Expanding My Horizons… With Ji Ji Kiki

If you’re wondering about the title this post is part of a series where I find new stores/websites I’ve fallen in love with and Ji Ji Kiki is the latest brand to capture my heart. Classed as an independent online boutique I adore the quirky jewellery and the homewares section is just lush.

The titles of their clothing makes me smile. SO much nicer than a generic “red ruched dress” etc.

Both dresses are VERY me.

The jewellery is a mixture of quirky and vintage inspired pieces and any store selling unicorn accessories is immediately going to appeal to me!

There is also a vintage section where you can buy jewellery and homewares with prices starting from £3.50.

I had one of these mugs! Seeing it again totally takes me back to my childhood where a lukewarm cup of tea was concerned a treat and made me feel like a grown up.

I’m also impressed with by the look of their handbags.

So what are you waiting for?! Go check out Ji Ji Kiki for some quirky goodies at fab prices. As soon as pay-day comes around that red boat dress is mine!

Have you heard of Ji Ji Kiki? What do you think of my picks?

L      x

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Fun at the Fair & Other Frivioulous Frolicking!

On Sunday despite a stonker of a hangover I braved the festival crowds and headed to the HMV Picture House for Judy’s Vintage Fair.

I’ve been to Judy’s vintage fair before however it was at Out of the Blue rather than the HMV Picture House. At the vintage fair there was a staggering array of vintage goodies to be found. Along with my sister Lauren, niece Mya, best friend Yvonne (who was also hungover) and her son Lewis, I was on a mission to find a pair of vintage sunglasses as my old ones had broken last week.

Looking ever so slightly hungover!

If this won’t put people off drinking nothing will!

Lauren rocking her shades

We spent a while trying on different sunglasses

Mya getting into the spirit of the vintage fair!

Unfortunately due to my hangover and Lauren’s OCD we didn’t stay all that long at the vintage fair but I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, there’s some great bargains to be had, I picked up a pair of sunglasses for a fiver and spent £18 on a handbag. Some of the other customers looked amazing in their outfits, my favourites were those who had went all out in full 1950s and 60s ensembles. Please check out Judy’s website here to see any upcoming events in your area.

On Monday Lauren, Carla and I decided to spend a few childfree hours shopping, well I say shopping from the photos below you’ll see I mean dicking around in Primark!

How cute is this canvas?! Had to buy it for my cupcake themed kitchen

That’s me wearing my Matalan pencil skirt, I’d paired it with a fine knit sweater and felt rather Marilynesque until Lauren told me I was more school teacher than 50s siren!

That’ll teach her to say I look like a school teacher mwahahaha!

Doing it like a dude!

Once we’d finished trying on dubious sunglasses we moved onto wigs!

Carla does not look impressed with her short black bob!

Think I look like a cartoon character here!

Despite not buying anything in Primark apart from that awesome canvas I had a ball being silly with the girls and despite it being festival time here in sunny Edinburgh the shop was very quiet as we were there first thing in the morning.

The weather Monday afternoon was glorious so Carla and I headed to Portobello beach to soak up some rays/people watch. Unfortunately the battery on the camera died early on so I couldn’t take any more photos of us larking around 😦

Carla’s mini blankets came in handy!

Primark pumps, vintage bag & sunnies

And there you go that’s what has been keeping me busy these past few days.

Would you like to see more posts like this on my blog? Have you visited vintage fairs before?

Let me know thoughts please you pretty peoples you ❤

My Own Kind Of Vintage

Clothing 20 years old or older is generally classed as vintage. I, however, have one particular dress in my wardrobe I term as “vintage”. I’ve owned said dress for almost a decade now which in wardrobe years is about 50 years old. I think at one point I knew about 8 people who owned the same dress.

Me in THAT dress

First time I ever wore this was for my engagement party (yeah cos that relationship totally worked out right enough!). This was taken early 2005 around the time that EVERYONE seemed to be buying Jane Norman products. FYI I can’t get over how slim I was here, I remember thinking I looked like a total heifer in this then. Touch of body dismorphia perhaps??

I'm such a classy burd

Oh My Word! If I felt fat in the dress before whatever possessed me to wear it then when I’m about 4 stone heavier?! This was 2006 (I think) and in my heyday of being a bar manager hence the mega fatness and muchos alcohol!

The third and final time I wore this was February last year for an ex friend’s birthday. I deliberated for ages over wearing the dress or not but considering it had sat in the back of my closet for a fair few years I decided to give it an airing and am SO pleased I did. I finally felt confident wearing the dress and knew that there wasn’t any chance of anybody else sporting the same ensemble in the club!

So the dress may make another appearance in a few years time but one things for sure I WILL be keeping a hold of this until I can properly claim it as vintage.

Do you have any items that get wheeled out every now and again??