In Review: The Oil Can Cafe at The Carding Shed, Holmfirth

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As a vintage lover, my little perusals around West Yorkshire have proved to be explorations of high reward. This past weekend, the Manfriend and I sat-navved our way through Hepworth with the hope of arriving at the reclaimed warehouse that now serves the public as The Carding Shed.

From floor to ceiling, The Carding Shed is a pandora’s box of vintage motors and memorabilia;it may only be a wanton step into bygone days for me but it is a trip (or literal drive) down memory lane for many of its patrons. A mesmerising oasis for anyone with a penchant for retro wonders. So mesmerising, in fact, that it took me two hours to notice the vintage clothing shops – e High Society Vintage Clothing and Retro Shed – nestled in its sidelines.

Decidedly, our distraction for the day was food and automobiles. The latter resulting in a lusty affair with a scorpion-topped 1969 Fiat 850 Abarth. The former providing a chance to settle in and appreciate the atmosphere, but not much more.

Though we initially set out to enjoy the Oil Can Cafe’s afternoon tea, we were quickly deterred by a singular ‘festive’ afternoon tea option (far too rich-sounding for our tastes) and a list of £7-ish sandwiches, therefore opting for a cream tea (tea or coffee with a scone, cream, and jam) and a cheese & pickle sandwich to share.

The scones took fifteen minutes to arrive, were cold and tough, and arrived an additional fifteen minutes prior to a sandwich plate that warranted no more than two minutes to put together. The value comes in the sandwich’s size and sides (coleslaw, potato salad) with the choice of ‘build your own’ pickle jars, but did not warrant such a wait.

Now, I refuse to write a dishonest word and try to avoid less-than-wow reviews, so while it pains me to not be able to give The Oil Can Cafe the highest praises, I am hoping the gastronomy and service were hiccups that will improve with time and support.

On my inevitable return to The Carding Shed, I will simply settle for a china teacupped coffee, homemade cake, and exuberant use of my credit card.

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The NYE Conundrum (Win a £50 Anthropologie gift card!)

Anthropologie Staying In
In the grand ‘staying in’ versus ‘going out’ debate, I am always surprised by the lack of compromise between the two types of New Year’s Eve celebrations. As a woman who likes to have my cake and eat it, when Anthropologie asked me what kind of NYE I’d be having, a quick browse of their cosy accessories did all the work for me: I’ll be staying in, but forgoing the cliched habit of falling asleep in front of the television after one too many glasses of sparkles for something a little more special.

Dear readers, this is the year to stay in and throw yourself a New Year’s Party (no skyscraper heels or overpriced cocktails allowed). Instead of the ‘night out’ norm, invite a few of your nearest and dearest for a luxury night in and cater your space with simple, beautiful decorations; throws, balloons, candles, slippers, robes and champagne, natch.

In my opinion, no party or New Year’s event can hold a candle to an intimate celebration away from pre-booked taxi chaos and a sea of sloshed strangers.

If you’re on the same wavelength, you’ll be happy to hear that – in collaboration with this post – Anthropologie have provided me with a £50 gift card to give away to one lucky reader!

How To Win a £50 Anthropologie Gift Card:

Simply follow Lela London on Bloglovin’ and tag a friend who you’d like to spend New Year’s with in the comments section of this Facebook update (click here).

Competition will end December 21st, 2014 when the winner will be announced on Facebook!

Pictured above:
Mohair Fringe Throw
Second Female Dipty Dress
Embroidered Soft Robe
Lilka Beaded Moccasin Slides
Wishbone Bottle Opener
Mercury Moonglow Candle
(all Anthropologie)

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One Stop Christmas Shop: Etsy

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We know – biologically – that we are creates of habit but it is easy to forget to what degree this is true. Over the holiday season, many of us have habitual routines or traditions that provide us emotional security blankets.

It wasn’t until one of my closest friends decided to embark on an ‘Amazon-free Christmas’ that I realised these habits could be as much a hindrance as they are a help.

With that in mind, I thought I would create a few One Stop Christmas Shop gift guides for you, dear reader. The aim of these guides will be to inspire and excite your Christmas purchases, all while making sure you check off everyone on your list – mother, brother, father, lover and beyond – as conveniently as possible.

First up? Etsy.

Shop Etsy:
Vintage Steamer trunk
Cloud pendant necklace
Eye Coal
Whatever, I’m Late Anyway watch
Bow and owl dog sweater
Wooden easel dock for an iPhone 5
Rose gold wishbone necklace
Ombre measuring cups (the ‘new home’ gift of dreams!)
Should I Wash My Hair Today? Flowchart
Retro Star Wars art

Free Spotify Playlist – December 2014

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This month’s free Spotify playlist is a celebration of songs I can’t get out of my head (spanning fifty years), songs that can’t get out of the nation’s heads (because some genius has decided to use them in TV ads), and songs from a few of my favourite new age rappers.

It also kicks off with Lo-Fang’s take on Grease…just because I can. Enjoy!

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for November’s free Spotify playlist.)

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
You’re The One That I Want by Lo-Fang
I Just Want To Make Love To You by Etta James
I Am The Best by 2ne1
I by Kendrick Lamar
Acapella by Karmin
Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars
American Dream by MKTO
Shower by Becky G
The Never by Pell (ft. LV Baby)
How You Like Me Now by The Heavy
Pumpin Blood by NONONO
Meltdown (from The Hunger Games) by Stromae, Lorde, and Pusha T
Anaconda by Nicki Minaj
Madame Coquette by Tape Five and Yuliet Topaz
We Got The Beat by The Go-Go’s

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