Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Lady sing the blues so well


The alternate title for this was "If you go down to the woods today..", but after hearing a song by one of my favourite singers (Regina Spektor), I knew I had to steal an opening line of her lyrics!

I have been waiting for the bluebells to spring into action so I could showcase this outfit - and spring they certainly did! So one early morning my dad and I followed the directions of a friend and tramped along a winding country lane, skirted through a farmyard and finally found this perfect little footpath. I think the mis-match of a net underskirt and wellies (an essential for shooting in the countryside) provided a slightly unusual sight for a few bemused walkers!
I love bluebells, they're one of  those beautifully 'British' things; woods full of vibrant colour.

This is what I like to call my 'Paris outfit' - as the majority of  it was purchased in La belle France in 'Les Marches aux Puces' (Which literally translates as 'the fleas'  - I love it!) a few months ago.
If you've never visited these vintage flea markets in Paris, I definitely recommend a visit! Christian Dior bright blue fur coats nestle next to prim forties tea dresses. Oh, if I had more money.. I started to tally up all the desirable pieces. Balenciaga tailored jackets, a pink Chanel suit (although fake, we found out), a Madame Gres draped dress, Louis Vuitton leather monogrammed suitcases, the list goes on. I was in heaven!

Unfortunately, the majority was out of my price range. However, that just meant I had to search harder! I found the tea dress for ten euros, as someone had attached some strange sleeves to it (which took me all of three minutes to unpick.) I love the way it ties at the top, and the squiggly blue pattern.
And the jacket. Aaah, the jacket. It was bought at the most divine vintage store, complete with the owner in perfect period dress. I'm not sure if this jacket was originally military, or some kind of French uniform (bell boy maybe?), but I love both the authenticity and perfect cut. The fact that the buttons are rusting away almost seem to add to the charm!

I then added one of my grandma's belts (from the seventies) and white shoes from a charity shop. I bought the little leather bag last weekend from... a charity shop, and the little straw boater is also thrifted - it's a child's Laura Ashley piece! And finally, my 'mint imperials necklace' (my mum nicknamed it!)

Finally, un petit question - this jacket is now one of my complete favourite items. So do you have a single favourite item of clothing? Or is it impossible to narrow down? I'll look forward to hearing some answers..



48 comments:

HeatherClark said...

beautiful photos and beautiful dress!

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Lydia said...

Absolutely beautiful photos.
The outfit is gorgeous.

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Cath said...

GAAAH, so perfect with the bluebells!I love how the setting always complements the outfit. Very well done! This reminds me of a Teen Vogue editorial with Monika Jagaciak. As for my favorite item of clothing, it has to be a flower-print blouse with puffy sleeves that my mom made as a teen in the 70's, since it also has sentimental value. And I'm very happy to see that you're developing your French skills! It's actually «une petite question», but you'll learn that soon enough...distinguishing nouns' genders is proably one of the toughest parts of learning the language. I'm French so if you ever have any questions, don't hesitate to ask! Bravo once again!!

gorgeousclara said...

you always look soooo perfect...

and that´s a difficult question,I don´t have a favoruite item, but I do have a favourite item of clothes in general: floral dresses

valncami said...

Beautiful photos once again:) I used to have a hat like that, I wish I still did but it looks lovely on you. I would love to visit the flea markets of Paris someday. How lucky you are to be able to go.
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Starr Crow said...

it's beautiful. your beautiful. i love every bit of your style there, lady.

Rae said...

You always have the greatest collection of photos! And yess I do find it practically impossible to narrow my favorite item of clothing down. (I'm surprised you were able to do it so well!)

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MellJBrown said...

love Regina! And that's one of my favourites by her, it's so gooood!
-m
oh and p.s. my favourite item was a blazer. but i lost it on a particularly drunken night out and havent replaced it yet. I get so sad when i get dressed and just know that that blazer would have been perfect. Especially since it's cold over here at the moment. Sadness...

Mother of Style said...

I have a really pretty cocktail dress that I found a feww years ago. It has a satiny camisole peaking out from a pale blue netted bodice and then it flows into a mermaid-shaped hem. I always feel like a 40s movie star when I wear it, which is not often enough. When I found it someone had pinned some big ugly fake flowers to the waist, and once I took those off it was perfect :).

the Citizen Rosebud said...

YOU look so beautiful. I love the photo series, so gorgeous... the dress, THE HAT, the flowers! You've outdone yourself, Roz. STUNNING!

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Martine : D said...

This outfit is great! I love all your photos.The woods full of bluebells are a good place to shoot. I'd love to go to the UK. but next week I go to Cannes in the south of France, that's not bad either. My favourite item of clothing is at the moment a flower dress from asos. But it won't last too long 'til I have a new favourite item ; )

Is ♥ La 5th con Bleecker st. said...

beautiful dress... and amazing you!

Shallow Mallow said...

The lighting is magical & the dress is gorgeous (of course it is gorgeous.. I seem to say this all the time!) :-)

I could probably quite easily list four or five favourite items but then I'd have to throw the towel. There is just no single favourite. It all depends on my mood (and current belly fat.. damn you chocolate & nuts!)

Martwa Marta said...

you are so pretty! you look like a fairy...

The Lady Nerd said...

Looks like you managed to nail the side braid (I'll break my usual decorum and say, "how much I envy you! My hair is as flat as an ironing board and there's very little of it. If I try putting it into a braid it comes out like a little rat tail."). Once again you've produced a lovely little editorial. You and your dad have a wonderful knack for finding just the perfect settings to photograph your outfits against. Well done! (again! :P)

I wish we had thrift stores that had more of the European brands, but alas the best I've been able to find is Ann Taylor or BCBG (neither of which are low brands by any means, but it'd be nice to find a vintage Chanel piece once in a while).

