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Exclusive Interview with Loud as Love

December 10, 2014
Lauren Greevey
At Vintage Styler we have a lot of love for bloggers and vloggers. Being a blogger is a full time job, so we chatted with Lauren McGreevy, writer of lifestyle blog Loud as Love, to get the lowdown on what it is really like and some date advice.

How did you first get into blogging?

I started my first blog over five years ago. I found that it was the easiest way to share my photography with my boyfriend while he was away on holiday. It’s a little soppy,  isn’t it? I continued posting when he returned and it just went from there really!

How would you describe your blog?

A personal journal with a little bit of everything. I like to blog about fun days out, my future plans, emotional well-being, happy lists, my personal style, baking, my gorgeous moggies, beauty, etc. My blog reminds me of the scrapbooks that I used keep when I was in my teens. 

Do you have a full time job and how do you juggle both?

I do! I guess I never put any pressure on myself concerning my blog. Blogging started as a fun hobby and that’s how I’d like it to remain for the foreseeable future. It isn’t something that I ever want to feel obligated or pressured into doing because that would take the element of fun that I so dearly love away. It’s always nice to indulge in on my day off. I try not to take too much on and only agree to working with brands if I would find the process satisfying and exciting.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

My readers, by a clear mile. When I’m having a bad day they are a reliable shoulder to cry on. They leave me the most thoughtful, kind comments and offer some great advice. My favourite thing about blogging is coming home after a long day at work and catching up with my comments and checking out their blogs. I feel very lucky to have them. 

What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Not being able to share some of the more personal things that have happened over the last year. I do feel as though there is a line that you shouldn’t cross if you want to retain some privacy, no matter how badly you want to lean on the community for support.

What do you see in the future for Loud as Love?

That’s a tough question! Hopefully my content will continue to improve. I’m constantly learning new tricks with the camera and researching post-processing techniques. The quality of the photography that I use on my blog is very important to me. I also have a couple of exciting ventures coming up that I can not wait to share in the near future!

How would you describe your own style?

I like to draw my influences from the 50′s and 60′s. I wear a lot of collars, shifts and bright colours! I love teaming midi skirts and patterned cropped trousers with shirts and pointed flats. Saying that, I tend to buy pieces based on how I feel about them as opposed to whether they would fit into any particular style. 

Do you have a piece of clothing or jewellery that is very special to you?

My mother handed me down a gorgeous, black lace dress that she used to wear over thirty years ago. I haven’t worn it but I absolutely will not part with it. My mum is my best friend and it means a lot that she saved it for me! 

You blog about going on day trips with your boyfriend, what date ideas would you recommend?

Jack and I usually keep it very simple. Old jazz music in the dining room over a candle lit dinner of pizza and cheap wine is always a winner! As is going to the cinemas to catch the latest blockbuster hit. Cheap dates aside, we do love to get dressed up and go out to eat for special occasions. During the Spring we like to go hiking in the Peak District or visit the seaside, those things count as dates too, right?

What do you think makes a good date?

Comfortable surroundings and flowing conversation. There’s nothing worse than feeling out of place and not knowing what to talk about. 

What would be your perfect date?

Wrapping up warm and heading to York, lunch in one of the many restaurants, hitting the shops and museum, perhaps a boat trip, a look around the Christmas market and a glass of Prosecco in a fancy bar to finish. Bliss!

What would be your perfect outfit for a date?

If we’re going out somewhere fancy, I’d probably stick to the trusty old uniform of the LBD, black tights, a pair of heeled booties, glamorous waves and a red lip. I love having an excuse to get dolled up! 

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Learn when to say no, because it’s impossible to please everyone at the same time and trying to stretch yourself in order to do that never ends well. 

What will you not leave the house without?

My watch! I feel completely lost without it and it bugs me all day if I forget to wear it. 

What tips would you give to anyone thinking of getting into blogging?

Enjoy it, don’t get caught up in numbers and statistics! Be thankful and attentive to your readers. Don’t expect everything to ‘click’ all at once, it takes time and effort to build something of substance. Make friends, get involved in blogger chats, spread the love and leave thoughtful comments on the blogs that you love reading. Blogging is fun and you will not regret getting into it. 
Thanks so much to Lauren for giving us some time in her hectic schedule, we loved chatting with her and definitely recommend checking out Loud as Love
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The VS 12 Gifts of Christmas

December 3, 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

To kick off the festive season in style, (and to make your Christmas shopping that little bit easier!) we’re giving you 12 *amazing* surprise offers between now and Christmas day! Think of it as a little Christmas gift from us to you.

Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be one of the first to find out each day’s offer and get shopping!

Merry Christmas! 

Love, Team VS xx28724

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Photo Styler – our week in pictures

December 3, 2014

Every week we will posting a few behind the scene snaps of what we have been up too! We can’t promise it will include much photographic skill, artistic flare or witty captions but we can promise it will be real and hopefully we will get some embarrassing snaps of the team!

