Events

A day at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair

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Yesterday, I attended my very first vintage fair at my local town hall. I’d heard about it on Facebook and persuaded my mum to be my partner for the day as I’ve been wanting to go to one for so long now. As I ventured in, I didn’t have a clue where to start. There were around 50 stalls of men’s and women’s vintage clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories scattered around the hall followed by another few stalls downstairs displaying glassware, vintage furniture and a cute, dinky tearoom decorated with patterned bunting.

We spent around an hour browsing upstairs and then headed downstairs, ending the day with some tea and cake served in pretty crockery (well coffee, as I don’t like tea *shock gasp due to the British stereotype* and I aren’t even keen on coffee either but hot chocolate wasn’t available tut tut). I had such a great day, I really enjoyed searching through the era’s from the 50’s to the 90’s and not only that, the fashion, beauty and decor inspiration around me; including the hair salon where clients were experimented on with the old school hairstyles. The atmosphere was totally up my street, classic music was playing, the lights were dimmed and the gorgeous, detailed items shone through with the cozy lights.

I only spent £22 which was an even bigger advantage. The picture below is what I purchased and I am so so happy with the shirt which was only a tenner and is such a beautiful print. I loved the fair so much that I’m going to another one this weekend (Judy’s Vintage Fair) with my brother who said he wouldn’t mind going to the next one as they also sell vintage designer clothing. I’m intending on going to so many more in the future, especially with how some of them began in Leeds so offer free entry. I suppose you can’t get fairer than that!


Lots of love…

 

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Grandma’s Surprise 70th

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It was my grandma’s surprise 70th party last weekend. I can’t believe it’s been a week already and I’ve only just gotten the chance to blog about it with my daily schedule now being packed with holiday preparations! We’d had the party planned for 4 months and managed to keep it secret right up until the day which made it even more enjoyable seeing her face when she walked in, even if she did have her suspicions.

 

It was such a fab night, everything went to plan and it couldn’t have gone any better. I was so happy with how it turned out and had so much fun; all the hard work and effort put into it was well worth it. The one thing I loved the most was decorating the room because I was the one who had arranged the theme for the party and it was brill to put the ideas I’d had in my head into the room to make it look super pretty in pink (and silver) and I just thought I’d share some of my photos of the night with you.

 

We had a mixture of balloons; some dark pink and light pink happy birthday’s and some white/pink and pink/white 70 balloons and each one went with a light or dark pink heart depending on the matching colour and one silver one with a mixture of pink and silver ribbon. For the ceiling we had pink hanging 70’s, some swirls saying ‘happy birthday’ and some pink fan decorations, all from eBay (aka the best, most handy place ever!)

 

ON THE TOP LEFT – The lovely ‘Happy 70th’ bunting // ON THE TOP RIGHT – The silver tablecloth //
ON THE BOTTOM LEFT – The pink tablecloth // ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT – The gorgeous
bouquet of flowers we bought my grandma.

Each table had a mixture of pink and silver tablecloth with a few scattered light and pink rose petals, multicoloured ’70’ confetti and pink and silver ‘Happy Birthday’ confetti.

 

ON THE TOP LEFT – The Guestbook // ON THE TOP RIGHT – The Photobook //
ON THE BOTTOM LEFT – The doilies // ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT – The food labels.

 

We also had the guestbook made on eBay and it was blank inside for people to write their comments/messages to my grandma, although we completely forgot about it as we were dancing the night away so only a few people actually wrote in it. The photobook was made by me and it was an extra present for my grandma to take her back on a journey of her 70 years, from being a little girl up until now and all the events that happened in between.

 

The doilies were bought from Poundland but I thought they were so nice and detailed for a pound and they were silver so it matched in with the theme which was a bonus. The food labels were made on picmonkey and was actually my Auntie’s idea but I got the job of designing them because apparently I’m the one who ‘is extremely creative’.

 

 

Now onto the best part, the food…

I’m sure you all know the basic party food must haves so I’m not going to go into detail about that but what I did think stood out was this lovely cupcake stand with chocolate and strawberry flavoured cupcakes. I love anything that looks girly and vintage, so this was certainly one of the highlights. Not to mention the cupcakes were very morish.

