Blouse: flea market, trousers: Noa Noa, shoes: Converse.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
I find it ridiculously difficult to get dressed in warm weather.
1) It is hot, so I can't really do layers as much as I would want to.
2) I am pale and bony, and don't want to expose myself too much, plus I need to protect myself from the evil beams.
3) Colours seem so different in sunlight (and on pale, sun-exposed skin) that I get confused.
Ugh. This outfit is totally not me. Well, I was comfortable. On their own, I like each piece I am wearing. The Paul & Joe- trousers are probably the best pair of pants I own (check out the embroidery below), and the blue tunic is very airy and light. But together... umm... I just don't feel like I look the way I feel. Which would be fine, but then I got a text about potential free beer in town, and didn't even pursue any because I was uncomfortable being (and looking) comfortable. Does this make any sense?? And yes, you are not seeing things, I have sunburn all over my chest. Oh summer, how I love thee!
P.S. I really need a holiday. Two more days at work and then I am out!
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
I didn't actually end up wearing them with this outfit, but I thought they looked superb nevertheless. In the end I went for comfort and wore my gray Converse. Oh, needless to say, we didn't find the right shoes for Suvi's dress. Instead she got the coolest blue pumps ever, with wide silver stripes.
Friday, 23 May 2008
What to do when one finds a perfect print, but the garment in question is about four sizes too big? I came across this problem a while ago when I found a great blouse at the flea market. At first I thought that I could take it in, but it would have been too much of a time-consuming (and brain-wrecking) project. What is a girl to do? Well, one certainly will not wear the blouse - as a blouse.
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Saturday, 17 May 2008
The poofy blue cardigan (4 e) is from UFF's weird Tirol-collection. I don't know where on earth they get this stuff from! The Sound of Music producers, perhaps? The skirt (2 e) is a bit long, and I was originally thinking of hemming it, but I don't know, now that I see it in the picture I kind of like the lenght with this much volume. What do you think?
This coat was a true find. Does anything get more Hitchcock heroine than this? I love the shape, as well as the fabric. If my fingers know their stuff (as they should), it is silk cashmere. I can't believe no one else snapped it before me. I got it for 2 euros! 2!
I haven't bought belts in a while. These three were 1 euro each. The clutch below is actually from Fida, from a week ago. I paid 1,50 for it.
Isto, in case you are reading this, if you still have an extra camera stand, I would be more than interested to buy one off you so I could maybe get rid of the blurriness in my photos!
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
If you ask someone why they buy second hand clothing, the most typical answer covers these three points: 1) "I want to combat consumerism and protect the environment", 2) "I don't want to spend much money on clothes" and 3) "I want to wear individualistic pieces that support my own style and make me stand out from the crowd". It is this third element that got me thinking. Why are so many second-hand-wearers starting to look the same to me? Everyone of us at UFF yesterday had our own individual style, but we all looked like we were a part of a bigger whole.
Take one look at hel-looks, and despite the myriad range of styles, there are a couple of common threads that connect many people whose pictures are portrayed there. There is "the young & intellectual wears vintage"- look, and "the hippy wears second hand", for example. I don't even know what I am getting at, really. I just think there is something weird about how these individualism-driven second hand people end up looking alike.
Whatever it is, Hel-looks sure doesn't portray the "I am poor and I have to wear clothes that someone else wore first"-people.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
These are my mom's favourite flowers. Since it is Mother's day, I went over to my mom's and hung out with her and the rest of the family for most of the day. This is what I wore:
It was very warm and sunny so I just had to wear flowers. The cardigan is from UFF, the blouse is my grandmother's old, the skirt is from H&M and the tulle from UFF. Beaded slippers are from Ravel, I bought them in London years ago. Here is a print detail from the skirt:
These handkerchieves are from Fida. I wonder when it became okay to blow one's nose on ugly paper tissues rather than something pretty? The fan is from a flea market.
Friday, 9 May 2008
I found a couple of really wonderful pieces of clothing at Fida today. First, this pink skirt. It is self-made, and it is clearly made of curtains. The skirt is see-through, but a little petticoat will work wonders.
For some reason this skirt looks almost orange in this picture, but it is actually bright pink. It has a bit of a tulip shape to it.
This dress is so me! I am going to shorten it though, I think knee-length would be ideal.
And finally: hmm, is it just another white vintage blouse..?
...certainly not! The label says YSL Rive Gauche!
Along with the above, I got a small off-white leather purse, another bow-tie (black, this time) and a handful of old-fashioned handkerchieves. All in total: 27 euros!
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
I replied: "No, I wear this type of stuff every day." He looked completely puzzled, trying to figure out why I looked like a 12-year-old boy wearing his own birthday cake, but he still asked me if I was going to take the same train the next day and if he could meet me on the train. I politely declined.
Monday, 5 May 2008
Guess who this is? Well yes, it is Emma Thompson - - - as Lady Marchmain..!
"What what what?"-I hear you say. Yes, indeed. The ever-so-lovely Susie Bubble was my source of this information: Julian Jarrold has filmed Brideshead Revisited this year. How did I not know of this before now??!? How?!
Now, the book by Evelyn Waugh is probably the one book I would take with me on a desert island. I don't think I have ever seen decay being portrayed in such a heart-breaking, yet beautiful manner, and that's saying a lot considering what the major themes of world literature are. There's a lot of decay out there, but no one quite does it the way Mr Waugh does.
As if one's favourite book being filmed in the first place wasn't bad enough, here's my dilemma: the 1981 miniseries Brideshead Revisited is my all time tv-favourite. I have seen the entire series probably at least five times.
I don't know about everyone else, but for me this is worse than Keira Knightley playing Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Not that I know anything about this Wishwash guy, he is probably very talented and all that, but he can't be Sebastian. He just can't. I don't even want to think about Matthew Goode as Charles. This just ain't right.
(The still-images are taken from Style Bubble)
Sunday, 4 May 2008
It's such a shame people don't have home phones anymore. Sure, mobile ones are very practical and all that, but when do they ever look this cool?
I found the phone at the flea market today, and in my post-champagne party shakiness I didn't even think twice about buying it just because it just looks so wonderful. What makes the phone super special is the text on it, which means "The State's Railways", the company that my mother worked for in the 1970s.
I also bought these two framed pictures, for 3 euros each. They seem really old to me, and I think the frames are made of some kind of paper mass. The portraits are beautiful too. The green glasses are actually mustard containers. My mom told me that back in the good old days mustard was sold in these types of jars, and afterwards the jars were used as drinking glasses. I got all three for 80 cents.
Next, old Georgian tea containers.
And last but not least, this beautiful chair that me and Minni found abandoned at the junk yard.
Friday, 2 May 2008
The weather has been fantastic, and I have had two days off in the middle of the week. It doesn't get much better than that, despite the fact that I have had tons of things to do (cleaning, helping my mom and stepfather move house, getting organised for a champagne party I am hosting tomorrow...). I am wearing my sister's old top, a Lindex cardigan and tights, an H&M skirt and beads, Three Bags purse, and my spring/summer easy-way-out shoes: Converse.
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Portrait of Anna Akhmatova by Nathan Altman, 1915
Portrait of Ida Rubinstein by Valentin Serov, 1910
Portrait of Varia Chitakova by Yuri Pimenov, 1935
Portrait of Nadejda Jdanovitch by Pavel Fedotov, 1849