Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rock The Week: Tobacco Factory Theatre, French Connection and Family

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

Tobacco Factory Theatre tickets for Twelfth Night

Rock The Week took an unexpected break last Sunday, so this post is a little longer than normal, but that’s because the last couple of weeks have kept me very busy indeed!

Twelfth Night

First up, a couple of weeks ago I was invited to watch Twelfth Night at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, which was just brilliant. The Tobacco Factory is a Southville landmark and boasts vintage fairs, great beer and the theatre space upstairs, which has recently had an upgrade in the seating department. Sound like a big deal this may not, but if you’ve ever seen a play or comedy performance there then you’ll be familiar with the squirming dance about an hour into the night, as the audience collectively shuffles around in a bid to make themselves more comfortable. The new bench-esque seating is not only lower back friendly but also allows for more people to fit into the theatre, too – hurrah!

Unfortunately Twelfth Night, performed by Filter Theatre, finished it’s run in Bristol a couple of weeks ago but it’s coming to theatres in London, Exeter and Aberystwyth in October and is well worth a look. The performance was certainly unique, with gold lamé shorts, tequila, velcro and pizza for the audience all making an appearance!

French Connection A/W clothes


Last week, to coincide with LFW, French Connection in Quakers Friars held their #SketchToStore event, which I popped along to with Beautiful Plumage. It was nice to see so many local bloggers in attendance and ogle over All The Pretty Things, like pony print dresses, satsuma coloured cocoon coats and lace trimmed pleated skirts.

The event was to showcase A/W looks and take part in a style challenge – I fell for a navy chunky knit jumper from the men’s department but sadly it didn’t love my Heidi style braids and got tangled in my hair grips!

Our pet Westie and Golden Retriever

Family time

Last weekend Mr Ship-Shape and I spent the weekend in Dorset catching up with friends and family, including my two long-distance pets, Oscar and Archie, above. It was a well-needed break and one of my favourite parts (aside from eating a ridiculous amount of fish and chips) was a day trip to Hengistbury Head, one of the most picturesque parts of the south coast.


This week I’ve been blogging about The Little Shop on Stokes Croft, cooking curries and playing heated games of Monopoly. Today my friend L  and I went to the Vintage Kilo Fair at the Paintworks – we left with lots of new vintage gems which I’ll be sharing on the blog soon!

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

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Local Love: The Little Shop on Stokes Croft

The Little Shop on Stokes Croft

One of the many things I love about Bristol is that it is truly a hub for creative people. Musicians, illustrators, designers… we’re lucky to have plenty to pick from in the West Country, and heck, even the US think Bristol is the new London. Six such creatives have set up home in The Little Shop this month to sell jewellery, greeting cards, prints and ceramics.

Situated just beyond Stokes Croft at the start of Cheltenham Road, this venue has worn many hats in its time, acting as a pop-up art space and charity shop in recent months, though thanks to The Little Shop it’s now currently covered in giant pineapples and adorable lop eared rabbits, see below.

The Little Shop graffiti on Stokes Croft

The Little Shop opened its doors earlier this month and sits in the perfect spot to catch commuters on their way home and shoppers heading to Gloucester Road. The reason it caught my attention, aside from the stunning frontage, is that it’s currently stocking my friend Amanda’s jewellery collection.

Asanda Jewellery is no shrinking violet, with studs, rope and bold patterned earrings, chunky bangles and necklaces. Throw in a little tribal print, glitter-filled resin and gems nestled in gold claw settings and you can begin to get an idea of creations that lie in wait for you on the shelves.

However jewellery isn’t the only treasure you’ll find in this quirky shop. The ceramic bowls and mugs by Bee Hayes are beautiful and come covered in strawberries or imprinted with lace doilies, while Amber Elise, who started the shop, has a mix of prints and greetings cards on sale. Other Bristol designers include Rolfe & Wills – one day one of their stunning reupholstered chairs WILL be mine – Alex Lucus and Katy Christianson.

Designers and makers will rotate every few months so there will always be plenty of new stock to enjoy. I’m not about to drop the ‘C’ bomb in September, but if you happen to be on the lookout for unique gifts or greeting cards then The Little Shop could be right up your street.

The Little Shop, 125 Cheltenham Road, Bristol, BS6 5RR. Open 11am – 7pm Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – 5pm on Sundays.

Ceramic mugs by Bee Hayes at The Little Shop on Stokes CroftAsanda JewelleryPrint by Amber EliseYeti and bigfoot are lovers bag by Katy ChristiansonGloucester Road shopping bag by Rolfe and WillisAsanda necklaces by Amanda SaundersHandmade brooch by Katie Johnston

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Sharing the Blog Love

I don’t know about you, but sometimes life goes at such a speed that all those unread blog posts sat in my Bloglovin’ account just have to be skipped over. I hover over the ‘Mark as read’ button more than I would like, and sometimes I read a post that really resonates, but I just don’t have time to comment on it, so I figured it was time to dish out a little blog love.

Some of these blogs are old favourites and some are fairly new discoveries, but all are worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new blogs to read.

Essie Button screen grabEssie Button

I’m not one for watching beauty videos, but Estée’s kooky Canadian charm has me hooked. Her honesty and wit are refreshing, as are the random tangents she goes on, plus the filming – well lit, good sound and a simple background – looks über professional. Expect hauls, how-tos and even a little pet appreciation.

Cow Biscuits blog screen grabCowbiscuits

A Cardiff based style blog run by SJ (it’s the best name, right?) Cowbiscuits features OOTDs, beauty reviews and the occasional DIY, such as pressed flower sunglasses. One of the reasons I love this blog is for SJ’s honesty and personal style. If I had the guts to try pastel coloured hair, this gal would be up their on my moodboard!

