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The @LondonMarathon is less than 4 weeks away!

Published March 31, 2015 by Crystal

I’m aching.  A run last night was a disaster.  And my legs don’t feel much more obliging today.  So I am resting.  I don’t want to risk damaging myself, and I guess my body is still recovering from the 18 miles on Friday.  But the marathon waits for no man or woman and today I excitedly received my vest for the big day. 

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You know what?  It is clingy.  It shows all my lumps and bumps.  But I do not care!  I can see in these two photos the physical changes my body has made over the last couple of years.  And the black dog is a strong representation of my depression over the same time.  I still haven’t got a handle on it, the depression, and as a result it continues to impregnated my weight and my level of exercise.  But fuck it. My body had performed a bloody miracle during my marathon training and the journey isn’t over yet. I may be lardy.  I may have more fat than Steve Miller deems acceptable.  But my body keeps on supporting me and helping me achieve things I could only dream of a few years ago.

With less than four weeks to go I would love whatever donations people can offer.  Sane offers support that people like me benefit from.  A text of support, a caring voice on the phone, an email when it matters.  Just a few examples of the way they are there for people in their moments of need.  Please, if you haven’t me, please consider donating a couple of pounds.  The cost of a pint or glass of wine will contribute in a big way.

#thisgirlcan, longest #vlm2015 training session to date is complete!

Published March 27, 2015 by Crystal

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This is me!  Getting a lift home on completion of 18.34 miles!  A little red faced.  A lot achy. 4 and a half hours.  A fairly consistent pace and the company of zombies for the first fourteen miles, and my friend Karen for the last part.
You know what,  it want as bad as I feared. A substantial jump from the 12 miles that had been my previous longest attempt.  But I am home and confident I can complete the London Marathon in 30 days!  I’m not going to win any prizes for speed.  But that isn’t why I applied. 
What it proves to me is that I am capable of training myself to achieve something better than before.  It proves that all the critics who call us big girls lazy and greedy are making judgements bad on ignorance and media pressure.  It proves, for me atleast, that exercise is as good an anti depressant as the ones I have tried.  And it proves my body is capable of so much.
If I still loathed and hated myself I wouldn’t have got this far.  I train because I love myself NOT because I am disgusting and need to punish myself and I train because I deserve a happy healthy life, NOT because if I don’t train I am lazy and greedy and do not deserve a happy life.  So here is to the girls who feel their size gets in the way. Who are too embarrassed to venture into public and put their left foot in front of their right for fear of ridicule.   And to all the people shamed because they don’t fit the social norm.
This girl can.  And so can you!

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Though I did get a blister ūüėČ

Weight loss. Who is helping you? What are they promising and What are their credentials?

Published March 23, 2015 by Crystal

Weight loss is a multi million pound industry. ¬†You don’t need me to tell you that. ¬†That multi million pound industry is full of all sorts. ¬†And it’s full of all sorts of opinions and experiences.

Because weight loss works in different ways for different people. ¬†Forget the whole “calories in calories out” arguments, and the “quality of a calorie”, and “eat less move more” arguments. ¬†The problem is, that for every person affected by their weight, there are a multitude of reasons.

For me, weight loss and gain is powerfully linked to my mental health, to how I am feeling.  And so helping to change my mental well being, to improve my feeling of self worth, and to approve of myself in the here and now is hugely important.

Love them or hate them, the big weight loss groups like Weight Watchers and Slimming World have been around for years. ¬†And they were started by women who were uncomfortable with themselves, and made changes to their lifestyle to change the things they didn’t like. ¬†In the initial stages they were two women, running groups and basing their plan on the experiences and, in the case of Weight Watchers, advice given by her local hospital dietician. ¬†They were honest with their promises. ¬†They showed what worked for¬†them. ¬†Over the years, Weight Watchers and Slimming World have become huge companies. ¬†Their plans adapt and change with the current trends outside of their companies, but in fairness to them, whether you have “succeeded” or not on their plans, their companies employ a whole host of experts to adapt and change and put forward a healthy plan for people to follow. ¬†They undertake studies and support to show how best they work, and to find out what will keep people coming back. See Weight Watchers Scientific Catalogue¬†for a bit of light reading (if somewhat biased)!¬† What I am saying is there is more than one person, more than one experience. ¬†Don’t get me wrong. ¬†They are out to sell. ¬†They are out to make money. ¬†But consultants come from a place of personal experience and those personal experiences are vast. ¬†If you don’t like one class, close enough will be another class with a consultant you may resonate with more.

