Friday, 3 September 2010

The Birds


This is something of a round up post of all things Big Chill and Bird related.  I went to the Big Chill music festival at the beginning of the holidays (where has the time gone?), and as well as enjoying lots of great music (Massive Attack, Paloma Faith and Newton Faulkner being particular highlights) I also discovered what can only be described as charity shop heaven. Racks and racks of cable knit jumpers, school blazers, 'dressing up' clothes (aka wedding dresses, sequinned jumpers and University gowns - one of which I bought: it looks like a rather fetching Navy cape) plus a huge box full of hats to rummage through.
Here I'm featuring three of the £3 hats I managed to find at the wonderful Oxfam stall. Nestled among old policemen's helmets and lurid wigs lurked a number of wide-brimmed vintage beauties.
I wanted to accessorize this trio with some other treasures I brought back from the Big Chill. Firstly, two fabric birds made at the Selvedge stall. I'd already seen various issues of this predominantly textiles, design and photography based magazine, after being recommended it by several people. It is GREAT and a very inspiring read, so if you can get your hands on a copy - do!
 It was lovely to meet the people who put together the magazine, while simultaneously using assorted fabrics (including Cath Kidston - they'd all been donated for the stall) to make multicoloured birds. One had the option of hanging them in a tree, but we wanted to take ours home, and subsequently turned them into accessories!

The first one, worn as embellishment on a brown hat and with a skeleton leaf necklace from my paternal grandma was given a suitably flamboyant turquoise ribbon ruff!

The second - suspended as an overlarge pendant here - was complemented with the fantastic wide brimmed camel hat (as all the magazines would say - "very on trend, colour-wise daahling"!) and an amber ring inherited from my maternal grandma.

The third and final has a different bird accessory - in the form of a Tatty Devine ring I bought, after joining in with their colour-your-own acrylic pendant template activity (handily placed in the same tent as Selvedge). It was a hard call between this ring, or some swallow earrings they had on sale. Scrap that, I wanted everything there! The acrylic shapes just called out to be touched and admired and have a real sense of fun... Here I wore the ring perched on my little finger, with a grey hat. At the stall, we agreed the best way to wear it was as though the tiny bird had just alighted!

The photos were taken during a family day out, where we ate a picnic in the drizzle (surely a very British thing to do?) before meandering through a picturesque valley. I decided to wear a loose interpretation - loose being the operative word - of a 'walking outfit'. This was made up of my absolute favourite Jaeger grey jumper and 'thifted' cream culottes. They're vintage Marks & Spencer - look out for the St Michaels lable when in charity shops, it pops up frequently. Over this I had a suede waistcoat that is now in its third generation hand-me-down. (Having gone from grandma, to mum, to me.)
Both my mum and Dad took turns with the camera, with the setting being a massive felled tree covered in moss and rambling blackberries.

The title is taken from the Hitcock movie of the same name. I have to admit I've never seen it it, not being one for horror movies! However, I loved his direction of Dial M for Murder - set almost entirely in one claustrophobic room and yet incredibly gripping. And with added style in the form of Grace Kelly!

Back to school on Tuesday! It seems this holiday has been of the blink and you'll miss it variety. Although we haven't been abroad, our family has managed to make its way around large swathes of Britain in the past six weeks, leaving not as much time as I'd hoped for blogging and replying. And I'm off again today - a final mini visit to friends in Bristol. Hopefully this will give me the chance for an urban shoot or two, and some back to school shopping! I'm hoping to get some black brogues for school, and can't wait to start wearing cable knit tights again. Autumn has most definitely reared its auburn head.

Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my leather shearling coat, I've been wearing it nonstop since that post! Hopefully once term has started and I have more of a routine, I'm going to be setting up an interesting blog project, so watch this space!

30 comments:

❤Cate❤ said...

These hats are wonderful such great finds, good luck in school xoxo

Closet Fashionista said...

Gorgeous shots as always :D
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creative bug said...

great work once again.......

Zorian said...

Great Photos, by mom and dad.

November Grey said...

That bird ring is amazing! Inspired, as always.
xx
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Ellie Jane said...

I love the bird accessory in the first and second picture! The pictures are lovely as always!

I have purchased some black brogues for school from topshop and I went back today. My summer seems to have gone very fast as well!

Diana said...

Love the outfit. Yor ring is awesome!
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Jen said...

You look so fantastic! <3

annierama said...

I love the birds-accessoires and I´ll try to copy this work and make one of them by myself! I love it to experiment with things like this!
You rphotos are beautiful and I love especially the first one!

Floz said...

lovely! that ring is very pretty.

nancy : The Sway Report said...

Sometimes an outfit comes along that is so harmonious and perfect that you don't realize its made up out of different pieces! I didn't think about the individual pieces of your outfit until I read your explanation in the subsequent paragraphs .... I went back to the pictures and was stunned by the ensemble they all create! Also, perfect autumn colors.

I'm afraid it won't be autumn here in southern California for a few weeks (ahem months??) yet. we're out of place with all the bloggers. ;)

great post as always!
x
nancy

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nancy : The Sway Report said...

PS Love your new adornments! I have a soft spot for birds too. :)

devilishlypleasurable said...

beautiful styling! love the birds

mary said...

Your rings are too cute!! You have such great style. And I think it's better that you haven't seen the Birds - not a very good scary movie, and one of the worst endings. And amazing overall!!

LISA said...

cute hat

The Collar of the Dove said...

lovely! you look like keira knightly in the last 2 pics:)

Nádia said...

Another gorgeous set of pictures! Delightful accessories!!!

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pearl said...

beautiful, as always! love the brown!

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Kate said...

Love love love love LOVE that ring- you definitely made the right choice! The hat is gorgeous too- only £3!! Bargain!


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Callie Lu said...

Your dedication to this blog is quite admirable, I hope to be so dedicated to mine some day, I love what you did with your amazing finds. Keep la mode rolling:

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Tami said...

You are truly my favorite blogger of all time! I absolutely love the hat, and you have the most gorgeous hair. When I look at your photos, I always begin to imagine a story based on your the view, the colors, everything. You are truly amazing. I cannot WAIT to hear more stories. Haha:)
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Raez said...

wow, what a chic, woodland-creature-like outfit! i adore your bird accessories and the touches of rich brown!

xx raez

VanillaVain said...

Simply gorgeous!
I absolutely love your hat.

xoxo

Fashionistable said...

I really love you blog and think you look amazing. I also love the stories you tell. I am following you now. Thank you for your lovely comments. Xxxx

styleodyssey said...

so many wonderful things to ponder in this post...first, i think the bird theme is just lovely. coincidentally, i've been admiring bird themed items (and birds in general) myself lately. must be because there are so many here in my new backyard! and i don't even have bird feeders yet. still, they visit. :)

your lipstick is so complimentary on you, as is the brown hat. and yes, i think picnicking in the drizzle is a rather british thing.

the music fest sounds awesome. i am a *huge* massive attack fan.

xoxo

BARRONJAY said...

Ros, your blog spot is fabulous and truly inspirational. The photos, descriptions of the clothes and the stories that go with them are fantastic - I'm sure you will go a long way. I am 45 and still very interested in fashion. It would be great to see more pictures of your mum for a second inspiration. I was thinking of starting a blog myself x Theresa

My Republic of Fashion said...

Absolutely stunning pictures. :)SarahD

Sarah said...

you always look so pretty in hats!! this looks so wonderful! xx

elspeth angharad said...

I love the bird acessorising, so wonderful! xx


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dazed said...

that waistcoat is very rad.