Wednesday Wants…. Sika ‘The Seven’ Collection

After chastising my friend Jo for pointing me in the direction of the new collection from Sika earlier today (like I need the temptation!),  I realised that if nothing else their stunning dresses were the perfect wednesday wish list….

I’d really not come across Sika before, but as soon as I saw their collection of dresses I decided I want them all. There is something so wonderfully retro AND modern about them, all at the same time….the cuts and fabrics are simultaneously vintage and contemporary, and just absolutely perfect I think. Lots of the new The Seven Collection are made from gorgeous Liberty print cottons, and I would happily fill my wardrobe with their dresses, skirts and troos.

Here are my favourites….

Celine Dress, £225, 100% Cotton and fully lines

Kate Skirt, £125, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Georgia Dress, £189, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Cosmic Trousers, £159, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Hepburn Dress, £249, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Kate Combi Top, £95, 100% Liberty Print Cotton

Pretty lush non?

Ems x

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Love is…..

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

Well, with Christmas over it’s time to think about Valentines already! I know that will fill lots of people with dread, and that the site of Easter eggs in the shops already feels like we’re wishing away the year, but what can you do?!

As such, I’ve been starting work on some Valentine’s Day gifts and cards to sell in my Etsy shop, and I’ve just listed the first of my card designs. I’ve loved the ‘Love Is…’ designs and drawings by Kim Grove for as long as I can remember…..I have a little figurine in my studio in fact, that used to sit in my childhood bedroom. So when I found this collection of PANINI collectable stickers devoted to the designs, I had to have them! And rather than them languish in one of my numerous treasure boxes at home, I thought I’d put them to good use by transforming them into super-cute greetings cards for Valentines!

Each original vintage sticker has been carefully attached to a high quality pale yellow A6 size card (148 x 105 mm / 5.8 x 4.1 in) using retro style brown paper photo corners. I have attached them in such a way that the sticker may be removed to reveal the reverse side, where you will find the title of the design (which appears in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian), as well as the design number and trademark.

The cards come complete with a matching envelope in the same primrose yellow. I have left the inside blank for your own message, and so they can be used for Valentines, Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings or just a Thank You card.

I have lots of different stickers from the collection, so you can choose which one best suits you and your Valentine! I personally love ‘Love is…..putting on the style for her’ (which is in the picture above), as well as ‘Love is…..dancing in the old-fashioned way,’ ‘Love is…..consoling her when her snowman melts’ and ‘Love is…..taking up cycling to get his weight down’!!!

I just think they’re adorable!

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

Valentines Card 'Love Is....' Vintage Panini Sticker in various designs

There is only ONE of each sticker so each card is completely unique! They are £3.20 ($5.00) each, and available to buy here now!

Wednesday Wants….Stocking Fillers

To me, stocking fillers have always been things like satsumas and Ferrero Rocher. But I’m noticing lately that the shops are telling us that much bigger (and more expensive!) things will make the ideal thing to bulk out your over sized sock. But as much as I love tradition (and Ferrero Rocher), this post was never meant to be about the things I will possibly have….that would be so dull….it’s about the things I lust after, no matter how extravagant!

So with that in mind, here are a few ‘stocking fillers’ I’ve had my eye on…..

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Diana Baby 110 Gold Edition

I adore my Diana camera, which Adam bought me a few birthdays ago. I love its plasticy-ness and the crazy photos it comes out with….not to mention the way people look at me when I use the brilliantly huge paparazzi-style flash. It’s not *the* most easy thing to carry around though, especially with the umpteen lenses and accessories I was lucky enough to receive alongside mine….but this baby-sized one is! I’m crazy about its shameless glitzy-ness and bling-factor….it’s so different from the super-retro black and blue of the original one. It’ll cost you almost as much as that though, as this special edition is £59 from the Lomo shop. Still, a bit of bling is worth it!

Lee Broom Crystal Light Bulb

I really can’t think of something much more extravant to fill your stocking with than this. Inspired by the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting, this decorative light bulb-shaped crystal light fitting from Liberty has been individually hand blown before being cut with a classic crystal pattern and etched with the Lee Broom logo. Apparently it refracts the light beautifully as a play on the common light bulb versus a glitzy chandelier. Clearly for the person who has everything! Especially at £109!

And as a rather blingy theme has emerged….I give you…..

