Saturday, 25 June 2011

Thank You!

Morning,

Today is our last day at our Wellingborough shop. After today, we'll be trading online only at www.unorthodoxshop.com but we may also do pop-up boutiques around the area so keep informed on our Facebook page and Twitter.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers and everyone who has helped out with the shop (and sorry if I forget anyone!):

All our suppliers
Tahnee & Matt Burgess
Carly Jones
Steve Earl
Carly Loasby
Rosie Roberts
Louise Taylor
Rhianne Croot
Rebecca Sturdgess
Dorne Boddington
Daniel Cheney
Richard Lockwood
Pippa Ashton
Kiran @ RedRock Fashion
Sarah @ Temporary:Secretary
Isabel Skeats
Deb & Nick @ The Horseshoe Inn
Jo @ Wellingborough Town Centre Partnership
Mark @ Wellingborough Traders Group
Kaz Parry & Hannah
Alex Dale
Gemma, Bernie & Jill (and the photographers) @ Northants Evening Telegraph
The Carter family

Extra special thanks to my family, Brian Chapman, and Pete Mayes for all their help and support!

And thank you to all our customers, both in store and online. We hope you'll continue to shop with us and love your purchases. Mwah!

Kat

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Ebony & Ivory

Morning,

Two weeks today until our last day at our Wellingborough shop before we move to online only sales, so we have our massive clearance sale on in store and online. Make sure you grab your bargains!

Was perusing the catalogues of some potential new suppliers yesterday, including Religion and Disney accessories, and La Dee Da handbags. So much nice stuff, so we're very excited about the future!

Had my photo taken this morning for the Northants Evening Telegraph. We'll be in it on Monday, so have a look! Just wish they hadn't caught me halfway through my coffee, having just eaten breakfast, covered in grease with smudged lipgloss (I was saved by my Barry M Glossy Tube!).


Today's Pick Of The Day is one of the pieces in our huge clearance sale! This Monsalina Chic White & Black Mini Dress was £35 originally but is now only £19! The black with white version has already sold out, so get in quick and grab one of these (we have a few sizes left). Monsalina Chic has become a much loved label among our customers, due to it's fantastic quality, classic designs, and great value. This dress is beautifully tailored, with an elasticated back for the perfect fit. It also comes with clear straps that can be attached to the dress for a bit of extra security, or can be put onto a multiway bra if you prefer. This one looks fantastic with a tan, so claim yours then get out in the garden (with a sensible factor sun cream!).

Have a great weekend. We're out tonight to check out The Snakeman 3 and The Mobbs playing Retro-Beat at The Horseshoe down the road. Maybe see you there!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Run Baby Run - Sheryl Crow

Friday, 10 June 2011

End Of An Era

Morning,

Just a note to say that from the end of this month, we will switching to only selling online through our online shop and the last day our physical shop at 15 Silver Street, Wellingborough will be open is Saturday 25th June. After that, we'll still be able to get you all your favourite pieces, it will just be delivered to your door instead!

Because of this, we are having a massive sale as a big thank you to our customers. The sale is on both in store and online, and includes clothes by Death Kitty, Max C, Monsalina Chic, Worn Free, Spiral Direct, and even this season's Yumi. It also includes Temporary:Secretary jewellery, our ethically traded accessories and homeware, Smashing Glass glassware, and Stargazer hair dyes and false lashes. Some items have more than 50% off their original retail price!

Thank you to all of our in-store customers for all their support, and we hope we can still help you look unique via our online shop. In the meantime, enjoy the bargains!

Some of our bargains are below:

Death Kitty skirts only £10 and jeans from £12.

Lots of reductions on our ethically traded products.

All Iska dresses reduced to only £15.

Reductions on all our Max C pieces, with some less than half price!

All Monsalina Chic dresses £20 or less!

All Spiral Direct pieces are now £20 or less too.

Our Stargazer hair dyes and false lashes have been reduced.

All of our Temporary:Secretary jewellery is in the sale.

All Worn Free t-shirts are now only £20!

Up to £25 off this season's Yumi clothing.

Also, in store there are reductions on our Smashing Glass glassware, ethically traded kimonos, Wildcat body jewellery, and a pair of Dr Marten 8-Eye boots in Purple, size 9, for only £50!

Pick Of The Day today is this Max C Low-Waisted Bow Dress, RRP £42 but now only £19 in our clearance sale! It's a great summer bargain! Made from lightweight material, with pale pink and black polka dot around the sleeves, neckline and on the decorative bow, the drop-waist makes it very flattering. It's also got big pockets for your sunglasses and bits!

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Lights Out - Easyworld

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Flower Power

Morning,

Continuing the flower theme from yesterday today, as festival season has started and it's time to indulge your inner boho hippy (not if you're off to Download this weekend, though!).

Got another busy admin day today, so it's another brief post. I promise, I will have more to tell you tomorrow.

Pick Of The Day today is this handmade Maddie 60's Shopper in Floral, £15.00. As it's handmade, it's unique. This one is composed of assorted floral fabrics in orange, purple, yellow, green and pink. It's a really good size for carrying your stuff around with you, and perfect for festivals or picnics!

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Slow Movement - Nellee Hooper

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Flowers In Her Hair

Morning,

Hope you all had a good weekend!

Quick blog today before I get on with all the admin!


Today's Pick Of The Day is this JP Jewellery Cross & Flower Charm Bracelet, £20.00. It's handmade and a one-off, so you'll never see another like it. It's decorated with leaf, flower and cross charms and lots of other sparkly bits!

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Ordinary World - Duran Duran

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Dress

Morning,

It's the weekend! And we're not hungover today (always a good start!). Anyone up to anything exciting?

Busy day yesterday. We are now out of stock of the Yumi Meila Lace Tea Dress in black in Medium, but we still have it in Small and Large, or in the other colours. It's a really versatile vintage-look dress (I love mine!). We are also down to our last one of the Monsalina Chic Black & White Mini Dress so if you're a size 10, snap this one up (we do have a few more sizes left in the White & Black version).

Our Pick Of The Day today is this oh so pretty Iska Raka Skirt Dress, on sale for only £20.00! It's got a black lace top part, beautiful ruffled pink skirt, and ties at the back. It's a great party dress for the Summer, or would even be fantastic bargain for a prom. Iska is by Uttam, the people behind the gorgeous Yumi label, so you know you're getting something fantastic and distinctive. So maybe now is the time to be pretty in pink?

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Comfortable - King Adora

Friday, 3 June 2011

It Felt Like A Kiss

Morning,

It's Friday! Make sure you follow us on Twitter for our recommendations of who to follow!

We now have the new issue of Northamptonshire's Image magazine in store, so claim your free copy when you're shopping or sit down and have a read!

Pick Of The Day today are these handmade Irene Mosedale Felt & Wood Bracelets, £7.00 each. They are elasticated and made from wood and felt beads (the felt ones remind me of Muppets!), and they're a great way of adding a bit of kooky colour to your outfit. We also do matching Irene Mosedale Felt & Wood Necklaces as well!

