Thursday, 19 December 2013

Merry Christmas Greetings!

Thank you so much for reading our blog.

We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We'll be back on 6th January.

Of course it's Marilyn Monroe!

Best Wishes x

Monday, 16 December 2013

Christmas 2013
Hello dear readers,

Starting this Friday we are busy with our last Christmas events. We are at Bromley Christmas Charter Market and Pop Up Vintage Fairs London in Spitalfields Market. Check out the details here.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Vintage Events - St Stephens, Hampstead with Pop Up Vintage Fairs London ...

What a wonderful time we had at the Pop Up Vintage Xmas Fair yesterday!
The entertainment by The Amorelles was fabulous!
A big thank you to our lovely customers.
Here are all the gorgeous photos of the fair

Monday, 2 December 2013

Vintage Events - Alexandra Palace and Hampstead with Pop Up Vintage Fairs ...

Have a browse through all the lovely photos from yesterday's Pop Up Vintage Fair at Alexandra Palace!

Next Sunday 8th December catch us with Pop Up Vintage Fairs again in Hampstead

Discover beautiful and unusual vintage gifts this Christmas!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Snow Queen by Arabella Bianco - a mini-video

Vintage and vintage inspired jewellery for the modern day Snow Queen.
A few Christmas gift ideas here, or treat yourself.
Release your inner glamour vintage style!

Monday, 14 October 2013

The Call of the Jitterbug Doll: vintage model Amanda Lee

I recently discovered the blog of vintage model Amanda Lee, here she is gracing the side of the 5 & Diner food truck! Amanda's blog is at

Monday, 7 October 2013

WIN a £50 Voucher to spend at Arabella Bianco ...

Would you like to win a £50 voucher to spend at Arabella Bianco?
Here's your chance! Click the image below for details!

Monday, 30 September 2013

Arabella Bianco vintage style and American Muscle Cars! A guest post by Scott

What might appear an odd comparison, Arabella Bianco and American Muscle cars, first impressions can be deceiving!! In today’s market American Muscle cars are some of the most sought after cars in the world. 

Arabella Bianco prides itself on seeking out quality unique vintage jewellery from around the world. Like American Muscle Cars, Arabella Bianco’s jewellery selections often have an interesting history and conjure up the glamour and romance of the exciting vintage fashion era.

Couple these finds with outstanding during and after customer care, you cannot go wrong with Arabella Bianco as your one stop shop for quality vintage jewellery with a difference!

Pontiac GTO circa 1960s

What Makes American Muscle Cars So Special?
The history of the American muscle car was rather short, but these great cars made quite an impression on people- they're even more popular today than when they were first rolled off the assembly line. The true muscle car era only lasted about a decade, but its legacy has endured in the fact that these cars are some of the most sought-after in the world.
In the strictest definition, a muscle car is one that was built from 1965-1973, and it has a V6 or a V8 with a medium-size chassis. Muscle cars usually have masculine, aggressive lines, and sit low and wide. Most don't have the best handling, but they all have one thing in common- lots of power and speed. Within these short eight years, major American car manufacturers all competed to build the fastest and most aggressive muscle car; the battle continued onto the drag strip.
A couple of years after WWII ended, thousands of soldiers came home and the baby boom generation started. Back then, cars were inexpensive, slow, and didn't look very good. They served a purpose, and recreation wasn't it. However, starting in 1964, things began to change. Pontiac debuted the GTO package, based on its Tempest with a V8 motor. The new vehicle was powerful and fast, but that wasn't enough for Pontiac. They wanted it to be attainable for the average worker. The GTO package was so well-received that it soon became a separate line, and set the bar for automotive performance at the time.
Not to be outdone, Ford debuted its Mustang in 1965, and in less than two years, the car sold 1.5 million units. In subsequent years, heavier cars such as the Super Bee and Roadrunner became the norm, but none attained the popularity of the Pontiac GTO. The end of the muscle car era came about in the mid 1970s as insurance companies began raising premiums for these fast cars, due to a high number of accidents. The fuel crisis of the time also encouraged drivers to bypass the muscle car.
Although the muscle car era ended over three decades ago, these cars still hold a special place in the hearts of many Americans. They will only increase in value as time goes on, and they are special because they are a good investment- not to mention a blast to drive!
'What Makes American Muscle Cars So Special'  from

Monday, 23 September 2013

Are you a Marilyn Monroe fan?

