Adoring all things vintage, retro and downright quirky

Monthly Archives: November 2009

There’s nothing like a bit of humour in fashion, let’s face it, those designers can take themselves so seriously! So I have found some happy little bits and pieces from across the web guaranteed to make you look great, and make you feel fun!

First up is the cute ‘Shipmate’ hoodie found on Lazy Oaf’s site – they are London based but sell online too. This top costs £44.

Inject a touch of pierrot into your wardrobe with this ‘Super Size-me’ tee – £24 also from Lazy Oaf.

If you head over to Fredflare (US based) you can grab one of these funky make-up bags based on the DC comics. I love the colours and think it would be a shame to hide it away in the bathroom ($8). Be warned – once you are on this site, it will be hard to not buy anything! It’s got so much great trashy stuff that you really don’t need but desperately want!

Last up is the happy/sad sweater also from FredFlare.com – with a happy face one one side and a sad face on tuther! ($44) I think it’s the cat’s pjamas!

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If you live in or around the Bristol area and love home-grown fashion, then you should get down to The Hamilton House Fashion Bazaar. This FREE event is organised by The Bristol FASH PACK – a group of Bristol based designers and independent shop owners including:  SHOP DUTTY/ SEW THAT JAZZ / OOMOOS ATTIC / MADIDAS HARISSA / AD HOC / PUCKOO COUTURE / HUNTING GOLD / BITCH& STITCH

It kicks off on Sunday December 6th from 1pm to 6pm in The Canteen at Hamilton House.

You can take part in a clothing swap, workshops, customisation stations and browse the stalls. There is also a fashion parade, auction and competitions, all to a great sound-track provided by local kick-ass DJs.

The event starts at 1pm, with the charity auction starting at 5pm. Auction items can be viewed all say in the Canteen.

All donations and a percentage of sales go to two charities: MALAWI EDUCATION PROJECT and CANCER RESEARCH.
Hope to see you there people!

banana sweetiesI’m a bit obsessed with tins so imagine my glee when I spotted these Andy Warhol Banana Candies  in this cute tin – you can get yours from The Lollipop Shoppe for £9.


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Here are the first photos from last weekend’s photo shoot for Seven – a quirky little shop set up by design duo, Zena and Dom. The full feature will appear in Suit Yourself magazine after Christmas but I couldn’t wait until then to show these images. I did the hair and make-up – creating a funky retro rockabilly style for our lovely model Frankie. These wonderful pics were taken by ace photographer Elena – one to watch fo sho!

 

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Frankie close-up

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Rob outside Seven

 

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Frankie and Rob – check out that light!

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Frankie looking fierce!

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Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…

 

Photos: Elena Goodrum

Styling: Zena Jones

Hair and make-up: Verity Gough

Models: Frankie and Rob

 


laperawebSimple, stunning and classic, this ‘La Pera’ screenprint can be bought at The Lollipop Shoppe for a budget busting £165. Designed by Enzo Mari n 1963 for Danese Milano, Italy, it is certainly a stylish investment. See my other post on the wonderful world of illustration and graphic design.


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Occasionally you come across one of those magazine that makes you drool, visually speaking, and for me the wonderful Nude Magzine does just that! The London-based mag covers counter-culture in all it’s craziness, from art and shopping to fashion and news. I think it’s great!


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Image found here

Ah, the scent of Christmas is palpable, windows are getting fogged up by the steam from hot chocolates and baked goods, and the thoughts of Christmas gatherings and present-giving are starting to make my brain go into shopaholic mode. But with the postal strikes causing no end of problems for the conventional means of sending pressies, you can always shop online (most online shops use couriers rather than Royal Mail.)

So I have been busy scanning some of the best online gift shops that you may not have come across. I would suggest you favourite/bookmark/delicious/stumble them for future reference:

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A trip over to Cloth Ears is a must for vintage-fanciers – from bunting and cushions to fabrics and accessories galore. Old favourites like the Cath Kidston-esque polka dot fabrics to quirkier designs such as this lovely sail boats cushion or this classy Gladstone vintage inspired bag (£26.99) abound. Or, if like me, you are into the really glamorous old fashioned vintage look (but without the hefty price-tag, you could go for something like these gorgeous lace place mats found at designmyworld.net (£5.95)

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Another great site to visit for such fripperies is Made in Design particularly because they stock one of my favourite designers, the unusual French design collective, Ibride.

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The wonderful Diva table (below) , while is not vintage, is fast becoming a design classic, and is not for the ‘conventional of taste’ types, but I think it’s truly a thing of beauty! Ibride are also famous for their animalia style designs reported previously here on Vintage Verity.

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For quirky gifts:

Notonthehighstreet.com is always worth a visit as you can browse by person, budget, item, whatever! A few of my pickings include this ‘Bonanza comic book decoupage chair’ for £275 – truly original! Or this ‘brekkie’ teatowel to brighten up the kitchen – a snip at a tenner

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Finally, these quirky book-ends are fab – a great gift for bookworms with style (£27.95)

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I’m a sucker for lines, so the main image on this post, the red, flocked chandelier has quickly made it onto my Christmas wish list – you can get one at DZD for £46.

So there you have it, a couple of ace new websites to check out – there are plenty more and i will keep adding them to the list as I collect them, so do pop back for updates, and if there is a site I could add to the list, leave a comment and I’ll check it out!

Happy huntin!’