Something Old. Something New.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Like live music? Lust retro locks? Luuuuurve vintage? Then you would have been bloomin' well bonkers about the GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE pop-up shop at the Andaz Hotel this weekend. On Saturday 31st March & Sunday 1st April the hotel's magnificent Grade II listed Masonic Temple was transformed into an enchanting vintage boudoir housing a stylish selection of pre-loved apparel, hand-picked by none other than the gorgeous Girl Who Stole Vintage herself, Lereese Atkinson.

A fervent follower of all things fashwa, Lereese created a blog back in May 2011 as a place to share her style inspirations, everyday ensembles and preferred pastimes - predominantly retro glad-rags. Exasperated by the extortionate prices that trendy vintage boutiques were charging for their clobber Atkinson turned entrepreneur in a bid to make premium vintage pieces accessible for all. Using her little piece of t'interweb as starting point for  this exciting new business venture she began sourcing stunning second-hand slacks, styling them to perfection and selling them at purse-friendly prices. Et voilĂ  GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE was born.

As a gal pal and soon to be Coachella chum of Miss Atkinson (16 days to go, not that I'm counting or anything) I was invited along to the press launch of her latest awesome adventure to sneak-a-peek at what both herself and these boutique hotel hulks had in store. Situated a stones throw from the East End's concourse of cool, aka Brick Lane, as I descended the marble staircase into the elegant 1920's bosom of the Masonic Temple I felt a world away. Rails upon rails of one-of-a-kind handpicked pieces lined the room from floral tea dresses to oversized 80's denim, shimmery sequinned tunics to fabulous floor-length furs. It's fair to say that I was in walking in a vintage wonderland. 

Aside from the gorgeous GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE garms retro hair and make-up specialists Lipstick & Curls were on hand to help transform visitors into vintage vamps. Whether you saw yourself as a Hollywood starlet, rock'n'roll pin up or Mad Men minx the L&C girls were on hand with an unlimited supply of hairspray, lashes and lippie to make you look and feel the part. Entertainment was served in the form of Shoreditch based folk band Erin K Tash who treated us to an intimate performance of their tongue-in-cheek tunes which touched upon a variety of unlikely subjects such as hybrid animals, baking and relationships, both casual and committed, wink wink nudge nudge. And if that wasn't enough for us whilst we perused, partied and pampered we were also supplied with glass after glass of bubbles and an assortment of lip-smacking cupcakes created by Andaz head chef Paul Hosick. Faaaahbulous sweedie dahling.

So boombastic fantastic ecstatically astounded was I by the launch event (yes, I did just quote Artful Dodger) that first thing on Saturday morn I hotfooted back over to Liverpool St to bag myself some GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE booty. After much rummaging, trying on, oooohing, aaaahing I finally plumped for a black leather kisslock cross-body bag, daisy print head scarf and a pair of high-waisted Levi cut-offs cleverly re-worked and studded by the lovely Lereese's fair hand. Not bad for 35 quid eh? 

You must be absolutely devo that you missed out on this awesome occasion right? Understandable. No need to cry about it though peeps as the complete GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE collection is available at ASOS Marketplace. And to ensure that you avoid missing out on any other exciting events why not keep clued-up on all things Lereese & GIRL.STOLE.VINTAGE  at and @GrlStoleVintage. Although with our LA trip a mere two weeks away her Tweets and blog posts may lead to a condition known as 'Well Jel'. You have been warned.

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