Not so long ago it was my little sister’s 30th birthday do. I was looking for an outfit that was impactful in every way except on my bank balance. I found this lovely ray of sunshine dress at one of my fave go-to shops, Zara, for only £39.99. Teamed with sky-blue bow heels from Zara, glitzy jewellery and floral sequinned clutch from Accessorize, and blazer from Sparkle and Fade at Urban Outfitters, it brought some sunlight to our fun night!
Yet another hectic few days! It feels like an age since I posted last, even though it was only six days ago. I guess six days in the blogging world is the equivalent of six years in real time! I have been itching to write about this particular vintage find.
A few weeks ago I bought two lovely pieces of clothing from vintage store Raggie Doll Vintage on Etsy.com. The first piece can be found on my post Vintage Folk. This second piece is a 1960s floral pink polyester shirtdress.
This is such a hopelessly romantic dress, with its pastel colours, abstract daisy print, flouncy fabric and dainty blue flower buttons. Perfect for a country stroll on a spring day and having afternoon tea with the ladies! It is a little big for me at the waist, so I’ve used a thin belt to cinch it in and provide definition.
I’ve accessorised it in two slightly different ways.
On a recent trip to the V&A, I wore this dress with a delicate silk haze wool knitted top over it, which had the added bonus of holding the top half of the dress in and giving it more shape. The fuchsia top is a one-of-a-kind made by my talented mother. With a long green coat and a leather satchel to channel my inner geek and silver shoes for a bit of retro space age, I was ready for some serious cultural immersion.
Shoes – Accessorize; Satchel – Cambridge Satchel Company
Rings from L-R: Sterling silver turquoise ring – eBay; Sterling silver turquoise double moon ring – Rose Garden Waterfall
In my second variation, I’ve used a coral pink heart belt for the waist, and paired these with low-heeled leather Mary-Janes and sugar-sweet gold heart jewellery.
Belt – Accessorize
Belt – Accessorize
Gold earrings and opal pendant – gifts from my bestie in Atlanta
You’ve probably realised by now that I’m helplessly addicted to vintage, hence I’m back with another vintage post! For this outfit, I’m going for a Seventies folk look.
I recently discovered the Raggie Doll Vintage store on Etsy. I urge you to check out this fantastic store, which has lines of amazingly good quality vintage clothing with a boho feel. There is so much there that I want to buy, but I’m going to have to rein myself in! I picked up this unusual and pretty 1960s Welsh tapestry waistcoat from their store. When I received my parcel, beautifully wrapped in brown paper and string, I also received a free lace doily, which was such a lovely touch.
This waistcoat is long, with pink, green and blue wool embroidery all over in a semi-floral pattern, with a moss-green hem. There is a fastening at the front with two large buttons.
I’m feeling the folk look with this piece, so I’ve decided to go all the way with a light cotton floral shirt, wide-leg dark blue denim jeans, soft black studded boots, floral silver jewellery and my pièce de resistance, a lovely black wool floppy hat from Accessorize, which I picked up in the sales. I love the cute cut-out hearts on the brim of the hat.
Boots – John Lewis
Shirt – Gap
Daisy Bracelet – Estella Bartlett; Daisy Necklace – Alex Monroe; Flower Earrings – Nomads, Cambridge; Flower Ring – Accessorize; Amber Ring – Oman
From above: Daisy Bracelet – Estella Bartlett; Daisy Necklace – Alex Monroe
Flower Earrings – Nomads, Cambridge
From L-R: Amber Ring – bought in Oman; Flower Ring – Accessorize
Hat – Accessorize
Hat – as before
Hat – as before
Now, just hand me a guitar and I should be all set to go busking in sun-dappled woods!