When Twiggy came to Yorkshire

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When Twiggy Came To Yorkshire

It’s not every day you get to meet a 60’s icon, yet the other week I had the pleasure of  meeting Twiggy!

The event was held at the M&S Archive Museum in early April in Leeds and was to launch the new Twiggy Archive Collection online and in-store.

On the day 5 style-led bloggers, including myself and a whole lot of M&S loyalty card holders were treated to an archive catwalk show (which included items from the new, retro inspired Twiggy collection), afternoon tea and… wait for it.. a chance to meet the lady herself! Actual Twiggy!

On the day I donned my best baker boy hat (of course) and was feeling groovier than a fox in bell bottoms, backstage at a Beatles gig.

The day started with a catwalk show took us all back in time to bygone eras of the 20’s right through to the present day, with a particularly patterned entrance from my favourite era, the 1970s. How fabulous are the aviators in the picture? We saw some dreamy maxi dresses and hats too …We were in vintage clothing heaven! Aside from the gorgeous threads on parade, it was actually all very informative and it’s safe to say we all learnt a thing or two about how  styles and materials have evolved overtime.

 

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Actual Twiggy!
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Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair- Is It Any Good?

What can you expect from Lou Lou’s vintage fair?

Any vintage lover worth their faux fur coat will be aware of Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair. But if you have never visited before, what can you expect to find? Well my blue jean babies, you can find lots and lots of stalls stocked with vintage goodies including jewellery, kitch homeware and accessories. You can even find a hairdresser, styling up victory rolls on anyone who is game. Predominantly, though you will find retro clothing- and most of it is very, very good.

Stall holders from across the land attend the events that are held on a regular basis in town halls and event spaces-in fact Lou Lou’s visits more than 40 cities across the UK! Prices are very reasonable with items ranging around the £10-20 mark and many stalls have a sale rail too, so you can shop ’til you drop even if your purse is light.

Expect quality clothing not cheap rubbish. 70’s gowns in whimsical prints, 60’s mini dresses, winter coats and real leather bags  are waiting to be snapped up. Ideal if you want to get your hands on a piece of genuine vintage, and a real bargain and not just a bit of second hand clothing.

Events like these are always better attended with a group of your besties, not least because there’s refreshments served including cake and no vintage fair would be complete without tea in china cups. Strike it lucky and your location could even have a bar!
On occasion, as you rummage through the rails your browsing may accompanied by a rockin’, swing band so you can sing along as you spend!

Top tip for Vintage Lovers!

If you go near the end of the day you may be able to haggle an awesome deal as a few  stallholders are able to knock something off the price depending on how their day has gone.
More details, including their next Yorkshire stop off,  can be found at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair Website.

3 Easy Autumn/Winter Vintage Style Tricks

As the weather gets cooler, it’s now time to ditch the bare legs and reach for the tights. But Autumn fashion doesn’t have to be all thick jumpers and jeans.

I don’t know about you, but Autumn always gets me in the mood for knitted grandma gilets, prints and different fabrics including velvets in rusty hues that reflect the glorious colours of the great outdoors.

Autumn/ Winter is especially good for mixing and matching your fashion. Layering lends itself very well to a heavy ’70s feel, and no boho wardrobe is complete without fringing, liberty-inspired prints kitsch prints and texture overload.

So if your look is more seventies show than TOWIE, this is the season to REALLY have some fun with your fashion.

Here’s some Autumn style inspiration ideas for a versatile and very vintage season ahead.

1. A patterned shirt layered over a dress and fringed waistcoat

Floral prints don’t have to be reserved for the summer.  Instead of wearing a shirt with a skirt, layer up a old summer shirt over a dress and  add a fringed waistcoat for a fresh, new look. These two items are from Pop Boutique in Leeds.

 

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2. Ditch classic T shirts for a Folk top 

For me vintage fashion is always more folksy and relaxed, than preppy. Something like this blue and cream embroidered top can be worn with anything, in place of a summer T – shirt, and is just as good worn in the evening with a skirt as it is with jeans. Pair with a man’s black hat with some phesant feathers stuck in the side and you have a look that is not only warm but hides next-day hair too.

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3. Bag a suede coat to keep out the chill

When it’s too warm for the “big coat” but too cold to go coatless, a suede coat is perfect. Tan is such as versatile colour for Autumn/ Winter and is so much more interesting than plain black; think of it as camouflage but without the hideous print.  PS it’s not true you can’t wash suede- I washed this in a cold bath with some Woolite and it came out a treat.

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Autumn’s Essential Accessories

A Hillhouse Vintage handbag

I got this vintage beauty from Asos Marketplace favourite, Hill House vintage

From clutches to classic retro handbags, Hillhouse have a fabulous variety of retro women’s bags that are stylish, unique and full of character. This beautiful bag is just one of many vintage leather pieces that are just waiting to be discovered and most are below £30 too. (bargain!)

PLUS they are offering a 20% discount for all readers!! Just add “Style20” at the checkout.

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Pieces of silver: A daisy silver necklace*

This little gem is from Browns Jewellers, I like to support local businesses and Browns are one of the leading high street jewellers in Yorkshire. This pretty daisy necklace is just one example of some of the silver items they have one offer and is so delicate it will go with everything.  I picked this one as it’s quite 60s, its a little swirly flower made of the thinnest silver and would make a great gift idea for a sister or niece. They also do some stunning vintage pieces  including antique emerald broches and art deco pieces if you get some Christmas money and want to treat yourself to something timeless in the new year…Go on you deserve it!

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