Lace & Tweed Vintage Fair June 01 2013
After a hearty breakfast in the greasy spoon near where I live, my friends and I went to Lace & Tweed Vintage Fair in Guildford. "So does anyone know where we're going?" I asked. "No..." everyone said in unison... It was lucky that Rachel and I had looked this up on the map the day before because no one had a clue where it was although I had a rough idea. Up the hill in Guildford town we trundled, up through Jeffries Passage (phnaar phnaar said the Actress to the Bishop) and there on the other side was the Holy Trinity Church with a big sign outside saying "Lace & Tweed Vintage Fair".
Set in a beautiful Anglican Red-brick church in the centre of Guildford, the Holy Trinity was built on the site of a Medieval Church that collapsed in the 18th Century. It is thought the foundations of the church are Norman. There were so many beautiful things on first sight, it was difficult to know where to start looking. The first stall I stumbled across was a stall selling the most beautiful 1920s and 30s dresses, some with their tags still on, having never been worn!
Musicians and a live DJ played on the stage and a backdrop of Black and White movies were being played. We sifted through rails of clothes and mounds of jewellery. Rhiannon had found a vintage scarf and I had spied a vintage brooch. Lorna was umming and ahht's really hard going to a ring about a dress and Rachel was meant to be looking for a birthday present for her friend but ended up buying for herself!
With so many pretty things to buy and reasonably priced too, it can be all too easy to get carried away and spend a small fortune on stuff that you don't even want! I was very good and managed to contain myself but then that's because I have trip to New York coming up and I was saving all my pennies for a trip to Brooklyn's flea markets and thrift shops. Oh my God, I can hardly wait!!!
There was a hair and beauty pop-up parlour and Lorna said she wanted to have her hair and make-up done so we eagerly watched while she was made up 1940s style with me snapping away with the before and after shots. For £10, Lorna had eyeliner flicked on her eyelids and Victory Rolls put in her hair and Lorna became Lana, a beautiful starlet from the 1940s!
Aww look how beautiful Lorna looks!
It was a unusually warm day today (yes I know it's the first day of June and June is in the Summer but it had been cold and raining that week) and Rachel and I were gasping for a drink, a cold drink. Handy there was a large vintage tea room then! I'd say this was the biggest bargain of the day because for £2.70 we got a cup of tea and plus a top up and a large slab of homemade cake! Lemon Sponge, Carrot Cake, Victoria Sponge, Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream, Chocolate Brownies, the list went on... There was even homemade lemonade! After a hard morning of mooching, supping tea and scoffing cake was well deserved.
And best dressed goes this lovely lady...
Get the Gatsby Look May 26 2013
Seeing "The Great Gatsby" the other night has inspired me to write about how to replicate the glamorous fashion of the Roaring Twenties from from drop-waist tea dresses and head scarves to crisp bow ties and spectator shoes. You don't have to dress head-to-toe in it, you could just pick out a few items that replicate the style of Jay Gatsby or Daisy Buchanan. Just mix and match, using items from a variety of lower-priced stores like H&M, Accessorize, Primark and eBay. I picked up a lovely strand of knotted faux pearls from TK Maxx for £7 by the Danish jewellery makers "Pilgrim".
You could also sift through secondhand shops and vintage fairs that evoke the era although, actual clothes from the 1920s will be expensive so try to replicate the look cheaply rather than spending a small fortune (unless you want to of course.)
You can easily pull together plenty of fashions and accessories that reflect 1920s glamour by just searching the racks of less-expensive clothing stores like H&M and Primark. Half the fun can be in the treasure hunt.
Plenty of fashion stores offer such looks as drop-waist dresses in lace or embellished with sequins or beads and head scarves. Accessorize are doing pretty turbans and embellished clutch bags that are very 1920s.
Looking for a strand of Faux Pearl and T-bar shoes with a small heel? Shop at low-priced shops like Primark, you could easily pick up both a Faux Pearl necklace and a pair of shoes for about £15 or less! Pin a Feather or Diamanté brooch to your turban and wrap a string of Faux Pearls around your neck and voila! you have my dahhling, the Flapper Girl look!
Beaded Bag - Accessorize
And boys, if you don't want to wear a Pale Pink suit like Jay Gatsby, you could wear a Pale Pink vest and matching jacket with a Beige pair drop-crotch skinny fit jeans with Slip-on Boat Shoes without socks. Just don't roll the sleeves up on your jacket or you'll end up looking like Crockett and Tubbs from Miami Vice! We're talking 1920s here not 1980s!
Betsy Blue has some beautiful decadent brooches for sale from the Art Deco period. Art Deco is possibly my favourite era, I just love the smooth clean lines of the furniture and architecture and the glitz and glamour of the fashion from that time. I am an old romantic at heart. Here are just a few Art Deco brooches on the website..
A vintage cuppa with the Great and Powerful April 25 2013
At the weekend, my sister and Niece Olivia asked if I wanted to go to the cinema and see the new film, “Oz the Great and Powerful” at the Atrium in Camberley. Not far from the cinema is a Vintage Tea Shop that had just opened so we thought we'd go treat ourselves to a cupcake and pot of tea before the film started. We didn’t have to wait long to get a table but most of the yummy cupcakes had gone. There were some cupcakes left, not necessarily the flavour I wanted but hey, beggars can’t be choosers and I was just happy to get a cupcake! The cupcakes are actually made in the shop with the bakers busy in the back making them as quickly as they were selling. I ordered just plain old Vanilla with Buttercream on top and my sister and Livvy ordered Lemon with Lemon Buttercream, all served on a beautiful eclectic vintage teaset. I’m not a great lover of icing or lashings of Buttercream on cakes and so had to scoop half of mine off onto my plate only to have Livvy ask if she could have mine (she’d already eaten all of hers). Talk about sugar rush and rot your teeth!
Did you know there are about 15 books in the “OZ” series? No, nor did I… “Oz the Great and Powerful” is a sort of pre-equal to the original 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" and I loved, loved, loved it! I liked the fact that the makers kept the scenery very much in suite to the original and it was rather dark but funny film. Basically, the film tells us of how the Wizard became the Wizard with his flaws and fears. And how the Witch Theodora became the Wicked Witch of the West. I won't say too much or it will be a spoiler for anyone who hasn't yet seen the film but it's truly a wonderful film that I would happily see again, that I think both adults and children alike will enjoy.
"I'll get you my pretty!!!"
("I tried to make your face Green..." Yeah, thanks Livvy, I didn't actually want to look like the Wicked Witch of the West!)