16 Apr 2014

What I wore... to the Grand Prix at Monte Carlo

Fancy a ride? Haha! Ok ok, unfortunately I wasn't in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix ... in fact this was the fastest machine I rode whilst I was in town, but it's a pretty sweet ride none the less, right?!

I wore my summery watermelon dress for this lovely little day trip. It's delicious! It's by SugarHill Boutique and it was an exclusive design for Oliver Bonas but I think they're all gone now (sorry!) It's got a pleated skirt going on which is really popular right now, but I find these kinds of dresses always need a good belt on them. It looks a little bare with just a seam on your waistline!

Being only away for a few days, you'll notice that my black cardigan and polka dot shoes were both worn in my last blog post... They might be simple, but they go with everything, see? That's the most important thing to learn about fashion - invest in a few key pieces in your wardrobe that can match up with lots of your clothes. If I can ever afford anything from Chanel, it will be a key piece that you'll never see me taking off! 

It just goes to show, a girl on a budget can do lots of things if she sets her mind to it ;)
If you missed my blog post on our Top 5 Things To Do In Monte Carlo, you can catch up here

15 Apr 2014

Edinburgh Etsy Team

Hello Edinburgers! We're super proud to share that we've been asked by Etsy to set up a brand new team for our community... we've named it the Edinburgh Etsy Team and we're incredibly excited about what's to come! This will be our little hub for learning, promoting and improving our Etsy stores as well as being great place to share upcoming information and events (as well as any relevant things like business talks and craft fairs etc)... Exactly what our little city needs! 

We'd love to build a really strong community for our local makers and try and get to know as many of you as possible. If you're based in our wonderful city and have started an Etsy shop, we'd love to have you on our team! Please sign yourself up here and keep your eye out on the forum as we'll be hosting our first ever Makers Meet Up in the very near future. This will give us all a chance to finally get to know one another and collectively decide what type of support we'd like to get from Etsy to help us get the most from our shops. Sounds good, right?

Want to get involved?
I'm currently looking for a few motivated makers who'd like to help out by becoming one of our Team Leaders... If you're interested, shoot me an email and let me know! Together we will be working alongside Etsy and using the various educational tools from the Etsy School to help share the knowledge and support our team. We've got plans to host a pop up shop for the team at the end of the year and maybe some super fun crafting events to get our creative juices flowing as well... we're going to need your help as it's going to be epic :D The more active our team is, the more incredible our shops are all going to become, so let's get stuck in!

Can't wait to meet you all and hope you're as excited as we are!
Vicky & David 

14 Apr 2014

Hidden Door Exhibition, Edinburgh

While we were away on holiday, Edinburgh unveiled an incredible installation art exhibition called Hidden Door on Market Street. Fortunately the day we came home we had just enough time to pop down and get a quick look before the show closed, which we were both really excited about!

The show took place in the old empty archways that lead to Waverley Station. These little spaces have been boarded up for years and never opened to the public before, so it was really great to finally take a peek inside. Edinburgh's old town is infamously haunted so I suspect these dark, damp cellars have some pretty great stories behind them! 

Disappointingly this will be the only time these spaces have ever been enjoyed by the public in recent years. Our fabulous artists managed to get in here and bring 9 days of installations, art, music, poetry and performance before the council replace them with shop units and other ugly things that we probably don't need (another tiny supermarket perhaps?)

After making such an amazing discovery, we can't help but feel quite frustrated and bitter about the new decisions. Why can't we have more shows like this in our city? We clearly have a lot of incredible artists with all kinds of different backgrounds that just need a little bit of space to show you their talents. 

I'd hate to think about the level of planning and permission that went into running this event, but with so many passionate people behind it you can see how well their time and efforts paid off. In the evenings there were a series of bands playing gigs in one set of archways, in another there was a cinema... not to mention all the beautiful paintings, videos, and odd collections behind each wooden doorway along the road too. 

To come home from holiday to discover this transformation was incredibly inspiring. Not only does it make us want to experiment more with the mediums we use when creating our own artworks, but it makes us think about how we're utilising our spaces too. I want to find tiny hidden spots to shove some art in too! 

Each room felt like stepping into someone else's mind. One room had a twisting corridor that was pitch black inside so you had to feel the walls to be able to navigate through it. It was a bit like being blind! Another was full of pianos that you could go in and play - I imagine these created quite a racket whilst we were away!

I think my favourite room would be the one that had half a circle of film projected onto the back wall. The artist had filled a shallow tank of water on the floor of the cellar and, when the room was completely dark, you could see a full circle of film. You felt like you were floating! It was really beautiful - I wish I had caught the makers name because it's someone I would love to research!