Because you need to feel supported.

And this is the thing. If you come to weight loss from a place of ridicule and loathing, by yourself and other people, you are on a back foot before you have started! Very few people can effectively hate themselves slim and maintain that loss. When you come from a place of using food for comfort when feeling low, and if you take away that coping mechanism and don’t replace it worth something else, how long are you going to last with your weight loss that started from a place of feeling horrid?

When I hit my limit with diets that didn’t help me long term, and I stayed to look for the alternative, I was lucky to discover a plethora of books written by doctors and psychologists who have spent chunks of their work life devoted to studying diets and the pros and cons. These experts have discussed ways of weight loss that don’t involve self loathing. (See Intuitive Eating, and Beyond Chocolate mentioned in previous blogs) And they provide step by step ways of changing a relationship with food. Because the mind is a powerful thing. And it responds to positive encouragement, positive motivation, positive rewards.

Me, I’m a couple of inches down the last week or so. And not through criticism by myself or anyone else.

Anyway, I got a run to go on. Better get to it!

All these cakes have left the building!

Published March 19, 2015 by Crystal

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They weren’t all for me!  They were for my SANE Tea and Cake Day to raise funds towards my marathon total.  Lovely friends joined me and raised just under ¬£65.
It was a lovely day, and has been a lovely couple of days following!  The funny thing is in total I have had 6 small slices in total over these four days.  Taster slices.  Enough to enjoy the taste.  Had I been on a diet I deeply suspect I would have eaten far more.  The tomorrow mentality.
Tomorrow I Shall be good.  Tomorrow I will start again.  Tomorrow there won’t be any cake to tempt me. 
My mentality now is more; do I want it now?  Will I enjoy it now?  What does it matter if there is still cake in the house tomorrow? 
There is no perfection.  And no striving for it.  I did overeat one of the slices and didn’t pay enough attention.  But I accepted it and moved on.

There was a last slice of Victoria sponge tonight.  Husband had left it on the side instead of putting it back in the fridge.  And I saw it as I went to feed the animals.  One slice.  Then the cake would be gone. I could eat that.  No biggy.
But it dawned.  I didn’t want it.  I was caked out.  So I hollered to the kids and asked if they all wanted to share.  Only a couple of mouthfuls each for them, but they were happy, I was happy and the world hadn’t ended over the decision not to eat the cake!   Husband wants high tea every Wednesday and I think it’s a lovely idea! I enjoy baking.  And home baked means I know what goes into the food.  Life’s too sorry not to enjoy cake.  But too really enjoy the cake.  Not just eat it because it’s there!

I know I may be droning on but it really comes down to years of learning to not diet with folk such as Beyond Chocolate!  And to slimpod! People who have researched weight loss.  People who realise and appreciate weight loss is deeply linked with the mind and wellbeing.    Things are clicking right now and it does feel good.  Stressing less and living more.  And liking myself as I am.  I don’t need to bully my fat. Or put signs up to remind myself I am fat!  I find my being responds better to positive thinking and encouragement.   ūüėČ

Slimming club attendees, you’re in for it now. Apparently, you too wear cardigans!

Published March 18, 2015 by Crystal

Mr Miller is busy censoring his facebook page. ¬†His latest outpouring of vitriol was against slimming clubs. ¬†Apparently he was invited to do a talk at one (why anyone would ask him is, in itself, quite a miracle) and he refused because apparently seal clapping and cheering a 1 pound loss isn’t his thing

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What is the Weight Loss Masters chosen strategy?

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Oh yes.  There it is.  Attack.

Attack.

Attack.

Attack.

