Vintage Ladies hit the City

As some of you may recall, in the past I have been a keen supporter of “The British Belles” annual Pin Up Picnic in the Park and have attended every one, even though due to the British weather only one of them has been in a park!

So, I was excited to attend the latest picnic, due to be held in Hyde Park on July 29th. Later in the month than normal, it was hoped that the weather would be kind.

Quite a few ladies from a vintage group I belong to decided to all meet up and kill two birds with one stone; Vintage meet plus picnic!

Alas with only a few days to go the venue was changed to a venue in Shoreditch as the forecast wasn’t looking too good.

Whilst this was a good idea, sadly it put off a few people as the picnic aspect was taken away. However that doesn’t stop vintage girlies at all and we decided to turn up for a few hours and then possible meet our friends later in a suitable location.

I duly booked my train travel and then went into a meltdown over what I was going to wear! Torn between several of my outfits, I resorted to narrowing it down by discard outfits that I didn’t have a hat for.

Then I narrowed it down further to accessories including comfortable shoes, jewellery and bags until I was left with this corker of an ensemble, which happens to be one of my favourites.

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My Pin Up Picnic Outfit

Now, I was due to meet with the babe that is Boo and we arranged to have a spot of breakfast before we went onto the event.

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First Class to London

We then hopped on the tube and arrived at Old Street just in time to meet up with Kelly and Marge. We were waiting for another few ladies so hung around in the tube station, looking a little salubrious!

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Pin Ups on Parade

Eventually there were a dozen or so of us and we decided to walk along to the venue which was around a 5-8 minute walk from Old Street.

Arriving at the destination, Barrio in Shoreditch we were stopped by a photographer who took a large group photo of us all, which was an experience!

Going into the venue, I was amazed to see how fabulous it looked! Bright colours and amazing decor really set the day off to a good start and a perfect place to hold a vintage event!

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All the drinks!

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Funky lights

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Fabulous decor

Boo was again my official shoe “putter onner” leading to this delightful photo, Not!

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My Shoe Putter Onner

One of the highlights of the room was the caravan that had been cut up and banquette seating put in. We quickly sequestered ourselves in it. It had the most amazing wallpaper; badgers, squirrels, sloths and more, with fans, shisha pipes, handbags and playing musical instruments. Just perfect!

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Caravan of Love

The other highlight was the outside area. Jewelled coloured, with silk flowers woven everywhere. A parrot mural and gold iguanas decorated walls. It really was a great place to take photographs.

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Outside area

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Iguanas and Hibiscus

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The Beautiful Boo

The bar had put on some special cocktails for the event, brilliantly priced at ยฃ5.50 each which is pretty amazing for London. I had a “Papa don’t preach” which was two kinds of rum and peach juice. It was actually really nice and didn’t last too long.

We all sat chatting and catching up, taking photographs and sharing vintage tips and as is usual, complimenting each others clothing, hair, bags, accessories etc.

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Selfies!

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Ladies who chat….

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Kelly and Anita

I went back to the bar, this time deciding to have a Wray and Nephew Rum and coke. This was the first unpleasant shock of the day. ยฃ10 for a rum and coke. Well, I was a little taken aback, especially given how well priced the cocktails were. I then decided that I wouldn’t be having very many more drinks at that price.

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Chereeka looking wisful

Secondly the bar staff left a lot to be desired. When you get a large group of people all turning up at the same time, you expect to queue. It is part of the British way, and we are excellent queuers. However, when the bar is 20 deep and there are three bartenders and two suddenly decided to go on a cigarette break, leaving one poor guy on his own, it shows a level of “not giving a damn” about your paying customers.

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Lovely Ladies

The poor guy who was left on his own was serving two or three people at a time. How he remembered everyone’s order amazed me, and he was excellent at his job. It’s just sad that he had more dedication to his job than the other staff.

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Lucy in Lilac

The third bit of unpleasantness came when I had gone to sit and chat with a group of girls I know from a vintage Facebook group.

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The amazing Ruby Moon and her husband

Mel was sat with a small baby in her arms, fast asleep. Of course, I went into cuteness meltdown and was asking Mel about the little one. Her mum was sat next to Mel and was packing her things up.

It turned out that the Mum had been told by a member of staff that the baby was not welcome in the establishment and she needed to leave.

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Stunning Style

When this happened, the mum was actually discretely breastfeeding her baby (with no flesh on show) and she quite rightly refused to leave in the middle of the feed. She was told quite rudely that she needed to leave and this left her a little upset.

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My Old Pal, Phil – Photographer extraordinaire!

Her baby fell asleep, causing no fuss or problem and the staff member came back and told her to go.

Now, in my opinion (and it is only mine) there is a way of handling things in a compassionate, professional way. Telling someone they are not allowed in the bar can be handled much better by maybe saying “I am so sorry but for reason XYZ we are not allowed children in the venue etc”

Boo was thinking… she actually had a great time!

