Friday, 30 December 2011

Happy New Year 2012

Our last event of 2011 is on New Years Eve at Bromley Town Centre Market, where we'll be running our final stall of the year.

Happy New Year to you, and best wishes for 2012!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas Wishes

We are very busy with our Christmas Market in Bromley, ending Christmas Eve.

A huge thank you to all our Twitter followers, Facebook likers, blog readers, website customers and of course our customers in the 'real world' for making this our most successful year yet.

We wish you a very peaceful and relaxing Christmas.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Christmas Shopping ...

Visit us tomorrow and Saturday at Bromley Christmas market in the High Street, for more details click here.

We have a really fab selection of jewellery and fashion accessories 'fun, sometimes quirky, and just that little bit different'.

Or visit our website for a great online shopping experience. 
We send within 1 business day by 1st class post.
Orders of £18+ will receive a FREE glass crystal bracelet worth £5 plus FREE UK p&p.

Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy your Christmas shopping and find what you're looking for.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Christmas begins at Bromley Town Centre Market

Gingerbread Man  £9.50

We start our Christmas stall in Bromley high street tomorrow.  The Christmas Market runs until Christmas Eve, and we have 5 bookings.  Please click here for further details.

Great blog post about last Saturday's vintage fashion fair at Spitalfields, we're in it!

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

More Christmas busyness ...

Vintage Bird Brooch
Vintage Flapper Brooch

Here are two fab vintage brooches that are ex-stock from the Grosvenor House Hotel, Mayfair, both priced at £27.95.  Would make really lovely Christmas presents!

And some great quotes:

Hope you enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 18 November 2011

A Bit Busy this week ...

Hi Readers,
Pearl & Sparkle Earrings  £5.50
I've been a bit busy this week creating a new line of vintage inspired pendants (up on the website soon!) and generally preparing in advance of the most busy period in fashion retail, Christmas!  Please take a look at our website for the latest offerings.  Not alot of money around at the moment, but we have some truly special items at a reasonable price for the discerning customer!

Also here's a lovely couple of posts from the inimitable Fashion Editor at Large:

Have a fab weekend!

Friday, 11 November 2011

Another fabulous venue this Saturday ...

Hi all, last Sunday we had very successful and enjoyable event at Langley Park Boys School.  Find us tomorrow at another fabulous venue:

Colfe's School Christmas Market

Colfe's School, Horn Park Lane, London SE12 8AW
Saturday 12 November
11am to 4pm

On a vintage theme, take a look at these amazing LIFE magazine photos of Marilyn Monroe:

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 4 November 2011

Our fabulous venue this Sunday ...

Golden Dragonfly and Glass Pendant  £10
Hi everyone.

This Sunday we're at the Langley Park Boys School in Beckenham with our fab jewellery and fashion accessories.

The Christmas and Craft Fair is the schools largest fund raising event of the year with many beautiful stalls selling handmade, fair trade, vintage and new products.

Why not give your Christmas shopping a brilliant kick-start?

Friday, 28 October 2011

Costume Jewellery made in China ...

Seahorse Watch  £10
Hi Readers, we tried out Old Spitalfields Market on Tuesday, and came away a bit disillusioned.

Yet again the popularity of costume jewellery made in China overwhelms everything else.

I have even started to stock some myself.  I'm not a purist about selling specifically vintage jewellery, although the real stuff is by far my favourite and incomparable.  I doubt whether Chinese costume jewellery made now will survive 30 years or more.  I never see any jewellery 'Made in Hong Kong' that was manufactured in the 50s, 60s and 70s. 

At the end of the day it's 'what peeps want'.  I stock a few medium to high quality pieces made in China,  and I have to say they really are attractive, and I'm sure I'll be down to the Chinese wholesaler for Christmas stock as it's just so popular. 

Costume jewellery made in China is affordable, the better jewellery is well made, and can be rather beautiful too.  In these tough economic times it really is 'what peeps want'.

I'd love to think that we could manufacture this kind of jewellery here in Britain,  but of course it doesn't make economic sense, we don't have human rights issues, but that's another story.

What do you think about costume jewellery made in China?

Friday, 21 October 2011

Vintage Costume Jewellery, the 1980s ...

Vintage 1980s Christian Dior Earrings £65
The 1980's are currently the most recent 'vintage' decade, vintage being defined as 20-75 years old.

1980's vintage costume jewellery is easy to find and quite luxurious. The pieces of the time were bold and fake gold!  Necklaces tended to be fairly short, around 46cm, and many earrings were still clip-ons.

Christian Dior produced beautiful quality gold-plated items, some with imitation pearls and swarovski crystals.  It was the beginning of bling.

Perhaps the British trailblazer of them all were Butler & Wilson.  Always well made, incorporating fantastic designs and high quality materials such as rhinestones and pearls, Butler & Wilson costume jewellery has always been sought after, and were at their height in the 1980's.  I have a pair of Butler & Wilson earrings and they are absolutely gorgeous.  Look for the B&W mark for authenticity.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Getting started with vintage costume jewellery ...

