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Blistering Bargains at the Birmingham Bazaar.

19 Dec

A PhotoGiraffe Live Art Christmas Special .

If you haven’t yet already heard about the hottest place to purchase your extra special Christmas presents this year, then let us be the first to point you in the right direction.  If you are a Vintage Diva, absolutely fierce for exclusive hand-picked Vintage fashion, then make your make your way up to, The Festive Pop-Up Bazaar.  It’s an independent retail event which supports local businesses, in association with the Fine Art students at the Birmingham City University; but you had better be quick as there are only four days left until it closes.

With just over 35 stalls of independent vintage fashion and accessories along with retro homewares from 1930 – 1980,  it is a creative celebration of local Artists, Illustrators and Crafters –  all under one roof at the fabulous location of New Street, Birmingham City Centre (next to Cafe Rouge).  With the hustle and bustle of  The German Markets right outside at their door step, The Festive Pop-Up Bazaar offers a great service to all stallholders and great product for all buyers who are out and totally up for a wonderful way to spend their day and their dollars!

To uncover the most precious finds at the bazaar, we sent non-other than our very own fashion correspondent, the very stylish Fashion photographer PhotoGiraffe Live along with Model, Sunshine Delight to seek out the most exclusive, quality buys that you girls can get your mitts on.  We hope that you will enjoy our very festive Christmas PGLA Special, and if you think you are too far away from Birmingham, UK – well you could always buy online.

Click the Gallery bellow to see PhotoGiraffe’s shots with Sunshine Delight, modelling some of the most luscious purchases that are in store now.  Look out for PGLA Recommendations as we will only show you what’s uber-cool!  See what PGLA hand picked for their own sexy wardrobe and be sure to keep scrolling  all the way down  as we reveal all the links to the all hottest  buys, boutiques and vintage dealers!


If you are going to buy at least one thing sited here on PhotoGiraffe Live Art, then we recommend you buy from  these star designers, as we know you won’t find anything like this anywhere except from these Trendy-Wendy’s who are producing these goods; we are happy to state that they are innovating fashion not intimating wooden style from high streets shops or cat walks.  And at great affordable prices, the jewels from these designers can make highly desirable gifts for any style concious fashion queen.

PGLA Recommendation: Designer Jagged Mirror Earings £10

Evol Hiest

Unique designer jewellers EVOL HIEST are all about smoke and mirrors.  Their jewellery is not so much about vintage style but rather futuristic fashion.  It’s original, fun and Uber-Cool.  Stay on the cutting edge of fashion, visit their website and buy their jewels today!

With self professed, ‘rockability’Bow and Cross Bones have an impressive collection of kitsch and vintage styled

Vintage Styled Jewellery

Bow and Cross Bones

jewellery, along with accessories that will have you bubbling over with excitement, like a glass of champagne.  You can buy thier goods online and if you quote “BC310”, you will be entitled for a 10% discount off your first purchase.  Bow and cross Bones also deal wholesale.  Check out there V.Stylish website:

And finally, PhotoGiraffe Live Art would like to wish our readers a very Funky Christmas and Classy New Year!  See you in 2012 folks!

Links to the products and dealers sited on PGLA:  (Sited, Smoke and Mirror Designer Jewellery) (Sited, Festive Pop-up Bazaar website) (Sited, vintage sequinned jacket and button necklace)  (Sited, vintage styled designer jewellery )   (Sited, genuine 1950’s Jacket )  (Sited, genuine mink and fur coats)

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In style with Make-up Artist Betty Flowers (She may make you blush!)

The Annual Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair, 2011.

