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My Vintage Brighton – Yours Truly, x

23 June 2013 No Comment

Kerry Lockwood, the always well-turned-out blogger behind www.yourstrulymag.blogspot.co.uk, answers our questions on all things Brighton and vintage…

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

Who are you? My name is Kerry and I’m a hopeless vintage hoarder currently residing in Brighton.

What do you do? To pay the bills I work as a waitress serving champagne and scrumptious seafood at Riddle & Finns restaurant in the Lanes. In my down time I run a lifestyle blog called Yours Truly, x and I have my finger in many creative pies!

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

What does vintage mean to you? It’s such an over-used term nowadays! Personally I think it’s anything that pre-dates the 1980s. But at the same time, anything with a bit of age, character or charm could be classed as vintage, and I’d be okay with that!

How do you like to get dressed in the morning (and afternoon and evening)? On my days off I’m generally blogging so I make more of an effort because of that. I like to take time to build an outfit.

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

What’s your favourite decade for style? I think it’s quite apparent in my mishmash style that I’ve never quite decided! There are so many elements from each decade that I adore, and one of the greatest pleasures I derive from dressing creatively is being able to combine them in unexpected and modern ways.

Some of my style icons include Jane Birkin, Kate Bush, Jean Shrimpton, Frida Kahlo, Marianne Faithful, both Katharine and Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow and the late Princess Margaret’s style from the 1940s-70s. I think it’s good to keep yourself creatively open to everything you find inspiring, and not to become too regimented by historical accuracy.

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

What’s your favourite vintage shop in Brighton (and the surrounding area)? Within Brighton I love picking up bargains at Beyond Retro, Snoopers Paradise and To Be Worn Again. I love to get ideas and dream about pieces from Wolf & Gypsy and Hope & Harlequin. They have such gorgeous garments! I do predominately buy online though.

What’s your favourite online vintage shop? I’m a total eBay addict – it’s such a guilty pleasure! I also love The Splendid Suitcase on Etsy. It’s run by friends of mine and the stuff they find is amazing and really reasonably priced to boot.

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

Where do you like to go to eat and drink yummy things? Obviously I love to eat at Riddle & Finns… I also love a good cuppa and a chit-chat in Marwood, Japanese loveliness from Yum Yum Ninja in the Lanes, and tasty cooked breakfasts in Cafe Motu save my poor hangover time after time (plus they play the best 60s music in there). My flat mate and I also frequent Bills a little too often.

Where do you like to go to listen to awesome music? My boyfriend’s band Time for T play regularly around Brighton, and like a true groupie I follow loyally. I also enjoy gigs at The Green Door Store and The Mesmerist and have seen great acts at the Concorde 2 – C.W. Stoneking was definitely a favourite.

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

Have you been to any tip top vintage events of late? Unfortunately I don’t often get the chance due to work commitments, but I do frequent the Brighton car boot sales, which are amazing – there’s always a bargain to be had! Most of the contents of my flat originate from the Marina car boot sale.

Where do you like to go hunting for second-hand bargains? See above – I’m a huge fan of having an early morning rummage at car boot sales.

What has been your best ever vintage/second-hand/charity shop find? I found an incredible William Morris upholstered chair at a car boot for a mere £5! It’s completely gorgeous and always gets compliments. I also have a particular fondness for an antique toy monkey I found in a Berlin flea market… known as ‘Hermann’ to those close to him!

Kerry Lockwood of Yours Truly

What is it about Brighton that makes you smile? The creativity, the seagulls, the sunshine, the locals, the non-locals, the sea, the infinite variety of places to eat, drink and dance. The vintage culture, the weekend markets, the sense of community, the bicycle lanes, the fact I’ve not been ill since I moved here and the wonderful people I’ve befriended here. The colour of the sky on a stormy day over the twinkling pier lights. I often catch myself thinking ‘I love this city’.

Any other hints, tips or recommendations for vintage-lovers in Brighton and beyond? Only to wear exactly what makes you happy, and to remember clothes are only the cherry on top. I still feel like myself in jeans and a jumper – I just feel like a happier version of myself when I’ve had time to dress creatively. Beautiful clothes, whether old or new, make me feel good. Buy exactly what you like and enjoy it. Life is too short for snobbery!

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