Saturday, 22 May 2010

May Day! May Day!


I adore May: flowers a'bloomin, birds a'singin... Oh wait, I'm not in a Disney film! However, the fact that it is now sunny has just made it even better.

I know that my blog has had a bit of a floral overload recently, however these dresses have been waiting patiently for the sun to come out. So I give you article 4 - the purple/ blue roses (vintage) day dress. (Whenever I see the expression 'blue roses', I automatically pronounce the word 'roses' in my head with a lisp - like the character of Laura from Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie.)
I have a thing for day dresses - maybe it's just the concept of having 'day' and 'evening' dresses. I think it's also the fact that said dresses are always beautifully made, supremely comfortable and wonderful to look at. In fact I added yet another one with lovely big pockets to my collection today. I seriously need to find my own Narnia, if only to maximise my wardrobe space!

The one I'm wearing here was bought at a local flea market stall - the owner, Rosie, has a really good eye for vintage at amazing prices. I was really attracted to the complimentary colours, and the fabric feels very cool to touch. I think the material is satin finished cotton?

My dad took the photos in front of a usefully co-ordinating patch of aubretia flowers, and the close up was next to some climbing wisteria. What you can't see in that shot is that I was precariously balanced atop a stepladder to reach the inaccessible flowers. Oh, the places I have been in high heels!

The theme of this shoot was 'joy'. From jumping around (imitating all the spring lambs in the fields around us!) to using the flowers to play 'hide and seek', I really enjoyed doing the photos and it was great to experiment with some different poses.

With the dress I put a black belt my mum bought ages ago from a jumble sale, and over this I added a pale blue curtain tie I found in a junk shop. The grey Mary Janes are from New Look and the necklace is comprised of three very cheap strings of faux pearls that I twisted together. I bought the little bag with a chain handle from a charity shop.
The gloves were my great-granny's. I love the thought that she now lives on in the drawer next to my bed, which is stuffed full of her fabulous fifties gloves.
That is how I know a lot of the members of my family who I never met or don't remember - through their clothes.

47 comments:

FASHION SNAG said...

I love love love the outfit and your poses are fantastic! You have such long legs and you look like a model. This is the perfect outfit on you! x

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Arushi Khosla (FabBlab) said...

This is stunning. Very classy and my favorite is probably the second picture is like, from an editorial. Loooves it. And you're so pretty!

Dylana Suarez said...

I love your movement! Beautiful dress!

danniekate said...

i'm very jealous of your hair - it makes me wish i'd never straightened mine! despite years of the ghds, my hair is still ever so wavy...but not nearly as lush as yours! i love the flea market find, i have to trek up to london for that :)

mirror said...

perfectly lovely! you sort of look like kierra knightley...but maybe it's just that british charm that comes through your photos!
i like the dress, & the belt is very unique! ;)
-M-

Pearl Westwood said...

Stunning dress, the perfect vivid print, and grey is always my favourite colour, so nice to someone wearing it too x

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Lydia said...

Fantastic photos.
I love the purple flowers against the colours in your dress.

Lydia xxx

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Elliejane.x said...

This dress is beautiful. I swear my whole wardrobe has just suddenly turned it a floral explosive, just because the sun came out? haha

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RepublicOfChic said...

Love the curtain tie belt :) It's great how you preserve these heirlooms!

PS. Much admiration all the way from India :)

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Diana Q. said...

Gorgeous! You look beautiful! I love your hair and your outfit and the poses are just breath-taking. Great photos.
xoxo

eva-christa said...

Good shoot
Love your dress
;)
'ECH from pAris
La Bise
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Natalie said...

beautiful photos! the dress goes so well with the background! :)

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Closet Fashionista said...

Such a fun outfit and shoot!! :D Its great that you can remember family members through their clothes, no one in my family really kept any of their clothes :/
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rose said...

ohhh it's such a beautifull dress! a m a z i n g !!!
I love your outfit <3

xoxo

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JBalloon said...

Haha. I really like these photos, especially the jumping ones.

