Thursday, 7 March 2013

To The End Of Winter


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spring Quiet
 
 
Gone were but the Winter,
Come were but the Spring,
I would go to a covert
Where the birds sing.


Where in the whitethom
Singeth a thrush,
And a robin sings
In the holly-bush.
 

Full of fresh scents
Are the budding boughs
Arching high over
A cool green house:


Full of sweet scents,
And whispering air

Which sayeth softly:
"We spread no snare;


"Here dwell in safety,
Here dwell alone,
With a clear stream
And a mossy stone.


Here the sun shineth
Most shadily;
Here is heard an echo
Of the far sea,
Though far off it be."


by Christina Rossetti, via 1

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Outfit:

 
Vintage fur cape: made by granny Kiki for Kiki Couture in the 30s/40s

 
Red dress: bought in a charity shop, originally from Whistles

 
Red cloche hat: bought in the sale from Village Hats (www.hatsandcaps.co.uk)

 
Vintage patent mary jane shoes: granny Kiki's in the 30s
 
 
Vintage gold heart locket: An heirloom handed down through the generations.
As a child, I placed those photographs of the two of us in the locket after my dear mum gave it to me.
 
 
Beaded handbag: a gift from my aunt and uncle years ago.

 
 
The Soundtrack


Paul Weller: Wild Wood

 

All photographs taken by me, self portraits 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. Yes!! Beautiful pring and an extra dose of beauty by You!

    You look exquisite in these photos today Emalina.

    And the detailing on the beaded handbag is beautiful.

    Sue xo

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    1. Thanks very much Sue, how kind of you!

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  2. That one day of Spring was gorgeous, I remember it well!
    Beautiful post, I love your upturned face basking in the sunshine, the figure-hugging red dress and the locket with the family history and I adore The Modfather. xxx

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    1. I know, the ONLY day of Spring so far, I feel cheated! Thanks so much Vix! ps. I'm a big fan of the Modfather too

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  3. beautiful outfit, beautiful setting, beautiful photos. love lucyx

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    1. Ah how kind of you Lucy, thank you!

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  4. Your post and every single word and pic is a true poem, delicate and beautiful
    I love the close up of the embroidery so much.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it my dear Sacramento, thank you!

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  5. Beautiful red hat! Love the cloche style.

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    1. Thanks Kathleen, yes the cloche is such a timeless style isn't it, one of my favourites.

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  6. Hear hear! You do suit a cloche hat and you look gorgeous in that berry coloured knit dress. I love how you have a hint of several eras altogether in your looks even when you are wearing modern pieces with your vintage, I felt the forties, thirties and twenties coming out here.

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    1. I'm delighted you like the post Veshoevius, and your awareness of the 40s, 30s and 20s in the look is so thoughtful - just what I was aiming for. Thanks so much!

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  7. Truly gorgeous photos, Emalina! Beautiful hat and cape, and that dress looks amazing on you, those colours really suit you too. What a lovely locket! I love sentimental things like that. You look a lot like your beautiful mum.

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    1. Thanks so much Willow, for your kind words. I feel very touched that you think I look like my gorgeous Mum, she's a great woman!

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  8. I love all the sentimentality within this post. I bet Grandma Kiki just beams from heaven seeing you enjoy her garments:) That is so rare you are able to have even a pair of her shoes! Amazing! Lovely outfit and I really enjoyed seeing all the close ups and details. How sweet you even have your own touch of childhood in your ensemble. I loved little lockets as a girl and I had a few but who knows where they ended up:) I also love how you added the vintage BW inspired photographs to your post.

    http://dividingmoments.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ah thank you Joanna! Yes it's quite unusual that we have the same size feet: 6.5 uk size, which I guess meant Kiki had quite large feet in her day!

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  9. dress and pendant are incredible!

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  10. Yay, no snow, and flowers and sunshine! I love how all your pieces are passed down or made by your Granny. Every piece looks super special but there's just something about a heart locket that is extra special. And you look stunning in the red dress! Xo

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    1. Yay! How kind of you, thank you so much!

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  11. We're still waiting for it! I love the locket, it's nice to have, I have the one my granny was given for her 21st in 1927. That's a super frock, sort of thing I'd have to lose several inches off the hem to wear!

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    1. I think I spoke too soon - only 1 day of spring before it all went wintry again, boo! How wonderful that you have your granny's locket from the 20s, family jewellery are such are special treasures to cherish aren't they.

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  12. I love Christina Rossetti and I'm really enjoying your choices of poetry to accompany posts. What an incredibly special locket. You're lucky to have feet the same size as your Granny kiki's too. I have a box of my late great grandma's shoes that I can't quite bear to part with, even though they are a very teeny size 2! Love your Spring look for basking outdoors in early March sunshine - when it deigns to appear.

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    1. So glad you're enjoying the poetry Roz! Yes I do feel so lucky to hold the heritage of my family in their cherished possessions. Wow you great grandma had such tiny feet! My granny had quite large feet for her time, 6.5, just the same as mine, I love to wear her shoes, thinking of where she will have walked in them.

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  13. You are gorgeous in the sunshine in this beautiful ensemble. The beaded bird, locket, shoes, emerging buds, fur and shoes are the perfect accompaniments to that dramatic sweep of red dress topped by an excellent hat. Lovely to see green emerging.

