Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Where It's At

I want to say in the style of a certain musical starring Julie Andrews.......

"The shop is alive with the sound of students!"

Beatnik feels so busy and buzzy.  The freshers are here as well as our regulars and it makes such a difference to the feel (and sales) of the shop.  

Those crazy students, always horsing around.......

I've been playing Ed Harcourt's new album and it gave me inspiration for some jewellery photos.

Beatnik.  The place to shop.  (and put on strange horse masks).  Thanks for stopping by, please come again.

Ps.  If you pop over to Le Petit Oiseau you can enter a great giveaway to win a wonderful art work by Nath. You can also take a look at her lovely photos while your at it.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Tired Of Waiting For You

Julie was fed up with waiting for Pete.  They had arranged to meet by the park next to their favourite shop.  He had sent her a romantic note and told her he was taking her to London for the day.  They would go to an art exhibition,    do a spot of sight seeing,     and go for a chinese meal or something.   She was dressed in her pretty blue satin fifties dress which now felt like a complete waste of time. 

She wasn't about to wait any longer and if Pete couldn't be bothered to get in touch to let her know what was going on, well he wasn't worth waiting for.

Pete knew he had blown it.  He was meant to have met Julie over an hour ago.  His phone was on the blink which meant that he hadn't been able to let her know that he was going to be late.  It was such a shame, Julie was lovely and he didn't want to ruin his chances.  He had been looking forward to taking her for a romantic day out to London and had even dressed up especially for the occasion.

Pete decided to call into Beatnik and buy something to cheer himself up.  Besides which he was starting to feel like people were staring at him, most likely because he was looking very dapper in his blue check suit and his sixties green frill shirt. Perhaps if he hung around in Beatnik for a bit Julie might even turn up.  It seemed like a good plan.  The people that worked in the shop were so lovely and friendly and there was always cool music playing. Oh and also a great atmosphere. Oh yes and also amazing clothes, jewellery, bags and  accessories to buy.  (enough).

Well anyway he went into the shop and ended up sitting around staring gloomily out of the window for the rest of the day.

The End

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Purple Haze

The colour Purple. It's all things. It's groovy, it's psychedelic, it's a great book, it can be magical and mysterious,  and it can suit you if you're blonde, red or brunette.  As colours go it covers most bases.

This purple cape/coat/thingymebob came out of our winter stockpile and I just cannot believe that Beatnik could not sell it last year. It is sooo flattering.  This photo does not do it justice, but I must admit that Penelope, the model, wasn't really feeling it. She got a bit sulky and I couldn't get her to strike any different poses to show the coat off to it's full stylish potential. 

A purple wool shawl cape throw around thing (not the technical term)

Slinky sexy eighties dress

Full length seventies fitted tweed coat

Bowie peeking out of a tracky top

Oh my deer that t shirt looks divine

I love this purple jumper, and I love the man's purple turban who just happened to be walking by

A bit of sixties jewellery

Lovely woolen sixties dress

Oh and here's some nature stuff, in purple obviously

If that's got you in a purple kind of mood then sit back for a few minutes and listen to the purple man himself. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Me and My Shadow

I felt inspired to do some shadow play after looking at photos by silverpebble.

I  was also inspired by Katy's shadow stickers, and so

I found some dolls, I could only lay my hands on zombie characters.  I then had me a little shadow play

I found an elephant, I think the zombies are making a bee line for it. Run elephant run! I would like to show you what happened next, but it got cloudy.

To be continued at the next golden opportunity.

Sunday, 5 September 2010


This weekend I went to The Moseley Folk Festival.  It isn't just folk music, there's a bit of everything with a handful of folk artists sprinkled on the top. The festival is very small and this adds to its charm. There are two stages, a handful of stalls, a beer tent, a cocktail bar, one of these,       a small lake, and luckily the sun was shining.

And gasp, swoon, I even saw Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy. He was stood not far from me and I got stupidly star struck. I really wanted to stare but I forced myself to look casually in the opposite direction. I really wanted to have my photo taken with him but I stopped myself from asking. I really wanted to shake his hand and tell him that his songs have made me laugh and cry but i decided against it. I wanted to tell him that I saw him perform in Belgium with an orchestra and it's one of my top musical moments but I felt a bit silly and well, like I said, star struck.

The Divine Comedy headlined Friday evening. It was brilliant.