I have a new video out, which I’ll link down below. I’m hoping the audio is ok, as I had to use the audio from my camera in the end as I had issues with my microphone! It’s another haul but this one has a bit of a twist because it’s a haul of things I bought from charity shops (thrift shops are from what I’ve gathered are the American equivalent).
I’m hoping to do some vlogs soon so hopefully they will be of interest and make it so my channel isn’t purely haul videos (not that there’s anything wrong with that, ha, ha – I just don’t have the money to sustain it!).
At the moment I’m just trying to film as much as I can (and still write here!) because I’m hoping that will make me less nervous. Hopefully, I’m a little less nervous this time – Martin said I seemed like I was so that bodes well.
In the video I know I mention the price of one of the items but I don’t think I mention the rest. For reference I don’t remember the exact prices but everything was under £10! I think the first item I mention (I don’t want to give away any spoilers!) was around £6, the second around the same and I know the third was £7.
Let me know if there is any type of video you’d like to see me film – I’m hoping to film a vlog style follow me around video next week but we’ll see how that goes (ha, ha).
Also, another fun fact is that I did actually film me trying on the items for this haul but didn’t think it went with the main content of the video so I didn’t include the footage. The reason I’ve been filming try-on’s so far is because I love videos that show the item on someone as well. However, because our flat’s fairly small I do struggle to film them in our space.
After not being able to make it to the Winter Lazy Oaf sample sale I knew I had to make it to the summer one, especially as it landed for me luckily right near my birthday so I had a little bit of extra money to spend. This time was quite a bit different from my first experience.
First, of all there was a really nice camaraderie in the queue this time that made my heart warm (people were playing music, games and passing down cookies!) and I met some truly awesome ladies and the general experience was a lot more pleasant. There was a lot more stock this time and I think people further down in the queue stood more of a chance of coming away with things. There was also a 10 item limit, which might have helped. Prices were generally higher than last time though this might have been for me because I bought a lot of stuff from the GEM collection, which is generally more expensive. There was also a lot of one off exclusive pieces, which never went on sale. Inside also didn’t feel as crowded, last time I felt like I couldn’t breathe and there was just hands everywhere. This time when I went in I ran to the rail and started going for everything I wanted; I then realised I could actually breathe as no one else was at the rail!
So before I go I’ll start with the details of the queue. I got there about half past 3 in the morning and me and my long suffering boyfriend Martin were about 9 and 10th in the queue I think (or maybe 10th and 11th). The first 20 people in the queue I think got to go in first and effectively get first pick. The people at the start of the queue had been there since half past 2 in the morning. I personally could live with the wait but Dalston where the sample sale is held is not a safe place at that time in the morning. We were verbally harassed several times and had to call the police. I knew this issue has been reported to the brand before but it genuinely concerns me. Lazy Oaf fans tend to be young females and when some men see a long line of girls when they come out a club (drunk or a lot of the times high on hard drugs) they of course gravitate towards us. Luckily, nothing happened but I really think it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. Although, a lot of the incidents happened around 3-5am when people were getting out of the club; they didn’t end there and people kept coming up closer and closer to the time.
Also, we got there at half 3 because we decided to get the last train into London at half past midnight from where we live and then went to Polo Bar a 24 hour diner (highly recommend it was super yummy though I could only eat my burger because I’m not used to eating at that time!).
The girls in front of and behind me in the queue were all super nice. Everyone genuinely wanted to help people get the pieces they wanted and I know a lot of people helped each other out, which is super sweet. I also want to say sorry if I was ever blunt at one point – my boyfriend said because I was so tired (we didn’t sleep at all – I had a small nap the day before) I didn’t realise that I was probably coming across more blunt than I meant! I’ve seen most of the girls in front of me’s hauls now and they’e also super cute – I’m so happy they got what they wanted!
So without further ado let’s get onto what I got. I had to put a few items down because I just couldn’t afford it and would rather they go to people who loved the item. One of which was the GEM Leopard print coat because although reduced at £110 that was still a lot more than I wanted to spend. I also had picked up another coat and couldn’t justice two coats! I also put down a Betty Boop puffy jacket that I don’t think was ever released, which had the same pattern as the denim jacket with a pink appliqué Betty Boop on the back. It was super cute but £80 and I don’t think it suited me! There was also lots of the berets and a few bags I wanted/ other dresses but I decided to focus on the pieces I’d been coveting and wanted to buy anyway as I knew I’d get the most wear out of them!
