Archive | January, 2012

I’m dreaming of a Pop-Up Vintage Christmas…

3 Jan

So, it’s that time again; the holidays are almost over, everyone is going back to work, uni or school and as we look forward to what 2012 will bring. I thought it was a good time (and about time) I share with you the magical Sunday afternoon I spent at Pop-Up Vintage Fair’s Christmas offering in early December; in the hope that we can all hold on to a bit of Christmas before twelth night is upon us and we say goodbye to Christmas for another year…

Win a pair of tickets to the next Pop-Up Vintage Fair! Find out how at the end of this post.

In this ideallic setting in North-West London, St Stephen’s Church, Rosslyn Hill (5 mins from Belize Park Tube) was transformed on 4th December into what I can only describe as a Vintage lover’s Christmas paradise.

This was my second visit to St. Stephen’s for Pop-up Vintage’s amazing fair and it finally fell on a Sunday when my good friend Alexandra was off work! So, having thoroughly enjoyed my first visit (but having had to send myself home early after spending too much money) this time I came prepared, camera in hand with the intention of not buying, just observing and absorbing the wonderful Vintage delights on offer in order to document my experience for you lovely people. Needless to say, this did not follow through. Whoops!

Upon arrival we were greeted by Pop-Up Vintage Fair’s Christmas Elves. Admission is a very reasonable £3 (£2 for students).

Less than 5 minutes in, I was drawn like a magpie to these gorgeous sparkly party shoes…

As Vintage shoes are notoriously tiny, I usually find being a size 7-8 that I can rarely find a pair I like that actually fit but to my excitement, the black pair were a size 7 and although they usually come up small I decided to try my luck. Amazingly (although a little snug) I slid my foot in without too much difficulty and immediately fell in love! I hold my hands up, I have a bit of a shoe fetish and I had been looking for a Mary Jane style shoe for a while and I like a chunky heel like these had. So after discovering they were just £15 I had to snap them up! Barely 10 minutes in, already I had broken my rule of looking not buying. And it did not end there! I also spotted a pair of 70’s oversized sunglasses from the same seller which again I couldn’t resist for just a fiver.

Hatastic

Having followed Hatastic for a while on Twitter, I was excited to finally put a face to the name. As you know, I am all for upcycling and thrifting old objects into new so was in my element browsing her gorgeous collection of bespoke hats and fascinators made from old materials. You can check out her full collection at her Etsy Shop.

Retro From Scratch

On the topic of upcycling, Retro From Scratch is a company which takes covers from old, damaged books and turns them into notebooks to be enjoyed again.

My boyfriend still loves He-Man, a fan since his childhood, so I felt pretty pleased with myself having found an old Masters of the Universe manual which had been upcycled and rebound into a sketchbook. My boyfriend loves doodling so I couldn’t resist it as a stocking filler. They also had these creative smaller notebooks made from retro beer mats and coasters.

Vintage Makeover Curtosity of Pincurls and Pout

There is so much to see and do at Pop-Up Vintage Fairs which is what makes it more of an experience, rather than just a vintage shopping day. They even have a vintage hair and make-up salon from Pincurls and Pout to really get you looking and feeling like a vintage goddess.

After umming and arring over it last time, this time I decided I definitely wanted to get my hair done at Pincurls and Pout and for me this meant victory rolls!

In no time at all I was restyled and taken back to the 1940s, complete with luscious red lips! Prices start from £10 for hair and £5 for make-up. You can read about Pincurls and Pout on their blog or follow Jeanie (the Pincurls half) @PincurlsandPout on Twitter. I was very excited to meet Jeanie’s daughter Eavie who is a keen crocheter and makes crocheted cupcakes. She has also been making dresses for herself since she was 12!! I fell in love with Eavie’s Peter Rabbit print dress but I’m gutted I didn’t get a photo to share with you as she’d made it herself! You can find out more about here here or follow her on Twitter @InvibleEavie She really is my teenage idol!

The Future Vintage Following

I was thrilled to discover that more and more young people are becoming Vintage fans. Aside from Eavie, I also met the young and lovely Sara. Her wonderful Christmassy outfit was adorable and she told me her Mum ran one of the stalls at Pop-Up Vintage and that she loves Vintage too. I am also a huge polka dot fan so the skirt and tights were right up my street! I’d spotted Sara outside when we arrived (being a kid) drawing on a chalk board.

It’s always great to see so many Vintage lovers in one place and aside from the Vintage delights on the rails, as well as Sara’s Christmas outfit, these amazing bowling style shoes from ASOS worn by the lovely Victoriah also caught my eye. Although they aren’t old vintage, I love the colour blocking and the blanket stitch detailing. Unlike some, I’m not a snob to vintage inspired fashion as in effect that’s what fashion is. Influenced by decades gone by, in fashion we are constantly recycling old styles and adapting them to make them up to date.

