Friday, 21 December 2012

Merry Christmas greetings






We would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you for your interest in Arabella Bianco this year.







Marian Marsh opens her Christmas presents, circa 1930s.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas 2012




This week we are busy with our Christmas events.

Today we are back to our roots at Bromley Town Centre Christmas Market, and tomorrow we're with Pop Up Vintage Fairs London.

Check out the details here.

We hope you have an enjoyable weekend wherever you are.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Friday, 23 November 2012

Save the dates ...


Our next big event is Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair Christmas Special!
Why not have a look at the event's Facebook page for all the details?

The following day we're at Langley Park School for Boys - 26th Annual Craft Fair.
Check out their event's Facebook too!

Plan to join us!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Carl Art Vintage Jewellery

You may know that we love vintage jewellery by Carl Art. Always fine quality and fashioned to exquisite designs.

Arrived this week are these beautiful silver earrings, featuring quality triple rhinestones below two textured leaves circa 1940s, £36.

For a bit of Carl Art background please click here.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Camber Sands ...


Actually have a day off today! Leaving Eliza at the helm of Arabella Bianco.

Camber Sands here I come.  I've been wanting to go again for ages, and take my dog Casey.  So had to wait for the all clear dog zones to come into force in October!

Wahoo!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Arabella Bianco first Fashion Shoot ...



A candid photo of our first fashion shoot. What a talented team!  To see more click here.

The stunning results of our shoot will be on our website soon.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Pop Up Vintage at Old Spitalfields Market


Tomorrow we're with Pop Up Vintage at Old Spitalfields Market.

Spend a leisurely Saturday browsing the vintage stalls. 
 
Click here for details of all our 2012 events.


Then Sunday morning we have our first fashion shoot!  Looking forward to seeing how it all works. We've got some really talented creative people working on this shoot.  Can't wait to see the results!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Who else wants vintage fashion?

We are always getting in lovely vintage jewellery stock!

Here we have a quality pair of faux pearl earrings by Trifari circa 1950s, £15.

We are really looking forward to our stand at Vintage Fashion Fair London on Sunday.  Fabulous vintage from the 1920s to 1980s!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Friday, 21 September 2012

A Marilyn Monroe Auction ...

This lovely amber necklace was in the auction

On my wanderings around the internet I found this fascinating article about Julien's auction of Marilyn Monroe items in the summer of 2009.

Have a view of the auction catalogue, Marilyn's items start on page 86.

I think you will find the whole catalogue mesmerizing, as there were many other Hollywood legends articles for sale including Ann Miller's.

Julien's previous catalogue included many Elvis items!

Friday, 14 September 2012

A snapshot of our jewellery stand ...

A snapshot of our jewellery stand!

Our premium jewellery is in the display box. At the moment we have two vintage sets, one by Panetta (faux pearl and rhinestone) and the other is Pennino (faux pearl and gold plate).  They were both Italians who emigrated and formed their own costume jewellery companies in New York.

Beneditto Panetta emigrated in 1901 and after working for Trifari and Pennino set up his own company in 1945. He made replicas of fine jewellery and the slogan of the company was 'if it didn't look 'real', it went back to the drawing board'. Jewellery was produced using the finest quality materials and limited production runs and was therefore always expensive. The company was sold in the 1980's and closed in 1995.

Frank Pennino emigrated in 1926. He was a master craftsman and used the finest quality rhinestones and crystals mounted in gold plate or sterling silver. Each piece was an exquisite imitation of the real thing. Pennino ceased trading in 1966, at which time all the jewellery moulds were destroyed.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Best Vintage Trader Award ...


WOW, we are one of 3 winners of 'The BOW Best Vintage

Trader Award' voted by the lovely ladies at Back of the

Wardrobe. Read all about it here.

Friday, 24 August 2012

Judy's at Old Spitalfields Market ...


What better way to spend your Bank Holiday Monday!  Find us at Stall 80.  
Click here for details of all our 2012 events.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Garden update!

"One of my main interests is gardening, and particularly native plants and wild flowers... I have three planting projects at the moment, a mini-orchard; pergola; and woodland area...".  This was part of a popular post back in April 2010, so I thought you'd like a bit of an update.

The three projects are finished and planted up!  The mini-orchard is behind the trellis on the left.  The pergola is still bare horizontally and will take time to cover, but the wisteria is doing well.  The woodland area at the end of the garden is doing too well, and I need to get down there and do some more weeding!



Friday, 10 August 2012

The London Hippodrome




The London Hippodrome was built in 1900, and is seen in this vintage photograph from 1902.

The Hippodrome has recently undergone renovation to it's original use as a casino.

For more about the London Hippodrome please read this article by Sara Colohan.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Betty Boop, love or hate?


The cartoon character of Betty Boop has been around since 1930.

This week we have a new selection of vintage style Betty Boop pendants priced at £6.50.

Betty Boop, love or hate?

