Monday, 30 May 2011

New Listings @ Smashingbird Vintage!

My latest lot of listings are now up at my Etsy Shop. Lot's of fab vintage shoes, mostly UK size 6 US 8.5 and a couple of bags too. Don't forget all blog followers can get free worldwide shipping on any purchase when you enter code BLOGGER at the checkout!

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Songs for Saturday pt10

Scott Walker - Rosemary (Scott 3, 1969)

Because he is amazing and so is this song.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Best of Etsy - Vintage Platforms

Now I'm not one to follow trends but I haven't failed to notice the abundance of platforms and wedges in the shops at the moment. There are some really fab shoes on offer on the high street, especially in New Look (which I would post if you could have access their images!), but the one thing that really really bugs me is that on the majority of modern shoes the platform curves up at the front, which I think looks kinda weird and personally find really difficult to walk in - I keep feeling like I am going to tip forward! So with this in mind I this weeks Etsy feature is all about platforms of the vintage variety, enjoy!

These 1940's Alligator Peep Toes are soo beautiful, hard to imagine them being 70 years old! 
US size 5-5.5 
Available from AlleyKatsStore - $89.99

Very cute 1970's Velvet & Floral Embroidered Wedges.
US size 5.5/6 (UK 3-ish)
From DiamondGraffiti - $149

I do love a cork heel, these Olive Green & Brown Slingbacks are perfect for summer. 
US 5.5
From LauroRighi - $109

Of course I gotta get a bit of sparkle in somewhere, Silver Glitter 70's Wedges. 
EU 37 - UK4
from Spelfenmeisje - €99

Black & Orange 1970's Slingback Spectators. 
US 7.5 - UK5
From PawsonVintage - $38

These 1940's Suede & Snakeskin embellished heels are just about the prettiest shoes I've ever seen. 
US 7.5
From ArthertonVintage - $324

I have to say this last pair of Brown Leather Woven Platforms are my absolute favourite pair of all. UK4/4.5
From saintphalle - $40

Monday, 23 May 2011

Bare Bird


Miners Lipstick Ad from Rave May 1966.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Songs for Saturday Pt9

Of course I had to link this weeks song to my shop, so the tedious link is..... Shop Around by The Miracles.  I was fortunate enough to see Smokey Robinson live a couple of years ago, and my, what a performer! He had the crowd in the palm of his hands within 2 minutes, and I'm not ashamed to say I shed a little tear when he sung You Really Gotta Hold On Me & Oooh Baby Baby.  Amazing.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Smashingbird Vintage is now Open!

I am very pleased to announce that my Etsy store Smashingbird Vintage now finally has some stock in and is open for business!
There are lot's more frocks & fancies to come, so please stay tuned. To celebrate I'm offering all blog readers Free Shipping worldwide when you enter code BLOGGER at the checkout.

Here is a selection of what is for sale right now....






Monday, 16 May 2011

Best of Etsy - Wes Anderson

Welcome dear blog friends to a new feature here on Smashingbird. I'm slowly but surely getting there with my shop listings so in the meantime I thought I'd start a new feature aiming to show my best picks from Etsy with each week focusing on a different subject. This week is all about my favourite film director Wes Anderson. Click the description below to go to the listing.

You too can get the Steve Z look with this fantastic temporary tattoo, available for  $10 from  

What is your favourite Wes Anderson flick? Do leave a comment to let me know what type of things you would like me to feature on here & I promise the shop is coming sooooon!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Songs for Saturday pt8

This lovely tune has been stuck in my head all week thanks to Bill @ Anorak Thing. Shame the footage is of The Steampacket.

Shotgun Express - I could feel the whole world turn round (1966)

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Girl! Girl! Girl!

I don't know what's up with me this week, I feel totally uninspired and can't think of a single interesting thing to say! So to make up for it here's a selection of scans from one of my favourite vintage annuals, Girl! Girl! Girl! I scanned these all in ages ago and it is currently tucked away in a box in my attic and for the life of me I can't remember the date, I think it is 1970, anyhoo enjoy!

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Cover

Front Cover

Girl! Girl! Girl! - inside cover

Love the graphics on the inside of the covers (the front is b/w & the back is pink & black)

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Boutique1

Fabulous Boutique feature, I'd love the pop art man head! Also has anyone ever had anything from the Just Looking boutique?

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Boutique2

Bus Stop's Lee Bender & George Best! Plus matching knitwear.

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Kings Rd

Great contemporary map of the Kings Rd, I'd love to have gone to the Chelsea Kitchen!

