A Visit To Bournemouth Vintage Emporium



I was very kindly invited to attend a press, bloggers and antique traders evening at a new shop which has recently opened called ‘Bournemouth Vintage Emporium’. As you may know I love all things vintage so I knew this event would be right up my street. You may remember a blog post I wrote called ‘Vintage Love’ about a place called ‘Molly’s Den’ you can read that HERE. This shop is like Molly’s Den but a lot smaller and more manageable to look around. Molly’s Den can be quite overwhelming so if you don’t fancy taking up most a day looking around the nooks and crannies of that warehouse, this shop is perfect for you, its not too big but not small.

Its got lots of little traders shops filled with beautiful furniture, cute ornaments, weird but wonderful items and, things that may not be vintage but are just lovely. It’s got a lovely atmosphere inside and its the kind of place you can walk around a few times and spot more and more things each time you go round. Next door they have a tea room where you can sit in a cute setting and have some refreshments, always handy when your shopping till you drop. I loved walking around and snapping pictures of everything because there was so many items I loved. Although my camera broke and I had to use my iPhone, so sorry if that’s affected the quality of the pictures!





Yep, that’s me modelling a sailor’s hat (haha)


The two pictures below are by lovely trader with the business name ‘Nouveau’. She up-cycles old furniture and gives them a new lease of life! You can take your furniture to her or she can pick it up for you, take it away and customise it however you want! How gorgeous are these pieces of furniture? I would love them in my bedroom! Got some old furniture that’s looking worse for where? don’t throw it out, let it have a make over or sale her items to up-cycle and be loved by someone else! Links will be added soon!



The four pictures below are from another trader I got talking to, who’s dress I fell in love with, I admire her vintage, quirky style and items she was selling. Her shop name is ‘Bobby-Alice Vintage, she works hard searching high and low for beautiful vintage dresses like the one shes wearing. So if you have a special occasion where you want a vintage glamorous, individual dress she’s your gal. She doesn’t just sale dresses she has a wide range of clothing items and other bits and bobs. Where you can find her: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bobbyalicevintage or Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/bobbyalicevintage.






They even sale gorgeous wedding dresses, like the lovely girl is modelling above!



I would definitely recommend heading down to the store and taking a look around, its like a surprise you never know what item you will find and fall in love with!

Links and info for ‘Bournemouth Vintage Emporium’

Address: 1172-1180 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH7 6DY

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bournemouthvintageemporium

Website: http://www.bournemouthvintageemporium.com/

Email: info@bournemouthvintageemporium.com

Phone: 01202 427797


100 Blog Posts: A Thank You Message

                                                         100 blog posts

So this very blog post will be my 100th, which isn’t really a big deal but it seemed an appropriate moment to talk to you guys! Starting this blog has been one of the best decisions I have made, I didn’t think it would have such a positive outcome! I have realised how much I love to write, design little pictures for blog posts and interact with people who have taken the time to read what I have written. Since writing about my OCD and Depression I have interacted and had lots of support from other OCD sufferers via social networking. Before this I had barely spoken to anyone with OCD, I had  just read about it on Google, so I am very thankful to have been connected with these people! I wanted this post to just be a MASSIVE thank you to anyone who has ever read, liked, commented, shared and followed my blog posts. Some days I think what I write about is pointless and no one cares, then I get a new follower, a comment or a tweet etc and it spurs me on to keep writing! It really does mean a lot to me when someone follows me or gives me feed back on a blog post!

thank you

I also wanted to say please do make blog post requests I want to write about subjects that are important to YOU! You can make suggestions or ask me questions via Tumblr in my ask box you don’t have to have a Tumblr account to ask questions. My Facebook page and Twitter are also open to anyone who has any questions or requests, so feel free! I also have BlogLovin’ where you can sign in with your Facebook and follow any blogs you like. Which if you don’t have a WordPress account makes it easy to keep up to date with blog posts and other bloggers from different blogging platforms!



