Sunday, 17 January 2010

Coat notes


Yay! The snow has gone! Oops, I've just realised this is the third post in a row beginning with an update about the snow- sorry if I'm starting to sound like a weather reporter. Well, I am British! As the world knows, we do seem to be obsessed with the conditions outside. One of my favourite newspaper columnists said it should have been nicknamed 'snowmageddon.' Before it we were all complaining that there wasn't any and and the minute we had it everyone tutted that it was dangerous and stopped traffic, then worried about the dwindling grit supplies. I'm sure the snow-experienced Alaskans, Canadians and Scandinavians are laughing at our collective snow related ineptitude.
We did these photos early in the new year immediately after a trip to Bristol to stay with friends. They were taken on a local walk in and around fields in my home village.
The trip to Bristol played quite a big part in the making up of this outfit. On the Saturday that were leaving to go home, we had time to peruse a few charity shops (my favourite activity in cities!), two of which had half price sales on!
The first of three we visited was a specialist one where every item looked handpicked. We originally walked past it, assuming it was some boutique. So there I was inside, dithering while holding a furry hat (seen in last post) and a Jaeger tank top in one hand and a red jumper with knitted detail in the other when I spotted this silk dress. I originally picked it up to show to my mum, thinking she might like it. She looked at it and said 'too mumsy' before holding it up against me. The big size made it look like a perfect shift dress- something I was actually looking for! And as you know, I have a slight (make that huge!) obsession with silk. Plus the fact that the pattern looks like lots of book spines makes it a winner all round. However I knew I couldn't get it along with the other items and started debating which thing to put back, when my mum's friend swooped in like a modern day fairy tale godmother and offered to buy it for me! So thank you Charlotte.
The leather coat was also bought on that day, in the final charity shop. Another armful of clothes, another chance spotting, something like this:

Me: Mum can we- Oooh! Have you seen this leather coat? It's gorgeous.
Picks up leather coat and looks at label
Me: It's Nordstrom! Oh, but it's £50, never mind.
Mum: Half price sale..
Cue another round of 'Ooohs'

Before you could say empty purse I was at the till spending the remainder of my christmas money on it. Well at least the moeny is all going to a good cause! I literally love everything about this coat- The cut, the detail on the shoulders, and its durability. Coats like this are going to be ones I wear for years. And it fits exactly. The colour really reminds me of the last Bottega Veneta collection with those opulent jewel-like and earthy palettes.
The leather belt has been featured on this blog quite a few times and so has the leaf necklace. The brown Chelsea boots are ones my mum found in a charity shop, but they were too big for her. Ooh what a shame...
The gold bracelets are cuff suspenders for pushing up the sleeves on men's shirts. The amber ring was my maternal grandma's.

Now I want to say a huge thank you to Style Artisan and Valncami for giving me blog awards. You are wonderful people!  Also to the various individuals who featured me on their blogs recently, I really appreciate it!
Both Jennifer of http://sallyjanevintage.blogspot.com/ and Lauren of http://deargolden.blogspot.com/ wrote really lovely things. Both of them also sell the most amazing vintage pieces- I'll be checking out those Etsy shops very soon!

Finally, My heart really goes out to all those who have been affected by the Haiti earthquake. I'm donating some money for the relief fund tomorrow...

Right, now I'm off to do some last minute revision for my exams this week. (If I seem unresponsive over the next week or so, then this is the reason why! Apologies in advance.) Wish me luck and have a great week.

63 comments:

fashion doll said...

u will appear in the next post of my blog
xx
u look awsome

NiftyThriftyBeth said...

I love that dress! The pattern and colours look great on you.

Jacqueline said...

Lovely leather jacket. You look so beautiful in these photos. Most of the snow is gone here too and I am very happy! xoxo

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vickileestyle said...

Your so so pretty!

♥Lola said...

Love the dress and ankle boots! They are gorgeous :)

kimee said...

gorgeous photos!!

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Ash Fox said...

love the coat!

heroine temptation said...

love love love the outfit
you look really great
i love your blog
i follow:)
xoxo natalia

Molly said...

such good pics. such pretty hair.

