Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Clothes Show Live 2013

Pretty Nostalgic Customisation Station 
We will be appearing at the Clothes Show Live this December, hosting the Pretty Nostalgic Customisation Station, in the heart of the show’s Vintage Avenue  – A mecca for genuine vintage clothes and accessories.
We will be helping visitors by providing the inspiration and advice for revamping and upcycling their old and tired clothing and accessories into new exciting additions to their wardrobes using vintage material and repurposed haberdashery.  Pretty Nostalgic are passionate about encouraging people to live by the motto and spend wisely, waste less and appreciate more and we are all really looking forward to seeing some wonderful clothing creations made from bits and bobs and pure imagination.  
We will also be revealing the winners of our Clothes Show Live Competition to find: The Best Customised Party Outfit
If you refuse to buy off the rail clothes on the high street and love the challenge of whipping up a unique and stylish party outfit from old clothing cast offs, odd trimmings and the gleanings from grans button box then is a chance to show off  your creative skills

Meet the Semi Finalists of our Best customised party outfit competitionOne winner form each category will be chosen by our judge, Lisa Keating.

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Friday, 6 September 2013


Welcome to our new website:
With an improved online shop for ordering or subscribing our magazine.

There is now a user friendly online shop for buying present and back issues.

You can also save money by subscribing to our magazine from as little as six months, 
and up to two years. 

You can read about what is inside our most recent issue before you choose to buy.

We have an improved British, and a Vintage Directory.

Each directory member will have selection options, 
plus their very own page to display their company.

A pretty Nostalgic Events Page showing you Pretty Nostalgic events, as well as 
 our recommended events around the UK. 

You can also sign up to our Pretty Nostalgic Pledge!

Why drop by and have a look for yourself

Tuesday, 30 July 2013


A Celebration of Brilliantly British Living
Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol

Saturday 26th October 10am – 5pm
We are looking for Independent British companies and individuals to exhibit and sell in the following areas of our Gathering. Apply today for an application form.

Brilliantly British Food Hall

Traditional Skills and Handcrafted goods

Antique, Vintage and upcycled

Vintage, eco & quirky British style Weddings products & services.

The best new British made products

New British made fashion and accessories

Exhibit at the Pretty Nostalgic Gathering a ground-breaking event that supports only independent British and genuine Vintage  – This is a gathering of like minded people, we want you to sell your wares on a level playing field without the competition of cheap foreign imports – we want your products and services to shine and we want you to sell really well to our visitors who care about where they spend their money and appreciate the quality of your products and are willing to pay a fair price for them. We want to actively promote only companies that deserve the attention rather than just those who can afford to pay. Set in the stunning Georgian house and grounds of Kings Weston on the outskirts of Bristol, with great transport links to the motorways and the City Centre.

* The Food Hall will be open for the two days: 26th and 27th October during the workshops.


Internal stand cost per day:  £150 (including VAT)
Internal stand cost for 2 days (Food Hall only*): £250 (including VAT)
You may request a larger stand at a higher cost, please contact

Entry by application only – please submit an application form and if accepted we can then discuss further details and requirements with you – confirmation of booking is only valid once full payment has been made. We are selecting right now, so to avoid disappointment, please apply today. 
Application forms can be requested from


A 6ft x 4ft table and chair (or equivalent in floor space)

Pretty Nostalgic Magazine promotion of the event

Listing on our website plus online promotion
4 free entrance tickets & 4 free visitor tickets (worth £24)
2 invitations to our Gathering Skill Sharing event (worth £40)
Discounts available for Pretty Nostalgic Brilliantly British Directory members
Discounted entry to our Make it to Market Gathering on Sunday 27th October

OUTSIDE: For anyone interested in trading outside on the grounds around Kings Weston House, please contact: to discuss prices and options.

This event will be extensively marketed in our Pretty Nostalgic Magazine to all our subscribers and readers, and through our social media sites, as well as local marketing and promotion. This is the first of our two annual events to be hosted by Pretty Nostalgic.



A Celebration of Brilliantly British Living
Kings Weston House, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol
Sunday 27th October 10am – 4pm
Learn a new craft or skill and be inspiration to live a more
Pretty Nostalgic life
We are inviting us to email us if you think you have what it takes 
to give either an:
- Inspiring Talk - A Creative Workshop  - A Demonstration - 
- A Classes - One to one advice -

