Christmas is over and I have begun 2016 working on some new designs.
My design process begins with a few ideas being sketched with notes added of inspiration along side. I then begin patterns and try out my designs . I will alter my design sometimes as I’m working if I feel for example hemline should be shorter than my original sketch.
This week I have been working on The Lilody wrap dress,Named after my nieces Lila and Elody . As always vintage inspired the dress has large wrap around sash tie ,feature sleeves and gathered skirt. It still needs a few alterations before I’m completely happy with it but its not far from complete.
It will then be available to order from my website and my ETSY store . In a range of Vintage fabrics and new fabrics designed by myself and exclusive to C&V collections.
Expect Lots more to come from C&V Boutique this year.New Designs ,focusing on our own label CoCo & VeVe.
Christmas Eve morning at home . I’m enjoying breakfast TV and doing all the last minute preparations for Christmas Day. Last few presents to wrap , Clean the kitchen , find the Christmas Stockings .
We have had an exciting and busy December at C&V . Lots of markets and shopping events. Thank you to all our customers who came to visit us even in the pouring rain. I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas .
Our Christmas eve tradition is cheese & wine ,hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream and Polar Express film on the TV . What’s your Christmas Eve traditions ?
Early in December I met Elene Marsden at The Little Vintage Fair Based in Waterloo.
Elene runs a YouTube channel called Pre-loved Chica. The channel focuses on vintage clothing ,charity shop finds and anyone out there who has a passion for creativity and design.
I agreed to do a web chat with Elene for her channel . Being in front of the camera is not something I usually do. However I decided to go for it.
We had a brief chat before going Live on air . I was nervous , but Elene’s questions really gave me direction and as the interview went along I began to relax and focus. Elene asked about my favourite outfits,where I sourced my fabrics and where I see myself in 12 months time. The latter question really gave me food for thought as I had not really sat down took a breath and thought about how the next 12 months would progress. After we had finished the interview I took some time to focus on where was I going ? How do I want to move forward with the next year. I have to say I’m really excited to see How C&V progresses in 2016 .Elene’s questions really helped me focus on where I’m going.
If you would like to see more of PreLoved Chica take a look at
Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th of December was Inglenook farms Christmas Market.
It is an established market and even with the rain and bad weather over the weekend visitors queued to get in and arrived at market to purchase Christmas gifts .
There was so much to choose from beautiful children’s wear by Rare Bear Boutique ,Cute and Festive art work by Molly Molls .Bath and deluxe skincare products by The Naked Skincare Company.
We had a stand at the market and chatted to customers as they browsed the rails . A Popular purchase was our Talullah skirt and Silk devore scarves.
The market has a great range of artisan food stalls from” Orns Thai Infusions” ,.”Coffebean and tealeaf ” , “postcode honey” and Jessica Bakeswell.
Santa was keeping all the children entertained including Liz from Scarf Nation . The music and dancing from The Cotton Town Club.filled the courtyard of the farm creating a real festive atmosphere.
See you at Next years Market !
Angie is the designer behind the brand Edith Cherry.
Based in Liverpool,Angie makes all her bags herself with leather in neutral tones to vibrant and bold colours. Edith Cherry bags has a bag that is just the colour for you.
Her signature bag is her leather bow clutch and is a C&V Boutique favourite.What better way to accessories your outfit with a statement clutch bag in a contrasting colour to your outfit in soft luxury leather. Look no further than Edith Cherry.
Angie also has a range of cuff bracelets & headbands.
We are pleased to be stockists of Edith Cherry Leather Bags.
To Find out more about Edith Cherry Facebook : Edith Cherry
Twitter:@1edithcherry Instagram : edith.cherry
Last weekend December 5th & 6th was Open Cultures Winter Arts Market . Held at St. Georges Hall in Liverpool City Centre.
St Georges hall is a grand venue and the 200+ artists and makers filled the venue from the main hall to the concert room ,which is where C&V Boutique had our stand.
The Concert room was filled with lots of Vintage delights from established vintage brands including Mary Jones Vintage & Glamour and PillBox Vintage . There where vintage inspired stalls and my particular favourite ,vintage china up-cycled into pin cushions ,bird feeders and traditional 3 tier cake stands.
The weekend was really busy and I’m looking forward to next years market already.
Thanks Christina,Charlotte ,Rachel and all the team at Open Culture
C&V enjoyed a fabulous day at My Liverpool Life ,Ladies who lunch event.
The venue was Hope street hotel.A boutique hotel with views of Liverpool city from its floor to ceiling glass windows and balconeys.
Guests where greeted with a glass of champagne and took their seats for the Fashion Show.
Dancing Dolls where first on the runway followed by Anthony Yassin., C&V Boutique where next to take the catwalk with our collection, specially designed for the event in an Autumn Palette using our signature vintage lines with a modern twist.We where followed by Sarvin and her collection of figure flattering ,feminine dresses. Next up was Bijou & Vintage and then local Milliner Laura James showcased her collection of bespoke hats. Last but no means least the Talented Jake Philip Nuttall ended the show.With turquoise tassels and Green velvet floor length dresses.
We all then sat down to a delicious three course lunch . Desert was provided by Robert Swinden a local chocolatier. The chocolates where truly delicious.
The charity raffle for KIND was then drawn by our host and founder of My Liverpool Life Laura Doyle.
Guests where then invited to browse the designers rails and the pop up boutiques .
Looking forward to MyLiverpool Life’s next event .Thanks to all the team for a great day of fashion,food and fun.