Friday, 31 December 2010

Skinny Genes


It's New Years Eve! What are your plans? We're open today, but we will be shut tomorrow, and will reopen Tuesday as usual. A big thank you to all our customers this year, and everyone who has helped out and supported Unorthodox!

Our last Pick Of The Day for 2010 are these Death Kitty Drainpipe Jeans. Black with a red pinstripe, these are now in our sale for only £15! Sizes available are limited, but if yours is there, you've got a bargain rocknroll basic. Also available in a wideleg version (the Death Kitty Kayla Pants).

Death Kitty Pin Drainpipe Jeans on

Thanks again for all your support this year! We love you!


Now Playing In The Shop: Keep Holding On - Glee Cast

Thursday, 30 December 2010



Day 2 of the sale! Make sure you get in quick as many items are in limited numbers and sizes, and many of them are perfect as last minute NYE outfit options!

Our Pick Of The Day is a piece of our artwork, which is great if you fancy a bit of a change in your surroundings for the new year. This is Hidden Woman (Black & White) by Daniel Cheney, and is a signed, limited edition, framed print. There is also a colour version available. Daniel Cheney is a local artist, and was the first person to feature in our Local Heroes collaboration with Brian Chapman Photography. This is from a series of pieces he produced on the idea of fusing humanity with nature, and it's absolutely beautiful.

Hidden Woman (Black & White) by Daniel Cheney on

Hope you're gearing up for a great 2011!


Now Playing In The Shop: Rozz Box - Boys Noize

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Shimmer & Shake


It's our first day open after Christmas. Hope you all had a great time. The blog is late today as we've been sorting out everything for our sale! Save up to 45% on some items, both in store and on our online shop. So why not check out some of the following:

All Worn Free t-shirts now £25, reduced from £32!

Death Kitty skinny and flared jeans, dresses and bags on sale.

Spiral Direct reductions.

All Iska dresses now £20!

Huge savings on Max C dresses, tops and belts.

£10 off most of our Monsalina Chic lines.

All Smashing Glass reduced.

Hope you all enjoy it!

Pick Of The Day today is something inexpensive and perfect for saving on handbag space come NYE. These Barry M Shimmering Eye & Lip Crayons do a multitude of jobs by adding colour and shimmer to eyes, lips and face in one pocket-size crayon with a soft, light formula. We carry them in Gold and Golden Bronze (our personal favourites so we hope you will love them too!).

Barry M Shimmering Eye & Lip Crayons on

Now, put that tin of Quality Street down and get shopping!


Now Playing In The Shop: A Tatons - Axelle Red

Friday, 24 December 2010

Black Lace


It's Christmas Eve! And this is our last blog post until after Xmas when we reopen on the 29th. So I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers, suppliers, artists, models, our photographer, and everyone who has helped out. You're all stars!

We're open until 6.30pm today for all your last minute shoppers, too!

Our Christmas Pick Of The Day is one of our new Monsalina Chic dresses. This black lace one is lined to preserve your modesty, and is very similar to the one Emma Watson wore to the latest Harry Potter premiere. These are already proving very popular but once they're gone, they're gone, so get in quick if you still want a dress for Xmas and New Year.

Monsalina Chic Black Lace Dress on

Have a fantastic Christmas. We love you!


Now Playing In The Shop: Rootless - Marina & The Diamonds

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Many Puddles To Cross


Just today and tomorrow to go. Remember, we're open until 5.30pm today, and for an extra hour tomorrow until 6.30pm for you to get all your shopping done. For those who have ordered things through the online shop, we hope they have reached you in time, and we have tried to keep you all posted on any delays, but as I'm sure you can appreciate, it's a little unpredictable at the moment.

This photo, as well as illustrating our Pick Of The Day, is from a collaborative project between Brian Chapman Photography and Unorthodox called Local Heroes. It's a series of portraits depicting people we feel make Wellingborough and the surrounding area a better place. This one features one of Unorthodox's resident artists, Daniel Cheney. He can be seen wearing the Worn Free Jimmy Cliff 'The Harder They Come' t-shirt which is our Pick Of The Day. Created to mark Island Records anniversary, this is a fully licensed piece of merchandise with a fantastic retro print. Only a few sizes left now, so get in quick if you want a bit of winter sunshine!

Worn Free Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come T-Shirt on

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Let's Go Space City - The Freshies

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden


Christmas is creeping ever closer. Whether you're looking for an outfit for the festive season, or some last minute present buying, we can help you stick to any budget.

Our new Monsalina Chic dresses are shown below and can be found on our online shop's New In section.

Gorgeous non?

Pick Of The Day are these Temporary:Secretary Pink Rose Stud earrings. Perfect for treating yourself or as a last minute stocking filler, these have that vintage look but with a kitschy twist.

Temporary:Secretary Pink Rose Studs on

Have a great day!


Now Playing In The Shop: Erotica - Madonna

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Neon Glow


Our new Monsalina Chic dresses are going on the online shop today. They're already selling really well, so if you love one, get in quick! We'll get the new RedRock Fashion pieces up as well as soon as possible.

All you last minute shoppers, remember we're open until 6.30pm on Christmas Eve!

