Inspire: Patterned Floors
 

We love patterns. I mean who doesn’t. They are pretty much everywhere if you look. 
We were going through some photos the other day and came across a bunch that we took in Italy last year,(mental note to label digital photo folders) and we thought we’d share.

 
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I mean they are pretty, don’t you think? These were taken at Pompeii and Herculaneum, have you ever been? It’s amazing how well preserved the floors are, and even more amazing how lavish the floors were back then. Anyways, finding these has us inspired all over again. 

 
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Analogue Love: Holga Happy Accidents
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A n a l o g u e <3

Holga - Happy Accidents

I took the trusty Holga (see previous here) out for a spin a few months back, as with these toy-like cameras unpredictability is common or at least it is with me. But I love a happy accident, don’t you? Anyways, Holga came with me to Bucharest and Scotland.

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

Bucuresti, Romania April 2018

With light leaks, wrong frames and double exposures a go-go I think there is something quite interesting about them. Some disagree (the boy), I’m open to discussion.

St Andrews, Scotland June 2018

St Andrews, Scotland June 2018

Dores, Scotland June 2018

Dores, Scotland June 2018

Tayport, Scotland June 2018

Tayport, Scotland June 2018

#staybrokeshootfilm - am I right?

Happy Monday folks.

vx

All images shot on a Holga with Lomography 120 XR 50200 Redscale Film - can be found here

vic & lily collection summer 18
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We've been sourcing, taking apart, designing and sewing over the past few months to bring you this latest drop of vic & lily collection. We headed to Paris to showcase our fave new pieces, available now on our Etsy store.

Jump Around:

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We love, like really LOVE a Jumpsuit. It's like wearing your jammies. Well almost. We have transformed tired dresses that have great prints into jumpsuits, using a basic wide leg block pattern for the pants we have tried to offer various silhouettes that offer comfort as well as style. We ourselves have tried and tested the v&L jumpsuits so we know that GOOD TIMES come to those that wear them.  Each jumpsuit was created using the fabric from another style, waste if any is being added to the scrap box to be used for another project or garment. These garments are truly sustainable. #ethicalfashion

Julia Printed Jumpsuit €40

Julia Printed Jumpsuit €40

 

Cream of the Crop:

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It's summer, what better way to go about town than in a V&L crop top. Perfect with high waist pants, shorts, skirts you name it. Each style is based around the same basic block cut from tired dresses or Tops. Like our jumpsuits, any wastage is added to the scrap box to made into something new.  If lucky, a matching pair of pants or skirt is on offer to co-ordinate. God bless tent style dresses.

Kaila Festival Print Crop Top €28.50

Kaila Festival Print Crop Top €28.50

Bisous, Au Revoir! 

Follow us on Instagram for the latest items to drop in our store. 

 

 

Travel Diary: Transylvania, Romania
 
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At the beginning of March, we took a very short but sweet trip to Transylvania, Romania. We didn't know what to expect from our first trip to the home of Dracula, but we have to admit, it excelled our expectations. 

From Berlin you can fly to Cluj, a University city complete with historical buildings and a bustling nightlife. We spent only a day here but it was enough to get a sense of the place and appreciate Romanian city life. We stopped for a coffee in a very hipster style coffee shop, Meron where we enjoyed some fancy pour-over and aero-press coffees. 

We were able to enjoy the nightlife without feeling like the oldest in the bar (it is a student town after all), favourite spot of the night was certainly Booha. Although the London Bar opposite looked to be the most popular amongst the locals. 

Most of the trip was spent in and around the town ( it was huge) of Sibiu, which with it's historical centre is a very charming town. From the clock tower in the centre you can have a 360 view of the entire town with the breathtaking Carpathian mountains in the distance. It is easy to feel that you are in a fairytale in Sibiu, he streets are narrow and the buildings have a very nice charm. It was also fairly easy to get into the countryside within an hour we were able to drive up to the cable car station of Balea Lake. Where in the winter they build an Ice Hotel where one can sleep overnight for a mere €150/night. I tried the beds, they weren't as comfy as I'd like. The snow had covered the lake and it was hard to tell where the land ended and the sky began at times.  

