Steal Their Style – Festival No.6 edition!

Keeping secrets has never been our forte, which is why we cannot wait any longer to share our latest news – we’re going to be pitching up in September at the wonderful Festival No. 6!!!

That’s right – we’ll be celebrating the end of the summer season with a whole marquee full of the best in vintage clothing and accessories traders, helping you enjoy your weekend in serious style.

If you haven’t heard of Festival No. 6, it’s an event like no other. Take the gorgeous backdrop of Portmeirion in North Wales, add a bunch of brilliant bands, arts and workshops, top off with a dash of artisan food and drink and then, for good measure, offer some luxury accommodation – what more could you want?

Here at Judy HQ there’s nothing we love more than the pairing of vintage fashion and music (and a cheeky gin or three), which makes this quaint and quirky festival pretty much our spiritual home! To get us all in the mood, we’ve picked out some of the acts we can’t wait to see, with some tips on how to channel their style for the summer season!

o-GRACE-JONES-facebook Grace Jones
Festival No. 6’s headliner and all-round style icon, Grace Jones’s influence stretches far and wide. While some of her crazier outfits might not be quite portaloo-proof, why not experiment with some diva-ish makeup? Grace Jones loves bright colours, and at a festival where anything goes, a loud yellow or blue eyeshadow is sure to help you stand out, 80s style.

Years___Years_new_20140625_2048x1365_01Years and Years
New kids on the block Years and Years have fast earnt a name for themselves as one of the biggest names in modern dance-pop, with a live show to match. While we love their songs ‘King’ and ‘Desire’, we’re more excited by their take on cheerful 90s fashion. Even better, it’s an easy look to recreate – simply throw on a cartoon print sweater or tee over some cut off shorts and add some chunky white trainers – but beware, they might get muddy!

stealing sheepStealing Sheep
Otherwordly and effervescent, Stealing Sheep make music that perfectly matches Festival No.6’s dreamlike setting, a mix of glittery synths and tribal drums. Their look is completely 70s – think floating dresses, waistcoats and clashing patterns. Top off with a good dose of facial glitter, and you’re good to go!

catfish_and_the_bottlemen2Catfish & The Bottlemen
Putting the cocky swagger back into rock’n’roll, Catfish & The Bottlemen seem set for every festival this summer. Their laidback 60s rocker look is low maintenance enough for the field and the tourbus, and can be adapted to suit men and women. Choose high necked striped tees, dark wash pinafores and skinny denim, and don’t even dare to forget your leather jacket and ankle boots – perfect for when the weather gets a little chillier in the evenings.

Will you be joining us at Festival No.6? Check out our events tab for all our upcoming city and festival dates – we;ll be adding more updates soon!

Festival Fashion – The best vintage-inspired looks from Coachella 2015

Rejoice – Spring has finally arrived! As temperatures creep up and layers come off, we’ve got our eyes firmly set on the spring/summer fair season – and of course, Festivals!

Here at Judy’s, we’ve got a string of vintage fairs, furniture fleas and kilo sales, and we’ll also be bringing our retro marquee to Beat-Herder Festival! But the question is – what does one wear when they’re out frolicking in the fields?

coachella vintageWe looked to the best street style from last weekend’s Coachella Festival to give you the lowdown on easy-to-wear vintage-inspired trends that will keep you looking good as you throw some shapes – and down several gins!

50s ladylike
While we probably wouldn’t advise donning your best authentic 50s frock at a muddy festival, a bold red lip paired with a polka-dot frock is a simple way to nod to the era without risking your favourite garment. If the British weather isn’t quite as kind as Coachella’s, simply throw on a raincoat or knitted cardigan – our Judy’s Traders have a great selection in every colour of the rainbow!

