Toms Shoes - One for One

Toms are the fashion must have this summer!

If you are like me you started seeing Toms around last Summer in England but this Summer they are going to be huge. They look great with almost everything - sun dress, shorts, jeans or leggings. They are extremely comfortable, versatile and fun to wear made in an array of colours and patterns. Believe me once you start buying them you will want the whole range of colours.

Go check them out, but before you do, did you know:

In 2006 an American traveler called Blake Mycoskie made friends with children in Argentina who weren't wearing any shoes to protect their feet. To help he created Toms shoes. His company would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Thanks to Toms customers Blake was able to return to Argentina with 10,000 pairs of shoes to give to the children. As of September 2010 Toms has given one million pairs of new shoes to children in need!

So go and purchase a pair of Toms today, not only will you look good for the summer, you will also be donating a pair of shoes to a child in need, what an amazing cause!

To show you how great they look, many a celebrity has been photographed wearing Toms:



Stop Traffic Clothing stock Bettie Page Clothes!

Stop Traffic Clothing is an independent vintage inspired fashion boutique, founded by vintage and period fashion expert Rebecca McWattie.
Step back in time and order brand new clothes inspired by the 40’s and 50’s. Wear clothes inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.  Who wouldn’t want to?
50’s style clothes have come full circle as seen at recent catwalk shows, get yours at stoptrafficclothing.com for affordable prices.
Rebecca quotes, ‘Vintage-inspired fashion designed to turn heads.’
It certainly does that! The clothes are stylish and fun.

One of the exciting things about Stop Traffic Clothing is they sell ‘Bettie Page’ clothing which is supplied from LA. It is very hard to find in the UK and worn by celebrities such as Nicole Kidman and Paris Hilton. Dresses New In Today! They are called Pretty Please, Lucky Dog, Alika White Pencil and Smokescreen. Go on, get on the website and take a look, they are fabulous.


As well as having her website, Rebecca also enjoys interacting with her customers, she loves receiving photos of her clothes being worn and will inform you of retro parties on Facebook and Twitter. She also has a blog on the site called ‘Girl About Town – The Vintage Lifestyle.’ Keep up to date with Rebecca's fashion tips and vintage events.

Go on the website today and you wont be disappointed.


Badminton Style 2011

The sun shone down on Badminton Horse Trials 2011, the riding event had kicked off and the shopping had commenced.
Practical riding attire has become every day fashion worn not just by the rural community but by the city folk too. From Barbour wax jackets to Hunter wellies these are all familiar brands that have become fashion must haves.

The stalls were endless and just showed that fashion was as important to this event as the trials. Girls wearing Dubarry and Ariat boots in the heat proved this point. Not just worn by the eventers for practical reasons but purely just for fashion and they looked great. The iconic Dubarry boot being the 'Galway', comprises of smooth and crushed leather and comes in three different colours with Gore-Tex lining. A pure classic.

The Dubarry stand was eye catching including a bar serving complimentary champagne for the customers. The girls assisting were dressed in Dubarry tweed jackets and boots looking immaculate. The shop was packed, women were not only trying on boots but the summer deck shoes on sale too. A Dubarry tweed jacket with jeans and deck shoes is a great look for the spring. http://www.dubarry.com/

Get the Look:
black shorts, striped t-shirt, black tights and knee high boots with an over sized hand bag and big sunnies. Maybe a wax jacket if it gets a bit chilly.

Shops included Brora for your cashmere, Dubarry, Ariat, Crew, Joules, Barbour, Hunter, James Lock hatters (founded in 1676), Cousins of Cheltenham, Gabriella Knight, Moloh, Simon Charles and Drakes bespoke country clothing.

Fashion must haves included wax jackets, gilets, tweed jackets, tweed skirts or shorts, Dubarry or Ariat boots, Cashmere jumpers or ponchos, cable jumpers, polo shirts, Hunter wellies, deck shoes by Dubarry or Hunter, Fur hats and bags, Barbour bags, jeans or jodhpurs, scarves and sunglasses.

I bought a tanned wax jacket for £35 made by Elveden Squire and a beautiful large black onyx ring from Love & Lilly for £18  http://www.loveandlilly.com/

Fur coats, hats, head bands and bags.

I am loving the faux fur headbands but they are definitely for the colder weather. I also fell in love with the brown and white satchel bag in the photo below.