Pick Of The Day today are a great stocking filler. These Stargazer Neon Gel Colours add some colour to your hair but can be washed out with shampoo so they're perfect when you don't want to commit. They also glow under UV lights so they're perfect for gigs, clubbing and nights out. The applicator makes them easy and clean to use, so well worth grabbing one for the party season!

Stargazer Neon Gel Colour on

All ready for the festivities?


Now Playing In The Shop: Halo - Soil

Saturday, 18 December 2010

I'm Blue


The new Monsalina Chic dresses are on the racks as part of our new Little Black Dress display, to help you find the perfect one. Also, the new RedRock Fashion pieces will also be going on the shelves this morning. We're getting all of these photographed this afternoon so hope to have them on the online shop before Christmas.

Got a few photoshoots going on at the Unorthodox studio today with our photographer Brian Chapman. More news to come on that front, but today we've got Daniel Cheney (one of our artists) being photographed as part of our Local Heroes series, as well as our usual model Tahnee showing off the new pieces. Plus, while Tahnee's doing this I get to entertain her son Zack so quite looking forward to that too!

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Special Evening dress. Since Kate Middleton's engagement announcement dress, darker shades of blue have been all over the place so there's never been a better time to treat yourself to this one. The straps are adjustable and there's an elasticated panel at the back to help it fit perfectly. All the Special Evening dresses are a bargain at £55.00 given the beautiful quality and detail.

Special Evening SENOA22 Dress in Dark Blue on

Have a great weekend and remember we're open every day until Xmas!


Now Playing In The Shop: Justify My Love - Madonna

Friday, 17 December 2010



The Monsalina Chic dresses have just arrived, so will get them all hung up by tomorrow, ready for your approval. We'll also try to get them photographed and on the online shop as soon as we can. They are three different styles of black dress, one in a jersey fabric and very 60s, one black lace number, and one chiffon Grecian tunic dress. All beautiful!

Our Pick Of The Day today is this beautiful Butterfly Vase by Smashing Glass. Smashing Glass is all handpainted by local artist Dorne Boddington, so each piece is unique and collectable. They are always much admired, and most people never stop at just one! This vase is a beautiful blue with a gorgeous butterfly design. Perfect for thinking of warmer times!

Smashing Glass by Dorne Boddington Butterfly Vase on

Ready for the weekend? If not, we're sure we can help!


Now Playing In The Shop: The Time Has Come - PP Arnold

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Daydream Believer


Hoping to have our lovely new Monsalina Chic and RedRock Fashion pieces in for you this weekend, but we will keep you posted. We've also got a little Stargazer Neon Glitter Shaker stand that's going into the Horseshoe Inn (the world's smallest pop up shop, if you will), so if you're out in Wellingborough over the festive season, pop in and buy some and add a little sparkle to your night.

Pick Of The Day is this signed, limited edition print of Daydream by Richard Stones. This colourful, unique, surreal print is a great example of Richard's work, and exclusively available from Unorthodox. If this one doesn't take your fancy, check out the art section of the website for more of Richard and our other artists' work.

Daydream by Richard Stones Signed Limited Edition Print on

Edging closer to the weekend...


Now Playing In The Shop: Push It All Aside - Alisha's Attic

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

California Love


Still looking for that perfect Christmas present? Either pop in store and we can always help you pick something out, or have a look at our online shop. But be quick, due to the weather in some areas we're trying to get all orders for Christmas out ASAP.

Pick Of The Day today is this Rubertine Art Airbrushed T-Shirt featuring Tupac. All of our Rubertine Art t-shirts are airbrushed by hand so each is more of a work of art than a t-shirt. Distinctive, and perfect for all 2Pac fans.

Rubertine Art Airbrushed Tupac T-Shirt on

Hope you're week is going well!


Now Playing In The Shop: Zingolo - Tinny

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

You Make Me Want To Drink Bleach


Had a great weekend. Thanks to all our customers, both in store and online.

For our Xmas opening times we've added some extra hours in the run up, and will be open every day until Xmas:
As normal except
Sunday 19th: 10am - 4pm
Monday 20th: 9am - 5.30pm
Xmas Eve: 9am - 6.30pm

We will then be closed Xmas Day and reopen on Wednesday 29th.

Next, some news on our Dr Martens. The Patent 8-Eye boots are out of stock until March (with the Cherry Red Patent having been discontinued). These can still be ordered now to ensure you get them, but we will contact everyone who orders them to make sure they are ok with the later than usual delivery date.

Our new Monsalina Chic dresses are due in this week (and maybe some RedRock Fashion pieces too) so if you've not got all your presents and party gear ready yet, keep your eyes open for those.

Pick Of The Day today is this RedRock Fashion Bleach-Out Tunic Vest. Brown with a bleached pattern (like tie-dye, but with balls), this is a very flattering and versatile top. RedRock are a Northampton based up-and-coming label, and has already got the attention of the Skins cast after their very successful London show a few months back. We love their pieces and their attitude, so make sure you grab yourself one of their pieces before they become very famous and expensive. :)

RedRock Fashion Bleach-Out Tunic Vest on

Have a great week! As we're open every day until Xmas, you'll be hearing a lot more from me!


Now Playing In The Shop: Cold - Absence Of Faith

Saturday, 11 December 2010

It Takes A Village


We've restocked our Stargazer Glitter Shakers down the road at The Horseshoe Inn so this weekends revellers can cover themselves in sparkliness. They're available behind the bar for the usual £3.00. There are also some Stargazer Neon Gel Colours available there too, as well as in the shop and online.

