Pinup Picnic In The Bar 2017 In Photos

Since 2015, The British Belles have hosted an annual charity pinup meet-up. Last year, I attended my first BB event in July at Kanaloa, which was followed by their Tiki Christmas event. This year, the lovely Charlotte organised another meet-up to raise money for Shelter. Supported by Minky and Zoe, Charlotte hosted yesterday’s event at Barrio in Shoreditch. While mass meet-ups can be overwhelming due to the sheer number of  people, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and to get to know new folk.

This post begins by looking at my outfit, then moves on to the meet-up in photos.


This dress was the only vintage dress I bought when I went to Viva Las Vegas back in April. The different colours, the leaf pattern, the diamanté detail and the scalloped collar all screamed ‘buy me’. As the meet-up was originally a picnic, I felt it lent itself well to the theme.

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The Event

I’ve referred to everyone by their IG name (unless they don’t have one) but I’ve not linked them as it would take faaaar too long! If you want to find someone, just search the captioned name from the photo.

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This is generally how I look most of the time
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My gorgeous buddy kellycupcakex in a dress she made herself!
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boobrown and secretplusizegoddess

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myrockabillysummer, Clare, vivorchid and sugar_bettie

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miss_anita_simpson and myvintageme
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I always crack up around miss_leigh-bam

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The stunning and colourful Clare
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Chatting with Marge as era_go_again spies something
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soda_fontaine and thepinupwhofelltoearth

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thevintagegirl in green, Sonia in the middle and atom_bomb_baby on the end

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Hostesses with the mostess(es) misspeachykeen_jellybean and thevintagegiraffe

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I will always share drinks with Kelly – I just won’t look good doing it!

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miss_vintage-pagan (minus roller skates)

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essbeedee with Marge

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The beautiful Ruby in the middle
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The lovely Helen on the left

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As always, incredibly over-excited to see ladyeccentrikb
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Love these ladies – ladyoram, missleighsboudoir and theurbanpinup. Don’t we look fancy!

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missjosiecottoncandy at the back

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New peeps – the.quirky.flaneuse and Stephanie

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Squishy baby!
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Another organiser of the event the_glamour_advocate on the left
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Fellow pin-up teacher and hard nut bintymustard

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Our trek in the rain

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All aboard!
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This fella likes to impress friends by bringing them large marrows – hope you made something yummy!

If you’re not quite sure about a coming to a massive meet-up, try some smaller get-togethers beforehand. Prior to yesterday, I’d had quite a few one-to-one and small group meets. – it can help you to get to know others over a longer period of time and in a quieter environment. That works for me generally. However, whether you’re mingling with the masses or chilling on your sofa, do whatever makes you happy and comfortable. I’ll be doing a follow-up post later this week regarding my journey with anxiety over the past few years.

Thanks to Charlotte, Zoe and Minky for organising everything – not an easy feat! I got to know some more faces and had time to properly natter too. As always, I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!

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All photos in this post were taken on my better half’s (@darktechsupport) or my camera but he edited every single image. Thank you so so much – you’re a brilliant human!

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