Thursday, 24 January 2013

Winter Tale: At The Snow Queen's Table

 








 
 




 
 
The snow-flakes grew larger and larger, till at last they looked just like great white fowls. Suddenly they flew on one side; the large sledge stopped, and the person who drove rose up. It was a lady; her cloak and cap were of snow. She was tall and of slender figure, and of a dazzling whiteness. It was the Snow Queen.
"We have travelled fast," said she; "but it is freezingly cold. Come under my bearskin." And she put him in the sledge beside her, wrapped the fur round him, and he felt as though he were sinking in a snow-wreath.
"Are you still cold?" asked she; and then she kissed his forehead. Ah! it was colder than ice; it penetrated to his very heart, which was already almost a frozen lump; it seemed to him as if he were about to die--but a moment more and it was quite congenial to him, and he did not remark the cold that was around him.
 
Extract from The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson
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The Outfit:

White corset: bought in the 90s when I was about 16 from M&S

White long sleeved top: very old from La Redoute

Vintage white lace skirt: by my granny from Kiki Couture

Vintage white fur scarf: from granny Kiki

Vintage white kid leather elbow length gloves: from granny Kiki, passed down from her mother or grandmother

White flower fascinator hat: bought years ago from the high street
 
White woollen scarf tied as a belt: a gift from a friend
 
White mohair scarf wrapped around hair: from H&M years ago

Faux pearl necklace: a gift from a friend
 
Faux pearl bracelets: Accessorize
 
Ponytail hair piece, attached to my hair to make it very long: from H&M years ago

Wellies underneath: Hunter, via ebay

 
 
The Soundtrack

The Caretaker: Patience (After Sebald) 



Photographs taken by my mother and by me, using the self timer on my cheap digital camera.



I'm delighted to be a part of Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.


66 comments:

  1. Such a happy energy in this post. You and your mother must have had great fun creating this story. The sun, the tulips, the smiles. {Sigh} It's funny...it looks like kitty is starting to create a snowball with his paws. Well, if it wasn't the next picture that showed a snowman. Fantastic

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    1. Thanks Sue, yes we had a lot of fun! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  2. What a splendid fantasy shoot! Snow is so beautiful, it's the slushy bit I don't like!
    No sign of slush here, though! Pure magic! X

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    1. Thanks very much Helga! It turned all slushy in the sunshine later that day sadly... nevermind we had nearly a week of magical snowed-in-ness.

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  3. Wonderful fantasy, a table made of snow with candels, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.
    You blend with the white of the snow, like the poem you are.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. What heavenly words dear Sacramento, thank you!

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  4. You do look like an enchanted Russian princess! And what a great use of snow- great pics. I love the white/off white ensemble- a true child of winter!

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    1. So glad you like the piccies and outfit Bella!

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  5. You make a beautiful snow queen in all your white layers! Wonderful photos! I love how you laid the table over the snow!

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    1. Thank you dear Veshoevius! It was very enjoyable to create!

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  6. Such a beautiful tableau, your Snow Queen outfit and the table with its fruit and flowers and goblets and bottle, like some fabulous still life painting. Love the final photo of the snowman in the sun! xxxx

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    1. Ahh yes it turned into an amazing snowy sunset! So glad you enjoyed the tableau.

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  7. that's so alice in wonderland! love your hat.

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    1. Of course, the other snow queen! I was probably also channeling her unconsciously!

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  8. I love the Snow Queen story, particularly Dulac's illustrations. You look great. Please send it up to me, still none here, just rain!

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    1. Dulac's illustrations are marvellous. I love the ones by Errol Le Cain too. We've got your rain now, have you got our snow?

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  9. What a wonderfully dreamy post! I love the table laden for a feast and of course, your gorgeous outfit! x

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    1. Thanks so much Vix, and welcome back! Looks like you had an amazing Indian adventure.

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  10. Stunningly scrumptious post, Emalina! Again an outstanding outfit and incredible setting. I love the daytime candles and snowy tablecloth, together with the poem they give a wonderfully dark and icy edge. Beautifully done, kudos to you and your mom.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Amber! Mum and I had fun creating the surreal table!

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  11. Ooh the snowy table is GLORIOUS! Your lovely whimsical outfit is perfect! Sarah xxx

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    1. Ah thank you Sarah, glad you like the snowy theme!

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  12. Wow what an amazing post dear ! You do deffo look like the snowqueen but the 1st pic also reminds me a bit of Alice in wonderland ! I LOVE that you've combined so many different material as lace, wool, leather, fur, pearls... Thats great ! You look so beautiful dear ! Have a fabby weekend ! xx Tani

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    1. How kind of you Tani, thank you! I can see what you mean about the Snow Queen, thanks for the lovely compliments!

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  13. How utterly lovely! I love the white on white, looking glamorous. Gorgeous!!

    Hope you can drop by my blog and read my fashion horror story, just to see if you like it.
    It's called "It Seemed Like the End of the World at the Time."

    Cheers,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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    1. Hello Rosemary, good to meet you! I'll go check out your story in a minute:)
      Thanks for your lovely comments!

