A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!

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On the weekend, I was lucky enough to be invited to a 40th birthday party of our neighbours. It was a fairly lavish do with a large marquee, champagne, lots of live music, some fantastic singing and even some posh portaloos! The dress code was black tie which was ideal for me as I haven’t had the chance to get properly dressed up in ages. I also love love seeing everyone dressed up in their dickie bows and best dresses.

Rather than buy a new dress (it could be a while before I get to wear it again), I decided to make use of something that I already had in my wardrobe. I got this dress from a vintage fair in Bath a few years ago and have not had nearly enough opportunities to wear it. I have no idea how old it is as the label says ‘Richard shops’. Hopefully I don’t giveaway my age when I say that I remember my mum buying clothes from Richard shops and possibly even bought a few pieces myself back in the day. According to Wikipedia the brand was popular through from the sixties to 1992 when the shops finally closed. My earrings were a present from Mr S to wear on my wedding day 15 years ago and the tights have been in my drawer for at least a few years and got me lots of compliments. The shoes are at least  4 or 5 years old aswell. All in all I was pleased that I managed to put together an outfit for a black tie party without buying anything new. I think I could probably have searched the high street for hours (which I just don’t have time for) and not managed to find an outfit that made me as happy as the old one I wore!

buy less live more A Vintage Dress, a Black Tie Party, Buying Less and Living More!This summer has been pretty amazing so far we have been out and about doing so many fun things and we have lots more planned including holidays, spa days and festivals. As much as I love buying clothes, there really is no point in doing so if you never get out and about to show them off. Hence my new motto, ‘Buy Less, Live More!’. I think doing stuff is so much more fun than buying stuff.

What do your or would you wear to a black tie party? do you have something amazing in your wardrobe that is just waiting for a special occassion?

With warmest wishes

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Vintage Nostalgia

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Finally I have found time to post some photos of a Vintage Nostalgia that I went to back in May. Vintage Nostalgia is small but rapidly growing vintage event, show, festival, what ever you want to call it, held in Stockton in Wiltshire. This year was the first time that I had been to Vintage Nostalgia and I was definitely really pleasantly surprised. The sun shined, there was a fantastic selection of vintage cars, campervans and caravans. Most people had made a huge effort to get dressed up for the event but for those that didn’t want to, that was fine absolutely too. I could have just sat and watched the amazing outfits for hours, with a glass of pimms in hand of course. There was also some great entertainment for the children, dance lessons and enough vintage clothes and homeware stalls to keep me busy all weekend. The event was well organised with plenty of camping space, just enough toilets and a really friendly atmospere.

I took full opportunity to wear some of my vintage dresses and only wished it had lasted a little longer giving me the chance to wear some more of my dresses. For next year I would definitely try and get down a little earlier to allow me to enjoy more of the Friday evening.

Have you been to any other vintage events/ festivals, I would love to hear which ones are best?

With warmest wishes

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Ethical Fashion – What to Wear for an Early Dinner Out

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Hat – Pachacuti
Dress – People Tree
Scarf – New Look
Leggings – People Tree
Boots – Clarks

Last Saturday I went out for an early dinner with Mr S and the children in Bath. It was probably one of the first outings where I haven’t encountered extreme wind or rain since Christmas, so I took the opportunity to wear my new hat by Fairtrade and ethical fashion brand Pachacuti.

The last week has been super crazy not only with work but with choosing a few new pieces to go in my newly decorated lounge (more on that in a post soon!) and planning and booking up lots of amazing stuff for the spring and summer, I can’t wait. With a little bit of sunshine over the last week and more forecast for tommorrow, I definitely feeling bright and happy. Amongst my plans I have signed up for a charity trek across the Brecon Beacons, booked a music festival, a vintage event, a day in London as well as some holidays and weekends away. Spring and summer are going to be super busy but I am definitely going to be sticking to my new years resolutions to live life to the full this year.

Do you have any fun plans yet for spring and summer? Have a lovely weekend!

With warmest wishes

Family Heirlooms

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I love the idea of family heirlooms which go against the whole idea of a throwaway society and mass consumerism. Last weekend I had a tea party with a beautiful tea set that I was given recently, after my Grandma had to move out of her home. I couldn’t bear to see something so beautiful that my Grandma had looked after for so many years go to a charity shop. I hope that I will look after this tea set as well as my Grandma and eventually pass it on to my children or perhaps even grandchildren. I also have a gingham table cloth and jelly mould which I am already making good use of as my girls love jelly (as do I). With money that I was given for Christmas I have also invested in a new teapot from Notonthestreet.com that sort of matches/ mismatches the tea set.

I have so many happy memories of holiday by the seaside in West Wales with my Grandma and Grandpa,fresh bread and Welsh cakes baked by my Grandma and lots of ice cream, this tea set is a great reminder.

