This summer I have big plans to attend as many vintage themed events as possible. I always enjoy seeing people’s pictures on Instagram and this year I won’t be sitting at home admiring all the beautiful vintage outfits and classic cars, hopefully I will be out taking my own photos and experiencing it for myself.

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One vintage themed event taking place this June in Yorkshire is Scampston Hall’s Big Vintage Weekend which is organised by Britain Does Vintage. I have 8 pairs of tickets for the Saturday to give away to my readers. The Saturday sees afternoon tea, dancing and a fashion show, followed by live music on the terrace, picnics, vintage cocktails (and a few surprises) within the stunning gardens of Scampston Hall. Sounds like the perfect day out for us vintage lovers.

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If you want to make a weekend of it the Sunday also sounds fantastic. The day kicks off with a garden party in the beautiful grounds of Scampston Hall as well as a classic car show, more live music, Lindy Hop dance lessons, a vintage tea-tent with gorgeous vintage afternoon teas, vintage-inspired workshops running throughout the day, vintage beauty bar, vintage photo-booth, as well as of an array of the UK’s best vintage stalls, because what vintage event would be complete without a little shopping. If like me you have little ones there is also plenty of entertainment to keep them happy too.

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If you are staying at the event overnight, glamping is also available. After too many festivals sleeping in a grotty old tent in the mud, the idea of a glamorous tent with an actual bed and room to get dressed definitely appeals to me!

Find out more about the event on the Britain Does Vintage Website.

13 June 15:00 – 22:00 :  Afternoon Tea Dance and Live Music on the Terrace
14 June – 11:00 – 17:00 : Quintessential Vintage Garden Party and Classic Car display

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I’m a little in love with Lindy Bop. Their pretty affordable dresses are ideal for me and I love the huge range of styles and patterns perfect for every occasion. I have quite a few of their dresses in my wardrobe and this one the Belina has been sitting unworn for quite a while now. I bought it when they were having a flash sale knowing it would be perfect for a special occasion.

Lindy Bop Bellina Dress ReviewOn Sunday I went to a christening and having not had a second to plan an outfit, I had a look through my dresses and this one jumped out at me. It’s perfect for this time of year when it’s still a little chilly, but Spring is definitely here. It being quite a dark colour it was fine to wear with tights and a cardigan. I loved wearing the dress so much that when we got home I got Rob to take a few pictures so I could write a review.

The dress is made with a lovely thick cotton. The weight of the fabric makes it hang really beautifully and makes the full skirt naturally flare. I love the colours and the pretty floral print is adorable. The bow details make an otherwise quite simple dress look really pretty and girlie. The pink belt I’m wearing actually came with the dress and I love the way it dresses the outfit up, although it can also be worn without.

Lindy Bop Bellina ReviewI’m always blown away with the quality of my Lindy Bop dresses, the prices are absolutely amazing for what you get. I also love the huge amount of choice on the website, there seems to be something beautiful in every colour imaginable. I’m also impressed with some of the newer styles which look more authentically vintage than their earlier designs. There are quite a few of the new releases that I have my eye on at the moment.

Delivery from Lindy Bop is also always really quick, if you order by noon they usually send the dress out the same day. I’m also impressed that delivery is from £1.95, which is definitely cheaper than most other mail order sites.

Do you own any Lindy Bop dresses? What did you think of them?

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A lot of people ask me what I do with all the cakes I bake. I’m forever trying new recipes and if I ate everything I baked I wouldn’t be fitting into any of my vintage dresses anymore! I usually give them away to friends and family and sometimes take them to peoples houses when I go for a visit.

Vintage Cake Table

A few weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to review an oilcloth tablecloth from Wipe Easy Tablecloths, and after looking at all the lovely designs they had on offer, it was a resounding yes from me! There are a few retro patterns and some  modern designs, but in the end I decided on the very adorable Paddling Ducks design. I measured up my table and requested the closest in size from the website. There are loads of sizes on offer and there are options to add parasol holes for outdoor tables too.

Vintage Tea Party

In the meantime Rob and I found a new table in a charity shop and got rid of our old one. So when my lovely oilcloth arrived, I offered it to my mum as I knew it would fit her table and would look lovely in her kitchen. When I popped it over I had just had a mammoth baking session and took lots of cakes and biscuits over for a little tea party with my parents. My dad had just bought me a beautiful vintage Meakin tea set which looked absolutely amazing with the oil cloth so I took lots of pictures of our little tea party to share with you.

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I absolutely love the tablecloth, as a mum of two small children I know how much use a table gets. The kids are forever doing crafts, eating meals, baking cakes and doing homework at the table so generally it needs quite a lot of protection. Oilcloth covers are perfect for making a table look pretty while also keeping spills off the wooden surface. It’s completely wipe clean and I’ve found in the past that they last for ages. It’s a shame I didn’t get to keep this one but I know my mum will really appreciate when the grandchildren come to visit.

Wipe Easy Tablecloths

Paddling Ducks Oilcloth Tablecloth

The design was absolutely lovely and features a selection of ducks and geese. I think it has quite a retro feel to it, while still being really fun and pretty. The colours are really versatile and would go with lots of different colours and decor themes, so definitely a flexible pattern to choose. If you’re going for a more shabby chic look there are plenty of florals ginghams and polka dots available on the site too and for more modern looks there are cute little stars and cupcake designs as well.

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It was delivered on a roll so there were no creases to smoothen out which I really appreciated as ones I’ve bought in shops before have been quite tricky to flatten out after being folded.