Pick Of The Day today is one of our beautiful pieces of signed original artwork by Pippa Alice. This one is called The Village and shows that whilst she's an amazing artist, I'm not sure what Pippa would be like as an architect! An original one-off, this little piece is on handmade recycled cotton rag paper, and is small enough to brighten any little space. Great as a gift that's easily mailed, or as a treat for yourself.

The Village by Pippa Alice on

Have a great weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Swimming Through Nails - Alec Empire

Friday, 10 December 2010

Pick A Plum


Our beautiful Max C London 'Damien' handbags are now on the online shop. Studded with skulls, these are a great way to have a bit of goth in your glam. Check them out in our New In section. They're already going quick, so make sure you nab your favourite colour before someone else does!

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Monsalina Chic dress. We really love the MC range as it's all beautifully made with a great eye for tailoring, and great value for something of this quality. We're big fans of purple too, so this dress is perfect. Made of a slinky satin material, this has great lines, and a very flattering layered effect. Perfect for Xmas parties, New Year, or just looking sophisticated anywhere. We're swiftly running out of some sizes, so why not try it now?

Monsalina Chic Layered Purple Dress on

Feeling festive yet?


Now Playing In The Shop: My Foolish Heart - Jazmine Sullivan

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Little Black Dress


We've reached 350 followers on our Facebook page. If you've not clicked Like yet, head on over to our page now and claim your discount code, valid until the end of Saturday!

So, just to recap how we can help with your Christmas shopping...

Gift Certificates: We offer these in any amount you like, and they are perfect if you're not sure what they'd like or their size. Can only be used in the shop.

Barry M Gift Boxes: Choose any Barry M make-up (or we can help you pick it out) and as long as you pick a minimum of 3 pieces, we'll turn them into a beautiful little gift box for no extra charge.

Sale: We already have many items on sale, so we can help you pick out the perfect party outfit to suit any budget.

Many of our lines are only sold locally through us, with some being completely exclusive to Unorthodox, and many only doing one-off items, so we can help you find something they definitely won't get from someone else. The pieces that aren't one-offs are only stocked in limited numbers so they will always keep their individuality and desirability. Also, we like to think we're pretty good at advising on presents or helping you pick out the perfect outfit to suit you and your budget. For those shopping online, if you need any further information about a product, just use the form on the contact page and we'll get back to you as soon as possible, or phone the shop during opening hours. One of the great things about independent shops is the personal service and we like to do everything we can to make our customers happy.

Our Pick Of The Day today is in keeping with our party season theme. This Max C Bow Shimmer Dress is a classic LBD with a twist. There's contrasting silver detail on the waistband and shoulder bow, and it has a flattering bubble hem. We only have a few of these left so apologies if it's no longer available in your size, but the good news is it's already in the sale! We only got a few of these in but they've been very popular, so we can't promise they'll stay around long!

Max C Bow Shimmer Dress on

Have a great day!


Now Playing In The Shop: Without You I'm Nothing (Brothers In Rhythm Club Mix) - Placebo feat David Bowie

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Okey Dokey


There was a documentary on the shooting of John Lennon on last night, ahead of the anniversary tomorrow. They showed the classic picture of him in his New York City t-shirt. We still have a few of Worn Free's fully licensed version of this classic left in stock, if you're quick!

A few new things in store and going onto the online shop later. First, will be adding the pictures for the Stargazer Glitter Shakers and Neon Gel Colour to the online shop. Also, the new Max C handbags will be going on there with pictures following soon (I know some of you are eager to order!). Our final new piece is Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers new album, released yesterday on Medical Records. Very excited about this one! Now available in store and going on the online shop later today.

Pick Of The Day is one of our Maddie 60s Shoppers. They're all handmade and available in a variety of retro patterns and colours. Exclusive to Unorthodox, we think they're perfect for carrying around your essentials.

Madde 60s Shopper - Orange Band on

Have a great week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Poetry And Prose - Primus

Saturday, 4 December 2010

With Every Heartbeat


Lots of exciting new things in this weekend. First off, we have some gorgeous new Max C 'Damien' handbags. Available in black, grey or khaki, this skull-studded bags are absolutely gorgeous (I've already nabbed one and it is much admired so far!). The black one has gold coloured studs, the other colours have silver coloured. Big enough to fit in all your essentials, but not too bulky, these are the usual stunning design and quality you can expect from Max C, whose bags have been getting tons of press attention. The clutch version of this one was featured in Heat magazine, so be one of the first to get the handbag. We'll get them up on the online shop as soon as possible, but in the meantime they are available in store now.

The next new thing is our Barry M gift boxes. The brainchild of our executive minion Isabel, you can pick the Barry M make-up you'd like in it (minimum 3 pieces) or we can help you choose, and we'll turn it into a gorgeous little gift box with tissue paper and a bow for no extra charge. Perfect for presents, and can be tailored to suit anyone. These are available in store, or order online by adding the Barry M items you want to your basket and writing 'giftbox' in the comments section at check out.

Pick Of The Day today is this JP Jewellery Double Heart Necklace. Made by hand by Jess, one of our local artisans (and a bit nuts, truth be told, which is how we like our suppliers), there is only one of these (all JP Jewellery pieces are one-offs). Romantic and simple, this is a great way of wearing your heart on your sleeve (er, neck).

