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On Saturday I was invited to attend a party to celebrate the launch of a new online vintage shop. Vecchio Vintage brings together a fantastic selection of retro clothing, mainly featuring 60s, 70s and 80s designs. All the stop is hand picked by Shamina Rahman who saw a gap in the market for beautiful hand picked vintage and decided to start her own business after graduating with a Fashion and Textiles degree.

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Her stock is sourced from all over Europe and is beautifully photographed on her very classy website. Shamina has a real eye for texture and print, and I was really impressed with the range. As someone who normally wears earlier vintage, I started to fall in love with some of her fantastic 80’s stock.

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The party was held in the Vecchio pop-up shop which ran for two weeks in the unusual location of Mile End Road in East London. The pop-up was a real success bringing a bit of vintage glamour to an area filled with takeaways and chicken shops.

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I was so impressed with the shop, being a former visual merchandiser myself, shop displays and branding are really important to me and the shop looked fabulous. I loved the lovely boxes and bags emblazoned with the Vecchio Vintage logo and it’s clear that Shamina has created a strong brand.

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I bought a couple of great vintage bit’s while I was there which I will be sharing with you very soon.

Go and check out the website for cool curated vintage and lot’s of gorgeous look-book images to inspire some fabulous outfits.


Classic Car Boot Sale, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Last weekend my favourite vintage event returned to London. The Classic Car Boot Sale is the perfect mix of vintage shopping, classic cars and street food. The first two dates last year and earlier this year were both held on the South Bank in London and this time it was at a new venue.  The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I don’t know if it was the drizzly weather or that the venue didn’t work as well, but I didn’t enjoy the event as much as the previous two. It was a bigger venue and everything was a little more spacious, but it just felt like a normal car boot sale with better stock, rather than a big vintage themed event. Stratford is also a lot more out-of-the-way and I think the south Bank just worked a lot better.

Classic Car Boot Sale, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, I did still really enjoy my day though and took lot’s of pictures. Apologies for a very picture heavy post, but I wanted to share lot’s of the gorgeous vintage bits I spotted with you…

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What I wore…

By this point I was damp and windswept, by the horrible weather I also had a really bad cold so I’m definitely not looking my best! I absolutely love my dress though. I got it from Heyday last year and it’s been sitting in my wardrobe waiting to be worn for ages.

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The dress is currently on sale with a couple of sizes left here.


Barry M 6Nail polish is definitely one of my favourite beauty buys. You can choose any colour you like without having to match it to your skin type and tone and you can own as many as you like too. There are a few brands of nail polish that I really like, but my very favourite is Barry M. The colours are always so pretty and if I’m trying to find a polish for a particular outfit they always have one I like.

I’ve managed to build up quite a collection over the last year or two, I’ve given a few away to my daughter recently but these are all the ones I have kept. I love absolutely all of them.
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Row One: Coconut, Olive, Almond, Caramel, Mocha, Chai, Blueberry, Elderberry, Meadow, Greenberry

Row Two: Prickly Pair, Limited Edition Glitter (no longer available), Marshmallow, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Papaya, Mustard, Blood Orange, Crush
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Most of these were bought at Boots or Superdrug, and most of the time while they were on offer, so I’ve always managed to get them for quite a good price. I also follow Barry M on Instagram so I can see when new colours are coming out.

I find them really easy to apply, they have a medium sized brush so they only take about 3 strokes to cover the nail. The colour is usually opaque in two coats, although they take a little bit longer to dry than some other brands.

I usually use both a base and topcoat with them to prevent staining and to make them last longer, I don’t have time to re-paint my nails every day! They usually last about 3-5 days on me. Although I’ve also found that the newer releases especially the Chai and the Mustard have lasted for ages without chipping so they may have improved their formula recently.

Here are a few swatches of the colours.

Neutrals… Left to right: Olive, Caramel, Coconut, Mocha, Chai, Almond

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Blues, Greens, Purples… Left to right: Blueberry, Prickly Pair, Elderberry, Greenberry, Meadow

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Pinks, Reds, Yellows… Left to right: Papaya, Mustard, Marshmallow, Dragon Fruit, Grapefruit, Crush, Blood Orange
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Buy Barry M Polishes from…

Boots Currently buy one get one half price

Superdrug Currently 3 for 2

Asos


As I mentioned last week my youngest daughter started nursery just over a week ago. It’s always a big step seeing your little one go into school for the first time, especially when you have been a stay at home mum. But she was so happy and confident and is absolutely loving nursery so it’s all been pretty easy.

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To be honest I’m absolutely loving having a few hours every afternoon to work on the blog, get jobs done round the house and spend a little time with Rob. He starts work very early in the morning, so is often back in the afternoon and I am absolutely loving having some time which is just the two of us.

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Yesterday we decided to pop out for lunch at Morden Hall Park and have a nice long walk. As usual I was taking pictures of everything and he got a few pictures of me in a new (to me) vintage dress which I bought a few weeks ago.

