6 tips for styling up a Boho wedding


The sun shone down on our picturesque church, overlooking the lush green Yorkshire countryside this August bank holiday and the guests started to filter in. The scene was set for our big day.

My vintage, transport to the church was a 1970s, dark red Daymler, driven by my dad’s best mate KC .  He made quite the dapper driver in his pink, linen suit and almost stole the show as we pulled up to All Saints in Kirkby Overblow.

The nerves really started to kick in as they played the bridal march as I waited at the entrance then made my way to join Derek at the front. Friends and family were a complete blur as I walked down the aisle.. I just remember thinking it would be just typical of me, if I were to trip over my super long veil!

Following the ceremony we arrived at Wharfedale Grange for the reception. We spent two days decorating it, and have to admit it did look soooo good with the lace drapes, hanging ivy and coloured bunting. Alas, the sun didn’t last and it poured with rain, but nobody seemed to mind as the good times rolled.

Our band The After Hours Quintet played mashed up Jazz, and classic rock well into the small hours, creating an unbelievable atmosphere. We partied hard in a swirling rainbow-coloured dancefloor, surrounded by twinkling lights that looked looked like stars; it was electric. Great music, great guests and awesome memories; we couldn’t have asked for more. It was the best day or our lives.

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In my dads vintage Daymler driven by his best mate!

Here’s a few of things we did for our DIY wedding. Even if you don’t live in Yorkshire it may provide some help and inspiration if you are thinking of taking the plunge!

  1. Find a field and a teepee These two things alone provide a perfect blank canvas and will look totally stunning with very little else. We went with Totally Tipi and Wharfedale grange. Two tipi tents were enough for 100 guests; cosy and intimate without being cramped.
  1. Create a top table backdrop with a lace tablecloth One way to decorate your venue for very little cost and maximum effect, is to create areas of interest with drapes. Originally I wanted a backdrop to disguise the music equipment. Totally Tipi put up a wooden frame and I hung a lace tablecloth and dreamcatcher onto it. This ended up creating the most stunning DIY backdrop behind the top table and a real focal point.
  1. Go for a 20s or 70s vintage dress to match Glory days vintage in York provided me with the most stunning heavy satin, 20s style dress, cathedral length veil and headpiece. The design was a silk “Zena” dress from their Rolling In Roses collection and as the 20s is closely linked to the 70s in style, it was perfect for a boho wedding.
  1. Green ivy to complement and save on cost The good thing about dark greens is you get more bang for your buck as they look really full and a little goes along way. Our top table hanging piece was actually made from on a cheese board! I also made hanger from branches for the centre of the room and covered it with more lush dark green hanging ivy.
  1. Collect lace and throws early to fill your space on a budget Start collecting a year before, you will be grateful you did. I used a lot of lace from Ebay and markets. I didn’t use all of it but it didn’t matter as the cost was minimal. Plus it was lots of fun rummaging through everything as your ideas and plan starts to come together.
  1. Ethnic touches and fringing to finish I used a vintage fringed shawl at the front of our top table and placed Moroccan lanterns either side. We hired these as they are expensive to buy. Our bunting was from a Thai shop on Etsy and the purple fringing hanging above was a simple trim brought from a haberdashery. Anything Moroccan/ ethnic and fringed works really well with a boho theme.



Some useful advice 

  • Don’t forget the little things You have hired people to do the job, but you will have to be on top of everything such as glass hire, cutlery, and drinks. Suppliers are there for advice but they are all individual providers. So unless you have a wedding planner it’s down to you to remember the details. Have a broad plan and build on it.
  • Consider a partial wedding planner It’s really important you have someone to co- ordinate on the day. You may be drinking (a lot) you don’t want to think about topping up wine, organising the first dance and cake cutting, these are the important details you don’t need to worry about on the day itself. A partial planner is there on the day and typically meets you 6 weeks before.
  • Don’t get hung up on the weather In a teepee or marquee cooler weather can be a blessing in disguise. Everyone came in saw the band and we were able to crack on with the fire pit without everyone being too warm. Grey skies work well on photos too, because you aren’t squinting in the sunlight.
  • Consider a DIY DJ Kit for background music If you have a band and DJ what about background music for the food before they arrive? We hired a DIY DJ kit and plugged in our itunes so we could love all the music- not just some of it. Sod the harps, during our food our playlist was Hayseed Dixie; banjo covers of classic rock. We wanted something lively when people were eating their hogroast and it was damn good.
  • Fag canapé gazebo tent– just really useful if it rains.




Monsoon kids flower girl dresses
Ebay head bands with Monsoon dresses
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A cheeseboard used for hanging flowers and a lace tablecloth backdrop!

Fringed Shawl used as a centre piece

Home made twig hanger
Home made hanger using branches from the garden




Hand Painted “Good Vibes” Sign by me
Outside the Potting Shed at Wharfedale Grange
Glory Days Vintage Bridal Gown
In the Orchard wearing Glory Days vintage


The After Hours Quintet doing their thing


Fire pit in the tipi
Fire pit to toast marshmallows





Special thanks to Photographer – Natasha Cadman , Partial Wedding planner Angela Jackson, Totally Tipi, Bar Hire Solutions, Hayley at Glory Days Vintage and Claire Thomas for the flowers.  Any questions get in touch!

How to do office fashion with a vintage twist


Office wear. The very thought used to make me sink into my kaftan on a Sunday night – what shall I wear to work tomorrow??