60s Colour Pop
Floaty stripes will never go out of style – keeping you cool in a busy crowd but still very easy to layer. For a 60s-inspired look, it’s all about the accessories – a strong pair of sunglasses in a bright colour will lift a whole outfit and cover up any dark circles from too much partying the night before! Check out the Affordable Vintage Fair for bold accessories that turn will turn a basic ensemble into a showstopper.

80s Double Denim
Double denim can be a tricky look to master, but it’s hardwearing, easy to shove into a bag and ensures you don’t have to put too much thought into your look when you wake up in your tent. Keep things 80s/90s by opting for denim with interesting patches or button rivets. Our Kilo Sale is a great place to pick up oversized denim which you can layer over a more fitted piece for contrast.

70s Folklore
Aztec, peasant sleeves and suede boots…this Coachella babe has got 70s style nailed! For a more weather-appropriate alternative, try bell bottom jeans or bring along a treated suede jacket and fedora to stave off any British downpours. We love our Judy’s trader Tallula Vintage for all patterns bold and beautiful!

DIY Ditsy Seperates
Can’t decide which era you want to channel at this years festivals?  Ditsy Florals are always a good idea for a hint of retro! Summer is also a great opportunity to try some upcycling – this two piece could be easily achieved by cutting a kilo dress into two parts and giving each part a quick hem!

90s Girly Grunge
For those planning on elbowing their way to the front, the 90s grunge trend is a great option that won’t leave you feeling too precious about scrubbing out muddy stains later. Mix heavy boots and checks with feminine shapes and top it off with some great functional accessories – the chunkier the better!

Looking to stock up on your vintage festival fashion? Check out all our upcoming dates – including Beat-Herder! – here

 

Returning to Edinburgh this March – Vintage Nation

We are delighted to be returning to Edinburgh Corn Exchange on March 16th with Vintage Nation! After the huge success of our October event, with over 2500 customers through the doors, we couldn’t resist hosting it again.

We’re going ALL OUT to bring you an even BIGGER event than last year, combining vintage fashion, furniture, food, music and beauty!

***The Affordable Vintage Marketplace***

Bringing much-needed retro retail therapy, prepare for the mother of all vintage markets [and then some!] 100 affordable stalls from all over the UK, with pieces from the 1900s and on are all up for grabs, with fashion, accessories, menswear and jewellery included.

For those of you wanting an interior fix, expect furniture and homewares galore! From the kitsch to the collectible, no box is left unticked!

***The Stage***

This year we’ve got even MORE live acts! With a fabulous mixture of vintage acts throughout the day to keep you entertained in between tea drinking, cake scoffing and vintage shopping!

Not forgetting our resident Gramophone DJ – LORD HOLYRUDE will be mixing up some of his best vintage tunes to dance [and shop too!]

THE SHIVERIN’ SHEIKS

Bombastic 50’s pop, Country Gospel, Dancefloor Rock n’ Roll and Doo Wop from these wandering princes of the desert.

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@shiverinsheiks

THE KENNEDY CUPCAKES

Performing show-stoppin’ routines to hits of the Golden Era & dressing in the finery of the times, these delectable darlings of the stage will be sure to add that all important touch of sparkle to Vintage Nation.

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THE BLITZ SISTERS

Think The Andrews Sisters, Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, George Formby, Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra! This 1940s singing duo are set to create some serious nostalgia at this year’s event!

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@theblitzsisters

***Food***

For all twee-loving tea drinkers, our pop-up tea rooms will be open from midday, serving tea in china cups, sandwiches, scones and cakes [and this year it’s even BIGGER]!

If that wasn’t enough, we’ve lined up some fabulous food traders if tea and cake doesn’t tickle your flavour fancy.

***Beauty***

Be ye Twiggy or Brigitte, have we got a treat for you! The pop-up beauty lounge looks set to be a hive of activity, with victory rolls and lippie from a fiver! Browse I-pads and vintage mags as you let the magic happen – old-world glam in an instant!

Join our Facebook event page here.

