Stuck for Halloween ideas? There is no better excuse to grab one of the #minirodini clown dresses. They are soo lush! Or the #talkingthreads trousers make for a pretty amazing #dracula costume!! 👌❤️ #halloween2014 #reflectionsinourwindow

Stuck for Halloween ideas? There is no better excuse to grab one of the #minirodini clown dresses. They are soo lush! Or the #talkingthreads trousers make for a pretty amazing #dracula costume!! 👌❤️ #halloween2014 #reflectionsinourwindow

Our (Highland) Fling With Kilts!!!

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There are a lot of changes happening in Scotland at the moment, one thing that will never change though is our love of the kilt!!!! 

Historically it was not always as popular as it is today. In August 1747, after the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie in the 1745 rebellion, the British government banned the wearing of the kilt (and the bagpipes, which were seen as an instrument of war) in an attempt at suppressing highland identity.

This law remained in force until 1783. During the ban the only people who were legally allowed to wear the kilt were pipers in the military and then only in their regimental tartan.

(Image taken from Pinterest, Information from here)

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Nowadays the kilt is worn mainly on occasions such as weddings and formal functions.  It’s ability to link people to their roots whether through using the family tartan or simply wearing the kilt at an event out with their homeland.  It’s silhouette creates such a strong image of national identity.    

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We are very happy to say we supply Little Legs Baby Kilts in , these super-sweet kilts are hand-made, in any size and any tartan (please allow a few weeks when ordering as some tartans may need to be sourced)

They are made in a traditional way with the great addition of velcro fastenings, which are a must when trying to change baby quickly at an event; and nappy pins rather than the traditional kilt pin.  

Little Legs also makes matching flashes and felt sporrans! Sooooo cute!!!

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And don’t forget to check out our vintage stock for gems like this traditional kilt jacket, so dapper!!!

Autumn In The City

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We love this time of year at RRV!!!!  Autumn is still warm enough to leave the house without a coat; but cold enough to look out those oh-so-cosy tights, bliss!

The colours around the city are what make this season so magical.

(Photo of the River Kelvin, Glasgow.  From Pinterest)

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The colour palate in Autumn was a big part of 70’s fashion, browns, yellows and the lovely burnt oranges.  I especially love this 1970’s dress from our vintage stock, it is just perfect for this time of year.

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Autumn also gives us an excuse to start coat shopping, like we need one!!!

Sticking with the colour palate we love, these vintage brown coats are a great extra layer, and so cute for those long strolls in the park, kicking through the leaves…..

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And a cute one for the boys……1970’s brown corduroy boiler suit will keep your kiddo cosy.

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(Photograph of the River Kelvin, Glasgow, taken from Pinterest)

Let your babies inner rocker out……

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Our super-cool RRV model Roddy is sporting one of our custom denim jackets, and lets face it, he looks AWESOME!!!

We have a great collection of vintage band tee’s, patches and badges to put together our one-off denim jackets for your little rocker kid.  In any size, light or dark denim, and with your preference of bands; this classic jacket will be so unique to your musical tastes.

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The humble denim jacket has stood the test of time as a wardrobe staple, it is claimed that the first denim jacket was made in the mid-1800’s by Levi Strauss.  Marketed at the time as a denim ‘blouse’, it was intended for use as durable workwear.  


The evolution of the denim jacket as a fashion item came about due to an incident where crooner Bing Crosby, a huge Levi’s fan, was out hunting in 1951 and decided to go to a hotel.  As he and his friend were both head-to-toe in denim, Bing was not recognised, and the assumption was made that he was a lower class citizen due to his attire.  A neighbour of Bing contacted the company to tell them what happened.  The Levi company then created the Denim Tuxedo (shown below) which was presented to him and he subsequently wore it to commercial appearances.

(from here)

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It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the custom jacket, as we know it today, began to crop up.  Many motorcycle gangs during this time wore personalised jackets, as did punks.  In the later 70’s and 80’s this rebellion became tied to heavy metal music, when denim jackets began to emerge that were highly personalised to show signs of allegiance to particular heavy metal bands and music in general.  These jackets represented not only allegiance to a particular style of music, but to a way of life.  They represented individuality and free thinking.

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We all want our kiddos to be individuals, and you cant get more individual than with a custom jacket or waistcoat (mummy and daddy’s help in music is always a nice addition, hehe!)

Our custom denim jackets are a great start, we use up-cycled jackets and t-shirts, so not only does your little one look super cool, you’re helping the environment.  We will use one large image of your band choice for the back patch, and then two or three other bands for the front.  We have a huge collection of vintage patches and badges, so are sure to have some of your favourites!!! 

