Showing posts with label Super Full Moon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Super Full Moon. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Mighty fine mini festival

The other day Frocktasia & Wunderbar Vintage rolled out their rails at the first ever Sunday Mini Festival at The Finsbury. Our lovely pal Mike who was organizing the event had put together an awesome line-up of live bands and solo artists.
Thankfully we got to pitch up outside. I think I would have died indoors.
It was another scorcher of  a day so quite understandably many people decided to hit the park rather than the pub thus customers were rather thin on the ground during the first part of the day.
I was meant to be organizing the vintage market but in all honesty it was Leslie that did most of the organizing, she worked out the floor plan before we even got there, brought all the rails & trestle tables. 
She's is a superstar and the best market buddy anyone could ever wish for. 
I'd been busy making love-beads in the run up to the market & I was giving these away with every purchase. They resulted in lots of smiles, kind words and even hugs & indeed ;)
 My bargain case attracted lots of attention as per usual. I love it when someone is rummaging and all of a sudden their eyes light up cause they've found something they really like for cheaps.
Leslie's gorgeous friend Rachel popped by and hung out for a bit. 
 Leslie had brought some of her Leslie Works handmade wares too. I absolutely love these vintage button & zipper bracelets.
 I love her steampunk collars too, made from vintage lace and trims...
Meg and Bridget having a wee rummage and Mike having his fortune told  by Step Drey  who also happens to be a fabulously talented photographer ;)
 Around four o'clock the trickle of customers turned into a wee flurry as the sun-drunk park revelers, billed artists & their fans started to rock up. Leslie and I switched from enjoying the sun mode to trader mode and managed to make some people very happy with our vintage, retro and handmade wares.
The frock I wore yesterday has actually never had an outing on home soil before. It is the first thing to hit my suitcase when we holiday abroad. I call it my 'Tropical Rose' frock cause it's been with me to the tropics three times. The fabric features a finely perforated  pattern which is perfect for the weather we are having in the UK at the moment. The frock is by Ken Scott who is often referred to as the "Fashion Gardener" because of his trademark use of bold prints and vibrant colours.
Here's the frock in action abroad...
Pitching up alongside us was Antonio Alfaro Sanchez, on-the-spot poet extraordinaire :)
It is probably not a very common thing here in the UK to have to delay something due to good weather but unfortunately the glorious sunshine on Sunday did the indoor goings on of the mini festival no favors whatsoever. Therefore Mike decided to start the live performances a bit later than billed to allow an audience to build up for the acts. It is a very hard task indeed to try and convince people to go indoors when there is a nice late afternoon breeze in the air.
Before anyone took to the stage we were treated to some heavenly harp magic courtesy of  gorgeous Louisa Duggan and then Raff  kicked off the live music on stage followed by Katie Maddox...
 The vintage market started packing up at half seven so we sadly I missed out on the performances of Burton Bradstock and The New Burn. I handed the camera to Mike so that he could snap a few pics. Comparing the event was Andrew Hobbs and there was also some awesome poetry by Stephen Purbeck Howarth.
We were finished packing up just in time to enjoy the amazing Meg Cavanaugh with her awesome band of  (as she puts it in her bio) seasoned musicians. 
On the keyboard rocking a top from Frocktasia and a Bambie pendant from Wunderbar Vintage Miss Bridget Walsh ;)
Then it was time for Mike, Jozef and Simon to hit the stage...
 Needless to say they were brilliant :)
Completing the awesome Sunday Mini Festival line-up were the bonkers good Super Hero Jam...  
It was a really cracking event, I got to hang out with some of my favourite people, peddle my wares and enjoy great music...can it get any better than that?!
It seems to have gone down well with the venue as well as Mike has already booked another date for September, so if you didn't make it this time there will be another opportunity.
The Mini Festival will be back and next time it will be even bigger, bolder and better, yay!

Today Mark had the day off so at lunchtime we sauntered up to the park and lazed about in the shade, had some food, drank some low alcohol cider and did some cloud-spotting.
 Not that there were many clouds to spot ;)
Mark fell asleep and I took some photos of trees, insects and daisies for a bit. Then when I got bored I rudely roused my sleeping beauty and after playing "cherry pip" for a bit we went to feed the ducks who  were swimming around in spinach soup.
Cherry Pip: 
Hold onto the corners of a folded blanket
Put a cherry pip in the middle
Launch the pip into the air and try to catch it again of life's little pleasures ;)
We've got a new friend. Meet Mr. White. He's got something wrong with his wing, poor thing  :(
 Today I cheekily nabbed a frock from the stockroom, just because I can...
Trippy Hippie frock, floppy straw hat, sunnies (car boot sale), scarf (pressie from mum), Vintage button and zipper bracelet (gift made by Leslie Works), Frocktasia love-bead bracelet, vintage necklaces, earrings and copper bangles (from all over the place).
I'll love you and leave you with Opus III, enjoy :)
Hope you also had a mighty fine weekend and an awesome start to the week.
Loads of love,