Accidentally but also predictably I ended up basically coming out with all black and pink items minus one purple bag (predictable because it’s a colour combination I’ve been really loving at the moment). I’m also very sad my Iron Fist shoes can’t be a part of this post, as they go with everything I bought but unfortunately I missed the delivery Friday so they are being redelivered Monday as Martin has the day off work.
Update: I thought I’d add my first ever YouTube video which goes through everything I got as well!
GEM Check, Check It Out Dress
Original price: £90
I paid: £35.00
I love, love this dress and I’ve been wanting it for ages but couldn’t justify the price! The one I got is from what I can tell in perfect condition apart from the fact that the inside lining isn’t sewn onto the dress. However, it doesn’t hang loose and I can just ask Martin to stitch it or to be honest leave it how it is.
GEM Black Fluffed Up Top
Original price: £45.00
I paid: £30.00
This wasn’t much of a discount however this top is sold out and has been for a while so I knew if I saw it I wanted to pick it up. It look super cute with the sleeves and I love, love, love the furry pink sleeves (if you’ve seen my Topshop denim jacket with the pink fur sleeves you’ll know this is a reoccurring theme for me).
GEM Heart Throb Bag
Original price: £60.00
I paid: £45.00
Again, another one on the pricey side but this is a bag I’ve been wanting for ages and since I had picked up the check it out dress and pink fluffy sheer top I knew I had to complete the look (I almost picked up the cap too but it is £20.00 and it is currently on sale on the website for £25.00 so couldn’t justify it). It also looks completely new and I couldn’t see any faults at all. For people who don’t know, as I didn’t the bag also comes with complete with a strap inside (I haven’t shown this but can take pictures if anyone wants me too) so you can wear it as a cross body bag too.
GEM Exclusive Pink Satin Dress
Price: I think £15? I had to ask for the price as there was no label on the dress (the staff were super helpful though and I was pleased to see there was lots of them this year). I’m not sure if that’s right though but when working out how much I spent that’s how much it comes to!
I’ve seen this before maybe like once from someone on the Lazy Oaf Facebook group so knew this was a GEM piece that was never released. I have a bizarre obsession with having clothing that is rare and no one else has (especially with Lazy Oaf as I am a bit of collector) so knew I had to have this. I’m still not sure if it suits me or is flattering so let me know in the comments. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it says ‘Call Me’ on one of the sleeves which I don’t think the dress needed but you can’t really see when it is on so I don’t mind. I also would like to point out this comes with pockets – it’s also quite short and I’m a small fry but it’s just about ok.
Zippy Purple Bear Bag
Original price: I think about £35
I paid: £15
I have been coveting this for ages but it’s been sold out everywhere so I was definitely hoping this would be at the sale. I couldn’t see it at first in the bag section but my chance I was there having a look through and by chance I turned over and suddenly there it was! The stitching around the trademark Lazy Oaf eyes is a little messy but it’s nothing I can’t easily clean up!
Queen of Hearts coat
Original price: £180 (I think)
I paid: £60
I knew going in that I wanted to buy a coat, as I really lacked a winter coat last year and knew that a Lazy Oaf option would be super soft and comfy. I never suspected that I would get one of my dream coats (I have the matching dress and beret so this was dream!). The girl at the front of the queue (sorry I don’t know your name!) had this near her, as she was going through what she picked up and I asked if she wanted it and she said no go ahead! I’m so happy I got this and I do think I pull it off better than I did the GEM Leopard one as I quickly tried it on. It’s a little snug but I never do my coats up like that anyway and I LOVE it. The only thing I’ve got missing from that look is the bag (one day!!) and the Dr Martens (which, I wouldn’t get as their leather anyway – please Lazy Oaf do a vegetarian/ vegan collab as the Dr Martens are so cute!).
Pink Casper Boo dress
Original price: I think about £80
I paid: £30
I along with everyone else was shocked when we saw that there was Casper stuff at the sale after we had furiously screenshot the video Lazy Oaf posted on their story. I asked Martin to try and pick up this and the sheer dress but the girls in front of me in the queue got their first, which I’m honestly 100% not upset about as they wanted it a lot more than me and I got the pink one (thanks Martin! – he demanded I put that in here, ha, ha. He also picked up the dress and then ran up to me looking lost and confused!).