Facebook Page


Tumblr  & Tumblr Ask Box

So this is just a little blog post to tell you guys, I really appreciate any support and to also let you know where you can find me and make requests. I want my blog to keep growing and I want you to be apart of that journey as it is you guys who take the time to read my posts! Here’s to another 100 and many more blog posts to come!

Love you all,



Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Very inspring

 I was pleasantly surprised by a lovely blogger from pumpkinemilysmiles, so thank you very much! Make sure you guys head on over to her blog and check her out!


  1. Thank and link the amazing person who nominated you.
  2. List the rules and display the award.
  3. Share seven facts about yourself.
  4.  Nominate fifteen other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
  5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

Seven Facts About Me

  1. I LOVE singing to music, I’m not exactly a great singer but it makes me happy!It is my Birthday in 4 days, woop!
  2. 1. I LOVE singing to music, I’m not exactly a great singer but it makes me happy!
  3. It is my Birthday in 4 days, woop!
  4. I miss school, when you’re there you can’t wait to leave, when you leave you realise they are some of the best times of your life
  5. I am currently watching New Girl and I love it ♥
  6. Fluffy dogs are my favourite, my dog is white and fluffy and shes so snugly!
  7. My favourite things to use in the bath are Lush bath bombs and bubble bars
  8. I love having flowers, they are so pretty and brighten up the room!

My Nominees Are









Get Blogging!!


Spring Walkies

I am the lazy person that when someone says to me ‘lets go for a walk’ I turn my nose up at it. I don’t know if it’s just a lazy habit I’ve gotten into since suffering with depression but I just think ‘I can’t be bothered, how boring’. On bank holiday Monday my mum said she wanted to go for a walk with everyone down at a place called ‘eye bridge’ near where I live, as everyone else in the house was going and I’d be home alone bored if I didn’t I decided to go. It was lovely spring weather and I am glad I went, I enjoyed the views, watching my dog run around, seeing some animals and taking pretty pictures. I need to say yes to more outings rather than automatically saying no, once I’m out I usually have a good time. I took full advantage of the beautiful weather and views and took some pictures, I am no photographer but I am pretty proud of how they turned out. I haven’t had much of a chance to use my camera for taking photos of things other than beauty products etc, so it was nice to experiment with my camera and taking photos of things I don’t usually!



The views from standing on the bridge!




My beautiful pooch enjoying the walk and enjoying splashing around in the muddiest puddles she could find, white fur and mud don’t mix well! I always think she looks so beautiful in the sun and I love watching her mischievously run into mud and try to run into the river, she’s too cute ♥


I saw this heron flying around at various points during our walk and I really wanted to take a picture and I finally was able to and although it’s probably not the best picture, I am so pleased with it!


I got a little snap happy when it came to the ducks, I think the male ducks are so pretty, no offence to any female ducks out there, your pretty to!


 When I was taking the below picture I thought ‘well this is rubbish you can’t even see the colours and detail on the duck’ but I actually love how this picture turned out with all the shadows and the slight silhouette effect of the duck and its reflection in the water!


 Action shot of a duck doing its duck thang (haha). This picture was a total accident, I didn’t even realise the duck moved until after!




The moral of the story is be more adventurous, stop saying no to things before you have given them a chance, 9 times out of 10 you will enjoy it once you get there.



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If you’re not an obsessive YouTube watcher like I am then you may not know what this is. It’s basically a tag that’s been going around on YouTube and blogs called the ‘TMI Tag’, I’m basically going to answer a list of personal questions for you guys and hopefully you can join in and take part and answer the same questions on your blogs or YouTube channels, let’s get started…

1. What are you wearing? 

I am currently wearing some Primark PJ’s that have a mint green top with little pink buttons and the shorts are kind of a fair isle print and they both have polar bears on them!

2. Ever been in love? 

I’m not too sure, when I’m with someone I think I am but I think a lot of people think they are until they meet ‘the one’ and realise they weren’t.

