Outfit post- Finally falling for Freddie’s

Well the title of this post says it all really… I finally found the right Freddie’s of Pinewood jeans for me. I first tried Freddie’s about three years ago- I cant even remember which model/version they were, but they just weren’t right. They weren’t high enough in the waist and therefore were extremely uncomfortable in the crotch area (!!). I was hesitant about trying them again but after me grilling a few ladies on Twitter and…

Sorting my wardrobe- Part 1

I’ve recently started reading all the blogs I follow through Bloglovin, Santa was kind and I got an iPad for Christmas and the Bloglovin app on there is brilliant. So I’m probably reading more blogs than ever before, finding new ones and rediscovering some I’d forgotten about. Anyway one post really stood out from the others recently for me- on Tasha’s blog By Gum, By Golly. If you dont already know of it then hop over…

2013 Winner Profile: Miss Bamboo

In the latest of our winner profiles, the glamorous and inspirational Miss Bamboo, aka Emma Edwards, talks to us about her inspirations, her love of vintage style and her future plans. I have been into vintage style for around thirty years since being a teenager in the early 1980′s when I was influenced by both Mod and Rockabilly subcultures.  I later discovered a love of the 1940′s and now the 40s/50s is a whole lifestyle choice for…

Men-only barbers takes Manchester by storm

Attention men of Manchester! Are you fed up getting your hair cut at one of the many stupidly trendy ‘hair salons’? Do you hark back for a traditional gentleman’s barbers with the smell of mahogany permeating the air? I have good news, chaps, for there is a new hair establishment in town, Barber Barber. So good, they named it twice. Specialising in rockabilly and traditional cuts for £24 as well as cut-throat shaves priced at £25,…

Manchester Vintage Awards Outfit

As I think some of you more regular and local to Manchester, UK readers are aware I also run VintageManchester.com, and just recently we held the second annual awards for those businesses and people who work within “vintage” in Manchester. This year we were at a venue called Manchester 235 which is a plush city centre casino… I always try to theme the event to give guests a bit of fun deciding what to wear, so…

Emerald City

The world authority on colour  and colour matching- Pantone, have declared Emerald to be the colour of 2013. Hearing this bought to mind a beautiful asymmetrical vintage Emerald green dress I sold on eBay- which I always wish I hadn’t- boohoo! “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A colour of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”- Pantone. I thought I’d pay homage to my lost Emerald dress via Dita Von Teese who wears Emerald so…

Vintage Inside & Out: The Vintage Beauty Parlour

Ok vintage aficionado’s, welcome to our fifth instalment of Vintage Inside & Out, showcasing some of the fantastic people on the vintage scene in Manchester. This time we have a real treat, the stunning Bethany Jane Davies of  The Vintage Beauty Parlour , come in, sit down, and make yourself at home… Who are you and what do you do? I’m a Vintage hair and make up artist, a vintage clothing collector and a fifties enthusiast! I love turning my clients into starlets and…

Vintage Makeover Studio In Manchester

Well what can I say- I needed 24 hours to get over my day at AltStudio’s in Manchester’s sunny Northern Quarter. But what a day! Real life actual models must be contortionists by the way as my legs are killing me this evening! And for those of you wondering about my sensitive skin and all that make-up- I prepared my face by using my prescribed creams for a couple of days beforehand then took some high strength antihistamine on the morning of the…

Style Me Vintage- Clothes Book Review

Well when this book arrived through the door for me to review I was taken aback by how tactile it was- beautiful to touch as well as to look at! Written and created by Naomi Thompson of the amazing Vintage Secret website and blog, and the UK’s first vintage personal shopper- what she doesn’t know about vintage clothing probably isn’t worth knowing! As part of the Style Me Vintage series it lends itself to those who are starting on their…

A Christmas Romance

The date was 23rd December 2007, my wedding day, and two years to the day, since our first date. So that makes today our four year wedding anniversary, and this is very slushy and romantic but my husband is my rock and my best friend. Altogether now, Ahhhhhhhh. Anyway thought I’d share a couple of photo’s of our day. My dress is actually separates and is from Fairy Gothmother. Gloves and shoes from eBay and I made the hat!…