And of course first it was the Size Acceptance, and Fat Acceptance folk that he attacked.  Not with the desire to have a grown up discussion.  Not with the aim to learn or educate.  But to name call, to slur, to misrepresent what both size acceptance and fat acceptance mean to different people, and to accuse every single supporter of size acceptance as harbingers of death and doom.

He doesn’t want to discuss. ¬†He doesn’t want to engage in discussion on what he has to offer. ¬†He has blocked me from commenting or enquiring on his facebook page, and he has blocked me from following or viewing him on twitter, though somehow I can see all he posts, so not sure how that works.

Anyway, onto today’s issue. ¬†Attacking those who attend slimming clubs.

Now I have heard from multiple places and numerous books, that maintaining a weight loss is largely impossible. ¬†And slimming clubs indicate this in the regular returning of members to some club or other. ¬†Having lost a stone, or two, or ten, they go back to their “normal lifestyle” and the weight comes back on. ¬†Sometimes a few pounds, sometimes all the weight, sometimes a little bit extra on top. ¬†And thousands upon thousands of us are on, or have been on, a perpetual cycle. ¬†Losing, gaining, losing, gaining.

It doesn’t look good for slimming clubs, or any type of diet, on the whole.

But I want to defend those clubs. ¬†Because at points in my life they have helped, and I am not going to knock that. ¬†I have maintained a 2 and a half stone loss over the last couple of years, and that loss was down to a combination of Weight Watchers and Slimming World. ¬†Find a great motivating class leader, and a large chunk of the effort and stress is reduced. ¬†Find a class with engaged participants, and you can feel like you are part of a big family who want to see you succeed. ¬†They celebrate the mini victories as well as the large. ¬†They support each other through illness, and grief, and stress, and hurt. ¬†They applaud that one pound loss that seems to have taken weeks and weeks, even though you have been following the plan one hundred percent. ¬†Even though your body is confusing you and you just don’t know what to do. ¬†There are many, many positive reasons for people returning to a slimming club.

Of course the downsides can also be plenty. ¬†For me and my compulsive and anxious character, weighing regularly on scales started to have a very negative impact, and I became well and truly stuck, still am, but things are moving again, and I’m relaxed. ¬†For me, the weighing and measuring became a massive ball ache. ¬† Fat free yogurt? ¬†Give me a break. ¬†Artificial sweetener by the tonne? ¬†No thank you. ¬†But there are things I keep in mind, and I have changed my eating habits over time. ¬†More veg, less pasta and rice, more protein. ¬†That sort of thing. ¬†Nothing overly prescriptive any more. ¬†But slimming clubs have been a support to me in the past, and I can see why they continue to be. ¬†For someone who finds it a real struggle to get out of the house and meeting other people, getting to a slimming club may be their only social activity in a week. ¬†For someone feeling unsupported by their family, an alternative family with a similar goal might be what helps them keep on when all the odds seem against them. ¬†And for people who have grown up with no clue how to cook, weight loss clubs can offer invaluable advice on creating healthy and filling meals for morning noon and night.

So why is Steve so against all that seal clapping? ¬†I mean, he wasn’t against a little seal clapping when his Fat Friends clients on the telly!

It seems a big issue Steve has is the small weight losses celebrated.  Because apparently, a fat person can lose at least 3lbs a week for at least the first four weeks. (read through the conversation beneath his status).

WAIT JUST ONE COTTON PICKING MINUTE

I will have to assume Steve is a nutrition, exercise, and general human biology expert as well as a hypnotherapist. ¬†I mean, surely he must know this shit for real, right? ¬†I realised I needed to go and check this chap’s credentials. ¬†Because he is hoping thousands of people will put their lives in his hands to get that fat off.

Look at what he is offering, a bargain, no?  No wonder he wants people off slimming clubs and signing up for his courses.  Why pay £5 with a consultant when you can £40 to hear him tell you what a lardy arse you are?

But back to those nutrition and exercise linked qualifications. ¬†What are those? ¬†Well, it seems I can’t find any. ¬†And I have looked. ¬†I have googled. ¬†And all that comes up is this. ¬†So what right has this man to be determining a 3lb weight loss? ¬†What right has this man to be criticising and ridiculing a 1lb loss?