Have a great weekend! We're here tomorrow for all your fashion needs!

Kat

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

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Scentless Apprentice

Morning,

We popped out to the acoustic night at The Horseshoe last night so feeling a little fuzzy this morning. That, and the killer hayfever.

We now have the Yumi Xaviera Parrot Sun Dress back in stock in size S/M in Navy, so if you've been looking out for one of those, make sure you make it yours!


Pick Of The Day today is this Nag Champa Incense, £2.00, from our ethically traded range. It's great for chilling out and scenting your home from one of the biggest brands. You get loads in a box, so your £2 goes a long way!

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: New Instrumental (Live) - The Music

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

God Save The Queen

Morning,

Hope you all had a great long weekend. We are back open as normal from today and all orders placed over the bank holiday have now been packaged up and will be sent out later today.

We headed up north (okay, not that far north) to Derbyshire and had a chilled out weekend. We can definitely recommend Old Poets Corner in Ashover as a pub to check out!

Pick Of The Day today are these iconic Dr Marten 8417 Union Jack Boot, £95.00. They are classic black 8-eye DM boots with a Union Jack print on the toe. Bright and bold, these are great for the old school punk look or suedeheads. We love our Dr Martens and everyone should own at least one pair of the 8-eyes.

Have a good (short) week!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Tonite It Shows - Mercury Rev

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Twisted Firestarter

Morning,

Already been quite busy today! We've now sold out of the Max C Lace Bow vests and the Worn Free John Lennon New York City T-shirts (last one is off to Sweden this morning!). Hope everyone who got one of those is loving it!

Just a reminder that over the bank holiday we will be shut on Sunday and Monday as usual, but we're also taking Tuesday off too (we're off to Derbyshire for some R&R with the family... I anticipate lots of tea and cake and the odd glass of wine!). But first we're off out on the town tonight to celebrate a couple of birthdays, so happy birthday to Dan and Carly!

Pick Of The Day today is this D'n'J Twisted Bag in Turquoise Floral, £14.00. It's handmade by local artisan-types D'n'J and it's a one-off, so perfect if you're after something totally unique. Like Levi's famous twisted jeans, it's seams are twisted meaning it hangs really well and has a very distinctive look. Made from turquoise and floral panels, it's bright and great for summer (especially festivals!). This is only available on our online shop (or maybe if you come in the store and ask really really nicely) so grab your opportunity for this one!

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Cloud Number Nine - Bryan Adams

Friday, 27 May 2011

Little Miss Pinpoint Eyes

Morning,

It's Friday! Got your outfits sorted for the bank holiday weekend? Fret not, we're here for all your fashion needs (plus, still 10% off the marked price on all Yumi clothing in store).


Pick Of The Day today are these Death Kitty Pin Drainpipe Jeans, on sale for £15.00. We're now down to our last few pairs in the last few sizes, so get in quick. These are great value and are a really good wardrobe basic. They're black skinny jeans with a red pinstripe (we also sell a wide leg version). Get in quick to make one of the last few yours!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Naked Eye - Luscious Jackson

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Hideaway

Morning,

We were unexpectedly shut yesterday due to illness, so sorry about that.

Over the bank holiday we will be open tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday as normal (9am till 5.30pm), then shut on the Sunday and Monday as normal. We will also be closed on the Tuesday as well, but open as normal from Wednesday.

Today's Pick Of The Day is this signed, framed, limited edition print, Hidden Woman in Black & White, by Daniel Cheney, £17.50. The price is a bargain, given that it comes ready framed! Daniel is a young local Wellingborough artist (with a great sideline in designing tattoos as well), who is heavily inspired by nature, video games, and comic books (which is one hell of a mix). We're very proud to be one of the first outlets for his work. This print (we also have a coloured version) features a woman emerging from a rose, and is frequently commented on. We also have more of his work in store, so if you're in the area, pop in.

Have a great day, so close to the weekend now!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Who Is Moving - Lilys

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Shine A Light

Morning,

Wow, you shoppers are up early today! To celebrate, we're extending our in-store offer on Yumi clothes. Get 10% off the marked price when you buy any Yumi item in store. Those buying online, we're still donating 10% of the price to Claire Friend's Race For Life fund.

We wave a sad goodbye to the last of our Temporary:Secretary Keep Calm & Carry On necklaces which sold this morning. We have also now sold out of the Yumi Marina Dress in Navy in Large, but we still have that size available in the Black, and all the other sizes are still in stock!

I wore one of the Yumi Yaura Leopard Tunic Dresses on Saturday night, and was convincingly informed by Anya that the leopard is actually a cheetah. Anyone else got any information on this one?

On a musical note (ha!), Retro-Beat on Saturday was brilliant. Always knew we were going to get a great performance from Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers, but Great Imitation were a revelation! 2 fantastic bands, a great crowd, and an absolutely mind-blowing gig. If you get the chance to check either of them out live, make sure you do. Or get yourself a copy of the Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers album from us!


Pick Of The Day today are these fantastic Barry M Lip Gloss Wands, £4.49 each. We've handpicked our favourite colours for you, and currently have them in stock in Toffee, Pastel Pink, Bubblegum Pink and Tropical Tango. They smell absolutely gorgeous, are vegan-friendly, and are perfect for a high-shine finish.

Have a great week!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Dream Lottery - Regular Fries

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Flower Power

Morning,

Getting all excited about seeing Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers (we stock their album!) and Great Imitation tonight at Retro-Beat at The Horseshoe down the road from the shop. No idea what to wear yet though. Hmm... I'm sure inspiration will come to me!

On another musical note, after our obsession with Lykke Li's Sadness Is A Blessing earlier in the week, I'm becoming very into the music from the latest Heineken advert, which is The Golden Age by The Asteroids Galaxy Tour.



Anyway, I suppose we should probably talk about fashion a bit... so make sure you check out our Yumi range this weekend. If you buy in store, there's 10% off all Yumi clothing, or order online and 10% will be donated to Claire Friend's Race For Life fund. Either way, all good!

Pick Of The Day today is one such Yumi piece. This is the Yumi Ormanda Floral Lace Skirt, £35.00 (but 10% off this weekend if you buy in store!), available in cream (well, it looks white to us, but the label says cream) or black. It's a gorgeous ra-ra style skirt with a floral lace overskirt, front zip detail (I hate the phrase, but it's very "on trend"), and it is perfect for so many of this season's looks (floral, lace, vintage...). Can be worn to show off your legs, or with leggings or over skinny jeans if you don't fancy that. Also looks fantastic with a pair of Dr Martens!

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Psychotic Break - Jerry Cantrell

Friday, 20 May 2011

Short End Of The Wedge

Morning,

Just a reminder that 10% of all online sales of our Yumi clothing in May will be donated to Claire Friend's Race For Life sponsorship. Check out her story and/or donate here.

