Saturday, 18 December 2010
Long skirts and leather gloves
These photos were taken on the same day as my kilt post, and I suppose this outfit is a natural successor - also with the main focus being a long skirt. I bought this particular one at the one-and-only-jumble-sale-I-can't-stop-mentioning. This was the last item found, after noticing the intriguing pattern peeping out from under a rugby sweatshirt. I knew it was coming home with me when I saw the 'Welsh Wool' label on the inside (I also featured a welsh wool cape on my blog a while ago here) - that label guarantees quality, as well as a slightly wonderful granny chic feeling.
As gorgeous as it is, I found it quite hard to style. It's not exactly a 'goes with everything' piece. However, the answer was found hanging in my mum's wardrobe - a gorgeous wrap around mohair cardigan. I have a bit of a thing for mohair, and am currently wearing a vintage electric blue mohair cardigan that used to belong to my great-grandma.
From there I added a belt my mum has had since she was a teenager, a vintage necklace, my favourite leather gloves (used to belong to my gran) a thrifted faux faur collar and some brown chelsea boots. The 'bag' in the first shot is a wooden case full of paints, inherited from a family member.
The photos were taken by my lovely mum, next to a suitably colour co-ordinating gate!
We were meant to be going away this weekend, but unfortunately our plans were scuppered by a new snow fall. However, we have decided to make the best of this, and I am really looking forward to the next few days. Activities to do involve making special Christmas cookies (a tradition from my Czech heritage - which also means celebrating both on Christmas Eve and Christmas day), having a tea party with three good friends, decorating the christmas tree, taking lots of walks in the snow with my camera and watching a smattering of good christmas TV - I hardly ever do this, but Christmas is a bit of an exception. I'm already looking forward to seeing repeats of the Railway Children and Annie, as well as the Doctor Who christmas special!
I've also made a decision recently about my immediate future, to do with modelling. As some people may have picked up on, I was represented by Select Model Management (having been scouted by them). They are a great model agency and very supportive. However, since my surgery I decided that modelling is not something I want to pursue professionally at the moment. However, I'm sending big love to Susannah my booker and the team at Select for being so understanding, and also for providing some incredible experiences - one major highlight being travelling to Paris at the beginning of this year. It's also been very useful to learn about photography - something I am now going to try and actively pursue as much as possible. In fact, my main christmas present will hopefully be a portfolio of my best photos. I can't wait to see them printed out.
I feel that I am now starting out on a new path - where it will end up, I have no idea. But 2010 has been a tumultous year, full of trials and opportunities in equal measure. Strange to think I was only diagnosed with my condition at the beginning of this year, and here I am 11 months later, with a new scar on my back and what feels like a new head set on my shoulders.