Girl! Girl! Girl! - head to toe

I have dreams about those perfect silver boots...

Girl! Girl! Girl! head to toe2

Mary Quant Berets

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Hair1

Just so you know, cool hair isn't just for Brownies!

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Hair2

The second haircut is seriously tempting me to grow my hair out...

Girl! Girl! Girl! - Back

And finally here is the back cover - aren't the graphics and pic fab!

Monday, 9 May 2011

She's back! (for a little bit anyhoo)

Saturday 1

As I mentioned in my post on saturday this weekend I spent with my favourite sister (ok, she's my only sibling, but she's still my fave!), who has just returned from the not so snow covered mountains of Val D'Isere. We met up at 2pm with a big group of her nearest & dearest girlies and had a lovely lunch at Prezzo's (Gorgonzola Pizza = yum!) where I probably should have taken food pics, but as you all know I'm crap at photos!

Saturday 2

Next we moved onto a rather trendy bar/restaurant/club place where copious amounts of wine was consumed and Em being the caring big sister was craftily only giving me small glasses (did I mention I'm  a complete lightweight?). Here I am in outfit post mode, doing my best until someone who shall remain nameless hollered "POSER!" at me, so what's a gal to do? That's right, give 'em my best Blue Steel!

Saturday 3

What I wore: vintage 70's purple floral chiffon sundress (£6 from Scope), Purple suede & patent Terry De Havilland Wedges, Red leather and gold studded vintage bag (50p bootfair), 70's gold small chain belt and my usual charity shop jewels.

Saturday 4

I'm pleased to say Em & I are the only ones that lasted the night right through until 3am! Even though a very very generous chap bought us a bottle of champagne, which at 1am was received with mixed reviews! Plus there wasn't a kebab insight. (the queue was too long ; p )

Thank goodness for small measures and Party Feet.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Songs for Saturday pt7

Apologies for the lack of posting this week. My lovely sister Snowy Stylista has finally returned to Blighty after 6 months in the Alps and I have been busy catching up with her and today we are heading out for lunch and drinkies with all the girlies (outfit pics will of course follow!). I do hope you are all enjoying your weekend, I'm hoping the rain holds off as my purple Terry De havillands do not like being wet!
So here is today's song in honour of big sis, See Emily Play by David Bowie (from Pin Ups 1973).

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Rave May 1966

Rave Cover May 1966

This months Rave cover is one of the most sought after issues. It features Jeff Beck & Keith Relf of The Yardbirds on front and has some great bits inside such as this super rare feature on the legendary 60's mod band The Action.

Where The Action Is! 1

Where The Action Is! 2

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Tea Party!!!

As I have mentioned previously I was rather looking forward to Royal Wedding day. Along with all the excitement of the event itself and of course the dress which I think was just perfect, I had planned to host a Tea Party for the fam. Thursday was spent in a baking frenzy, everything was made from scratch. At midnight I was doing paper chains and 1am found me blowing up balloons! 

Me + HatRed White & Blue

On the day itself I was up rather early so I watch all the drama unfold... I wore a vintage 70's navy polkadot cotton Biba dress, vintage strappy sandals and a rather jolly little hat (from asda!), oh yes and of course my Auntie's pearls. I did look for my white gloves but alas they are nowhere to be found! What do you think of my patriotic manicure? : )

Me + Buffet 2

Vintage China



Onto the spread, I bought an offcut of pink gingham fabric to use as a table cloth topped with an old lace cafe curtain, cos I think it looked pretty! The flowers are white hyancinth, blue hybe (both from the garden) and red gerberas - these sat in old jam jars tied with a little ribbon. There was also bunting & flags! The cakestands were from Fortnum & Masons (as were the biccies, preserves & loose leaf tea). A lot of the china was vintage but  a few bits are from Cath Kidston. 

The Spread

Patriotic Fairy Cakes


I made carrot cake (grated my hand in the process - ouch), victoria sandwich, fruit & cheese scones, fairy cakes (soo proud of my piping!), sausage rolls, mini ham & caramelised onion quiches,  the Royal Pie is bacon, egg & sausage (we added the crown and rings after realising WC had another rather unsanitary meaning...), hand cut ham sandwiches, cream cheese & cucumber sandwiches - crusts off of course! A very kind neighbour provided the delicious gypsy tart. I had a lovely day and still have a few bits left (diet starts next week). 

Fairy Cakes

The Spread


I was soo exhausted I went to bed at 10pm! How did you all celebrate the big day?


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