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Guest Post by Jessica James: Hexapuff Obsessed!

Even after last week’s DIY dress alterations session, my alterations/fixing pile continues to grow. Being a crafty lass, I find it next to impossible to throw ANYTHING away. In my mind, a clothing item can always be transformed or used in some way (i.e. buttons, collars, etc). Yes, I’m a bit of a hoarder in this way.

A wee while ago, I made a solemn vow to not use acrylic yarn again….never-ever. Unfortunately, it looks like I’m ready to break this personal promise, dagnabbit! A lovely lady donated some wool for my personal usage, which I enthusiastically accepted. To my dismay, it turns out that I accepted a bulging bag of acrylic (plastic yarn). Because of my slight hoarding tendencies, I feel obliged to use it. But for what?? It does not feel pleasant on the skin, provide warmth, or hold its intended successfully. OMG, it is perfect for Hexapuffs!

Hexapuffs are a knitting phenomenon that has swept through the interwebs and taken over a good section of my life. I’ve become completely obsessed with Hexapuffs. These are little hexagon-ish shapes are knitted up and individually stuffed like a wee pillow. The concept is to make enough of them to create a covering of some sort. I originally thought I would just make a wee blanket for the foot of my bed, but it’s beginning to get out of hand. I’ve become hexa-obsessed, and may just end up with a full sized duvet, thanks to the extra bits of wool that seem to keep coming my way. The finished product will look a bit like a puffy honeycomb, which is why it’s called the Beekeeper Quilt. Yay. But as one member of THE JAZZ points out, one of these wee
Hexapuffs looks like it could be a character/monster of some sort (google eyes not included).

 

On of my current life problems is that I’m knitting too many things at once, and I feel the surmounting pressure of the wool in my wool basket waiting to be used (imagine ‘Under Pressure’ by Queen playing in the background at this point). I’m very much a product knitter, and I like to FINISH things, not continually start them. I’m just itching to have something completed so as to wear it…and yes, maybe even show it off a bit. On the needles now, I have the following:

 

One Lace Blouse...

 

One Lightweight Jumper...

 

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One pair of Fair Isle-ish mittens...

 

The mittens are out of my favorite knitty magazine of the moment: Jane Austen Knits. I am very interested…what would Jane do??

And finally, not forgetting the bloody hexapuffs!

Mount Hexapuff

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Guest Blog by Jessica James; Twistin’ The Night Away!

Themed club nights; I’m a big fan. They give the appearance of being just a bit more special than your average night out. They’re also an excuse to put forth some effort and dress up. But really, do I need an excuse?? No, not really. This is my second time attending THE GREEN DOOR in Edinburgh. The name brings to mind The Emerald City in the Wizard of Oz, with that strange little fellow guarding the door. Bouncers sure have changed. In fact, this club has nothing to do with Oz and has a bit more kick to it.

So, where have you been tonight, love?

Posters of skeleton swing dancers adorn the walls; red table clothes drape the tables with a loverly bowl of vintage sweets as the centerpiece. After the customary trip to the toilet for lipstick reapplication (I was sporting a sassy pink), we order drinks and have a seat around the bowl of drumsticks and sweeties. It feels a bit like a school dance (in a good way), where the boys and girls should be on opposite sides of the room, to later intermingle on the dance floor. The place is still pretty empty (it was way cheaper to get in early), so we sit back and enjoy the music while I keep my eyes peeled for a potential swing-dance partner. I’m not that good, but I know a few moves… I used to practice with my cousin in my garage. I know, I’m such a square.

The music was fantastic!! 50’s, 60’s, Doo Wop, Surf and Rock n Roll. I belong in this scene, and I’m chompin’ at the bit to get the dance floor started. They have all the amazing tunes, EXCEPT Tina Turner. My flat mate requested to have the legendary lady played with no success. I’ve recently re-watched What’s Love Got to Do With It, and my devotion to this fine firecracker of a woman is freshly renewed. But giving them the benefit of the doubt, maybe the DJs were unaware of her magnificence. Power in persistence, I’ll try again next time.

One thing I truly appreciate is seeing everyone’s effort to look the part. Loads of gals are in polka dotted, full-skirted dresses. My flat mate opted for the bad girl look: leather bomber jacket with a high ponytail, completed by a cigarette behind the ear. Oh the options! Many of the gents were in braces and slicked back hair, and I may have even seen a bowtie Frugging around.