For women, traditionally the corporate office dress code usually meant a strict and somewhat limiting combo of shirt and Next navy trouser suit, or shirt and pencil skirt.  If you personal style is vintage, it can mean a trade off between abiding by this conservative dress code, which can leave you feeling unlike yourself or wearing something inappropriate or worse- frumpy.

Unless you work in the fashion or vintage industry, the last thing your boss wants is Janice Joplin’s sister waltzing through the office door on a Monday morning. So just how do you do tailored work wear if your usual style is more quirky than corporate?

Today work-wear is more relaxed, tattoos are even considered more acceptable and jeans are common especially if you work in digital. Yet some sort of tailoring is still essential if you want to keep that professional edge.

For me the easiest way to do work wear is by basing your look around one modern white tailored shirt. Simple and structured; it and goes with anything and everything. Then simply mix and match with different accessories, patterns and textures to give it a vintage vibe.


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Work wear inspiration and ideas

Tailoring Threads:

  1. A classic small men’s white oxford shirt from Savile row

Men’s shirts fit better than women’s and they are often better quality. Borrow your boyfriends then don’t give it back. You will look so good in it he won’t even mind.

  1. A velvet blazer in a rich jewelled colours

A vintage velvet blazer in any colour, smartens up any office look and can be thrown over more or less anything. The velvet adds a luxury twist and is a bit different to the usual black or navy. I have about 5 velvet blazers in a multitude of jewelled colours, but my favourite is this dreamy paisley pattern.

  1. A thin pure silk psychedelic scarf

If Marc Bolan worked in an office he would have worn something like this. Worn tucked under your shirt with the collar slightly open its a twist on the classic and won’t have you feeling like you are wearing your old school shirt.

  1. Masculine statement shoes

I have finished my outfit with these western pixie boots, however having a pop of colour wherever possible, just makes life (and your outfit) more interesting and where better than on your shoes. These delicious bespoke double monk shoes are ones I had made by Grenson shoes and would look just as good with this blazer and shirt combo. Who says women have to just wear a court shoe to work?





No tailoring piece would be complete without giving my man a mention, Derek you are the king of modern tailoring. Here he is rocking double breasted luxe and versatile grey in GQ street style SS 16.  Fresh from Savile row, this cheeky snap was featured in the same shoot as model David Gandy no less!!

And gent’s there’s plenty of other dapper chaps from London Collection Men’s for plenty of suit-spiration.

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Photo: Robert Spangle GQ


7 tips for serious charity shop bargain hunting

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I admit it. I am addicted to the rummage and devoted to the thrill. My name is Fran and I am a dedicated follower of charity chic.

There’s just something about the rows and rows of different clothes in a thrift store, that present a unique fashion challenge. It’s the promise of finding that hidden gem, that has me hooked. Age Concern, Sue Ryder, Oxfam or British Heart Foundation, to me they are treasure troves of unloved items looking for a new lease of life. Could this shop be the one where I find that well- made vintage one off?

Aside from this, there’s something rather satisfying about wearing said item and replying smugly to a colleague where they ask you where they got it. *Oh this? Yes it only cost me £3 isn’t it great!”

Over the years found some exceptional examples. This is not about finding a Primark top and buying it because its £1. This is about finding that tailored vintage velvet jacket, a sweater made from cashmere of the silkiest weave, or that delicately embroidered linen dress.

Gone are the days when stores are like jumble sales. Now many have whole floors dedicated to vintage, they are becoming better merchandised, with some taking on a distinct boutique-like interior.

I regularly go vintage shopping with a friend of mine, Laura from Grandma Eileen’s online vintage and we always find charity shops to be a huge source of good stock, as well as additions for our own wardrobes. Here we are in Sue Ryder York.


Here’s 7 tips for being a better bargain hunter

  1. Don’t just buy it because it’s cheap. Sorry to start with the obvious but this golden rule of thrifting is worth reiterating. Remember it’s about quality. Before you get carried away with the low cost and start piling the jersey tops in your arms. STOP. Take some time to hunt and enjoy it.
  2. Double check the quality. Buying a worn or tatty item isn’t being savvy. Check for stains and look for materials like wool, leather, or original denim Levis and well structured blazers that fit you like a glove prise du viagra.
  3. Don’t forget online. Can’t find what you are looking for? Did you know Oxfam has an online store? Why yes they do and it’s a peach.
  4. Get over the mothball smell. We all love new clothes. The un-faded pristine cut of 100% silk top but when it comes to charity stores you have to adjust your attitude. If it’s quality then invest in dry cleaning it. It will still be cheaper than if you had brought it brand new.
  5. Check out the homewares– Your up-cycled home would look lovely with some blue and white patterned china vase, or pretty wooden side table just waiting to be painted in aqua green. Tempted? Then don’t forget the bric-a- brac section.
  6. Check the labels. If you look hard enough you could stumble upon something that a few weeks ago was hanging on the rails in Harrods. I come across both Vivienne Westwood and Amanda Wakeley on my travels.
  7. Location, location, location- Typically the thrift stores in a “well to do” area will have more designer items or real vintage than than somewhere else . It is known that Victoria Beckham donated many an item to her local charity store. Imagine the stampede on that day.

Let’s not forget that the fundamental benefit of charity shopping is of course charity. Statistics show that every year charity shops raise £110 million and thankfully the number of stores opening is on the increase. But they always need stock so instead of binning your unwanted clobber and it sitting in landfills, please drop it off at your local store. This simple, small gesture, helps these organisations do big things.  Charity shops and all your volunteers I take my (second hand) hat off to you!



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