Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Laced into the landscape (Pt 1)

In 1933, when my great-great grandfather was presented with this brown gentlemen's leather case, I doubt that he could have imagined either that 77 years later his great-great grand-daughter would be standing with it in a corn field, or how the world that he knew would have changed. The notion of computers, the internet and, of course, blogging would have seemed like the stuff of Science Fiction. And yet here I am! But then some things never change - the passing of the seasons, harvesting of crops, temperamental weather (can we have his kind of summer back though, pretty please?) and human nature.
I know I touched on this in my last post, but I especially feel that pieces like this with a specific history and story deserve to have another life. In this case, as a rather attractive clutch bag!

I wanted to create a modern outfit to go with the 'clutch', that also acknowledged the history and eras that this case lived through to before finally entering my room. Luckily, my search for lace skirts in local charity shops has yielded two or three fabulous results recently! (Ergo the 'Pt 1' in the title - watch this space..)
I 'thrifted' this cream lace skirt, and am planning to use it for lots of Helena Bonham Carter-esque outfits under long skirts. The boater (possibly vintage, no label to ascertain) was from the same charity shop. Maybe they were just meant to be put together! A very good family friend gave me the vintage fifties bolero. I love that particular shade of duck egg blue. However, as it is cashmere, it was overwhelmingly hot in that cornfield - not the best material for a sultry summer's evening of photography! But I'm a big fan of visible stitching, so it is most definitely my cup of tea. The much featured brown leather belt was my mum's when she was a teenager (we recently came across an old photo of her wearing it). The gold t-bar shoes were second hand on ebay and I was given the faux pearl necklace by my great-grandma. I made the bracelet out of a miniature negative film wheel, a broken watch base and a large vintage button.

I got back home from the Big Chill on Monday morning, having seen some amazing bands and artists this year - my highlights being Paloma Faith, Newton Faulkner, Massive Attack and Morcheeba. I also discovered a new rising artist called Beth Jeans Houghton - one of her tracks is currently playing on my iPod as I type. My camera never left my side. Honestly, if I had a papoose, I'd carry it like a baby!
For a charity shopaholic like me, the Big Chill was dangerous ground - as there were two amazing charity shop stalls on site. Lets just say I left with my pockets a little lighter, and unable to zip up any of my much heavier bags!

In other news, (and apologies to any of you who've already seen it!), I was extremely honoured to be featured in the Sunday Times Style supplement in a section titled 'What are you wearing.' Here is the actual photo used, courtesy of the lovely Sunday Times photographer Rick Pushinksy,plus a copy of the text used.



Time to deal with the flotsam and jetsam of clothes, also known as my new acquisitions from Big Chill, lying like so many stranded Jellyfish all over my floor! It'll be nice to remember to what colour my carpet is again.

38 comments:

Jen said...

Wow, you look absolutely fantastic! You look like a character in a movie, and your hair is so beautiful.

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mirror said...

i ADORE that green dress you're wearing in the last photo. simply marvelous ^^
-m-
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Gracie said...

Ah wow, congratulations on the feature! You look great!
Love these photos here, especially the spinning one!

Nádia said...

Congrats!!! That is just PERFECT!!!

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Natalie said...

omg gorgeous photos! especially the last one! very cool! :)

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Laura Gerencser said...

Love the second dress!!!

The Collar of the Dove said...

your blog is amazing and you always look stunning!!

Gracie said...

by the way, i gave you an award on my blog :)

http://graciejohns.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-award.html

les deux said...

Just found your blog via Littlehouse of Style, and it's so wonderful! You've definitely got some new fans over at our blog. I'm looking forward to seeing more great things from you!

Les Deux - Katie

devilishlypleasurable said...

stunning. . i love how your items always have stories behind them. . your great great grandfather would have been proud :)



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Dylana Suarez said...

Congrats on the newspaper feature! The picture is fabulous!

Ellie jane said...

Love the photos and outfit. I adore the shoes, I've been searching for some vintage t-bar shoes for ages but unfortunately I have rather large feet so finding shoes is a challenge!

