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.

Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage, Fashion, Accessories, Homewares

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.

Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage, Car Boot, Vintage Fashion, Fashion, Accessories, Homewares

Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale, Vintage, Car Boot, Vintage Fashion, Fashion, Accessories, Homewares

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

Vintage Classic Car Boot Sale

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

27 Dresses

No, not the Katherine Heigl Movie although that is a pretty good chick flick!

This post is about 27 dresses (ok you got me on that one!) from Saturday night out on the town to Sunday morning brunch with the girls.

From high street to high-priced there is something for everyone, even the vintage lovers amongst us!

High Priced High Street

1. Burddy Colourful Canary Print Dress, £149 – Ted Baker

2. Jacquard Collared Dress, £250 – Karen Millen

3. Laura Dress, £135 – Coast

4. Beaded V Neck Dress, £169 – Biba

5. Vita Short Dress, £135 – Coast

High Street Haven

1. Eiffel Tower Print Sleeveless Dress, £24.99 – H&M

2. Chi Chi Mint Dress High Neck Lace Front Prom Dress, £49.99 – New Look

3. Blue Bird Print Border Puff Sleeve Dress, £19.99 – New Look

4. Voulez Vous Collar Daisy Chain Dress, £24 – George for Asda

5. Limited Edition Drop Waist Dress, £28 – Florence & Fred

A Touch of Vintage

1. Red Swan Print Day Dress, £35 – Lady Vintage London

2. Goa Print Button Back Dress, £60 – Love Ur Look

3. Vanilla Sky Day Dress, £35 – Lady Vintage London

4. Beautiful White Butterfly Tea Dress, £50 – Lady Vintage London

5. Green Birdcage Hepburn Dress, £50 – Lady Vintage London

It may seem that I have only looked at one store however they were my absolute favourites from a large selection. For more dresses check out Collectif, Love Ur Look (For more!), Tatyanna, Vivenne of Holloway – some of which I will be featuring in another post about dresses that I simply NEED in my life!

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

1. G21 St George’s Flag Lips Midi Dress, £10 – George for Asda

2. Spring Silhouette Jersey Dress, £55 – French Connection

3. Mint Long Maxi Dress, £14.99 at H&M

4. Sweatshirt Dress, £12.99 at H&M

5. Jersey Maxi Dress, £12.99 at H&M

Once again there seems to be a dominant brand in this little collection – this is partly due to H&M having amazingly comfortable lounge clothes!

Twinkle Twinkle

1. Caree Sheer Floral Dress, £299 – Ted Baker

2. Bandeau Waterfall Dress, £58 – Lipsy

3. Andrica Short Dress, £75.00 – Coast

4. Melanie Maxi Dress, £250 – Coast

5. Brompton Full Length Dress, £295 – Phase Eight

Personally for evening dresses Coast are the go to brand – I am sure there are plenty of others out there as you can see. However they know how to make a well-fitting garment and seem to get it right 99% of the time.

coast and lips faves

1. Fabia Embroidered Fit And Flare Dress, £160 – Phase Eight

2. Kardashian Halter Pencil Dress, £85 – Lipsy

If you had to pick one (Just one!) which one would it be?!

GIVEAWAY: Goody Bag with Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

The lovely people from Penguin put on a lovely vintage themed party for the interview of the lovely Maya Van Wagenen by the awesome Jo Elvin (Glamour Editor). Whilst there we were all given goody bags with a copy of the book and the opportunity to have a little chat with Maya and get her to sign her book. The lovely Maya signed a copy for me and personalised it and also signed two more copies for my readers.

The book is receiving rave reviews and Maya is truly inspirational especially for her age. She seems wise beyond her years and a pleasure to listen to when speaking. This young lady is poised and ready for action and I am pretty sure there will be a lot of that on the literary scene as she is well and truly on fire.

On the night we were given the hashtag WWBD – little did I know that when I actually checked on the social networking feeds that was also being used for What Would Beyoncé Do? – Quite frankly as fabulous as Beyoncé is I couldn’t give a rats backside what she would do in her current situation as it is none of my business. So with attention back on the lovely Maya we cracked on!

The Giveaway

What’s Included

- Signed Copy of the book Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

- Betty Cornell’s Teen-age Popularity Guide

-  June’s Issue of Glamour (With a hilarious editors letter from Jo!)

- Red Bird Makes Vintage Style Brooch

- Sweeties from There’s Only One Amy Law’s

- WWBD Armband

popular giveaway

Not a bad lot for a freebie so get those entries in ASAP for your chance to win this great goody bag – there are two up for grabs so go for it guys! And SPREAD THE WORD far and wide – the more entries the better!

So the giveaway is running from Thursday 22nd May at 07:00am until Thursday 29th May – sadly this competition is only open to UK residents as postage is too expensive to the USA. Click on the link below to go to the page for entries :D

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