Friday, 18 January 2013

Time Stood Still

 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One must have a mind of winter

To regard the frost and the boughs

Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time

To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,

And, nothing himself, beholds

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.
 
 
The Snow Man by Wallace Stevens
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The Outfit:
Handmade vintage tapestry 30s coat: by my granny, Kiki Couture
Red 70s maxi dress: from ebay
Black polo neck: high street
Vintage fur hat: from granny Kiki
Vintage costume jewellery brooch: a gift from Mr Eve
Vintage mink muff: from granny Kiki
Painted wooden bead necklace: a gift from a friend
Red faux leather gloves: a gift from a different friend
Wellies underneath: Hunter, via ebay
 
 
 
The Soundtrack
Colleen: The Golden Morning Breaks 
 
 
 
Photographs taken by Mr Eve 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.
 
 
 

60 comments:

  1. I really do get the sense that time is standing in stillness today. Very dreamy with the pop of colour against the white canvas. Beautiful Emalina.

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    1. Thanks very much Sue! The snow brings that incredible quality of stillness doesn't it, I wanted to try to capture the surreality of it.

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  2. Amazing post, lovely pop of colour in the middle of the snow :)

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    1. So glad you liked it Sara, thank you :)

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  3. Gorgeous, iconic images, Emalina. Each piece of your outfit is so special, and they are combined beautifully together and with your backdrop. Amazing!

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    1. And I love your inclusion of poetry!

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    2. Gosh what lovely praise, thank you Amber I'm really glad you liked the post!

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  4. Ooh, I had to click on your photos to get a close-up of that amazingly beautiful coat! And the red dress truly is dreamy .....

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    1. Thanks so much! It is a wonderful coat by Kiki... I'm looking forward to showing the beautiful print of the lining in a future post...

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  5. Wow you look like a russian snow queen cut out of a fairytale ! So romantic ! Love that outfit, the coat is sooo gorgeous !!! Have a fabby weekend dear ! xx Tani

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    1. Aw thanks Tani, what a lovely compliment. You have a fab weekend too!

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  6. Oh that coat is just the business! I adore snow, unfortuntaley it hasn't fallen here. I like that silent hush that comes with it, the sense of waiting. The cat makes me smile, lovely, one of mine is so funny when we have had snow, he jumps and dives through it in a sort of skidding run.

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    1. You can have some of our snow if you like! It is magically beautiful, but getting to work on Monday is going to be challenging! Nico the cat is experiencing her first time in the snow, and she seems to think she's a dog as she adores it, loves getting wet and cold out there!

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  7. You are a queen, a princess a fairy in red warming the snow as you pass.
    So beautiful and inspiring, dear friend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. What an honour to be called a queen by you wonderful Sacramento! Thank you so much for your lovely words my dear.

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  8. Such beautiful images, the beautiful white landscape and you, a splash of dramatic red and vintage loveliness! What a gorgeous dress, love the hat and the fabulous tapestry coat. Two of my cats love the snow, they roll about in it and chase the flurries, while the other two hate it and shake their delicate laws in distaste! xxxx

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    1. What a great review, thank you! Good to you have snow loving cats too, I thought I was crazy as every cat I've had before has hated the snow, but she just can't get enough of the stuff!

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  9. Ah, could you send some of that snow over here? It makes such a gorgeous backdrop for that dress, and what an amazing coat! You look beautiful as always in this dramatic ensemble, and the cat sure looks like he's enjoying that wonderful snow!

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    1. Thanks Willow! Sending some over to you now! It was wonderful for the first 3 days but now that I'm trying to get to and from work it's proving very taxing, plus apparently there's more on the way tomorrow eek!

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  10. What a beautiful dress! The colour looks so nice against the snow. And your kitty, aww!

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    1. Thanks very much, and lovely to meet you yay :)

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  11. Oh how perfect - with time standing so still that you could have emerged from a snowy wood or fairy tale early last century. There's something about the second image particularly that makes me want to hold my breath. Your granny's hand made coat is especially beautiful and I'm enjoying the thought of her perhaps wearing it in snow too.

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    1. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the images Roz, thank you! I was channelling a last century fairy tale come victorian christmas postcard vibe. The second image is one of my faves too... I think I look like a figurine atop a MASSIVE cake! I'm afraid Kiki would probably be a little appalled at me wearing her amazing coat out in the snow, I think it was more of a coat to wear to the ballet in Covent Garden or a special meal out, but I know she'd be thrilled to read how much you all love it.

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  12. That poem was perfect. Your place seems magical.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! It is a wonderful place to live, high up in the hills which is why we've now got so much snow, making it tricky to get to work in the city though!

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  13. So dreamy - I love your glorious coat and dress against the snow. And the snow-cat too of course : > Thanks for sharing all the beauty with Visible Monday.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Patti, thank you. I do love my special snow cat :) A pleasure to share.

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  14. Ahh red in the snow! Again we seem to be on the same wavelength my dear! I am running out of superlatives to describe how wonderful you look in your photos and the treasures you've inherited from your grandmother! You look glorious in the snow wearing that red dress and tapestry coat - and believe it or not I've just come into possession of a winter tapestry coat myself. Thank you for sharing the beautiful imagery and poetry!

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    1. We are clearly kindred spirits aren't we, with similar styles and a passion for romantic soulful clothes! I can't wait to see you in your winter tapestry coat! Thank you for your lovely words :)

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  15. Very pretty. The red, the snow, the story. You look stunning.