Congratulations on your feature in the Sunday times! Your so lucky!

Miu said...

I love your hat with the blue ribbon.
And the shoes in 'What are you wearing' are great! I'm totally into lace-up shoes :)

Christina said...

Ah these photos are sooo beautiful! And you are beautiful,and stunning..I mean you have a different kind of beauty..different in a good way,magical! :) Really nice clothes too!

Mary Lee said...

wow these are such stunning photos! i really love what you're wearing

Dina-Dyorre said...

How very delighted you must feel to be featured in the Sunday Times! The photo is, as always, positively spectacular.

On a semi-related note, I was browsing the Select website to look at my friends' modelling photos and saw yours by chance; it would be very interesting to hear the story behind the other magazine photoshoot (I'm assuming it was for a magazine?), if it's not a secret of course :) In any case, the photos looked fantastic...

Olivine said...

Wow ! Your photos are stunning !
I really love the atmosphere : classic, simple, sincere, beautiful.
Have a nice day,

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The Beatles and Blank Paper said...

Congratulations! You are stunning and the landscape is beautiful as well!

Mon Cheri said...

WOW cAn't believe I havn't found your blog before now

you have amazing style <3

MON CHERI !

Carissa said...

oh dear, you're so beautiful and your outfit radiates a vintage feeling all over it. cute <3

Trishna said...

You look beautiful and the lace skirt is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. :)

Primrose said...

Well done on your feature :-) It's amazing to see how much your blog has grown over the months! Lovely ensembles :-)

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November Grey said...

So amazing to be featured. Good for you! With such grace, creativity and style - you deserve it!

Take a peek at my vintage Valentino I posted today... I think you will like.

xx

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ItsHER92 said...

So proud of you being published AGAIN :D Shame I havent been able to get a hold of a hard copy of the sunday times though

CANT WAIT TO TAKE PHOTOS OF YOU :D

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Le Temps d'M said...

very nice pics ;)

Fabiola "Fab" said...

I just thrifted a similar skirt and can't wait to style! you look super chic!

Glad to have found your blog.

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Your pictures always have a picture-perfect quality to them. I adore the 8th image down.
I love the way the green tones of your tones complement the lime green of the nature that envelops you. very stylish indeed;-)
Have a fun weekend!

Lady Moriarty said...

I think it's the prettiest outfit I've seen since days !

Girl, you're my hero ! Following !

See U !

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Great lace skirt! Lucky your getting in the sunday times!! Nice one! Daisy Dayz Home

Kate said...

I saw your feature in the Sunday Times and it is really inspiring. I had seen loads of other blogs that were just about designer stuff and there is no way I could afford that. I love your unique style and how your a charity shopaholic like me!

If you have the time please check out and comment on my blog, many thanks.

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pearl said...

gorgeous, babe! there's just something about your style that's alluring. i love your posts! following you & linking you up!

Love,
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styleodyssey said...

congrats on the feature! you certainly deserve it. :)
last pic of photo shoot: i love that pose and the gaze...also the blue really pops out! great textural elements in the background and lace skirt. wonderful photo.

nina said...

I actually found out about your blog from that article! Now I am a regular reader and i am inspired by you and your photos. These lovelys are no exception :)

Brogan Kelly said...

I am in love with the hat in the first few pictures from this post, its beautiful! Have a look at my blog www.aloveaffairwithapairofclippers.blogspot.com if want, brogan xxx

Martine : D said...

I adoore the last photo in the green dress! Great you were in the newspaper :)

alice siobhan said...

I found your blog by reading the feature in Style magazine, congratulations! Since discovering your blog I've liked several of your outfits but the one featured in this post is by far my favourite, big pat on the back.

anni said...

I'm absolutely loving that outfit and those photos !

Camila said...

I must say this is indeed a very good piece of work. The photos are something that I think is excellency defined at its best. The landscapes and the matching dresses just makes me more nostalgic about the days our family spend in the villages during childhood. I must say this is something that good photography results into.

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