Saturday, 5 March 2011

Liquorice Allsort






Inspiration. What can you say about it? It's wonderful, a natural partner to imagination, and often strikes in the oddest of places. Case Point number 1 - I recently walked into an old fashioned sweet shop in search of Sherbert Lemons (to which I think I may be addicted!). But the first thing that caught my eye was a jar of brightly coloured liquorice allsorts. They instantly reminded me of how much I love the look and primary colours of these soft candies, even if I can't stand the taste of liquorice itself (alongside fennel and aniseed).

That very morning I'd been musing about how to style these gorgeous Katharine Hamnett tailored trousers sent to me by the fabulously kind Pearl, and here (suddenly) was a ready-made colour scheme in a jar! The trousers could be the 'liquorice' - all I needed was a bright upper half. So duly I added a charity shopped Marks & Spencers polo neck, and a striped blouse that my late great-grandma handmade (she of the extensive hats and gloves collection I frequently wear). The belt and shoes are both charity shopped too, and the ring is inherited. I often speculate about when my great-grandma made that vibrant blouse, as from most of the photos I've seen of her, it's not the kind of thing I can imagine her wearing - she was a real 'twinsets, pearls and handbag' lady.

My mum took the photos of me while on a long weekend by the Welsh coast.

For me this outfit appeals to my sense of nostalgia. Not only is it inspired by one the great joys of childhood (eating sweets), but the trousers also really remind me of film stars of the black and white and technicolour era. In fact, they instantly make me think of Katherine Hepburn - and also makes me feel somewhat sophisticated. In addition, the outfit back story brings to mind the particularly delightful 'Toot Sweets' sequence in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. My family and I watched it before Christmas while I was recuperating after surgery, and it was perfect escapism.

Talking of recovery, and going back to Pearl (who is among the kindest and most supportive bloggers I've met online), these trousers arrived as part of a goody pacakge while I was in hospital after my operation. She suggested that I would need something comfortable that would "go well with flats", and these trousers could do the trick - she was right. Dressing while in recuperation proved quite a challenge, and alongside these I usually resorted to diaphanous silk shirts, shift dresses and wrap skirts for comfort.
Pearl recently wrote an article about The Big Hearts of Bloggers, and I wholeheartedly agree with her sentiment. What she failed to mention is that she has one of the biggest hearts of all! I have been so lucky in the amount of support I have recieved in the time I have been writing this blog (it'll be two years this summer). I know that sometimes any form of social networking is assumed to be plagued by nasty and/ or offensive anonymous comments, or that it contributes to a decline in face-to-face interaction, but I have rarely experienced that while blogging.

What was your favourite sweet (or candy) when you were little? Alongside the aforementioned sherbert lemons, I also had a definite weakness for jelly tots and sherbert dips.

31 comments:

Joyce said...

M&Ms... candy corn... Reese's peanut butter cups... and Almond Joy bars. Do you have all of those in the UK?

scientistchic said...

Does anyone remember millions? They were good :). I definitely agree with you on sherbet lemons Roz, they are amazing. Your blouse is very special, I love finding new ways to wear pieces that were made by family members. It would be fascinating to know what event your great-grandmother made it for! x

alexandratherese said...

Strawberry bonbons definitely. I loved the way all the strawberry flavoured frosting would melt in my mouth! Beautiful outfit Roz - particularly the trousers, the tailoring is so perfect they could have been made for you!

Alexandra Thérèse xx

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The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I love the idea of finding inspiration in something like sweets, my favorite are homemade peanut butter cups and hard butterscotch candy. The colourful striped blouse really ties this look together, great eye as usual!

MargieF said...

the location you took the photos at is just stunning! hmm i loved sherbet, any flavour. i used to have blue or purple fingers from the dyes in it
margief
x
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Raez said...

so cute to see the inspiration behind the outfit! that jacket is definitely too sweet:) I love it paired with those pants too, you look so tall!

xx raez

My Heart Blogged said...

I love your candy inspired outfit. I love finding inspiration from everywhere around me. I always have loved ice cream, pie, and brownies. Those two are my favorite sweets to eat.
My Heart Blogged

Natalie Suarez said...

wow u have the longest limbs i have ever seen!!!! love it :)

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PinkBow said...

i just love those traditional sweet shops & somehow if they're wrapped in old-fashioned packaging, they just taste better! pearl is recent discovery of mine, yours & her words on the blogging community really ring true.

sacramento said...

