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 🙂

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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,

Betty

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Bargain Hunting

Before you even think it, no, not the TV show. I’m sure I would be quite awful at that, the things I like other people tend not to like and I’m very bad a haggling.

Anyway, last weekend my friend Emma and I had a bit of a day out bargain hunting in Southampton.

We started off visiting the Guildhall for The Vintage Fair. I often find vintage fairs can be a bit hit and miss, there are usually some nice items at good prices as well as a lot of horrible stuff and a lot of over-priced stuff – although at least that way I suppose there is something for everyone!
In fear of a massive queue of bargain hunters I arrived early but only found a handful of other people waiting for the doors to open. It was quite nice to be able to wander round and check out all the stalls while it was still quite quiet. The main Guildhall area, which I’d pretty much only been in for gigs before, was filled with vendors selling a whole range of vintage and vintage style clothes, accessories and homewares as well as a little stand selling cupcakes and tea.
There was actually a lot of stuff that caught my eye, sadly not much of it within my extremely limited budget. I actually got so caught up in looking at things that I didn’t take very many photographs. The pictures below show a few of the things that caught my eye.

  • Fur coats – obviously. These places are usually full of fur coats, both fur and real. I’m a major sucker for fur, although don’t think I could ever buy real, even if it is vintage. If I had the money I expect I’d have a small collection of fur coats by now, but I couldn’t even afford one right now!
  • An awesome/weird ram head belt. I actually photographed this as an example of the weird shit you can see at a vintage fair, but it’s actually grown on me since.
  • Hats. I love hats! Sadly, every one I tried on was way too small for me 😦
  • So much jewellery, vintage, vintage reproduction and hand-made. Again, if I had a bigger budget I’d probably have bought tonnes.

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I actually only bought one thing from the fair, a dress to wear at the Old Spitalfields Market Pop-Up Vintage Fair event next week – which I will write more about soon. I’ll keep the dress in full under wraps until the event, but here’s a bit of a sneak peek.

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After we’d seen all the vintage fair had to offer us, we still had an itch for bargains so went on a bit of a charity shop spree. Emma found several lovely dresses, including one by Henry Holland for £10. I didn’t find any clothes but did get a lovely set of Chinese bowls and spoons for £2.99 – ok so there are four spoons but only three bowls, £2.99!!

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It’s been ages since I’ve done any proper charity shopping, it was a bit disappointing not to find any clothes – I really would love some new clothes but am working on a super limited budget in the run up to Christmas 😦 I’ve even struggled finding good stuff on eBay, my mind seems to only be drawn to expensive things lately :/

Has anyone else found any good vintage or charity shop bargains lately?

Love,

Betty

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Night in a Cheap Motel

Sorry to disappoint, but this is just a post about a dress. The dress I wore out to dinner with my boyfriend on Saturday night.
It’s the Motel Belinda Dress in Leopard, that I picked up on asos.com while it was on sale with the addition of student discount an free delivery. A very cheap Motel (dress) indeed.
I love the dress in its own right, but love it even more because it’s a Small, it fits me and makes me look super slim (even when I’ve eaten way more than I should have done!).
I didn’t want to over dress it, so just wore it with black tights (thermal as it was a reasonably cold night), my favourite black heels (because they’re versatile and easy to walk in). a black belt and my lovely silver locket (present from the boyfriend).

Motel also do a playsuit in the same fabric, which I really want – hopefully it’ll still be available when I have enough money for it!

Anyone else pick up any bargains lately? Or invest in something not so cheap?

Love,

ZOMG Lipstick Launch Bloggers’ Party

Beware, some parts of this blog may not be suitable for work, but should you really be reading blogs at work anyway? :p

Sorry I’ve been a bit absent again. I was working so hard last week as I’ve still got so much work to get through and I wanted to make sure I’d done enough to allow myself some time off to head up to London yesterday for the ZOMG Bloggers’ Bash! An event run in honour of the new ZOMG lipstick created by Zozo of The London Lipgloss (awesome blogger) and ReeRee Rockette, the genius behind Rockalily Lipsticks (fantastic lipstick range).
I wasn’t one of the ones specially selected and invited, but I got myself on the waiting list and found an invite drop into my inbox about 2 weeks ago. I was really excited. Ok, I was pretty nervous too but mostly excited, especially looking at the fabulous list of other bloggers who were already attending 🙂

