It’s only a Milk Bottle but I like it…

I know I have mentioned sister-in-law-to-be Elin on my blog before. She helped me review the Bourbon Biscuit Chocolate Spread but declined to be photographed.

So I spied this photo of her and some friends (Elin on the right) on Facebook sometime in the New Year and immediately posted on it how amazing it looked and how I loved those vintage milk bottles and she must take me there. Because I am like that. I am wont to enthuse madly and make demands of people. It’s what I do. And milkshake served in a vintage bottle – what’s not to like?

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As a child we lived way to far out in the sticks to be visited by a milkman. He’d have had to navigate several fields, a dirt track, a hill and some straggly sheep. Wales is just like that. I do however, remember my Auntie who lived in a nearby village getting milk and orange juice from the milk man. I used to pass the full ( or empty, depending on the time of day) bottles as I crossed her threshold. I loved the adverts, the colours and designs. They’re very evocative of childhood as I remember the products and advertising campaigns vividly.

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A few years ago I discovered someone on eBay selling lots of them and, feeling too guilty to buy myself one, I purchased one for my then squeeze. It was dropped by said beau less that 24 hrs later on our front step where it smashed to smithereens. They do say there’s a reason why each past partner is now an ex (it’s not actually the milk bottle but I still wonder if it was a contributing factor…).

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So imagine my surprise when, I opened an unexpected package to find this bad boy.

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What a little stunner! Sister-in-law-to-be-Elin had taken note of my demands and purchased my bottle. I feel the beginnings of a collection coming on.

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It is with a yearning for eBay I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it…

It’s only The Consortium but I like it…

I can’t remember how I heard about The Consortium in Winchester (http://www.theconsortiumonline.co.uk/winchester-shop/) – I think it may have popped up in my Facebook feed or perhaps been recommended by someone. Anyway, I have been ogling various items in their shop via Facebook ever since.

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We were in Winchester at the weekend and I made the Dr look up The Consortium so we could find it. As we approached, I knew I was going to love it.

It’s lovely mix of vintage and retro finds spill out onto the street enticing you in. The actual building is lovely, a period property spanning several floors including a basement.

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I fell in love with this reproduction phone – just like the one we had when I was growing up!

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These light up letters are so stunning, they’d be a great feature. I explored the whole house and finally found my P for Polly in the basement!

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This lovely bench is exactly the kind of thing I’d like if I had a house with a big hallway. It was in lovely condition and I definitely think I’ll be heading back once we’ve bought a house to purchase some quirky pieces.

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I noticed a blackboard detailing classes offered and there was a sewing tutorial going on in a lofty room – how fab. I’ve always wanted to learn to sew properly, rather than making it up, which is what I do now. Again, I think I might be heading back to The Consortium in the future…

It is with a plan for the future I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Retro Peepers but I like it!

I’ll be honest. I’ve been weak. I was tempted and as Oscar Wilde advised, I gave in to that temptation.

I have blogged before(https://itsonlyvintagebutilikeit.wordpress.com/type/link/) about Retro Peepers (for link see list on the right) Annie Towler’s brilliant website for buying retro frames. I bought two pairs of her Peggy specs last summer and blogged about buying and fitting them. Deciding I’d like something in a more 1940s vein I perused Annie’s site and settled on the Miller specs.

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They arrived a week or so ago and I headed out to the park on a ridiculously cold and sunny Sunday morning to take some pics. I took my new tripod and my new lens. It’s true to say I’m still learning to use both of them and far from happy with the results but hopefully you can get the picture from these.

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The Miller frames are a lovely tortoiseshell and catch the light beautifully. They’re a much fuller, rounder lens than my Peggy frames but they aren’t heavy. I’m very happy with the look and fitting them was a doddle. You can read about how here in my earlier post. I was much more confident this time. In a matter of minutes I’d shaped them and I’ve not had any slippy specs moments at all this week! Once again Ciliary Blue(see right for link) were swift and professional with their glazing and if you’re in the market for specs I’d definitely recommend Retro Peepers and Ciliary Blue.

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It is with a 1940s gaze I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

*I paid for all the items reviewed in this vintage adventure and the opinions expressed are my own!*

It’s only a Blog but I like it…

This evening I’m going to share some of my favourite blogs with you. The reasons I started blogging in the first place is because I wanted to find other people with the same interests as me. I wanted to find people who could show me how to style my hair, where to find the best retro clothes and who would appreciate that weird vase in the shape of an onion I bought in a charity shop.

