I have a bit of exciting news! For a little while now I’ve been toying with the idea of selling vintage again. I used to love it so much and now that Lila is older I thought it would be the perfect time to set up shop again. I decided to sell through Etsy as it’s one of my favourite places to buy.
Today I listed the first few items, some of them you may recognise from my own collection and others I have recently picked up specially for the shop. At the moment I only have a few listings up on the shop, but I will be adding new items every single day and there is absolutely loads of amazing vintage to come in the next few weeks including a big selection of early 60s cocktail dresses.
I’d love it if you could follow the shop on Etsy to keep up to date with all the new items coming in.
My plan is to specialise in early 1960s clothing, as it’s my favourite era think Betty Draper and Joan Holloway! But I will also have lots of things from the 1940s-60s and a few special later pieces.
Now the weather is getting nicer I’ll be taking my kids out and about as much as possible. I thought it would be nice to make a list of 10 of my favourite places to take them out for a day, all within easy distance of London. Some of these are a drive away from London but none of them too far. I’ve linked to the original posts I wrote about our trips to each place.
1. Horniman Museum and Gardens, Forest Hill. I’ve been taking the little ones to this fabulous museum for years, not only is the museum itself filled with interesting artefacts, the displays are also really child friendly. The museum also features an aquarium in the basement and extensive gardens with amazing views of central London.
2. Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher, Surrey. I’ve mentioned Claremont so many times on the blog as it’s one of my very favourite places. This beautiful Landscape Garden is perfect if you like a long walk in stunning surroundings. The park has a playground and natural play area as well as fantastic National Trust cafe. My little ones absolutely love exploring the paths through the woods.
3. Surrey Docks Farm, Rotherhithe. This fantastic city farm in Rotherhithe sits just by the river Thames. There are plenty of animals to see and feed and the goats are particularly fun. The farm also has an amazing cafe serving lots of fresh food, some of which is grown organically on site.
4. Kew Gardens, Kew. This is the most expensive place to visit on my list, but it’s a fantastic way to fill a whole day with the kids. My two loved exploring the Palm House while my favourite part is definitely Kew Palace. If you have a good head for heights (which I don’t) you’ll love the tree top walk-way.
5. Hampton Court, East Molesey, Surrey. We’ve visited Hampton Court quite a few times recently because we bought a family membership to Historic Royal Palaces, so we can go whenever we want. This former home of several British Monarchs is steeped in history and there is so much to do and see. On sunny days the gorgeous gardens are perfect for exploring and if your kids get tired the family room features lots of dressing up costumes and toys to play with.
6. Crystal Palace Park. We visited the park earlier this year, it was the first time I’d been since I was little and we absolutely loved it. The park includes a maze, a boating lake and a selection of Victorian model dinosaurs as well as the site of the former Crystal palace itself. It’s absolutely perfect for kids and if they get hungry there’s also a fantastic cafe to refuel.
7. Richmond Park, Richmond. I’ve been going to Richmond Park all my life and I still absolutely love it. The huge park has plenty to explore and I’m still discovering new bits to enjoy. Highlights for me include lunch at Pembroke Lodge and walks around the Isabella Plantation. The park is also full of deer which the girls love to spot.
8. Painshill Park, Cobham Surrey. Painshill is a simply beautiful landscape garden in Surrey. It’s perfect for a long walk and there are lots of interesting buildings and ruins to explore as well as a beautiful lake. This one does involve a lot of walking so make sure you bring sensible shoes!
9. Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green. This great museum has plenty of child and adult appeal. We always have a great time looking at all the toys on display and there are always lots of activities for the children to have a go at. The current exhibition on dolls houses is really good too. I’d recommend packing a picnic and having lunch in the beautiful park next to the museum.
10. A Walk Along the Thames, London. A great way to experience the city is to go a for a walk along the Thames path. There are plenty of areas to choose from, my two favourite walks with the children are the South Bank and Bankside as there are plenty of things to stop and look at.
What are your favourite things to do with your kids?
At the moment we’re away on a little trip to the wonderful Isle of Wight. It’s literally the very best place to go with kids. There is absolutely loads to do here. I’m a little concerned by the total lack of internet here though! Despite paying for wifi where we’re staying I can’t actually get anything to load! Because I usually edit my pictures using Pic Monkey which I can’t access right now I’m going back to basics and posting un-edited, un-cropped pictures straight from the camera on today’s post.