Favourite clothing piece? Hm...I've have to say my Guess Maeve boots. They're my go-to shoes for dressing up. They're the perfect blend of fashion and military, mixing the two with a delightfully bad-ass flair. Besides, I love the fact that they make me 6 ft. tall. :)

polka dot said...

You found your bluebells!! ; )

Just running back out - but had to comment, Roz. I love that look so much, that blue & white tea dress is fabulous & the jacket, belt.. you just have such a sense of style it's amazing. Can't wait to meet & hopefully shoot you.

That's all... I usually have a favourite piece of clothing but it changes all the time.. these days it's actually a cheap Zara striped breton tee, I'm wearing it now. No, that's not my favourite.. see? I'm so wishy washy today. xox

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Darling L said...

That dress is amazing, and the hat is so cute too! And I couldn't say I have a favourite item... it's so difficult to choose! :)

HAL said...

Really great look! You rock that dress.

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styleodyssey said...

This is so Parisienne!
I have several favorite clothing items....too many to name.
Lovely pics as always, Roz.

L. said...

I love pretty much everything about these photos. The dress, that sweet straw boater, the structure the military-esque jacket adds, all against that lush green back-drop...sigh, so gorgeous.

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Martwa Marta said...

you are so pretty! you look like a fairy!

Elliejane.x said...

This dress is just HEAVENLY. I love it so much. I have to say I love the hat, I have a thing with hats at the moment x x

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Tamia said...

Oh, I love it! The bluebells are perfect, and you seem really adept at styling vintage.

The lighting in that second (seated) photo is amazing--like the sun picked a little clearing just for you.

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Carly said...

Wow, Roz you look absolutely gorgeous in these shots. Your photos are getting more and more like real editorials, they look amazing, the lighting is great as well. Your dad is really talented. I'd love an editor to see your work, i'm sure they'd snap you up immediately.

My favourite piece of clothing ..... I have so many, but absolutely adore a black leather satchel that my boyfriend surprised me with.

Anyway... absolutely gorgeous shots again.
Carly x x

Amelia said...

so lovely! i love the stories behind the clothes as well. and regina is just so wonderful. blue is an infinitely excellent colour.

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Tiny Quirks said...

amazing photoshoot, and i love that you waited for the flowers to bloom.

i have favorite pieces of the moment, things i wear to death for a few weeks...but ultimately i find it impossible to narrow my closet down to a single item

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Juliet said...

Fabulous pictures!
and you look absolutely fantastic with this amazing outfit! I really feel in love with your beautiful dress!
xxx darling!

Princess Margot said...

Really inspirational blog!!!!
Thank you!!!

xxx

Lisa said...

amazing photos!

HilaryInspired said...

Wow, tough question...it always seems to be changing but I think right now it is a tie between a gorgeous crepe chiffon dress in ivory and a beige linen romper with cuffed shorts...so hard to decide. Lovely outfit by the way, and the scenery is gorgeous!

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I love your pictures and your look!

I will defently follow you (:

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Sara C. said...

The outfit seems to be taken from a movie: it's one of a kind! I love it!
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Stace said...

oh this is SO gorgeous! great idea with the flowers - blue is so beautiful.
love your blog x

Go With The Flo said...

bluebells!

Black Widow said...

your pics are amazing!

Cathy said...

great outfit, i love the hat and the shoes especially, they remind me of these soft leather dancing shoes my mother wore when she was younger. classic!

Kat said...

that dress is fantastic!

The Style Sasquatch said...

Louise Amstrup chiffon and leather dress I brought in a pop up shop about a month ago. I want the first occasion I wear it to be magaical haha



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Olivia Isabella. said...

Fabulous hat, I bought a similar one, but miniature size with a comb to slide into your hair, from H&M. Love the dress and the photos are divine as always.
It is such a difficult question, one that I always fail to answer. If I had to, at the moment, it would be my apple green shirt with pleated mesh colar from H&M, completely extravagant yet subtle.
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Jazzabelle said...

you are just too beautiful for words! jill from street style recommended your blog to me, so i just had to take a look. the dress is just so adorable, and the straw hat suits you perfectly. i also love the fact that your dad takes the majority of your pictures, i think that is just lovely!

love, jazzabelle. xxx

WildFlower said...

The second and last photos are outstanding! Your dad does a great job in taking your pics. That must have looked adorable...you in this outfit and gummies walking along the path! haha love it. So perfect with the blue bells. I love how you saw potential in the dress and picked the sleeves off....some people don't even think of doing that...power to ya. Question...what kinda under garment are you wearing to give the skirt that shape?

As far as fav's go...I couldn't possibly pick and try not to have favourites....all my clothes have such an emotion & memories behind them.

Le Jardin said...

great outfit. love the hat.

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Elena said...

Beautiful pictures, i follow your blog!
Its great!

miss_vogue said...

wow your blog is so fantastic, and i love regina spektor and i love your braid!

Styleeast said...

I just bought a hat like this, it took me forever to find! Lovely, lovely photos...I just discovered your blog and it's beautiful x

DuckyGirl said...

OH you're pictures are so fantastical!
I would very much like to steal that hat of yours.
What an excellent find.
I now crave a very tart blueberry muffin.
(not that I am calling you a blueberry muffin.)

Page said...

love this shoot as well!!
your style reminds me of anne of green gables which i love :)
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