Morning! Well, afternoon, I started writing this in the morning.
I hope you are all well? I am not. I managed to shake off a chest infection I had for about a month, a week or two back, and today I woke up with a horrible cold. I think my body is trying to kill me.
Anyway, I bring you news of three things happening in London that I think are of interest. I'm only directly involved in one but they are all notable dates for your diaries.
First up, that bastion of 1940s and 1950s vintage repro Vivien of Holloway are having a mega sale in their London boutique over the bank holiday weekend. I am currently completely in love with their gypsy tops, as seen in white here on a foggy day in Brighton...
The used to be cut really small (mine's XL) but they've had them recut and they fit true to size. I just bought myself two more in Medium, in red and black - they are perfect and you can expect to see them worn a lot over here! I will also be snapping up a couple of these stunning new cropped gypsy tops. Just look how cute they are! You know I'm a sucker for Ric Rac...
Anyway, the sale is in-store only (do note they won't be taking online or phone orders) so you'll have to head into town but it's worth it because there's a whopping 25% off for cash purchases for all own-label clothing, plus 'priced to sell' seconds, returns, end of line, remnants, one-offs and the last chance to snap up some of their limited edition fabrics. Time to stock up on their party dresses, summer holiday garb or those practical 40s dresses they do that are great for work! I currently live in their 1950s jeans. Hop over to the Vivien of Holloway blog for the full details and I may well see you there, but get in early as apparently the queues can be understandably immense.
The VoH London Boutique: 294 Holloway Road, London N7 6NJ
Fri 24th & Sat 25th May -10am - 6pm
Sun 26th & Mon 27th May -11am - 5pm
Also over the bank holiday weekend is the Festin De La Fée Verte, which is a fabulous French supperclub run by the London Vintage Kitchen. Taking place on Saturday 25th May, it's a four-course dinner, with canapés and cocktails included in the price (£37) and the most amazing Edwardian rag-time courtesy of Patricia Hammond (who we booked at previous Ric Rac Clubs). Here's what they say:
An evening of Continental opulence, art, and intrigue. London Vintage Kitchen is back, and more glamorous than ever before. Working in collaboration with Pernod Absinthe, this time you’ll be whisked away by the Green Fairy to Paris one hundred years ago, to a time where the Belle-Epoque and the Avant Garde flirted with a passion, and where struggling artistés and well-heeled socialites dined, drank and danced together without a care in the world.
For one night only, free your inner Bohemian or unleash your inner aristocrat, and lose yourself in the dizzying and daring world of Paris in 1913, without even leaving London. In a beautiful secret location, only a stones throw away from the British Museum, you’ll dine in the twinkling light of a hundred candles on an array of delicious period dishes, and be waited on hand and foot by our band of dashing butlers. Sup on delectable cocktails, inspired by the favourite drink of the bohemians’, Pernod Absinthe, dress the part and catch the eye of our wandering photographer, and dance your stockings off to that latest of music crazes from across the pond, rag-time jazz.Sounds pretty marvellous. Here's the menu!
Go to the London Vintage Kitchen to book. I wish I could go... see you at the next one!
Last but not least is something I am working on myself. The Vauxhall Vintage Bazaar is taking place on Thursday 6th June at the Tea House Theatre in Vauxhall (duh). I am going to be selling a selection of vintage and high quality repro, as will a few other ladies. There will be complimentary bubbly and canapés, proper changing areas, a bar and cakes/food available all night, the Vintage Mafia (aka Bethan, Jeni and I) will be DJing. Here's the blurb:
The Bazaar is a vintage sale unlike any other: a unique opportunity to browse and try on a fantastic selection of vintage and repro in an intimate, elegant setting, without the disheartening chore of digging through endless rails of moth eaten 80s mohair and taffetta.A Ticket to the Vauxhall Vintage Bazaar not only gives you access to a private sale of stunning clothes and accessories from 1920s-50s, but also includes a free champagne reception, gourmet canapés, swinging tunes from our adorable Vintage DJ duo and a bar serving classic cocktails and delicious home made cakes. Our mavens will be on hand offering styling, hair and makeup advice as well as an on-the-spot alterations service for that perfect dress which doesn’t quite fit and quick repairs.Tea House Theatre is a beautifully restored Victorian pub set in parkland, five minutes walk from Vauxhall Tube, bus and mainline rail stations and provides a wonderfully discreet location for this glamorous shopping experience. The vendors at The Bazaar include notable pinup models, bloggers and dressmakers from the London Vintage scene, selling items from their personal collections, with prices to suit all budgets.
It's going to be super fun, my clothing will all be priced extremely sensibly as I need it all to go! Come and grab a bargain! There are a couple of stalls still available, priced at £20 each, so if you have some quality stuff to sell (the guys at THT would like at least 20 lovely items per stall - you could always pair up with a friend!), then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the evening are £8 from Eventbrite and include a drink and canapés, as well as all the entertainment - think of it as a night out with the bonus of some shopping! They are selling fast, too. Come!
That's it for now. More pictures of vintage frocks soon! Have a lovely Monday.