It is well and truly autumn.  There is certainly a nip in the air.  So as the weather has started to bit I have dusted the cobwebs off the storage drawers and taken out my autumn and winter jumpers.  I also want to make sure I can switch things up and make them feel a little more special during these cold months.

Are you like me?  I tend to get bored of the same old jumpers and cardigans but I never seem to tire of sparkly jewellery!

Here are some of my favourite pieces of vintage jewellery to tempt you.  They will certainly add some vintage glamour to your autumn outfits.


Vintage Dolphin Pin / Brooch

I absolutely adore this vintage pin.  It is French and from the 1960s period, gold in colour and with crystal stones to make any autumn jumper sparkle!

a vintage retro jewellery pin


1980s Vintage Bracelet

vintage bangle


Wow, wow and wow again!  There are some things from the 1980s that still look great and this bangle is one of them.  So much sparkle that will add glamour to your wrist any time of the day or night.


Vintage necklace


vintage necklace


Such a stunning necklace from my favourite period the 1950s.  You too can add some sparkle to your autumn / fall outfit with this beautiful piece of vintage jewellery.


Fancy changing a pin/brooch in to a unique necklace?  Why not head over to my blog post about repurposing a vintage pin/brooch in to a one of a kind vintage necklace to read more.


What are your favourite pieces of jewellery to add some sparkle to your autumn / winter outfits?



Great ideas to add some vintage sparkle to your outfit this fall. You can also buy them in my vintage shop on Etsy.





There’s nothing I enjoy more than tucking in to dessert.  Even more so though when that dessert reminds me of my grandmother or my childhood.  I wanted to share with you some mouth-watering vintage desserts that are my favourites.


I hope they take you back down memory lane and bring back some happy memories, as they do for me.  If you’d like to make some of these recipes head over to my related posts:

Making a Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Making Vintage Carrot Cake


Alternatively if you’d like to order ingredients to make these desserts head over to Tesco Groceries for the items.



Pineapple Upside Down Cake

One of my all-time favourites.  I made this a while back and it didn’t disappoint.  However, it still scares me trying to flip the cake out!  Thank goodness though for tinned pineapple rings which make this so easy.  A real 1970’s favourite indeed.


vintage baking



Black Forest Gateau

What do you mean this is vintage?  On our recent holiday to Germany we couldn’t wait to indulge in some Black Forest Gateau.  Of course, the delightful chocolate, alcohol filled cherries topped with cream is an absolute delight to eat.  A real retro delight!


Black forest cake



Bakewell Tart

Oh, my goodness.  I just adore Bakewell Tart.  The ground almonds make the cake for me.  Not to mention the crumbly short crust pastry layered up with raspberry jam. Yum, yum.  This is just perfect with a cup of tea any time of the day or night!

vintage baking


Sherry Trifle

A family favourite as it was so easy to make.  I remember my Gran making it for Sunday dessert with canned fruit (hated some of it though!), lady fingers, Bird’s Eye custard (nothing but the best) and tons and tons of cream.  Always a pleaser in our household.




Baked Alaska

This was certainly an odd dessert for me.  I just couldn’t understand how it worked when I was young!  Baking ice-cream in the oven?!  What an odd concept but it works.  The meringue, sponge, and ice-cream – a delight to eat.


baked alaska


What desserts bring back memories for you?  Would love to know.  Hit me below.



Retro desserts



Fancy making some vintage Irish Wheaten bread?  Head over to my recipe here.   Or if you’d like to attempt a very vintage carrot cake head here.


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Versatile is one word I use to describe vintage brooches.  So here are 5 fantastic ways to wear that vintage bling brooch.


  • On your jacket is the most traditional and popular way. It doesn’t have to stop there though, how about styling it in the middle of an outfit or blouse for something unique?


  • On a headscarf. Headscarves are just so popular at the moment so add some sparkle for a completely chic and retro style – not to mention being able to hide a bad hair day!


  • Style it in your hair. You can jazz up a bun immediately by adding glitz and glamour with a brooch.  It is great for all occasions.

vintage brooch in hair

  • Pin it to your bag. To create a unique and eclectic look add some clashing brooches and styles to a dull handbag.  Instant transformation.


  • Turn it in to a necklace. Transform a vintage brooch and necklace and turn it in to a one of a kind piece.  Below you will find some of what I have been working on and you can also own a one of a kind piece, head over to my Etsy store and explore some of my unique vintage finds including vintage brooches.

vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace

Vintage necklace



Ways to wear a vintage brooch



This blog series is me wanting to stand up and celebrate the strength and resilience of wonderful women. Female bloggers who, in my eyes, are quite frankly unstoppable. I wanted to celebrate these women and share with you their blogs in the hope that they inspire you too.