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    1. Thank you, how kind! And how lovely to meet you! I've just checked out your blog, isn't it great. If you're looking for tips on photographing yourself, what I tend to do is use the self timer on my basic digital camera, might be worth a try.

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  16. A wonderful outfit. But the hat takes the cake!

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    1. Teehee isn't it a corker of a hat! Wonderfully warm and cosy! So glad you like the photos thank you.

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  17. Breathtaking. With the richness of the color against the snowy landscape, you are vibrant and beautiful in the stillness of the scene. Utterly beautiful. The pieces from your grandmother are extraordinary.

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    1. What a wonderful compliment and a gorgeous description, I'm so flattered Jean thanks very much. Yes I feel so lucky to be the keeper of my darling late granny Kiki's designs.

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  18. Oh red in the winter. You look fabulous! Like a postcard:)

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    1. Ah thanks Joanna, and I'm so glad I've discovered your lovely blog too :)

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  19. Lovely photographs, kudos to the photographer! You could be a character in an epic Russian Novel in that outfit!

    Yvette

    http://fashionandhistrionics.blogspot.com/

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    1. How kind of you Yvette, the photographers were me with my self timer and my partner Mr Eve when the photos got too wonky! And it's lovely to meet you, and to get a chance to check out your cute blog... I can see you've also been going down the red coat route recently, the perfect colour for winter :)

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  20. Wow! Gorgeous photos! The red and the white snow....fabulous!

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    1. Ah thank you, and it's great to meet you and get a chance to discover your lovely blog! It looks like you have a really beautiful classical style.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! It was one of Kiki's so from the 30s/40s I guess if not a hand me down from her mother in which case it could be a lot older.

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  22. I just found you from your comments on Sarah's blog and I love your style and you blog style!
    You look beautiful and your surroundings are so serene and calm.
    Have a great week, Ofelia

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    1. Hello Ofelia, how lovely to meet you! Thanks so much for your kind comments. I've just discovered your blog now, and it's great, you look like you have a gorgeous style and a real grace to you. Look forward to continuing to see eachother in blogworld :)

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  23. Ooh the DRESS! And the COAT! And the SNOW! And the SLEEVES! It's all lovely. Sarah xxx

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  24. Every detail is gorgeous! I love the red dress in the snow and of course the hat and muff. You create magic with each and every post and you're inspiring me to think seriously about getting a kitty.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed the post my dear! And what a wonderful compliment, thank you, I do think that dreams belong in reality so I try to make that happen in my world whenever I can... As for getting a kitty, do do, I can't recommend it highly enough! Ours is the sweetest, funniest little girl, and a great companion for me when my partner is away for work during the week.

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  25. wooooow you look like a bohemian goddess here darling! i love that bold red dress against the snow, how amazing you look. wow. and the coat and the muff are also fabulous!
    kiss,mary
    http://www.maryloucinnamon.com

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    1. Aw thanks very much Mary Lou, how kind of you! I've been inspired by all your colourful recent snowy posts, looking very goddessy yourself in them :)

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  26. Hello! Wow I adore your style. That hat and coat are absolutely superb. SUch beautiful, and oh my your kitty is the cutest! I want to take him/her home (don't worry, I won't) :D

    http://meggymoo0.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for your compliments Meg! I'm sure our little kitty Nico would love to come home with you, she's very friendly, shame you're across the other side of the world! Nico has a tendancy to photobomb my photoshoots so I'm sure you'll be seeing plenty of her in the future :)

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  27. Oh my goodness, there is so, so much to love in this post!! The red frock is simply MADE to be worn in the snow with a fur hat and muff ... then you add the beautiful coat made by your gran and puss comes along for a wee sniff about!! What a wonderland:)) xoxoxo

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    1. Oh thank you so much, so glad you enjoyed it! I do love red in the snow, and yes Nico kitty is a real snow adventurer. We've been snowed in for a nearly a week now, so it is like living on another planet :)

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  28. 1940's princess coats tend to be my particular weakness, but that 1930's tapestry coat is completely amazing. Plus, I love how dramatic your outfit looks surrounded by all that snow. I have to admit that I've been dressing pretty lackluster lately thanks to the ridiculously cold temperatures here in Pennsylvania.

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    1. It is a challenge to dress dramatically in the cold isn't it! I'm resorting to hundreds of layers! Thanks for your kind words Christy.

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  29. What could be more perfect in the snow than red, just like the robin red-breast! It is utterly fabulous that you have access to your grandmother's creations, for they aren't just clothes and trinkets. They are richly woven with history and stories of family. And I just read through your previous post - what an extraordinary lady your Granny Kiki was. I can't believe she was immortalized as a little fairy.

    It's interesting to think of people immortalized through art, poetry or even celluloid. My grandfather, as a very young man in the '20s or early '30s, was in the movies in Asia. (He did a lot of Shakespearean drama at university.) This was prior to his falling into a legal career. I believe the national film archives are trying to search for all these old films. My brother, who is an art/indie filmmaker, is working with them to restore whatever they discover. I hope they find them some day! - J xx

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    1. Sorry not to respond before, I've only just seen this comment! Thanks so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed the post and have found Kiki's rich history intruiging. Your grandfather sounds like an amazing fellow. How wonderful would it be to find those films, I really hope you get to see him in the archives, fingers crossed! And maybe even share them with us someday!

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  30. Thanks. I always enjoy reading your posts - they are always humorous and intelligent.I am a china tour lover,You can learn more: China vacation packages | China city tours | China Travel Agency

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