I spy with my little eye... an interview with vintage Lynda Kirby.

I met Lynda at one of her monthly vintage teas. I had no idea when I pushed the front door of that Jumeirah villa I would meet a kindred spirit (remember this post?). Through her Audrey's Cat space, she took me right back to the 1920's: vintage outfit, a table full of China, home made victoria sponge cakes and scones, and a salon showcasing the best vintage collection I found in Dubai so far. Lynda has been traveling and collecting items from the 1920's to the 1950's all over the world for 15 years and has just decided to start selling some of it. The pieces are amazing, in great condition, the prices are right and Lynda can tell the story of each item. Obviously, I had to interview her!
Have a look at her Facebook page here.

HOB - If you could live in a painting, which one would it be? 

L.K.: I suppose a Monet , as I love flowers and it would be so peaceful to sit, relax and watch the water, smell the fresh air and dream.

HOB- If you could live in a different era, which one would you pick and why?   
L.K.: I would choose the 1950's because the men and ladies always dressed up for every occasion.  Hats were seen as an everyday fashion accessory.  Dresses were very feline and stylish and it was the pinnacle of the curvy Hollywood starlets.  Bling was in and Elvis was alive. 

HOB- What piece of clothing reminds you of your mother/father? 
L.K.: My mother was a fashionista of the 1960's. I loved her lime green hot pants. 

HOB- What scent takes you right back to your childhood?  
L.K.: Lavender and violets were my grandmothers favourites.  I remember the long hot summers staying with her, baking, knitting, crochet, and lots of time spent in their beautiful garden.  Her house was always adorned with sweet peas fresh from the garden.

HOB- When do you feel on holidays? 
L.K.: When I am shopping on my trips abroad.  I know I can relax then. 

HOB- What designer would you take with you on a camel ride?  
L.K.: I would not get on a camel again . I fell off whilst racing on one when I was 20 in Tunisia.

HOB- Your favourite recipe to make? 
L.K.: My grandma's secret fruit cake. 

HOB- Best piece of advice you were ever given?  
L.K.: My grandma always told me: "Make sure you wake up with a smile and be happy". To always treat people like you expect to be treated yourself.  I find if you smile at someone they usually smile back !

HOB- What book changed your life?  
L.K.: Elizabeth Taylors " love affair with jewellery". After reading this I got inspired to follow my dream and to create Audreys Cat, where I could love, wear, but pass on my jewellery , so they could go on new journeys with new owners.

HOB- The movie you've watched already 30 times but might watch again tonight?  
L.K.: "The notebook", I love the fashion, the fun and the romance. 

HOB- Three favourite spots in Dubai?  
L.K.: 1- Blommingdales when they have a sale. 
2- The Sensia Spa at Emirates golf club, for the Eve Lom facial. 
3- Audreys Cat room, where I can relax look at my jewellery books and give my cat 'Frank " a cuddle.

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