I’ve got a fairly busy weekend coming up, with a BBQ at my mum and dad’s house tomorrow night with my aunt, uncle and baby cousins (one of whom is 3 and a half now, so not so baby anymore! Remember when she was though?!). I really need to get some more pictures of them, particularly Eva who is nearly 1 now and hasn’t featured yet on the blog! Then on Sunday, I’m singing Haydn’s Creation in a concert at the Abbey in my old school! It’ll probably be a little bit weird singing there again, but I’m excited. I sing in my local choir, and about 10 of us from that are joining forces with the choir from Ampleforth for this concert. Charley is away with her play at the moment, so it’s just Fran and me for this one, and Fran has moved to the altos as they were lacking, so I’m alone in the soprano section (not totally alone, obvs, I just mean without my friends!).
I also managed to a bit more shopping last weekend with my sister. We went down to York to look at more independent and boutiquey type shops and were very pleased with what we found. My aim was to go to Bowler Vintage because I”m still looking for pin up and repro style clothing which I knew they stocked – I was a bit confused, because last I knew, this shop was Purple Haze, but Charley and I were discussing this amazing vintage shop she’d been to in York called “Bowler Vintage” and from her description, it was in the exact same place as Purple Haze. The confusion was solved quite simply in that they had just changed their name and added an upstairs for women’s clothing rather than having men’s and women’s all on the bottom floor – simples. I ended up leaving with, um, a whole outfit – woops. I did say I wanted to buy clothes I love though, and I loved these. This Hell Bunny dress along with a navy Hell Bunny cardigan and a 25″ petticoat (which you can also buy at Modcloth) made their way into shopping bags to come home with me, and I am definitely not regretting buying them. I’ve already worn the outfit twice, sans petticoat though since we went to a local pub and to choir practice and didn’t want to knock people out the way.
I was thinking I might try to do an sort of guide to independent shops in York sometime, since it’s a super unique city and has loads of quirky things. I know people say this about their cities all the time, but York is kind of different – tiny, cobbled, shambled (literally) and actually filled with small shops that deserve some love. We discovered a couple of amazing places at the weekend, so hopefully I’ll get the chance to get down there and photograph them a bit at some point.