Now I’m not saying every person who is offering weight loss hypnosis needs to be qualified in health and nutrition, though that would be an ideal. ¬†But what I do think is that putting your health and well being in the hands of a man who enjoys ridicule and spite, in order for you to lose weight, is a dangerous thing. ¬†And a slightly bigger issue is that so far he has not offered statistics for his successes long term.

What percentage of his clients have maintained a weight loss 2, 3, 5, 10 years after initial contact with Steve Miller? ¬†And who’s fault is it if or when the weight has gone back on? ¬†Is it the failure of his clients? ¬†Is it the failure of a product that in maybe can not offer any more than the slimming clubs?

I’ve paid ¬£250 for weight loss hypnosis. ¬†I did lose a stone in the first month. ¬†And then it went back on over time, when I had a major mental health blip. ¬†Because sometimes my mental health affects my choices.

I’ve paid hundreds and hundreds of pounds to slimming clubs over the years. ¬†I am not a magazine type success, but I have had both positive and negative experiences, and while at the moment I am committing to not dieting or joining a club at the moment, I know people who do feel the benefit of support.

I’ve paid ¬£150 for Beyond Chocolate. ¬†While I haven’t lost significant amounts of weight it has helped substantially to my approach to and relationship with food, and in knowing that my failed attempts at dieting aren’t all my fault and the reason I should live with a blanket over my head forever more.

I’ve paid ¬£50 for two pods from Thinking Slimmer, and while, again, weight loss isn’t magnificent, I feel relaxed and chilled, and am impressed by how gently my thought patterns have changed, and how I can leave food without worry.

I have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt of many a weight loss programme or plan.  And I guess that is in part, why I get so bloody furious at the vitriol spouted by Steve Miller. But I also find it incredibly telling that rather than engage with his questioners he attempts to silence them and shut them down.

So here’s there question. ¬†For a man who doesn’t want to prove his product with long term results. ¬†What really does he have to offer? ¬†Other than your empty pockets and a big dose of fat shaming?

Oh yes, and one more thing, isn’t 80/20 a diet? Pretty sure it is….

No longer whimsical about wine #mentalhealth #blackdog #depression

Published March 13, 2015 by Crystal

I realised half way through the week that I still had over 6 weeks to the marathon. ¬†I’ve made a commitment to abstain for the 6 weeks in the run up to the marathon, so having got the weeks wrong, and having a horrid cough and cold that is inhibiting my training 100% at the moment I decided a medicinal bottle of wine would help soothe my throat, help me sleep, help me feel better.

It did none of those things.

And its dawned on me, wine is no longer enjoyable in the way it was. ¬†Whether it is a temporary thing, or whether it is a long term thing I don’t know.

I don’t know if my brain chemistry has changed so much that the enjoyment has been affected. ¬†I don’t know if it’s just down to generally feeling a little more in control of things because of the Slimpod. ¬†This week I haven’t had the desire to grab a glass or several to help my mood, or help me sleep, or whatever. ¬†I have felt quite chilled in the evenings and have not slept too badly.

Last night I slept horrendously. ¬†2am saw me wide eyed and hot, then cold, then hot, then cold. ¬†Then coughing, then uncomfortable. ¬†I was fitful until 4:36am. ¬†Where miraculously I fell asleep until 6:05am, and then until 7:14am. ¬†I didn’t feel happy, I didn’t feel depressed, I just felt annoyed. ¬†Because wine didn’t do what I hoped. ¬†It didn’t give me a good night’s sleep. ¬†It didn’t soothe my throat and stop the cough, and it didn’t make me particularly happy and chirpy while I drank it through the evening!

Wine has been a big part of my life. ¬†Friends see wine related pictures and jokes, and I’m automatically tagged. ¬†While I don’t hit the vino at midday, I am capable of drinking a lot. ¬†And it has contributed to some great times. ¬†But it has also contributed to some pretty horrendous episodes, when my depression has led to manic episodes. ¬†I’m not an alcoholic. ¬†I’m a depressive who self medicates with alcohol. ¬†But really, either way you look at it, it’s not ideal. ¬†And as time goes on I am more aware of the cons, and far less aware of the pros.

