How To Throw A Vintage Party!

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It’s been a busy month for birthdays at Vintage HQ – three out of four of our core team have celebrated their big day in the space of a fortnight! Whether there was something a little retro-magic about the month of May we don’t know, but we’re sure been having a fun time throwing some vintage birthday soirees to celebrate (armed with plenty of gin, of course!)

With that in mind, we wanted to share our top tips for throwing a great vintage-inspired party. Whether it be a birthday, a graduation surprise or simply just a ‘summer is finally on it’s way’ knees up, here are some things to consider to get your bash off to the perfect start.

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The setting
Many of you out there will be blessed with perfectly styled vintage homes – well done you! Having a party at home can save you quite a lot of money and create a relaxed, familiar environment for your guests – plus there’s no curfew! Although there is of course the nervousness that comes with a coaster-less drink set down on your teak table…

If you’re thinking of having a party at home, perhaps consider putting away some of your more valuables, or else closing off a bedroom/spare room for guests to leave their coats but not linger. If the idea is stressing you out or you have a large number of guests, perhaps consider local hire of a town hall or community centre – with a good theme, any hall can be transformed into vintage heaven – just ask us!

Decor
Despite our love of vintage, we’re a fairly modern bunch at Judy’s HQ – frills and frou frou just aren’t us (unless they fall into the delightfully kitsch category). We like to let vintage inform our design choices rather than dictate it, which is what you should do too. Prevent your decor from looking overbearing by sticking to a few key statement pieces – a hired in Tiki Bar, an amazing curtain photo backdrop, vintage-crockery or bold prints. All of these things at once might make guests feel like they’re in a museum – not a good look!

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Food and drinks
You’re going to need sustenance if you want to make it past 12pm! Catering rules suggest preparing an average of 3 canapés for each guest, although if your pals are like you might want to make a few extra! Jazz up your table with fancy plates and mix and match your crockery styles and sizes for an effortless vintage look. Top it all off with a cocktail trolley equipped with shakers, pretty glasses and umbrellas – ask guests to bring a bottle if you’re not quite sure what spirits to stock up with. 

Entertainment
With a good set of friends, entertainment at your party needn’t be flashy – it’s amazing what ambience you can set just with an iPad and a killer Spotify playlist. If you fancy going big guns, hire a singer or vintage vinyl DJ – and get your requests in early!

 

12244752_10207910672469057_7598799833425843544_oThe Outfits
And lastly, the piece-de-resistance! An outfit can make or break your experience as a host/hostess, so make sure it’s something fabulous, fun and comfortable – there’s no point looking amazing if you can’t move an inch. Whether you’re asking your guests to stick to a theme or simply go wild, our events should be your first stop shop – you simply never know what one-off treasure you’re going to find!

Vintage Street Style At The Kilo Sale

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 10.42.03Forget Vogue and forget Stylecaster – this month we’ve been getting out kicks out of our customers. No, we’re not talking Valentine’s just yet – we’re talking street style. It goes without saying that our vintage shoppers know their onions, but we’ve been thoroughly enjoying how effortlessly you spruce up to pop along to our fairs, kilos and fleas. Mannequins are well and truly over – what better inspiration for your next vintage buy than seeing a great look on a real-life walking and talking fashionista?

At our Bristol and Bethnal kilos, we were joined by two lovely photographers (Tegan Woods and Jordan-Jennings O’Toole respectively), who papped till they could pap no more. With poses that would make Tyra proud, here are some of our faves. Looking for further inspo? Check out our Pinterest gallery which we will be adding to weekly, or our Instagram page for daily style tips.

Join us at one of our upcoming events –

30th Jan – Nottingham Kilo Sale (details here)
31st Jan – Manchester Kilo Sale (details here)
6th Feb – Sheffield Kilo Sale (details here)
7th Feb – Glasgow Kilo Sale (details here)
13th Feb – Oxford Kilo Sale (details here)
14th Feb – Clapham South London Kilo Sale (details here)
21st Feb – Edinburgh Kilo Sale (details here)
27th Feb – Birmingham Kilo Sale (details here)
28th Feb – Newcastle Kilo Sale (details here)

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Fest-Envy – Vintage Style at Glastonbury!

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We’re heaving a collective sigh of jealousy at Judy HQ this week – we’re not off to Glastonbury! Although we have a very exciting summer of festival ahead of us with Beatherder and Festival No.6 (more info here!), we can’t help but lust for those rolling pilton hills and a line-up that reads like a who’s who of music industry.