Tickets on sale here > https://ece.ticketabc.com/events/vintage-nation-2/
Full price entry – £5
Under 12s go free

We hope you can make it!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ xx

Greetings From Beacons!

Often a cider-sodden bone of contention, we don’t sit on the fence when it comes to Festivals – we bloody love them! Reveling in them in all their gin-swigging, port-a-loo glory, we were fortunate enough to be invited to what is one of our favourite smaller events, Beacons Festival.

Set in the idyllic Yorkshire moors, Beacons is but a fledgling compared to those stalwarts of the summer calendar. That said, just like David & Goliath, bigger isn’t necessarily better; great bands, good grub and an atmosphere  that is practically electric (literally: see neon sign above) make for a festival that’s not only memorable (well, semi-memorable at least – bloody ale tent!) but leaves you  crying into your tent bag at the thought of having to leave.

Always on the hunt for the sartorial, one thing we love about festivals is the fashion fix; gone is the world of GHDs and preening and instead comes a feral sort of confidence, all bindhis and plumage and just not giving a sh*t. Forever on the prowl for an outfit or two, here’s our pick of the crop…

And there we have it. Sleeping bags aired. Tents packed down. ‘Missing’ posters for our dignity plastered all over the town. Roll on next year!

Did you go to Beacons? Let us know below!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Scotland Ahoy!

Greetings vintage fans!

The wind in our hair. Dusty on the speakers. Vans packed like sardine cans filled with vintage bits – it’s official, we LOVE a road trip! This very afternoon, we’re off on a spot of travelling, bringing our vintage fair to one of our all-time faves – EDINBURGH! Part of the official Fringe festival festivities, we’re filling Lothian Road’s Picture House with a spot of this (and couldn’t resist sharing…)

Salvating? We thought so! If you’re in the neighbourhood, come say hello and if not, click here to see if we’ll be seeing you soon!

Retro Regards,

Judy HQ x

Beacons, you broke us…

Greetings folks!

Now, like the bad bloggers we are [*slaps wrist for dramatic effect] we haven’t updated this for a while. And you know what? LOTS has happened! Reverting back to our essay days, we’ve got caffeine on a drip in order to power through and update you on all our goings on [short term fix, long term…well, i’m just going to drink more COFFEE fghjkhggjgfhgfdd#!!!]

So, where did we leave off? BEACONS fest you say? Well, we had a jolly old time! Clothes were sold, new friends were made and bands were harrassed until the wee hours. Safe to say, we never want to see a box of wine again [*shudder] but those memories which we do have – well, they’re certainly good ones!

 

Right, onwards and upwards!

 

xVVx

That time we walked on the wild side…

 

That post-festy feeling – is there anything quite like it? The de-dreading of hair, the post-festival hose-down [and finding out that tan was more soil than sunshine]  – a return to normal, no-nomads-allowed society where a breakfast of glitter and gin is, er, frowned-upon.

And so where have we been, you ask? We’ve been at WILDERNESS DARLING, running around the Oxfordshire countryside as part of the Vintage Fest 2012. Because many hands make light work, we roped in one of our bestys, trader Rag&Bow, to be our eyes and ears, snapping all the Wilderness happenings for the weekend. Like David Attenborough in a maxi dress [a sobering thought] here’s a few snaps from the event…

 

 

 

 

 

 

xVVx

Into the Wilderness!

Hello folks! This weekend, we’ve packed our bags and are Wilderness bound, bringing our stellar vintage marketplace to the Oxfordshire grounds. As every good event organiser does, we’ve been SNOOPING through the amazing things up for grabs, thinking ‘what can we fit in our suitcases?’ A difficult decision, here’s our top pick….

Trader: 631 the Ramp

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Jarvis & Janis

Trader: International Quality Kitsch

Trader: Retro Bazaar

Trader: Rag&Bow

Trader: Something Indie

If that’s not enough to take a walk on the wild side, we don’t know what is!

xVVx