After eating our weight in fried romanian goodness for four days it was time to say ciao to Transylvania. Just a mini trip this time but we will be sure to go back. Soon.

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xoXo

B&W Photos: Pentax K1000, all others iPhone 6/iPhone 7

 
Latest Additions....May '18

We're now in the 5th month of 2018 (how'd that happen?), and we've been adding items to the shop. We'e got some gorgeous little dresses that are great for summer, and until then we still have some sweaters to keep you wrapped up when the sun goes down. Check out our Etsy and ASOSMarketplace shops for updates to the inventory.

We are also currently hosting a little pop-up shop in Berlin at AA Collected a very beautifully curated boutique on Skalitzer Strasse 77.  Where we are selling our latest additions as well as some vic & lily collection pieces that will soon be available online. 

Prices range from €25-40.

Happy Tuesday xo

New Arrivals on Etsy
 
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We've been here in Berlin for almost 2 months now and we are loving it so far. We finally got our studio organised so we are back to re-designing for our label. You might've noticed that we are also continuing to add cute vintage pieces to the shop too.

 
 
 
 

There are some fancy dresses that will be the start of many a conversation as well as some cute skirts that can be a staple in the best of wardrobes.

 
 
 
 
 
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These should keep you browsing til we can drop the next selection from our own label.

 

Happy Humpday !

x x x

vic & lily collection
∆ Teri Palm Print Tee

∆ Teri Palm Print Tee

Hooray! Launching today we have the first few pieces in our vic & lily collection. We have dabbled in the past at redesigning or updating vintage pieces that have found their way through our door but this collection has been completely handmade from scratch from unwanted and outdated vintage garment fabrics. Recycling in a completely new way.

∆ Suzy Striped Crop Top

∆ Suzy Striped Crop Top

Taking silhouettes that we love, we created the patterns that would make this first collection be all about basics. Easy to wear shapes that can be dressed up or down depending on how you feel. Every piece has been made by us, cut from fabrics that were once vintage garments, carefully taken apart and utilised to ensure minimum wastage. It is as sustainable as we can get it - for now. We love creating new from old and these are just the first pieces of our namesake collection, which hope to build on from our new studio in Berlin.

∆ Teri Check Print Tee

∆ Teri Check Print Tee

Prices ranging from £22 - 35 (US$28-45), it is handmade, sustainable and affordable. Current sizes are S-M. The vic & lily collection will be available on Etsy, head over NOW! 

Happy Friday Everyone!

 

xoxo

Before & After: The Jumpsuit
 
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We love a wedding and like us you feel the need to wear a new outfit to every wedding you know that it can be not only costly but not exactly sustainable. A wardrobe full of one time wear dresses isn't the best for the environment, wallet or space. SO with sustainability being one of top beliefs here at v & l we decided to make our own outfit.

Where to start you ask? Well, we were sifting through the piles of vintage that were hiding in the studio when we came across this little printed gem of a dress (see below) and although it wasn't quite right for the summer wedding outfit we had envisioned the print was on point. So what a better start for the wedding outfit. Taking it apart wasn't as time consuming as first thought, which can always be a draw back for a project such as this. 

Next step we scoured the internet and Instagram for inspiration until we had an idea of what we wanted. Initially we were looking to make a dress but why make a dress when you can make a jumpsuit! Bold move on our part but we were determined. Looking at the pieces from the dress we knew that it would be a stretch but also very little waste to make this a jumpsuit. Using the sleeves as the front pieces allowed the skirt and body to be used for the pants. Drafting the patterns was made easier using previously bought pants as a template (always a good idea). It became clear that for the wide pants that we were looking for would have to be made from several pieces. (This thankfully turned out OK as the fabric is printed and not noticable, but if  using a solid or less densely patterned fabric we would advise against this.).

