Adoring all things vintage, retro and downright quirky

Monthly Archives: December 2008

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One for my Lust List…

This rather fab piece of ceramic wall art can be purchased from In My Room – a cool little shop that can be found in trusty, old  North Laine, Brighton. It costs £75 but be warned, there is a waiting list! I am already dropping big fat hints to my other half as my birthday is only in February (10th, if you are interested!)

I think it’s going to be as popular as the “For, like ever” poster from Village…you heard it here first!

 

 

 

 

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I met a lovely girl in Amsterdam called Nadine who runs a shop called ‘Wini’on Haarlemmer Straat (apparently this is now officially the best shopping street in the city – of course I’ve been saying this for years!) I bought some seventies silk scarves which am making into cushions for my new sofa (arriving on Saturday!!!) and she gave me a retro canvas bag for free, bless her! Here she is with a pair of boots that she customises for the shop. If you go to Amsterdam, pop in and say hi from me!

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Wini sells the best vintage clothing, and it’s really well priced. I also picked up a cute little cowboy hat brooch and had my eye on a jazzy skirt too, kicking myself for not buying it now! It also stocks an excellent range of vintage fabrics particularly lovely 50s patterned material.

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Had to sneak in a picture of some shoes too…

Wini can be found at 29 Haarlemmerstraat, Amsterdam.


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Just a quick post to flag up some really cute and unique gifts I have stumbled across whilst on my travels. If you are ever in Amsterdam and get the chance to visit Egg Merchantile on Lelie Straat, then you simply must drop in for a browse.

They sell some simply exquisite pieces of design, from trays and ceramic ornaments to wall hangings accessories. For example, how about some good old fashioned animalia? Check out these large serving trays from ibride (above) I particularly like the  Crow Conquistador – very ornithological-theatrical – and guaranteed to be a talking point at your cocktail party.

And this set of 4 cast porcelain flying birdies below are handmade in Denmark by Trine Weng and Susan Liebe, otherwise known as the Casalinga team. They cost €55 and provide an interesting and modern take on the three flying ducks.

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Or what about Élise Lefebvre’s “Wonderland” collection of woodland creature  immortalised in porcelain? I love the little fox pendant but the birdies and piggies are super cute too (€65)

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Now, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of surprises, and the clever and creative Lola Goldstein’s  sweet range of porcelin ‘creatures’ just makes me smile. I love, love, love the little nut fellow (below.)

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Finally, I fallen for the charms of Lyndie Dourthe whose beautiful ‘Oiseaux’ brooches are inspired by the images taken from the 17th & 18th Century encyclopedia illustrations. The images are transferred onto coarse cotton canvas and then stuffed and stitched to within an inch of their little lives. They also have a little silver plated pin attached so you can wear them as a brooch and they come in their own painted boxes – exquisite – and only €26 each!

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That’s your lot for now…happy shopping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Wonderful Bristol fashion boutique, Shop Dutty, is featuring in a forthcoming issue of Suit Yourself Magazine and myself, ace photographer Elena Goodrum and the gorgeous Leah and Rhea as our models braved the November frost to show off the fabulous creations of Joh and Louisa, otherwise known as Dutty Girl and Buchi and Gosmos.  The mag will be out in January but here is a sneaky peak at the results of our shoot.

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Now I have to say it, but neither girls are models but wow, they were so professional and we could practically use any of the images. 

Above: Leah models an exquisite blue prom dress and below, I fix Rhea’s straps mid shoot.

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Rhea models black and gold babydoll dress and clutch.

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It’s not just clothes, Shop Dutty stocks some rather eye-catching statement jewellery…

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Rhea models one of the shop’s famous tees coupled with a quirky purple tartan skirt.

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Stopping traffic: We asked the girls to pose as mannequins – and turned a few heads in the process…

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For more info and to see the full range, visit the shop at Stokes Croft in Bristol, right next door to The Pipe and Slippers pub.