Vintage 1950s Coat:Breanne Faouzi Vintage Check Skirt: Rokit Scarf, Gloves and Bag: & Other Stories Shoes: (Old) Topshop
On Monday, Jian Wei and I set out to explore the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, after reading about it on Earworm and Plum Pudding. I was also excited to be able to wear this perfect pink 1950s coat that I bought for a snip from Breanne Faouizi – an extremely pretty vintage shop on Etsy. It has been sitting in my wardrobe for a while, as it just felt too spring-like to be a sensible option for winter, until I paired it with the colour grey and it instantly became more wearable.
The scarf and gloves were a half-price sale find from & Other Stories, so good I also bought them in pale pink, and the leather bag was also impossible to leave behind. I hadn’t been planning on buying a bag but the boxy shape and simple clasp on this one left me feeling confident of its timelessness. The check full skirt was found in the Covent Garden branch of Rokit and is a surprisingly versatile piece.
The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a truly hidden gem in the oft-maligned borough of Lewisham. Featuring the ideal combination of a natural history museum, botanical gardens and an unrivalled view of London, it is the perfect place to spend a day without having to battle with the crowds of the museums of Central London. I can’t wait to return in the spring to witness the gardens blossoming into life and to explore the museum’s eclectic collections further. As you can see, I went slightly overboard with the photographs in this post but there were just too many simultaneously enchanting and macabre spectacles to share.
The first half of our week in Venice involved sightseeing in between downpours of rain. However, as the city is ethereal come rain or shine, it was a delight to explore the labyrinth of alleys and waterways, taking hundreds of pictures along the way.
We also discovered that it is wholly possible to escape the swarms of tourists and immerse oneself completely in quotidian Venetian life, by simply avoiding the area surrounding St. Mark’s Square and The Bridge of Sighs, and wandering away from the grand canal and into the warren of crumbling passages. Certain parts of Venice, such as the former Jewish ghetto, felt relatively deserted in comparison and offered the space and tranquillity to truly appreciate the architecture in all its splendid dilapidation.
This floating greengrocer offered a tempting array of fruit and vegetables and proved to be as much of a draw with the tourists as the locals. We also chanced upon a miniature supermarket crammed into a tiny premises on the Via Garibaldi, so tiny that we had to walk sideways down the aisles, and were able to stock up on fresh coffee, tortellini and mozzarella. In renting a flat for the week, we were able to self-cater and thus avoid an overly touristy and inauthentic dining experience every evening. Instead, an Aperol Spritz and cicetti at lunch time quickly became our daily ritual whilst out sight-seeing.
Examples of ethereal dilapidation and decay are to be found everywhere in Venice.
We encountered so many vintage signs in both Venice and Treviso, many dating as far back as the 1930s.
I am sure I am not the only one who wished we had washing lines like these in London. They look so pretty and colourful in addition to being practical.
I have long been a fan of Lauren’s artfully-curated vintage shop, Dear Golden, and so I was delighted to see an entire post on Apartment Therapy dedicated to her lovely Michigan home.
It is difficult not to fall in love with the perfect blend of trailing house plants, Kilim textiles, Midcentury furniture and studio pottery.
The generous helping of natural sunlight only enhances the gleaming real wooden floors and verdant plant life.
Many of Lauren’s possessions have been procured from charity shops and antique shops, yet the entire house feels consistently put-together.
The overall feel is simultaneously crisp and cosy, inviting and stylish. The neutral colours used to paint the rooms are complimented by textured elements, such as thick woven rugs, macrame from the 1970s and smooth ceramic glaze.
This home tour has provided me with lots of inspiration to apply to my own rented London flat and I am very tempted to start scouring eBay for Kilim cushion covers and to join a ceramics class. The wooden floors and glorious natural light may be somewhat harder to come by…
View the full house tour on Apartment Therapy and take a look at Dear Golden Vintage – it’s heavenly.
Better late than never, here are some pictures from the first part of our September holiday to Treviso and Venice. Jian Wei and I flew to the lesser-known town of Treviso and spent the night in the spare room of an intellectual couple with impeccable taste in home decoration. We slept next to floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, crammed with tomes of philosophy, and breakfasted in a charming morning room alongside giant succulents and Allen Ginsberg posters.
After filling up on an Italian breakfast of coffee, pastries and apricot juice, we set out to explore the pretty town before taking the train to Venice. Treviso is a true cycling city and Jian Wei was ecstatic to pay a visit to the Pinarello shop followed by a lazy Aperol spritz and cicetti at a local bar. It was lovely to be able to admire the trailing window boxes, vintage shop signs and cobbled streets at a relaxed pace while barely encountering another tourist.
I could not believe my eyes when I saw how little height there was between the railway lines and the platform, so imagine my horror when I saw a police officer step down and casually saunter across the tracks of the busy station!
This year I was determined to adorn our little flat in vintage Christmas decorations. Several frenzied and, on occasion ill-judged, eBay auctions later: I have accumulated more hand-painted midcentury baubles than I can shake… a candy cane at. The brass reindeer were similarly obsessed over until eBay delivered once again and the glass tree topper was a lucky £2 charity shop find. My sister very kindly brought the ivy up to London when she recently came to stay from Norfolk.
I think this curious little cat bauble may just be my favourite. Look at his funny pointed ears and serious expression!
Delpozo‘s SS14 collection is is the second breathtaking offering from creative director Josep Font since the Spanish brand, formerly known for its bridal wear, was relaunched just over a year ago.
It goes without saying that the strength of the collection lies in its exquisite embellishment: airy crinolines glitter with flakes of glassy sequin and diaphanous dresses are encrusted with shards of Perspex. The colours are heavenly. Glacial, metallic tones are cut through with kaleidoscopic floral embroidery and iridescent shoes reminiscent of Quality Street wrappers. The voluminous skirts and sweetheart necklines maintain an essence of fifties elegance but the execution feels thoroughly cool and contemporary.
Every look in this collection is utterly enchanting and I eagerly anticipate more from Delpozo.
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