Adoring all things vintage, whimsical and downright quirky

Category Archives: Design South West

Stop press! If you are looking for a beautiful scrummy cake then look no further! I have to shout out to the wonderful and talented Anne Paulette whose fabulous cakes are something to behold. This Bristol-based cupcake genius has just launched a new website and there are some absolutely stunning cakes available.

Annie is inspired by vintage glamour and this is evident in her super cute Tiffany Butterfly cupcakes  (below) and the Button cupcakes (bottom).

But my absolute favourite cake has to be the Victorian wedding cake! I love that Annie has an eye on the past to create something gorgeous for people’s futures!

The recent Elsie Riley shoot, which took place at the oh-so-quirky warren that is Goldbrick House was so much fun. Our models, Laya and Rhea were just fab and as usual Elena, the snapper, turned it out!

The inspiration was a dark and glamourous Alice  in Wonderland vibe, so I made sure the hair and make-up was girly vintage glam.

Here are a few pics from the day – which will be appearing on Elsie Riley’s site soon. Enjoy!

Rhea taking tea.

Laya looking cute as a button!

Wrap up warm!

Pure glamour!

Photography: Elena Goodrum

Models: Rhea and Laya

Hair & Make-up: Vintage Verity

The long-awaited Shop Dutty article and fashion shoot is finally in print! Yes, the latest issue of Suit Yourself Magzine has hit the streets. Click here to read all about it ( we are on pages 71 – 73)



A night of festive fun and frolics were had on December 20th at the Bristol Design Festival fundraiser held at Renato’s Bar on King Street, Bristol. We made an incredible £600 in the evening and had lots of fun to boot. A big thank you to everyone who attended and supported the evening. Here are a selection of photos from the night.


Our beautiful burlesque dancers, Dolly and Lena Mae got pulses racing with a daring display.


Just some of the fab prizes that were up for grabs – from unique street art, to beautiful jewellery and clothing.


Someone wins a Trunky!


Festival organiser, Duncan and compere, Jamie  running the loudest and most frantic auction ever!


Music was courtesy of fabulous east European jazz fusion band, Fuzia who got everyone’s feet tapping…


The lovely Lena Mae got pulses racing with her sailor-themed burlesque dancing…



While Dolly dazzled in fifties kitsch…




We have lots more fun things planned for both the event and other fundraisers so keep watching!

Photos taken by Heidi Gough and Hess



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.


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.


Rhea models black and gold babydoll dress and clutch.


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


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


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


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.

Following on from the last post (after a brief trip to the Emerald Isle) the following images are from the second of the two photo shoots that will be featured in Kerouac’s Dog magazine in October. It was great to get back to doing the make-up and hair styling again as I haven’t done so much recently and it was good to work with my sister, Heidi, who is building up her portfolio too.
This time, we featured fashion designer, Rosie Parker who takes inspiration from re-using old items, such as her exquisite dresses made from vintage pillow cases or her stylish blue and white striped frock made out of deck chair fabric (fully lined!). We are sure that there will be much more from this talented lady in the future!
beautiful dresses made out of vintage pillow cases
beautiful dresses made out of vintage pillow cases


Pretty button detail dress remade from a vintage skirt

Pretty button detail dress remade from a vintage skirt

Zip detail

Zip detail



Styling, make-up & hair – Verity Gough

Photography: Heidi Gough

Models: Charlotte Coombes, Zsofia Gyimesi