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OOTD: Fancy Friday Castle Adventures

Howdy ladies, gents, one and all!

So today I’m back in Warwickshire, specifically Warwick and so that gave me some time to wander around, um I mean productively spend at Warwick Castle

This attraction is usually busy and people seem to prefer it to say where I was last week at Kenilworth Castle, perhaps partially because it’s still standing, gives good protection from the weather and they always have events/shows. That said though I find the place interesting – or moreso the grounds interesting – it’s a bit dead to me. Weird? It sounds inversely proportional but I tend to find buildings that have tons of people passing through (as opposed to living in them – then you get sick building syndrome) the less ‘soul’ it has. I prefer Kenilworth even though it’s ruins, I like the exhibition space there and the books available to read (a handful but still interesting). It’s like how I found Sacré-Cœur to have more soul/presence/ambiance to the big, cold, empty Notre-Dame even with its ‘prestigious’ coffins.

On a sidenote – I tried to view the ‘Princess tower’ only to be barred since I’m an adult with no kid companions – ha adults are supposed to be allowed in there to look, it’s not like I wanted to see the kids show, I just wanted to see what they’d done with the place. Humph at the woman on guard with her fancy dress costume and cute Western Euro-doll looking braids!

Anyway – today I’m bright Red and Blue, a more stunning colour combination (though I’m actually wearing Beige and Blue). The last time I posted pics in this combo was HERE and this was one of the pics.

Red 50s Halter Top Blue Sequin Indian Sari Lehenga Lengha Skirt
The blouse actually has Silver pinstripe but it didn’t come out in the pics and I love with wide leg Oatmeal/Beige trousers (found them in mum’s clothes) – great retro style with a nice sash belt. Added my bright Blue coat with it’s retro cut and felt fabric, and voila, what I consider fancy/smart enough for today’s theme though the shirt and trousers really did look better in real life. The pictures really came out crappy.

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Peacock standing on hedge
A real gorgeous-ness here, though it looked kinda weirded out when I stood somewhat close to talk and take a pic. Can’t blame it, since it has to put up with people everyday and even though I didn’t invade its space I may have been a bit closer than most since I’m not scared of featheries and am used to mean birds and angry birds that look exceptionally beautiful, gorgeous, cute, pretty, just out of the salon etc… That’s not to say it was mean or angry lol – just capable since peacocks (parrots, geese, swans etc) are known for being able to defend themselves – good. Anyway I used my zoom, and of course NO FLASH for taking pics of animals up close. They have their right to good health for their eyes regardless of human curiosity and the need to take thousands of pics when visiting places, most of which usually end up in storage and never looked at again.

Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday

Shaaz at MizShaazStyle

Black Dress Skirt White Shirt Ruffle Frill Blouse Polka Dot Spot Shoes Wedges

Looking super fabulous in her day-to-night outfit, in classic Black and White, feminine designs and awesome shoes! I love wedges and those are real statement pair!

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Custo Barcelona top chevron pattern skirt hippy retro

Taking mixed prints and patterns to another level whilst keeping the colours in harmony really makes this outfit fun and eye popping in a delightful way!

Camila at TheGeekChickBlog

Black lace shrug bolero White Vest Sun Top Cami Ripped Jeans Denim Heels

Camila went for the ‘perfect outfit’ mixing favourite pieces and styles creating a great blend of cool and feminine with the ripped jeans and lace! (Love those stools!)

Vanessa at NessBow

Tie-dye Hippy Print Pattern Wide Sleeve Bell Top Pants Boho

Vanessa also mixing prints with harmonious colours in a very bohemian look – fun and fancy in a comfortable way! Love the layered tops!

I will update this post with link/pics of other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday 🙂

Viva la Vendredi!

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OOTD Continued: Dress Up Friday, all Bloggers welcome!

Viva La Vendredi!

Here was my outfit of the day:

Silver and Red - metallics today. Bright and Bold.

Silver and Red – metallics today. Bright and Bold.

This space is reserved for the other bloggers I see dressing up today rather than the conventional casual/dress down Friday – the norm of the traditional working week usually teamed with ‘letting your hair down’ by dressing up in the evening for relaxing/fun activities. Hey at least this way you’re already ready 🙂

Vanessa – Nessbow

Looking adorable in her flapper outfit! Oh so chic in an authentic vintage dress no less with the pillbox hat, gloves and shoes to match!