This gapes a bit annoyingly at the chest at the button holes the way dresses annoyingly sometimes do and I’m disappointed it’s a bit sheer (it all needs a good iron – so it’s in the wrong household!). However, the collar makes it all worth it and I can just wear a black cami underneath. I also saw someone there with the white Casper top so I think they had a few Casper pieces there.
Bonus free top
After you checked out they also had a bit where you could grab free stickers and a free top! This one is actually really cute – I love the pink and red stripes. I think this was a really lovely touch and it showed how much more organised the sale was this year (well done everyone!).
Overall, then I’m really happy with what I got at the sale. I was hoping for some of the new GEM drop but that might be at the winter sale, as it’s still a very recent addition. However, I’m hoping I will have some of the pieces before then! The atmosphere was also a lot nicer and I was out there a lot quicker than last time (I was in then about 20 minutes to half an hour I think). I also noticed that people didn’t leave piles of clothes on the floor this much this time. I didn’t mind of course when people were sorting through but I always made sure if I changed my mind about something that I put it back on the rails and I think most people did this too, as I noticed a lot of stuff because it had been put back where it originally was. Another thing I noticed this time was that people went for it trying stuff on (ha, ha), which was fair enough, as you want to check the stuff fits but it just shocked me (I think I’m just too reserved as a person)!
Finally, I want to say a big shout out to the lovely group of girls in front of me in the queue, a few of you have added me on Facebook already but please do keep in touch and add me as friend if you want to! It was pleasure hanging out with you all and thank you for all being super lovely. Also, wanted to say a shout out to Jessica Chelsey who I follow on Instagram and who was super lovely in person – it was pleasure talking to you!
P.S. There was also a plain white version (as in completely white) version of the Check It Out Dress that I wanted to DIY with a cool pattern but it was £50 so I couldn’t justify what would have been my poor attempt at crafts.
Update: I just realised how this would make a really cool Steven Universe DIY (to look like Pearl’s top!).
Anyone who knows me moderately well knows that I love all things Disney and I especially love incorporating things from pop culture that I love into my style. Hence, my love for all collection where Lazy Oaf has collaborated with well known icons. Therefore, when I first discovered the shop Just Peachy I fell in love. Especially, with the berets because I think a distinguishing feature of my style that year most people will agree is probably the beret.
However, I am not the only one to love and covet these berets, which is why one of them before now had been sold out for a while (and is sadly sold out again). It is also why I got super excited when they restocked – I’d also like to mention the shipping from America was fairly quick (and the tracking super spot on) – I didn’t get hit by customs either which is definitely a bonus.
I’ll start by reviewing the beret, which is still available and started my obsession with Just Peachy’s shop! This beret is $20.00 (I’m not sure how much that is in pounds but overall for both berets and shipping I think it came to £36 and since the parcel came from America that isn’t bad). It’s lovely quality and looks exactly like the photograph. My one fault with this beret is that it is very large and so struggles to stay on my head (and this isn’t an issue with the other beret I bought).
The back of the beret has Donald Duck’s little tail and is super cute – it also has a ribbon coming out the back in an adorable sailor style.
Unfortunately, however when you look at the back you can also see how the beret is a bit too big for my headshape (which, doesn’t happen a lot!). This beret though was most of my friends favourite out of the two I purchased!
The Tangled beret maybe because of its shape (it was a bit wider at the front) suited my headshape a lot more. I also love the colours because I’m behind in the seasons and still stuck in spring fashion mode. I think this would look beautiful with either a white or yellow sundress, specifically this button front midi dress from New Look – which, I am hoping to style it with at some point (but I just can’t afford it at the moment, as I am desperately saving for Comic Con next weekend even though I’m not going Saturday and am devastated that lots of the Arrested Development cast are going to be there and I’m not as can only afford the Friday!!!).
The above image is the image used on the top of this page (if you’re viewing on a Laptop I apologise for the close up on my face – it looked too nice on the tablet and mobile view to change it because it showed a nice close up of the beret).
This beret was $15.00 so slightly cheaper than the Donald Duck beret and that beret is probably more expensive because that beret has the extra detailing on the back!
This look was actually one I tried on in the New Look changing rooms today but I really liked it so I decided to include it. If you like this look it will be featuring on my Instagram story today, as I’m going to be doing a poll where everyone can pick their favourite outfit and whatever gets the most votes I will buy on payday.
