Monthly Archives: May 2012

If you go down to the woods today…

Cream vintage dress

Another day, another glorious dollop of sunshine! I’m currently getting ready for my trip to London/France, but before I go, I wanted to do an outfit post to show of my latest find, and my new ‘do!

I only get my hair cut about twice a year, so I always like to experiment a bit, and this time I decided to embrace my inner redhead, what d’ya think? I don’t know about you, but on the morning of the day I’m due to go to the hairdressers, I always think my hair is great and that I shouldn’t change it. That must just be pre-haircut jitters though, as I’m always pleased with the end result!

The cream dress is one I bought at the Bristol Vintage Fair at Portland Square last year. Today seemed like the ideal day to wear it, and I’ve paired it with this fantastic wicker picnic basket I found at Bristol Flea Market a couple of weeks ago. I managed to get it for a fiver, but as half of one of the leather straps is missing, and the buckles are extremely rusty, I might have to use this as a storage solution rather than it’s intended use!

*Edit* There were a few more photos to come, but since WordPress/The Internet and this particular blog post don’t seem to be playing nicely today, this is your lot. Definitely going to take a leaf out of @Hayles‘ book and make the effort to start writing my posts in Notepad first in future!

Cream dress

Vintage cream dress and wicker picnic basket

My new hair

My new hair!

Anyone for a picnic?

Anyone for a picnic?

Turquoise toes

Turquoise toes


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Sunshine and blue skies

  • THE WEATHER. Quite obviously, as a weather-obsessed Brit (I think it’s in our blood to discuss the weather at every opportunity) it would be foolish of me not to mention the glorious sunshine in this week’s RTW post. I hope you’re reading this in your garden/sat in the park/while eating an ice cream and have had a wonderful week soaking up the sun.
  • Fashion Says Stitched. I finally got around to editing my photos from UWE’s graduate fashion show this week. If any of you missed it, you can read the post here.
  • Packing. Just to be clear, the actual logistics of packing doesn’t rock my week, but I am excited because I’m going on holiday to France soon. Before I go I’m stopping off in London for a few days, so if anyone has any recommendations for exhibitions/events/activities that are a must-see in the capital right now, let me know : )

Oxfam Fashion blog

  • Finally… I have some exciting news to share. A while ago I entered a competition run by Oxfam Fashion to find a new Oxfam Fashion blogger, and I found out on Thursday that I won! I’m chuffed to bits as it’s a fantastic charity and I’ve found so many fab bloggers through the site, including Roz and Kat. I’m looking forward to writing about vintage clothes, charity shop finds and lots more over the next few months.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below and don’t forget to give me your London recommendations…


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Fashion Says Stitched

Anna Jauncey

The Trinity Centre sets the scene for Anna Jauncey’s collection

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Fashion Says Stitched, the fashion show and exhibition hosted by UWE’s graduating fashion students. The night, held at the stunning Trinity Centre, represented the culmination of three years of hard work for the students, whose disciplines include knitwear, styling, illustration and print. As an ex student myself, I’m familiar with the blood, sweat and tears that will have gone into creating each collection.

The ground floor of the building was dedicated to the fashion students who focused their final year studies on illustration, photography, styling, print and textiles. Sheets of chipboard displayed fabric samples, ink illustrations and photographs. Influences such as Martin Parr, Meadham Kirchhoff and Martin Margiela were clear, as were print in every form: digital, screen prints, geometric and tribal gave every corner of the exhibition a jolt of colour. I was particularly taken with the work of Karolina Stitilyte, who used a muted colour pallete and dolls made out of wooden pegs to create some beautiful prints and laser cut fabrics.

Karolina Stitilyte

Karolina Stitilyte’s prints and styling felt very fresh and exciting

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

Laser cut swatches by Karolina Stitilyte

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

A student projects their illustrations onto a chipboard backdrop

Charlotte James

Styling by Charlotte James

Fashion Says Stitched exhibition

Prints are displayed using white wooden chairs and doors

After grabbing a drink I headed upstairs to take a seat in the huge room housing the catwalk. The Trinity Centre was once a church, and its stunning arched windows and stained glass remain in tact, even though it’s now used for everything from plays and gigs to indoor picnics.

Over 40 students showed their collections and the catwalk, and the result was a diverse mix of prints, fabric manipulation, tailoring and colour palettes. Unfortunately my camera was playing up (yeah, yeah, a bad workman always blames her tools and all that) so I couldn’t capture the collections in all their glory, but the best shots of the bunch are below.

