Remember my Dress Up Friday post (to twist the usual dress down/casual Friday theme) well this is today’s outfit/look and I think it’s pretty dressed up whilst being just out there enough without going all weird.
The top is from Chicstar and I have their White version too. I bought the palazzo pants/culottes on holiday in 2006 so they didn’t stretch my pound as the exchange rate was helpful; the sequin ‘belt’ is actually part of the trousers. I canny remember where I got the bolero from at all but it was probably eBay or some discount store and the little Bows holding the bolero and top together are actually accessories that go with an old pair of shoes which came with three pairs of bows, I use them on so many outfits. The bows are sitting on top of safety pins to make the attachment look cute (seriously where would I, and a bunch of other Asian women, be without safety pins of all sizes and bobby grips). The coat is mum’s (which she thrifted at the time), a lovely vintage super snugly number approx 40-50 years old though the design is inspired from a tad earlier. It’s an oversized design but that said it’s still two sizes too big for me lol and it shows so I tried to pose with it as best I could for the pics. It’s perfect for the weather though.
After applying my leftover clay masque in the morning I checked my emails and flicked through the newsletters, one has a very attractive competition/giveaway running but can only be entered via the links given to members so if you’re interested feel free to click the pic below and sign up for a chance to win :- ). The womens fashion prize bundle is from JOY, a webstore which has womens and menswear as well as novelty household items and quirky gifts. The contest is open to UK residents and ends on 31st Jan, I it says just in time for Xmas but the terms and conditions state it closes at the end of this month and hey, I know there’s lots of folk who could do with a post-Xmas pick me up 🙂
It reminded me that a friends bday is coming up and she loves bric a brac though unfortunately not of the vintage/secondhand type (definitely not a car booter or market lass) but there are a number of modern stores with up to date retro inspired (oxymoron intentional) or just bizarre gifts, some of them chic and some of them loaded with innuendo. JOY is one such store. Cute, tacky, fun, ridiculous – you decide. Looking for inspiration I came across these:
She’s a fan of romantic comedies (even the myriad of insincere, shallow ones; the few I watch tend to be more sentimental, slapdash capers like You Can’t Take It With You) and so the boardgame reminded me of that film with Goldie Hawn’s daughter making a bet that she could date and not dump a random person but that person happened to be doing the same bet with his group of pals… Yeah that in itself was enough to make me want to sleep through the movie she took me to with her complimentary tickets, promises of a good time and me having no other good excuse to get away. (At least it wasn’t as bad as the a former colleague who coaxed me into seeing House Bunny. Seriously, never again. The line is drawn and marked by the survivors of nuclear fallout – giant radioactive cockroaches.) She liked the sound of that game so this and the lippies should make her happy.
After that I thought I may as well look at the womenswear/accessories to see if there was anything I’d put on my imaginary wishlist and their jewellery section has some pieces that remind of me Accessorize (who has met a woman that went into that shop and didn’t like it?)
Thanks for stopping by and good luck if you enter the competition!