Telling someone to leave will never be pleasant but there is a much better way of handling it, than the way it was done.

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Holly and Linz looking beautiful

Even so, I can appreciate that maybe children are not allowed, however after this lovely lady left (thankfully she lived in London so hadn’t travelled a great distance to come to the event) my friends and I spotted another 3 or 4 little girls aged around 7-10 who were with their mums at the event.

It seemed to be one rule for one…. one rule for another!

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Chereeka and Miss Victory Violet

This did indeed put a dampener on the day. I felt so sorry for this lovely lady, who just wanted a bit of adult vintage company at what was advertised as family friendly, yet was told unceremoniously to leave.

Not polite vintage like behaviour at all!

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Me and Leanda loving life!

This is in no way a dig at the fabulous organisers, The British Belles. They do an amazing job and raise lots of money for charity by arranging these meetings. Sadly due to the unpredictable English weather, the decision to hold it inside a bar at the last minute meant that the event could still go ahead.

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Posing with Leanda and Chereeka

In all fairness, the venue was absolutely stunning. The decor and quirky seating made for a great photo background and we were all having a great time.

It was just such a shame that the attitudes of the staff let an otherwise perfect location down.

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Arty decor

Sadly, a large group of us then decided we had enough and made our way over to Camden with a view to grabbing a bite to eat, but the rain defeated us.

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The toilets and a sneaky selfie

This meant that the day drew to a quicker conclusion than normal, as we usually stay right until the last minute at the Party venue.

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Boo, Mel, Me and Sonia

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the event for the most part, it was just sad that a couple of things let it down. I hope The British Belles hold another event around Christmas time as they are one of the highlights of my vintage calendar.

And let’s face it, pretty dresses, cocktails and vintage pals meeting up will always be a delight.

Thanks as always to Chereeka of Papow & Floย and her hubby the lovely Nick @darktechsupport for the use of some of their photos and also Kellycupcake and Leanda

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  • This looks like SO much fun. I might have to come along to the next one!

  • Laura Dove

    Ohh this looks like such a fun event! You all look amazing, your outfit is fab!

  • What a brilliant fun event (although I totally agree, asking the mum to leave sounds really bad). You and Boo look beautiful.

  • Mummy Times Two

    This looks like such a brilliant event, what a fun idea to cut a caravan up!

  • You all looked amazing, I love the print of your skirt x

  • Hayley

    This looks like such a great day out! I love your skirt!

  • Oh my goodness what an amazing looking day out, you look fabulous! It sounds like a great even to make it to even if it isn’t in a park ๐Ÿ™‚

  • WOW! This event is right up my street. You look so lovely and everyone attending certainly looked the part. Any reason to dress up for day has my vote ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This looks like a lovely event and a great reason to dress in your fabulous outfit! It is a shame about the staff at the venue, hopefully it won’t be your lasting memory of the day x

  • That is a gorgeous dress on you. Orange suits you so much. x

  • You all look so fabulous! That dress is really pretty, and the colour really suits you x

  • Jennifer Eastwell

    I love all your dresses! You all look amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ I particularly like the pink rosy one!

  • Sounds like a good event but it’s such a shame that the venue wasn’t great x

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    It looks like you had an amazing time. I love the fruit dress – orange really suits you.

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Shame about the venue though ๐Ÿ™

  • beautykinguk

    Despite the venue not being great, you always all look like you have had an amazing time!

  • Madeeha

    I loved all the dresses and so happy to see the nice smiling faces. You ladies rock!!!

  • Melanie Edjourian

    The dresses all look amazing!!! Such vibrant colours and gorgeous styles. Sounds like you had fun but it’s a shame the lady with the baby was turned away especially as other children were there.

  • Everyones dresses look amazing, so vibrant and very stylish too! Shame about venue not being brill but glad you all had a great day

  • Becca Talbot

    Barrio looks like a great venue for a meet-up, the decor is fabulous, and perfect for your vintage/retro theme ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s a shame that Mel was singled out and told to leave because of the breast feeding. Perhaps you could contact the owner of the venue, explain the situation and how unprofessionally it was dealt with, and maybe make a case for them to have a dedicated breast feeding room/area. I know a lot of stores, bars and restaurants are doing this now ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • i absolutely adore your uniqueness and quirky looks , you look so amazing everytime i see your posts

  • Your days out always look like so much ๐Ÿ™‚ what a stunning dress and venue looks like a great time was had by all

  • Who needs the sun when everyone looks so great! Not just the clothes but everyone’s hair and accessories are all so fantastic!

  • Sarah Ann

    Looks like you had a wonderful day. I feel so sorry for the woman who has told to leave. That situation could have been handled so much better (and did not even need to happen in the first place).

  • This looks like such a fun and amazing day, everyone looks amazing! I love your dress, especially the print of the skirt! xo