I discovered this fascinating story by Melinda Mason, author of Facebook page MarilynGeek

"I still have to pinch myself whenever I look at this hanging on my wall.  It is a cancelled bank check from Dec. 19, 1950 completely filled out in Marilyn's own hand...  read more

Monday, 9 September 2013

The Post Office Tower, back to the 60s!

The Post Office Tower (now the BT Tower) was completed in 1965, and was London's tallest building.

It has the most wonderful revolving restaurant which was closed to the public in 1980. The restaurant is now used for the occasional corporate event.

 I would love it to be reopened!

Monday, 2 September 2013

3 Ways to Know it's Vintage Clothing ...

A great article from the lovely vintage expert Sammy Davis, 'How to Identify Vintage Clothing Labels in a Thrift Store' (charity shop to us in the UK).

Monday, 26 August 2013

Bank Holiday Monday at Old Spitalfields Market ...

It's Bank Holiday Monday!!

Today we have a stand with Pop Up Vintage Fairs London from 10am to 5pm
at Old Spitalfields Market.

The highlight of the day will be the Paw Pageant, a dog show with a difference!

So if you live around London or are just visiting, please pay us a visit!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Venues past and future ...

Hello dear readers,
We've been busy with our PopUp Britain shop in Chelsea over the last fortnight.
Here's a snapshot of our shop space, including our lovely intern Sharon ....

Our next stop is with Pop Up Vintage Fairs next Monday at Old Spitalfields Market, London. We'd love to see you there! Have a great week.

Monday, 12 August 2013

The Statement Necklace

Guest post by Sharon @ thewonderbegins.

The statement/bib necklace is all the rage right now (and has been for quite a while). Whilst they can be worn with various different tops, dresses and necklines, I prefer pairing mine with a buttoned up blouse or shirt, with the necklace under the collar. But they also look pretty good under an unbuttoned shirt, peeping out of a jacket or with lower necklines. And statement necklaces are not just for a fun night out; they are also perfect for some daytime glam and can instantly update an outfit.

I love the vintage silver-tone leaf necklace, £17.25 (middle left) for a more understated style that will pair nicely with a white or demin shirt, or the Tibetan yak bone necklace, £15 (top left) for some colour. The vintage necklace by Bijoux Terner, £24.75 (top right) is also an edgier alternative for a 'plainer' statement necklace. And for night time I would opt for the handmade bib necklace, £37.50 (bottom left) with a simple dress and let the jewellery do the talking. But it would also look great peeping out from under a shirt or jacket!

Monday, 5 August 2013

Gold or Silver Jewellery?

Guest post by Sharon @ thewonderbegins.

You may have heard of determining whether you look better in gold or silver jewellery depending on your skin tone? The vein test. If your veins are more blue, then you are cool toned and silvers tend to suit you more, whereas if your veins are more on the green side, then you are of a warmer skin tone and golds and bronzes are more of your colour. And if you have blue-green veins, then I guess you are neutral-toned and suit both!

I am warm-toned myself, but my everyday-jewellery staples are a silver bracelet watch and a circle silver pendant on a silver chain. Silver tends to be a colour which I feel matches easier with my outfits, but gold definitely compliments my warmer skin more, and from time-to-time I like to wear gold or bronze, or it can depend on the colour of the hardware on my handbag!

So do you prefer to wear gold or silver jewellery?

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Celebrity Vintage Style Fashion on the High Street

Guest post by Sharon @ thewonderbegins.

Whilst not everyone has the bank account of a celebrity fashion icon to indulge in high end fashion, the style can easily be achieved with what the high street and thrift stores have to offer. Stars like Agyness Deyn, Lily Allen and Fearne Cotton are known for mixing their high end with their high street, creating an edgy fashion style. Show your edgy side with some leather shorts (Topshop, £30), and oversized slouchy jumper (River Island, £38) and black Chelsea ankle boots (Boohoo, £30). Complete the look with a black leather handbag (Fiorelli, £30), some 60s Round Sunglasses (Topshop, £16) and a Vintage Inspired Chiffon Scarf.

Nicole Richie, one of the many stars-turned-fashion-designer, is regularly seen in oversized shades, boho style clothes and prints, maxi dresses and an array of vintage accessories. This black maxi dress (Miss Selfridge, £45) is great for the summertime, or opt for a maxi skirt (Topshop, £48) with a vest and envelope clutch (Miss Selfridge, £16). Don't forget to layer on your jewellery! Arabella Champagne Drop Crystal Glass Pendant with Arabella Heart Locket, and Handmade Natural Shell Bracelet for arm candy.

