Pop Up Vintge Fairs London


On Sunday 22nd April I found myself at a loose end. What better way to spend it than visiting one of the best Fairs in London with my best gals?

Invisible Eavie, Thoroughly Modern Millie and I danced our way to St Stephens Church in Hampstead for Pop Up Vintage Fairs London. We were greeted by Maxine at the door and made our way in to the fair which was in full swing.

Before we could begin exploring we bumped in to Lucy from Lucy Alexander and editor of The Vintage Ragmag, a free magazine showcasing some of the best vintage specialists around.  Lucy has recently returned from New York where she has been searching for original vintage pieces to sell in her shop and on-line at the Asos market place.

 On leaving Lucy’s stall who should we spy opposite? The lovely ladies from A Room in My House and The Vintage Tea Party and Gift Fair showcasing some of their wonderful vintage treasures.

 We managed to drag ourselves away and as we walked down the aisle not knowing where to look, we spotted a lovely new stall with lace, vintage stamps, original necklaces and wooden brooches. Pin up girls, cameras, potion bottles and keys were just some of the accessories on offer from Ladybird Likes. We purchased a moustache on a stick and a moustache necklace for mini Betsy who has just turned 12. Perfect.

 We spotted Daisy, a Pop Up regular and birthday girl, having her hair done by the girls from Beauty Calls. We said hi to other vendors and looked through lots of pretty dresses, bags, gloves and shoes. It was great to see regulars like Retro from Scratch. We spied a wonderful book made from an old scrabble board and know who we will be buying this for next Christmas.

 Someone we have missed over the last couple of months is Zoe from Snaffle Vintage and The Vintage Traders Association. It was great to see her lovely red bob and gorgeous smile. She is also one of our greatest fans.

We made our way to the tea room and met up with Daisy and Salina from Vintage Tea Time. Invisible Eavie and Thoroughly Modern Millie opted for the chocolate cake and I chose a delicious banana loaf. Yum!

Lovely company in a wonderful setting.

Where else in London can you find a Lady and the Tramp skirt alongside a vintage two piece swim suit? A fur stole, a moustache on a stick and a china plate with nudes, whilst being serenaded by The Wayward Sisters?

How lucky are Betsy and I that we get to work alongside such creative and interesting people? Usually we experience this fair from behind the scenes. It’s well organised, friendly and welcoming. However today was all about being a visitor and  Pop Up Vintage Fairs London did not disappoint.

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New Tools!

Hope you’ve all had a good Easter.
Today I purchased some new toys for me to play hair with.  Firstly I was reccommended the new pro style wand and when I saw a mini one at my local hairdressing wholesalers I just couldn’t resist. The mini pro styler wand in gold and black found it’s way into my shopping trolley and I have to say it is amazing.
Once home I grabbed Invisible Eavie and said, “I need a guinea pig.” She had no choice as I pointed my new hot hot hot wand at her. Can you believe that it comes with a glove. After burning myself three times I quickly realised why.
The wand created loose curls in Eavie’s hair, the smaller the section, it gave the same curl as a pin curl set and the larger sections created a loose curled look. When combing out the larger curls it gave the appearance of a mid size roller set.
I have succumbed to a modern tool which can still recreate vintage style hair styles.
My next purchase was a new set of hot rollers. I have had my three sets of rollers for approxiamly twenty years. They have seen me through many shows and wigs. However they have seen better days and although still working perfectly it is difficult to clean them.  Never fear I shall keep them for setting wigs and pieces but my new ones will join my hot rods as part of my kit for hairdressing purposes.
Such luxury, these are velvet and have the right size clips and large clamps to make sure I achieve the right tension needed to create a wet set effect.
Tomorrow we have a date with five sixteen year olds ready to try out different looks for their Year Eleven Prom. Vintage and contemporary we will give them glam and sophisticated looks. I can’t wait to try out my new toys on them. Pictures will follow soon.
Thanks for listening.
Jeanie x