January Instagram

I know I’m a little late to the party with these ‘my month in pics’ posts, but one of my biggest regrets about the biggest year of my life last year was that I didn’t document it. Sure, we paid good money for pictures and I got plenty on my phone too, but I never actually stopped to write down what I was thinking or feeling at any point and sometimes it makes me sad.

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions and never really have been but this year I’m making it my mission to document more of the personal stuff that happens. Just for future reference. And also, cos if I die, all Mr.B will be left with is 2 cats, a lot of shoes and a credit card bill that rivals my last till receipt at Primark. Enough said.

January Instagram




1. We finally got a new coffee table for the living room. When I say we I mostly mean I, because Mr. B was NOT interested in buying a new coffee table. But after FIVE YEARS of not having one and numerous drinks ‘decorating’ the carpet I made it my mission. At £20 this was a total bargain, and the best part is it was already painted the perfect colour.

2. Flowers for said coffee table. Obviously.

3. If this wedding is anything to go by then 2014 is going to be a pretty spectacular year for them. We created this chill out area at Leeds Castle for a couple who had an all-white theme – it’s so hard to get married in winter and not feel it has to be all about Christmas, but this couple did it perfectly.

4. Flowers at the above wedding. I used to hate gyp and would always pull it out of bouquets I’d bought at the supermarket because I thought it looked naff. If, when I was stuffing this glorious stuff in the bin a mere 5 years ago, I’d have known I’d end up picking this and only this for my bridesmaids bouquets I would have died at the thought. Now I can’t get enough of it and always love it when we turn up to decorate weddings where there’s plenty of this stuff everywhere.

5. It’s been a month of bargains – first the coffee table, then this little beauty. I picked this up in an antiques shop last week and expected to see somewhere in the region of at least £20 on the label, so when it read £8 I basically ran to the till. When the lady who served me asked what the F&M stood for, it all clicked into place. And then when I told her, she got it too – had she known, I’m pretty sure this would have set me back a lot more!

6. Not only did we get a new coffee table this month, but we FINALLY, after nearly 2 years of talking/deliberating/arguing over it, got new sofas. We almost didn’t get these though; on the first trip to collect them, not only did our truck break down, but then the Jeep that came to rescue us caught fire. Yeah – for real. You couldn’t make that kinda shiz up. The second trip was successful…that was, until we got them home and realised they wouldn’t fit up the goddam stairs (NEVER move to a house where your living room us upstairs. Just never). So then Operation Remove The Balcony commenced, and all was right with the world again. But not before we’d spent a sorry 24 hours sitting on the living room floor (well, Mr. B did. I gave up after an hour and went to bed. My life on the street would be very limited).

7. The cats making what turned out to be a stressful day a little less so. They got to lay on the bed for an hour, I got my lap warmed up. Win win.

8. The last Tuesday of the month was much like the rest of it – wet. I had grand plans to get a fringe cut. I never made it past the living room. Or out of my tracksuit, for that matter. However, it wasn’t all bad. I drank a lot of tea, did a lot of reading and finally found an excuse to get some of the left over wedding crafts out of the cupboard again.



South Coast Swing – vintage events and parties in East Sussex

Unless you’ve been living under a rock of some kind for the last few years, then the trend for vintage probably hasn’t escaped your attention. Be it homes and interiors, weddings, parties, christenings, hen dos – you name it, vintage has inspired the theme for it.

The thing about vintage is that it can be incorporated into any celebration in any way – from authentic china tea cups at a wedding breakfast to vintage style hair or make up for a party, there’s a way it can work for everyone. However, organising a vintage themed soiree from start to finish can be a daunting task – not to mention expensive if you’re sourcing everything from scratch. Which is why it helps if you can find a company that does all the hard work for you.

South Coast Swing performers

South Coast Swing vintage act and performers

South Coast Swing events

South Coast Swing was started in 2011 by Kitty Hill, who, just as vintage was exploding everywhere, spotted a gap in the market where entertainment was concerned. Her love of vintage styling and entertainment formed the basis for SCS, which offers a whole host of services for anyone planning a unique celebration. Of course, Kitty and her team offer styling services for weddings and events and can cater a vintage afternoon tea with their pop up parlours, but where they really come into their own is with their unique range of entertainment services. Kitty has carefully sourced and selected everything from DJ’s who specialise in playing 1940s swing dance, performers and artists who offer everything from tap dancing and lindy hop lessons through to burlesque performances, ladies and gents who dress to impress and mingle with your guests and even hair and make up artists who specialise in creating a vintage look from any era.

Having known Kitty for well over 10 years now, I can vouch that her passion for SCS is born out of her genuine love and understanding of all things vintage. She lives and breathes it. So much so that she’s currently finalising plans to open her own vintage dress and events space in the Laines at Brighton.

If you’re thinking of planning an event with a difference – whatever it may be – and want some help organising any or all of it, then you can drop Kitty a line here to discuss your requirements in more detail.