Thursday, 29 November 2012

John Lewis, Vintage G Plan

How did i miss this?  The latest in John  Lewis, vintage revival range.  Last year they dusted off some classic Ercol desings and gave a twist to some new and excustive pieces.

The range launched in August 2012.  Hot British designers HemingwayDesign and renowned furniture makers G Plan have teamed up for an exciting new furniture and soft furnishings collection, which will be exclusively available from John Lewis.

HemingwayDesign’s Tilly Hemingway says of the new collaboration: “G Plan came to prominence in a golden era of British Design that emerged and developed from the 1951 Festival of Britain. This era of 'Mid Century Modern' design is now inspiring a whole generation of young designers once more, and I cannot tell you how exciting it has been to be able to trawl the G Plan archive with a brief to re-interpret the brands rich history for a new generation of 'modernists'.”

Last year i had been eying up the vintage inspired Barbican range at John Lewis.  But after sitting on it and looking at the price tag, it really wasnt comfy and wanst worth the price tag.  I would much rather spend my cash on an iconic, quality designer piece from the Danish Home Store.
G Plan Vintage The Fifty Five Armchair, Marl Green
On screen i have to admit the vintage G-plan range does look good, perhaps its the way its styled and photographed.  Proof will be in the rear, when i sit on it.  But alas even if my bottom did like it, my bank balance wouldn't and besides for nearly £3k i would much rather invest in Danish and see my piece of furniture tripple or double in a few years.  Oh but it does look pretty in teal blue....
G Plan Vintage The Fifty Three Range, Fleck Blue

Bomb Girls - Head scarf

Has everyone been watching Bomb Girls on ITV3, if not you can catch it on ITV player, but be quick!  Any tv show that is set during the 40s, 50s or 60s i will instantly watch.  Bomb Girls is a rather enjoyable show, great styling, good story lines.  We see so much of the home front during the war in the UK, i don't really know much about it across the pond, so its good to see it from that side.

There is a great interview in this months copy of Vintage Life Magazine, so do check it out.

Get the Bomb Girl head scarf look with my BooBoo Kitty Couture chiffon head scarfs.  Available in white, blush, black, mint green and red.

 Perfect for covering rollers, pin curls or bad hair days!

For all bespoke dress enquires please email me at

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Vintage Dates for your Diary

There is allot going on in the next couple of weeks, so rather than trying to keep up with all the facebook posts and tweets i have been posting, i have made a list for you.  See link to facebook event page for more details.

Flashes and Lashes present their third open day, on Saturday 17 November 2012!  Still places left so book now!

Nottingham's 2nd Vintage Bicycle ride, Sunday 18th November. Free event just turn up with your bike and dressed in your vintage best.

Rose Desire, Lucille and Myself... obviously!

West Bridgford Bazaar at the Poppy and Pint, Sunday 25th November.  Looking forward to having a stall here and meeting the locals and seeing what the other sellers have.  A good place to grab a bargain with top quality second hand, vintage and hand made.

Elecrotease, Friday 7th December.  Leicester Burlesque night hosted by the Queen of Burlesque Eliza Delite 

Dr Sketchy, Nottingham.  Teddy Bear's picnic.  Saturday 8th December. The alternative life drawing class with a mix of burlesque and cabaret.

West Bridgford Vintage Christmas Fayre and Lights Ceremony, Saturday 8th December.  I will have a little stall selling my wears.  I will also be organising the vintage catwalk show on the main stage.  There will be live music, choir, Santa, stalls, street entertainers.  Best of all its FREE!

I am going make this a regular feature on my blog, perhaps monthly.  So if you have any Vintage Nottingham events that you would like featured email me a flyer, a brief description and a facebook events link;

Monday, 12 November 2012

Sunday Night Glam

Rose Desire, Lucille and I at the Gilded Merkin last night
Last night i went to The Gilded Merkin burlesque show at the Glee club, Nottingham.  A high class burly night organised by Scarlett Daggers.  Just like the first show, the second show of the year was just as brilliant!  As usual i had a wonderful time.

The next show is 10th Febuary 2013.  Gentlemen, it would make the perfect Valenties gift for your lady.  All the single ladies, all the single ladies, it too would make the perfect girly anti-valentines night out! 

I will share with you some official photos from the show once they are released.  But here is what i wore..

Coat- years old from a high street shop called Bay
Teal satin dress - handmade by me, available to order in my shop
Carvella black shoes, (not in photo as the other half is terrible at taking photos) £5 form a carboot fayre, and they were brand new - score!
My hair is set with pin curls, brushed out then pinned for a very short 50s style bob
Necklace and earrings, vintage

Frankii Wilde modelling the satin teal dress, photo by Flashes and Lashes
For all bespoke dress enquires please email me at

Friday, 9 November 2012

Kirsty's Vintage Home

I cannot stand Kirsy Allsopp, just loading up this photo onto my blog makes me want to yell at my laptop and punch the screen.
i tuned in to watch Channel 4's newest series Kirsty's Vintage Home.  I knew i would spend the hour shouting at the TV, but i watched it anyway.  I did like some of the crafty parts of her previous series and she did meet some talented craft people.  I just had to get over the fact that every time she tried out a new craft she acted like a spoilt five year.  Oh i wish i would send her to the naughty step!

