Win with Passionate About Vintage and the BFI!

Posted on 29/05/2013

Passionate About Vintage have joined forces with the lovely people at the BFI to give you the chance to win tickets to their fabulous Rita Hayworth season starting at the BFI in June. Known as the  ‘The Love Goddess’, Rita Hayworth was one of the biggest stars of the 1940s. Next month the BFI will be showing a selection of her most iconic films including Only Angels Have Wings, Cover Girl and of course the film that made her a star Gilda.

To be in with a chance to win all you have to do is comment on this post with your email address to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets, we have 3x pairs to give away. You can enter by commenting below and telling us who is your all time favourite goddess of the silver screen. Or pop over and comment on our facebook page, don’t forget to include your email address.

We also have an exclusive discount only for Passionate About Vintage Lovers which we will publish after the competition winners have been announced on June 13th. So everyone who enters will be able to buy discounted tickets even if they don’t win the competition. Entries must be in by midnight on June 12th.


The results are in!

Congratulations to Zoe, Victoria and Karen and thank you to everyone who entered!

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Hanami in Kent

Posted on 16/05/2013

One day I will go to Japan.

It has been a life long dream of mine and one day I will get there. When I do go it will be in the Spring to coincide with Hanami.

Hanami (花見) literally means flower viewing, it is an ancient Japanese tradition of enjoying and celebrating the beauty of flowers, primarily Cherry Blossom (Sakura). In Japan this is such an established and popular tradition that people visit from all over the world to see the blossom every year, there is even a blossom forecast (sakura-zensen) to help people plan their visit. During the day people come to picnic beneath the blossom. At night people hold parties amongst the trees which they decorate with paper lanterns, this is called night sakura (yozakura).

The ancient custom of Hanami dates back to the Nara Period (710–794) when people viewed the Plum blossom (ume) it was later in the Heian Period (794–1185) that Cherry blossom viewing became more popular and as a result is now synonymous with Hanami.

Every Spring when the blossom starts to bloom I am captivated by its delicate beauty and seeing it can transform my mood and makes my heart sing. I was absolutely delighted when I heard that Brogdale Farm in Faversham were holding their first ever Hanami event. Brodgale is home to over 300 different fruiting cherry trees and 42 ornamental cherry trees! Brogdale is a wonderful place to visit, it is home to The National Fruit Collection which is an incredible living gene bank of over 4,000 varieties of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, cherries, cobnuts, currants and quinces. This precious resource includes rare examples and heritage varieties that cannot be found elsewhere. It is the biggest collection of fruit trees in the world!

Brogdale’s Hanami event involved a guided walking tour of the farms orchards in flower and ended with a lovely picnic lunch that we brought at the farm to eat beneath the flowering ornamental Cherry trees. Who knows, maybe next year I’ll celebrate Hanami in Japan.

For more information on Brogdale Farm events and the National Fruit Collection visit: http://www.brogdalecollections.co.uk/

My Hanami outfit: Vintage Pastel 1950′s dress with a Japanese inspired print purchased at a Vintage fair in Brighton. Vintage inspired bubblegum Pink cardigan from Cath Kidston.




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Editor Loves… PassionateAboutVintage

Posted on 07/05/2013

We’re delighted that Lauren, Editor for County Weddings Magazines has chosen our Vintage Trifari Art Deco style Earrings as her editor loves pick of the week!


These vintage Rhodium plated Art Deco inspired clip on earrings from Trifari’s  ”Lighting” Collection, were made in the late 1950′s. They measure 7.5 x 1.5cm, the perfect thing to complete a 1920′s look.

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