Hello, I’m here, didn’t want you all to think I’d abandoned you or anything.

I’m going to start this post with a big thank you to everyone for their thoughts and lovely words on my last post about my Grampy. It really means a lot and is much appreciated.

In more bad news my Nana fell on Sunday and broke her (other) hip. I say other hip, as some of you may know she broke the first one 6 weeks ago. Essentially it’s all a little stressy in the world of Retro Chick right now, but the show must go on, as they say…..

So, I thought I’d pop in and update you on my weekend.

Firstly I can highly recommend Avenue Q. If it comes to your city then go and see it, it’s fantastic and I completely forgot my woes for a good hour and 55 minutes, right up until the final song “Only for now” which nearly set me off crying like a girl.

Secondly, my new camera, a fancy pants Canon 550d was delivered, and even though I haven’t worked out all the settings yet I love it. Any photos in todays post were taken with it.

I really wasn’t in the mood for much shopping this weekend, and I really wasn’t in the mood for trawling through boxes of grubby china in the cold, but even so I did accompany Mr Chick to the Arminghall Boot Fair on Sunday morning (late, we didn’t leave the house till 9:30am).

I pretty much trailed around kicking my feet like a stroppy teenager, but a couple of things did catch my eye enough to purchase.

Here we have a gorgeous 1950s Fire-King dinner service. Fire-King is kind of the US version of Pyrex and is very collectible. I think the colour is jadeite. I have a full set of 6 dinner plates, side plates, sundae bowls and saucers, a milk jug, sugar bowl and serving bowl, though there are only 4 tea cups and 3 soup bowls. I bought the whole lot for £10 (which she’d just knocked down from £15, the advantages or arriving late at the boot fair) We also have a 1950s or possibly early 60s cocktail jug and 2 glasses and a coupe glass. I am crazy for vintage cocktail paraphernalia and just couldn’t leave them. I paid £3 and the stall holder threw in the coupe glass for free.

The last thing I bought was these Foster Grant sunglasses. Ideal for looking mean and moody and hiding puffy eyes. I paid £1 I think.

Afterwards I stopped by The Vintage Fair which was at St Andrews Hall, you can read my review of it over on Vintage Norwich. I only stayed about 40 minutes as I didn’t want to shop, but I’d promised the organisers I’d stop by and review it and I wanted to meet up with Lynsey Le Keux who organised the Vintage Salon.

❤ Beret - eBay ❤ Jumper - Gap ❤ Trousers - Lady K Loves ❤
❤ Boots - Hush Puppies ❤ Belt, Mac & Bag - Vintage via Charity Shop ❤

I would like to enter this photograph as evidence that I practice what I preach. If you recall a while back I wrote “The Lazy Girls Guide to Making an Effort”. This is my proof. While I felt distinctly unglamorous next to the beautiful Lynsey it’s not a bad effort for someone who last washed and set her hair on Monday 14th March (8 days and counting), the ubiquitous beret and a bit of a fringe roll hid the worst of it. A bit of powder foundation, eye brow pencil, mascara and lipstick is all the make up I’m wearing and adding a stripy 70s belt makes a boring black trousers and top look a little more like I made an effort.

Those trousers, incidentally, I can heartily recommend for those of you looking for something comfortable yet smart and suitably retro to knock about in, they are the Rosie Trousers from Lady K Loves. They’re high waisted and wide legged, so look the part but they’ve got a bit of stretch so they’re really comfortable and easy to move in. They are officially my lazy trousers, I actually have pyjama bottoms that are less comfortable.

Finally, I went home via big stand of daffodils. My Nana had asked for daffodils in the house when I saw her on Thursday, but she went off to stay with my uncle and never saw them open. Now she is back in hospital I wanted to send her daffodils, but they aren’t allowed flowers on the ward. So I went and took this photo, which I have printed out to send to her in a card.

I hope you didn’t miss me too much, and hopefully future posts will be slightly less rambling and incoherent.

Don’t forget that the competition to win free shoes for a year finishes on Friday, so make sure you enter. I actually got my first pair of shoes from Stylist Pick this morning, and despite a couple of issues with the ordering and selection process the shoes themselves are gorgeous. I shall be trying the service for a couple of months before I review it to make sure it’s a fair review.

See you soon.