Tag Archives: vintage

Vintage Laura Ashley T-Shirt Dress

Vintage Laura Ashley and red lips.

Vintage Laura Ashley dress Continue reading

M&S Dungarees

… with a pink blouse and matching blossom.

M&S Dungarees Continue reading

Vintage Pink Tweed Jacket

Vintage tweed and pastel pleats.

Vintage pastel tweed jacket Continue reading

Easter Tea Party

Easter tea party Continue reading

Vintage Laura Ashley Dress & Clarks Kestral Soar Sandals

Vintage Laura Ashley & Clarks Kestral Soar

Vintage Laura Ashley & Clarks Kestral Soar

Continue reading

Vintage Laura Ashley Dress

Vintage Laura Ashley Dress

Vintage Laura Ashley Dress

I’ve followed the RHS Chelsea Flower Show from afar for a few years now – it’s always so full of vibrancy and inspiration. The Show, taking place this week, is in its centenary year and I’ve particularly enjoyed the coverage of the extra special events going on to celebrate. Laura Ashley’s beautiful bloom-filled blogpost and British Vogue’s Chelsea Flower Show street style article inspired me to don my suitably floral, Chelsea-appropriate Laura Ashley frock.

Continue reading

Judy’s at Spitalfields: February Love List

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

14 February is fast approaching, and whether you go googly-eyed for all things Valentine’s, or are cynical about the whole thing, there’s no avoiding it. Press releases have been winging their way into my inbox since December with the dreaded V-Day subject line (seriously – could we not get Christmas out of the way first?!) and filled with hearts, pink and fluffy things and more often than not a gift guide in at least some guise. While I love flowers, chocolate and lingerie as much as the next girl, sometimes just a little imagination can mean so much more.

As one of Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair’s resident bloggers, today I took part in an extra-special Valentine’s themed blogger challenge at their monthly fair at Old Spitalfields Market. Becky Bedbug and I were tasked with compiling a ‘Love List’ of our favourite items at the fair. Armed with my ‘Love List’ sign and a red heart-shaped balloon, and with the romantic theme in mind, I set about perusing the stalls with the goal of finding and sharing with you some suitably retro gifts for guys and gals this Valentine’s.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Madame Fifi Presents is new to the Judy’s stable – it was their first fair today and they looked like they were having a great time! I was first drawn to their sparkly collection of brooches and trinkets, including this adorable owl. However, it was this beautiful men’s vanity kit that particularly caught my eye – this full set was in great condition and would be the perfect present for a well-groomed gent.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Old Pony had a fascinating collection of historical artefacts and quirky objets d’art. I was cooing over their retro crockery when I spotted vintage gold (to me anyway) – a Singer sewing machine. My Gran was a dressmaker, so sewing machines have always held a particular fascination to me and one day I would love to own a vintage Singer of my own. This one was in perfect condition and all wired up ready to go. I was SERIOUSLY tempted – if only we had the room. There was no question about it, this had to go on the Love List. I was drawn to this little owl as well – sounds strange, but it made me think of one of my friends, which reminded me that gal pals deserve some Valentine’s love too and that sometimes the best presents are those that really mean something, just between the two of you.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

If you’re looking for a slightly different gift, then Vintage in Print has a beautiful selection of vintage photography, specialising in fashion photography and retro ads. In fact, for Christmas Al and I unwittingly purchased vintage prints for one another at Judy’s December fair. I blogged about the lovely Vintage in Print then too, as they really make the perfect gift for vintage photography aficionados and lovers of old advertisements alike. At the fair today this David Bailey shot of Grace Coddington (yes I’m obsessed, ok?) and stunning Helmut Newton shot of Twiggy really stood out for me.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I was spoilt for choice at the aptly named Magpie’s Attic – filled with the most beautiful jewels, trinkets and stylish retro artefacts. This lovingly-curated collection is the work of mother-daughter duo Sarah and Emilie. Each item seems to have a story and mystique about it – you really get the feeling that Magpie’s Attic want to share a piece of this magic with you. I felt their vintage jewels in particular would make a lovely gift; the high street’s mass-produced Valentine’s tat is a million miles away from this. You feel as though each piece has a history and that by owning it you would become the next part of its story. Magpie’s Attic genuinely believe that certain items are meant to belong with some people and you can’t fault Sarah’s eye! This beautiful sapphire and diamond ring and black onyx cufflinks and tie pin set made my Love List – both would make a meaningful and memorable gift.

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I’ve saved the best ’til last: I couldn’t resist the gorgeous I Heart Vintage. Rebecca had truly embraced the theme with all things cute, kitsch and Valentine’s-appropriate. Along with her staple offerings of sweet knick-knacks and feminine retro homeware, there was a smattering of Valentine’s-themed objects; highlights for me included these adorable heart tins and vintage ‘Love is’ mirrors. Far from saccharine sweet, I Heart Vintage has a great sense of humour – check out those kitsch ’50s cat figurines and the cheeky Adam and Eve bottle openers that Judy’s previewed on their Facebook page. If your loved one has a penchant for florals and love hearts then you would be spoilt for choice, but I Heart Vintage has its tongue firmly in its cheek too and has some brilliant witty gifts. I bought Al some whisky glasses with sweet and funny ‘Scottish scenes’ on for Christmas and there was plenty from here on my Love List today.