So, here we are, on a drizzly Friday morning, feeling slightly disappointed at the conclusion that maybe life would be better without wine.

How am I going to be witty and charming? ¬†How am I going to feel relaxed and less awkward in uncomfortable situations? ¬†And then there’s the Adam Ant question, “Don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?”

It all feels ridiculously grown up.

But if my mental health improves then it’s going to be a great grown up life!

The @DFV_Show and the wonder of @prettynostalgic. If you love vintage and nostalgia, you need this in your life!

Published March 10, 2015 by Crystal

Last June I dragged my family along to the Dig For Victory Show (follow them on twitter @DFV_Show)

I love wartime shows, and this one is a beautiful blast! ¬†A bargain price, and a wonderful day out for all the family. And while I say I dragged my family, they don’t mind in the slightest dressing up for the event (except husband, but moving on!)

Don't mention the toilet roll, it was to clean up salad cream, my husband could have waited for me to put it down before snapping.

Don’t mention the toilet roll, it was to clean up salad cream, my husband could have waited for me to put it down before snapping.

I had packed us a suitable lunch. ¬†Boiled eggs, corned beef or spam sandwiches, apple pie…..lemonade and ginger beer! ¬†OK it was a stretch, they were modern versions of more traditional foods, but it was fun, and the kids loved that it was all wrapped up in paper, in a wicker picnic basket!

A family ticket was £20, and we were there all day!  We were lucky with the weather.  It hard been bucketing down on our drive there, but then the sun goddess blessed us, and there was nothing but blue sky and beating sun for most of the day!

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The odd newer vehicle, much to the delight of youngest

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Part of the show was a lovely big marquee, with various vintage selling stalls, organisations, and with the start of a kids treasure trail. The treasure trail was delightful. ¬†A map was given, with various points to visit and experience things children growing up during WW2 would have experienced day to day, like pumping water, shucking peas, and “make do and mend”. ¬†This was where we met the lovely Nicole Burnett of Pretty Nostalgic. ¬†Amid bags of fabric, sewing needles, thread, scissors, and beautiful magazines, stood Nicole, here to introduce new people to the idea of Pretty Nostalgic, a beautiful magazine, covering all sorts of topics around vintage and nolstalgia, from sewing to preserving, to childhood toys, to the art of letter writing, to vintage cars, to vintage living, and so on and so forth and on and on. ¬†When I met Nicole she was looking to turn Pretty Nostalgic into a society, to bring together like minded folk, with shared interests and ideals, and where folk can learn and share those skills and experiences.

In Nicole’s words, this is her journey;

Our journey so far…

The Pretty Nostalgic Society is the end result of many years of dreaming and I am thrilled now that I have a chance to share it with so many others.

But it has been quite a journey!

From Museum Curator to vintage dealer then independent publisher.

After a degree in History of Art and Design and 15 years as a museum creator, I changed career and opened a vintage shop and artisan market. Then after being constantly disappointed by the quality of mainstream magazines I then decided to publish one myself and jumped into the world of publishing with no real idea of what I was doing or how much hard work I was letting myself in for.

My Book Pretty Nostalgic: Home was published in February 2012 and issue 1 of Pretty Nostalgic Magazine went on sale in May 2012. We published six issues of Pretty Nostalgic a year as well as an occasional sister publication The Vintage Scrapbook. We also organised our own events, and printed greetings cards.

Pretty Nostalgic Magazine
Pretty Nostalgic was unlike other magazines; everything we did stemmed from a spark of excitement and a vivacious enthusiasm to share. I wanted to take magazines back to what they should be by definition, which is a storehouse of useful and inspiring information, rather than a vehicle for the mass marketing of big corporate brands.

Pretty Nostalgic from the beginning worked with its subscribers and each issue we pulled together an amazing team of writers, designers, photographers and illustrators and we wrote or commissioned all the content ourselves. We wanted raw passion and the sort of knowledge that can only be passed on by someone who is living their dream.

