Tuesday, 22 April 2014

An interview with Fashionseeker - find out more about me!

If you haven't heard of Fashionseeker yet - you will have soon. My Vintage are proud to be a member of this new, innovative and exciting venture, founded by our buddy Paula Fry.

So, what is Fashionseeker? Here's them in their words...

"Fashionseeker is the definitive site for fashion shoppers.

You can search our stock for the latest bargains from all over the UK, whether it be from a vintage store, a dress agency, fashion jewellers or an independent boutique.
You can search our directories for the best places to shop where you live or where you are visiting. There are still a whole lot of stores to go and visit around the country!
We are the ONLY fashion-centric website to list the best Fashion Stylists in the UK.
All at your finger tips…."

Have a nosey at their website http://www.fashionseeker.co.uk/ and be sure to bookmark it, as they are growing at a rapid speed...

Today I took part in a little interview with them, looking at what I love most about the business and how I got into vintage. If you fancy knowing a little more about me then here goes...


At Fashionseeker, we are a nosey lot and we are very pleased to have nailed down the founder of Vintage shop and Online Boutique, Emma at My Vintage. We needed to know just why she loves vintage fashion and why she is so bonkers in love with what she does!

Tell us why you love vintage fashion and how it became your business of choice.
One of my most vivid childhood memories is from when I used to stay with my Aunt in the school holidays. My mum also had her own business back then so I would go off for fun mini breaks with the family. Aunt Betty was very glamorous - she smelled of pressed powder and lipstick and had the most beautiful bedroom filled with clothes, shoes and costume jewellery that she would happily let me play with for hours. I believe that all that time dressing up in vintage and pretending to be in old movies is where my love of vintage was born. I also remember wearing blue Biba eyeshadow and a vintage brooch to my leavers disco in 1998 - neither were fashionable at the time! Later in life I began buying and selling bits of vintage on eBay and then about 10 years ago I joined forces with my web designing whizzkid boyfriend and www.myvintage.co.uk was born. Then in 2012 I decided to bring the wonder of My Vintage to my hometown of Darwen and I opened my first shop. From here I run the online business as well so it certainly keeps me busy!

Tell our readers about the ups and the downs of selling and wearing pre-loved fashion.
I always say to my customers that the best and the worst things about vintage are exactly the same - every piece is completely unique. This is amazing when you keep being asked where your gorgeous dress is from and you can very smugly say "oh, it's vintage"  but not so great when you fall in love with something that's 3 sizes too small! Because of this, I am also one of the only UK vintage companies that sell the original pre-worn vintage alongside the brand new retro and reproduction styles. For me they go hand it hand and compliment one another. Whilst I have very high standards, I'm not a vintage purist. With me there are no rules - it's about a woman looking good and feeling even better!
The other major bonus is individuality - I absolutely love that if you're clever you can take on all the high street trends by using vintage pieces, meaning you get to be style savvy but still totally original. This is why I was the first vintage clothing website to introduce trend-lead collections.

Everyone has their own individual style – which three words would sum up yours?
Retro. Quirky. Pretty.

Who are your favourite designers and why? Past and present.
Ooooh, where do I start? Fashion wouldn't be fashion without Chanel so there will always be a special place in my heart for Coco. I am a real lover of British design too and Zandra Rhodes is one of my absolute favourites. The holy grail of vintage for me is of course the combination of Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell and when it comes to my love of the kitsch and quirky, nobody does it quite like Moschino.

Is there one fashion item you would sell a kidney for?
No not one - there are many! I think top of the list would have to be a red vintage Hermés Birkin bag. I also have my eye on the giant Grand Manège Hermés scarf at the moment...

What is your ‘go to’ outfit if you are not feeling on top form?
I am one busy woman, running the business as well as being a Mum, so I do get tired and a bit overwhelmed at times. There are three things that instantly perk me up 1. Lace - whether it's a lace skater dress, lace edged top or blazer, I love them all. 2 - Statement necklace - any colour, any style. If it's big and funky it makes me smile! 3. Red lipstick - after many years of research I have concluded that it is impossible for me to feel anything less than fabulous once I apply my bright red lippy. Instant therapy!

Vintage boutiques are springing up all over our High Streets and online – why do you think they are now so popular?
I think we are all striving to be individual and vintage gives us that chance. I also think modern life is so fast, busy and stressful that harking back to a simpler time is very refreshing and the best form of escapism for the modern woman. Vintage and retro clothing is also so flattering and feminine so it makes us feel good too. A 1950's prom style dress will give a slender athletic girl extra curves as much as it will smooth the curves of a plus size girl like me! I think the thing to be careful of is that you buy from reputable, passionate, knowledgeable sellers like My Vintage. One of my pet hates is the "vintage" label been given to anything second hand and those people who start selling vintage without any real know-how. Be savvy, look carefully and don't be afraid to ask questions.

