Top 5 Vintage Movies to Watch on Christmas Day

top 5 vintage christmas movies

Merry Christmas Style By Portobello subscribers and fellow vintage lovers! From our vintage headquarters here in London, we wish you all a fantastic Christmas Day and a brilliant New Year to follow. In 2016, we’ll have some exciting new features coming to the Style By Portobello website; from unique shopping opportunities to extended box options, 2016 will be a BIG and EXCITING year for the Portobello subscription world.

Make sure you sign up to our Portobello Newsletter to get the latest updates. But for now, enjoy your Christmas and kick back to these top 5 vintage Christmas movies…

1. It’s a Wonderful Life

Christmas isn’t Christmas without the wonderful George Bailey, his wife Mary and good old Clarence! This 1946 movie is an all-time favourite, a Christmas day MUST and it will warm your heart for sure.

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2. Remember the Night

If it’s romance you’re after, this 1940 movie about a woman who gets caught shoplifting but then falls in love with her prosecutor as she spends time with his family will be the perfect post crimbo dinner film.

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3. A Christmas Carol (1984)

A beautiful depiction of the Christmas Carol story with grumpy old Ebenezer Scrooge. A fun look back at 80s film-making and a grown up alternative to The Muppets Christmas Carol!

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4. Miracle on 24th Street

The 1947 version has recently been re-coloured for enhanced viewing. So instead of watching the retro remake of the 90s, go even further back in time and opt for this stunning original of the fantastic fourties!

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5. Holiday Inn

If you love musical movies, make this your film of choice for Christmas day. It’s got singing, dancing and plenty of Christmas spirit to keep your in the mood even after your turkey food coma!

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Wishing everyone a fantastic Christmas day and hope you all receive some lovely vintage gifts. For the perfect vintage gifts for loved ones, don’t forget to register for our one box offer for £35.

SBP Team x

Introducing the One Off Vintage Box Offer – No Subscription Required!

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Have you ever wanted to get your hands on our beautiful, one of a kind vintage goodies? But you didn’t want to sign up for a monthly subscription? Well now is your chance! Because here at Style By Portobello, we have launched our one-off box offer – a one time vintage box filled with a hand-curated selection of vintage accessories chosen just for you – for just £35 (£48.00 US). Our one off box requires no commitment from you and you can purchase a box whenever you feel like it. Get five boxes in one month or just one box a year – alternatively, just get this one time offer to dip your toes in the water before signing up for a monthly subscription. Register today.

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The Style By Portobello vintage subscription box is hand curated carefully with a selection of vintage bags, vintage scarves, vintage belts, vintage jewellery, brooches, watches, bangles and other accessories all sourced from the one and only Portobello Road. At London’s most iconic market, we source vintage gems that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Before you register your details for a one off vintage box filled with surprises, take a look at what some of our recent boxes have included…

Gorgeous vintage brooches and clip on earrings…

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Designer silk scarves from the 1980s and gorgeous jewellery…

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Amazing one of a kind vintage handbags…

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And stunning vintage belts from every decade… 

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If you like the look of what goes in our vintage subscription boxes, make sure you register your details today and fill in your own personal style questionnaire so our expert team and hand-curate the perfect box for you.

Remember, you can sign up for a monthly delivery of vintage goodies or you can purchase a one-time box. Perfect as a treat for yourself or as a gift for someone you love…

SBP Team x

Our Vintage Subscription Box Has Launched in the US & Canada!

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It’s pretty exciting times for Style By Portobello. We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that the UK’s first ever vintage subscription box is now available to order in the US & Canada. As regulars at London’s most iconic vintage shopping destination Portobello Road, it just made sense for us to expand our fashion subscription to North America and Canada; we’ve welcomed tourists to the market for many years now and we always get told “there’s just no place like it”.

If you’re a fan of vintage shopping, UK vintage or the amazing stalls of London’s Portobello scene but you live overseas, you can now subscribe to our monthly subscription box online for £48.00 (GBP) per month. Each month, your box will be filled with up to 3 items of that value and there really will be an incredible element of surprise; one month you could open your box to find a silk scarf and a vintage belt, the next month you could find 3 small and lovely items of jewellery, and the next you could open your box to see a high value item such as a rare designer handbag that you’ll never find anywhere else in the world.

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Whatever you receive in your box – whether it be a vintage bag, belt, hat, scarf, brooch, necklace or bracelet – we can guarantee that it will be completely unique and sourced from the one and only Portobello Market in London…

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Our team of vintage experts and vintage buyers spend every waking moment searching this iconic area of London to find one of a kind pieces for each individual subscriber. Every box is then carefully hand-curated using each subscriber’s personal style profile. So no matter what your fashion preferences, your box will be designed just for you.

