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Going Once, Going Twice… Vintage Jewellery Auction

5 Sep

Are you a fan of vintage jewellery and accessories? If you are, you might want to have a look at what’s on offer at the upcoming vintage jewellery and accessories auction, which is being held by Fellows auctioneers in Birmingham.

I absolutely adore finding the vintage jewellery stalls at fairs and markets. I’m always stuck there for a long time. Part of the appeal for me is the costume jewellery that can be found amongst vintage pieces, but there’s a wide range of jewellery on sale at this auction. The great news is that a lot of the pieces are extremely affordable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank if you’re looking for some authentic vintage bling.

Taking place on Monday 10 September at 10am, the Fellows auction will feature all manner of things, from cameos and lockets, to cufflinks, handbags and clothes. I’m going to pick out a few of my favourite things that will be available, in a range of prices, but you can have a look at the rest of the catalogue here.

Mid 19th Century Cut Steel Flower Brooch, estimate £50-80

Late 19th Century gem-set Tie Brooch, Estimate £30-50

Late 19th Century woven seed pearl brooch, estimate £50-80

Early 20th Century seed pearl swallow brooch, estimate £40-60

Christian Dior, lot includes five pairs of earrings and a pair of Faberge earrings, estimate £40-60

Lot includes a selection of amber and reconstituted amber jewellery, estimate £30-50

There are some lovely pieces similar to the woven seed pearl brooch which I think would be lovely for bride-to-be looking to add a vintage touch to her outfit. And there some designer finds to be had at some affordable prices- there’s a Chanel chain belt that you could snap up at under £100.

Do have a look at the rest of the catalogue. There are some beautiful lots estimated at an affordable price. Equally, if it’s within your budget, you may want to check out the pieces which are a bit pricier- there are some gorgeous authentic items on sale.

To find out more about this auction and how to bid, visit the Fellows website.

Have you ever bid on jewellery at an auction before? 


Urban Village Stylist Challenge: Part One

20 Mar

If you look in the right place, you’ll find all manner of independent boutiques and vintage shops in Birmingham.

One such awesome vintage shop is Urban Village in Digbeth.

Wardrobe Mag was invited to take part in a stylist challenge, which meant having free reign over the stock and playing dress up, which is exactly what us girls love!

The idea is to pick a theme from the 60’s and 70’s and style it up as you see fit. So what theme did I pick? Well I’d love to go back to the 60’s. Life seemed a lot simpler in those times and the festivals looked pretty cool.. so I went for a Woodstock theme!


Loved this dress

And these shoes

Everything I’m wearing was found in the shop. The dress was an amazing find and has a very short hemline, as they were in those days. Looked great, but it wasn’t half chilly in Birmingham when these photos were taken!

Over the next few weeks, there are going to be different bloggers taking part in the stylist challenge, including Sunny from Wardrobe, so keep an eye out on their blog. One of the things I realised when I was rummaging around was that there were so many pieces and styles you could choose from. From glam looks to boho chic, I can’t wait to see what the other stylists choose.

Also, if you head over to the blog, there’s a video of me mucking about in my Woodstock get-up.

Do check out the Urban Village website as there are loads of amazing vintage clothes and accessories for men and women available online.

What do you think of my Woodstock theme?


New Wooden Collection from Maria Allen

7 Aug

Any long time readers of this blog will know that I’ve always been a fan of Maria’s jewellery. Recently she unveiled a new collection of wooden jewellery on her blog and it’s too good not to share.

Maria says that she was inspired by “old typography and lettering” as well as woodland themes, which you can see in the pieces.

There are three personalised initial necklaces you can get, including this vintage style initial and a cute bow necklace, in any letter you want.

Personalised Vintage Style Initial, £30

Personalised Bow Initial, £30

There is also this absolutely gorgeous wooden scroll necklace that you can have customised. You can pick a little message up to five words long or a date for your scroll. I think they make perfect gifts.

Personalised Scroll Necklace, £34

This is the pick of my favourites from the other pieces:

Ampersand Necklace, £25

Rose Bib Necklace, £36

Perching Bird Brooch, £16

Head to her shop if you’d like to see the rest of the collection. You can get a 10% discount if you use the code GTPCGP at the checkout before midnight tonight (Sunday 7th August). Happy shopping!

What do you think of her collection?


A Day at the (Vintage) Fair

9 Mar

If you’ve read my previous post, you would know that I was really looking forward to The Vintage Fair that came to Birmingham last Saturday. I’ve never been to any of their events before so I was really intrigued to see what was going to be on offer. I’ve been vintage shopping before but this seemed like a place where there would be a massive variety of things to buy, so on Saturday a friend and I made our way to The Custard Factory in Digbeth where the fair was being held.

I thought I would try to look the part of vintage shopper, although all I really did was wear a headband from Topshop because it has a lovely old style feel to it.


My vintage chic!

As soon as we got inside, it was clear that browsing all the stalls was going to take a long time. Not just because there were so many, but because the fair had attracted a huge amount of shoppers, so you really had to wait patiently to really get a close look at a few of the pieces. It wasn’t too much of a problem though.

The first thing we started looking at was the vintage jewellery and I mean real vintage pieces. There were a lot of lovely brooches and bracelets to look at.

I think this is what the kids call bling


Designer bling!

One thing you realise when shopping vintage is that it’s quite hard to find the right size. Often, a lot of dresses were too big, so you really need to go through everything to find something perfect for you.

