Thursday, 31 October 2013

Welcome To The Geopod

















The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot's pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one;
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.
 
 
by Emily Dickinson, via 1



 
 
 
















The Outfit:
Vintage Silver Donna Karan Dress: bought in a charity shop years ago
Black Wool & Faux Fur Cardigan: very old from the High Street
Nude Pumps: old from New Look
Vintage Faux Leopard Coat: found in Afflecks Palace, Manchester in the 1990s
 
 
 
The Soundtrack 
David Bowie: Space Oddity
 
 
All photographs taken by Mr Eve or myself during a weekend holiday on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.  Details of The Geopod, available for holiday let, can be found at the glamping website Canopy & Stars.
 
 
 
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

All Hallow's Eve


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Happy Halloween everyone!
 Come help yourself to special Halloween cakes at my baking blog here.
 
Images 2 & 3 via 1
 
Halloween Parties kindly hosted by Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist, click on the website link to see her own party in full swing!
 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Another Rummage In The Wardrobe: Versatile Blogger Award


 
 
 
Earlier this year, lovely Veshoevius of the brilliant blog The Taxonomy Of My Wardrobe nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award. It is now, 7 months later, that I have finally finished my post in response.
 




 
As part of receiving this award I have to reveal seven facts about myself. This blog owes just as much to the memory of the women in my family, and the clothes they have passed down to me, as it does to my own style and character, so I think it only right that I include some photos and facts about them too. 
 
 
1. I'm in my late thirties, and the older I get the more I feel I want to play like a child and read (and write) fables and fairy tales.



 
2. Kiki lived into her early nineties, and her kindness and grace shone through her, just as her inimitable sense of style continued until the end. I took this portrait of her about a year before she died. In old age, with her couturier years behind her, she had a particular fondness for raw silk Chinese jackets in jewel colours.
 



3. I'm not interested in marriage, finding the practice archaic and unnecessary, nor am I a religious person, so wearing the exquisite dress Kiki made for her own wedding in my Bluebell Fairy post was a close as I'll ever get to donning a matrimonial white dress in a church.



 
4. Penny had a great sense of fun, a caring heart, and always looked beautifully groomed into her old age. A fan of the classic cuts of Jean Muir, she continued to turn heads and had many admirers throughout her life. She passed away in her late eighties. Here she is in her late seventies/early eighties, with me in my mid twenties.



 
5. As my dear Mother is still alive and well, thank goodness, and I want to respect her privacy, I won't show a picture of her nowadays, although I wish I could as she is gorgeous. But she'd kill me! Instead, here's an image of her on holiday in her early twenties, showing off those incredible pins of hers.  



 
6. Like most Brits, I'm of a mixed heritage: being a quarter Irish, quarter Scottish, quarter Jewish and quarter English. I love the sunshine in summer, but can't cope in the heat, so you'll always find me in the shade of the garden hiding under a big hat or parasol and slathering on more factor 35.
 
 

 
7. I'm distantly related to the Pre-Raphaelite painter William and his wife and Rossetti's muse Jane Morris, via Kiki's side of the family. Planning to do a blog post photo shoot in tribute to Jane in the coming months.


 
 
Here are my versatile blogger nominations, each and every nominee a unique delight:
1. Mary Lou of Mary Lou Cinnamon 
2. Kelly-Marie of A Harem Of Peacocks
3. Harlow Darling of Vintage At Heart
4. Vix of Vintage Vixen
7. Judith of Style Crone
 
 


The Outfits
 
For outfit details of the images 2, 4, 7, 8 & 9, just click on the image number to go to the relevant  blog post.
Outfit in image 1: vintage dress from Oxfam Online.
 
 
The Soundtrack
 
The Jam: English Rose

 
 
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Autumn Tale: The Firebird





 
 










 
 
 
 
 








It is not until I move that you see me
high up in the tree.
My silken down, hidden through reddening leaves,
catches the light for a moment
as I move my beak to preen,
leaning back in the swaying branches
ruffled expansively by the breeze.
Every season peels back further entropy.
I raise my bright head and breathe in
the smell of sweet decay,
pungence peaty and worm filled
dense with the hum of apples
growing golden on the bough,
fruit and leaves preparing to let themselves go
to soft oblivion,
to be trodden to bare bone and born anew.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diana Vishneva dancing The Firebird, in a scene where she is captured stealing golden apples, video via 1
 
 
 Outfit 1:
 
Devore Velvet Fringed Dress: from Oxfam online years ago
Vintage (1930s?) Brown Patent Mary Jane Shoes: passed down from granny Kiki
Vintage 1930s Fur Cape: made by granny Kiki for her label Kiki Couture
Silver Earrings: passed down from granny Kiki
Pendant Worn As Headband: from a charity shop
 
 
Outfit 2:
 
Vintage 60s/70s Black Catsuit With Ostrich Feather Sequin Cuffs: passed down from granny Penny
Red Sequin Shoes: old from New Look
Red Feathers In Hair: from Ebay
 
 
Outfit 3:
 
Vintage 1930s Red Tapestry Coat: made by late granny Kiki for her label Kiki Couture
Red & White Floral Dress: from a charity shop
Suede Lace Up Boots: gift from Mr Eve from Aldo years ago 
Red Cloche Hat: from a sale at Hats & Caps online
 
 
The Soundtrack
 
Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird
 
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Inspiration for the theme of this post was taken loosely from the Russian folk tale The Firebird, as well as Diaghilev's gorgeous and ground breaking ballet first performed by the Ballets Russes in 1910.
 
Poem written by me for this post.
 
Photographs of Outfits 1 & 3 taken by me, self portraits using the timer on my little digital camera. Photographs of Outfit 2, with me perched precariously atop our wood pile, taken by my dear Mum.
 
 
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Crinkle Me Like Fortuny


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Relationship has true significance only when it is a process of self-revelation, when it is revealing oneself in the very action of relationship. But most of us do not want to be revealed in relationship. On the contrary, we use relationship as a means of covering up our own insufficiency, our own troubles, our own uncertainty. So relationship becomes mere movement, mere activity. I do not know if you have noticed that relationship is very painful, and that as long as it is not a revealing process, in which you are discovering yourself, relationship is merely a means of escape from yourself.
 
Extract from The Collected Works of Krishnamurti, via 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Outfit:
Hand Beaded Black Silk & Gauze Crinkle Dress: present from my dear Mum many years ago, bought at a craft fair
Peacock Feather Hairband: from Ebay
Black Floral High Heels: very old from the high street
Black Stockings: from M&S
Various Bracelets, Turquoise Earrings & Green Art Deco Ring: passed down from grannies Kiki and Penny
 
 
The Soundtrack:
Roberta Flack: The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face
 
 
All photographs taken by my dear Mum at my parents' house earlier this year.
The beautiful redhead in the painting is granny Kiki.
 
 
 While I like to capture some sort of serenity in my photographs, in reality behind the scenes my life is very demanding right now, hence my lack of comments on your blogs over the last week. I'm missing visiting you all, will pop around soon to say hello I promise!
 
 
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
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