In a few weeks time i’m moving into a new flat, which has subsequently sparked a home-ware revolution in my mind. For years the idea of home-ware has made me shudder and run for the nearest Topshop, but recently (possibly due to the impending old age) the thought of making my home pretty has really appealed to me.
Getting inspiration from my beloved House of Hackney, vintage home magazine and everyones fave, Pinterest, i’v bought metres of fabric to make curtains & spending all my money on rugs and lamps. I’v become a bit obsessed and have learnt that the finishing touches are what really makes your mark on your home. Personal little touches that reflect your personality. I stumbled among Abodent, an independant home-ware brand who stock all the finishes a vintage loving girl could want. I’v made a little wishlist of all the things i shall be getting for my new home. The guys at Abodent also very kindly gave me a discount code for you guys to use, enter code: VSM at checkout to get 10% off! (See Abodent on Instagram & Twitter @abodent_com)
1 -Weekly Schedule Chalk Board
2 – Red-Fan Parrot Cushion
3 – Narrow Boat cupboard Knob
4 – Tool Shed Draw Set
5 – Sumi-E Canopy Cushion
6 – Vignette Cupboard Knob
7 – Poppy Pattern Bowl
8 – Gatekeepers Cupboard Knob
9 – Rusty Scottie Book Ends
10 – Country Cottage cupboard Knob
11 – Stout Photo Frame
12 – Bunny Ore Cupboard Knob
(Stupid Clothing Fold Up Camo Tee)
Who Are They?
“Never take life too seriously, wear your heart on your sleeve, and have the confident fearlessness to jump headlong 100% into everything.” – Harvey & Cat
‘Stupid Clothing‘ Was created in Les Deux Alpes, a quant little town in the french mountains.
Created originally to fit around their hectic and seasonal lifestyles. Stupid Clothing kits you out in quality gear throughout winter and summer. Key inspirations include snow and surf functionality with street-wear influences and fashion lifestyle trends. Their extensive range of clothing and accessories embodies the attitude of their wearers, in all the environments you find yourself in – whether your in the city or out in the elements.
(Stupid Clothing Beanie & Burgundy Riding Shirt)
The sun is making a comeback (at long last) so here at VSM we decided it’s time to ditch the winter blues and up summer ante. We’ve unleashed a whole new collection of fun and flirty designs ready for you to tackle the spring sunshine.
We have stayed true to the styles that you know and love but in true VSM style we’ve given them a extra quirky twist by combing them with some retro prints.
Everything pictured is available in our online boutique, all handmade in London, by us, for you!
(Beep Beep! Gear up your bikes, we’re bringing out this cute cycle smock)
(Florals in Spring? Well of course! Look bloomin’ marvellous in this gorgeous red floral smock)
(Spice up your wardrobe with this oriental floral dress, guaranteed to brighten up your February wardrobe)
(Make sure you’ve got your passports sorted, this aeroplane dress is ready to take off)
(Not jetting off on your holidays this year? Don’t worry we’re bringing the sunshine to you with this saucy pin up Hawaiian two-piece)
(It’s time to unleash your wild side with this unique tiger print smock)
15% Off With Discount Code ‘FRESHERS’
Last sunday was one of those perfect autumn days; the sun was shining, the air was fresh and the breeze was making the leaves fall like snow. I walked through Finsbury Park to meet up with some friends, and meet there new puppy ruby. We then hopped on the bus to Tufnell park, where we browsed the pretty independent shops, and dreamed of living in one of the big town houses. We spent the afternoon in a cosy pup eating a big roast dinner, then finished the day with an organic ice cream form Ruby Violets. I decided to take my new Clarks boots out for their first trip. Risky i know due to all the walking, but they were so comfy, and kept my feet warm and dry (and most importantly stylish) all day!
Dress – Vintage
Coat – River Island
Boots – c/0 Clarks
The Vintage Style Me a/w 14 collection is perfect for the party season! Featuring our standout glitter dresses in a variety of colours for the sparkle-loving girl and easy to wear patterned smocks with cute collar details. Our favourite piece is the oriental-inspired smock; add sheer socks, red lips and 90s bun to complete the look!
Everything pictured is available on our website, all handmade in London, by us, for you!