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  14. Ooo, this is so pretty and sweet! I love all your layers of white and beige. And that last shot of the warm sun against the snow is glorious. :)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the images, thank you! It was a wonderful snowy sunset :)

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  15. Absolutely goreous!
    xx
    Christine
    www.couturebay.com

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  16. you really look like you stepped out from a fairy tale, i would even say not only a snow queen no no a real snow goddess;)
    it´s so lovely and charming how you make your posts, i really enjoy every visit here. and of course you look outstanding beautiful again!
    kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com/

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    1. Ah you're so kind Mary Lou :) Thanks so much for your wonderful compliments my dear.

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  17. Oh my, from red queen in your previous post to Snow Queen here. What an inspired and dreamy outfit to compliment your snowy banqueting table. I can guess at the fun you must have had setting the scene with appropriate props and devising the perfect outfit.

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    1. Thanks very much Roz, yes it was a real old fashioned "dress up and play" day, thoroughly enjoyable! So glad you like the eccentric outfit, one of many layers to keep me warm in the snow.

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  18. What a fabulous contrast with the tulips in the snow! What fun to create this fantastical dreamy image.

    You really do look like a snow queen. Reminded me of the snow queen from the chronicles of Narnia.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. How kind of you Suzanne, thank you!

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  19. Gorgeous tableau, Emalina, and you look beautiful in the snow with your ivory clothing! Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it lovely Patti, thanks!

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  20. Such lovely pics and your skirt is so gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you, and it's good to meet you and to find your fun vintage blog :)

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  21. I love seeing all your vintage pieces from Kiki!

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, I'm sure she'd be delighted at the praise for her work!

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  22. What an AMAZING photo shoot idea! These are such magical photos, as always! I love so much that you were inspired by a Hans Christian Anderson tale, his stories were some of my favourites as a child :)

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    1. Ah thank you so much! So glad you liked the photo shoot idea, it was a lot of fun to create!

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  23. I am enchanted by your Snow Queen! Every piece contributes to the allure. I adore the white flower fascinator and who wouldn't join you at your winter feast, amidst the snow and your beauty.

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    1. Oh I am delighted that you enjoyed the Snow Queen! Thank you so much for your wonderful compliments, much appreciated.

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  24. What a delecable, alluring table you have set up. It is quite magical with the snow and the delicacy of the tulips, one of my favorite flowers. You do look lovely in your white outfit as you preside over your table.

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    1. Hey Debbie it's good to meet you! Thanks very much for your kind words, and how nice to discover your lovely blog too.

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  25. The Snow Bee's certainly fell on you! You look so wonderful, I wish we could have dined together in the snow, what a pair of snow queens we would make.
    I'm so sorry but I accidentaly deleted your comment on my phone when I went to publish it! :-( It is the curse of chubby fingers and an Iphone. I just wanted to let you know and thank you so much it was a lovely comment. xxx

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    1. I would have so loved to have dined with you in the snow, what a pair of glamorous, lovely and slightly mad snow queens we'd have been at the snow queen dinner party! Yes the Snow Bee came with a vengeance, we were snowed in for a week, which was tough on my work but gave lots of fun photo blog possibilities.

      What a shame you accidentally deleted my comment, well let me say again just how stunning you looked in your outfit in the snow, totally magical and wonderful photos :)

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  26. Oh wow this has got to be one of the best posts I have ever seen by anyone!!! What a glorious, heavenly idea to host a picnic in the snow - and yes, you certainly are the snow queen with your layered corset, beautiful inherited gloves and headgear!! xoxo

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    1. Gosh what a wonderful thing to say, lovely Desiree, I am so flattered! Thank you so much, you've made my day :)

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  27. Beautiful photos! You look serene, cool and stoic, just like the snow queen should. I was so happy to find myself in your blogroll an wanted to say Thank you. It's so very kind! I will definitely be back for more wonderful photos.

    XO,

    Simona

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    1. Hey Simona, thank you, and how lovely to read your message. I was so pleased to discover your blog recently, you have a gorgeous graceful style, just sorry I haven't written on your posts yet, will do so very soon, and looking forward to staying in touch!

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  28. awesome. such a fun idea... and the result is absolutely adorable.

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  29. Your photos here are beautiful poetry! Wonderful. The enchanted snow palace. You look regal and beautiful. I especially love your corset and hair extensions.

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos Melanie, thanks so much for your lovely compliments!

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  30. You have fantastic photography skills and I really like how smoothly the go from one photo to another and how its all tells a story.

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    1. How kind of you Ofelia, thank you! I do like to try to tell stories with the photos, so glad you see it that way too.

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  31. Emalina, how absolutely GORGEOUS you are!! I love this. Just took my breath away. It is so exciting to read the details of the clothing and to realize how old and treasured some of these things are! I wonder if that is your arbor and your garden. I think it is... I will be so happy when I have my garden here established. We do not have a huge yard, but that does not mean that I cannot have a spectacular garden! I miss my old garden of 23 years. Sigh. But it's nice to be able to start again!

    xoxoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Ah thank so much dear Lynn! Yes it is our garden in the snow, best of luck to you in establishing yours, it'll be so worth the wait!

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  32. What a wonderful, magical idea!!! These pics are breath-taking and romantic. And you're such a lovely snow queen.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post dear Miss Maple, how kind of you thank you!

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