Saturday 2 November 2013

We took Nottingham by storm or was it the other way round?

Oh, we had the best time, Vix, Curtise, Annie, Serena and I. 

The calm before the storm. A nice cuppa at Hopkinson's whilst waiting for the Birmingham contingent to arrive. Serena was a first timer at one of our bloggy get-togethers, but she fitted in just perfectly.
Vix looked a gazillion dollars in this dress. She is probably the only person who could have got into it, since she is the size of a pixie. We had a bit of fun with the changing room which is just a hoop with a bit of fabric dangling. Getting changed in there was an adventure. 

Present giving. We were as giddy as a gang of drunk women. Oh OK, by that time we WERE a gang of drunk women.
There were so many presents it was like Christmas morning. 
Dutch clog salt and pepper shakers, groovy fabric and amazing Dortmund scene with OBDs, from Vix.
Lovely home made soap and card from Serena.
Fabulously soft vintage house coat and cuckoo clock brooch from Curtise.
Gorgeous notebook and necklace from Annie.
It was cold and wet outside, but the reception at the wonderful BAKLASH couldn't have been warmer. Meg looked after us beautifully.
With a special offer of a bag of clothes for £10, it was like supermarket sweep in there. Meg told us she had managed to get 8 items in a bag before, but I'm sure Vix blew that record away. We kept going round and round the rails, until we had practically assembled all the stock.
There was just time for one last drink by the station before we said our farewells. In Curtise's case we said it a few times, because she kept popping up as she did a crazy circuit looking for her train. She made it with seconds to spare. There was a wholesale gasp of relief from the rest of us as we saw her jump on.

What a day!


Vix said...

What a brilliant day we had. I loved it! (I know I ALWAYS say that...)
A bag of choice frocks that fit like a dream for a tenner. It's unbelieveable. I'm still pinching myself for not connecting Eve with the woman who befriended me as a teenager...amazing!
Look at me nagging Serena into buying more than she needs. I'm such a bad influence.
So glad that that gorgeous Global cocktail dress was still at Hopkinsons!
Thank you for taking us on a trip round Nottingham, it's a brilliant place. xxxx

Claire said...

what a fantastic day you had! I'm sure I could squeeze a lot into a bag for a tenner haha

Curtise said...

Oh it was such fun! You and Serena were wonderful hostesses, and I think we all made some quite excellent purchases. Aren't we clever?
It WAS like Christmas morning, wasn't it? I love the Wetherspoons tradition, and now we've added Porn Star cocktails to the formula, it's even better!
Hopkinson's and Baklash were particularly fabulous, I thought, and Vix's amazing connection with Eve is just witchy. We must go back! Oh and Vix in that dress - va va boom!
Another thing I love - that all our photos are blurry and bonkers and random and completely indicative of our day!
What the hell is it with me and trains? I am nearly 50, I have been catching trains most of my life, why can't I find the right platform?! But at least I can still run.... xxxxx

Helga said...

FARK ME!!! I nearly choked when I saw you bints had been hanging out together again!!! Did you get that lemony brocade frock?? You looked mega HOT in it!!!
SO jealous, and will be until I get my arse over there..........just hanging, blithering, throwing frocks about with you lot-it's all I long for in life!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Looks like a fun day was had by all. Lots of smiles all around :)

mispapelicos said...

You are all sooooooooooooooooo beautiful, and me sooooooooooooo jealous not to be there, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Hannapat said...

What a fabulous day and I am sure it was really hard not to spend loads. You look so 'blerrie' gorgeous!!! xoxo

Krista said...

I'm so jealous!!!! It really makes me happy to see these get togethers I think it makes blogging take on a whole new meaning. I saw that yellow dress on you and about died so gorgeous please tell me you got that! You ladies all spoil each other rotten, it's too sweet!
I wish I was there every single time!

Helen Le Caplain said...

Looks like you had an amazing time - can't get over the bargains you snaffled!

Ivy Black said...

Fab. You are all wonderful and it's great seeing you all together giving vintage a good seeing to! A bag for a tenner? That's how it's done. Did you get that frock?xxxx

Fiona said...

This looks like the best of times, a bloggy meet-up with vintage shopping and Porn Star quaffing...what's not to like? Hopkinsons and Baklash look right up my street...a bagful for a tenner, almost jumble sale prices. What gorgeous gifts too, love your cuckoo clock brooch from Curtise.

Annie said...

What a brilliant day we had! I was telling my Mom about it, and couldn't stop smiling. I loved all my purchases, and was so spoilt with all the wonderful gifts. Baklash was absolutely amazing, and I loved Hopkinsons too, so much fab stuff crammed into one place. You and Serena were fab hostesses. I'm coming to Nottingham again!
Annie xxx

Anonymous said...

That coffee place looks lovely. Maybe we can pop in when I next visit. Serena's soap sounds great xx

Serena said...

Tania! Love this blog post, great pics and hurrah!..Iwas at this one!!! I had such a lovely time....thank you SO much for inviting me along! Vix mentioned above that she nagged me to buy...I wish I'd bloomin listened now, as I missed out on that cute, sparkly green number from hoo!
Roll on the next one!! Xxx

Unknown said...

MY GOD A BAG OF CLOTHES FOR £10 no wonder you were all smiling :-) Looks like an amazing shop I would love to have moouched in there. Blogger meet ups are the best. dee xx

Vanessa said...

Awesome scores for a song, sounds like a wonderful day :D Thanks for the vicarious shopping trip.

Caramella said...

What a lovely day you had, gorgeous pictures. Nottingham...isn't that where Robin Hood comes from;)

me said...

Perfection! Lovely friends, food, drinks, shopping ... The best way to spend a day (and so many cool things!!!)

MILEX said...

It's timeless!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you all had a great time :)

joyatri said...

Nottingham is the place to be with a whole bag full for a tenner! I'll have to add it to my list of places for blogger meetups. I'm glad I'll be meeting you on the 29th in Walsall. I hope we have the same vintage-treasure-finding-luck as you all did in Nottingham.

his_girl_friday said...

Looks like epic fun!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Look at all those smiling faces!! Looks like it was a fun, grand time indeed :)