18k Christmas Bow Necklace

I am totally in love with this. It’s sooooo shiny and wonderfully fun and festive. I would like to think it would go with everything too. But then I’ve never been shy about wearing something a little OTT with a T-shirt and jeans. It’s made by hand by ilithe, and is available on Etsy for £625. And I bally love it!

Happy stocking stuffing!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… Hornsea Pottery Fauna

I’ve recently developed an obsession for Hornsea Pottery, and especially their Fauna range. As you may have seen, I snagged a gorgeous piece at a recent vintage market, and ever since that I’ve been hunting for more!

In fact, I’ve managed to find a lovely bunny version, as well as a super cute squirrel to make a little set….can’t wait to find a place for them in my new house (will be sure to share photos!).

I just adore the cutesy creatures and the whimsical designs. I want them all!

Anyway, as is my new habit, I’ve created a treasury on my Etsy to show my appreciation! And here are a few of my favourites…..

Hornsea Fauna Royal Vase, £25 from RevolverVintage54

Vintage Hornsea Fauna Rabbit Posy, £6.50 from daisysteps

Vintage Hornsea Fauna baby Lamb Bud Vase, £12.81 from Violet Syrup Vintage

Hornsea Pottery Foal Vase, £10 from Pratts’ Patch Vintage

Set of Two Gorgeous Vintage Fawn Posy Vases by Hornsea Pottery ‘Fauna Royal’ c. 1960 – 1967, £18 from FerretsandFlamingos

You can see my whole treasury here, and I will of course keep adding to it!

Ems x

Treasure hunting at the Capital Car Boot

If you read my weekend post yesterday, you’ll know I had rather a lot of fun finding treasures at the Capital Car Boot on Sunday. I’ve only recently heard about it, and rather sadly this Sunday was probably the only chance I’ll get to go….although who knows!

The car boot is on every Sunday in Pimlico, come rain or shine! It’s really an awful lot better than the other car boots in London I’ve been to….it has lots of variety, but only ‘proper’ car boot stalls (no dodgy dealers!). Most of the sale happens in the car park of the venue, with lots of the sellers literally selling out of their car boots…..there are some other sellers inside, as well as refreshments available.

We had a great time there….well over an hour in fact….and it’s a nice area to potter around in afterwards, with the Tate Britain nearby, as well as some lovely pubs about. I’d definitely recommend it to the intrepid treasure hunters, who like me, enjoy a good snoop about a bunch of random stuff….and I’m sure even the die-hard car-booters enjoy a good barter and bargaining there!

I snapped up a whole load of treasures, all at a bargainous price….and I thought I’d share with you here!……

Pillow cases in a lovely Toile Pattern…..

…..and matching duvet cover for one of our new spare rooms

Super cute tortoise sweater

Amazing Gentleman’s travel set

A whole load of treasure I found in a big heap of random stuff on a gingham cloth!……

…..including a lovely string of pearls……

….a Snow White charm…..

…..some tiny wooden skull beads…..

…..a tiny wooden die…..

…..a pretty pearly jewel…..

….a little secret treasure keeper charm…..

…..all wrapped up in a little Woods Ware ‘Beryl’ sugar bowl!

It’s worth following Capital Car Boot on Twitter and/or Facebook, as they give passwords to gain free entry with each week!

Happy treasure hunting!

Ems x

A treat to myself…. Rediscovering the Fashion Wheel

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Last week my friend Katie reminded me of the awesomeness of the Fashion Wheel. I actually never had one as a kid, but I did get to play on a friend’s and loved it! I had something similar actually….I must get my Mum to look for it…. It was a sort of Victoria Plum version, where you slotted little mixable tiles into a frame and then put your paper over that to make your rubbing. I’d love to have it to play around with again!

Anyway, in the mean time, I decided to have a snoop on EBay and found a proper original Fashion Wheel for less than a fiver including postage! It doesn’t have the original papers, pencils and crayon tool but I have stuff kicking around that I can easily use instead.

It did however arrive in the original box! Check out that side pony tail! I love the 80s!

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Now I can’t deny it wasn’t a bit of a spur of the moment purchase, but it is a bit of history (it is!!!) and I know I’ll use it for making things to sell…. I’d love to make some gift tags and cards using it especially. I can maybe even make some jewellery on shrink plastic using the designs!

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I also love the idea of just having it out on show in my studio….I just need to get the studio now!

