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Fall Doune The Rabbit Hole with us…

The Jazz are so excited to be taking their vintage wares to this year’s DOUNE THE RABBIT HOLE at Duncarron Fort, Carron Valley Forest, Kilsyth on  Friday 24 – Sunday 26 of August 2012. The line up this year looks amazing! We’re over the moon to be going back to this small Scottish festival, it has such a lovely mellow vibe.  Tickets are super affordable and there is even a shuttle bus from Glasgow.

We can’t wait :)


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Vintage Road Trip!

A whoo hoo! The Jazz are going on a road trip! Well, maybe not quite the epic driving marathon across America that that word conjures up. But we will be travelling just over 70 miles to bring our delectable wares to ST ANDREWS. Forgive our excitement but this grand seaside town famous for educating Prince Williams and creating the laziest sport known to man (golf) also spawned another less famous but definitely (in our eyes) note worthy person, one half of The Jazz!

Oh yeah, this might entice you even more. We will for the second time ever in the history of the Jazz-niverse have a SALE rail! Get your grubby mitts on some lovely but discounted vintage this Saturday.

– Jazz out

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Wednesday Fun!

We interrupt Jazzine’s regular scheduling (she’ll be back soon folks, jazzy as ever) to share a pic from Dead Man’s Clothes September Fashion Event at Mount Heart Attack fun-tastic club night. The Jazz realised that even though we shared some of the pics on our tumblr page all our blog readers might have missed them in the internetz ether. The awesome Mhairi showcased Bonnie Bling‘s new tribal jewellery range by pairing it with The Jazz’s safari jumpsuit.

Above is a sneak peek from Niall Walker to whet  your appetite…

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Let’s get BOLD!

I have no idea if that title makes sense, but in my excitement for this week’s Bold Souls I really don’t care! The Jazz will be at this delightful late night shopping and networking event with some outlandish attire. Tickets are now available to buy here. Hope to see all you dapper folk there…

p.s.  if you’re unfamiliar with this event and want to swot up a lil’ before hand, you can watch their awesome documentary below….

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Guest Post by Anneleen: Crafty Business

Over the last couple of years I have succumbed to the ‘crafting revolution’ that is sweeping the UK, leaving a trail of ‘Make Do and Mend’ mugs in its wake.

The increasing number of people interested in reviving old crafts (once deemed only for the ‘old’), possibly has something to do with the recession (Hobbycraft, for example, has seen a steep rise in sales since the Credit Crunch hit), with people seeking to save money through making things themselves. It may also be attributed to the growing public awareness of recycling as a lifestyle adaptation. It is very in vogue – not to mention eco-friendly – to revive old clothes, scraps of fabric and pieces of furniture with a bit of imagination and a lick of paint.

Whatever the reasons, crafting has been steadily gaining kudos with the cool kids over the last few years, resulting in knitting circles no longer being restricted to the Women’s Institute and nursing homes… Something of a ‘scene’ has built up around the craft revival, with hipsters such as the Shoreditch Sisters WI Group, led by Jazz Domino Holly (Joe Strummer’s daughter, with a highly appropriate name for this blog) getting a fair bit of media coverage – and book deals – for their forays into sewing, knitting and quilting.

The media itself has latched on to the trend, with Channel 4 airing ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Home’; a series where Kirstie Allsopp bustles into people’s houses and helps them to learn a variety of crafts, enabling them to upgrade their interiors on a budget whilst engaging with their inner crafter. The programme is considered a bit too mainstream by some of my crafting comrades, but I have to admit that I love it. The possibilities for transforming a room, just by learning a few new skills and getting a bit creative, is inspiring.   Kirstie also meets master-crafters with specialised skills, including makers of stained-glass, crochet and cross-stitch queens, blacksmiths and a wood-turner.
Both series of the show can be watched on 4OD, where there are also craft project tutorials worth checking out.

Such inspirations have not rendered me unaffected by this crafty revolution myself, and a year ago, I clubbed together with two friends to launch Granny Greens Big Night Out; an Edinburgh-based, weekly craft gathering. The vibe is informal and friendly – new faces are welcomed on a regular basis – with a drop-in set-up which means that people can pop in and out throughout the evening.

It’s been great getting to know other Edinburgh crafters over the last year and sharing skills with each other as we go. I have been cross-stitching for years, but have also been keen to learn how to knit, quilt and make cushions and clothes, and Granny Greens is a great place to mine other local crafters’ knowledge. I’ve been taught the basics of knitting and shared my own knowledge of cross-stitching with whomever so desired. We’ve had book-making and cupcake decorating workshops, crochet lessons, film discussion groups and a LOT of coffee and cake.

Rhian Meara's rag rug

We are about to launch our new term’s programme of events. The details will be up on our blog very soon, but I can reveal that it will include our regular craft drop-ins, more focused skill-sharing workshops, formal workshops (with exciting day-trips!) and a new, improved book group!

Granny Greens Big Night Out meets every Monday at Fredericks Coffee House on Frederick Street, between 6pm and 8pm. You can follow us on twitter @greensnightout or ‘like’ ‘Granny Green’s Big Night Out’ on Facebook.

….And so, my time as Guest Blogger for The Jazz Emporium has come to an end. It has been a blast – and an honour to have my musings published on this mighty website.
You can read more of my meditations on vintage fashion, craftiness, photography and life in general on my blog, snapandstitch.

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Guest Post by Anneleen: My Vintage Makeover!

The majority of the time, I like to stay safely behind the camera, but last Saturday was a special occasion. I was down in Sheffield – the home town that I heart – and visited their huge Vintage Fair that they host in the town hall, with my cousin in tow for company. Such was its popularity that we had to queue for twenty minutes to even get in! Once inside however, it was clearly worth it, in particular for the vintage beauty salon!

We decided to treat ourselves and get our hair and make-up done. I opted for a 40’s style curl with victory rolls; my fringe fashioned into betty bangs, complimented by bright red lips. I am not sure I could ever have sculpted my fine, unruly hair into such a style myself – especially not the gravity-defying victory rolls which stayed in place until the wee small hours. My cousin Dawn went for a little more understated, but very elegant, side parting and curl that reminded me of the 1950s screen sirens. I think you will agree she is quite the blonde bombshell!

The pampering was furthered by complimentary tea and cupcakes – my own was an amazing black forest gateau one, which was simply delicious!

The stylist (with the most amazing beehive I’ve ever seen!) was Amy Dutronc, of Audrey and Evelyn Vintage Parlour (named after her glamorous grandma and great-grandma). She has been styling her own hair in a variety of retro do’s for years, using her enthusiasm & talent professionally as a stylist for films, music videos and fashion shoots for 15 years. Currently in the process of setting up her own business, she brings her skills to vintage fairs but also plans to have a permanent base in Bang Bang vintage in Sheffield. I will definitely be toddling along there in future trips home…

Check out Audrey and Evelyn’s facebook for your own vintage hair inspiration and details of where to find Amy next!

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Guest Post by Anneleen: Nayane Fashion Show

This week I took a step down the catwalk – to show all you jazz fans a photographic insight into Nayane; an Edinburgh based fashion label set up by Dorota Alimowska and Ferial Puren. They create entirely unique pieces and part of the ethos of the company is to marry fashion with sustainability and social conscience. This was demonstrated at the recent Eco Fashion show they staged in June, with a range of restructured and upcycled clothes on show and all profits from the event going to the Footprints children’s home in Africa.

Their next fashion shows will take place at The Granary on The Shore in Leith on Friday 5th and Saturday 13th August, from 8pm and will be followed by live music. See here for more details on this stylish & admirable company!