We’re having a garden party!

Posted on 26/06/2014

To celebrate the opening of our Passionate About Vintage London boutique we are having a Garden Party  and you’re invited! Come in your favourite floral prints and join us for a glass of  elderflower Prosecco and some sweet treats, browse the array of treasures Passionate About Vintage has to offer. Don’t forget there will be prizes for the best floral outfit and runner up!

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Join us at The Vintage Starlet Parlour

Posted on 18/03/2013

Come and visit us at a fabulous new event. For ladies who want an indulgent day full of glamour, vintage, jewels, flashing cameras, your very own hair and make up stylist and personal dresser.

The very glamours Miss Turnstiles will be on hand as your personal stylist and Vintage King will be there with a stunning collection of vintage fresh from his latest buying trip to America for you to try. The famous Lipstick & Curls will be doing vintage make overs and once you’re transformed into a silver screen goddess Hanson Leatherby will snap your vintage portrait in all your finery.

Passionate About Vintage will of course be on hand to complete your look with a touch of vintage sparkle. This would make a great hen do if the bride to be is into vintage or having a vintage themed wedding!

Here’s a little more info on what you can expect on the day:

On your arrival you will be welcomed with a fabulous cocktail with top ups throughout the day as well as a variety of sumptuous cakes and savoury bites to keep you going.

The day then includes your personal style consultation with experts to choose you the best vintage outfit and jewellery for your upcoming photos and a vintage makeover by Lipstick and Curls to top off your glamourous look. There will be plenty of Vintage Books and magazines around for you to draw inspiration.

Once you are suitably primped, pampered and styled, Vintage photographer Hanson Leatherby will be on hand to take some photos of the ‘vintage you’ of which a high-res digital image is included!

If you fall in love with your outfit or jewellery they will all be available for sale should you wish to take the items home with you! The jewellery is from the fantastic Passionate About Vintage with their years of knowledge and expertise in sourcing the best vintage jewellery to make you feel like a Golden Era Hollywood moviestar! The vintage clothing is all from the USA where the best vintage pieces are found and sourced by Vintage King and Miss Turnstiles herself. The clothing will be from the 1930s-1960s so you can pick your most desirable decade with a range of sizes.

All of this is hosted at the fabulous Vintage Patisserie venue in East London to add that little bit of extra glamour to your day.

For any questions please email info@missturnstiles.co.uk tickets are £95 can be bought from Miss Turnstiles online shop.

 To find out more about Lipstick and Curls visit www.lipstickandcurls.co.uk/

To see Hanson’s fabulous photos visit http://hansonleatherby.com/

For a sneak peak of what you’ll be eating visit http://vintagepatisserie.co.uk/

For more details visit http://www.missturnstiles.co.uk/


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The Candlelight Club

Posted on 05/02/2013

After hearing about it quite some time ago, I finally made it to The Candlelight Club for my birthday. It’s a magical place, imagine a ballroom filled with flappers and dandies, sipping Champagne from saucers. Everywhere you look there are pearls, feathers and swaying fringes. Men and women both dressed to kill, its fantastic!

This special 1920′s inspired event is held at a secret location in London once a month. Each party has a different theme, but its always centered around the 1920′s. The cocktail menu also changes monthly in keeping with the current theme and the location is only revealed a couple of days before the event.

So what to wear? I wanted to be as authentic as possible so I went on the hunt for a pair of  T-bar shoes and a drop waisted dress, with as much beading as possible!  I wore my hair up and pinned a rhinestone necklace into it at the front like a bandeau to finish my look.

To complete my outfit I added a long string of faux pearls, rhinestone pendant earrings and several geometric Art Deco paste  bracelets, all vintage of course!  If you’re off to an twenties themed wedding or event visit our Art Deco department for authentic period jewellery to complete your look. I really had the most fabulous time and hope to go back soon!

“The Candlelight Club really is the closest you’ll find to an authentic Jazz Age experience in central London. Its unique ambience, fuelled by hundreds of candles, is truly a scene to behold.” —Time Out

Photographs courtesy of michael s marks

To see more photos of previous Candlelight Club events visit:

For more information visit: The Candlelight Club 

For help sourcing your outfit visit The Candlelight Club Directory

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Canterbury Love : Frocks n Stock

Posted on 03/10/2012

I was really excited when I first heard about Frocks n Stock, The Pilgrims Hospice all Vintage, Designer Retro charity shop in Margate. So of course I went to investigate straight away. I imagine my delight when I found out that the hospice would be opening another Frocks n Stock, on my doorstep in Canterbury.

The new shop is wonderful, its large, light and bright and has been meticulous organized and beautifully arranged to show off all the fabulous treasures you can find there. My favourite spot in the shop has got to be the haberdashery room, a whole room filled with vintage fabrics, buttons and sewing paraphernalia!

The Pilgrims hospice is a Kent based charity, so the money spent in the shop goes back into helping the local community. Also 80p out of every £1 spent in the shop goes directly to patient care at the Hospice, so you know exactly where you money is going.

Here are a few photos of my favourite goodies from the shop. They have everything from typewriters to teddies, including a great selection of hard to find menswear, fantastic old magazines, and some stunning suitcases.

Frocks n Stock: 19 The Burgate, Canterbury, CT1 2HG.

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Eating in Italy

Posted on 24/09/2012

Today, as I watch the rain pour down outside I am remembering some of the best moments from my holiday in Italy this Summer. For me Italy is food heaven, so here are my top 5 things to eat in Lake Como & Milan.

