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Snaps this week

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This week’s Instagrams, starting with… wind! 

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New charity shop dress and bag

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Inside my 1940s cabinet… vintage bags, perfume bottles and a rosy little home-made fascinator…

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Pimm’s o’clock

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  Eton mess time…

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Some great stuff at a new vintage shop in Kettering…  

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Retro Shack in Kettering’s got a hot new girl in the window

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And a fantastic photograph I found a few years ago in a vintage shop of a 1940s couple on their wedding day

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Giant cardi and Lulu Guinness

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 I got this giant cardigan/coat from Gone Retro in Stony Stratford in the autumn and it’s great for confusing weather – too cold for a little jacket but too warm for fur? Saturday was confusing, more so because it really ought to have rained and all my Lulu Guinness bird cage umbrella did all afternoon was get almost flattened in the ridiculous wind.

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It’s got birds on it! Cute!

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I’m wearing:

Giant cardigan – Gone Retro

Blue t-sthirt – Primark

Black jersey mini skirt – Internacionale

Red cardigan – Beyond Retro

Boots – gift but from Asos Marketplace

Bird cage umbrella – Lulu Guinness

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Snaps this week

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So I just got my first iPhone and obviously the biggest reason for leaving Blackberry was Instagram… So now I’m on it all the time… I’m on Instagram under jennyvintage66.

Kilner jar G&Ts!

These great Kilner jars are favours from my sister’s lovely wedding a couple of weeks ago. She bought these from notonthehighstreet.com for Pimm’s after the ceremony for herself and her husband, and the three bridesmaids. They came with lids with pretty holes in so you can use the jars as glasses (with straws) or vases (with flowers poked into the lid). My friend Erin came round on Wednesday and she made really tasty G&Ts in them with Gordon’s cucumber gin, lemon tonic and slices of cucumber. Much less bitter than straight G&Ts.

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Rachel Khoo’s chocolate lava cake with salted caramel filling

After dinner Erin and I got very Parisienne and baked something incredible. This might become my signature dinner party dessert. I’ve already baked it twice this week. This is a traditional French lava cake – a gooey chocolate pudding – with salted caramel piped into the centre before baking. You can find the recipe in Rachel Khoo‘s book, Little Paris Kitchen, and I probably shouldn’t post it on here. But it’s actually surprisingly easy. You’re just making caramel by melting sugar in a dry pan, adding double cream and a bit of sea salt, then you’re melting butter and dark chocolate and adding it to plain flour, light brown sugar and eggs. Easy!

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More Kilner cocktail pics… I have a feeling there’ll be a lot of these on my blog…

This one’s cava and mango. I bought the bunny night light last year from Ollie Vee’s in Leighton Buzzard.

I’ve also been Instagramming my old pics, starting with my sister’s beautiful wedding a couple of weeks ago…

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Instagram of a pic I took in the supposed spring using my Holga lens

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D Block, Bletchley Park, in November

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The boat behind me is Thekla, a music venue in Bristol. My band, The Koolaid Electric Company, played here a couple of times a few years ago

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Ah, Paris. I was very generously taken here to stay overnight on a work trip when I was still a newbie in journalism.

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Want… Topshop prom dress

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I popped into TopShop this afternoon and now I need to have this. This pretty rose (or is it a bit peach?) lace prom dress would be perfect for the picnic and mojitos on my friend’s balcony fantasies that will never come true because summer will never arrive. It’s £50 and feels pretty well made. It reminds me a bit of a stunning green 1950s prom dress I wore to a formal event in my last year of school. I may need to buy…

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Elsewhere at the BP festival part two

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The French cafe was a new addition to the Bletchley Park 1940s Festival and was one of the coolest displays we had this year, I reckon. This lady’s husband made all of the replica produce for the cafe’s shelves…

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There are rounders matches every year at the 1940s weekend because Winston Churchill was famously displeased that his hardworking code breakers had inadequate facilities to have decent breaks between shifts. When he watched them playing rounders on the lawn with a broom handle for a bat he ordered the Victorian tennis courts  – at the time earmarked as space for more huts – to be properly refurbished.

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Meanwhile, at one of my favourite stalls this year…

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 Yanks…

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