If you didn’t work in fashion, what would be your dream job?
A teacher. I love children and being a teacher was always something I wanted to do, you never forget a good teacher and I love how rewarding learning can be. It would also mean I could live the dream and set up my own Glee club!
Failing that, I'd happily be professional cake taster... Editor we hear you!!!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Top Ten Dresses from The Oscars 2014

So The Oscars are over for another year, and I have to say this has been one of my favourites in the style stakes.

From a few 1950s inspired numbers to some classic couture and a sprinkle of Art Deco flavouring for good measure, the red carpet was particularly classy and sleek this time round. Heck, even Lady Gaga wore an understated floor length dress without a rib-eye steak in sight...

Here is my personal top ten dresses from last night's glitz and glamour...

10. Anna Kendrick wore this beautiful multi-strap black gown with red star inserts from J. Mendel & Piaget.

9. I've loved red with nude for a few seasons now, and Bette Midler nailed it with this stylish and super flattering Reem Acra dress.

8. The very beautiful and elegant Cate Blanchett pulled off this delicate nude Giorgio Armani dress perfectly, not many could have.

7. A stunning deep pink floral lace dress was the perfect colour and style for the brilliant Gabourey Sidibe

6. Jennifer Garner wowed in this 1920's inspired fringed gown from Elie Saab Couture. Simple but dazzling, I love it.

5. This navy blue satin gown from Alexander McQueen, gave Sandra Bullock an air of grace and a killer silhouette.

4. There was just the right amount of sparkle to keep this demure Vera Wang dress young enough for the ever stunning Emma Watson.

3. Lupita Nyong'o plumped for a pastel blue custom design from Prada, with a real opulent 1950's feel that I adore...

2. This Gucci dress that Anne Hathaway wore is simply dazzling, with the sleek and simple halterneck and the multi-faceted disco panel. Divine!

1. My number one slot had to go to Kelly Osbourne. I absolutely love everything about this Badgley Mischka dress. It's sleek and sophisticated, with a real vintage 1930's style. Along with those beautiful waves, Kelly's look is without doubt my favourite this year...

If there are any other Oscars 2014 dresses you loved that I haven't included then be sure to let me know...

Em x

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Rhianna wears My Vintage...

This week we opened a boutique on the ASOS Marketplace. It's been so much fun working with Rhianna one of our new models...

To go to our boutique page please click here... https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/love-my-vintage where you will find an eclectic mix of vintage and retro pieces from our range - some of which are not available on the normal My Vintage website.

Here are some more cute pictures of Rhianna wearing vintage clothing and vintage accessories from My Vintage...

Even though this was her first modelling job, I'm sure you'll agree that she looks fabulous and is a real natural...

Remember to keeping checking our boutique AND the website at www.myvintage.co.uk for new items and if you are local to Darwen, Lancashire then our lovely little vintage shop is open 6 days a week too :)

Bye for now

Friday, 14 February 2014

A Day in the Life of a Vintage Pin-Up

As some of you already know, I have a dear friend named Leonie, who has recently embarked on a very emotional and empowering journey. A journey where she learns to love herself again and most importantly, a journey towards becoming a vintage pin up...

Her alter-ego is Ginger Wilde and her fabulous blog can be found here... http://gingerwilde.blogspot.co.uk/

Leonie is a very special lady indeed. Ever since she first sashayed into my shop I've thought she was spellbinding and beautiful and since I have got to know her as a friend, she is just as precious on the inside. She is a very hard working Mum with a beautiful, bright 9yr old daughter. Leo (like many of us) has struggled with confidence issues but her determination and bravery have got her to the point she is at today. I for one, am very proud of her and glad she is in my life...

With the help of local photograper (and mutual friend) Andy at Much Love Photography and of course some beautiful dresses from My Vintage, Ginger did her first proper pin up shoot today and the results are simply gorgeous!

I am really proud of both of them when I see these pics... We live in a seriously talented town don't we?

To get regular updates on Ginger's exciting journey, please subscribe to her blog. I will be posting some highlights as they happen too.

Don't forget to tell me which is your favourite image too...

Em xx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Call the Midwife Dress - yes, really!

I don't know about you, but I am a complete Call the Midwife nut, and I often find myself pausing and rewinding the show, to get a better look at the glorious outfits that Jenny and Trixie wear... I do hope they give Cynthia a bit of a glam makeover at some point too!

This week, amidst the tears, I couldn't help but notice this glorious purple toned dress that Jenny was wearing whilst visiting Alec in hospital...

I immediately got super excited... not only because it's a gorgeous dress, but also because I knew I had a very similar one in my collection. Just look how alike this beauty is...

Isn't it a peach? This original 1950s dress is a UK size 8 and can be found on our website here... http://www.myvintage.co.uk/dresses/1950s-vintage-aubergine-toned-checkerboard-dress-size-8.html

There are always lots of delicious original 1950s vintage dresses at My Vintage that Jenny would adore! Have a peek at some here... http://www.myvintage.co.uk/search/for/1950s+dress/
and let me know what your favourite one is!

Until next time
Em xx