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[6 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
5 things I learnt at Sew in Brighton

When booking onto Sew in Brighton’s Rework Your Wardrobe workshop I somehow missed the line about having to have previous basic experience. I don’t. I have zero experience, but wanted to know how to take up vintage dresses so I can occasionally take my friends’ machines for a spin.

Cue learning faster than I can (now) sew. Here are five things I picked up in the three-and-a-half-hour session:

1. The ‘make a tote bag’ class is a rights of passage. And one I probably should have taken – just as the other five students in the class had – before going off piste on my first sewing attempt.

2. Treat your foot control pad with the type of hesitation you might if there were a small kitten cowering underneath it and your thread will come out. Every three minutes. It seems I have a similar approach to sewing as I do to driving and while being cautious is good, being so slow that you become a danger is not. Even my needle gave up and fell out – but at least I now know how to thread a machine.

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[1 Sep 2014 | No Comment]
Style heroes – Lulu Guinness x UNIQLO

Prolong that summer feeling into September with these Miami-inspired designs by Lulu Guinness for UNIQLO. The Cadillac and palm print is classic Lulu – rocking that 1950s vintage vibe the British designer has become known for.

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[30 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
New York – where to shop vintage?

Before the year is out I’ll have ticked New York off my bucket list and I’d love for you – stylish VB readers – to help me plan the trip of a lifetime. Where do we start the search for secondhand gems?

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[24 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
Pretty in pineapples

With pineapples on tastemakers’ menus this summer it was the turn of Tiki and Mid-century fans to get excited by what’s new. I picked this fruity dress from Sugarhill Boutique on Sydney Street to wear on my birthday.

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[10 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
August Bank Holiday vintage house sale

There’s little that gets vintage lovers more excited than a tip off on a fellow collector’s clear out. And we have news of a Bank Holiday open house sale set to see 1950s fans fighting over clothes, ceramics and furniture.

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[3 Aug 2014 | No Comment]
5 things you need to know about Schiaparelli

My latest commission for Vintagexplorer magazine takes me out of my Midcentury comfort zone and into the eccentric world of interwar fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli.

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[27 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Bésame Classic lipsticks – the blogger verdict

A couple of months ago we invited beauty bloggers to review Bésame Cosmetics’s new range of vintage-inspired Classic Colour lipsticks. So what did they make of the non-red shades?

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[26 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Fashion that’s FAIR – a focus on fairtrade

A BBC2 documentary on the collapse of the Bangladeshi Rana Plaza clothing factory brought the human cost of cheap fashion into stark reality this week. Here Siobhan Wilson, owner of the FAIR shop on Queen’s Road, explains why fairtrade is becoming a stylish, viable and necessary alternative to fast fashion.

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[19 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Sun Jellies – new favourite holiday shoes

After years of blisters, plasters and painful toe thongs, I think I’ve finally mastered the art of holiday footwear… Enter the bright, bold and super-practical jelly sandal.

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[18 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
Style heroes – Barbour British Waterways

Yorkshire artisan Julie Dodsworth has drawn inspiration from life on her narrowboat to create a very British collection for this very British brand, including a shirt that works for both country and city.

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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
My Vintage Brighton – Amber Rose Theron

Pin-up blogger and Lewes local Amber Rose Theron answers our questions on all things vintage and Brighton and lets us in to some of her guilty pleasures…

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[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
The Dropout Vintage – teenage diaries

Step inside new vintage shop The Dropout on St James’s Street and you could be in the walk-in wardrobe of a 1990s’ teenager. Here owner Lily Gray lets us into her Dropout diary…

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[28 Jun 2014 | No Comment]
Style Heroes – Love Ur Look polka dress

Online boutique Love Ur Look has some beautiful vintage-inspired prints; from postcards and city scenes to classic checks and florals, and all of their tea dresses are lined with a netted under-hem for flirty full skirt volume.

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[28 Jun 2014 | No Comment]
My House of Bricks S/S14 – Film vs Digital

Brighton online vintage boutique My House of Bricks has captured some of summer’s biggest trends in its latest Lookbook, showcasing the jumpsuit, sports luxe and pretty pastels.

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[14 Jun 2014 | No Comment]
Jamie’s Italian Restaurant Brighton

My name is Jo-ann and I’m happiest with a fork in my hand and wearing accessories that match my surroundings. Okay, only the first part of this is true – but my love of primary colours was indulged at Jamie’s Italian this weekend…