Friday, 27 July 2012

Summer reading ...




Starting to read two books this summer:

'Brand like a Rockstar' by Steve Jones

'The Retail Handbook' by Antony Welfare


Hope you're having a great summer, and reading loads of lovely books too.

What are you reading?


Friday, 20 July 2012

Friday, 29 June 2012

Vintage Christian Dior Crystal Earrings

On Sale from £55 to £39.50 - A fabulous pair of vintage Dior 1980's clip-on earrings.


In 1946 Christian Dior opened 'Maison Dior' in Paris.

It was not until 1950 however that Dior began to make costume jewellery to match his clothing collections.

Always of the finest quality, Dior has been one of the most successful couture companies to this day.

Friday, 15 June 2012

LOVEBOX Festival 2012 ...

Friday June 15 - Sunday June 17  London E9

LOVEBOX Festival 2012

Discover fabulous music and a big vintage marquee.  We're there next to the main stage.

Grace Jones is headlining on Sunday.  Hope to see you there!


Friday, 8 June 2012

Quotes ...




"I’m not a beautiful woman ... so the only thing I can do is dress better than anyone else."

 "You can never be too rich or too thin."

Wallis Simpson 1896 - 1986



Photograph of Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward on their wedding day, 3 June 1937.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Release your Inner Marilyn ...

On the left we have a gold pleated dress I saw being worn last week with flip flops, the look was really stunning. £12.99 from H&M.

On the right we have of course Marilyn Monroe in her very glamorous gold lame dress.

Release your inner Marilyn!



Friday, 25 May 2012

Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair

Look forward to a great vintage day out at Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair this Sunday.

Our jewellery & fashion accessories will be fully stocked, discover treasures at a reasonable price you'll not find anywhere else!

Did you know that this venue used to be a boxing ring, and that Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac was born in Bethnal Green?

Hope to see you there!

Bethnal Green's Affordable Vintage Fair
York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PJ
Sunday 27 May, 1pm to 6pm

Friday, 18 May 2012

Carl Art Vintage Jewellery

One of our favourite vintage jewellery companies is Carl Art.

The company began in Providence, Rhode Island in 1936, and was founded by German immigrant Carl Schraysshuen and American businessman Arthur Loercher.

They manufactured fine quality gold, gold-filled, and sterling silver jewellery. After his death in 1953 Carl's half of the company was sold by his wife.

For more on Carl Art please click here.

Carl and Hedwig Schraysshuen, 1940's
Carl Art Gold Filled Earrings 1940's,  £49.50




Carl Art Gold Filled Bracelet, 1940's,  £75

Friday, 4 May 2012

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair, Saturday 5 May








This Saturday find us at Old Spitalfields Market for Europe's biggest vintage fair.

Browse and buy from 170 of the best vintage stalls in Britain! 

Hope to see you there!

From 11am - 5pm.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Vintage Vogue - The Essex Vintage Fashion Fair

We're really looking forward to the The Essex Vintage Fashion Fair this Sunday, 10am - 4pm.

Around 50 of the most beautiful quality vintage stalls that you can find anywhere!

Be there or be square!


Friday, 20 April 2012

Vintage Birthday Cheer ...






This week I sent my sister this lovely vintage birthday card.

Simplicity with such a delightful verse.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Marilyn Monroe





Love this photo of Marilyn Monroe in 'Some Like it Hot' 1959.

Stunning dress and beautiful vintage diamante jewellery.

The film was awarded an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Friday, 30 March 2012

A Pearl of Wisdom, from an apprentice entrepreneur

Pearls of Wisdom from the Homemaker's Encyclopedia -- 1952
Yesterday we had a really successful night at our local school's pamper evening.  We've finally defined our target market!

What do peeps want?  You can't sell everything to everyone.  It really does come down to defining your target market, and going there!

I am a bit of an experimeter, and went everywhere and anywhere with our products.  I was wrong and they were right, define your target market!

Have you got any Pearls of Wisdom? Would love to publish them.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Friday Favourite - 1950's Christian Dior

From 1950s Christian Dior
Our all time most popular post about Christian Dior jewellery attracted to date 316 readers.

So, I thought we'd post this beautiful photo of  Christian Dior clothes this time.

In 1946 Christian Dior opened 'Maison Dior' in Paris. It was not until 1950 however that Dior began to make costume jewellery to match his clothing collections. Always well made, Dior has been one of the most successful couture companies to this very day.

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, 16 March 2012

My week with Arabella Bianco

A fun week with Arabella Bianco
My name is Eliza and I have been doing my work shadowing placement with Arabella Bianco for the past week. It has been really worthwhile as I have gained many skills and knowledge that I did not previously have.

On the first day, I acquainted myself with Mailchimp in order to create the March 2012 newsletter. What I enjoyed most about this was the fact that I could track the success of the newsletter on Mailchimp by seeing how many people had opened the email containing the newsletter.

