The Classic Car Boot Sale

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Yes ladies and gents it is that time of year again. What time of year – Classic Car Boot Time. No I’m not crazy and yes the weather is a bit crap but the Vintage crowd did good. From Boots & Braces to Craft Beer and Kitchenware we had a great day. Not having embraced the vintage look before I thought I would give it a try but compared to the beauts walking around I did not hold a candle. The women and the men left me in awe of their style and presence.

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Before I went in I set myself a challenge to find three favourite stalls and actually buy something from one of them. This task I clearly did not think through very well as I wanted almost everything that I touched and took a lot less money with me than actually needed. However the bits I did pick up were fantastic and I actually managed to pick three from all of the fantastic stalls there on the Saturday. I have posted my top three throughout this post as putting them one after another would be too easy of course. Just remember if you were there you may have different favourites and I would love to hear about them so please leave a comment and share your wonderful finds :D.

STALL ONE

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This stall I cannot for the life of me remember if it had a name however I remember when I walked in the entrance it was on the right and quite close to the front. The owner was fantastic and her husband and daughter arrived as we were mid conversation. It was like talking to old friends and her sense of humour was off the hook. Not only did she have a great selection of hats but her fabrics should be envied. She will be setting up a website very soon so when I get some more details I will let you all know.

If there is anyone that knows her name or the name of her stall please do holla!

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As we reluctantly left the my first favourite there were a number of amazing items dotted about as you can see. Taking me back to my childhood and beyond these amazing displays really were something to catch your attention.

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This guy was having the time of his life whizzing around and weaving through the passers-by. Onlookers were smiling and so was he. I’m sure he felt like a kid again – awesome right!

STALL TWO

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Once again a stall with no name – which is almost as much of a shame as me not taking a picture of the most amazing shearling jacket they had for sale. Sadly at £80 the darling item was out of my price range for the day but I am sure it found a loving home – if not next time I hope it will be mine! One thing I do remember about this gorgeous stall was a very well dressed woman trying on an outrageously gorgeous cowboy jacket that I just would never have the courage to wear. It looked amazing on her of course and I do hope she bought it. This stall also had a small selection of bags and slightly bigger belt collection. Once again if the name is out there in the ether do pop it in a comment!

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As we carried on through these two lovely lads stood out from the crowd with their beaming smiles and twinkling grotto of home delights. From Tala baking utensils to brightly coloured glass ashtrays the selection was to die for. And check out the guys outfits – they were retro heaven. Not only were their items great but so were they – as we dove into the vintage Selfridges bag hidden beneath for wrapping and a bag the conversation flowed as did the cash. I did pass over my twitter details but cannot for the life of me remember their stall name. Once again (I know you must be sick of it by now!) leave a comment with any details that you can fill in. If it helps these lovelies were the first stall on the left once you enter.

STALL THREE

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The two beautiful ladies on the bottom left – mother and daughter team Alice & Linda run Classic Vault which is a collection of glorious vintage pieces both clothes and accessories. They also run the Bows & Braces Vintage Fair which is packed to the hilt with a mammoth amount of sensational stalls for you to peruse at your leisure – check out the site for the next date and location. Now, with a Trilby in mind and of course some braces this was definitely the right stall to stumble upon and I will not hesitate to say it is in my top three of the fair. As it started to rain the hat went straight on (Alice had to actually prise it out of my hands to get the tag off whilst I took shelter under her stall!). I will post about my purchases soon.

Thank you for kitting me out ladies and I hope to see you again soon. 

As you can imagine there were many other stalls and bits and bobs on show so check out some of what was on offer. I am looking forward to seeing the many other photos out there of this awesome day and look forward to the next event. Fingers tightly crossed the weather will be better and hopefully it will return to the South Bank!

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The picture below is one of my favourites as it shows some of the people that we met on the day and just how fabulous they look – we also got a cheeky outfit shot in at the bottom right! The outfits worn overall were stunning and the effort that went into them is astounding. Next year I think I need to up my game! How cool is the guy on the left and with such a cheeky grin with a wink after I clicked! Shame I couldn’t catch it!

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If you made it to the Boot Sale I do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and if you were unable to get there hopefully you will be able to make it to the next one. Vintage hosts a number of different events and the next one coming up is . . .

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Details of this event are yet to be released but keep your eyes and ears open for information as it will be an amazing night for sure.

Vintage presents . . .

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Vintage Presents . . . Once again it is time for The Classic Car Boot Sale hosted by Vintage. On Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford you can see a marvellous selection of vintage fashion, accessories and home-wares on display in some of the most beautiful vehicles around. Alongside the beautiful beamers you will be able to enjoy munchies from some of London’s finest street food vendors.

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Last year was fabulous and with this years venue I am sure it will be bigger and better. Check out some of the pictures I took and get excited like I am for the shenanigans that will be happening this year.

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Event Info

Dates: 20th & 21st September

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford (Next to the London Aquatics Centre & The Stadium)

Cost: £5 before 11am (£4 thereafter)

How to get there

Classic Car Boot Sale Map

Nearest Tube

 Stratford – Turn left out of the station and into Westfield Shopping Centre. In the centre go up one level and exit to ‘The Street’. Follow the signage for ‘Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’, then follow the signs for The Classic Car Boot Sale.

