Category Archives: Vintage

Local Love: Bohemia, Picton Street

Bohemia Picton Street.jpgWarning. Prepare to see lots of photos of very pretty things that you will want to buy.

Montpelier is one of my favourite areas of Bristol and at its heart is Picton Street, a narrow road full of colourful terraced houses, cafés, delis and the annual Picton Street Christmas Fair. It’s also home to Bohemia, a tiny tardis of a shop packed full with vintage and retro clothes, jewellery and homewares.

Bohemia vintage clothesWith its bright pink doors and a turquoise front, Bohemia is hard to miss. Run by Jan and Siobhan, the shop is a magpie’s dream, with rails of glitter, silk and sequinned clothes slotted between cabinets overflowing with beaded necklaces, gemstone costume jewellery and the occasional flamenco dancer doll. This is the second reincarnation of Bohemia, as Jan used to run a shop of the same name on the same street six years ago.

The back of the shop is home to local artists and designers who sell secondhand books, painted portraits and quirky jewellery. Renting out part of the shop this way means that each seller takes turns running the shop, leaving Siobhan and Jan free to source new china tea sets and items of clothing.
Vintage and retro trinketsThe thing I love most about Bohemia is how colourful and kitsch it is. The window dressing and styling is cheerful, busy and, perhaps most importantly, fun. There’s no stuffiness or standing on ceremony here – displays are well thought out but never dull. The overall aesthetic is pleasing to a magpie like me, and if I didn’t own so much vintage crockery already, I’d snap up one of their vintage tea or coffee sets in an instant.

In celebration of its first birthday on Picton Street, Bohemia will be hosting a party next Saturday, 5th April. From 11am the boutique will be offering free up cycled jewellery demonstrations, cupcakes, portraits by resident artist Grace Engel, plus a 10% discount on all purchases. See you there?

Bohemia, 52 Picton Street, Bristol BS6 5QA. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm.

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Local Love: Time After Time

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I’ve recently been spending some time in Stroud, which is just over half an hour away from Bristol by car. Aside from the myriad of charity shops there are to explore – recent finds include this pretty swallow print top – there is one place that I can’t help but visit every time I’m there.

A Stroud vintage emporium divided over two floors, every inch of space in Time After Time is used to display jewellery, clothes, homewares and accessories dating from the early 1900s to the 1980s. Vintage shops can often suffer from too much clutter, but at Time After Time every single item has its place, from fur stoles to china teapots. Bowler hats are hung from cupboard doors and delicate beaded evening bags and printed mirrors line the stairwell.

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Husband and wife owners David and Sandra have run Time After Time for six years, perviously organising vintage fairs in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and have both been involved in the fashion industry since the 1960s – there is an adorable photo of the couple from the 1970s can be seen on their about page.

Each piece that makes its way into the shop is handpicked – with David sourcing the clothes and Sandra picking out (and designing) jewellery. Trips to source new pieces take place regularly and David assures me that it’s the best form of retail therapy.

It’s unusual to find a vintage boutique that covers menswear, womenswear, accessories, homewares and jewellery and that does it with such aplomb – you could spend hours looking at trinkets or chatting enthusiastically about 1950s bridesmaid dresses and barely even scratch the surface of this treasure trove.

While Time After Time has been a recent discovery for me, it’s no secret to designers and creatives including Cath Kidston, Philp Treacy and Lily Allen, all of whom are regular visitors to this quaint duck egg blue shop. The last time I visited the shop a selection of 1920s dresses had just arrived, but they were strictly off limits until after Lily had seen them and called dibs on them for her new music video.

If you’re ever in Stroud you have to visit this shop as you’ll find a million and one things you want to take home with you! Have you made any new vintage shop discoveries recently?

Time After Time, 30 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 1AJ. Open 10am –5pm Monday–Friday, 9am–5.30pm on Saturdays.

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Vintage Dresses and Christmas Markets

Vintage dress and HM machGlastonbury Festival is the last place I’d expect to find decent, work-friendly vintage, but this summer I did just that when my friend Ceri and I stumbled across a stall selling all their vintage dresses for a fiver. Needless to say it didn’t take much convincing for me to have a rummage and unearth this beauty.

This geometric print, three quarter length sleeve dress – complete with pockets – was made by Hardob, a now defunct German clothing brand, from what I gather, and is most probably from the 1970s. It was in great condition and after attempting to try it on over my clothes while not covering it in an obligatory layer of mud, I decided it had to be mine.

