Triple Love for Denim...

... As I progress with the idea of a Vintage Archive & Hire business - it occurred to me - business cards might be a good idea...

But I swung between having too many ideas of what they should look like (i.e. a tad dodgy craft lady) and totally understated (boring). 

It was only when I was helping source some dresses for an actress that it occurred to me what the inspiration - for me - should be. The brief for the dresses among other words was 'iconic'. 

Being freelance for years, I have made business cards before - and - I get bored of them. They date, look uncool, don't express what I want to say. Showing a 1940's image can be misconstrued as being only a collector of said certain period of clothing. So it hit me.

Denim. Jeans. 

Vintage denim is a huge love of mine - its worn, washed, has history, has seen and heard many things (secrets, lovers, dates, breakups) and yet can say nothing. 

Denim. Yes thats it.

Timeless. Ageless. Perfect. 

Business cards - now being printed.

Label Love...

... Sometimes it's not the item of clothing that grabs your attention - it's the label.

Clothing labels have a secret language, they indicate time. Its easier to date an item of vintage clothing from its label as opposed to many other attributes. A label is like a print - it's a signature.    

Labels change with time, designers, economic climate, fashion, trends. Fonts that go in and out of fashion. BY finding the date of an item of clothing, it is easy to on to find out who designed it, what was going on in history etc. Secretly the inner nerd part of me loves this - The inner mini Columbo...

 

New Ventures...

... So much is going on - it feels like I've taken up juggling.

And rather than an over whelming urge to run away - I'm very excited! 

I'm pleased to say that come May - in fact Sunday May 10th a dear friend and I will be launching a monthly Vintage Fair here in East London - aptly named East London Vintage Fair - an ongoing event, every month here in Clapton.

Not only is it going to be packed full of fabulous, fun, vintage, affordable, awesome clothes and accessories. There's also a cafe area - littered with drawing materials for the little ones and yummy scrum my food! But also plants, a florist and an apothecarist.

Plus the first event co-insides with The Hackney Half Marathon! So if your not running - go support every else who is and pop in and say hello to us! 

 

The Pound...

... Stall. 

I love a bargain just as much as the next person.

So for the first time in ages I hot footed it, after the school to Spitalfields Thursday Market. 

And I can't help it - but - straight to the puns stall - littered with jewels. So heres the thing, some are broken, some are old, some are ok  - just maybe not your taste but some are great. 

Take the rose bead necklace, the diamante necklace and faux pearl bracelet - on trend, fun, frivolous and a pound each.

Perfect.


The Fur-kids Treats...

... Generally a trip to the vet for either of our beloved Mini schnauzers is neither here nor there - its neither a horrible experience (We love our vet - The Hackney Vet) but then its not like a romp over The Marshes.

So imagine Sugar Princess's delight when we found these awesome and super tasty treats at the vets (just for an annual check up!) - which not only went down a treat! but looked fabulous (fickle owner) and are produced locally! 

All round winner! 


An Accidental Learning Tool...

... Christmas came and went.

And nothing much changed apart from I started the 'Spring clean'. Theoretically we are still in Winter but then there's no time like the present. 

Obviously things have had to go (I mean its nearly 5 years since Mushroom was born and this is our first clear out (toys predominately). Amongst many things deemed to 'baby' (his words) was an easel - wobbly legged, it just needed the assistance of a screw driver - placed on the pavement it was whisked away in less than a second.

Which resulted in the loss of a magnetic board. So I quickly order one online, which arrived in a blink of an eye - with the addition of a wipe board pen...

... well I never, it's perfect for writing and spelling practise! Any mistakes are laughed at and quickly wiped away - no more 'break downs' over the disaster of a dodgy "S" which has 'ruined the page!!'...


Sunday (Quick) Shopping...

... I had 20 minutes to spare. 

The location - Brick lane. 

My choices were to mooch amongst the bedlam of Brick lane - I wasn't in the mood or to head swiftly to an old and favourite haunt...

The Shop. Number 3 Cheshire Street.

I can say quite easily that I have been a customer for 15 plus years...

Over the years I have found the most wonderful of vintage treasures - clothing, household and fabric. 

The days with which it opens have changed over the years - Thursdays & Sundays / All week / back to Thursdays and the weekend...

But I am pleased to say it is back to 7 days! which with kids, dogs, husband, school etc makes it far easier for me to take random opportunities and pop in! 


Charlotte Tilbury Mini Magic...

... Or as otherwise known as 'Mini Lipstick Charms'. 

Quite frankly 'Perfection'.

As if Charlotte Tilbury makeup couldn't get any better - because - it is quite frankly perfect...

... But now. The lipsticks are available as mini versions. 

Novelty? Hell yes!

Useful, stunning colours, hydrating, confidence building? Yes 

So that's novelty but with a whole heap of fabulous extras! 

And so, so cute! 


Balochi Embroidery...

... I studied Art History, Textiles, Fine Art and Fashion - and - even though I went on to only ever work in the fashion industry I don't think I ever found it was the exact industry for me - because - although I love fashion...

... I really love 'textiles'. 

I love things that are made by hand, something that has a history, something that someone has spent time on. At times maybe even fallen out of love with what they were doing and yet continued to finish (or not in some cases). 

Which is why I love the Balochi Dress. Its not the most fashionable, form fitting, body con, update 'fashion' item but it is dripping with hand embroidery. Encrusted with tiny stitches. Some with  small glass mirrors that reflect the sun. Every stitch is created by the eye and the hand, every stitch is perfect and yet at the same time so different. 

Every dress is different, unique and perfect within its imperfections.



Christmas Traditions & Dinosaurs...

... As everyone winds down for Christmas and starts to leave London - we (I) start to think about all the things we can do in London. 

Because, I love this city - and - I love it more the quieter it gets (perhaps a throw back to growing up in a seaside town...). So as the last Saturday before Christmas has passed and the city quietness down we head into town.

One of our favourite places is The Natural History Museum - I hugely recommend membership (you sail past the snaking queues) and given The Dinosaur Room has reopened we hot-footed to one of everyones favourite places.

The eeriness of The Natural History Museam makes a great setting for Tv and film 


Miss Cupcake...

... What better place to hang out on a rainy, December day - or any day, rainy or not.

Miss Cupcake is one of (many of) our favourite places to hang out in the Marais, Paris - drinking hot tea on cold days and cooling, milk shakes on a hot day - always accompanied by a delicious cupcake! 

Miss Cupcake - 22 Rue la Vieuville, 75018 PARIS

Miss Cupcake - 35 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 PARIS


Denim Desire...

... It starts like this - 

Sunday night (5 mins ago) flicking through a glossy magazine...

... spot some jeans and the words - 'Levis', 'remake', 're/dun'

Brain thinks 'interesting'...

*goes straight online - to see the words...

... SOLD OUT

Now here's the thing - it was a passing interest and now...

...desire! 

I'm on the waiting list.