Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Rockabilly Riot!

Last night I went to see Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot. Without gushing too much, he was pretty amazing! The support acts were excellent too, Vince Ray and The Boneshakers (who I really like anyway) were first up, followed by The Jim Jones Revue, who I had never seen, but will be going to see again!
Brian started off with a string of his solo material, before really rocking out the show by bringing on Slim Jim Phantom, 2 double bass players, and some honky tonk piano for some Stray Cats favourites!
I had tickets to see the Stray Cats back in 2008, when during the London show, Slim Jim fell off the stage and broke his arm, so the Manchester gig was cancelled, gutted! After seeing SJ in full action last night, I can see why.....the man has so much energy and jumps around like he is possessed! ;)
I went with my sister, Elaine and we managed to get right near the front, whoop! Here are a few pics;
See, told you I had a good view!
Super cool green glittery Gretsch
With Slim Jim
Double bass-off!
Definitely one of the best gigs I have ever been too. Mr Setzer knows how to put on a good show!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Weekend Thrifty Bargains!

Firstly, hello to my new followers! I seem to have shot up to 170 in no time at all, it must have been the giant courgette! ;) Following up on this....I made the monster into an italian courgette and  parmesan soup, which was delicious, and the big bag of broad beans that I got were made into a broad bean and pea houmous. Both recipes were off the BBC Good Food website, both really easy and very tasty. I actually enjoyed the challenge of making something new from ingredients that I would not normally buy or use in this way.
This weekend, the weather took a turn for the better and I managed to go charity shopping on Saturday, and Car booting on Sunday. I didn't get tons, but its quality not quantity anyway, right?! Here is what I got on Saturday;
2 x 60s plates. Oakwood by Washington Potteries, England. 30p each :) 
They are a nice (unusual) oval shape too, and slightly dipped in the centre, almost like a bowl-plate. I think they were probably originally intended for use as small platters/servers, but they make great dinner plates too!
And a close up on the pattern. Love the geometric look and colours on these.
H by Henry Holland shirt dress (new with tags), £3.99. 
I was initially drawn to this on the rack as the pattern looked quite old, so I thought it may be vintage. 
I was pleased to see that even though it was repro rather than old, it was actually a lovely style, brand new and in my size - yay!
Close up on the print. Definitely a vintage inspired print I would say.
And now on to what I found at the car boot yesterday...
About 2 metres of 60s fabric from a nice old lady, 50p
And a close up on the print. This will be perfect for making hair ties with for a mod/scooter show that I am doing in the next few weeks!
And from the same old lady, this lovely 60s bag. Mint condition with lucite trim to the top. This is going to be embellished with Dolly Cool Swallows and taken to one of my shows :))

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Mutant Veg!

I interrupt my usual blog patter to bring you something that has amused me greatly today....
I had my friend, Emma, over for lunch today. She had just come from visiting her parents who have an allotment, with a current surplus of produce - which she kindly brought for me. I got a big bag of gooseberries, a carrier bag full of broad beans, and this......
A mutant HUGE courgette (or zucchini for my US readers). I have honestly never seen anything like it! I took a photo of it next to my foot so you can see the scale. It weighs 1.8kg (nearly 4 lbs)!!!
I looked up some recipes online, and I'm going to make most of it into a courgette and parmesan soup, and then use the rest in stir fry or as a side. It really is a monster!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Magazine feature in Vintage Life!

Hooray! My Vintage Life magazine has finally turned up! I can now finally share with you the behind the scenes feature of the Dolly Cool and Lady K Loves photo shoot that appears in the magazine as a 3 page spread, (July edition, Pages 28-30). 

