Good Bye March!

Well March was quite a month! We had fashion week in Norwich, that combined with all the other things I've been doing lately, left me feeling that I needed matchsticks for my eyes, never mind eyeliner! I ended the month with a weekend off to celebrate my birthday however it didn't quite go according to plan! I got the train okay, in fact I had a nice journey. Cans of ready mixed gin and tonic where on offer at the station shop at 2 for £3, which was handy as I'd forgotten to pick up a drink to take with me, (proof that I don't have a hip flask popped down my bra all the time...) so this was a happy result!

Reading material, gin and a sunny day - hello weekend!

I had a lovely stroll through London to get to my meeting place, we had a scrummy dinner, some ridiculously scrummy vino and headed home merrily - hooray! The weekend was here, I'd survived the workfest of March, reasonably intact and now I could celebrate my birthday (a week late but better late than never!) But in the early hours of Saturday morning, I woke up with a ferociously sore throat and I thought I was actually having some kind of random allergy as it was so swollen! From that moment on I went down hill rapidly and ended up being ill with a horrible virally coldy thingy (yes that's a medical term - I used to go to St. Johns Ambulance, I have badges and everything!)

We had planned to visit the vintage department store Blitz and the Churchill War Rooms but sadly I was completely knocked for six - I'm not sure I've ever been struck down so quickly! You normally get some signs to warn  you?! So I have no lovely pictures of my weekend to show you. No one needs to see me pulling faces as I drink lemsip ( I'm sure it's the same face I pull each time I try Marmite, just in case I might like it one time) So whilst I can't share any pictures with you, I hope you can at least enjoy the links and may be you can add them to your lists of places to visit!

So between laying in bed and laying on the sofa, always with the duvet - that duvet was draped around me like a cape most of the weekend. The most pathetic super hero you ever did see, if I could choose a super power it wouldn't be sneeze power. I'd like the power to turn water in to wine, can that be a super power? Or is that restricted to miracles? Can it really be pigeon holed?

I digress....... so whilst laying there popping stepsils and allowing my lemsip to go luke warm so I could at least neck it like a shot, I just thought back on what a month March had been and made a few plans in my head about how to grow this love I have for vintage and working for myself. I'm a nice boss. I like being my own boss. So looking back at March first -

The Historical Sauces took part in several events as part of Norwich Fashion week. We had a Pop Up Make up Boutique in Imeldas as part of The Lanes Night Out. We also attended the Queen for a Day event and what was supposed to be our Pop Up Library and make up workshop, got turned in to a live hair demonstration! Now I qualified as a hairdresser a few years ago, but I really only like the socialising with people and the hair 'dressing' side of it. I don't enjoy colouring or cutting (which is why I don't do it), I like the styling and creating achievable vintage inspired looks bit though. A lot.

However I was still nervous when asked about two days before if I could do something, as the hairdresser who was planning to do the demo wasn't going to be available to take part!  Eek! However I shrugged and said 'okay' My heart was pounding so don't think this is a cool as a cucumber moment - I'm getting more and more used to stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone! I'm so pleased I did it though. No, I will never like hearing my voice boom through a microphone, but it did go well, I created a rockingly good beehive if I say so myself and I was proud of both the hive and me! I think often we're so quick to chastise ourselves or look at the negatives, that the positives can get completely lost. I'm guilty of this too but I'm working on it!

My tea trolley for the hair demo. Eve the Benefit girl borrowed this for her make up demo! It was my idea first of course.

The next event was a Vintage Norwich event with Norwich's independent cinema - Cinema City. I'm hugely proud to be part of the Vintage Norwich Team, we really are passionate that this city of ours has such a lot to offer and it's home to a lot of talented people. This event saw me grab my camera and capture not just images of the night but the best dressed guests too.

I was super pleased when this gorgeous girl told me she'd been at the hair demonstration, nice beehive I think you'll agree.

The next event was at Mill Rythe Holiday Camp, showing the girls on the entertainment team how to create a 40's look for their new show. It was quite a road trip!

Picture courtesy of Retro Chick

I did manage a mini birthday celebration with my fellow Sauces Gemma and Lucy and we nipped to a pub in town that does an offer of fizz and chocolate covered strawberries which was yum. We'd been hard at it pricing up clothes all day, so it tasted doubley good!  Finally event wise was the vintage sale I mentioned in my last post. I lost my vintage seller virginity! I sold a dress to a girl in a local band, may be it will be auctioned off one day when they make the big time!

 As I mentioned in my previous post, I seriously looked in to selling vintage a few years ago, but other things happened, I had to put it on hold, then the vintage market boomed (which is exactly as I predicted!) and there were/are so many sellers that I wondered if I should just concentrate on my writing - which was certainly not a bad call, it is going brilliantly and I can't imagine life without my blog if I'm honest! So I'm starting to wonder what else can I do to build up a portfolio of  Missy Vintage projects to keep the bills paid and to keep me spending as much of my working life surrounded by vintage, because quite frankly I really love it. 

I'll be taking a serious look to explore if selling vintage is something I'd like to do properly and if so how would I like to do it. I'll also be taking some time to ponder my photography. I did and adult education course several years ago (digital was only just becoming available on the high street) and I really loved it. I can develop my own pictures but I don't use film any more, and digital can make you a lazy photographer so, I may dust of my old 35mm SLR and load up some film, I'd also like to explore just what I can do with a digital camera too. I've turned down a few weddings and events over the years because I wasn't brave/confident enough. Well, I've finally acknowledged that the the only person who can change that is me! I've decided that I need to start taking my own advice on this one!

  I  help run a small business network in Norwich called NIN - Being surrounded by creative brains is quite inspiring, if you are in or near Norwich (or know someone who is) and have a creative/quirky business then do take a look at the link, we've got some brilliant small businesses joined up so far including designers, artists, vintage sellers, events organisers..... it's an informal group of small business people helping each other and finding ways to make the work work!

There's something about birthdays that make you reflect back on what you have and haven't done isn't there. I'd like to have a few more boxes ticked before the next one gets here.......................

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