JP Jewellery Double Heart Necklace on

Have a great weekend! We'll be out flyering at the Wellingborough Christmas Light Switch-On tonight (we might skip the Steve Brookstein bit).


Now Playing In The Shop: Protection (Radiation For The Nation) - Massive Attack

Friday, 3 December 2010

Beauty Of A Butterfly


The Unorthodox team may have overdone it slightly at the TV Smith gig last night so forgive me if this blog entry makes very little sense!

We have just got in some beautiful Max C bags this morning which I will try to get out on display for this afternoon and onto the website next week. Max C's bags have been getting tons of press attention, and these are absolutely gorgeous in a variety of colours with contrasting skull studs on them.

Those in Wellingborough heading out this weekend, remember you will be able to get our Stargazer Glitter Shakers and Neon Gel Colour from behind the bar in the Horseshoe Inn on Sheep Street, just in case you went out unprepared!

Our Pick Of The Day for today is this Iska Gold Trim Slinky Butterfly Dress. We only have one of these left, but as it needs a good home we thought we'd bring it to your attention. Even better, it's in the sale! This dress is bright, bold, butterfly-adorned and beautiful. It comes with the belt, has gold piping around the sleeves and neck, and is a beautifully distinctive piece for your wardrobe. So get in quick!

Iska Gold Trim Slinky Butterfly Dress on

Have a good Friday and a great weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Leave Me Alone - Betty Boo

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Paper Moon


Only 2 left of the Temporary:Secretary Keep Calm & Carry On necklaces so if you've had your eye on one, get in now!

We're very excited to announce them from February, we will be stocking the fantastic label, Yumi, as worn by Lily Allen, Jameela Jamil, Sienna Miller and co. Really excited, and we think we've picked out some gorgeous pieces from the Spring/Summer 2011 range for your delight and delectation.

Pick Of The Day are these absolutely gorgeous necklaces by Irene Mosedale. We stock an assortment of necklaces and bracelets handmade by Irene, each unique and in different materials. These ones are especially lovely, as nestled amongst the usual beads are handmade patterned paper ones. The ultimate in recycling! All you have to do is pick the necklace in the colours you like best, then sit back, secure in the fact it's the only one out there. And for a tenner, they make great Xmas gifts for anyone who loves their crafts, their colours, or just wants a bit of boho hippy chic.

Irene Mosedale Paper Bead Necklaces on

Getting so close to the weekend! We're off to see TV Smith (of punk legends The Adverts) tonight!


Now Playing In The Shop: Just The Way It Is, Baby - The Rembrandts

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cherry Cherry


Getting started on our Xmas card writing today, and hopefully going to make it out later to stock up on Xmas decorations to make the shop all pretty.

Like our glassware? Well Smashing Glass by Dorne Boddington is featuring in an exhibition at The Castle arts centre in Wellingborough throughout December, so if you're about, pop in and marvel!

We had our first celebrity spotting today. Ok, well it was the actor who played Sam in Neighbours and Lachy in Home & Away in the early 90s, and he is in panto in Wellingborough so not that shocking, but still, he walked past this morning. I tried not to stare. That's made my week.

New arrivals yesterday included Stargazer Glitter Shakers (including UV ones), Stargazer Neon Gel Colour wash-out UV hair colour, Barry M Instant Nail Effects, Barry M Liquid Eyeliner in Pink, and new Barry M Dazzle Dust colour N0.102 Burgundy Noir. They're all up on the online shop as well. Also, the Glitter Shakers and Neon Gel Colours will be available behind the bar in the Horseshoe Inn down the road from the weekend, so if you get halfway through your night out and think it's missing something, you can sort it then and there!

Pick Of The Day are perfect for this weather if you want to keep warm and stay on your feet! These are the Dr Martens 1460 8-Eye Boot in Cherry Red, possibly the most iconic DMs ever. If you've never had a pair of Cherry Reds, or you have but they've gone to the DM box in the sky (and it takes a lot before you have to retire a pair of Dr Martens!), now is the time to grab them. We sell them at the RRP, which means it's usually the same as buying them from Dr Martens themselves, but be warned, that RRP is being raised in January, so get in quick to get them at these prices!

Dr Marten 1460 8-Eye Boot in Cherry Red on

Feeling festive yet?


Now Playing In The Shop: Clint Eastwood - Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Heart Shaped Box


First off, we'll be closing early today at 4.30pm. Sorry if this causes anyone any problems, and rest assured I'd rather be here than at the dentist, which is where I'm headed. Still, the online shop is always open so don't let that stop you!

We're awaiting the arrival of our Stargazer and Barry M orders, so will announce on our Facebook and Twitter accounts when those arrive. Lots of shiny things to get you through the festive season!

Our pick of the day is this Invader Zim wooden box by local crafty types D'n'J. Hand painted and hand finished, this wooden box is big enough to hold most of your valuables and features the characters from the Invader Zim cartoon. Limited edition, this is great as a gift or for indulging your inner kid. Full details on size are on the item page on the online shop using the link below.

D'n'J Invader Zim Hand-Painted Wooden Box on

Have a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Whenever, Wherever - Shakira

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Kiss From A (Skull) Rose


Well, it finally snowed here. Although only briefly, not much, and it seems to have gone now. So that was an anti-climax. Will endeavour to be less English and stop talking about the weather!