3. Ever had a terrible breakup?

YES, bad times!

4. How tall are you?

I am 5 ft 3.5 in

5. How much do you weigh?

Don’t even go there, imagine the weight of a baby whale, that’s probably close!

6. Any tattoos?

No, I have lots of ideas but I have yet to grow some balls and get one!

7. Any piercings?

Yes I have 9 which are, 4 in my lobes, my rook, my cartilage, a bit in between my lobes and cartilage, my nose and my tounge! I don’t wear any jewellery in my 2nd lobe piercings or in the bit between my lobes and cartilage (I really need to find out the name of that).

8. OTP?

So apparently this means ‘one true pairing’ so a couple from a film or tv show that you love being together. I’m going to say Rae and Finn from My Mad Fat Diary, not only is he ridiculously attractive he is extra sweet to Rae and she deserves someone like that, they are a bit cringey but so cute!

9. Favourite show?

Oh where do I start here’s few, Coronation Street, My Mad Fat Diary, New Girl and The Big Bang Theory.

10. Favourite bands?

This is a hard question I love so many bands, Kodaline is a big fave of mine along with Of Monsters And Men, The 1975 and City And Colour, I could go on but I won’t!

11. Something you miss?

How happy I was before my OCD and Depression got bad!

12. Favourite song?

Impossible question!

13. How old are you?

I am 19 years old, 20 on the 25th of May yaaay!

14. Zodiac sign?

Gemini and It suits me down to a T.

15. Quality you look for in a partner?

A good sense of humour and trustworthy!

16. Favourite Quote?

I have way too many, if you read my blog posts especially my ‘Feel Good Friday’ posts you will know this!

17. Favourite actor?

I really don’t know, I’m rubbish at remembering actors and actresses names, If I saw them I’d know!

18. Favourite colour?

I’d say black because I wear it a lot and it goes with everything but I do like duck egg blue or a turquoise blue!

19. Loud music or soft?

Loud, so I can sing at the top of my voice and not be heard over the music!

20. Where do you go when you’re sad?

My bedroom or to my dog to snuggle.

21. How long does it take you to shower?

If I’m not washing my hair I’d say 5 mins if I’m being quick, if not more like 20 mins!

22. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?

I’d say an hour, but if I’m not in a hurry and I’m being slow 2 hours!

23. Ever been in a physical fight?


24. Turn on?

Someone with good style and good music taste also with a good sense of humour!

25. Turn off?


26. The reason I joined YouTube?

I haven’t joined YouTube although one day I would like to.

27. Fears?

I am scared of a lot of things, due to having OCD and Anxiety I have had and have many fears. I used to have a huge fear of being sick, but now its more a fear of being sick when out or someone else being sick in front of me!

28. Last thing that made you cry?

I can’t remember, but I do remember crying at the last episode of My Mad Fat Diary!

29. Last time you said you loved someone?

Probably tonight when my mum went to bed!

30. Meaning behind your YouTube Name?

I don’t have YouTube but the meaning behind my blog name ‘Stresses And Dresses’ is stresses for the Lifestyle, OCD, Depression and Anxiety posts I do. Then Dresses for the fashion and beauty side of posts I do!

31. Last book you read?

I am terrible with books, I never finish them, but the last page of a book I read was Demi Lovato Staying Strong 365 Days A Year!

32. The book you’re currently reading?

Still the book above, plus many other that I have failed to complete!

33. Last show you watched?

I am currently watching ‘Rules Of Engagement’ so that.

34. Last person you talked to?

My mum when I said night.

35. The relationship between you and the person you last texted?

My mum again!

36. Favourite food?

Pasta is definitely up there.

37. Place you want to visit?

New York.

38. Last place you were?

My lounge watching TV.

39. Do you have a crush?

No, don’t think so.

40. Last time you kissed someone?

Ages ago, I’m lonely ok?!

41. Last time you were insulted?

Not sure!

