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Rose Tinted Vintage

March 25, 2012

If you’re in or around Cardiff today, then head to the Woodville pub. The last Rose Tinted vintage fair is happening from 3 until 6pm. The girls who run it are passionate about raising money and cheap vintage clothing and they’re promising that, this time, their fair will be bigger and better than previous fairs.
I hope to see you there!


International Women’s Day celebrations

March 13, 2012

Last week, I attended the Oxfam Boutique’s fashion show which they held in celebration of International Women’s Day. As part of it, they held an auction to raise some funds for the cause, with a dress donated by Alex Jones from the One Show, as well as holding a raffle with prizes donated by local companies. There was entertainment from local poet/comedian Mab Jones, who, I must say, was incredibly talented, as well as music from Ellie Makes Music, not to mention the fashion show itself. Students from Coleg Morgannwg were given unsaleable clothing from the shop to transform into wearable items, which are now once again on sale in the shop. The ultimate in recycled clothing.

Here are a few photos from the evening:

Singer Ellie Makes Music

Singer Ellie Makes Music

Poet and comedian Mab Jones

Poet and comedian Mab Jones

Decorations (which I helped make) in celebration of International Women's Day

A dress, donated by Alex Jones, for the auction at the Oxfam Boutique

And, just to remind ourselves why we’re celebrating and campaigning for equality for women, here’s a lovely video:



Independent fashion shops in Cardiff

January 3, 2012

As the Christmas break has sadly finished and we’re all eager to spend our leftover cash in the sales, I thought I would give you a list of the independent fashion shops in Cardiff.

During my few months in the city, I’ve discovered quite a selection of great shops for those of us who don’t always want to buy from the high street.  Individuality is rife in Cardiff and sometimes there is no better way to dress than by following your own style.  After all, what is style?  It doesn’t have to be about following the crowd, but is about wearing something completely unique and suited to yourself.

1. Barker Cardiff, Castle Arcade

One of the oldest fashion retailers in Cardiff, Barker caters for both men and women

2. I Claudius, Castle Arcade

Often thought of as just a fancy dress shop, I Claudius sells retro items at a very low cost.

3. @Fab, Wellfield Road

@Fab caters for women of all ages.

4. Hobos, High Street Arcade

A vintage shop which specialises in clothing of the 60s, 70s and 80s.

5. Prefab Clothing, Albany Road

Prefab is a charity which reconditions old clothes to give them a new life.

6. A Vintage Affair, Morgan Arcade

Another vintage shop in the heart of the city, with an array of accessories and even a few vintage patterns.

7. Oxfam Boutique, St Mary’s Street

A charity shop with a difference, the Oxfam Boutique offers designer clothes at a low price.

8. The Pumping Station, Penarth Road

This was once a Victorian pumping station, but it now houses a variety of items, including antique clothes and jewellery.



Blind Lemon Vintage

November 20, 2011

Fashion has always been an interest of mine. When I first embarked on my Journalism course, we were told that we would have to write an article every week.  It was inevitable then that I chose fashion for my first.  You can see that article here.

The good thing about my interest in fashion is that it can take on completely different routes inside the broad spectrum of fashion.

One of these routes is vintage.  For many years now, I have been interested in vintage clothes.  Fairs are a good way of highlighting what goods your local area has to offer and now that I’ve moved from the sticks into the city, I’ve found more and more.

The first one I ever went to was one called Blind Lemon Vintage.  They hold fairs every spring and autumn in South Wales and the South West and have expanded over the years to include many more locations.

I am a devoted fan of the organiser, Edwin Dyson, now and his shop in Cardiff, A Vintage Affair, is one I often venture to in search of a new (old) purchase.

Whilst searching the wonders of youtube once again, I came across this fascinating video, giving a behind the scenes look at what happens at the fair.  Enjoy!