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You may or may not have heard that Google are closing down Google Reader – the service which Google Friend Connect works through. As such, it looks like we might be losing the GFC service for following blogs!

However, fear not, dear readers – in order to make sure you stay up-to-date with all the goings on here you can follow my blog in a number of other ways;

  • Bloglovin’ – http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3060514
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Betty-Leopard/144508135655904?fref=ts
  • Google+ – https://plus.google.com/112738166382069301116/posts
  • Twitter – https://twitter.com/BettyLeopard
I have been keeping myself busy lately with sorting things around the flat that I kept putting off while I was finishing writing my thesis, and now I have a job interview to prepare for for next Tuesday! I really hope to be able to find some time to put a few posts up over the weekend.
Hope you are well,

Old Spitalfields Market Pop-Up Vintage Fashion Show

On Saturday, I made the trip up to London to take part in a vintage fashion show for Pop-Up Vintage Fairs and Old Spitalfields Market.

It was a pretty early start for me, having to be up, ready and out of the house in time to catch a train at 8am, much earlier than I’m usually up, especially on a Saturday! At least the tiredness distracted me a bit from how nervous I was! Having never been to Old Spitalfields Market, met any of the other great bloggers who had been invited or styled anyone other than myself, I was pretty terrified.

I managed to get myself to the market and met up with Jayne J Read of Jayne’s Kitschen and ReeRee Rockette of Rockalily. It was lovely to meet both the ladies, as I’ve often chatted with them on Twitter but haven’t had opportunity to meet up with them before. Needless to say, they’re both lovely!
After a bit of a chat we got shown to the stalls that were taking part to have a look at what was on offer. We were each to be assigned a model and a stall from which to put together two outfits for the catwalk show.

I got to work with the lovely Cat and picked outfits from Vintage Glitz N Bitz, with shoes from Rock on Ruby Vintage. I unintentionally ended up putting together two 70’s outfits – not a decade I normally go for, but the items just all came together that way and I was really happy with how it all turned out.
Candy Pout did a great job on the hair and make-up for all of the models.

Outfit 1
An orange shirt dress under a brown suede coat with fur collar and tan suede boots.
At first I wasn’t totally convinced by the tan boots, but they grew on me and I ended up very happy with the outfit.
Outfit 2
Dress with white, heavily beaded bodice and pale aqua chiffon skirt with white stiletto shoes

Cat was a brilliant model and totally worked it on the catwalk, as you can see in the gif below (created by the lovely Skin and Blisters – check her blog out!).

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The other bloggers also put together some gorgeous outfits (apologies for the quality of some of the pictures, it’s very hard to photograph moving models!). All the ladies were great and very stylish, you should check their blogs out!

Styled by ReeRee Rockette
Styled by Jayne J Read
Styled by Alison Tang
Styled by Sarah Ruppin

As well as the catwalk shows there were performances from Swing Patrol dancers. I got involved and did a bit of dancing too, although my friends were totally resistant, one of the dance group members was on hand to be my partner. It was loads of fun, everyone else totally missed out by not joining in!

I had to take my shoes off as they kept falling off when I was kicking :/

I had a brilliant day, even if it was a bit exhausting. I hung around the market with some of my old uni friends for the rest of the day, exploring all the stalls. If you’ve never been to Old Spitalfields Market I really recommend you do, there are so many great stalls selling brilliant handmade items by some very talented crafts-people. If I’d have had the money I could have bought a lot of stuff! In the end all I did get was a new watch necklace for £5 and some cupcakes from Flavourtown bakery – which were so good they’re going to get their own post 🙂

I wish I had the money to get up to London more often.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

Love,

Old Spitalfields Market – Pop Up Vintage Fair, Saturday November 17th

This coming Saturday (17th November 2012), Old Spitalfields Market will be hosting a Pop-Up Vintage Fair Fashion Show!

I have been invited to come along on the day to put together outfits for the fashion show alongside some other great bloggers; ReeRee Rockette, Jayne J Read, Sarah Ruppin, Alison Tang and Amy Elizabeth Hill.