IMG_3930

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Spitalfields

I also covered the fair (and the progress of my Love List on the Judy’s Facebook page – thank you for having me Judy’s! Lastly, I couldn’t resist sharing these shots of two stylish shoppers. I liked this chic vintage-goer’s all black outfit with a pop of blue, and her two-tone hair got a lot of love on Facebook! This dapper chap caught my eye with his clever accessorising and bicycle-print shirt. What’s not to love?!

Did you go to Judy’s at Spitalfields today? What’s on your Love List?

Vintage Freak Clothing

Vintage Freak Clothing

A few months ago, my blogger challenge for Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair was to find the top three affordable sellers at the Spitalfields September fair. Scouring the event for the biggest bargains and thriftiest sellers, I came across Vintage Freak Clothing.

The stall caught my eye initially with its witty knits (think ironic sheep patterns and Christmas jumpers) and extensive stock of vintage denim (cut-off shorts and eighties-tastic jackets). Then the prices – two jumpers for £15 and two pairs of shorts for £8! Bargains aside, I felt the stock was shrewdly edited (knitwear and denim being two of the most highly-sought vintage items) and lovingly curated; from my conversation with stall owner Michael, it was clear he was passionate about keeping prices affordable but still offering quality, one-off vintage items.

Vintage Freak is a Judy’s regular and frequents several other markets in London. However, not to fear if you live outside the capital – Vintage Freak has launched on ASOS Marketplace! In case you haven’t heard (where have you been?!), the Marketplace is a network of boutiques and small businesses selling own label, branded or vintage collections directly to customers. You can check out each boutique’s weekly listing, meaning you don’t miss out on that elusive vintage bargain – you can be first in the queue to nab the latest in Vintage Freak’s drop of vintage jumpers and avoid the scrum of a real market (seriously, the rail-raiding over those jumpers at Vintage Freak’s Judy’s stall was FIERCE).

There’s more to come from Vintage Freak with a competition in the pipeline, and keep up-to-date with their regular blog updates on ASOS Marketplace.

ASOS Marketplace also has a brilliant blog itself – you can read it here.

Vintage leather shoulder bag kindly provided by Vintage Freak Clothing

Black Watch Tartan

Recently, I’ve rekindled my love of tartan. Checks, plaids and tartans featured prominently on the catwalks for autumn/winter 2012, most memorably in the guise of Black Watch tartan adorning dresses, coats and trousers at McQ.

This inspired me to don my Black Watch vintage Laura Ashley shift dress last weekend. I think this has to be my favourite ever vintage dress. The iconic Black Watch tartan, in a muted blue, black and green check, is probably one of the most widely used and instantly recognisable tartans. There’s something classic about the Black Watch check and the iconic tartan has a historical resonance too, as it was originally a government issue tartan for the Highland Watch.

I spotted the Laura Ashley frock at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Edinburgh at around this time last year. As well as the unusual print (different from the ubiquitous vintage florals – not that I’m complaining!) the striking cut of the dress caught my eye too: the high neck shift top, nipped in waist, full skirt and ballerina length. The dress also buttons down the left hand side all the way to the knee, leaving room for an elegant side split.

I wore the dress as a pinafore, layered over my chiffon lace insert blouse to ramp up the girly, sixties vibe. My leather jacket keeps things modern and adds an element of toughness, and I wore my chunky heeled ankle boots to give a bit of a boost in the height department. There was a chill in the air so I also brought my faux fur muffler with me – a Christmas present from Al last year that makes me feel like some sort of retro starlet/ minor character in Anna Karenina.

Al says this one is my “blogger pose”:

I wore my vintage Laura Ashley dress for a spot of bargain hunting at Judy’s over in Spitalfields. Maybe it’s because we just moved into our new flat, but at this Fair I was particularly besotted with unusual retro furniture and beautiful vintage crockery. Here are a few pictures we took on the day…

I loved this stall with odds and ends including a mangle!

Cake stands and teacups – LOVE.

The coolest retro knitwear around by Vintage Freaks – more on them very soon!

I want it all!

I came away with this gorgeous antique teapot, just made for cosy Sunday afternoons in with endless cups of tea, freshly baked cake and a good book.

And lastly, some witty art in East London (couldn’t resist):

A Cameo Appearance


I spotted this beautiful cameo necklace in the window of an antique shop in Edinburgh’s Westport called Cabaret. This gem of a shop is absolutely packed to the rafters with vintage jewellery, books and various miscellaneous antique objects such as mirrors, penknives, lighters and other random bric-a-brac. A delightful antique collection and vintage lover’s dream, I expected prices to be high, but they were actually pretty reasonable, especially considering the generally stellar condition of this lovingly curated collection of objects.

I’d been looking for an antique cameo necklace for a while as my high street takes on the design just weren’t cutting it. Has anyone else had it with high street jewellery? You just have to look at a Topshop ring and it’s turned your finger green; I’ve still been donning my once-beloved high street cameo despite its now definite copper colour.

This gorgeous silver antique cameo necklace is exactly what I’ve been looking for. The friendly salesman informed me that it was Art Deco, one of the periods of design I find most inspiring. I expected it to be a lot more but it was only £28, which I think is pretty amazing considering its age and fantastic condition. If you’re in Edinburgh, definitely pop in to take a look as Cabaret is a real treasure trove.

p.s. a wee preview of an outfit – more on that tomorrow!