Old, gold and cold

November 16, 2009

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Matching your facial expression to the weather is a true talent; check out this gloomy mug. Matching gold with gold is not such a talent but at least makes for a little shine on an otherwise grey day.

This dress was one of four items I bought for £10 from a German lady at the last Car Boot Sale I visited, along with a black lycra bodycon dress, a black velvet one and a leather pencil skirt. I had the impression she was the kind of woman who never threw things out as long as they still fitted her. She very lovingly folded them all immaculately before placing them in a bag for me and telling me she wished she could still get into them but she was sure they’d look lovely on me.  I now wear all the dresses to death, I am sure this is partly because of that little interaction that still makes me smile.

The shoes were a present from my mum, they are vintage
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that had never been worn but not stored properly as, the first time I wore them (to a gig with a particularly sticky floor) the soles came clean off. With a lot of tlc and a little glue, they are making a valiant effort to keep it together. So it seems fitting they should be worn with a bolero trimmed with tiny gold medals. On closer inspection, they look more like coins and the cardigan is made in Turkey so I suspect it was a whimsical tourist purchase which someone lost the guts to wear once back on British soil. Their loss as it’s warming me up a treat today.

Vintage 80s Gold Button Dress – Royal Cyclamen via Car Boot Sale

Turkish Gold Coin Bolero – Oxfam

Vintage 80s Gold & Black Pumps – Charles Jourdan via gift

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Reprise

November 15, 2009

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So it seems Winter is most definitely here.  All my Summer dresses are packed away and out have come the jumpers, scarves, gloves and hats.  It’s depressing enough outside without looking as though you’re dressed for a funeral so my latest purchase of an 80s cropped red mohair jumper made the trip to East London with me. As did my new 80s Jacques Vert blazer. This thing has the most outrageous shoulder pads that make me look like a cross between Bryan Ferry and one of the shrunken heads from Beetlejuice but it fits so nicely over bulky jumpers that I don’t really care.
I was tempted to put my ace snake head belt over the actual blazer but it looked a bit too power dresser, if such a thing exists.

Vintage 90s Black Lycra Bodycon Dress – It’s At via Car Boot Sale
Vintage 80s Red Cropped Mohair Jumper – Marks & Spencer via Oxfam
Vintage 80s Oversized Shoulderpad Blazer – Jacques Vert via Oxfam
Studded Hi Tops – Reebok via Ebay

Day 25

August 29, 2009

A very late post today as I get into fully into days off mode. Late starts, meeting friends, jumble sales, Caribbean food and power naps; it’s how every day should be. A double dose as compensation. Last night I went to The Birdcage to celebrate a friend’s birthday with drinks and karaoke. I decided it was time to dust off this 50p bargain that I have only worn once before, at a fancy dress as Pat Butcher. It’s a ridiculous purple satin, shoulder-padded, bat-winged triumph of a top in size 20 and I love it. I wore it as a dress with a skirt underneath and the Martini brooch pinning it together for modesty’s sake, finished off with a pair of my favourite heels. As you can see, I found it all very exciting.
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These shoes are awesome. They are part of a line by Donnie & Gaynor for Freed of London. As they are dance shoes, they are so comfortable. They have malleable soles which means it feels like you are wearing flats. I have a few pairs of dance shoes and I always look out for them as you can wear them all day and, because of what they are intended for, they last really well. Plus, they are nearly always very glitzy which is how all shoes should be.

Today was very dressed down in comparison, a little bit boyish even but just right for a relaxed but busy Saturday.

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If I could, I think I would wear shorts almost every day. Maybe I should move somewhere where the weather allows it but for now, I’ll make do with tights underneath. These are pretty special ‘snowflake’ ones. Lavender with white dots all over.  My shoes get laughed at a lot, mainly because I call them ‘my trainers’, these and converse are the closest I get to trainers. I like them because they have white eyelets all the way around and a little tag that reads ‘Bubbles’.