In recent years, Glastonbury has also become synonymous with some of the world’s best street style. Vintage is a great option for festivalwear – it is often much more hardwearing than modern clothing, will make you stand out in a crowd and can be customised to your hearts content without breaking your budget. If you’re still hurriedly packing our bags before heading off to Somerset, take note from some of our favourite celebrity Glasto looks that can be easily achieved with a bit of vintage!

Golden Girls

paloma faith beyonce kate moss glastonbury fashionWhile looking as flawless as Paloma or Beyonce may seem a little unachievable after a few nights in a tent, glitter is an absolute must at Glastonbury. Lamé, sequin or lurex garment are easily found at vintage fairs and look great as a statement piece over darker shorts or tees, adding a little glamour to the muddy fields.

Earth Child

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With it’s hippy connotations and blissed-out vibes, Glastonbury is the perfect place to get your free love on. Florence, Laura and Lana display just a few of the ways to channel 60s/70s folklore – the key is all in the pattern. Pick one bold minidress, kimono or shirt in a floaty cotton for easy wearability and light packing – you’ll thank us later when you have much more space for all those tinned gins!

Simply Does It

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if you don’t fancy going all out at Glastonbury, there are plenty of ways to dress simply while still making a nod to retro. Whether it’s a pretty 50s blouse like Emma’s, 70s leather ‘n’ breton combo like Alexa or 90s oversized tee and round sunnies like Ella, these looks are all maintenance but still make an impact. Just remember to add a pop of luxury – a gold chain, patterned belt or perhaps even a gorgeous vintage handbag like Alexa’s (a girl can dream…)

What outfits are you planning on rocking this festival season? Don’t forget to share your looks with us on instagram @judysvintagefair – we love sharing our favourites.

UPCOMING EVENTS

East London Vintage Furniture Flea, 5th July (click here for info)
Beat-Herder Festival, 17th July (click here for info)
East London Vintage Kilo Sale, 2nd August (click here for info)
Edinburgh’s Affordable Vintage Fair – The Fringe Festival Edition!, 8th August (click here for info)
Glasgow Vintage Kilo Sale – 8th August (click here for info)

 

Say Hello To Yellow!

It’s March! I know, we can barely believe it ourselves. Christmas is now a dim and distant memory as the evenings lighten, sunlight streams through our windows and the prospect of leaving the house with just a light jacket (vintage of course) starts to seem like a serious option.

Here at Judy HQ, we have well and truly caught spring fever. Off the back of a record breaking weekend of events for both the Fair and Flea (thanks Manchester and London!), we are firmly into the swing of fair season and celebrating with a good dose of colour.

And what better way to welcome in the new month that with a bold, cheery hue? We’ve been a fan of all things yellow for quite some time (you only need to look at our logo!), but our passion has spread to homewares, fashion and prints thanks to our delightful traders and our long-term love affair with Pinterest. Here are some of our faves!

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What yellow items are you loving this season? Don’t forget to show us your fab kilo, flea and fair buys by tweeting or instagramming us with the hashtag #helloyellow for your chance to win a prize!

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

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@adoredvintage

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.

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The Vintage News

@thevintagenews

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.

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Shini Park

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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

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@gizzierskine

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!

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@solanah

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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

V&Oak Post: The Perfect Spring Picnic

The sun is out, and we are planning our perfect Sunday – a picnic in the park with a good book and some tasty treats. The following items are our essential picks for a sunny day out!

Spring Picnic 11940s Vintage French Wicker Basket – £39.95

Spring Picnic 2  ‘80s Buttercup Yellow Crochet Lace Collar Dress – £25.61

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Brown Leather Tassle Loafers – £29.00

Spring Picnic 4 ‘70s Straw Summer Hat with Flowers – £22.00

 

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Vintage China Yellow Primrose Side Plate – £8.95

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Fondant Fancies – £1.00 for a box of 8

 

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Handmade Crochet Picnic Blanket – £44.50

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V&OAK Spring/Summer 2014 issue – 196 pages packed full of vintage and handmade inspiration – £4.95

See you next week!

Charlotte Rowland at V&OAK

 

V&Oak Post: Vintage Make Up

In a society dominated by the entertainment industry, celebrities have us in the palm of their hand. They could dictate the most ridiculous trends and we would still follow them blindly.

