Sunday, November 09, 2014
Review | Liverpool's Affordable Vintage Fair

Review | Liverpool's Affordable Vintage Fair

Vintage is something I have always loved and admired so when I heard that there was a Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair happening right in Liverpool (thanks to Facebook!), I knew I had to go and check it out...and I was not disappointed. 

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair was born 7 years ago in the lovely town of Leeds as an aim to create a place where amazing vintage traders from all over the UK could showcase their vintage garments, jewels, home ware and more. It's the ultimate treasure trove for vintage lovers. The fair is held in over 30 cities in the UK, so if it sounds like your kind of thing, take a look at their website here or visit their Facebook page for more information - it's well worth a visit.


Me and my friends headed into town to the grand Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral where the fair was held, with our purses at the ready to find some vintage bargains...


One of my favourite stands was The Vintage Corner (pictured on right) who had an amazing selection of jewelled, sparkly tops that I was instantly drawn to. They also have a store in Waterloo, Liverpool as well which I am dying to go and check out.

My vintage bargain find of the day...

I found this beautiful vintage satchel right at the start of the fair, it was like vintage love at first sight. I begged my parents to come back to the fair with me (who are over to visit) and let me buy this, thanks M&D! The bag is in perfect condition and it looks like it's never been used at all so I'm really happy to have found such a bargain, considering the very similar classic Cambridge satchel is at a whopping £108! I think vintage is becoming my new best friend...

As for my friends, I can confirm they all had a great time there too, leaving with bags and bags of new additions to their wardrobes. It was so much more fun than trawling round a high street store as each item was so different from the other and had a story to tell. There was also tea and cake being served next door if you needed to take a break from the shopping and you just can't go wrong when tea and cake is involved.

Whether you're into clothes, jewellery, collectables or homeware ...there is literally something for everyone at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair. 
Saturday, October 18, 2014
An Interview With Estella Mason

An Interview With Estella Mason



You may remember Estella who featured in my post: 'Behind The Scenes | Estella Mason Photography & Styling' back in July last year. Well, I'm back today with another episode of my 'An Interview With...' series where, this time, Estella shares with us how it all began, where she gets her inspiration from, her tips for other aspiring photographers wanting to make it in the business and more. Grab yourself a cuppa, be inspired and enjoy.


How did you first discover your love for photography?
I think my first interest in photography started when I was about 14. I used to dress my friends up and take photos of them in the garden and around the house just for fun, but I was quite serious about a career in photography by the time I was 16. I did some work experience with some great photographers who taught me a lot; Jessica Turale, Mark Cowles and Wolfgang Glowaki.


What was your first ever camera?
I got my first camera when I was 12 or 13, for Christmas from my Nan. It was a tiny compact digital, Vivitar brand. 

Where do you get your inspiration for your photographs?
I draw inspiration from a variety of different sources including other artists; Tim Walker, Kirsty Mitchell, Aela Labbe and so many more. I also regularly go on 'Pinterest', it’s a fantastic way to find inspiration and reference it to use later on. I am a very observant person, I like to take in my surroundings and if I find something that inspires me I photograph it. 


How would you describe your style of photography?
My style has definitely changed and developed over the years and I still can’t say I have one particular style but I like to mix fine art with fashion. My photographs almost always include people. I enjoy constructing extravagant sets for my shoots but also enjoy photographic simple details and fleeting moments.


Pick 3 of your current favourite photographs you've taken and why (in no particular order)



1. "Grandmother" there is something alluring about this photograph for me. (click here for the full 'Nostalgia' shoot) 

2. Von Rock family photograph; I love the unplanned poses in this image. (click here for the full 'Von Rock' shoot)

3. "Frida Kahlo"; this is one of my favourite shoots that I've done, it was so much fun to put together and I am such a big fan of Frida Kahlo. (click here for full shoot of 'Frida Kahlo')

Share with us one of your favourite images and why. 
“The Ghost Swift” by Kirsty Mitchell. I strive to create images so seamless, her eye for detail is incredible. This particular image is my favourite amongst her enchanting “Wonderland” series.