Standout collections for me included Niccole Thompson‘s mesnwear line featuring a deliciously autumnal palette and simple but excellently executed garments, Molly Petts‘ 50s-inspired silhouettes and candy colours. Sophie Borton used a mix of clashing 70s style prints, Stella McCartney-esque black sheer polka dot fabric and florals to create a modern, youthful collection (see more of her work here with fellow designer, Emma Fudge, photographed by Matthew Lord) and Alexia Longman used LED lights in her men’s monochrome jacket.

It was exciting to witness the future of British fashion and I was blown away by the finishing of the garments – almost all the collections were polished, with great attention to detail. I look forward to seeing where each designer, stylist, photographer and illustrator ends up working, and what they do next after graduation and GFW.

Hannah Rowe

Layers and draping from Hannah Rowe

Grace Yaker Ekall

Geometric prints by Grace Yaker Ekall

Ellen Watson

Shades of cream, plum and gold from Ellen Watson

Niccole Thompson

Ethically conscious menswear by Niccole Thompson

Molly Petts

Molly Petts used pastel colours in her collection

Sophie Borton

Clashing prints by Sophie Borton


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…


  • Family. This week I spent some time down South with my parents. It was lovely to catch up with my family, not to mention be cooked for and not have to worry about grown up things like fixing the damp patch in the living room! I took our dogs (a Golden Retriever and a Westie)  for walks by the river, visited my nan (the source of many Ship-Shape outfits) and helped my mum shop for wedding outfits in M&S.
  • A weekend in the country. I’ve just come back from a weekend in Gloucestershire celebrating a friend’s birthday via a pub, a giant cupcake and a zillion pizzas. I had a go at making a slab of rocky road for the occasion which went down really well, despite me almost burning the melted chocolate.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Here are a few more photos from the Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate. As I mentioned in last week’s RTW post, S and I were there as stallholders, not buyers, though a gorgeous picnic basket did manage to make it’s way home with me…

Bristol Flea Market isn’t the first time I’ve sold my wares, as it were, but it is the first time this year, and I hope it will become a more regular fixture. I’m thinking about adding an online shop to this blog and I’d love to know what you think – I’m always eager to see what bloggers like Steffy’s Pro’s and Con’s are selling, but I’ve never bought vintage online before. Do you buy the majority of your clothes online? And have you ever bought clothes from fellow bloggers? I’d love to know your thoughts, so let me know by commenting below…

Bristol Flea Market at Ashton Gate

Our stall at Bristol Flea Market

Bristol Flea Market
So many stalls, so little time!

Vintage jumpers
Some of our vintage knitwear, including Aran jumpers

Gorgeous labels from S’s label/blog Beautiful Plumage


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

House bunnies

  • The House Bunnies. No, that’s not the sequel to the disastrous 2008 romcom starring Anna Faris, it’s the ‘awww’ factor in today’s RTW post. Meet Grace Kelly, left, and Bonnie Tyler, our house guests for the next few days. Grace and Bonnie belong to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend but the’ve been staying with us since Wednesday. They are so cute but so cheeky, they have a look of permanent mischief on their faces whenever we let them out of their hutch!
  • Fashion Says Stitched. I loved seeing the final collections from soon-to-be graduate fashion students on Friday. It’s always exciting to see new talent and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for UWE’s finest. I’ll put up some photos and links to the students’ work later this week.

Ship-Shape at Bristol Flea Market

  • John Williams. You may not recognise the name, but this is the man behind the film scores for Jaws, Superman, Harry Potter and Star Wars to name but a few. Last night I went to see the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra play a selection of his well-known compositions at the Colston Hall, and it was a truly magica evening. Unfortunatly I couldn’t stay out late as I had to get up very early this morning…
  • … for the Bristol Flea Market, above. This time I wasn’t hunting for vintage bargains, I was selling them! My love of vintage clothing is starting to outgrow the house, so I thought it was time to sell some of the pieces I don’t wear anymore, along with S from Beautiful Plumage.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for The Weekend… flea markets and student fashion

UWE Fashion says stitched

Looking for a fashionable fix this weekend? Read on…

First up, catch the future of British fashion on Friday night at Fashion says stitched. The University of the West of England‘s brightest final year fashion and textiles students are presenting their graduate collections at The Trinity Centre tomorrow night. Tickets cost £10, or £8 if you’re a student, and the evening includes a catwalk show, along with an exhibition of textiles, fashion illustration, photography and styling. Click here for more info.

Folk House Flea Market

On Saturday, you should get yourself down to Folk House on Park Street for their annual flea market. Entry to the event is free, and promises a mix of vintage clothing, homewares, books and bric-a-brac. This is the centre’s fourth flea market and is a great way to support local, independent traders. Park Street also boasts loads of fantastic independent boutiques and charity shops, so you’ll be spoilt for choice once you leave Folk House, plus you can even get a free lunch if you pop down the road to College Green!