Sorting out our Stargazer order today to make sure we have enough mad coloured hair dye, UV gels ands glittery bits to get you through the festive season. If you have any special requests, speak now!

Pick Of The Day are these Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings. They're one of my favourite Death Kitty pieces, but once they're gone, they're gone (we don't like to overkill any piece, no matter how cute it is), and stock is now very limited in some sizes, so get in quick! These cropped black leggings have a kickass skull, bone and rose print, are available in sizes S/M and M/L, and are only £6!

Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings on

Ooh, our company Xmas cards just arrived! That'll keep me busy for the next week then!

Have a great weekend, and will be back and blogging on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: I've Got A Little Something For You - MN8

Friday, 26 November 2010

Daisy Daisy


Still no snow (which I'm secretly quite pleased about, to be honest) in the vicinity of Unorthodox. Just even more cold!

A bit of good news for Barry M fans, nail obsessives, and beauty innovators in general. We will have the Barry M Instant Nail Effects back in stock from Tuesday. I know a lot of you have been requesting it, so we've tried to make sure we have enough to keep you all going over the festive season! That said, given how quickly it went last time, probably best to get yours sooner rather than later!

Pick Of The Day is from our collection of artwork we have. This is a limited edition print of Daniel Cheney's Hidden Woman (Colour) from his Mother Nature collection. Already framed in a simple clip-frame, the print is signed by the artist, is only available in limited numbers, and is exclusively through Unorthodox. There is also a black and white version available. Daniel Cheney is a young, Northamptonshire artist with a mid-Atlantic accent, the former owner of what could be a world record breaking sized afro, and does a passable impression of Moss from The IT Crowd. He is also very talented, and these reasons combined make his work perfect for Unorthodox. We don't want our artists to be ordinary and dull!

Hidden Woman (Colour) by Daniel Cheney Framed Signed Limited Edition Print on

Got that Friday feeling?


Now Playing In The Shop: Range Life - Pavement

Thursday, 25 November 2010

All That Glitters


As yet, no sign of snow in the vicinity of Unorthodox, although it is very very cold! Since the electric heater won't tilt up high enough, I'm considering sitting on the floor to get more of me in the path of the hot air! Just peer over the counter if you can't see me...

Still holding off on the Xmas decorations front. I think 1st December is the perfect time, so from then, our Xmas countdown begins, including offers and all sorts of sparkliness.

Speaking of sparkliness, our Pick Of The Day are these Barry M Glitter Nail Paints. As with all our Barry M, we specially select the colours we stock to hopefully bring you the best of the bunch. As you can see, we have glittery red and glittery green in if you want to go festive with your nails, or the holographic shine of Once Upon A Lifetime if you just want some dazzle. Barry M's Nail Paints are known for being fantastic value and great quality, and these glittery versions are the same usual price, £2.95 (that's the RRP, so we're the same as most of the big high street names and Barry M themselves, as a rule). These are great for treating yourself, or make great stocking fillers and secret santa gifts (loved by all, inexpensive, perfect, non?).

Barry M Glitter Nail Paint on

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Standing In The Way Of Control - Gossip

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Belle Of The Ball


First up, we have a special offer ready to launch for you once our Facebook page gets up to 350 followers. We're pretty close now, so help us and yourselves out by making sure you visit our Facebook page, click like, and suggest it to any friends you think might be interested or share it as a link on your profile. The special offer will apply online and in store, so we'll make sure you don't miss out!

Those of you who have started their Xmas shopping seem to be loving our Smashing Glass pieces. As each one is unique, make sure you get it before it's gone!

Rebecca Sturdgess' artwork is now up in the shop and we'll try to get it photographed an onto the online shop soon. Each piece is a signed original, in a variety of formats ranging from canvases to framed pieces, in many different styles and influences (loving the Japanese themed pieces). With prices starting at £12, they're perfect presents that will never be replicated.

Pick Of The Day today is this absolutely gorgeous Special Evening dress. We're running a special offer on all of our Special Evening dresses this festive season, meaning you can pick up any of them for only £55 each! This one is gorgeous, and also available in red. With an elasticated back and adjustable straps, this fits like it was made for you, and comes with the matching shawl (shown). Beautifully made, this is a classic prom dress that is perfect for all your parties this festive season, and will look just as nice in a garden as you sip on some Pimms next summer (Pimms optional).

Special Evening SENOA43 Dress in Light Pink on

Hope you're having a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Sweat (A La La La La Long) - Inner Circle

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Reggae Reggae Sauce


Saturday has rolled around again. We bid a sad goodbye to our Death Kitty Skull Bow T-shirts that have now sold out. We are also on our last Death Kitty Beano Jumper (in store only, currently), and limited stock of the Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings and the Worn Free Joey Ramone 'Punk Magazine' t-shirts. Oh, and remember, if you're Christmas shopping today, we have gift vouchers available if you're just not sure, or leave a wishlist here so we can help your friends and family pick out just the right things.

Pick Of The Day for today is this wearable work of art. Created by Rubertine Art, this Bob Marley t-shirt has been airbrushed, making it hand-finished, intricate and in limited numbers. Simple, but really iconic, this is a definite must-have for any fan of the legend. More information on the t-shirt can be found on the link below, or check out the Rubertine Art section for more of their iconic designs.

