Sunday, 14 February 2016

His clothes are loud, but never square

Yesterday I took a trip into Bristol (which turned out to be further away than I realised, ha!) for Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair. I'd been to a Judy's event last year in Lincoln, and as I had some savings burning a hole in my pocket figured it'd be a worth while outing and how right I was!

I didn't take any outfit photos myself, but I did get my photo taken by someone at the event which got posted to their Instagram. Thankfully one of my followers recognised me and was kind enough to let me know, I tend to be oblivious to these things! Excuse the weird hand action, I was holding a tote under my cape.

Photo kindly taken by Vix's partner Jon. Excuse my iPhone quality but I was reluctant to lug my huge DSLR about!

The biggest highlight of the day was meeting the magnificent Vix! I booked my train ticket in January before I knew she'd be taking her vintage store Kinky Melon, so it was really exciting getting to meet her, and she's even lovelier in real life if that's even possible. It's always a bit nervewracking meeting people for the first time, but I needn't of worried at all and it made my day getting to meet and chat to her. Vintage Vixon is one of my favourites, not only does she have great style but she has a refreshing no-cares-given attitude which is so inspiring, so definately go give her a follow if you don't already.

Naturally Vix's stall is where most of my money went. It's pretty cool sorting through her rails and seeing bits that you recognise from her blog!

'60s suede jerkin from Kinky Melon. I have far too big a collection of waistcoats and jerkins, and love to add more when I see them. They're a great way to change up an outfit, and add quite a bit of warmth. I don't have any in burgandy and as soon as I saw it I knew of several things I wanted to wear it with so it was a must buy.

The skirt is another Kinky Melon purchase. I used to have one not too dissimilar that I bought in Kenya, but it was many years ago and it got lost somewhere along the way but I love how this one reminds me of it. I've been after a black folk style dress for a while, something that wasn't too dull for being black but would serve as a good base to really show my colourful waistcoats and things off. I bought this from Tallula Vintage. I loved this maxi skirt from Baboushka but honestly didn't expect it to fit me and ummed and ahhed but decided I liked it enough regardless and it would be simple enough to alter. Turns out I don't need to! It's strange but I always seem to imagine I'm bigger than I really am. I avoid magazines and mainstream media like the plague, but beauty ideals still manage to trickle down.

I've been really into capes since getting my floral one, and have been on the look out for a woollen one that's less heavy and suitable as a light coverup on chillier days. This brown mohair one is quite simple, but I just fell in love with it for some reason. I like that I can wear it undone more like a shawl, or buttoned like a proper cape.

And this maxi dress was another buy from Kinky Melon. I'm barefoot, which is nicely hidden. I actually like being barefoot and am for most of summer, but I walked over 8 miles yesterday and no one needs to see how battered my feet are! I got a little lost coming out of the station, and despite wearing my comfiest shoes they got so sodden from the rain that even they couldn't defend me from blisters galore.

Now I just wish this nasty weather would clear up so I can wear everything in all it's glory without the need to bundle up! I saw the papers are threatening severe weather warnings and most of Devon is underwater at the moment so unfortunately it doesn't look likely. And here I had hoped the mild winter so far might mean an early summer (a girl can dream!).

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

I talk to the wind, my words are all carried away

I've had a small stash of crimplene hidden away for a while now which I've been itching to use, but when I moved I culled my sewing oddments and then my sewing machine broke beyond repair. It's a hobby I've missed, so to keep myself busy I treated myself to a brand new machine in the January sales. I've barely stopped sewing since, altering everything that's been in my to-do pile since last summer and buying vintage patterns to get this crimplene used up. The first I finished over the weekend, this glorious brown, yellow and pink print. And I have enough of the fabric left over to make a mini skirt too!

It's really more of a summer dress, with it's tent shape and short sleeves you can see below, but I wanted to wear it straight away so paired it with the 1960s cropped jacket I bought over Christmas.

The dress on it's own, it was wonderfully simple to make and I imagine I'll be making many more! I trimmed it with pink as the brown is quite yellowish and I felt it would warm it up a bit, but I like that I can change to a yellow ribbon if the mood takes me.

This Indian silver necklace was charity shop find and one of my new favourites. I've really been digging this coral lippy too, rediscovered from the depths of my make up bag. I remember when I first wore it I was told it was too bright for me and didn't compliment my skin tone, which put me off it even though I loved the colour. I've since decided that's all that matters, I don't know why I let other peoples comments bother me and think them more valid than my own opinion. Not any more! It's become my favourite shade, I love how it brightens up my whole face. The name is also fabulous: juicy clementine.

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