It is full of old mixed china, painted furniture, pretty florals and soft colours. The looks in this book are achievable without having to spend a fortune. I have since been inspired to take a paintbrush to an old mirror, sew some cushion covers in some beautiful 1940′s vintage fabrics I found at a local antiques fair in Alexandra Palace, and hang some of my charity shop found china plates in a pretty arrangement over the fireplace in my kitchen. The lady responsible for the styling in this book is the very talented Selina Lake. I cannot recommend this book enough if shabby chic interiors appeal to you. Definitely a gift worth treating yourself to!
Last weekend I decided to check out Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. I arrived around midday on a rainy Sunday and felt as if I had been transformed into another world; even the location of the fair gave the feel of another era. It is held in a grade 2 listed building – The Urdang at The Old Finsbury Town Hall on Roseberry Avenue (nearest tube stations are Angel & Farringdon).
The fair features a selection of vintage clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewellery from the 1800s – 1980s. There was music from the old days and I spotted quite a few 40s and 50s inspired looks – which really lended itself to the feel of the event. There were some great finds, but even if you do not intend to purchase it is a nice way to spend a couple of hours. Luckily I was given permission to take a few photos – I will post more over the coming days along with details of some of the vintage dealers from the fair.
There are more planned for next year and it is definitely worth checking out. Tickets cost £4 on the door. I applied for a hot ticket on the website and a couple of days before the fair I was sent an email informing me that I had been allocated a comp ticket! Make sure to keep an eye on the website for all information regarding dates and details and maybe some hot tickets! click here.
Photos by Catch Coco ♥