I’ll begin with a confession that not all of the people on this list wear exclusively pastel all of the time but all of them always look amazing (in my humble opinion) and the looks I will be featuring all will be including a pastel element. Summer may have come briefly and then dramatically left the United Kingdom (and now it feels extra cold and I don’t mind it but I’m now just constantly in fear and don’t know what to wear); but it still (apparently) is getting close to summertime so I wanted to showcase some summery looks.
When the sun did hit I was feeling everything soft and pastel so Connie aka Noodlerella’s Instagram was a great source of inspiration. From her pink beret in the below picture (I have a strong obsession with all berets) to the soft sheer sleeved top (which, is another top trend I’m loving at the moment); I love everything about this look.
Skirt wise, I would recommend this Lazy Oaf Check Kilty Skirt option but it’s sold out (though they might have some instore if you can travel to London) though if you type in check tennis skirt into google you’ll probably be able to find a few great alternatives like this Yesstyle option. Vintage shops like Rokit in London are also a great place you could try and it’s better for the environment!
I’ll start by saying that I know the two below images are taken from her side account. Her main Instagram account is Pixielocks but I love these two beret looks so I had to post them. I also NEED to know where that lilac gingham dress(?) is from as that with the sheer white polka dot top is a LOOK. The two berets she is wearing are from Just Peachy who I actually mentioned in my last post. They are both sold out, however, the owner of the shop has just returned from Tokyo so I’m hoping they will come back in stock soon.
I especially love these looks because I like how Pixielocks has matched her eyeshadow with the beret in the first look. I think I could create a similar look with my Juvia’s Place palette (The Magic Palette) that I got as a gift from my friend Callie but you could also probably create something similar with the Love You So Mochi Eyeshadow palette (which, I need).
I have recently discovered this Instagram account from her Youtube channel and I obsessed with her great videos as well as all the style inspiration she provides. I particularly really love this Missguided number that is actually only £10 on the website right now. I keep looking it again and again but don’t think I’d be able to pull it off as well!
I don’t usually find someone who shares my first name so I get weirdly protective of my name when I do. However, her style is just so cute that I will forgive it (ha, ha). This April recently went to Tokyo and I was simultaneously living through her beautiful snaps and getting more and more enraged about how cute they were! She is also the owner of Just Peachy, which unfortunately for me means she’s definitely cooler than me.
Simply Kenna is another person I follow on Instagram that has recently visited Japan and consequently made me ridiculously jealous in the process. There was a lot of SCANDAL surrounding Kenna as a Youtuber a while ago (it’s not that hard to find through typing into YouTube). Honestly, I’m not sure where I stand on the situation. I follow Kenna for her style and aesthetic and have never followed her obsessively. I definitely think she didn’t behave well in the past but she has made comments that suggest she is growing recently and I think as long as she doesn’t make similar mistakes again and grows from the experience then that’s all we can hope for.
Ok, so this look isn’t pastel like at all (yes, I lied at the start). However, it is soft and chic and I love it. I’ve loved Emma Roberts style for a while, as she always manages to put little twists on classic ensembles that never fail to catch my eye. I will attempt to channel a bit of this the summer but I will probably end up coming out as a rainbow potato (which, is forever my aesthetic).
I originally started following Kiera Please for her awesome casual cosplays and over time after seeing more and more of her posts I just get more and more upset over how beautiful she is. These three looks are relatively simply but there is something about her that just means anything she wears look awesome. I especially love the pink Barbie look and I’d recommend checking out Missguided’s Barbie Collection if you want to take inspiration from her look.
Laura for me is the queen of prints and pastel. I love the way she mixes bold prints with pastel in a way I’ve not seen anyone else do quite in the same way. Her pink fluffy cotton pink hair is also to die for. Be sure to check out her Instagram if you own anything pastel and are not sure how to style it.
I very recently discovered this Instagram but I am already OBSESSED. All her outfits are pastel gold and I love how her eyeshadow always pops with her outfits – until recently I’ve always been a little afraid to wear the same colour eyeshadow exactly (or a very close shade) to my outfit but Amina looks ridiculously cute doing so.
The below look is so cute I CAN’T EVEN SPEAK. Also, because I have the same bag I I need to take inspiration from this outfit at some point but I don’t think I’d rock the scrunchies anywhere near as well. Since I also have the cardigan in the bottom picture I’ve basically decided we are now style twins (ha, ha).