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Morden Hall is one of my favourite parks, and we’re so lucky to live nearby. It’s owned by the National Trust and has a beautiful rose garden as well as a river flowing through it along with some very pretty bridges. I used to go there all the time when I was little and it’s also one of my favourite places to take my kids too.

It’s absolutely perfect for a little afternoon date, there is a lovely tearoom to stop for a bite to eat and lot’s of lovely paths to walk around. We found a more secluded path through the woods and had a little explore.

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The dress is a gorgeous cotton 1950s dress, I absolutely adore the fabric. The dress isn’t in great condition so I will eventually be giving it a little tlc, but you can’t really tell unless you look closely. The are a few holes and some of the seams need sewing. It’s a handmade dress and whoever made it put so much attention to detail into it. It also has two large pockets which are so useful, I hate how modern dresses often don’t have pockets. I wore a belt in an attempt to hide a hole in the dress, not very successfully!

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Outfit Details:

Dress: 1950s vintage bought at Kingston Antiques Centre

Cardigan: Florence and Fred at Tesco

Belt: Primark

Ballet Pumps: Primark

SEptember Birchbox 10(I managed to get pen on my box while unwrapping it!)

Another month, another lovely Birchbox through my door. For those of you not familiar with Birchbox, I’ll get the formalities out-of-the-way now. Birchbox is a monthly subscription box containing a selection of mid and high-end beauty products as well as little bonus gifts.  These are mostly sample sizes, with the occasional full size as well. I love getting my little box of surprises each month and usually love most of the products inside. The box costs £10 a month + £2.95 P&P.

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This months box is so pretty and goes perfectly with the theme of this month which is Happy days. The theme is apparently about nostalgia and capturing memories. I’m not entirely convinced that this translates into the contents of the box which I think could have been a bit brighter and more cheerful to go with the theme.

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So here are a few of my thoughts on what was included this month…

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Agave Healing Oil Treatment: (Full size product from £16)

I alway like receiving luxury hair products and I really liked this one. This lovely hair oil smells absolutely heavenly, and a very tiny drop goes a very long way. I have really thick hair so I usually use products really quickly, but I could see even the small sample lasting me a few washes. Although I really liked the product, it’s probably not something I would repurchase as I don’t really need it, however I am really enjoying using it. For hair that needs rescuing from dryness this is definitely a product I would recommend.

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Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream: (Full size product £25.50)

I am so impressed with how many Benefit products I’ve received since I first starting getting Birchboxes in January. I love everything about this eye cream, from the packaging to the smooth formula to the lovely way it feels. This is a really great eye cream. A good eye cream is essential for me. Not only am I naturally prone to dark circles, I also don’t get nearly as much sleep as I should so I love an eye cream which brightens up under my eyes. I am definitely going to buy a full size pot when my sample one runs out.

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Korres Citrus Shower Gel: (Full size product £8)

I’m already a fan of Korres products, their fragrances are always amazing and bath products are always my favourite treats to myself. I was really happy to get another generously sized Korres product in this months Birchbox. I love the way this one smells. Although it is described as citrus it actually reminds me of an old-fashioned aftershave in the best possible way. It’s an almost nostalgic, old-fashioned scent and I can’t get enough of it. I keep opening the bottle to have a sniff. It’s a great shower gel, a little goes a long way and the lather is perfection. I will definitely try to get more of this, and if anyones stuck for christmas and birthday presents for me this year, I want more of this!

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Skin & Co. Truffle Therapy Serum: (Full sized product £42)

I know I’ve mentioned smells a lot in this post, this Birchbox really is sending my nose into overdrive! This is another product that smells divine. This smells so good I want to eat it! But I think that’s one of the things which makes luxury products stand out from cheaper ones. I had no complaints with this serum, it made my skin feel lovely. I applied it after giving my face a good clean and was very happy with how my skin looked and felt afterwards. Would I buy again? Unfortunately not. Not because I didn’t really like the product, but because it’s definitely got a high-end price tag.

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ModelCo Lip Lacquer in “Morocco” (Full sized Product £15)

Sorry this one smells fab too. This cute strawberry scented lip gloss is everything you could want in a lip gloss. It’s really moisturising, looks lovely and stays put. I did think the colour was a little boring though, the same as every other nude lip gloss. I did really like the product though and would consider purchasing it in another colour. This sample size will be going in my handbag for a little everyday gloss.

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Urban Fruit Magnificent Mango (£13.50 for 6)

This was a nice little bonus item, I’ve had these before and really like them. The mango is definitely my favourite. I had to give most of the packet to the kids as they like them even more than I do.

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Birchbox Happy Days Photo Clip

I’m giving this to Jessica as she’s far more likely to use it than me. The box also came with some great discount codes for photobox products, which I will probably use to get a canvas print for the house.

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My thoughts overall…

Individually I loved all the products in this months box, however I didn’t think they really went well with the theme. At first glance I wasn’t overly impressed, but as I tried each product I changed my mind and decided this box was a winner.

Try it yourself…

If you’d like to sign up for Birchbox yourself I have a refer a friend link which will give you 50 points (£5) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you sign up. You can find out more or sign up for Birchbox here.