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..