So there we have it some of my favourite Instagram accounts to look at when I need a bit of style inspiration. I’d also recommend checking out Miley Cyrus’s Instagram who I wish I could have included here but wanted to keep this post to a relatively snappy ten, as well as Kelly Eden. Also, I am in LOVE with the new Converse x Miley Cyrus collection. I’m considering asking for the pair below for my birthday but can’t decide between them and two other pairs in the collection.
I feel like only a select community will actually remember what Polyvore was or actually used it but I have FEELINGS about it disappearing that I need to vent. Essentially, Polyvore was like Pinterest but instead of ‘pinning’ clothes you ‘clipped’ them and then you could move around clothes essentially on an interactive whiteboard to make outfits, which were called sets. Below are a few screenshots examples I managed to find, which I made for a blog post.
Most of my sets however weren’t live; I just liked using Polyvore as a place to keep record of all the clothes I liked and to check if something could be worn with several different outfits before I purchased it.
However, a while ago I noticed that the Polyvore clipper wasn’t working when I tried to save clothes. Basically, how it would work if that you go on a listing page for an item press the Polyvore button (which you download to your bookmarks bar) and then something would pop up saving the item. This though had not been working for a while. The app could be faulty however so for a while I assumed it was that. Eventually, one day I felt like putting a set together with the new ideas I had for spring/ summer.
To my horror I found that Polyvore had shut down and been replaced immediately with SSense which looked to be a online fashion retailer store. After a quick search I saw a lot of people were as upset as me that there hadn’t been any transition period or the old web domain kept open for people to use the app (which to be fair to SSense was more Polyvore’s responsibility).
I did at one point find a website that was hoping to start a new fan generated Polyvore, but I signed up and haven’t received an email since so don’t know what is happening with that. At the moment I’ve resorted to taking screenshots of clothes and putting them into a Pages (Mac program for those not familiar) document and using that to test what clothes go together.
If anyone knows any websites that are similar to Polyvore however please let me know,, as my document is quickly becoming cluttered.
For many this may seem like a bit of a rant of a post, for which I apologise but I used Polyvore for many years. I know because my username was based off the main character in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as I made my account in the middle of reading the trilogy. For someone whose life revolves around what clothes I want to wear Polyvore was a way for me to sort out the mess in my head and have it a physical document to stop me obsessing as much.
So R.I.P. Polyvore, you will be missed by me at least.
I have admired and loved Irregular Choice as a brand for years. Not only do they make ridiculously beautiful, different shoes but the attention of detail that goes into each shoe is amazing – every shoe I’ve seen from them has truly been a work of art. I remember the first time I saw a pair of Irregular Choice with my mum. It was the Alice in Wonderland collection I think and we were both immediately captivated by the uniqueness of the shoes. Unfortunately, for us Irregular Choice shoes don’t come cheap so despite wanting to own a pair for a long time now I hadn’t been able to afford the price tag.
However, when I saw that this pair were in the sale on Schuh I just couldn’t resist! They were about half off the original price (and then I managed to get student discount on top of that!). I also am planning a Donald and Daisy Duck inspired Disneybound when I next go to Disneyland Paris in June (hopefully!) and I knew these would be perfect for that – now all I need is all the other components including this beret that I can’t wait to drop from Just Peachy.
I’ve been waiting so long to show you guys the newest just peachy beret !! ♡ these are coming out early May! The best way to rep your favorite boy / ducky 💓 pic.twitter.com/Qo8NuqT6rf
I think a lace dress would look cute with this in either pale blue, red or white – let me know what you would think look best in the comments!
Anyway, back to the shoes – they are stunning! I’m glad my first pair of flats because I am totally useless at wearing heels though one day I will get my hands on the pink rain bunny heels (I SHOULD HAVE GOT THEM IN THE SALE I AM AN IDIOT).
These flats I would say are pretty true to size. I tried on some of the Muppets collection in the Irregular Choice store not that long ago and had to size down and was actually worried these would be too big but luckily they weren’t, as the size I got was the only ones left! The fit at the moment is quite painful because they’re very stiff at the heel (you can probably tell from the photo that they are quite narrow there). They are however a little wide in the middle of the foot though I have about normal to narrow feet so for other people that may be perfect. I reckon with some wearing in these will be quite comfy.
All that doesn’t matter to me as much as it would to other people because of how happy I was when I opened the box (seriously I need to hurry up and Youtube lol because it would have made a good unboxing video).
