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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Fair-y tales

Contrary to my last couple of posts, this visit to London hasn’t been all about silent films. There have been vintage fair to go to.

The North London Vintage Fair marked the opening of the Hornsey Town Hall in the Crouch End area of north London. The 1935 Modernist building that has been closed for years (but used as a film and tv location) is now being redeveloped as an arts center. I only saw the hallways that housed the vintage fair, but I’ve read that the rooms still have their original furnishings and details.

I've not seen the 'Lori ann' label before. I drooled over a medieval/peasant maxi dress offered by Lady Jane’s Vintage Bandwagon.

Lady Jane’s also offered a mind-blowing selection of original posters.


And I was photographed by stylist Tamara Cincik, also selling vintage clothing and other items.

The next day was the Bethnal Green Affordable Vintage Fair. I’m finding that I gravitate to the same styles of vintage clothes. So, although Bottle Green Vintage had a 1970s olive green dress that fit me perfectly, I didn’t buy it. It was just too similar to things I already own. I guess it’s time to either stop acquiring or get rid of things I already have. Do you find that your clothes are all starting to look alike?

The label on the dress is 'Wendy.'I had to snap a pic of the adorable dress and vest outfit worn by Bottle Green's proprietor, Zoe. I love A-line skirts and puffy sleeves.

Photo by Hollie of H.E.R. VintageI was wearing the 1970s St. Michael’s faux-patchwork velveteen skirt (that I bought on my Second to None excursion with Vix and Annie last year) when Hollie of H.E.R. Vintage took my photo for her “best dressed ladies of 2014” list. 

No way will I be able to cart all of these big, heavy books home. I bought nothing at the vintage fairs but scored some great fashion reference books--and one on the Green Man--at the local library, each just £1 or 2. ($1.50 – 3.00).

Pretty low-key Christmas festivities going on here. We’ve got vegan panettone purchased at Amico Bio, a Harold and Maude DVD to watch, and a decorated dragon tree (with some token gifts; mine purchased at charity shops). Tomorrow, it’s a veganized version of Nigel Slater’s vegetarian Christmas dinner

Happy holidays to you and yours!


Reader Comments (4)

happy christmas! i love harold and maude! how festive!
we are having vegan lasagne tomorrow.xx

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersian

Hey, Crouch End -- we went through there on the 134 bus (when I pointed out Alexandra Palace). I didn't know the old town hall was so pretty, though, I must explore that area more next year.

Have a great christmas (I love Harold & Maude!) Maybe we can meet up and actually have that tea before you go back to the States next month instead of me being so worn out from (not) shopping that I have to bail on you... (still sorry about that!)

December 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I walked last that building in Crouch End when I was in London in August (didn't go in though, but it looks very stylish).
I think we are all drawn to certain styles which have a particular appeal - either cut or colour or fabric - but I don't mind that so much. I have a load of maxi skirts and dresses, for example, but they are all different, so I don't feel they are clones of each other (and I am happy to continue collecting!) I love your Second to None patchwork print skirt and the orange blouse. Great haul of books too.
PS. Your recent comment has shown up on my blog, you'll be glad to know - thanks for that! xxx

December 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

You certainly deserve to be part of the best dressed ladies list! I remember how thrilled you were to find that skirt in second To None. June sends her love, by the way!
Those books look great and I love that Groupie poster. xxx

December 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVix

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