Vintage Napier Cleopatra Necklace  £39
What I really love about vintage costume jewellery is that it is so well-made, available and affordable.  There are always such exciting pieces to be discovered at local antique/vintage markets!

Most vintage costume jewellery is unsigned, but with experience it is fairly easy to identify a piece.  If the jewellery is signed, it makes research alot easier.  There are many sources of information, but I find the Illusion Jewels website most useful.  It is an American site absolutely packed with facts about researching costume jewellery, including an indispensable A to Z of jewellery marks and signatures,

A couple of tips.  Pat pending dates a piece to pre-1955.  In 1955 the American copyright law was amended to allow jewellery to be copyrighted, and jewellery companies began to use the copyright symbol (a c in a circle).    

For an excellent solid background read the gorgeous book 'Costume Jewellery' by Judith Miller, which features many vintage collectable pieces.

By the way vintage is defined as 20-75 years old.  Anything older is antique, and younger 10-20 years old is retro.

Fun, glamour and style... the fascinating world of costume jewellery.

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Friday, 30 September 2011

Arabella Bianco ... , and that potato exercise ...

1950s Vintage Cotton Swing DressImage via Wikipedia
1950s Vintage Dress

Announcing our first ever Arabella Bianco offer! A FREE glass crystal bracelet worth £5 with website orders of £18+ (offer ends 31st December, one offer per customer). Enjoy FREE postage on all orders of £18+. Not bad!

Don't forget this Sunday we're at the Essex Vintage Fashion Fair, be there or be square!

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And now for something completely different ...

Begin with a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.
Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand . (I'm at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Carl Art Vintage Jewellery ...

We've just taken stock of the most exquisite pieces of vintage Carl Art jewellery.

The Carl Art jewellery company began in Providence, Rhode Island in 1936, and was founded by German immigrant Carl Schraysshuen and American businessman Arthur Loercher.  They manufactured fine quality gold, gold-filled, and sterling silver jewellery.  After his death in 1953 Carl's half of the company was sold by his wife.

Vintage Carl Art 12K Gold Filled Bracelet £75


Vintage Carl Art Sterling & Crystal Earrings  £49.50

Friday, 16 September 2011

** New In ** to our Jewellery & Fashion Accessories website ...

Beautiful vintage inspired crystal statement ring measuring 2.1cm x 1.7cm.

Set in silver tone metal, ring size between L and M.

A modern interpretation of  a classic vintage ring for £7.50.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Eliza wears high street fashion ... how to wear a maxi dress

Eliza in Monet's garden, Giverny

Pink Satin Sandals - Zara

Multi-Navy Maxi Dress -

Short Denim Jacket - H&M

Have a great weekend, and thank you for reading my blog.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Spitalfields Market Vintage Fashion Fair ...

Spitalfields market Vintage Fashion Fair
This is one of our stalls at Spitalfields market Vintage Fashion Fair on 29 August. This shows our tibetan jewellery, mostly made from yak bone. Very 70s retro!

Our other stall, which you can just about see on the left displayed vintage and vintage inspired jewellery. We had a fabulous day, and met lots of  wonderful people.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Claude Monet

Water Lilies, 1906  Art Institute of Chicago
Just returned from Paris.  Truly Wonderful.

Visited Claude Monet's house and garden in Giverny.  I've not seen anything quite like the water lily pond.  Very beautiful lilies in pinks, whites and yellows.

"Apart from painting and gardening, I'm good for nothing!" Claude Monet

Friday, 12 August 2011

Keith Richards

Keith Richards 1972
I'm not really a fan of the Rolling Stones, though I do have a couple of their very well used vintage records.

By all accounts though 'Life: Keith Richards' is a very good read. 

'Addictive reading' (VOGUE)

Buy through through my British store, or American store.

Have a great weekend and happy summer reading.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Amy Winehouse

We heard about the tragic death of Amy Winehouse at night on a coach in Sicily, which was quite surreal.

Did you know that her inspiration was girl groups from the 60s? Hence the beehive hairdo.

Such talent, but a victim of the modern world.

RIP Amy.

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Monday, 1 August 2011

Our holiday fashion from Kamarina, Sicily

Pink Top - Zara

Denim Shorts - H&M

Tan Leather and Diamante Sandals - New Look

Vintage inspired Watch Pendant - Ebay

Retro 70s Sunglasses - Ebay

Eliza wore these lovely leather sandals from New Look every day.

Tan goes with everything.

Gold Chiffon Top - Miss Selfridge

Grey/green Bandeau Bikini - H&M

Lilac/multi Flower Shorts - H&M

Gold tone metal fancy Bottle Pendant - ASOS

Tan Leather and Diamante Sandals - New Look

Tan Belt - Dorothy Perkins

Electric Blue Lurex Top - Zara

Denim Shorts - H&M

Tan Leather and Diamante Sandals - New Look

Retro 70s Sunglasses - Ebay

Last, but not least, me wearing ...

