This weekend we had our second Tart event at the glamorous 40 Winks– and what a wonderful afternoon we had! When it starts getting dark before 4pm, what better way to while away the afternoon than to hole yourself up in ‘the most beautiful small hotel in the world’, have purveyors of jewellery, hats, underwear and vintage fashion bring their wares to you, whilst Vintage Patisserie serve you cupcakes, chocolates and champagne!

The Lipstick and Curls team were on hand to transform ladies into their glamorous inner starlets, as well as make-up artist to the stars, Bella Cruickshank, and massages were given courtesy of Xhilarate.

A new addition to this month’s event was the charming palmist,psychic and Tarot card reader, Amber Garnet. She read my cards in an intimate, incense filled bedroom; even recording her reading on a dictaphone as we went along so she could email it to me afterwards- a brilliant way of updating an ancient art with modern technology!

Let me talk you through the rooms of the house; in the basement is the kitchen, where Kate from Vintage Patisserie served cucumber sandwiches, biscuits and personalised cakes and chocolates bearing the TART emblem. Liptons teas, champagne and a wonderful cocktail made from Hendrick’s gin, elderflower cordial and apple juice were served in vintage teacups from Vintage Secret’s collection.

On the ground floor, the living room was inhabited by Fred and Ginger; luxury, vintage-inspired lingerie was draped over the decadent lampshades,(check out their gorgeous photoshoots online) whilst ladies slipped behind an ornate screen to try on silk pyjamas and the like.

Milliner Katherine Elizabeth displayed her wonderful handmade hats and fascinators, as worn by Dita von Teese and Alex Chung. Katherine has started to pass on her hat-making skills by hosting ‘hat parties’- where materials like antique lace, Swarovski crystals and vintage feathers will be provided to help you create the headpiece of your dreams.Click here for more details.

Also in the living room was Lucy Wills of Seraglia; ethical couture jewellery- reusing, reinventing and recreating brooches, necklaces,and more unusual pieces like shoe clips.

Upstairs in David’s boudoir, we had a rail of our best Vintage Secret dresses- velvet coats from the turn of the century, 1930s ballgowns, 1940s tea dresses, 1950s prom dresses, Biba pieces from the 60s…also in the room was Naomi Tate, creator of the most exquisite cuffs and chokers created from vintage lace, beads and jewels.My photographs really don’t do the pieces justice, so have a look on her site here.

In the room next door, Lipstick and Curls, Bella Cruickshank and Xhilarate pampered people with 1940s hairdos, vintage style make-up and soothing massages. Our co-host, Pin-up Model Fleure de Guerre gave expert tips on hair and make-up based ob her experience living the vintage look- have a read of her wonderful blog post about the day here.

Other posts to look out for include one from Sketchbook; the fancy new magazine sent their photgrapher Chun P. Lin to capture the event, pictured here with Severina and Carlotta; two of the stars on David’s team. And a pic of Tart hosts; Vintage Secret’s Naomi, Fleur de Guerre and David Carter himself.

On the top floor Amber Garnet turned the single bedroom into her fortune telling parlour; reading palms and tarot cards.Everyone I spoke to said they found the experience very reassuring- the Tarot reading takes a look at the next two to three months, and from my sitting I found it increased my confidence that I was going in the right direction, a feeling I heard others reiterate. As for Tart, the next few months are looking great, with January already sold out- to book for later months or to put your name down in case of returns, email David at info@40winks.org

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I love the photo with the vintage lingerie, how darling!

MissNeira commented on Dec 19 09 at 5:13 pm

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