Friday, May 27, 2016

atomic age.

It's one of the first styles I fell in love with when I fell in love with vintage. The Atomic Age style is the view of the future in the mid century and it's a really unique and fun look. It can be found in fashion, music and film but where it really makes me swoon is home decor and architecture. 
Take a look at the shapes, patterns and colours that repeat in these images and tell me you're not in love too...

Cathy x

Saturday, May 21, 2016


all images via pinterest

Big in the 90's and has been creeping back into fashion for the past few years but it's only really gotten some love from me again this year. It ain't subtle and it's as vintage as...well, the 90's actually! But I have heart eyes happening at all these holographic pieces and I'd love to get my hands on a garish 90's iridescent top or mini skirt soon! Here's a few vintage holographic pieces that I'm stalking on Etsy - these earrings, this spaghetti string top, and these cute Nine West slip on heels.

Cathy x

Friday, May 20, 2016

watermelon lemonade recipe.

2 cups of chopped watermelon
1 1/2 cups water
handful of basil leaves
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup sugar

To make your basil simple syrup, chop the basil leaves and add them to the sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and leave cool for 10 minutes. Strain, discard basil leaves and refrigerate for 1 hour. 
In a blender, puree the watermelon and 1 cup of water. Strain and discard the seeds and solids. 
Pour watermelon mixture in a jug, add the basil simple syrup and lemon juice and mix well. 
Serve over ice with garnish (basil leaves/ slice of lemon/ small watermelon slice)

Party time?!
Turn it into sangria with some white wine.
Turn it into a cocktail with vodka.

Cathy x

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

summer essentials.

Summer is finally upon us (I think all those storms in the first few months of 2016 made our winter seem even longer if that's possible!)
So I'm working my way through uploading all my vintage summer stock that I've been meaning to get onto the online store.
Take a look at some summer essentials like these colourful swimsuits or some denim cut offs and acid wash skirts.

Cathy x

Monday, May 16, 2016

more is more.

images via pinterest

It could be years of collecting vintage or my love of all things mismatched but if I had to live a life of minimalism or maximalism, I'd definitely choose the latter. Minimalism is a huge trend right now and I like it in certain areas but filling a space with different colours, textures, shapes and patterns gives me the warm fuzzies! Overdoing it can make a room crowded and like the home of a hoarder but when it's just right, the space oozes with personality and charm. 
Simple is beautiful but some well thought out clutter is exciting. 

Cathy x 

Friday, May 13, 2016

turn your back on me.

images via pinterest

As we're heading into the slightly warmer months, I'm finding myself looking for and drooling over low back and backless tops and dresses. For years now, I've been wearing vintage swimsuits as tops during the summer (and I won't be quitting that habit anytime soon!) but I'm also on the lookout for any vintage or new pieces that give centre stage to the back. It doesn't get a lot of attention but I'll do my part for the next few months!

Cathy x

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

homemade raspberry & white chocolate ice-cream.

We may not be having ice-cream kinda weather just yet but I'm ignoring the rain and getting my summer vibes on in the kitchen! 
It was my first time making ice-cream and as I don't have an ice-cream maker, it's a no churn recipe. It's pretty easy and doesn't have too many ingredients. It's adapted from a recipe I found online with some things removed and a few additions (I had to add some white chocolate!)

1 small punnet of raspberries
2 tablespoons sugar
Zest of one lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
500ml double cream
1 can (397g) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 squares of white chocolate broken into small chunks

In a saucepan combine the raspberries, sugar, lemon juice and lemon zest. Cook on medium heat until the raspberries soften and break up. Remove from the heat and strain the sauce into a bowl to remove the seeds. Refrigerate to cool. 
In a bowl combine the condensed milk and vanilla extract. 
Use a hand whisk or mixer to whisk the double cream until stiff peaks form but do not over whip. Fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk mixture, a little at a time. Keep folding until mixture becomes smooth. 
Transfer mixture to a tin, alternating layers of the ice-cream mixture and raspberry sauce as well as chunks of the white chocolate. Use a knife to create the swirls with the raspberry sauce. Cover with cling film and freeze overnight.

Cathy x

Sunday, May 8, 2016

all the trimmings.

 all images via pinterest

Any piece of clothing with a bitta fringing, a tassel or a pom pom and I'm sold! Actually, any accessory, or even any home item and I'm in love too. I was never one for minimalism and ultra modern style so I'm pretty sure this is the exact opposite. Throw in some embroidery or embellishments, even better! 
While browsing on Pinterest, a few pom pom items really caught my eye and had me thinking about my next DIY. Let's hope it works out as any item I'm lusting over seems to be in the triple figures so DIY it is!

Cathy x
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