The market will be open from 11am with runway shows at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and performances by Swing Patrol at 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

I am really excited about this event, but also really quite scared – I’m a big fan of the other ladies who will be styling outfits on the day and don’t really think I can even come close to what they can do!
Do let me know if you’ll be able to come along on the day and come and find me when you’re there, I think I’ll need all the moral support I can get 🙂

For more information check out the Old Spitalfields Market website or the Facebook event.

I look forward to seeing some of you there this weekend!

Love,

This is me

My name is Betty, and I’m a bit of a multiple personality Blogger. Actually, I’m just a bit of a multiple personality person.

I’m a scientist and a writer, a baker, a crafter, a WI member……..

I love shoes, make up, clothes, movies, music, lipstick, baths, biscuits, cake, cocktails, books, bed, and a whole load of other things.

I’m not fashionable and I’m not cool.

I don’t think I’m a particularly typical Blogger.

I’m not particularly skilled at being a girl, I don’t understand my skin or know how to apply eyeshadow properly.

I’m very messy.

I have really big hair (when I don’t do anything to it).

I hate exercise (doesn’t work well with the love of cake :/)

I’m usually sarcastic and often cynical – I’m trying to be less critical (mostly of myself).

Representin’ lol

Lots of Love

Is this me?

I’m not sure how long this post will stay up, but I’ve been thinking.
I love blogging, but recently I’ve not been as excited about this blog. I think the problem is that I’m not really being me. I think I’ve been too sucked in by the idea of being a beauty blogger or a fashion blogger, or some other category, when really I just want to be a me blogger. There’s so much more to me than this.

This is me. I’m not really fashionable, but I like to think I’m fun, or at least interesting!

From now on, I really aim to put more personality in my blog.
I hope you all still like it!
Love
Betty

100 followers!

I’ve been a very bad blogger lately, sorry!

Between working and my WI commitments I’ve had very little time or energy for blogging 😦 Any blog energy I have had has gone into setting up a blog for my WI, to be honest, it’s ended up looking better than this one! www.sotonettes.wordpress.co.uk
Despite my poor commitment to this blog, yesterday I passed 100 followers! I wanted to thank you all so much, from my first follower to my most recent ones. It means so much to know that you read and enjoy my blog. I’ve built up quite a lot of ideas for posts I want to write, so hopefully I’ll be a more regular blogger and deserve your following again.
In the next week or so I hope to put together a little giveaway to celebrate passing 100 followers and thank you all for your support 🙂
I hope you have been keeping well,
Love

Bournemouth Blogger Meet

Rosie (A Rosie Outlook), Emma (The Style Box),  Joe (Unlimited By JK) and myself had a bit of a chat and decided to put together a blogger’s get together down on the south coast, as a bit of a change from all the London meet-ups!
The 31st of March is a Saturday to try and allow as many of you as possible to come along. We were thinking of meeting in The Tattoo Parlour Cafe in Pokesdown some time in the afternoon (TBC), before indulging in a little shopping in some of the vintage shops in the area then onto 60 Million Postcards for drinks (cocktails!) later in the day/evening.
I’m especially looking forward to The Tattoo Parlour Cafe, an American diner style, tattoo themed cafe, joined to an actual tattoo parlour, where you can indulge in classic diner foods and milkshakes, which can even come as ‘dirty shakes’ with the addition of booze :p 
Hopefully, everyone should be able to come along and join in for at least part of the day even if you can’t stay in Bournemouth too late or get there too early!
If you need/want to stay in Bournemouth overnight and need a roomie to split the cost use our hashtag #bmouthblogmeet to find others in the same position. You can also use the hashtag to promote the event, find out who else is coming or ask any questions!
It would be great if we could get as many of you involved as possible. I’ve only been to two blogger events since I started blogging and I absolutely loved both of them! If you’re interested get in touch, what have you got to lose!?
Love
betty_leopard@hotmail.co.uk