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The Grand Budapest Hotel

11/03/2014
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Dress: Vintage (£30) from Anntwackey Vintage 
Purse: Primark (£5)
Shoes: Primark (£12)
Headband and Earrings: Primark (£3.50)

Hello Glorious friends Val here, sending you greetings from the land of red double deckers, mailboxes and telephone booths!

I am beyond excited to be sharing with you this set of photos taken by Rachael from Suitcase Home. Shot on our weekend trip in London where  Rach, Terri, Kate and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit The Secret Cinema. Where we were immersed in the screening of Wes Anderson’s recent master piece; The Grand Budapest Hotel .  Hence the fancy dress and the vintage inspired themed outfit.

I had bought this dress in my second week while being here in Leeds. This dress I saw at a vintage store, (Anntwackey Vintage)  and despite my own reservations against spending money, I thought to try it on ‘for fun’. As soon as I slipped into this piece, I knew I either had one of two options; place it back and be immensely regretful about my lack of purchase or push my concerns aside and become the proud owner of such a stunning and classic dress. It did help a little that I could use my birthday as justification for the purchase but despite these small concerns, I felt like this dress is something which I couldn’t pass by. The stunning green and the gold lining, the high collar and the modest dress line all contribute to my love for it!

To finish off the 1930s inspired out fit I paired it with some accessories from the very amazing Primark, which Rach and I describe as; Target, with clothes that we would actually wear. Seriously each time I go into Primark, I never leave empty handed! The gold accessories match the gold lining of the fabric and the earrings and the clutch give the outfit a very glamorous Great Gatsby inspired look.

And for those who were wondering, London was amazing!

As a friend described it  to me ‘It’s got a proper buzz in the air’

How I do wish I could dress like this everyday!

To let me know of recommended places to see/things to do/where to go/what to eat in London! Would love to hear from you!

xo

Val

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  • Ben 11/03/2014 at 9:23 pm

    There’s a few quirky places to eat in London! Breakfast club, Burger and Lobster, Flat iron were some of the ones recommended to us 😀 They weren’t cheap, but I guess nothing is in London.

    • Val & Vess 12/03/2014 at 3:32 am

      Hi Ben! Thanks so much for the recommendations! agreed, London is a bit on the pricey side. Especially for travelling students! Another friend recommended Breakfast Club to us as well (is it the one in shortage)?

      • Ben 12/03/2014 at 4:33 am

        Hello! Hahah but if you ever hit up Switzerland…London will be super cheap!
        If by shortage…you mean shorditch, then I think that’s the one we also went to. There’s supposed to be a few around though. OH! Check out Brick lane market and Spitalfields too. They have different things on different days, so look up online, but I think Sunday was a good day to go. But be wary the price of things. Look around before you buy. Sometimes it’s cheaper online, or even around the corner! ML bought some quirky dresses but after walking around, turned out they were sold everywhere for much cheaper.

        • Val & Vess 12/03/2014 at 4:38 am

          Ahh! I see what u mean. And whoops! I did mean shorditch. I would like to blame spell check but alas, I can not! Yeah heard from u guys Switzerland is super expensive? Did u have a favourite city?:)

          • Ben 13/03/2014 at 6:03 am

            Hahah that’s okay, would hate for you to go to some place that doesn’t exist!
            I doo, but all the cities have their own little quirks and stuff. Barcelona was really nice for food. Like I think most of our amazing food experiences were from Barcelona and it was a bonus that some of it was cheap(ish)!
            Cinque terre was amazing too. The weather was still beautiful when we went, nice and sunny, hiking between towns was quite amazing. The scenery was just breathtaking. Definitely keen to go back!

          • Val & Vess 14/03/2014 at 6:36 am

            But I’m sure you will have plenty more opportunities to travel the world! You’ll be going to Prato mid year?x

  • Juls 12/03/2014 at 5:30 am

    Hello there.

    Lovely photos you have taken. Was wondering what camera you use to take your photos? Also what setting (in terms of iso, shutter speed, exposure etc etc) do you set your camera on?

    Please let me know!

    Many thanks,
    Juls

    • Val & Vess 12/03/2014 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Juls
      So lovely to hear from you! I shoot with a Canon 600D, and these photos were shot with a 50mm F1.4 lens. As these shots were taken at very minimal lighting, as the sun was setting the aperture would have been around 1.4, to try and let the most light in as well as obtaining the wonderful bokeh look. Exposure time was 1/80 and I expect iso was around iso 400 to 800, as the light was setting behind some buildings and it was dim lighting but not yet dark.

      I hope that helps Ben!

      Feel free to as any more questions on the equipment or the editing we use !

      Our Pleasure!

  • Lisa Lim 16/03/2014 at 11:53 am

    YAY MORE UK ADVENTURES PLEASE VAL!
    Maybe do a haul on all the fabulous clothes you’ve bought 🙂
    Missing you and Rachel heaps x

    • Val & Vess 16/03/2014 at 12:05 pm

      Definitely Lisa! I think I’ll just have to organise tons of shoots to get more pics up! U will love it here!x miss u my love!

  • Hannah Lois Ng 17/03/2014 at 10:13 am

    Sooooo prettyyyy! 😀 😀

    You make the Primark purchases look so classy!!!! Love how they’re cheap but pretty 😀

    • Val & Vess 17/03/2014 at 11:50 am

      Oh yes! Primark is one of the best places in the world!! Thankyou for the comment lovely Hannah! And I forgot to mention Rach took the photos! xox