Saturday, 31 December 2011

Happy new year

Happy new year to all our readers and followers. Thanks for all the support over the last year.... Here's to 2012!

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Bag Ladies




We hope Santa has heard our pleas for a Mulberry bag under the tree this year, but just in case he hasn't we've found the perfect solution. Maude and Tilda, the sister company of Locher's Paris, have produced these quirky canvas bags which just about fill the tote shaped hole in our hearts.  
All the bags are 100% unbleached and hand printed onto cotton and there's 10% off in their store if you hurry!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

What we'll be wearing on Christmas day...

 

So now all the presents are carefully wrapped and put under the tree, the next problem on your list is what to wear on the big day. We've had our eyes on the Aubin and Wills Derring dress above, with it's cute metallic polka dot detail it has just the right amount of sparkle.

Here are some more of our picks....





Monday, 19 December 2011

50/50


Bored of the usual festive flicks on the TV? Then why not head down to your local cinema this week and check out the amazingly witty and thought-provoking 50/50. Based on a true story, the film follows 27-year-old Adam (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) after he finds out he has a rare spinal cancer that leaves him with a 50/50 chance of survival. Levitt's performance is both inspiring and compelling as we see his emotional journey through chemo, and is balanced out nicely with Seth Rogen playing his best friend Kyle, whose usual comic one-liners help to keep such a touching subject from being too heavy. And that's not forgetting Anjelica Houston's heartbreaking portrayal of Adam's struggling mother, caring for both her sick son and her husband suffering from Alzhiemer's disease. The film is both beautiful, and tear-jerking, and is well worth watching. If you don't cry, there is definitely something wrong with you!

By Lizzie Evans

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Ho Ho Ho... Jammy Christmas


So, you want to make a homemade present, but you can’t sew and you hate to bake? Why not try your hand at jam making? All you need is a few empty jam jars (a good excuse to finish the Nutella?) and you’re good to go. No knitting needles required.



Recipe:
2l bs blackberries
1 lbs apples
3 lbs sugar

Method:
Peel, core and cut the apples into slices.

Wash the blackberries in cold water to remove dust and debris, then remove any remaining stalks and any ugly ones (well not ugly, that’s cruel... mouldy ones).
Place the apple slices and blackberries into a preserving pan (or heavy based sauce pan).

Add the sugar and slowly heat the berries and apples, stirring all the time.

When the sugar is dissolved and the pan contains a liquid rather than dry fruit chunks, bring the pan to the boil.

Continue boiling the jam, and removing any scum that appears on the surface.

Test the jam on a cold plate and when a sample of jam sets, pour the jam into prepared (scrubbed and sterilised in a hot oven) jars.
Cover the lid with some pretty fabric, and tie with string for a pretty jam which tastes as good as it looks.

NOTE: To be eaten with scones and clotted cream. To use in a jam sandwich would be a jammy crime!

By Yvonne Dickson
Image credit

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

DIY Wrapping Paper

Now that we've bought lots of pretty things to give to our friends and family for Christmas this year, it seemed such a shame to wrap them up in bog standard festive paper. So we went on a mission to find some creative ways to wrap up our presents and we think these two ideas have come up trumps!



Geri gave us the very clever idea of printing our very own patterned paper, complete with tags. It's quite fiddly, but we love the idea of putting our own stamp on them!


However, if you're not feeling that artistic Ellie showed us how to transform some plain stripy paper with  some cute doilies. And we just love the vintage labels too!

Voila. The perfect finishing touches. 

Friday, 9 December 2011

Something for the Weekend

Fancy doing something a little different, and a little festive this weekend? Then why not pop down to the Dogstar in Brixton and check out the Crafty Fox Christmas Market.



Situated nicely just around the corner from Brixton tube station, the Crafty Fox Market was launched last year to 'provide a platform for emerging designer makers to showcase their work in a community-driven and creative atmosphere.'

With three whole floors of handmade heaven at your feet, there is bound to be something for everyone, with the market boasting over 40 unique designers and makers selling everything, from hand-made jewellery to customised cutlery.

And let's not forget about the jam-packed schedule of activities and workshops ready for you to have a go at! Why not try your hand at bunting making? Or maybe even making your own Christmas decorations? The possibilities are endless!

If you're just looking for a more relaxing afternoon out, you could always head over to 'The Tea Knees', Crafty Fox's very own pop-up tea room. Here you can sit, listen to what the Crafty Fox DJ's have on offer, and treat yourself to one of their delicious traditional cakes and cupcakes. Mmm!

