Monthly Archives: November 2012

Call the Doctor! Dr Martens store arrives in Bristol’s Broadmead

Dr Martens Bristol launch party | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending a secret gig in Broadmead, to celebrate the launch of Dr Martens new flagship Bristol store. The night involved beer, boots and performances from The Fauns and The Idles, but more on that later.

Dr Martens are a brand I’ve always held in high regard, partly becuase I was never allowed a pair growing up. Apparently they weren’t very ladylike, and requests for a pair of classic black boots was frequently rejected, as was a colour scheme of black and purple for my bedroom walls. I dreamed about owning a pair in bottle green, plum, black and, probably around the time of Girl Power, a union jack pair…

So it was that I felt something of a fool heading to the launch, along with Beth, Hayles and Bonny, without ever having owned a pair. Bristol’s finest music and fashion tribes turned up in their DMs to dance along to The Fauns and The Idles, including Big Jeff, who is, quite frankly, the barometer of a good gig in this city.

I oggled over all the fashionable feet, decked out in neon pink ankle boots and mint green Mary Janes, and the satchels, boots and clothes adorning every surface in the long, narrow store. The brand has come a long way since it’s inception in 1960, with Agyness Deyn fronting their current campaign and a collection that covers clothing and footwear for men, women and children, whose parents are obviously more fashion forward than mine were ; )

The night was so much fun and I did end up leaving with my first ever pair of boots, but they’re staying under wraps until I’ve had a chance to walk them in! Unfortunately I only had my phone on me, so these photos are a bit hit and miss, apart from the ones taken by the official photographer (above and third shot below).

Am I the only one who wasn’t allowed a pair of DMs growing up? And have you been to check out the new store yet? Let me know your thoughts below…

Dr Martens Bristol store | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionThe Fauns secret gig at Dr Martens | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionDr Martens flagship store Bristol | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionBright pink Dr Martens at Bristol launch party | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionDr Martens Bristol launch party | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion



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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…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion at Gimme Shleter! Vintage Fair

  • Gimme Shelter! Vintage Fair. I’ve spent the day selling my vintage wares with Beautiful Plumage at The Lanes. The bowling alley-cum-vintage clothing shop-cum-bar is a wicked venue and although the weather wasn’t great, we earned enough to start our Christmas shopping funds!
  • Wardrobe mistress. This week Amy came over to help me sort through my mess of a wardrobe and I manged to part with 12 items of clothing, which may not sound like a lot, but for a hoarder like me it’s pretty impressive! There is still another wardrobe and a rail of clothes to wade through, but I already feel a lot happier and less stressed in the mornings, plus I’ve discovered several dresses I’f forgotten I own : )
  • This week I also posted about my pretty new crockery and shared a secret that could get me struck out of the fashion blogging community, and even, according to my in-laws, booted out of Britain. Hint, it involves hot beverages…

What’s been rocking your world this week? How did you spend the wet weekend? Let me know by commenting below…


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Floral Tea Cups and Other Sterotypes

Lord Nelson rose teacups | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Sometimes, when I look at the slice of fashion and lifestyle blogs that are in the mainstream press, I think about how cliched it can all be. As well as DSLR and laptop, it occasionally feels mandatory to blog about, or express a love of, lots of beautifully twee things like macaroons,  vintage cameras, Pashley bikes and the drinking of tea, preferably out of a floral china teacup.

While I’m partial to the odd macaroon, obsessed by vintage cameras and desperately seeking a Pashley knock-off, I don’t drink tea. Can’t stand the stuff. Nor do I like coffee, which is a bit of a shame given how much I like pretty cups and comedy mugs. Fortunately  after a trip to the Birdcage on Baldwin Street, I now know that I’m partial to a chai latte, which sounds far more grown up than ordering a hot chocolate (with extra marshmallows, please), if a bit pretentious.

Anywho, while I may not enjoy drinking the stuff, I do own an essential blogger accessory – the chintz teacup! The set above (which simply says ‘Lord Nelson England’ on the underside of each cup) belonged to Grandma Ship-Shape and, much to Mr Ship-Shape’s distress, my nan and her sisters have a habit of passing their clothes, accessories and crockery on to me : )

My growing collection of plates, bowls and teacups are vintage, yes, but they’re also from my family, which makes them more sentimental than anything else. I’ve had the rose teacups for a few months, but after a vist home this weekend I found myself returning with more crockery, in the form of these gorgeous plates and bowls, below.

The oriental blue plates are ‘Willow’ from Barratts of Staffordshire, and the bright green and turquoise designs are a 60s design by Midwinter Pottery. I once saw an entire coffee set in this design for sale in a vintage boutique on Bristol’s Christmas Steps, but since I didn’t like hot drinks at the time, I didn’t buy it, which I still occasionally kick myself for.