Best of luck to our model and artist Becca, who is going into hospital on Sunday. We'll be thinking of you!

Almost the weekend, any exciting plans?

Pick Of The Day today is one for the boys (or tomboys). These Spiral Direct Vintage Shorts, £20.00, are fantastic quality. They're black with a distressed vintage look (we also do a non-distressed plain version), and they're on sale! These are great for the warm weather!

Have a great Friday!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Stone In My Shoe - Alisha's Attic

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Hi Ho Silver

Morning,

Having a bit of a relapse into teenfic at the moment (in between reading Jung's Psychological Reflections which I'm struggling with!). I'm currently about halfway through Tamora Pierce's First Test. Yes, I know I should grow up!


Pick Of The Day today is perfect for any proms or weddings this Summer. This Special Evening SENOA40 Dress in Silver, £55.00, is one of their most distinctive designs. From the beautiful embroidery on the top part, to the jagged hemline and net underskirt, it's gorgeous yet simple dress for a special occasion. Plus, it comes with the matching shawl, as shown. The elasticated panel on the back means the sizings are quite generous, especially good for the curvier customer, so it should fit you perfectly!

Have a good day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Alertez Managua - Indochine

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Crop Circles

Morning,

We've reached the mid-week point. How is everyone doing?

Spend yesterday watching and re-watching the video for Lykke Li's Sadness Is A Blessing. Love it! If you're reading this on the blog, the video is below. If you're reading it on Facebook, scroll down and click 'View original post'. What do you think?


Pick Of The Day today is a perfect one for Summer, especially for festivals. It's this RedRock Fashion Asymmetric Multi-Coloured Beaded Cropped Tee, £19.00. With rolled sleeves, and available in yellow or red, this is a really fun statement piece that looks fantastic combined with denim shorts and some bright Ray-Ban Wayfarers, or layer it over a vest if you don't fancy showing off your tummy! So go on, get it on, lie in the garden with your iPod and make like you're at Coachella.

Is it me, or is this week taking ages?

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: What's Another Year - Shane McGowan & The Popes

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Running Up That Hill

Morning,

Had a great weekend. On Saturday night we went to Yum Yum at The Picturedrome in Northampton. For those not familiar with The Picturedrome, it's a fantastic venue that was originally opened in 1912 as Northampton's first purpose-built cinema. It's been really well preserved and it's a fantastic art deco building. Yum Yum itself is always a great night, and brilliant for fashion spotting. Lots of retro and mod inspired looks (I'm personally always fascinated by some of the womens' hairstyles and how they stay like that!). It's always great for some inspiration.

Talking of inspiration, I thought we'd show off a bit of our artistic side for Pick Of The Day today. This is The House On The Hill by Pippa Alice, £20.00. It's a signed original piece of artwork, hand drawn on handmade recycled cotton rag paper. Due to it's small size, it makes a great little gift. All Pippa Alice pieces have now been reduced to £20.00, which is a great deal for this distinctive little gems. This one is perfect for the architect or town planner in your life. :)

Hope your week is starting well!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Cup Of Coffee - Garbage

Saturday, 14 May 2011

3 Become 1

Morning,

Given that Blogger who host our blog have been having issues, this is a bit of a bumper post.

First off, we've arranged to donate 10% of all online sales of Yumi clothing in May to Claire Friend's Race For Life sponsorship. Race For Life is a fundraising event for Cancer Research UK and you can find out more about Claire and sponsor her on her Race For Life page. So, if you want gorgeous clothes and great karma, get shopping for Yumi on our online shop.

You can catch up on the Pick Of The Days that you may have missed on our Facebook page or Twitter. On Thursday we had the Maddie Corsage Hairslide, £5.00, and on Friday we had the Max C Jersey Rosette Bubble Dress, on sale for £20.00.

Today's Pick Of The Day is this Monsalina Chic Black Jersey Dress, £35.00. The long sleeves are perfect for this time of year, when the evenings are still a bit chilly. Everyone comments on how soft the material is, and seem to love the big pockets! It's a really comfortable dress, that is also very stylish with Sixties-style black plastic disc detailing, and it ties at the back with black ribbon. Also, most people have found that due to the loose fit, they prefer to pick a size down from their usual dress size, so you might want to consider that if ordering online. We only have a few sizes left now, and so many people have come back in raving about this one, so don't miss out!

Have a great weekend! We're venturing into Northampton tonight for Yum Yum at The Picturedrome!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: What New York Couples Fight About - Morcheeba feat Kurt Wagner

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Cross My Heart

Morning,

Good news: The online shop seems to be back to normal! Apologies for any inconvenience.

We're going to be opening a little later tomorrow (Thursday) but should be all up and running by 10am.

Had a visit from the lovely people who make our Special Evening and Monsalina Chic dresses yesterday. Some of their upcoming designs are absolutely fantastic! We have a few new pieces from them to add to our collection of Special Evening prom dresses and a few new bits of Monsalina Chic, which we hope to have out on the racks by the end of today. Come have a look and see what you think! We'll try to get them online as soon as possible, as well.


Pick Of The Day today is a great accessory to match with your Summer wardrobe, or for adding to a prom dress. This JP Jewellery Cross & Flowers Charm Bracelet, £20.00, is handmade and as with all JP Jewellery pieces, it's a one-off, meaning you're guaranteed something unique and special. This one is decorated with flower, cross and leaf charms, as well as lots of other pretty sparkly bits.

Have a good day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Testify - M People

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

I Got The Blues

Morning,

Hope you all had a good weekend! We were dancing about to post-mods The Francis Jetty at Retro-Beat and very good it was too. Hope you kept your copy of yesterday's Evening Telegraph as well for 10% off Yumi in store with our advert.

We did have a bit of a hiccup with the online shop overnight. We have received orders through, so don't think there was any problem there and it's all back up and running now. But still, if you placed an order and you'd like us to double check, just get in touch using the contact information on our online shop.

We've been browsing through the new Dr Martens catalogue for AW11. There's some fantastic new lines in there, including a few vegan styles. Very excited! Personally, I'm loving their new Mary Janes with interchangeable bows.

Pick Of The Day today are these cute handmade Irene Mosedale Pink & Blue Wooden Bracelets, £8.00. Each one is different, and they're made from a selection of wooden, metallic and plastic beads. Perfect for decorating your wrists now it's warm enough to have your arms out!