Entry to the market is free, with some additional charges for selected workshops. The first 50 people through the doors on Saturday and Sunday will also receive a free tote bag from Etsy UK. And while you're at it, any vintage fans out there might want to keep their ears and eyes peeled at what's going on down the road at the Living Bar!

Check it out! 10th-11th December (11am-5pm) 389 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9

By Lizzie Evans

Friday, 2 December 2011

Love Loaf

The countdown is definitely on! The prospect of fairy lights, tinsel and mince pies are all very exciting, but the sight of an empty Christmas present ideas list is definitely not.

If you’re seriously lacking in ideas and money this Christmas, here’s another little frugal but festive idea for you.

Cellardoor Love Loaf



No one could turn their nose up at a homemade, edible gift. FACT. And this Love Loaf is idiot proof and can be baked in bulk:

Ingredients:
4 oz raisins
4 oz currants
4 oz sultanas
2 oz chopped candied peel (you can buy this, so no tedious peel-chopping for you!)
4 oz Demerara sugar
2 oz of Pecan nuts
5fl oz of Earl Grey
½ an egg beaten with 1 tsb milk
225g self raising flour

Method:
Place all the fruits, including the candied peel, in a bowl then dissolve the sugar in the hot tea and pour over the fruits. Cover and leave overnight. Heat oven to 170 degrees, put nuts on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven for 6-8 minutes. Once cool, chop roughly
.
Next, add the beaten egg mixture to the bowl containing the fruits. Then sift in the flour, add the toasted nuts and give everything a really good mixing.

Pop in a loaf tin and bake for 75-90 mins till it feels springy in the centre.
Turn them out and leave to cool.

Wrap in pretty rustic paper and tie with a ribbon for a pretty pressie, or served sliced, toasted and covered in butter!

By Yvonne Dickson

Thursday, 1 December 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

The first of December means only one thing for us, yep that's right..... we can finally open the first door on our Advent Calendars! So take a peek and see what's behind Cellardoor's first door .....


A very She and Him Christmas


She and Him, the musical pairing of 500 days of Summer actress Zooey Deschanel with American singer/songwriter M. Ward, have outdone themselves with their third album. This Christmas offering is comprised of 12 classic Christmas tracks sung in Zooey’s melancholy tones, accompanied by the most part with the ukulele, which gives these classic Christmas oldies a new twist. Covering songs such as Elvis’s ‘Blue Christmas’, ‘Baby its cold outside’, to my personal favourite ‘Rocking around the Christmas tree’ the duo have crafted an album which is true to the She & Him sound, acoustically soft and dreamy, with a whimsical edge, yet not overtly sickly, like many in your face Christmas records.We'll definitely be putting up our tree to this beautiful album!



By Siobhan Frew

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

My Week With Marilyn





We are in total awe of Michelle Williams after seeing these pics of her in Vogue - she looks amazing as Marilyn! This makes us even more excited to watch My Week With Marilyn at the cinema this weekend. We're intrigued to see how Michelle portrays the infamous Ms. Monroe and find out a little more about the real persona off screen. 







Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Button it

So, can you believe Christmas is less than a month away? We're getting more excited as each day goes by! Most people leave the bulk of Christmas shopping till December, but we hate that last minute rush so we wanted to find a way to help to get your preparations started.

Now we believe that it is the simple thoughtful gifts that people appreciate the most, so here is a D.I.Y project to help you along your way. Here’s how to make an inexpensive & stress-free button photo frame Christmas gift.



Supplies:
1. A photo frame (We purchases ours from a charity shop for £1!)
2. A glue gun/ or a tube of strong glue
3. An assortment of buttons




Step 1
Decide where to place the buttons; you can put them all over the frame or just in the corners. You might even want to spell someone’s name; it is totally up to you!




Step 2
Apply glue to the back of the buttons (you don’t want to burn your fingers or get them stuck together). Then carefully place them in the desired areas. Do this one by one, as you don’t want the glue to dry up.




Step 3
Then all you need to do is add a lovely picture & you’re done!



Here are just a few we made earlier (we always did want to be on Blue Peter!) We think these could be really lovely Christmas gifts for friends, so do let us know how you get on - we'd love to see your creations!


Friday, 18 November 2011

Cherry Drops

Christmas shopping is a real love/hate activity. You love the thought of it in October when selection boxes appear in shops, meaning you’re officially allowed to browse online for presents (to give AND to receive!). You hate it when it’s the last weekend before Christmas and you’re rushing around town loaded with overpriced gift boxes for all those tricky buggers who don’t seem to like anything.
Well how about saving time, money and the urge to pull your own hair out with a little something homemade?

