Stunning Vintage Jewellery at Passionate About Vintage

4 Sep

Last year I visited Passionate About Vintage to celebrate the launch of this amazing shop. This year I was delighted to be invited back by owner Natalie to celebrate the shop’s first birthday. Passionate About Vintage is a gorgeous little shop in West Hampstead, which houses a beautiful collection of vintage costume jewellery. From Dior to Triffari the selection on offer is astounding. Natalie is an expert on vintage costume jewellery and even studied it whilst at university, over the years she has developed an expert eye for the very best pieces and this is definitely one of the best places to pick up branded vintage jewellery.

Passionate About Vintage Natalie Leon  Vintage FrillsThe gorgeous Passionate About Vintage Shop, and Natalie looking lovely in her Collectif dress. 

The party had an Alice in Wonderland theme and we were treated to Prosecco in tea cups and lots of tasty cakes and treats while we gazed longingly at all the sparkling jewellery.

Passionate About Vintage Party  Vintage Frills
I took lots of pictures of some of my favourite pieces from the shop which I just had to share…

Passionate About Vintage Shop West Hampstead  Vintage FrillsEverything is displayed within beautiful antique cabinets.

Passionate About Vintage Bracelets  Vintage FrillsLovely bracelets including a Swarovski crystal bracelet by Juliana

Vintage Earrings  Passionate About Vintage  Vintage FrillsA huge selection of beautiful earrings

Passionate About Vintage - Vintage Beads  Vintage FrillsStrings of colourful vintage beads

Vintage Celluloid Bangles  Passionate About Vintage  Vintage FrillsThe shop has an amazing selection of rare vintage celluloid bangles in an array of colours. 

Vintage Beaded Bags  Passionate About Vintage  Vintage FrillsThe shop also has a selection of gorgeous vintage bags including these pristine beaded examples. 

Vintage Costume Jewellery  Passionate About Vintage  Vintage FrillsSome of the huge selection of vintage brooches housed within the glass fronted cabinets

I’ve only shown you a very small sample, but if you’re looking for a special piece of vintage jewellery to treasure I’d highly recommend a visit to the shop. If you are looking for wedding jewellery Natalie can guide you through choosing that perfect piece of jewellery to compliment your dress.

Visit the shop at : 66 Mill Lane, West Hampstead, London, NW6 1NJ

Or call: 0207 431 9723

Much of the range if also available via the Passionate About Vintage website.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day Highlights

3 Sep

Earlier this year I went to my first White Stuff press day. White Stuff sell a lovely range of classic womens and menswear made from beautiful fabrics with a focus on quality. The collection features all the best elements of autumn and winter, with rich knits, heavy cottons with complimenting accessories.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Vintage Frills

“This Autumn / Winter at White Stuff is all about ‘Find and Seek’. We’re exploring the hidden details the season brings, uncovering the stories and travels that inspired our collections, and showcasing the little touches in our products, from intricate embroidery to subtle button fastenings”.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Grey and Mustard  Vintage Frills

The collection features all the key colours for the colder months and they have a real mix and match feel alongside the accessories. You could definitely build a capsule wardrobe from the collection. The lovely scarfs and shoes were a big highlight for me.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Accessories  Vintage Frills

All the shades of grey and navy really appealed to me. I’m not a huge fan of black clothes so in the winter I usually go for other dark colours which I find far more flattering. Mixed in with pops of colour to make a statement all the shades at White Stuff you could put some fantastic outfits together.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Shoes and Bags  Vintage Frills

I would definitely pair some of the gorgeous flat shoes with some of my vintage outfits, they’d look great with skirts, sweaters and tights.

White Stuff Press AW15 Press Day  Boots  Vintage FrillsThese boots were one of my favourite pieces, I love the mix of textures.

White Stuff Press Day AW15  Cream Scarf and Jewellery  Vintage FrillsThe coats feature interesting tweeds and fur trims to keep you warm and cosy when the cold sets in. I could definitely fit some of these in my vintage inspired wardrobe.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Knitwear  Vintage FrillsI really liked all the rich textures and prints.

White Stuff AW15 Press Day  Sandows Cold Brew Coffee  Vintage Frills

Once I’d finished looking through all the lovely clothes I enjoyed a cold brew coffee from Sandows London. Apparently it’s really good mixed with gin – I must try it!

The Autumn/ Winter collection is starting to come in now so take a look at the White Stuff website to see the full range.

The Mid Century Market Returns to London This Weekend

2 Sep

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you will have heard me mention the Mid Century Market many times. Since It launched a couple of years ago I’ve never missed one. The fair focusses on the 1950s and is one of the best fairs I’ve been to for picking up amazing vintage pieces from the era. The range of stall holders are superb and everything from clothing to menswear to retro homewares are included.

I always come away with a selection of hair flowers, jewellery and if the purse allows, a new dress or two. The event has a great selection of original vintage and reproduction, so there’s something for everyone. The fair also has a tea room and live music throughout the day and if you need a little pamper a vintage hairdresser and barber are on hand to help you look the part.

Mid Century Market Clothes

I’m so glad that after a few months away, the market is back in London this Sunday, so I can get my mid-century fix and hopefully a few new vintage treasures! If you’re in London this weekend this really is a must visit.

