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From Crunchem to Shiz & life in “The Biz”… — Bloggering About…

I’ve been an Actress (mainly in musical theatre) for the past 14 years. I graduated college in 2002 (gulp) and since then I have been fortunate enough to have worked in the industry doing what I love. However, there have been times, many times, when it has been so hard to keep going. As after […]

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Posted in business, vintage, Wedding

I get by with a little help from my friends…

One of the best things about having your own business is you get to meet so many different people along the way. Having performed at various wedding fairs since we started The Valentines, we noticed that the wedding industry, much like the acting world, is vast, but everyone seems to know each other. You get to see a lot of the same faces at each event. Especially at vintage events. At our first Wedding fair we met Robin and Brandy ~ event organisers from The Robin Collective and we ended up performing for them at their Rodeo night at Bethnal Green’s Working Men’s club a few months later, which… lets just say was a very fun night!

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We sang our favourite vintage country classics which included “Ring of Fire”, “Bye Bye Bye Love” and “These Boots are made for Walking”

Bethnal Green Rodeo

Over the next few months we met so many incredibly talented designers, photographers, cake makers, florists, event organisers … etc and we were asked to collaborate in a photo shoot that would help to promote a whole bunch of business’ in one day.

Collaboration is such an important part of business, it’s always great to help each other out and word of mouth is so important, isn’t it? For example, if I recommend a nice restaurant to my friend, she’ll go. You are more likely to use a supplier recommended to you, aren’t you?

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So when we were asked by Darby and Joan Vintage to collaborate in a wedding photo-shoot for “Save The Date Magazine” We had an idea to document the day by making a little video diary, our music video diary. We chose the 1950’s classic Mr Sandman as it is such a dreamy little tune and we hoped Brides to be would connect with it . It was so much fun putting it together so we hope you enjoy it.

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Of course we had an amazing day… we are just three friends who happen to have a singing group and sometimes we have to pinch ourselves…I mean we basically spent the day being silly, getting our hair and makeup done and dressing up in the most incredible wedding dresses.

We hope you like our video diary and if you need any more information about any of the suppliers you see in the video (listed below) then please get in touch, we’d be happy to help!

Lots of love, The Valentines xxx

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*Additional photo by In Love With Photography

Posted in London Marathon, Running

Good Luck Runners!

Less than 48 hours to the 2016 London Marathon. You can feel the nervous excitement in the air and all over social media. The carb loading is well and truly underway, you’ve been and stocked up on those hideous (yet all important) energy gels and you’ve got your number safely  pinned onto your running vest. Soon it will be all over and the months of training in the cold, wet, even icy conditions will seem a distant memory. Some won’t even believe that they actually did it…. well until they try and climb a flight of stairs on Monday.

 

Rest assured you are doing an amazing (albeit slightly crazy) thing by running the 26.2 miles around beautiful, and hopefully sunny, London.

 It is such an amazing event, to see so many runners all running for different charities and the spectators on the side lines showing huge support- not to mention the countless volunteers giving up their time to make the London Marathon such a special day. No matter how you are involved, it’s a wonderful experience showing you just how great us humans can really be. 
Emily ran the London Marathon for the last two years and enjoyed every gruelling minute of it. 

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Here are a couple of Emily’s tips for anyone running…

  • Take it all in -it really is incredible and you don’t want to forget a second of it , even when you can feel those blisters burning at miles 17-19. You’ve got this!
  • Either put your name on your vest (or run by someone with the same name as you)  there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of hearing a bunch of people shouting your name.
  • Follow a nice bum (naughty… but its for a good cause right?)
  • Use the toilets at mile 14 under the tunnel. Both years there was no queue here! Oh and maybe don’t turn the light on 😁
  • Don’t worry about mile 22-26 the crowd will pull you around. These were some of my fastest miles.
  • It’s the absolute best seeing a face you know in the crowd so make sure you know before you start where your friends and family will be- take a photo of what you are wearing so they know what to look for as well (as there are so many runners and you want them to spot you!) 
  • Maybe invest in a pair of closed toe shoes for the summer, your toenails may have seen better days after you’ve crossed the line!
  • Keep smiling – you are being awesome!

  

This year we will be at Miles 14 and 21 (holding a giant orange monster balloon) and showing support to everyone running. In particular some of our friends… Sue, Josh, Leanne, Ryan and Laura. We applaud you!!! Good luck runners, you are heroes xxx

 Lots of love (and luck) The Valentines xxx

Posted in vintage, cake

Cake & Lace

“Cake and Lace” was The Valentines first unofficial gig. Emily, modelled lingerie for Fraulein Annie (which by the way is the most exquisite lingerie range more about that later!) Frauke Nagel, who is the creator of Fraulein Annie was organising a Valentine’s Day Vintage Tea’ event and asked Emily if her and a few friends would like to sing. Hmm… an afternoon of singing vintage songs and eating copious amount of cake… what’s a girl to do? 

Having worked with Laura and Maria on previous projects, with the promise of macarons and cupcakes we all set about organising a set list of classic songs for the event. 

The afternoon tea party was called “Cake & Lace” held at the delightful Soho Secret Tearoom off Greek Street in the heart of Soho.

Video: Cake & Lace Performance Snippet

The performance was so much fun, we sang a few songs together, Bye Bye Baby, Why do Fools Fall In Love and we each sang a solo number. Laura delighted us with one of Frauke’s favourites “Falling in love again” Maria got her fan out and paraded around the tables with “Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps” and Emily gave a version of the Marilyn Monroe classic “I wanna be loved by you” (Boo boo bee do!)  

After the event, and after all the cake we could eat. We decided that we had such fun performing together that we wanted to make a go of continuing the group and building a set list of songs. We didn’t just want to do the classics (as beautiful as they are) we wanted to take on some current songs and add a bit of a retro take on them. So that was that. All we needed was a name…. Yes, I know we weren’t too original. Our first gig on Valentine’s Day … You do the Math! 
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For any Lingerie fans you must check out lovely Frauke’s amazing range at Fraulein Annie it’s simply stunning and so comfortable too! You can see for yourself here…  Fraulein Annie

Photos by Claire Pepper 

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Posted in Vintage Entertainment

The Valentines

The Valentines are a vintage girl close harmony trio formed in 2013 by Laura Tyrer, Maria Ward and Emily Shaw. All three girls have performed on the Westend stage in various musicals and plays.

“We have such a love for vintage style, music and fashion we decided to form a group where we can sing glorious classics such as “My Funny Valentine” & “Shoo Shoo Baby” along with some current melodies such as “Umbrella” &  “Crazy In Love”  -vintage style. We have such fun planning our set list to suit each event, making each one just as special in it’s own way.”

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Photograph by In Love With Photography