Click to enlarge the pages.
I'm really thrilled with the article. As a small business, getting press coverage is always really exciting (well, it is to me anyway!) and Vintage Life is a great independent magazine to be featured in.
I'm currently receiving images from the lovely La Dama, who is modelling my new range of  rosary necklaces that I will be launching on my website in August. For those of you that already follow La Dama, (and if you don't already, make sure you do now!) you will know to expect super creative and original photos, and she certainly does not disappoint! I am very happy with all the shots, and can't wait to share them all with you in a few weeks time :))

Monday, 18 July 2011

Cream Tea ♥

I went round to my sister's house on Saturday, where we always have tea, cake and a good old natter and a catch up on the week. I was in for a treat this week, as she had laid the table with her new charity shop purchase of a yellow rose bone china tea set, and we had a traditional British Cream Tea.
If its one thing we do well in England, its a cream tea! And its absolutely one of my all time favourite treats...
The feast that greeted me
Close up of the vintage china, and my scone which was loaded with clotted cream, strawberry jam and strawberries, yummy. Going back to being a tea bore again (after my complaint last week on the Manchester Cafe that sells tea in glasses - yuk), for a tea lover, tea drunk out of Fine Bone China is the pièce de résistance! 
Cheers! And yes, I did have two scones, and two cups of tea! :))
The rest of the weekend (and today) has been spent cowering inside as this pretty much sums up the weather where I live at the moment;
So, no booting and no bike rides for us. Boo :(
Summer, where for art thou?!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Lady K Loves high waisted jeans - My review

I've been waiting for a nice day to do this review and today is a nice day, so here it is!
I received my much anticipated Lady K Loves high waisted jeans in the post last week, and I have to say that they have not left my backside since!
Jeans are one of those things that the vast majority of us really struggle with. Hands up who has been jeans shopping, tried on about 10 pairs, and still have gone home empty handed?
Although I love high waisted clothing, its something that I struggle to get as the fit is never right on me. As much as I love the look of Freddie's jeans on other people - they just do not fit me. The hip to waist ratio is just not big enough for pear shaped me, meaning that the correct hip size, leaves about 6 inches gaping on the waist. I also don't like the leg width on them, the wide leg makes me feel short and dumpy. That's not to say that I don't like them, Freddies are great (and I have a few of their tops),the jeans - just not on me, unfortunately!
I met Kessie from Lady K last Christmas as we had stalls next to each other at Kustom Kristmas. I tried on one of her high waisted black skirts at the show and was amazed at how well it fitted me! I have gone on to purchase another HW skirt, and some HW Capris too, all which fit me great. When Kessie announced that Lady K were going to be doing HW jeans, I pre-ordered straight away! (I just wanted to make clear, by the way that although, yes, I do know Kessie, she has not asked me to do a review on my blog, and I pay for all my clothes in full, and buy them of my own free will. I'm doing this because I genuinely love the fit and style of her products - and it may help others who also have the HW fit problem like I do!).
So anyway - here are the jeans;
They fit so well, and I love the fact that they have a slim leg. Much more flattering on me than wide leg jeans :)
(I'm also wearing my Lady K Hawaiian Shirt, too. Another firm favourite in my wardrobe)
Back view. Not so easy to take on self timer, but you get the idea!
And the proper photos, taken from the Lady K Loves website;
The denim is nice and crisp, without being stiff and uncomfortable. It also has a slight stretch to it too, which definitely adds to the comfort factor.
They are available in sizes XS-XL (with full sizing and measurements on the website), and in two leg lengths , 23" and 33", so you can have them as Capris or as jeans. I went for a size Medium, in the 33" leg.
You can get them off the Lady K Website here.

Monday, 11 July 2011

My weekend

This weekend was a pretty quiet one really, spent with friends and family. The weather was ok on Saturday, so I headed off for my monthly craft meet with the Made in Manchester ladies. We were thrilled to be back "home" in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre - after a 4 month break (due to the lovely Cafe Aromat going out of business.) 
Manchester Craft & Design Centre
And the inside. It used to be a Victorian Fish Market, and is now home to lots of independent designer/makers in the heart of the Northern Quarter.

