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Happy birthday to us: Lovely's Vintage Emporium is five today

Thanks so much to all our supporters who have enabled us to trade for the last five years! We could not do this without you. THANK YOU

Here are some of the highlights, of the last five years of www.lovelysvintageemporium.com since we launched on March 29th 2011 at 6.30pm!

2011: We launched on March 29th 2011 and had 23 orders in the first 30 minutes after the website went live. Our first 'celebrity' client was US rapper Nicki Minaj. We were written about immediately by The Times, The Daily Telegraph, LOOK, Cosmopolitan, Vogue Russia and many, many blogs.

2012: We appeared on the This Morning TV show numerous times in their fashion features and presenter Holly Willoughby became a client.

Our vintage crush Dawn O'Porter became a much treasured client and she continues to very kindly mention us when she is interviewed about her love of vintage.

2013: We won the UK's Best Online Vintage Fashion Shop award at The National Vintage Awards 2013!!!!

2014: The Daily Telegraph Stella magazine named us one of 'Britain's 50 Best Vintage Fashion Boutiques'. Specsavers magazine ran a two page feature about our founder Lynnette Peck.

2015: Mail on Sunday YOU magazine and Newsweek wrote about us.

2016: We are FIVE years old and bloggers are still writing about us. THANK YOU.

BUT of course the VERY IMPORTANT people are our clients!! Below are some of them, over the last five years, in selfies with them wearing their Lovely's Vintage Emporium pieces.

LOTS OF LOVE, Lovely's Vintage Emporium! Here's to another five years...

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I thought it would be fun to share the (frankly mad) way I dressed our dining room table a few days ago when we had a 'vintage' dinner party. I say 'vintage' but the truth is that this is how I like my table to look...

The chairs are antique and were a gift from a family member.

Picture below: I was still in Jubilee mood and used a red, white, blue tablecloth I had bought for a Jubilee party and the napkins stuffed in red wine glasses (done ironically) have the Queen on them.

Picture below: The black and white plates are called 'Homemaker' by Ridgway Potteries and were made in the 1950s/1960s. They were designed by Enid Seeney in 1956-57 at the Staffordshire pottery factory. The design is made up of random knives, forks, lamps and furniture and was mass produced for Woolworths. The 'armchair' on the plate is one designed by Robin Day, a 'sofa' by Sigvard Bernadotte and a sideboard like one by Bernard Russell. The plates originally cost 6d (2.5p) and now go for over £10 each on eBay. Homemaker had a long production run and was made between 1958 and 1970. It is now considered a 1950s design classic.

The yellow 'canape trays' have oranges, grapes and pineapples embossed on them. As you do. The wine decanter is one that has been in the family for too long for me to know what era it is from. The rose is from our garden and is in a 1950s glass jug.

Picture below: The owl ice bucket and owl tray on my table are both 1970s vintage pieces. 

Picture below: No dinner party is complete without some Jonathan Ward scented candles to brighten up the table and make the dining room smell fabulous. I burned Jonathan Ward's Kartushya candle from his The Russian Collection. The fragrance is wonderfully spicy and Jonathan was inspired to create it by the love songs Russian soldiers would sing. It is a mix of birch leaf, elemi, cognac, rosemary and amber. Jonathan's candles are hand-poured and this one is encased in Italian crystal hand-blown glass. The ruby red packaging was perfect for my table. 


Pictures below: No dinner party is complete without cocktails from a vintage cocktail cabinet containing Malibu, Advocaat, Pimm's, Martini and more. Check out my gold hostess trolley to the right of the cabinet with vintage Babycham glasses on top.

Do share your pictures and tips for dinner parties as I love to hear from you.

Love Lovely x

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