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Electric Avenue

I'm wild about "tarty textures" and I have a few frocks made from crinkle effect stretch fabric.
I bought this electric blue beauty on eBay a few years ago...
This is pretty much a dream frock for me as it incorporates several of my obsessions.
I love ostentatious 80s frocks that make no excuses for being bold as brass.
Delightfully sluttish textured stretch, ravishing ruffles, perfectly puffy shoulders and an in-yer-face primary colour to boot, it ticks all my boxes!
Vintage 80s dress, Steve Madden boots, layered tights, FROCKTASIA earrings & necklace, a selection of bangles.
Mark & I went to a wee birthday get together at Mike's pad last night. I met Mike when I went out with Leslie a few weeks back. His awesome band Super Full Moon were playing at The Old  Queens Head where Erik was doing a gig too. Mike is a super talented singer songwriter and all-round lovely chappy and it was really nice to meet some of his fabulous friends and have a wee jam too :)
You can check out Mike's band on ReverbNation HERE, they are brilliant!
Here's Mike and Jozef doing their stuff...
Today I had my Emergency First Response course at Dive Wimbledon.
I was a wee bitty woolly headed after last nights festivities it has to be said but my hero and instructor extraordinaire Jon pulled me though it, he's such a star!
So in a few weeks my certification will come though and we can start planning for the next stage of our diving education which will be the Rescue Diver Course. I'm really excited and I can't wait to get cracking with it. Hopefully we'll be able to do some dives at Wraysbury in out wetsuits before long but the current water temperature is still a bit too much like an arctic enema for my liking.
Here I am looking ultra glamorous & feeling like a bag of old and moldy ass... 
How am I holding that poor plastic baby? It's probably a good thing that I've never spawned!
Hope you are having a grand weekend?!

Here's Skindred to play us out, enjoy ;)
Loads of love,

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Music to my ears

Last Sunday Leslie and I went to see her son Erik play at The Old Queen's Head in Islington. If you live in London or if you are visiting then I can highly recommend going to the Sunday Social
It is on every week and it's free. If you pace yourself and don't go totally bonkers at the bar, it's a very good value for money afternoon.  I couldn't get over how good all the acts were and it has totally reignited my passion for watching live music. 
As always I took loads of pics so that I can share some of my awesome day with you.
 Erik was first to go on and did a set of six splendid songs. 
I want to give you a taster of all the acts so here's Erik doing one of his awesome tunes...
Next up was a girl who totally gave me goosebumps when she started singing.
Her name is Hannah Rose Platt and here's one of her beautiful songs...
Third on was a brilliant duo Super Full Moon with Michael Palmer playing guitar and singing and Jozef Secnik playing an extraordinarily beautiful bass.
This song almost had me jumping up on a table to have a boogie but thankfully I restrained myself...
I just had to take a pic of Jozef's impressive instrument ;)
Next up was Eden Billy Simpson with the devastatingly beautiful Noelle on cello...
I just loved what this pair were wearing Eden's printed shirt and waistcoat combo and Noelle's fabulous vintage 80s secretary dress and slouchy pirate style boots, both of them looked impeccably stylish with talent to boot. 
Here's one of Eden's tunes...
The last act we had time to watch before moving on was the brilliant Spekki Chris.
As we were getting ready to leave I spotted these cool peeps and I just knew they were the next act on. 
I mean lets face it, you don't look this cool unless you're in a band...
I took their details so that I could check them out on-line and boy am I glad I did, they're AMAZING!
They are called Wyldeck and I will definitely go to one of their gigs in the near future.
Here's a fab video clip for their wonderful song Wolves...
Erik was doing an open mic at The Torriano Bar the same evening and as we were having such a fab time, we decided to tag along.
The Torriano is Leslie's local watering hole and it's a bar with an endearing personality.
On their site it says: 
"It's the kind of place you can walk into on your own and walk out at the end of the night with new friends"
Yup, totally true! A wonderful place run by some very lovely people.
Every Sunday they have open mic sessions open for anybody to part take in.
More talent was on the cards but unfortunately by now I'd had a few jars and even if I did ask people their names etc, in the morning that information was no longer stored in my mind.
Most of these acts are just starting out, so they are not at the calling card stage yet.
  However even if I can't remember their names or have any links to provide, I still want to share the pics that I took as they convey the wonderful vibe of the place and you'll just have to take my words for it, all these guys were amazingly good :)
I fell head over heels in love with The Torriano, it is such a fab, friendly and all-round awesome place.
Speaking of AWESOME, I'm so frigging happy that I met Leslie, what an absolute gem she is :)
Then it was closing time and after playing silly buggers outside the pub for a bit, Leslie walked me to the bus stop and off I went home after a day of more fun than you can shake a stick at :)
So that was my Sunday folks!
I couldn't really face blogging about it yesterday cause my head was just a wee tad woolly ;)
Hope you are all doing grand & not freezing to death.
Loads of love,