Friday, 27 July 2012

Something for the Weekend

Now the Olympics has finally arrived we've come over all active here at Cellardoor HQ. Now, we don't mean we'll be running a marathon this weekend - sweaty is not really a good look is it? But this weekend you'll probably find us down at the Vintage Style Ride.





On Sunday, vintage-lovers and retro cycle-enthusiasts will be parading down Exhibition Road, but you won't find any lycra shorts here! Don't worry if you're without two wheels - you can borrow a vintage Pashley from Tally Ho! Cycle Tours so you can join in on the action!



So dress up in your favourite vintage outfit, hop on your bike and we'll see you there!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Dress to impress

So it seems like summer is now in full swing (well for the time being anyway!) and we've got our heads filled with all the pretty dresses we can now wear. Here's our pick of our favourites...




1. We're definitely getting in the holiday mood with this cheeky flamingo print shirt dress from Vero Moda. 

2. Try a sweeter take on the nautical trend with this pink and white belted dress from Wal G** at Topshop



3. If you've got money to spend, go for this gorgeous '50s-inspired printed dress from Anthropologie. It screams summer!

4.  Twit twoo. We love the bird cage print on this taupe dress from Dorothy Perkins. Perfect for summer days in the sunshine!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Something for the Weekend

We've definitely got that Friday feeling at Cellardoor HQ today, we're so glad it's finally the weekend! With two lazy days stretched out ahead of us we'll be putting this cute DIY from Oh Happy Day at the top of our to do list. 


Like you, we've just about had enough of this rain so maybe these summery lights can help tempt the sunshine back? All you need are some fairy lights and some colourful cupcake cases. Easy!



 Step 1:  To make leaves – fold a small cupcake paper in half 2 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut a leaf shape.  
Step 2: To make an 8-petal flower – fold a small cupcake paper in half 3 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.  
Step 3:  To make a 16-petal flower – fold a large cupcake paper in half 4 times, and with the folded point at the bottom cut around the top.    
Step 4:  Cut a small X in the center of each paper.    
Step 5:  Layer cupcake papers onto each lightbulb to make flowers.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Vintage Summer



Looking for some updates for your summer wardrobe? Well, look no further! Vintagestyle.me offers a wide range of products at affordable prices, allowing you to ace that vintage summer look which, here at Cellardoor, we love.



Every item on the website is hand-picked so shop while you can, as when it's gone - it's gone! We love their selection of dresses with some beautiful floral patterns, along with the perfect accessories to dress them up. Or even if it’s raining (it's the UK after all!) – why not slip on a pair of thick tights to complete the vintage look? You could even browse some warm jumpers and cardigans in the knitwear section.




We love the idea of the vintage trends coming back and settling in our fashion world today. If you want to be wearing the outfit everyone envies this summer visit www.vintagestyle.me and be the next vintage style sensation of your summer.

By Shannon O'Brien

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Farm Girls



If there are two things we love at Cellardoor, it's dresses and cute animals - when the two collide it's almost a little bit too exciting. So you can imagine how we felt when we stumbled across Elkin's spring/summer 2012 look book...





The collection features dresses of all shapes and sizes - gingham, floral, a-line, maxi - all with a fun and girly feel. And as if the farm animals weren't enough to make you say aww, for every item they sell they donate one book to H.O.P.E - a non-profit organisation bringing art to those in need. Cute AND charitable!


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Summer Sounds


Summer: rain, floods and cold winds are haunting us daily, so for the time being we’ve reverted back to the music that better fits a scene of a warm jumper and roasting fire, but that at least brightens the soul!




YouTube sensation Gabrielle Aplin from Bath in Somerset has the perfect tone that we love here at Cellardoor. With her playful acoustic arrangements and ability to sing and song-write, there is much to admire about this ‘internet sensation’.

In particular, ‘Home’, which is written and sung by Gabrielle, is a personal and honest song about rising above being hurt and appreciating the special people that make us feel secure wherever we are in the world. It is a song that we could almost imagine being happily lost wandering along the Celtic lands with the wind in our hair and content with life…bliss!





Gabrielle has recently toured as the support act for Gotye in February 2012 and has just completed a UK tour of her own. If you want to see this cheerful singer-songwriter, she is next playing at the Larmer Tree Festival at Salisbury in Wiltshire this week 11-15 July.


By Melodie Walter

Monday, 9 July 2012

Fluttery buttery


Here are some très feminine buttery buttercream biscuits that we think make a great gift idea and a sweet alternative to cupcakes!




Ingredients

For the biscuit
10 oz plain flour
5 oz caster sugar
8 oz soft butter, diced
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp salt

For the butter cream
2 oz softened butter
3 oz icing sugar, sifted
Few drops vanilla essence
1 tsp water


For the decoration
Icing sugar 2/3 oz
Water (only enough to mix sugar into smooth mixture)
Food colouring (green and blue)
Ready to roll white icing (if preferred)
Writing icing
Butterfly cookie cutter
1 pack of pretty ‘n’ pink edible pieces


Method
* To make the biscuit, beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl; add the egg yolk and vanilla essence and beat until the mixture is smooth.
* Add the flour and salt and mix together to form a smooth dough, mould the dough and wrap it in cling film and leave in the fridge for 30 mins.
* Heat the oven to 180C.
* Roll the dough to ¼ in thick and using the butterfly cookie cutter cut out 14 butterfly dough shapes and arrange on a greased baking tray.
* Cook for 12 minutes or until golden and leave them to cool.
* Decorate half the biscuits; roll out your white icing, use the butterfly cutter to get the same shape and place on top of the biscuit.
* Make different coloured icing for the decoration of the wings and use the pink pieces for extra decoration
* To make the butter icing, beat the butter, then gradually beat in the icing sugar, water, and vanilla essence and spread the icing over the undecorated biscuit
* Sandwich together carefully.
* These can be put into a small cup cake box and wrapped in a ribbon bow to be given as a quirky and cute present for a birthday or thank you gift.

By Melodie Walter

Friday, 6 July 2012

Let it rain



It's hard to feel cheerful at the moment when it's all grey and rainy out there - where is that summer we're all hoping for, eh? One good thing about all this wet weather though is this beautiful photography from Gavin Hammond.

The photographer has been snapping some of London's famous landmarks in the drizzle... but from a very unusual angle. These aren't your ordinary landscapes, oh no! If you look a little deeper you can see the reflections from the likes of Big Ben and The London Eye staring back at you from puddles. It's not looking so gloomy now...








Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The bee's knees

We're loving these gorgeous prints from Black Apple... because sometimes you need reminding just how fab you are! 

The cheerful prints, from the talented Emily Winfield Martin, all feature hand-lettering and either a dapper grey kitten or buzzing bees... and we're having a tough time choosing between them. 



See more of her work here