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Vintage Style Ladies Bicycles

It's getting to that time of year where I really want to ditch the car, and cycle everywhere. So on my bicycle-buying journey, I thought I'd go through some of the various options with my lovely readers.

This is one of my favourite black and white photos (approx 1940s).



Women look so feminine and elegant on this type of bicycle, and that's why I want one. I know I can wear my skirt , or shorts and not look quiteas awful as I would on a mountain bike ha-ha

So, we have now seen beautiful Gil Elgren style Pin-ups in real life, we need to move on to bicycle options.

 1. The first which caught my eye is the Betty made here in the UK:

The Betty, is made by the beautiful by Beg Bicycles. The bicycle costs £725 and comes in three colours, and the grocers basket costs an extra £55. What I like about this bicycle, is the workmanship that has gone into it, they have really done their research even the seat is a brooks leather tan saddle. See, a video here.

2. Then, made by the same company is the limited edition Bea bicycle:

I love this colour, and I'm sad that the Betty does not come in the same colour, but I personally prefer the grocers basket on the Betty, but I think you can customise for a price, which includes more gears and specific size. £775, see it here

Ok, so everyone has a favourite colour, and some of these bikes do come in other colours, so here's a number of vintage style bicycles in other colours (other than my favourite colour blue ha-ha). Rayleigh make a number of vintage styles in various colours and these are all currently on offer at Rutland Cycling:

3. The Cameo 700c womens Hybrid in green is on sale at just £209.99 here.


4.The Orange bicycle above is also made by Rayleigh. It's currently £249.99 available from Rutland Cycling.

 


5. The Rayleigh Hybrid in yellow is £245. Buy it here



6. The next bicycle is the Pendleton Somerby in Mint.  The Pendleton Somerby Hybrid is currently on offer for just £169.95
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7. Next is the Kingston Mayfair in red, it's now £229.95 at Bikes Direct.

8. And last but not least, is this affordable vintage style bike in red (also comes in baby blue and white made by Viking and is just £149.99. You can buy it here

I really hope you enjoyed this bicycle blog, and hopefully it'll help you buy your perfect vintage style bicycle. If you know any other brands I may have missed or see any bicycles on offer, do let me know and I'll update this blog.

Love Suzy xx

* All the prices were correct at time of posting, but may change depending on the website

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Rockin' around the Christmas tree.

So, tonight is the night we choose our potted forever Christmas tree from Barton Grange garden centre. I love tree's and I think it's really sad how many are cut down each year at Christmas. So, this year we are buying a living tree which we can replant in the new year or keep and repot for Christmas.

Barton Grange garden centre has various trees and decorations, In fact I couldn't believe how many variations of Christmas decorations and lights they have on display, there must have been thirty decorated trees with different themes. 

Then comes the train track christmas scene, it was amazing, even has little trees and children playing on a sleigh.

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This is our first Christmas tree, and I have been collecting various blue and teal  or handmade decorations.

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Crafty Vintage Christmas fair

This is my first Crafty Vintage fair, and I set off early on Friday to the Nature reserve to get set up. I brought a lot more items than I normally do, just because it's Christmas. I think this is the last fair for me in 2015, I'll still be doing Christmas ladies nights so if you know of any ladies nights coming up and you want us to attend then please get in touch This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have re-branded, and changed our logo slightly. I have also made a lot of new items. Handmade Brooches and we are also now selling make your own skirt kits for Christmas which include everything you need to make a skirt. The booklet also has email support details too incase you get stuck at any of the points when making the skirt.

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The second day of the fair was cancelled, due to the floods. It is an amazing venue, and floats with the water however, the Saturday It flooded the access road for the second time this year which meant they had to close. I spoke to a member of staff and they said it is the second day since they opened that they have had to close to the public.

Brockholes is a lovely place to visit at the weekend, you cannot walk your dog but you can go for  a walk around the grounds. a lot of people there seemed to be visiting, fully kitted with binoculars for bird watching.

It was lovely meeting everyone over the weekend, and hopedully I'll be at a future fair to meet some of you again.

 

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Afternoon Tea at Barton Grange Hotel

So today, we decided to go on a little adventure somewhere new. We drove out of Poulton and towards Preston, as we decided to go somewoth have not been together, since it's one of our rare days off together.

Driving on the main road from Garstang to Preston, we drove past the Barton Grange Hotel, and spotted an Afternoon tea poster. We parked our car and walked into the sophisticated reception of the Barton Grange Hotel, and turned left to enter the Walled Garden.

On reading the menus and posters around the restaurant, you can see that this eatery takes great pride in supporting local for the afternoon tea. The sandwiches change each season, and the scones are accompanied with delicious clotted cream, which a lot of places seem to be skimping on and using that awful whipped cream. (I love clotted cream, so its a must for any afternoon tea meeting).

Jenny and I went for the loose tea, which is unlimited throughout your afternoon treat. We turned up a bit early for afternoon tea which is 2pm til 5pm, but the staff asked the chef and we were alllowed to dine earlier. Thank you for that, we really appreciated it.

 There are various sandwiches in the afternoon tea selection, however as I am Vegetarian (and my sister doesnt mind) we ordered the Vegetarian sandwich option: which was egg mayo, Lancashire cheese and chutney and a third sandwich which was Pesto with something else, absolutely delicious, and

 A perfectly rectangle, crust-free sandwich.

 Jenny and I enjoying our afternoon tasty treat.

