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Bath in Fashion: T is for Toast

Toast Eva top and plimsoles

Last week I was invited to attend an event at Toast, following the S/S13 Bath in Fashion catwalk show. Situated on one of my favourite streets in Bath (Bartlett Street) Toast is close to the Fashion Museum, Yen Sushi and some fantastic boutiques.

We don’t have a Toast in Bristol, so it’s a brand I’ve only browsed online and in their beautifully designed matte paper catalogues. Thursday’s event was to celebrate Bath in Fashion and showcase the brand’s S/S13 trends, and it provided an opportunity to catch up with some of the BiF Bloggers over mini macaroons and fruit tarts. Unfortunately my camera died before I got to the shop, so I don’t have any photos of the evening – complete with thoughtful staff and beautiful yellow posies of flowers for each customer, which can be seen in Roisin’s post.

Fortunately I was lucky enough to take away some goodies which can be seen here. I fell in love with the square neck Eva top, with its pale blue poplin fabric and buttoned up back, and this pair of classic white plimsoles. The weekend saw just enough sunshine to make the most of this outfit before it started raining again yesterday – I’m looking forward to wearing this outfit without having to carry an umbrella coat/galoshes ‘just in case’!

Have you shopped at Toast before? And are there any outfits you’re saving at the back of your wardrobe for when spring eventually arrives?

Eva top – c/o Toast / Paper bag waist skirt – H&M / White plimsoles – c/o Toast

Toast Eva topToast cataloguesToast Eva buttoned back topToast bagToast top and H&M paperbag waist skirt


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Bath in Fashion: S/S13 catwalk show and BIF Blogger Awards

Bath in Fashion S/S13 Catwalk Show

On Thursday I jumped on a bus and spent the afternoon in Bath, to attend the Bath in Fashion S/S13 catwalk show, and find out who had been crowned Bath in Fashions’ Blogger of the Year.

♥ If you were following the #BIFBloggers hashtag on Twitter you’ll know by now that I didn’t win (that accolade went to Lorna of Raindrops of Sapphire) but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank everyone who voted for me. I was chuffed just to be shortlisted, and I’m grateful for the tweets, Facebook messages and your comments on this blog showing your support – normal, non-‘vote for me’ service shall now resume! 

The sun was shining and it was a lovely day, so before the show I did a spot of window shopping and soaked up the sun next the impressive Bath Abbey, before arriving at the Assembly Rooms where the show was taking place. It was all a bit of a rush when I arrived – that’s the buzz of fashion shows for you – but I managed to meet Roisin and see Gabrielle, who I meet on Monday at the Mouvements de Femmes exhibition, before we took our places on the FROW.

Uttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion

Sat between Megan and Steph, I waited eagerly for the show to start, only to discover that I’d accidentally turned my camera on earlier in the day, so my battery was drained and cut out half way through the show. #bloggerfail

Luckily I managed to capture the first half, with each scene representing one of the four fashion capitals of the world. Brands included a mix of high street, designer and local independent labels, all styled by the lovely Rebekah Roy, who also selected the shortlist for the BIF Blogger Award.

I enjoyed the show but it ended quite abruptly, so I didn’t get a chance to congratulate Lorna or meet the rest of the shortlisted bloggers, which was a shame. It felt like the award section of the show was a bit of an afterthought, which is surprising, given how detailed the rest of the Bath in Fashion programme has been.

It would have been great to spend a bit more time getting to chat to everyone either before or after the show, but with another show to prep for I guess the turn around needed to be quite quick. Fortunately we were invited to a post-show event at Toast, where I met George and was able to have a proper natter with her.

Thanks to Bath in Fashion for a fun afternoon, and again to everyone who voted for me! Have you made it to any of the Bath in Fashion events yet?