Rubertine Art Airbrushed Bob Marley T-Shirt on

Have a fantastic weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Master Blaster (Jammin') - Stevie Wonder

Friday, 19 November 2010

You're Still On Your GameBoy


Always good to get a reference to Shampoo in the blog title. Just me? Ok then.

All ready for your weekend? If not, we're open today and tomorrow until 5.30pm for all your fashion, accessory and cosmetic needs! I reckon every outfit can be improved with a pair of Stargazer false lashes and a Barry M Glitter Shaker Pot.

Pick Of The Day is this very kitsch and cute GameBoy necklace from RedRock Fashion. Expertly made from hama, and on a long chain, this pendant is great for re-living your misspent youth and brightening up your day (also, would make a great Xmas present!). At only £7.00 you can't really say "no" can you?

RedRock Fashion GameBoy Necklace on



Now Playing In The Shop: Higher State Of Consciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk) - Wink

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Black Or White


Getting all excited about new things coming in time for Christmas. Over the next few weeks we'll have new Monsalina Chic dresses, more Stargazer products on the online shop and in store, as well as a pick'n'mix gift box offer on Barry M make-up. More info as and when we launch these. We also have new original art pieces in by Rebecca Sturdgess that will be going up on the walls very soon. They're absolutely beautiful!

Pick Of The Day is this sexy little black and white mini dress from Monsalina Chic. We also have it in white with black detail. It has an elasticated back so it fits like it was made for you, and comes with detachable clear straps that can be used with a bra or hooked straight onto the dress. Fantastically made (as you expect from Monsalina Chic, who always have an eye for classic designs and detail and are great quality), we have these dresses in sizes 6 to 16, however stock is strictly limited so slip into yours quick to avoid disappointment!

Monsalina Chic Black & White Mini Dress on

Getting closer to the weekend!


Now Playing In The Shop: Stay - Bernard Butler

Wednesday, 17 November 2010



Just a reminder that we will be running a special offer for our Facebook followers once we reach 350 on there, so if you haven't already, head over to our Facebook page.

Our Special Evening cocktail, prom and evening dresses are now on the online shop. Check out the Special Evening section.

Pick Of The Day today is this gorgeous cream Max C London dress. The shape gives it a bit of a retro 60's/mod look, whilst the floral lace out later is very vintage. It's in our sale, and these are the last few so when they're gone they're gone! It's a beautiful dress for the party season, maybe with some leggings and a shrug, and great for showing off your tan in the summer. Fully lined, it's elasticated under the bust, and has the distinctive Max C bubble hemline.

Max C Bow Lace Dress on

They're predicting rain so quite glad the shop is quite far up the hill!


Now Playing In The Shop: Wish You Were Here - Rednex

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Pack Up


Should have our Special Evening dresses on the online shop by the end of today so keep you eyes open for those!

To make a change from getting involved in everyone else's clothes, this article was in yesterday's Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph where I showed them through my wardrobe. Please don't judge the shop on my fashion mistakes! :)

Pick Of The Day today is this Maddie Satchel bag. Satchels are very in at the moment, and great way of keeping your essentials close to you. These Maddie ones are handmade, so each is different, and we only have a few left in stock so get in quick! They add a little bit of hippy chic to any outfit. Plus, they're only a tenner!

Maddie Satchel Bag on

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Believe (Groove Chronicles Mix) - Goldie

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Lady Of The Flowers


Sometimes these song-title inspired blog titles are pretty hard to come up with!

How are we all this Saturday? We're down to our last stock on quite a few pieces now so if you fancy the Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty ring or the Iska Slinky Butterfly Dress, get in quick! Also, if everyone is pestering you to tell them what you want for Xmas, don't forget we can hold a wishlist for you, or we have the gift vouchers (gift vouchers are in store only).

Thank you to everyone who nominated us for Inspiring Independents. It's not too late so if you haven't already, send an e-mail to telling them you love us and why.

Also, Kat (that would be your blogger here) is going to be in the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph Spree section on Monday revealing the inside of her wardrobe. Please don't be too harsh in your judgements!

Pick Of The Day is this handmade, one-off, unique charm bracelet from JP Jewellery. Pretty and delicate, it has flower, cross, rose and leaf charms, and is perfect for glamming up bare arms (are you mad? It's freezing!) or adding a bit of sparkle to a simple outfit. Plus, you'll never see it on anyone else as it's the only one in the world.

JP Jewellery Cross & Flower Bracelet on

Have a great weekend and we'll be back with you on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: Rock & Roll - The Human League

Friday, 12 November 2010

You Always Find Me In The Kitsch'n At Parties


Special Evening photos all picked out so will have them on the online shop for you early next week, ready for any posh do's you are due to attend this festive season. Big thanks to our fantastic photographer Brian and our model Louise.

We've also got new flyers being designed over the weekend, so keep an eye out for those.

Did you see the pink ruffled Topshop skirt in this week's Heat magazine? Gorgeous non? But if you don't fancy the £40 price tag on that one, this Iska Raka Skirt Dress is a bargain! It's in our sale at £25.00 (reduced from £35!). It has a pretty black lace top part, ties at the back, and the oh so pretty pink ruffled skirt. All ready for the party season! I'm sure you can find something to do with the money you save! Iska are made by the same people who bring you celeb-adored label Yumi so you know you've got a bargain!

