Another interesting week here at Vintage Tea Sets & Clara Bows! I thought I’d share my millinery escapades from Monday. It was was one of the most exciting Mondays ever. Mondays are commonly dreaded and rightfully so, but this was the type of Monday I want to replicate again and again. At 8am I was buzzing around Park Row in Bristol in the Hobbs Hair salon getting one of my models ready for the press launch for the Hobbs Best of Bristol Show . Radio and TV crews were all buzzing around and Doug from Hobbs the organiser was working the room like a model himself lol! Well amidst the sea of models, make up artists, hair stylists, designers and a few celebs like Beth Rowley, I was feeling the pressure having to get my size 6 model in a size 14 dress (thanks to Gilly Woo who sewed her in for me) with only minutes to spare but here she is posing for the forthcoming brochure.
Tickets are on sale now for this really exciting event packed with dancers and performers, its a real show, taking place on the 19th June 2010 at the Colston Hall in Bristol, to book your tickets click here. all profits go to Meningitis UK, a very worthy cause. So where do I fit in you’re wondering? Well my hats will be showcased in front of 1800 people in a 1920’s section I’ll be styling, even picking the tunes they strut too….no pressure at all then!
Anyway, back to the hat, here’s a bit of a reportage shot from my kanckered old camera of the lovely Claire Beard aka Clara B (fortuitous name!). I’m bringing back some very vintage styles, all can be replicated in a vast array of colours…..I’ve wanted a skull cap cloche for years and finally….here’s one I made earlier. Enjoy x
A taster of what to expect at the show!
This is just too darn exciting for words…..my wedding back in August last year is part of a vintage wedding feature in BBC Antiques & Homes! plus Vintage Tea Sets gets a lovely recommendation in there as well. This magazine holds a special place for me, they’re based in Bristol (cider me up landlord) where I’m based and also the vintage and antique fabulousness they impart on the nation month after month gives me goosebumps, the Antiques Roadshow is in there…….Amen!
Last Sunday Rosie Parsons (photographer extraordinaire) and I embarked on a road trip to the big smoke from our comfy west country burrows, one that would merge her Birthday celebrations with a fascinator workshop I was hosting at the stunning little teashop run by Zoe called Bake-a-Boo (I’d been itching to meet this vixen after a mutual appreciation of vintage china and cake).
Meet the beautiful Zoe, making us a steaming hot vintage teapot of darjeeling on our arrival.
‘The Clara Bows head’ complete with an example fascinator I made the day before for some inspiration was placed on the beautifully laid table that the workshop ladies would be seated, and I set about laying out all the materials before they arrived.
Then the workshop commenced.
We paused for an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea…..
Before resuming work again and completing these lovely creations. Here’s a picture of the hen party that took part modelling their pieces.
A lovely time was had by all. If you’d like to take part in one of these workshops or would like one arranged, see my millinary website Clara Bows for more details or email me (Vicky) at email@example.com
Yet more fantastic news folks. I’ll be running regular fascinator workshops on the ‘Harmony 2‘ a 189ft luxury mega-yacht moored in Bristol Harbour, not only that but will be offering hen & birthday party packages (you get the venue exclusively). Its just down river from the SS Great Britain but bang in the centre of the city, a perfect and very unique base to explore the city after having a fun day of activities.
You can stay overnight in the luxury cabins, take part in the many workshops throughout the day, from fascinators, bouquet making, cup cake topping and finally some nautical boudoir! Enjoy a slap up afternoon tea on gorgeous vintage china, relax in the hot tub before leisurely wandering to the many bars and restaurants on your doorstep. More details will be published soon, including details on the very talented individuals who will make up the very special workshop crew.
The gorgeous Rosie Parsons popped up to see me earlier in the week with her camera! after a lovely catch up at Bocca Bar she came with me to a ‘Mad Hatter’ themed fascinator workshop I was hosting at Caffe Clifton and took some snaps to go in my beautiful millinery website Clara Bows that both she and her husband Lee created for me.
It was a really lovely relaxed evening and the ladies that attended made some really beautiful things, two even vowed to wear their creations into work the next day! I so hope they did. Anyway, as they say, a picture can tell a thousand words and as usual Rosie has done me so incredibly proud, I cherish these images and can’t wait for our ‘road trip’ in just over a weeks time!
Ladies! Lindsay Fleming, the extremely talented wedding dress designers are travelling to London town all the way from their Scottish hub for consultations with brides who are looking for the ‘twenties’ style wedding dress. Trust me, being a 1920’s addict, they’re dresses are to be lusted over with good reason…..plus you may have seen one of their dresses recently in ‘you and your wedding’, thats a snapshot at the top of the page.
so, notebooks to the ready, they’ll be at the ‘Dolphin House Apartments’, Chichester Street, Pimlico, London from the 26th to the 28th of March. These designers are hot to trot and are going to get booked up fast so get in contact with them asap.
Check out the details on their website here
You may remember me talking about them recently. I love their collection so much, so Rosie Parsons and I included these stunning dresses in a 1920’s Bridal shoot soon to appear in a wedding magazine, whoooo hooo! Once again a special thanks to Rosie Parsons (www.rosieparsons.com), and make-up by Sarah Brock (www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk). Here are a couple of pics from the shoot. Find the complete shoot here.
Well its a lovely way to start 2010! My 1920’s style wedding has been given a whopping 4 pages in Cosmopolitan Bride, you can read the full article here on my blog and its just hit the shelves. The fab photographers were Graham Morgan and Rosie Parsons.