Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Hip Hip Hooray...

Summer's here today and we have a new parlour page and lots of new goodies on our shelves!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Midsummer Madness Sale

It is hardly the weather for mad dogs and Englishmen to venture out of doors at the moment, without donning their sou'westers and gumboots. What happened to flaming June.. or summer for that matter?
Milly and Dottie have been feeling as grey as the proverbial clouds and so thought we would brighten up these heady summer days (!) with a little madness of our own by having a Summer Solstice Sale in the Emporium. We couldn't wait until the 21st of June so have started our sale a few days early and have reduced the prices on many of our vintage wares as you will discover by looking for the items which are highlighted in red text. Now is the time to grab a bargain .. from a useful vintage printer's tray in the Attic.. pretty glass earrings in The Boudoir to brighten up your summer wardrobe.. Lovely tins in the Box Room for keeping those cream tea scones in.. or how about a Steiff bunny in The Nursery to cuddle on these cool summer nights! Alongside these sale items are many new and interesting items too.. so no need to reach for your rose tinted glasses .. just pop along for some retail therapy to chase the rainy day blues away... but hurry.. as our sale will end a few days after the 21st of June. Happy shopping!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Keep Young & Beautiful

Monday morning, and here at Milly & Dottie HQ the weather is decidedly bleurgh and to make matters worse the drizzly skies are conspiring to give us "bad hair days". Or is that just our age we wonder?
We might have found a solution

What do you think? To our minds, it looks scarier than the highest roller coaster ride at the fairground. Not sure if either of us would fancy plugging ourselves into a permanent wave machine that bears more than a passing resemblance to milking machine crossed with a chandelier...

We're strictly "wake up and wash your face" gals, the least time looking in the mirror these days the better. We were heartened when we found this lovely book the other day though...

Full of the most wonderful beauty tips from the 1930s and offering help for the over 30s (no mention alas of the over 40s or 50s - we guess it's just a question of following the advice and then some...). Physical exercise is, alas, advocated. The author expects the reader to 'sag around the waist" has visions of our hips running to fat along with our bust and imagines us sitting round shouldered, poked head and hollow chested ... how right she is.

But worry not, help is at hand - there are exercises aplenty - but oh dear they do involve wearing the dreaded navy blue knickers that we had to wear at school. Tips on walking properly which would, it seem, result in us striding along a la Joanna Lumley in Ab Fab.

Our wardrobes are also considered and perhaps our favourite tip is to always choose knickers "With a slippery surface" (and, we're guessing, reach from your waist to your knees!).

There are chapters on hair (rather a lot of the hairstyles seem to require being plugged in to the aforementioned "milking machine"), aids to a lovely skin, manicures. keeping well in all weathers, and (ha ha) how to put on weight.

We're off to beautify our throat and chins, guard against prematurely greying hair, indulge in some powder puffs, reduce our legs and launder our collars.

Overcoming Troubles...

If you however, are sitting "hollow chested and round shouldered" whilst reading this, you might like to read more - the book's in The Library. And if you fancy some vigorous striding through the departments of the Emporium in lieu of those physical exercises, we're happy to tell you that there are lots of new goodies lying in wait for you.