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I was also given this lovely fur coat which is so comforting, warm and cosy. Family heirlooms and clothes that have been given to me by family give me so much more enjoyment than buying new!

Do you have any family heirlooms or clothes given to you by family that you really treasure? Is old better than new for you?

With warmest wishes

A Fedora and a Christmas Catch Up

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Jacket – Upcycled Dressing Gown from Local Vintage Shop
Organic Cotton T Shirt by A Question Of
Jeans/ Jeggings – Oxfam
Boots – high street
Necklace – won in a charity raffle

It feels like a long time since I last posted an outfit post. Life has been pretty busy lately and I have been struggling to find time to eat and sleep never mind blog! Over the last few days my little girl has not been well which means this weekend we have all had to cancel all of our social and festive plans including 2 dinners with friends, a birthday party and a Christmas bazaar. On the plus side perhaps a lazy weekend around the house is just what we all need. I am taking the chance to catch up with a little blogging and reading of my favourites blogs plus sorting out my wardrobe. Can you believe I still haven’t got around to swapping over my summer and winter clothes yet.
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My Christmas pressy from Mr S is a lovely Fedora hat by Pachacuti which I chose myself. I thought I ought to try it on to check that it fits and he agreed that perhaps I should just have it now to save him having to wrap it up. I haven’t had the chance to wear it out yet as stuck in the house for the next few days but hopefully will do soon. If you wanted to give someone an amazing Christmas pressy this year, Pachacuti do a great little package of a mini hat with a gift voucher so that they can pick out their own choice from the website but also have something lovely to open on Christmas day. Pachacuti have a great choice of classic Fedora in different colours and sizes but also a range of other styles. Love this idea!

Here are just a few of my festive instagrams from the last few weeks.

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Pressies – Handknitted  and Fair Trade Hats by Fair + True
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Christmas cards from Oxfam

The next 2 weeks and the run up to Christmas look to be super busy with Christmas lunches, parties, school plays and carol concerts as well as the usual christmas preparations. Not that I am not looking forward to it, I love Christmas and all of its sparkliness! Definitely going to be ready for some time off over Christmas though.

What are you are you up to for Christmas, do you have any fun plans?

With warmest wishes

A Vintage Tea Party!

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I wanted to share an event that I thought would appeal to all lovers of vintage fashion tea and cake – A Vintage Tea Party at Vintage Fashion Fair London.

This looks like the perfect opportunity to get dressed up in a lovely vintage dress and catch up with friends or meet up with some fellow vintage loving fashion bloggers.  The vintage tea party will be held at VIntage Fashion Fair London on 19th May. It is the perfect way to spend a leisurely afternoon with a vintage afternoon tea served on vintage china, music from the forties performed by singing and dancing act ‘My Favourite Things’ and the chance to shop for vintage clothes, accessories and textiles on the vintage stalls which stock a great selection of genuine vintage from a variety of decades. If the weather is nice there will also be tables available in the garden at Cecil Sharp House.

Tickets are £10 and available in advance from Eventbrite

* Entrance to the Vintage Fashion Fair for some great shopping.

* A lunch or tea consisting of delicate finger sandwiches, a selection of delicious cakes and a pot of tea or coffee.

* All served on vintage china at pretty table settings.

* Entertainment from ‘My Favourite Things’ who will be performing at 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m

 

 

Further information visit www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk

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South West Bloggers Christmas Party

On Sunday I went to the South West Bloggers Christmas party organised by Gina of Bristol Fashionista, Hayley of Ceriselle and Lyzi of Being Little in aid of Macmillan Cancer. The party was held at the Birdcage in Bristol which is just about the most perfect place for a fashion bloggers party, a kind of cross between a cafe and a vintage shop with live music, delicious cake and even a vintage teacup filled with champagne.

As always at these events I arrived feeling a little shy when I first arrived, not really knowing anyone, but Gina gave such a warm welcome and immediatley introduced me to some very lovely bloggers, so I soon settled in for plenty of chatting and drinking tea.

0311 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyI was really excited to see the Christnmas tree with piles of presents underneath. We each got to choose one of the presents which had been carefully wrapped by Hayley (pictured above) and our hosts.

0381 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyWe also had a quiz hosted by Gina which was a great  way to get to know some of the others.

0411 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyI was lucky enough to be on the winning team with Maria of Frills and Spills, Sarah of a Million Dresses and Selina of Flying Saucer. I will have to admit though, I didn’t really make much of a contribution to our winning. Maria most definitely was our secret weapon, knowing the answer to almost every single question.

It was great to meet Selina (whose blog I have followed for years) and chat about Motel Rocks, where she works and where coincidentally the upcycled dress that I was wearing had originally come from.
0441 South West Bloggers Christmas PartyIt was also lovely to meet Laura of A Daisy Chain Dream, a blog that I have followed for ages.