L K Bennett at Bath in FahionUttam Boutique at Bath in Fashion WeekBanana Republic at Bath in Fashion


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Mouvements de Femmes: Norman Parkinson by Roland Mouret

Norman Parkinson for Vogue

Last night I journeyed to Milsom Place in Bath to attend the private view of Mouvements de Femmes, the Norman Parkinson exhibition curated by Roland Mouret.

Of all of Bath in Fashion’s events, this exhibition was the one I was most looking forward to. Fashion photographer Parkinson’s images were pioneering back in the 50s and 60s, and a collection of his photographs featured in An Eye for Fashion at Bristol’s M Shed last year. Cliché as it may sound, Parkinson had a unique way of capturing his models on film, which included Jean Shrimpton, Nena von Schlebrügge and Grace Coddington, Creative Director of US Vogue.

For Mouvements de Femmes, the twist was the involvement of designer Roland Mouret. Mouret, perhaps best well known for bringing the world the Galaxy dress, picked the venue (the striking Octagon in Milsom Place) combed through thousands of images – some never displayed publicly before – and created an exhibition to capture ‘how women move’, above and beyond what they were wearing at the time. Mouret made several visits to Bath ahead of the exhibition and even had the venue repainted to fit in with his vision.

Norman Parkinson Bath shoot for VogueNorman Parkinson

The exhibition showcases fashion stories and covers from Vogue, Queen magazine and Harper’s Bazaar, and Mouret chose each image ‘not so much because [they are] fashionable, instead more for how the women moved within them’. Hence the selection of models draped over fighter planes, driving fast cars and playing in a way that hadn’t been seen in fashion magazines before.

Parkinson used Bath as a backdrop for several of his shoots, one of which from ‘A Spring Hat and the City of Bath’, above, featured the grandeur of the city’s elegant architecture and raised pavements.

The Octagon provided the perfect setting for each meticulously chosen photograph and was buzzing with life last night as the city’s finest came to celebrate the opening of the exhibition, which marks the centenary of Parkinson’s birth. Prosecco and a string quartet added to the atmosphere, and the hum of classical music matched the hum of guests, murmuring compliments and leaving the present day for just a moment, to delve into Parkinson’s world.

If you’re visiting Bath in the next few weeks I recommend adding this exhibition to your to-do list. It shows a fascinating cross-section of Parkinson’s work, from the view point of one of fashion’s most prominent designers. If you were there last night or made it to the exhibition over the weekend, let me know what you thought of it!

Mouvements de Femmes runs at The Octagon, Milsom Place, until 12th May. Entry is free and the venue is open Tuesdays –Sundays from 10am – 5.30pm for more information click here.

Milsom Place, BathChampagne at Milsom PlaceNorman Parkinson nudeRoses at Octagon Milsom PlaceOctagon at Milsom PlaceNorman Parkinson shoot in Bath

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion has been shortlisted for a Bath in Fashion Blogger of the Year award! Please vote for me here. Voting is easy and requires no personal details or fiddly bits like that, so please pick up those laptops, phones and tablets and get voting! 


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Bath in Fashion preview pt. 2

Make up tutorials at Little Lab, Milsom Place

Hello! Welcome to the second part of the Bath in Fashion preview I attended a couple of weeks ago. On Monday I mentioned that the BIF Bloggers started with a tea and scones at the Fashion Museum, and this post shares what we did after we left the museum.

First of all we were split into two groups and I was conveniently paired with the lovely bloggers I’d hitched a ride with, along with Bath In Fashion’s Nicky Hancock and Amy Hart. First stop on our tour of Bath’s independent fashion hotspots was Prey. Situated a stone’s throw from the Fashion Museum, Prey is one of those shops that sells clothes, gifts, interior bits and bobs and basically the kind that I feel has tapped into my psyche and dreamed up a shop just for me, complete with epic piglet cushions, obviously.

After Prey, we pottered over to Milsom Place, a haven of pop-up shops, boutiques and restaurants tucked away in the heart of Bath. A make-up tutorial and airbrushing demonstration at Little Lab followed, before we paid a visit to Magpie & Bear, an indie boutique that stocks labels such as Bodhi and Collard Manson and has the cutest shop mascot, in the form of Wookiee the dog.

