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Review: Eggbreak

This petite gem of a place opened in Hillgate Village, Notting Hill a while back.

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We’ve been a few times and every time they outdo themselves. If you like eggs and haven’t been then you need to make it your next stop.

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Its chic, understated décor gives it a casual charm that’s great for brunch with the girls.

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And yes, as you would have guessed from the name, it’s an egg based menu but they do have some non-egg delights on the menu if eggs aren’t your thing. Enjoy.

www.eggbreak.com
30 Uxbridge St, London, W8 7TA

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The Statement Vintage Cape

A cape should definitely have a place in your wardrobe. They are a great way to add a bit of drama to your look. This statement vintage cape is a real star and we love how it looks with denim – just gorgeous.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

It’s another piece from our archive and a fab example of the kind of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017. So stay tuned for more great shoots and style inspiration.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

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Christmas present inspiration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s definitely feeling cold enough to be Christmas. Yes, it’s that time of year again and if you’re anything like us you may have already started to pull your hair out trying to find new and original gift ideas for that person that has just about everything. Well we have had our thinking caps on and have some simply lovely gift suggestions to save the day. You can thank us later.

Vintage crockery by Rare and Racy
These guys have the prettiest stall on Portobello Road every Friday and Saturday stocking the coolest vintage china from all of London’s coolest hangouts.

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You can’t go wrong with a one-off teacup and saucer set from the team whose Instagram profile describes them as all about, ‘Tea, Cake and Girl Power’. You can’t argue with that. AND they do gorgeous cake stands. If you want to get in touch you can find them at @racycharlie on Instagram.

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Luxury gents grooming at Grooming at 93 for the special man in your life
We just couldn’t leave the guys out and to be honest, sometimes they are the most difficult to buy for. So why not give them an unforgettable grooming experience at Grooming at 93?

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Grooming at 93 is a new, luxury, gents salon we discovered on Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London. It’s on the lower ground floor of John Rushton Shoes. Not only do they offer quality tailored haircuts and beard trims but also traditional, hot towel shaves. Divine!

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A quintessentially vintage, British grooming experience for the modern man. If you’re around that part of town then they accept walk-ins so you can easily and spontaneously surprise your Mr. For the organised amongst you then you can make bookings here.

93 Wimpole Street, London, W1, 020 7409 2970 http://www.93wimpolest.com/

Vintage earrings from Clair Green Vintage
Another fab stall on Portobello Road. You’ll find Clair and her divine vintage earrings on a Saturday at the Rogers Gallery, 65 Portobello Road. You can go for original retro beauties such as these art deco clip-ons.

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However, if you’re not a fan of clip-ons then have no fear. Genius Clair also creates lovely upcycled earrings using authentic vintage beads with new, modern fittings.

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If you want to snap up some her unique creations then you can find her at @clair_green_vintage on Instagram.

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SBP Team x

Three ways to wear a statement vintage jacket

As you know, in 2017 we’ll be launching a vintage cloting offering. Until then we want to inspire you with just how versatile a vintage wardrobe can be. You can get so many outfits out of one gorgeous piece. Our most recent shoot featured this stand-out, killer of a vintage jacket. It’s from our archive and is just the kind of piece we’ll be bringing you in our edit when we launch.

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A statement jacket is a wardrobe essential. A VINTAGE statement jackets is even more of a must-have. With a timeless piece such as this one you’ll always be on the best dressed list.

1) With leather: sequins and leather is just such a fabulous combo. These mint condition vintage leather trousers are from our archive and are a favourite. A leather skirt or shorts would look just as stellar.

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We love mixing vintage with high street purchases as it’s a great way to ensure you don’t look dated or cliched. This divine high street powder blue, crepe top just made those sequins pop and was a great texture contrast to the leather.

2) With demin: ok so we’re a bit biased as we are obsessed with denim and as far as we are concerned, EVERYTHING looks good with denim. These vintage jeans are just the right wash and they tone the outfit down a bit. Sometimes a girl doesn’t want to look like she’s made too much of an effort. Pairing your statement jacket with denim (again a skirt or shorts would work just as well) gives you that ‘just thrown on look’. Having a slightly more casual look also means you can wear a few more accessories. Isn’t this vintage belt just so gorgeous!! Just like denim, the leather wears so well and looks better and better with age.

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3) With cashmere: need we say more? This is super luxe yet nicely pared down. This vintage cashmere cardi is so fine in tucks in just perfectly and it’s a bottle green colour that you just don’t see that much nowadays. Again, as this look is more casual you can go harder with the accessories as we’ve done with this vintage bag from our archive.

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SBP Team x

Style By Portobello does Vintage Clothing

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We love all things vintage. We love sending out our Bello Boxes full of gorgeous, one-off stylish vintage accessories… AND…we also adore vintage clothes. To that end, in 2017 we are delighted to announce that we’ll be launching a vintage clothing offering! Our edit of women’s vintage clothing and accessories will allow you to explore timeless designs and enduring trends. We can’t give too much away as yet but suffice to say that you’ll be able to preview, pick and buy your favourite pieces there and then. We’ll of course be drip feeding you lots more info as we get closer to launch. Expect gorgeous shoots showcasing the kind of divine pieces you can expect when we go live such as the shot above from our most recent shoot. Talk about a statement vintage jacket. We are so excited and hope you are too! Bring on 2017.

