Wedding Fever with a touch of Reading Street style...

Royal Wedding fever swept Reading Vintage Fair too last weekend, in amidst the big build up to the big day. Vintage Wedding assembles galore ... 

I do hope Kate does indeed opt for a Vintage Wedding gown...  

Vintage Floral prints are a real treat: 

The stallholders embraced the summer sun in their floral print dresses and tops L>R:  Ali from Frock&Roll, Victoriah & Nat from Out-of-Time-vintage Georgina of Georgina's Vintage,  and the lovely Debbie. 

Stylish individuals from french Parisian chic left, lovely ladies on her travels from France and Elegant Mother & daughter centre.

Accessories envy with this beautiful girls wide brimmed hat and the ladies woven clutch, ease summer looks that look incredibly effortless yet full score on the style meter.

Some Vintage shoppers chilling out to the sounds of acoustic music. 


Easter Day Treat - Reading Vintage Fair

You know when the months do really fly by when the Reading Vintage Fair monthly installment comes whizzing back around again. It was unfortunate that I was unable to attend the March Fair, so I endeavored that I would not miss my vintage fix yet again and on the most beautifully sunny, Easter afternoon I attended with my Mum the April Sunday Fair. 

Being on Easter Sunday there was a more relaxed atmosphere in the town centre with most of the shops shut, it was the perfect time to take advantage and shop some vintage (and Easter) treats. 

It was great to see some friendly stallholders and shopper faces as well as so lovely new additions to this months fair... one of them being the lovely Alexandra of Dolly vintage.    
She had a great selection which greeted you by the door, from gorgeous selection of dresses, floaty blouses, laid back tees and faithful leather satchels; including a Balenciaga and Mulberry number which I would die to own! 
Trying on a few delights from her rail I decided in the end on a pleated white floral number: (below).  
Yes I know, dare I say it an 80's dress, yes the era people love to hate but thankfully no shoulder pads in sight! technically being born in the 80's does that now mean I am now classified as vintage too? 

The dress I think will great for warm summer days, and would be perfect for a summer event... I need a wedding to attend now... 

DollyVintage new site dollyvintage.com is due to launch in May... so keep your eye out as I too I willl be waiting with baited breath... bank balance be ready.  

There was also some really lovely homeware bits and pieces added into mix (see more photos below) and I can't help but indulgent in my trinket obsession and picked up this little glass dish with a very pretty painted lid (right).  Fits perfectly I must say with my other vintage perfume bottles and with my egg blue walls.  The dish as stallholder Debbie suggested would be ideal for hairband and grips... so I have no filled it with exactly that, tidying up my dressing table in such style. 

My Faithful favourites were also at the purple turtle, Anna from Betsy and Sue Vintage, Georgina of Georgina's Vintage,  and the lovely Ali was downstairs with her mini Frock&Roll boutique. Venture outside in the glorious sunshine courtyard filled with yet more vintage stalls, and the delish White Rabbit Bakery where there with there was white Easter bunny biscuits adorning the towering pretty cupcakes. 

Live music filled the air as the talented signers and acoustic acts graced the stage.    

It was the best way to spend a lovely Easter Sunday, make sure you don't miss your vintage fix and head down to the May Fair, end of next month. 

If you are in the Oxford area, lucky you as the Reading Vintage Fair is infact on it's travels and will be arriving at the Purple turtle near you on 15th May. Find out more: VINTAGENIE presents Wonderous Pop up Vintage at Oxford If you are interested in selling or performing be sure to get in touch with the organisers. 


Anita's Vintage Fair & Lipcote Film

ANITA'S VINTAGE FASHION FAIRS - Mother's Day Special with Lipcote Film

Celebrating its 7th annual Spring Fair, the ever - anticipated AVFF is devoted to offering the ultimate, most authentic, vintage fashion experience.

Anita Bott, founder of the original Vintage Fashion Fairs in Battersea & Notting Hill, recognised the importance of vintage fashion and has thrown her energy and enthusiasm in this direction for close to a decade. Nonplussed by the competition, she is delighted to invite you to any one of her fairs...

A Mother & Daughters Vintage Fair Special
20th March 2011
BAC, London

to all those involved, our beauty sponsor Lipcote, BAC and & those who kindly attended.


Music by Glenn Miller Stealing Apples

Filmed and edited by BrightRain Photographics.




Truly Coquetteful!

