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!
To commence my booking signing grand tour I am off down to London to The Vintage Furniture Flea in Bethnal Green on the 1st March and I can’t wait!
So I was delighted when I had the call to come down to show off my book Style Me Vintage Home to the vintage home fans for the very first time in public. Hip, hip hooray!
For those who have never been before, it offers everything for the perfectly vintage styled home; celebrating the styles and palettes of mid-century living. There are bound to be so many things I will want to take away with me (shall I bring the van?)
Featuring everything from Ercol to cocktail shakers….two of my favourite things!, the Flea celebrates the kitsch to the collectible, from Scandi minimalism to statement textiles and prints; sideboards and book cases, glass and ceramics, crockery and fabrics, radios, record players and posters, wow what a shopping list!
I will be giving Vintage Furniture Flea visitors an exclusive first look at my book in all it’s glory, before the official release date of 5th March, £14.99 (Pavilion)
Plus there will be a limited 50 signed copies on-sale on the day, to the first lucky few.
Come say hello as I want to see your vintage purchases from the flea and will be taking snaps of visitors favourite items to feature in my post event blog!
Voted ‘Best Vintage Fair’ by the Vintage Guide to London and featured by the likes of Stylist and Timeout, Flea founder Judy Berger accredits success to a shift in both money and mindset; “once upon a time, shoppers wanted convenience,” she says, remarking on the popularity of brands such as Ikea, “however, nowadays, shoppers are looking for something to invest in. If an Englishman’s home is his castle, he (or she) wants it to be unique, chic and incredibly good quality.” A popular spot with stylists, designers and celebrities (including Henry Holland and Florence Welch), the future of décor lies firmly in the past.
Finally the day has arrived where I can tell you about my book, which is being published by Pavilion 5th March. Its part of the highly successful ‘Style Me Vintage’ series and I am the Author of Style Me Vintage Home. Oh my word, I am so excited to share it with you all!
This is something that has been 18 Months in the making and I can’t believe it’s finally here! Its been an amazing opportunity and I hope you like it.
I took delivery of my first 100 books to sell and I am currently planning a book signing tour to mark this very special and extremely proud moment in my life. More about the tour in another Blog coming soon!
So here is a quick low down on what the book is all about:-
I wrote Style Me Vintage Home to be an inspirational guide to create a vintage styled home. Featuring ‘real homes’ it gives a perfect reference on how to incorporate beautiful objects and décor in to your home. Whether you want to choose items from a variety of different eras to create a look or to devote a whole room to one particular decade my book covers it. I offer an overview of each decade and how interior design varied and fashions developed.
Who knew vintage could offer so many looks for the home! I scoured the UK to find a variety of Vintage Homes to be inspired by. Get tips on how and where to buy from me as well as what to hunt for to get the look.
I can’t share the beautiful photographs taken by the fantastic photographer Heather Hobhouse JUST YET but she has captured the homes perfectly!
Buy a signed copy before the official publication date from www.discovervintage.co.uk
I was delighted to hear that Bethany Jane Davies‘s wish has finally come true! She has recently opened Vintage Beauty Parlour in Chorlton Green in Manchester.
Manchester has a great vintage scene and the opening of this salon has been welcomed by so many of it’s thriving vintage community. Bethany is one of the original and best Vintage Hair & Beauty specialist in the UK and now she has a fantastic base to work from.
I have been threatening to write a blog for some time but have never seemed to get my big fat bum into gear….Until now that is!
Ta-dah, here it is….my blog
So what do I write about, what might you be interested in??? Well I guess this is going to be a fairly fluid process but there is one thing for sure it will involve lots of VINTAGE.