Last Sunday we did our first Alice pop up in Kent – at such a wonderful location! In the grounds of Chiddingstone Castle in Edenbridge. A whopping 3,000 people attended, breaking the record for most visited castle event – ever!
It was an absolutely baking hot day, but the event was spilling over with people in their vintage attire, ice creams, pimms and loads of great stalls.
It was fun to meet some new customers and debut our brand in a new county!
¬†For the ultimate treat on Mother’s Day weekend I went on quite a vintage inspired Alice adventure!
Taking the family clan on the Spa Valley Railway in Kent was so charming and reminded me of my love for steam trains. Such a classy, vintage and romantic way to travel!
Off at the third stop we walked to the impressive Groombridge Place – with its grand sweeping¬†entrance and themed gardens it was easy to see how movies such as Pride & Prejudice were filmed there.
And of course – no weekend exploring would be complete without a wonderland inspired garden.
(Seriously never seen so many in one county!)
Groombridge was also a place that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used to frequent and write his famous Sherlock Holmes Stories, with several of the plot lines set in the grounds. There was a great writers office paying homage to the author and his character at Baker Street.
The whole place was full of whimsical charm and character. I bet if the grounds could speak it would tell a tale or two!
We turned one more woodland corner and my eyes fell upon these wonderful traditional Romany gypsy carriages! My favourite! ( I WILL own one of these some day! one day!)
Such a magical treat – I’m planning where to explore next!
I never thought I would actually ever say this – but I’m delighted to announce we have been featured in the current issue of Vogue!
THE fashion bible has recommended us as a place to shop in their article guiding readers to all the best places to shop vintage. They said some blimmin’ nice things about me too!
Thank you Vogue.
It’s an honour.
Yesterday I was so very excited to get a tour of Farley’s prop company in West London. I knew it was deemed to be the best in the biz, with vast collections of furniture, props and items from all manner of places and eras in history – but still wasn’t expecting to be this bowled over!
Er….wow. Floor to ceiling statues, clocks, chairs, books, you name it. The jewellery and accessories department – oh my! I FOUND MY CROWN FOLKS!!
Film, TV and magazines have used Farley’s for years to fulfil their authentic prop needs and there’s no doubt you will have seen their items on screen or in print numerous times. It was quite the treat – I still think of this bed…. often!
(Yes another dreamy bed…even in our Vintage logo colour!)
Since relocating to Kent there’s nothing I love more than exploring a new county with an abundance of history, countryside and¬†beautiful places to discover. Everywhere I go¬†there seems to be a Wonderland inspired garden which I’m taking as a sign!
The first place I¬†visited on this beautiful sunny weekend was Penshurst Place.
The stunning 14th Century House, once the property of King Henry VIII, was left to his son King Edward VI and granted to Sir William Sidney in 1552. Oh, and its BEAUTIFUL!
Please see my dream bed below…. * dreamy*
To top it all off? An afternoon cream tea in the spring sunshine.
Happy Valentines Day you gorgeous lot!
Hopefully you are filling your day with family, friends, pets – or the one you love.
Single? It’s the perfect day to indugle and spoil yourself….showering yourself with love!
Our day so far has included coffee, a mini homemade spa at home, afternoon tea in vintage gold teasets and chocolate. LOTS of chocolate!
Lots of love from Alice HQ
Happy New Year lovelies!
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Made a wonderful discovery today!
Purchased a copy of Dawn O’ Porters Channel 4 Tv Show ‘This old thing‘ and found us listed as ‘the place to shop’ in Bournemouth!
Sadly the book went to press with our old address in it, but you can find us in our new home at the Emporium still.