The art and science of pattern clashing

I love patterns, motifs, ornamentation and decoration. In the space of a few minutes while looking around Miss Meg’s the other day I counted 20 different patterns and prints. There were stripes, dots, spots, flowers, animal prints, swirls, whirls, geometric, aztec and so on and so forth. Imagine if clothing consisted of block colours with…

Inspiration is where you find it …

  Hands up anyone who has seen the movie Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium? I love this movie for several reasons but the main one is the fact that Mr Magorium’s store is so much more than just a toy store. It is an amazing, wonderful, magical and fantastical place where anything can happen (and usually…

Underwear as outerwear

A famous designer (Christian Dior) once said, ‘Lovely lingerie is the basis of good dressing’. Never a truer word was spoken. Good undies and a decent bra can change the way clothing looks on a person by moulding, shaping, flattening, enhancing and sculpting what’s underneath. Back in the day corsets were used to achieve the…

It’s totally tubular dude …

According to Donatella Versace, ‘During the eighties and nineties people wanted to be chic, elegant and bourgeois’. Well I’m not sure how well that worked out for them if you look back through some of the photos of 80s fashion but hindsight is a wonderful thing and we are all creatures of the time in…

Life is short, buy the shoes …

  What do you look for in a pair of shoes? Comfort, praticality, colour, shape, style, quirkiness, individuality, function? Everybody has a different set of criteria in mind when they step into Miss Meg’s (if you’ll pardon the pun) to find their next pair of shoes. You may possibly have a white patent peep toe…

Find your happy place …

  So, here we are again. It’s February, it’s drizzling and Christmas seems a long time ago. There are times when I must admit I’m not quite as cheerful as I could be or want to be. There are times at Miss Meg’s when I don’t feel like ironing the clothes or changing the mannequins or rearranging…

Bricks-and-mortar shopping …

When I started Miss Meg’s roughly five years ago my first retail space was in my friend’s garage opposite the local primary school. I soon progressed to a great space out the back of a group of shops in a fantastic old building. Not having street frontage provided its own set of challenges but with some…

A great hat can change your day …

… Plaza Suite, New York. I love wearing hats and these adorable hats combine two of my favourite things. It’s a cloche and it’s upcycled. Could it get any better? I don’t think so! The clever lady who makes these unique hats is amazing. She just appeared one day in my doorway carrying a huge basket filled with…

What’s new pussycat?

Today I was sitting at my counter at Miss Meg’s trying to decide what my favourite piece of new stock is. It was a tough choice. Kind of like being asked to choose your favourite child. I love all the pieces that come my way but there are some that are just very special and unique….

Pearls are always appropriate …

It’s time to talk about pearls girls. As Jackie Kennedy (Jackie O) said above, ‘Pearls are always appropriate’. I firmly believe this. Whether it’s pearl studs in your ears, an ornate pearl cocktail ring on your finger or a triple row of pearls around your neck, pearls add a certain je ne sais quoi. Pearls, like…

Buy it for the buttons …

Originally posted on nutmegvintagedotcom:
I’m a big fan of buttons. Thankfully I’m not the only one on the planet who suffers from this affliction. I have a big bowl of buttons in the shop and customers love to trawl through this bowl and find the buttons they need for a particular sewing task. It’s very…

When in doubt wear red.

Originally posted on nutmegvintagedotcom:
  A wise man (Bill Blass, American fashion designer) once said, ‘When in doubt wear red’. I love this mantra—especially at this time of year when a bit of colour can do wonders for a person’s psyche. Red is such a fabulous colour, with so many tones and shades. And if…