Happy Tuesday! Off to pack up last night's internet orders!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: A Little Soul - Pulp

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves

Morning,

Quite like it when it rains, gives me an excuse to use my Audrey Hepburn umbrella. They're currently out of stock, but I will let you know when we get them back in. As it's Retro-Beat tonight at The Horseshoe down the road, with The Francis Jetty playing live, I'm tempted to treat myself to a new dress. I'm thinking of going for the Yumi Meila Lace Tea Dress, but I'm not sure which colour to choose. If you have any ideas, let us know on our Twitter account. I think I'm going to have to try them all on to see. It's a hard life! :)

Make sure you grab a copy of the Northants Evening Telegraph if you're in the area on Monday. Check out their fantastic fashion, beauty and shopping section, Spree, and look out for our fantastic new advert, showing our artist and model Rebecca in the Yumi Xaviera Parrot Sun Dress in beige. Cut out the advert and bring it in to receive 10% off all Yumi clothes!

Pick Of The Day today is this Ethically Traded 'Better To Have Loved And Lost' Retro Metal Sign, £7.00. It features the wise words 'It's better to have loved and lost than to live with the psycho for the rest of your life'. Admit it, if you don't need this sign, you certainly know someone who does! It features a retro fifties housewife image, and comes with the wire attached ready to hang. A great gift for yourself, or a recently single friend (maybe use your discretion on that one!).

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Karma Police - Radiohead

Friday, 6 May 2011

All White

Morning,

We've just seen the fantastic new advert that we'll be running in the Spree section of the Northants Evening Telegraph on Monday. If you're in the area, make sure you grab a copy of it to claim 10% off all Yumi clothing.

Can't believe it's Friday already! Looking forward to watching The Francis Jetty playing live at Retro-Beat tomorrow night! Anyone else going to any good gigs this weekend? Do give us your recommendations (or reviews, we like reviews!).

Plans for today? Well, we've just changed the window display (it now features the Yumi Marina dress in navy, and the Yumi Yaura Leopard Tunic Dress in mauve). Hopefully got some customers coming back to have a look at our range of Special Evening prom dresses, then might even sneak in a bit of reading to finish off Kate Atkinson's Case Histories. And of course, if you're popping in or ordering online, I'll be making sure we do our best to help! Always the priority, that one!


Anyway, on to our Pick Of The Day which is these Dr Martens 1460 8-Eye Boots in White Patent. They look great with little Summer dresses and a tan, or they're perfect for a bit of customisation if you're feeling brave (if not, we recommend replacing the laces with ribbon in any colour you choose, for a bit of contrasting girliness!). We have a small selection of Dr Martens on our online shop, but you can browse the full catalogue in store, or just e-mail or telephone to ask if you're after something in particular. We usually only have a pair or two in stock, and get each pair in to order, so as soon as you let us know what you want, we contact Dr Martens (conveniently located just down the road!) and will let you know straight away if there's going to be any delay. We really do love our Dr Martens here!

Have a great Friday! Almost the weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Just Fine - Mary J Blige

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Where The Wild Roses Grow

Morning,

This week is flying by! Our Stargazer Semi-Permanent Hair Coloursare very popular this week, with Magenta and Rouge being the fastest selling! Also, the Yumi Kenna Swallow Maxi Dress is still selling really well in both pink and navy, so make sure you get yours! As with all of our clothes, we only stock things in limited numbers to keep them desirable and you looking unique, so once they're gone, they're gone.

Today's Pick Of The Day is this handmade D'n'J Make Up Roll in Red Rose, £15.00 and includes a free Barry M Kohl Pencil. This is perfect if you're travelling about this Summer, especially if you're heading to the festivals. It keeps all your make-up pencils, liners and brushes together and protected from the elements! Because after 3 days in mud, a girl needs to look her best!

Have a great day (and get out and vote, if you can, we're big on getting involved here!).

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: 40 Miles - Hot Zex

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Oh Kayla

Morning,

Just got the new copies of Image magazine in today so they will be given away free with all clothing purchases on a first come first serve basis, so come grab yours now! Look out for our prom dress advert in there, too!

We're now down to the last one of our super-flattering Iska Layers Dress, which is on sale for only £20.00. Definitely a bargain!

Pick Of The Day today are these Death Kitty Kayla Pants, £17.00 in the sale. They're wide-leg jeans in black with a really cool red pinstripe. We also have a drainpipe jeans version in stock too. Death Kitty make perfectly punky pieces that are great quality and value, so give a pair of these a try!

Hope your week is going well!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: The Void - Ganglians

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Paint It Black

Morning,

Hope you all enjoyed your holidays! Now let's get back to some fantastic fashion!

Just a quick blog post today, as it's the beginning of the month and time to sort out our admin!


Pick Of The Day today is a great little bargain to get you ready for Summer. These are our Barry M Nail Paints, £2.99, available in a selection of colours we have handpicked for you. Perfect for getting your finger and toe nails ready for the warm weather! Whether you prefer pinks, reds, corals, basic black or pastels, we should have something to tickle your fancy. All of our Barry M products are sold at the recommended retail price, so we're not more expensive than most of the big stores (but better karma when you support an independent and buy from us!).

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: (We Want) The Same Thing - Belinda Carlisle

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Quimella Before You Lose It

Morning,

Almost done with all these excessive holidays! We're open as normal until 5.30pm today, then closed as usual on Sunday and Monday and everything back to normal (or as close as we get to that) on Tuesday.

If you're in the area, make sure you pick up today's Northants Evening Telegraph and cut out our advert. Bring it in store to receive 10% off our range of Yumi clothing.

Pick Of The Day today is one of those Yumi pieces. This is the Yumi Quimella Lace Skirt, £40.00. It's available in basic black, a rich chocolate brown or classic beige. It has a silky underskirt, with a cream lace overskirt. The lace on the hem and the elasticated waistband (good for a bit of give on sizing) are in colours to match the underskirt. The cut of the skirt dips slightly in the middle, to create a great lengthening effect on those of us who have stumpy legs! This is a very versatile Summer piece with an on-trend vintage look, that can be worn for casual or smart, and will still be great later in the year matching with a pair of tights or leggings. Really has to be seen (and felt! Lovely fabric!) to be appreciated.

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Cover Me With Kisses - Kylie Minogue

Friday, 29 April 2011

Coney Island Baby

Morning,

Well, I'll admit, I'm here at the shop, and not watching the Royal Wedding. We're open until 4pm today so come have a browse if you're at a loose end on your extra day off!

I was interviewed live on BBC Radio Northampton yesterday about the Wellingborough Traders Group and the town centre in general. You can listen to it on iPlayer here, just skip ahead to the 30 minute point to hear the full piece.

Pick Of The Day today is this Worn Free John Lennon New York City T-Shirt, on sale at £25.00. We only have very limited stock of this left and only in a size S so perfect for girls too! This is a fully licensed replica made by California's Worn Free of the original t-shirt John Lennon wore in New York in 1974. It's been one of our most popular Worn Free designs, so make it yours quickly!

Have a great day whatever you're doing!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: How You Remind Me - Nickelback

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Curiouser & Curiouser

Morning,

Hmm... not sure what's happened to the weather but I'm optimistic the sun will come back! But if that doesn't brighten your weekend, if you're in the area make sure you buy Saturday's Northants Evening Telegraph for another chance to grab one of our 10% off all Yumi clothing vouchers!