What were your favourite kids toys? Did you have a fashion wheel or the Victoria Plum version? Did you have a Mr Frosty?!?! *goes to check EBay again*

Ems x

The Maltby Street Food Market

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Having promised ourselves a nice relaxing weekend of not doing all that much, when it came to finding entertainment, we decided to keep it local and go for a wander in Bermondsey. We’d been told about the Maltby Street market just a couple of weeks ago, by the lovely Pru from Sparrow Gin at the StockMKT night market nearby….. and we owe her a big thank you for the introduction!

Just a few minutes away from Tower Bridge, but far enough that you feel off the beaten track, a small community of foodies has been growing over the last few years. Under the railway arches in Bermondsey, a bunch of independent food and drink makers and sellers, have moved East from the over-crowded Borough Market, to create a hub of gastronomic treasures each Saturday morning. Buyers and sellers alike enjoy the space, lack of tourists and cameras, and the fact that repeat local business is not only just possible, but inevitable.

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We found the market really easily, having taken the walk across Tower Bridge, down Tower Bridge Road, and hung a left just before the Premier Inn. The stalls collect each Saturday from 9am to 2pm, under the arches and along Maltby Street, against the wonderful backdrop of Lassco’s reclamation yard. It’s brilliantly theatrical, with coffee sellers in between racks of old radiators, and bakers nestled into arches filled with bamboo floor boards, not to mention the darling camels guarding the gate! We took a walk through the showroom first of all, and found stacks of treasures in the shape of roll-top baths, butlers sinks, piles and piles of ancient doors, and period costumes. Given space and a good budget, we could very happily buy up half the place!

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From there we began to explore the stalls….. St John has recently set up a stall in front of its arch, selling incredible loaves and cakes straight from the oven…. their custard filled doughnuts are legendary, and immense! Neals Yard Dairy and Monmouth Coffee, two of my Borough Market favourites, have also set up in the arches, and open up to sell their incredible cheeses and the best roasted coffee beans in London on Saturdays. We fell in love with the Green Chilli Jam and Smoked Tomato Tapenade from Pink’s, and so bought up a stock to cook with at home. But it’s not all fancy luxury stuff though, as we found Booth’s arch filled up like a good old school green grocers, bursting with colour and smelling incredible.

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Confused by too many coffee choices (there is also a Turkish coffee stall and several local roasters), we opted for gin instead….. We very much wanted to thank Pru of Sparrow Gin for tipping us off about the market, and once we’d found her we didn’t want to leave their glorious little space right in the middle of the action. Having set up a darling little cocktail bar within one of the arches, their retro melamine tables and mis-matched chairs now spill out into the market, creating the perfect place to kick back and people (and dog) watch.

With a larger cocktail list than we saw at the StockMKT, and their trade mark collection of vintage glass and service ware, I adored their set-up, right down to the vintage decanters filled with wild flowers, the piles of old books and the paper doilies each drink is served on. Oh, and the little bowl of water and sign for customers dogs is just darling…. we saw lots of super cute hounds in fact!

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Each cocktail is based around something from one of the amazing sellers on the market….I opted for their version of the Bloody Mary, the Maltby Mary which is served with a divine black pudding, whilst Adam went for the Golden Nest which is mixed with a yummy cider. Mine was served in a handled jam jar, with a generous hunk of black pudding pinned to the celery stick with a beautiful silver Cockerel cocktail stick…… the black pudding was an amazing accompaniment to the perfectly mixed cocktail, and probably made it the best Bloody Mary I’ve had. Adam’s vintage cut-glass tumbler looked like summer itself, rammed with Pimm’s fruit, and gloriously golden…. it was plenty boozey but terribly easy to drink! And because we’ve developed a taste for the grapefruity gin, we couldn’t avoid buying a bottle to take home!

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Having had my main course (a Bloody Mary can be classified as such, honest), we headed to the Eden Ice Cream stall for some of their very special chocolate loveliness. Using cream from the famous Roskilly herd in Cornwall, alongside Colombian cacao, fruits and panela, the ice cream is dreamily creamy, and divinely flavoured. All four flavours are reassuringly natural in colour too, and a percentage of the purchase price goes towards helping the Eden Project, so everyone’s a winner. Oh and I can’t not mention their darling little dog, Saucisse, a rescue dog from France, and certainly a highlight of our visit!

