So after being with the amazing Mr Rosendale for well over 16 years and desperately longing to be married before I celebrated my big 4 0, it was a mutual but scary decision for us to elope off into the sunset! Why?……well we decided that this way, we could avoid all the fuss that a standard wedding brings and do something for us!
With 2016 being the year I turned forty as well as my daughter Beth turning 18 (how did that happen?) it was perfect. Beth could be the witness and no one need know.
Now I am rubbish at keeping secrets, somehow i did. Apart from the lovely Clare at House of Foxy (who made my dress) and some random strangers (because I had tell someone) nobody else had a clue and we went off with a little secret on our holiday in New York.
Why New York? Well Vegas has been done so many times and Mr Rosendale could use his air miles. We’d been for a flying visit in 2015 and after I was poorly and missed the initial proposal plans (done later on my birthday) it seemed like a good choice. Plus you can get married quite easily with just minimal paperwork to sort out and a cost of only $70 for the nuptials.
We did not want to spend much, yes we had flown to New York but that could class as the Honeymoon we felt we did not need to spend on Cakes, Cards, A Reception, Photographer, Suit for Steve, Flowers etc the list can be never ending if you are not careful.
8 weeks before D-Day I went off to the local craft shop and made my bouquet from felt, vintage buttons and fake flowers………3 hours later is was complete and looking pretty good (3 years of organising a vintage wedding fair helped to inspire)
Mr Rosendale expressed an interest in wearing shorts and I found a lovely vintage prom dress for Beth. The colour scheme had been chosen to tie in with an unworn pair of Converse I had picked up from a carboot for £6 and of course the orange/yellow was to coordinate with my wedding car of choice, a New York taxi.
Apart from some rings, that was it and we were off.
City Hall is one of many large stately building in downtown New York and a place were you can get married within 24 hours of filling in some paperwork.
So on 8th July (two days before I was 40) we got hitched. We arrived at 8am to join the queue and by 9am we were married!
The vows took all of 2 minutes in West Chapel with a lady that said “No photos, Fridays are busy” She was not joking! When we came out the other end the place was packed!! We stopped at the souvenir shop for a couple of mementos and then we were Mr & Mrs Rosendale! (finally)
The rest of our Wedding morning involved a paper chase around New York and lots of selfies. We had a wedding breakfast of burger, fries and fizzy wine. Then we Face-timed our families the good news! After some silence and a little shock…..they were over joyed. Phew!
And do you know what, the whole thing was just perfect!
This month, I’m busy taking the UK by storm with the Vintage Home Show!
That’s right! It’s back!
This time I’ll be taking it to Leeds (Sunday 19th June) and Manchester (Sunday 26th June), so you’d best be ready for that good ol’ vintage hit that’ll be waiting… in a city near you!
Fancy a sneak peek?
With so much of my attention taken up by the Vintage Home Show, I’ve been fortunate enough to assess a few goodies that will be finding their way over to you. I always get really excited, as I never fully know what amazing stuff will be coming along, but this time I’ve caved and had my own little preview!
AND OH MY
You’re in for a real treat!
Ok, enough teasing! I’m sure you’re on the edge of your sofa!
WELL, here are my top 10 picks – a few items that are making me especially eager to see this month (in no particular order)!
Leeds, Sunday 19th June, Pudsey Civic Hall
1) Antelope Chair by Ernest Race
The Antelope Chair is widely considered to be one of Ernest Race’s most distinguished designs. It perfectly defines 1950’s living and this particular chair is a stunning example – the ideal addition to any Mid-century inspired home.
If you want to be in with a chance of becoming its new owner, head on over to our Leeds venue this Sunday!
2) Teak Dressing Table
Teak everything! That’s what I say!
I absolutely adore this dressing table – it ticks all the right boxes in the design stakes!
Make sure you look for Almeida at our Leeds event!
It’s one of the many beautiful, vintage items they’ll be adding into the mix this weekend.
3) Fernand Legar ‘The Circus’
This amazing example of original, 1950’s art is bound to add a burst of colour to any room!
4) Bitossi Duck & Vase
Ok, now I’m in love! I’m tempted to nab these for my new home…
This Bitossi duck and vase duo by Aldo Londi is packed fully of jazz. The cool blue, multi-tonal look is very on trend right now and this vintage set would look great in any house!
I can already sense the treasure hunt about to take place…
These two pieces will be brought along by Snygg Style. I really want the duck!
5) Pineapple Ice Buckets
Always an ice-breaker (excuse the pun, it was intentional…) this collection of Pineapple Ice Buckets will no doubt be a funky talking point of the day! This is a fab set, with rich colours and an extremely detailed design, brought to you by Vintage Things Forever.
Manchester, Sunday 26th June, Victoria Baths
6) The 1970’s Chair
How groovy is this???!!
This shaggy little vintage number is by Thomas & Byrne and I think you’ll agree that it’s very special indeed! I love the brown leather panels – adds an extra touch of warmth, don’t you think?
7) Bamboo Bar
This would have been incredibly iconic way back when!
Every household needs a bar in their living area… I think it’s even more appropriate nowadays, don’t you?!
8) Clear-topped Coffee Table
Another vintage beauty! This Mid-Century piece is ideal if you just want to add a touch of vintage chic to your home – a classic ‘nod’, if you will…
This one will be brought along by Oh So Vintage – make sure you have a good riffle through their exhibit as you’ll find some real gems!!
9) Nest of Tables
Who loves a good table set? I certainly do! This particular nest of tables is from the wonderful Vintage Treat, who will also be attending our Manchester event.
It’s the perfect item for updating a living room – in an ultra stylish way!
10) Stack of Metal Industrial Drawers
Bang on trend!