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I will raise my hand – I’m guilty of this. There are a few VIPs I am absolutely in love with and I look up to them for inspiration. But even they must have found their inspiration somewhere. Today I am going to talk you through the signature looks of a few celebrities who know their vintage style.

First up, the 1940s. We cannot mention vintage make-up without thinking of American burlesque dancer, model, actress and vintage goddess Dita Von Teese.

 

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Dita’s make-up rarely changes: her winning look is bright red lipstick and black winged eyeliner paired with luscious fake lashes, all on porcelain skin. Finish with a bit of blush or contouring and strongly defined brows and you’ve got the Dita look.

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Dita gets her inspiration from 1940s burlesque dancers such as Bettie Page, with her jet black hair, and Betty Grable, with the tight curls. Both rocked the iconic red lip.

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pic 4bNext up is Lana Del Rey. The American indie singer stays true to the black winged eyeliner, but she softens it slightly with a brown smokey eye or a defined crease to add more depth to the eye.

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The lipstick is also more subtle; Lana chooses a nude lip and finishes her look with big ’60s-’70s hair.

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 Lana is said to have taken inspiration for her artist name from American 1940s actress Lana Turner, but we see more of a resemblance with French iconic actress and model Brigitte Bardot. Her kitten eyeliner, nude lip and big tousled hair made her a sex symbol in 1960s France.

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An artist who likes to jump between both looks is British singer Adele.

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Adele has confessed to loving vintage clothes and to working with her stylist to create one-of-a-kind dresses for big events. She often completes her outfits and make-up with voluminous hair.

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 Her simple red lip and defined eyes remind us of Marilyn Monroe.

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Lastly, someone who certainly knows how to have fun with her style and will go with whatever look crosses her mind is English pop singer Paloma Faith. The eyeliner and strong brows are ever present, but the lip and hair change as she pleases.

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 We learnt to expect anything from Paloma: her hair always reinvents retro styles verging on eccentric fun looks. Her style goes all the way from the 1940s with the bold red lip to the 1980s with the big hair and bright lip. Her Jessica Rabbit-like red wavy hair is often compared to actress Veronica Lake

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Paloma has said she likes to have fun with her fashion choices: she knows she’s going to make mistakes and she’s ready to forgive herself and have more fun, and we adore that about her.

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For more vintage beauty inspiration, check out V&OAK Magazine.

See you next week!

Giulia Nespolo at V&OAK 

V&OAK Post: What to Wear this Weekend

A very happy hello to you from V&OAK HQ, where we are putting together our Spring/Summer magazine. It’s a funny business, running a bi-annual magazine. In the summer we’re thinking about Christmas jumpers and duffel coats, and in the winter we’re researching glamorous swimwear and floral frocks.

At last, the good weather has come early and finally, looking up festival wear and holiday garb doesn’t feel so off-kilter after all. So, to celebrate the start of the sunny season and the imminent launch of the Spring/Summer edition of V&OAK, I have compiled for you three gorgeous outfits for beautiful Spring weekend.

Friday Night Date

Outfit 1

Custom-made 1950s style shift dress, £POA, Julie Lou

Handmade sodalite ring, £28.37, Anemone Jewelry

Gold leather bow shoes, £30, Ooh Betty

Saturday Charity or Vintage Shopping

Outfit 2

1980s dress with little hearts, £22, Rokit 

Anne Klein clip-on earrings, £12, Rokit

Pink floral headband, £24, Paradise Shore

Vintage leather loafers, £50, SMJH

Sunday Picnic

Outift 3

Upcycled denim shorts, £24, Rokit

1970s Aztec print top, £18, Love Vintage Shop

1970s floppy hat, £21.01, Charli Alana Vintage

Which outfit is your favourite?

Next week I’m off to focus on completing Issue 2 of V&OAK, so see you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, you can pre-order your copy of the 200-page jam-packed vintage magazine here!

Thanks for reading, and see you in a couple of weeks!

Anastasia Grabova from V&OAK 

Scotland Ahoy!

Greetings vintage fans!

The wind in our hair. Dusty on the speakers. Vans packed like sardine cans filled with vintage bits – it’s official, we LOVE a road trip! This very afternoon, we’re off on a spot of travelling, bringing our vintage fair to one of our all-time faves – EDINBURGH! Part of the official Fringe festival festivities, we’re filling Lothian Road’s Picture House with a spot of this (and couldn’t resist sharing…)

Salvating? We thought so! If you’re in the neighbourhood, come say hello and if not, click here to see if we’ll be seeing you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x