Vintage Styler is expanding quickly and we’re really excited to be able to capture this and share our growth with you…so here are this weeks photos….

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Weekly meeting with our marketing agency Webtise’…could have picked a better picture but this one makes us laugh.  Chris, be warned, you’re next!

 

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast sorted! Nutritional value is questionable but it tasted good!

 

 

 

 

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We are obsessing over the new ‘Eden’ necklace that arrived at VS recently.  A wardrobe rota has now been established to prevent that embarrassing moment when you’re wearing the same thing as the whole office.

 

 

 

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The gorgeous Lydia Bright spotted filming for TOWIE last week.  She is wearing the ‘Felicity’ necklace from her range with VS.  Check out her full range here.

 

 

 

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Black Friday chaos hit Vintage Styler. Tip for next year - the relaxing way to grab a bargain…SHOP ONLINE!

 

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Friday we salute you! Thought we would include the laptop to make it look like we were working…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogger Style, Bloggers We Love

VS Blogger of the Week

November 24, 2014

Welcome to the VS fashion blogger of the week! This is our chance to acknowledge the everyday girl and their style inspiration. The rise of the blogging community means that approachable fashion advice is at our fingertips. Every week we’ll share with you our pick of our favourite inspirational bloggers!

First up is… Megan Cawe

Follow Megan at: @megan_cawe

We’ve been following Megan from her early days and we still love her style! Just like us here at VS, Megan’s love of fashion began at an early age through a love of dressing up. Whether brunette or blonde her style remains immaculate. The queen of Topshop, Megan loves celebrity inspiration and designer fashion channeled through the high street!

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She’s also a fan of VS….

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For wearable high street fashion inspiration and style advice follow Megan @megan_cawe or head to her blog! 

 

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Exclusive Interview with Bridal Designer – Charlotte Balbier

November 17, 2014
Charlotte Balbier

Following the wonderful wedding dress advice that British designer, Charlotte Balbier, gave us for our wedding dress advice guide  We caught up with Charlotte to learn a little more about her, her new collection and her own personal style.

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 You come from a family of designers, with both your  grandparents and mother being designers, How do you think they have influenced your designs?

My grandparents were in the bridal industry and My Mum is award winning bridal designer Amanda Wyatt who is celebrating 20 years at the forefront of British bridal with her own brand Amanda Wyatt.  I was born into a bridal dynasty so to speak!  My grandparents had several bridal boutiques across the U.K and a manufacturing business that supplied independent boutiques both in the U.K and Internationally.  Bridal has been a family business and it still is, even my grandfather still works in the business.  I’d say that I’ve tried my best to have a different look from my mother and grandparents because I wanted to put my own stamp on things!  But what I have been influenced by is their tremendous dedication to their businesses and hard-work ethic.  We’re a family who work hard to achieve our goals.

Where do you start with a new design?

Every dress starts with an inspiration and I’ll explain further on this below!  I’ll always carry a notebook in my handbag to write down any ideas that come to me.  I will sit down and sketch dress ideas before a collection and source fabrics from trade shows.  I’ll then configure the best way to work with our crafted artisans to create our beautiful Charlotte Balbier gowns!

If you If you hadn’t become a bridal designer, what career do you think you would have liked?

I am an absolute dog lover.  My lovely dog Buster is a very loved and spoiled dog.  So it’s more than likely I’d have been involved with dogs somehow so perhaps a vet!

Who are your fashion heroes or inspirations?

I adore Elie Sabb, his Red carpet gowns are simply out of this world. Valentino is my all time favourite and I have huge respect and admiration for Jenny Packham and Vivien Westwood, very different designers but love them both.

How would you describe your own style?

I’m a smart dresser for sure and I love a bit of colour!  I like to invest in classic items and I’m a massive fan of Temperley and Jenny Packham.  I also love to add that little bit extra to an outfit so you’ll often find me wearing something sequin within an outfit or wearing a big statement piece of jewellery.

Do you have a favourite or special accessory?

I love my Chanel handbag I bought years ago.  It’s a classic leather padded black one.  It’s an absolute coveted item that lifts the aesthetic of any outfit your wearing!

What would be your perfect outgoing outfit?

I love a good pair of shoes.  If you follow the Balbier Brides Instagram you’ll often find me taking photographs of my footwear on a night out.  I love wearing smart jackets and tight jeans.  At the moment I am a big fan of everything in Ted Baker!  They’ve got some amazing things in at the moment!

You must attend a lot of weddings, do you have any advice for wedding guests to help make the day perfect?

After planning my last wedding.  My one piece of advice if you have the budget is to hire a wedding planner.  I hired Charley Beard from The London Bride who writes a big bridal blog!  She was super helpful and gave me a number of unheard tips to make it into a fabulous day!

What is the best aspect of a wedding for you?