We currently have a mid season sale, so grab yourself a bargain!! (25% off with code MIDSALE14)
Touch wood my teeth have always treated me pretty well. Having a slight fear of all things dentist has meant i take pretty good care of my teeth. Despite my love of coffee, red wine and basically all things bad they’re still pretty white and gleaming. However when the lovely people at Smile Brilliant offered to send me a tooth whitening kit I was more than happy to bump my pearly whites to a hollywood style gleam. Coming from America the set arrived really fast. Firstly you have to take impressions with this really fun plasticine-esque stuff, pop it back in the post to them, and you quickly receive back your custom impression trays which fit perfectly to your teeth.
I know a lot of worries that come with whitening sets is the sensitivity it can cause. Smile Brilliant comes with de-sensitising gel which you pop on your teeth first, which really helps a lot. You just apply the gel to your impression trays, which comes in a syringe form and leave it on from 20 minutes to an hour. I’m half way through and only leaving the whitening gel on for 20 minutes as i dont need a massive change.. Ross from Friends springs to mind?! I would highly recommend this kit as it so easy to use, and so far really effective. I will post a before and after pic once iv finished the treatment.
Without sounding like an 80 year old granny, sometimes all you want is a good cup of tea, a comfy seat & some handsome young men to observe. Hawkhurst Vault, conveniently situated on Brick Lane, half way between the good vintage shops & Columbia Flower market, its the perfect retreat for lady hangs, or a solitary rest from the busy world. Ran by equally charming & handsome Theo & James, Hawkhurst Vault offers the largest range of loose tea in london (boasting huh?), plus the most delicious cakes around. It has many on-the-right-side-of-quirky charms, such as antique spoons, a record player, enough Chesterfields to fill a small mansion and even its own gallery space showcasing artists. Plus a cosy basement space for snoozing/chilling/being important. Basically its amazing and everyone should go and check it out. Plus, they have Bruce Willis on vinyl.
Follow Hawkhurst Vault on twitter & instagram for pretty pictures of cakes & tea @hawkhurstvault – 240 Brick Lane, E2 7EB
Oh hai guys! I’m back.. Since november i’v dropped of the blogging circuit as Vintage Style Me has been working super hard on our own label, with our handmade dresses flying out, i havn’t had the time for blogging. However i’v got myself a bit more organised and I am back for good (like Take That!) ..and incase you missed it, I now live in London, so if anyone wants to hang or collaborate i’m about!
On wednesday i braved the wind and popped down to the Dalston Beyond Retro store for a preview of their s/s14 own label launch. Despite living 5 minutes from this store, this was the first time i visited it (I always go to the Brick Lane one due to Tiny the cat living there). I was greeted with a glass of red wine and a goody bag, and was shown the new collection. Each piece is custom made from vintage fabric, but with current trends in mine. My favourite pieces were the Hawaiian cropped tie shirt and the pink sleeveless jacket. Its no secret that Beyond Retro is my favourite place to shop for vintage, and i think these pictures explain why. They’re the one stop shop for bright prints and cutesy girlie dresses and all at a really affordable price.
I also got to meet Steve, the owner of Beyond Retro. This was a huge fan girl moment for me, as back in the beginning of Vintage Style Me, Beyond Retro was like my vintage god who i worshipped. I got to hear the story of how Beyond Retro all began, with steve sat on the pavement of Cheshire Street with a dream and bilboard! He also personally talked me through the inspiration for the new collection, and his passion for it is amazing, like a child in a sweet shop! It was a great night and i cannot wait to purchase some new pieces! Check out their amazing collection (i think over 18000 pieces on their website!) here!
On saturday my best friend Celi came to London to visit me for a weekend of fun. We headed to Dalston where we entered the boho dream of Waiste. The studio had been transformed for the day by the beautiful Sara, into a mystical treasure trove of vintage pieces, jewellery, and one off denim. There was even a teepee! After a chat with Sara we headed over to the denim customisation area where we made our own Waiste style denim jacket, adorned with crochet daisies, studs and boho ribbon. I also got to meet the lovely Jodie, who i’ve been dying to meet for ages, and she gave me some good lippie advice (mac rebel will soon be mine)! So a massive thanks to Sara and her team for making a rainy day a magical one!