Monday, 28 June 2010

The Spoils

I can't get over how hot it is at the moment, I know it's summer but that doesn't always equal sun. I'm so happy to be having a real summer this year, all the barbeque's and Pimms and lying about in the sun. Watching the football and the tennis and visiting Brighton and eating frozen yogurt on the beach.  Aside from these activities I have been doing a good bit of thrifting lately. Here are some of my recent finds.
These brooches - I feel rather bad about the cream one because it was fine when I bought it and for who knows how many years before that -  but having been in my bag for a day it came out broken, oops! The other one is just so sweet. The charity shop (oxfam) had a few different ones, all made of old embroideries put into different sized  frames. Again I almost didn't buy it, but I'm so glad I did. I mean it's a bluebird. How could I not?

This bag -  I'm never sure I will use clutches, I prefer bags with straps to keep my hands free but I have a few more formal occasions to dress up for this summer so I think it would be a great bag for that.

These Books - I think I just liked the cover of the D.H Lawrence book and the bird print would look nice as a dress. Although I have been trying to read a bit more poetry. I collect these little observer's books. There are a lot of them. So far I have: birds eggs, birds, wild flowers, trees and shrubs, pond life (my favourite) and now astronomy.

These patterns -  I found these and also some great old photos in one of my favourite shops, Snooper's paradise in Brighton. The blouse has buttons up the back and the pink or black shift looked fairly average until I looked closer and saw the scalloped hem. I've wanted to give scalloped hems a go for a while and now I can. I would also like the first navy polka dot dress exactly as it is.

This chocolate  - a little gift from my sister. Elderflower and chocolate, actually a very tasty combination.

That's all for now. On a different topic, I can never seem to find any vintage shoes these days, does anyone else have this problem? Charity shops seem to have less and less stock that is pre-1980's generally but vintage shoes are getting especially tough to find. Also I just wanted to say a big thanks to Lisa for featuring me in her fab five post. I am so thrilled to be featured, especially alongside so many stylish bloggers. Thank you!


  1. The little birdy brooch is killing me! so adorable!!

  2. Those brooches are so, so cute!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  3. Those brooches are nice. I don't often wear brooches but they can be so classy.
    I agree with the vintage shoes problem. Or if you do find shoes they're falling apart.

    Christy of Dress Rehearsal

  4. I love the bird brooch, it's adorable!

  5. That clutch is really sweet, although I know what you mean--I have one and I always mean to use it but never know quite how. They seem awkward, always having to be in your hands, getting in the way.

  6. gorgeous finds :D
    love the blog!
    great posts
    stop by some time xx

  7. This post has made me happy happy. I think if you lived near me we would be such good friends!

    This is why:

    chocolate and elderflower chocolate!! YUM I have had them separately and am now imagining them together!

    Your books! FUN! I want such books. I just have the tree field guide. Birds and astronomy and flowers etcetera: need!

    Your idea of fun summer days: so jealous! Love that kind of chillaxin!

    You make me want to sew!!

    Yes I adore your blog. Adore. Adore. Adore. OH, and you read poetry! LOVE!

  8. The bird brooch is the best of the bunch, in my opinion :)

    Also lovely patterns. I really admire girls who can sew. I can't wait to see what you are able to whip up!

    B from A plus B

  9. LOVE the brooches!! Which Oxfam did you find them in? Heading to Brighton in a week so hopefully I'll unearth some equally amazing treasures!

  10. i've never seen a clutch crocheted like that! how exquisite.

  11. very nice thrifting finds! especially that clutch.. I have a thing for clutches!!

  12. Wedgwood Look-out Club! Thank you for offering—I'd love to see photos of Wedgwood on this blog. :) I really love the juxtaposition of white and blue or sea green. Sigh.

    Fro-yo! A relatively recent addition to to my food love lost (extensive) and I prefer the extremely tart version rather than sweet yoghurt.