Thursday, 21 June 2012

Our vintage adventure in Penzance.


Vintage 50s Dress - Kitts Corner
Ice Cream Detail Heels - Irregular Choice
Cats Eyes Sunglasses* - Giant Vintage
Pastel Pink Bag - Primark
Lacey Socks - Ebay

Today I convinced my mum to join me on a vintage adventure in Penzance. Penzance is a town that I have often heard being praised for it's abundance of vintage boutiques, so after a bit of preliminary research (and a quick lunch at Costa!) we dove straight in and attempted to navigate the streets of Penzance in search of vintage treasures.

Our first stop was Boudoir, described as 'A Lady's Private Room', in the doorway of a small arcade on Chapel Street. It's an adorable, slither of a boutique, and as you can see in the first three photos the attention to detail is stunning. It was everything a girly haven should be; there were towers of colourful, tasselled lampshades, gaggles of delicate perfume bottles, and a very thoughtful collection of preloved clothing. I picked out a red shift dress with a swooping cream peter pan collar, which I was thrilled to find was a perfect fit. As my mum tried on a dress of her own I had a chat with the owner, who formerly worked in fashion PR, and now writes a column for The Cornishman. Meeting such inspiring people never fails to get me excited about what the future holds!

The next stop was just down the road, and the nationally acclaimed Kitts Corner. It was darker, busier, and more cluttered than Boudoir, but in an endearing way. There were retro mannequins dotted around, with faces that were somehow simulataneously sinister and charming, and all around were vintage hats, shoes and other paraphanalia. Racks bulged with immaculate vintage evening dresses, each painstakingly labelled with the appropriate occasion and era, and as I tried on the above dress I recognised the faint strains of Abba permeating the air.

Not only was the shop itself a Wonderland, but I was absolutely over the moon with this 50s dress. For these photos I dressed it up with frilly socks, vintage cats eyes sunglasses, a little pink bag and a dusty pink ribbon tied around the waist. I was also thrilled as it gave me an excuse to dig out my old Irregular Choice heels (an 18th birthday present from a good friend - aren't I lucky?).

The overall ensemble reminds me of vintage milkshake bars and ice cream sundaes! Very summery indeed - now we just need some sunshine... But, at very least, I've had a lovely day with my mummy!

17 comments:

  1. Oh wow, I need to visit this town, it's like something out of a fairytale!

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    1. It's one of those places that is full of surprises!

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  2. Oh wow, it looks like such a perfect shop! I'm in love with your dress xxx

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    1. Thank you! They were just lovely shops x

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  3. Having booked a holiday to Cornwall today, I'm now even more excited. Penzance is definitely on my list of places to visit after reading this post.

    The dress is gorgeous!

    Emily Jane xo

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    1. Definitely wortha visit! St Ives and Falmouth are worth visiting too, especially if you like hidden away little shops.

      One word of caution, the best shops can be a bit tricky to find, so do your research first! x

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  4. oh that dress is beautiful! such a fantastic find! ive just bee to Edinburgh and there were so many vintage shops i was in heaven! You look great in the dress, so so pretty! love the shoe aswell so unique :)

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I love places with lots of little vintage shops, since the shops themselves are usually so pretty too! x

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  5. This is definitely one of my favourites of yours, Megan. It's a beautiful dress and the colour sets off your hair quite wonderfully!

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  6. so pretty! like a sugary aladdin's cave =]

    http://arosebard.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. THIS IS TOO AMAZING! I wish we have a shop like that in our village...

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    1. They are lovely, but it was a half hour drive to get there! My village has nothing at all! x

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  8. Another great blog post! :-) I really like it! Looking forward to your next one! Have a great day.

    the-white-list.blogspot.com

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  9. I bet your mom loved you in this.the dress
    is so pretty and sweet and the frilly
    white socks are perfect with it

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