Food for Hypothyroidism

Theres been some confusion over what’s the best food to optimise your Thyroid function. It won’t cure Thyroid function but it will help improve function. So I have researched on medical sites to seek information on the foods to eat and food to reduce in eating.

Foods to optimise your Thyroid.

Seaweed,fish,diary and eggs,which contain Iodine.

Brazil nuts,sardines and tuna which contain selenium.

Oysters,shellfish,beef and chicken which contain zinc.

Berries,oranges,bananas and tomatoes which also boost Thyroid function.

Non caffeinated drinks and water to drink.

Selenium,zinc and iodine are known to help optimise Thyroid function in your diet. You are advised not to take these supplements in tablet form unless advised by a Dr.

Avoid or reduce the amount of the following foods, these contain goitotrons that interfere with Thyroid function.

Soy foods like milk and tofu

Cabbage,cauliflower and broccoli

Some fruits and starchy foods peaches,pears and potatoes

Nuts and seeds like peanuts.

Coffee,green tea and alcohol may irritate Thyroid function.

Look on the following link for further information.

And another link to a site here

I hope this has been a useful read an I will look into other subjects on Thyroid problems in the future.

Bye for now oxo 💋

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Online Vintage stores

Hi as promised I am going to give you a list of online stores that sell vintage and repro clothes and accessories. These stores I follow or follow me so the list is not exhaustive and theres plenty more stores if you look online. They sell from the big brands sometimes at reduced prices. And some of them sell at Vintage Fairs to. Some sell on Etsy which is a great place to look for independent seller. Also some of these independent companies use Facebook pages and Instagram to promote themselves.


Vintage Hat Boutique – Etsy

Imogens Imagination-Etsy

Arcade Hatters -Etsy

Inspired Vintage Rose

Dolly Peg Vintage

Pretty Kitty Fashion

Hayley Vintage Wear

Tiki lou Hawaii

Cherry Vintage

Mid century missy

Retro Rails by Sam Urquahart

KittiesKabin Rockabilly Boutique

Tiger Milly-Etsy

Rockabilly pinup

Outside UK

Evellon Vintage Nashville USA

Naughty kitty Vintage Springfield Missouri USA.

Intrigueforyouforever Vintage -Etsy

Hope these lists help you rather than going to the main sellers and you find some bargains.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid to advertise these companies.

Vintage Boutiques

I am listing Vintage Boutiques that I follow or follow me on social media. In these Boutiques which are mainly independent shops but mainly in the UK you will find repro designs from the main brands Collectif, Lindy Bop etc .Some of these shops provide an online service.

I have wrote a list of shops I know and it will be a useful guide to find clothes from and independent retailer, rather than direct from the company’s.


Miss Samantha Vintage Crookes Sheffield

Blue Banana Pinstone Street Sheffield

The Front Parlour Sheffield

Pretty Kitty Fashion Salisbury

Revor Vintage Manchester

Rockers England Manchester

Violet loves Vintage Manchester

Retroesque Arundel

Cherry Vintage Chichester

Outside UK

Obsessia Vintage Israel

If you google any of these then the information on each shop will be there and some offer online shopping.

I will follow up the next post with a list of online only boutiques .

Bye for now 💋oxo

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Back to Lou lous Vintage Fair

Last Saturday I nipped in for an hour to the latest fair in my City. I had loads of clothes so I wasn’t particularly shopping but I wanted to see what was going off.

Quiter than normal and not as many stall holders only the regulars and I noticed a new one too selling Ruby Shoo shoes, I took a photo.

Also there another of my favourite stalls Grannys Wardrobe that sells jewelry and bags . I saw the ladies on Kittieskabin Rockabilly Boutique who I shop regularly with had some marvellous dresses,cardigans and tops from them. I also bought a Dancing Days bag from them and the compliments I have got on the bag is brilliant itis a nautical style bag and practical. I bought a couple of pin broaches from them this time.

I then went for my coffee and cake at the Secret Cake Club. Filtered coffee with chocolate Guinness cherry cake delicious.

I took some photos for you to see some of the stalls .

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I have not been paid for writing about Lou Lous Vintage Fair. It is written from my point of view.

Vintage Style Shoes

There are many styles of vintage shoes out there some are comfortable and practical and some are dressy. There are different eras from 20s to 70s mainly depending where you shop.

Flats are better for dancing like ballet pumps with straps ,flat sandals and plimsolls especially for jive and rock n roll or just for sheer comfort.

There are a number of heel designs like courts and t-bar depending on the era 20s to 40s era heels,such as the Gatsby stylewere more sturdy than the 50s stilettos style later on.

There are many shops who specialize in vintage style shoes but looking on the high street I got my ballerina pumps.

Lindy Bop, Collectif ,JoeBowns, Banned Retro,Ruby Shoo and Irregular Choice just a few brands in the UK.

Collectif shoes do cater for many eras up to the 1980s!

You can buy directly on the website or a lot of online independent vintage clothing sites or vintage clothes shops sell these brands.

Hopefully there are plenty of choices on these sites and I hope some of these sites are available where you live.