Iska Raka Skirt Dress on

All ready for the weekend? Go on, add some glitter!


Now Playing In The Shop: Somewhere Only We Know - Keane

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Felt So Good


Wow, it's grim outside today, so if you're in town and want a bit of respite from the wind and rain, pop in!

Choosing the photos from our shoot of the Special Evening dresses tonight so should have them on the website very soon, in time for the party season! There are some gorgeous ones to be had!

Our Pick Of The Day today are these felt and wood bracelets, handmade by Irene Mosedale. Available in a variety of colours, each is unique and very cute, with felt beads that always remind me of Muppets (no Muppets were harmed in the making of this jewellery). We also have necklaces available in the same beads. Perfect for Xmas presents, or brightening up a simple outfit.

Irene Mosedale Felt & Wood Bracelets on

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit (Motiv 8 Extended Vocal Mix) - Gina G

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Pretty In Purple


Not loving the cold today!

Pick Of The Day are these gorgeous purple Dr Martens. These are the 1460 8-Eye, possible the most famous and classic of the DM boots. Purple is a key colour for Autumn/Winter this year, although it's always one of my favourites! It just makes them that little bit different without being ostentatious. These have the Smooth finish, although we also have the DM Purple Shimmer boots on our website as well, which have more of a metallic sheen.

Dr Martens 1460 8-Eye Boot in Purple on

Stay warm!


Now Playing In The Shop: Crush - Jennifer Paige

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Walk On The Wild Side


Bit of a plea first. If you've enjoyed your shopping experience with Unorthodox, please could you take time to fire off an e-mail to nominate us in the Inspiring Indies awards. All the details are on this page and it will only take a few minutes but we'd be eternally grateful. Just e-mail and tell them why you love Unorthodox.

Had the local paper, the Evening Telegraph, round my house yesterday to rummage through my wardrobe so look out for that in the Spree section next Monday.

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Death Kitty Leopard Hoody. Animal print is very big again this Autumn/Winter, and this has to be one of the cutest ways of wearing it. The main leopard print body of the hoody is velour with the distinctive Death Kitty logo on it. There are also leopard print ears on the hood, and thumb holes on the sleeves. Perfect for keeping warm when the weather is like this! We only have limited stock of these so get in there quick!

Death Kitty Leopard Hoody on

Hope your week is starting well!


Now Playing In The Shop: Free Salute - Little Barrie

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Shake Baby Shake


Saturday has rolled round again! Hope everyone had a good bonfire night/diwali (either way, fireworks!).

Got my Dr Martens on today. Perfect for Autumn/Winter, and if you haven't had a look through the Spring/Summer 2011 catalogue in store yet, do! They have some gorgeous new lines, including their new Diva range. A selection of Dr Martens are also available on the online shop, but if you don't see what you want, just send us a message and we'll let you know if we can get them for you and the best price.

Pick Of The Day today are these cute little Glitter Shaker Pots from Barry M. They're great for adding a bit of added sparkle to your body or outfit, or take them out with you and share the shininess! Perfect for the festive season. As with all our Barry M products, we stick to the recommended retail price, so you don't pay any more to buy from us than you would at most large retailers or from Barry M themselves (barring special offers, we can't keep track of everything!). You do, however, get the warm fuzzy glow of supporting independent retailers and our undying love. :)

Barry M Glitter Shaker Pots on

Have a great weekend! Catch you on Tuesday.


Now Playing In The Shop: (Tapping) The Source - CocoSuma

Friday, 5 November 2010

Punk Rock Magazines


As the festive season approaches, those in the vicinity of the shop can come in a make their Christmas list! We'll give you a copy, keep a copy, and that way everyone knows exactly what you want, and we can do our best to ensure you don't get any doubles. Alternatively, just ask for an Unorthodox gift certificate.

We have a couple of preview pieces in from Monsalina Chic. One is a red tunic, the other a black and white dress, so pop in and let us know what you think. We can always order your size in if we don't have it.

Oh, and remember, today is your last chance to get your hands on our WAM Apparel t-shirts and hoodies before we finish stocking the range, so get in quick!

Pick Of The Day is this Worn Free Punk Magazine T-Shirt as worn by Joey Ramone. Pre-washed so it fits, this is a licensed replica of the t-shirt Joey wore in New York in 1975, and comes with the distinctive Worn Free swingtag/sticker showing him in the original. Modelled here by both Steve and Matt, it's a classic.

Worn Free Joey Ramone Punk Magazine T-Shirt on

Happy Bonfire Night!


Now Playing In The Shop: Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Thursday, 4 November 2010



Trying to work out when the best time to put the Xmas decorations up at the shop is. Don't want to get in too early, but don't want to be all Scrooge-like. Any ideas?

Tomorrow is your last chance to get your hands on our WAM Apparel t-shirts and hoodies before we finish stocking the collection, so if you've been eyeing any of them up, either pop in or order them quickly! We've loved having the screen-printed range in, but we're scaling down our menswear (unless you blokes out there have a sudden shopping surge, in which case we'll reconsider!). We will still have our Worn Free t-shirts, Rubertine Art t-shirts, and Spiral Direct shorts in stock for the time being.