29 Nov

Last Sunday, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall (West Midlands, UK) became a Classic

treasure trove filled with many glittering jewels, laid out on tables, on floors, hanging on clothes rails, embellishing sparkly dresses and decorating winter woollies.  There were a great many precious gems to be found inside as the annual 2011,  Sutton Vintage and Arts Fair came to town and the old hall was cram packed with smelly leather gloves, dusty handbags and cheeky old boots all back in nostalgic fashion to take vengeance on the excited hearts of

all the amazed girlies who crowded in and out in their hundreds…to fight for

what was rightly theirs!  Despite the competition from so many punters flocking in from all over the county, searching for those rare fashion finds, the atmosphere was still bursting with friendly warmth; as all the Boutiques invited more and more customers to flick, scan and finger through their

Aunty Sally Vintage: An eclectic mix of Vintage garments, Jewellery, accessories and Trinkets

remarkable collections of selected hand-picked goodies.  The Town Hall was heaving so much – at times – it was hard to move around, but luckily there were plenty of precious goodies to go around!

Sowe is at the Custard Factory, Gibbs street, Birmingham, England.

TWIN PEAKS: 'Sowe' offer unique customised designs, vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories.

Here is a sneak at some goodies that were up for grabs alongside some photographs of just a few of the hottest, trendiest, ladies who were out on the day.

PhotoGiraffe Live Arts has also included links to the most impressive boutiques with The-Most-Rocking-Rubies in Vintage-Fashion that were to be seen on the day.

Read more and you can also find out what the PhotoGiraffe picked out for her own personal wardrobe…

Vintage Laura is on facebook!

Vintage Laura: Makes her own Jewellery, Cards, Home ware, Accessories and more...PhotoGiraffe found inspiration in her jewellery and had a few curious ideas for the creations of the next PhotoGiraffe 'Dark Alice' Photoshoot, coming soon...

At the fair, every single piece in every single boutique was very unique, and if it wasn’t snapped up right there – then it would be gone forever; but this is the beauty of Vintage Clothing.  This is what makes vintage clothing more exclusive, yet inclusive for all those divas on a budget, looking for originality.

Upon the subject of prices; they varied from stall to stall from affordable to expensive – but all in all everything was very reasonable priced and comparatively cheaper than London, of course.  None-the-less, as vintage items become more collectable, rare and popular, the prices rise; so vintage can be a great investment for the future with quite an increase in its price.  So this is a good incentive to look after your own vintage purchases.

 Kims picks are on Facebook!

Tasty Kim, exposing her cloister of goodies. Read on and find out what the PhotoGiraffe bought for the old wardrobe - Wink!

Bottle Green Vintage (Manchester) is on Facebook!

Long Elegant and Strapless. This 1980's beauty is made up of a sheer black velvet bodies attached to a gorgeous cotton floral, floating skirt to make a gorgeous evening or summer dress. Simply Stunning!

Fur or Faux?

Buying a Vintage Fur Coat is Eco-Friendly: Who can argue with that?! Recycling and re-using vintage clothing means you are not only doing your bit to help the earth by discouraging the production of more throw-away fashion. At the same time, you are also getting a much better quality, unique, individual product at a better price. We are surely not expected to waste the skin of the animal that was killed to keep us warm, right? That is a way of life for some people in certain parts of the world you know – particularly Eskimos for instance.

At the Sutton Vintage and Art Fair, dealers had flocked in from all over the country with their hand-picked beauties- not bought in bulk but – individually selected, checked, and laundered.  All you had to do was to take the pain to search for your favourite vintage find! The event was of course full of nostalgia for yesteryear, and there were a great many gorgeous ladies out on a Sunday, turning heads, with their unique vintage looks right out of the movies, creating conversations and being seen!  It was a sight a sore eyes, as PhotoGiraffe Live Art indulged in a fancy day out at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall with the likes of Rita Hayworth, Doris Day, Betty Davis and Twiggy who were all out at the weekend and in the Town Hall strutting their stuff.

(What is she wearing?  Find out…more!)

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This Razor Blade Mermaid makes gorgeous Rock & Roll Jewels for Divas and Sea Queens and PhotoGiraffe was just loving her sea faring, Ruby-Red look!

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