Any exciting plans for tomorrow? If not, pop in or order online. We're open from 10am until 4pm, then all day as usual on Saturday. Come have a browse and a chat!


Caught a bit of the Alice miniseries on Syfy the other day, so that has inspire me to have this Temporary:Secretary Alice In Wonderland Charm Necklace, £25.00, as our Pick Of The Day today. Hand-assembled by the oh so talented TempSec, it's made using brass vintage charms. Looks particularly fantastic with what we call our 'Alice dress', the Max C Bow Button Ruffle Sleeve Dress, but is a lovely piece to compliment any outfit. As this is our last one, order it or come in store before the close of business on Saturday and we'll throw in one of our Indian Glitz Heart Trinket Boxes as a little gift.

Ready for another long weekend?

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Venus As A Boy - Bjork

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Hippy Hippy Shake

Morning,

It seems ages since the last blog post, what with various holidays. Just a reminder, we are open today and tomorrow, 9am to 5.30pm, then on Friday we're open from 10am until 4pm for those with a day off and no plans (we promise we won't mention the royal wedding, unless you do!).

Did you pick up a copy of Saturday's Northants Evening Telegraph? If so, bring in our advert to receive 10% off our Yumi Spring/Summer 2011 collection.

Pick Of The Day today are these Stargazer Glitter Shakers, £3.00 each. They're great for any celebration or night out. They come in a variety of colours (we like the black Onyx one, for something different) including a selection of UV ones that glow under UV lights. Not only are these available in store and on our online shop, you can also pick them up on your night out at The Horseshoe, Sheep Street, Wellingborough where we have a little pop up Stargazer shop behind the bar that also includes their fantastic Neon Gel Colours.

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Diamond Rings - Chipmunk feat Emeli Sande

Saturday, 23 April 2011

In Flames

Morning,

We're getting ourselves all geared up for Retro-Beat tonight! If you're out on the town this Easter weekend, pop in and get your outfit sorted! Whatever you're doing, have a great Easter!

We'll be shut Sunday and Monday (as usual) and we will be reopening on Tuesday at 12pm until 5.30pm (because I'm moving house and need to go sign bits of paper!).

Our models Matt and Tahnee popped in yesterday and showed us the scan pictures of their new baby boy (expected October). Their son Zack is already a charming regular visitor to the shop, so very excited for them. So congratulations guys!

Also, make sure you grab a copy of today's Northants Evening Telegraph if you're in the area. Just bring in our advert to get 10% off Yumi clothes!

Pick Of The Day today is this Spiral Direct Phoenix Rising T-Shirt, £15.00. It has a fantastic phoenix print on the front, with a contrasting print on the reverse. It's a really great piece, and we only have one left! Perfect if you're planning on rising from the flames!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: In Sleep - Lissie

Friday, 22 April 2011

Belle Of The Ball

Morning,

Enjoying your holidays? We're looking forward to a great weekend and some awesome music at The Horseshoe down the road. It's Retro-Beat on Saturday with The Liabilities playing live, then on Sunday it's Nico'ZZ supported by The Aviation Society. 3 great bands so can't wait! If you're in the area, well worth checking them all out!

The sunshine seems to be creating lots of love for the Yumi Kenna Swallow Maxi Dress. The pink one is most popular at the moment, but there's lots of attention going to the navy version too, so if you love it, make it yours. What's more, if you're in the area, get a copy of Saturday's Northants Evening Telegraph and look out for our advert in the photography supplement. Bring that ad in with you to get 10% off all our of Yumi clothing.


Pick Of The Day is perfect for the wedding and prom season coming up. This Special Evening SENVA39 Dress in black, £55.00, is just beautiful. It has a corset-style back laced up with ribbon for the perfect fit, and adjustable straps. The top part of the dress is embroidered with sequins, and the skirt is layered and decorated with fabric roses at the front. It also comes with the matching shawl. Perfect, non?

Well, have a great day if you're on holiday, and either pop in store to see us or get ordering on our online shop and we'll sort out all your Easter fashion needs!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Let's Stick Together - KT Tunstall

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Who The F*ck Is Alice?

Morning,

Been a bit of a hectic one already this morning. Remember, if you're out shopping or doing a bit of online retail therapy over this weekend, we're open 10am till 4.30pm tomorrow, and all day on Saturday, so pop in store or order online and we'll get it sent straight out to you. Wherever possible, our mail order items are sent out First Class Signed For in the UK, to ensure they get there quickly and safely. For overseas, we always send First Class and try to use a method that requires a signature on delivery. Once the item is sent, you will receive your tracking details via PayPal so you can keep tabs on it too!

I know the weather has been nice the last couple of days, but the shop is located on a side of the street that doesn't get any sun. This means it's nice and cool for weary shoppers, but I'm yet to stop wearing a cardigan all day! So while everyone else is getting sunburn (please tan responsibly!), I'm looking like Casper The Friendly Ghost. Oh well, I'm going for pale and interesting!

Busy day yesterday. As well as customers and browsers, we had lots of visitors. I like to think of Unorthodox as being a bit of a community. So Patrick came in to park his bike in the back room, Matt came in to borrow my sim card, Goth Dave popped in for a chat, as did Carly and baby Leo, and Tracie and Caitlin, as well as others. It's one of the nicest parts of being here. It's great when our repeat customers stop by and let us know how they're getting on with their purchases or make suggestions.

Pick Of The Day today is this Rubertine Art Airbrushed Alice Cooper T-Shirt, £25.00. Made in strictly limited numbers, this was airbrushed by hand by local artist Carmen, and is part of a range of t-shirts featuring heroes and icons. It's a work of art you can wear.

Have a great day (especially if it's your last one at work for a few days!).

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Magnatron - Kenickie

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

You're Still On Your GameBoy

Morning,

Planning on finishing reading C.J. Stone's The Last Of The Hippies today before moving on to Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (also have Emma Donoghue's Room to start as well). A big thank you to all the friends who pop in with books I can borrow!

I've been meaning to dye my hair for days now but something always keeps coming up. I will do it tonight! Going to finish off the last of my Stargazer hair dye in Violet, then switch to something else next time. I used their Rouge one before and that was great, but tempted to try a new colour entirely. Coral Blue maybe? Any opinions out there?

Pick Of The Day today is this awesome RedRock Fashion GameBoy Necklace, £7.00. A great bit of 80s retro, it's on a long chain and made of hama beads. RedRock are a fantastic up and coming label coming up with bright, casual, fun clothing and accessories. Get 'em while we mere mortals can still afford 'em!

Enjoy the sunshine!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Mambo No.5 (A Little Bit Of...) (Extended Mix) - Lou Bega

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Flat Pack

Morning,

Hope you all had a good weekend. Thought we'd let you know our opening hours for the bank holidays coming up. We will be open as normal, and closed on the Mondays as usual, except for Good Friday (22nd) when we will be open 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday 26th when we will be opening at midday until 5.30pm, and Royal Wedding day (29th) when we will be open 10am till 4pm. I apologise if any of this causes an inconvenience (and to be fair, I'm moving house that week, so I need to grab some spare hours here and there to do that!).

