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Shop: Brass Pineapple

20 May

Yes people, Independent Shop of the Week makes a return… in the form of Brass Pineapple all the way up in Kendal, Cumbria after a lovely weekend spent in The Lake District.

The Urban Dictionary definition… Brass Pineapple: Given name to objects stolen from pubs in retaliation for expensive drinks.

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In actuality it’s a cute little shop just off the High Street, started by two designer friends who met at Carlisle University. They make unique upcycled dresses through combining different prints/fabrics/pieces:

brass pineapple dresses

Inside the shop they also have unusual accessories and homeware such as lego/domino rings and records that have been melted into bowls!

I instantly fell in love with this polka dot and paisley number, and it was a real bargain down from £20 to £10!

polka dot paisley dressI styled it with a Primark black leather and gold metal belt, black tights and Office chunky leather lace up boots. The boyfriend took  me on a cinema date and told me I looked like “Maid Marion biker style”….. boys eh?! To keep warm I added my Zara leather jacket:

car ootd (I wish this was my car!)

zara leather suede bagZara Leather and Suede Bag

office heeled bootsOffice Lace Up Boots

Is my Biker Maid Marion look a hit or a miss?! Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to blog about more Independent Shops so let me know your favourite and I’ll pop down and write a review.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Shop: Cryptofloricon

13 Feb

Valentine’s Day is on our doorstep, and to be honest with you I’m not a huge fan of this commercial ‘holiday’ – you could call me a Valentine’s grinch!

However, when a colleague told me about a weekend pop up shop near Brick Lane with an unusual and quirky idea – my heart warmed a little bit!

Cryptofloricon is:

Inspired by traditional Victorian floriography, writer and artist Edward Saperia developed a series of over 200 “flower codes”, allowing you to express anything from a simple romantic gesture (“I adore you”) to a loaded question (“Someone else?”) or even an insult (“Creep!”) using nothing but a few common flowers.

On the beautifully designed website you can select your message… I chose “Let’s Pretend that never happened”(!)

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That then selects the correct flowers to convey the message. At Cryptofloricon the florist then encodes the message and hoists the encrypted bouquet to the customer:

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541485_414647908623011_1760982164_nWhen receiving such a bouquet you can return to the Cryptofloricon website and input the selection to reveal the message:

decode cryptofloriconDecoded: “By way of introduction”… Congratulations, Receiver, the Bearer of By way of introduction has been admiring you from afar, and wishes for the chance to become better acquainted. For Bearers, By way of introduction is an excellent method of approaching a Receiver hitherto unintroduced who has caught one’s attention; or of inviting a casual associate to further intimacy. Those wishing to convey enthusiastic assent can use a courteous Nice to meet youAbout time or Drink?. Strictly platonic intent can be signalled with Let’s be friends, whereas those intent on romance can use Kiss me, you fool! or How you doin’? to indicate the desire to take things further. Receivers unwilling to further acquaintance with the Bearer can repel their advances with a curt Creep or Big mistake , a firm You’re not my type or Never, a cutting You dent my calmGet over it or You should be so lucky, or a tactful It’s not you, it’s meThanks, but no thanks or Let’s pretend that never happened.

Being a bit of  language and literature buff, I absolutely love the use of language and humour in the descriptions.

The pop up shop on the weekend was a success, however the inventor of the concept is still on the lookout for the right florist to continue the project.

What do you think of this idea? I love how such conceptual shops pop up around our lovely city when they probably wouldn’t work elsewhere.

What have you got planned for Valentine’s day?

xxx

Photo credits to Marcus Tucker (taken from Cryptofloricon’s Facebook page)

Shop: Flowers at Birksen

29 Nov

Welcome to my new feature… independent shop of the week. I’m so excited about this as there are so many lovely little places around London and the UK! This week is Birksen in Clapham Old Town. Not only are they an amazing florist, they also sell vintage furniture and lovely homeware.

I stumbled upon Birksen whilst househunting around Clapham Common and fell in love! Can’t wait to visit again and buy something for my place when I find it (maybe the reindeer fairisle door stop!).Check them out when you’re next in the area, or even better go out of your way to see them whenever you can!

Have you got a favourite independent shop? Let me know, as I’d love to visit.