42. Favourite flavour of sweet?

I love the sour cherry’s in Haribo’s Tangfastics, only now I am realising its Tangfastics not Tangtastics who knew?! clearly not me.

43. What instruments do you play??

None, I wish I played acoustic guitar though.

44. Favourite piece of jewellery?

Anything I’ve bought from the jewellery shop called ‘Volcano’ near where I live, but I have a little silver elephant necklace from there that I love.

45. Last sport you played?

Just a second ago I was lifting mini Reese’s cups from the packet into my mouth, does that count?  was pretty tough on my arms.

46. Last song you sang?

Either ‘For The First Time’ ‘Let It Go’ or ‘Do You Wanna Build A Snowman’ from Frozen.

47. Favourite chat up line?

How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice!

48. Have you ever used it?

Definitely not and you shouldn’t either.

49. Last time you hung out with anyone?

In the lounge with my mum, brother and his girlfriend!

50. Who should answer these questions next?



I tag anyone reading this to answer these questions. Leave a link in the comments to you’re TMI Tag videos and blog posts so I can read you’re answers!


The Liebster Award


I done one of these not very long ago now, but (http://hundredacreblog.wordpress.com/) nominated me for this one, which I was super happy and pleased about so thank you so much! It’s really lovely to think someone thought of you to nominate. The beauty of this award is that everyone who’s nominated has under 200 followers so it helps new blogs get noticed and it help you find new blogs to read.

The questions (http://hundredacreblog.wordpress.com/) ask me:

1. What is your favourite food/meal to have on a special occasion?

That is a tough one for birthdays who doesn’t love a good birthday cake, but I do love pasta as my favourite savoury food or fish!

2. Where are you from?

I am from Dorset which is in the south of the uk, right by the coast with lots of gorgeous beaches!!

3. Which is your favourite season and why?

I’d say spring, its lovely because it’s not overly hot or cold and it’s really refreshing after a cold winter to see the sun starting to appear and pretty flowers blossom, but I think all the seasons have equally good things about them, like winter has Christmas and chunky knit jumpers!

4. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

New York, I’d love to go shopping there and see all the lights around Christmas!

5. Who is your favourite musician/band?

Ohhhh that’s a hard one, I love so so many bands and musicians so I will list a couple of my all times faves, Gabrielle Aplin, The  1975, Taylor Swift, Kodaline, Jake Bugg and the list could go on!

6. Your favourite hobby?


7. Dream job?

Urm I’d say either YouTuber, florist or dog groomer!

8. Favourite brand of makeup?

I hardly own any high-end make up at the moment so high street wise Revlon, Barry M nail polish, Rimmel and Maybelline. I’m not very good at picking just one!

9. Do you watch youtube videos? If so, who is your favourite youtuber?

YES, obsessed, my all time favourite is probably Zoella!

10. Do you play an instrument?

No, I wish I did!

11. What is your favourite quote?

There is so many, I am a massive lover of quotes e.g ‘And in time this too shall pass’ or ‘Having a rough day? place your hand on your heart. Feel that? That’s called a purpose. Your alive for a reason. Don’t give up’  or things like ‘We cannot solve our problems, with the same thinking, we used to create them’ for me anything that relates to what I have been through with my depression and OCD!

Eleven random facts about me:

1. I have just got my first ever iPhone after having an old HTC for 3 years!

2. My order from Costa is usually a ‘Skinny, Decaf, Iced cappuccino’ so good!

3. My favourite jewellery shop is a small jewellery shop near where I live, called ‘Volcano’ they do amazing silver jewellery with beautiful unusual stones in!

4. I don’t have ANY cousins

5. I have a brother who is 23

6. I am obsessed with YouTube!

7. Last time I went on a plane, I freaked out and refused to get on, I had been on planes before, but this time I didn’t want to get on or come home on one, I haven’t been on one since then, that was 2010!

8.   I LOVE dogs!

9. My birthday is on the 25th of May 1994

10. I am a member at Weight Watchers

11. Music makes my world go round!

I nominate:

I only have 10 nominations..