As we continue to turn our house into a home, I find myself more and more drawn to homewares like these. And while the cups and saucers do sit unused on our hand-built shelves, they’re are much loved. Am I alone in my love of crockery, or are you a fan of chintz teacups and plates, too?

Midwinter 60s crockery | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionLord Nelson rose teacups and saucers | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionVintage crockery | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionWillow china by Barratts of Staffordshire | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion


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Something for the Weekend: Pop Up Parlour and The Lanes Vintage Fair

Pop Up Parlor Bristol flyer


Beauty, vintage and a ‘pop up’ shop rolled into one – what’s not to love? This weekend Inma and Lou, aka Pop Up Parlour will be at Cox and Baloney’s Vintage Boutique on Cheltenham Road to offer vintage makeovers – from victory rolls to the perfect red lip. The duo can normally be found working their magic on hen parties, brides and at corporate events but this Saturday see’s the launch of their first ever Saturday Salon. The pop up salon will be there from 11am till 6pm and you can contact the duo or the boutique for prices. For future Saturday Salon locations, check out their Facebook page.

Gimme Shelter Vintage Fair November 2012


On Sunday Gimme Shelter!‘s vintage fair returns to The Lanes – and Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion will be there, too! I’m joining forces with Beautiful Plumage and Annie by Amy to sell my vintage wares, and we’re not alone – some of Bristol’s best vintage traders will be there selling jewellery, clothes and homewares from the 1930s through to the 1980s. Entry is free and the action kicks off at 11am, check out the Facebook event page for more info. See you there?

North Bristol Art Trail 2012

Friday – Sunday

It’s not strictly fashion, but this weekend the North Bristol Art Trail takes place across, well, North Bristol, kicking off with a preview evening tomorrow night. Artists and designers will be opening their homes and studios to the public in this annual free event, and there are over 100 artists involved across Redland, Cotham, Montpelier, Bishopston, Westbury Park and Henleaze. Disciplines featured include screen printing, textiles, ceramics and photography – check out the trail map to find your nearest participating locations.

Have I missed any other local events? What are you up to this weekend?


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Oxfam Fashion: Second Hand Sewing

Oxfam Fashion blog second hand books

Vintage fashion is ten a penny these days, but for me, visiting charity shops, vintage fairs and car boot sales is as much about the books and bric-a-brac as the potential for a new outfit. This month I wrote about two second hand books that I love for Oxfam Fashion.

The one that I need to do some serious reading of is the 1974 copy of McCall’s Sewing Guide. I’ve mentioned before that me and sewing machines don’t play well together, but there are so many wonderful dresses I want to make, and home furnishings I want to have a crack at – how hard can making a pair of curtains really be!? – that I need to get back in the sewing saddle.

You can read the post in full here and see previous posts I’ve penned for Oxfam here. If you’ve attempted to make your own clothes before I’d love to hear what you made, and how easy (or difficult!) it was : )

McCalls Sewing Guide Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion


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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…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion Rock The Week

  • The blog has been looking a little sparse this week but that’s because I’ve barley had a chance to sit at the computer. One reason being that Mr Ship-Shape and I celebrated our seven year anniversary this week. We marked the occasion with dinner at Loch Fyne (mussels, smoked haddock and potted mackerel  – need I say more!?) and seeing comedian Josie Long at The Hen & Chicken in Southville. Joise was insanely funny and her tour, Romance and Adventure, is a must if you want to see her rap in the style of a 1930s film noir detective, or give Ed Milliband’s speeches a whole new meaning…
  • As if one night of comedy wasn’t enough, this week I also saw the Bristol leg of Robin Ince’s Happiness Through Science tour. Despite being far from a physics wizz, I had a great night and loved the opportunity to have a good laugh. Plus there was pizza, which always signifies a good night out : )
  • Babies have been on my radar again this week as I spent the weekend visiting my parents and catching up with several friends and their new children. I’m definitely more comfortable holding newborns, but still have no idea what toddlers are trying to say – no doubt it’ll all sink in one day!

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

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion Rock The Week

  • #firstandforever. On Tuesday night I met up with Beth, Hayles and Bonny for the launch of the new Dr Martens store in Broadmead. It was a wicked night, with live music from The Fauns and Idles, dancing from Big Jeff and lots of shoe gazing!
  • Party surprises. Last night I went to a surprise birthday party in Cheltenham and before long the evening descended into a blur of party games, including balancing biscuits on our heads and flipping cups on the table. It may sound ludicrous, but I feel lucky to have such a great group of friends that are silly and not afraid to make fools of themselves in the pursuit of happiness.

