Wednesday, 19 December 2012

My Vintage Dressing Table

Ever wondered what its like to truly escape from the world and step into a place of luxury and romance?  

I have come to the conclusion that every girl should have her own private space in her flat where she can store all of her trinkets and prepare herself for the day ahead. A girl should be able to peacefully apply her make up. She needs an attractive area to keep her beauty products, display her perfume bottles and love notes from friends and family and sacred pictures, that all paint a picture of her life. 

There needs to be some calm before the storm. We have all been there, those times when we tried to apply make up in the steamed up bathroom after our shower, leaning into the mirror only to be nearly headbutting it as we sway back and forth. We deserve more than that. On our living room sofa with a broken hand held mirror using an inch of daylight we were lucky enough to be blessed with. It just won't do anymore.

I found my vintage dressing table on Ebay about 10 years ago and it has travelled with me from flat to flat. Even in the tiny studio I once rented, with me came my dressing table.

I remember as a child my mother sitting on an olive green velvet cushioned stool in front of her dressing table mirror, applying her lipstick and blow drying her hair . There were all these photos under the glass of my dad and her when they were young. I used to sit on the floor next to her and explore her drawers with trepidation,  unknowingly, excited to see what lay inside. It was so wondrous. So glamorous, so feminine. I admired her in her effortless beauty. I dreamt of the same.

The black and white picture is my grandma when she was my age on the beach on brigton. My grandfather took that. The 'I heart NG' card was made by Sam for Valentines one year. The flowered lights were from a shop locally to me. They give the room such a warm ambience.

I keep notes and pictures under the glass to protect them but also to have them out so I can look at them each day and remind myself how lucky I am to have such amazing friends and family.

A view from above. I keep my face creams and body lotions in this cute vintage inspired metal tray. As you can see all my photos are under the glass like my mother used to do. They are all symbolic and remind me of good times.

That's my mum in the picture above Sam when she was on her honeymoon. She is eating lobster with her hands. The picture on the right beside it is Sam and I when were first met drinking rose in the garden of his mothers house in the English countryside. My Miranda Hart book I recently bought and have read a few chapters of. I love her. The 'love you' note with the big yellow heart was made by my best friend Alicia and she posted it along with a pair of amazing Senso shoes when she was in Australia. I studied a Buddhism and mediation course at my local Buddhist centre for a few months last year. Next to the picture of Sam is a card from there. I keep it under the glass to remind myself of what I learnt and how it feels to be in that calm space.

A few perfume bottles. I don't use them much now, they are mainly for display as I think the pink bottles are rather pretty. 

This clock was hand made by my neighbour, Anna, upstairs. I love the heart stickers. That's Sam and I when we first met, kissing.  I love candles...the cute flower candles were given to me by Sam. I haven't used them yet as they are so beautiful. I don't think I even will.

I used to work as a presenter at MTV and was given this MTV sticker when I hosted live at Camden's Koko for an MTV event. Tinnie Tempah was performing and I got to hang out with him backstage. 

I love Jivamukti Yoga. It's a place where I feel serene and it is always a good reminder for me when I look at it each morning

A pretty valentines card from Sam.

My mothers flower china ring box. And yes this is too where I keep my rings.

There isn't much space between my dressing table and our bed so its always a squeeze getting from one side of the bed to the other. I continually bash my knees!
I don't care that my bedroom is too small for the dressing table, I love it and will stay with me forever.

Here is a few online places where you can easily purchase a vintage dressing table for yourself!

Christmas is round the corner I think this is the perfect choice for your Christmas wish list!!

Second hand website Prelove

Car boot sales are a good place to find second hand things so why not explore that route too!

Do you have a dressing table?
If yes, what do you keep in yours?

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  1. Just followed you on bloglovin! Please follow me back :) THanks for stopping by

  2. congrats sweetie on your new blog , wish you best of luck ,
    i love your dressing table so much , very inspiring ,
    i got so many lovely ideas from you , thanks ,
    am happy to be follower number 5 , wanna follow me back !! ?


    1. Thanks a lot! Its very new- only a few months at that! Gad u like the dressing table. I will def follow u back! I love this game haha

  3. Very nice and well decorated dressing table! You did a great job!


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