Money & Secondhand Shopping (a rant about Kirstie’s Homemade Home) November 3, 2010Posted by Lauren Cooke in Crafting, Rants, Thrifting.
Tags: antiques, Bargains, car boot sales, Crafting, khh, kirstie's homemade home, secondhand shopping, Shopping, television
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People know that I am no stranger to a spot of secondhand shopping. I actively enjoy picking my way through an antique fair, and most of my Saturdays are dedicated to trawling the charity shops in hope of a bargain. I grew up going to car boot sales, and finding a great item of exceptional deal makes me very happy indeed. As such, it was with some anticipation that I settled down in front of the TV last night to watch the new series of Kirstie’s Homemade Home. Last season I pretty much enjoyed it, although Kirstie’s right-wing politics and mind-numbing poshness did get to me a little. Oh, and the fact that despite having amazing azure blue tiles around hern orignal fireplace, and going on and on about original features, she still gutted it and threw them away!
This series, however, I was inflamed. There was this lovely couple in this beautiful house, whom it was easy to tell from the first few minutes weren’t exactly rolling in cash. They were sensible with their money, and rather being applauded for their sensible nature and quest for a good deal, Kirstie proceeded to mock them continually about how tight their purse strings are. Yes Kirstie, because we all know that we are as rich as you are. You know how I can tell that you are rich? Because you pay ridiculous sums of money for absolute crap. Yes, crap.
The thing is, more than anything else, that Kirstie’s unshakeable belief in her own secondhand shopping skills involves watching an entire hour of her buying average quality goods for above the asking prices, and then waxing lyrical about her ensuing brilliance. As someone who knows her stuff, I was watching the lack of haggling and the automatic acceptance of pretty much every item she came across with something that rapidly reached anger. I was incensed! Incensed, inflamed – I’ll be running out of ranty keywords soon!
In essence, my problem with the programme is thus: not everyone has money, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.
Oh, and as for including the snobby woman who will only give deals to those who ask in “the right way” (i.e. not those who offer her a price) – well, I don’t have enough words to express my annoyance. Suffice to say that if you choose to work in an industry like that, it is your responsibility to price you items in a way that ensures you can barter and haggle. It is part of the joy of it, and snobbish idiots who have an attitude about it should really just learn to suck it up and deal.
Sorry guys, I think this programme really annoyed me…
Tags: daily ebay, eBay, etsy, glasses, retro, Semi-Daily eBay, tumblers, vintage
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I had to share these gorgeous little glasses with you! I know that we have seen a plethora of recycled bottle glasses hitting the shops over the past few years, but these little tumblers are different. They are cute, retro, and above all else the variety means that they stand out from a crowd. They would have to be kept on display though, to show off their gorgeous looks!
What I Wore | Teal & Capes (& Shoes #7) April 25, 2010Posted by Lauren Cooke in Thrifting, What I Wore.
Tags: cape, Fashion, fever designs, vintage fashion, What I wore
I am now the proud owner of a reversible cape. On one side it features the most divine oversized tartan-esque pattern, whilst the other side is a simple mint green. Although I get a lot of looks when I wear it I think I have fallen in love, as it lets me indulge me love of being tucked up and swathed in fabric, whilst giving me spaces for my hands to escape when needs be. I wore this with my cute Faith heels (oh, poor Faith, R.I.P), and my new and perfectly fitting satin Fever dress. So perty!
Getting Crafty – Dress Making February 7, 2010Posted by Lauren Cooke in Crafting, Fashion, Thrifting.
Tags: Crafting, Fashion, pleated, sewing
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Whilst there are certain patterns that I love, I don’t really ever make clothes from patterns. The main reason for this is that fabric is very expensive now, and I find it easier and more affordable to buy ready-made items from shops and stalls. What I do like to do, however, is take any opportunity I can find to convert an item of clothing that is old, unloved and out of date into something modern and spectacular. This is cheap, generally, as well as saving things from ending up on a rubbish dump.
Today I decided I was going to turn a horribly shaped 80′s dress into something that suited my body shape a lot more. To begin, off came the baggy loose top, and I hemmed it up. The skirt, which is gorgeous and pleated, was then converted into a dress by carefully stitching on a ribbon, and then adding a flat panel into the back. As I thought, the pleats mean the top section expands and thus bunches, so next week I will probably replace it with a white bust.
Anyway, what do you think?
The Dress Cometh! September 7, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Fashion, Thrifting, Vintage.
Tags: 1930's fashion, antiques, desk, dressing table, Fashion, vintage
We had a fantastic dinner last night – a full blown roast followed by my newly patented flat scones. The roast was yummy (I do cook quite a mean roast!) and the scones… well, the scones were flat. So I now call them scone biscuits, and they are really surprisingly nice! As long as I never address them as scones, no-one needs to know they were a fail…
Woohoo – the dress has arrived! My 1930′s dress is in fact 1950′s – it has a back zip! However, it is at least Art Deco style, and I am much happier in a skirt that is more 1920′s length than it should! In short, the dress is stunning, needs a little work, and will look close enough to 1930′s fashion once I add the white stole, cute gloves, and some art deco jewellery.
I also just won my auction for a cute little dressing table/desk – which will be repainted and inhabit “my corner” in the new flat. Its interior is lovely!! I got it for a bargain £15!!
What do you think?!
1930′s Hairstyles, and Antique Furniture September 5, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Life, Chatter & Politics, Thrifting, Vintage.
