Lots of news and a few reviews!

17 May

What a busy old month it’s been so far for us Strumpets! First of all we decided to open a seperate Etsy shop for our bridal pieces – Strumpet Bride! We thought it would make it easier to differentiate between the ready-to-wear and bridal collections. We are rather pleased with it!

Warning…temptation inside, seriously hard to resist!

Next we finished our very first order for Miss Dixiebelle! We love this fabulous boutique in Edinburgh’s Bruntisfield, stocking fabulous repro dresses and underwear along with well chosen vintage pieces. They also have their very own Beauty Parlour in the basement. So if you live in the Edinburgh area and want a Strumpet hat, a pin-up dress, a glamourous swimsuit or a becoming beehive – you know where to find them! We are also colluding with Miss Dixiebelle on a photoshoot soon – we’re keeping it on the down low for now – details to follow soon! Vanity Thrills, who works in the Miss DB beauty parlour has done hair for us before – we’d give anything to look as groomed in the hair department!

We also joined the Twitterati this month – follow us @hellostrumpet for our vintage inspired ramblings, suggestions & quotes!

Chiara sporting a Big Mamie hat

We are excited to launch a few new designs later this month – including the essential Miss Strumpet Beret.  Sitting to the front of the forehead, they look fabulous on a peek-a-boo bang – in fact here is a sneeky peek-a-boo of our Big Mamie design, abley modelled by Emma Peel-alike Chiara!

4711 cologne

Miss Kitty has a couple of fabulous finds she’d like to share with you, dear readers. Whilst on the scent for a new fragrance she came accross 4711 cologne (interestingly from cologne!) This fragrance was originally launched in 1792 – it is a refreshing citrus-based fragrance that warms to a light floral, woody base and can be worn by ladies, chaps or by both! Best of all it comes in a beautiful bottle – lovely enough to adorn the prettiest of dressing tables! Known as the original cologne, it can be bought from an incredibly reasonable £7.00, for those on a budget requiring a pampering treat. The only downside is that the scent is very light and wears off quickly, so decant some into a purse sized atomiser and regularly re-spritz.

Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

Her next beauty find comes in the form of a beautiful Lip Butter from Revlon. Encased in a rather glamourous case, this is a light, non-sticky, sheer lipstick – perfect to enhance ones beauty rather than for full on glamour and very nice it looks too. Kitty’s colour of choice is Candy Apple, a good pinky red.

We’ll be queuing at the local Picture house!

Miss Wanda has been keeping an eye on the newest film from director Wes Anderson for some time now and Moonrise Kingdom has just opened the Cannes film festival. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you simply must watch it…immediately! Shot beautifully, it looks like it comes from another, more magical time – we love the styling of the teenage heroine, great collars! With a cracking ensemble cast and two unknowns in the lead roles – we’ll be at the cinema with bells on as soon as it comes to a cinema near us!

We have been lazy & we apologise!

16 Apr

Dear readers, we have realised that we have failed to post anything for a whole month and a half – oh the shame! I think we have been lulled into a false sense of security by facebook and had no idea we’d let the blog slide. Facebook is so quick and easy whereas we actually must engage our brains to write a blog post. Anyhoo…here’s what we’ve been up to since last we spoke!

We are just loving this little peplum skirt!

We have been busy working our little fingers to the bone of late. We colluded with RowanJoy and sneeked a couple of hats into the photoshoot for her latest collection – utterly amazing outfits from her this spring!

We had a meeting with Emma, pin-up queen bee at Miss Dixiebelle boutique and are delighted to report that she will be stocking our wears from the beginning of May. It is such a gorgeous shop and has a beauty parlour in the basement…need we say more regarding how excited we are?

We'd love to find some groovy boomerang bark cloth!

We have become obsessed with finding more truly & fabulously vintage fabrics and have become obsessed with bark cloth! We will be listing lots of new things in our shop very soon because tweed+barkcloth=extreme gorgeousness!

We are taking part in a charity fashion show this Friday in aid of the Sick Kids. It’s set to be a glamorous day out at the Balmoral Hotel with a sumptuous lunch and models circulating in beautiful vintage inspired attire! We are collaborating with RowanJoy again and making some pretty hats to complement her adorable dresses and playsuits.

A pretty posey by Sparrow & Rose

Ring from the Lucky Bitches range...love it!

