I thought I'd give you a break from the travel posts today with a good, old-fashioned outfit post.
Cold shoulder is very appropriate today as it's bastard freezing. Am I the only one who detests that term, what's wrong with plain old off-the-shoulder? Anyway, a sure sign that this style of top is, in the fickle world of fashion, dead in the water as I found this Indian-made embroidered number in the dregs of the winter sales for £3. No matter to me, most of my clothes are at least 40 years out of date - being last year's style is pretty much hip 'n' happening in my world.
My bag was a gift from Sarah, a dear Instagram friend and an insanely talented maker of beautiful things (she's on IG HERE and Facebook HERE). She made it from a tatty Indian dress, some block printed fabric and a vintage button and it's barely been off my shoulder since I received it. The belt is vintage Tyrolean, a present from Helga years ago. I got the quilted 1970s maxi skirt (American, I think) in a swap with a trader friend. It's so warm I don't even need my thermals underneath it.
The choker was a gift from Krista years ago, it's from the Hmong tribe, who originate from China.
To add to my multi-cultural outfit I'm wearing some handmade beaded earrings from Rwanda.
As the Beast from The East is imminent I'm wearing my vintage 1970s Saluki fake fur which I bought for £3 from a car boot sale about 8 years ago. I've given it a hard life in the time I've owned it, it's probably been to more festivals than your average hipster. The label says it's Winter Warm and it is. I haven't worn it for a while as, to be honest, I was a bit bored with it (but not enough to sell it on) but along with the bag Sarah sent me she added a pile of fabulous ethnic and vintage trims to the parcel- so I've pimped it up with some mirrored Afghan braid and some hot pink pom-poms from my stash and now it's a lot more me. I was happy to find these sock boots in the sales, too - there's been a lot around this winter but I have a hatred of pointy toes, these have far more Vix-friendly round toes.
I've added my trusty vintage Italian sheepskin hat (a gift from Christina years ago) and a pair of 1960s vinyl backed gloves robbed from the stockroom.
I'm taking my eclectic outfit off for a session in Wetherspoons in a bit where it'll no doubt be as colourful and multi-cultural as the clientele. Linking to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday and Judith, the Style Crone for Hat Attack #56.
More travel posts to follow - I need a reminder of that Indian sunshine.
See you soon!