It has to be the wedding vowels.  No matter how big, small or fancy your wedding is going to be!  It’s what you and your new husband to be have to say to each other that counts!  What myself and Teddy said to each other in front of the whole church was the most meaningful part of my wedding day!  I’m a true romantic!

What can you not leave the house without?

I’ve just treated myself to a lovely new Mercedes Black car.  So for the moment, I’d have to say I hate walking anywhere and leaving without it

A massive thanks to Charlotte for chatting with us and she has even shared some images of her lovely new collection with us:

 

Big Nights

Big nights: Best five bars for a couple’s night in London

November 12, 2014
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Whether it’s a hot first date, or an anniversary night with a loved one, a stylish bar in London is the perfect spot for clinking cocktail glasses, flirting, and enjoying sophisticated chatter. If you’re looking for a pre-dinner drink or a late nightcap, then you can’t beat these five chic London bars for ambience and style.

Kettner’s – Soho

With a decadent 1920s style, Kettner’s bar is bathed in the soft glow of Tiffany lamps and tall candlesticks at night, creating the perfect playful, flirty atmosphere. The cocktail menu is inspired by the bar’s scandalous past, with plenty of gin, and cocktails dedicated to its famous patrons.

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Bridal Advice: How to choose a clutch bag to match your dress

November 10, 2014

A clutch bag is probably one of the last things a bride thinks about when shopping for the perfect bridal look. An accessory which you normally wouldn’t leave the house without, a bag can be so useful for the big day too, especially if you are not staying over at your venue. A bridal bag can hold your make up and all those little extras you might need on the day, from plasters to painkillers.

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Cocktail recipes

Recipes: Mai Tai Magic – A classic 1950s cocktail recipe

November 7, 2014
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Cocktails are all the rage, and Mai Tai’s are one of the most popular. The drink has even starred in a film – Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii. Mai Tai’s are the perfect accompaniment for a night where you’re going for a vintage and retro style from the 1950′s and 1960′s.

The story of the Mai Tai

However, the origins of the Mai Tai go back even further. The most popular tale is that it was invented at Trade Vic’s restaurant in Oakland, California. The year was 1944 and the bar’s owner, Victor J Bergeron, had some friends over from Tahiti.

He made a drink for them based on rum, curacao, orange syrup and lime juice. When his friend Carrie Guild tasted it, she said “Maita’i roa ae!’ (The best!). Convinced by this, Trader Vic began selling Mai Tai’s with his special recipe.

His claim to creating Mai Tai’s did not go unrecognised. A rival bar – Don the Beachcomber – claimed it had developed Mai Tai’s in 1933.

Take your pick as to which you prefer, as the two recipes have different tastes, and Trader Vic’s recipe is much simpler. Over the years, many variations on the Mai Tai cocktail have been created but the most popular is still very similar to that of Trader Vic.

So how do you make a Mai Tai?

For a start, take a tumbler and have plenty of ice at hand.

The most popular version of the Mai Tai cocktail recipe involves:

  • 4 cl white rum
  • 2 cl dark rum
  • 1.5 cl orange curacao
  • 1.5 cl Orgeat syrup
  • 1 cl fresh lime juice

Put everything except the dark rum into a mixer with some ice. Shake together. Then strain the cocktail into a glass and add the dark rum so that it floats on top. Garnish the cocktail with lime halves, edible flowers or paper umbrellas. Serve with a straw.

Give it a fun appearance; after all this is relaxing Hawaiian drink.

When to enjoy the Mai Tai

This is a great drink to enjoy when dressed up vintage style and wanting to create the fun atmosphere of the 1950′s or early 1960′s. If you fancy hosting a cocktail party of your own, now you can impress your friends with your background knowledge.

Big Nights

Big nights: the top 10 bars for couples in Liverpool

November 5, 2014
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Liverpool’s nightlife has transformed since the city’s hosting of European Capital of Culture in 2008, with more exclusive places to eat and drink than ever before. We take a look at the ten best bars in Liverpool where couples can enjoy a quiet evening in a trendy setting.

Alma de Cuba, St Peter’s Church, Seel Street

Award-winning restaurant and bar set inside a converted church. An eclectic mix of Cuban and Hispanic and provide a vibrant Latin American atmosphere and you can sample a range of delightful South American and Caribbean inspired cocktails.

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Bridal Style

Bridal Advice: How to wear a side tiara with style

November 3, 2014
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Side tiaras are one of the most stunning hair adornments you can wear on your wedding day. Classy, elegant and glamorous, side tiaras suit every style of dress. Whether you want a fairytale wedding with sweeping skirts or prefer a more sleek style; side tiaras add that extra touch. Even the range of styles is outstanding – brides are spoilt for choice with beads, lacework, sparkling crystals, pearls and vintage style designs available. It is no surprise that side tiaras have become a favourite accessory of many wedding dress designers.

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