Hannah :0] said...

Great shoot! This reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, speaking of disney films.

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we eat the blonde salad said...

we saw you on Repubblica delle Donne this saturday
We really love your style
Congrats!

Olivia Isabella. said...

I love this shoot, it has such a different feel from the others. Less adult, but in the best way possible - it is great to see the movement and fun that I think only a "child" could portray! You look beautiful as always.
Thank you for your contribution to the discussion, I think "real shopping" has won by a unanimous vote!
UO x
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iUnderEye said...

ooooh now that is what you call a blog post! That dress is freaking amazing and the belt is the perfect accessory for making this dress even more fashion-forward. You look stunning!

This blog is my new favourite secret!

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megannielsen said...

I love wearing things of my granny's too... it makes me feel closer to her, even though she's gone - meanwhile, i love all the florals you've been wearing, they're gorgeous

Indy said...

What a gorgeous floral print! And the shoes go perfectly!

daisymay said...

That dress is so pretty and I love the rope belt!!
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Alice In Fashionland said...

Great pictures and what a beautiful outfit! So pretty!

Blue is in Fashion this Year said...

I've seen your fashion editorial on Italian D magazine, so cool!! Ciao!

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B said...

Your makeup is really cool for this shoot.

I like that idea. I wish more of my relatives kept their clothes. Maybe that's something I can start for my future kids...

B from A plus B

Oana Roxana said...

Beautiful!I'm in love with this style. 8->

Jessy said...

Those shoes are to die for!! Love them!

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rachelrose said...

such a splendid idea, using a curtain tie like that - it really brings the outfit from charming to fanastic. keep up the lovely work!

yours, rachel rose
this is who we are

Fashlynable said...

The photos capture the spirit of May perfect. What more could I ask for, you have a floral dress, pearls, and perfect shoes :).

Katie said...

I love this photo shoot - May is definitely the right time to go frolicking in the flowers. And, well it's spring so you can never have too many floral looks.

styleodyssey said...

beautiful!! everything, the entire shoot is impressive and so very English in the most classically charming, appealing way. it somehow reminds me of "The Secret Garden", one of my favorite books from childhood.

CalamityJem said...

Beautiful dress & you've styled it immaculately!
...xXx

Lyndranette said...

absolutely beautiful. really suits you. never be afraid to experiment with fashion, though.

Ivania santos By DIAMOND said...

Omg...honey!

LOVEEEEEEE IT <3
xoxo* by Portugal

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;)*

Darling L said...

Never enough flowers, go on with them, you look fabolous! :)

Tasha Gregson said...

Love this-such a great look I especially adore the patter on the dress-perfect for Spring, and great poses girl!! :) xx

RedRose said...

I absolutely love this post. I love how you descibe your past relatives living on through the clothes they have past down, becuase that is exactly how I think it should be. Also you can never have a floral overload, and you look stunning in those pictures.

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Mindey said...

The photos are amazingly beautiful.
Love your look & that dress is just gorgeous!

April said...

These are so cute! :)

India Cairen Beau Sutton said...

these photos are fantastic! I love your 'day' dress and I agree with you, there is something utterly fabulous about wearing a pretty dress during the day.. Loving your blog, I am your new follower! :) xox Beau

the Citizen Rosebud said...

What fun you look. LOVING the print of that dress! Ah, vintage...and the fact that you appreciate the details, the history makes it all the better. Great post, Roz!

this free bird said...

Okay...these pictures are gorgeous!! The dress is so cute on you and the curtain tie addition is brilliant.

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Laura said...

Hey Roz,

I love your outfit, pictures and post and the fact your Dad took the pictures!

Dresses are the best :)

Laura xx

Alfredo Saavedra said...

OMG, I love your style and how natural you are at modeling, I am a young photographer and some day I would love to do fashion photography. You have a natural talent for posing and modeling. Thank you for the great entries.

Clara said...

great post!
xxxx

The Fashion Cloud said...

Love this photo set, especially the first one with the running. Stunning!!!

xx
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