I was super pleased to be asked back to judge the Leicester Vintage Carnival this month and I’m now going to bombard you with pictures from the day. It’s a lovely day out and the lack of torrential rain this year made it all the more enjoyable!
My favourite part about it is the amazing food and drink on offer – what can I say, this girl loves feeding her face. It’s terribly middle-classed of me I’m sure, but I love a good street-food stall. The first thing we did when we turned up was scoped out what was on offer. I’m still trying to eat no or low gluten because I felt so much better when I stuck to it before the wedding (I’m intolerant), so The English Indian lured us in with their promise of curried chips and deep-fried haloumi. Honestly, this is the best food I’ve ever eaten at a festival-type-thing. I got the half-half fried chicken and fried haloumi and it was epic. It makes me hungry just thinking about it. If you ever see these guys at an event, do yourselves a favour and make a beeline for them! We followed this with a strawberry Pimms… mmm.
Fed and happy, we went to check out the vintage car show and it was a great display again. My favourite pink Cadillac was back, but as it didn’t match my outfit this time I didn’t get photos with it again 😉 I think you’ll agree my choices are the perfect accessories to this fab Voodoo Vixen dress, that this time I styled with red, orange and gold rather than yellow. B was annoyed I was choosing the cars to stand in front of based on what matched my dress, but then agreed it made for fab photos…
Hair flowers: old
Sunglasses: Unique Vintage (out of stock)
Earrings: Desperate Beatnik
Dress: c/o Voodoo Vixen (out of stock)
Bag: Joanie Clothing (no longer available)
Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens (similar)
Side note: I have to say, these Swedish Hasbeens served me well – I was expecting them to hurt by the end of the day but they were just fine. Definitely going to bear them in mind for future summer events.
All that looking at cars got me ready for some dessert (who am I kidding, I’m always ready), so we headed to the cafe. The decor was cute and the cakes were outstanding – I had a gluten free millionaire’s shortbread that was better than most standard ones I had. B had a chocolate-orange cake that was also divine. Great tea too. Only problem was the service wasn’t great – too few staff for too many guests. But we weren’t in a hurry so we didn’t mind sitting around once we had our tea.
By this point it was getting closer to when I was supposed to be judging, so we thought we’d check out the tent where it was happening. There was a lindy-hop lesson going on and my shoes were definitely not suitable (ever tried dancing in platform wooden soles?), but it was fun to watch. I used to do lessons when I lived in London, so I was itching to join in. (I’m pretty reserved usually, but for some reason have never felt embarrassed dancing to steps in public.) Having said that, I didn’t do these lessons with B and I think I saved myself some trampled feet.
And onto the competition! Jess, the festival organiser, myself and Charlie Adams who contributes to Vintage Life magazine were on the judging panel, so here we are below. I think at this point the compere (Jess’s mum!) had just wrongly said Charlie ‘runs Vintage Life magazine’ and we were all chuckling about that.
There were just under 30 contestants and I was particularly smitten with #1 here’s Seamstress of Bloomsbury dress and Miss L Fire shoes (I’ve been trying to get my hands on these for ages) – and her absolutely fabulous poodle. I always think poodles aren’t that flattering but she looked fantastic.
My favourite accessory was the adorable Theodore…
Time to judge, check out the concentration…
And ta-da! Our winners. 1st place in the middle we loved all of her coordination and accessories. 2nd her 40s vintage dress and fantastic hair (a gibson roll with flowers tucked in the back and pompodour). 3rd the aforementioned fantastic poodle was a big swaying factor!
It turned out I’d bought hair flowers from our second place, as she’s the owner of Sink or Swim Bowtique! Our vintage-loving world is a small one…