Month: February 2016

It’s only Lady V Bridal but I like it…

It’s just a little bit too late for my nuptials but I had to share this lovely new bridal range from Lady V.

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Love the 3/4 length of this dress and the lace detail to the sleeves. It’s plus size so starts at a size 16 making it just a little bit too big for me which is a shame as I’d definitely have tried it. image

The same goes for this lovely breast hugging beauty called Marilyn. I think you could definitely have some fun with this one if you were the right shape.

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Charlotte comes with a pretty sash to one side. An unusual design and quite striking.

Do check out the rest of the range – if you’re after vintage inspired dresses on a budget Lady V is a definite contender. Look here: www.ladyvlondon.com/Wedding-and-Bridesmaids-Dresses/

It is with an eye for a lacy sleeve I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Hygge but I like i…

What is Hygge? Let me tell you… It’s a Danish word pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ and it roughly translates as ‘cosiness’.

Hygge is one of the reasons Denmark is often voted one of the happiest countries in the world. In a place that has long and gruelling Winters, people have learned the value of light, warmth, good food and good company.

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Hygge is about warm, cosy interiors, filled with candles and throws. Evening spent with bowls of warm nourishing food, warming drinks and cherished friends. And I for one think it sounds flipping awesome.

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In the UK we hit January with a massive hangover (either alcohol induced, food induced or both) and immediately guit trip ourselves into starting new diets and punishing fitness regimes. We analyse ourselves and make New Years Resolutions, promising to floss, drop 9lb and form a deep and meaningful relationship with kale.

Rather than punishing ourselves wouldn’t it be better to relax into this climate? To cuddle up under a blanket with some hot food and a nice glass of grog is going to make getting through Winter that much easier. Accept that outside is not a pleasant place to be, accept that your drive to excercise will diminish, and accept that time with people you find easy to be with will do you some good.

I wonder if we’ve lost the art of Hygge in the UK. I doubt my grandparents started each new year with an improved fitness regime and promises to wax more regularly. In days gone by did winter mean more time by the fire, more books read and more hot meals? I expect so. Just goes to show – this whole vintage thing isn’t such a bad idea. Sometimes we lose sight of the best way to do things!

It is with the knowledge that ‘You can’t translate – you have to feel it…’ I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Walker’s Deli crisps promotion but I like it…

I love promotions, I love offers, I love collecting tokens and I love special edition packaging. You may remember my excitement at Orla Kiely’s collaboration with Douwe Egberts a whole back (http://itsonlyvintagebutilikeit.com/uncategorized/its-only-orla-kiely-but-i-like-it/).

I recently got wind of another collaboration that is very exciting. Walker’s have been the nation’s favourite crisps for many a year and they recently brought out a new range – Walker’s Market Deli crisps.

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Furher to this, at the moment, if you can find promotional packs you can save tokens to buy serving and dip bowls from Emma Bridgewater.

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Rather attractive, I think you’ll agree, and they also work out quite reasonable – much as I love Emma’s wares, they do come in on the pricey end of the market.

I sent the Dr out on a mission this morning and he returned with 12 bags of crisps! Now we just need to eat them so we can send the tokens off!

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It is with concerns for an ill-fitting wedding dress I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Collectif Mermaids but I like it…

The Dolores dress from Collectif is a very popular style and it’s just become available in a new pattern. Must admit to being a big fan of the Maids of Mer so am quite delighted with this print.

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If you’re not so much about the dresses, perhaps you can see yourself getting some wear out of this pale pink, pearly-buttoned cardi? It is pretty cool. I have yet to own a cardi with little details on it. So 1950s. Must remedy that this year…imageIf a whole dress would be a bit much this top might tick your mermaid box without overdoing it? I’m very tempted, but have promised I won’t buy anything other than wedding purchases for the next few months…

It is with a wish for a scaly tail I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Saladware but I like it…

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Once again I think this one links back to my Gran. She had one of these salad dishes on the side although I don’t remember anything ever being served in it. I don’t know what manufacturer made it  – my research suggests Beswick, Carltonware and Arthur Woods, to name a few, all made dishes like this.imageimage

I was fascinated but it’s shape, the detail to the veined leaves and the contrast of the smooth, shiny red tomatoes! image

The colours were vibrant and I liked the fact the bowl looked like the meal it was meant to serve. Cheesy but true.imageI picked my bowl up in a charity shop this week for £3.99. I’d seen quite a few before but they’d been the wrong size or shape, or, more often, they’d been in quite battered condition. Although this one has a lot of crazing, it is chip free. One website I visited led me to believe it was made between 1934 and 1944, so it’s looking good considering its age!

I think I might serve something old fashioned and unwieldy in it. The kind of thing your nan would put out for high tea on a Sunday – a dish of beetroot and egg drizzled with salad cream? On a bed of lettuce. That’ll do it!

It is with a knowing wink I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only SS16 but I like it…

It’s that time of year when all the clothing companies announce their new ranges. We actually had a quite a nice sunny Sunday this weekend and the Dr and I had a quick walk around the Common. The softly thawing ground smelled of Spring and gave me a little bit of hope for warmer weather and skimpier clothes!