Looking adorable in her flapper outfit! Oh so chic in an authentic vintage dress no less with the pillbox hat to match!

Motown – This is Motown

One sassy lass! She looks too cool for school, strutting it strong and proud!

One sassy lass! She looks ‘too cool for school’ strutting strong and proud!

Maricel – My Closet Catalogue

Maricel MCC 31 Jan 2014

Completely elegant and stylish in plaid and crochet knit which she then totally dressed up with a biker jacket and boots – can you say uber cool? She’s got it.

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Retrospective Outfit Of the Day Semi Victorian

Hello world 🙂

These pics were taken over the Friday 13th weekend last month, I went to stay over at a friends so the last ones were taken by her. I went for a Victorian style/look but only one piece is actually Victorian/vintage reproduction (the coat). The subtle pinstripe ‘skirt’ is actually an A-Line button up, pinafore dress of my mum’s from the 80’s, over a Black lace top for layering of a type that can be bought almost anywhere. The White corset style top is from Chicstar (I wore the Black one here) and the ‘belt’ is just an old ribbon (I find ribbons cheaper, less space and more functional than belts). The coat was from Preloved.co.uk a great site that’s been around for a long time where you can buy/sell and swap items. I really love full length coats so this was a great find, the fabric is like a faux suede, the collar sits on top of the capelet, it laces up at the back and billows nicely 🙂

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

Victorian Pinafore Dress Corset Lace Up Top Ribbon Capelet Cape Coat Vintage Reproduction

and then sleepy before bed *(-_-)*

Fri13th-8

Here’s the shop photo for the corset style top (I say ‘style’ because it’s one of those tops meant to look like one but isn’t one, it’s not constricting).

Gothic Lolita Ruffle Corset Top

Gothic Lolita Ruffle Corset Top – comes in White and Black.
Standard Size $29.95
Plus Size $33.95

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Fashion Friday – Avant Garde or just Wacky, depends.

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.

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde Vintage Faux Fur Oversize Glamorous Coat

Silver Sparkly Bolero Black Corset Ruffle Sweetheart Strapless Top Orange Teracotta Sequin Palazzo Pants Trousers Hair Plaits Avant Garde Vintage Faux Fur Oversize Glamorous Coat

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 🙂

JOY Winter Fashion Competition Giveaway

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:

Novelty_lipstick_markers pens highlighters

and

Bullshit_Board_Game

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!

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Yesterday’s OOTD – National Cuddle Up Day Outfit

In honour of yesterday being National Cuddle Up Day in the UK I decided to wear my big snugly cardigan over the Blue vintage inspired halter also posted HERE and a matching skirt. The cardigan was from a discount boutique (type of store that sells at almost trade cost/wholesale to the public) and I bought the skirt from a sale 13 years ago at an old highstreet store called Atlantic Apparel I think or something similar.

Beige Oatmeal Chunky Knit Cardigan Blue Rockabilly Halter Top Maxi Skirt

Beige Oatmeal Chunky Knit Cardigan Blue Rockabilly Halter Top Maxi Skirt

Beige Oatmeal Chunky Knit Cardigan Blue Rockabilly Halter Top Maxi Skirt

Beige Oatmeal Chunky Knit Cardigan Blue Rockabilly Halter Top Maxi Skirt

Beige Oatmeal Chunky Knit Cardigan Blue Rockabilly Halter Top Maxi Skirt

The weather is driving many to distraction so even without someone/thing to give/get a cuddle a blanket and if possible a hot beverage is nice 🙂

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Spotty Dotty Day and The Book Exchange

Salut!

This outfit and outing was actually for Sunday and you can see it was a Black & White polka day. The top is a retro one which I borrowed from mama, the wide belt is a market buy (wide belts in classic colours are such an essential 😉 ) and the vintage inspired pencil skirt is from chicstar.com. I wore it backwards as I liked the buttons as a front feature. I also had my Chinese ‘panda’ jacket; Black cheongsom outer fabric padded for warmth and with White faux fur trim down the front, hem and cuffs – I love it so but didn’t get a pic of it and then my gloves almost went walkabout lol.

