Bettina Scarlett Presents the Mid-Century Market

This Christmas just gone saw the introductions of Bettina Scarlett’s first Mid-Century Market at the Hammersmith Club, in London. Bettina has a wealth of experience in the vintage industry, having previously worked as a model and branched out into events planning, with huge success at the Rockabilly Rave with her Vintage Fashion Revue, showcasing the best in reproduction vintage inspired clothing. With the massive popularity of the Christmas Mid-Century Market, London’s only 1950s fair, Bettina simply had to organise another chance for people to enjoy another opportunity to browse to wonderful stalls, full of beauties from genuine vintage clothing, to retro inspired designs and gorgeous homewares fit for any vintage queen.


The beautifully perfect Hammersmith club will once again open its doors to vintage enthusiasts and newcomers alike, for the bargain entry fee of £3 on Saturday 12th April from 10.30am, allowing shoppers and vintage lovers to browse through beautiful stalls displaying items from The Hostess Hotties, selling sparkly vintage jewellery and accessories, to the Rocking Cow, a wonderfully kooky vintage homeware brand! There’s even something to keep the boys happy at Cock A Doodle Vintage! All this and more can be viewed in the bright, friendly and exciting atmosphere, with gorgeous pin ups wandering around, vibrant rockabilly and blues music from all the best local DJs providing the perfect soundtrack to your day. And to top it all off, in true vintage fashion, there’s even a spot to have a well deserved cuppa after all your sifting and searching for your perfect vintage piece.


Make sure you check out the Facebook page for Bettina Scarlett Presents… and check out all the details for the Mid-Century Market, with more companies being announced all the time! I can’t wait to have a wander round London’s only 1950s fair, and I hope to see you there!


The Vintage Housewife x

Brave New Year

This January, I decided to take the plunge and get started with something I’ve been thinking about for a while, but have never been brave enough to push into reality. With my growing love of the vintage and pin up world, I’ve been toying with the idea of looking into becoming a vintage/pin up model. Last summer I was spotted out with my husband whilst all dolled up with victory rolls and petticoat by a local photographer, who wanted to take some photos and asked if I’d ever considered modelling. The photos were gorgeous, I was so pleased, but then it seemed that life got in the way of pursuing it any further. 

But, as the new year came round and more and more people were ditching ‘resolutions’ for ‘aspirations’, I decided it was time to get things moving. I knew I would’t be able to drop my entire life and devote myself to this new stage in my life completely – I’m also aware that vintage modelling isn’t going become my only career over night (or at all!) But these things have to start somewhere 🙂 It was surprisingly scary getting my Facebook page set up, my finger hovering over the ‘publish’ button for quite a while! Modelling is such a ‘put yourself out there’ kind of thing, like nothing I’ve ever done before even when acting at school, college and uni. 

I would really love it if you could have a look at my page, give it a like and support me through this new adventure as you all have done with my blog! I really appreciate all your likes and comments here, and I hope you like what you see!Image Watch this space! Layla Rose x

Yours, the Vintage Housewife x

Food Therapy

I’ve had a couple of really nice realisations about food the past few days. Anyone who knows me understands what a foodie I am – I plan day trips around good restaurants, when I’m unwell I regulate how much better I’m feeling by whether or not the Food Network is making me hungry or not, and my friend at work Bianka calls me her Gastro Guru. I love cooking, be it the pleasure I get in perfecting a well loved recipe, or the excitement of trying something new almost as much as I love eating! 

This weekend, I spent most of my Sunday afternoon in the kitchen. Now at first, I was thinking that’s a waste of an afternoon, there are other things I could be doing, but after bearing in mind the foul weather we’ve been subjected to recently, there wasn’t much else we could have been doing! And as I was making a batch of my famous Bacon and Leek pasties, lasting us for dinner that night and several lunches, that definitely can’t be wasting time, giving me back more in the mornings as I don’t have to make lunch :p But really and truly, no matter how tired I am after a week’s work, or dashing about getting things done over the rest of the weekend, I enjoy cooking so much, it was a really lovely way to spend a grotty, miserable Sunday afternoon. It makes me happy, and almost therapeutic experience of chopping up ingredients, stirring the pasty mixture until it’s cooked just right, and the satisfaction of perfectly golden pasties out of the oven, even if the crimping isn’t something I’ve quite got down yet!


And today, I had a stinking migraine throughout the afternoon, and once I’d slept it off in a quiet, dark room, I was exhausted, feeling utterly naff and sorry for myself. But, I was really looking forward to the dinner I had planned, chicken and mushroom chow mien. Luckily, this is one I know almost like the back of my hand, it’s really simple and easy, so instead of just ordering pizza, I got cooking. Again, being in the kitchen, concentrating on the meal, smelling the amazing flavours come together, it was like it revitalised me. And now that I think about it, this has happened before, when I’ve really not felt like doing anything, but dinner still needs cooking!

It’s so nice to know, that whenever I’m feeling down, or a bit rough, I have something so simple as a bit of a pick me up – and I get to eat it afterwards!


The Vintage Housewife x