Dispite ruining a perfectly good side board and telling every channel four viewer to by teak G-Plan, no doubt sending prices through the roof... cheers for that Kirsty.  It was an Ok show and i will continue to watch the rest of the series and rant and shout my way through it!

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Vintage Morals

This morning during a mid morning break i switched on the Channel 5's The Wright Stuff.  Matthew's views on child benefit and none-breeders always make me giggle.

Today there was a light hearted debate about getting stuff from Free-Cycle and selling it on.  We have got a few bits of vintage furniture from Free-Cycle.  I would have no problem putting these items on ebay once i no longer need them to make money from them.  My house is full of vintage furniture, we regularly get rid of items and replace them with new finds.  Its hard to keep track of where we got the items from and how much we paid for them.  Sometimes i give furniture away for free, sometimes i sell it on ebay.  Then use the money to buy more furniture.  i have no issue if an item i happen to sell was got from Free-Cycle.  Just as i don't have a problem that if i give a piece away, if the person then sells it.

My Old house, gave away that sideboard, it doent bother me if the person sells it on, bought the coffee table for £2 might sell it and make a profit, cabinet £6 could easily sell and make a profit.

 I don't see Free-Cycle as a site just for the poor and needy.  I wouldnt class myself as needy nor poor and i certainly dont credit check a person collecting an item i am getting rid of on Free-Cycle to check if they are poor or needy.  There are plenty of charities out there, so if you do want your furniture to go to those in need, donate it to a charity.

For those who have issues with this, what about the vintage sellers who buy items cheap at chairty shops then sell them on to make a profit.  Surly you are ripping off charity shops.  Or what about that poor man at the car boot stall in the freezing cold, selling what he thinks is tat, but you know is Midwinter and will fetch a good price on ebay.

At the end of the day, the person giving away items on Free-Cycle are happy, they have gotten rid of that blasted sofa taking up all the space.  The Charity shops are happy because they have made a bit of money selling something someone dontated to them for free.  Mr Smith down the carboot sale has made a few quid flogging that hidious china him and his wife got for a wedding present back in the 50s.

Oh if someone were to be selling this at a carboot fair for a fiver, i would happily give them a tenner!
 You are happy you got a 50s sofa for free, you are happy you got a bakelite bangle from the charity shop for £1, you are happy you got a mint condition Midwinter coffee set for a fiver.  And if at some point down the line you chose to sell them on, dont feel guilty!

The people who should feel guilty are those throwing perfectly good stuff in skips!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Fancy being a model for a day?

I have had the pleasure in working with Flashes and Lashes on a number of occasions.  One of my favourite shoots, where Maybellene joined me in front of the camera.  On both occasions i have had a fantastic time.  My first shoot was about two years ago, i had never done anything like this before.  I was very nervous to say the least.

Anyone can be a pin up girl, let Sali and Emma show you how!

Emma and Sali were a delight to work with, they totally put me at ease.  With a relaxed and professional environment where i was pampered before the shoot.  I picked up lots of cool make up tips from Ms Moo during my make over, which i use today!  Then during the shoot i was coached as to what faces to pull and positions to stand it. 

Here is Sali, aka Ms Moo to tell you more about their fantastic open day!

Flashes and Lashes are proud to present their third open day, for Saturday 17 November 2012! This’ll be at our city centre location in Hockley. Come join us for an hour makeover and photoshoot, as every girl deserves a treat!


Open Days are now likely to be bi-annual, so this is the last of 2012 – get your hands on an appointment now, and we’ll forward you an email with all the info you’ll need for the day with some top tips in advance to prepare yourself! If you’re not able to make the appointment date, we do have Gift Certificates available; these make brilliant Christmas presents and can be used within 6 months from the voucher issue date.

So what do I get for my £90.00, I hear you cry!

- Perfect vintage hair styling and glamour puss make-up from pinup professionals, Ms Moo and Michaela!

- 1 hour photo shoot with Miss Rain in the studio; she’s established, published and a specialist pin-up photographer to the best burlesque stars, such as Missy Malone, Frankii Wilde and Anna Fur Laxis!

- Wide range of coloured background colours to suit your outfit, lipstick or lingerie!

- LOTS of styling and posing tips for in front of camera; these’ll obviously be super useful during the day, but they’ll also last you a lifetime!

- Tea and cake – standard! You can’t work with Flashes and Lashes without cake, it might as well be written in our contracts

- Two images provided digitally – you can use these (with the watermark) on Facebook et al, and use the non-watermarked versions to print for your beau or your family!

- A tasty 10% off any future full package shoots with Flashes and Lashes in the future – just a cheeky bonus from us to you :)

Check out thier website or see thier facebook for more info
or email them at