Victoriah has accessorised with a matching bobble hat. Such a fun outfit!

Vintage Teatime

After all that shopping ’til you drop you’ll be wanting a cuppa! Yes, by now, we were parched and of course, no good vintage fair would be without a vintage tearoom. You will be pushed to find better than the wonderful family run Vintage Teatime.

Unfortunately, we left it a little late, so by the time we got there they had run out of Mulled wine!! But of course, tea was still aplenty so we sat down with a pot and grabbed what was left of the cakes; chocolate and cranberry brownies dusted with edible glitter and naughty but nice eggnog cupcakes. AMAZING!

Vintage Pop-Up Fairs really are a great day out for all the family (as this photo shows.)

What better proof (in the pudding) than seeing the baker eating her own cake! I sneakily papped Salina, the woman behind Vintage Teatime, finally finding a moment for a break (you know you love me really Salina.) Be sure to follow @VintageTeatime on Twitter.

Melody Rose – Upcycled Ceramics

On the topic of teatime, any vintage china fan should check out these beautiful pieces by Melody Rose. Having previously seen her wonderful wares at craft fairs, I was pleased to get the chance to meet Melody from Melody Rose Ceramics and was quite surprised to discover she lives up the road from me! Melody upcycles vintage bone china and refires the pieces with vintage imagery to create unique and quirky pieces that I adore! Follow her on Twitter @MelodyRose_UK.

Vintage Entertainment

To add to the experience at Pop-Up Vintage Fairs, they always put on some Vintage style entertainment. Last time I was lucky to get the chance to enjoy the bubbly 1940s inspired trio The Three-Belles. They each take on a vintage persona and not only sing but their interaction with eachother really brings it together. We were too late to catch them this time, as after a swift appearence they were whisked away to perform elsewhere but here’s a picture I nicked from the Pop-Up Vintage Fair’s archive.

To keep us entertained and feeling Christmassy, after The Three Belles left, we were treated to some carol singing with a twist (including some beat-box remixing!)

Calling all fellow collar fans

Now, those who know me will know I’m a big fan of collars and so, I was like a child in a sweet shop when I discovered this wonderful selection, to be worn under whatever you fancy wearing that day. These were such beautiful examples, I ended up buying three (yes really!) and have already worn them lots throughout December. I planned to attach them to make a blouse but I think I might just keep them as they are, as they are more versatile this way.

Forsaken Dreams Vintage

My collar passion was also catered for at Forsaken Dreams. I loved this sweet little wool cardigan with lace collar. They were even offering free gift wrapping!

And the season’s trend for sparkly shoes carried on with these great pairs, also from Forsaken Dreams.

Jewels By Design London

We just had time at the end to check out JBD London’s wonderful collection of vintage brooches. The story behind the pieces is truly inspiring and only adds to their beauty.

JBD London tells me Suffragette brooches like these were set with rhinestones in colours to spell out support of the movement; green: GIVE, white: WOMEN, violet: VOTE. It is said that dependant on how brave a lady might be was symbolised by the depth or subtleness of the colours and style of brooch or jewellery she wore.

These brooches were multi-fuctional and could also be split in two and worn as earrings.

To view more of JBD London’s stunning jewellery, check out their website or follow @JBDLondon on Twitter.

Here are a few more images from the day. But I really would reccomend visiting yourself. The array of Vintage stalls on offer provides such a variety of unique finds, to cater for all your Vintage needs and at prices that won’t break the bank.


I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing my dreamy Vintage Christmas at Pop-Up Vintage Fairs in Hampstead. Alex had a wonderful time and I think we may be bringing her Mum along to the next one!

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs return at the end of the month (Sunday 29th January 2012) at Islington Assembly Hall and will be back in Hampstead on 12th February so be sure to put these dates in your diary for a truly unique Vintage day out. You won’t be disappointed!

Competition!

Pop-Up Vintage Fairs have kindly donated 2 tickets for one lucky ‘A Stitch in Teatime’ follower. To be in with a chance of winning, simply like Pop-Up Vintage Fairs on facebook or follow @Pop-Up-Vintage on Twitter, tweet about this blog or share a link on facebook and sign up to follow this blog. Be sure to comment on this post to let me know you have done so. The winner will be chosen at random from all entries and announced via Twitter and/or emailed on the 27th January. Your name will be left on the door at Pop-Up Vintage in Islington on the 29th January, for free entry for you and a guest. If you are not on Twitter be sure to leave your email address in the comments. Good luck!

I have lots of makes in the pipeline and will now be blogging weekly and sharing my how-to’s, so be sure to follow me @freshasa_daisy on Twitter and remember to sign up to follow my blog so you don’t miss a thing. I will be running pop-up make-do-and-mend workshops in London in the next few months so watch this space!

Love Daisy x