Or if you prefer an old-school glamour look, channel your inner Dita Von Teese with curls and red lipstick. Recreate the look with an elegant dress (Miss Selfridge, £26) and beaded clutch (Miss Selfridge, £35) paired with Arabella Bianco Freshwater Pearl and Diamante Stud Earrings and the Silver Vintage Style Daisy Bracelet.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Vintage Shrewd, a glorious vintage shop, by Decades of Elegance

To read the full article please click Decades of Elegance


Decades of Elegance owner Iida in a midnight blue evening gown from Vintage Shrewd

Vintage Shrewd shop owner Sonja, modelling a vintage 50s ensemble

Monday, 15 July 2013

More Men's Fashion ...

Wide Eyes, Tight Wallet - Doing A Lot With A Little 

I know I've been leaning a bit heavily towards WIWT posts over more specific articles, but today's outfit offered me a great chance to show you all just what you can do with a very tight budget. This whole outfit cost me easily under $100, but looks good enough for any day at the office or even a job interview (although I'd add a blazer).

This shirt is actually a recent purchase from Target of all places. I usually only go to Target for basics...I'll take a $12.00 Target V-Neck tee over basically the same thing from J. Crew for $50.00 any day. That said, I tend to steer away from pants or dress shirts, or anything that I would prefer to order in a 'slim' size. However, I was browsing the other day and noticed that their Mossimo OCBD's were labeled 'Tailored Fit,' as opposed to 'Classic Fit,' like the rest of their dress shirts. On top of a cool price point of $23.00, I couldn't resist grabbing one. Considering it was just an impulse buy (I didn't even bother trying the shirt on in the store), I'm pretty happy with the purchase. 

You do make some sacrifices for the cheaper price, but if you're just looking for a little bit of a change in your rotation and aren't ready to drop the appropriate amount on a quality shirt, this is a refreshing option. The fit is spot on while standing straight, although the shoulders bunch and pull a bit if I raise my arms (slightly weird armhole dimensions, from the looks of it). 
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Monday, 8 July 2013

I was enchanted to meet you ...

   a guest post by Sharon at heartcube

A third of the tops I own are of chiffon and sheer material, and now that it’s summer, it just feels so much more appropriate wearing them than during wintertime (even though I still wear them during winter regardless). Not one to usually dress particularly girly on a casual day (my lazy, go-to outfit consists of black leggings, a black bodycon skirt, UGGs and a shirt), but I do have a weak spot for anything white, lace or sheer.

Ruffled hems, sheer panels, lace, girly silhouettes, and floaty dresses donned the Spring/Summer 2013 catwalks at the likes of Alice Temperley, Erdem, Elie Saab and Ralph Lauren. There were a myriad of pretty dresses and chic statement hemlines, which would all be in my wardrobe if I were an Upper East Side fashionista. But alas. Instead, I have compiled a shortlist of high street wardrobe wants – that is, if British weather grants us sunshine and heat these coming months.

Pinks, blues, whites and creams are in my ideal colour palette for this season. Whilst white is a quite dangerous colour to wear, nonetheless it is just such a clean, minimalist colour and my last year’s summer wardrobe was basically 90% white. The lace shorts from New Look have nice texture and detailing, and would look great with a coloured top. I have always wanted a pair of lace shorts, so I might opt for a pair this year since they are a quite affordable price.

The Miss Selfridge skater dress in a vintage, rusty pink colour is a cute day-dress option, which would match well with the embellished sandals and simple Vintage-style Arabella Bianco bracelet and the dainty pearl necklace. The New Look dress with ruffles is the more elegant alternative. Peek-a-boo sleeves are a tasteful, yet ‘sexy’ way to show some skin, and the black blouse by Dylan & Rose and the sheer-panelled River Island bodycon dress are both something I would opt for the evening time on a night out with the girls. I love how sheer can be done as summery, daytime chic as well as night time glamour. And lastly, cobalt blue is the colour to pair with white! In love with the Topshop skirt. Must. Buy. Now.

Monday, 1 July 2013

The Beginning of Men's Fashion Magazines, a guest post by Glenn at False Image

I thank Apparel Arts for paving the way for CQ magazine.