We attended the GWC vintage wedding fair on Sunday and enjoyed meeting all you west coast brides to be. Our stand was next to the lovely Janet from Rene Walrus – she had so much sparkle on her table…everything handmade from gorgeous Swarowski crystals and pearls – we managed to sneak in a bottle of prosecco and much fun was had by us all! Other highlights for us were, again, the artistic floristry of Sparrow & Rose – so wild and beautiful – and Euan McWhirter’s glorious cocktail rings and beaded bangles…we’ve already got them on our Christmas lists (rather premature of us, we know)! At the fair, surrounded by all the lovely cakes and flowers and dresses and musing as to how we could get ourselves invited to more weddings we came up with a marvellous idea…

We’d love to hire ourselves out as wedding hype girls! It’s awful at a wedding when the dancefloor is empty and nobody wants to be the first on the floor, or when the reception is a ceilidh and another two dancers are needed to make up a set for an eightsome reel…call on us! We’ll circulate, mingle, and dance until dawn dressed in immaculate vintage dresses and perfect tiny hats! Here is a video of our favourite hype girl, Rosie,  abley assisting her cousin Sophia Grace with her singing endeavours!

On a wedding high!

4 Mar

Wanda loved meeting everyone at the Vintage Wedding Show today! Here is a round up of our favourite exhibitors:

1. Dress – it is not a secret that Rowan Joy is a dear friend and sometime collaborator and she also happens to make the most gorgeous vintage inspired wedding dresses!

2. Photography – we have said it here before, Duke Studios are the only photographers we recommend. If they are not available to shoot your wedding consider changing the date (we are not kidding!)

3. Jewels – we’ve been fans of Eclectic Shock by Louise Pringle for a long time – gorgeous, unique pieces made from vintage jewellery.

4. Cake – we can’t quite believe how gorgeous Cakes by Lyndsey are…but they are!

5. Favours – Mmmmm…marshmallows! We can personally vouch for the yumminess of these by the Marshmallow Lady!

6. Flowers – we were rather taken with these natural posies displayed in vintage recepticals by Sparrow & Rose.

7. Transport – The Red Bus hire vintage routemaster buses to ferry the bridal party and guests to and from the venue. Friends of ours hired one a couple of years ago and Kitty and Wanda had the best fun ever sitting right at the front on the top deck waving to all of the passers by as we journeyed through Edinburgh to the reception!

8. Music – They played today and rocked the house – we just loved The Banjo Lounge 4!

9. Venue – We fell in love with Mansfield Traquair today with its huge vaulted ceiling and stunning Peobe Traquait murals – smack bang in the middle of Edinburgh we can’t think of a better city centre location!

10. Well…if you are looking for a sweet, sophisticated, vintage inspired cocktail hat to wear on your big day might we recommend…us?



Vintage Wedding show? We’ll be there!

28 Feb

When we were asked to share a stall with our old pal, Rowan Joy, at the Vintage Wedding Show in Edinburgh, well, we jumped at the chance! The Lovely Mansfield Traquair venue will play host to a bunch of carefully selected vendors to help Brides and Grooms to be to plan their perfect vintage wedding. As well as yours truly and Rowan, exhibitors include Duke Photography (the only photographers we ever recommend!), vintage glamour by Miss Dixiebelle, routemaster bus hire from the Red Bus, beautiful flowers by Sparrow & Rose, as well as sparkly jewels from Rene Walrus & Eclectic Shock and many many more fabulous people, ideas and inspiration! So if you are getting married or planning to, please come along and meet us – we can’t wait!

Mansfield Traquair

15 Mansfield Place


Sunday 4th March


We love Polaroids!

20 Feb

This is how the world looks in our heads!

We are so happy with our new collection and the lovely set of images our photographer, Paul Marr has produced. The fabulous Roy Rogers created some amazing looks on our model Sofie’s soft pink hair and it all made for an edgier look for us to showcase our Spring/ Summer 2012 Lamé/Luxe collection. As well as our official photos, Paul also took a few Polaroids on some fuji silk paper that expired in 1982! We love them – life looks so cool in Polaroid we may well shoot a whole collection this way!

So gorgeous

Take a look at our Pretty Pretty Gallery – it’s full of lots of pretty pretty new things!

Coming soon…

2 Feb

We had a photoshoot on Sunday and couldn’t resist showing you a sneaky peek of our first collection this year – Lamé/Luxe. More photos and details to follow soon!

Did we also mention that we love weddings?!

31 Jan

We are delighted to say that we will be sharing a stand with our dear pal, Rowan Joy, at the Vintage Wedding Show on Sunday 4th March. All you vintage-loving brides to be would do well to put it in your diaries now – the day promises to be super fun! Make your wedding stand out from the crowd with an injection of good old-fashioned glamour – we hear that the gals from Miss Dixiebelle vintage hair and beauty parlour will be offering vintage do-s all day long,  perfect to compliment one of our tiny hats! We’ll be showing new bridal designs, bridesmaid pieces and occasion wear as well as a specially designed “going away” collection (more of this at a later date!) Do pop by!