Thursday, 22 August 2013

Top UK Retail Website Accreditation!

Chances are you haven't heard of Sitemorse, but what they do is actually very clever.

They are an independent organisation with a unique software platform that allows them to analyse websites for overall compliance, quality and usability.

Every quarter they publish a list of the top 500 retail websites in the UK - a league table for online shops if you will.

Now the exciting bit...

Our lovely little website has only gone and been placed at number 71... 71st place out of ALL the retail websites in the UK - that's a lot of websites!

We're also the only vintage website in the report. It's actually pretty flabbergasting when you think about it deeply. Little old us!

What puts this all into perspective is some of the companies that we have ranked higher than...

Kurt Geiger
River Island
New Look
Harvey Nichols

I could go on...

But our lovely little online vintage and retro haven has beat them all! 

You wouldn't normally expect to feel proud about coming 71st in anything, but when you look at the whole picture here it really has got us beaming from ear to ear!

Thanks for all your continued support and custom. We will continue to get bigger and better, keep telling your friends, Facebook pals and Twitter followers about us.

Here's the link you need to visit us anytime...

Over and out!
Em x

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Vintage and Cake... A match made in heaven!

What is it about us vintage lovers? Almost all of us seem to love cake too!

I'm not complaining, it's one of my favourite things to talk about and if you agree then I am sure you'll have been just as giddy as I was last night for the return of The Great British Bake Off on BBC2.

GBBO is now a national institution, the combination of amazing baking, the brilliant Mel and Sue, a bit of Mary Berry and of course the silver fox Mr Paul Hollywood, the show is without question one of the best things on TV.

The bar has definitely been raised this series, last night was the first show but already the standard is way high. I can't wait to see what the bakers come up with for the rest of the series!

My love of cake combined with my love of vintage fashion got me to thinking what kind of dress related cakes were out there so of course my immediate port of call was Pinterest.

All I can say is prepare for your jaw to drop. Pinterest assures me that these are all actual cakes...

How could you bring yourself to eat these works of art? These master cake makers are real artists and I am fascinated by what they do.

We have an extraordinary cake shop in our town called Darwen Deli. They make celebration cakes and amazing cupcakes to boot. They produce the very best combination of look and taste that I have ever had the pleasure of scoffing. And there have been lots! I always buy their cupcakes for the ladies nights we have here...

The owners and staff there are now good friends of mine and recently when my little shop celebrated it's first birthday, Julia and Laura surprised me with this AMAZING three tier My Vintage themed cake, I still can't believe it!

It's got to be the nicest pressie I've ever had!! I'm sure you'll agree...

You can learn more about Darwen Deli at

Have I made you hungry? I'm off to find some cake...

Until next time
Em x