Idea 1: Cherry Drop vodka
Remember Cherry Drops? They were the tastier version of a Halls Soother, without the gooey bit in the middle, that you used to rot your teeth on when you were a kid. Well why not get a little retro and try this tasty alcoholic alternative.



To make:
Sterilise a mason jar and add 3 packets of Cherry Drops to 500cl of vodka (it doesn’t have to be premium as the sweets hide the flavour, although your head won’t thank you in the morning if you buy pure gut rot).

Leave to sit for 2 days, giving the occasional stir. Once fully dissolved, pour into a pretty bottle, add a cute bow and throw in a couple of shot glasses for a festive and fun-promising pressie.

By Yvonne Dickson

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Shoes are a girl's best friend

We love these cute illustrations from French illustrator, Laura Manfre. We now have a sudden urge to go shopping for some new shoes....







See more of her work here




Monday, 14 November 2011

Roll Up Roll Up

Street Food. It’s so hot right now. But the idea of eating something cooked and served on the pavement hasn’t always been so popular. We blame the dodge hot dog vendors who used to hang around central London at 3am. You knew it wasn’t a good idea but you couldn’t resist the smell of the cooked onions.. Not anymore.

Nowadays, street food is hip, trendy and worth the trip for a tasty, and sometimes very economical, lunch without the without the worry of projectile vomit.



Cellardoor’s favourite street food tip is Selyus on Earlham Street.  This Mediterranean salad stall has been here for years and has a very loyal customer base. 

Serving a selection of cous cous, mixed bean, potato and green salads and topped with a choice of olives, stuffed vine leaves, hummus and a range of breads.  There is no chance of snacking after this salad.

Open from 12-2.30 every weekday, the queue can be up to 10 people deep.  But don’t worry, these guys are speedy! They’ll take your order and fill the container (how do they get those lids closed?! The tubs are filled so full that we’re amazed every time!) in the blink of an eye, and they’ll wave you off with a cheery smile. We think it’s because they know that you’ll soon be back very soon.

By Yvonne Dickson
Photo credit

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Movember - Part Two

We ladies utterly fail at growing facial furniture, so in order to help the cause here are some amazing moustache related items, the purchase of which will send a percentage straight to the Movember coffers!



What a fabulous fun way to wear a moustache! This amazing Burgundy button hat is made by Bee Smith Accessories.




A brilliant present for any Movember man, perhaps to congratulate him on his manly facial hair growing skills? Movember Moustache Print by Made by Berry.




What a perfect curly moustache! Mr. Moustache necklace by XOXIIShop.






Iconic Moustache Mugs by Peter Ibruegger. (He has donated some wonderful golden moustache glasses to the Movember website as prizes)

Wear/use/share your moustache with pride!

By Jules Young

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Movember

It's that time of the year again, when all the boy shapes in our lives attempt to grow the most silliest of facial hair - the moustache... and all for a good cause too. 



We can’t help our beautifully smooth complexions, however we can still take part in Movember. This is the charity movement that has taken the usually grey month of November and turned it into a worldwide facial hair growing/ celebrating extravaganza to raise funds and awareness of Men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer and other male cancers.




There are numerous Movember parties happening across the country/ the World throughout November. You could even host your own moustache party to raise money!

Check out the list of official Gala Part├ęs here and find out more about how to host your own amazing facial hair growth celebrating shindig here, they’ll even send you an amazing Mo party pack if you do!

For those ‘stache toting folks who are more into fitness than flat-on-the-floor-drunkness there are many Mo Running 5km and 10km events happening too. It’s a great chance to flex those muscles, dust of your best mo inspired fancy dress, get the wind in your moustache and raise more money for an amazing cause. You can find out if there’s one happening near you here.




Gizzi Erskine, perhaps the most glamorous chef on the telly, has teamed up with uber burger restaurant Byron to create the Gizz-Mo burger in support of Movember. The Gizz-Mo sounds pretty darned tasty, a hamburger made even more delicious with the addition of Welsh Rarebit topping (made from mature Cheddar, smoked Cheddar, English mustard, Guinness and Worstershire sauce). It’ll be available on the specials menu at Byron restaurants throughout November and 50p from the sale of each burger goes to Movember. Even better though, if you’re growing your own tache and have raised £25 or more then you can get a free burger EVERY DAY from the 7th to the 20th of this month! (3pm-6pm only).
So not only can your facial hair growing skills raise money for an amazing cause, they could also bag you a tasty bit of scran too!

Whether you’re purchasing or partying, running or just standing still admiring your Mo growing skills get involved in Movember. Your face will thank you for it!

