|Striped jacket (£1.25), Vintage hat (50p) and 1970's scarf (50p) All car boot sale finds. Charity shopped men's dress pants revamped into shorts by me (£1), Birthday pressie bag (Marks & Spencer)|
The super-glamorous Christina
and the lovely Sal
tagged me recently, here's my answers, hope you don't get bored with all the writing and images.
What's your favourite fashion accessory?
Jewellery! I've probably got enough to keep me going for years but I can't resist picking up even more trinkets from abroad and interesting vintage pieces at boot sales and charity shops. When I realised that I'd left my holdall at home when we got to IndieTracks last year I was more gutted about having to wearing the same pair of earrings all weekend than I was about having no clean knickers.
|Some of my jewellery|
Who's your fashion role model?
I don't have a role model. I like anyone who looks cool without looking like they've tried too hard. Give me mismatched street-style over an over-styled wag any day of the week.
What do you always carry with you?
Black eyeliner, cash, lipstick, house keys and shocking pink blusher.
|Vintage maxi (£5 charity shop), Red denim clogs (75p car boot sale), Hat (50p car boot sale)|
How would you describe your style?
1970's Rolling Stones groupie meets Woodstock refugee. It's all about smudged black eyeliner,bed-head hair, vintage maxis, killer heels, fake fur, big hats and lashings of ethnic jewellery.
|Vintage maxi dress (20p Car boot sale)|
What's your favourite? Jeans, sunglasses or heels?
I can take or leave jeans but I'd struggle to choose between the specs and the shoes.
I've got a huge collection of vintage sunglasses which I've found in charity shops and at car boot sales. Here's some of my stash:
My high heel collection is similarly extensive.
|Some of my killer heels but don't tell my orthopaedic surgeon.|
What inspired you to blog about fashion?
I wouldn't say my blog was fashion-based. I love clothes but not fashion, as soon as something becomes mainstream it bores me. I started my blog as my friends always love to see my bargain finds and I wanted to show it was possible to be unique and stylish without spending a fortune.
|My kind of shop|
What is your favourite fashion store?
I hate the high street, at one time each shop had it's own individual style but now you can find exactly the same everywhere you go just in varying degrees of quality. It's beyond me why anyone would want their clothes to be instantly identifiable as H&M or Primark. Give me a pile-it-high-sell-it-cheap charity shop any day of the week or eBay, of course.
|This silk maxi dress was less than £3 from a street market in Tamil Nadu|
What is your favourite fabric in clothing?
I'm not fussy! I do have a fondness for crimplene and other 1960's man-made fabric, the colours are so vibrant and they drip dry in less than an hour. When I'm travelling I do like silk, it's so cheap in India so I stock up on it each time I go.
|Me in a Dollyrockers maxi (found for £9.99 on eBay) with the beautiful Jem|
Who are your favourite designers?
To be honest I buy stuff I like and rarely bother looking at labels. I haven't a clue about contemporary designers. I love Dollyrockers if I can find it cheaply enough. I also love John Bate for Jean Varon, vintage Biba and I dream of finding an original Ossie Clark/Celia Birtwell collaboration piece.
|More Dollyrockers, this skirt was 99p from eBay last December|
Who or what inspires your style?
No-one really. My heart rules my head and I buy what I love. What suits others isn't necessarily going to suit me, I wear what I like in a way that feels right.
Would you choose to buy something high quality or make it yourself if you could?
I'm a novice dressmaker but love having a go at making or revamping stuff.
|I made this maxi skirt from Terence Conran screen printed fabric I bought at a jumble sale|
|I made my festival poncho and rainhat out of a groovy flamingo shower curtain|
I pass this tag onto ten of the blogs I love to read
(In no particular order)