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Carnaby Street Christmas

 

Carnaby Street sits amongst the 13 streets in London’s Soho shopping area.  It is found behind Liberty in Regents Street, the nearest underground station being Oxford Circus. The area boasts 150 shops, bars and restaurants. The shops display cutting edge designers talents and trendy street ware, clothes, shoes, bags and jewellery. There are also boutiques selling vintage clothing and well known cosmetic shops.

Although the street has been there since the 16th century, it was in the 1960’s that Carnaby Street came to life and became a fashionable shopping street. It was the place to shop and to be seen and if you were very lucky or hung around long enough you might have seen a famous person or two shopping there.

Now many people gather each year for the switching on of the Carnaby Street Christmas Lights which feature some of the most unusual Christmas decorations to be seen in London. The shops stay open late, many giving discounts and there is a general festive party atmosphere. The lights always have a different theme each year.

2010 was the 50th Anniversary of the start of the “swinging sixties” so the theme that year was Love, Hope, Joy and Peace- reminiscent of throughout the sixties in fact.
2011 saw giant illuminated Mistletoe across the street with Holly chandeliers swinging in between.
2012 had a Rolling Stones theme celebrating 50years of their music. The year of the Robin was the theme for 2013.
The distinctive theme for 2014 was to celebrate Carnaby Street’s reputation as a unique shopping destination, with enormous headphones and sunglasses with ” I love Christmas” on.

2015 ….. I won’t spoil the surprise as you might be planning to go to see the Carnaby Street lights for yourself!!

Love Betty…. X

���� HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE ����

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Vintage Photoshoot …. X

Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of collaborating on a Vintage Photoshoot at Wakehurst Mansion In Sussex organised by Ingrid of Fine to Fabulous Hair & Makeup. A large team of specialist Hair & Makeup artists were brought in to style and dress a group of talented models to be photographed at this stunning backdrop
for a 1920,s and 1940’s/50’s theme. Here are a few shots behind the scenes I can’t wait to see the final shoot pics…. X

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Vintage In Brighton …… X

A trip to Brighton in my eyes is not complete without a visit to the North Laine’s, the Vintage district of Brighton and I was lucky enough to visit again at the weekend.
Exciting streets packed Full of vintage treasures and Antiques, a mixture of what I would call traditional rummage vintage shops with some mainstream retro shops, intertwined with of course coffee shops with sweet & savoury treats. Of course a few purchases were made to add to the collection!
If you haven’t visited before and you are down that way it’s a must!
I’m already looking forward to the next time and I’m sure it won’t be long before I’m back …. X Continue reading

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