Wipe Easy Duck Table Cloth

To see the whole range visit the Wipe Easy Tablecloth Website.

Find my Paddling Duck Tablecloth here

I’ve always been a fan of buying clothes in supermarkets, usually when I realise I need something urgently but all the other shops are closed and supermarkets are the only places still open. I’ve never really found much to tempt me in Sainsburys however. In the past there’s never really been anything that suits my style and I’ve only ever found bits for the girls.

That all changed when I popped in a couple of weeks ago and within 5 minutes had added about 20 things to my mental wishlist. You see, Sainsburys have gone vintage! The vast majority of their Spring / Summer collection is inspired by the 1950s and I love it! Now if I was rolling in money at the moment I would have left with everything – at least 5 dresses, 3 cute blouses and a selection of lovely skirts and capri pants. However as I’m on a budget I left with two dresses.

I thought I’d show you them and let you know what I thought after wearing each of them for a day.

First up is my favourite. I have a bit of a thing for gingham, especially red gingham. Despite already having an original vintage Horrockses dress which is quite similar I knew this would be a great summer purchase that I would get a lot of wear out of without worrying about trashing it.

Sainsburys Gingham Shirt Dress

The best thing about the dress is that it has a full circle skirt which is unusual in high street buys which means if I want to really vintage it up, I can pop a petticoat underneath. The dress is made in lovely light cotton and the skirt is lined. the quality is amazing for a dress that cost just £20. Yes £20!!! Such a bargain.

Sainsburys Red Gingham 1950s Dress

I love the cute faux pocket detail and pretty white buttons and as it fastens with a side zip it fits absolutely beautifully. This could be dressed up or down and on this occasion I wore the dress with a red cardigan from Collectif and a pair of red ballet pumps for an everyday look. If I was doing something a bit more special than school runs and housework I’d wear it with a petticoat and some red bakelite jewellery.

Sainsburys Red Gingham Dress with Petticoat

 Worn here with a full petticoat.

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The other dress I picked up wasn’t the one I was planning to get, I’d had my eye on a white floral shirt dress but I loved the print on this one so much that I just had to have it. This is slightly less vintage looking as the skirt isn’t quite as full and it reminds me of the cut of some of my Cath Kidston dresses. Again this is perfect for wearing as an everyday dress in the summer or dressed up for an event.

Sainsburys Plum Vintage Style Dress

This one was also £20 and is a lovely printed cotton with a lined skirt and pretty covered buttons at the back. I love the pretty trim, which definitely makes the dress look a little more expensive than it was.

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All the vintage style dresses on offer are priced between £18 and £22 so they are really affordable and perfect for someone who wanted to add some modern dresses to their vintage collection or if you want to get something with a vintage retro look on a budget.

I took some snaps of some of the other things I liked on my phone, as I really want to go back for more. I know I don’t need any more dresses, but I’m sure I’ll find some excuse to justify the extra purchases!

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Annoyingly none of the dresses seem to be on the Sainsburys website, so if you want to get your hands on them you’ll have to get them in store. I did take a look on the PR Shots website and found some images of some of the dresses that will be coming in, as well as a gorgeous gingham swimsuit that is totally vintage appropriate.

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So get on down to Sainsburys and add some pretty dresses to your trollies!


For those of you who like beauty related posts on the blog, you’re in for a treat as I have loads of skincare and make-up related stuff coming up in the next few weeks. I’m forever trying lovely new products and definitely don’t include that side of things on here enough! I also think spring is a great time to shake up your skincare routine and have a little skin spring clean!

Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque Review

Tonight I’m reviewing a product that I’ve been using and enjoying for a couple of weeks now. I was gifted an Exuviance Purifying Clay Masque at Bloggers Fashion Week and being a big user of masks I couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve been using it about twice a week and my skin is feeling very happy and healthy.

I’ve always been very lucky to have quite clear skin and to keep it that way I always try to cleanse, tone and moisturise everyday and eat lots of fruit and veg. I do however never get enough sleep. People often ask me how I manage to be a full-time mum, write my blog, read lot’s of books and forever be out thrifting. The answer lies in staying up far too late in order to juggle everything. So when I’m extra tired and my skin needs a little boost I like to have a little pamper in the form of a lovely bubble bath and face mask.

Exuviance

This is a high-end product that is mostly available in spas, and is an at home and professional product. All their products are clinically proven and developed by dermatologists. The mask is full of fabulous skin saviour ingredients including vitamins A, C and E as well as papaya and honey extracts. It also contains Bentonite and Kaolin to absorb toxins and oil and refine pores.

Exuviance Skincare Review

I love the simple spa style packaging of the product which comes in a boxed 50ml tube. A little goes a long way with this one, so there is enough for plenty of applications in each one. There are clear instructions which advise applying the product to dry skin and allowing it to dry for 5-10 minutes.

Exuviance Clay Mask

The product is easy to apply and sits smoothly on the skin. After a minute or two you can really feel the mask tingling and getting to work and as it dries you can really feel it cleaning out your pores. I leave it on for the full ten minutes and then remove it with a muslin cloth and warm water.

Exuviance Clay Review

After use my skin feels really clean and smooth without being dried out, my skin looked really fresh and glowy and I was really happy with the results. Overall I was really impressed with the mask and would definitely like to try some of the other products from the range. Although it is quite expensive I like it as a little luxury and it really does work, so for that I would definitely recommended it.

The Purifying Clay Masque retails at £33

Find out more about Exuviance products on their website