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Not really a market so much as a fabulously convenient collection of delicious delights, each stall boasts a personality that I think has been largely lost at Borough Market. The emphasis is on all things local, the experimental, and a buzzing atmosphere that you just want to spend hours in. Dubbed the food market for Londoners, I know I’ll want to return again and again, comfortably free from hoards of tourists, cameras, the over-priced and samey-samey.
Before heading home, we took the opportunity to have a snoop about the two larger antiques warehouses very near by….. again, I know we could spend a fortune in these given the space to keep our treasures in! And if you fancy a whole day out in the vicinity, there’s also the Bermondsey Square Farmers market just a few minutes away to boot!
Viva South East London!

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Something from the weekend…… Sun, selling and celebrating

Thank you weather gods for such a splendidly sunny weekend! Finally, it feels like summer and I have been tempted out of the house with shoulders and even a little ankle on display! It’s amazing what a difference some good weather makes…. I’m feeling much more positive, my stall benefitted and my wardrobe is getting a much needed overhall.

Here is how I enjoyed the sun this weekend……

Friday evening was mainly taken up by packing and preparing for my stall on Saturday, so for supper we had a rather naughty pizza and chips sat in front of the TV to watch True Blood. I figured I’d be busy enough for the rest of the weekend that I deserved some relaxing and a little gluttony!

Then early(ish) on Saturday morning we made our way just over the bridge to the Miller for the Wonder Hill Market. I’d hosted a stall there last month on a horrid rainy day, so I was excited to see how it went in the rather sunnier weather. I set up my stall in record time (I’m getting much better at it as I get more practise!) and Adam managed to do a run out for some gorgeously refreshing freshly made lemonade before the doors officially opened.

There was certainly a lot more footfall than last time, with people out and about in the sun, so I managed to make lots more sales than in the rain! I also had the pleasure of meeting some lovely new people, who were also hosting stalls…..

Clio The Muse ‘rediscovers, redesigns and re-beautifies vintage furniture and homeware’. I adore her quirky use of bird prints and newspaper, and she’s a lovely lady to boot. I also met the terribly sweet Zoe from Ladybird Likes whose pretty butterfly necklaces I love. It was also great to do another market with Matin Lapin and Animal Cafe, as well as sample some more of Hannah’s amazing cakes from the Vintage Cake Company.

I was kept pretty busy for the most part, chatting to browsers, and even altering lots of my necklaces into bracelets for one lovely customer (very glad I’ve been taking my tools along with me for such an occasion!). We did get a few lulls though as ever, so Adam wandered off to Borough Market for a bit to buy our coffee beans from Monmouth, and I had time to weave some new beaded leaves which I’m going to put together for bridal head pieces soon.

My little stall

New silver tea stand to hold my vintage button jewellery

Treasure Charm jewellery on an old book

My new jewellery in a little wicker basket

My popular stamp jewellery on one of my favourite tea stands

New vanity case found last weekend showing off my glass lens jewellery

We packed up at 5pm (in record time again!) and then Adam and I walked home accompanied by the lovely Vixie….. us girls were off out so we quickly showered and prettied before heading straight back out again. We were off to All Star Lanes in Holborn for our dear friend Siobhan’s hen do, and we should have had a jolly easy journey just catching the bus from the end of my road to right outside the venue. However, after an accident down the road stopped the buses getting through we were forced to wander over to the tube station, only to find they were all knarlsed up too, so we had to trek over to Liverpool Street Station to travel on from there…. and my heels were not meant for walking! By the time we arrived, my feet were complaining and we had nearly missed the bowling fun (although I managed to hit a pin or two…. thanks Eileen for giving me a go!) but I soon cooled down with a Pina Colada! I had made a little necklace for Siobhan, specially for the occasion and Vixie had made some wicked deely boppers with Siobhan’s face on for us all to wear! We soon made a game with them, sort of wrestling them off each other using only the deely boppers.

The Bride necklace for Siobhan

And the blushing Bride wearing her necklace

We ate at the venue, which has a brilliant American diner serving yummy chicken in a basket and burgers….. my veggie burger was delish and came loaded with egg plant guac and halloumi! After we’d eaten our fill, it was more cocktails and some dancing…. the wonderful Jo spun a few of us around in turns (she’s a dead good swing and jive dancer) and those with full circle skirts had a good spin to make their petticoats frill right up to horizontal, as is the rule when wearing 1950s retro chic! We all dressed up in fact, inkeeping with the Shake Rattle and Bowl club night’s theme…. I wore some pale pink pencil cut trousers, my black peep toe Salvatore Ferragamos and little black vest, as a well as a pink silk neck bow.

