Monday, 22 August 2011

Oh my!!! It's been so long since I last wrote to you all!

So much has been happening since I last wrote - I attended the Princes Trust introduction to the Enterprise Programme and as a result I have decided to start my own Vintage business.

I shall be attending a 4 day course in Oxford courtesy of The Prince's Trust, to learn the ins and outs of business to help me down this long and windy journey with an unknown end!

It's a daunting task setting up a business. It could take off like a rocket or sink to the bottom of the ocean like a big fat boulder, who knows! That's the risk you take when you start up a business.

The new venture is called Tally Ho! Vintage. I decided on Tally Ho! as it's a favourite saying of mine... it's also the name of a submarine used in WW2 which is extremely handy as most of the items I'm selling will be from this period in time!

So, I shall be posting images of items I shall be selling in my pop-up shop - coming soon to a Vintage Fair near you - if any of you have any requests for items or for vintage fair locations, then please do get in touch! My new email is

You can also find Tally Ho! on facebook at:

Thanks all :) Goodnight Sweethearts x

Friday, 8 July 2011

Most recent purchases

Last weekend Mumma and I took a road trip down to London (as we do!) and I picked up a couple of vintage bits for my collection. We took a stroll down Camden and found a lovely hidden vintage/thrift store where I picked up this gorgeous 1940's original tea dress!

Sadly it was around 6 o'clock by the time we found this amazing shop called St Cyr Vintage. Instantly, I fell in love with a 1940's beige suit jacket with a black lambs' fur collar and cuffs. I had a bit of a chat with the lovely guy behind the counter and he said it's 'very small' and that lots of people had tried it on and... I added 'failed' to his sentence - you could tell that's where he was going but I beat him to the punch as it were, with a giggle!
So with bated breath I tried on this breath-takingly gorgeous jacket, and lo and behold it fits like a glove!
It wasn't until my Mumma spotted two rather obvious green stains on both shoulders, that my heart sank. We uhmed and arghed over it for a while, and concluded that Jessica was going to take the jacket to her local dry cleaners for their opinion on removing these stains. She said she'd give me a call to let me know of the outcome.

I had a phonecall from Jessica yesterday, and to my utter sadness, the stains are permanent damage to the jacket and would require the jacket to be re-dyed. As with all vintage clothes, you win some, you lose some and that was a very sad defeat. 

I try to maintain a certain level of tidiness with my personal vintage collection, so I just couldn't wear this jacket knowing it wasn't in near-perfect condition. *sigh* Oh well, there will always be more vintage to fall in love with, I'm sure.

Alas, my shopping trip to St Cyr Vintage wasn't a total loss, as I picked up these gorgeous dancing shoes for a tenner, and a gorgeous pair of 50's clip on earrings (pic of the earrings to follow!).

As I've said before, I'm a huge advocate for eBay. I had to mention this little tin that a friend of mine bought for me many many years ago, from eBay while I was on holiday to Greece. I don't know if you can still buy these little tins, but I have to show you how cute it is. I use this for painting on my beauty spot - I have a mole there already, so this is perfect for just making it a little bit darker. I only recently noticed how 50's this tin really was! Isn't it gorgeous?

Another of my recent purchases on eBay was this necklace. It features wooden beads with the original clasp, and painted leather flowers and leaves. I've had to take out a few beads as it was such a long necklace, but you'd never know! It's such a fun piece. Looks great with my Collectif Dolores top, Capri's, and espadrilles!

I also grabbed myself two completely divine hand crocheted 1940's snoods.

There's also nothing quite like a stroll around a car boot sale on a Sunday morning, where I picked up some lovely cups and saucers, and hand made them into candles! These will be for sale at some point!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Holy Mackerel!!!!

Ever since I was a child, I've always dreamed of having my own business. It sounds a bit odd saying that, but it's true. When I was a kid every so often I visited my Grandparents who lived in Liverpool. My parents took me to a shopping mall called Quiggins which very quickly defined my late childhood/early teens as a 'goth'. Quiggins was an 'alternative' emporium in what seemed to me, to be the most amazing building in Liverpool. It felt like an old factory, that had been partitioned into shops galore. There was a cafe/restaurant on the top floor, a furniture shop, poster shop, record store, Clairvoyant and hair salon... probably more, that my memory fails to remember!

So for years I've always talked about having my own 'Quiggins'. Sadly, the city in which I live doesn't exactly house the same level of history that Liverpool does, so finding a 100 year old factory in Milton Keynes to occupy, may be hard ask. However, I am not easily swayed when I have an idea, I tend to run with it to the best of my ability, so watch this space.

Quiggins that no longer exists - after a 4 year battle with the locals, the city closed Quiggins down in 2006 with a Compulsory Purchase Order, with plans to 're-modernise' the local area. 

I have once again enlisted the help and support of the Prince's Trust. They amazingly awarded me a £300 grant towards the cost of my new occupation as a Body Piercer (which I'm loving!). Alongside my piercing, I'd like incorporate my love for fashion; particularly vintage fashion from the 20's to the late 50's - which is what my blog is mostly about - funnily enough!

I'm due to attend an introductory session with the Princes Trust on 26th July, so I shall of course be updating my blog with anything to do with my new vintage based business venture.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Busy Bee!

Well I've had the most darling weekend!

I kicked off the weekend on Saturday by travelling down to London to be a promo gal for Collectif Clothing ( who specialise in 40's and 50's inspired clothing. I had such a blast and made a new friend called Hollie and I can't wait to see her again for some more clothing promo fun, who knows maybe even a burlesque night out!

I had such fun at Collectif! As a thank you for flyering we were given the choice of a dress from their collection. I chose the "Stella Doll Dress" in a Cherry Stem print. I was having so much fun I decided to treat myself to 2 new dresses; a plain black 40's inspired flared dress and a very raunchy leopard print halter neck sarong dress!

This is how I decided to have my hair and makeup.... I have to give praise to eBay for my false eyelashes. I paid £3.99 for TEN pairs - and since I wear glasses, I have to cut them in half and only wear them on the outer corners. Which means, effectively I have 20 pairs of false lashes for £4! Which is insanely amazing value for money! I love my falsies!

And if that wasn't enough, I had to literally run for the train, as I had tickets to Hedna's The Vintage Nightclub event at the Stables theatre in Wavendon. I decided to wear my new Collectif dress, as we had very little time to change my outfit, so I thought, why not! I would have liked to have worn my R&K Originals 50's black velvet flared dress, but time sadly didn't allow it.

This is me and my Mumma at Hedna's!

Thankfully Hedna's will be back at The Stables in October! Wahooo!

On the Sunday Mumma and I drove to Northampton to visit our favourite shop A Most Marvellous Place to Shop, where we had Sunday Afternoon Tea!

Whilst having a good rummage I picked up an absolutely incredible 1940's grey wool dress. It's in such incredible condition for its age. It's too big for me, so I'm thinking of selling it, or having it altered to fit.. I haven't quite decided yet!

I also bought myself another 1950's lucite brooch with the original fitting on the back and a glass display cabinet that I've been hankering after for a while. I love putting my jewellery on display so I bought this:

 After our gorgeous extravagant afternoon tea, we decided to take a trip out to an antique shop in Amptill that is amazingly, open on sunday! I wish more shops were open on a sunday... it's such a lovely thing to do at the end of your weekend...

So I've been hankering after an evening bag for a while now so I bought myself this... it's a 1950's Austrian Crystal handbag made by Le Soir.

My piece de resistance is this gorgeous 1950's tartan day dress by one of my favourite vintage companies 'R&K Original' - I paid just twenty pounds for this dress! Incredible. I love it so much!

Just as I was writing this blog, the postie delivered these - I paid 99p for them on ebay! 3 pairs of 50's earrings for 99p, can't say fairer than that! hehe.

Monday, 20 June 2011


Last week when I was down in London for my birthday, I booked myself in for a complimentary facial with legendary moisturiser brand Crème de la Mer. A friend of mine over at the Fedora Lounge sent me a sample of their unfusion and I've loved it ever since, so I thought I best try the whole shebang. 

The facial itself was in the Beauty Department in Selfridges on Bond Street. It lasted around 20-25 minutes and was an indulgence I shall be partaking in more and more often! It was divine. Svetlana was lovely - she was the CDLM manager who did my facial. She explained each product she was using and taught me how to apply the lotions and potions. After 20 minutes of pure bliss I was sad to have to leave the comfy chair!

So I uhmed and arghed for a while and after careful consideration I decided to treat myself to the 100ml pot of Crème de la Mer moisturiser. It's a special edition version - it usually comes in 50ml or 250ml jars, so it made sense to buy the middle sized one. Plus it comes with a cute ltd edition box!

