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Monday, 18 April 2011

A Royal Treat

In a bid to escape the Royal Wedding hype, it seems venturing up to the Lake District for the weekend wasn't enough to avoid the media ballyhoo surrounding the big day!

However, rather than trashy, pixelated mugs and tea towel designs - to my delight, I saw the first piece of memorabilia that I have to admit, did, tempt me and my purse. These cute wooden hearts are tacky... but in a tasteful way - if there is ever such a term! So, for any craft lover that wasn't planning on being just another consumer to those cashing in on such a memorable occasion - these may just change your mind x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

360 Degrees Vintage

Last weekend I made a discovery... another little pocket of London which I had never visited before. Of course, I have a long way to go before I am as clued up as a true Londoner - but I was, nonetheless, content with stumbling across 360 Degrees Vintage - a quaint vintage boutique, tucked away inside the hustle and bustle of Greenwich's Saturday market.

True to it's name, your vision is pulled in every direction as every nook and cranny of the characteristic space is adorned with lovingly worn fabrics and quirky, one-off pieces. From 1940s tailored blazers to heavily sequinned eighties gowns, I couldn't help but be drawn to the retro furniture, styled alongside draping jacquard fabrics (reminiscent of my grandma's living room curtains) and eclectic accessories that have been strategically placed to look as though they just 'happen to be there.'

... And as if the chintzy styling wasn't enough, the fact that the owners embrace everything patriarchal is enough to temporarily transport you to a vision of good, old fashioned Britain - whereby drinking Earl Grey tea and passing the day by with a little needlework seems quite an idyllic way of life. x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Frock me! Alexa Chung

Oh my Alexa - what a pretty dress you have!

Picking up my weekly dose of Stylist magazine on my Wednesday evening commute back from work (2 weeks ago now) I couldn't have been more envious as I turned to the d.p.s of Alexa Chung & her latest advertorial for Superga. Perhaps the Italian footwear company should consider Pr-ing vintage tea dresses instead because this has certainly spurred me on to start the charity shop hunt for replicas of these beauties!

I should be so lucky... x