P R I D E

Pride. You were incredible 🌈 
What a fantastic few days, so proud to have been part of and supported such a beautiful cause. I met some amazing people and had an absolute ball. Huge thanks to my fabulous helper @localhotelparking 
I couldn’t have done without you chica 😘
#onelove @manchesterpride .

Prepping for Pride

Late night sessions have been the order of the week getting the last of these ‘loud & proud’ custom tees ready for Manchester Pride this weekend 🙌🏼🌈

So excited to be bringing my boutique to the heart of Manchester for the ultimate party in celebration of LOVE!  
All ready to go! Come and find me in the Gay Village for a bargain and a boogie, I’ll be there spreading the love with my vintage spangles and bangles ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

10 years of indie biz life

Here’s me in my first HQ in Spain 10 years ago when I’d just launched

The Stellar Boutique. 

July 2009, back when the internet was still a bit of a mystery to me, I only really used it to book flights, I never shopped online and I didn’t even have Facebook! I know, I mean…wtf?

All I knew was I wanted a fashion & vintage shop. I’d originally intended to have an actual physical boutique but when it fell through at the last minute (after investing in and even decorating the shop) I was devastated. A friend suggested I opened an online shop instead 
‘it’s the way of the future’ she said, 
‘internet shopping? Surely it’ll never catch on’ I said! 
The thought of it just didn’t excite me as much and, as a total technophobe, I had no clue where to start. 
Thankfully I heeded her advice and set out on this arduous yet rewarding journey, learning as I went and making a string of mistakes along the way too. 
To say it’s been a challenge is an understatement, there have been highs and lows galore. Running a small business on your own (on a shoestring) is tough, it’s full of difficult decisions, obstacles, problems, long days & late nights and anyone with an indie biz will know that sometimes the business has to be juggled around an array of part-time jobs just to stay afloat! 
One summer my shop was one of 5 jobs I had on the go in order to buy stock and pay the bills! 

There are times when you lose faith in yourself and question your abilities and there have even been moments when I considered throwing in the towel and getting a regular ‘secure’ 9 to 5! 

But this is not a violin moment, on the contrary!

 
To anyone considering starting up their own business, my only advice is to just go for it. As long as you’re passionate about what you do and are prepared to dig deep and work hard, you will get there. I’ve still got a long way to go and a lot to learn but I am loving every minute (most of the time) and to everyone who’s ever bought anything from me I thank you from the bottom of my heart! You have made this whole journey possible 😘

Ok, enough of the Oscar-style speech, better get back to work 👩‍💻

 

A little love from the Evening Standard!

Totally delighed to be featured in the Evening Standard’s choice of best online vintage shop! Thanks Evening Standard you’ve always been my favourite too 😉 And here’s the article…

Alongside this boutique’s vintage offering that comprises of bohemian clothing, jewellery, bags and belts, there is also the added option to have your jacket customised, choosing your own style, slogan and effect.

 

See the full article here

 

 

Stellar New Year challenge

Setting new years resolutions is always a love / hate relationship. If you’re anything like me it generally goes a little like this… December 31st, reflect on the year gone by, feel motivated, inspired and full of promise for the year ahead, set unrealistic resolutions, and by mid January all recollection of those so-called goals have disappeared into oblivion and it’s back to the old routine! If this isn’t the case and you stick to your resolutions like glue then I applaud you! Carry on as you were (and please let me in on the secret of your success!)

But for the rest of us, following on from our previous post on sustainable fashion, set yourself a challenge to make this year count and (if you’re not already doing so) make a pledge to take steps towards a greener, kinder and more sustainable fashion future.

 Because let’s face it, you love the world of fashion (hence you’re here now reading this) that’s not gonna change and neither should it have to! But there are plenty of wardrobe changes (even if small) that we can make without going cold turkey on our fashion addiction. So let’s set ourselves an achievable New Years fashion resolution and stick to it. There’s so many simple but effective improvements to our shopping habits we can incorporate, whether it’s deciding to purchase quality over quantity and avoiding fast fashion, only purchasing from ethical brands, buying less but choosing well, recycling clothes by buying second hand items and thrift store shopping, keeping it circular (and interesting) by sticking to vintage fashion, making a point of wearing more of your ‘old’ clothes that you once loved but that no longer get a look in, upcycle, customise and rework tired old pieces, set up a swap shop with your friends to swap and share clothes so you always feel like you’ve got something new and keep your wardrobe fresh, do that big clear out you’ve promised yourself (you know, the one you promised yourself last January too) and take your unwanted clothes to recycle bins or donate them to a local charity. Whatever you decide, little by little, we can all make a big difference.

We’d love to know how you get on so tell us what you decide and keep us updated by sharing your progress using #stellarnewyear

We can all do our bit to stay more fashion conscious , keep fashion circular and kind.

So have fun with it and use the challenge as a catalyst to get even more creative with your wardrobe choices, upcycle, recycle, rework and rethink.

The possibilities are endless xx

 

granting wishes

So my latest commission was the sweetest sentiment, I was asked (by Justin) to paint his handwritten message onto this jacket for his girlfriend’s birthday. We decided to keep it in the style of his handwriting to add that extra personal touch! What an absolute pleasure helping out in the name of love! All done and on it’s way to NYC… Judy you’re one lucky lady, extra brownie points to you Justin 🙌🏼❤️👫
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Send me your requests and I’ll make your wish come true

Customise your jacket here

 

Barrow Girl

There’s nothing I love more than getting back to my barrow girl roots and hitting the road bringing my vintage fashion finds to fellow vintage overs across the country. When you’re so used to being stuck behind your laptop on a daily basis and working in relative solitude It’s always a special treat to meet your customers face to face and mingle with your fashion tribe.

I’m always fascinated when witnessing the process of a big empty space transform into a buzzing, thriving vintage haven. And when the venue is as beaut as the custard factory (birmingham) I just couldn’t resist snapping the behind-the-scenes set up of a pop up vintage fair! …what a gorgeous loft style apartment this would make!

So here are some of my favourite moments from the recent fairs in Birmingham, Chester and Liverpool for Judy’s affordable vintage fair.

 

 

 

 

 

customise your jacket

 

 

Got a favourite jacket that could use a make over or just a tired piece of clothing that needs a new lease of life?
Send it my way, I’ll show it some love and give it a revamp!

 

Yes my lovelies, you can now get your fave design or slogan hand painted onto your chosen glad rags

Here’s how to go about it…

  • decide on the garment you want to spruce up
  • choose your fave design from our pre-made jackets and tees or simply tell us your own ideas
  • maybe your name, a message to the world or your favourite song lyrics? It’s up to you!
  • I’ll have a chat with you to make sure you’re super excited about the proposed design
  • I’ll work out the price depending on the time and cost of materials involved
  • prices start from £10
  • once everyone is happy, make your payment via paypal and send us your garment of choice
  • I’ll get to work and have your awesome new item back to you within 1-2 weeks
  • You put it on, fall in love and go strut your stuff babe!

Drop me an email at info@thestellarboutique.com to tell me what you’d like.

I can’t wait to hear from you! xx

Follow the link to find out more…
Customise my jacket

For freedom fighters and all night dancers

Heroes + Villains

my new custom collection of hand painted jackets, reworked vintage and customised t-shirts

In store now…

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