Saturday, 24 July 2010
Nope, I am going to help my family repaint my brother's room. However this simple task threw up a slight conundrum - what do I wear? Not in the sense of caring about my appearance whilst painting, but because I don't really own any clothes I would want to go anywhere near wet paint in! In the end I've had to settle for some old pyjamas...
Here we have photos of the outfit I was wearing yesterday, made up of a few things purchased in Bristol, where I was doing my second week of 'work experience', but more on that later. (I think I stood out slightly walking down the high street of our local rural town in this get-up!)
I bought the red dress in a charity shop while I was away, and although it's not actually vintage, it's still a pretty accurate imitation. I love that particularly iconic shade of 'pillarbox red', reminiscent of phone boxes and post boxes dotted around the British countryside. (As well as, of course, London double-decker buses!)
The grey floppy hat is from a vintage shop I was introduced to by the friends I was staying with in Bristol, and I will definitely frequent it again. (I also managed to pick up a silk Jaeger scarf for a pound!)Then, working on a red and grey theme, I added a thrifted Topman long sleeved top underneath (rolled up so you can see the Victorian silver bangles properly!), grey tights, a thrifted necklace and that favourite old piece of mine - my paternal grandmother's 'guides' belt. I bought the little brown bag in a charity shop and have been pleasantly surprised by the usefull-ness ever since, despite the size.
The brown lace-ups are also what I call my 'photographer shoes' as they are very durable, sturdy and comfortable. I bought them for £2 in a charity shop a few months ago. I don't usually wear such short dresses, so I needed to add a healthy dose of 'granny chic' to the outfit to balance it out!
My dad took the photos in a favourite field of our family's that is a three minute walk away. It is almost poetically overgrown at one end, while wheat stretches out in a long arc at the other. Numerous outfit posts for the blog have been set here in different seasons! I decided on a slightly sixties influenced feel for the poses and photography, which was a lot of fun to work with.
My second week of work experience (mini internship) was such fun. I was working with a family friend of ours who runs a card and giftwrap business. She got me working on my own design, inspired by a silk scarf.. I am now full of inspiration and ideas for textiles designs to complete this summer! She taught me the rudiments of photoshop, which is much appreciated, and I now really want to get Photoshop Elements - for design purposes only though! (I still have a rule of not editing photos.)
As well as this we had a day of photography at the Bristol Docks , I got to see 'The Red Shoes' on the big screen (yes, I am more than slightly obsessed with that film), we saw 'A Single Man' (extraordinary attention to detail, and I really agree with the message about noticing the little details in life) and enjoyed the beautiful Bristol scenery.
So today is the first 'official' day of the my school summer holiday, and I can start to do all the things I listed a few posts ago! Do you have any specific creative plans for this summer?