If you’re living in the US or Canada and would like to get a taste of London’s vintage scene, be sure to sign up to Style By Portobello today. If you don’t want a monthly subscription just yet, you can also order a one-off box (perfect as a treat, a gift or just a surprise for yourself).

3 Vintage Hairstyles You Have to Try this Christmas

Whether you’re planning your look for an upcoming work Christmas party, or you want something vintage-inspired for your NYE outfit, getting your hair on point is absolutely essential.  If you’re dying to try something new with your locks, here are 3 vintage hairstyles that could make your Christmas / NYE party outfit pop!

1920s Curls (Bebe Daniels)

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1920s curls are unapologetically glamorous; this was a decade filled with frivolous spending and self-indulgence. To set your little black dress off with the ultimate glam, there really is no other hairstyle quite as lavish as the 20s curly bob. To achieve those roaring waves, you need to set aside quite a bit of time…


1940s Victory Rolls (Betty  Grable)


Betty Grable was one of the many movie stars who made the victory rolls so iconic in the 1940s. This fabulous hairstyle was a celebration of victory and better days to come – the height and volume of this style was such a great metaphor. If you want to create an iconic look for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party, wear these victory curls loud and proud.


1970s Hair Flick (Farrah Fawcett)

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This vintage hairstyle is sultry and sexy, and oh so 70s! The 1970s was a time of glamorous seduction and complete unadulterated hedonism. The Farrah Fawcett hairstyle or the famous “Farrah wave” can transform an ordinary LBD into something really spectacular. If you want 70s party glam, it’s time to work that hair flick and here’s how…

Style By Portobello Bloggers: The Christmas Style Files

Christmas is coming up so we’re scouring the web for outfit inspiration and vintage styling ideas that can work for every occasion; from our work Christmas party to festive lunch with the family, Christmas cocktails with our best friends to chilling out with loved ones on Christmas Day. There’s an outfit for every kind of event in our vintage wardrobe here at Style By Portobello. And if you’re in need of some vintage style inspiration, take a look at some of the recent Style by Portobello bloggers…

Lauren from Sassy In The City

The gorgeous Lauren from has taken a skinny scarf from her ‘Bello box and teamed it with a cute Breton stripe top. The nautical look is great for Christmas Day or casual weekend drinks at the pub; the French Breton style is never bound by seasons, it’s utterly timeless, and is perfect for all year round wear!


If you’re wondering how you can style a vintage skinny scarf for AW15, blogger Lauren has styled hers like a pro. So take note, vintage fans! ;)

Katie from The Quick Red Fox

Our super style ambassador Katie from A Quick Red Fox has been featuring our Style By Portobello subscription boxes for two months now – so she’s become a bit of a Bello expert!


Here she has created the ultimate Christmas party season outfit. Fusing together wintry faux fur with a festively red vintage scarf as a handbag adornment, we think she’s styled the perfect smart/casual ensemble for a festive Christmas lunch…

Laurie-Elle from

This outfit is simply too perfect for words. We’re in love with Laurie-Elle’s effortless style. She’s created a Scandinavian inspired look with simple colours and fabrics, and brought the entire outfit to life with the simple addition of a show-stopping vintage handbag from her recent Bello box.



You can see more over on!

To get gorgeous scarves, accessories and vintage bags like these fabulous bloggers, make sure you sign up to the Style By Portobello vintage subscription box today; you can get a monthly delivery of wonderful vintage goodies or buy our one-off vintage box (the perfect gift for Christmas).

SBP Team x

Britain’s Favourite Market: Portobello & Golborne needs your vote!

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Portobello & Golborne Market celebrates 150 years this year and we’re so pleased to be apart of this iconic London shopping destination, bringing one off vintage pieces to vintage fashion lovers through our fantastic monthly subscription box. Now the market needs your help! If you love Portobello and Golborne as much as we do, make sure you show your support by voting this Christmas.

Portobello Market is in the line-up to become Britain’s Favourite Market and you can VOTE NOW to help London’s favourite vintage shopping destination win the competition.

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For years, the Portobello and Golborne shopping destination has been recognised for its iconic and colourful buildings, and has attracted tourists from around the world every single weekend. But for locals, it’s much more than that; it’s a wonderful community of like-minded people and it’s a place that’s filled with passion for all things vintage, all things antique and all things fashion.