Vintage 80s Purple Satin Batwing Top – Kim London via PDSA
Vintage Gold Dance Shoes – Freed of London via New Hope Trust
Striped Navy & White Cotton Breton top – Amor Lux
Navy Deck Shoes – Bubbles
Vintage 80s Lavender Polka Dot Tights – BHS

Day 22

August 26, 2009

What a dreary day. What’s needed on a day like this a little ra-ra.
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I have had this dress so long that I don’t remember where it came from, I just know that it’s super comfortable. As is my weird teacher’s gown top. I am having to be inventive now as the bramble scratches are still raging away on my calves, thank goodness it’s coincided with a lull in the hot weather so I can keep my legs under wraps a little longer without melting.

Vintage 80s Silk Ra-Ra Dress – Marks & Spencer via Charity Shop
Black Batwing Gown Top – H&M
Black Leggings – Ebay

Day 18

August 22, 2009

Saturday, simple stripes and skating.

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Day 16

August 20, 2009

Ahoy! Despite getting up early, I still managed to run late hence the damp hair. Part sailor, part washed-up mermaid. I am aware that the salute is probably more Boy Scout than Sailor but who has time to learn these things?
I bought this dress on Ebay about 5 years ago and have worn it once since. I wish I could remember the name of the seller as she had some lovely clothes, all customised and screen-printed.

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I love anchors and indeed anything nautical. It’s an obsession I have to rein in for fear of amassing another collection, but this one was just too good to pass up on.

Vintage Customised Anchor Dress – Ebay

Day 10

August 14, 2009

A grey grey day. This little ray of sunshine I bought at a vintage sale back in January and have not worn it since, mainly because I worried it looked like an oversized school uniform. I rediscovered it in a storage box and, upon trying it on, realised how comfy it is. With the collar up, it’s part Rizzo and part Sloane Ranger
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The blouse from my own school uniform was a similar colour, but paler. There’s something very comforting about catching the familiar glow of yellow in the corner of my eye.

Vintage cotton shirt dress – Unknown via Vintage Sale
Vintage 80s gold and blue sandals – Clarks via Jumble Sale
Vintage quilted gold clutch – Unknown via Jumble Sale

Day 9

August 13, 2009

Today I am verdant and flowering like a Summer meadow. Last night I wandered over to my allotment to discover all my tomato plants have succumed to blight. I picked the larger green fruits and brought them indoors to ripen, then stripped away the infected leaves so only the green remained in the hope that the remaining fruits would concentrate their efforts on reddening. This outfit is therefore the equivalent of a rain dance in a drought.

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This dress is another Car Boot Sale find and I wear it quite often whereas I have no idea where I got the shoes and have never worn them. Not knowing how I came to have something is a rarity indeed so I think they needed an outing.

My tomato red bag was a birthday present from two lovely friends and it reminds me not to carry around a lot of nonsense.

The light was very strange this morning and I ran out of time trying to get the settings right, so here’s a close up too. Send ripening thoughts.

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Meadow Print Summer Dress – H&M via Car Boot Sale
Vintage Green Heels – Bally via unknown
Red Quilted Bag – Gray & Osbourn via gift.

Day 2

August 6, 2009

I’m going to dress like it’s summer proper, even if it rained for most of the night. There is nothing particularly wrong with this dress, yet I don’t wear it too often. Maybe because it’s simply feminine, no glitter or sparkle or bizarre motifs, just plain and girly. It fits nicely, is really comfortable and I love the oversized floral pattern. In fact, I love the pattern so much that when I took it up (it was below the knee, which made it a bit granny-ish) I kept the remnants and made a bird motif cushion cover. Matching patterns was a very 80s phenomenon; I remember having a matching floral nightdress, dressing gown and duvet set by Laura Ashley. If you wanted (and thank goodness my parents didn’t) you could also buy wallpaper in the same pattern. Wear the whole ensemble at once and you could remain undetected for days.

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Vintage 80s blue floral sundress – Dorothy Perkins via Car Boot Sale
Vintage 80s gold and blue sandals – Clarks via Jumble Sale
Vintage bamboo and canvas handbag – Unknown via Jumble Sale.

I am still working on the picture-taking…