Brick Lane Beauties

A week or two ago I had an invite from the lovely Alison at Silly Old Sea Dog to a totally tropical pop up shop in Brick Lane. In collaboration with several other amazing ladies, the shop was opening for four days, offering pin up styling and cute accessories.

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Fantastic Window Display

Thursday night was the bloggers and press night, so I duly said thank you and started looking for my train tickets.

I arranged to take a couple of hours off work and booked a seat on the 3.30pm train. I took my outfit and accessories to work and hastily changed in the ladies toilet. One of my male work colleagues who has never see me out of my work uniform, told me “You Scrub up Okay” so I guess that meant I looked presentable!

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Even my Fan matched!

Sitting in First Class (it was only a £5 to upgrade) I sat with the latest book on the go, and enjoyed tea and biscuits listening to some music. What a way to travel!

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First Class Time

I arrived in St Pancras an hour later and had arranged to meet with a lovely blogger friend, Diana from FatFemmeFabulous . She was coming from a different part of London so we picked a bar on Brick Lane and agreed that whoever arrived first got a table.

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The Golden Pineapple

I travelled across to Liverpool Street Station, before walking through Spitalfields to Brick Lane. Spotting Diana we went to say hello to Alison before going to the bar to have a drink and wait for the event to start at 6pm.

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Perfect Vintage Setting

The bar was called The Golden Pineapple and had a very vintage vibe to it. We sat around a little table on a vintage sofa set, decorated with pineapples. The chairs were some of the deepest, most reclined I have ever sat on, and I ended up perching on the edge as when I tried to sit back, I ended up like this!

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A little bit reclined!

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Perching

They had a little black book of cocktails and I decided to try the Governors Ice Tea, a blend of  Gobernador Pisco, Rhubarb Liqueur, white wine & pear syrup. It was stunning!

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The Governors Ice Tea

We had our drink and then left to go to the event. Alison and the other ladies had outdone themselves with the layout and decorations, it looked smashing. There was even a beautiful vintage lady DJ who was blasting out some great music.

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Hey DJ

We mingled around for a couple of moments before Alison started to introduce us to the brands and their owners. Zoe, Ronke, XXX and XXX and the two ladies who were modelling for them that evening XXX and XXX

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Some of the Owners

Starting at the beginning we perused rails of gorgeous dresses, swimwear and tables of accessories. Tropical punch and popcorn was offered and we munched away whilst exclaiming over all the wonderful items.

For Luna Swimwear had  perfect vintage looking  costumes, both in style and print. Many of the one piece retro swimsuits go up to a size 24, and bikinis to size 18. They were so beautiful and I found myself lusting over a couple of them.

We moved onto Geek La Chic who had everything from Louis Theroux T-shirts to Disney Dresses. Pin badges, patches and even shoes caught our eye. I may have picked up a Harry Potter dress for Little Chick as it was too good to miss out on.

I may have picked up a Harry Potter dress for Little Chick as it was too good to miss out on.

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Harry Potter!!!

Ronke who owns and designs all the clothing for LoveURlook was someone I had met on several occasions. Her dresses are simply beautiful but sadly I am a little to large for them, as they go up to around a size 22.

It didn’t stop me from lusting after them all though!

Another new company to me, was the awesome Zoe Vine who had a wonderful range of dresses in gorgeous colours. My favourite had to be this beautifully draped dress in a striking Petrol Blue

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Zoe Vine

Some of her designs do go up to a 20, however most of them are size 16 maximum. It was still lovely to see them in all their glory!

Lastly of course was Silly Old Sea Dog with all her amazing prints and fabrics. At this point Alison told us that the range will mainly be up to a size 24, however she can do larger sizes on commission and for a small amount extra.

This is something that I have taken advantage of in the past with my mermaid print dress, which came out amazingly well.

I think that I would find it very hard to choose one to order, as I had around four favourite prints, especially the vegetable one!

We spent quite awhile perusing all the items before being joined by Hayley from Curvesandcurl who I hadn’t seen in quite awhile. We had a good catch up before the amazing George from Fullerfigurefullerbust arrived.

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PS Babes

Queue a dress trying on session which ended up with Hayley looking adorable in this pineapple print SOSD dress, and George in a red Gingham cactus dress from LoveURlook.

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Hayley in Pineapples

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Georgina in Cactus Gingham

Sadly it was all too soon to say our goodbyes to the pop up shop, and Diana and I returned to The Golden Pineapple for a diet coke before leaving to catch my train home.

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Diana and I

The evening sadly had come to an end, and I made my way back to the train station to get back home. I was absolutely starving so popped to Prime Burger at the station, and sat in my first class seat chomping down on this huge burger.

What a way to travel!

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Prime Burger

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  • Ayesha Farhad

    I love the blue hair on your Tanya! you looked absolutely gorgeous! and hey! First class travel is the best, innit? I love the SOSD dress! My favourite!

    • Thank you Ayesha! It was only supposed to be an 8 wash thing… three weeks later it is still here! X

  • Oh wow what an amazing sounding shop, I love your dress, that colour is beautiful and you teamed your hair with it FAB!

  • Jessica Lynn Martin

    The shop sounds amazing. It looks like you all had a wonderful time. I love the dresses in the pictures. I am in love with your dress! I love the butterflies! I love the pictures you took at the bar as well.

    • I have had this dress for a couple of years now, but I still love it. The shop was fantastic and I can’t wait for her to do another one x

  • Mellissa Williams

    What an interesting night. I love the Zoe Vine petrol blue dress! It’s gorgeous

  • Melanie

    Wow how vibrant, how exciting. Love the gingam dresses too…my fav 🙂 x

    • I wish they had that in my size. I would have bought it! X

  • The shop looks fantastic! And I LOVE your outfit and hair.

  • Ah, I’m so gutted I couldn’t make this – it looks like you had a wonderful time!

    C x
    CurvyGirlThin.com

  • It looks like an amazing event, I love all the dresses you looked great also I do love that dress x

  • It looks like you had so much fun at the event, I loved seeing the beautiful dresses and gorgeous styles! 🙂

    • Me too…. Just makes me want to buy them all though! x

  • What a fun day! What more could a girl want than having out with other cool bloggers, trying on pretty dresses, taking a train ride, and having a few tasty treats along the way. (ps: you look radiant in blue) x

    • I know, right! It was a good giggle and I enjoyed myself. Thank you too, the dress is one of my favourites x

  • Becca Talbot

    Sounds and looks like you had an amazing evening, from travelling 1st Class to seeing all your friends and the gorgeous dresses. You look amazing too! x

  • Hannah Latoya Bond

    I love that dress you are wearing, the color is fab and it looks amazing on you

  • what a super event! i love pop up shops and even more so when they are so very niche as i always find new discoveries in them. I am so loving the vintage angle of dresses. being plus sized i always thought i couldnt do dresses and now i am not not so sure!

    • I wear a size 24/26 and I only ever wear dresses and the occasional vintage style skirt. Why not give it a try Jaime? xx

  • Deborah Nicholas

    omg what a fabulous shop and i love that dress on the right in the first picture!

  • OK I love how ridiculously matchy your outfit, hair and accessories are, so much love! I’m glad you had fun, I haven’t met Diana IRL yet but I so want to

    • You know me honey… take it to the extremes!! lol And Diana is blooming wonderful! I am sure you would get on like mad xx

  • Jo Smith

    I just LOVE your retro style. Absolutely smashing it! xx