Making the pants was surprisingly easier than expected, the top part however was slightly more tricky to get right in terms of fit. Everyone is different, so we made this to fit our body - tailor made shall we say. Not going to lie, it took a few tries to get the gaping down to a minimum - no one wants a flasher at their wedding! 

We used the lining of the original skirt to line the top and to make the bias-cut straps. We even used a section of the original fastening to close the back above the zip. We used pretty much all of the original fabric with the majority of left overs being the lining. We are really pleased with how it turned out, it was great to wear to wedding and will be useful for summer nights out for sure.

Below is a breakdown of the steps of how to get achieve a complete re-design from something you already own. Happy DIY-ing peeps.

  1. Find a garment you love the fabric of, and carefully take it apart at the seams and press pieces flat, it might not be necessary to unpick the fastening at this stage - see point 5.  

  2. Using inspiration create a pattern based on the idea or use garments as a guide.

  3. Sort pieces to find which will work best for the new pattern, for example the sleeves were great for the front of our jumpsuit allowing the skirt and bodice to be used for the wide leg pants and waistband.

  4. If needed sew pieces together to allow for pattern (like we did for the pants).

  5. Try and use as much of the previous fastenings as possible - we cut a piece of the front to form the back waistband and used a button and buttonhole already existing as a closure.

  6. Always try on your piece at various stages to ensure the fit is just right for the intended purpose. When still our jumpsuit was great but with movement (dancing) it was clear the front gaped too much so some delicate hand stitching was needed to keep things modest.

  7. If possible try to use all the fabric from your original, thus creating a zero waste DIY! Our leftover lining will be used in binding for other projects.

 

xoxo

All images by me with exception of the group wedding photo - Real Simple Photography

 
Analgoue Love: Hong Kong
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We've been located in London for just over a year now and we ain't going to lie, we be missing Hong Kong. The crazy weather, the friends, the streets. We came across some old shots taken from our time living in the 852 with our analogue gear the other day and we'd thought we'd share.

Wanchai

Wanchai

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Connaught Road, Sheung Wan

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

July 1st Handover Day Protest, Causeway Bay

Mong MTR Station

Mong MTR Station

Mong Kok

Mong Kok

Cheung Chau

Cheung Chau

 

'Til we meet again.....xx

 

All photos by me on Pentax K1000, Diana, Holga and an old Nikon using mostly Lomo film.

News: Introducing the Salvage Short
 
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We are so happy to introduce to you our little labour of love for the past few months, the Salvaged Short. 

 

Salvage by name and Salvage by nature. Each pair of the shorts had been made from fabric that was once something else. Whether it be an ill-fitting dress or unloved silk blouse, each original piece was taken apart and the salvaged fabric re-cut into our shorts. Even the binding is made by hand, selected from other unwanted pieces. Each pair is unique in their own way.

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Our decision to go with this track style silhouette was comfort. We love the ease in which this style can be dressed up or down, can be worn at home or out on the town. It's perfect for down at the beach, lunch with friends or even that important dinner date. How do we know? We tried it. We road tested our very own pair, they are our new uniform.

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We have used a range of printed fabrics for these little shorts, including silk versions (our personal favourite). We'd love to hear your thoughts, don't be shy. 

There are a limited number of these, so head to our ASOS Marketplace store before it's too late.

 

Happy Monday Folks!

 

xoxo

vx

 

 
World Recycling Day
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So, today is World Recycling Day. Never knew that. Thank you people on Instagram that are more aware than I for bringing it to my attention. The term 'recycling' can be interpreted in so many different ways these days. For example, it is something I do almost everyday. My kitchen counter has a special 'zone' where the plastics, glass and paper go, so that come Friday they get collected by the big ol' recycling truck to be reincarnated into something even more fabulous. Then there is recycling of products - which is more fun to talk about than where you put the used cereal box - like clothes, shoes, your dad's turntable etc. Personally, I've always been one to donate old clothes, toys, books if they were in a condition to do so. I have also been one to buy goods that were second hand - I was born in the wrong era, I'm a sucker for nostalgia, what can I say. I've found many of my camera collection in second hand stores, saved me many pennies. To me it's not recycling as such as more of a way to get rid of the old to make room for the new. And if you can help others whilst doing it then everyone's a winner. Recycling it seems is now almost crucial to slow down the damage we are doing to the planet, we as consumers are contributing to so much waste whether it be fashion or otherwise that we are running out of space. We just have to think - is it all worth it?

