Treasured

I have spoken earlier in the week about visiting my late Great Aunty Joan’s home to collect some treasures for us to keep and remember her life by. It was not an easy day by any means but I wanted to share some of her things. You will see that both her and my Great […] Read more…

Spotlight on Blouses

Todays spotlight is on the blouse. A wardrobe classic, it is the perfect garment to wear with this winters 1940s look. Elegant and simple it looks perfect with a pencil skirt, wide leg trousers and even with your jeans. And you don’t have to actually find a 1940s version..there are loads of great vintage blouses […] Read more…

Lounging around

We have finally finished our 3rd room in our house renovation. The lounge has taken a while as there was so much to do and its a double room too. So lets cast our minds back to how it used to look. Red swirled carpet with contrasting walls. The woodwork was all painted dark brown. […] Read more…

Thank you for the music

On Saturday night we finally found our record collection. We love our music and enjoy a good night of playing it loud! Our tastes are very eclectic…..Mr YVL loves old Indian sitar music and a whole load of funky soul. I love rock music but also can enjoy some 80s pop. So I thought I’d […] Read more…

This week’s weakness

My weakness is shopping. Actually, not just shopping. My weakness is shopping, thrifting, collecting….I can’t drive past a car boot sale without dropping in, I can’t visit a new town without thrifting through the charity shops, I can’t ignore a sign saying “Garage Sale”..to be honest I can’t even drive past a skip without meer-catting […] Read more…

Home-grown, Hand-made, Vintage Christmas, Vol 2

We have decided here at Your Vintage Life to share you with you some of our Christmas ideas. They are all based around home-grown, hand-made and of course vintage. There is nothing better than receiving a gift with has had lots of thought, time and oodles of love given into the idea. So, here are […] Read more…

Another Patterned Palace

Any regular readers of our blog will know we have bought a Patterned Palace which we are totally renovating. Every wall and floor was covered in retro patterns..some good and some darn ugly! Slowly we are ripping it out and replacing it with, to be fair, not that much pattern. I love wallpaper and prints […] Read more…

Welcome to my wardrobe

Some vintage ladies have embraced an era, often the 1950s or 40s. They have fallen in love with its style and taken it to their hearts (and their wardrobe, their hair and makeup, even their home). While I totally applaude this (and am a tad envious of their committment) I am not one of these […] Read more…

Beat the Monday Blues, Part 6

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business. So this Monday, I introduce to you the wonderful Betty Bee. For the Vintage Life magazine readers out there you […] Read more…

This week’s weakness

My weakness is shopping. Actually, not just shopping. My weakness is shopping, thrifting, collecting….I can’t drive past a car boot sale without dropping in, I can’t visit a new town without thrifting through the charity shops, I can’t ignore a sign saying “Garage Sale”..to be honest I can’t even drive past a skip without meer-catting […] Read more…

Throw anywhere!

I know we are having freak weather but soon the evenings will start to get darker, it is the perfect time to snuggle up on the sofa with a great book or TV programme. Imagine how better it would be under a soft, hand crochet knit throw. They are perfect to drape over a sofa […] Read more…

10 things that changed our lives…

or at least our homes! This is our latest article for Vintage Life magazine….the top 10 countdown of things that impacted our homes and therefore our lives. Number 10: The Duvet Originating from Europe in the 17th century, the feather filled duvet changed the look of our bedrooms, increased our comfort as well as saving […] Read more…

Beat the Monday Blues, Part 5

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business. So this Monday, I introduce to you the fabulous Rockalily lipsticks by ReeRee Rockette. So I have been following them […] Read more…

This week’s weakness

My weakness is shopping. Actually, not just shopping. My weakness is shopping, thrifting, collecting….I can’t drive past a car boot sale without dropping in, I can’t visit a new town without thrifting through the charity shops, I can’t ignore a sign saying “Garage Sale”..to be honest I can’t even drive past a skip without meer-catting […] Read more…

Fair advice

I have been asked over the last year for my advice on trading at vintage fairs….well after 15 years retail experience, with 8 in Visual Merchandising, I thought I better put pen to paper (well finger tip to keypad) Here are my top tips for preparing and doing a fair! 1. Research, Research, Research! Don’t […] Read more…

Brolly Good!

Gosh this weather. One minute it’s sunny, the next it’s terrential rain. One moment it’s flip flops then it’s wellies (well for the children anyway!!) But the great news is that now the Great British Autumn is here, you can get out your vintage brolly! Check out your local charity shops as often they have […] Read more…

Last week’s weakness

My weakness is shopping. Actually, not just shopping. My weakness is shopping, thrifting, collecting….I can’t drive past a car boot sale without dropping in, I can’t visit a new town without thrifting through the charity shops, I can’t ignore a sign saying “Garage Sale”..to be honest I can’t even drive past a skip without meer-catting […] Read more…

Re-work it baby!

Now before we start, I realise the true vintage ladies amongst us won’t like this post. Don’t baulk just yet…as our new Customised Collection isnt really aimed at yourselves. I am aiming at..lets just call them the Primark generation. Spending regularly on clothes that all their friends have also got………now is the time to introduce […] Read more…

Lovely Leanne

Later this week Your Vintage Life will go live with our new look eBay shop. Selling great vintage as always, we will also be introducing 2 new categories: Boutique and Customised Vintage. To support this we brought in the lovely Leanne to model our womenswear. Here are a few shots to wet your appetite….with examples […] Read more…

Our family Kartell

Yesterday Your Vintage Life traded at the fabulous, award-winning Furniture Flea. It’s a mid century, affordable fair full of furniture and  home wares brought to you by Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair. York Hall, Bethnall Green was awash with orange, funky flowers and more teak than you can shake a stick at. We arrived early, still […] Read more…

Turning back the clocks

Gosh, it has been a whole year of writing for the great Vintage Life magazine. A year ago we wrote this article for the autumn edition………and we never blogged it!! So here it is! Turning back the clocks Remember that feeling of when, as a child you started the new year at school? Full of […] Read more…

One small step for man, one giant leap for our homes!

Here is our latest article for Vintage Lige magazine..all about how the space race in the late 50s and 60s influenced the design of our homes. One small step for man, one giant leap for our homes! Space exploration during the 1960s was not just about NASA officials and the competition to see who would […] Read more…

Beat the Monday Blues, Part 4

Beat the Monday blues by checking out something or someone we love. Here at Your Vintage Life, we feel it is important to share great finds with you all as well as support local business. So this Monday I introduce you the fantastic AbiLu Creations owned by Abigail Lucy Bruford. I first met Abigail at […] Read more…

All dressed up & ready to go

We are busy getting ready for next weeks Twinwood Festival here in Bedfordshire. It is a 1940s/50s festival so we have been busy getting our frocks ready. Here are just a few we will be taking to sell. We have prom dresses, swing dresses, day dresses and wiggle dresses. Some are hand made and some […] Read more…

We’re all going on a summer holiday

Here is our latest article from Vintage Life magazine, all about the Great British holiday! We’re all going on a summer holiday As schools are finishing for the summer break, now is the time to get ready for your annual holiday. With so much opportunity for world travel nowadays, it’s hard to imagine life before […] Read more…

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