Monday, 6 July 2015

Was £3,000 now £117! Where to buy Vintage Designer Fashion in London ...

A fascinating glimpse into the world of vintage designer fashion from The Independent ...
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/was-pounds-3000-now-pounds-117-1523738.html

Cocktail Dress by Coco Chanel

Please visit us at Vintage Modes in the basement of Grays Antiques for vintage designer fashion and vintage costume jewellery:

Arabella Bianco at Vintage Modes,
Grays Antiques,
Grays Mews,
1-7 Davies Mews,
London W1K 5AB.           Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm, phone 0207 409 0400

Monday, 29 June 2015

My Impressions of Arabella Bianco


This post was created by Gerald, our work experience student.

I have been working for Arabella Bianco for the past week for my work experience! When I first arrived I was skeptical as to what I would find and what I would be required to do. The fears faded away as I met new people who were friendly and people who I would not normally talk to. It definitely took me out of my comfort zone and gave me a chance to grow my social skills.

I learnt how to do blog posts such as this and how to post instagram and facebook posts that looked professional. I think I achieved this with the posts that I created. The owner of Arabella Bianco helped me when I was unsure and was supportive throughout. Everyone was friendly when I needed help and encouraged me to go further. This helped me to transition myself to a growth mindset.

My first phone call that I had to answer was extremely nerve wracking. For some people picking up the phone to strangers is second nature but for me it was a very new experience. I stuttered and paused on my first phone call but as I began to repeat the process it became natural. This was also my first time in a work environment outside of school. It opened my eyes to what running a business entails and how a work day normally functions.

To conclude, my week at Arabella Bianco was an experience I will not forget. It truly gave me an insight into a work environment, and how a work day functions. Taking me out of my comfort zone brought new challenges and helped me to gain further social skills. Thanks to Arabella Bianco for letting me pursue my work experience at her shop!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Vintage Costume Jewellery - Avon, Christian Dior and Monet


Dear readers,

When you purchase an item, you wear it, enjoy it and love it! However, has anyone ever wondered what the history of the piece is? Perhaps there is something you never knew. Perhaps it has a history of well influenced owners or perhaps you can find out more about your favourite jewellery. Well we are here to help give you some history of some of the items that we offer.

Avon  - Best known for cosmetics, Avon began designing costume jewellery in 1963 as free gifts to go with their perfumes.  Avon started selling jewellery separately in 1965. However Avon was not widely collected and Kenneth J.Lane designed some pieces for AVON from 1986 to 1995. These pieces were marked with K.J.L.

Christian Dior - Traditionally known for their haute couture, Dior was founded in 1946 by the designer Christian Dior.  It was not until 1950 however that Dior began to make costume jewellery to match his clothing collections. Always well made, Dior has been one of the most successful couture companies to this day.
 
Monet -  Monet was founded in 1929 by Michael and Jay Chernow. By the 1980's Monet was producing jewellery for Yves Saint Laurent. The key to collecting Monet is to buy the older pieces that were made in the last 2 decades. These are the most valued and sought after.

This post was composed by Gerald, our work experience student.

Monday, 1 June 2015

Vintage Fashion Fairs, London

The Amorelles at Pop Up Vintage Fairs, Hampstead
Hi dear Readers,

We hope you had a good weekend. We were busy selling our vintage jewellery at the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair on Sunday, and have two more vintage fairs over the next two weeks. If you are in the London area why not pop in for a great day out, details are in our latest newsletter. If you'd like to receive further news, please subscribe here.

Whilst we are doing the vintage fairs so close together we will be taking a break from our blog, we'll be back on 22nd June.

In the meantime, here's more from The Amorelles, enjoy!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Elvis Presley, our Number 1 idol! - If I Can Dream ...

Dear readers,
Sadly this video is no longer available. I am sure it is all steeped in legality, but it would be a very sad day if there were no Elvis Youtube videos left because of copyright issues. It is important for the next generations to know about Elvis and his music. What do you think?
 

It's Bank Holiday Monday here in the UK, time to celebrate Elvis!

If you ever get the opportunity to visit Graceland, do go even if you're not an Elvis fan, it is truly moving.

http://www.vintag.es/2014/08/before-elvis-there-was-nothing-black.html

Have a great day wherever you are! x

Monday, 18 May 2015

How to Plant a Mini Bluebell Wood!


I love wild flowers, and one of the most stunning sights at this time of year is the bluebell wood!

From Wikipedia - 'Bluebell woods may be found in all parts of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as elsewhere in Europe. Bluebells are a common indicator species for ancient woodlands, so bluebell woods are likely to date back to at least 1600'

PLANT A MINI BLUEBELL WOOD

Buy your British bluebell bulbs!  I ordered 100 from Shipton bulbs, which is a wonderful company that sells bulbs and plants suitable for the nature garden, www.bluebellbulbs.co.uk.

Choose your location, bluebells thrive in the open or shade, in any well-drained soil.

Roughly clear the area of  'weeds' (unwanted plants!).

Scatter your bulbs randomly to create a natural effect, and plant about 5cm deep and 15cm apart. I planted mine in October.

Enjoy soon!

Why not start a wild flower garden and help our wildlife!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Where to go for Afternoon Tea in London ...



Have you ever fancied having a delicious afternoon cream tea surrounded by the opulence and grandeur of a secret London hotel?
http://www.decadesofelegance.com/2014/01/13/the-delightful-history-of-afternoon-tea/

How about starting your own vintage hotel silver collection?
http://news.trawickandmartin.com/tag/vintage-hotel-silver-collection/

Have a lovely week x