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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

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Perhaps it’s because I am a writer by trade, but I have always loved letters and I’m a complete typography nerd so this post is dedicated to the humble letter. First up is the cool “Alphabet bag” – made of 100% cotton and, at a tenner a pop, they are are simple and cool – perfect for nipping to the veg shop or carrying your swimming things in!

 

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If you haven’t yet come across her, Emily Peacock is doing wonderful things for the revival of tapestry. No longer the domain of medieval castles or grandma’s carpet bag, these circus-inspired tapestry cushions rock – mothballs not included. Also you have to DIY so it kind of becomes an heirloom – genius!

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I spotted these bookspine bracletts on Etsy – they are the handiwork of the very talented Leah Makin whose passion for ‘papers, persnickety punctuation and discarded library books’ make for some really creative items in her Etsy shop.

 

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While I was pouncing about on Etsy, as is customary for a Friday afternoon, I found these lovely laser-cut lovelies by Isette – she does a whole range of letters and words in lots of different colours. I love the delicate curls of the ampersand, which I rarely get to use as house-style at work doesn’t like the pretty little symbol 😦 so instead, I can wear one – they are a bargain at $24 plus P & P.

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Ok so it’s not typography, but I think Isette’s cute glasses ring (below) would style up any hand ($9 USD)

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 Finally one more Etsy find for you – this time from the wonderful imagination of Vintage Inspiration – it’s a really cute antique typewritter key set in a novely button – how sweet! Again it’s  a snip at $10 USD.

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Apologies for my lack of blog posts recently, I am up to my eyes doing the PR for The Bristol Design Festival at present but have stolen a moment from work after spotting this fabulous wallpaper created by Lene Toni Kjeld.

 

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I am really into lace at the moment, I actually bought some lovely old lace doillies from a charity shop recently, for £1 – bargain! The craftsmanship is fabulous and there is something really grand about putting home-baked goods on a lovely lace doilly – I feel a baking session coming on just thinking about it!!!!

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Image found here. This is a trend that is sneaking into interiors in more than one way – so if vintage is not your thing, you can make what is thought of as an old trend bang up to date – for example,  Marcel Wanders’ lace table (above) is a thing of beauty and could hardly be accused of being ‘old fashioned’.

After a poke about on Flickr, I came across the quirky and truly unique style of Dottie Angel whose creative use of lace and other vintage ecoutrements make for some beautiful images. Here are a few of the lacey lovelies she has in her photostream:

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Who said tablecloths were for tables?

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I also really love the use of lace and crochet on her aprons and detailing on this cute wall hanging (above). If you get a chance, check out her excellent blog here.  Very inspiring!

dotty angel apron


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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.

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

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

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Someone wins a Trunky!

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

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

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

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While Dolly dazzled in fifties kitsch…

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

Photos taken by Heidi Gough and Hess


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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!

 

 

 

 


Animalia tray

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.

Blue birdies

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)

Foxy pendant
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.)

Small Nut

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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My oh my, what a terrible blogger I have been! Work duties have seen me taken away from my cosy Bristol bubble and spat me out into the corporate world, fortunately for me, that was New York and it was divine! It was a particularly pertinent time to be voyaging to the States as I arrived the day after Obama was elected president and the atmosphere was electric. However, I confess, my mind was on less trivial things, such as shopping! From make-up at Macy’s to trawling the boutiques in the East Village, I loved every moment of my downtime and shall definitely be returning soon. 

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I picked up a copy of Nylon there, a really cool magazine that I haven’t come across here and it is fab! Really edgy and eccentric, quite British actually – it reminds me of The Face  which incidentally, has a great Flickr group showcasing the old covers. Nylon has a great blog which is definitely worth checking out…

 

 

 

 

 

In the meantime, it’s that time of year when I make my annual shopping pilgrimage to Amsterdam (hurrah!) and can’t wait to check out what the city has to offer.

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I have already planned with military precision the places to visit, mainly in the Jordaan area of the city in fact, the image below was taken from one of the thrift shops in that district which has so many quirky boutiques selling everything from clothing to homeware – great for presents too.

 And, if anyone is visiting that way, check out our sister blog Secret Shopping which lists some of the cool shops to head to – and if you know of any others, be sure to let us know!

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I shall be back with more regular posts after getting this mammoth week of work out of the way (I always use alliteration when I am stressed) with some great new finds to help out with those Christmas lists!