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Easter Sale

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And here are some recent additions to the shop for spring…

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1960s candy stripe cotton shirtwaist dress

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Easter chick hand-knitted cardigan

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Strawberry milkshake cotton sweater

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1990s brown floral button down dress

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White cotton pintuck sleeveless blouse

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Pistachio peter pan collar blouse

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Madras check sleeveless sun dress

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1960s psychedelic shell top

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Cornflower simple sweater

For all of these items and many more, please visit Human Sea Vintage.

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Vogue Street Chic

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I still cannot believe that I was recently stopped in the street and snapped for Vogue’s online monthly ‘Steet Chic’ feature. I was wearing my work uniform and looking rather worse for wear: dashing through the traffic of Great Malborough Street on my lunch break and swinging a supermarket carrier bag. Not that I am complaining, however, as it would be an understatement to say it made my day!

You may see the full gallery for April here.

And in case you are interested in the components of my work uniform, I am wearing Marks and Spencers 5/8 length trousers, American Apparel blouse, thrifted cardigan worn back to front, thrifted bag, very worn out out Topshop shoes and my much loved H&M coat.

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Venice Pt. II

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Trench: L.K Bennett
Grey Jumper: COS
Vintage 1960s Blouse: Thrifted
Tapestry Skirt: Orla Kiely
Tights: Topshop
Vintage Ferragamo Pumps: Reboot Vintage

Better late than never, here is the final instalment of pictures from my October Venice trip. The memories are becoming a little hazy now so I shall let the pictures do the talking.

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Photos by Jian Wei.

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Recent Vintage Finds

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I haven’t shared any recent finds for a while, however – trips to Brighton, Norwich, King’s Lynn and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Furniture Fair in Bethnal Green – have provided me with ample shopping opportunity for vintage treats.

First up is the beautiful 1940s plastic and raffia handbag above. I chanced upon it when shopping in Snooper’s Paradise in Brighton with Kerry and Olivia and was instantly taken with its unusual frame, chunky plastic chain handle and wearable, neutral colour. After a couple of minutes’ deliberation, the bag was mine for £20. I can’t wait to team it with vintage dresses on sunny days but, equally, I feel it has a contemporary, slightly Marni-esque, feel about it which makes me love it all the more.

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I have been hoping to fill my flat with macrame hangers and trailing plants for a long time and so snapped up this one for £12 at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green. I have seen them selling for less on Etsy but this one was just the shape and size I had in mind and I found the perfect plant to home in it later the same day.

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These pretty glass 1940s buttons were found at a flea market in Brighton and cost £5. The dealer had such a fantastic collection it was difficult to leave with just one set! I have so many sewing plans I know they would look adorable on but I think I will struggle to bring myself to cut them from the card.

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This dress has to be one of my greatest ever finds simply because I got it for free! When I initially spotted it on a bargain rail outside a vintage shop in Brighton, the dress had a giant rip in the front where the skirt had come away from the bodice. Confident I would be able to repair the damage, I inquired inside as to whether the shopkeeper would consider knocking a few pounds of and was a little taken aback – yet thrilled! – when he told me to ‘just take it away, it shouldn’t even be for sale.’ I have since washed and repaired the lovely 1950s cotton dress which just so happens to fit me like it was made for me and also goes perfectly with the 1940s handbag. I love it when things just come together of their own accord.

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I could resist this little 1960s hand-painted fish dish found in a £5 rummage box at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Furniture Fair. I couldn’t understand how it had found its way into the box as it is in mint condition has lots of character.

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These two little kitties were a £2 charity shop find in my home town of King’s Lynn. At first I couldn’t decide if I truly wanted them and so went home without them, however, my mum telephoned the charity shop the next morning to put them aside so I could rush back in for them. They are a true bargain and now sit either end of one of my bookshelves.

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I love this cross-hatched range of 1950s crockery and so snapped up these pastel side plates for £1 each at an antiques centre on a church in the middle of Norwich.

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The porridge scoop on the left was a £4.50 find at The Old Granary Antiques in King’s Lynn. I love finding old kitchen utensils in pristine condition without the paint flaking or the metal tarnished. The plant pot was a mere 99p in another King’s Lynn charity shop. It was made in the former West Germany and I usually encounter this design in dark oranges and reds so was was pleased to find this little yellow example as it compliments the other tones I already have in my lounge.

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This amazing midcentury packaging actually contains dusters despite appearing to be a record. It is covered in corny puns such as ‘Ivan Easytime with the Fluffy Four’ and I just love the design of the beatnik housewives and their pointy boobs! I seem to be unintentionally acquiring more and more vintage packaging  including boardgames, clothes pegs, and today… an empty shoebox. Where will this end?

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I was delighted to be invited recently to the Liberty London Scarf Styling Breakfast. Although only able to attend briefly before heading off to work, it was truly wonderful to capture these pictures of the scarf displays within the opulent confines of the Heritage Suite.

Featuring archival and seasonal designs, Liberty’s range of scarves is luxurious, vibrant and printed on the finest silks, modal blends and cashmere. The prints are hypnotically intricate and become increasingly abstract when twisted, plaited and knotted together - as demonstrated by the scarves team – to form all manner of turbans, bows and headbands.

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The scarf styling demonstration was complimented by adorable mini pastries, fruit platters and tea and coffee from Café Liberty.

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There are so many quirky neo-gothic features scattered about the famous 1920s Tudor Revival building, such as this charming stained glass monk I spotted as soon as I entered the room!

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Liberty London scarves make truly special gifts and are something to be treasured forever. With Mother’s Day just around the corner, a browse of the full collection is a must.

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Horniman Museum and Gardens

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Vintage 1950s Coat: Breanne Faouzi
Vintage Check Skirt: Rokit
Scarf, Gloves and Bag: & Other Stories
Shoes: (Old) Topshop

On Monday, Jian Wei and I set out to explore the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, after reading about it on Earworm and Plum Pudding. I was also excited to be able to wear this perfect pink 1950s coat that I bought for a snip from Breanne Faouizi – an extremely pretty vintage shop on Etsy. It has been sitting in my wardrobe for a while, as it just felt too spring-like to be a sensible option for winter, until I paired it with the colour grey and it instantly became more wearable.

The scarf and gloves were a half-price sale find from & Other Stories, so good I also bought them in pale pink, and the leather bag was also impossible to leave behind. I hadn’t been planning on buying a bag but the boxy shape and simple clasp on this one left me feeling confident of its timelessness. The check full skirt was found in the Covent Garden branch of Rokit and is a surprisingly versatile piece.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a truly hidden gem in the oft-maligned borough of Lewisham. Featuring the ideal combination of a natural history museum, botanical gardens and an unrivalled view of London, it is the perfect place to spend a day without having to battle with the crowds of the museums of Central London. I can’t wait to return in the spring to witness the gardens blossoming into life and to explore the museum’s eclectic collections further. As you can see, I went slightly overboard with the photographs in this post but there were just too many simultaneously enchanting and macabre spectacles to share.

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