I spent ages worrying about my outfit. As I’ve already mentioned, I have been working on making a dress and hoped to wear that. I finally got all the pieces sewn together by the Saturday but didn’t try it on until the Sunday, and unfortunately it needed adjustments that I just didn’t have time to do 😦 So, in a little bit of a last minute panic, I raided my wardrobe and found a lovely royal blue dress that I haven’t worn in years and had almost forgotten I had! It fitted all my requirements; smart in a glamorous sort of way, sleeves to keep out the cold (and cover up my nasty arms) and a good length so I didn’t feel too exposed while wandering around London on my own. Plus, when I paired it with my awesome fur collar/scarf that I got for Christmas, it had a nice sort-of-vintage feel, and I had shoes that matched 🙂

I kept my make-up pretty simple. Just my usual black flicked eyeliner and mascara with a neutral lipgloss on my lips. I know it was a lipstick launch and it felt a bit strange to go not wearing any, but I just wasn’t convinced that I had a colour of lipstick that would be suitable with the blue of the dress :/

I headed into London all by myself, which was nerve wracking enough on it’s own! Once I arrived at Paddington I made a brief stop at Krispy Kreme to gather my composure and get some sugar inside me. They have just launched their new Valentines themed donuts; I had the Double Chocolate Cheesecake heart shaped donut, but there is also a White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake version.

Anyway, after that little distraction I made my way to the tube and then onto the venue; The Distillers Pub in West Smithfield. It was a great venue actually, deceptively big, so it held a lot of people whilst still feeling quite small and friendly. The decor was awesome, with a beautifully papered ceiling, uber glam chandeliers and a big sweeping staircase! Although, as I say, it was bigger than it looked, the place was still packed out with bloggers, chatting, drinking and getting involved in all the activities. I grabbed my name badge, made a guess at the number of lip shaped sweets in the jar (in the end I was WAY out) and picked up my ‘bloggers bingo card’.
There was a whole range of activities going on, including vintage hair styling, cupcake decorating, hats from Little Miss B and wigs from Wonderland Wigs to try on and mess around with! The crowd was really eclectic, which was nice, with lots of vintage and rockabilly styled ladies and some beautiful hair and clothes! As much as there were some beautiful more mainstream fashions on display, I do love the rockabilly look.
At first I felt very out of my depth. I arrived only about 5 minutes after the start time, but the whole place was already in full swing and everyone seemed to have already grabbed someone to talk to! I wandered around a bit like a lost child for a good while before I decided to head for the bar! One large glass of house white, £4.95, not too bad for London.
Eventually, I found my feet and got talking to some people, thanks to the bingo card! The idea was to meet people who fitted various criteria on your card, like ‘Someone who has their name in their blog name’ or ‘Someone who publishes using WordPress’. Then you put their name in the box and when you had completed two lines you put your card into a draw to win prizes! Brilliant idea in my book 🙂
As I grew in confidence I found myself talking to more and more people and met some great ladies, including Bethany of Arched Eyebrow, Annie from EpiphannieA, Camille from Camille Over the Rainbow, Jennie from Fancy Dresscapades, L from Good Morning Angel, Amy from L’Amour Et La Mariage and Lexi, the lady behind Rockabetty Studios as well as meeting up with Aimee from Dream In Colour who I had already met at the Xmas Bloggers Bash in Bristol. Honestly, I don’t think I could have got chatting to a nicer group of ladies anywhere else in the world, with such varied styles, backgrounds and careers, but a shared love of clothes, make-up and blogging. It was especially nice to find a fellow scientist in Jennie and to meet Lexi as I’ve followed Rockabetty Studios on Facebook for ages and think their pin-up photography is amazing (when I can afford it I am totally doing it!). In the end I had such a good time chatting that I took hardly any photos, hopefully other people have and I will be able to link to those.
Later in the evening there was also a couple of burlesque performances from Rubyyy Jones (**NSFW**) and Banbury Cross (**NSFW**). They were both beautiful and put on great, but very different performances. Rubyyy had quite a modern and comical routine based around talking to a man online and stripping on webcam for him, while Banbury had a more classical burlesque strip-tease that fitted perfectly with her stunning Marilyn Monroe looks. I’ve never seen a live burlesque performance before but I was blown away by the confidence of these ladies!