 

My grandma’s cake was absolutely gorgeous both taste wise and appearance. The man who made the cake also made my 18th birthday cake and he puts so much tiny detail into it that we couldn’t not get in touch with him this time round. All we did was send him an example of what we wanted from Google images and voila, here you have it. The shoes and the handbag were just a little extra because they represent my glamorous grandma who’s young at heart.

 

 

My outfit for the night was a Missguided dress I was bought for my birthday which I am going to include in a haul post. I’d been looking for a bodycon dress with jewels or studs on for so long to wear for the party and to take away on holiday with me and when I finally saw the dress which matches all my desires, I had to have it and luckily my darling mum offered to buy me it.

My makeup for the night was the usual mascara and foundation, although I never need much mascara on because my eyelashes are huge. The eyeshadow was a mixture of shades on the L’Oreal Color Riche Eyeshadow Palette Timeless Beige and it was my mum’s that I borrowed. I wanted a smoky look and this was such a perfect match to the colour I was going for, I used the brown and the silvery shades. I think I’ll definitely be investing in one of these palette’s or something similar for my holiday.

Me and the birthday girl.
ON THE LEFT – Me with my bunch of flowers my Auntie and Mum bought me for my contribution towards the party//
ON THE RIGHT – Me and my best friend, Chloe who it’s always lovely to spend time with.
Me and my beautiful Mum.
ON THE TOP LEFT AND RIGHT – Me and my Brother, Harvey //
ON THE BOTTOM LEFT – Me, my Brother and my Mum //
ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT – Me, my Auntie, and my Mum.

As you can see we’re such a normal family! But I wouldn’t change them for the world.

 

Lots of love…

 

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An Audience With…

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Yesterday I attended a long awaited event to see my favourite boyband in Sheffield, in a cinema, which was called ‘An Audience With The Wanted’. It was such an amazing night (but I’ll get onto that later), firstly I just wanted to share my outfit of the night. I know the quality is rubbish and I am going to try and fiddle with my camera settings to see if I can make my outfit posts look any better which is hard without being able to put a lens on my camera but I shall try my very best!

DRESS: Forever 21 // SHOES – River Island // BAG – Everything 5 Pounds //
BRACELETS – New Look // NECKLACE – Miss Selfridge

 

I’ve loved and wanted this dress for so long and finally scraped the money together last week and then today I find out it’s been reduced to £14.99 TYPICAL, but oh well. The lace down the side is so pretty and with it being a plain shift dress, you can dress it up or down as much as you want.

 

 

I thought I’d include a close up of the details and the little studs around the neckline, plus my make-up of the day which never changes as all I tend to wear is mascara, foundation, concealer, powder, blusher and lipstick/lipgloss.

Here’s another close up of my cute locket necklace I got from the Miss Selfridge sale around a month ago. It also opens up so you can place a picture inside but I haven’t got round to doing that yet. I’m a bit indecisive when it comes to choosing pictures! But for £2, I thought I picked up a bargain and it’s ideal to go with any type of outfit.

Okay, so now onto the fun part. I know boybands aren’t everyone’s taste but to me, these five boys are very special. They’ve been out of the country a while with how enormous their success is now and to see them so close to home in such a small, intimate setting was amazing because I’d missed them very much. The evening consisted of a Q&A, a short video to watch and 4 acoustic performances which were perfect. It reminded me why I love and support them in the first place, they’re not like famous people, they’re more like friends you’ve known all your life. It was full of laughter, banter and interaction between the boys and the fans and to get that experience of looking back on old footage with the boys from where it all began was not only cute and emotional, but also surreal. It meant we could share our pride together and realise just how far they’ve grown in 3 years.

Speaking of friends, I’ve met so many brilliant people through The Wanted and yesterday I spent the night with my friend, Caitlin.

And we also met a lovely girl and her mum in the queue behind us who stayed with us for the rest of the night.

That’s the thing I love most about these events, catching up with people you haven’t seen for a while, meeting people you’ve spoke to online and meeting complete strangers who you end up getting on with extremely well because you share the same interests.

I didn’t get many decent photos because of the poor lighting but here’s a few…

It was also extremely good to see Nathan back in full spirits and singing stronger than ever after his tough couple of months. He is a trooper!

The day was full of smiles and happiness and now I’m looking forward to seeing them again at a gig in Scarborough on Friday, on my birthday. It’s not too much to ask for a shout out is it? Hehe.

Lots of love…

 

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