Monday, 31 January 2011

Vintage fashion and cocktails!


Our meeting last Thursday was a vintage-lovers dream. Caroline Brown from the House of Rose and Brown in Saltaire talked about her life, her shop and her passion for vintage.

We now know that to be vintage, clothes have to be at least 25 years old (murmur of shock from the audience as it dawned on us that half our wardrobe is 'vintage': i.e. not been cleared out since the eighties). We also know to avoid fakes by looking out for hand-stitched labels and double-interlocked hems (or something).

Caroline then gave us a sneak preview of the new stuff she'd brought for her fashion fair on Saturday. We fell over each other to try it on and then bought most of it. Highlights included a dress printed with boats and automobiles purchased by Diana, a fabulous red taffeta cocktail dress grabbed by Sally, a sequinned butterfly top to Sam and umm... a silver lurex bolero to me (not too sure I'll get that much wear out of it...)

The committee and helpers made jugs of cocktails (raspberry cosmopolitans and old-fashioned) and we munched on vintage-style cupcakes. We ended the night with even more cocktails in the pub afterwards. All in all, a great meeting and a brilliant start to 2011!

Sara x

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Inspiring Women

Hello and welcome to our blog!

For our first post, we've been mulling over the WI motto of 'Inspiring Women'. Everyone needs a role model (or several) to remind us what we can achieve, or just to make us feel good about the way we are. So who are the women that you find inspirational?

I've kicked off with my own list of inspiring women, and I hope you'll send me yours. In no particular order, here goes:

1) Vivienne Westwood (for eccentricity in old age and a recent conversion to eco-warrior))
2) PJ Harvey (for being an amazing musician with incredible style)
3) Shami Chakrabarti (Director of Liberty - the civil liberties group, not the shop)
4) Mary Portas (strong, stylish, successful, despite a really difficult childhood)
5) Peggy Olsen from Mad Men (yes: I know she's not a real person)
6) Hadley Freeman (my favourite Guardian journalist)
7) Claire Rayner (for frank advice as an agony aunt and generally working for women's causes)
8) Jo Brand (funny, feminist and feisty and seems like a really nice person)
9) Camilla Batmanghelidjh (founder of Kids Company)
10) Kate Moss (for looking cool without trying)

Don't be shy: email me your own list of inspiring women and we'll add it to the blog.

Sara x