Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Bristol Vintage Fair, Feb 21st 2010

We were off on our travels again last weekend, down to the lovely west country city of Bristol. It's a fabulous, vibrant place, and the location of a Blind Lemon Vintage Fair. It's actually only the second vintage fair we have done, so we were quite pleased with how our stall looked, with our mannequin Sylvia in a stunning fifties dress, our trusty long mirror and fabby new banner!

The morning was very busy, with lots of people enjoying a rummage in the rails and bargain bins!

We were loving the retro 1960's vibe of the Anson Rooms, the main hall of Bristol University Students' Union. Amazing chandeliers and a very cool sweeping staircase up from the lobby, just the thing to complement the vintage vibe!

We did a little shopping too, picking up some ace vintage buttons that are just crying out to become earrings, and I treated myself to a super duper Welsh themed tote bag from Plump Pudding, made from original vintage fabrics.
Our next vintage fair is in Birmingham on March 6th, and we can't wait! Maybe see you there?

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Style Icon - Miss Marple

I was going to call this post "Style Icon Of The Week", but let's be realistic here, I am so bad at keeping up my blogging that our series of style icons would soon become very overdue! So, let's call it plain old "Style Icon" and we can have a nice occasional series documenting some of the people who inspire us! I'm hoping to get Man Of Mouse, James, to do a couple of blog posts soon so we'll have some nattily dressed men gracing our dear blog too! So, our first style icon is the super sleuth of St Mary Mead, good old Miss Marple. An unusual choice, perhaps, especially given that she is a fictional character, but why be dull and just talk about filmstars and Cheryl Cole? Here are some reasons why we love this old dear-

1. She's an independant woman - never married and with no close family to speak of, she makes her way in the world using her best asset, which brings us to...

2. Her intellect - shrewd with a capital S, Marple's sharp logical mind allows her to understand the complexities of the human psyche and deduct mysteries that have the police stumped.

3. She makes being nosy an art form - what better excuse to want to know all the gossip? One day it may come in useful! Just think, "what would Miss Marple do?"

4. She is the star of some of the most gripping murder mysteries ever written, Queen Of Crime Agatha Christie brought her to the world in titles such as The Murder At The Vicarage, They Do It With Mirrors and 4.50 From Paddington.

5. She has been portrayed by some fabulous actresses, including Margaret Rutherford, Angela Lansbury, Joan Hickson and Julia McKenzie.

6. Her crisp and prim sense of style! She is always well turned out in lovely tweed suits, elegant coats and well cut skirts, with the odd brooch or necklace to complete the look. Everybody needs a bit of ladylike elegance in their wardrobes, and Miss Marple is a fabulous example of demure, traditional style.

Here are some of the Miss Marple inspired pieces from the Minimum Mouse collection...

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Jemma Dodd Photography

We recently had the pleasure of working with up and coming Birmingham based photographer Jemma Dodd. She took some ace shots featuring some of our vintage clothing and handmade jewellery, and we had lots of fun! Thanks to Jemma and all of the great models - here are a few of my favourites-

Monday, 8 February 2010

Shop Update- New Jewellery

Happy Monday everyone! Here are a few pictures of new jewellery items that will be hitting the shop this week...

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