Monday, 18 August 2014

Vintage Leeds

While I was staying with my brother recently, he was kind enough to take me round some of the vintage shops in Leeds. A couple have closed down since I was last there, but we still spent a few hours looking round some of the others.

Pop Boutique
12-14 Central Road, LS1 6DE

I already own a Pop Boutique dress which I bought via Asos (see it here and here) but I didn't know they had a physical store in Leeds. Actually I've visited it before, but I somehow didn't connect the two in my mind. Anyway, Pop sell a lot of their own label 60s styles as well as original vintage items. I didn't buy anything this time although I nearly came away with a sweet vintage summer dress for only a fiver (the pink one with the kind of abstract floral pattern shown above - rejected on the basis that I can't possibly need any more summer dresses!) and I also have my eye on a couple of their pastel 60s dresses. You can shop on their website and their things are also available on Asos. They also have several other bricks and mortar shops, which you can find a list of here.

Blue Rinse
9-11 Call Lane, LS1 7DH

Blue Rinse sells a lot of newer vintage items (mostly 1970s and newer) as well as upcycled clothing. While Blue Rinse doesn't particularly cater to my own personal style, it's still interesting for a look around as it's full of an eclectic mix of bold colours and patterns, and plenty of sequins. If you can't get to their shop in Leeds (or their other premises in Manchester), you can also shop on Ebay where they sell a lot of vintage designer goods and sportswear.

Retro Boutique
8-10 Headingly Lane, LS6 2AS

Retro Boutique is somewhere between a vintage and antiques store which sells a range of furniture, curiosities, clothing and assorted knick-knacks. It was actually one of my favourite stores to look around although I didn't find anything to buy, due to the huge variety of items. There are multiple sellers within the same store, so there really is something to interest every vintage lover. Clothing wise (currently more of interest to me than furniture as I don't have my own flat) I found a great 1950s dress priced at £65 but the majority of items were newer. I'm not sure whether this is always the case or whether it was just the particular distribution of items on the day we happened to visit. They also stock menswear which is always a bonus. They don't seem to have a website, but you can find them on Facebook here.

Lastly, we walked past but didn't go into Soho's which, like Pop Boutique I have previously shopped at online. They sell a variety of different styles including rockabilly clothing. All my Hell Bunny and H&R London items have been purchased from this shop.  Their prices are reasonable, they have an excellent returns policy and they do really generous sales, so I would recommend them if you like a more modern 50s inspired aesthetic.

Honourable mention: Bird's Yard

Bird's Yard wasn't open when we went, but doesn't it look like a fabulous shop? Don't quote me but it seems as though the shop may have shut down altogether (at least according to Yelp) which is a real shame as I would have loved to visit. There is a website for a sister store in Sheffield though so maybe I can visit that one some time instead.


P.S. if you haven't entered my giveaway yet, please do so! It's open worldwide and you have until this Friday 22nd to enter.

Friday, 15 August 2014

100 Followers Giveaway

Recently I passed 100 followers on Bloglovin' so I thought it was about time for a giveaway. Here's what you can win:

  • Hand crocheted hair bows
  • Polka dot foldaway shopping bag
  • Polka dot purse
  • Minnie Mouse Lip Smacker

The bows are hand crocheted by myself and will soon be available in my Etsy shop in a variety of colours and styles. The giveaway is open worldwide and all you need to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter widget. Since this giveaway is a little thank you for helping me reach a small milestone in terms of followers on Bloglovin', you must follow me on Bloglovin' in order to enter. You can earn extra entries by completing the other options. The giveaway closes on 22nd August so you have a week to enter.

I'd like to thank you all for your support and encouragement while I've been writing Lovebirds Vintage, it really means a lot to me that people actually enjoy my content. I'm very excited about my first ever giveaway!

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Wake up, Maggie

Here is the first of the location shoots that I did with Ellie while I was away in Leeds. She is currently in the process of finishing off her new website where there will be some other photos from this shoot plus her other work of course - I'll add a link when the page goes live.

This shoot was a little impromptu as I'd originally been going to wear a different outfit but we got some heavy rain so had to change our plans. I thought this outfit was a little more bad weather-friendly, although we did manage to get out during a dry spell to take the photos. I was able to revisit the original outfit (which I put a preview of on Facebook before the rain came) on another day, so those photos will be coming soon. 

helen mae green for ell wormald portraits

helen mae green for ell wormald portraits

helen mae green for ell wormald portraits

helen mae green for ell wormald portraits

helen mae green for ell wormald portraits