I know pearl and the kindness to bloggers. isn´t it fantastic?????
They do not sell liquorice allsort in Spain, thankgod or I would be a few pound fatter. hehehehe.
Love your liquorice allsort top and your alway dreamy photos.
Have a wonderful Sunday Roz.
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Kate said...

Love this post: ) Those trousers are gorgeous, love the cut and length. My favourite sweets were either sherbet lemons, red strawberry bace or the good old smarties :)
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look-know said...

I've been after a pair of trousers like these for ages - I love the cropped length. You look fantastic!

Ashiya

G said...

that view looks breath taking! hmmm definitiely coca cola bottles! sugary ones :) xx

Pearl Westwood said...

Allsorts win hands down for me!! It is funny because I never liked them when I was younger, but my mum always loved them, she still does, and only a year or so ago I decided to give them a try and I am hooked. They are my absolute favourite now.
Lovely to see you in the trousers, I have to say they make your legs look endless, definatley the best home for them :-)

styleodyssey said...

you look sensational in these autumnal colors! favorite childhood sweets? i loved candy corns and tootsie roll pops. i didn't eat much candy- preferred baked goods, still do. :)

Steffy's Pro's and Con's said...

beautiful photos, and i love the rainbow top!

<3 steffy
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Elizabeth @rosalilium said...

You have a real knack for styling outfits. Looks great, Roz!

My favourite sweeties were, and still are, fizzy cola bottles. They are sweet and sour and awesome.

Carly said...

Hi Roz, you look amazing, you really do know how to work your body to take a great picture. I really hope you reconsider a career in modelling, I think you'd be amazing. You seem so much more alive in the shots than a lot of the new models on the scene.

I love this outfit inspiration, I'm a huge fan of good old fashioned toffee, the kind you need a hammer to crack. It reminds me of Christmas with my father and his brand new special box of toffee that was a gauranteed gift for him every year.

Have a wonderful week.
Carly xx

Jessica said...

Great post! I'm not to keen on liqorice myself though!

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Reckless Rekha. said...

This look is so inspiring! you look amazing xx

Izzy said...

It would have to be strawberry chews (I don't think they have a name). You're writing is Amazing. I love the first image, and the scenery is beautiful! Thanks for the fab comment and finally I've got a new post up!
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Caitlin Rose said...

This post definitely reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one of my favourite childhood movies. also, I just started blogging so I'm happy to know that I'm entering into a welcoming world.

flat faced cat said...

Your blog is amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Best,
Cami
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Penny Dreadful said...

Licorice Allsorts are the best looking sweet aren't they, even though they taste horrid. I love the way you've put this together, I used to have a Paul Smith shirt that was very similar so your gran was ahead of her time!

I couldn't ever choose a favourite sweet (let alone just from my childhood, I still eat them by the bucket now!). xx

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

CANDY! CANDY! CANDY! YUUUMMMM!!!!! =D I actually loooove those licorice candies upon which your outfit is based...I also am a sucker for anything chocolate peanut butter, or anything sour and tart. your outfit is beautfiul! i love the brilliant jacket and flowing hair!

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Un-stitched said...

So stunningly beautiful! Twix bars - caramel, chocolate, cookie all in one.
christine
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ANewPairOfVintageBoots said...

Love your oufit!
And eh, I still love love LOVE candy, haha.
I really love Haribo-candy.


x
ANPOVB

danniekate said...

oh roz, how lovely! you're just as sweet as liquorice allsorts too :) i wasn't allowed sweets when i was little, and as a result i wouldnt know where to start! i've been told apple bonbons are nice though xx

Stef / Diversions said...

Love the liquorishe theme - you look gorgeous!

Gummi cherries, foam strawberries, gummi snakes (to stick on your forehead before eating)
Hard choices when you have one coin only burning a hole in your pocket :)

sopink said...

have you seen this in elle?!!
http://www.elle.com/Fashion/Street-Chic/Shop-Chic-February-s-Top-5-Looks/%28imageIndex%29/5/%28play%29/false

Fontaine said...

My candy taste hasn't really changed since I was little... I was, am and always will be a gummybear kind of girl. By the way, as a new reader, I have got to say that I absolutely adore and enjoy your writing - after a long day of work, it is a nice way to come down from all the stress and just start musing about your thoughts. You're an inspiration yourself!