Hello Vintage Lovers!
I will be perfectly honest, i am seriously struggling to adjust to life back in London town after having the most wonderful time on my holidays… 3 weeks in Singapore then the islands of Bali with my lovely boyfriend, yep, there’s gonna be a bit of a comedown i reckon!! Anyways, i am indeed back and not exactly raring to go but am hoping this post’ll break me gently back in, and am hoping you get to see a tiny bit of the paradise i got to see halfway round the other side of the world…
I must start by sharing with you the most gorgeous sunset i have ever seen at 1 of the best finds on our trip- ‘Potato Head’ , this place seriously rocked my little world, down an undescript Bali style country lane lurked this, at first, unassuming beach bar. This is most definitely a word of mouth type hangout, yep, thanks a mill Verity ( my sister’s best pal!) once at the end of the lane, a giant high as a block of flats cylindrical style structure awaits, and all made out of vintage shutters!!!! Vintage shutters down a funny little lane in the middle of Bali, i kid you not! i was beside myself..
Besides the vintage shutters, the luxurious daybeds overlooking the infinity pool and the beach just beyond, this place also had killer cocktails and some seriously mellow tunes to watch the sunset to… Paradise. tick.
Probably the most surprising and fascinating thing i discovered on my travels in beautiful Bali was how much vintage inspires almost every corner of this tiny world we live in, even in some miniscule island not far from Lombok which believe me, took planes, trains and automobiles to reach ( also a great deal of patience and a handy sick bag) ,even on this tiny isle, beside the 10 stray cats and a barefoot local selling freshly picked coconuts, hung an A4 piece of paper with the header ‘ New Vintage Stock Just Arrived!’ – vintage stall opening behind the grilled fish man!!!
(You have no idea how seriously i am considering upping sticks and giving that only vintage stall in the village a run for their money!!! Surely that grilled fish man can find a little spot behind him for me too?!)
Pipe dreams aside, i digress, and back to the vintage window adornment, another of my favourite finds on Bali was a wonderful little diner called Sea Circus…
Random pieces of pastel coloured vintage glass made into groovy glass louvre windows. Check.
Not to mention the killer expresso martini i simply had to try. And the freshly caught barramundi and chips served on a wooden chopping block covered in vintage newspaper. I could go on…
Why oh why oh why did i not take this recent find of mine on my travels, a palm tree patterned 50’s day coat?!! I will be sure to definitely take this with me if i ever get the chance to do Bali again.
Fingers, toes, in fact everything crossed i get to go again, but for now back to reality and back to the here and now, in fact i’m feeling pretty inspired and may even have a little Bali style theme for my next vintage pop-up shop… I will be sure to keep you informed
Part 1 of my Bali blog is done, will be back with another installment just as soon as i can transfer the pix from my iPhone on to my computer.
I am a technophobe. Do the math.
Couldn’t not show this classic picture. Hong Kong Phooey.
Until the next time vintage lovers…
I was lucky enough to be part of one of the best trade shows in London this month.
Margin London connects brands with buyers and press and happened to be celebrating 10 years of showing this February! It was a real honour to be a part of it. The hustle, bustle and constant meetings of fabulous new folk that made amazing things!
I was there all three days and had a ball! Well done to all that showed, attended and everyone behind the scenes!
Now I am off to beautiful Bali – so watch out for my next blog full of lovely vintage delights…
Hello Vintage lovers!
Welcome to my blog and my first ever post!!!
I will endeavour to try and enlighten you on the world through my eyes, that is through the eyes of me and my double life as a part-time air stewardess and full-time lover of everything and anything vintage!
The beauty of my bread and butter job of flying the skies enables me to source all things vintage and I promise to bring you pictures, hopefully some top tips and of course some valuable addresses of the quirkiest, coolest and just out there random places of interest the world over.
So, here we go, my first pitstop- L.A!
I am currently sat on my kingsize, laptop on lap- Carrie Bradshaw style. I would love to report back that I’m bringing you this blog live and direct from this bright lumo turquoise shabby but oh so cool 60’s style motel that I came across while walking but the truth is just a tad more corporate unfortunately!
The corporate hotel I refer to is situated on Redondo Beach, just a hop,skip and a jump from Hermosa Beach, I love this laid back beach town so much!!! You never know what is round the corner, no two houses are the same…
I was hoping to snap some street style whilst here, but in all honesty the look on Hermosa is pretty uniform- cut off denims, the obligatory Havianas and Dr Dre headphones slung round the neck, oh and did I mention the other must-have accessory, the miniature french pug dog of course!
Ok, so i might not be exactly digging this look but I am totally digging the one thing that you simply cannot be without on Hermosa and that is the beach cruiser bike..
You can hire one of these on any street corner and they are so much fun,I have coveted one for as long as I can remember, I just don’t quite know how it’ll work down Lewisham High Street dodging the onslaught of expected snow and of course the bad attitude. I’ll keep dreaming, I may just start the trend in Lewisham, you never know! Keep your eyes peeled for a sunshine yellow beach cruiser parked up outside the cancer research shop, directly opposite the sausage man on Lewisham High Street, if you do be sure to give me a wave!
Anyway, i digress, back to the fashion.
This little vintage shop is bursting full of surprises and is located at 114 Hermosa Avenue.
I managed to find this gorgeous little 60’s shift dress, I just fell in love with the belt style neck detail. Of course I have added this little gem to My Vintage Affair’s collection and is available now to buy. Do get in touch if you are interested!
I really hope I’ve given you a little insight into Hermosa Beach and the life here, but I’m afraid its now time for me to cycle off into the sunset on my yellow beach cruiser…