Ashton Gate flea market

If you like vintage then you’re in luck, as the monthly Bristol Flea Market is back this Sunday. Held at the Ashton Gate Stadium, this event promises over a hundred stalls selling vintage clothes, fabric and homewares. I picked up a gorgeous Paisley scarf back in November, so I can’t wait to see what gems are on offer this weekend. Doors open at 9am and entry is £3 – I think there are discounts for students, but I’m not a 100% on this, so it may be worth ringing ahead if you want to find out!

That’s your weekend sorted. Have I missed anything? Let me know about other exciting Bristol events by commenting below…


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Private Vintage Club

  • Private Vintage Club. Glamour, excess, vintage clothes and underwear. If you couldn’t make it to this event then you can read all about it here.
  • Roast dinners. My mum used to cook a Sunday roast religiously, to the point where if we wouldn’t be home for dinner for whatever reason, she’d cook it on a Monday instead – sometimes that meant eating two roasts in seven days. I soon grew bored of this British Sunday staple, until I moved out to go to uni and only attempted to cook one once a year with my housemates. Needless to say, with ten hungover cooks they were often a bit of disaster! Now I love ’em, and Mr Ship-Shape and I have been slaving over one for the best part of this afternoon, along with attempting to make some homemade soup, before our friends arrive. So. Excited.

Marks & Spencer Diamond Jubilee tin

  • Girl on girl smack-downs. The fact that women always seem to be so down on other women isn’t what rocks my world this week, but it is a question that Fleet Street Fox poses in her shiny new column for the Mirror.
  • Decorative tins. I wish I could explain my obsession with old tins, but I just can’t. In antique shops or at car boot sales, I’m like a moth to a flame if I spot a vintage tin or tea caddy – and I don’t even drink tea! Fortunately for me, Marks & Spencers have stepped up, and I’m now the proud owner of this Diamond Jubilee tin, above. It does actually contain shortbread biscuits, but for once, this isn’t the reason I bought it : )

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for The Weekend… Monthly Vintage Mondays

Bath Monday Vintage market

It’s the weekend! And not just any old weekend, it’s a bank holiday weekend, woohoo! If you haven’t made any plans yet for how you’re going to spend your extra day off, you’d do worse than trekking to Bath for a night of retro and vintage entertainment.

Monthly Vintage Mondays are back, offering a bank holiday portion of vintage clothes and homewares, along with an old fashioned cinema experience. The Little Theatre Cinema is hosting a night of films (new releases) complete with usherettes, old fashioned uniforms and intermissions, and there will also be a vintage/reto night market next door in the St Michael’s Centre.

I picked up this flyer while I was at Private Vintage Club last week, so it’s all I have to go on, but there’s a Facebook page too that should tell you all you need to know!

Vintage Monday, 7th May, 5-9pm at the Little Theatre Cinema and St Michael’s Centre, St Michael’s Place, BA1 1SF.

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Hello Topshop!

A couple of Saturdays ago I was in town for the Cabot Circus Fashion Show and I couldn’t resist taking a sneak peak at some of the sales. It wasn’t long before I found myself in Topshop, waddling towards the changing rooms with a ginat pile of sale goodies to try on.

I was restrained though, and came away with two practical purchases – a peach sleeveless tee and an oversized cream chunky knit jumper, which you can see below. It’s been far too wet to take any outfit posts outside – I think I have the mentality of a cat when it comes to wet weather – so apologies for the dodgy photos. I’m still getting used to our house and finding the best places to take snaps and, yes, those are net curtains you can see in the background!

Keira Knightly and Sienna Miller in The Edge of LoveAnywho, the t-shirt was a practical purchase, and the jumper was a slightly whimsical one. I’ve been searching for a the right jumper for ages, and I’ve got into my head a particular look that I want to emulate. If you didn’t catch The Edge of Love when it came out in 2008, then I highly recommend renting it out on DVD. Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller star in this bio about the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, and spend the entire film looking gorgeous as they frolic around in their 1940s tea dresses.

I love this era and I’m looking forward to pairing my new jumper with some summer dresses when I go on an annual trip to the Welsh countryside later this year. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a day in the sun and warming up under a blanket or wearing a huge jumper to fend off the chill. Have you found any bargains in the sales recently? Or are there any movie looks you’d love to recreate? Let me know by commenting below.

Topshop peach tee

Sleeveless peach tee from Topshop

Topshop cream jumper

Slouchy cream jumper with cable knit details from Topshop


Filed under Cabot Circus, catwalk show, shopping, Topshop