The box is definitely one to keep, I actually like to display my shoes on top of it as a feature piece because I think it looks quite nice. Also, I loved how the wrapping paper to keep the shape of the shoes even had the Disney theme – it’s that attention to detail which is why I love Irregular Choice!
The quality of the actual shoe itself was also great – I mean look at the glitter in the photo below!
Also, prewarning I’m quite blasphemous and I’ve worn them without sole protectors. I think for future shoes I definitely would invest in some but for these provided they don’t get too battered I can live with it. Either way please don’t hate me that I forget to take pictures of the soles before wearing them!
As you can see under each shoe is a pattern featuring the character on the shoe. I love how one has hearts and one stripes, as they mismatch in that just right way.
So here it is my first shot at a first impressions post (kind of – I’d seen this shoes but never tried them on) of my first ever pair of Irregular Choice shoes (that’s a lot of firsts!). I know these shoes have been released for a while but I just couldn’t resist sharing my first Irregular Choice haul with you all!
Here’s a picture of my wearing them in my mess of a bedroom that I took in a mad dash as I was heading to work (I feel like this outfit needed a pastel pink or blue top to bring it together more though)! Hopefully, one day I can take some nicer pictures at Disneyland with the Donald/ Daisy Disneybound of my dreams.
Little Viking Vintage for those of you unaware is a little treasure cove nestled in the heart of St Albans, full of vintage dreams. If you’re visiting the area, or indeed live in St Albans and have even a mild interest in fashion (especially vintage fashion) I suggest you check it out. I was lucky enough to interview the owner of the shop, Maria who discussed her collection, which I imagine is fashion heaven, as well as her adventures across the globe scouring for vintage fashion. Expect to come out of reading this interview feeling inspired, and wanting to go down to the pub in full on extravagant vintage attire. Because you know when you hear about someone’s life, and it feels like it’s you’re actually reading about a character’s life in a really cool novel; that’s what this interview will feel like to read.
That velvet top is calling my name… Photograph taken outside Little Viking Vintage.
How did Little Viking Vintage start?
It started out wanting to wear what nobody else had and creating an individual style. Back in the day when charity shops provided good hunting grounds for 1920-70 items it was easy to start a collection and I still have lots of these in my private collection. The first item I bought that is sort of the root of my passion (read evil) was a 1980s ball gown in black satin with puff skirt covered in rhinestones and I used to wear this just down to the pub with dm’s* and a biker jacket. Would love to show you a pic but unfortunately it is at my storage and out of reach. You just have to imagine full on 80’s!
Inside Little Viking Vintage.
What’s your favourite piece that you’ve ever come across?
Oh hard to choose!! It’s been so many but to narrow it down: In a Vintage boutique in New York I found this Museum quality 1930’s gown with ballerina pattern and probably paid way to much for it but it is in pristine condition and it has ballerinas, I love ballerina patterns! I am yet to wear it so for now hanging on my bedroom wall. The second item would probably be a 1920’s pongee tissue silk kimono robe that I rescued last year. I was at an appointment in London buying and this lady was just going to chuck it out as it needed a bit of tlc** so managed to grab it for just a £5! I have had it fixed and it is now hanging too on my bedroom wall. These pieces are the base for my vintage inspiration and keeps me motivated that you just never know what you are going to find next!
Photograph provided by Little Viking Vintage.
Photograph provided by Little Viking Vintage.
Do you have a favourite place in the world to look for vintage finds from?
It varies wildly, a few years ago I was going to NY a lot scouring markets and shops but lately I have started going to the South of France as they have a different view on which vintage is desirable so manage to snap up a few bargains every time I go. As I am Swedish I also go to Stockholm a lot and if there is a local barn sale I’ll be the first one in!
What advice would you give for someone whose interested in vintage fashion and wants to start collecting?
Buy with your heart and don’t care what other people say! There are so many different eras and styles to explore! I hear a lot people saying, “but when would I wear it” when trying on in store, I say ‘Just Wear It,’ or just hang it on the wall and admire it like a piece of wearable art! Don’t spend too much money in the beginning but ‘work your way up’ until you have found where your heart lies.
I need that cardigan in my life! Photograph taken inside Little Viking Vintage.
What’s your personal style like and how do you feel it reflects your stock?
