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Retro Suitcase-style Vinyl Record Players

Vinyl records have made an unexpected comeback in the past few years – though for many of us, they didn’t really ever go away! MP3s are all very well but they don’t have sleeves or artwork…or that smell! So we’re delighted to present – complete with technology that your dad’s player doesn’t have – our five favourite retro suitcase-style vinyl record players.

GPO Ambassador Attaché 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player in Cream & Tan

Ambassador Attaché 3-Speed Bluetooth Record Player in Cream & Tan – £119.99, GPO

Made from solid wood and bound around the edges with brown leatherette, the GPO Ambassador is a really stylish record player in the style of an attaché briefcase. It has a rechargeable battery, which means you can take it wherever you want to, and Bluetooth functionality, so you’re not limited to playing vinyl – wonderful as it is! The three-speed player has twin stereo speakers but you can also connect it to external speakers if you wish.

Crosley Cruiser Turntable Record Player In Pink

Cruiser Turntable Record Player In Pink – £80, Crosley

We love the bubblegum pink colour of this suitcase-shaped vinyl record player by Crosley which incorporates a three-speed, belt-driven turntable and stereo speakers into its ever-so-cute frame. You can, of course, attach it to headphones or speakers should you wish – and it’s available in a beautiful vivid orange colour as well, if you love the product but fancy it in a different shade.

Goodmans Ealing Portable Turntable

Ealing Portable Turntable – £49.99 (was £69.99), Goodmans

It looks like a classic, but the Goodmans Ealing portable turntable is equipped with the latest tech. You can, of course, play vinyl records on it, but you can also connect it to your computer and save your favourite music – and it even includes all of the software and cables necessary for you to convert all your old discs into MP3 files on your computer’s hard drive. Stereo speakers are built in and a rechargeable battery means you can take it outside.

Itek Suitcase Style Turntable

Suitcase Style Turntable – £19.99 (was £49.99), Itek

Itek’s suitcase-style turntable will merrily play all of your vinyl records – at all three speeds and has both stereo sound and an auto-stop feature. An RCA output socket means you can connect this mains-operated player to a stereo-system if you wish. Best of all – this stylish bright red record player has been reduced in the sale and you’ll get a penny’s change back for a mere twenty quid!

AKAI Bluetooth Rechargeable Suitcase Style Turntable

Bluetooth Rechargeable Suitcase Style Turntable – £39.99, Akai

We finish with this Akai retro styled turntable which comes in a cheerful duck egg blue suitcase surround and has a drive belt turntable that will play your 33s, 45s and 78s (though did anyone ever really play those?!) Speakers are built in (though you can attach external cans should you wish!) as is Bluetooth technology, and a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery enables you to take it out into the open. It’s also available in black or red.

The Dreamiest Dressing Table Mirrors

The bedroom is one of the most important parts of the home – it’s (normally!) the first thing you see when you wake up, so atmosphere is all-important. A beautiful dressing table can add a real feel of luxury and elegance to your boudoir, and with that in mind we present our five favourite dressing table mirrors.

John Lewis Rose Mist Dressing Table Mirror

Rose Mist Dressing Table Mirror – £225, John Lewis

We begin with the sophisticated Rose Mist dressing table from John Lewis. Stunningly crafted and both carved and painted by hand (with distressed effects) it has three discreet drawers finished off with dainty handles. This gorgeous piece is part of a furniture range that includes a matching dressing table – in addition to a wardrobe, beds, a bedside table and a chest, so you can match up your decor to your heart’s content.

Linea Grace Dressing Table Mirror

Grace Dressing Table Mirror – £100, Linea

Linea have developed a reputation for doing wonderful things with glass – though admittedly we know them mainly for actual glassware – so this stunning Grace dressing table mirror shouldn’t really have taken us too much by surprise. The three-part mirror has delicate flower detailing around the edge of each section, and at 60cm high (by 90cm wide), it’s more than large enough for you to beautify yourself in front of!

Gallery Direct Spire Dressing Table Mirror in Mindy Ash

Spire Dressing Table Mirror in Mindy Ash – £275, Gallery Direct

A real quality piece, Gallery Direct’s table top mirror has a gothic feel about it, thanks to its shape and spire detailing. The frame is made from solid Mindy Ash, finished off with both blonde European and American walnut inlays. A drawer at the base has a looped metal handle and offers space for your dressing table essentials. It’s part of an exquisite range that includes a bed, lingerie (!) chest and wardrobe.

Primrose Dressing Table MirrorPrimrose Dressing Table Mirror – £39.99, The Range

The Range’s Primrose Dressing table mirror is traditional in design, and features a shapely frame, attached to which you’ll find an oval mirror with ornate floral detailing at the top. The frame is made from MDF with a white finish, and the handles are made from matching poly-resin. Two small drawers on either side will store away your make-up and jewellery and eliminate clutter from your dressing table.

Marrakech Three Way Arched Dressing Table Mirror by Wildon Home

Marrakech Three Way Arched Dressing Table Mirror – £105, Wildon Home

And now for something completely different: Wildon home have taken a traditionally-shaped three way dressing table mirror, painted it black, and embellished it with elaborate North African designs. The appropriately-named Marrakech arched dressing table mirror is just perfect if you want something a bit different for your bedroom – and if you really like the look it’s worth noting that the Mrarakech range also includes tables and even a six-drawer chest.