If you are not local to Bristol, you may not have heard of Able Mabel, also known as Emily. We first met way back in 2014 when we did this awesome shoot at Heartfelt Vintage, and then again, when she was my (Victoria) hair stylist for my wedding in 2015! I wish she could style my hair everyday. Emily is one of those annoyingly clever people who can do everything. Not only does she do bridal hair and make up and runs kids and hen parties, but she also creates incredible bespoke headpieces including hats and headbands! When we first saw a glimpse of her gorgeous handbands on Instagram, we both thought how ‘She and Hem’ they were, as they are so quirky and colourful. So we were thrilled when Emily got in touch to ask if we’d like to pick some to style. Heck yes.
Aren’t they lovely? Our little ladies also got in on the action and don’t they look adorable? They are two seriously stylish toddlers. Neither of the girls have ever kept a headband on for as long as these. Ok, so we may have bribed them a teeny bit with some chocolate treats, but they both seemed to forget they were wearing them after a little while. Hair play girls, hair play.
Able Mable announced yesterday that her Liberty print children’s headbands, like the ones the girls are wearing, are going to be available on Bob and Blossom very soon – so keep your eyes peeled for that! If you’re in Bristol, you can pick up a headband at either Heartfelt Vintage or Rhubarb Jumble.
Today we are going to share with you a true Bristol hidden gem in the shape of Heartfelt Vintage. This beautiful boutique and cafe very often feels like a local best kept secret due to the fact it is neatly nestled away on Alma Vale road in Clifton, just off the beaten track and the hustle and bustle of Whiteladies Road. If you haven’t been before, it’s a truly unique and beautiful space at which we have both been guilty of playing dress-up on more than one occasion!
It was recently taken over by a new owner, the lovely Kate, who clearly has a fantastic passion for vintage fashion and also for providing customers with an experience as well as a service. She kindly invited us to attend a Making and Makeover day, which marks a new direction for Heartfelt as she looks to put on more events.
On arrival we were invited to take a look around the store and to start putting together an outfit to be styled later in the day. As we were first to arrive, we got straight to work looking through the many stunning pieces on offer. Kate has curated a wonderful collection of vintage and vintage inspired pieces and we were truly spoiled for choice! Everything is so pretty and we created a bit of a fashion storm in the changing rooms!
After we had chosen our outfits we were introduced to Able Mabel, who gave us a masterclass in how to make the perfect 1950s style fascinator. She had laid out all the pretty bits and bobs we needed and talked us through the process. Neither of us are particularly crafty but actually found this to be really good fun and are both pleasantly surprised with our handiwork (the blue and red efforts above). It was rather lovely all sitting around the table together and sewing, whilst drinking bubbly darling, and proved the perfect task to complete whilst having a good old natter.
After all that hard work it was time to reward ourselves with a spot of yummy lunch from the Heartfelt menu. They make most of their food from scratch which really adds to the homely comforting vibe of the store and, we can now confirm, is delicious. Once we had been suitably fed and watered it was time for Able Mabel (a woman of many talents!) to transform our tresses and for makeup artist Evie Smith to work her magic on our sleepy Sunday faces! We were then given our styled looks to put on and, with that, we were transformed!
And, as you hopefully agree, it was quite the makeover indeed! We LOVED our new vintage looks and giggled a lot at how doll-like we suddenly appeared! We would definitely like a team of people to get us ready every day! After recovering from the shock of seeing ourselves so glam, we went for a fashion shoot with photographer Su Barclay. Su is so lovely and really put us at ease with her directions and enthusiasm. We can be very awkward indeed when we aren’t in control of the camera so it was nice to have someone so supportive behind the lens! She took some fab shots too, so thank you Su!
All in all, it was a brilliant day and hopefully the first of many great events at Heartfelt. Thank you ever so much for inviting us over Kate and to everyone else there that day for making it such a success!
December has finally arrived and with it the perfect excuse to dress up all fancy every day of the week! Christmas time is party time afterall! Pass us a mince pie and some mulled wine, will you?
We do love a reason to glam up and decided to break out our new festive dresses from the Yumi partywear collection* yesterday for a vintage filled day of fun at the Heartfelt Vintage shop in Bristol. After being completely transformed by Able Mabel who did an incredible job on our hair and Evie Smith who truly made us look the part, we felt ready to hit the dance floor!
Jo: I layered my beautiful silver Floral Prom Dress* over a super sparkly sequin top from New Look. I thought it added some extra pizzazz (you can never have too much pizzazz) and as I don’t like things to be too low cut, it protected my modesty. I added a black belt from ASOS, white tights from Topshop and some super sparkly high heels from Primark.
Victoria: My sleeveless Wallpaper Print Dress* is party perfect! I’m not usually a big fan of red dresses, but I was drawn to the shirt collar and easy to wear shape. I teamed it with black striped tights from Marks and Spencer, silver brogues from Next and a gorgeous black vintage bag from Heartfelt Vintage in Bristol.
In the evening we went to the fireworks which were put on to celebrate 150 years of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Don’t they look incredible?! I know we’ve said it before but we sure do love Bristol.
We’ll be posting more about our day at Heartfelt later in the week!