“I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want.” ― Simone de Beauvoir
This weeks thrift haul was particularly spectacular!!!!
The royal blue embroider silk jacket is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! It’s vintage and the tag reads ‘Plum Blossom’ and Made in China! Just look at how stunning it is up close;
The teal dress is definitely a bit of stage costume! I just couldn’t leave it behind even if it is a bit stained. Torn between adding it to my regular wardrobe or saving it for a fancy dress or cosplay occasion! Someone invite me to join a Regency Society please?! I need my historical re-enacting fix!
The hat is just too cute! Another retro piece it’s in need of a some love and mending; the lining inside has come unstuck and the veil unstitched…but what’s one more item on my ‘make do and mend’ pile?!
Both the handbags had hints about their past; the little 🍒🍒🍒 print bag shoulder bag had a couple Australian coins in it and the Kangol mini-bumbag had a pair of stickers for the film ‘One Perfect Day’, a pack of gum that expired in 2004… and what I am pretty convinced is a 15 year old hit of acid!
Really you just don’t get that kind of excitment with fast fashion now do you?!
What was the most exciting thing you ever thrifted?! Have you ever found anything interesting inside of a thrift purchase?
These dresses are pretty high on the list of amazing finds and that hit of acid sits pretty high on the list of weird and wonderful things I’ve found in thrifted/rescued items!
Other items on the amazing finds list include a 1960’s bicycle and solid wood 1940’s school desk I rescued from my local dump a few years ago! On that same dump trip I scored a vintage suitcase full of photo albums, 70’s menswear, and a collection of letters. The letters were written during his time in Italy during WWII, one letter in particular stands out to me as it was written during Christmas; he spoke about their celebration, missing his family back home, and then went on to say ‘I do not worry about death anymore, only how it will hurt Mom and Dad’. I still have that collection of letters, they’re so precious to me and I just can not imagine how they were allowed to end up in the local dump!
I’ll forever keep thrifting, dumpster diving, and rescuing and repurposing anything and everything I can.
So we’re having a bit of a heat wave here in London so fashion become a bit of a struggle. Making sure an outfit is practical and comfortable while staying stylish is tough.
I spent the day running errand and volunteering at my local PDSA so I wanted something super simple so I went with a vintage tee and pyjama style bottoms! Can’t be more comfortable than the clothes you’d normally sleep in!
If you’re struggling trying to be comfortable and chic at the same time my hack is get dressed with only comfort in mind and then spend a little time with accessorising and makeup. I’ve only started to take accessories seriously, it’s hard but it’s worth it for sure! Took a page from style icon Rihanna, and did a white liner look, and paired it with a black lip to make it even more edgy. A little makeup and a pair of earring can take an outfit from slouchy to sleek with minimal effort.
Before I’ll get into the details of the outfit I want to say two things;
the #metoo movement has come for Quentin Tarantino and thrown on spotlight on his bullshit; saucesaucesauce. He’s appologised for some of this fuckery but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.
while I was on the high street, I had one of those terrible fundraisers approach me with ‘Great shirt!’ so I made eye contact and said ‘Sorry, I haven’t got time but good luck today.’ to which HE replied questioningly ‘Have you seen the film?’ and that kind of made me snap a little because the inherent misogyny(femme ppl don’t like action films) in that question. I turned on my heels, looked him dead in the eyes and said ‘Is a quarter pounder called a Royal with Cheese in France?’ and his eye kind of bugged out a bit as I walked away.
Alright so now that I’ve educated you a little on Quentin Tarantino’s problematic af behaviour, and shared my little rant let’s get down t o the dirty details of this look;
Picked up a handful of Dior products while I was in Paris a few weeks ago. I’m a little obsessed with the liners, they’re great, but the mascara has fallen a little short of my expectations.
I’m loving how high end brands are finally keeping up with makeup trends rather than sticking strictly to classics.
The liners are smooth, highly pigmented, and have great staying power. The mascara however goes on this and clumps. It took a fair bit of brushing out with a clean spoolie to get a look I was happy with. Tarantula lashes aren’t for me. The colour payout is good though, so I won’t rate it too poorly.
Landed back in London late Sunday night. So thankful that the Eurostar pulls in just short ten minutes from my flat so getting home was relatively easy(I sat relatively because getting a cab from Kings Cross is ab loody nightmare). There’s only an hours time difference between London and Paris so we avoided major jet lag but that doesn’t mean I did wake up with post holiday exhaustion.
With two suitcases and two duffel bags to unpack, our holiday clothes to wash(plus two weeks of backed up laundry because our washing machine broke and was finally replaced while we were away), dry cleaning to drop off, bed clothes to take the laundrette(British washing machines are small and I hate them), orders placed in my online shop while I was on holiday to package and post, and of course a restock for my fridge, I had a long ass day ahead of me. To be honest I didn’t really have much energy or brain power to commit to coming up with a look. I did though, because… what can I say I have a gift?!
I finished the ‘in house’ portion of my TO DO’s list and put together an outfit that didn’t end up seeing the light of day, it was more of a look than I actually had the energy to carry off so I took it down a few notches and ended up with a casual and comfy look that didn’t feel like too much. This happens a lot, I’ll put together a look in my head that doesn’t translate into reality how I’d hoped, or more often than not I don’t have the confidence to wear a look I’ve put together so end up toning it down considerably. I don’t get it right every time, and I don’t always look good, and that’s normal.
It was really hot in London yesterday, so cool comfort was in the cards, and with all the stuff I had to lug around I went with my MASSIVE Juicy handbag. I started with that as my foundation; and I did comfort and practicality my way.
I’m working on a blog about my holiday in Nice and Paris as well as a ‘HOW TO PACK’ guide too! Susbcribe so you don’t miss it!
Little Rosie the Riveter vibe today! Headed to Portobello Road to visit What Katie Did and do a little vintage shopping.
Liz Claiborne denim jumpsuit, thrifted
red leather belt, thrifted
vintage black and white printed scarf
MAC lipstick in ‘Lady Danger’
NYX Butter Lipgloss in ‘Cherry Pie’
Happy holiday weekend!
This weekend is shaping up to be the warmest may bank holiday on record so bright colours and florals were an obvious choice.
The shoes although a great style choice weren’t the most practical. They’re pretty thick and did make me quiet warm. But overall the outfit was a great success. I say that because I am vain, I felt good, I got lots of stares while shopping in Selfridges and on Bond Street and the MOST fabulous drag queen told me I looked great so there’s that.
At the National Gallery bright and early this morning for a private viewing of the new Monet exhibit. We’re a bit early so taking advantage of a nearly empty Trafalgar Square to take some outfit pics and have Joe practice his ‘Instagram Husband’ while I practice my blogger poses.
vintage denim jacket(that I’ve owned since I was 11)
I tried my best to looks normal and casual… or as normal and casual as I get. The viewing was for sponsors of the exhibition and Joe’s work is a sponsor so we snagged a couple tickets. I really love these work persk but it’s always a challenge for me to BLEND IN and even worse to socialise. I kept to myself this time as we lucked out and only one of Joe’s co-workers attended.