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In addition to the fantastic stalls for clothing, gifts, antique items and accessories, Portobello is a top location for great food and drink; London street food at the very best flavours from our multi-cultural city.


But most of all, we love Portobello and Golborne  because of the incredible atmosphere. It’s a fantastic place to meet friends and spend the day and if you agree, please please VOTE ONLINE NOW.

Winning would be the perfect way to celebrate 150 years of Portobello and Golborne!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Vintage Lovers

What do you get for the vintage lover who has everything? If your mum / sister / best friend / girlfriend loves vintage and you’re completely out of ideas on what to get her next, take a little inspiration from our expert vintage team this Christmas. Here are 5 fabulous gifts for vintage lovers…

1. Vintage Jewellery

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It doesn’t matter if you feel like you’ve exhausted all avenues because vintage jewellery never goes out of style. And it really isn’t a myth when people say that a girl can never have too much jewellery – hear it from us! Unlike clothes, we can always make room for more vintage jewellery in our lives. So make sure you keep those vintage gems coming. If you know someone who loves vintage jewellery as much as we do, make sure you gift them with a Style By Portobello vintage jewellery and accessories subscription - all items sourced from the iconic Portobello Market in London!

2. Vintage Espresso Cups

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We’ve got the perfect pressie for coffee lovers. If your girlfriend can’t start her day without a double shot of espresso in the morning, vintage espresso cups make the ideal gift. Vintage cups can give your home a totally unique touch and she will be so impressed!

3. Upcycled Vintage Furniture

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Upcycled vintage furniture is not only completely unique but you don’t even have to spend a penny! If you have some old vintage suitcases kicking around, why not transform them into some fab shelving units? But it doesn’t stop there…..the options are endless because almost everything has a secondary use… just have to be creative with your ideas.

4. A Vintage Brooch

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Vintage brooches are one of the most versatile accessories you can give to someone who loves vintage fashion. They can be worn on clothing, as a scarf pin, as a hair accessory or even threaded through like a necklace pendant. Unlike earrings and other accessories, brooches don’t suffer the same wear and tear either, so a lot of them come in fantastic condition.

5. Style By Portobello Vintage Box

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Christmas isn’t Christmas without Style By Portobello and that’s why every vintage fashionista should have a subscription. Up to three unique items such as scarves, belts, jewellery, brooches or handbags will be delivered to the recipient’s door each month. Or if you just want a treat for Christmas, take advantage of our one-off vintage box offer today!

Vintage Arm Candy: Bracelets and Bangles Through the Decades

Vintage bracelets and bangles make great gifts for vintage lovers. They’re the type of accessory that has a place in every kind of wardrobe (because there’s something for every occasion). They’re also much more resistant to the signs of wear and tear than other jewellery pieces (such as earrings). And they’re incredibly versatile as you can wear them on their own or mix and match decades for something totally eclectic. If you need some vintage arm candy inspiration for your next trip to the local vintage market, take a look at our moodboards throughout the decades…

And don’t forget - for vintage bracelets, bangles and other accessories delivered to your door each month, sign up at Style By Portobello now.

1920s Pearl Bracelets

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The 1920s was a time of change, a time where women were liberated from corsets and floor length gowns and were seen sporting skirts that dusted the ankles or sat elegantly below the knee. It was a time of American prosperity and women with money would be dripping in diamonds and pearls. Pearls were certainly a huge part of 1920s jewellery and flapper fashion, and there was simply no holding back. The more pearls, the better!

1960s Charm Bracelets

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By the 1960s, charm bracelets had become a popular choice for women (although some people believe them to date back all the way to the Neolithic Era). The 60s was a time of many different styles though, including the huge mainstream fashion of Mods and Rockers, and also the early beginnings of hippie / boho style jewellery. But one of our favourites is the delightful charm bracelet which remained hugely popular in other decades too.

1980s Gold Bling

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We recently blogged about 80s bling for the Christmas party season. And now we get to focus on the bracelets and bangles of this time. 80s jewellery was hugely over the top and one of the favourite looks for wristwear was to stack them up – the more the merrier! Not only was gold jewellery (by Chanel, Dior and Yves Saint Laurent) extremely popular with party girls and fashionistas of that decade, but neon colours were introduced – and Madonna was a huge fan of stacking her bangles and bracelets for the totally over-the-top eccentric look.

Love vintage bangles and bracelets? Make sure you sign up for Style By Portobello. Don’t forget to join our monthly newsletter for the latest offers too…

SBP Team x