Lucky moi... myself and my good friend Kate attended the marvelous Coquette at Kettners last Saturday... read all about our exploits on the day at the What Katie did Blog or below: 

On the most glorious Saturday afternoon Myself (Zara: part-time WKD office assistant and fashion blogger) and Kate (Operations manager at WKD HQ), hot-footed it down to the rather fabulous Kettner’s in Soho for the very first Coquette. Based on the successful ‘Tart at 40 Winks’ we were all overjoyed to hear that the exquisitely dapper Mister Carter was expanding his afternoon of vintage treats to a larger yet just as suitably glamorous settings of the infamous Kettner’s of Soho. 
With the ’Dressiquette’ of simply looking ‘drop dead gorgeous’ we made sure we had our best glad rags on, matched with our vintage accessories and of course with our perfect underpinning of WKD Lingerie we did indeed feel every-inch glamorous.
Our map of delights


It's my birthday and I can cry if I want to!

Yes it is indeed it is my birthday *cough*...er....my "21st" and yes I have indeed been extremely spoilt! I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who sent me such lovely birthday wishes... feel very loved. 

I just wanted to share with you a few special gifts I received from work and my good friend Kate yesterday! She is an ever so talented little lady and handmade both of my gifts (below) which personally I think shows so much thought, consideration and effort, they are items to be cherished (well minus the sweets... which will not last long!)

So from the What Katie Did team was a beautifully decorated jar full of sugary favourites, with a Alice in Wonderland twist and a wooden vintage brooch on top... it is a little bit to good to eat I think.

A plea to all the talented web designers out there!

LOOKiNG FOR A ::: Website Designer/ Developer
Myself – 3rd Year Fashion Promotion Student 

I am looking for a talented designer to create a dynamic website, which will be part of my Final Major Project. The website I am after is to represent my creative vintage solutions agency, &7:

“&7 provides creative solutions for vintage brands, solving any press and marketing dilemmas.  It is often tough to market a Vintage or Retro aesthetic brand within contemporary society.  &7 bridges the gap between nostalgia & modernity, supplying clients with a unique stance in a versatile society.”

Unfortunately with not a web design bone in my body I would indeed struggle to create the vision for the agency into a live website, which would be a fantastic bonus for my FMP. I would love to be able to work with someone who feels they would be able to translate my ideas into reality and in turn produce some great work for themselves and their own portfolio.    

It would be an ideal project for any student, or a recent graduate, as it would not only help build experience but could be used for own projects and portfolio. &7 is a live project and is partnered with many industry clients therefore it will not only allow for great exposure, but there is also the possibility it could be displayed at Graduate Fashion Week.   
Hours: I have been advised that my proposed website should be achievable to develop within a few days.
Salary: £10p/h - negotiable
To apply: If you are, or know of anyone, who may be interested in this opportunity  please email me Zarayk@gmail.com. I am happy to discuss any aspect and provide still mock-ups of the proposed website for consideration.  
Closing date: Ideally to be completed before the beginning of May 2011 – (ideal project for over the Easter Break). 


Afternoon Tea at 28 Portland Place

Yesterday I was invited along to accompany Anita of AVFF to a rather lovely Afternoon tea at 28 Portland Place. Hosted by a events agency aptly known as 'It's The Agency' we were treated to a glorious afternoon of indulgence, champagne, canapes and of course meeting some great people. 
28 Portland Place as you can see is a beautiful historic building dating from 1775. Designed by the celebrated Scottish architects the Adam Brothers it is one of the finest surviving town houses of its type. It was nice to see that it had been sympathetically restored to maintain the character and tradition of the house with ornamental mirrors, sparkling chandeliers and magnificent fireplaces in every spectacular room. 

We were greeted with a champagne reception in the grand Adam Room, accompanied by the beautiful sound of string quartet, Bryden Strings, to which we were then led into the interconnecting Sainsbury Room (below). An extremely beautiful and elegant room with large floor-to-ceiling bay windows, it truly does have the mind running wild with the possibilities of what such a room could cater for... ideal for a corporate presentation or perhaps a wedding... (must get a hat!)

Up the magnificent staircase which has the most breathtaking glass ceiling, we entered the extensive Halbern & Heggie Suite where a full array of afternoon treats by Ampersand awaited us. The selection of precisely cut finger sandwiches,  delicious smoked salmon canapes,  homemade fruit tartlets and elegant victoria sponge were all truly mouth-watering and extremly well presented. The regal chocolate cakes hinted to 'It's The Agency' prime role in the Royal Garden Party; lucky enough to sample such delights the food indeed matched the exquisite reputation. 

After sipping on tea the option to have your tea leafs read by the enlightening fortune teller was avaliable in the grand entrance hall, predicting the bright futures for all the guests. 

The gift bag with spring daffs and branded sweets. The 'It's The Agency' & Ampersand Team.

The beautiful surroundings of 28 Portland Place perfectly partners the traditional with the modern. The versatile and luxurious townhouse rooms are fit for any occasion. 

To find out more about this splendid townhouse or alternative venues in the capital,  It's The Agency can organise any and arrange your every events needs: