Hey fashionistas, this spring 2018 Jijjy’s Maison visited one of UK’s glorious vintage fashion events, that is Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. And why not; it was fashion week, have you ever heard of or attended this event?

This the brains behind this genius master plan is Savitri Coleman;


Image: Savitri Coleman Pinterest

she is an award-winning event’s organizer, and with her excellent intelligence in fashion and advertising, in 2009, she founded this acclaimed vintage fashion fair.

Clerkenwell vintage fashion fair runs approximately 7 events per year in different locations in London city. The event show cases 50 traders and curators of vintage fashion accessories from around the globe. The collections ranges from 1800s to 1980s high quality fashion pieces. These pieces can include designer names such as channel, Gaultier, Saville Row YSL and many others.

This year’s event which is usually in Shoreditch, was held in the beautiful Covent Garden, bringing the vibrant east London scene to west London.

Clerkenwell vintage fashion fair is not only a fashion trading event, it is a fashion experience. This was SO evident when first thing you notice when walking in is friendly, smiling excited faces of customers and traders, everyone was freely chatting and having such a good time which is rare in today’s London’s climate, no seriously. 😀 .


I made a point of sharing this exciting day out, with my girlfriends who have never heard of these types of event.  We got the entrance of the Freemason Hall at Covent Garden and the first thing we encountered apart from the lovely people, was a sea of colorful beautiful fashion accessories as well as clothing made of luxurious fabrics such as organza, silks, wools, satins, embroidered, cashmeres. ….. the list is endless.





We spotted beautiful girls walking round the event in stunning full period 1940s/50s makeover; pièce de résistance was, stylist to assist vintage enthusiasts with styling.

Look out for the next Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Spring Fair on April 22nd, 2018; share the experience with family, friends for a thrilling spring day out.


Quest For Nostalgic Titillation At UK’s Best Vintage Fair

A Pop-up vintage and IACF (International Antiques and Collectibles Fair) affair at Alexandra Palace.

Its February and I am glad things are starting to pick up. It is all too much too soon, cannot be in three to four places at once and I like it. A sign that 2018 will be positively buzzing.

I was excited to attend the 2018 Antiques, Vintage and Collectibles Fair at Alexandra palace. This jewel of an event was organised by the, three times voted- best London vintage fair- Pop up vintage; and UK’s largest antiques event – IACF. Event took place at the iconic Alexandra palace in north London.

It is the second time I am attending this famous event (post) and to honest, I was not disappointed. I like to collect unique interior pieces for my future loving and beautiful home, also, as my sibling has managed to secure one I was excited to explore what was available and cannot wait to help with the interior decor. Collecting vintage pieces is also a hobby of mine.

Spotted a Star Collectible

One of my Favorite piece I brought back to add to my collection, was this pretty Vintage tea cup set which I bought from a warm and fatherly gentleman and his lovely wife. If you attend next London antiques fair ask for Lez and Mary’s stall. History on teacup collectible

Vintage 1940s Teacup

Name of this tea cup set is unknown to me. I have spotted the exact design in at least 3 period TV series and movie; Victoria, The paradise and if I am not mistaken- Darkest hour. when I saw it I had to have it. Let me know if you spotted it in other films

As a vintage fashion fan, I was also on the look out this year for some lovely unique nostalgic styles to vamp up my wardrobe.

Highlights of available items:

Whether you are an avid collector, antique enthusiast or just curious, there is no way you would have left empty handed. The hall was packed with sellers and collectors trading antiques and vintage pieces from as early as 1920s to the retro 1970s and 80s.

For the vintage fashion addicts:

1940s Frenchvintagehat

Mustard wool mohair 1940s French Vintage hat (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

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1930s Ladies vintage tweed shoes (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

French vintage hat

Maroon wool mohair 1940s French Vintage hat (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

retro shoes

Purple snake skin womens Retro vintage shoes (Popupvintage/IACF fair)

For the vintage interior enthusiast

Antique stool

Where there is antiques and vintage, beautifully handmade items are not far away. Like this stunning handmade rugs from Valuable Rugs- who are located in Cricklewood northwest London.

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Handmade silk rug from valuable rugs

Valuable rugs Ltd

Handmade rug from valuable rugs

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VIntage Planter

Pretty little vintage cycle in white, A decorative planter. (Popupvintage/IACF fair). Makes a garden look really pretty. Gardening ideas

Many more antique, vintage, and other fun fairs coming up throughout the year around the country. Have a look at Upcoming events.

Below are some charming vintage style home lightings made by J.A.M.S Ironworks which caught my eye. I arrived at the stall just in time for a mini presentation by the lovely wife of Andrew- the man behind the master pieces. Each piece is one of a kind; all recreated/upcycled using genuin antique and vintage parts. Exquisite interior pieces.


For the Zealous collectors

Gold AntiqueTea Box

Collectors Pure Crystal Glasses

Antique and vintage fairs are a great fun day out for friends or family. If you are looking for unique one of a kind items to glamorize your home, the fairs never fall short.

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2018 Autumn/Winter Mood Lifters- Plush Throws, Cushions & Opulent Interiors

I hope 2018 started well and positive for all. It is natural to feel like hibernating in the first two months with winter at its peak and its right after the December blowouts.

There are quit a few activities one can take on to either turn around or improve your mood during this period. In my case I took up some light exercises and detox to increase energy, clearing up my closet, giving to charity and my favourite is updating my interior space accessories.

According to Maree Louise, Project Manager at Little Home Renos in Sydney, Australia, minor improvements to your home can improve comforts; Raci- an interior designer from GDC interiors journal suggests that decorating your interior can make you happier and consequently healthier and more productive. So there you have it- a beautiful and cozy interior can positively improve your emotions.

I came across these interior design deco ideas for autumn winter. What can be more cozy than plush velvet textures, fluffy cushions, and warm throws. With all the trees, outside, naked from their loss of beautiful lush leaves, the indoor plants can be really inviting and cheerful reminding us of spring and summer hence enhancing our moods.

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Via Elle Decor

Chintz and Chinoiserie

Chintz and Chinoiserie




Via The Decoristor


West Wig

Reeled into the Trending Traid

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Image: Traid

As you will notice from reading my blogs I have a soft spot for vintage, upcycling, repurposing, reworks and the lot. Today was one of those days I decided to go vintage hunting. On route I was distracted by Traid; they are a charity shop passionate about reducing waste, carbon emissions and consumption.

Their highlight is, their aim to enhance working environments and systems in the textile industry. In addition, they educate the public on the knock-on effects of these industries on the environment. We all should play our part by making sustainable decisions.

But of course, I did not notice the huge sale signs on the windows. You know how it feels like when you get into a shop with sales and you can barely get to the clothes dues to the stampede of fellow customers? Thank God It was mid-week; imagine a relaxed shopping browse ooh yes.  Whilst riffling through, just from the corner of my eye I spotted this luxurious purple velvet sticking out from the rail on my left.

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Image: Time Out

Walked over to it, my heart racing, I pulled it out and noticed it was a pair of large gorgeous velvet curtain fabric; checked the price and couldn’t believe the bargain. Then I noticed more pieces on the rail; as we all do, I piled on a mound on my skinny arm hobbling to the counter, the chatty assistant looking amused and supportive folded the items neatly, tallied my receipt and I was out of there before I could change my mind.

Note that these fabrics go for 3 to 4 times the price per meter in the shops. I was super excited to get more than a meter for ¼ the price per meter. On route, in the train, on my way home mind was racing with ideas. As I was staring into empty space smiling I realised this guy staring at me assuming I was smiling and smitten by him or something. In my head I was thinking “no love, I have with me some lovely fabric that I cannot wait to sew”.

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Image: Jijjy’s Maison

Time to get creative; looking forward to sharing with you some ‘Produit Fini’, and you can let me know what you think.

Also, just want to let you know that Traid as a charity- believe in Zero waste and their projects ensure just that. They have over 1500 charity clothes banks which they turn into beautiful sale items. They are in 191 boroughs and districts in the UK.

The Beautiful Historical Tulira Castle

I was browsing round for some juicy Saturday news when i came across this article on A Historic Irish castle which is on sale for £5.5 million for the first time in 20 years. I just could not help myself, i love history, the architecture and Art Deco of the by gone eras. The article definitely didn’t disappoint.

The castle happens to be the only one in Ireland, never to be invaded.  The lucky new owners saved Castle and restored it to its former glory after buying it at its worst state ever. The castle is one of the most significant ever to be built and has rich architectural and cultural heritage.

What i love about the Castle are its Stunning Gothic architecture, Beautiful historical 15th to 19th century antique furniture giving it an exquisite interior Deco. Every room has its own different colour theme, the stone walls which are left bare together with the curved wood and beautiful rugs really complement each other beautifully. And the castle’s location and grounds, ooh who wouldn’t want to wake up to that everymorning. If you love attending church, the castle actually has its own mini church inside.

George Ashlin- a celebrated architecture and designer of a few of the the well knows neo-gothic churches in Ireland, -designed a castellated house and added it to the tower house in 1882. This Tower house was the original structure built in 15th or 16th century.

The Castellated house was commissioned by Edward Martyn  who was the owner at the time, he was also the first president of Sinn Fein. It is known that after joining the Irish nationalist cause he called for all Irishmen who joined the British army to be flogged, he also refused the song “God Save The Queen” to be sung at the castle after a party. Edward Martyn had great wealth which gave him the opportunity to play an important role in the revival of the Irish Literary scene and the arts as well as the establishment of the Irish state.

Lets hope his spirit does not come to haunt the new “Brit Owner” for occupying his lovely Tulira Castle. If i was the new owners i would call in the poltergeist experts after the surveyors just to make sure.

Lovely Pictures courtesy of MSN (Ganly Walters)

Daisy Blu Wedding Guest Books and Accessories

I love surfing the net for extraordinary handmade, vintage or antique items. Whilst browsing i came across Diasyblue-JUST STUNNING; these are hand crafted, Custom Photo Albums/ Guest Books / Journals.

The inspiration for Daisyblue designs comes from sheer elegance and fine detailing of vintage linens & embroidery.

The individuals behind this mastermind are Diana and Susan- sisters who have always had a taste for arts and crafts from when they were very young. They get pleasure out of creating things with their hand, crocheting, embroidery, sewing knitting was always a favourite past time; Painting, They also loved Interior design and Re-purposed Art.
At some point in their creative journey they started creating hand beaded note cards which they sourced to local retail shops. 
Personalized Petite Photo Album Keepsake
This went so well the sisters started including Photo albums, Photo keepsakes, Guest books, Pen sets and Journals. Each Daisyblu product is hand crafted with love and exquisite attention to detail. 
Guest Book Vintage Inspired Beaded Black Lace on Ivory
With the Christmas holidays swiftly upon us, we do not have to look far for unique gorgeous gifts.
Every Customer is purchasing a beautiful and great quality product that may one day turn into a cherished heirloom.
To browse or purchase Daisyblu’s products (click here)

Retonthenet Vintage Purveyor

This is my latest vintage / antique store find-  stocking absolutely amazing items for us- vintage lifestyle lovers. Retonthenet Vintage Purveyors are an Antique and Vintage retail company that specialises in products dating from 1880s to 1980s.

If you have a passion for collecting good quality Antiques or Vintage items then Retonthenet are The go To on-line company.

You’ll find exquisitely unique items for your homes. For great ideas on Antique or Vintage interior Deco pieces or furnishings you are guaranteed to find something on Retonthenet .

Antique Late 19th century Brass Mirror ,
candle holder Rd 18th Nov 1883  Lion Crest

Vintage Silver plated Tray Sheffield England
Vintage Ships Wheel Wood & Brass
Gischard of Germany circa 1950s

They are widely known purveyors of vintage and Antique Gifts- Any birthdays, wedding celebrations coming up? Or looking for a Thank You Gift for a family member, friend, Partner or colleague,- Retonthenet stocks Rare items for that special person/s.

Opera Glasses circa 1900s

Vintage Original Gola Exercise Hold Bag circa 1970s

1950s Cufflinks

Apple Perfume Bottle 1970s

Whatever your tastes- vintage purveyors are sure to have something for you,; from Vintage cars, Pottery& Porcelain, Silver plated items, furniture. Just surf by and see for yourself.  Order on-line and they will post it to your address, They have great posting package deals- Free delivery for purchases over £50 and competitive postage prices.

All products are unique once sold you will not find another quite like it. So hurry up and grab a bargain at Retonthenet

Art Deco Feigl & Moraweitx Libochovice Glass Vase circa 1930s