#Bridport #Vintage #Market

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The Bridport Vintage Market is held once a month on the last Sunday of each month and Alan and I got to experience it first hand this month. It is a mixture of the kitschy, the quirky, the retro and shabby chic which makes any vintage lover go weak at the knees. It’s a great place to get a bargain and also a great place to meet people, do some networking and make new friends. The setting couldn’t be more perfect! Right in the middle of St Michael’s Trading Estate, not only are there plenty of stalls but the shops on the estate were open for business too and everyone has a marvelous time milling around, popping in and out of shops and meandering about the stalls. Even a pop up hair salon was up, run by the Hurst ladies, Linda and her daughter Emily who were all done up in their vintage wear and looking quite dapper themselves. Their lovely stall was brightly coloured and aptly named Route 66.

I went snap happy so you all could see the event:

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The scene upon entering the area…shops and stalls all open and ready for business on the gorgeous day. Below, Vintage at Cornucopia and Cornucopia show off their wares and a newly added large Virgin Mary statue thrown in the mix.
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There were loads and loads of stalls, coffee and food as well…

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Lots of interesting items for sale and more stalls…

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These two vintage clad ladies made my day, the second one being Emily Hurst…

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There seemed to be no end in sight to all the vintage goodies…I wished I had thousands of £s to spend!

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And let’s not forget Linda…

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A great market day, a fab time!

All photos taken with an iPhone 5s using the VSCO app by Nadia M. Perez Bugler

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#Feature #Friday: Bearded Lady Designs

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I am very pleased and excited today to FINALLY start our new blog series where we showcase local small business owners and artisans in the Dorset area and am very happy to introduce to you one such individual making his mark in Bridport, Mr. Ryan Farnham.

Ryan is the gent behind Bearded Lady Designs and the hip new book club in town, The Venner Book Club, which meets in the famed Venner Bar in The Bull Hotel. I came across Ryan on Instagram, brought together by our mutual love of hashtagging nearly every pic we post with #Bridport and knew I’d come across a fellow creative mind in the area. It takes a lot of guts to start something new and this fella definitely has guts! I asked Ryan to give me a little bit of background into his latest endeavours and he did not disappoint. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that when you follow your heart and follow your dreams life seems to glow just that much brighter and Ryan is experiencing just this. His posts on Instagram make you want to go out and take the world by storm!

Setting out to study English Literature at university, Ryan soon realised that it was not his passion and decided to change his course and embark on a journey in Advertising. Unforseen circumstances led him to have to leave university sooner than he’d planned but this did not deter him from making his dream come true. Having never dabbled much in design prior to his change in studies, he was able to learn in a short amount of time much of what he would later come to employ after having had to leave university for health reasons. Fast forward a couple of years and we find Ryan sitting in Venner Bar dreaming up a concoction to serve there with the bar tender. They called it the Bearded Lady and this cocktail, which can still be found on the bar menu, is the inspiration for the name he chose to give his design company.

I asked Ryan to share what he loved about Dorset and particularly being a small business owner in this county and here’s what he had to say:

I love being in Dorset as it’s a beautiful part of the country with miles of untouched views and lots of upcoming towns. Bridport is one of those and it is an amazing place to grow up in and also to see grow as a town. There are so many events and festivals that happen in this small town that you forget you’re in a town in Dorset and think you’re in a suburb of London. It’s perfect for any small business as all small businesses around here want to help each other!

 

And isn’t that what it is all about? Helping each other out, spreading the word about what each one of us has to offer? It’s why this blog aims to bring you face to face with the people and businesses of Dorset. Ryan’s love of the area is not unfounded! Check out these spectacular views he’s posted on his Instagram:

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Bearded Lady Designs specialises in minimalist logos for your small business. Based in Bridport, Ryan is more than happy to discuss your business logo needs at your convenience. Helping you grow also helps him grow so if you’re looking for a fab logo don’t hesitate to contact him. Want to meet Ryan in person? Check out the Venner Book Club which he leads and created the advertising for. Go to their Facebook page for more info on dates, times of meetings as well as the list of books being read (next discussion is for Lexicon by Max Barry).