I went to a local book exchange store which is basically a place where you can take books that you don’t need/want anymore and swap them for other books. I admire book exchanges because not only do they give books another chance, they are cost effective and in addition to popular books they also tend to stock titles that I don’t usually see in libraries – really interesting and sometimes obscure titles in a variety of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. The swapping systems such shops utilise vary per store but generally depends on the condition of your books, whether they’re hardback or paperback and sometimes publishing date or retail price. Some stores use colour coding, points or token/credits that you collect by donating your books and can then spend. They’re another great avenue for books in usable condition, such as libraries and charity/second hand stores other than selling, recycling or dumping.

Black White Polka Dot Spot Vintage Retro Inspired Top Pinup Pencil Skirt Wide Belt

On this occasion I topped up on Craig Shaw Gardner and Ngaio Marsh, got a couple of the Abarat titles from Clive Barker that I hadn’t got round to, a quaint book on Victorian household tips, another on natural health and a couple of young adult distopian titles. I was tempted by the classic literature and the ‘Age of Innocence’ by Edith Wharton caught my eye but I decided against it.

Black White Polka Dot Spot Vintage Retro Inspired Top Pinup Pencil Skirt Wide Belt

I love being amongst books though I know some people think books or reading as a hobby is a waste of time and prefer people watching or experiencing things for themselves. I believe that books are records; housing the thoughts, feelings and observations of masses hence there are tons of information, experiences and personality in them. Reading can be a personal or shared experience and for each reader the mental picture can be different as well as trying to see what the author was saying from their perspective. Experiencing for oneself obviously has advantages but we can’t experience everything and would you want to? Learning from others is helpful as well (though as with everything discernment is needed), for inspiration, guidance, instruction or even prevention. It’s almost the same as going to youtube and looking up tutorials or videos on any topic – it’s just a different sensory form of information and arguably a more creative one for the recipient because you have to think and visualize the whole way through, there’s no ‘shutting off’ to a beta brainwave unless you find the content boring or tedious of course ;-). I personally like them just as much as non-tree e-books which are more practical and convenient (respect to websites for self published works and internet libraries) but have less character and perhaps aesthetic charm imo. Old books are a particular joy which is partially why I like book exchanges akin to enjoying thift shops for clothes or charity/second hand stores for both (and more!) 🙂

Black White Polka Dot Spot Vintage Retro Inspired Top Pinup Pencil Skirt Wide Belt

The background on this one was a bit too busy so I removed it and asked mum to make abstract one for me (she usually has the ideas and I make them but she’s had a hands on approach in some of them) and she decided to go conceptual instead as she does with her own pics. She is very much a conceptual artist which is why most of her pics have interesting looking and meaningful backgrounds. Even with hand drawn art she’s the same; my style is fantasy/sci-fi when hand drawn but having realism in the detail. That was the way I was re-taught in school and after I learned that I could never change it without looking at my attempts and thinking they didn’t look right, however if someone else did something similar I could appreciate it. I was told that if I made conceptual art purely from imagination or not realistic looking I’d be marked down (alot – and the obvious hypocrisy there being the history of many revered artists) so I stuck to fantasy art but by drawing ‘from life’ e.g. using physical objects to draw and placing them in a fantasy theme. Whereas I’d need a person or photos of physical features to draw someone and would automatically do so with detail, she’d draw from her mind and could use flowing lines and geometry and it’d still look great. I find digital art more laborious but less restrictive and easier to remedy!

Lalita Kali Goddess End Time Nibiru Water

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OOTD: Blue Day and the Importance of Hand Washing Clothes