Stratford International Station is served by

Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Jubilee and Central line

National Rail services operated by Greater Anglia and c2c

Southeastern High Speed 1 services

London Overground services

19 minutes by tube from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

44 minutes by cycle from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

1 hour 31 minutes by bus from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

2 hours 18 minutes to walk from Oxford Circus to Stratford Station

Other Ways

13 minutes to walk from Hackney Wick to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

3 minutes to cycle from Hackney Wick to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

If you need any other information on getting there please click HERE

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REVIEW: The Vintage Girl (Swept Off Her Feet) by Hester Browne

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

The Back of the Book

When Evie Nicholson is asked to visit Kettlesheer Castle in Scotland to archive the family heirlooms, she jumps at the chance. Evie’s passion for antiques means that, for her, the castle is a treasure trove of mysteries just waiting to be uncovered.

But in each heirloom lies a story, and in the course of her investigations Evie stumbles upon some long-buried family secrets. Add handsome, gloomy heir Robert McAndrew and a traditional candlelit gala to the mix, and Evie’s heart is sent reeling with an enthusiasm that may just extend beyond the Kettlesheer silver…

My Thoughts

It has been a while since I finished listening to this particular book. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.

This book may be better known as Swept Off Her Feet by Hester Browne. The writing was deliciously sweet and listening to the book gave it a completely different dynamic. My bug bear with audio books is that they take the imagination out of reading. When you pick up a book and really get stuck in the voices that you have in your head are yours and only that. When audio takes over you just have to go with it or stop listening. Luckily the reader was delightful and put on a variety of voices that fit the bill perfectly.

Evie is a thirty year old hopeless romantic who loves everything art, vintage, history and quite a bit of old tat. Everything has a back story which fascinates Evie endlessly. Driving her boss mad buying on a whim and hoping that someone will see the beauty that she has seen. Evie lands the opportunity of a lifetime (for Evie!) and she heads up to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Her sisters other halves family live in the most beautiful (from description) castle in the middle of nowhere. Not everyone can say that they have been a welcomed family guest in a castle. Well some may be able to but I can safely say that I am not one of them.

Whilst taking in all of the beauty of Kettlesheer’s glory the family descend and we meet Duncan and Ingrid a pair that can only be described as nothing other than chalk and cheese. With Duncan’s hefty outbursts and Ingrid’s quite becoming conversation they really are a couple that if I met would be in awe. They say opposites attract and this a testament to exactly that.

This is the point where I just cannot forget Robert McAndrew. You will get to know throughout the story that there is some serious chemistry between Evie and Robert. Quite the modern young scotsman in London, a family man at heart but with his own life and outlook on it. A man that most woman seem to want these days – damn fiction! Between the reeling (dancing!) and shuffling through family heirlooms the build up of sexual tension is ferocious and you will most likely like myself scream at the pair of them to just make something happen and SOON!

There are lots of other delightful twists and turns throughout the book that if you like most chick lit you will most definitely enjoy.

Overall this book is worth the read and I would recommend it as a holiday read.

Thank you to Quercus books for sending me the lovely book and sparking my interest in the first place :D

Rating

rating3*

Mediocre Beans

#IMWAYR

IMWAYR

This gorgeous little meme is something that the lovely Sheila has been keeping strong with over at her blog Book Journey.

It is the one day in the week where all of us book lovers can come together share what we are reading and add books to our forever growing To Be Read lists!

Sometimes I warn you this meme is detrimental to your wallet and book shelves however there are some awesome people out there so GET INVOLVED :D

STILL READING!

The Humans by Matt Haig

 

STILL LISTENING TO

The Vintage Girl by Hester Browne

Last week was not a terribly eventful week for me on the book front.
On the positive side I have been trying to squeeze in some listening so I am making progress on my current audio book!

A LITTLE NOTE FROM AUDIBLE!

On Thursday 5th June it is the London launch of #run2workday. Audible is supporting this great initiative and giving away a free audio download from a fantastic selection of books. This is in partnership with The Evening Standard.

The #run2workday initiative, which will kick off with a London launch on 5 June, is a nationwide campaign designed to inspire people to make running part of their everyday routine and to get London moving this summer. It will encourage Londoners to run to work instead of driving or using public transport, and to donate their usual fare to the Evening Standard’s partner charity, The Dispossessed Fund.

As official partner of the #run2workday scheme, Audible will offering a free audiobook download to all those who sign up to take part, with no strings attached. Runners will be able to select a download from Audible’s extensive catalogue of over 100,000 titles, ensuring hours of listening to keep them motivated and entertained as they run.

Runners World, the UK’s largest running magazine, recently partnered with Audible to examine how listening to Audible audiobooks affected the performance of long-distance runners*. Almost three-quarters of users said that listening to audiobooks made running more enjoyable and 1 in 5 found that listening to audiobooks made them run more often. 4 out of 5 said they would be likely, or very likely to continue using audiobooks in the future, and the same proportion said they would recommend listening to audiobooks to a friend or family member who runs.

In the run-up to the first #run2workday, Audible will also take ownership of ‘Run Hub’, Runners World’s online community. ‘Run Hub’ is an interactive running channel that enables users to log runs, join groups, diarise training schedules, share information and take part in new challenges every month. Audible is taking over the monthly challenge for the next two months, with June’s challenge being to run2work.

Laurence Howell, Director of Content at Audible.co.uk said: “Audible was founded by a runner, who realised that long-form storytelling was the perfect companion to a long run. Ever since then, some of Audible’s most dedicated listeners have been members of the running community, who rely on audiobooks to entertain and motivate them on the road. We are delighted to be involved in the #run2workday scheme and hope that people will be inspired to start pounding the pavements, and realise that it’s also a great opportunity to enjoy a good book!”

www.run2work.com/run2work-day   |   #run2workday

GET INVOLVED GUYS!