I’m a massive fan of Primark, as I’ve mentioned loads of time on here. Although I love and own lot’s of original vintage and handmade clothes I love to team them up with high street bargains. Primark has been full of clothes which really suit my style recently and I thought I’d compile a little wishlist of some of my current favourites. There are loads of pretty tops and full skirts as well as couple of lovely summer dresses….

Feeling Tropical: I love these bright novelty prints, I actually already own the pineapple skirt (£10) but had to include it anyway as it’s the perfect holiday skirt. I love the high waist on the bikini (£6,£5) and I’d love to own a pair of bright culottes (£10) for the summer. You can never go wrong with a floral headband (£3) to brighten up and outfit and the sunglasses (£3) are just adorable. 

Pretty Summer Staples: I’m loving pretty t-shirt style tops at the moment as they look great tucked into skirts so this pretty lacy one (£10) is perfect for me I’d also love to wear it with these pretty polka dot shorts (£10). I love a simple necklace (£3) like the one above to add a little extra sparkle to simple outfits, you can never go wrong with a pair of simple wedges (£12) which go with absolutely everything. I’m a little obsessed with gingham at the moment so this sundress (£17) would get loads of wear and the clutch bag (£8) is just so gorgeous.

Fabulous Florals: No wish list would be complete for me without some girly floral prints, I love this tie blouse (£6) and floral printed (£8) top which would look great with the white skirt (£10) or a pair of jeans. These would look great with the floral headband (£3) which I already have or the cute straw hat (£4) to keep the sun off your face.

Feminine Denim and Sunshine Yellow: I’ve been wanting a new denim dress (£12) for ages as they are a great wardrobe staple. I’m also falling in love with yellow at the moment and the pretty blouse (£8) and bag (£8) would add a little sunshine to any outfit. You can never have too many pairs of sunglasses (£2) and these pretty daisy ones are really cheerful and pretty. I can’t help but love the bright floral skirt (£14) for summer nights.

Are you a fan of Primark or do you prefer to avoid this massive high street chain? What do you think of my choices?

Nothing makes me happier than sunny summer days, and I’ve really made the most of all the beautiful weather we’ve been having this week. I’ve also had a big wardrobe sort out and rediscovered a few dresses from last summer which I can’t wait to wear. One of those dresses was this beautiful pink floral dress which I bought from Lindy Bop right at the end of last summer and only got one wear out of.

As a big lover of vintage clothing getting a real 1950s dress can be a bit of a strain on the purse strings so I love to fill the gaps in my wardrobe with lovely reproduction dresses and Lindy Bop is by far the most affordable option. I love their dresses for wearing on normal days when I’m playing with my kids, running round the park or even doing the housework as I know I won’t risk ruining a more valuable dress. So they are perfect for a vintage loving busy mum.

This particular dress is so pretty and girlie and I love the rose print. It comes with a matching belt, although I wore it with a brown belt this time for a change. It also has a full circle skirt and looks lovely with a full petticoat too.

The dress is lovely quality for the price and washes like a dream so it’s really practical and I’m sure it will be getting a lot of wear this summer. I’m hoping to pick up a few more dresses from Lindy Bop this year as some of their new dresses are absolutely stunning.

Outfit Details:

Floral Bun Crown – Primark

Dress – Lindy Bop

Belt – Charity Shop Find

Wedges – New Look (about 10 years ago!)

Visit the Lindy Bop website here.

Last week I was invited to preview the incredible Olympia Arts and Antiques Fair, one of the most prestigious shows in the antiques calendar. Having grown up with an antique dealer grandmother and having a love of old things myself this was an event I was really excited about.

Amazing Art Deco Ceramics and Bar items, including cocktail items from Matthew Foster 20th Century Design and Clarice Cliff ceramics from Andrew Muir.

The calibre of dealers was very high and some of the most prestigious antiques sellers from across Europe were there selling an eclectic mix from the ancient to the art deco. There was so much to see it was a real treat, with prices ranging from the hundreds to the millions this was not somewhere I was looking to buy but more like wandering through a museum. This is well worth a visit if you’re a fan of vintage interiors.

One of my very favourite stands featured antique wooden curiosities from David Levi Antiques, which are also available at Portobello Market. I loved the quirky items and the amazing displays.