The other thing you realise when going to an event like this is that you need to take a lot of cash with you if you’re planning on making some really good purchases. I’ve been drooling over vintage faux fur coats ever since I tried one on in Brighton last summer. I’ve regretted not buying one ever since but I didn’t want to blow the entire amount I had taken with me on one thing.

Coats I couldn't even afford to try on!

Shopping can make a girl slightly peckish, so after looking around for a bit, we decided to grab some cupcakes from the tea shop run by Vintage Glamour Days. The decor in the little shop was very cute and you really felt like you had stepped back in time.

My tasty cupcakes

After visiting the tea room, we decided to carry on looking round the fair. And as you can tell, there was a lot to see.

A vintage nautical look

A Mulberry wallet!


I have Docs like that :)

I did of course make a couple of purchases. I got this skirt from the Dirty Pretty stall.

The skirt was £15 and the girl on the stall put it in this amazing bag made from recycled Indian newspapers, so I felt like I got a freebie, although it would be useless in the rain! You can check out www.theindiashop.co.uk for the bag and other items.

Now that's what I call recycling

I also got two pieces of jewellery. A necklace from Trilbies & Tassels boutique for £8 and a teacup ring from The Prettiest Things for only £2!

"Love" my necklace


It reminds me of the teacup Chloe got me for Christmas :)

I would say that it’s definitely worth checking out the Vintage Fair if it comes to a city near you. It’s a great day out with friends and there are so many bargains and designer goodies to find.

Very happy shopper :)

It was a bit too cold to do a proper outfit post. There was no way my coat was coming off while it was drizzling!

Did you go to the Vintage Fair? Do you own any vintage items?


All photos taken by Wardrobe Mag.

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The Vintage Fair Visits Birmingham

4 Mar

If you’re a fan of all things vintage and you live in or around the Birmingham area, then you should definitely check out the Vintage Fair when it hits The Custard Factory in Digbeth tomorrow.

Opening at 12pm at The Old Library, there will be stalls and stall of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women.

There’s also going to be a vintage tea party and a hair salon giving people retro makeovers.

I love everything vintage and I was so excited when I saw the news about this event. I’ll definitely be heading down and hopefully I can write about some great purchases too!

If you’d like to know more about the event or The Vintage Fair, visit their website here.

Do you love vintage clothing?


Lucy In Disguise Website Launches

8 Sep

Lily and Sarah showcasing Lucy In Disguise in Selfridges

Lucy In Disguise, the vintage clothing project of Lily Allen’s, has launched online. The website contains the Lucy in Disguise blog and you can also register for news on the store.

Lily is teaming up with her sister Sarah Owen to open the vintage shop in London later this month. The idea is to make vintage clothing easier and more accessible to shoppers. The shop will also be able to alter the clothing to make sure it’s a perfect fit. Which all sounds great to me!

Lily’s currently taking a break from music to concentrate on this and her pregnancy. She and her bump have been spotted out and about this week at the premiere of Tamara Drewe and the GQ awards. I think we’ve definitely got another yummy mummy on our hands!

You can visit the Lucy In Disguise website by clicking here.


V Festival Fashion

22 Aug

Another weekend, another festival! Last weekend it was time for V Festival sponsored by Virgin Media at Stafford and Chelmsford.

I was lucky enough to go for the day on Saturday to check out the likes of Pixie Lott, Jamie T and Kasabian and had an amazing day! Unfortunately the great British summer weather means that it began to rain torrentially as soon as Pixie took to the stage at 12pm, but of course she still looked stylish as ever in a black feather-skirted DVF dress and boots. Here’s a rundown of some of the outfits from the weekend…

Pixie in her DVF dress, performing at Stafford on Saturday.

Drew Barrymore looked every inch the A Lister, as she made a nod to the Western trend in her fringed crop top, khaki trousers and brown riding boots.

As always, Alexa got the festival look spot on in her chunky knit cardigan, Kurt Cobain tee, denim cut-offs and some lace up hunter wellies.

Pixie Lott showed off her legs in a Milly A/W ’10 dress teamed with Burberry Prorsum boots. Loving the seventies inspired hat!

 Meanwhile Dr Who assistant Karen Gillan steered clear of typical festival attire in this velvet jacket, white vintage blouse and Carvela lace up boots.

Paloma Faith made sure she stood out from the crowd in her Happy Hippo dress from Yang Du, as previously seen on Marina Diamondis!

Florence Welch worked some leather shorts with a Topshop mustard blouse and Mulberry leopard print bag on the Chelmsford site.

Will Taylor Momsen ever tire of her corset dresses, suspenders and heavily-kohled eyes?

I really love the Aztec detailing on the sleeve of this dress worn by Diana Vickers…

I also got to meet the lovely Eliza Doolittle who was showing off her amazing legs in some Religion shorts, a H&M vest top, Lee and Vivienne Westwood shirt, ASOS jacket and her trademark Nike high top trainers. I’m wearing a dress from Republic, wellies from Peacocks and a parka from New Look (which turned out to not be as waterproof as hoped!)

All in all, it was a great day and I’d definitely go back again. Make sure you check back next week for my festival fashion low down from Leeds Festival!

What do you think of the outfits from Virgin Media’s V Festival?


Images courtesy of Getty, Rex, Look and InStyle


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