I am very happy to report that Cafe Aromat's replacement - Eat Homemade - is lovely, and much nicer than the cafe we went to for our last few meets (that shall remain nameless), but served tea 
in GLASS - which in my opinion, you just don't!!
Tea should always be served in a light coloured cup or mug. Preferably a china cup! It just tastes better! Eat Homemade get extra points for serving their in a vintage china tea cup and saucer :)

On Sunday, the weather was wet and thundery, so booting was out. What change from last weekend when we were slapping on sun cream and going to the car show! This is England folks!! Michael and I went for our "quiet" sunday morning bike ride instead;
Me in my biking gear!
I say it was a "quiet" bike ride, as unknown to us, it was the Manchester to Blackpool charity bike ride, and our usual route - was on their route. Cue about 500 other bikers hijacking our peaceful morning cycle!!
Excuse grainy photos - taken on my phone!
And these were just a few of them! It was quite nice actually to cycle along with them all for a few miles. They were all super fit serious biker types though, and I certainly would not fancy a 45 mile bike ride on a Sunday morning!
In the afternoon, we went to visit Michael's mum who has just got some new kittens......
Aahhhhhh, aint they sweet? :)) 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Magazine feature in Milkcow!

I am very excited this month to be featured in not one, but TWO magazines! Yippee! I knew about one of them (Vintage Life), but the other was a surprise! It was only when Boo Boo Kitty tweeted the article to me that I  knew anything about it, so thanks BBK!
I am featured in this months Milkcow Magazine, in the London Lowbrow Kustom Ko-op, Kustom Klub event article. Its a photo of me and my stall at the event and an article about the show (click to enlarge);

I'm still waiting for my Vintage Life to arrive, so when it does, I'll bore you all with that too ;)

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Stars and Stripes American Classic Car Show

 On Sunday afternoon, Michael and I went to the Stars and Stripes American Classic Car Show at Tatton Park. They have been holding this event here now for 23 years, I have probably been going for about 5 years - and each year it rains. Sometimes its a bit sunny, then rains - but its always usually pretty bad weather. Well, not this time - it was absolutely beautiful and we made the most of it by taking a picnic, and getting some photos of shiny cool cars!
My outfit for the day; 80's Hawaiian wrap dress, Etsy. Shoes, Swedish Hasbeens for H&M, bag, Primark - embellished with an orchid & cherries by me! :), Bangles - Bamboo & Bakelite. Necklace & Earrings, Dolly Cool of course!
I love this colour of turquoise

Loved this Buick Dynaflow ♥♥
The detailing on all these 50s and 60s cars is amazing. Modern cars look rubbish!!

Bel Air - one of my all time fave 50s cars! There were a few of these at the show :)
And a cool purple hot rod!
he he! I like it when people do stuff like this! There was also a car that had Elvis sat in the back, and one with Marilyn too!
We finished off the afternoon in a queue for the ice cream van :))

Monday, 4 July 2011

Yesterdays Car Booty!

 Hooray! It was actually a lovely day yesterday and we went to the car boot, which filled the entire field as it was so nice! I didn't get loads - but certainly got a few bargains to satisfy my cheapskate habit!
Vintage vanity case - 50p. This needs a bit of TLC but its nice and clean inside and well worth 50p!
3 x bamboo bangles - 30p 
Another pineapple bowl - a friend for my other one! 50p
New wicker bag.....this one is going to be decorated in a tiki theme and sold on on my stall :)
Vintage dinner plate - 20p. Love the pattern on this, and its a nice big plate too! Not sure if its 50's or 60s - I can't find anything online about this pattern - "Sandra" Washington Pottery Ltd, Hanley, England.
To me, it looks more of a 50s pattern than a 60's one...but I'm really not sure. Any ideas?
And a close up...nice isn't it? :)
We also went to a Classic American Car Show yesterday afternoon, but I'll do that on a separate post!