Bow and Crossbones Blog
It has been a while! I have been busy working on a new look for Bow and Crossbones and some really exciting new stock!
A big thank you to everyone who shopped in our Flash Sale at the start of the month.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Dora the new face of Bow and Crossbones.
Dora is a big part of the new streamlined website for easier shopping and a fresh look for Bow and Crossbones I hope you like it.
We really missed the Spanish Rockabilly Weekender High Rockabilly this year and we are so happy to hear of its return next year. The Blood Super Moon has kept the UK fairly mild and sunny so far but we really need a Palm Tree Fix - keep your eyes peeled for some cool new pieces that have been inspired by my craving for tropical sunshine and glorious vintage fashions!
We are running an amazing joint competition in collaboration with Freddies of Pinewood check out our Instagram page for details and give it a try.
So October is one of my favourite month- I was born in October so was my Mum so all the best people!.
Halloween is so popular here now which is good news for the Rockin' crowd as there are some really great nights on where you can show off your best vintage costume ideas.
I will probably be ripping up the dance floor in London at Castin' My Spell at Nambucca. The Rapier and Bow and Crossbones favourite Pip Pip and the Swags.
Casting My Spell at Nambucca
I have been trawling Pinterest for costume ideas wanting to keep it simple and have been inspired to compile this list of simple costume options which can be accessorized with some great items from Bow and Crossbones!
Rosie the Riveter- Okay it maybe a simple one but you could dress it up to be Zombie Rosie? Either way we have the Bandana or Scarves you need to make it right.
Retro Barbie - She loves a drop hoop earring which is great - we have lots of options!
Slim Kitten Sunglasses
Priscilla Gold Hoops
The classic Sugar Skull, Dia De Los Muertos face is a great option, we have plenty of Mexican themed pieces to really set it off. Have look at this selection.
Here is a really simple face paint tutorial that breaks it down.
If you wear any of your Bow and Crossbones Accessories for Halloween we would love to see you- tag us on instagram. @bowandcrossbones
Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!
Welcome to a very special blog from me. I don't normally write this sort of post but Bow and Crossbones is celebrating a milestone this year. 10 Years making, designing and trading!
We are on Rockabilly Rave 19 Countdown!! Where we will be having a 4 day party on our stall.
If you are going, keep your eyes peeled on our facebook and instagram pages where once a day we will announce a time and location around the Camber site where our Bow and Crossbones representative will be waiting to reward the fastest three customers with exclusive Golden Tickets!
Present the ticket at Bow and Crossbones stall for exclusive anniversary prizes.
Dont worry if you are not going as we will be running lots of competitions on our website in the next few weeks so everyone has a chance!
For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting in person at a festival, fair or event I am going to introduce myself.
My name is Cam Huggins, I am 30 years old living in Essex working from my home studio where I design, make and put together most of what Bow and Crossbones sells. I grew up living all across the UK and Europe as an Army child and I think this has really prepared me to really enjoy the traveling saleswoman aspect of Bow and Crossbones.
I was always a huge music fan drawn to Rock n Roll in various forms and the visual culture that goes with it.
I worked in the Tattoo Industry and in a Craft and Jewellery store in Birmingham but working for someone else wasn't for me and boredom led me to taking my first steps into designing jewellery.
The Alternative style at the time was coming from EMO and my first pieces were full of Skulls , Lightening bolts and bows and inspired by traditional tattoo styling. My wonderful Mother came up with the company name when she saw what I was producing.
I sold my pieces on ebay and a small webshop in my spare time and took a rare day off to hang out with a visiting friend.
We went shopping and my friend insisted I ask a Vintage store owner if they might be interested in buying some of my stock. They snapped it up and before I knew it I was stocked in their stores all over the UK!
After 3 months I quit my job, took a stall at a Tattoo Convention and never looked back!
I still love what I do, I love how my company has evolved and allows me to work at some of the best Alternative events across the Europe.
Over the years I have a had lots of help from friends and family who have inspired me, encourage me, kicked me up the bum when I needed it.
Thanks for the last 10 Years to all of my customers, Here's to the next 50!
Love Cam xx
Le Beat Bespoke 10 in London is a great event bringing together some of the best Psych, Beat, Rockbilly, R'N'B bands and DJS
Gizzelle and Marelene & The Rhythm Shakers
Now when you have found your dream look for the evening it can be hard for you to match colours and styles. This is where we can help. As well as huge colour ranges in our accessories we also have a made to order and request custom options.
We are having an Easter Egg hunt over here on the website! All you have to do is Find all the Easter Eggs that look like this!
They are hidden all over the place so make sure you check out images, products and pages
Either email us or comment how many you think there are hidden on the website, correct answers will entered in to the prize draw to win £75 worth of Jewellery.
Competition closes 6th April 2015. The winner will be picked on Fri 10th April
P.s you can count these three!! :D
We have had Red Velvet Pancakes but now prepare yourself for Green Velvet Sr Patrick's Day Cake!
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Just putting it out there that 10 year anniversary gifts are traditional tin/ aluminium but the modern trend is for Diamonds - we know you love us!
Speaking of Love there are plenty of opportunities to get your hands on B&C goodies before show season starts and the first is Saint Valentine's Day 14th February. The perfect way to treat your loved one or impress your crush.
You may want to add some of our gorgeous pieces to your favourites as a hint.
These Heart Brooches are inspired by an original 1940s Bakelite style and are available in a number of colours so you don't have to stick with traditional Red.
Why not get creative have this gorgeous domed Heart Brooch made to order for your sweetheart in a colour of your choice.
Our cute mini wicker hat charm styles have been very popular since we sourced them in the summer, this set makes a lovely gift.
Now we love a little thought in our love notes and when we came across this website full of Vintage Valentine greetings we were in love. Here are a few of our favourites.
Why not plant two of our kitsch lawn flamingos in your garden for your darling to find on Valentines morning- smooth move huh?
One of my favourite Christmas gifts was The Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook by Deborah Harroun full of delicious, sweet Red Velvet treats.
This No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake is worth breaking the new year diet for and the perfect Valentine's treat.
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Isabelle L'amour is a fab Burlesque dancer - Check her out!
What your fave colours and Style is? I'm a very girly girl so pinks, blues, golds, I'm very classic pin up so things with hearts and flowers, that kind of thing! :D
Here She is Modelling Bow & Crossbones Jewellery And Accessories
Wearing our 50's Reproduction Tiny Hoops
We are back from the USA and settled into a lovely British Autumn.
We have one more event before the end of 2014 in Camden, London Sunday December 14th.
Bettina Scarlett Presents Mid Century Market Christmas Edition at Cecil Sharpe House.
We will be popping in to Dingwalls Dancehall later that evening and maybe along to the last Hula Boogie at South London Pacific. We hope to see lot of your lovely faces somewhere along the way!
So you if you are looking for a particular shade of sparkles or matching your Holiday or New Year outfit you can easily find all the options we have on offer.
As a little bribe we'll give you a free postage voucher! Perfect for Xmas shopping :)
Please Use 'XmasTime14' at the Check out for free postage