We were also mentioned in the Northants Evening Telegraph again the other day (yeah, yeah, just call me rentaquote). This time it was commenting on a flyering campaign run by another local town, Corby, trying to persuade Wellingborough's shoppers to go over there instead. Think the headline Corby tactics anger Kettering and Wellingborough in store wars might be a bit melodramatic but is probably infinitely more attention-grabbing than 'Traders slightly miffed'. :)


Pick Of The Day for today is a little bargain and a great way of support local artists. This Cat Flat by R.L. Sturdgess Postcard Set, £2.00 for a pack of 6, is taken from the Cat Flat comic book designed by local artist and Unorthodox model Rebecca. Drawn in an anime style, they are perfect for sending out your thank you notes for all those Easter eggs you're anticipating!

Enjoy the sun (or whatever weather you have where you are!).

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) (Remix) - Blu Cantrell feat Foxy Brown

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Purple People Eater

Morning,

It's Saturday! Which means several things: for our in-store shoppers, it's your last day to get your Stargazer hair dyes for only £4.00. Also, for those in the Wellingborough area, make sure you get your copy of the Northants Evening Telegraph today and look out for our advert. Just bring it in with you to get 10% off all Yumi clothing.

Today's Pick Of The Day is this gorgeous piece of hand drawn, signed, original artwork by Pippa Alice. This is The Purple House, and all Pippa Alice pieces have now been reduced to only £20 each. It is on handmade recycled cotton rag paper, and measures approximately 11x15.5cm so it's a small and perfectly formed piece for decorating any space.

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Atrocity Exhibition - Joy Division

Friday, 15 April 2011

Life In Mono

Morning,

You know how I was talking about all that planning meeting stuff yesterday? You can check out the full story from the Northants Evening Telegraph. Also, make sure you get your copy of the ET tomorrow and look out for our advert. You'll get 10% off all Yumi clothing if you bring the advert in the shop with you!

We have now sold out of the Max C 'Damien' Skull-Studded handbag in Khaki that we featured as Pick Of The Day yesterday, but we still have one left in Grey so if you fancy one, snap that up now!

Pick Of The Day today is this Monsalina Chic Black & White Mini Dress. Perfect for nights out, Summer cocktail parties, or proms, this is only left in a few sizes and is on sale (as is the white with black detail version). Beautifully made and a really classy example of monochrome chic, this dress has an elasticated back so it fits like it was made for you, and it also comes with clear plastic shoulder straps that can be attached to the dress or to a multiway bra, if you choose. Curvier ladies who may usually shrink away from off the shoulder numbers or shiny materials should really give this one a shot (and we still have size 16 available), as it is surprisingly flattering (we always make an effort to stock clothes that don't just look good on tiny girls... because I'm not one!).

Have a great weekend. Remember, you have until tomorrow to take advantage of our in-store offer on Stargazer hair dyes (all colours back in stock), reduced to only £4.00 each, and online shoppers that registered with our site before Tuesday morning have until Sunday to use their 10% discount code (see earlier blog entries if you missed it).

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Clint Eastwood (Ed Case Refix) - Gorillaz

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Voodoo Glow Skulls

This was written this morning but due to technical gremlins, it's not being posted until now. Sorry!

Morning,

I've been trying to do my bit as a responsible local business owner, so last night I spoke (alongside other shop owners) at a council planning committee meeting against the application to change the use of one of the empty shops in town so it could become a bookies. Fortunately, the councillors agreed with us, and we stopped it. Personally, I reckon Wellingborough needs more shops, not another bookies! Anyway, it was really nervewracking, but attending the planning meeting was a really interesting experience. I was moving watching people waiting for decisions on home extensions, etc. I kept looking at their anxious faces while they waited for a group of old men (well, they all were!) to wave their hands and decide something that whilst minor to everyone else, was really important to them. It was like a real life soap opera! I recommend everyone attends a planning meeting once in their life. Although I should think once would be enough!


Pick Of The Day today is this Max C London 'Damien' Skull-Studded Handbag in Khaki, £35.00. I can definitely recommend this one as I have it, and I've been using it daily for months now (the sign of a quality bag is that you can fill it with junk, drag it everywhere, and it still looks fantastic, which this does). We also have these available in Grey, but there is only one left in the Khaki. It has a zip on the main compartment, as well as 2 internal pockets, one with a zip. The straps are threaded through to give it that great slouch look, and the silver-coloured skulls that cover the main section are subtle but really original. The black version of this bag (now sold out, I'm afraid) was featured in Heat magazine. Max C, whilst they make lovely clothes, are probably best known for their bags at the moment, which are fantastically designed and really good quality (thus making this great value).

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Whatever It Takes - P.O.D.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Brooching The Subject

Morning,

Did you register on our online shop before yesterday morning? Have you used your 10% discount code yet? It's valid until the end of Sunday! Just enter GIFT10 at checkout.

Just changed the window display to add one of our Yumi Malin Blazers. Black and grey blazers with white trim are everywhere at the moment, and these are a great version with rosebud buttons. They look fantastic as they are but extra special when you add our Pick of The Day...

Pick Of The Day are these handmade Maddie Corsage Brooches, £4.00. We only have a couple of designs left now so be quick. These are a great way of adding a little Springtime floral to an outfit, and look especially great on bags and blazers (see above). An affordable way of giving a piece of clothing a revamp.

Have a great day.

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Macarena - Los Del Rio

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Everything Zen

Morning,

Hope you all had a good weekend!

Just placed our Stargazer order for more hair dye. So as an added bonus, I will keep our in store offer for hair dyes at £4.00 each until they arrive. For those shopping online, as we promised, we have launched a discount code for those already registered with our online shop. Just enter GIFT10 at checkout to receive 10% off your order.

We were in yesterday's Northants Evening Telegraph, in their fantastic fashion and shopping section Spree, talking about the colours for this season. Check out Jill Robinson's article, Return Of Colour. If you're looking for brights this season, make sure you have a look at our pieces by RedRock Fashion.

Pick Of The Day today is this handmade, one-off JP Jewellery Buddha Necklace. This is a unisex piece, with a distinctive chunky chain and a wooden buddha pendant. Great if you need a little extra good karma. As it's a handmade, one-off, you'll have to be quick because when it's gone, it's gone!

Have a great day! Enjoy your discount codes!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: We Are Family (Sure Is Pure Remix Edit) - Sister Sledge

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Fuzzbubble

Morning,

It's Saturday! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, it's the Grand National today (not a fan, but there's a bookies across the road, so can't help but notice). For those shopping in store, we still have the special offer on our Stargazer hair dyes with them reduced to only £4.00 a box. For those doing their retail therapy online, register with the site before 9am on Tuesday, then look out for the 10% discount code to be announced on our Facebook page and Twitter.

