Digging for Treasure at Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market

Glasgow VintageGlasgow is no stranger to a vintage market or five – in fact, I’ve been writing about local events like Granny Would Be Proud and Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair almost as long as I have been blogging. If you’re a long-term reader (thank you!), you’ll know I get a huge kick out of rummaging the racks and digging for treasure!

So, when a new market comes along it needs to stand out from the crowd, am I right? Otherwise it might get lost in the sea of thrifting events that are held regularly all over the city.

When I first heard about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market back in January, the plans made me sit up and pay attention. And not only that, I made sure to mark the date in my diary so I could go along to the inaugural market day and check it out!

Recently, I headed for the Barras Art and Design centre – an awesome indoor space that I don’t visit as often as I would like – on a Sunday morning to see what the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market was all about.

Since the market is going to be a monthly event, I thought it might be handy to share a few details about it. Whether you made it along to the first one or not, here are a few reasons to visit on 26th March…

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  1. Interior gems! Yes, the market has plenty of vintage fashion but what REALLY sets the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market apart is the plethora of homeware and interior bargains that you can browse. From one-off decorative pieces (I was banned from bringing home a certain kitsch pink cat ornament but believe me, I was sorely tempted!) to Habiib’s gorgeous selection of curated 20th Century furniture (pictured above – hubba hubba!), you’ll be kitting out your pad with retro pieces in no time.
  2. Local brands! In amongst the pre-loved and upcycled goodies, the market is also showcasing some emerging homegrown talent. At the last event I spied pop-up pampering for gents from Primo barbers and loved picking up some illustrated paper goodies from Hux Loves Honey. I’m looking forward to seeing who will be appearing at the next event.
  3. Food, glorious food! The BAad centre isn’t just a venue, it’s also home to A’Challtainn – a Scottish seafood restaurant and bar. All that shopping is bound to make you hungry, so why not make a day of it and grab some lunch too? If seafood isn’t your bag, you can find lots of other options close by. After we cruised the market last month, we headed over to Drygate for a bite to eat; just a hop, skip and a jump away!

Bonus tip: even though I haven’t officially listed it, it would be wrong to tell you about the Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market and not casually mention all of the cute dogs in attendance! So, if you love pooches, you’re going to have a field day (I know I did).

Sound good? The next Glasgow Vintage & Flea Market takes place at BAaD (54 Calton Entry) on Sunday 26th March. Be sure to keep up to date with the market and their upcoming events over on Facebook.

Do you love digging for vintage treasure? What about cooing over adorable pups?

Love,

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An Ode to Chunky Black Boots

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There are many key moments in my life when a pair of chunky black boots have been my footwear of choice. They’ve seen me through more birthdays than I care to count, graduating high school, taking my first steps inside University (and, a few years later, taking my last steps inside University), nights of endless dancing, concerts, and a funeral. And yes, I’m aware that suddenly sounded like a film title (don’t worry, Hugh Grant won’t be making a sudden appearance).

So, I guess what I’m saying is, we go back a long way, black boots and I. They feel familiar and seem to go with virtually everything I own (not an easy task considering my wardrobe choices!).

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I love how a pair of boots can instantly transform a floral dress and make you feel like a badass – like the kind of princess that rescues herself. And with the right pair of rolled up jeans and a sweater, you’ve got yourself an easy-breezy Sunday ensemble.

Last month, I was invited by the team at Next to visit their uber-glam Shoe Lounge and discover their new season collection to see if I could find my perfect shoes. While I enjoyed discovering their bright sneakers and colour pop pointed flats, these black chunky Chelsea ankle boots immediately won me over.

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With thick soles and androgynous brogue detailing, these boots were sure made for walking (and standing, and dancing…) and before I knew it, they were on my feet!

I think they look great with coloured tights (which is just as well, because it’s not going to be warm enough for bare legs anytime soon!), and I’m looking forward to dressing them up (and down!) even more over the coming months.

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Shoe trends come and go but, if you ask me, chunky black boots are for life! I didn’t exactly fall in love with a new style at Next but I DID rediscover my favourite style of footwear – which is just as good, wouldn’t you say?

Do you have a footwear staple that you go back to again and again? What is your top pick from the new Next collection?

Love,

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With thanks to the lovely team at Next 

Friday Hi-Fives: A FrockDrop, a Pop-Up and a Party in a Shop!

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It will probably come as absolutely no surprise to you guys that Friday is my favourite day of the week! There’s something about reflecting on the week gone by and the promise of the weekend that makes me bounce out of bed a little easier, how about you?

Since we last caught up, I’ve been getting ready for a weekend away with Lori and Ayden (we leave next Friday and I can’t wait!), getting my eyebrows waxed in the back of a Barbie-pink jeep (true story!) thanks to the gals at Benefit and having a bao bun bonanza at Mamafubu.

Last night I was through in Edinburgh celebrating Godiva Boutique’s Spring launch party. Colourful dresses by the likes of Rowanjoy and a treasure trove of original vintage kept me swooning all night. Godiva have always been one of my must-visit spots whenever I hit up the capital, and last night was proof that the store is still at the top of their game.

And now to share some events happening in Glasgow this weekend that I think you’re going to love! First up, we have the Buchanan Galleries #FrockDrop station, which has been set up in support of Marie Curie. From now until the 19th of March, the FrockDrop will be gratefully accepting donations of pre-loved clothes, which will then be sold on in Marie Curie’s many charity shops to help those living with terminal illness.

You can find the FrockDrop across from John Lewis on the ground floor of the centre, and Buchanan Galleries are rewarding those who donate with a £5 gift card and money off vouchers. It’s a fantastic cause, and a good excuse to have that wardrobe clearout you’ve been putting off, right?

Meanwhile down at Central Chambers tomorrow, Peaches Wax Bar have organised a very special pop-up at Swoon Nails, and a little birdie tells me there are still a couple of brow appointments that have not been snapped up yet! Head over to Swoon Nails on Instagram to find out more about this awesome ladyboss collaboration.

Before I head into the weekend, I have just a few more hi-fives to share…

This week, I’m hi-fiving because…

…I tried Earl Grey chocolate from Mary’s Milk Bar and now think it needs to be a regular staple in my diet. Delicious!

…our bathroom renovation has started and I get to say things like “the antique brass towel holder just got delivered”. When did I become this grown up?! Send help!

…Wednesday’s worldwide celebrations for International Women’s Day 2017 were a true source of inspiration on my feed

…we recorded a drag-tacular episode of the podcast, where you’ll find us talking about all things relating to RuPaul’s Drag Race (or as much as you can squeeze into 40-ish minutes anyway)

…Queen Michelle is starting an arts and crafts movement in the most stylish way imaginable. My favourite outfit post of the week!

And with that, I’m off to make some broccoli slaw and finalise the frocks I’ll be dropping off at Buchanan Galleries tomorrow! Have an awesome few days and I’ll see you next week.

Love,

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