The day ended with insanely tasty nibbles at Jamie’s Deli, yes, that Jamie, and drinks at the curiously decorated Hall & Woodhouse over on Old King Street – think stacks of baked beans and Fairy liquid sitting below crystal chandeliers. We were treated to some goodies to take home, including an annual pass to all of Bath’s local attractions, which I’m a tad over-excited about using!

I had a lovely day and can’t wait to come back to the city for Bath in Fashion, which runs from 13th – 21st of April. Thanks so much to Gina, Nicky, Amy and Sarah from Visit Bath for organising the afternoon and laying on so many treats and fashionable adventures!

Airbrushing at Little Lab, Milsom PlaceBodhi Safety Pin Clutch Bag at Magpie & BearMagpie & Bear's resident dogGoodies from Jamie's DeliMagpie & Bear at Milsom PlaceHall and Woodhouse, Bath


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Bath in Fashion preview pt. 1

BiF Bloggers outside Bath's Fashion Museum

I appreciate I’m a little behind the rest of the Bath in Fashion bloggers with this post, but I’ve had such a lot on and took so many photos on the day that one post just wouldn’t do our little day trip to Bath justice.

Last Sunday 12 bloggers took to the streets of Bath for a fashionable afternoon, to get a sneak preview of Bath in Fashion. Grace, Hayley, Laura, Tara and I met up and drove from Temple Meads to Bath (thanks Grace!) and our first stop (via a quick cuppa at Bea’s Vintage Tea Rooms) was the Fashion Museum, where we met up with the organisers and the rest of the bloggers taking part in the day.

BiF’s Nicky Hancock gave us a taste of what to expect from Bath in Fashion over tea and scones. I’m most looking forward to seeing Mouvements de Femmes the Norman Parkinson exhibition, curated by Roland Mouret. When An Eye For Fashion came to M Shed last year I was entranced by Parkinson’s images so I’ve no doubt that Mouvements de Femmes will provide the same buzz.

After sharing the lengthy rosta of events was reviled, we were allowed to roam the Fashion Museum and take in the new Fifty Fabulous Frocks exhibition, which celebrates the museum’s 50th birthday. Launching in February and running for the rest of the year, the exhibition showcases the museum’s extensive collection of garments and costumes, from Burberry and Erdem to vintage YSL and dresses of unknown origins.

Ornate dresses that are hundreds of years old sit next to 50s swing skirts and Sarah Burton couture gowns and it really is a calming place to visit. For a review of the museum check out my feature for Oxfam.

I loved wandering around the museum but the day didn’t end there so pop back soon to read about the rest of our Bath adventures later this week!

Bath in Fashion takes place across the city from Saturday 13th April to Sunday 21st April. For more information on events and exhibitions, check out the BiF website.

Ship-Shape at Bath Fashion MuseumBea's Vintage Tearooms Bath | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionFifty Fabulous Frocks exhibition at Bath Fashion MuseumVintage 50s frocks at Bath Fashion MuseumCostume shadows at Bath Fashion Museum | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion50 Fab Frocks exhibition | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionTwentieth Century Evening Wear Bath Fashion Museum


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Something for The Weekend: Wrapping workshops and Christmas markets

Making Things Club wrapping workshop | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion


It’s very nearly the last weekend before Christmas – eek! If you’ve finished your Christmas shopping (lucky you!) but need a hand with pimping up your presents, the lovely Making Things Club are on hand to help. This week their pop-up shop in Cabot Circus has been running wrapping workshops, and there are slots available tomorrow (Friday 21st) throughout the day. The event is free but booking is a must – email or pop into the shop to book your place.

Bath Christmas Market | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion


This weekend is your last chance to visit the Bath Christmas market before it closes on Sunday. I visited it with a few friends at the start of the month and it was heaving, so I recommend arriving early and catching the train unless you want to face looking for a parking space with hundreds of other Christmas shoppers! Stalls include foodie treats, Elise Belle jewellery, festive decorations, art, homewares and more.

