Friday, 16 August 2013

Mid-century Monochrome

Few shots I took before the summer heatwave we enjoyed recently. I'm wearing a beautiful mid-century lightweight swing coat with bishop sleeves. Probably an opera/evening coat, but I wore it in the day as a Spring cover-up when I just needed something light. I fell in love with the couture-like proportions: the gathered volume of the sleeves; the shawl lapels which continue down to the hem and of course the lush textured fabric. The sheeny fabric looks like brocade but is actually embroidered upon with a sinewy abstract floral pattern. Blush pink silk lining and a label with 'Eileen' on it (my great-grandmothers name) were the cherry on top!

I'm rather enjoying all the monochrome around at the moment, especially when it comes to shoes. These triple-strapped pointy stunners are from ASOS, and are complimented with a monochrome striped skirt. 

Vintage coat, skirt, belt and bag. Shoes; ASOS. Blouse; Math Collective. 

Glorious starburst patchwork snakeskin bag, in mint condition. Love at first sight. I used it obsessively throughout last winter and plan to do so again this winter. 

This vintage (antique?) brooch features the Latin oxymoron Festina Lente - meaning 'make haste slowly.' The 1541 and 1888 inscriptions must relate to Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire, founded in 1541, which established a School for Girls in 1888, whose motto was Festina Lente. (Thanks Wikipedia) The K.I  inscription I have no idea about though...anyone have a clever idea? And who is the crowned lady?

**4 years later, mystery solved! K.I is Katherine Incent, the mother of the school's founder.**

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Carcassonne 2013 - Part 2

Few more shots from my Summer holiday to Carcassonne. Seems like a distant dream now! Some photos of the area are at the bottom of the post, including probably the most impressive stained glass work I've ever seen, inside the Basilica of St.Nazaire.  






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