1.) Eat Ice cream! Italy is world famous for its ice cream (gelato) and with good reason, Milan and Lake Como are both full of gelato shops, you could try a different flavour every day! Here are two of my favourite places to try:

Gelato Giustoor the right ice cream, is run by Cordon Bleu graduate Vittoria Bortolazzo. They specialize in quality ice cream made with only natural ingredients and their flavours change with the seasons, so you are always eating what tastes the best right now. In summertime they have exiting flavours like Basil or Ginger & Lime. I tried the Raspberry which was fantastic!

Cioccolati Italiani, is the perfect combination for ice cream and chocolate lovers. You choose either dark or milk liquid chocolate to go into the base of your cone and then your ice cream flavours to go on top. Their ice creams are organised into fruit based, cream based and chocolate. They have 6 different flavours of chocolate ice cream alone, in different cocoa strengths. If you fancy something different the essence of Rose ice cream is incredible!

2.) Buy beautiful Leone sweets at The Caffe Bar Sport in Bellaggio.

On a day trip to Bellaggio, we were rewarded for climbing the many steep steps up from the waterfront by discovering the Caffe Bar Sport, it was one of the highlights of our trip. This beautiful old fashioned sweetshop is filled with a myriad of sugary delights and has been run by one family since 1922. It took me ages to stop just looking at everything in sheer awe and actually decide what I wanted to buy. I was very restrained and only left with two boxes of biscotti for my husband’s workmates, which came in beautiful Flower Fairy tins which are now on display in my studio and some essence of Rose bon bons for myself.

The shelves were lined with beautiful ranges by Leone, an Italian company who I discovered have been in business since 1857 and are one of the oldest confectioners in Europe. Their packaging design is some of the most beautiful I have ever seen and their sweets are even better!

These beautiful professional images are courtesy of the delightful Morena from Leone.

3.) Go out for dinner. If you’re staying in Milan try Ristorante Manna. The entire experience is amazing and every course is a work of art. Chef Matteo makes fun and exciting dishes like vegetable fruit salad with lettuce ice cream. Try the gazpacho soup, It’s the best I’ve ever had!

4.) Have a picnic by the lake and take in the view. Italian supermarkets are amazing, the cheese counter alone is an experience. Buy a selection of your favourite Italian goodies and find a quiet spot to enjoy them. We bought fresh baked foccacia, balls of Buffalo mozzarella, a handful of fresh Basil and delicious roasted pepper antipasti.

5.) Stock up on Olive Oil from Premiato Oleificio Vanni Osvaldo in Lenno. Visit this wonderful local producer is used by all the local restaurants. They have been producing olive oil in Lenno since 1850, using traditional cold-pressing methodst makes a great gift and every time you use it it will remind you of your Italian adventure.

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Lake Como: The Villa Carlotta

Posted on 29/08/2012

One of the best things I did when I went to Lake Como in July was visit the Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo.  The villa was built in 1690 and was one of the main stops on The Grand Tour. It is famous for its beautiful gardens and sculptures, including a copy of Canova’s “Cupid & Psyche”, one of my favourite works of art. The villa is named after Charlotte,  Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen who was given it as a wedding gift in 1843 by her mother Princess Marianna of Prussia.

I especially loved the Japanese garden. It’s full of traditionally Japanese decorative elements, all different coloured Acer trees (Japanese Maples) and different species of bamboo. One day I love to make a corner of my garden like this. Its such a quiet and meditative place to come and sit and just enjoy the beauty of the trees. It made me want to visit the real gardens in Japan that inspired it even more.

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Canterbury Love: The Goods Shed

Posted on 23/07/2012

On a Saturday afternoon I can often be found having a spot of lunch at the counter of Patrick’s Kitchen in The Goods Shedmy favourite place in Canterbury.

Although I only discovered them a few months ago, The Goods Shed are about to celebrate their 10 year anniversary and are even included on Lloyd Grossman’s list of the world’s best farmers markets.

Step outside of Canterbury West Station and into the beautiful converted Victorian Railway building next door with its high ceiling, tall windows and exposed brick walls and you will find what I can only describe as a food lovers heaven. The permanent farmers market is open 6 days a week, and it is here you will find the best of what Kent has to offer.  There is a fishmongers, butchers, cheese specialist, general store, wine merchant, charcuterie, green grocer’s and bakery so whatever you are after, you can find it all here sourced from the best local producers and cottage industries. Everything you eat here or take home with you tastes even better with the knowledge that it is made with love, passion and fantastic local ingredients.

Its also a wonderful place to come for an indulgent breakfast or lunch with a friend after a wander around Canterbury.

I like to sit at the counter and watch the world go by while Patrick and George work their magic creating lemon tarts and chocolate mousse with the sounds of bustling shoppers at farmers market in the background.  Patrick’s Porcini Lasagne and Raspberry Chocolate Brownies are just two of the incredible treats on offer.



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Posted on 20/06/2012

One of my favourite shops to visit whenever I’m in Brighton is Choccywoccydoodah, imagine my delight whilst strolling through Carnaby Street when I saw their newly opened London boutique! Their creations are wacky and whimsical and their magical shops are always full of chocolate and cake shaped delights.

When you step into a Choccywoccydoodah shop you enter the world of Charlie & The Chocolate factory and Alice and Wonderland. It’s a feast for all your senses and fills me with childlike delight.

The new London boutique may even be better than the original Brighton shop because it includes a tearoom upstairs, and who could resist a display like that!

My favourite thing from this visit is without a doubt this Alice in Wonderland themed cake, its fantastic!

I also loved this dog themed display I found in a little alcove on the stairs, so cute!

I’m already looking forward to my next visit to see their latest displays.

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