Doing that 70’s thang …Archive by Alexa 

I love fashion . Let’s be honest I think most of us do! The thrill of finding the perfect outfit…

That doesn’t mean I know what I’m talking about. Hell no … I’m no fashionista. Far, far from it. I just like what I like be it in ‘trend’ or not.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. 

When I heard about the second collection Alexa Chung was designing for Marks & Spencer’s  I must admit I got a tad excited. I didn’t however think I’d be-able to get my hands on any of it, expecting it to sell out more or less straight away.

So imagine my delight when I called into Marks last week and there it was sat smiling at me as I walked in. There was still a lot of stock available. Yay!

I tried on a few items but the one that stood out for me was the plain silk, oyster ‘Elland’ shirt . It can be yours for £35.00 and currently all sizes are available on-line. Perhaps there’s only me that likes it then!

Simple, pretty with a definite 70’s feel thanks to the slightly larger than usual pointy collar. It’s darling. Continue reading

Hello its been a while …

Its been a long time coming and slap my wrist I’ve been a slack blogger!

What can I say …Life got in the way. Well when I say life I mean a fella. I feel like I’m 16 again and in the throws of young love but I’m not going to gush because as soon as I do its bound to go pear-shaped. I’ve learnt that from past experience. Oh and if your thinking ‘ by god she’s a quick mover’ , I’ve actually known him 23 years! He was right under my nose all that time.

Let’s just say that right at this minute , Tracey is in a good place.

Continue reading

Oil Can Cafe @ The Carding Shed

IMG_5131On Saturday, on the recommendation of a mutual friend, we headed to The Carding Shed at Hepworth. Situated in an old mill it’s fairly easy to find. Saying that we got lost a few times, ending up sat in a few ‘dead end courtyards’ and scaring a man half to death in the process. He was having a cheeky wee behind a car, not expecting to see anybody I dare doubt! Then we ‘whizz’ up, like bloody Starsky and Hutch! We would have asked him for directions but … he had his hands full! The Carding Shed is an amazing place, with high ceilings and lots of natural light and much needed heating. An airy, open space consisting of several boutiques, a selection of vintage cars which you can happily walk around and peruse, and the Oil Can Cafe. We decided to eat straight away in the cafe. One of us was hungover and suffering slightly. Both of us were hungry. cardddd IMG_5132 IMG_5134 Continue reading

Okeh Cafe, Sheffield … we are the MODS!

Sandy: My parents want to invite you over for tea on Sunday.

Danny: I don’t like tea.

Sandy: [laughing] You don’t have to drink tea.

Danny: I don’t like parents.

I’ve just been for breakfast at the Okeh Café. An unassuming , little retro café on Abbeydale Road, Sheffield . 

It was just Darren and I albeit slightly drenched and both starving. The weather in Sheffield is awful today. I kid you not its not stopped raining for the past couple of hours.

I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect but Darren has been talking about this place for ages. It’s where all the scooter boys congregate before they go off on their travels apparently. I think the weather put a stop to that today because their wasn’t a scooter (or a boy) in sight. 

Darren excitedly informed me that the lovely Miles Kane paid a visit here when he played Sheffield a few months ago. I was dressed and sat in the car within a matter of minutes! (Love Mr Kane)

Unfortunately no Miles today, just a mixture of colourful characters. 

A couple tucking into a full English each, a guy on his way to watch United play, 2 guys mudded up from playing footie chatting tactics over drinks and an old guy cuddling his coffee, lost in the music. This is hardly surprising the soundtrack to our breakfast was pretty amazing.

We plonked ourselves down in one of the 3 booths available and that’s when it happened …

I was momentarily transported back; not exactly MOD material but I was Sandy and Darren was Danny.

I love the film Grease. I was in my element and I suppose I kinda lost myself for a while.I like it when this happens, real life who needs that?!

We ordered a full breakfast each, sat back with our coffees (in proper mugs) and took in the surroundings.

mod 19

Continue reading