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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Fashion, Lifestyle, Retro, Style

Want: Loup Garçon dress

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I just found out about Loup from Calivintage this morning and it’s all so pretty! If you’re sad that you’re not Jane Birkin, go and look at the sweet little Paris-inspired dresses, all made in New York. I love this one but I’ve promised to not by myself anything new for months – 2015 needs to be the year of austerity.

But oh –

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Longchamp, Retro, Style, Vintage

The teddy coat

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After years of wearing huge furry coats all winter I thought I’d never really be warm in a non-furry ever again. But I got this fantastic 1960s teddy coat from Curious Minds Vintage in Buckingham last month and it’s great for really cold weather.

This was an absolute bargain at £30 – it’s a gorgeous classic 60s piece, it’s in brilliant condition, and it’s very heavy and well-made. It goes with nearly everything I own but I especially love it with my most recent bits from American Apparel.

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Coat – Curious Minds Vintage, Buckingham

Dress – American Apparel

Jumper – American Apparel

Bag – Longchamp

Boots – Asos Marketplace

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The Kissing Booth

 

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I love my Coco Fennell bee dress. I love it so much I bought it twice – the first time, too cocky to believe the ‘dry clean only’ label, I washed it and it shrank… about two dress sizes. It still fit but it was too tight to look like the tea dress it used to be so I gave it to my petite friend Auriol and bought another.

This dress is perfect for those London lunch meetings I still have to go to every once in a while and for more special occasions, such as this wedding where my sister and I were the photographers for the whole day. Side note – being a wedding photographer is exhausting. It’s fun but it’s non-stop all day. Grab a pint before you start and wear flat shoes.

When we finally got a quiet moment at the reception, this kissing booth plus novelty glasses obviously equalled a lot of bee dress posing…

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Dress – Coco Fennell

Ballet shoes – Topshop

Watch – Burberry

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Birthday on the Orient Express

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Last night some of my very good friends and I hopped aboard The Orient Express to celebrate my birthday. This meant 1930s to 1940s outfits, Edith Piaf and a very glamorous dining room turned dining car.

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When my passengers arrived we had some Pimm’s before taking our seats and opening goody bags. I stuck the logo of Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits – the rail company which operated The Orient Express – onto the bags and filled them with apple tea, baklava, chocolates, florentines and an Orient Express poster.

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Our first stop for dinner was Istanbul, where we had a starter of red lentil koftas and Turkish olive salad. On arrival at Paris we had chicken in white wine sauce from Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen and in Munich, on a different line, we had Black Forest gateau. All with lots of prosecco, bien sûr!

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Thank you to my lovely and very generous friends for coming and making it a fabulous night. And thank you to Auriol for taking all of these pics!

Dress – 1940s, Curious Minds Vintage, Buckingham

Hat – 1940s, Ollie Vee’s, Leighton Buzzard

Shoes – Flea market, Barcelona

 

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