Supporting British.
From the very beginning Pretty Nostalgic only ever featured or promoted British makers and independent businesses and we were keen to work with them and avoid the standard advertising relationships, so from issue 4 Pretty Nostalgic went advertising free and we launched our Directory of Brilliantly British and vintage businesses both in the magazine and online. Pulling off the shelves of WHSmith and the Traditional newsstand. Pretty Nostalgic was stocked in WHSmith from issue 1, which is quite an achievement for a small independent magazine, we sold well in stockists all over the world including Barnes and Noble and this really helped promote the brand, however, selling on the traditional newsstand just didn’t feel right and we made the tough decision to pull out in December 2013. We felt it was important to follow our principals of supporting only independent businesses and so we regained control of the sales and distribution of Pretty Nostalgic and tried to make sure that they benefited from its sale and not big multi-nationals.

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Hitting hard times
Pulling off the newsstand and going advertising free really doesn‚Äôt help with income generation if you are a magazine. In early 2014 many of our founding team members left to explore other publishing projects and the Pretty Nostalgic team shrunk to just 2 people, Art Editor, Rae Edwards and me. All of our efforts went into the content of the magazine and we are so proud of every single issue, we worked with wonderful people. BUT we were just not focused enough on the money making side of things and a high production magazine like Pretty Nostalgic was very expensive to publish. We were in a dilemma, which really came to the fore in May 2014. We were publishing a beautiful magazine and our readers thought we were a big professional company which knew what it was doing and had wonderful resources at its disposal, when in fact it was me and Rae working form home and doing the jobs of 20 other people between us and I was barely managing to pay Rae, never lone myself. I tried getting investment though a fancy London firm, who found so called angel investors, they showed interest in Pretty Nostalgic, but wanted to change what we were about in order to make us the next lifestyle super brand, which was a no go for me ‚Äď and so I had run out of money, ¬£150,000 had been sunk into Pretty Nostalgic, we had published 12 issues but it was still costing 4 times more to print than I was receiving in subscription fees and I now couldn‚Äôt afford to get issue 13 (ironically) to print.

Time for honesty.
I was distraught ‚Äď I had 800 subscribers expecting the next issue, we had it all written and designed and ready to go, but I couldn‚Äôt afford to print it. Really I just wanted to run away, jump on the next plane and never come back, but I have always believed in honesty and personal responsibility and so I wrote an email letter and sent it to my subscribers explaining the situation.

At the end of the letter I asked a question ‚Äď Should I carry on ‚Äď was Pretty Nostalgic worth it? Well I hit the send button and sat in floods of tears ‚Äď my husband stood by me, never once mentioning that it was his money (inheritance from his parents) that helped fund my now fallen apart magazine and that he would probably never see it again.

So what happened next???
Well nothing short of a miracle really, within minutes of sending I started to get replies, not from irate subscribers demanding refunds, but heartfelt and concerned outpourings of sympathy and genuine offers of help. I was totally overwhelmed by the comments people made and how much support and appreciation there was for the magazine and for what Pretty Nostalgic stood for and so many people with their own independent businesses opened up and shared their experiences with me. I felt an amazing amount of love and support and then released the letter to the rest of the world via social media.

Pretty Nostalgic was unlike other magazines; everything we did stemmed from a spark of excitement and a vivacious enthusiasm to share. I wanted to take magazines back to what they should be by definition, which is a storehouse of useful and inspiring information, rather than a vehicle for the mass marketing of big corporate brands.

Pretty Nostalgic from the beginning worked with its subscribers and each issue we pulled together an amazing team of writers, designers, photographers and illustrators and we wrote or commissioned all the content ourselves. We wanted raw passion and the sort of knowledge that can only be passed on by someone who is living their dream.