By Jules Young

Friday, 4 November 2011

Something for the weekend

We wouldn't usually describe Crouch End as a shopping destination, but were amazed to find a gem of a store hidden at 55 Park Road. Scarecrow is a sweet vintage inspired boutique and is run by a mother and daughter team who describe their boutique as an 'Aladdin's cave'.


The shop The shop sells a range of exclusive brands as well as some very well known ones, your bound to find something to take your fancy. Our favourite pieces are from Central St Martins graduate Masato, who's one off pieces are sold exclusively at Scarecrow. 



By Lois Clark

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Meet..... Gem Fatale

Gem is definitely up there with our favourite bloggers, so it was a no brainer when deciding who to feature next. We love her infamous Tuesday tips and can always rely on her to bag some awesome charity shop bargains. So what are you waiting for? Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog...




Ok, first up who is 'Gem Fatale'? 
I thought the name up before I had a blog whilst I was creating a new email address for an eBay account! I'd been studying Film Noir at the time so femme fatales were on my mind... When I came to start the blog soon after, the name stuck. I didn't think about the meaning of it much at the time as I never though anyone would read the blog, but now I cringe when my postman brings me parcels addressed to Gem Fatale... I sound like a porn star!

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? 
I started in the summer of 2007 after being inspired by the few popular bloggers of the time (eg. Susie Bubble!) I was living in an OAP-crammed seaside town and feeling slightly alone in my burgeoning interest in fashion. The blog became a place for me to air my take on all things stylish and a way to communicate with like-minded ladies.




What inspires your blog posts? 

Anything that makes me go 'OMG'! The things that usually excite me are bargains, cute things (baby hedgehogs etc.) and DIY projects. I'm really inspired by food and craft blogs at the minute. I've got lots of festive baking and crafting blog posts planned! 



How would you describe your style? 
Girly with a rocky edge. And always comfy: body-con dresses need not apply. 







What three items can you not live without?
My laptop, my nail art pen and my big brown faux fur coat I found in a charity shop. 


We're huge fans of your Tuesday tips... have you got a favourite? 
Aw, thank you! My discovery that liquid eyeliner could double up as a nail art pen really kick started my love affair with nail art, and seemed to go viral round the blogosphere at the time which was extremely exciting, so it'll always have a special place in my heart. There's nothing as heartwarming as having someone say that they've tried and loved a tip you've shared! It's my favourite thing about blogging. 






What do you get up to when you're not blogging? 
Whilst not blogging I'll be found working at Topshop, cosying up with my boyfriend in front of the telly, or raiding the local charity shop circuit. 

Tell us something no one else knows about you... 
I have an unhealthy obsession with horoscopes... I once cried when I read that my boyfriend and I were doomed to fail as he's a Capricorn and I'm a Gemini... I suppose the fact we've been together 6 years ought to tell me to stop believing what I read! 




And lastly what's your favourite thing about Autumn?
Layering! The bingo wings can retire safely away in chunky knit cardigans and bad hair days can be easily masked with a woolly hat. Nippy weather hides a multitude of style sins!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Just our Type

When the days are long and cold, the nights draw in and it’s hard to get things done we could all do with some motivational words to give us a boost and push us on to bigger and better things. What better way to do this than with a bright, cheery and perfectly formed piece of typeography!

Here are some of our current favourites to put a smile on your face, give you a thought for the day and brighten your walls....



“Do what you love, love what you do” two coloured screen print by 55 Hi’s. So true.



A quote from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s book Slaughterhouse 5 made into a rather lovely linocut print in magenta ink by inkstomp.


“It takes all types” orange screen print made up of different typefaces by Brighton based helloDODOshop



“Be your own kind of beautiful”. This print is made using antique mixed wood type from the early 1900’s.....very cool....and the sentiment behind it is wonderful too!
Made by Happy Deliveries.

By Jules Young

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Autumn leaves

So now that the clocks have gone back and we've got used to the colder weather we can finally embrace Autumn (it's our favourite season!) There's nothing better than the feeling of a crisp morning walking through golden leaves. 

Then we came across this beautiful video from Whistles which showcases their new autumn collection. Combining beautiful music, beautiful filming and of course beautiful clothes, it sums up the new collection perfectly - sadly our autumn/winter wardrobe wishlist has now got even bigger!


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Lego Hair

It's been a while since we've been amused by the sight of lego, but Mike Stimpson classic lego photographs managed just that. The clever photographer has recreated some classic images using the little plastic blocks... if only we had thought of it first! 

Here's some of our favourites...