V&Oak Post: 10 Vintage Instagram Accounts to Follow Right Now

I must admit, I am a little bit obsessed with Instagram. It’s one of the first things I look through when I wake up in the morning. With a big mug of coffee in hand, there’s nothing better than to just browse through inspiring images from all over the world – the colours, the beauty and general positive vibe of these little square images often trigger ideas for V&OAK and motivate me to be creative.

Here are some of my favourite accounts!

Adored Vintage

Adored Vintage


Run by a shop in Long Beach, California, this Instagram account features lovely vintage clothing for sale, and beautifully styled images from the owners’ charmed lives.

the vintage news

The Vintage News


Vintage News correspondent and creator of The Vanity Case handmade customised fans, Sadie Doherty, lives in Brighton and has impeccable Forties inspired style. I had the pleasure of meeting Sadie at the Festival of Vintage in April, where she interviewed me for the Vintage News. Keep a lookout for the footage on the V&OAK website.

shini park

Shini Park


Pretty much every photo on Shini’s Instagram account is beautifully styled or just a perfectly composed shot. And really it’s no wonder, because Shini is an accomplished photographer, blogger and most recently, author of gorgeous new DIY fashion project book, Adorn. 

Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine


A chef and cookery writer by trade, Gizzi gets a spot in my top ten by way of her trademark beehive hairdo and Sixties inspired style. Her insta posts combine food, vintage and cats. I don’t think I need to say more!




Blogging as Vixen Vintage and selling her carefully curated finds on Etsy, Solanah has an eclectic and adventurous personal style, mixing mid-century pieces and modern separates with ease.


6 Calivintage


Based in LA, Erin Hagstrom posts adorable photos of her newborn, colourful snaps of her home turf, and exceedingly stylish sun-drenched style shots of herself looking effortlessly chic. They’re the kind of pics that make you long to live in sunnier climes.

retro chickRetro Chick


Featuring cocktails, good food and vintage outfits aplenty, vintage blogger Gemma’s Instagram feed reveals a life lived very much to the full! Her blog is a popular homage to all things glamorous and retro and is one not be missed!

yesterday girlYesterday Girl


With her bold red lipstick and perfectly coiffured black hair, Jennifer looks like she was born to wear midcentury vintage. Her pics radiate Fifties glamour and even the non-fashion shots carry a sense of nostalgia.

Dawn O'Porter

9 Dawn O’Porter


Dawn’s Insta posts are entertaining and candid, giving us a glimpse into the LA lifestyle with a distinctly British feel. The best bit though is that Dawn is doing a brand new show on Channel 4 called This Old Thing. Focusing on vintage and upcycling, the six-parter is one not to be missed. It’s due to be broadcast this month so keep a lookout! We interviewed Dawn a few months back to find out about this show and her love of vintage. You can read all about it in our Spring/Summer 2014 issue, available to buy here for just £4.95.


10 V&OAK Magazine


Of course, we can’t finish this list without giving our own Instagram a little mention! We post lots of vintage inspiration and behind the scenes snaps. Find out what we’re up to, take a peek inside upcoming magazines, and chat to us too!

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova

P.s. don’t forget to follow Judy’s – @judysvintagefair



V&Oak Post: Issue 2 is Out!


It has arrived! After six month of hard graft, organising photo shoots, commissioning articles, sourcing beautiful vintage products and interviewing two of my favourite TV personalities, all the while appearing at vintage fairs around the country at weekends, Issue 2 of V&OAK has arrived!

As the Editor, I see every page countless of times. I know the magazine like the back of my hand, and yet, it is still always slightly nerve-wracking to wait for the final product to arrive. Waiting for that final metamorphosis from pages on a screen to a physical, perfect-bound magazine is both terrifying and thrilling at the same time. But after the final wait, I must say that our Spring/Summer 2014 edition is a beauty to behold.

This issue as the last features nearly 200 pages of pure vintage and handmade content. Printed on thick glossy paper, V&OAK is designed with quality in mind. We are quite selective about the things we feature and the stories we include. There are lots of inspiring photo shoots, in-depth features and plenty of products to buy too. Our Spring/Summer 2014 issue includes some topical stories but plenty of timeless articles too, making each of our issues a beautiful keepsake to refer to time and time again.

And the best bit – each issue costs just £4.95 and can be ordered online here. Direct Debit subscribers get an even better deal  – two issues for £8 including P&P. Subscribing takes just a few minutes and can be done here.

Fancy a sneaky peek inside? Have a browse through my copy – I managed to shoot a few pics on my balcony before the weather really turned!


Dawn O’Porter (TV presenter extraordinaire, wife of Chris O’Dowd and most importantly to us, a devotee of vintage fashion) is heading up a brand new TV show all about our favourite subject. To be shown very soon on Channel 4, each episode of This Old Thing sees Dawn meet ‘vintage virgin’ and teach them the ways of shopping for timeless, irresistible fashion. On top of this Dawn has a trusty team of seamstresses on hand to help convert guests’ unloved vintage finds into something they can’t wait to wear. Sounds great doesn’t it?

I was absolutely delighted to interview Dawn to find out more about the show, her love of vintage and her view on High Street shopping. We even ventured into controversial territory and mulled over the question of vintage fur. Want to know what she said about all this and more? Check out Issue 2 for all of the goss!


Hands up who’s got Quest on their TV? If you haven’t checked it out yet, you must watch Salvage Hunters! The third series has just begun, and it gets better every time! The show follows decorative antiques dealer Drew Pritchard as he traverses the country in his van, looking for antiques and vintage pieces to buy. He’s invited to some of the UK’s (and sometimes Europe’s) most interesting sites. It could be a manor house belonging to the landed gentry, a castle in need of fundraising, Blackpool Illuminations having a clear-out, Brighton’s West Pier selling off what’s left of it; if they have something significantly old and decorative to sell, they call Drew!

Having been in this business for over twenty years, Drew certainly knows his stuff. I interviewed him about the show and some of the fascinating objects he has found in his career so far. I must say, Drew’s enthusiasm for his craft is absolutely infectious, and I am in no doubt that he has, as he confirmed to me, the best job in the world! Pick up Issue 2 to read the full story!


If you’re into your vintage, you’ll surely be familiar ‘Style Me Vintage: Clothes’, the hugely successful book which two years ago was featured everywhere from Stylist to Huffington Post. As an early exponent of vintage style, Naomi was heralded as an expert in her field and was suddenly in high demand with TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and many vintage organisations clamouring to work with her.

Now living in Portsmouth with her newborn baby, Naomi’s day-to-day life is somewhat calmer than it was in her London incarnation. I’m really delighted that Naomi is the second author of our regular ‘How I Did It’ section, in which someone who works in the vintage industry shares the lessons of their success. Her insight into what success really means is honest, inspiring and thought-proving. If you have ambitions of working for yourself, I urge you to have a read!


These are just three of nearly 50 features in Issue 2 of V&OAK! We aim to inspire our readers, so please do let us know what you think! Issue 2 is available directly from us at just £4.95, over on this link. You can also subscribe for just £4 per copy including P&P if you pay by Direct Debit.

We hope you enjoy the magazine!

See you next week!

Anastasia Grabova