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(some images taken from Pinterest, the rest from our own stock pictures)

Pretty amazing road trip stop. #america  (at Bravo Farms In Travers California)

Pretty amazing road trip stop. #america (at Bravo Farms In Travers California)

Mickey ears for a lucky boy when he wakes up from his nap. #mickeymouse #roddyandmummyincalifornia  (at Disneyland)

Mickey ears for a lucky boy when he wakes up from his nap. #mickeymouse #roddyandmummyincalifornia (at Disneyland)

Love these new #vintage terry cloth dungarees online & in shop now. 🐳🐳

Love these new #vintage terry cloth dungarees online & in shop now. 🐳🐳

Oh so cool vintage hair

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Kids hair and fashion has always followed the trends of the times, only now we are seeing a resurgence of popular vintage styles from the 1920’s onwards.  Today we’d like to celebrate some of the superb styles through the years.  You never know you might find your little one’s next ‘do’!!!!!!

(Photograph from our in-store shoot.  Photography by Jolyne Colburn. Hair and make-up by Caoimhe C O’Brien MUA)

Dress available here

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During the twenties and thirties, the bob was popular for females, often worn in waves and curls.  This was due to technological advances bringing us the first handheld blow dryer, an item none of us could live without today!!!!! Thank you 1920’s!

Boys styles of the time were the ever-present short back & sides, with of course the iconic side parting which was slicked back with pomade.

1930’s - 40’simage

Women’s hairstyles of this time became a little more natural, although there was a tendency to wear perms. Hair was worn longer, at neck length.  

This picture from a 1940’s U.S. parade shows these little ladies looking all grown up with their ‘Victory roll’ style up-do’s.

Not much changed in the world of mens style, until the….. 

1950’simage

Finally, a bit of fashion for the boys!  With icons such as Elvis Presley and James Dean to look up to, the style of boys cut changed to be longer on top and looser in styling, and even taking pride in the fashion of the time and going for a full-on quiff.

The ladies didn’t miss out though, some of the most iconic hairstyles came from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Betty Page.

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There are just too many styles to choose from! What a time for the world of hair, from beehives and bouffants, to short twiggy-style haircuts, to the long, loose, swinging hair favored by hippies.  

Men also went wild, the Beatles cut to feathered locks and mohawks, and we’ve never looked back!

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(some images taken from Pinterest, others are our own stock images)

Mummy Mondays : @CaliforniaSalvage

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This week we bring you American mama @CaliforniaSalvage, not only is her daughter a walking doll, shes got serious style. She takes her vintage seriously and even has her own etsy shop supplying you with the best of the best. Have a look at her photos on instagram, it will definitely make you wish she posted MORE! :) Read her inspiring words here…

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Where do you live, and what do you love most about it?

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, in sunny California. What’s not to love? With so many different cities & towns surrounding me, my family always has a beautiful scenic drive in store. And you can’t beat thrift stores found along the way (hidden gems). So, many nice drives for the family and shopping for me!

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What inspired you to start an Instagram account?

I wanted an Instagram account because I’m not one to post my thoughts and opinions often on Facebook or Twitter. When words are written the reader can misconceive them. I think pictures give a pretty clear statement, and I’m always looking for ones that are creative and might inspire me.  

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When did you know you wanted to be a mama?

I’ve always wanted children, but I wasn’t to keen on the thought of giving birth. So, when I was younger I always said I would just adopt.  The older and wiser I got, I learned my body was made for making babies, and that I would be fine. Soon after getting married, I got pregnant with our first child, a beautiful baby girl. 

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How many kiddos do you have and what are there personalities like?

So far I have only had one daughter, Ophelia Rose. She is silly, loving, intelligent, and quite independent.  Her father and I can show her something once and she is quick to try it on her own.  She loves music and dancing, and I must say—she has some great moves. 

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How would your husband describe you? 

My husband would describe me as a pretty silly person too.  Some of our best times are just sitting around and laughing at complete nonsense, it’s the best! I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m a little hotheaded, but when I’m wrong I know it, and I have no problem admitting to it and apologizing. Life is too short! Overall, he knows my main concern is that my family is safe and healthy.   

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What inspires you to dress your children in vintage clothes?

All styles are linked to a certain era or even a memory from growing up. So I just love finding vintage clothing, and thinking to myself, “my mom totally wore this in the 80’s,” or “my grandmother dressed my mom in this as a baby.”  In a way, it makes me feel more connected with my family, because I have a similar fashion sense as they did. It’s also nice to have one-of-a-kind pieces that you cant find anywhere else. 

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If you could go back to any period in time, where would you go and why?

Definitely the 60’s! I can see myself being young in the 60’s settling down in some countryside hippie commune living the simpler life, as I so much thrive to have today.  The fashion was insane as well!  Weather you where a housewife, a big city career woman, or a hippie the outfits were amazing. 

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Kids wiggle, what is your secret to a good shot of your little one in action?

My secret of getting a good shot of my daughter—is sneaking up on her. If she doesn’t see the camera, then she won’t do one of the two: run away, or say “CHEEEEESSEEE” with a big goofy grin.  Some of the best photos I have of her are the ones when she is in her zone, doing her own thing. Those are the moments I love to capture. 

