For the Love of Vintage: An Interview with Vintageholic

If you’re new here, you may have seen a couple of the other interviews in my For the Love of Vintage series. Firstly, I interviewed The Vintage Beauty Spot on her passion for historic style and then I said a few words about what vintage means to me. Last time, Kariss from Shy, Strange Manic spoke about her love for 50’s clothing.

This week, we have Marianna, a self-confessed vintageholic and blogger.

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British Retro Fashion with Lindy Bop

I purchased the Marion dress from Lindy Bop in their sale around a month or so ago, and I have honestly been in love ever since. It has been a staple for many of my summer occasions, from Aaron’s graduation, to a classical music festival and even my 21stbirthday. The photos below were actually taken on my birthday at York Summer Fair – I thought the retro aesthetic was the perfect backdrop for this vintage inspired piece.

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A Peak Inside My Retro Kitchen

So I just moved into my new house, that is my first house that I’m not renting as a student. A bit scary, because now I have to organise all my own bills and make sure I’m earning enough money to cover them, but we’ll worry about that later. Today I’m here to talk about my cute new kitchen! Now, I’ll probably reorganise this a little when my new housemate moves in, however, at the moment I’m loving having the space to set out my own bits and bobs and make the place my own. Anyway, I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking…Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
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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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Squeezing the last drop out of summer with Sass and Belle*

Sass and Belle are always my first choice when it comes to gifts, party and homeware (I’ve featured them in a few of my student guide posts) – they have some stunning vintage and shabby chic inspired items that myself (and my mum) are slowly collecting!  Now, the weather this bank holiday weekend isn’t looking too pretty and with forecasts of rain and showers across the UK I thought I’d bring summer indoors! 
I’ve chosen some of my favourite Sass and Belle items to create a gorgeous tea/garden party vibe in my own living room! 


I am in love with this cute Arrow Chalkboard  and when I saw it online I instantly imagined ‘Tea Party This Way’ scribbled across it!  I think it would look great nailed to a tree or a garden wall but hanging it off a door handle or entwining it with a floral garland works just as well. I think chalk boards are such a cute but useful tool and you can use them to remind yourself of everyday errands or spread positivity – I recently bought my mum this Wooden Heart Chalk Board and my cat-loving best friend the Cat Chalkboard.Talking about floral garlands Sass and Belle do some real stunners! I picked out this Cream Rose Garland as I think it will be versatile during all the seasons – I know it’s a bit early but I’m thinking with some fairy lights the cream roses will look very festive!
Another way of bringing the garden indoors is by using bunting and this Meadow Floral Bunting does not disappoint. It is absolutely gorgeous and would brighten up even the plainest of walls – string it up on a garden fence or around the kitchen table, you really cannot go wrong with a bit of bunting. There are plenty more patterns and shapes on their online store, I have my eye on the British Birds Bunting because it’s so different from anything I’ve seen before and I know my mum would love the Green Owl Bunting



I’m a firm believer in that it’s not a party until there’s cake and despite my somewhat “rustic” cake decorating skills this Bohemian Cake Stand steals the show. The Bohemian range is not something I’d immediately go for but I have definately been won over by the bright patterns and colours. The best part is that this cake stand even has my boyfriends seal of approval! You can now see why I don’t run a food blog right?


Last but definately not the least are these cute Hanging Hearts which are perfect for subtly adding a vintage twist to any room! You can hang these off of door/cupboard handles, in your window or just display them similar to how I have done on my cake stand. Sass and Belle have such a great range of these little hang-y things and they’re perfect for gifts too – I think I have bought my mum every single hang-y owl that they sell! Pictures above is the Vintage Floral Hanging Heart in Pink and Cream and the Audrey Mini Hanging Hearts.
I hope this post inspired you to bring your summer garden party’s indoors whilst the weather is miserable and I hope that you’re all enjoying your bank holiday weekend! 
Lastly a huge thank you to Sass and Belle for allowing a very loyal customer to review some of their items, it has truly been fantastic!
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Shpock – The flea market at your fingertips!

Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t get much better than losing an afternoon wandering round a vintage fair or market, but as adulthood is slowly creeping up on me I find I have increasingly less afternoons to spare. So naturally I was very interested (not to mention excited) when I heard about the fairly new app Shpock – ‘The boot sale app in your pocket’. This amazing app allows you to float through a world of pre-loved items whether you are on the train or scrolling through your phone at 4am with one eye open.

Since launching in March 2014, Shpock has helped 1 million people in the UK alone give their unwanted items a new home – everyone’s a winner! You can view items in your local area and chat with sellers instantly to agree a price or collection. 

Shpock Selections

Listing an item takes less than 30 seconds

But it’s not all about buying; listing an item is also simple! All you have to do is take a picture of what you’re selling, write a little bit about it and it becomes instantly visible to Shpock users in your area! I’m finding it very useful after having a huge clear out of clothes this summer. A recent study has shown the average British household hordes a £517 worth of stuff* – that could be used for a holiday, a whole new wardrobe or this months rent?! 
My favourite feature of this app has to be its free listing – yes you heard correctly, Shpock does not charge you at all – the app is free, selling is free and listing is free! Talking about free, the app also has a ‘Free Stuff’ section!

Find vintage gems in your area

 So if you need to earn some cash or just love vintage I would definitely recommend Shpock – it’s available on the App store and Google Play!  
*according to a study completed by YouGov and commissioned by Shpock.

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