This past weekend was my first-ever blogger meet-up, I descended on Walsall to hang out with Vix of Vintage Vixen. This was actually my second visit to Walsall, the first was about 22 years ago, when I stayed with friends of a friend. Back then my mission was the study of Victorian ceramic tiles. This time it was vintage and charity shopping. And, of course, meeting the doyenne of vintage fashion blogs.
Vix’s experienced eye honed in on the gems at Second to None. She found a purplish-brown taffeta maxi that suited me but had a non-working zipper (photo on Vix’s blog here). Sadly, I opted not to buy it. But, then, knowing my predilection for medieval-inspired double sleeves, Vix showed me a dress that she had previously tried on.
With its v-neckline, butterfly-over-bell sleeves, and purplish-blue print, this maxi dress is right up my alley. And at £14, a deal for so much fabulousness.
Before hitting Second to None, we blasted through the famous charity shops of Walsall.
Back at Vix’s for tea and house tour, to see where the blogging and sewing magic happen, view the legendary Wall of Misery and the much-admired patchwork curtains, drool over frocks and shoes, and more chatting. As many of you know, Vix is wise, warm, and so gosh-darn sweet!
Vix gave me this colorful Indian embroidery. She called it a waistcoat, but I‘m thinking this will be a new bag once I get back home and at the sewing machine.
The next day A. and I attended the West Midlands Vegan Festival. At the last minute, A. agreed to help out at the Vegetarian Guides table. (New London guide out next month!)
I bought some Beauty Without Cruelty brand eye make-up from Honesty cosmetics.
I also tried on Freerangers vegan footwear and am deciding whether to order these 1940s-inspired sandals in ‘claret’ or ‘aubergine.’
Before the Vegan Festival, I visited a couple charity shops in Wolverhampton and found this book on ‘Street Style’ for £1.50. It’s full of great images of mods, rockers, hippies, new romantics, and other 'style tribes.'
The next day we went to Birmingham. Unfortunately all the vintage clothing shops were closed.
We had a nice lunch at The Warehouse Café and made some purchases at the One Earth Shop.
Dessert was black olive and orange cake with vanilla soya ice cream and an orange and cherry sauce.
It started to rain so we took refuge in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, where we spent hours looking at the decorative arts. We cut short our visit to those galleries in order to see the exhibition, Love and Death: Victorian Paintings from the Tate.
We didn’t see the Pre-Raphaelite paintings, the Staffordshire hoard, or the William De Morgan tiles, so another trip to Birmingham is to be planned!
Thank you to everyone who complimented my coat, smile, stripey trousers and all the other nice things you said on Vix’s account of our meeting!