Monthly Archives: March 2014

‘Cerulean blue’ shellac love heart manicure

I had these glorious shellac love hearts done a couple weeks ago by Zara at CutieCool nails, and they are my favourites yet! Zara specialises in vintage styled nails; she’s my go-to for manicures and some of her work can only be described as art.

I wanted something a little different this time so chose a bright, summery turquoise ‘cerulean sea’ over a glitter base. Stunning!

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Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

I just watched Amelie for the first time in years; it’s a Friday evening and there’s nowhere I want to be more than snuggled up with my dog watching the colourful world of possibly one of the most feel-good films ever made.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s vision of technicolor Paris is peppered with tinges of nostalgia; his characters are timeless, though of course the catalyst for Amelie’s adventures is the death of princess Diana…which leads her to a hidden treasure she feels compelled to return to its rightful owner…

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This film always reminds to be playful, to be kind, and to see the mischievousness in the mundane. And it’s hard not to be at least a little in love with Audrey Tatou…

Amelie’s style is so gloriously French; nonchalant mismatched Montmartre glamour rather than the polished Parisian luxe we associate with French style now. Bohemian rather than boho, rich colours in well worn fabrics; it’s a look the French pull off impeccably but so often falls short in attempts to replicate the same effortless, guileless, almost incidental design.
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Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair, spring edition (Edinburgh Corn Exchange)

I’ve been in stealth mode since new year; with work, new flat mates moving in, the possibility of a new house this year, exciting trips to places I’ve never been and oh-so-much renovation work in my dust palace. Aka as home. Just call me the ninja blogger.

Today I decided to take a wee break from everything and visit Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. Their updates kept popping up in my Facebook feed so I could resist. This particular event was held in the Corn Exchange, which can only mean one thing – vintage furniture and housewares aplenty! I have to say, sometimes I just prefer these to the smaller dos in town, because as much as I love retro fashion I am a mid-century design kind of gal!

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There were some serious gems today of the furniture variety; some which (if I’m totally honest) I almost didn’t want to share because I want them for myself! Like this late 60s Torbjorn Afdal rosewood coffee table from Dregs of Society, which I fell in love with as soon as I stepped in the door.

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Dregs of Society have got some fabulous pieces, including a couple I couldn’t resist taking home for myself. The 3-piece Gimson & Slater Vesper leather suite was glorious but I just don’t have room for more seating in the flat so I had to (reluctantly) walk away.

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I did take home both the oiled teak G-plan coffee table and a G-plan inspired ‘square’ table, which will sit just fabulously alongside my existing mid-century pieces – I’m going for a 70s bachelor pad aesthetic with mid-century references in my own home.
And I couldn’t resist this little cocktail side table, which I plan to spray paint copper for a metallic accent in my soon-to-be-painted charcoal grey bedroom.

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I was looking for some pretty 20s jewellery, which I found at Tramp Gems. Perhaps to subtle for my Gatsby party outfit, but I thought this delicate necklace was beautiful, and the chunky costume bracelet inlaid with green stones.

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Look at this beautiful cloisonné peacock belt buckle!

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Mabel on the Table was another treasure trove of fun vintage homewares, and I walked away with a very unique square leather suitcase which I plan to use as a hat box and these old school promotional tins. I also scored a full 9 piece Royal Worcester gold tea set, which I will be displaying as part of my Tom Dixon inspired palette on a black backdrop.

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As I was leaving with my bounty, I got to chatting with the girls at Mademoiselle Macaron and the lovely Caroline from La Robe a Caro. I’d already devoured a couple of macarons earlier on in the day, which by sheer coincidence matched my new manicure perfectly.
Caroline makes bespoke vintage style dresses in funky fabrics, and I will definitely be phoning her to make me something in this ‘tache print soon.

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A successful shopping day for me, but I’ll need to do a clear out to make room for all my lovely new goodies!