A Pair and A Spare blog screen grabA Pair & A Spare

A blog choc-a-block with beautifully presented fashion DIYs and outfit ideas. Geneva’s blog is full of style and crafting inspiration – from festival fashion to homemade jewellery. Her beautiful photography makes each project look so simple that it’s almost enough to tempt me to dust off my sewing machine…

What are your must-read blogs to read at the moment? Share links to your favourites in the comments 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…

Rock The Week - Topshop Unique at LFW

  • High brow. The blog has been a tad neglected this week becuase I’ve been a very social butterfly, attending not one but two plays (at Bristol’s Old Vic theatre and at the Tobacco Factory), going for post-work coffee and scoping out some of Bristol’s newest shops. On the plus side this means there will be plenty of new content on the blog over the next few weeks, Scout’s honour.
  • Bristol Doors Open Day. Once a year some of the city’s most interesting buildings and institutions open their doors to the public for free, and so yesterday I took full advantage of this by going to the RWA yesterday. The RWA is an art gallery that has stood at the top of Clifton Triangle for over 150 years and is one of the best places in Bristol to see new and established talent in disciplines such as oil painting, sculpture and even graffiti.
  • LFW coverage. Let me rephrase; LFW coverage from the comfort of my own home. On a rainy weekend like this one it’s been nice looking at street style posts, scrolling through my Twitter feed and streaming shows without having to move from the sofa – Sunday afternoon bliss!

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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…

Rock The Week wedding flowers

  • Wedding season is over. Yesterday I attended my final wedding of the year, unless a shotgun situation arises in the next three and half months, and it was corker! The bride and groom were childhood sweethearts who have been together for nearly 12 years, so it was a very emotional day for everyone.
  • Clowning around. This week I’ve been satisfying my desire to run away with the circus but posting about the Circomedia Sunday Best event at Portland Square and attending an ariel silks workshop. It was incredibly hard work and I found myself not wanting to trust that eight metres of silk could hold my weight. The instructor performed like a ballerina, suspended between the silks in mid-air. I don’t think that will be me any time soon, but it was certainly fun to try!
  • Photo-finish. I’m constantly trying to improve my photography skills, not just for the blog but for my own enjoyment. My camera is permanently attached to my side at weddings, on long walks and holidays, so I love educating myself as much as possible. This week I stumbled upon Catherine’s Photo Tips series, which has a particularly great, and easy to understand post on achieving bokeh. She’s also just taken the leap into full-time blogging so do pop over and say hello – congratulations Catherine!

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

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Welcome to The Greatest Show on Earth

Heartfelt vintage blouse and Zara shorts

On Sunday I kicked off September with a visit to Circomedia’s Sunday Best event in Portland Square.

Circomedia are something of a Bristol institution, housed in a beautiful church overlooking Portland Square, which sits between St Pauls and Cabot Circus, the performance company specialises in contemporary circus and physical theatre. They’re a regular feature at festivals like Glastonbury and watching one performance will have you wishing you could run away to join the circus.

The afternoon was family-orientated but I managed to to blend in with the 10 year olds and try my hand at the trapeze, which was actually scarier than I anticipated, even though I was only five feet off the ground. Extreme concentration was required, see photos below, but it was so much fun and a great way to round off a weekend that had up until that point included three – yes, three – trips to B&Q.

For the occasion I wore the vintage lace blouse I found at Heartfelt Bristol, paired with the Zara shorts I found in their summer sale. The faux gold jazz shoes are an old pair from Primark and the belt is vintage Laura Ashley. The satchel is from Dr Martens and is perfect for keeping my DSLR safe when I don’t want to lug my chuncky camera case around.

Not the most practical outfit, but the afternoon was so much fun that I’m even contemplating signing up for a beginner course. I don’t think there’s any danger of me running away to join the circus just yet but a girl can dream…

Vintage lace blouse – Heartfelt Bristol / Blue and cream striped shorts – Zara / Belt – vintage / Gold jazz pumps – Primark / Leather satchel – c/o Dr Martens

Circomedia Portland SquareHula-hoops at Circomedia Sunday Best eventAttempting the trapeze in Portland SquareCircomedia event at Portland SquareCircomedia Sunday Best eventVintage blouse from Heartfelt BristolPortland Square churchZara shorts and vintage blouse on the trapeze

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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…

Rock The Week

  • Clowning around. How is it September already!? This year has flown by and it saddens me that summer is on the way out, so today I consoled myself by paying a visit to Circomedia’s Sunday Best event in Portland Square, where the performance company were holding workshops in trapeze, tight rope walking and other such essential circus skills. Mr Ship-Shape and I treated ourselves to ice cream and may have possibly attempted the trapeze, but that’s a story for another day…
  • Summer evenings. I’ve been making the most of late summer evenings by enjoying some post-work cider drinking on Bristol’s waterfront with friends, going out running (just short ones while I get my fitness back up) and spending time in our garden. It’s only tiny but on Monday we tackled some weeds and an overgrown clematis and it felt good to restore a bit of order to an otherwise jungle-esque space.
  • Wishlists. This week I posted a beauty wishlist of all the products I’m craving at the moment, most notably the Benefit Countdown to Love advent calendar. Since we’ve had builders working on the house I’ve had to tone down my spending, so if one of you wants to treat me to an item from the list, you just go right ahead 😉
  • Revaluation. My Joules + Soap & Glory giveaway is still running for the next few days – quick, enter now and come back to read the rest of this post! – and it’s given me food for thought about using WordPress (.com) to host this blog. From not being able to host a Rafflecopter widget to shoving in affiliate links without my knowledge or consent, self-hosting is looking like a seriously attractive option right now. If you have any recommendations for hosts or WP blog designers, let me know!

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