Saturday, 29 September 2012

INTI vintage in Gloucester


A little post about one of my favourite places. This place is a gem of a shop and is independent and so well stocked and looked after. The owner Kris is lovely as well.

I found INTI whilst wondering around Gloucester one afternoon and fell in love with the place. Its a little shop tucked away of a side street. It is one of those places you stumble upon and always go back to!
It is where I bought my satchel from.

She stocks a fantastic range of vintage clothing, bags, artwork made from old stamps and post cards to bathroom essential oils and perfumes and vintage bottles!

I am seriously in love with her silk scarves as well! Kris herself is lovely, inviting and full of knowledge and always happy to help and advise.

I love places like this because they offer a hands on approach to shopping, you don't feel intimidated going in and everything is unique and great value. The selection of leather bags is a personal favourite and her jewellery on sale is a beautiful mix of ethnic and traditional British.

She is helping hot a vintage fair in Gloucester on 27/10/2012 10am-4pm free entry at The New County Hotel Southgate street Gloucester 07738115572

I hope if you are ever visiting Gloucester you stop and have a look!

They are at 39 Westgate street GL1 2NW entrance is on bull lane upstairs

if you wish to contact them 01452 411253 or

Here are a few pictures of the shop. 

(This post is NOT sponsered by the shop and is NOT advertising or them)

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

leather care and love

So it's finally time to get out that favourite leather bag/shoes!
This post is about some serious DIY leather care, I love leather especially vintage bags!
In  former working life I sold shoes, I love shoes and learnt a lot whilst doing, like how to treat certain leathers and what products are best to use.
I wanted to share some tips.

Firstly the most important thing about leather is that it's skin. I know this is stupid to mention because its obvious!
Unfortunately people forget it is skin and don't treat it properly, it dries out and get ruined.
I have several vintage bags all of which I love but due to their age they need TLC and proper treatment.
My first vintage bag is a French tan 1970's leather satchel style handbag, bought from a vintage fair and recently repaired after the clasp broke.

This particular bag is one I am fond of because it was the first and because I like projects. When I got this home I spent ages with a lustre tan polish and leather cleanser cleaning and softening the leather to bring it back to some kind of use.

The leather is dry but after a while it worked!
I have a pair of Topshop vintage effect leather boots and learned from a great cobbler how to look after them and this in turn helped me learn about other leathers.
If you have any leathers of certain colours or finishes use a neutral polish and leather cleanser to keep them looking good. Foe instance don't just put black polish over a marbled affect leather you will ruin the finish.

The basics for cleaning and maintaining leather are.
Saddle soap
leather cleanser
lustre polish
neutral polish (wax based)
Water proof spray.

(I know its a lot but it works!)

Step one:
Saddles soap (foam based) (Timpsons sell it for under £5, it lasts ages)
apply to surface with clean cloth and allow to dry, this cleans and softens the leather.

step two:
leather cleanser cream based
apply in small circles and once applied allow to dry this moisturises the leather like your skin and renews the surface and also cleans (its restores that buttery softness to leather)

step three:
Lustre polish (depending on your finish/colour)
add in small circles evenly leave 5 minutes then buff. This restores colour and shine

step four:
repeat step three but with neutral polish seal and gives it shine

step five: spray with protective spray (Schuh and Topshop sell good suede/leather protector spray both under £5) it waterproof your bag

These are a good way of maintaining your leather in its best condition!
I love buying leather second hand and doing it up. It really works and you have amazing items for a long time!

Some other pieces I have lurking about are
my latest charity shop find £7 (I have a post about this one lined up!)

and last but not least my vintage satchel it had some cracking due to use but the leather cleanser and polish fixed this. I have to regularly treat this one (like every 2/3 months) because I use it so often (it is a lovely chestnut brown)

I also regularly treat my leather jacket and shoes in the same way.

I hope this helps!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rain, hot chocolate, jumpers and a sheep hat

It's that time of year again. The summer has finished and it is time to snuggle into your favourite jumper and crack out the boots and endless cups of tea.

This autumn I will be investing in some much wanted hounds tooth. (I have just procured a hand knitted vintage jumper in maroon and white)
I cannot wait for it to arrive. I am feeling like a revamp at the moment! I have bought so many lovely things recently and I want to start layering to make the most of them.
I have shown quite a few things I have purchased on here.
I love this time of year it always feels like the start of the year. This is probably because I am so used to the academic year. It always feels magical and fresh.
I know I am a "grown up" and haven't attended anything to do with education in 3 years the feeling still hasn't gone! It is lovely watching the garden change and staying wrapped up warm listening to music and reading books and endless films with my boyfriend.
I want to spend this autumn in my favourite shaggy coat and leather boots, carrying around my satchel and finding new places to hang out in my time off and planning my wedding and holiday.
It will be a good winter because I have so much to look forward to! You can rock a new hair colour, sneak away some where hot and lazy whilst the UK has awful weather.

I know the rain makes it bleak and grey but there is so much to enjoy and I don't just mean Christmas.
It is a chance to enjoy an extra hour in bed, to go exploring cool places you wouldn't think of at the weekend. It is the small things that make dull days better. Even if it is just wearing a cute hat to work or your favourite song at lunch.

So back to the winter fashions.
I finally have my blue bowler hat thanks to eBay, after having seen the black H&M bowler over every fashion blog imaginable I decided I wanted one but at over £7 not worth it I got mine for £3.99 and I love it.
I will maybe even start some outfit posts here (please don't laugh too much!) I am going to be wearing my vintage 1970's maxi dresses more as well. I have to reinforce all the seams first. I have some much favoured jumpers and cardigans to get out, my pink and black heart print boyfriend cardigan and my ultimate the mustard yellow and sheep print.

I want start layering up so I can start to wear more of my floral printed dresses. I have ordered two new dresses from

I think they are fantastic and I know they are quite summery but I know I can layer them and they were £20 for the pair!
They are both so pretty! People rarely appreciate I love such feminine things. The cut and fabrics are just so lovely. I really love yellow, though blue will always be my favourite colour. I love bright and pretty prints.
I can see them teamed with tights and ankle boots. I have my eye on a few things but more about that later!

I cannot wait for them to arrive, I have a few new things on their way (mostly vintage bargains from eBay)
So back to my wool gathering, I have a few lovely leather bags I will be using this year. I have started investing in "classics". (Nothing expensive and one was rescued by my lovely local cobbler)

I have dug my coats out to be repaired and dry cleaned ready to be worn again.
I recently had the new H&M catalogue come through the door and it made me want it to get cold just so I can justify testing out some of the looks they have inspired for me and Lana Del Ray looks amazing in their advertising. I have her album on repeat recently. I love some of the trends coming through, like tartan I have the perfect dress for it! I want some new cable knitted knee high socks and some chunky army style boots to mix with pretty dresses and delicate jewellery. I also want to rock a blazer I found on eBay over some black dresses with pretty pumps.
So overall I am excited to be trying some new things and embracing the lovely things that have been hidden away during the summer.
I have read so many blogs recently and I feel inspired and want to try some new things.

So a few tips for the winter, some good cable knitted jumpers, cute dresses, pretty shoes, a good pair of boots and a cute hat (mines a knitted sheep)
So grab your favourite jumper, a hot drink and relax!