I really didn't think that I would be posting today, I was up against the elements, a hastily packed and ill thought out suitcase and a power cut.
This weekend we went to Tyne and Wear and given the weather we weren't going to take any pictures but when we drove into Alnwick and stopped at The Tree House it was just too pretty not to. We arrived just as it started to snow and everywhere looked just like Narnia. Huge icicles were hanging from the tree house's eaves, the tree branches were bowing under the weight of all the snow and the snow was so deep in places that it nearly flooded my boots. It was a world away from the last time we visited.
With Narnia in mind, I started to seriously crave Turkish Delight but had to make do with my rose lip salve.
You must forgive me the major faux pas of posting about the same dress twice but I really can't stop wearing it. I've taken to wearing it with this sweater . I love the key detail and how the colours perfectly match the plaid. I wore them with my TBA coat and leather riding boots. I'm not really fond of wearing boots but in conditions such as this, I wasn't left with much choice. It is always a challenge to say warm and look nice, especially when you refuse to wear trousers. I'm still searching for the perfect thick winter tights... any suggestions?
The snow was so hard packed and icy in places that walking was pretty precarious. Thankfully I didn't actually fall but Ad managed to shoot this one as I was slipping and sliding all over the place.
I owe a huge thank you to him for shooting in the freezing cold! You can see some more photographs from today on his flickr
I also want to say thank you for your lovely comments and feedback last week about my dress. The response was so positive that I've decided to go ahead and start selling some pieces. Hopefully I'll have more to show you very soon.
What have you been wearing to keep warm in the snow?
I instantly fell in love with this collection from Awear. It was impossible not to, the lure of the messy Bardot style hair and the leopard print coat were just too much. I only meant to share a few pictures with you but there was no way I could choose, I hope you love them as much as I do.
The collection is full of my favourite things - bows, peter pan collars and patent leather. I instantly added this navy shift with twin bows -swoon- to the top of my Christmas list. All I need now is to perfect that hairdo, where did I put that backcombing brush...
First of all I must welcome all of my new followers and say a huge thank you to Carrie for sending you over here. Her blog always such an inspiration to me so it was such a pleasure to be included alongside such stylish ladies. If you haven't read the her post, have a look and be sure to check out all the other girls blogs, they are amazing!
Thank you for all your lovely comments and sweet emails, it is always so encouraging to hear that you enjoy my posts because I love putting them together. I'm still trying to visit all your blogs and leave comments so bare with me.
Today was really rather blustery and bitterly cold so I didn't dare take off my coat. My dress had been hanging up, half made for the last week and I'm so glad that I finally got around to finishing it because I literally haven't taken it off since I finished stitching the hem. The fabric was a dream to work with, the wool is almost like felt and with a little steaming it moulded perfectly into any shape.
I wasn't quite sure about this coat, it's Orla Kiely and a gift from my Mum. She gave it to me at the end of the summer and it's just been hanging in my wardrobe ever since. At this point I think that I should point out that my wardrobe is far from packed with designer items that I have forgotten about and that my Mother is possibly the worlds biggest Orla Kiley fan. She gave me this because the fastening on the collar was broken and she never wore it.
Anyway, I'm not sure what the collar is supposed to look like but I wanted to step away from Constance Billard and towards Carnaby Street so I opted for this coat instead of my beloved TBA. I'm glad I did because after a little fiddling around with the collar, I totally fell in love with it.
The Loafers (they deserve capitals) make my heart skip a beat each and every time I look at them. Aren't they truly perfect? I thought I would never own them but miraculously I found the last pair in my size and Adam was so sweet as to buy me them. When the times comes, bury me in them!
Now I'm off to see Harry Potter and cry my eyes out. I hate it when good things come to an end.
P.S. I need to ask you an important question. If I were to start selling dresses like this one, would you be interested in buying them?
Unfortunately I don't have an outfit post this weekend. After suffering through a nasty cold all weekend I wasn't really in the mood for photographs. On a whim we decided to drive to an antique fair on the outskirts of the city for a rummage.
I'm so glad that we did, there were hundreds of stalls and so many covetable pieces. On the whole everything seemed to be reasonably priced, which isn't always the case. I added countless items to my ever growing Christmas list and had to exercises extreme control, so as not to bring destitution upon myself.
One stall in particular stood out (over half on my pictures were taken there), all of the stall holders items were so perfectly chosen. I was so torn over buying the tatty green drawers or the basket but in the end the choice was made for me because when I went back the drawers were gone. I also had my eye on the sweet little house painting but I left it behind, I desperately hope that it will still be for sale at Funk Fair next month. Although I highly doubt it.
I'll have another outfit picture soon but in the meantime there are some more pictures from the fair on my flickr
I've done it. I've taken matchy-matchy to new heights.
That's the problem with making your own clothes, the amount of matching accessories are limitless. Ever since I returned home, I have been hard at work drafting patterns and sewing myself winter clothes but you will be seeing much more of that soon.
Winter has already taken its hold on Edinburgh and it is cold. Weather like this is perfect for wearing wool and I am doing just that. Woolly hat, scarf, gloves, skirt, coat and even a tie! My skirt is the same one from this post and the scarf and tie were made from the remnant fabric.
Originally I intended to make a bow tie but the wool was too thick and instead this slim tie came about. I think it gives a much needed masculine touch to the outfit. The blouse is an old favourite from Fearne Cotton at Very and my shoes and coat were both purchased in the U.S.
I am (and have been for what seems like forever) in search of the perfect Peter Pan Collar Blouse but I can't seem to find the one. I must have looked through thousands of vintage shirts in San Francisco but to no avail. Any recommendations would be gratefully received!
P.S I am working on a skirt tutorial, which I should be posting soon.
P.P.S I have finally amended my blog list to include all my current favourites.