This blog post is about Laura from Mum on A Mission.  Laura blogs about her family life with her son William.  William was diagnosed with brain damage at 4 days old.  Laura documents their family life, the happy times, the difficulties, and the daily battles.  What inspires me about Laura is her kind heart, her determination and strength.  Many of us face challenges when we become a parent but Laura even more so.  As a champion for her son and other children with a disability, Laura has campaigned for children with a disability to be afforded the dignity that we often take for granted.  You can read the coverage she has received here.


Below, hopefully you will get to know Laura a little better.



What makes you smile?


Far too many things!  Of course, my son makes me smile every day.  Charlie Hunnam, Starbucks green tea lemonade, tacky reality TV, Comfy jeans, sunshine, chocolate and changing places toilets (crazy that a toilet can make you smile but if you have a disabled child they are pretty essential!)


Mum On A Mission

Laura & William



If you could trade lives with one person for an entire day who would it be and why?


Easy… Charlie Hunnam’s girlfriend… for reasons which I won’t go into but are possibly quite obvious!  On a serious note though if I could have one day as PM I’m sure I could get a lot sorted for disabled people.



What accomplishments are you most proud of?


I am really proud to have persuaded Gatwick airport to purchase a special hoist which allows disabled people to be lifted in a safe and dignified manner when boarding a plane.  Before they purchased the hoist, disabled people were lifted manually which was dangerous and undignified, the airport now have several of these hoists and they are used regularly by disabled passengers.


Why She Inspires Me

William on a toilet floor – this is a photo I hate but I feel it important to share because people just don’t realise that every single day disabled children are being put on toilet floors because they are too big for baby changing units but don’t have any other alternatives. This is why I campaign for changing places toilets which provide an adult sized changing bed and a hoist to safely lift a disabled person.



Inspirational Female Bloggers

Photo of William in the eagle hoist I persuaded Gatwick airport to buy



If you could give your 16-year-old self advice, knowing what you know now, what would it be?


Enjoy your 20’s, don’t eat so much crap and start going to the gym now.  Make the most of life pre-children and see as much of the world as you can.  Also, learn what SEO means and how to do it!



What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?


My son.  His determination and smile motivate me every day.  He has huge daily struggles which are only made more difficult by the environment around him.  That’s why I try every day to educate, raise awareness and make changes to allow him and other people with disabilities to be able to access the world around them in a safe and dignified manner.


Celebrating Female Bloggers

Me and William with the loose ladies, we were on Loose Women last month talking about The DRM Project which was really great fun but also terrifying. Our appearance did help to raise more money for the project though which is amazing.


Please head over to connect with Laura:









Celebrating Female Bloggers



To read about other inspirational female bloggers:

Why Katy from Katy Kicker Inspires Me

Why Jenna from A Balanced Belly Inspires Me

Why Jordanne from The Life of A Glasgow Girl Inspires Me

Why Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Inspires Me

Why Victoria from Lylia Rose Inspires Me



Round our dinner table is the perfect opportunity for us to relive what has happened during the day.  It’s where we can discuss our achievements, our dreams and have a laugh.


You can probably gather that the best way to make that connection with your teen is having dinner together. Research has shown that kids who eat dinner together with family members are less likely to be involved in drugs or alcohol or indeed suffer from depression.


Having dinner together on a regular basis is important and I would encourage you to do it and stay connected or help reconnect with your teen.


Here are my top tips to help you get started.

Turn off your TV & Smart Phones

We give so much attention to the TV and our smart phones these days.  It’s important to protect family time together.  So prioritise having dinner together as a family after all the world will still be there after 30 minutes!

It’s not just about the food

You don’t have to knock your pan in to cook the ‘perfect’ meal.  Pick an easy recipe and get everyone to help out.  This is especially important if you’ve been working all day or are exhausted.

Remember to listen

Do you know that your teenager wants to talk to you?  Remember to listen to what your teenager has to say. Don’t offer advice unless you are asked.  I know it is difficult as a parent not to go in to advice mode but it does make for a better relationship if you hold off until asked and just listen.

Make it fun

It doesn’t have to be a serious chat if it isn’t needed.  Take turns to select music or choose dessert.  It really doesn’t matter as long as you chat and spend time together.

Make a plan

Agree on which nights will be family nights to have dinner.  Protect those nights too.  Of course plans can change but make this a priority for all the family and don’t miss this important time.

So do you have family meal times?  I’d love to hear how you stay connected to your teen.




parenting advice


Need some tips to help your teen on their shaving journey?  Head over to my blog post on Top Shaving Tips 🙂