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I also met Sophie of Sophie Across the Universe and  Becca of Taz and Bear

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Finally I had to dash but also got a lovely goody bag with a pretty vintage scarf that I will most definitely be wearing. The perfect finishing touch to a perfect party!

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In my pressy I got some lovely glittery nail varnish and nail wraps from @UrbanistaUK!

I also won a voucher from Crown & Glory in the quiz, I am still deliberating on whether to treat myself to a Whole Lotta Rosie Headband or a Flutterby Baby Fascinator.

Not long to go until Christmas now, I am feeling unusually well prepared this year. I hope you are having a good week and are ready for the festivities.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

Striking Vintage Scarf Tops

If you read my blog regularly, you will know how much I love beautiful scarves. I love the luxurious silk, the rich colours and eye catching patterns but if I am honest I don’t wear them as much as I would like to because they can get on my nerves a bit and keep falling off, especially on a windy day. So when I heard from Marilyn at Vintage Fashion Fair London that she had designed some tops made from genuine vintage scarves, I couldn’t wait to see more.

The three styles of top are Made in the UK from beautiful scarves that are mostly silk and some are even designer brands like Liberty. Each top is completely unique and two of the styles are made using two scarves, hand stitched together, one for front and one for the back giving a unique and interesting combination which really appeals to my love of pattern mixing. These tops can be worn either way, so if you fancy a change you can just turn them around. The other style of top is a halterneck style with a thin silver choker band that holds the scarf.

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top 5 back pink black retro Striking Vintage Scarf TopsTop 13k front yellow paisley Striking Vintage Scarf TopsTop 13k back brown gold1 Striking Vintage Scarf TopsThe full collection of tops will be available to see and buy at Vintage Fashion Fair London in Primrose Hill on 11th November (this Sunday). Prices start at £55.

You can find out more details about the fair and register for free ticket at www.vintagefashionfairlondon.co.uk.

I hope that you are having a good week.

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

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Fireworks Weekend


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Scarf – Vintage/Second hand
Tops – high street
Trousers – ASOS Africa
Boots – Clarks

This week seems to have passed by in a blur, I have been super busy although I am not really sure what I have been doing. The children have been home from school for half term and we have been to stay with my sister for a Halloween sleepover, out for lunch in town and doing non stop making stuff.

Whilst it has been lovely to have some time with them, I am definitely looking forward to a return to routine on Monday. This weekend, we are having one last half term treat with a visit to the circus, honestly I think I am more excited than the children. I don’t think I have ever been to the circus. Also of course there will be fireworks followed by chips from the chippy.

Oh and the outfit? so fed up with the dark and dismal weather I decided to wear something bright to cheer myself up. I don’t think I will ever get bored of these trousers. By wearing them I am probably breaking multiple style rules by wearing patterns on my pear shaped lower half. But oh well, stuff the rules.

What are you up to this weekend? will you be going to the fireworks?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

I love the way that ASOS has branched out into providing such a wide range of clothing and accessories including both ethical and sustainable in the Green Rooms and vintage, second hand and indie labels and boutiques in the marketplace. Not only can you find some really unique and unusal pieces of clothing but also sell on your own clothes when you no longer wear them.

I also love that in contrast to some other market places (which will remain nameless), they have a strong policy and zero tolerance on the sale of conterfeit goods with their Fashion not Fakes campaign.

All in all I think ASOS marketplace offers a great online shopping experience with a great selection of clothes displayed in a fresh and contemporary way but also with a high focus on quality. Perfect for someone like myself who doesn’t have much time to get out and about shopping and wants to be able to look at lots of different pieces all in one place.

There are over 200 vintage boutiques based all over the world on ASOS market place. I have put together a few of my favourite pieces that I have found.

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Bright Yellow Jumper from Mad Elizabeth Boutique- Cosy but colourful, this jumper is perfect for brightening up a dark winters day.

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Another bright piece to add some colour to your winter wardrobe, this pleated skirt is both classic and right on trend. I found it in the Liar boutique.

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The perfect vintage little black dress in Just Vintage Boutique - what can I say? I love the style the cut and the keyhole back on this dress, great for Christmas parties, just a shame it isn’t in my size.

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Another lovely party dress this time with both lace and beading at Marmalade Vintage Boutique.red dress Vintage Fashion at ASOS Marketplace

This bright red vintage sixties dress at Girl Stole Vintage Boutique could easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

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This oversized vintage coat at Bertie and Gertie Vintage Boutique offers yet more colourful cosiness, just what my wardrobe needs right now.

What do you think of ASOS marketplace? have you ever bought or sold anything on there?

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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