Mis Century Market Jewellery

All the details you need to know are here…

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Find the Facebook event page here.

Visit the website here.

Lindy Bop Kids Review

30 Aug

Lindy Bop Kids  Vintage Frills

As you may have noticed by now, I’m a bit of a fan of Lindy Bop. Their super affordable, gorgeous dresses are a great alternative to my more fragile vintage dresses and I love the huge choice of styles, prints and colours. I have quite a few in my wardrobe now, but theres always room for more! I was absolutely delighted when Lindy Bop offered me a dress to review and even happier when they let the girls have a dress each too.

Lindy Bop Kids is just like the super fabulous grown up version, but in ridiculously cute smaller sizes. The range has sizes from 3 years to 12 years so your little girl can dress as well as you! I decided to let the girls get involved in choosing their own dresses and after a lot of looking we chose 3 dresses that co-ordinated really well. The girls both went for polka dot Audrey dresses and I chose the Joy dress, a gorgeous turquoise floral shirt dress to match.

Lindy Bop Audrey Kids Dresses  Vintage Frills

I’ve never had a problem with the fit of Lindy Bop dresses and always order a size 14 which has worked well for me so far, so my dress was just right for me as usual. I also went for the girls usual sizes I got a 3-4 years for Lila and 9-10 years for jess and the fit was perfect on them too.

Jessica in Lindy Bop  Lindy Bop Kids  Vintage Frills

The kids dresses were made from a lovely thick cotton, with a tiny bit of stretch. They looked really lovely and flared out just enough to give them a cute 50s look, without being too full to stop them running around and having fun. Each dress came with a pink belt which I think makes them look even cuter.

Lila in Lindy Bop  Lindy Bop Kids  Vintage Frills

The girls wore the dresses all day and not only ran around in them, but also built a den and rolled around on the grass and the dresses still looked great. I like the hard-wearing thicker cotton and the comfortable fit. They both absolutely loved their dresses and really want me to get them more. With new styles and colours coming in every week I can definitely see a few that I know will be perfect for them.

Lindy Bop Kids Review  Vintage Frills

As well as being OK for every day wear I also love the idea of the girls wearing their dresses for more formal occasions and parties. They would also look great for little flower girls and bridesmaids if you are having a vintage wedding, especially if paired with the matching adult dresses. They can also be teamed up with the matching petticoats, which are absolutely adorable!

Lila Lindy Bop Kids  Vintage Frills

The best bit is that each dress only costs £14.99. I hate spending loads of money on kids clothes as they grow so quickly, so these are a really good price for me.

Lindy Bop Review  Vintage Frills

 Outfit Details:

Lindy Bop Kids Audrey Dress  Vintage Frills

Lila:

Kids Audrey Dress in Green – £14.99 – Lindy Bop

Socks – Tu at Sainsburys

Jelly Shoes – Sun Jellies

Jess in Lindy Bop  Vintage Frills

Jessica:

Kids Audrey Dress in Pastel Blue – £14.99 – Lindy Bop

Shoes – Tu at Sainsburys

Lindy Bop Joy Dress  Vintage FRills

Me:

Joy Floral Dress in Turquoise – £34.99 – Lindy Bop

Red Petticoat (not seen) – £21.99 – Lindy Bop

Shoes – Primark

Jewellery – Vintage and Bow and Crossbones

Find the full range of kids dresses on the Lindy Bop website.

Singing in the Rain – Vintage Style for Rainy Days

28 Aug

Singing in the rain  Vintage Frills

Personally I think there is nothing worse than rain in August. What is up with the weather this year? I don’t mind the odd summer shower where huge drops of rain fall from the sky onto the warm ground and dry as quickly as they fell as the sun comes out again. But the weather we’ve been having here in London is just depressing! On the plus side it did get me thinking about vintage style for Autumn. I’m not great at dressing vintage in the winter, most of my wardrobe consists of pretty floral dresses which work so much better for spring and summer.

The look I’ve created today is perfect for rainy days and long walks. A mix of modern and vintage style which makes me think of country walks with a little hint of the 1940s. I adore the tweed coat which I spotted at the Cath Kidston press day earlier this year. I can see it going with absolutely everything. The Radley handbag may not be typically vintage, but I thought it was so adorable that it’s now top of my wishlist! I absolutely love the dress which I think would see you through the whole year, and as for Hunter wellies they are one of my favourite things. I wore some with a vintage dress and cable knit cardigan in this post last year.

Create the look:

Singing in the Rain  Vintage Frills

1. Tweed Printed Lining Coat – £130 – Cath Kidston

2. Bloomsbury Bouquet Wool Shawl – £48 – Cath Kidston

3. Twisted Knit Cardigan – £75 – Cath Kidston

4. Yellow Ditsy Floral Tea Dress – £29.99 – Lindy Bop

5. Archive Print Umbrella – £19 – John Lewis

6. Exhibition Road Leather Grab Bag – £229 – Radley at John Lewis

7. Umbrella Necklace – £25 – Not on the High Street

8. Baby Blue Wellies – £95 – Hunter at John Lewis

9. Knee High Cable Socks – £7 – Monsoon

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