After arriving on the island earlier today we headed straight to the beautiful little village of Godshill. Located in the middle of the island, this really is the perfect rural English village with beautiful thatched cottages and lovely tea rooms set within gorgeous country gardens. What brought us to the village was Godshill Model Village, which had been recommended to us lots of times, so we just had to go.
The model village is absolutely fantastic, all the tiny buildings are so realistic and the kids absolutely loved wandering around looking at all the gorgeous miniature people and their little homes. The girls both bought their dolls and Jess insisted that her Monster High Doll featured in my photos, we had so much fun getting her to pose, so incase you’re wondering the bright pink girl is it’s Jess’s doll Gigi!
A family ticket for the four of us cost £15, and that included re-entry if we wanted to visit agin during our stay. Our visit lasted about an hour and half and considering how much fun we had, I thought it was pretty good value for money. You could probably get a longer visit out of it if you stopped for a bite to eat or if your children didn’t run around attractions quite as fast as mine do!
I’d definitely recommend a trip to the model village if you come to the Island, it’s also worth visiting the lovely little shops in the village, including the sweet shop and cider shop which we popped into. We would have spent longer in the area but we wanted to fit another outing into our day, so we headed back to the car to head over to a castle which I will be talking about in my next post.
It been absolutely forever since I did a My Week in Pictures post, mostly because my life is not nearly as interesting as my blog would imply. I do however like to look back at everything I’ve done. Even the little things so I might start up this weekly tradition again. What do you think?
This probably isn’t the best week to have chosen as most of it has been spent doing errands, school runs and housework but there were also a few highlights!
On Monday morning Lila and I went to Hobbycraft and Ikea to pick up supplies for an ancient Greek costume I needed to make Jess for a dress up day at school. In theafternoon I met up with Fay as I hadn’t seen her in ages. We went to Bill’s in Epsom and had the most lovely late lunch. I tried the hummus and halloumi burger and it was absolutely delicious. I’ll definitely be going back there soon to try the rest of the menu. In the evening I wrote letters to my 6 new pen pals.
On Tuesday morning I had my hair coloured. I’ve gone for a darker more purple shade and I’m so happy with it. It’s nice to have good hair again as my roots were getting out of hand! In the afternoon I popped into London for a couple of hours. I went to the Phase Eight AW15 press day and I loved everything, especially the fur coat I’ve pictured. In the evening I started work on the Greek costume.
On Wednesday Iran errands all morning and remade Jess’s costume as it was too big (I stayed up until 1 making it. Arrrgh the things we do for our kids). I also finished reading The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance which I reviewed here.
On Thursday Jess loved her costume thankfully! I spent the rest of the day doing really boring housework and running errands. After school we went back to Hobbycraft to get supplies for yet another school costume (If you want sleep and an easy life don’t have kids) I stayed up really late again making Jess a dance costume for careers day at school, she wants to be a dancer at the moment!
On Friday Rob took some outfits pictures for me in the garden and it took ages because I kept stopping to have cuddles with Lila!
This weekend has been spent packing for our holiday as we’re off the the Isle of Wight tomorrow and it’s my 7th wedding anniversary. So hopefully next week will be filled with sunshine and beaches!
So this week mostly consisted of making costumes and cleaning my house! I actually had to cancel a couple of blog events as I had too much to do at home. It was a very happy week though and I’m glad I focussed so much on mummy stuff!
My original vintage dresses have been a little bit bypassed at the moment in favour of some of the lovely high street and supermarket dresses I’ve picked up recently. Last week I talked about the gorgeous Seaside print dress which I picked up at Asda. At the same time I also got this lovely lemon dress.
I usually wear dresses with full skirts for that classic 1950s look, however I’ve recently been looking for more fitted skirt styles and this one was perfect for achieving a slightly different look to what I usually go for. I absolutely love the bright lemon print As someone who very rarely wears black it’s nice to have the bright print against the darker colour.
Fit wise I went for a size 14 as I usually do. I find most George clothes come up a little big and I’d be better with somewhere in between a 12 and 14, however I’m still pretty pleased with the fit for such an affordable dress. As for the length as usual my preference would be for something slightly longer. I find dresses that go below the knee a little more flattering.
The dress is made with a stretchy cotton which makes it really comfortable and perfect for hot summer days and nights. It could be dressed up with heels for the evening or worn with flats in the day time. I wore it with a pair of really old yellow heels and some bangles and yellow vintage beads.
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