What type of session do you enjoy the most, e.g.: wedding, fashion, portrait etc.?
I enjoy doing my personal work the most because it allows me to be experimental. I also love doing styled fashion portraits. 


Who is your favourite photographer and why?
This is way too hard!! I have so many but I would have to say (as mentioned earlier) Tim Walker is a huge inspiration. He creates these unbelievable and elaborate sets for his photographs.


What advice could you offer to someone aspiring to start their own photography business?
Make use of social networks and portfolio sites; post your work everywhere (whilst being cautious of copyright). Facebook is amazing for exposure and allows anyone around the globe to find you. NEVER say no to an opportunity, even if there is nothing in it for you, there is always exposure. Anything is possible so stay humble and work hard and success will follow. I also believe it is so important to be passionate about what you're doing. 


Where do you see your photography career going in the future?
I hope to be able to travel with my business and be involved in editorials, meet other people in the industry and gain as much experience as I can. I hope to continue exhibiting, maybe even around the world.


And finally, a few fun questions... what's your favourite food?
Hmm, is all food an answer?!  Probably chocolate! 


and your favourite item of clothing?
I have a tailored Esprit blazer that I absolutely wear to death! I would have to say it’s probably a favourite. I can dress it up with some black pants, a shirt and heels or dress it down with a flannelette shirt and ripped boyfriend jeans.


What are your go-to pair of shoes?
Boots. I literally have 10 times the amount of boots than I do summer shoes!

...aaand that's a wrap for today! You can check out Estella's fantastic work on her Facebook page or visit her Behance page for her current projects and full shoots. I hope you all enjoyed the second episode of many more interviews to come, I really love doing them. If you're an "up and coming" blogger, artist, musician/band, author or other photographers- anything...all you creative people out there (yes, you!) don't hesitate to contact me as I'd love to feature more and more interviews on here. Click here to view my previous interview with blogger Gladys Doris Dave.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
An Interview With Gladys Doris Dave

An Interview With Gladys Doris Dave


Gladys is the founder and voice behind Doris Dave, a personal style blog where she posts about her travels, outfits and other life happenings. The blog was started back in 2011 as a bit of fun but now with over 1000 followers (Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin' combined) and over 5000 on LookBook, to say her blog has been a success would be an understatement. Gladys is a belgian/filipino/german, graphic design student based in Ghent in Belgium and she was kind enough to answer some questions and give us an insight into the life of a personal style blogger...

What made you want to start a blog?

I started blogging when I was in high school, it wasn't anything serious. Just a blog with bits and bobs about life that I shared with friends. But in the summer before my first year of college, I travelled to Stockholm with a friend. And this city just changed my view of fashion and creativity. During that time, I was following tons of other fashion and personal style bloggers. That triggered me to create my own too!

Is there a particular person, era or thing that inspires your style? 

My school and my friends are the ones that inspire me the most.

What will be your three key wardrobe pieces for Autumn 2014?

Oversized coats, fedora hats and chunky oversized sweaters! 

Vintage or high-street- which do you prefer and why?

Both! I think it's a great way to mix and match. A vintage piece is perfect and mostly unique, so you won't see others wearing the same thing!

Which are you three favourite outfits from your blog? 



When you're not blogging, what do you like to do in your spare time?

Probably messing around with Indesign, Illustrator or Photoshop with some rap playing in the background. Besides that I like to hang out in cafes and pubs with friends!

What's your favourite fashion magazine?

I don't particularly have a favourite. Here are some of the ones I like: ELLE, Purple Fashion Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland magazine...

Has blogging given you any exciting opportunities?

Yes! Loads of new adventures! It has given me the opportunity to work on different projects, like YSL Black Opium (more soon on the blog), Ghentstreets (www.ghentstreets.com)..., but also meeting other creative people!

Who is your target reader for your blog?

People that are interested in fashion and art.

And finally, what advice would you give to would-be bloggers?

Create a clean theme, take quality pictures, write about what you love, be consistent, socialize... and have fun with it!
You can check out Gladys's blog here where you can browse through her blog archive and find all the links to her other social networks too. What did you think of this post? More interviews in the future on this blog I'm thinking!

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