I don’t often wear dark Blue but I thought I’d wear it today to take some pics for the customer photo competition at Chicstar.com. Since Navy is a smart colour I do have a pair of trousers, a top and dress that I keep just in case but as I was hunting for said trousers (nice soft, stretchy, ribbed fabric) I realized they were in the wash, humph. So I had to pull out a pair of jeans – now I rarely wear jean trousers, I’ve worn them approx 6 times in the last 15 years. It’s not because I don’t like them, on the contrary I love the myriad of styles and embellishments that can be found nowadays but finding a pair that fit comfortably is too much of a mission for me. I’m quite sensitive so I don’t like anything that irritates my body (like sunglasses or rings) or that constantly need tugging/pulling e.g. jeans that are way too tight or loose in places and I find petite jeans have the same problems as normal length ones. Hence the only pairs that I have are the pair I’m wearing in the pics and a pair of stretch skinnies my mum bought in the late 70’s/early 80’s. I’ve bought and tried other pairs and even resorted to making my own pair of casual chic wide leg drawstring ones which were perfect but were comandeered by a small feathery person of disrepute who used them for bedding and made holes in them, I am not into holey/torn jeans. So basically today’s outfit came down to this pair of ill-fitted jeans which I hold on to for the sake of it or an old school uniform which I’ve been wearing as home clothes for ages… Yeah I didn’t think so either hence the jeans won by default. It’s strange because I used to wear jeans all the time when I was 14/15 (granted they were hand-me-downs so of a better make from previous generations) as well as a pair I actually bought which had gorgeous sari fabric on the legs but after that I simply couldn’t find a pair that fit.

In regards to washing clothes the aformentioned pair of Navy trousers reminded me that I’ve been putting off doing the washing because of the cold. My fingers and toes are fairly numb or sore these days and I just can’t bring myself to do the part of the washing that consists of non-essentials. We haven’t had our washing machine this year which lasted us 8 years previously (RIP and thank you for your service) but the 8 years before that we didn’t have one either so I’d gotten used to hand washing everything. But this year I’ve been less efficient… Plus the state of my hands looking so much older than I am is annoying me. Though that said I do prefer hand washing as it keeps fabrics in better condition for much longer e.g all the clothes I bought for myself when I was 14/15 (no longer needed school uniform and in the days when educational grants for living expenses weren’t such an endangered species) lasted a decade in good condition before being transferred to the ‘home/bed clothes’ classification. Also common fabrics today just don’t live well with machine washing regardless of things like ‘colour fast technology’ and ‘no need to iron’ claims or despite the delicates cycle on many washing machines. Have you ever tested the difference between GM cotton and organic cotton in a machine or any kind of underwear heaven forbid any pretty underwear you actually cherish? GM cotton looks rough and no where near new after one wash and underwear looks old and Grey very quickly as well as less stretchy – both of which make ironing and bleaching necessary to keep them looking good for longer yet increasing the risk of wear and tear. It makes sense that vintage clothing which was either unworn or lightly worn lasted much longer than modern clothing; It was mainly the middle classes and above that had washing machines or access to one (let alone dryers) pre-70’s and generally only socially mobile people (working their way up) had access in the 70’s, so hand washing in addition to better construction led to longevity in decent condition. Even my home clothing looks and feels better than a lot of modern clothing I’ve seen from people I know which ends up as fast fashion, whether it was bought with that intention or not. I’m not saying that hand washing is for everyone but if you want/need your clothes to last as long as possible before upcycling, recycling or using as cleaning rags then hand washing (with kind soaps) and drip drying (if possible) can really help; imo most new clothes just can’t last long with the rigorous nature of the washing machine/dryer. HOWEVER if I can’t pull myself up by the bootstraps and get it done I’ll have to take one of my favourite Discworld books and go to the laundrette whilst trying to convince myself it’s not a waste of money due to my laziness and that my clothes can spare one round in the machines since I’ve been good to them for so long.

Anyway onto the outfit 🙂 the rockabilly inspired sweetheart halterneck was bought from Chicstar, the jeans are old and so is my beloved sequin beanie 😀 I was wearing a chunky cardi as well but the copious amount of lurex (so 80’s lol) kept causing bright blurs in the photos so I removed it (and as you can see the photos were blurry anyway so they were worse with the shiny material).

Blue Rockabilly Sweetheart Halter Top Denim Jeans Beanie

Blue Rockabilly Sweetheart Halter Top Denim Jeans Beanie

Blue Rockabilly Sweetheart Halter Top Denim Jeans Beanie

Rockabilly Retro Vintage Inspired 50s swing

The price is $19.95 for both standard and plus sizes and remember the coupon WINNER works on everything in store including the auctions 🙂

Buona notte!