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Dec 10, 2011

Please Santa, I’ve been so good!

Christmas wish-list 2011

iPhone case / stag head necklace / Archie Grand notebookWestfield gift cardLondon fact book

pug print cushion & bus print cushion / Michael Kors watch / dog lamp

Just a few bits and bobs I’m hoping to find under my Christmas tree in a couple of weeks … what are you hoping for this year?


Dec 5, 2011

Some rather lovely recent purchases


A quick post as I need to get ready for the Windows Live party I’m going to this evening, I’ll be back with all of the shenanigans later this week!

I’ve seen quite a few of these posts and thought it’d be fun to do one of my own, especially as I’ve bought some lovely little bits and bobs recently if I do say so myself.

If you’ve ever done one of these please leave a link below! (I do love that blogging allows me to be unashamedly nosy.)

M&S earphone tidy

I actually despise wires of all kinds because of their tendency to tangle. This £2 purchase is cheap, practical, and so bright it’s easy to find in the bottom of my bag (although it does come in other colours too).

Click to buy: M&S earphone tidy

iPhone bunny case

Another cheap and cheerful buy. You may think it sacrilege to dress a gorgeous phone in such clobber but now and again immaturity takes over.

(FYI: I am also on the hunt for a sleeker leather alternative …).

Click to buy: iPhone bunny case

Nars blusher in “Orgasm”

I finally bought this cult product to see what all the fuss was about. I usually find products this hyped to be disappointing – not in this case. It might look too sparkly in the compact but when you put it on it just gives a gorgeous shimmer. I love it.

Click to buy: Nars Blush in Orgasm

Panda nightlight

A silly little purchase but one that makes me smile nonetheless. eBay was invented so we could all buy cute crap like this. It’s possibly the best 99p I’ve ever spent.

Click to buy: Panda Night Light 

Adele “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” DVD

My Adele obsession only grew after I saw her live in Manchester in September. As I stood amongst the crowd I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed at the audience’s reaction to her: you could literally feel love pouring out of them towards her.

I pre-ordered this as soon as it became available and curled up to watch it late on on Sunday afternoon. I was slightly disappointed in that you can tell she wasn’t 100% well when they recorded this but of course she still sounds phenomenal.

Click to buy: Adele “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” on DVD

Camera necklace

After hearing many good things about Battersea Car Boot Sale I wandered down there on Sunday lunchtime. Ha, I wish! It took me over an hour to get there and it was pretty rubbish in all honesty. This cute camera necklace was the only thing I bought (it was only £1.50). I know boot sales can be hit-and-miss but I don’t think I’ll bother dragging myself all the way to Battersea again for this one.

Vintage Levi cut-offs

I finally found my dream vintage Levi cut-offs! These were a bargainous £10 from Judy’s at Spitalfields and the stallholder had scores of pairs in all sizes so if you’ve been looking for some too get yourself down to the next fair on 7th January :)

Vintage jar

Another purchase from Judy’s Vintage Fair. I’ve developed a bit of an inexplicable fascination with old jars and bottles so I grabbed this lovely embossed one when I saw it. The stallholder confessed it had been part of a family of 3 but she’d just dropped and smashed the other 2 so she let me adopt this remaining survivor for £5. I’ll be using it as a tea light holder and vase.

Sam Edelman “Parley” boots

Another long-standing member of my ‘must-have classics’ list, I can now tick off chelsea boots. These are butter-soft, the ideal heel height, and I love the added edge the (faux) zip gives. They’re also available in the wonderfully-named whiskey brown.

Click to buy: Sam Edelman “Parley” boots

And not pictured …

I’ve also booked a little day-trip to Paris!! I’ve not been to the city of lights for almost 3 years and that was also my only visit to Paris so far. The benefit of living in London is that you can hop on the Eurostar and be there in just over 2 hours. No trekking to and from suburbian airports, no long-winded checking-in times, no flight terrors, no fuss. Me loves it.


Dec 3, 2011

Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields

Judy's sign

When I got home from Judy’s Vintage Fair at Spitalfields earlier this afternoon I realised I’d got a bit snap-happy. How on earth was I going to whittle down all of the photos I’d taken?! I settled down to work with some pick’n'mix but the answer is I couldn’t, so here’s a rather photo-heavy post.

I’d only been to one of Judy’s fairs before. The event moves around the UK and I’ve always been in the wrong city at the wrong time, apart from the one occasion where I randomly stumbled across the vintage fair in Leeds. There will now also be a dedicated event taking place in London’s Old Spitalfield Market on the first Saturday of each month – when I spotted a tweet from Judy’s team calling out for bloggers I was quick to put myself forward to report from this first one!

