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!
So if you follow me on twitter or instagram (@vintagestyleme) you will have noticed that i have gone a bit smock-crazy, aptly dubbed by Holly as “Smocktober”. I moved to London last week, and i am having the best time. Its so inspiring and so so good to be able to hang out with like minded people. Its no secret that i’m a huge fan of the smock shape, so its only right that my store has jumped on the smock shaped band wagon. The past few months I felt like i lost my fashion mojo, blogging took a bit of a back seat & I wasn’t too sure the direction I wanted Vintage Style Me to go in. My wonderful mum very kindly showed me some basic dress making tips, and from this we had a pattern made, sourced lots of beautiful vintage fabric and got making! One of these creations is this tartan number which i have been wearing non stop. I love the school girl look it has, and can also be dressed up quite grungey too! This and many more are available in store for approx £30. I think you can expect to see a lot more handmade dresses from now on, it’s definitely wear my passion is leading me, and i think the vintage will be taking a back step, and just going with amazing one of pieces as and when i see them! Hope you enjoy this little life update, and please check out all my smocks and let me know your fave or any suggestions for new designs!
Tartan Dress – Vintage Style Me
Hat – Vintage
The Whitepepper has been one of my favourite brands for quite some time now. They introduced be to the magical smock shape and since then, there has been no going back. I happily waved goodbye to any stomach muscles i had, and fully committed to the smock way of life. The Whitepepper not only somehow managed to make my dream sailor dress, they have also managed to make an entire collection of dresses and shoes which I lust after daily, and slowly but surely I am getting an impressive collection of theirs in my wardrobe. Last night marked their two year birthday, so I met up with the beautiful Amy from Mod Dolly and headed to the party. Sponsored by Rekordlig the cider was flowing, cup cakes were on hand, and goody bags given out. Most excitingly we got to preview their winter collection, all of which is amazing! My favourite and next to purchase is the pink angel dress and the gold sequin sleeveless smock. The star of the show has to be Teddy the Daschund who was the ultimate party animal! A massive thanks to Kate & The Whitepepper team for inviting to me such an awesome night.
I look back at pictures like these of beautiful jazz dancers in the 20s; with their glamorous undone hair, and a natural beauty reminiscent of a Pre-Raphaelite painting. Draped in silks, pearls and fur, they are the epitome of classic sexiness. I wish I could be half as elegant as these girls, but my idea of sexy is a nice floral dress, with a high collar stollen from my gran. This week I moved to London, on day two I got myself a date with a very good looking creative type.. within 5 minutes i produced a pack of fruit gums from my bag and offered him one, safe to say he looked sufficiently confused & politely declined. No matter how hard I try, i just cant be one of those cool & smooth, elegant girls. On the outside. However thanks to the lovely people at Marks & Spencers (who have been my underwear saviour for years) very kindly let me choose a set of lingerie of my choice. This season marks the release of their new collection of vintage inspired lingerie in collaboration with the oh so beautiful Rosie Huntington-Whitely; Rosie for Autograph. I chose this non-padded set in a lovely vintage olive green, with cream lace trim. At least under my granny dress I can be quietly smug that I am actually a sexy wild man.
Lingerie Set in Olive – C/O Marks & Spencers
I have pretty much been wearing this dress non-stop since it arrived a few months ago. If you follow me on instagram (@vintagestyleme) you will have seen that this is a strong contender for both day & night wear. If you have been following my blog for a while, you will be well aware of my love of sailor dresses, and myself and Alice’s epic quest for ‘the perfect sailor dress’. I can now feel complete as this beautiful nude one from my fave brand The Whitepepper is it. It is everything i want from a sailor dress, its as if the lovely ladies behind this fab brand went into my mind & made my ideal dress for me!
Dress – The Whiepepper
Boots – Vintage
I’ve seen this dress doing it’s rounds on the bloggesphere the past month, and when the lovely Charlie of Charlestown Vintage featured it on her blog, i started a little search to find it. Sadly it either never made it online or sold out pretty much instantly (yes i do check all stores ‘new in’ section on a daily basis!) so when my best friend & I popped into our local River Island, i saw it there, the last one & in my size I had to have it! I adore the paisley print & the deep red colour. And of course it is a smock my all time favourite shape! Its perfect for these warm summer days we’re having at last, and also looks super cute with tights for when it inevitably gets colder again. Also showing off for the first time are my new summer cut-out shoes from ASOS. They’re the first pair of black broques i’v owned, and i am definitely converted from my trusty brown leather, what do you guys think?
Dress – River Island
Shoes – ASOS
Bag – Second Hand