1. (http://powderandpuff.wordpress.com/)

2.( http://somethingforlilah.wordpress.com/)

3. (http://abbeykay.wordpress.com/)

4. (http://twolittleowlsblog.wordpress.com/)

(Via bloglovin’)

5. (http://samanthaaclare.blogspot.co.uk/)

6. (http://coatofcosmetics.blogspot.com.au/)

7. (http://northernhannah.blogspot.co.uk/)

8. (http://glitterandcookiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/)

9. ( http://katesbeautyblog1211.blogspot.co.uk/)

10. (http://vogueandkisses.blogspot.co.uk/)

My questions for you:

1. What is your favourite drink?

2. Where is your favourite place to shop?

3. Do you watch YouTube, if so who is your favourite YouTuber?

4. Do you prefer modern or vintage?

5. Do you prefer flats or high heels?

6.  What is your favourite flower?

7. What are you currently most grateful for?

6. Do you prefer Skiing or sunny holidays?

8. Who is your Celebrity crush?

9. If you could visit the future or go back in time, which would you choose?

10.  What is your favourite TV programme?

11.  What phone do you have?

These are the rules you must follow to join in!

1.  Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you and display the award.

2.  Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.

3.  Give eleven random facts about yourself–they can be anything!

4. Nominate eleven blogs that you think are deserving of the award (but they must have less than 200 followers)

5. Let the bloggers know you nominated them.

6.  Give them eleven questions to answer.

I will look forward to reading your posts,

Anna x

Vintage Love

Vintage Love

 So I thought today I’d write a blog post on my love for vintage things, at the weekend I went to a place called ‘Mollys Den’ near where I live, it’s basically a huge warehouse full of different sellers vintage, or vintage looking furniture, ornaments, jewelry, records you name it they sale it! The name of it ‘Mollys Den’ is exactly what it’s like its like a huge den full of hidden, quirky weird and wonderful treasures, its huge and takes ages to look around and take it all in, but I always want to look around the whole thing so I don’t miss any hidden gems. I would love to have a house and be able to afford to fill it with unique furniture and accessories from there, there is just something I love about shabby chic and vintage things, there so cute and its like owning a little piece of history.

As I have mentioned before I have recently become obsessed with fawns (deers) especially vintage ornamental ones. I went to Mollys Den before and specifically looked long and hard for a vintage deer, but I have never found one I liked enough or wasn’t to expensive. This time I found one, I wasn’t sure it was what I wanted at first because there was a long hole in the log behind where the deer was sitting and unless I had a use for it, I didn’t really like it. But my mum said I can put little flowers in water so they stick out the top and as you can see I did exactly that with some orchids. I am very happy with it and it was a bargain price of £4, can’t go wrong!


This weekend also I bought a vintage looking notebook, it’s not vintage at all, it’s from Tesco’s! But I thought I would share it with you because the lady on the front looks very retro and like someone who worked in an airport in the 1950’s, which is one of my favourite eras, my mum said I seem to like all the 1950’s bits of bobs! Well I’ve been meaning to get a notebook to write blog ideas down and to do lists to keep me organised and this is right up my street, not going to lie I’m pretty excited about writing in it, sad I know!


Seeing vintage furniture and other things inspire me to want to up cycle old furniture and put my own stamp on them like I’ve seen in Mollys Den! I think they can take your imagination on a ride imagining where its been before you owned it, like I said earlier like a little piece of history, at first this made me uneasy ‘who owned this?’ ‘is it clean?’ etc but I’m learning its easy enough to clean an item up and make it your own and to embrace its history.  Here are some of the other vintage things I have in my room, I don’t know whether there genuinely vintage but they look it and I love them. Some were in the loft and my mum didn’t want them so I adopted them and others are from my childhood which I once thought was babyish but I now think there just quirky and bring me good memories!






What do you prefer modern and minimalist or vintage and quirky?