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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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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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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L-O-V-E

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Most of my favourite clothes are autumn/winter outfits so I’m so happy I can finally dress properly again. I got this great little 1960s shift from Camden Thrift Store on Chalk Farm Road in August and now that it’s cool enough outside and I’ve had it shortened to a mini, I’ve worn it loads. If you have never been to Camden Thrift Store I highly recommend a trip – it’s got a pretty big variety of women’s and men’s clothing and the prices are great (I think this dress was only £15). And the owner’s lovely!

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Dress – vintage, Camden Thrift Store, 51 Chalk Farm Road

Coat – Rose-tinted Vintage

Bag – Deena & Ozzy, Urban Outfitters

Boots – Asos Marketplace

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The Loved One

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I’ve only just discovered The Loved One – a gorgeous collection of vintage and reconstructed vintage clothing, based in Pasadena. After starting life out as a vintage wholesaler, The Loved One now has its own shop, e-shop and carries brands including Family Affairs, Dear Creatures and its own line of reconstructed vintage, Made by TLO.

A go to for 60s and 60s-style minis, lace and velvet.

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Photos courtesy of The Loved One

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Snaps this week

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

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Just got my vintage Jaeger pea coat relined and my Mod Dolly tartan Olivia dress shortened – it feels like a whole new outfit.

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Matinee at The Rex, Berkhamsted

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Pretty purchase from Home & Colonial, Berkhamsted

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And a tour of the art deco gems in Brentford

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