Fashion, lifestyle, Retro, Style, travel, Vintage

Barcelona: vintage shopping

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I love Barcelona. I love the architecture, the food, the cheap beer and the laid-back lifestyle – a fabulous break from home when I’ve been working flat out writing articles for finance magazines.

My dear friend Beth has lived in Barcelona for about five years and by now has shown me around most of her favourite places. Beth and I both love a good vintage and charity shop trip so on top tour guide form, during my last trip in November, she took me to the best Barcelona vintage shop she’s shown me yet – Kilostore on Carrer de la Riera Baixa.

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Take a short walk from La Rambla for vintage sold by the weight and really lovely service. Despite apparently having plenty of similar shops in England, I’d never come across one so I got pretty excited.

Kilostore is especially good for really cheap and good quality coats and jackets, knitwear and accessories. I got a fantastic men’s navy pea coat – with little red anchors embroidered in the lapels – for about €25.

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  Everything, except for very light and difficult to weigh items like belts, is labelled black or white, giving it a price of either €20 or €30 a kilo. Take it to the till and the really nice staff will weigh it, get out a calculator and tell you exactly how much it is.

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Kilostore – Carrer de la Riera Baixa, a short walk from Liceu metro station on La Rambla.

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Antiques, Furnishings, Furniture, interiors, lifestyle, Lifestyle, Style, Vintage

Inspiration: Home & Colonial

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A couple of months ago, after an afternoon at The Rex cinema, Auriol and I popped into one of our favourite antiques and vintage shops for a browse – Home & Colonial on Berkhamsted High Street. I had completely forgotten about the pics I took of all of the stuff we could never afford…

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Home & Colonial:

134 High Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4 3AT

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Snaps this week

   This week’s Instagram (http://instagram.com/jennyvintage66)

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Birthday beehive by the best vintage hairstylist in the land, Sarah’s Doo-Wop Dos

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Birthday present!

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At Sarah’s salon

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Thank you to my lovely sister for my fabulous surprise

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An afternoon at The Rex


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The Rex in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, is a real treat and has spoilt me for other cinemas forever. This restored single-screen art deco cinema is an absolute gem. It was built in 1938, closed in 1988 following the rise of video, and reopened in 2004 as a thing of beauty.

Yesterday my friend Auriol and I popped down for a matinee of Rush, Ron Howard’s 1970s Formula 1 pic. It’s excellent, by the way. But a trip to The Rex is much more about the cinema itself – candle-lit tables in the lower circle, a gold curtain over the screen and gorgeous art deco details everywhere. There’s even a licensed bar inside the auditorium and with a cheese platter that the bar staff will deliver to your table five minutes before the start of the film, who needs popcorn and sticky nachos? You certainly can’t get them here. And the best surprise is that it’s significantly cheaper than going to an Odeon or a Cineworld.

And obviously you should vintage up your outfit on a day out to such a special place. It was the first outing for my gorgeous vintage fur coat – a 1960s piece in perfect condition from Stella Dallas in Soho, New York. It was my one big New York purchase, was fairly pricy but I’m so glad I took it home with me.

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Who put that can there?

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I’m wearing:

1960s fur coat – Stella Dallas, New York

Reindeer jumper – Topshop (via a surprise parcel sent to me by my beautiful friend Maryam)

Skirt – Primark

Bag – Beyond Retro

Lace gloves – vintage, present

Mary Janes – Dr Martens, £30 from the factory shop (the Doc Shop, High Street, Wollaston, near Wellingborough)

Umbrella – Lulu Guinness

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The Whitepepper winter lookbook

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The Whitepepper, which I discovered in the spring through the beautiful Rhiannon at Vintage Style Me, has just released its winter 2013 lookbook. Here are few snippets, including my favourite – this great little velvet smock dress.

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