By midnight, we were all flagging though (induced in part by our busy days, the food and general excitedness!), so the East London crew grabbed a Hackney Cab (which I was very pleased for with my unhappy feet!) and I collapsed into bed to fall straight asleep.

After the usual Sunday lie in we made our way to Soho for the pop-up flea market there. City Showcase were hosting London’s first designer street market, closing off Dean Street to traffic to build a stage and stalls for artisans, artists, fashion designers, jewellery designers, filmmakers and musicians. In honesty, there were only half as many stalls as I had expected, and it was more of a craft fair than a flea market, but there were still lots of lovely things to see….. I fell in love with Lou Rota‘s stunning  tableware featuring flamingos and jackdaws holding pretty bouquets….. and Natalie Reed’s ‘Little Object‘ beautiful jewellery too.

It was super hot wandering about the stalls, but we cooled ourselves down with some marvellous bubble tea from Bubbleology. Adam tried a blend of passion fruit and lychee fruit teas, and I had the gorgeous honeydew milk tea I love, as well as some apple jelly for the fist time which I now love too! After the market we sat awhile in Soho Square to finish our drinks and relax in the shade a bit, before catching a bus back East.

Honeydew milk tea with tapioca pearls and apple jelly

The Soho Flea Market

We had a quick look around the stalls at Old Spitalfields on our way towards Brick Lane….. I am very excited to be hosting a stall there in August and September so I wanted to have a fresh look at the stalls themselves so I can start planning. Soon we realised that we’d not really eaten, so we succumbed to the temptation of Poppies and bought a newspaper cone of chips to yum up whilst we wandered along Brick Lane.

After a little window shopping, we dropped into the Art Car Boot Fair in the Brick Lane Yard…. a car-park packed full of amazing art bargains produced especially for the occasion, as well as DJ sets by Jarvis Cocker, food from St John Bread and Wine and the first ever handbag disco.

Adam with chips in newspaper from Poppies

The Art Car Boot Fair 2012

Art Car Boot Fair in Brick Lane Yard

Cardboard ice cream van

Arty Jubilee Flag

From there we headed back along Brick Lane and explored the basement vintage market, as well as a little pop up market in Hanbury Hall. Then, ready for another sit down we bought an iced latte from the Coffee Cup at the foot of the steps to Christ Church Spitalfields, and then sat in the shade in the little garden next door.

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Coffee under the imposing Christ Church Spitalfields

After that, we made our way home for some more relaxing and spent a while on Etsy choosing my birthday present! And after dinner, we relaxed some more in front of the TV (True Blood again!) before an early night….. I’m kind of seeing a pattern emerging with my what happened on Sunday posts!

Hope you all enjoyed the sunny weekend as much as I did!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. Dream Dresses for a Dream Summer

So apparently it’s mid-may, and despite the fact we’ve seen little to no sun here in London this year, it’s just a few weeks now to Summer proper. I always have hope though, and even if I don’t ever manage to break out the summer wardrobe this year, it won’t stop me from oggling loads of super summery dresses…..

All Saints, Quilted Prom Dress, £195

My summer dress leanings will always be a bit retro, but how wonderfully 50s is this dress by All Saints? Developed from the concept of panelling using heavy zips, which feature around the armholes, their Quilted Prom Dress also features a voluminous collar created using pleating folds that then form into a fitted waist. I love this silhouette, and the beautifully subtle colour of the hand dyed silk and quilted stitch detailing. Definitely a day to evening winner.

Joules Calantha Dress, £79.95

Joules Calantha Dress, £79.95

And for the picnic outfit….. I adore this dress from Joules (I also featured the matching skirt a few weeks ago) for its pretty toile pattern, cross over detail and the bright pink over-sized exposed zip. Certainly comfy enough to wear all day, and team with bright pink pumps (although I also love the wellies in the picture with it!).

Reiss Hetty, £159

And summer wouldn’t be summer without a pretty but easy to wear shirt dress. This gorgeous one from Reiss is fitted right into the waist before it flares out to the hem, just as I like it, but with a little asymmetric twist on the waist band. It also boasts pockets and a super cute and neat collar.

If the weather improves even the slightest, I’ll be hopping into my summer dresses…. and even if not, I can always wear them around the house!

Ems x

Ideas for the weekend….. and bargains beyond

I always have my eye firmly set on a bargain as you may already have realised….. when I round up all the things I want to do at the weekend to share with you here, I am always super keen that as many as possible are free (you get to do all the more that way, right?). But lately I’ve been getting even more savvy, and have found what I think are some great bargain adventures to share…..

