Vintage shopping in Lincoln’s The Strait

The other weekend I visited the lovely city of Lincoln with hopes to have a rummage around in its eclectic mix of vintage and independent clothing shops.  I’ve lived near Lincoln for about eight years now, however up until recently I’ve never explored any further than the department stores on its busy high street – something I sorely regret now.

Visiting independent stores is a great way to pick up some interesting items with a reasonable price tag – plus, it’s a lot less likely you’ll run into someone wearing the same clothes, which is always a bonus.  A few months ago a friend told me she went into New Look and spotted multiple shirts and dresses she’s seen me wear, which inspired me to start this blog and begin buying from independent brands.

Unfortunately I didn’t spot any clothes I wanted to buy this time around, however I did spot some amazing Doc Martens and checked shirts in Yak – I’ll be picking up some Docs when I have a little more disposable income, and when the weather warms up I’ll be buying some new checked shirts to add to my collection.

I also saw a lovely chiffon floral blouse in the Ruby Red Boutique – however, my collection of floral chiffon blouses is already pretty extensive, so as much as I loved it I had to give it a miss.  Sigh.

I didn’t leave Lincoln empty-handed though – I made a couple of purchases in Ego, a lovely vintage shop with a nice selection of dresses and jewellery.

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Even though I fell in love with one of the dresses in Ego, they unfortunately didn’t have it in my size, so I decided to make myself feel better buy purchasing two new necklaces.  Jewellery is one of my weaknesses, after all.

At £20 for both necklaces they were a little pricey; however, I feel like their individuality and quirkiness makes them worth the money.  They’re on strong chains which means they’re unlikely to break, and the charms themselves are pretty weighty and high quality metal.  Plus, who wouldn’t want a miniature teapot necklace?  I was charmed as soon as I walked into the shop.

I definitely cannot wait to head back to The Strait – if you guys have ever been shopping in Lincoln, where would you advise I check out next?  Let me know in the comments or send me a recommendation over Twitter!

Currently listening to: War Of ChangeThousand Foot Krutch

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News: Ex-Lostprophets stars release new music under No Devotion

Today the music world witnessed the rebirth of Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Jamie Oliver, Stuart Richardson and Luke Johnson – the ex members of Lostprophets.  Following the arrest and charging of their former frontman, Ian Watkins, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison over child sex offences in December 2013, it was unclear whether the Welsh musicians would return to the world of music again.

However, today the ex-Lostprophets members announced a new band, No Devotion, fronted by Geoff Rickly, former Thursday frontman.

In a press release by the new band today, Stuart Richardson recalled that he “didn’t know if we would ever make music again” – you can read the rest of the release here.

As well as news of the new project, No Devotion have also released a new single, titled Stay, which you can listen to below.

This single accompanies their debut limited-edition 12 inch single, due to be released on July 21st in the UK, and available worldwide to download from iTunes now.

They also announced their first tour dates as a band, to take place during July of this year – the dates and venues are below.

  • 22/7 Cardiff CF10
  • 23/7 Manchester Sound Control
  • 25/7 London O2 Academy Islington
  • 26/7 Glasgow O2 ABC2

I, for one, am very excited to see such talented musicians returning to the music scene – they definitely deserve this second chance.  I really like this new single, and hopefully this project will be the beginning of bigger and brighter things for the guys.  altrocklife wishes No Devotion all the luck in the world.

Currently listening to: A Love Like WarAll Time Low featuring Vic Fuentes