The second day was the highlight of the whole week. I got the opportunity to go to a marketing workshop with the owner of Arabella Bianco. I obtained a lot of new, useful information about marketing which I will be able to use in the future. In addition to going to a marketing workshop, I was lucky enough to design a returns form for the company. The company really liked my design and so have said they will use it in the future.

I was able to be very creative on Wednesday because I got to help the owner of the company design a new logo. Normally I am not very creative but I got myself stuck in and put forward ideas. Some were even incorporated into the new design!

Thursday was another creative day. I helped to create a YouTube video for the company. It was so fun! My creative juices were flowing again and the final product turned out like this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZAJASRL90c. As well as this, I was introduced to Pinterest. This is a site that enables people to share things on the web. I used this to create a board for Arabella Bianco including pictures from www.arabellabianco.co.uk and product descriptions. I had never used Pinterest before so it was interesting to learn how to use it and then go on to make an account on behalf of Arabella Bianco.

On my final day, I was lucky enough to give my input into the new website Arabella Bianco is designing. It was really exciting because I knew nothing about designing a website so it was really interesting to see how a company would go about designing a new website in order to re brand themselves. Moreover, I conducted two interviews to gain more information on how the company is run and how the employees got to the positions they are in now.

I would highly recommend taking up work shadowing with Arabella Bianco because you are able to get highly involved with the business and not just do menial jobs. I had a really great time on my work shadowing placement and gained many vital skills that I can use in future jobs.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Who else wants a vintage look at a reasonable price?

A collection of beautiful quality vintage earrings, that won't cost an arm and a leg!


Unusual vintage earrings from the 1980s with a lovely flower design.

These earrings would make a statement with a modern or vintage outfit.

Beautiful vintage sterling silver feather earrings from the 1960s.

A delicate design, still fashionable today.

Beautiful vintage sterling silver fish earrings from the 1960s.

Lovely novelty fish, which were all the rage at the time.
Lovely clip-on earrings from the 1980s, with faux pearls and a fancy surround.

Would add a classic feel to any outfit.



Sweet sterling silver diamond cut earrings dating from the 1960s.

Very fashionable at the time, and not easy to find now!


Friday, 2 March 2012

How to look like Joan Crawford ...

Joan Craw­ford wear­ing her Boucheron jewellery
Tomorrow we'll be at Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair at Old Spitalfields Market, 11am-5pm.

Amongst our marvellous stock, we have a few beautiful original 50s cocktail necklaces, and a number of other fabulous 50s pieces.

There will be plenty of quality vintage clothing from other sellers too!

We'll be giving 15% off for holders of Judy's ADvintage card (free at every Judy's event).

Keep your eyes peeled and you could put together a look as elegant as Joan Crawford's.


Friday, 17 February 2012

The Secrets of Personal Style for Men, a guest blog from Style Pilot

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How to improve your fashion sense

Avoid the pitfalls of shopping in a hurry.

Who are you?

Shopping habits and conversely the style and fashion of men is too often driven by snappy shop window displays and what adorns the first few rails inside the shop door.  Men find it very easy to slip into “that’ll do” attitudes when it comes to shopping.  The sooner that attitude is beaten the quicker you’ll be on your way to an improved sense of fashion and style.

Know yourself and make a swift decisions around your style and the look you want.  Are you going to religiously follow the latest trends?  Or perhaps you’re going to maintain a vintage style while making small additions to your wardrobe from the latest styles.  Your look becomes an extension of who you are so it’s important for it to be a true reflection of the person underneath.

Inject some life!

Chances are that if you’ve been a “that’ll do” type in the past, your wardrobe will be as exciting as a rainy day at the seaside.  I’m imagining lots of basic denim, with plain t-shirts which were purchased as part of some “5 for £20” blanket offer which you thought seemed a great idea at the time.  If that explains your wardrobe, then boy you have some work to do!  It may surprise you that we won’t implore you to throw away your basic t-shirts, but you do have to start making them work harder to create a gorgeous look for you.  Adding a bit of life into a tired and drab looking wardrobe can be straightforward.

Using the basics

Try to keep the pairs of jeans you own down to a few.  The more pairs of jeans you own, the bigger variety you need and the more money you’ll spend needlessly on extra clothes that you probably won’t wear that much.  The same can be said for shoes.  As a rule, if you can keep the number of pairs of shoes down to the same number as jeans, then you’re onto a winner.  If you have one excellent pair of shoes that goes with all of your jeans then you, sir, are a fashion hero!

Accessories

Unlock the secrets of a great wardrobe immediately with carefully chosen add on items which will truly round off and enhance your great look.  Stylish accessories can make the difference between the ordinary and out of this world!

About Stylepilot:

Stylepilot.com is the first personal style engine for men – Style Pilot aims to help men navigate and master men’s fashion. It’s an automated stylist that gives personalised recommendations based on their physique and preferences. Style Pilot searches through 1000s of online men’s brands and retailers to find the best matches.