Vintage dress and HM macThe trade-off for buying garments from this decade is that they’re often made from polyester, which isn’t the most pleasing fabric out there, but it does mean that dresses like this won’t object to being thrown into the washing machine instead of hand washed.

I wore this dress, along with an H&M trench coat and Zara studded boots, to Saturday’s Picton Street Christmas Fair. The road was heaving and while we were there we saw some fantastic circus acts, including a trapeze artist and fire poi.

I don’t know if it’s the mild weather or the looming responsibility of cooking Christmas dinner, but I’m still not feeling especially ‘Christmassy’ yet – I suspect the numerous Christmas jumper themed parties coming up this week will change all that though!

Are you buying any gifts from Christmas markets this year?

Vintage Hardob dress – a Glastonbury festival stall / Trench coat – H&M / Cable knit socks – M&S / Green quilted shoulder bag – River Island / Studded tan brown cowboy boots – Zara

Trapeze artist at Picton Street Christmas MarketVintage dress mac and red hairPicton Street Christmas marketRiver Island quilted shoulder bagMistletoe for saleCircus skills at Picton Street Christmas market

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Competition Alert: Creative Couture Fashion Designer of The Year

Creative Couture Fashion Deisnger of The Year competitionSomething a little different on the blog today, I’m excited to announce the launch of Creative Couture Designer of The Year, a new fashion design competition launched by vintage boutique, Heartfelt.

The aim of this competition is to inspire and encourage creative fashion talent, and there are several categories including 16-18 year olds, 19-25 year olds and 26 years old and over, as well as an additional category for 11-15 year olds. Budding designers can either design a new vintage inspired outfit or rework an existing piece to give it a new lease of life.

The competition is in conjunction with Little Wings, a local organisation that supports children’s charities around the world, and designers will need to work the theme ‘little wings’ into their design.

Some of you might recall that I blogged about Heartfelt, based in Clifton, a few months ago, which combines beautiful vintage threads with tea rooms and even styling and photography projects. Ever one to keep busy, owner Mandy Hawkins is busy preparing for a Vintage Weekend Spectacular next summer, which is where the winning designer will be announced.

Creative Couture Designer of The Year 2014 launched earlier this month and to be in with a chance of winning, you need to register by 24th January 2014. For more information and to register, contact Mandy Hawkins on 07809 302626 or email heartfeltmb2010@hotmail.co.uk.

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A Pretty Nostalgic gathering at Kingsweston House

Vintage embroidery by Teresa Dunne WillaparkWhat do you get if you add a vintage magazine, a stately home and some of the South West’s best vintage emporiums? That would be Saturday’s A Pretty Nostalgic Magazine Gathering at the beautiful Kingsweston House. Situated on the outskirts of Bristol, near Avonmouth, Kingsweston House was built in the 1700s and its grand ball rooms and lush green gardens were the perfect location for the event, which combined shopping, wedding planning and lots of vintage inspired activities and outfits.

Organised by Pretty Nostalgic magazine, the day included various talks, demonstrations – from the Lindy Hop to Jane Austen inspired dancing – and a bloggers networking hour, to which I was invited. There were also several stalls selling vintage inspired clothes, toys and homewares, my favourite being Teresa Dunne Willapark’s designs, above. The Cornwall-based artist uses vintage fabric and hand stitching to create her intricate wall hangings and greetings cards.

KingsWeston House, BristolAfter a rocky start trying to find a place to park, I arrived in time for a little browsing (and mandatory photograph taking) before the networking hour began at midday. Eli, Emily, Lily, Angela, LouisaLucy, Helen, Jo, Catherine and I settled down into the yurt opposite Kingsweston House and, after a slightly awkward AA style introduction where we went around in a circle introducing ourselves and our blogs, we settled in for a natter.

I was initially skeptical of an organised networking hour but it was refreshing to be able to chat about the kinds of things that friends without blogs don’t always understand, such as the merits of blog networks, which hosting company to go with (yep, that was my question) and Pinterest photography tips.

I didn’t get any photos of us networking but that’s not a problem since there were so many beautiful vintage-inspired treats for the eyes that are far better looking than us bloggers! Here are some photos from the day – big thank you to Pretty Nostalgic for inviting me.

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