York May 2016

York is one of my favourite places, so I obviously jumped at the chance to visit for a couple of days with my parents. I had just handed in my dissertation and was ready for a much-needed rest before the final push of third year. It was perfect; we shopped, drank lots of tea and finished the weekend off with a huge roast at Middletons Hotel. I thought I’d share some of my pictures of the weekend here on my blog.

Lovely tea and an omelette at The Drawing Board
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York Does Vintage

I recently attended York Does Vintage, one of the several Britain Does Vintage fairs that take place across the country. In the beautiful setting of York’s Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, the fair tied two of my favourite things together – vintage and history. The grade 1 listed building has a rich history, dating back to 1357 and houses extraordinary collections of furniture, paintings and silverware.

The oak beams in the main hall create the perfect setting for a vintage fair. Britain Does Vintage put on multi-award winning fairs across the whole of Britain. Offering vintage clothing, homeware and accessories as well as retro inspired designs from a wide range of eras and styles. In the main hall, there was also pop up tearoom and live music to add to the ‘olden day’ vibe.

 

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Hope and Glory Co. Coffee Cupping Event

Hope and Glory Coffee Co is a North Lincolnshire coffee company set up by coffee lovers for coffee lovers” and I was lucky enough to attend their ‘Coffee Cupping’ Launch night on the 22nd of April. A strange time to ‘get caffeinated’ for most but I love coffee so I was super excited! The night included a lot of interesting filtering demonstrations (involving a French Press, Kalita, Aeropress and Syphon) by their ‘Taster’, Kieran and of course we got to judge the end result! Then we were shown a coffee roasting demonstration by ‘Q Grader’ Rebekah! Who knew coffee was so scientific and technical? 
At the moment you can get coffee beans and ground coffee from Columbia, Peru and Ethiopia to name a few at an affordable price on their website. To see more of Hope and Glory please visit their website www.hopeandglorycoffee.co.uk. They also have a Twitter, Facebook and Instagram page! 

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One of the many coffee filtering demonstrations!

Before and after roasting.

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Hull Fashion Week – WI Clothes Swap

Being slightly obsessed with second hand clothes you’d be suprised to learn that I have never attended a clothes swap, well until now at least. The WI Clothes Swap was just another exciting activity at the Hull Fashion Week Finale. As one of the main focuses at this years HFW was most defiantly reworked and vintage clothes, the clothes swap fitted perfectly into the day. I feel clothes swaps are such a brilliant idea; everyone has excess clothes and sometimes I feel quite bad about how many clothes I have but don’t want or wear. Of course you can obviously sell them on or give them to a charity, however if you’re wanting to do something a bit different then a clothes swap is just for you! I don’t understand why these things are not more popular, Charley from Ramblings of a Beauty Blogger managed to bag herself 2 items for just £2! I also just want to say about how fab it is that this was a Women’s Institute clothes swap! I’ve been interested in the WI for quite a while as I can see it being a really cool and empowering thing to be involved in, what do you think? 

If you’d like to know more about Hull Fashion Week please visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HullFashionWeek 
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Hull Fashion Week 2015 – Vintage Market

If you’ve been reading this blog for even a few minutes you’ll know that I love anything vintage! So I was very pleased to hear that, whilst the fantastic catwalk show was taking place in Hull’s City Hall during the Hull Fashion Week Finale, there was a quaint little vintage market going on as well. Many of Hull’s own boutiques and other alternative stores set up shop in the sunny Queen Victoria Square including one of my favourites, The Magpie’s Den as well as Asylum IndustriesBritish Red Cross and Chinese Laundry. As the catwalks were showcasing pieces from many of these brands it was a brilliant opportunity to be able to walk outside and have a look around the shops themselves. 

If you’d like to know more about Hull Fashion Week please visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HullFashionWeek 
If you’d like to read my post on the catwalks themselves then click here. Keep your eyes peeled for my post on the WI Clothes Swap! 
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Hull Fashion Week Finale 2015

After attending the Hull Fashion Week Finale last year and having an amazing time I was excited to be invited back to be part of the Bloggers Hub! With a huge focus on reworking/upcycling vintage clothes, the catwalks were refreshing to see and obviously right up my street. Hull’s own Poor Boy Boutique even showed the crowd how you can ‘upcycle’ an old pair of jeans into a brand new pair of shorts or a skirt. The ‘Made in Hull’ catwalk was probably my personal favourite as it showcased what Hull, a city close to my heart, has to offer. With clothes from The Little Cobbled Street, Beasley’s, Cock of the Walk and many more one can definitely say that Hull has quite a lot to offer! In contrast to the local independent brands there were also plenty of pieces from the new collections of New Look, House of Fraiser and Topshop where you can purchase anything from occasion wear to festival wear! Anyway enough of me rambling on, I’ll let my photos speak for themselves. 

















If you’d like to know more about Hull Fashion Week please visit their website and follow them on Twitter @HullFashionWeek 
I will also be posting about the WI clothes swap and the vintage market which were going on alongside the fantastic catwalks, so keep your eyes peeled! 
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