Pick Of The Day is this purrfect stocking filler from hand-assembled jewellery starlet Temporary:Secretary. These Hello Kitty earrings are kitsch, cute, and a bargain. Great as a gift, or even better to keep for yourself! We also have a Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty ring, if you want to coordinate. For more information, pop in store or check them out on our online shop.

Temporary:Secretary Hello Kitty Earrings on

The weekend creeps ever closer...


Now Playing In The Shop: This Corrosion - Sisters Of Mercy

Wednesday, 3 November 2010



Got to play with Monsalina Chic's new lines yesterday. Some gorgeous dresses, and we have a few due in at the start of December. Some perfect little party dresses in there!

There's been a definite surge in the popularity of false lashes lately. Not sure if it's because of Halloween, the upcoming festive season, or because they're on almost every X Factor contestant (with the exception of some of the boys) but I thought it was a good reason to have them as our Pick Of The Day. We stock a wide range of the Stargazer false lashes, which come with the glue to attach them. However, if you don't see the style you want on our site, or you're looking for something more elaborate (jewels, feathers) just get in touch and we can probably find you the perfect set. But back to these, from the exaggerated natural look, to neon colours, to metallic, there's something perfect for your party season in this lot!

Stargazer False Lashes at

Hope you're having a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: Rebel Rebel - David Bowie

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Especially For You


Can't believe how quickly we sold out of the Barry M Instant Nail Effects, but then, it is very very cool! We'll try to get some more in for you at the first opportunity. In the meantime, why not check out their other Nail Paints?

Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous Special Evening dress to get you ready for the party season. These dresses look like they cost a fortune, and considering how well made and beautiful they are, you'd be forgiven for thinking so! We have a range of styles in the shop, which will be on the online shop soon, but in the meantime, we have this one for you. It comes with the matching shawl as well. We only have this in stock in a couple of sizes, however if you get in touch, we can order in the size you want. The elasticated panel at the back means it fits as if it was made especially for you. Pure glamour for a steal of a price!

Special Evening SENOA06 Dress on

Have a good week!


Now Playing In The Shop: 9PM (Till I Come) - ATB

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Peacock Strut


Added some more reductions to the sale yesterday on our Iska dresses, so if you pop in the shop or check out the online shop, look out for those!

Pick Of The Day today are these Dr Marten New Authentic Wedge Calf Boots in Peacock Broadway. New on our online shop this morning, we also have a pair in store for those who want to look them over (or try them on if size 7 is close to what you take). These are perfect for Autumn and Winter, and are the ultimate boots of their style. The lush peacock colour is fantastic, and they're made in DM's Broadway finish, which is a full-grain leather with a soft comfortable feel. Personally, as a bit on the short side, I'm not someone who goes for flats, but I really did find these so comfy, so I recommend you give them a go.

Dr Martens New Authentic Wedge Calf Boots in Peacock Broadway on

Have a great Halloween!


Now Playing In The Shop: Treat Me Like Your Mother - The Dead Weather

Friday, 29 October 2010

Black Cats


Just a quick note for those out there trying to hunt down the Barry M Instant Nail Effects (out of stock in a lot of places) that we have some limited stock in, so it's first come first served. We're marvelling at it! Check out the video tutorial.

Also, for customers who can make it in to the shop, we'll be handing out reusable Shop Local bags (while stocks last). A great way of carrying your essentials whilst reducing waste and promoting local business.

Pick Of The Day today is in keeping with Halloween this weekend. Let these black cats cross your path with this beautiful handpainted square vase from Smashing Glass by Dorne Boddington. All of Dorne's work is unique, and we have a wide selection in store with most available from our online shop. You can also view her glassware at an exhibition at The Castle Theatre in Wellingborough throughout December.

Smashing Glass by Dorne Boddington Square Cat Vase on

All ready for Halloween? Remember, we have Stargazer hair colours, false lases, plenty of mad colours and glitter from Barry M, and our Death Kitty range of clothes if you're stuck for ideas.


Now Playing In The Shop: B-Boy Bouillabaisse - Beastie Boys

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Hot Cross Rooney


All our new Barry M stock is now out on display, and I'll be adding it to the website this morning. There will be new pictures, complete with colour charts (as requested by you guys) so you can pick from our selection. We've tried to get all our favourite colours, but if you have any suggestions for the future, let us know. We now have new shades of Nail Paint, including glitter and neon ones, the clear base coat/top coat, and the much sought after Instant Nail Effects. Also new in are glitter shakes, coloured mascara, 3 in 1 mascara, more Shimmer Eye & Lip Crayons, Eye Crayons, Liquid Liners, Kohl Pencils... come have a play if you're in town, or check out our online shop later today.

Pick Of The Day is this Rubertine Art Airbrushed Wayne Rooney T-Shirt, since he's in the news again. Airbrushed by hand, the designs in the Rubertine Art range are strictly limited, and are more like works of art than t-shirts. So if you want to show your support for Rooney, or the England team in general (I think they need it!) then this has to be the most stylish way of doing it. Expertly modelled here by our very own Steve, we're not quite sure what he's doing to Rooney in one of these photos, but we're pretty sure it's nothing that would surprise anyone at this point!

Rubertine Art Airbrushed Wayne Rooney T-Shirt on

Have a good day!


Now Playing In The Shop: Single Ladies (Live Lounge) - Marmaduke Duke