A few Sunday’s ago Sadie, Kieran & Myself went on a little road trip to Walthamstow Village. Sadie had to top up on some Tweed for the Tweed Run & Auntie Maureen had kindly invited us to visit her at her Menswear nook – ‘Brown Paper Bag‘! There were some other lovely shops located on one small street & it was a pleasant surprise to learn of Walthamstow’s arty connections. The Boutique we visited, where Auntie has set up a small but perfectly formed emporium of masculine attire also has other stall holders selling crafted gifts, independent artists & photographers can also rent out space on the walls.
After some very sad news this morning I decided I needed to get out of the house. Matt also had the day off which made me feel better that he was there too. We headed into town & of course we shopped some of the vintage boutiques & flea markets.
I rarely venture into the main shopping area & usually stick to The Laines. One of my favourite places to go is Wolf & Gypsy – the staff are always lovely, it has a really nice boutique feel without making you feel you can’t touch any of the beautiful vintage garments, they also have a small men’s section out the back that Matt can peruse! Sometimes the stock is a little 1960’s (nothing wrong with that, it’s just not my style..anymore…I have tucked all my Mod dresses away for now as I could never part with them!) but generally it’s a great mix of pieces from the 1900’s to the 80’s. It’s all hand picked by the owner & is often from America, which is great for the 1940’s & 50’s lovers like me! They also tend to stock some really nice novelty print dresses & seperates. I bought my peplum dress that I wore to the Alex Mendham Album Launch at The Floridita. Although I can’t always afford to buy in there as much as I wish, the prices are fair & it’s nice to support independent vintage boutiques.
I had had a cold since Saturday & when my day off came round by Wednesday I was still feeling a bit gross but determined not to spend the day vegetating (a la my Easter Bank Holiday) I had booked in at my friend & hairdresser Paul’s salon (Cove) to get a trim & make myself feel a bit better. I then saw on Facebook that Alex Mendham & his Orchestra had their album launch at The Floridita – Should I go…? I sniffed my Olbas oil soaked tissue & texted the only other person I knew would give me that last nudge into running home to set my hair, grabbing a dress & hot footing it on a train upto Soho to attend the event….Sadie
Of course she said yes! And so I set my hair, I decided to wear my 1940’s black Crepe dress that I hadn’t had an event to wear to yet & we grabbed the 6 o’clock train…
The Devil’s Music is on every last Saturday of the month at The Black Dove, I have blogged about The Black Dove in a previous post and I found myself there again lastnight! Becca, Sadie (The Vintage News) & myself stepped in to spin some tunes & I managed to get a few snaps inbetween djing (and slurping on a cool G&T!) I have said it before but The Black Dove is one of the best places in Brighton and deserves a visit if you find yourself by the sea.