Sunday, 11 September 2011

A second spring

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COS jumper // Topshop Boutique jeans // Thrifted silk shirt, loafers and bag // vintage leather belt found down back of wardrobe in my new house

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I wore this outfit, featuring my gorgeous new COS jumper - a birthday gift from Jian Wei - to Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair in Bethnal Green on Saturday. The fair was enormous and set in a really interesting old bath house with masses of stalls and a vintage tea party. I saw lots of lovely things however, as my vintage tastes are turning ever more towards the pre-1960s, I naturally gravitated towards everything that was simply not affordable. My sister Cassie fared much better: despite possessing a slightly apathetic approach to vintage clothing she returned home with forty pounds' worth of leather satchel and Levi's cut-offs. The peanut butter cupcakes are also worth a mention of their own.

The belt pictured is something I've been meaning to share for a while. A real leather waist belt is something I've been meaning to acquire for a while so I was absolutely over the moon when I discovered this ancient one whilst Jian Wei and I were moving the 1930s/40s wardrobes in our new bedroom. As our current home has been in my family for over three generations it gives me great pleasure to think it must have belonged to one of my family members and, as it goes with everything, I have been wearing it non-stop since discovering it. It even has a brass buckle!

We've been trying so hard to get our bedroom decorated and it's been a mammoth task as the walls were completely covered in cork tiles and magenta paint in the seventies. As the tiles were peeled off they either took chunks of plaster off the wall with them or exposed lumps of fossilised brown glue which we've had to use a stain block to conceal along with up to three coats of white emulsion. Still, after poly-fillering like mad and sanding 'til our fingers bled (almost), we are almost at a stage of having a completely prepared room for the final and most important stage - painting the perfect shade of pistachio green.

All photos by Jian Wei.

15 comments:

  1. lovely belt! and what a neat find. I also love that jumper, its a perfect, simple outfit. That vintage fair sounds pretty amazing, and I know what you mean about being drawn to all the most expensive things! but it's always fun to look anyway.

    Good luck paintings, that's always the most exciting part.

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  2. The vintage fair sounds lovely, AND peanut butter cupcakes! :) Your house sounds amazing, with so much history. I wonder if you'll find an old diary or a note behind the bed.

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  3. Beautiful outfit, this is how I hope to be dressing this autumn :) lovely that you found that belt, what a gem!

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  4. The second photo is really sweet! Cute kitty photo too :)
    xxxx

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  5. i love this lady. These photos look so natural and thats a wonderful story about the belt
    x

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  7. Oh I am SO jealous of your decorating! It was the compromise I had to make for this flat in town to the less 'city chic' places in Chorlton - still it has many benefits. And pistachio green is a fantastic colour!

    I adore that jumper too - it is a lovely colour on you. X

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  8. your hair is so amazing. i am very envious!

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  9. Your top is gorgeous! <3 I love your collar popping out from your jersey! wonderful!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  10. OMG !! How could I live without your style inspiring me ? So happy I found you ^^

    All the outfit is terrific and your entire blog is dreamy

    See U !

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  11. Oh you look so dreamy! O_O Everything about your outfit is perfect :)

    Oh my how i hate polyfiller! I sadly understand where you're coming from on the decorating front >_< please do post pictures of when you're done though! From just knowing you through your blog you can tell your house is going to look magical O_O!

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  12. I love this outfit, but, mostly, I love the collar of your blouse and the jumper you are wearing - they're fantastic!

    You look beautiful.

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  13. Everything about this outfit is flawless. I love the way you perfectly matched brown and black, and I love the collar peaking out of your sweater. I've just discovered your blog and I love it!

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  14. you look like a sixties dream but very subtly so, love it! the headband makes this look :)

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