The must have tweed jacket

Tailored tweed was found on most stands including Drakes, Cousins of Cheltenham, Moloh and Dubarry. The jacket below had a striking silk lining that you could button down to display.


James Lock hatters was founded in 1676 and is based in St. James Street SW1. If you are after a special Trilby or a Fedora then this is where to go.  http://www.lockhatters.co.uk/

Trying on Panamas at John Halifax Hatters stand (Hatters based in Lovington, Somerset)

The Badminton Collection

The collection was made by Joules. It included polo shirts, jumpers and jackets with the Badminton logo and they had very smart mustard scarfs with horses printed onto them. The shop was packed as everyone wanted a fashion memento from the event.

I didn't want to leave the horse trials, the event was amazing. I would recommend it to anyone. It is a country retreat where you can do whatever you like, watching the horses thunder past while having a picnic, sit in the stands watching the jumping in the sunshine or browse the fashion stands. There is something for everyone and a little bit more. Girls go next year and check out the shops, you won't be disappointed.

Christina x




Brussels Vintage Heaven

My mini vintage tour to some of the best vintage shops in Brussels first took me to rue du Midi 64 where I visited 'Burlesque'. You must visit this boutique. It is small but perfectly formed with some extremely exciting gems. Here I found some amazing black heeled shoes that I couldn't leave the shop without. Filled with quality vintage clothes and accessories it was an Aladdin's cave. I would have bought a Burberry raincoat if they had it in my size. They also had a great collection of boots, handbags and hats. If I lived in Brussels this is one I would definitely frequent.
Just down the road from 'Burlesque', also on rue du Midi, is 'Look'. This shop sells more modern vintage. Here my partner bought a Levis shirt but if jeans are on your shopping list this is the place to go, Pepe, Levis and Wrangler were just some of the makes available. 'Look' is definitely worth a look but it isn't what I call vintage, more modern second hand clothes.
The next street was rue des Teinturiers 19 where 'Ramon & Valy Vintage' is. If it is top labels you are after then this is a definite. The shop itself is beautifully presented, you don't feel like you are looking at second hand clothes at all. A little more expensive than the others but what would you expect with clothes by Chanel and Dior. A very beautiful boutique with beautiful vintage clothes. If you are searching for a very special something then this is the place to go.
The last shop I visited ended my mini tour on a high! 'Gabriele Vintage' on rue des Chartreux 27. Wow! I felt like I had entered a movie set. What an amazing shop. I looked at everything and ended up holding about twelve items to try on including a handbag I fell in love with (still yet to find out who it is made by). I bought two silky shirts to wear with jeans, one made by Serge Nancel Paris and the other by Pierre Castanet Paris. Everyone should visit this shop. Gabriele herself was in the shop helping people (Gabriele Wolf comes from Germany and arrived in Brussels as a costume designer before her involvement with vintage clothes made her open her own shop) I came out of there with a Gabriele bag and a big grin on my face, it really is vintage heaven.

Christina x

Burlesque - rue du Midi 64

Burlesque - rue du Midi 64

Burlesque - rue du Midi 64

Look - rue du Midi 40

Look - rue du Midi 40

Ramon & Valy Vintage - rue des Teinturiers 19

Ramon & Valy Vintage - rue des Teinturiers 19

Ramon & Valy Vintage - rue des Teinturiers 19

Ramon & Valy Vintage - rue des Teinturiers 19

Gabriele Vintage - rue des Chartreux 27

Gabriele Vintage - rue des Chartreux 27

Gabriele Vintage - rue des Chartreux 27

Gabriele Vintage - rue des Chartreux 27



Bath in Fashion

I attended a fashion show at the Octagon last night for the Bath In Fashion week. Firstly I think having a week in Bath dedicated to fashion is such a great idea, Fashion is such a big part of Bath, it certainly drew me to the city.
During The week there have been talks by people in The Fashion Industry who you wouldn't usually get to meet and hear about stories behind the scenes and generally how it all works.
The fashion show I attended was fabulous, clothes were by Hobbs, Monsoon, Coast, Banana Republic, Reiss, Toast, LK Bennet and Jigsaw, all from the Spring collection. We were greeted with a glass of wine and a goody bag sat on our chairs. The venue was perfect and the show was extremely well presented. It was so great to be part of it.
Bath in Fashion is unfortunately only for one week but what a week! Bath and Fashion go perfectly together.
Christina x