I wrote this post due to one of my readers asking for the best shoes to go with her dress. I hope she found the perfect shoes.

My shoes

Clockwise Top Navy ballet pumps with gold trim,Deichman Joe Brown Hawaiin leather sandals, Collectif Lulu Hun Bonnie Wedges, Joe Brown Tropical Diamante Pinapple Sandals

I got the Tropical and Hawaiian styles to go with my Tiki dress and flowery dresses. The heels are the glamorous with 50s gingham and cherries which will go with my red coat dress. And the ballet shoes go with anything.

Retro style shoes

Hope you enjoyed the read and found it useful.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer I want paid for this post from any of the brands mentioned.

Autumn Fall Dresses

Hi there I have been looking on websites for inspiration for the Autumn dresses including Halloween. I have tried to look on websites that can be bought from globally but mainly the UK. I know in the U.S.A in the Fall Halloween is really celebrated along with our friends in Canada and other countries that celebrate Halloween.Hopefully for my readers worldwide there are vintage and retro shops online that are similar to the ones I mention on here. Hopefully it will give you inspiration to find something to wear in the colder months. Although I will concentrate on dresses these websites I mention have cardigans,jumpers and trousers to look for too.


I have a couple of there items and I must say that the quality of the clothing is fantastic.

They have dresses and pinafore dresses that go up to a Uk size 24 4xl.

They specialise in 50s,Gothic,Rockabilly,Retro&Vintage .

Here is the Ricci dress if your looking for the Wednesday Addams look for Halloween. Price from £53.99 to 57.50.

Lady Vintage

I have a Lyra dress which is good quality and always looks elegant . I find this brand always has the elegance and quality and you stand out in a room in their dresses.

Below is the Estella dress £60.00 that goes up to a UK size 32 .

Lindy Bop

Lindy Bop styles are always fun tongue in cheek and I have a number of items of theres . I always find it fairly cheap and good on quality.

These are a few of there Halloween design’s. Sizes go up to a Uk 26.

Do look at there site for some lovely accessories and other designs of clothing there is a very big selection.

Collectif clothing

This company as a wide range of clothing and accessories from different decades.

Here’s the Mainline Doleres Half sleeve Dress £55.00

There sizes go up to a size UK 22.

Do have a look on these sites even if you cant get something in your size something will be available in your size.

Another site to look at is Banned Retro. They are just starting to bring out a few clothes for the Autumn /Winter . I have a couple of there cardigans and they are nice and long to go with trousers in the winter as well as warm.

I hope I have given you inspiration. Look out locally if there are any local retro shops which often stock these brands too.

Bye for now 💋oxo

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Judy’s affordable vintage fair

This last Saturday for the first time Judy’s fair came to Sheffield. They set up at Kelham Arcade Burton Street at Kelham Island,Sheffield . For those who are not from Sheffield Kelham Island is the old industrial quarter in Sheffield and house the Kelham Island museum.

It cost £3 entry and under 12s free.

It was a smaller venue and facilities than Lou Lous Vintage fair,however they created a variety of stalls. Including local companies such as Miss Samantha’s Vintage a repro dress and accessories shop.

There were womens clothes both repro and vintage,mens clothes,bric a brac, in fact I spotted a commemorative tin with Prince Philip, the Queens husband on the front! There was also furniture on sale a collection of chairs.

Food wise there were 4 different street food stands outside in the seating area. I opted for fries with rosemary salt delicious. And drinks were from the bar inside the venue draught beers and soft drinks. It was a lovely sunny day which made it all the better sat eating outside.

I would go again if they decide that it was a suitable venue .

Check out Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and Miss Samantha’s Vintage online Facebook and Instagram.

Mens Clothes
Vintage dress
Prince Philip’s Tin
Take a seat

Bye for now 💋oxo

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Dawn’s Vintage Do – Vintage Weekender

This event is on Hayling Island at Mill Rythe Holiday Park between 4th and 7th October 2019.

Hayling Island is on the Solent across from the Isle of Wight on the South coast near Portsmouth.

Dawn Gracie has been running this successful event for 3 years now. Dawn is a vintage entertainer who is a singer at events and is involved in Burlesque. She has her own website, Facebook page and Instagram.

The Vintage weekender has a 50 and 60s night with a feature era this year it’s the 1980s. Its 3 days and nights at Mill Rythe which provides Chalet accommodation starting price £185pp which includes half board,breakfast and dinner. Book on 01442 508850 for your chalet.There is also cafe on the site for the daytime if you dont want your dinner in your own chalet.

There are plenty of activities over the weekend,dance lessons,cheeky chalet,parties,vintage market,themed activities,live bands,Beauty salon, competitions and much more.

There are the Yellowcoats David and Amy who help Dawn run the weekend with her. Yes your very own Yellow coats…Hi de hi!

There are guest bands the line up is on Facebook and Dawn’s site Dawn Gracie -Dawns Vintage Do . Check the site for bookings and information.

Colin and Sue from Brighton Jive are running loads of dance workshops over the weekend which proove very popular.