Now onto what I was wearing; a dress, of course. This is nothing particularly out of the norm. In fact, my Mom says, so fond of dresses am I, that I refused to wear trousers until I was 9 years old. And even then, I eased myself in with a skort (remember those?! Yuck.). Now back to my outfit choice, I picked this little number up at a charity shop when it looked like an 80’s mess: full-length skirt, long sleeves, giant shoulder pads, splashed with orange, aqua and purple and a matching belt. I altered it into a short-sleeved, knee length charm. With the help of a pink crinoline underneath to aid with dancing swish action, it looks proper 1950’s. BAM!! Hemming a full skirt is rather tedious without a sewing machine. But my dancing frock was worth every stitch.


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Guest Blogger; Hannah – Dapper Gents

The Beatles. How I adore them. How other millions of people also adore them.

Everyone has their favourite Beatle, whether it was John for his crazy ways and NHS Specs, or Paul for his aloof smile and puppy dog eyes, or Ringo…. for whatever reason people like Ringo. (I kid, I kid.) But for me the greatest Beatle is without a doubt (Sitar equivalent of a drumroll please…)
George Harrison. *sigh* Beautiful, Intelligent, Musically Wonderous, Gorgeous, Style Maverick Harrison.
Being such a fan girl of Harrison I often find myself accidently rocking a George-inspired outfit, though maybe not quite as fabulously radical as paisley, bell bottoms and an afghan coat -but we will see what the future holds for my wardrobe.

Something that I have noticed about my personal favourite man from times gone by, is how much of a fashion chameleon he was. In some ways I think the sartorial appeal of Harrison may be similar to the appeal of barbie to my younger self; there’s a George Harrison outfit for every occasion. Dare to doubt me? Let me elucidate…

Outfit One – Funeral George


He’s all dressed up and ready to mourn. He may also be ready to smoke malboro lights and drink black coffee whilst discussing Rimbaud, that’s just how funeral George rolls.

Outfit Two – Weekend George


It’s simple cashmere sweater and smart trouser time. Here he is playing guitar, but this outfit makes him fully prepared for brunch in a nearby cafe, a leisurley stroll through Regent’s Park or a Scrabble tournament.
Outfit Three – Cinema George


Off to see a movie in 3D? Feareth not! This George comes complete with his own pair of groovy three dimensional spectacles!* Elton John thought he had it going on in the snazzy glasses department, but he aint got nothing on Harrison. Heck, he’s even giving Lennon a run for his money!
(*Ok, so they are technically not 3D glasses, but we can totally assume that George could have gotten his hands on a pair in the sixties…)
Outfit Four – DOUBLE DENIM GEORGE

Whooaaa! Pushing the fashion boundaries! This edition of George will give you a run for your money in the crazy outfit stakes – and win. Hands down. Every time. It should not work, but it does – it so does. Note: This George is limited edition, later versions of George fail miserably when trying to pull off double denim. Most notably eighties George.

Outfit Five – D.I.Y George

May also be known as William Morris wallpaper George, or Sound of Music curtain outfit George. Either way you can be assured that if times get hard, this man can rework every day household objects into flamboyant fineries and still look smoking.

and finally…

Ultimate test of hetrosexuality George

It’s the classic Sergeant Pepper look. Yes, they may all be wearing their silk military style suits with suitable aplomb but have the others really got anything on George?! Look at that stance! He knows he’s rocking a salmon pink silk suit and there’s the cheeky thumbs up to prove it. Ringo? Fuschia? Nice try…

Hetrosexuality test George shows that once in a while, a man comes along and proves that it is possible to remain masculine in a tight, satin, salmon pink suit.

And there we have it. Perfection itself. Now excuse me, I’m off to ebay me a pair of lime green flares a la Saville Row gig George…

Hannah x


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Sassy Bearcat of the Week: Joan Holloway

Madmen’s loved and most influential stylistically character, Joan Holloway, has stolen the style icon crown this week. Heralded for her curvy physique (referred to commonly and patronizingly as plus-size), Joan injects a feline allure into the prim time period of the series, and leads us all to the shocking conclusion that, yes, our grandparents probably DID like sex.

