Monday, 15 December 2014

Festive Fleur 2014

Christmas is coming up fast, right? I'm so not ready for it, at all. But at least  I *look* ready, because lovely Shona Heyday has released the 2014 Christmas Fleur dress in plenty of time for the big day. Look!

It's the Holly Berry Fleur dress this year, with sprigs of holly and gold bells on a forest green background, with bright red binding on the pockets and neckline. It's a 1940s style wrap, of course - perfect for wearing at home or to parties... my personal favourite detail is always the pockets!

Last year's was red, if you can remember that far back...

If you fancy owning a Holly Berry Fleur dress, make haste my sweets, for as usual, it is limited edition and won't wait around for very long!

Not sure if you noticed, but aside from a new colour, this year, I also have a rather exciting addition...

The completely awesome Tracy D has started a not-so-little project on my left arm! This is as far as we got on the first session. It's an Art Nouveau peacock and fan, surrounded by blossoms and peonies. I love it and can't wait to show you more as it progresses. Exciting! 

How's all your Christmas prep going? 

Fleur xx

Friday, 12 December 2014

Fabulous Fontaine's

Recently, my dear friend and former events partner Emerald Fontaine did something rather amazing. She's opened what is definitely the most amazing Art Deco bar in all of London town.  Best of all, my London readers will get a special offer this week/end... read on!

Fontaine's is in Dalston, in the trendy East End and it is truly fabulous. She put heart and soul into making it the most gorgeous bar in the world. Just look!

She serves cocktails - nothing dating to later than the 1950s (the Pina Colada), with most from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

Clover Club

Pina Colada

Mint Julep


There's also the amazing food! Small plates, created by Emerald's brother the chef, are all simple, classic things like cheese and meat boards, chips & dips and prawn cocktail! 

Meats including hom-made paté and rabbit rillette. 
Prawn cocktail!
aubergine dip with crudites and crisps
Neal's Yard cheeses and home made chutneys!
These chips are topped with lemon and tarragon... trust me, it's amazing!

I took all these photos! Apart from the next one... For tonight at Fontaine's, it is Bellini Friday - a Bellini cocktail and 3 blini canapés - smoked salmon and caviar - for £10.

But...if I've temped you into coming to visit Fontaine's then Emerald has offered Diary of a Vintage Girl readers a complimentary glass of prosecco when you visit this weekend! Just go in for your Christmas drinks tonight and tell them I sent you! :)

Christmas in London doesn't get much more glamorous!

Fleur xx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Socks and sandals (and kittens)

As any regular readers will know, I love Swedish Hasbeens a lot. I have many pairs and practically live in them in the summer. I also have a pair of winter boots I snagged at a too-good-to-resist sale price a couple of years ago, but, apart from those, my clog collection doesn't get worn in the winter at all.

Until now?

I was sent a pair of incredibly warm wooly socks by fellow Swedish brand Gudrun Sjödén to pair with sandals and I think I might be a convert! These are significantly jazzier socks than I'm used to wearing, but who doesn't like jazzy?

The shoes are the Swedish Hasbeens Lacy Sandals, which would otherwise have been in the cupboard until summer.

Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Lacy Sandal in Bordeaux
Top: Freddies of Pinewood saddle tee
Cardi: Handknit

It looks kinda 70s, but that's right for the clog era! What do you reckon, can I pull it off?

PS. Bonus kitten pic as I'm working with this little one today!

Fleur xx

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