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SBP Team x

Restaurant Review: Eating out at Kensington Place Restaurant & Bar

We love west London. The people, the tree-lined streets, the stucco fronted white houses, Portobello Road of course, and the plethora of fabulous places to eat.

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Kensington Place Restaurant & Bar is one of those places. It’s a local institution that’s been around for years. They also have their divine fish shop next door which sells the best fish pies ever, by the way.

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Before you’ve even tried the food, you fall in love with the décor. The floor to ceiling windows bathe you in light on even the darkest London day. Chic and simple interiors with just enough of an ode to their staple offering, fish, keep the ambiance fresh. On top of that you can’t beat water served in a fish-shaped jug.

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The menu is great but we kept it traditional and went for our nation’s most iconic dish, fish and chips. Boy was it good. Chips – chunky with the right amount of crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Fish – light, golden batter over succulent haddock. We wolfed it down!

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The staff are really friendly and we never felt rushed to leave and free up our table even though it was a busy Friday night and we were chinwagging for a good while.

So next time you’re down sampling the vintage delights of Portobello Road, head back up to Notting Hill Gate and pop round to Kensington Place. Think of it as a reward for that shopping workout.

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SBP Team x

Top 5 Vintage Movies to Watch on Christmas Day

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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

Tips for Vintage Interiors: Interview with Vintage Expert @CocoBardot69

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We love everything vintage here at Style By Portobello. We live, breathe, eat, sleep and dream vintage. From fashion to interior design, we believe that vintage is a kind of culture or a way of life; something that trickles down into all areas of our world. So we decided to chat to the gorgeous and fabulous @cocobardot69, vintage boutique owner and self-confessed treasure huntress. She runs her own successful business, is completely obsessed with fashion, and refers to herself as a “bathtub mermaid” on her instagram profile (we love that).

After starting her vintage clothing and homeware boutique (www.kathrynvintage.com) back in 2013 during a spell of being very unwell, Kathryn AKA @CocoBardot69 has never looked back. She now spends her time seeking out vintage treasures and living her dream, so we decided to interview her for some insider tips on vintage interior style and design. Here’s what the lovely Kathryn had to share with us…

(all images are from Kathryn’s beautiful home)

Q1: We love vintage everything here at Style By Portobello…..but do you think it’s a style that can be quite hard to get right when it comes to home décor?

“Introducing vintage into the home I feel is a very natural thing for any vintage fan to do. If you wear vintage clothing and enjoy it, it’s likely that you will be more drawn to vintage interiors. I also don’t think that it’s about ‘getting it right’ when it comes to vintage interiors…..your home is your home, nobody else’s so what you choose to buy to fill it is completely up to you; it’s all very personal to you, therefore you can never get it wrong as such. I think what people may struggle with from time to time is actually styling their home, so deciding how to display your favourite collection of vintage bottles or “how do I style that velvet throw?” or generally how to put a room together so it has function, liveability and style.

This is where I plan to help in the near future with branching out into interior styling and helping anybody and everybody who wants it. My service will offer styling – anything from just a room to the whole home. I will be guiding them through textures, colours and ambiances to help them achieve the styled home that they want and by incorporating their own found treasures with some new ones too!”

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Q2: What are your best tips for styling vintage interiors?

“I would say that my top tips for styling vintage interiors is to surround yourself with what you love (for me this is natural linens, aged metallics such  as silver, gold and brass, and natural objects such as feathers, beach combed finds, skulls and so on) but style varies with everybody of course. Once you start a collection of things you love, try to echo the subject around your home for an even flow. I would also say it’s calming and good for the soul to have at least one thing living in each room, whether it be a eucalyptus plant or your pet.

Now lastly, lighting. It’s all about the lighting. You can create atmosphere, zones and space by playing around with light. Have a play, open your blinds or curtains wide, move your lamps and candles around or even add more! Mirrors too are great for bouncing and adding light.”

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Q3: Do you have a favourite era when it comes to interiors?

“I wouldn’t say I have a favourite ‘era’ as such when it comes to interiors. However, at the moment I adore classic French country style, lofty rooms with a feeling of calm and space, lightly styled homes with interesting objects for your eyes to wander and inspire you, and the addition of romance with crystal encrusted chandeliers, antique mercury glass giant baubles and candelabras.”

Q4: What are your favourite vintage pieces in your home?

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“Within my home, my favourite pieces have to be 1. my bed! It’s not true vintage but of an antique French style and I have adorned it with vintage velvet, embroidery and cushions upcycled from vintage postal sacks. I also adore our over-mantle mirror which we found on a holiday in Hastings, Sussex. It’s early 19th Century French antique and I adore it; it completely makes the living room.”

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We hope you have all enjoyed reading these tips and viewing the inspiring images from Kathryn’s stunning home. Don’t forget to share on social media if you love the post and make sure you follow Kathryn on instagram for daily interior/fashion style inspiration.

And thanks to Kathryn for taking time out of her busy day to chat to us about interior design tips and ideas! You’ve been great!

SBP Team x