Friday, 24 March 2017

Hello


Beautiful Edwardian graduate; empowerment via education ♡

It’s me again. I realise I’m likely speaking into the ether, as any followers have by now abandoned me. That’s fine, nearly two years is a long time to wait for a post. The hiatus was unintentional however, and I do intent to resume posting semi-regularly. For those interested, and perhaps in the spirit of cathartic over-sharing, the past year or so has been rather difficult. You may recall this blog started years ago as a project to help distract me from anxiety and eating problems, and its revival appears to mirror its roots. Since I last posted: I enrolled on my dream MA course at the London College of Fashion; moved to London; worked part-time in my dream store whilst studying full-time; battled health-issues whilst trying to remain sane- having neither the time, money nor inclination to socialise; relapsed into long-abandoned mental health problems; had to turn down a dream internship due to said problems; and nearly gave up the course. Add to that a dose of lost-friendships, various medications, heartbreak, and shattered self-confidence, and the desire, time, and motivation to blog was all but lost. Apologies if this is reading like a self-indulgent, woe is me soliloquy; I do realise I speak from a position of privilege, and importantly just how lucky I am to have support from amazing people. But it’s scary how easily I slipped into a reclusive shell of my former self. Look after your health people!

Fortunately I am stubborn, and didn’t give up. After the year from hell, I’m proud to say I gained a distinction in my Masters, having written my dissertation on Victorian chatelaines and their use as a technology of surveillance/discipline à la Foucault (humble-brag, I know, I know). The contrast between my under- and post-grad experience was huge, and I had to pinch myself sometimes whilst writing essays on Fortuny, Victorian Pockets, Egyptian Revivalism etc, applying Social and Cultural Theory to fashion (or ‘costume’, ‘dress’, ‘adornment’- where you make the distinction is down to you); or when handling pieces of fashion history, such as a Worth gown worn by Mary Curzon, or the shoes of the recently-widowed Queen Alexandra. Unfortunately, my issues meant that I didn’t really get to immerse myself in all that LCF and London had to offer. Ironically, whilst studying fashion, I was probably at my least inspired and experimental, pretty much just wanting to disappear into the crowd. I have been quite active on Instagram, sharing some of my experiences, and a lot of jewellery, but to be honest I’m sick of social media and over the past two years I pretty much lost my spark. Well, fuck that. You have to hit rock bottom to rise again, and I’m excited to resume sharing some looks and inspirations. So, wall of text over; the next post will be picture heavy, full of some spectacular jewels. 

Follow me on Instagram if you want more regular updates, predominantly featuring jewellery, antique prints and illustrations, and whatever else catches my eye. Oh and my cat. And hardly any selfies, promise. 



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Montauroux


Few snaps from my recent trip to the south of France, where I stayed in the picturesque village of Montauroux. Christian Dior had strong links to the area, giving his name to a small chapel in the village and being buried in the nearby village of Callian. A little further afield, the town of Grasse is worth a visit; for its tiny winding ancient streets, trio of Rubens within the cathedral, and a lovely costume and jewellery museum (which unfortunately bans photography). 



^ Topshop tunic, New Look shoes (I wore them all summer; perfect heel height and comfy) and vintage tapestry bag







^ ASOS skirt with Topshop top and antique celluloid cameo necklace





^ Vintage sheer skirt over Topshop skirt and top, copper Ted Baker tote, all antique jewellery




^ Zara dress with 1920's celluloid necklace


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Entrenched


Trying to sort through my backlog of photos I never got round to posting... Hence the boots and coat in August (although, that isn't so strange in England). I bought the trench a couple of years ago and it's been my go to coat for the transitional months of spring and autumn ever since. The top I wasn't so sure about, the cut and layered nature isn't something I'd usually go for but I loved the print and colours. The bottom vest is longer at the back, perfect for covering the bum when wearing with leggings/treggings/jeggings (essential when your bum is as generous as mine)... so it all adds up to pretty comfy, casual look for me.









Trench - Laura Ashley, Top - Zara, Trousers - Benetton, Boots - ASOS, Bag - Ted Baker 




Thursday, 23 April 2015

Swedish Specs


Recently acquired some new spectacles, after years of wearing contacts. It's fun to look intelligent again, although reading in the bath is an annoyingly steamy affair. Super simple outfit here, and probably my last outing with a warm coat for the next few months. The pendant necklace is Swedish apparently, though I've tried to research the emblem and have come up short. Maybe someone recognises it?   




Vintage Astrakhan jacket, H&M blouse. antique bag, Kurt Geiger loafers, ? scarf, vintage jewellery.



Thursday, 2 April 2015

Matching Mustard


I guess there's no hiding the fact that these pictures are rather old... what can I say, I've been a busy girl! Anyway, I've always loved mustard with dark hair and red lips. This blouse was picked up in a charity shop. It's so big and drapey I like to tie it and play around with volume, here exposing the vest beneath. Paired with my absolute favourite coat, a 1920's Astrakhan with blonde mink collar, and mustard gloves my friend bought me for Christmas.




Coat- vintage, shoes- Zara, vest- Religion, blouse- vintage, trousers- ASOS, bag- vintage, most jewellery- vintage




Love the label; apparently Brown Muff & Co was bought by House of Fraser in 1977, having begun business in 1814.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Buttoned Blues

I bought this skirt last winter wanting to try a new silhouette. I loved the slight Chinoiserie of the cobalt/gold fabric but was unsure about the deep ruffled hem/drop-waist. The ruffle is of varying depths, being deeper and more flamboyant at the front, giving you two ways to wear the skirt. I think I prefer the bigger ruffle at the back, giving a bustle effect and leaving a daintier frill to the front.

Here I styled the skirt with an antique blue velvet bodice for a party look last Christmas (not Christmas last week, but Christmas a year and a week ago...I've been busy, oops. I was obviously going through a bit of a blue velvet phase at the time). Not sure on it's exact age, but it has lovely brass buttons all the way down the back and I love seeing the construction of garments like this from the inside. 








Antique bodice, skirt (ASOS), shoes (French Connection), vintage jewellery. 





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And I wore the skirt in a more casual context for a birthday meal; breaking up the black with a 1920's cream celluloid necklace. Still not 100% sold on the skirt. The perfectionist in me wishes it were higher waisted and a better fit, but it's nice to try something new every so often. 




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