Areas we are looking for are:
Brilliantly British Makers and entrepreneurs
Vintage entertainment and dance
Vintage re-enactors and societies
 Traditional British and vintage music
British authors and books
Making, mending and restoration skills
Antique and vintage collecting
Rambles & Foraging
Crafts and traditional skills
Vintage hairdressing and beauty
Sewing and dress making
Flowers and gardens
Interior Design and home improvements
Make it to Market – business advice
Plus, we will host the
Semi finals of the Pretty Nostalgic and Clothes Show live 
Customised party Outfit Competition
(for details of this see: HERE)
This unique event will be a collaboration of many wonderful and passionate businesses and individuals. Visitor numbers will be limited and the day will be filled with all sorts of inspiration, advice and the makings of a jolly good time – this is your chance to meet the Pretty Nostalgic team and many of the wonderful people who have contributed or have been featured in the magazine.  In this event you will get the chance to listen to the stories behind many Brilliant British businesses, the motivations which launched exciting vintage enterprises and in our ‘Make it to Market area’ there will be lots of practical advice and support for future and current entrepreneurs of the British made and vintage world. Be inspired to learn new traditional crafts, vintage dance steps, have a go at creative methods for making and upcycling, watch vintage entertainers, chat to and learn from all sorts of crafters, service providers, and owners of British businesses of all sizes.  The day will be filled with talks, workshops, demonstrations and advice sessions given by in successful individials and companies who have chosen to keep things British, traditional and sustainable.
Tickets can be purchased in advance and will go on sale on our website and will be sold at the Buy British Day (26th October). Entry numbers strictly limited.   


These will last about 20 minutes to half and hour and are meant to be a taster to inspire others into business, creative hobbies, organic, cooking and the like. We are also happy for you to promote any workshops or classes you may run, or to simply share your passion with others. You will also receive:
Pretty Nostalgic Magazine promotion of the event
Listing on our website plus online promotion
2 invitations to our Gathering networking event

Please email with your creative ideas. To avoid disappointment, please apply soon as we shall not be doubling up on talks, workshops, etc.


Monday, 15 July 2013

Pretty Nostalgic 'Home'

A brilliantly good offer for our readers


For the month of July we're excited to offer you our highly praised and popular lifestyle book "Home" for £15 until the end of July, including free UK postage, saving you an amazing £25!

Featuring inspiring homes and intriguing notes and guides from times gone by, we hope this book will help you to look at the way you view your home and how you live in it. We want you to be able to furnish your home with things you love and things that will last – creating a home that makes the best of what you have and brings out the best in you. It won’t cost you the earth or put you in debt, but it will be a happy home, in which you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Why not pick up a copy for your summer holiday, or order a few for presents? This is a one-off price, with limited stock, so make sure you get your copies soon.

Wishing you all a Pretty Nostalgic Summer
Pretty Nostalgic Team 

Monday, 8 July 2013

Clothes Show Live

Our new Directory Members Clothes Show Live 
have just joined our directory in time for issue 8 and we have already collaborated on a 6 month long project together. 

In the heart of Clothes Show Live on the Vintage Avenue – the hub for genuine vintage clothes and accessories.

We will be hosting The Customisation StationProviding you with the inspiration and advice to revamp tired items of clothing and transform them into exciting additions to your wardrobes using vintage textiles and haberdashery.

We are passionate about encouraging  you to live by our motto – spend wisely, waste less and appreciate more – and are looking forward to seeing wonderful clothing creations made simply from bits and bobs and pure imagination.

See the full page competition advert below and look out for further features on this collaboration in further issues.


Calling all budding designers, crafters and makers! Create a customised party outfit using cast-off items of clothing and left-over fabrics and you could win a free tickets to the Clothes Show Live, a chance to feature in our magazine and for your work to be showcased at the Pretty Nostalgic Customisation Station at the Clothes Show Live.

If you refuse to buy off-the-rail clothes on the high street and love the challenge of whipping up a unique and stylish party outfit from cast offs, odd trimmings and the gleanings from gran’s button box, then here is a chance to show off your creative skills.

The best entries will be invited to join us at the Pretty Nostalgic Gathering on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October, where the semi-finalists will be chosen. Our Pretty Nostalgic Gatherings event will be taking place in Kings Weston House, Bristol. For more details of this event, see HERE.

There are three categories: women’s, men’s and children’s clothes. Entries will be judged on design, inventiveness, skill, construction, sustainability and style

▪ Your profile in a future issue of Pretty Nostalgic magazine

▪ Outfit will be exhibited at clothes show 2013

▪ Free tickets to Clothes Show Live 2013 & 14

Deadline:  1st October 2013

Semi Finals: 26th & 27th October - Pretty Nostalgic Gatherings - Kings Weston House, Bristol.

Finals: 6th - 10th December - Clothes Show LIve NEC, Birmingham


Monday, 1 July 2013

Back Issues Offer

To celebrate our first anniversary during May and June, we discounted issues 1-5 to just £5 online with free postage. This offer is now closed online, but we have decided to extend it a while longer for our lovely subscribers to give you the chance to complete your Pretty Nostalgic collection, we will also include issue 6 into the offer too.

This offer is exclusive to subscribers only and not available online - if you would like to purchase any issues 1-6 for the special price of £5 per issue with free postage then please email me direct to with your order and your Paypal linked email address. I will then send you a paypal invoice and will post them out to you as soon as it is paid.

Also don't forget to take a look at our new publication - The Vintage Scrapbook - Sunny Days, which is now available and full of beautiful summery vintage images.

Very best wishes

Nicole Burnett