Sunday, 27 March 2011

Around the neighbourhood

Dress - Jumble sale
Belt - Jumble sale
Bag - Jumble sale
Cardigan - Deptford market
Woven oxfords - Topshop sale two years ago

Listening to - Radiohead ~ Bloom ~

I've had a lovely relaxed weekend here in London. I spent Saturday with friends drinking quite a lot of Pimms and watching the Oxford Cambridge boat race. I had planned for a picnic but the weather had other ideas. Still the atmosphere was great and it was fun despite the chill. Today was a beautiful day, so I decided I should explore the neibourhood a bit more. Also it was great going out minus a coat for the first time, although this cable cardigan is so big it basically is one. I can't believe we've lived here for two months now - it's gone so fast and there are still a lot of areas around here that I haven't seen. So I thought I'd have a little wander. I also wanted to find a good outfit photo taking location. All I've come up with so far is the above brick wall, but I did find some other more interesting places which will hopefully be useful in the future. The car in the photos is my dream car, a Nissan Figaro, although I prefer the mint green version. One day...   I hope everyone else had a great weekend too.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The first flowers of Spring

Leather jacket - TKmaxx a couple of years ago
Cardigan- Charity shop
Top - jumble sale
Shoes - charity shop
Skirt - Uni qlo
Scarf - jumble sale
Bag - jumble sale

 ~ Listening to ~ Stereophonics - Pick a part that's new

This weekend it really started to feel like Spring, or at least according to the flowers I saw in Richmond park on Saturday. I haven't been in a couple of years, even though I live pretty close. It's so nice to feel like your out in nature whilst still in London. On Sunday I visited the V&A (Victoria & Albert museum) , which, unlike Richmond Park, I visit all the time. I was disappointed to see the Fashion section is closed until Spring 2012, even though I have seen their permanent collection dozens of time before. The great thing about the V&A is it's so vast, there are still many collections I haven't seen before. I particularly enjoyed the theatre and film section on this trip. Vintage theatre posters are so inspiring, I wish I could take some home and put them on my wall! It's crazy to think what's on display is only a small portion of what the museum holds. Does anyone else have a favourite museum?

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Brideshead revisited

I found the top photo on Saturday whilst visiting one of my favourite shops, snooper's paradise (an apt name) in Brighton. The moment I pulled it out of the pile of old photos I thought of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead revisited. (Which I fully recommend if you haven't read it.) The vintage car, the summery clothes. The trio of figures...Charles Ryder, Julia Flyte and Sebastion Flyte out for a drive perhaps? It inspired me to look up some shots of the two adaptations, from 1981 and 2008. In terms of fashion inspiration, I think the 2008 version is far more interesting (that white dress with the swallows!) But otherwise I prefer the 1981 version, since it stays closer to the story.  Does anyone else have a favourite? Usually I would expect myself to be drawn to all of Julia's floaty, drapey, beautiful 1920s/1930s outfits. However I'm actually far more inspired by the boater hats, cricket jumpers, pullovers and crisp summer trousers. I think it's Spring being just around the corner. The final photo here shows Hugh Lygon, thought to be the inspiration behind Sebastian Flyte.