I found them. And I found so much more. In no particular order here are my 5 favourite blogs:

1. http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com

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This is Karen and she can do just about anything. She can lay a new floor in her kitchen, rear chickens by hand and run a tight dinner party. Simultaneously. She talks a lot about dill chips. Being British, I don’t know what that means. I think it’s crisps that taste like gherkins. Which I might actually like. Seriously. You need to read this blog.

2. http://bygumbygolly.com

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This is Tasha and she is a vintage goddess. She is a demon knitter, does some great hair tutorials and has just revamped her 1950s kitchen. I love her sense of style and can’t imagine her dressing any other way.

3. http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com

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This is George and she is bold, brave and frequently in a bra. I loved her blog when I discovered it because of how she seemed genuinely proud of her curves. As a curvaceous girl, it was refreshing to see someone who wasn’t afraid to get out there and give their opinions on fashion when they were larger than a size 10. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a size 10 – George says no to body snark! I heartily agree with that too. Girls are not always very kind to girls and that needs to change. Check out her blog for plus size fashion (she’s launched a plus size range in conjunction with Lady V of London), lingerie and, currently, wedding dresses! Go George!

4. https://nailsdownsouth.wordpress.com

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This is Tat. She is a long standing friend and can tell you many interesting (and definitively untrue) stories about me. She blogs about nail art and does some amazing things with her pinkies. I personally do not have the patience or the dexterity to achieve anything like that. If you’re looking for ideas, it’s a great place to start as she’s a prolific poster! Get over there!

5. http://www.retrochick.co.uk

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Gemma is so good at this blogging lark she does it for a living! I like her make up reviews and outfits. There’s a hefty bank of information here and the best thing? She does roller derby. She actually does. *impressed*

So, these are my top 5. Obviously, I read way more than that and I’m saving some for a sequel post *wink*

It is with a sense of community I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Bespoke Dress but I like it…

Today I met up with the lovely Ali from Shake your Tush ( https://www.facebook.com/shakeyourtush ) to discuss my dress!

We met in Ikea and I was able to hand over the lovely 70s duvet cover I bought off eBay. It was an amazing find as it’s never been used and the colours are as bright as the day it was made!

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 Here’s a blurry photo of me wrapped up in it, in case you’d forgotten!

i also handed over my candy striped sheet. Again, fab condition and just £2.50. I’d love a dress in that material! So perfect.

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We discussed the style of dress and Ali had brought several patterns with her to show me her ideas. She sent me away with a list of measurements and we agreed on a date of completion. Now I just have to wait patiently! I am told I’m a patient person although I feel this will definitely test that opinion!

It is with an impatient sideways glance I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Flotography but I like it…

I can finally share the images from a photoshoot I did a few weeks ago!
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Flo Westbrook is currently working with The Oakleaf Bakery to produce some promotional images. She very kindly asked me if we could set up a tea party in the wood near her home to take some fab shots of their delicious cupcakes. I, of course, was happy for any excuse to put a pretty dress on and eat cake!
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I packaged up my dress, petticoat, stockings, Irregular Choice shoes and my beloved Berylware crockery and jumped on the train.
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I wore my Frilly Chantilly ‘Garden Party’ dress as I think the pattern and colours are great and it felt like a Spring tea party kind of a frock. Plus it’s a great fit on me and feel amazing in it. A big fluffy petticoat is always fun and looks very ‘pin up’ in photos.
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I think Flo has done a fab job on these and I’m so pleased to have been involved. There were a few awkward moments where sundry bits of forest floor adhered themselves to my clothing. Sitting on wet leaves in February isn’t pleasant and the fact that I didn’t complain once lets you know that I enjoy the company of Flo and her little assistant.
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She makes great use of the light and the branches, and I can see I have much to learn from her about framing. Also – cake! Very tasty cake at that. Do look up the http://www.theoakleafbakery.co.uk and purchase some delicious cupcakes!
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It is with a laddered pair of stockings I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Charity Shop but I like it…

Had a quick whizz around the Southampton town centre shops today and was very pleased with my finds.
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This large vacuum flask was in great condition and I love the little Good Housekeeping Institute logo! I nearly put it back on the shelf due to lack of space in my kitchen but it’s exactly the kind of thing I scour charity shops trying to find so walking away without it would have been a travesty!
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I also spied this Meakin serving dish. I do love these patterns! This china was so prevalent in the homes of my Mum’s friends when I was growing up it makes me feel cosy.

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It is with a one-bed-flat bulging at the seams I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!