Chloe T said...

Roz! As ever, you completely baffle me by the pure beauty that you so fully embody in these photos. This outfit is lovely, with the various earthy tones which I'm particularly fond of; the setting is perfect too!

I can't help but say that your hair is particularly lovely in the above photos, I love it! The silk shift and the leather coat go so well together and I'm really liking those Chelsea boots, wonderful! I love going shopping with my mum, she has great style and it looks like yours does too! :D

Another wonderful set of photos, Roz, not that it's a surprise! I wish you the very best of luck in your exams too, I'm sure you'll do fine :)

Chloe xxx
http://www.chloeinfinite.blogspot.com

Rosie said...

Great photos as usual! Good luck with those exams!

M. said...

that coat, is so wonderful! great find :)

lovelove, M.
http://marissaexplains.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

i love the walking photo! i love all the pieces u r wearing too, especially the boots! :)

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Jessica said...

That dress is so lovely!

Eli said...

What a beautiful coat! It is great! Nice picts like you always do.
xo, Eli
http://timetimetravelers.blogspot.com

Paula said...

i love the drees And the belt gives him a magnificent touch!
i love your style
xoxo!

Ming Min said...

Lovely coat, I'm pretty sure that is the coat that God wears!!
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Thanks,
Ming Min

the style crusader said...

beautiful photos. the last one is my favorite. good luck by the way! xx

Duma said...

Hello!
Your blog is wonderful! You have an amazing style!
Have a great week!
Kisses
Duma

Mother of Style said...

What a great find on that jacket- it suits you perfectly. Love your blog!

Style Artisan said...

What an awesome find on that coat! It looks fantastic on you and you are right that you will enjoy it for years to come.

Glad you liked your award. You truly inspire me!

You are also inspiring me to want a better camera! Yours takes such amazing photos!

Best of luck this week with your exams!

Tati said...

beautiful!
I love your shoes and the coat. They look adorable :)
My favorite picture would have to be the second, I like the angling and you can really notice the details of the dress. I have a question for you though, where do you get all of your vintage clothing? Thrift shops or are they from your family?
XX

Winnie said...

This is the first time I've ever come across your blog and wow. It's nothing short of amazing, your shots are beautiful and I love your ecclectic style.

Good luck with the exams.

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The Bambina said...

Such a novel print! And your boots are really beautiful.

daisymay said...

Oh my your outfit is lovely. You manage to find such amazing items! My charity shops never stock such beautiful items!!

Eleanor said...

I hope my daughter enjoys vintage shopping as much as you enjoy doing it with your mom...

Well done once again!

http://shoppingthecloset.blogspot.com

Saoirse said...

hehe . . . you don't sound like a weather reporter! I wish it snowed where I live.

I love that coat, by the way! I've been looking around for something like that for ages! It looks really lovely on you!
Beautiful pictures, as usual :)
xxx

christina said...

I truly love your dress and jacket combination!

Ruxandra said...

Amazing.i totally love the tights and the dress...and the surroundings:)

June Paski said...

love ur coat, fab!

xxx

Amelia said...

Your outfit picture have become so sophisticated lately! I love the pattern of the dress.

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Pearl Westwood said...

What a fab find!!! It really is perfect for you, and I think your outfit is one of my favourite yet, I love the whole look but I have a soft spot for vitnage belts. Good luck with you exams xx

The Trendy Fashionista said...

I love this coat!!! You look gorgeous :)

-The Trendy Fahionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Lemondrop Marie said...

Does look like a book print, love the contrast of the silk with the leather!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

Misha said...

And here I thought Melbournians were obcessed over the weather even more :)

MITICA ILLUSTRATIONS said...

wonderfull blog!!1

I will come back for sure!!!

sparkle motion said...

I really enjoy that leather jacket! also your hair is amazing! lovely photos

Zo said...

AHHHH WOW!
these are mindblowing!
ahh i wish i could photograph you, you'd be perfecttt :O
in answer to your question, i use my nikon d3000. We have a canon 5d at home, but dad rarely lets me use it :P

good luck with your exams! :) x

Jess said...

lucky you that the snow is gone! love the colour of your coat girl :)

Rachel said...

