handmade is best

some christmas loveliness

Belated Merry Christmas to you! Giving is BIG in my family at this time of year; we absolutely love spoiling one another and thinking up the best possible gift. As an advocate of unique objects most of my loved ones know what really turns me on, so I thought I would share a few of the wonderful vintage and handmade gifts I was given…


I recently wrote about the most amazing vintage store The Vintage Emporium just outside London and I actually spotted this superb hat there. I’m guessing circa 1940s due to the style but I could be wrong- there is no label inside. It’s midnight blue, fits like a dream and it looks great with a popped collar!

good read

The New Yorker book of the 40s is set to be an incredible bed time read- I’m only at the introduction and the story of the the magazine’s founder Harold Ross has got me hooked! A compilation of old and new material seeing you through this fascinating decade, with every cultural point of view and incredible writers such as PG Wodehouse and George Orwell. Brilliant!


Two pieces from Tatty Devine are taking over the world one necklace at a time and I love them for it. I secretly wish I could work for them (perhaps not so secretly as I was given two pieces after all!) Their jewellery is still handmade in their studio in Kent and I always love a visit to their Covent Garden store- I’m always fascinated by what’s inspiring them and the delicious colours they use!

Vintage china

A beautiful vintage china 3 piece set, finished with real gold leaf details – so gorgeous! This type of vintage craving can be satisfied at any decent vintage store. I’m always spoilt for choice when it comes to these romantic, chintzy numbers; and why choose when they are often so affordable? What loser says you can have too many side plates anyway?


A pair of delicate white and neon pink candle holders made by Bloomingville – I’m in love! I already have neon pink dipped candles which I display in vintage glass candle holders, so this is just perfect! I seriously recommend checking out this Danish design company, I am now hooked to their Instagram pastel velvety shaded interiors!

more jewellery!

Finish that off with another piece of jewellery, this time from Wolf & Moon. Mentioned many a time on this blog, I just can’t get enough of this handmade jewellery line. Items come in pretty black velvet pouches and with new lines coming out all the time it is always hard to choose just which piece you want to buy!

lil black booties!

Lets be honest, these booties are in no way vintage or handmade but they are so darn cute I just don’t care! They match perfectly with my boxy midcentury coats and sixties shift dresses, so they are the ideal accompaniment to the vintage wardrobe. Anyone who knows me knows of the problems I have finding shoes that fit so to find boots which fit AND don’t look like boats on the end of my skinny legs is like a Christmas miracle (on Neal Street, not 34th Street).
Bless you Office.

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