Light Khaki Cotton Sun Hat - Village Hats

Shell Pink Cotton T-Shirt - Natural Collection

Handmade Tie Dye Flower Dress - Nomads Clothing

Black Leggings - Boden

Black flip-flops - Havaianas

Fabulous holiday in Sicily, we even saw Mount Etna erupting at night as we flew away from the island.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, 1935

Something not everyone knows:

Fred Astaire refused all offers to be portrayed on film. His will requested that no such portrayal ever take place; he said, "It is there because I have no particular desire to have my life misinterpreted, which it would be."
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Friday, 15 July 2011

Kate Moss ...

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Friday, 8 July 2011

Kate Moss got married ...

British supermodel Kate Moss
Kate Moss got married last Friday.  She looked very, very gorgeous in her John Galliano vintage inspired dress, and the bridesmaids could just have stepped out of Cicely Barker's 'Flower Fairies'. 

At 14 she was discovered by a modelling agency in JFK airport on her way back from a holiday in the Bahamas.

When asking her schoolteacher's advice about modelling, she was advised to have a go and could always go into secretarial work if it didn't work out.  Kate made the right decision.
Something not everyone knows: Kate Moss is 37.

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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Gorgeous vintage inspired summer Scarves

A couple of beautiful summer scarves.

High summer chiffon flower scarf and 1950s style spot and flower print scarf.

Really on trend at the moment, £6.50 Arabella Bianco

Friday, 24 June 2011

THAT Dress ...

Debbie Reynolds Auction - Marilyn Monroe "...Image by via Flickr
Marilyn Monroe dress sells for £2.8m ($4.6m

Fabulous new book to be released ''Dressing Marilyn'' by William Travilla.

He designed Marilyn Monroe's most famous dresses including the iconic white cocktail dress from 'The Seven Year Itch' and the stunning pink dress in which she sang 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'.

Order through my British store or American store.

I always thought this dress was quite plain, but now I see it has a lovely band and bow detail.  Beautiful.  Such a shame the Reynolds collection has been broken up.  It would have been fabulous in a Hollywood museum.  I always enjoy seeing these amazing creations in real life, I've gazed at Princess Diana's in Kensington Palace and Elvis's at Gracelands, what more can I say.

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Lots of new goodies...

Hi everyone, we've been busy putting lots of recently sourced items, vintage and vintage inspired, on our website.

Here are just a few pics.

If you wish to visit us in person we're at our market stall in Bromley High Street today.  You'll find our unusual mix of jewellery & fashion accessories, something just that little bit different, we would love to see you there.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, 10 June 2011

@TheoPaphitis and #sbs

I follow @TheoPaphitis on Twitter because I'm a small retail business owner. So it wasn't before long that I entered Small Business Sunday, aka #sbs, on Twitter. The 6 best businesses according to Theo are then retweeted by him.  I haven't been in the 6 yet!

Last week someone tweeted 'PLEASE READ Mr P, you always RT the same types of business, #sbs Is it worth it?', to which Theo replied 'No I don't !'. Is there even the tiniest grain of truth in this?  Or am I just a bad loser?

How exactly does Mr P choose the 6? Does he do it himself or does he have helpers? There are hundreds of entries to go through. I believe the strapline of the tweet is the all important ingredient. According to my Google stats #sbs hasn't looked at my website.

Anyone doesn't know who Theo Paphitis is?  He is of course one of the millionaire stars of Dragons' Den.  Do you run a small business?  Good luck this Sunday #sbs'ers!

Something not everyone knows... Theo Paphitis is 51.

Friday, 3 June 2011

A Quick Tip to clean silver jewellery

Vintage Fine Sterling Silver Bracelet
Silver jewellery needs cleaning? This really is a fantastic tip and time saver. Toothpaste!

To quickly clean silver jewellery rub with toothpaste and rinse. I tried this with a pair of earrings and was amazed at the result. Tell me what you think.

Friday, 27 May 2011

New Marilyn Book ...

Cropped screenshot of Marilyn Monroe from the ...
Fabulous new book to be released ''Dressing Marilyn'' by William Travilla.

He designed Marilyn Monroe's most famous dresses including the iconic white cocktail dress from 'The Seven Year Itch' and the stunning pink dress in which she sang 'Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend'.

Order through my British store (currently unavailable in the U.S.).

We've just acquired two pairs of fine quality earrings: vintage Christian Dior gold plated earrings with irridescent pearls and crystals; and fabulous almost new Butler & Wilson faux opal and blue crystal earrings.

Enjoy your weekend!
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Friday, 20 May 2011


Hi. We are lucky enough to have acquired this very fine quality vintage Weiss bracelet. This fabulous bracelet would be stunning to wear at a wedding or special occasion.
Albert Weiss, a native New Yorker, began the company in 1942, and before closing their doors in 1971, produced some of the most beautiful and quality jewellery of the time. Although not as large as some of the other costume jewellery designers like Trifari and Coro, the standard of craftmanship was exceptionally high.
Tonight, 7pm-10pm, you will find us on our stall at the Langley Park School for Boys 'ME TIME, an evening of indulgence, pampering and light retail therapy'.
Enjoy your weekend.