I just found your blog through Sally Jane Vintage and you're amazing! Your photos are really gorgeous, and so are you. I have a coat that looks almost EXACTLY like that one, same color, leather, same length. It used to be my mom's. I never know what to wear it with though, because I feel like it overpowers me. Here's hoping this post will give me some inspiration to actually wear that thing.

Madison. said...

haha love the british comment - i'm obsessed with the weather! Why can't we have nice weather?! I'm also glad the snow has gone...
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Chloe T said...

You're most welcome! It's always so easy to compliment upon your style, etc. :D In turn, thanks so much for the lovely comment, Roz :)
Yes, shopping with mums is the best.. They have a great eye for garments which I wouldn't have thought to look at! It's fantastic and it's often us daughters who reap the benefits!

Thanks, also, for the birthday wishes! :)

Chloe xxx
http://www.chloeinfinite.blogspot.com

Antonia said...

This is gorgeous! You have amazing hair.

x Antonia

WWW.LIVEGLAMORDIE.COM

Catherine said...

I think I squealed when I saw the 2nd photo. The silk dress with the belt is so perfect. I would wear that in a second. Gorgeous photos as usual. And congrats on all the recent recognition. I swear, 50% of my blog roll was photos of you the other day— well deserved! Can't wait to see what you post next.

- Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
http://littlehouseofstyle.blogspot.com/

Wardrobe Warrioress said...

Dress and coat are very cool.

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polka dot said...

First, Roz, very good luck on your exams!

Love this post: your story is great & it's so true about the British talking about the weather thing. My brother is a keyboardist/singer/producer who works with some pretty major British musicians, & I remember him telling me - when he was 15 - his theories about why that is so. He said if you listen carefully, everything that a British person would say about their feelings, if they were from another country, can be found in their talking about the weather. It's like Japanese haiku ; )

On a more superficial note: I noticed how especially fabulous your hair is, too! I love that last shot especially.

Sending this from Palm Beach County & the internet is sporadic - it cut out when I'd written a long comment for Laura - but wanted to say how glad I am you mentioned Haiti. I don't know if it's because we're here - so close to Haiti - or perhaps it's because our plane landed 15 minutes after the earthquake struck - we could literally have flown over it and not known - but it really hit me, how fragile we all are, and how fortunate. We're all connected by this and the response is so moving. Anyway, that's waaaaay long enough for one night! What can I say: it's late. I don't expect to hear from you for a while: school comes first!

Marz said...

Love the colour of that coat, it looks really good on you. And the lighting in these photos is amazing, I love when you can photograph on a nice clear sunny day.
-Marz

meraldia said...

Great coat! I also love the belt!

ItsHER92 said...

Beautiful images again Roz! :)
I don't know why you aren't getting booked for jobs ALL OVER! :D x

Darla: Retro Ways said...

Stunning photos, I adore your style.


xo xo




Darla

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Denise said...

always so gorgeous!

from hair to everything else.

aaaahhhh. sweet photos.

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dancinginchiffon said...

lovely photos...love your curls!

cici said...

This is so gorgeous <3

Violet Folklore said...

Mmm, I love hearing stories of how people scored their clothes. Whenever someone compliments what I'm wearing I'm like "Last Tuesday, half off at Animal Save thrift- $2!"

betz said...

you are perfection!!!!

xx,
betz
http://herarmoire.blogspot.com

alexandra said...

i want to frolick in the country! x

BaiLing said...

I love this beautifull silk dress!
It's incredible how many lovely things you can find in the charity shops!
And I adore the fur hat that you wore in the last post, simply beautifull!

Carly said...

Fab coat! I love the first photo.

Carly

www.dressedupdown.blogspot.com

Andrea said...

I love your coat, perfect colour. And i love your hair, my hair is slowly losing it's curls. Your hair looks so beautiful in these pictures. I love your post below. I look forward to more posts.
Andie xx

Gossip_Glamour said...

I'm really in love with your style which is SO brilliant !

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