So you ask yourself what is Apparel Arts? Between the heyday of men`s elegance in the 1920s and 1930s emerged a publication that paved the way for much later magazines such as Esquire, Men`s Health, and many more.
Apparel Arts was a mens fashion magazine aimed primarily towards wholesale buyers and retail sellers. Apparel Arts could be described as an undeniable source of information for people in general in an era where mens fashion made sense.
Esquire surfaced  two years after Apparel Arts which added to the innovative idea of a men`s fashion magazine. Apparel Arts continued to carry the torch until 1957 when it converted into a quarterly magazine operated under Esquire, Inc.
The following year the name and logo was dropped, and so was born today’s Gentleman Quarterly known as GQ. I guess you can say GQ has always held the perfect message involving fashion, and as well all the things that make up our own lifestyle.

Monday, 17 June 2013

How to have a dressing table like Jean Harlow's ...

Dressing tables were very much 'de rigeur' until the 1960's.

I particularly love pressed glass, and have found a range at Waitrose by John Lewis. A few are stocked on their website

For dressing table ideas read this lovely post by Decades of Elegance

Monday, 10 June 2013

A Vintage Costume Jewellery History ...

Vintage Ivy Leaf Bracelet £35

This week I have another wonderful article for you from Sammy Davis Vintage 'The History of Vintage Costume Jewelry Brands'.  I hope you enjoy reading it.

Monday, 3 June 2013

11 Ways to Know it's Vintage ...

Vintage Filene's Basement, Boston
Here's a great American article about identifying vintage from labels and tags

I visited Filene's Basement in Boston (now sadly closed) some years ago, a great place for bargain vintage shopping!

Have you any Filene's Basement stories?

Monday, 20 May 2013

Pop Up Vintage Fairs at Old Spitalfields Market, London

Kay Francis

We had a wonderful day yesterday at Old Spitalfields Market with Pop Up Vintage Fairs.

Amongst our customers we met the very lovely author of the blog 'Decades of Elegance'.
What a breath of fresh air! Have a read for yourself.

That's the really great thing about a market in London, you never know who you may meet.

Have a great week!

Monday, 29 April 2013

Wedding pearls, pearls, pearls!

Vintage Cream Faux Pearl Necklace £18.75

If there's one thing that's synonymous with wedding jewellery it's pearls!

The choice is vast from cultured to freshwater to faux pearls.

At Arabella Bianco we whittle down that pearl search to a few special jewellery pieces. Why not take a look at our pearls to make your wedding jewellery shopping easy?

And now for the very best places in London to shop for the wedding dress from vintage to designer!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Daffodils in my garden ...

Dear Readers,

I have changed the blog post day to Monday, I hope you approve. The next post will be Monday 29 April.

Meanwhile, have a great weekend!

Best Wishes

Photo: The daffodils in my garden are Narcissus Mrs Langtry (after Lily Langtry, Edward VII's mistress). The daffodil was introduced circa 1869. I love their slightly twisted petals which blend well in my wildflower garden.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Vintage Knitting Pattern, a lace evening stole

This lovely vintage  knitting pattern for a lace evening stole is from the late fifties/early sixties.

Pin a couple of vintage diamante brooches to a scarf, and match with diamante earrings.

What a wonderful way to wear a scarf!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Bangers and Mash


"Jayne Mansfield is too fat. We prefer our Diana Dors, who is svelte." -- British press report, 1958

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Busy at the PopUp Britain shop in Victoria

Busy this week with our PopUp Britain shop!

Photo: Arabella Bianco founder Lesley Sargeant in the PopUp Britain shop in Victoria.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Arabella Bianco PopUp Britain Victoria Shop snapshot

We are sending out our blog post a little early this week.

Very busy in the pop up shop, but have returned to the office today!

Here's a snapshot of Arabella Bianco in the PopUp Britain shop in Victoria. We're there until 17th March.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, 1 March 2013

PopUp Britain Victoria, we're there!

Photo: We have been awarded a place at the PopUp Britain shop in Victoria!! From Tuesday 5th March to Sunday 17th March. Very excited. 
The address is: Eland House, Cardinal Place, Victoria, London - opposite M&S.
There will be six popup businesses in the shop. Pop down and support pop ups!We have been awarded a place at the PopUp Britain shop in Victoria!!