Kula Gallery ft RagPots, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Kula Gallery, located on Oak street in the Northern Quarter is a wonderful amalgamation of gallery and craft shop. They sell wall art, contemporary hand made jewellery, unusual mugs, mini terrariums, arm warmers and coasters.

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Several months ago Me and the bloke had walked past Kula on the way to get the bus home and noticed the mugs in the window but were in a hurry. So with Christmas coming up when I asked the bloke what he wanted he asked for ‘one of those mugs, we saw ages ago’.

Luckily he remembered where the shop was and they still had a lot for sale. We bought three in the end, two for the Bloke and this one (£15) for myself. RagPots is a pottery studio established by Richard Gales in 2016, located in Reddish.

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It fools the eye into thinking it’s almost iridescent with the use of light and shade and layering of glazes. I wish I had the skill to capture it better.

Kula, 7 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD Tel: 07933311740

Ragpots, 270 Gorton Road, Reddish, SK5 6RN Email: info@ragpots.co.uk

Which independent shops are your faves to buy gifts from?

Chrissie

Halloween Accessories for Almost Grown Up’s

Halloween Accessories for Grown Up's

 

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Black, White & Rosegold OOTD

Black, White and Rosegold OOTD

 

Make Your Wardrobe Work for You in 12 Easy Steps

It’s so easy to automatically go to your old faithful items that you feel safe with or to keep on buying more of the same type of thing. By doing this, you are hiding the potential of the clothes you already have and possibly your own potential as well!

  1. Put all of the clothes which you always wear out of site, this includes most often worn accessories.
  2. Get out all of the items of clothing, accessories and shoes which are left and put P1000097them around your bed.
  3. Try on all of these items.
  4. For any items which don’t fit properly or have seen better days is there a way you can get them altered or fixed cheaply and quickly?
  5. Have you kept these items for VERY nostalgic reasons and feel you could never part with them?
  6. If the answer is ‘No’ to the above two questions they should go to charity or a friend or be throw away depending on quality. Label the charity/friend bag so you don’t get it mixed up – trust me.
  7. Are there any clothes that are ‘alright’ but you never wear? Maybe they should work in theory but you don’t really like them, or your personal style has completely moved on? Put them aside for now.
  8. Are there any statement items that you love but are very difficult to style? Try mixing these items with your everyday go-to items you put aside at the start or any other items left. Deal with one statement item at a time and build the outfit around that. Wether accessorising will help or hinder is at this point is up to you.
  9. If there is any item still not working but you still love it, is there another item you DI01BqvXUAA5V1o (1)can buy which will make it work? Such as boots (too cover cankles) or a little cardigan/shrug (too cover batwings) or a plain coloured vest/tee you could wear underneath (to cover up a bigger bra) or just a different style of underwear?
  10. Will it go with any of the ‘alright’ clothes? If you are still drawing a blank then the unrealistic statement items and the ‘alright’ clothes should join the charity/friend bags.
  11. Now look at all of the clothes you have left. Try to shake off the usual rules you apply and look at each item as if it’s the first time you are seeing it. This is a god time to enlist the help of a family memeber or friend who’s style you like but is different to yours. Who knows, they might come up with an outfit you never would have thought which actually really suits you!
  12. When you create realistic outfits that you will actually WANT to wear, take photo’s of them so you can remember your new discovery, even when you are tired or in a hurry.

Remember your clothes are there to fit in with you, not the other way around.

Enjoy your new outfits!

Chrissie

Creepy Cute Wishlist from EMP

Pastel Skel Dress

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Tokyo (long) Top

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Cheshire Cat Funko Pop!

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Harley Purse

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Skull & Daisy Leggings

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Bonita Tee

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Bat Top

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Skull Ear Studs

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Lara Tye Dye Vest

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Strong Heart Choker

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Manic Panic Hair Dye in Sea Nymph 

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Harley Quinn Funko Pop!

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Galaxy Skull Tee

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Little Bow Hair Slides

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Cheshire Cat Hoodie

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As always, I want to know which are your faves?

Chrissie

 

Velvet is Versatile!

Velvet is Versatile
Wether you want to be casual or glam, velvet is easier to wear than you think!

Brand Focus: Uncommongoods – Sari Pillow & Bike Chain Bracelet Review

Uncommongoods were kind enough to let me choose two products to feature and review but first a little bit about the company. They say “At Uncommongoods, we believe that creativity and the expression of individuality represent two great human treasures.” I agree!

As they stock so much it’s easier to break it down into these categories: Presents for the female of the species, unique gifts to suit you and your loved ones and items celebrating anniversaries and your special dates.