There is the crafty corner where you can learn to crochet if you wish.

Let’s not forget the Cheeky Chalet where you can have your own boudoir photo experience too.Book on arrival day for Ash Black Photography .

Travel down in the car or public travel train and bus stations not far from the Holiday site. More information on the Mill Rythe website on how to get there.

Visit Dawn’s site and Facebook Dawn Gracie-Dawns Vintage Do for more details on various events on the weekend.There are plenty of links on the Facebook pages of the groups participating with Dawn on this event such as Brighton Jive.

Also look at the Mill Rythe Holiday park website to get more information on the facilities like accommodation,food/drink and the swimming pool there.

Hope you find this post useful for those of you who fancy a weekend vintage break. It been popular and Dawn works all year to organise this event.

Bye for now💋oxo

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A good cleanse

This past year I’ve used 5 different cleansers for my sensitive skin . I also have oily combination skin.The prices vary so they can suit someone whose on a tight budget.

First up Garnier Miceller water originalThis comes in a variety of sizes from £1 travel size to £7 jumbo size. It’s cheap cheerful and goes a long way. It’s great for taking off make up and a light cleanse. Takes most of the grease of and does the job. Does not irritate my skin.Now comes in a variety of combinations. Including one with oil but I found that too oily. A regular repurchase great for travel.

Simple moisturizing facial wash£2-3 depending where you shop doesnt irritate as its ingredients are carefully chosen not to irritate skin. Did not irritate my skin but I found it drying so only used the tiniest amount. Comes in a plastic tube so great for travelling but it only appears to be purchased at 150ml size. Lasts months but I wouldn’t repurchase due to tightness on the skin after use.

Liz Earle Cleanse and PolishThe infamous best seller. Comes with a cloth I didnt use,prefer a flannel. Standard size £15. Pros its lovely creamy and doesnt irritate the skin. It removes make up well. Cons I dont like the smell of eucalyptus and cocoa butter blended together. And it only lasted 2 months as it has a pre regulated pump dispenser. But you can also buy it in the tube version. They do special editions where they change the fragrance. Would I repurchase yes but only on special edition if I thought I would like the fragrance.

Clarins one step orange cleanser

This is an biphasic with oil cleanser you shake before use. I bought this when it first ever came out. It was phased out but brought back with customer satisfaction and demand. If used on a daily basis twice will last about 3 months . Its £21 more expensive than other brands but it could be used for make up removal. The oil in doesnt make your skin greasy or feel greasy when used. In winter it helps moisturize the skin. It’s a better oil mix than the Garnier one. It really deep cleanses the skin as well as remove make up. It’s been a firm favourite of mine for over 10 years I cant say anymore .

Clarins Foaming Cottonseed Cleanser

This is brilliant use this with water. No tightness on my skin deep cleanses a tube of this used twice daily for a deep cleanse lasted me 6 months. Yes its £20 but if it lasts for 6 months and you can afford it splurge. The ingredients in Clarins skincare is well researched and there reputation for skincare is on the high scale.You can try it as they do samples on Clarins counter as there are a variety of these facial washes so you can try the one best for your skin. I’ve not found any cons only it might be pricey.If price is a problem look at the myclarins range cleansers around £15 and although its directed towards teenagers anyone can use the range cleansers.

These are the cleansers I’ve used this year and I will probably do another review sometime with different products when I can. I think personally use what suits you and your pocket. I use Garnier when the budget is tight and if I can I use Clarins because it never causes break outs and is kind to my skin. I’ve used Clarins for 28 years after trying many different brands.

Bye for now 💋oxo

Disclaimer brands mentioned I have trialled myself and are based on my opinion. I have not been paid by companies mentioned.


As I write this article the Twinwood event is on for the August Bank Holiday. I’ve never been here I confess but I’ve heard so much about it I think it’s only fair I write about it. As it’s based in the South and most of my events are Yorkshire and the Midlands.

Twinwood is held each year on August Bank Holiday weekend. It’s based at Clapham Bedford at the old Twinwood airfield and Arena. There are also air museums to visit on the site too. Its sold out this year but you can start booking for next year and theres a free information magazine available too.

The eras are between 1930s to 1960s. There are 15 different venues within the site including dance floors.

Theres plenty to do dancing lessons, shopping, watching the different bands on the stages, enter Mr and Mrs Vintage, go to the museums.

There is a campsite for caravans and you can pitch your own tent. If you dont have your own caravan or tent you can hire a tent. These tents are glamping tents at around £25.00 per night. But there are packages available your tent and ticket at booking.And they are introducing more accommodation with Yurts. There are facilities for the campsite electricity,toilets and showers .

Food and drink there are number of bars and restaurants. Plus somewhere you can gave a vintage afternoon tea.

This is a massive Festival probably the biggest in the year. Would I go,maybe one day as it would take some organising and money to do. As i would have to go on public transport and glamp.

You can get there on public transport train or coach but would have to get a taxi from the station. Or drive down to Twinwood.

There is the free brochure for more details or contact

Or look on social media and there Website.

Bye for now 💋oxo

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