Category Archives: market

Christmas orders bonanza: initial necklaces

The festive season is always a busy time for The Secret Rose, with the weeks leading up to Christmas Day generally being chock-a-block with orders for custom Christmas presents.

I’m a strong believer in unique and one-of-a-kind gifts – there really is nothing more special than receiving something that was created with you in mind, especially for you. One of my products that is particularly popular as a gift, especially at this time of year, is the initial necklace.

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The return of the perfect Sunday morning

Malta’s extremely hot summers generally mean that Sunday mornings are spent lazing about and trying to get away from the heat. Now that the heat is (somewhat) dying down, I can happily get back to some of my favourite activities.

High up on the list is visiting a car boot sale and seeing what treasures I find – which is exactly what I did yesterday. Setting the alarm far earlier than it’s been set on a Sunday all summer long, my boyfriend and I ventured to Birgu for a look round one of my favourite jumble sales, followed by a well deserved brunch in the village’s charming square.

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Double Whammy: Swap Party & Birthday Presents!


Braid waist belt from ‘Sexy Lola’ Carla

I’ll start off this post with an apology, for what will surely be a very photo-heavy entry indeed. Well, if a picture is worth a thousand words, perhaps I could get away with submitting it as a thesis? Hmm, no… thought not.

So last week I was invited, along with a handful of other charming ladies, to Maria’s handsome abode for my first ever Swap Party. In case you’re unfamiliar with these (as I myself was a few months ago), the party centres around everyone bringing along their unworn and unwanted items of clothing, shoes and accessories and, quite simply, swapping them with someone else’s. Reasons for wanting to swap something might be that it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t look right or for whatever reason, you simply dont wear it!


A fabric covered necklace from Martha & charm bracelet from Claire

Understandably, I was at first a little apprehensive – I didn’t really know what to expect. Now, as Maria has said herself, I’m not sure whether it was the stellar company (I love meeting new, like-minded people!), the general relaxed atmosphere of Babette’s house, the delicious food strewn about, my impressive haul or the punch, but the evening turned out to be a great success indeed! It went on for hours and hours, and besides acquiring some things I’m really, really pleased with, it was just a really good time 🙂

And now, for a healthy dose of pictures!


A gorgeous purple midi skirt with buttons along the front courtesy of Carla! The colour shows properly in the detail pic!


A cute little polka dotted dress (again from Carla)


A pussybow blouse with a ditsy print from Alison


One of my favs – a vintage shirt with an amazing cut from Maria


A cute little crop top from the affectionately named ‘Hurricane Vanessa’


A pencil skirt made from beautiful fabric which fits like a glove!


A sweet high-necked dress in a cloudy grey colour (thanks to Karen!)


A sailorific anchor brooch! (hello to Mr Owl there too hehe)


A very pretty top with a lovely texture which skims the rear perfectly, and which incidentally, I wore this morning 😉


And for the piece de resistance, a vintage teal dress from the lovely Karen, which I’ve already worn – for my birthday!

And now for the second part of this post, speaking of my birthday.. I thought I’d share some of my fav presents with you, even though some, ahem, are still on the way 😛


Maria’s beautiful handmade bag & card – the girl never disappoints!


A gorgeous heart locket (thanks Jenny!) and my very own Cthulu necklace from Rachel 🙂

And to finally close off, a trio of beautiful rings from my most recent market trawl… self-gifting anyone? It’s good for the soul!