Lastly, to check out what else is going on with Bearded Lady Designs, follow the list of links below.

Cheers!

Follow Bearded Lady Designs on:

Instagram: @beardedladydesigns
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/beardedladydesignsbridport
Twitter: @BeardedLadyDesign

Thank you to Ryan Farnham for the use of his Instagram photos in this feature and for his enthusiasm at being the first featured small business on our blog ever!

*If you are in the Dorset area and want to be featured please e-mail us at: walksinbeauty@outlook.com
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37 Days of Thankfulness Challenge, Day 6: #Time

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I know that several days have passed since days 4 & 5 of my thankfulness challenge posts but I decided not to fret about it. Sometimes the biggest challenge is not making yourself worry over meeting a self imposed deadline. I’ve learned this with my pen palling too. I used to freak out if I didn’t reply in time, get upset at myself, feel like a horrible pal but the truth of the matter was that often time was just not on my side and I needed to remember that living life needed to be less about feeling pressured and more about taking the time to do things at my own pace, because otherwise I’d only just be doing a half job.  So, today, I have time to sit and write a short thankfulness post about being thankful for time.

Time to ponder, time to relish, time to meet with friends, time to just meditate on the wonders of this life. Time. Simply put, I am thankful for time.

 

Photo of our living room clock was taken by my husband, Alan Bugler and edited by me. ☺

#FMSPhotoADay Challenge, Days 1 & 2

Anyone who has an Instagram account may have seen the Fat Mum Slim photography challenges and I have participated in a couple and am once again participating no Facebook as my Instagram is hard to access at present. I thought I would do the month of May on here as well and post the photos daily. Day 1 was ‘Begins with J’ and Day 2 (today) is ‘Snack’. Here are my photos for the two days…

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Begins with ‘J’…
A ‘jar’ of candy.

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Snack
Oat Crackers with Herbed Cream Cheese
and Cranberry Juice

 

 

37 Days of Thankfulness Challenge, Days 4 &5: #Vintage and #Nature

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I missed posting yesterday as I was quite busy with some pressing housekeeping matters as well as having to take a few things to the post office before meeting my hubby to look at a few household items we needed as we slowly go building our new home together. It is incredible how easy it is to really think of things to be thankful for and how difficult it seems to be to remind ourselves to constantly be thankful for every breath we take on a daily basis without being challenged to do so. Yesterday I was thinking of how thankful I am that I seem to have been placed in an area rich in history and vintage items. I love all things vintage and have had the pleasure of being able to find several purveyors of such sundries here in Bridport which is excellent for me so I am very grateful to have them so nearby.

Today I was marveling at the wonders of nature and how thankful I am to live near so much beautiful and wild nature. Hubby foraged the other day for wild garlic and brought quite a bit home. There are wild strawberry plants growing in our garden and lots of other beautiful plants to look at. I marvel at nature constantly and was really pleased when we went for a walk to Pymore and saw lots of interesting plant-life as well as horses and such. I am very thankful for my happily situated home.

 

PHOTO CREDITS:

Plant Photo in Collage by me, Nadia M. Perez Bugler.
Taken on the way to West Bay from Bridport, Dorset, UK.

Vintage Dancers sourced from The Graphics Fairy.

37 Days of Thankfulness Challenge, Day 3: #Sisters!

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Sisters come in all shapes and sizes, from all walks of life, some biological and some not. Today I am thankful for all the sisters I’ve had in my life. First of all, I am thankful for my own younger sister as I had desperately wanted a companion for years after being the older sister to only boys. The age difference between us took a while to adjust to but after she got to an age where we were slightly more equal in thought it was smoother sailing and, after all, she is my sister so I’ll defend and protect her always.

I am also thankful for the countless soul-sisters I’ve acquired over the years. Each sister has taught me so much and for this I am grateful. Had they not touched my life in some way I would not be who I am today. So, thank you, sisters! You are true gems!

 

Photo Credit: Vintage ladies from The Graphics Fairy, edited in Picmonkey.