Think our photographer Brian Chapman has a couple of shoots going on at the shop today, possibly with a new model, Rhianne, and one for The Liabilities. Then we're off to Retro-Beat tonight to see Roundhouse and Ali Blake playing live. If you're about, make sure you check it out.


Pick Of The Day are these bright, handmade Irene Mosedale Felt & Wood Necklaces, £10.00. They are long beaded strings and they look fantastic with maxi dresses. The wooden beads are interspersed with larger fuzzy felt ones, so they're really tactile too. Great if you love this season's bright colours but don't want to take the plunge to deep! As they are handmade, each is slightly different, and due to the limited availability of the felt beads, these and their matching bracelets are becoming quite sought after.

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to. Just shout if you need us.

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Sad Day - Kyo

Friday, 8 April 2011

Heart-Shaped Box

Morning,

We are launching a special offer next week. On Tuesday morning, we'll announce a discount code to get 10% off on our online shop. The code will be announced on our Facebook page and on our Twitter, as well as on here. To make sure the code works for you, all you have to do is register on our online shop before 9am on Tuesday. Just click here to get registered.

Lovely sunny Friday today, and everyone seems to have come out early. Not usually so busy first thing but helps wake me up so thank you to everyone who has popped in already!

Went out for dinner last night to Little India in nearby Earls Barton so still feeling stuffed and sleepy today. Really enjoyed it, but Saffron in Wellingborough is still my favourite Indian restaurant for the time being. Then promptly got home and fell asleep on the sofa watching Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. It's a very rock and roll lifestyle we lead!

Pick Of The Day today are these ethically traded Indian Glitz Trinket Boxes, £3.50 each, available in pink, purple or turquoise. These make perfect little gifts or are a great way of keeping your little bits and bobs safe and tidy. They are heart-shaped metal boxes, fully lined, and decorated with multicoloured sequins and bells. Just beautiful!

Have a great day. Catch you tomorrow.

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Time To Party - Craig David

Thursday, 7 April 2011

An Eye For An Eye

Morning,

I've declared Winter over and bought out my pink Raybans. That's the official sign of Spring. :)

Going to be doing some price reductions later, so keep your eyes open for those!

Yesterday I finished reading Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog. I'd not read any of her books before, and it was quite an interesting novel, if not particularly earth-shattering. Might give some of her other books a go. Bit of a holiday read, if you're going away this Summer. I have now started on The Last Of The Hippies by CJ Stone that our photographer Brian has loaned to me.

Today's Pick Of The Day is one of the most distinctive types of Dr Marten available. If you really love them, say it loud and proud with these Dr Marten 1B60 20-Eye Zip Boots in Cherry Red, £120.00 (also available in black). They have a zip on the inside leg so you won't spend forever getting in and out of them, as well! These look especially awesome with one of our Death Kitty skirts!

Have a great day. Almost Friday!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: The Devil Walks In The Sand - The Cooper Temple Clause

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

They're creepy and they're kooky...

Morning,

Well, we have our Stargazer hair colour offer going in store (not available online, this offer, sorry, but we will sort you out with something equally brilliant very soon!). This week only, get your hair colours for only £4.00 (reduced from £5.50)! It is while stocks last, and some colours have already sold out, but at this price it's a great chance to try something new! But if you're not feeling adventurous, don't worry, we'll be reordering all the sold out colours next week, so hang on in there. :)


Pick Of The Day today is this D'n'J Reversible Bag in Halloween Print/Black, £14.00. It may seem a little unseasonal, but it's perfect if you want to buck the floral trend this summer. Handmade, one side has a Halloween print featuring witches, ghosts, spiderwebs and pumpkins, or turn it inside out for a plain black bag. It's the perfect size for lunches, books, or just carrying your bits and bobs around, and light enough to be perfect for summer. So get in touch with your inner Wednesday Addams and make every day Halloween.

Have a good day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Detroit Style - A1 People

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Lovecats

Morning,

Big thank you to @funkyninjadoo for sharing her Dazzle Dust tips with us on the comments section of Saturday's blog post!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. We're launching a special offer (in store only, I'm afraid, on this one) on our Stargazer Semi-Permanent Conditioning Hair Colours later today. Keep your eyes open on our Facebook page or our Twitter feed for more information on that.

Did you see us in the Good Taste supplement in Saturday's Northamptonshire papers? I gave my words of wisdom (hmm!) on what looks to go for this Spring/Summer and they featured our gorgeous Yumi Ormanda Floral Lace Skirt.

Pick Of The Day today is this punky Death Kitty Red Tartan Skirt, £15.00. We showed off the Purple Tartan version a few weeks ago. We only have 1 left in the red, so if you're a size Small, this is your lucky day so get in quick and make this yours! It has a black net underskirt, and the Death Kitty logo safety pinned to the front. Cute, tough and perfectly punky.

Have a great day.

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Isolation - Joy Division

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Razzle Dazzle

Morning,

We've made it to the weekend! It's not looking too bad out there so get out and support your local indie shops (or, if you're just not in the mood or you don't have any local independents, check out our online shop).

Feeling quite chilled out so far today, just drinking my coffee, listening to the iPod, writing this, then sorting out the internet orders.

Pick Of The Day today are the classic and award-winning Barry M Dazzle Dusts, £4.59 (that's the RRP, meaning we're no more expensive than most big stockists). They are make-up bag essentials and a little goes a long way, meaning they last ages and like all Barry M, they're great value for money and not tested on animals. Apply to your eyelids with a small brush, and leave subtle and shimmering or layer for more colour. For those who don't like misplaced glitter, you can hold a tissue or facewipe under your eye to stop any loose bits falling onto your cheek. Our other top Dazzle Dust tip is to apply a small amount of Vaseline to your eyelid first to help keep it in place. See, we're full of little pearls of wisdom! We have a selection of colours in stock, picked for either their popularity or because we think they're stand-out fantastic, so we've rifled through the range to bring you the best. It's ok, it was no trouble. :)

Have a great weekend!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: As Sure As The Sun - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Friday, 1 April 2011

It's A Knockout

Morning,

Just given the counter a bit of a polish. I love our counter. Not sure how old it is but the metal plaque on it states it was made by Shopfittings (Manchester) Ltd, Manchester 4. Not sure when the postcodes changed but I think that makes it at least 50 years old (but I'm happy to be corrected if anyone else can help!). It's an old drapers counter. The best thing about it is that I think we were fated to have it. When I was looking at counters to buy, most of the affordable ones were just MDF boxes. Pete said it was a shame we couldn't find one like the old drapers counter they used to have in Milestones on Cambridge Street. Now I don't remember Milestones, but it was a clothes shop in Wellingborough in the 80s/90s (again, I think, feel free to correct me). Anyway, I got increasingly annoyed as Pete extolled the virtues of this apparently fantastic counter I couldn't afford anything like. Then, a day later, we ran into the bloke who had owned Milestones in town, Pete not having seen him for about a decade. In the course of conversation, it transpired he still had the counter (it was in his garage acting as a vegetable rack) and he agreed to sell it to us. Hence, the antique counter. Admittedly, the glass on top is a little scratched and there are signs in the wood that it was once attacked by hungry bugs (they're not there now, I checked!), but it's really distinctive, and even still has the little brass ruler measuring out a yard on the top. All in all, it's Unorthodox, and that's what we like. So yes, that's Friday story time for you!


