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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…

Norman Parkinson for Queen magazine

  • An Eye For Fashion. M Shed’s exhibition of Norman Parkinson photography is sublime, offers an insight into Bristol’s high street of yesteryear, and is dominated by 50s and 60s fashion – bang on trend for this season – what’s not to love? I went to the exhibition this week, and I thoroughly recommend it.
  • New blogs! Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to freshen up my Bloglovin’ feed with some new blogs, and revisiting a few old favourites. Florence Finds has got some fab recipes and photography, plus plenty of pretty dresses, the Oxfam Fashion Blog provides an insight into how the charity is constantly evolving its fashion sector, and this week Niki of Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion inspired me with her outfit post on printed jackets.
  • Motel vintage. Last week I found two gorgeous vintage dresses from Motel and I decided to face my outfit-posting fears and take a few photos in our garden. It made me fall in love with Motel again and I can’t wait for more warm weather so I can wear these dresses again!

Ship-Shape is moving...

  • And finally, some exciting news! I’ve been waiting for ages to share this but Mr Ship-Shape and I have bought a house! We’ll be moving in very soon so I may go AWOL for a bit, but I’m very excited, if a tad nervous that we are now on the property ladder. Also worried that cheeky shopping trips to Cabot Circus will be replaced with Saturdays spent wandering the aisles of B&Q and incessant tweets about DIY, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it…

That’s it from me for this week – I’ve got to finish packing. What has been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below….



Filed under blogs, Motel, photography, Rock The Week, vintage

Motel: Vintage dresses and sunshine

Motel vintage floral dress

Motel vintage floral dress

Last week I was walking down Park Street when I spotted Motel’s sale window, and I couldn’t resist popping in for a quick look. I’m pleased I did, because I found their £5 vintage sale rail and fell for this dress, above. As it was ‘£5 each or 2 for £7’ I thought it would be rude not to try on a few more vintage pieces, and didn’t find it hard to find another dress to take home.

I’ve been a huge Motel fan since I moved to Bristol for university seven years ago. Back then Motel’s shop on Park Street was called DNA and was the same brand, just a different name. At the start of every term, when my student loan got a top-up, I’d treat myself to a haircut from Toni & Guy and a dress or top from Motel. I loved the printed, loose tops and wore them until they were literally falling to pieces. Now Motel’s body-con prints are stocked in Topshops up and down the country, and the Park Street shop has shifted its focus to vintage and upcycled garments.

After I found these dresses I took them home to photograph, but my usual way of shooting in front of my huge windows just didn’t do them justice. And, since the weather was so glorious at the weekend, I thought it would be rude not to photograph them in the sunshine!

So, here are a few snaps of me in the garden, kindly taken by Mr Ship-Shape, who, despite a few initial protests, quite fancies him self as a bit of a David Bailey. I’m still quite new to being in front of the camera, so you’ll have to ignore my head tilts and hair covering my face, and instead focus on how gorgeous these dresses are! I love the floral print and cut of the first dress, and although the peach and white stripped dress (an old M&S number) is a bit large, it should be easy enough to take in at the sides for a better fit.

Motel vintage floral dress

Vintage floral dress, Motel / suede belt, vintage / grey knee high socks, H&M / tan cowboy boots, Primark

Peach and white M&S dress from Motel

Peach and white striped dress (originally M&S), Motel / black and gold belt, vintage / white canvas wedges, New Look

Peach and white striped Motel dress

Check out the blue sky - no Photoshoping required!


Filed under H and M, Marks and Spencer, Motel, New Look, Primark, shopping, vintage

Something for the weekend…

Motel clearance shop

I have been so busy with my new freelance gig that I have had hardly anytime to blog about the fashions of Bristol of late, let alone go out and experience them for myself, so apologies for the sporadic posting of the last couple of weeks.

Anywho, there are plenty of exciting fashionable happenings taking place this weekend including the epic Bristol Harbour Festival. OK, while not exactly fashion related it will immerse the centre of Bristol with live music, local produce and plenty of warm cider. There are fireworks, sailor caps worn in a ironic way and lots and lots of boats, decked out in colourful flags and bunting. Celebrations kicked off last night and will continue across the weekend so grab your friends and a picnic blanket and head down.

Motel Park Street

Next up is Motel. Originally only a Bristol brand, you can now find the iconic prints and simple body-con dresses across the country in Topshop, Republic and House of Fraser to name but a few. Luckily for us Bristol-based girls their flagship store on Park Street is getting a makeover which has resulted in a pop-up shop opening up across the road next Cooshti! The shop opened its doors on Monday and will be selling stock at ridiculously cheap prices and till the old store re-opens in mid August. For more info check out the Facebook event, here.

goldmine flyer
Finally, if you have any energy left this weekend then you should hot-foot it down to Stokes Croft for the opening of a brand new vintage store, above. The brains behind Dutty Girl are launching Goldmine tomorrow night, and opening to the public on Monday. Running till mid October, you have but weeks to get your hands on cheap-as-chips bags, retro t-shirts and 80s jumpers. The location of choice is Central Reservation, once a motorcycle showroom, this huge space is now used for exhibitions and promotion of the visual arts. Goldmine will be open seven days a week so there is no excuse not to pop in and bag yourself a bargain.

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