Tags: 1930's fashion, 1930's hairstyles, antiques, furniture, hairdo
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Yesterday evening was spent at Cie’s testing out 1930′s finger waves, drinking pink fizz and generally using any excuse for a good old gossip. You can read her account of the beautiful hosting she did and the see the pictures here. I think with my bob (ish) length hair, I can go for a typically 1930′s do with reasonably little problem! I plan, just for your information, to french plait my hair in the morning to make it wavy throughout, then put finger waves into the front – it worked OK on our first ever attempt yesterday, so I am quite optimistic!
Today was a long day, one of those ones that seem to stretch out into the distance and take one hell of a lot of effort to get through. That said, we did achieve something – I bought a lovely vintage Bakelite and leather(ish) purse from a Charity shop, ironed by Christian Lacroix dress (photo’s to follow) and found a dining table and chairs for the new flat.
The chair and the table were quite a bargain – the chairs have a lovely art nouveau-esque style and the table is delightfully solid and antique looking. To be honest, even though my father restores furniture, I am not sure of the era – but for £99 they were quite a bargain!
Vintage 1930′s Fashion August 28, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Fashion, Thrifting, Vintage.
Tags: 1930's fashion, 1930s, etsy, Fashion, parties, ss atlantica, vintage
As you may have noticed, talk about the 1930′s has been slipping into my blog posts for the past week. The reason? There is a lovely vintage 1930′s party taking place on a boat in London, and I am going to it. Myself, Cie, Kate and Nommi will be traipsing down south following our Sew Make Believe sewing day on the 12th, and getting ready for a night of vintage 1930′s cabaret, 30′s fashion, dancing and cocktails at St Katharine Docks.
Obviously I can’t wait, and all the boring bits are done – we have booked the accommodation, bought the tickets, and all that was left to do was to get our heads around 1930′s fashion. Thankfully, the 1930′s was every party goers dream era. The dresses were long, elegant and often cut from satin. The newly introduced 1930′s bias cut draped and clung around hips, and the new popular halterneck was sweeping traditional fashion off the floor. Of course, the 30′s was quite a long time ago now, and a majority of those beautiful 1930′s evening gowns have simple died. Fabric doesn’t age well, and their fondness for lace meant that the antique dresses and beautiful designs they were so well known for have often not lasted for 80 odd years.
Thankfully, however, some have. Most of the 1930′s dresses were too expensive for me, being as they are antiques made from the most luxurious of materials. The floor length ballgowns and astonishing suits were well beyond my meagre price range! Thankfully, however, near obsessive searching has paid off, and I now own a slightly damaged but gorgeous 1930′s art deco party gown. It is short, coming to on the knees or just below, and is much more me that some of the overly formal dresses out there. I have to fix the little holes – but for £22 including delivery from the US, I am sure I can manage it!
Here it is:
Isn’t it adorable?!
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Semi-Daily eBay | Keeping with the 30′s theme August 27, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Semi-Daily eBay, Thrifting, Vintage.
Tags: 1930's fashion, ballgown, brocade, eBay, gold, vintage
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As the SS Atlantica event is dominating my social calendar at the moment, I have spent most of the past few weeks browsing eBay for beautiful 1930′s dress and luxurious art deco gowns. Of course, as 1930′s dresses to buy aren’t actually that common, it has been a bit of an uphill struggle to find one I can afford. I mean, when you think about it, they are antiques, the 30′s dresses that have survived up to 80 years whilst still remaining wearable!
One of the most lovely 1930′s beauties I have found is this gorgeous silk brocade 1930′s evening gown. It is so long and flowing, and just tumbles to the ground in true 1930′s glamour. Unfortunately it is far too much for me! But some lucky individual will look absolutely stunning in it!
Pretty Things August 8, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Thrifting.
Tags: antiques, beauty, cups, interior design, saucers
Inspired by Cie’s lovely post, I thought I would share some of my beautiful things with you. Not my gifts, but little and beautiful items that I have collected in the past few weeks and months.
As the daughter of an antique dealer, I was always aware that somewhere down the line my inner aesthetic values would start to hold forth. You can read an interview I did with him a few months ago here. I have put up with generic plates, boring IKEA bowls and ugly mugs, but now I am starting to collect pretty things. Some, such as the tea cups, will decorate my house in the future – despite being resigned to the window sill thanks to rather restricted space at present. Others, like my lovelycasserole dish and the 60′s plates I am avidly collecting, will be used in my day to day life. Bear in mind I live with Ben – who loves modern touches and flashy pads more than anything even vaguely traditional!
I love them all!
First is the latest addition to my collection, picked up at a charity shop in town. It is lovely, and so perfectly designed to hold crustless cucumber sandwiches at tea time that I wish I drank hot drinks! The colour is great, and is currently inspiring my Kitchen dreams!
Secondly, some of you may remember this from a blog post a good few months ago. This is a set up picked up on a trip home to tavistock, and I was struck first by the shape. The floral yet modern design is stunning and very unusual.If I could get hold of a whole set of these I would love to display them, but all I have is this and a bowl.
I love my Midwinter casserole dish! This beauty is one of the items I long to use – it seems pointless if it isn’t used as once intended! The problem is that you don’t often use a dish like this is you don’t have a table to eat off – and in our studio, laps are the table of the day. I plan to use this lovely china when in a bigger location with an actual table to be social at and eat at!
Finally, two of my lovely cups and saucers. Some of you may disagree (and I can understand), but I love these two precisely because theyare understated, in beautiful muted colours. I hope that one day I will have light airy rooms with gentle colour schemes – and that these beauties will have pride of place. There is something so lovely about cups and saucers – aesthetically pleasing, and so full of variety!