Today's Pick Of The Day is expertly modelled here by Steve, but since we have it in sizes ranging from XS to L, I think it's perfect for the ladies too. This is the Worn Free Joan Jett Knockout T-Shirt, now on sale at £25.00. It's a replica of the original Knockout t-shirt worn by Joan Jett in New York, 1981, as shown on the distinctive Worn Free tag. California's Worn Free produce brilliant fully licensed t-shirts that are fantastic quality (mine have lasted ages and washed really well), and this is a great way of showing your love of an artist without the obvious band t-shirts. Or I suppose it's just great if you like boxing. If you like boxing *and* Joan Jett, it's just too damn perfect! So get this and settle down with The Runaways on DVD or start dancing around to I Love Rock N Roll.

It's Friday! Oh, you noticed? :)

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Chinese Rocks - Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Prom Night

Morning,

I should know by now that when I go to the bank on a morning, sticking up a Back In 5 Minutes sign is a tad optimistic! Going to start campaigning for my branch to have one of those priority customer counters so business account holders can get through quicker, and in my case open the shop! I have a feeling I am not their greatest priority but we'll see how it goes!

Got the last episode of Lily Allen: From Riches To Rags recorded on my Sky+ so looking forward to catching up on that. It's been really great (in a schadenfreude way, I guess!) to see that even with an infinitely larger budget, setting up a clothing shop is not the easiest thing. I thought it was just me being an idiot! I've found the whole thing quite inspiring to be honest! Really want to visit Lucy In Disguise when I can next treat myself to a trip to London (that's your cue to buy lots of stuff from Unorthodox so I can!).

I just had to break off to panic that we were having an earthquake, but it turns out it was just the roadworks people round the back of the shop driving a... erm, is it a steamroller if there's no steam? Anyway, it made the entire building shake. It's too early in the day for noisy machinery (says the girl currently listening to an Alec Empire track).

With prom season coming up, I thought this dress would be a perfect Pick Of The Day. This is the Special Evening SENOA06 Prom Dress in Black, £55.00. It comes with the shawl as well, and is one of the most admired of our prom dresses, with beautiful sequined detail on the side going up to the neckline and straps. It has an elasticated back as well, so it fits like it was made for you. An absolute bargain for the price! We have a selection of Special Evening dresses on our online shop and in store, however if you are looking for a specific size or colour that you don't see, just ask and we may be able to order it in for you.

Have a great day, and see you tomorrow!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Possibilities (Live At Glastonbury) - Amp Fiddler

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

tRuffle Shuffle

Morning,

Erm, where did the sunshine go? It'll be back right? Not a fan of grey days. I really do have that oh so British obsession with the weather.

Our friend @funkyninjadoo has started a bit of a campaign to boost the follower numbers on the Unorthodox twitter, so go check out our page and follow us (and her, while you're at it!).

I think I'm also now allowed to say a big congratulations to Tahnee & Matt Burgess (both of whom have modelled for us, among other huge favours) who are expecting their second baby, following on from the gorgeous Zack. Shame we don't do a children's line... :)

Finally got around to doing my nails again yesterday. Went for Barry M Nail Paint in Cobalt Blue, undercoated and topped with my ever-essential Barry M 3 In 1 Nail Paint.

If I have to stick Employers Liability Insurance certificates on the wall, you'd think they could at least make them a little more decorative!

Anyhoo...

In hope that the Summer is going to come round soon (and because it was RR creative supremo Kiran's birthday this week), I thought this would be a perfect Pick Of The Day. This is the RedRock Fashion Ruffle Vest, £16.00. Everyone always comments on the beautiful blue of the ruffle detail on the shoulder, and how it contrasts with the khaki/grey colour of the vest itself. Flattering, it's a great Summer piece, combining comfort and simplicity with a touch of glamour. RedRock Fashion make fantastic, colourful and eye-catching pieces that exude effortless cool, like it was just something you threw on and the fact you look awesome is just a happy accident. Not many labels can manage that!

Halfway through the week, just about. Think we'll make it to the weekend? YEAH!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Skinny Love - Bon Iver

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Back To Black (and white)

Morning,

How was your weekend? We admittedly spent most of it in the Horseshoe, first on Saturday night for Retro-Beat with The Lucky 27's playing live, then on Sunday for their fantastic comedy night. If you're in the area, and you've not checked out the Sunday night comedy, make sure you do, it's fantastic!

Finished reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest. As it's the last book in the Millennium trilogy, I'm feeling a bit at a loss now! Have just started Kate Atkinson's Started Early, Took My Dog, though, and will report back on that one.


Pick Of The Day today is this distinctive, monochrome Monsalina Chic White & Black Mini Dress, now on sale at only £25.00. We also have a small number of these left in black with white detail as well. With the fantastic tailoring and quality that we've come to expect from Monsalina Chic, it's a bargain! The elasticated back means it fits perfectly, it's surprisingly flattering, and it comes with clear straps that can be attached to the dress, or to a bra, if you like. It's that kind of attention to detail that makes loving this label so easy! This is a great dress for showing off your tan this summer!

Have a great day!

Kat

Now Playing In The Shop: Yellow (Live Lounge) - Coldplay

Saturday, 26 March 2011

In-Vest

Morning,

It's the weekend! Let the excitement commence. We'll most likely be heading down the road to The Horseshoe tonight to check out Unorthodox Boy, Pete, DJing for Retro-Beat, with The Lucky 27's and The Tea Rooms playing live. Got any exciting plans?

Still not got around to re-dying my hair. Procrastination, it's my biggest fault! But it will be back to all of it's Stargazer Violet glory very soon!

Pick Of The Day today is this Max C Lace Bow Vest Top, now on sale at £17.00 (reduced from £25.00). Sizes and stock are now very limited, so get in quick for a Summer bargain. This cream vest is decorated with black lace detail, and a small pearl-effect charm in the gathered centre of the bow. As it's a long vest top, it can be worn any number of ways, and monochrome is very big this season. In this photo we have teamed it with Death Kitty Skull Rose Leggings, but it also looks fantastic just worn with jeans and maybe a Yumi Malin Blazer to follow the monochrome theme.

Have a great Saturday. If you're popping in the shop, we look forward to seeing you, or just place your order online via our online shop and we'll get them out to you ASAP.

Kat

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