Bella is the founder, buyer and designer of online vintage lifestyle shop Rag and Magpie. She loves collecting things from the 1930s-1960s, thus talks about them lots on this blog. In fact, this blog is mainly the musings, updates, photos, tips, Q&A's and general ramblings of Bella and her cohorts.

May 192014
Vintage Lifestyle Magazine Celebrates 2nd Birthday and Calls For Support

Pretty Nostalgic is one of the most beautiful magazines I have ever bought. And no, I am not being paid to say that. I just adore it. Back in 2012 we started stocking this handsome independent vintage lifestyle magazine. Founded in South Wales by vintage dealer Nicole Burnett this square perfect bound patterned magazine set [read full post]

On Trend Vintage: Pastels

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May 092014
On Trend Vintage: Pastels

Spring-Summer 2014 catwalks were awash with pastels from John Galliano, Burberry Prorsum, Badgley Mischka, Mulberry, Calvin Klein, DKNY and Marc Jacobs amongst other.  Although not usually one to jump on the trend bandwagon I’m here to tell you that you can be both ‘of the season’ and vintage at the same time. I’m starting with [read full post]

Apr 162014
How To Use A 1940s "Speed weve" Darner

Introducing Lancashire’s Smallest Loom (at least it was in the 1940s), the “Speed Weve”. Model one was released circa 1940s for darning socks and clothes to prolong your wardrobe during the war. It’s a tool from the original ‘make do and mend’ movement. Our model comes with an additional filament for darning silk or linen. [read full post]