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


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Something for The Weekend: recession A/W show and Bath’s Vintage Sunday

recession fashion show A/W12


Catwalk shows don’t come much quirkier than recession‘s seasonal fashion event, which takes place at the Southbank Club in Bedminster tomorrow night. Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets cost £6. The exact details are tightly under wraps but expect preloved clothes, models with attitude and the opportunity to buy clothes featurered on the runway straight after the show.

Bath in Fashion Vintage Sunday


Vintage Sunday returns to Bath’s Green Park Station this weekend. There will be over 70 stalls selling everything from 1920s lace gowns to novelty crockery. Expect period designs, goodtime bands, exquisite vintage clothing and quirky homewares. Still not convinced? Check out my post on the last Vintage Sunday event here.


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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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The first rule of Private Vintage Club is…

Princesse tam.tam swimsuit

…be prepared for a night of fun, glamour and one heck of a catwalk show. Last Thursday, S and I drove through the hideous wind and rain, navigating Bath’s roadworks and a minuscule car park to attend Private Vintage Club at OPA. As we entered the underground meze bar, we were unsure what to expect. What greeted us was an Aladdin’s cave of well dressed locals, glasses of champagne and the sweet smell of popcorn.

The event was an opportunity to promote local fashion talent, while bringing a healthy dash of glamour and excitement to the fasionistas of Bath – and us Bristol gatecrashers – too. Naturally I wore vintage, picking  the navy sailor-inspired dress from refoundreloved that I found at Vintage Sunday last month, plus an unruly hairdo that didn’t care very much for the wet weather!

After taking in the atmosphere and making a beeline for the champers, we took our seats by the bar with Amy of Annie by Amy and had a good gossip before the catwalk show started. Private Vintage Club began last year, put together by local vintage boutique Scarlet Vintage, and independent ligerie emporium, Hannah Dulcie along with Bath’s best make-up artists, hair stylists and models.

The catwalk show began with swimwear from Princesse tam.tam and IODUS, before moving on to day lingerie and day vintage looks. I’m a firm believer in the benefits of wearing fantastic underwear, and not just for your other half. I loved the vibrant pink and yellow Pina Colada set from Mimi Holliday, as well as fluoro yellow set by La Perla. The selection of vintage clothes was just as good, with some pretty cotton dresses, some of which you can see below.

The second half of the show was dedicated to vintage evening dresses and gorgeous, daring lingerie. The only way to describe the underwear (from La Perla, Lascivious and Princesse tam.tam) is decadent and sexy –  a parade of black lace and navy satin. The models looked stunning and walked with confidence, helped in part to their gravity-defying ‘dos from Artizan, and while most of the lingerie featured was out of my budget, if it came with a washboard stomach and curves in all the right places, I’d definitely be buying! : ) The vintage dresses included a mix of short 60s shift dresses and longer numbers, like the white 70s Grecian feather dress that floated down the catwalk.

The show closed with a cheeky sashay down the runway from a gorgeous burlesque dancer, and was followed by drinks, music and mini desserts served by retro usherettes. I wish we could have stayed longer as I had such a fun evening!

Did you make it to Private Vintage Club last week? What was your favourite look? Let me know by commenting below…

Princesse tam.tam swimsuit with wide stripe belt

Princesse tam.tam swimsuit with wide stripe belt

OPA bar

OPA provided a unique and opulent underground venue

Champers and popcorn

Champagne and popcorn

Mimi Holiday underwear

Underwear by Mimi Holiday

Princess tam.tam navy underwear

I love this gorgeous navy set from Princesse tam.tam – it would be even better if it came with a washboard stomach!

Gorgeous green dress from Scarlet Vintage

Dress from Scarlet Vintage, hair by Artizan

The grand finale...

Smiles as the show closes


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