Category Archives: Fashion

Vintage joy at Judy’s

I was looking for that special something to wear. The dress that no-one else has, the accessory that dazzles and hints of untold stories. So I head off to Judy’s Vintage Fair.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair  only cost £2 to enter (under 12s are free). And it’s well worth it because you get access to the most eclectic range of beautiful dresses, quirky tops, classic jackets and more from the 1920s- 1980s.

A magpie’s dream

Judy's Vintage Fair in GlasgowI start with the one-off designer dresses that instantly cause me to imagine perfect occasions to wear them.

My dreaming is short-lived because I’m distracted by the collection of beautiful jewellery and gorgeous handbag. The embroidered Chinese design purse chants my name but I hold off looking for something to wear.

I’m enthralled by a little white jacket. I try it on, hold my breath but unfortunately my shoulders let me down.  Meanwhile my bargain hunters have gone off in search of the perfect shirt. Rummaging amongst racks of Hawaiian shirts and throwing some moves to the Elvis Presley soundtrack, they’ve clearly also fallen under the spell of the vintage fair.

There are plenty of stalls to find a vintage bargain. And I did! A silk skirt with a retro print, unlike anything in my wardrobe for only £10. I’m delighted and it’s been a truly wonderful shopping experience.

Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair comes back to Glasgow this Saturday at The Briggait (141 Bridgegate, G1 5HZ) from 12-5pm. Go discover your unique bargain and strike a pose.

– B

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Discover Glasgow’s design innovators

Rain or shine, Glasgow doesn’t falter.  Simply put, this city has style for miles.  Whether you’re West End vogue, city-centre slick, South Side style savvy or anywhere in between – flair is celebrated in all its many facets.

Glasgow revels in individual style

Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show 2012And while, yes, we’re considered one of the best shopping meccas outside London – our extraordinary and diverse panache isn’t merely about easy access to shops or High Street replication.

It’s about interpreting, experimenting and revelling in illustrious, individual expression.

And never more so than at Glasgow School of Arts’ annual Fashion Show.

This invigorating event showcases new and innovative designs by the art school’s talented third year textile students.  Last year’s show had me skipping all the way home and vowing to wear sculpted creations that would rival GaGa and be at home in the Tate.   This year’s show promises to be just as sensational, not least because it’s being hosted in the SWG3 studio warehouse – a fantastically creative space.

Go FROW* and discover Glasgow’s fashion talents close up

So what are you waiting for?  Get yourself FROW* and meet tomorrow’s design innovators today.  This style extravaganza is only happening on the 13 and 14 March (5pm, 7pm and 9pm), so snap up your tickets quick .  At only £5/7 a pop it’s a steal and even better – it goes towards funding their graduating exhibition at New Designers 2013 in London.

Enjoy dahling!

* FROW (Front Row)

– T

The Little Bird Market with big appeal

Vintage, craft, jewellery, trinket, clothing, cupcake, pretty, lovely, marvellous things heaven. 

Little Bird Market, Glasgow, ScotlandThat is how I would describe the utterly fabulous Little Bird Market at Sloan’s bar off Argyle Street (108 Argyle to be exact). 

I am literally like a kid in a sweet shop – well actually more like a kid in a cake shop because adding to the wonder is Mrs Sloan’s Cake Salon offering the most divine afternoon teas – dainty finger sandwiches, homemade scones and cakes served on beautiful china.

A treasure trove of local talent

Vintage and handmade clothes, jewellery, bags, accessories, cupcakes, stationery, cards, skincare, homeware and more.  This treasure trove shows off the talents of  local artists and specialises in the kinds of gifts that make people squeal with delight. Even better, it won’t make you shriek with pain because these treasures won’t break the bank.  

jewellery from little bird market, Glagow, Scotland

My fab finds at Little Bird Market

My only warning is that if you’re trying to buy for others – just accept that you can’t help but treat yourself.  It’s simply too good not to.  And at these prices why not.  Less than £ 20 later and I’m the jubilant owner of two fantastic rings (from the delightfully named hand over your fairy cakes), one vintage pearl and metallic broach (from love me again) and a vibrant, hand-crafted flower hair clip (from frayed at the edges).

Get yourself to the next event in November – or regret not going!

So if you haven’t been to the Little Bird Market, go – or regret it forever!   And if you’ve  already been, go again and spread the word.  I’ll certainly go back. 

The next event is happening on Sunday, 13 Nov noon – 5pm at Sloan’s Bar  (1st and 2nd floor) with another two events happening in December on the 4th and 11th, perfect for finishing up Christmas shopping or getting a little something special for yourself!

– T