Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I love these vintage-inspired flash cards by Japanese artist Junzo Terada - given to Milo by the impeccable gift-giver Mrs Biddle. My favourite is Mme. Jaguar resplendent in on-trend animal print! These cards also make great alternative bunting pegged up on a washing line (see next post - Milo's party tea.)

Monday, 19 March 2012

Made with Love

This pretty package arrived at my door today, containing one of Claudine & Compagnie's gorgeous handmade vintage-style collars that I had sent for after coveting on Bleubird Vintage. It was so beautifully packaged, with a handwritten note from the designer Johanna Van Daalen, that it reminded me of the joys of buying online! All handmade in Belgium, Johanna's collars and bow ties come in gorgeous pink, blue and turquoise chambray cottons and Liberty-style florals - guaranteed to brighten up the drabbest of outfits.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Vintage in Reading

Reading may not be a city known for its vintage delights, but there are a few quirky little shops to be found just by the station in the old fashioned Harris Arcade. There's a couple of vintage shops, an eccentric old toy shop and this little gem of a boutique run by milliner Adrienne Henry

Taking the 20s cloche as her starting point, Adrienne handmakes a range of vintage-style hats with cute details like contrast stitching or vintage brooch appliques, while also stocking true vintage hats alongside. She offers a bespoke service too for specific commissions. I loved the way she had cleverly merchandised her wares among piles of hatboxes, military memorabilia, unusual hat stands and antique suitcases and toiletry sets.