Thursday, 24 February 2011

Secret Shoes and Dreamy Designers.....

Now....those of you that have read my blog before know that when God was handing out legs he gave me a pair best can be described as sturdy. After almost thirty years I have come to terms with my misgivings but what I haven't come to terms with is the fact that I can't walk in high heels.

I think the fact I am curvy means I am less able to skip around on sky high heels without the fear of falling flat on my face but this doesn't mean I don't dream of walking down the street in heels without a care in the world.

Don't get me wrong I do have a few pairs of high heels but they all have one thing in common....a low chunky heel which these days in the land of the super platform skinny heel is hard to find....or so I thought.

I am now going to let you into a little shoe secret (which I may regret as I would really like to keep these all to myself) called Cinquanta 50. These gorgeously vintage inspired Italian made shoes are just divine and the best thing is that each heel is only 50mm high...hence the name and gloriously chunky. The team behind Cinquanta 50 worked together in the fashion industry for 5 years before realising the footwear currently available was totally impractical (I couldn't agree more!!) so..viola...a brand was born.

Here are my current favourites...prepare for some serious shoe envy.....

The colour and detailing on these shoes in simply gorgeous....a new twist on the classic 1950's court shoe...

The shoe everyone everyone should last a stunning pair of black courts that I will actually be able to walk in....

Over the knee boots that I can walk in....get me a pair now....

Wedges are not going away this season and this shoe boot is bang on trend...

And here is another trade secret for of the amazingly talented team behind Cinquanta 50 is also behind another is a new...and dare I say improved version of Net a Porter called Style Passport. It is launching in Spring 2011 and is bound to be huge..!! To get the most uptodate launch news from this fabulous new venture go to their website and sign up....I for one can't wait.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Fairytale Fashions....

As we all know London Fashion Week (LFW for those in the know) is in progress. As a vintage lover I do not normally take much interest to be honest but when I heard that the Vintage Queen Vivienne Westwood was creating an Alice in Wonderland inspired collection my interest was piqued.

As you can imagine I love a kitsch theme fashion collection...and to be honest if I could I would infact dress up in fancy dress most days.

Here are some of the gorgeously interesting outfits from the Vivienne Westwood Red Collection....

Sadly I live on an orange juice budget at the moment so Ms Westwoods clothes are waaay out of my price range but here are some lovely bits and pieces that will make you feel like a fairytale princess....warning there is a kitsch fest coming up...!!

For me this dress has everything....nipped in at the waist, floral print and it is in this seasons key colour of mint green...what a beauty..

Motel - £39

Lace ankle socks....great with pumps, great with heels...someone get me a pair quick....

Miss Selfridge - £4
I am a big fan of striped tops as they balance my hips out a treat....this one would look great under a black ballet skirt with shiny red shoes

Topshop - £26
 ....themed make-up...I almost hyperventilated when I saw this....what more could a lover of kitsch as for in life....I ask you..!!
Urban Decay - £28
With its ruffles, net skirt and girdle waist this dress has a real fairytale vibe to it.....
Topshop - £35
 I have no words for this necklace...I just love it......
Topshop - £9
 And...of course...a little bit of vintage...this dress is pale blue with gorgeous white embroidery....very Alice in Wonderland indeed just add white knee socks and black pumps..!!
Hummingbird Vintage £30

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Looking good and doing good....

Now...although I love nothing more than coming home laden with shiny new purchases it does give me a case of the guilts and it is not long before I have almost convinced myself that half of the items should go back and then I should give the money to charity....almost..!!

So imagine how pleased I was when the charity shops started upping their game and creating vintage sections....I can get a great outfit and give to charity at the same time....I am like a better dressed Bob Geldof!!

One of the most well known charity shops that has recently launched its very own vintage collection is Oxfam.

They have re-vamped their website and the vintage section now includes a shop by era option and a guide to vintage fashion...!! Also they have produced these simply gorgeous ads to help promote their vintage fabulousness which include a story about the piece...

....I really want the blue dress in the middle...SO MUCH...!!

And here are my lovely vintage finds from the Oxfam website...the prices range from £10 to around £50 and there are some truly lovely pieces on there....

This 1970's Liberty print dress is gorgeous and will be bang on trend with the Seventies making a come back this Spring/Summer

 Again another piece that is very 'in' is this mint green dress. Fashion mags have been gabbing on about how mint green is THE colour this season so this is the perfect mix of totally fashionable yet one off...

This piece I have put in because I am a sucker for both florals and purple and think it is lovely. Would look great with a tan belt to really cinch in the waist and tan peep toes.


I love this skirt...high waist..check...bright colours...check...below the knee..check...would look great with a simple white vest and gold jewellery
Oxfam regularly update their stock to it is worth visiting more than once just to see what new treasures they have on there..!!

And whilst we are on the topic of charity I wanted to bring to your attention the  story of Preloved a nutshell a lovely lady is only wearing second hand clothes for a year in order to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support. What a great can read her story here Preloved Reloved .
As this is a subject very close to my heart Hummingbird Vintage will be trying to help out Preloved Reloved as much as possible so watch this space for further details...!!

Monday, 21 February 2011

A Perfect Vintage Sunday....

There is nothing I like to do more on a Sunday than have a nice long walk around London and then reward myself with a roast dinner, red wine and possibly cake...!!

I currently reside in the lovely area of Shoreditch but my first foray into London life was when I got my first job in London at the young age of 21 working for a fabulous company called Logisitk (you need an event planning....go to these guys they are fab..!!) who were based in Islington.

Ahhh...Islington....possibly one of my favourite places in London...EVER!! And although its neighbour Camden is more widely known for its vintage fare Islington has some surprises up it's sleeve...!!

First of all I have to tell you a bit about the walk...we started in Hoxton and walked the length of the canal to Islington. Nothing interesting there you may think....and you would be yesterday the canal was packed with houseboats....!!

I love houseboats and am currently trying to convince the boy to live on one but am not having much luck. To me they are like a vintage gypsy caravan but on water...bloody amazing

Anyway...back to the rest of the day...!!

When we finally made it to Islington I forcibly dragged the boy down to Camden Passage where two of my most favourite vintage shops and my most favourite place to eat reside.

Lets begin at Shock and Soul.....upon entering this wonderland you would think it is just a normal vintage shop...however as you delve a bit deeper you would find amazing beaded gowns, fur coats and some quite mental accessories. The shop staff are absolutely lovely and to be honest I had to practically be dragged out of there before I bought a green beaded dress which I didn't need but am sure would make me look like a glam tinkerbell.

Next we moved on to Annie's this place has a very special place in my heart as it was one of the first places I ever bought vintage clothing. It is a true vintage treasure chest full of gorgeous dresses (again ...two of these had to be wrestled out of my hands) and other vintage fabulousness. You can buy almost anything in here...amazing wedding dresses, petticoats, ribbons, capes, beaded dresses, ball gowns...the list is endless and I bloody love it. It is also loved by the likes of Kate Moss and Pearl Lowe so it can't be bad..!!

And last but by no means least the food...!! Now sadly we couldn't get a table here as it was packed as per usual but I just wanted to tell you a bit about it....the place in question is The Elk in the Woods.

To me this place is the perfect mix of vintage surroundings and amazing food...the wine isn't bad either.
If you do ever visit be sure to book in advance and try the chocolate fondant and mint ice is to die for....!!

So that was my Sunday of canal walks, vintage treasures and roast dinners....what a prefect way to spend a Sunday..!!

The Elk in the Woods
Annie's Vintage
Shock and Soul