The following is a quick round up of my favourite items from my favourite companies!image

This Caterina Vintage Swing Dress from Collectif (https://www.collectif.co.uk/collectif-vintage-caterina-vintage-swing-dress-p-vss160812-c-navy.html) would be a fab wardrobe staple, perfect for work, or lovely dressed up with heels and a nice bag in the evening. I’d get lots of wear out of it!image

Absolutely adore this range from Lady V, modelled here by gorgeous George (www.fullerfigurefullerbust.com). This bright spring pattern is perfect and I like the nice broad shoulder straps. Looks very comfy – and stylish!image

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m a sucker for a fun print and this ticks that box! Fun, fruity and fabulous, I think you could have lots of fun in this! (https://ladyvlondon.com/Tutti-Fruity-Phoebe-Dress/#.VrjzyMSQGrU)

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This Kitty Anemone dress from Vivien of Holloway is lovely in teal. The pattern is soft and works well with its different shades of bluey-green. (http://www.vivienofholloway.com/women-c70/dresses-c10/kitty-anemone-teal-p2081)image

i don’t think you have to know who Milly Molly Mandy is to love this dress – but it helps! Lindy Bop have done us proud again, for just £35 this Bletchley Swing Dress (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/dresses-c1/swing-jive-dresses-c3/bletchley-red-stripe-shirt-swing-dress-p2596) can be yours… imageI’m a big fan of mustard clothes and I don’t own enough of them. I have this dress in a  another colour way and can confirm its lovely soft cotton and a great fit… Lindy Bop’s Ionia Tea Dress at £30 (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/dresses-c1/tea-day-dresses-c2/ionia-mustard-polka-dot-tea-dress-p2647).

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I don’t get on very well with this style of skirt but I might be tempted to try again having spotted this amazingly cute Tippi candy striped skirt from Lindy Bop (http://www.lindybop.co.uk/bottoms-c21/skirts-c5/tippi-ice-cream-stripe-swing-skirt-p2556). It would be so adorable with a just a plain white top and some pastel flats. Really must lose half a stone and try and make this work!

Some very exciting stuff out there, these are just a few of my favourites, and I’d definitely recommend you have a look at the websites of these companies as there are many more delights waiting for you… Happy Spring!

It is with a longing for Spring I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Wedding but I like it…

My wedding for the record. My wedding which is in less than 8 weeks. This weekend my Mum, my little cousin Molly, my sister and my oldest friend came to me for the day. We ate cake and cookies (baked by Molly and I that morning) we had our hair done and our make up done and we tried on dresses, petticoats and jewellery together for the first time.

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It’s a scary moment when all the things you have sat and ordered on wet and windy evenings on your own, suddenly materialise and are put together in the right order. You hope you chose the right colour, the right length, the right material and that it fits and works as a whole.

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And do you know? It did. Almost all of it.

The hardest job I am having is not showing you the photos of all of us, dressed up, made up and grinning together. My bridesmaids are the loveliest, and most perfect ladies ever. They look so good together and even though none of them is that into vintage they have all committed to full circle skirts, petticoats and retro hairstyles.

It is with excitement I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Blossom Dearie but I like it….

I discovered Miss Dearie on a film soundtrack some years ago. I think the first song I fell in love with was Put on a Happy Face. I can’t seem to find it on YouTube but it is the soundtrack to this film on Vimeo…

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What a unique voice. I had to find out more about this lady…

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Turns out Blossom Dearie (that’s her real name!)  was born in Albany and studied piano as a child. She got into Jazz as a teen and moved New York shortly after. She mixed with all the rising stars of the day and formed her own vocal group, arranging popular songs of the day for them to sing.

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She soon got noticed and then signed by a big studio. In the years that followed she sang and recorded all over the world, not least recording four albums in London and performing regularly at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club. She was notoriously strict about her environment when performing. She disliked background noise or even the movements of waitresses. Given that she sung a lot in nightclubs it’s a wonder these stipulations were adhered to, but they were! More often seen as a mark of her seriousness about performing than diva-esque tendencies.

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I love the fact that her name perfectly matches the tone of her voice. Her gentle, wispy, childlike tone is almost ethereal and quite unique. I never tire of a jazz standard sung by Miss Dearie. She often turned down full orchestras in favour of hand picked backing bands consisting of the best musicians of the day. The phrasing is very finely observed and her choice of material is sublime. I urge you to check out this back catalogue and be charmed as I have been.

It is with clicking fingers I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Meakin but I like it…

Meakin Carousel

 

Seriously, how can you not love this bustling carousel with its jolly painted horses and flailing arms? This pattern is called Carousel and it’s a china design by Alfred Meakin.

Meakin clovelly

Clovelly

Meakin are one of the Stoke in Trent pottery companies formed in the late 1800s. They produced lots of cheap ironstone pottery throughout the 19th century.

Meakin Down by the Seine

Down by the Seine

Alfred Meakin operated from a factory in Tunstall. His brothers James and George had a factory nearby and operated under the name J and G Meakin.

Meakin Montmartre

Montmartre

The appeal of the China lay in it’s hard wearing nature and it’s fashionable designs.

Meakin Oklahoma

Oklahoma

Many of Meakin’s lines were exported to America, and were very popular there.

Meakin Siesta Mexican

Mexican Siesta

There are several decades of Meakin out there and I was lucky enough to pick some up for a matter of pence at a car boot sale a few years ago. I have also come across it being sold at scandalously high prices in charity and antique shops. It’s rather charming and one of many things I could get addicted to.

Meakin Tunstall Jivers

Tunstall Jivers

I’m keeping an eye out for any on my travels and hope to add some to my collection – for the right price you understand!

It is with a an eagle eye I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…