Babel

Caledonian Park, until 20th May

Last night we went up to Caledonian park to see Babel. It’s a site specific, promenade performance, with a cast of 300….. all specially created for the park itself and its awesome clock tower. We had a great time, although we thought it would have benefitted from a much larger audience (it was rubbish weather in fairness)….. so why not go now that the rain has stopped and help make up a full house! There are also lots of offers for half price tickets…. we went for just £12.50!

Babel

Wonderground

Southbank Centre, until 30th September

I do love a Speigeltent. And that’s the very thing at the centre of the Southbank Centre’s new festival, Priceless London Wondergound. Saturday sees a fabulous cabaret inside the tent, with performances from Kitty Bang Bang, Paul Zenon and Roxy Velvet amongst others. There are lots of events as part of the festival though, lasting the whole summer…. top of my list are The Outer Limits, a cabaret show hosted by the tremendous Dusty Limits….. the ‘kitschiest show on the planet’, Alternative Eurovision …..  Up and Over It who wowed me with their original act at a gloriously intimate cabaret event last year….. and The Fitzrovia Radio Hour, a splendid bunch who write and perform 1940s inspired radio broadcasts on stage, with hilarious sound effects, spiffy costumes and limitless originality. Tickets range in price from around £15 to £20….. Time Out have had some ticket offers on though, so look out for a bargain!

Up and Over It

Kensington Dollshouse Festival

Kensington Town Hall, until 13th May

It’s well known that I’m crazy about all things miniature, and there are few things I wanted more as a child than a glorious dolls house. Still do in fact! Since 1985, the team behind the Kensington Dollshouse Festival have created the best destination for high quality miniatures in London, with customers travelling from as far as Japan and the USA! Taking place at the wonderful Kensignton Town Hall, the event is £6 to get in and will have everything you need for your dream dolls house or model, as well as a huge browsing potential, free cloakroom and excellent refreshments. £6 for limitless day dreaming is far less than buying a whole house right?!

Fine Design at the Kensington Dollshouse Festival

The Other Art Fair 

P3 Ambika on Marylebone Road, until 13th May

The Other Art Fair is London’s newest art fair, delivering an open platform to connect art buyers of all tastes and experience directly with the most talented emerging artists, with pieces from just £50. Tickets are £6 in advance, but you can get them half price here!

 

Covent Garden May Fayre and Puppet Festival

St Paul’s Church Yard, 13th May, free entry

Punch and Judy Professors and Puppeteers from all over the country will be coming to perform throughout the day, which is in fact Mr Punch’s 350th birthday!

Big British Shop

Selfridges, Oxford Street, free entry

The Diamond Jubilee is super close now, and how better to get into the spirit than a big British shopping stint. Visit The Big British Shop in the Selfridges London Concept Store to find ‘witty, edgy and world-class British products, designed and curated for Selfridges by some of the most iconic British brands.’ There’s a Jubilee-inspired Tiara shop and ‘Shop Like The Queen’ curated corner featuring an exhibition of historic coronation gloves by Dents.

Big British Shop

LSO Open Air Classics

Trafalgar Square, 12th May, 6:30pm, free entry

Visit Trafalgar Square tomorrow evening for this free concert, which sees acclaimed conductor Valery Gergiev lead the London Symphony Orchestra as well as 100 young musicians from LSO Discovery. Large screens will be set up on either side of the stage so that everyone has the chance to see the musicians perform close up…… The concerts aim to present classical music in an informal and relaxed setting, for a truly accessible experience.

Beyond Retro 10th Birthday Celebrations

Of all the vintage shops I’ve come across, this one has probably taken the most of my money. With four great locations, and an incredible stock of bargain vintage treasures, Beyond Retro has now been supplying London with retro apparel for ten years and is treating its loyal customers to celebrate! On the 15th May there’s an evening of live music at the Brick Lane store….. on the 17th the Dalston store is hosting a cabaret showcase…..over in Soho, there will be two talks with fashion historian Amber Butchart on the 18th….. and on the 19th the Dalston branch will be having fun with an afternoon of acoustic live music with Hoxton FM. Look out for the new anniversary totes designed by Beyond Retro’s arty staff (only £5) and log on to their site for news of online giveaways and £1000 worth of prizes!

I think that’s enough to fill my weekend…. hope it fills you with ideas too!

Ems x