Not only does this New York based brand offer beautifully crafted and unusual goods, it also has some sound ethics at it’s heart.

They feature the designers and artists of the products in their catalogue and on their website. They often feature handmade products, sourced from recycled or up cycled material (including their catalogues) and all products are made without harm to animals.

They donate $1 for each item sold to a selection of non-profit organisations, which you can choose from. These include: American Forests and Women for Women International.

They ensure they only use suppliers who treat their workers fairly and they give their own employe’s a decent living wage.

Chevron Sari Pillow

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This goes with my couch throw, rather well doesn’t it! Hand made from recycled cotton sari’s this beautiful pillow features traditional Kantha stitching. This pillow normally retails at £35.91 (converted from $).

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Good Points

Upcycled

Beautiful vibrant patterns on the sari’s without clashing too much.

The pillow is well stuffed with polyfill making it supportive but also lovely and squishy.

The cushion cover is removable and can be washed easily.

Bad Points

I wish the back of the cushion also had the sari appliqué.

The tacking stitches were left in on some parts but were easily removable.

Chain Bracelet

I’ve wanted one of these for a long time for when I get bored of the usual spike brackets and leather cuffs.

Bike chain bracelet

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The story goes that in 1991 Graham Berg got a flat tire while biking to his recycling job and he realised why not do more with the bike parts. His first bike art appeared in galleries in Portland and Oregon and now he has a team of helpful artisans. How cool would a stack of four of these look? Retails at £7.18 (converted from $).

Good Points

Upcycled

Rocker, punk, industrial or just quirky.

The clasp is secure but not a faff to fasten as it just folds over on it’s self, and is fairly easy to release, so no help required.

Bad Points

There aren’t any!

Focus on: HISTORY’S ATTIC online boutique

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The online vintage and retro boutique History’s Attic was created by Claire Kenyon in March 2009. I really like the idea of being able to go online anytime and browse clothes and accessories from classic era’s of fashion. Other features include a wonderful ‘Find it in the attic’ service where they will try to source a specific piece you have requested and ‘Made in the attic’ a handmade vintage inspired jewellery range and wedding accessories.

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Since I was a teenager in the 90’s I’ve been drawn to more of a grunge or glam (depending on the occasion) rock chick style but I’ve started to gain a real appreciation for well cut timeless pieces of fashion so I decided to find out more a bit from Claire Kenyon.

What icons and eras does the brand take it’s style inspiration from?

“We love classic style icons. Audrey Hepburn is an obvious but instrumental inspiration along with Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Bridgette Bardot, Sophia Loren, Rita Moreno Coco Chanel and many many more.”

“The 1920s are a huge inspiration. We love all things that epitomise that era. The sequins, the drop waist dresses, the beading, the hair accessories, the hats. We love the 1960s too. The Mary Quant style.”

“We also take a lot of inspirations from our customers and listen to feedback and try, along with high quality vintage, to source timeless fashion items that will be the fashion classics of tomorrow.”

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(1920’s style hair clip)

Why do you think retro and vintage style is still so relevant and popular in 2012?

“One of the main reasons why vintage and retro style is so relevant and popular in 2012 is its ability to fit the way we live today. Fashion has evolved and it’s accepted that just because you fulfil a certain role in society it doesn’t have to influence the way you dress. By mixing old and new you can create amazing individual looks. Here in the UK especially style is so eclectic. Vintage fashion allows people to experiment and if you know where to look there are many bargains to be found. Modern designers often take inspiration from classic lines and styles that filters to the high street. From talking to our customers we know they then use this as inspiration when they come to vintage fairs and seek out something of the same ilk to give vintage a modern twist.”

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(I adore this dress as I think it has a real gothic feel to it, which also happens to be incredibly on trend for A/W 2012)

What do your working days being the drive behind History’s Attic involve?

“There is no such thing as a typical day here in the Attic. I am passionate about what I do and I am involved in everything from sourcing and selling products to designing marketing materials and completing the accounts. Finding the best products for our customers is the driving force behind what we do. I am very particular about what makes it onto the website and what we take with us to fairs and events.”

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(Vintage McClaren Kelly Bag)

For you, what is the most memorable item you have hand made so far?

“The bouquet that I did for Creative Soul Photography in Atlanta USA. I never thought something I had made would look so incredible, the way they styles it was incredible and the pictures are amazing!”

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During the festive season one of the most awkward things that can happen after you have carefully put together an outfit for the occasion, is noticing other women wearing the same dress! Then the whole ‘who’s wearing it best’ debate begins. I’ve learned that by wearing retro or vintage clothes your look will actually be timeless and original.

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(1980’s party dress)

http://www.historysattic.co.uk