Well, actually, from all my grandpa’s comments throughout the ages about ‘dishy dames’, I feel I was maybe a little too aware of that fact of historical human nature already…

As is evident to any who carry eyes within their head (or fingers on their hands for those lucky enough to get to grips with the character herself) Joan is no skinny minnie. She ain’t no Agnes Dean or Daisy Lowe, whose cupcake chests and snooker cue arms luckily provide just enough substance to hang delectable clothes from. No, in the wardrobe of life, those much revered ladies are the coat hangers on the rack which we flick through absent mindedly, coveting a piece here and there, situated at random around the shopping floor; much of a muchness and a little bland.Joan, however, is the mannequin presiding on the podium,  surveying all the racks around her. Filling the clothes and bringing them to life, clad in perfectly pinned to fit outfits that are both striking and human at once. And boy, do we want to emulate that!

It’s the perfectly nipped in dresses, the expertly coiffed hair & the pencil skirts that just ooze sex, despite the low hemline and high neck lines; it’s a lesson to every platform sheathed, hot panted bimbo that naively grinds all night in Bamboo; if you want to be sexy, less flesh is more. Sure, the eager lads might not pant down your neck when you hit the dance floor in a round neck, fitted pencil dress and demure heels, but in order to tap into your real sexual confidence, you need to dress how you want, not as you want to be perceived.

Of course, Joan Holloway is really just a character played by Christina Hendricks, and has talented costume designer Katherine Jane Bryant to adjust her outfits to fit perfectly, but if we suspend this reality for a moment and just take time to evaluate Joan’s style as Bryant has read it to be, we can see that it all leads to one overwhelming message; being yourself and comfortable in who you are and how you dress is sexy.

And so is this.

No-one minds when Joan buts in.

For more inspiration from her see below – and check out the amazing paper dolls! We’re off to print our own set out now.

We want one!!


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Almost there…

So the pop-up shop is coming along slowly, this weather ain’t helping tho…Took some pics, apologies on the quality.

A nice wee bit of architecture in Kirkcaldy…

The Jazz Emporium

Pumpkinsputnik makes beautiful hand-made stationary & Violetsands creates lovely trinkets

In the background colourful paintings & clay ornaments and chess set by Gill Low…On the table is a giftcards, badges and canvas tote bags by Ziggy and Friends & Red Road Design. More intricate trinkets from Violetsands….

Jean-Pierre Lapeyre

 

Caroline Mackenzie Lapeyre

 


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The best remedy is a scarf…

The Jazz have been thinking lately about the wonderous healing properties of scarves….they can fix many a wardrobe ailment. Of course you can wear them in the “traditional way”, y’know round your neck like some kind of fashion dinosaur…..

In our youth, The Jazz used to wear scarves like Jimi’s headband style, we thought we were very rock n roll haha…

Small square scarfs wound round the handle of your handbag look super sophisticated and chic…You can just see Joan’s bag peeking into the shot. Gotta love Mad Men! Really enjoying the contrast of hard grey leather of her bag and the floaty romantic print of her scarf.

In the summer when you’re skipping about in your cut off denims and tank tops, long thin scarves can double as a belt….or even thread one through a vintage belt buckle to match your outfit.

Also, for added pizazz to any outfit, you can wrap a teeny little neckerchief round your scruffy top knot. Or if you’re suffering from a particular nasty spot on your chin, you could wear a scarf like Sleigh Bells. Yep, that’s right, cover yerself up no-one wants to see that…

But our current fav is TURBANS! If your having a bad hair day, growing your hair out, or just wanna have some fun Super Kawaii Mama talks you through the Grace Kelly style, oh and the Queen Mum look….

We have a wonderous collection of scarves available, come check out our selection at our fairs

Small £4, Medium £6, Large £8


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We know it’s tad early, but…

The Jazz are getting ready for the holiday season, oh yeah! We know some of you are those early-bird-catches-the-worm kinda shoppers so we thought we’d get ourselves organised too. And for everyone else (read normal folk), think of it as due notice to start saving those pennies to buy your loved ones something delectable & retro-tastic.

We’re releasing gift ideas for the sartorial shopper with delightfully packaged jewellery and accessories sets; perfect for stocking fillers, gifts for a vintage loving friend or as a wee present to yourself – we won’t tell anyone! Nudge nudge wink wink.

For all details on which shopping events The Jazz will be attending, click here. And if you can’t get to us in person, don’t forget you can shop from the comfort of your own home (in your bunny printed jammies, no less) here!

Also, ’tis not only the season of gift-giving and shopping – it’s the season of soriees!!! Whether you’ll be dancing on tables at the office Christmas party, catching-up with dear old friends over sumptuous cocktails or simply getting blitzed in your parent’s kitchen on eggnog – we have the perfect stylish outfit for all you gangsters and molls….

It’s time to get in the holiday spirit….