Grey H&M t-shirt and Holly Fulton Designer Fashion Outlet Month

  • Blogging ignition. It feels like everyone else in the blogsphere has been left feeling a bit short-changed by the weather recently, so I’ve relished reading IFB’s tips to cure laziness and taking outfit shots indoors.
  • Part of my efforts to prise myself from my anti-autumn funk have involved retail therapy. This week’s outfit post showed of my new maroon maxi skirt and H&M tee – swoon! I’ve also attempted to get back into a half decent exercise routine, spent the evenings baking (Hummingbird Bakery brownies) and catching up with friends – it’s my own way of sticking to fingers up at winter : )

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


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High street haul: H&M slouchy tee + Primark maroon maxi skirt

Maroon Primark maxi skirt, grey H&M t-shirt and vintage scarf

Autumn has a lot to answer. I’ve found myself taking comfort from the high street in the last couple of weeks, more than I have in the last could of months, and this outfit is an example of that. The grey t-shirt is from my recent trip to H&M and last week I also paid a visit to Primark.

All but two pairs of my shoes need to be reheeled or resoled (shoes with holes + rain do not mix), but I havn’t had a chance to go to the cobblers in St Nicks Market yet (incidentally, if anyone can recommend any other decent cobblers in the Bristol area then let me know!) These victorian tan lace up boots were an ideal interim replacement, but the skirt was something of an impulse purchase.

Me and maxi skirts don’t really get on. I’m too short and never wear heels, so maxi-anything just swamps me and poses nothing but a health risk, but this sheer maroon design caught my eye and I knew I had to try it on. I think it works due to the sheer overlay over the opaque mini skirt, and at £15 I figured it was worth a shot.

And I’m happy to report that, apart from nearly tripping up the steps on the bus (I forgot to pretend I was a medival princess and hold the skirt daintily above my ankles) the skirt is almost hazard-free! I’ve teamed it with a turquoise necklace I bought in Thailand, a scarf from Grandma Ship-Shape and the Holly Fulton tote I picked up at the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Fashion Month back in September.

PS. Did anyone wake up early to catch up on the US election? Very excited to see Obama back in the White House : )

Grey H&M t-shirt and Holly Fulton Designer Fashion Outlet MonthGrey H&M t-shirt, maroon Primark maxi skirt and Holly Fulton Designer Outlet Fashion Month bagGrey H&M t-shirt and maroon Primark maxi skirtPrimark maroon maxi skirt and Holly Fulton Designer Outlet Fashion Month bagGrey H&M t-shirt


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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…

H&M goodies

  • Punk rock beers. On Monday I was invited to the press launch of Bristol’s latest bar, Brew Dog. Situated on the corner of Baldwin Street by Bristol Bridge, the Scottish brewery with an American twist is an interesting new edition to Bristol’s bar scene. Despite not being a huge fan of beer I had a great evening and won some serious brownie points by taking Mr Ship-Shape along to a tasting session.
  • Dinner and gossip. This week I went to Beautiful Plumage‘s house for dinner and a long-overdue girly gossip. She made us a delicious canaloni dish with spinach salad and we set about putting the world to rights and having a good catch-up, not to mention having a good rant about the weather…
  • Hibernating in H&M. I’ve let the blogging side of things slip recently, which I blame on the cold weather and dark miserable evenings. This week I did manage to get around to posting about my latest haul from H&M – including a gorgeous new jumper to stave off this anti-autumn funk.

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

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An Anti-Autumn H&M Shopping Spree

H&M A/W detailed shot

I don’t know about you, but I’m not adjusting well to to autumn. Since the clocks have changed and the weather has turned, I’ve been constantly telling anyone who would listen that it should be a legal requirement to hibernate from now until 24th December.

Sadly that idea hasn’t quite got off the ground yet, so I’ve had to ease my winter woes with a heady mix of vegetable crisps ( nowhere near as good for you as the name implies), giant bowls of pasta, snuggling under a blanket on the sofa and complaining, a lot. I’ve also taken the edge of this anti-autumn feeling with a spot of retail therapy…

Last weekend some of friends came to visit and on our way to see Skyfall at the Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus, we fell in to H&M. Ok, we didn’t fall, she wanted to look for a new jumper, but somehow, 20 minutes later, I found myself clutching a mishmash of t-shirts, summer dresses and jumpers. Fortunately I managed to compose myself and put half of it back, but this eclectic bunch slipped through the net.

The grey t-shirt is a practical purchase as I never seem to have enough basic tees, but the striped dress, as much as I love it, isn’t exactly the most sensible purchase given we probably won’t see any sun for another six months. The bright green jumper does leave me feeling paranoid that I look like a pea pod on legs, but I really love the colour and the dense moss stitch.

Another downside of the dark days is that I’ve struggled to find the time (or light) to take outfit shots outside – hence the old school method of photography, that I haven’t practiced in ages. I’m thinking a way to remedy this might be using sparklers, floodlights, or something in between…

What A/W impulse purchases have you made recently? And do you love autumn, or are you with me on the hibernation idea?

H&M stripe dressGrey H&M t-shirtH&M A/W12 goodies


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