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For vic & lily, recycling is our business, we find objects and make them available to those in search of them. It's more like re-homing. Even our HQ is filled with awesome 60s furniture that has had a previous life. We love it. We believe in it. We do our bit. Try it, you'll probably love it.

x o x o 

Shop Update: What's new and coming soon...
 
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2016 seems to be flying by. We're mid way through April and we are playing catch-up. After moving (again) we have settled in London (YAY!). We're trying to get things out of boxes and the photographed ready to be uploaded to the shops. 

Whilst at home we managed to get some cute accessories courtesy of Gran (her attic is like a treasure trove) and although there was a couple we couldn't part with some have found their way online for purchase.

In other news we managed to get a great haul of clothes last weekend, we're excited about a few of the pieces - think sequins and glamour. When the sun decides to show itself we will be photographing them and getting them upload to the shop. Until then we have a lots in the shop to brighten up the days until Summer arrives so head over and take a look.

ALSO, remember that we are offering FREE shipping on all order over on Etsy. Just use code VLFREESHIP at checkout.

Happy Friday y'all.

 

xoxo

 
New In: ASOS

It's the end of the first month of 2016 and boy did it go fast. We've had the craziest of weather here (there was a snow, thunder and lightening moment yesterday) so we thought it was about time to add some new summery items to the shop to make us dream about the warmer months to come. 

 

It has taken us awhile to adjust to the colder climate of the UK, layering has been key to dressing albeit at the cost of free movement. All we keep thinking of us the long summer evenings. 

You can shop all new and current items over in the ASOS boutique here

Happy Monday!

 

xoxo

Shop Update: New In.

It's gotten quite chilly, and after years of warmer climate we've had to perfect the art of layering here at vic & lily HQ. As well as a digging out our winter coat. 

If like us you are in need of some cozy layers we've added some sweaters and coats to the shop, like what you see? Head to ASOSMarketplace to see our full collection of goodies.

 

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo

Analogue Love: Olympus XA2
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People often ask me why I have so many cameras (sometimes I question it myself), but each camera is different. For great photos I would always trust my Pentax, for fun double exposure nonsense I would use the Holga or Diana. I was without a compact 35mm camera for awhile, I had my eyes on the LOMO LC-A camera when I got my mits on the Olympus XA2 - a not so distant relative of said LOMO camera. This gem is small enough to go into a small handbag and is pretty durable, meaning it can withstand a day out with me. 

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Yangzhou, China 2013

Another great function is that although it is pretty much a point and shoot you can adjust the ASA so you can (to some extent) use my fave Redscale XR film from LOMO. I've gotten some really great shots with this little gem and even though the redscale was a little too red on some I still love the outcomes. Perfect little camera for snapping fun times.

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

Siena, Italy 2014

 
 

View from Victoria Peak, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

Lai Tak Tsuen Estate, Hong Kong 2015

 
 
Maldives, 2015

Maldives, 2015

 
 
Strathaven Park, UK 2015

Strathaven Park, UK 2015

 
 

Happy capturing!

xoxo

All photos by me.

 
News: We are moving!
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Yup, the title is correct. We are moving, not just to a new space in Hong Kong but across the other side of the world - eek! In a few short weeks we will be headed to the UK. 

The decision to leave Hong Kong was not an easy one. It, in so many ways is perfect for us but after almost 8 years it is time to take a break from Asia (I know I will be back!) and see what life back in Europe is like. We will be packing up the shop and relocating it with us and we hope to be back up and running by October. Even though the shop is 'on vacation' we will still be sourcing and curating pieces to add to the shop when get to the other side. 