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Lady Retro at Blossom Boutique (Pop-up)

So today, Jenny and I are at Blossom Boutique on Marsh Mill. Caroline, Hayley and Zoe have kindly let us have a pop-up shop for the day because BBC Lancashire will be here from 11-12 talking about our awesme businesses and how we will be collaborating. We have the lovely Lara trying on items in the shop too. Here's our pop-up rail for the day.

Blossom is a lovely boutique, a Bobbin shaped table greets you in the centre of the shop covered in their jewellery. It's very different to what we sell, so it's nice to work together and bring our vintage loving customers in and they can check out the shop but also work with The sewing sactuary on the dress making courses with us too. We sell handmade jewellery and hair accessories which are very bright and wouldn't suit every taste, so allowing the two styles together is a great combination for shoppers when they visit.


It's very positive popping up and being asked to host ourselves in various locations, and we hope to continue this over the next year. It's back to how we were in 2012 having fun rather than being all about business, we both love the shop but running a physical boutique has been very hard the past year with all the changes in Poulton-Le-Fylde centre to make way for Booths new building.

It was a fun day because Caroline and Hayley support other local businesses by stocking their items, we spotted our pal Michelle's The Little Blue Hen cosmetics and soap, again another local. More local businesses should get together with a glass of fizz, and network. Its so much fun meeting fellow strong-minded business women. We can only make businesses stronger this way :) and afterall, we are in the same boat tryig to make our business successful.

We had a great day with Sally and the team from BBC Radio Lamcashire, you can still listen to the show direct on the BBC Iplayer or ch
eck us out on the BBC lancashire facebook. http://www.facebook.com/BBCLancashire/videos/10153639747566069/ 

 

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Our weekend at Tatcon Blackpool

Over the weekend we attended Tatcon Blackpool, it's our first tattoo convention where we have traded so we were a little nervous to say the least. The great part is we were asked to run the fashion show too.

We set up first thing Friday morning, since we have the shop, we forget how easy it actually is to set up our stall for the weekend. It seems like a lot of hard work, but really the car was full with rails and clothes (we must start using the suitcase idea again from when we first started). I (Suzy) couldn't even fit Jenny in the front passenger seat because i had two mannequins ha-ha

What we loved about this weekend, is it really reminded us of how much nicer it is to attend craft fairs and conventions. We used to have a lot of fun, and the customers are genuinely interested in talking to you about your stall.

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Jak, our amazingly talented hairdresser and the models arrived in the afternoon for the fashion show. the fashion show didn't go on long and I was so nervous to talk in front of everyone about the dresses (plus Lou from Miss Tatcon pinup)kept having to put the mic up to my mouth because no-one could hear me. eek

People who know me, will already know how much I hate being on stage, despite hosting many fashion shows and events in the past. The girls looked absolutely gorgeous in our new Collectif and Hell bunny items, all available to buy on the website :) and the hair flowers are handmade by us.

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Toni-Lee looking absolutely gorgeous wearing the Julie dress which is £80 and available here.

Here's a sneak preview, more official photos coming. All the dresses, the scrabble necklaces and the hair flowers worn by the models and the men's tshirt which is by Mundane Attire is available to buy on our site, just click here

Below are some fun photos by Kerry, one of the models <3

 

We met some great people over the weekend, and all new customers loved our new handmade circle skirts and cardigans. I can't wait to get involved next year. 

 

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Custom cars and Pinups June 2015

Well it's all been a bit hectic in the Lady Retro boutique, I have finally finished university and achieved the results I wanted so now I can focus 100% on the boutique starting with a calendar photoshoot for Harts Amusements.
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If you love america cars, custom cars and motorbikes then this is definiteley the meet for you, meeting monthly at Harts Amusements in bispham, Blackpool. This month there were more girls than usual, as we were asked to attend for a possible 2016 calendar and since we own the only retro inspired. Many car and bike enthusiasts from all over the country visit this monthly meet, to show off their beautiful and rare cars. The bonus, is all our  girls pictured this month are regular customers and supporters of Lady Retro, we are not professional models we do it all for fun and most people will see that on the night.
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It was very windy, and as we were on the Blackpool Promenade fighting our petticoats which were flying above our heads. I understand now why in the 1950's petticoats were stiffened or they had detachable hoops  at the bottom of the skirt. This would have made things a lot easier tonight, but perhaps not as comfy.
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American Custom car and bike meet

Last Night we visited our first Classic custom and car meet at Harts Amusements in Bispham, Blackpool and I must say I cannot wait to attend next month.

Meet our customers/models:

Shelley, wears the Regina doll dress in black with a black bolero.
Hope, wears her own nautical top, and our blue Hell Bunny bandana skirt.
Suzy wears a red Banned cardigan and handmade circle skirt (only available from us shop)
Laura, who is a plus size Pinup model who wears one of our 1950s style polkadot halterneck dress.

We walked round the cars and bikes and there was everything from an old Chevrolet pickup truck to a VW camper full of lights inside to gorgeous Harley Davidsons. Rob, who owns Dark Side imaging took the photos at the event. Here's a few.

Great to see events like this, going on in Blackpool and surrounding area's. Loads of the girls were fully dressed, and a few girls wore Freddies Jeans, which we'll be stocking soon.

The dates of the events are as follows, so make sure you visit at 6pm-9pm on the night.
May 21st
June 18th
July 16th
Aug 20th
Sept 17th

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