The next thing on my to-do list was to visit Christian Louboutin to have a good ogle at the most incredibly self-indulgent shoes on the planet (other than Manolo Blahnik of course!). I tried on a pair of black suede pumps and I swear, one day, they WILL be mine! They were called Ron Ron 85 and they were amazingly beautiful. Plain black suede pumps with a 3 inch stiletto. My Grandma Iris would have be so proud of me!
As I was trying on my next pair of shoes to be, Mumma got talking to a lady about her daughter who was also trying on the Louboutins. She was telling Mumma that her daughter was going to spend THREE THOUSAND POUNDS on a pair of Louboutins to get married in!!! She looked younger than me!! Her Mum was so shocked and dismayed at her daughter spending that much money on shoes - but what amazes me is that she still went to Christian Louboutin with her daughter to buy them! Why? If she was so against it, why condone it by accompanying her? There's no way I'd spend £3k on a pair of shoes to get married in - and I certainly wouldn't expect my Mumma to come with me - that's like pouring salt on a wound surely?

Well, that's what young people have credit cards for I guess. I can say with my hand on heart that I've never had a credit card and don't intend to. I don't live above my means. It's as simple as that.

These, but in black suede, methinks!


Well, I've been a busy bunny this past couple of weeks; what with the wedding, my 25th Birthday and finally a trip to Brighton. It's been a very busy few days but absolutely golden. I went to stay with my best mate Claire and her flatmate Arran who are both such amazing people.

I am planning on moving down to Brighton as soon as I can. It's just so vibrant. It's an incredible town. The shops are insanely fantastic. They have an array of vintage shops that I spent a rather a lot of money in! I can't seem to help myself I am a self-confessed shopaholic! It's fantastic!

I managed to pick up a few things in a shop called Bric-a-Brac and upstairs is a vintage clothes shop called Snoopers' Paradise. In there I managed to pick up the most beautiful cream silk shirt. Probaby made in the 40's. It fits a treat and is a perfect replacement for the silk shirt that has a massive massive hole in it. I'm thinking of having it repaired but am dreading how much it's going to cost to have the hole sewn up - that's if they say yes in the first place, doubtful. Anyway one can live in hope!!

The next thing I bought was a gorgeous fifties 2 tier cake stand, to replace the one I have at home that I've managed to crack! I'm so gutted! It's so beautiful but at least if it gives up the ghost I do have a replacement.

All the while I'm shopping in antique shops I'm on the lookout for a hair tidy. I've seen ONE hair tidy in 4-6 shops! It's insane. Obviously they're a rare item - unlikely to make it through so many generations in 'one piece' as it were (or rather, two pieces!).

One thing I did manage to find was a pair of 1940's Mary Janes! They're gorgeous, and have the cutest heels. Very true to the age. They're black, of course, but that's a given.

I also borrowed a copy of Some Like it Hot thanks to my most gorgeous new friend Arran, and bought myself a copy of Style Me Vintage - a very quaint little book about vintage hairstyles that has some lovely pictures in it.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Impromptu is not the word!

Well I never! We were in Selfridges in Birmingham looking at the Creme De La Mer that I want to buy myself (thanks to a lovely lady called Moira on the Fedora Lounge forum) when we're handed a leaflet saying there's a vintage tea party happening on the floor above!

So we make our way up there to see what the fuss was about and based around a franchise of Folli Follie jewellery and watches, there's flashbulbs going off, makeup mirror lights with ladies having their hair done, ladies all dressed up to the nine's in 40's garb handing out cups of 'Gin Tea Cocktails' in mismatched crockery, cupcakes and a makeup artist from Benefit recreating makeup from the 40's!

We had no idea what was going on but thought we'd get in on the tea and cake action. I thought 'ah, why not' to having my hair and makeup done as I was already dressed in my usual 1940's wardrobe, but hadn't bothered with the hair and makeup. Perfect!

They seemed to have taken a liking to my look, as I ended up being asked by the photographer for the event to pose for some photos in front of the Folli Follie cabinet and pose as though I was trying on the jewellery whilst having a cup of tea poured for me.

Oh it was so much fun! Everyone was watching and staring while I was having my makeup done (and I met a lovely young lady called Lucy who also had her hair and makeup done) and during the shoot. If it wasn't for the gin in the tea I probably would've been too shy to have even had my hair or makeup done!

I had a chat with a lovely lady (I believe her name was Claire - I was all a bit of a fluster from the gin) who's a journalist from Area magazine - a local West Midlands magazine I believe. So, the images may be used for some sort of publication! I'm hoping to receive an email from her with a few pictures from the event.

I got in the car and just couldn't stop grinning all the way home to Milton Keynes. I couldn't believe it had all happened to me!


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