We will be shipping from the UK, which means that shipping costs and times may be affected. Something to make a note of if you are used to the Hong Kong shipping. 

Things ordered between now and Thursday 2oth will be shipped from Hong Kong as per usual. 

 

xoxo

 

Any questions? Let us know and we'll get back to you as soon as we can info{at}vicandlily{dot}com.

Analogue Love: Yashica
 
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When I was in the States a couple of years ago I picked up this little 35mm Yashica on a trip to Goodwill or was it Savers...where ever it was they are both filled with so many things I wanted. Thrifting is SO much better in America. Anyway, this modern film camera was a dollar fifty so I said to myself, why not! It unlike the rest of my analogues as it has an automatic progressing system. A basic point and shoot if there ever was one. I've not used it as much as the others but it has produced some interesting pics and may get another outing soon. I used the standard black & white 400 speed Lomography film, my go to place for film (the HK store is round the corner from my house). With some dodgy batteries and film in, I took the Yashica out on an expedition in and around the city. I wasn't so used to the way this camera functions and I was having trouble even taking photos (the dodgy batteries). Once I got used to the system it was easier to handle (slightly embarrassed at the lack of ability here). Unsure of what would be developed from the roll I am pleasantly surprised by some of the results, check them out below:

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The above shots were taken on the way and on Cheung Chau. A great little fishing village, 30 or so minutes from Hong Kong Island.

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Back alleys are always a great insight on how a city lives, hanging laundry is a permanent feature of older Hong Kong buildings. 

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The contrast between the cobbled streets and the high rises never ceases to amaze me. For how much longer we will have the older I am not sure. Think it might be time to dust off the ol' Yashica and capture some more moments.

It's almost the weekend!

vx

All photos by me. 

DIY: Festival Pouch
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With festival season underway I thought we should try a DIY that was functional for festivals (FFF, can we make that a thing?). And what could be more practical than a pouch?! Making your festival handsfree. Perfect.

Depending on what kind of gal (or guy) you choices for fabrics can differ. We went for a mixture of fabrics and patterns - this is a great project if you any scraps. You want to make the pouch a size that will fit all your must-have items, so it can be as big or as small as you like. We made ours big enough to fit a phone, coin purse and some bits & bobs of make-up. 

Here's what you'll need:

Festival Pouch DDIY Supplies

Fabric - I would use a heavy weight like canvas, denim, leather etc

1x 9 1/2" x 10 1/2"

1x 9 1/2" x 8"

1x 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

2x Snap Fasteners

1 1/2" Wide Tape/Ribbon - we used Herringbone - if desired

Sewing Machine...Needle & Thread can be used too.

 

Here's how we did it:

1/ Taking the smallest piece of fabric (2 1/2" x 3 1/2") press 1/2" on all sides. Stitching down the shortest sides.

2/ Fold the largest piece of fabric so that is 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" wrong sides facing together. Place the smallest fabric in the centre of the this large piece and pin in place. Stitch down the longest sides of what is now the belt loop.

3/ To the top of this large fabric add one side of each of the snap fasteners, on the right side of the fabric. Set round 1" from the edge of the fabric. 
Repeat this step on the remaining piece of fabric.

4/ Press the edges of both fabrics (next to the snap fasteners) 3/8". 

Larger Piece, fold and press 3/8" edges on the each side 3" down, fold 1 1/2" and pin in place then stitch to secure.

Smaller Piece, fold top edge  1 1/2", press and pin in place. Stitch to secure. 

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5/ Now place the the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Starting at the bottom and pin in place on three sides. Stitch to secure leaving 1/2" seam allowance. Start at the top of the larger piece, sew as close to the edge as possible.

6/ Turn the pouch inside out and press. 

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7/ Now for this step you can either use a belt or like we have done here, cut your desired length of ribbon/tape diagonally at the ends and feed it through the belt loop on the pouch.
And thats it!

Festival Pouch DIY Finished Item

And you are ready to hit the festivals!

xoxo