I took absolutely loads of pictures on the day, and as there was so much to see I mostly concentrated on early 20th Century items as I think these are the ones that would most appeal to vintage fans. Living in a 1930s house myself I especially love items from this era and saw plenty I would use to furnish my dream home.

Fabulous Art Deco furniture was a strong feature at the fair, alongside much older items.

I loved these decorative Art Deco pieces.

Another fair highlight was a delightful collection of 50s and 60s tin robots from Fallen Stars.

Amazing Mantiques from Hatchwell Antiques.

Other highlights for me included carved wooden cherubs, four-poster beds, gorgeous jewellery, ancient skeletons and this gorgeous 1950s model train.

The Fair is running until 15th June so go and check it out while you can, it’s the most incredible mix of wonderful objects you could ever imagine. Think V&A but for sale! There are also an amazing array of talks to check out so don’t miss a chance to find out about these amazing pieces of history.

Visit the website here.

Last week Fay and I popped to The Arts Theatre Club in Soho for the launch of an exciting new clothing brand. Folie a Deux is the creation of two friends who have worked together within the make-up industry for many years. They have put their passion for old-fashioned glamour and dressing up into creating a glamorous feminine clothing line.  The range is an eclectic mix of vintage styles made using sumptuous fabrics with a luxurious finish with a slightly darker feel than your usual girlie vintage range.

The range is inspired by the 30s, 40s and 50s and is ridiculously glamorous, every little detail is finished to perfection making it look amazing and fit beautifully. I was pretty blown away by the collection and this is definitely a brand I will be following and coveting!

The event itself was held in a stunning venue in Soho. The Arts Theatre Club is hiding away in a basement on Frith Street, with red furnishings, low lighting and an old piano it was the perfect venue to really set off the darkness of the clothes and the slightly macabre feel of the website and branding.

We were treated to lovely drinks and black and white cupcakes featuring skulls, clowns and the Folie A Deux logo. We were greeted by the lovely Katie and Halimah and had a good chat about the clothing and background of the company. I was really inspired by their creativity and attention to detail. We were then treated to a couple of fantastic performances which were quirky and theatrical, the whole event was perfectly curated to compliment the brand and dresses.

I was hugely impressed with the selection of dresses which came in a range of fabrics and prints. Katie explained that the shirt dresses feature concealed zips at the back making them fit perfectly over your curves which being a bit busty was something that really appealed to me. I loved the little extra details like piping and ricrac trim as well as gorgeous buttons which made the dresses real stand out pieces to me.

The collection is a little out of my normal price range (blogging doesn’t pay very well). However they are the sort of thing that I would save up for and invest in as they are classic, would suit all seasons and last for years. The dresses are simply beautiful and I’ve fallen in love!

*Apologies for the quality of my photos, the dark lighting was atmospheric and great for a party but very hard to get good pictures in!

Here are some of my favourite pieces from the range…

Scarlet Dress in Wine – £200

The Squeeze in Multicoloured Tartan (my favourite) – £100

Fiction – £155

Gwen – £75

Paramour – £90

Scarlet in Gray – £200

Folie a Deux Links:

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Here’s a little Sunday morning bonus post from me. Yesterday we had a lovely little garden party for my daughter Jessica, it was a lovely day filled with sunshine, smiles and family. We’ve been working really hard to get our enormous out of control garden a little more ready for the sunny season. It’s really starting to come together now and we’ve added lot’s of amazing thrifty finds which I will be showing you in a post next week.

For the party I wanted lot’s of little homemade decorations and little personal touches. I was feeling really inspired by old-fashioned traditional village fetes so made a huge length of pretty mini bunting with lot’s of fabric from my stash and served pink lemonade and ginger beer in jugs. I love using jam jars for drinks and decorated mine with pretty tape to make them look a little more pretty.

I had a little spread of food and a drinks table and thought I’d share a few pictures to give you a little garden party inspiration…

I decorated a selection of jam jars using some pretty decorative gingham tape which I picked up at Tiger

We had lot’s of pretty paper straws which we bought from Tiger, these were held in a jam jar decorated with a vintage button and butchers twine from Hobbycraft.

I made a little sign for the drinks table using my painted chalkboard frame.

Drinks table.

I used some of my vintage table cloths and served the food on mis-matched vintage plates.

I made lot’s of bunting using new and vintage fabrics. 

I plan to do lot’s of entertaining this summer, as there’s nothing better than filling your time with your favourite people. I’m really looking forward to trying out some other party ideas.