Overall, we had a wonderful visit during our short time there. I would have loved to been able to share this post for more of you to go and see it before it ended... hopefully Edinburgh's big wigs will see the value in hosting these types of events and start doing them more often.

We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in and helped organise Hidden Door  - you've all been an inspiration to us! We can't wait to see what wonderful things you come up with next... 

13 Apr 2014

Shop My Wardrobe!

One of the things that has been on my 'To Do' list for some time is parting with some of these beauties. In the interest of them going to good homes, I thought I would try a Shop My Wardrobe post here to see if any of you lovelies want in before I try my luck at selling them on Ebay! We're trying to raise a little money so we can make a big investment, so hopefully we'll be able to make some headway with your support. Fingers crossed!

I've got a few dresses and separates, a belt and a Kid Robot Dunny from our epic vinyl toy collection available for sale, but I'm hoping to add some more to this blog post soon (we're having a clear out as we're doing up our studio). 

If you see anything you like please email / add a comment to this blog post to let me know you're interested with your location and email address. Once I know where you're from I'll be able to work out the cost to post it to you. Payments can be made via PayPal and once the payment has cleared I'll post it out to you :D

First come, first served ladies!

1950s style Lemon and gingham swing dress 
from Tara Starlet
New with tags, cost €60, for sale at £40
UK size 8 

I've never worn it as it's a little too tight across my bust (I'm usually a 8-10) but it's absolutely adorable in the model shot when worn with a petticoat underneath for volume :) 

1940's style silver and black sequinned cape
Jasmine Guiness for Oli Fusion
for sale at £20

This cape has a few loose sequins on it as I have worn it a couple of times. Overall it's in pretty good condition and they're not that noticeable. It's not often you find amazing retro capes like this so I hope I can find a good home for it! 

1960's Mod style dress 
from Miss Selfridge
for sale at £15
UK Size 8

I've worn this cute monochrome dress a few times, but it's in good condition. I love it's peter pan collar and it looks great with a waist belt on and block colour tights! It also has pockets on the front that'll fit a phone in too. Very handy!!

Mad Men Style Dress
from Dorothy Perkins
for sale at £15
UK size 8

This dress is black, white and has silver on it and it's like wearing a piece of art! Very Jackson Pollock abstract... It has a cute 60's style shape and it's quite lightweight.  Again, this dress has been worn and it also has phone sized pockets in the front (and they're fairly well hidden by the print!)

Orange & Black Polka Dot Skirt
Gold by Giles Deacon for New Look 
for sale at £10
UK size 8

This skirt isn't neon, but it is pretty bright :D Being short it fits me really nicely as I can wear it high waisted with a cute tshirt tucked in but it might sit lower on a taller person... 

Silver Sequinned Waistcoat
from River Island
for sale at £15
UK size 8

I adore the tiny sequins on this waistcoat! Only worn a few times and still in great condition.

Green waist belt with large 'brass' leaf fastening
from Joy
for sale at £10
size small (measures around 35inches when flat)

Kid Robot Dunny
Limited Edition
for sale at £10 
(bought for £40)

Slightly marked with no packaging, but he does have his original accessory!

Ok peeps, that's everything for just now, but I hope to have a few more things added in the next wee while. Let me know if you're interested in giving any of our friends a new home! 
Remember to message me with your country of residence, which item you're interested in (or items - it's cheaper to send together if you'd like more than one thing) and your email address. 
Once your PayPal payment has cleared I'll post it out to you. 
All of these items are non-returnable, but if you have any questions on them before you buy them let me know and I'll do my best to help...

Thanks so much!


10 Apr 2014

New Products: Junk Food Cards / Prints... yum yum!

Hot dog! We've just launched a few cards from our new range of products and they're looking totally delicious... if you're a fan of junk food and cheeky double entendres, we're sure you're going to love these illustrated tasty treats!

Based on a few of our favourite things like ice cream, pizza, pretzels and sprinkles, we're pleased to finally get our new food based cards into our Etsy shop, and they'll be added to our Not On The Highstreet store very shortly.

Keep your eye out for a few more things being uploaded over the coming weeks! We're pretty excited with what we have in the pipeline and hope you're diggin' it too :D

Check out our new cards (with removable 6x4 inch prints!) here 
If you've got your eye on a few, don't forget we're now offering a cracking 3 for 2 deal on them too! Just add a message to your order with the 3 keepsake cards you'd like to order and get one free :D

Last, but certainly not least, We're really pleased to share we've just lowered our shipping costs on these bad boys as well. Get in!

We'd love to hear which your favourite is -- and what junk food you'd like to see next!