You've always dressed like that haven't you, Vix? One of my favourite charity shop ladies said to me this morning. She told me that it was because I was the only person she knew who could walk up to a crammed rail and pull out a single item, never needing to shuffle through everything on display. It's true, when you know your own style, secondhand shopping is a breeze.
It works for on-line shopping, too - in a sea of a hundred thousand eBay listings I can spot that single perfect piece which will fit seamlessly into my wardrobe, like the vintage '70s Indian block print midi skirt I snagged last week. I love that it's quilted, it was like wearing a tea cosy this morning, perfect for such a chilly day!
|WEARING: Quilted midi skirt, felted wool hat & vintage 1970s polo neck (all eBay), 1960s-does-Edwardian boots (car boot sale), Russian folklore belt & 1960s suede coat (charity shop)|
Silver from Lebanon, Yemen, Nepal, India and Morocco, nails by Barry M.
I had a plan in mind when I spotted this gauzy Indian cotton blouse on eBay, feeling it would work well under my 1970s Anokhi pinafore dress.
It did! (and the hat wasn't a bad match either.)
Why stick with one vintage Indian block print when you can have three?
Vintage sellers please take note - the label on the bottom right is a genuine 1970s label, if a garment doesn't bear this then it isn't a Vintage 1970s Anokhi and, if it hasn't got a label at all then it's neither a "Genuine Anokhi" or "Anokhi-Type". I do get exasperated by sellers wrongly describing Indian block printed clothing and even more so when I see modern Anokhi clothes listed as vintage or even worse, Rare, when you can still buy them in the store. Arghhh!
It's not just me who knows what they like when they're rummaging around the chazzas. Jon found these two pre-loved beauties this morning - a cotton biker jacket which originally retailed in Reiss for £195 and a paisley button-down shirt from Liam "Oasis" Gallagher's clothing line, Pretty Green, still available on the official website for £70 - that's £265 worth of gear for less than the price of a Primarni tee shirt (the only reason I know this is because I looked on the website, I have yet to set foot in the place).
In other news here's what I've read recently. This Is What Happened was incredible, a taut psychological thriller I finished in two sittings. If you can track a copy down I can't recommend it highly enough. Breakfast with the Nikolides is one of Rumer (Black Narcissus) Godden's Indian novels, as my next trip gets closer my reading tends to lean towards books with an Indian theme.
Neither of the lads would stay still long enough to capture them on camera although you can see that Stephen Squirrel is getting used to the gravel.
Much better behaved is next door's silver tabby, Layla. What do expect, she's a lady.
See you soon!