Clockwise from top left; Rockalily Lipsticks, Chandelier, Vintage hair styling, Cupcake decorating
The Beautiful Miss Banbury Cross

The final part of the night was the bingo prize draw, with great prizes donated from a range of great businesses including Little Miss B, Pip Jolley and Illamasqua. I was lucky enough to be drawn as the winner of a lovely necklace donated by Pip Jolley!

My Pip Jolley Necklace prize!

I had such a lovely evening, I can’t believe I ever considered not going (I did nearly chicken out)! It was such a great event, organised by great ladies for a great lipstick! It was such a friendly, sociable event, with a wonderfully selected guest list, fun activities that really got everyone involved and the blogger bingo was a really inspired idea. I only wish I had more hair so I could have got involved in the vintage hair styling!
I am so grateful for being invited and for having the opportunity to socialise with other bloggers. I really want to thank ReeRee and Zoe for throwing such a fantastic party and all the ladies who helped make the event so much fun.
If you are a blogger then I really recommend you try and get involved in some blog events; everyone gets nervous but it always works out for the best! I’m currently trying to decide if I can go to TOWIB in a few weeks time.
I am too poor to be able to own a Rockalily lipstick myself at the moment, but I’ve never heard a bad word about their lipsticks, from the colours to the packaging to the wear. You should definitely check them out here.

I hope you are well, I will really try and blog again this week 🙂
Love,
Betty
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My Weekend (Mostly) In Pictures: Cake-Pops and Clothes

I decided to give myself a break from work over the weekend and get involved in some things I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

On Saturday, I broke out my cakepop maker, that my sister bought me for Christmas. It wasn’t the first time I’ve used it, but I didn’t take pictures last time! I’m really impressed with it. It’s so simple to use and cooks so quickly. I like cakepops, they’re really cute, but I’ve never been able to get them right with the crumbled cake and frosting method. This bypasses that and just cooks the cake mix into a ball shape! So there’s less faffing around making the cake balls and more time for decorating!
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My Cake Pop Maker
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Tiny Spherical Cakes
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Jammy Cake Pops

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I added some sprinkles into the cake mix for fun, putting little colourful flecks throughout the cake 🙂 I’m still experimenting with decoration. Last time I tried standard icing, which didn’t work at all, fondant icing, which worked but was very time consuming and melted dark chocolate, which was the easiest. This time I tried vegan white chocolate, which I was initially disappointed with, but looked better when set, chocolate frosting, which was messy but worked and just rolled in sugar, which was very easy! The ones rolled in sugar also had jam inside, which I did using my new fancy injector nozzle for my piping bag 🙂
That wasn’t the end of my cake related activity. On Saturday evening we went to a 30th birthday party that had a kid’s party theme. There were so many sweets, treats, snacks and cakes! I came away with this beautiful cupcake (I was too full to eat it on the night!), which has further inspired me to improve my cupcake decorating skills.

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On Sunday, I moved from baking onto sewing, and got back to work on the dress that I started ages ago! Ideally, I’m hoping to wear it to ZOMGbloggersbash next Monday, but I’m not sure I’m going to get it finished on time. I’d already cut out most of the pattern pieces, so it was mostly just sewing the pieces together, which is quite nerve racking as I’m not the most accomplished seamstress (my most used tool is my seam ripper!). It took me quite a while to get started, but managed to sew together most of the top, both the sleeves and the skirt before I was hit with a mega headache and had to stop. I’ve been taking pictures along the way and will write a blog post about the whole process when I’m done.
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I’m making the long sleeved version 🙂
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My silver chick pincushion, a present from my grandparents

After lying down for a few hours, dosing myself up with paracetamol and then stuffing myself with pizza, I felt a bit better. We spent the evening with out recently engaged friends, talking weddings, playing board games and eating apple and blackberry pie. It was a really lovely end to a great weekend 😀

Finally, I wanted to welcome all my new followers and thank you all for reading my blog!
Hopefully I won’t be too busy with work to post again this week.
Lots of Love,
Betty
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Brand Feature: Collectif Hilda Capris in Leopard Print

I’m quite excited about this, my first proper brand feature and for a brand I already really love; Collectif.
The lovely Tara at Collectif sent me these Leopard Print Capris to try out and review for you all.