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    1. Ah thank you Amber, so kind of you!

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  14. You and your outfit are a ray of sunshine!
    I love to see you wearing your family history and how beautifully it all goes together!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the post Ofelia, thanks very much!

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  15. Soak up that sun, babe. You are a spring blossom.

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    1. Sadly the sun only lasted a day - boo - and it's winter again now, including more snow! So like the sensitive flower I am, I've wilted slightly, but hopefully the sun will reappear again soon :)

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  16. astonishing beautiful darling! that red dress makes the sun jelous of your brightness i´m sure! totally love your look wit the cloche hat and that fur cape. and yeah it is indeed wonderful to feel the first rays of spring sunlight after the long dark and cold winter!
    kiss,mary

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    1. Thanks so much Mary Lou, how kind you! So glad you enjoyed the sunny post!

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  17. The locket is so wonderful, with your precious pictures inside. Love your red knit dress too, and all the glorious sun! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thank you, Patti, so glad you liked it!

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  18. What a lovely outfit, from the beautiful hat to those lovely shoes! And the bag is just gorgeous! Ah, spring, finally some warmth - thank you for sharing that wonderful poem from Christina Rossetti.

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    1. Rossetti is wonderful isn't she, such lovely poetry. Thanks very much for your kind words Val!

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  19. How superbly elegant and willowy you look, absorbing some welcome sunshine! And what a lovely piece of jewellery to have, I'm sure you treasure your locket. xxx

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    1. I'm so glad you like the post, Curtise, yes the locket is such a treaured possession of mine!

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  20. mmmm the dress! And the shoes, the hat...and the poem! So romantic and definitely vintage...are those magnolia buds?? I can almost smell the first hints of spring looking at your photos---Lynaea @ EverydayBloom.com

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    1. They are magnolia buds, good spotting of that! It was a gorgeous spring day, but gone back to winter since then, we've even had more snow!

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  21. My heart is melting at the sight of the pics of you and your beautiful mama in the locket. I always wanted a locket when I was a child (and since) and was always disappointed if a lady's locket was empty. Now that I have one, I'm ashamed to say no one lives in it yet! :(. Must sort. The frock is utterly divine and oh my look at that GAWWWWWJUSSSSS fur cape **faints with desire**. My toes started twitching at the beautiful bag in the close up and oh my you are so lucky to fit Kiki's beautiful old shoes. I wonder if any of mine will last the distance as my 10yo is going to be able to fit my humungous UK size 8 shoes in about a year - eeeeeeeek! Are they camellias budding? One of my favourite flowers and so delicate. I love how they must be handled carefully or not handled at all as they bruise so easily - such a fitting spring bloom:) xoxoxoxoxo

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    1. They are camellias, you're so clever Desiree! Thanks so much for your kind words. Hope you can find some suitable lovely faces to put in that locket!

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  22. The dress is so beautiful! Love its colour and love its design. In combination with the hat and the locket the look is simply stunning.

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    1. Ah thank you very much Olga, how kind of you!

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  23. Oh, Christina Rosetti just sets off spring beautifully. As does your outfit (from granny's closet -- what a treasure). This past week, we've had spring blossoms all over. This morning, I saw a huge magnolia tree pink with flowers. It got me to pull on printed trousers with huge pink flowers on them!

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and good wishes. The fog outside just lifted, as it is slowly inside.

    - J xxx

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks so much, and that's great news that the fog is slowly lifting, long may it continue :)

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  24. Oooh a capelet and a cloche in the sunshine - how absolutely beautiful!!!

    Sarah xxx

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  25. I love the timeless quality of these photos. Stunning.

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    1. How kind of you Melanie, thanks so much, and lovely to have you back!

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  26. Lovely silhouette, colors and textures. I'm amazed that the shoes are truly vintage since it seems that most of us have much bigger feet now! I also love the glimpse of the large planters behind what I assume is your house. Somehow I think summer will be glorious there, too.

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    1. I'm delighted you enjoyed the post, Jean, thank you! Yes that is our house. Sadly the weather has turned all wintry again but fingers crossed the warmer season will arrive eventually.

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  27. And you say goodbye like a moviestar!

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    1. Ah thank you Ulla-Marie, what a compliment!

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  28. Ohhh, Gorgeous You!!! I love, love this outfit. Every stitch of it! And the pictures are just awesome! We are saying goodbye to winter here. Yay for spring!!!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Yay indeed! Sadly that title was a little premature - still freezing here, but roll on spring it's bound to come soon (thank goodness). Thanks for your kind words Lynn!

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  29. beautiful outfit! especially the cape ...
    my granny offered her fur cape to me, my grandpa had gifted it to her in the mid 40s. (he traded it against sugar!!!) ... i wasn't able to take it with me at this time ... hopefully next time i visit her i remember taking it with me.

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    1. Thank you! Capes with history are such valuable treasures, hope you get to take that one with you.

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  30. Just discovered your blog and I love it! You have great style and I love the poems and songs!
    xxx

    missmilliemae.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hey Millicent it's great to have discovered you too! Thanks so much for your kind words. It looks from your lovely blog as if you're a very talented artist/designer, I love those outfit sketches!

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