The vintage ‘industrial/urban loft’ look is where all modern-minded, interior-lovers will venture when searching for style inspiration.
This stack is the perfect place to start if you’re hoping to add a bit of industrial charm to your home! Look out for Absolutely Nice Vintage if this is where your heart lies!
I think that about covers it this time! This is, however, just the tip of the iceberg as many exhibitors don’t have time to send pictures, so it’s all just one big, lovely surprise on the day!
Oh what a shame, I guess you”ll have to attend now…!
To avoid those horrid queues (and risk missing out on a gem) you can now buy tickets to the Vintage Home Show in advance via the following link (click here). Last minute deciders can still buy on the door though, so don’t worry!
See you there,
Guess where I was on Thursday evening?!
Only attending the preview of Fashion on the Ration!! An exciting new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum in Manchester!
I was invited to have a sneak peak before its launch to the public on the 27th May and I have to say, I was completely stunned by the exquisiteness of the exhibit!
Here’s my quick little review of the night…
To set the standard for the evening, Fashion Historian Amber Butchart gave a top-notch opening speech! She was incredibly captivating to watch (see below image)!
Afterwards, we were invited to explore the exhibit, which featured an amazing collection of beautiful outfits full of colour and style. I had my camera at the ready all evening and I’m sure you will too!!
My favourite dress was this Victory Dress with flags, aeroplanes and pictures of Churchill on it!
Isn’t it amazing?!!!
I also got to meet the lovely Leslie from Tin Tin Collectables, who provided some of the items for the exhibition, including a whole wall of ladies scarves with wartime messages (below). He has a fabulous space at Alfies Antiques in London for anyone wishing to have a scan through his collection…
Expect to be wowed by all the ingenious and creative methods our lovely ladies undertook in order to break free from the bleak restrictions of rationing – it certainly is enlightening not to mention highly commendable!
In my honest opinion, Fashion on the Ration perfectly demonstrates how our heroines of WW2 managed to conquer TRUE glamour – despite all the daily obstacles they faced! It highlights their sheer determination to remain polished and elegant despite the chaos of war lurking around every turn.
You MUST go and see for yourself! It’s impossible not to enjoy it, especially if you love vintage and anything 1940s!
For more details visit www.iwm.org.uk Fashion on the Ration is now OPEN!
The Vintage Home Show is BACK!
That’s right, folks of Bristol beware! We will be cooking up a vintage storm in your area this weekend!
Where? The Paintworks, Baths Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH
Sunday really will be Funday as I dazzle The Paintworks with a host of wonderful Vintage Homeware, all supplied from a wide-range of stallholders and vintage experts – most of whom I’ve known for a very long time (it’s almost an excuse to have a reunion but shhh).
Love Mid-century modern? Perhaps you’re looking at re-vamping your home in some way? Maybe you’re an interior designer?
That’s great! There will be something to tempt all of you!
In fact, head on over to my event on Sunday 22nd May and I challenge you not to walk away with an incredible vintage gem! From Mid-century furniture, retro lighting and ceramics to vintage textiles and artwork galore; my mission is to bring together the UK’s best Vintage and Mid-century Specialists to showcase quality vintage pieces.
If truth be told, The Vintage Home Show has got to be one of my favourite events to organise. Mostly down to my own personal love of anything G-Plan and Ercol! But also because it has such an incredible buzz around it. It’s always so lively! It’s also been known for a few celebs to pop in too so keep your eyes peeled and your iPhones ready!!
I’m also in the middle of having a new house built…
That could be why I’m extra excited for this one! A great excuse to join you all in a vintage buying jolly! Those who have met me, know how much I love going hunting so I hope to see plenty of other go-getters there, just like me!
I can’t wait! For all the details please visit my website here.
See you there!
Hello! I’m back with my FABULOUS April finds…
Sit tight, grab a cuppa and prepare to be enthralled!
Bold is Best
Ok. I love my bangles. I’m quite possibly even a collector of them – as well as everything else! Imagine my delight when I came across these beauties! That’s two more to add to my ever-growing collection…
Who can blame me though?
First up, we have the blue Bakelite addition! Those close to me will be aware of my blue and green colour obsession. It has now transcended to include orange. Now, I have my fair share of orange bangles but this one is particularly vibrant in colour and I couldn’t resist (that’s how I’m choosing to justify it to my other half)!
Ideal for summer don’t you think?
The 1940s and 1950s are possibly my favourite eras for shoe designs. However, it seems to be becoming much more challenging to find ones in wearable condition, let alone finding any that aren’t your typical brown or black variations!
Now, if you do find any with more design interest, you’re more than certain to pay a premium for them. WELL, well, well, lucky me found these original cherry red 1950s sandals and I must say I’m rather smitten!
I may have to keep hold of them…
Bags. Just Because.
Yep. I’ve found more.
I’m keeping these also.
I can feel you all asking me how I could possibly need more bags! Let me tell you…
They’re from the 1930s.
That should really say it all but just in case it doesn’t…
They are handmade.
Doubly impressive, wouldn’t you agree?
And finally, they’re clutch bags.
Who can resist a clutch?
Last but by no means least; I managed to bag myself an original, late 1960s Op Art picture by Walters.
Bear with me here, I need to research this particular piece a little more, but I’ve been extremely excited to share this with you! If any of you reading this have any noteworthy information about this piece, please feel free to contact me!
This rather large beauty (please excuse the bad photo) is going to take pride of place in my new living room! Each one of the circles is an individual piece of cut wood and stacked on top of each other to make a 3-D effect picture that comes out of the wall.
Don’t worry though, I will share it in situ when the house is finished!
SO, there we have it! I’m pretty much keeping all of my finds of the month from April. I’ll be back next month with my May finds – I’m sure I’ll have found some to sell by then…