Monday, 7 December 2009

Den Making on a Sunday Afternoon

Do you remember those glorious days when you were little, when the whole day could centre around the cardboard box your fridge came in? You could turn it into a den, or even in my case on one sunny afternoon, an outdoor puppet theatre completely decorated and painted.
So that was the thought behind this shoot. I wanted a nostalgiac feeling, the den making and playfulness of a rainy day. This box has been sitting in our conservatory for about month- it's the one that the blue egg chair came in (see 'feeling the blues'). I have to admit, it was filled with gadgety things, cushions and blankets until this afternoon, as my little brother had commandeered it immediately on arrival for his very own hide-out.
The images are divided into three parts. In a den, you often play 'house', so we set up some of the figures from the doll's house I had when I was little. Also, I always read in my dens. So lots of classic books for me! And very aptly, we have a rather large collection of different editions of Alice in Wonderland. To finish, no den is a proper den without some food and feasting!
The skirt I am wearing here was bought by my mum at a jumble sale when she was eighteen. How I wish there were still jumble sales that would yield such treasures now. There is a close up of the beautiful fabric at the end because I love taffeta.
The shoes were found in a charity shop (where else?) in their original box, I think made in Italy. And again a close up to show them in detail.The cardigan is my mum's and the belt is a vintage family one. The long socks are from H&M and the vintage watch is one I got from a flea market.
So what were your favourite childhood games or activities? I'd love to know...

Edit: I'm really sorry if your comment hasn't show up, it seems to be taking a while for some to be published. Apologies for technical problems.

37 comments:

agvintage.wordpress.com said...

Oh it's so sweet :) You do look like a little girl playing. But you look fashionably gorgeous doing so :) Love it!

Jacqueline said...

Wow, great find on those shoes. They are nice and made in Italy. Awesome. Also, I like the photos in the cardboard box. Very creative childlike playtime setup. Great photoshoot!
xoxo

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J'aime said...

I remember when I used to go creep in boxes, then scare people. It was sort of like a little den. I but a little light into it, and I ate a chocolate bar aswell. It was quite fun, but then they had to take it away. Shame I can't do it anymore.

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Jocelynne said...

I always looooove your photoshoots. This one is definitely no exception. I love the nostalgic feel, and the idea of just being like a child again. My favourite photos have got to be the one where your skirt is fanned out, and the ones featuring the picnic basket.

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

SO cute!

Fashlynable said...

Fourth from the top is absolutely my favorite, from any blog, in a long time.

Tati said...

hahah I REMEMBER DOING THAT!
my friends and i used to go out and make everything out of boxes. forts, dens, rocket ships, cars (for when we played house), and of course lemonade stands. I love the pictures
super cute
XX

Dylana said...

The skirt and shoes are amazing! I loved bike riding and making up dances when I was little.

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Natalie said...

so cute, love the little box house idea :)

xoxo

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valncami said...

haha oh yes boxes were magic back in the day..my brother and i used to LOVE making forts and just hiding out in them for fun :) i love your skirt, you are just so beautiful <3

xo, camilla
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Raez said...

wonderful:) theres really no better way to spend a sunday afternoon, is there? really loving those fierce shoes as well!

xx raez

Sofi said...

This is really cute, great idea. Don't forget to smile :)
I think my fave is the one of you looking down on the little women book. just very well composed. And your hair and outfit look beautiful!
I wish I had your hair:)
Sofi

Denise said...

so pretty young lady.

I love the board doll house. This is a cute editorial.

Valencia Lia said...

I always love reading your blog! You look like a life size doll,living in your dollhouse. I really love all the photos.

That skirt is so gorgeous and your small table and chair is so adorable!

heroine temptation said...

amazing idea of shoot
i love the skirt and the shoes
ooh everything so great
you are goregeuous
love natalua

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Gorgeous photos - who takes them for you?

And, YES! These photos definitely made me reminiscence of my childhood. My sister spent hours playing in cardboard boxes...

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JustNorman said...

reminds me of zooey deschanel. you look nice. A+

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Panda said...

I actually love your blog. its awesome. *follows it*

Oh, and those shoes are incredible. I need some. JEZZUS.

Panda xx

Zhcsyra hp said...

adorable skirt.
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Ayana said...

cute!!

A little Princess said...

No way, you are too cute for words! Well, the images are cute, you're stunning! I love your den, it's fab. When I was little, my favourite toy was a GIANT cardboard box which I took my crayons to, and coloured in, it was my home. I loved it, I went on a million adventures in my box, but then a Black Widow spider moved in aswell and my Daddy destroyed it!

xoxo

Karoline said...

These phoos gives me a great childish feeling:) Thanks.

FashionJazz said...

I luv ur outfit, your pictures, everything!!! : ) xxx

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Pearl Westwood said...

The joy of boxes! We always made the smaller ones into cars with holes for you feet so you could run around in them Flintstones-style! Your right there is something so wonderfula bout taffeta!

polka dot (Jill Carin Adams) said...

Okay, that top shot especially is iconic & absolutely brilliant. & I love that outfit, the colours of the skirt are like a very long, modern, designer couch my parents had in our house from the 60s. (& with the bold red lipstick: perfect!)

It's also really strange, Roz, because my sister & I made houses out of refrigerator boxes, too. I remember my dad would scour the streets for them. Because I'm older than her by two years, I would be the art director & my sister was my assistant. So I'd draw the outlines and choose the colours but she'd do the running around & assisting & colouring in. Such happy memories. For me, at least ; )

BattyNora said...

Lol i love the concept!! The strongest pictures i think are the ones with the books (i would die for gorgeous old bound editions that that- especially alice!), it really feels as though you are lost in your own paper-bound world.

My favourite shot is number seven: the cold porcelain colours feel sharp and other-worldy against the pops of red :) It's nice how the black and white picture has such a different feel- older and more gothic, and how the composition and your pose empathises this.

Your witchy shoes are amazing- like something Dorothy would wear, but designed by the Wicked Witch of the West :D

I love how the shoot is so nostalgic and whimsical, but with a slightly dark edge of confinement and strangeness:)
xo

leeselooks said...

so gorgeous.

l o v e your style.
very captivating + whimsical

xxoo

Amelia said...

I love the red lippy! The 7th picture is just lovely.

Kat said...

there have been a very similar alice in wonderland shooting with natalia vodianova in the past.
you did a very good job, i love the whole idea :)

Natalie said...

re: i am with photogenics here. and how awesome, i just saw ur portfolio online and it's great, love ur polaroids. u must be getting lots of work?? :)

Leproust Vintage said...

This is such a great concept! I love the whole Alice and Wonderland feel t has to it!

sharonlei said...

What great pictures!! :) You look so lovely.

Love & Aloha, Sharon
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Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY! said...

hehe only to be a kid again ;) so sool!

styleodyssey said...

your hair! the red lipstick! that skirt! this post is wonderful. i like the whole "alice and wonderland" feel.
as children, on rainy days my brother and i spent many hours making "tents" from sheets, boxes, chairs, whatever. what fun!
favorite childhood games- hide and seek was my first favorite, in which my mom and i would take turns hiding, then finding each other. sweet memories.

Teresa said...

You look absolutely gorgeous! You look like you just stepped out of another era. And that skirt! Wow!

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The Trendy Fashionista said...

Lovely photoshoot.
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Jonsi said...

Beautiful girl!