Saturday, 30 April 2011

Blood Orange

Excuse the wintry outfits, but I came across two sets of photos which were never posted and thought they deserved an airing. I wonder whether anyone else goes through 'phases' of loving certain colour combinations as I do? I remember a green/blue/purple phase, a coral/green phase which developed into a coral/royal blue phase...and in recent months, a burgundy/orange phase. It's been difficult finding the exact shade of coppery orange I adore, but that hasn't stopped me trying.

Outfit one - Vintage hat, scarf and belt, blouse (M&S), cardigan (Topshop), trousers (H&M), shoes (Office).

Stupidly wonderful shoes which were love at first sight... velvet; burgundy; fringed; lace-up; and with tassels. A combination of all things I love. Like theatre curtains for your feet.

Outfit two - vintage coat and dress, waistcoat (New Look), boots (Blay), self-made bag.

This dress features a marbled pattern on layers of tulle, with a vibrant orange lining. Two caped sections flutter from the shoulder to create the sleeves. The top 'cape' can be tucked into the neckline to create a scarf/cowl-neck (below). The dress is pretty versatile, if a little shapeless; I considered the usual route of belting it, instead opting for a black waistcoat, which contrasted nicely under the cape layers.

Burgundy and orange

Sunday, 24 April 2011


I adore this cover for Vogue Italia April 2011. I keep coming back to look at it. The way the tangy orange jewellery appears to glow in the dark; the slick of electric blue on the eyes; the turban; and the general sense of stepping into the cool shade on a tropically warm day. The accompanying editorial is rather wonderful too, with cover girl Kristina Salinovic wearing some fabulous 'coolie' inspired hats.

I've been looking for a coolie hat since last summer, but most of the available ones online are tacky costume hats. A few weeks ago I did however find a hat that should see me through the summer; an Edwardian style, tulle covered straw concoction. Think Meryl Streep in 'Out of Africa' meets Mary Poppins. Can't wait to wear it on holiday!

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