My mission was simple and super-fun: armed with a disposable camera I was asked to document my experience of the fair in 27 unedited snaps. I love a bit of lo-tech from time to time but the flash seemed to be broken so fingers crossed my photos turn out ok! They’ll be developed this week and I’ll link to them once they’ve been uploaded to the Judy’s website. In the meantime you can see a little bio about me on the Judy’s Facebook page.

So what did I think of the fair? I absolutely loved it. I had a real treasure hunt in mind but in all honesty no rummaging is needed – each and every item is a treasure! Judy’s marketing manager Kieran assured me that they’ve spent time separating the wheat from the chaff and it’s certainly evident. I mentally spent a small fortune but managed to stick (kind-of) to my self-imposed budget, although admittedly that’s only because the nearest cash machine ran out of money literally as I was queuing to use it!

Anyway here are some of the photos I took on my SLR (I also took some using my latest addiction, Instagram).

Tomorrow Judy’s Vintage Furniture Flea is taking place from 11am at York Hall, Old Ford Road, E2 (entrance £2-3). I’m planning on hitting that, followed by Columbia Road Flower Market, then Battersea Car Boot Sale! Happy weekend!

Reporter kit

{ My kit from Judy’s team: disposable camera, the aforementioned pick’n'mix, fresh OJ, and a Judy’s tote and rosette. }

Old Spitalfields Market

Market stalls


{ I bought a beautiful old jar from this stall, Frank & Fearless; I plan on using it as a vase and / or tealight holder. }



{ Stallholders at Tom’s Camera Exchange. }


Toy rings

Clocks and retro telephones

Jewellery and sunglasses

Bright vintage jumpers


Vintage trilby hats

Vintage storage tins

Brass necklaces




{ This stallholder was holding a retro hair styling session in the afternoon. }



Tea sets


{ The business card alongside these glasses shows a photo of the stallholder when she was 11 years old. }

Playing card hat

Vintage sewing machine

Retro magazines


Vintage maps

Lipstick mirror "love me"

Christmas brooches

Lilliput miniature dictionary

Milk crate and bottles

Vintage earrings

{ Earrings at Arabella Bianco – take a peek at Arabella’s Fashion Blog! }

Rockabetty Stores

Vintage knitwear

What can I buy?

Pretty much anything and everything! Clothes, footwear, accessories, jewellery, luggage, homewares, furniture, art, craft equipment, records, books, magazines and comics, plus items that are re-worked from genuine vintage or brand-new pieces that are vintage-inspired.

What will I see?

Lots of glamorous ladies dressed in full-on vintage looks, plenty of dogs (some also wearing clothes), the friendliest stallholders in London, and 150-ish stalls full of more excellent condition, well-priced vintage than you can imagine.

Where and when?

Judy’s at Spitalfields, Old Spitalfields Market, London, EC1. Monthly on the first Saturday of each month (next fair 7th January 2012).

Judy’s (usual) Vintage Fair is also still touring the UK on a regular basis, check the website for info.


Nov 28, 2011

Emporio Armani Live in Manchester

Emporio Armani Live

Emporio Armani Manchester

In October 2010, Armani opened a stunning new retail space in Manchester’s freshly-facelifted Spinningfields and on Thursday night the store hosted “Emporio Armani Live”.  Where better to hold an event showcasing talent from established and up-and-coming artists than the home of music?  Ok, so I may be a little biased but you have to admit us Mancs have an amazing musical heritage: The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow, Dove, and The Chemical Brothers to name just a few.

By pure coincidence I was in Manchester over the weekend so when I received the invitation I was particularly happy to be able to accept, and as Chris was joining me on the trip up north I also managed to wangle him an invitation (thanks Anoushka!).

Due to previous commitments we were only able to pop along for the last hour and so just managed to catch the last two performances: first of which was JP Cooper, who totally blew me away, and Egyptian Hip Hop, who finished off the night.  The other acts were Polarsets and Josh Bray.

The store was packed – it seemed everyone was really enjoying the music and having a great time supping on Ciroc vodka and munching on canapés (of course).  It’s a real shame we couldn’t have gone for the whole event as we had so much fun!

Here’s a short clip of JP Cooper performing “My Father’s House”.  If this guy doesn’t make it there’s something wrong with this country and it’s shameful X Factor addiction (yes I judge you all now that I don’t watch it anymore!).


Emporio Armani Live

Emporio Armani Live - J.P. Cooper

 { JP Cooper }

Emporio Armani Live

{ Egyptian Hip Hop }

What We Wore

{ What we wore :) }

Wearing: blouse from French Connection, trousers from ASOS, coat from Topshop, leather stilettos by Faith via Debenhams, quilted bag by Casati via TK Maxx, wolf ring c/o Maggie Angus, red lipstick by Kate Moss for Rimmel (shade 1)




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