My style changes between full on vintage to contemporary modern fashion. One day I will wear a 1930’s gown and the next a jumpsuit from Zara. I’m a firm believer in just wear what you want, anytime you want! As there are so many different styles and eras; the possibilities are endless! As my style changes so does the stock as you are automatically drawn to the stuff you like to wear and end up sourcing for the shop, at the moment it is all about Kimonos!
Inside Little Viking Vintage.
Where are you favourite places to look for vintage finds from in the UK?
I love hunting in Norwich and Brighton as there are lots of good vintage shops and emporiums. I try not to buy too much from stores as you pay retail prices but for one off’s it’s great! I mainly buy from markets and private sellers that i have connected with over the years.
If you could only keep 3 pieces from your collection, which would you keep?
My 1930’s Embroidered Japanese Kimono that I found a few years back but only just realised it’s true beauty and rarity. My beaten up old biker jacket would be the first thing I’d throw out of the window if there was a fire! It has taken me 20 years to wear it in and it is just perfect!! Thirdly probably my 1980’s quilted Chanel Bag in Gold Leather!
Photograph provided by Little Viking Vintage.
Do you have a favourite fashion era?
I just love the elegance and style of the 1930’s but am also an old punk at heart so anything Vivian Westwood did in the 70’s!
Have you ever sold a piece and then regretted it?
Always!! But you can’t run a business without being able to let go….
What’s your favourite season?
I don’t really have one, but a sunny Autumn day like the other day when you can still wear your summer dress but layering it with a cozy knit is always nice.
Inside Little Viking Vintage.
What inspirations do you draw your style/ aesthetic from?
It normally starts by me finding a new item that I wouldn’t have looked at before and seeing it’s potential in a different light and then it just takes on a life of it’s own, adding similar pieces or matching it with something I have not done before. For example my recent passion is Kimonos and i love bringing them in to a wearable garment as a dress or jacket and introducing this to customers!
Do you have any style icons?
Everyone walking down the street! I love looking at what other people wear and how they create their style.
What is about vintage fashion that has you hooked?
You just never know what you are going to find next!!!!!!!!
* Dr Martens for those who aren’t down with the lingo just yet.
** Tender Lovin’ Care (ok you could probably write it without the ‘ but I can’t help but imagine it’s Elvis saying it)
While I used to be an avid vintage collector; I have to admit over the last few years, my passion dwindled a bit. I think this was because despite being close to London where there are loads of amazing vintage clothes shops; I had lost the connection that I had with my favourite vintage shops in Lincoln. On that note if you ever find yourself in Lincoln I recommend visiting Tasty Vintage.
I also did not find a place I enjoyed that was in close proximity (and not as expensive to travel to as London). I did visit The Vintage Emporium in St Albans and found a few bits every so often, but the focus of the store (lots of different vendors make up the store so its quite eclectic) was not quite my aesthetic. I also think being a vegetarian in a vintage shop can be a little odd at times, as generally there will be real fur coats, as well as leather (I’ve discussed my stance on this a bit more in this post but generally I have no personal problem if you’re a vegetarian/ vegan and want to wear vintage items with animal products, but personally for me I just don’t feel comfortable doing so).
I however recently found myself visiting Little Viking Vintage, which is hidden away in the town centre of St Albans. And ever since going there I have found myself falling back in love with vintage again. The place may be small, but its a little treasure trove and because of the location I’ve never been in there with more than another person looking at the same time. You can tell that its more like someone selling curated pieces of a collection rather than all the stock they could possibly get their hands on (which some vintage shops I have visited have given me the impression of) by the specialness of the stock. There’s so many beautiful and unique pieces that I could spend hours there- and I’ve never once felt by any staff member that I couldn’t, as they just let you look as you please. Though on that note the owner of the shop is genuinely lovely, and a pleasure to talk with. She very kindly reserved a gorgeous top for me, as well as bought from me a faux fur leopard vintage coat I owned and loved (but sadly was just never going to wear).
(I hope to do a proper Autumn fashion lookbook soon, which will hopefully feature this top.)
(I ;ove these but they’re not my size and I feel like they are most likely leather.)
Apologises for the lack of photographs, there was someone else in the shop when I took these and although they were lovely (and I asked the owner if i could take photographs and she very graciously said I could); I still felt too nervous to do a proper job.
Let me know if you’re interested in vintage fashion and would like to see more of these kinds of posts. I also would love to do an interview with the owner of the shop so if you have any questions you’d like answering, comment below! As it will also give me an opportunity to revisit the shop and take some proper photographs of some of the gorgeous treasures they have.