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When the goin gets tough with the kiddo in tow, what is your secret for putting the smiles back on that little face?

 My secret to calming her down is singing. As soon as we start singing one of her nursery songs she stops crying and tries to sing along.  Sometimes I will be loosing my mind in frustration from her crying, and I’ll think “Duh! Sing!” Almost always works. If not, something must be really bothering her (teething, stomach ache etc.).  

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What could you imagine your children doing in 20 years time? 

I can imagine Ophelia doing something creative, or hands-on in 20 years. I really can’t say what that may be, but all I know is that creativity is in her blood. Her Daddy is quick to design and execute any idea that comes to mind. He also builds, refinishes, and upholsters furniture for a living. I have the creative eye for picking out vintage clothes, and styling it with modern looks.  Not to mention, her Grandparents have an artistic streak as well. Whatever she ends up doing I just hope she truly loves it.  

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What are your children’s favorite things to do as a family?

I think Ophelia’s favorite things to do, as a family, is gardening and taking care of our chickens.  We are big on having her eat healthy, and playing in the garden is a way for her to be learning about fruits and vegetables and want to try them. To be honest, you give any toddler a bucket, shovel and dirt they’re good for a long time!  We also have our chicken chores. When we clean the coop the chickens roam freely and she just loves it! We do this every Sunday together and its great family time!

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What is the hardest thing about being a mama?

The hardest thing about being a Mama, is keeping your cool at all times, and that you always need to set a good example. My little one is with me all day everyday, and she mimics everything I do. So, it is easy to teach her bad habits when you think she is not paying attention. They are always paying attention. I constantly have to remind myself to take a breather and then deal with my problems calmly. The last thing I want is for her to have no patience and not know how to deal with problems. 

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And of course, what is your favorite thing about being a mama?

My favorite part about being a Mama is looking down at this amazing little girl and knowing that my husband and I created her. I’m beyond proud to have her as a daughter. It is the absolute truest love a person can have. 

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What are some daily rules/mantras do you use for being a mama?

Everyday I tell Ophelia I love her, no matter what. I know most parents do this all the time, but her father and I are firm believers that it is important to tell the people you love how you feel because you never know what can happen in that day. So, there is no holding grudges, or staying mad. You deal with anger and move on, because in the end it doesn’t really matter. What matters is that the ones you love knows you are always there for them and it ok to tell them you love them!

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When the babe is in bed sleeping, what are you most likely doing?

After I put my girl down for the night, I’m working on my Etsy shop. There isn’t much time during the day for me to work on it, so I really got to get motivated at night. Yet, on the nights when I just don’t have it in me, I’m watching trashy reality TV (my guilty pleasure). My husband hates them—and I really can’t blame him. 

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If you could take your family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

If I could take my family anywhere in the world, it would be Carpi, Italy.  It was the last place my grandparents vacationed before my grandmother passed. Their pictures are breath taking. It’s such an amazing island with so much to offer as far as history, scenery and food! 

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Who are some of your favorite instagram users?

Some of my favorite Instagram users are TumbleweedSHC, MishaLulu, and FolkMagazine. TumbleweedSHC are a cute couple making rad wood veneer sunglasses from their cool river cabin in Florida.  MishaLulu designs the most adorable retro inspired kids clothing. FolkMagazine has great photos that support American-made, small towns, small business, artisans and living authentically! 

Give it some Wellie!!!!!!

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Well, things never work out the way you expect…… On arrival of our new range of wellies here at RRV, Glasgow is is the middle of an unprecedented week of lovely, sunny weather!!!!  We’re not complaining though, the rain is sure to come back, and once you see the Mini Melissa Rain Booties, you’ll probably wish the weather was worse! 

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So the humble wellie has been around for a long time, they were originally named after the Duke Of Wellington.  He had asked his shoemaker to make him some boots that were practical for the battlefield but also stylish (Let’s face it, we all need something practical for the battlefield!!!).  The trend caught on with gusto, as Wellington, who’s nickname was ‘the beau’, was renowned for his immaculate appearance and fashionable dress sense. A true fashonista, and also the center of one of Glasgow’s most iconic images…..

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Speaking of icons…….The wonderful, and aways quirky, Vivien Westwood is the designer behind the Mini Melissa range.  She continues to break the mould of shoe fashion with her Melissa collaborations.  

We just adore these wee wellies!  As well as being comfortable and practical, they are also really stylish.  The Mini Melissa Rain Booties are made from super-soft, patented Melflex plastic.  These little gems are the perfect way to brighten up a rainy day.

We have three of these gorgeous Rain Bootie styles in store now in sizes UK3 to UK9, and don’t forget, we ship worldwide!!!!!!
Make sure your little one is the coolest kiddo in the puddle and order them now, just in time for the inevitable return of bad weather……

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