Did issue 13 get to print?
Yes it did! Within a week we had raised enough money to get to print ‚Äď people took out subscriptions in their droves, lapsed subscribers rejoined and people bought back issues to complete their collections. Issue 13 arrived with our subscribers a little later than planned, but arrive it did! Now something had to change. I knew I had to carry on ‚Äď I stopped pretending that I was a big fancy pants magazine publisher and concentrated on why I started in the first place ‚Äď I wanted to publish great original content, share my love of British history and vintage and support British makers and independent businesses and communities. I did not start Pretty Nostalgic to run a big company and make lots of money for myself, unlike other magazines; my focus has always and will always be those who read it and not advertisers. I realised that I was never going to be motivated purely by profit and as I had closed off traditional methods of income generation, something had to be done differently ‚Äď the business model had to change.

The Pretty Nostalgic Society is born!!
So if my focus was on the readers, then it made sense to base it all around them. From the beginning of Pretty Nostalgic I have received emails saying how glad readers were to have found us, how they had always felt a little odd and now they knew there were other like-minded people out there who they can identify with ‚Äď the start of a community?. Pretty Nostalgic readers are different, they are not sheep, they do not do what society and celebrities tell them to do and don‚Äôt buy what the advertisers want them to buy ‚Äď they are creative, free spirits and we had managed to find 1000 wonderful subscribers, who were to become our first Pretty Nostalgic members. After speaking to everyone, it was clear that they also wanted to meet up with other members, to socialise, share skills and just have the chance to be what they want to be and so The Pretty Nostalgic Society was born.

The Pretty Nostalgic Society.
Pretty Nostalgic the magazine has now become The Pretty Nostalgic Society. We held a successful kickstarter campaign in August 2014 to help us transform and in September we went off to The Goodwood Revival to promote the Society and recruit new members. Instead of a bi-monthly magazine we now publish a quarterly book called The Pretty Nostalgic Compendium, the first of which was our Goodwood Revival Special Edition, published September 2014. Our members contribute to its features and content and together we share our knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for the benefit of others. Soon we hope we can all meet together as Pretty Nostalgic Gathering groups set up all over the country.

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We are now striving forward and we need your help!
It isn’t going to be easy, and we need at least 5000 members before our survival becomes more assured, but now I am not working on my own, we are a community and together we can do amazing things. So this is the honest truth and I will be open about everything the Pretty Nostalgic Society does. Once we make enough money to cover costs, profits will go back into the society to help it prosper.

To Our Members.
If you are a member ‚Äď we are so pleased and honoured that you have joined us, please tell others about us and help us to grow. We want to work with you and get to know you ‚Äď you are our reason for being after all!

If you would like to join us.
If you are a fellow lover of British history and vintage, like living in a more hand-on way, agree with what we stand and you like to read beautifully produced, designed and passionately written publications then please consider joining us as a member as the more who join us the more wonderful things we can do together.

We would like to help promote your British indie business.
If you run an independent British business that fits with our ethos then you can join us as a business subscriber and together we can help each other grow ‚Äď you get magazines in return worth more than your subscription costs and also get listed in our business member directory both in paper and online.

A jolly good read!
Even if you can’t join us you are very welcome to read our lovely publications, you can order each new issue as it is published and many of our magazine back issues are still available to buy and our members can buy them at a discounted price.

We have many more publishing projects planned and we will always be totally committed to supporting independent shops rather than being sold on Amazon!

A happy ending?
I now run Pretty Nostalgic with a sole purpose to produce the best publications imaginable with the help of our members and to help promote British businesses who deserve to be recognised rather than just those who can afford to pay. We have sacrificed a lot in order to keep to our mission and thrive on our own terms, and now we’re delighted to see the Pretty Nostalgic Society start to thrive. I invite you to journey with us into a bright and prosperous future and let’s show everyone that sometimes the little guys can win!

Wishing you many happy days from vintage ways,

Nicole Burnett
Founder, Publisher and Editor

In my opinion The Pretty Nostalgic Society is something to be treasured, and for lovers of history, of golden times passed, of vintage fashion and retro and resourceful living, it is a breath of fresh air in a very commercial live-for-now world. ¬†But the Society needs members to survive and thrive. ¬†Go along and have a look at the website for yourself. ¬†I certainly hope to be meeting like minded folk, and to be learning from others simple things I just can’t do now, like sewing and knitting!

We will be heading back to The Dig For Victory Show this year.  It will be on the weekend of the 13th and 14th June.