If you don’t know about Collectif already; they are an independent clothing retailer specialising in vintage 40’s and 50’s style clothing with a rockabilly/pin-up influence. Basically, right up my street!
I already have quite a few items from Collectif in my wardrobe, mainly cardigans (and mainly leopard print!). I discovered the brand years ago now, when I first dipped my toe into the leopard print pond and bought a red leopard cardigan from them. Since then my love for leopard print, and Collectif, has grown. When I had to select a short wishlist of items I was spoilt for choice and it actually took quite a while for me to whittle my selection down.
Having never tried any trousers from Collectif before, I was a little apprehensive about how they would fit. I went for a size 12, but was partly tempted to go for a 14 as they looked pretty tightly fitted on the model on the website and my bum and hips can cause problems in size 12 trousers if they’re tight. I needn’t have worried though, they fit perfectly; skinny in the leg (as they should be) but not too tight around the top. The material is really soft with some stretch, and they’re just generally comfy, and there aren’t many of my decent trousers I can say that about!
The trousers do up at the side with a zip, but have decorative button details on the hip and at the bottom of the leg.  I really like the buttons and they definitely contribute to the vintage feel. There’s probably not much point in commenting on the print, as my love of leopard print has been pretty well documented by now! Not that it would make much difference to me, but I believe animal prints are still going to be a feature for spring fashions. The leopard print is also picked out in flock as well as being printed, which definitely adds to the soft feel of the fabric. I tried really hard to capture it in a picture, it wasn’t easy, but I think I just about got it.

Button Details and Attempting to Capture the Flock Pattern

In order to properly show off the trousers too you, I got a little silly and gave myself my own one-girl photo shoot to try out a couple of different looks.

Striking a few poses in an everyday sort of outfit
For warmer weather (when it comes!)

Wrapped up for colder times

I have to say, trying all this on made me realise that my wardrobe is a little black heavy at the moment, and that just won’t do for spring. These outfits are just a very small example of how to work these trousers. I think they can be really flexible and fit in with a lot of different looks. 1950’s retro styling should still be a feature for SS12, so you could stick with the 50’s rockabilly look, teaming them with a gypsy top or an embroidered shirt (check out the selection on the Collectif site). Alternatively, you could bring them bang up to date with some of the new trends for SS12. They’d look great with a pale, maybe cream blouse (something with a peter pan collar? or sleeveless?) or a t-shirt in a pastel shade, maybe even a crop top, if you’re brave enough to bare your midriff (I’m not!).
I’m wearing heels in most of the pictures, because my legs look better that way, but the trousers look equally good with flats, maybe some brogues, I still really want a pair of brogues.

The capris are available on the Collectif website in 5 colours (Brown, Leo, Red, Leo Red and Snow Leo) and cost £35.
Notice I now have a pretty Collectif button in my side bar, so you can click straight through to their page any time you like 🙂 They have a lot of new prints coming in for the spring season too, so keep your eyes peeled for those. I’m expecting some Hawaiian/Tiki style prints, and hopefully some new uses of leopard print!

I’d love to hear if you have any other creative suggestions for outfits using these trousers!
Love,
Betty
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WIWT: Winter Warmer

What I wore today, when I went ice skating with Pete.
I bought this outfit last week, all from Dorothy Perkins as they had up to 30% of everything. I have been a bit in need of some new jeans and have also had an eye out for an awesome snuggly winter jumper/cardigan to keep me warm as the weather gets colder.

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I am so in love with this cardigan. It’s soft and warm and cosy and exactly the right size (ie, slightly oversized). I think I am probably going to end up living in this over the winter months. I had had my eye on it for a while, but wasn’t sure it was worth the money, but it totally is. I’m even considering getting a second one.
The stripy top is also reasonably thick and warm, plus has gold sparkly threads running through it, making it a bit festive.
I had a bit of trouble with the jeans. I really like them, come on, they’re leopard print!! However, when I tried them on they were really tight, even though they’re a size 12. I was pretty upset and sulked all night afterwards. The next day I headed straight into the city centre to try on the size 14, with the expectation of having to exchange, even though I really wasn’t happy about the idea of wearing size 14 jeans 😦 Anyway, long story short, when I tried on the size 14 they were much too big and were baggy in all the wrong places and just totally unflattering. So I’ve stuck with the size 12. They’re still a little on the tight side, but I’m hoping they might give a little with wear, and I also need to get back on my exercise regime. Fingers crossed.
I’m especially going to love this outfit as it might be the last new outfit I get to buy for a while 😦

Have you picked up any awesome items in the recent spate of reductions/offers that retailers have been running?

Love,
Betty
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