Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Timeless T-bars...

Shoes are a statement. They reflect your personality with every step and what you wear on your feet is noticed by all those you meet! So, if you want your shoes to speak class, style and beauty... then you need to chose your shoes with great a deal of thought and don't make quick, impulse purchases. Invest in well-made shoes that will last; if you care for your footwear, they will care for your feet.

These are my favourite autumnal shoes which I wear as often as possible while the weather permits! I know what I'll be adding to my Christmas list. Why not ask Father Christmas to treat your tootsies too!

Simple vintage classics by Agnes and Norman. Meet Mable...

Mabel by Agnes and Norman

Friday, 22 November 2013

Local life, lights, love and lots of mulled wine!

I did something different today... I saw another side to my local town. Now, I don't mean that I went to a new area, or wore 3D glasses (I'm not that cool), no... I noticed something beautiful; local pride and a sense of community. 

My mummy and I took a trip into town to see the lights switch on for Christmas. The town centre was bubbling, stalls were busy, and there was an incredible scent of roasted meat and mulled wine which filled your nostrils. 

So where was this local pride? It was everywhere; in the faces of everyone I saw! From elderly couples to young boys and girls, people were laughing and having fun - it felt special. 

With simple stalls, handmade crafts and locally produced food - it didn't feel commercial and I felt proud. It made me think about the lead up to Christmas. These small shops and businesses need our support. I am going to make a huge effort to shop local and keep Christmas simple. 

Love local life! 

Monday, 18 November 2013

Love and light...

I'm a photographer. My usual subjects are historical living historians and I had never ventured into the wedding sector - it seemed too commercial and I was too busy. But when my friends were getting married and they wanted a cozy, low key wedding, I decided this would be my first.

Working in the "Off beat" wedding industry previously (I edited Unique Bride Magazine), I knew I wouldn't want to capture the day with typically posed shots, and I wanted to make myself "unseen" with the lens. These images are the result: low key, personal, natural and simple.

Please do let me know what you think in the comments and do get in touch if you're looking for something similar for your own wedding. I'm Cheshire based.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Bonsoir ma chérie...

Beret: French Vintage | Coat: M&S | Dress: Lindybop | Shoes: Next | 
Earrings: Vintage | Ring: Dorothy Perkins | Glasses: Gok Wan

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Keep a Vintage Mindset!

I think all my holidays have been vintage. That’s quite a sweeping statement I realise, but it’s true. I have enjoyed vintage caravans, historic hotels, beautiful boats, visited iconic places and have plans for much more. However, although all of these options are wonderful in their own right, sometimes all it takes is a day trip out, with the right frame of mind. A holiday in tune with the vintage scene is sure to excite you, and with many holidays now purposely set in place to cater for those with vintage interests, who can resist? I know I can’t. But I want to express the simple pleasures that are right there on your door step. For those that need a quick fix, or have used up all their annual leave, or maybe have a restricted budget, this is ideal for you.

The simple pleasure is time travel. I don’t mean hooking up with Michael J Fox and the Doc, but allowing your mind to take you somewhere else. You think I’m crazy right? Well, maybe, but I know that there are many of you out there that sometimes feel alone in your quest for a vintage connection. Is it people, places or possessions that spark your vintage love? If it’s all three, then you are ready for time travel. I promise this is leading somewhere... the past!

I chose to visit Blackpool. At first glance, it’s modern and its heyday may have passed, but don’t be fooled, it just takes the right mindset to see beyond the bright lights and arcades, to discover its hidden history. Before I went, I read about the history of Blackpool. I looked into its past events, prominent personalities and historic structures. 

Blackpool has a powerful past. This was the focus for my day trip with my husband. We decided we would bypass modern Blackpool and head straight for its historic heart, the North Pier and the Tower. The important part of any vintage day trip is to connect with people of the past. What did they do? Where did they go? We walked the pier in the footsteps of so many before us, and talked about the people we may have bumped into years ago. It was quiet, and if you closed your eyes, you could hear the carousel and seagulls crying. I was no longer in 2013. It felt special. We sat and glanced at the Tower and talked about all the things we knew had happened there: the shows, the dances. Blackpool’s past was alive again in our minds and it was the closest thing to time travel. We continued our walk back and searched for historic highlights - they were all around us. We had virtually blanked out the modern music and passing public. No one was going to interrupt our promenade in the past.

So is time travel really that easy? I believe so. It’s what you make it. Train the eye to see it and then you will discover hidden gems in every town and city. Just remember, the connections we have with the past, have been passed down from those before us... it’s a gift.

Dress: Vintage (Linda Leigh) | Boots: Foot Glove @ Marks and Spencers | Bag: Vintage |
Tights: Next | Glasses: Gok Wan | Tie Rack (older)
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